PTA Newsletter, Week of April 3rd

Dates to put on the calendar

  • Apr 12 (Wed):   8th grade Washington DC trip – Parents Meeting (7:00 pm)
  • Apr 14 (Fri):  Holiday, no school
  • Apr 17-21:  Spring vacation break, no school
  • Apr 28 (Fri);   Principal coffee on STEM (9:00 am)
  • May 2 (Tue);  Early release (11:45 am)
  • May 2 (Tue): Diamond Steam Fair (6-8pm)


Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Reception to Honor Bill Hurley
Thursday, April 6 from 4:00-5:30pm
LPS Central Office Gymnasium

The Lexington School Committee and Superintendent Mary Czajkowski cordially invite you to a reception on April 6th to honor former School Committee Chair Bill Hurley for his years of service. The reception will be on Thursday, April 6 from 4:00-5:30pm at the LPS Central Office Gymnasium, 146 Maple St. Lexington (Old Harrington building).  We hope you will be able to join us in honoring Bill's many years of service to Lexington.


Middle School Health Class (for parents!) – Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, presented by Julie Fenn
Location: Clarke Cafeteria
Date:  April 12, 2017
Time: 8:45 to 10:00 am

Come to this important session led by Lexington Public Schools Prevention Specialist, Julie Fenn to learn how Middle School Health class is educating students about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.  Julie will run attendees through best practices for parent awareness and teen safety.  She will also discuss what we know about substance abuse in Lexington. This will be an interactive session. All are welcome.


Diamond STEAM Fair
Location:  Diamond Cafeteria
May 2 from 6:00-8:00pm

Diamond’s second STEAM fair will take place Tuesday May 2, 2017 from 6-8pm.  Do an experiment, make a sculpture, be creative!  Work alone or form a team to create something to share.  Learn more and register at the website

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS APRIL 12.  Parents can volunteer! Email to volunteer or to get more info.


Interesting events coming up in/around Lexington

LexSEPAC meeting - An IEP for My Child
Thursday, April 6 from 6:45--8:45 pm
Lexington Community Center Room 242

Please join us for our next presentation--An IEP for My Child--next Thursday, April 6 6:45--8:45 pm at the Lexington Community Center Room 242, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA. 

The presentation will explain the Individual Education Program (IEP) document, its development, how to articulate a vision, write measurable annual goals, monitor a child’s progress, and understand how the document will support a student.  This presentation will be given by Tracey Morgan from the Federation for Children with Special Needs.

So that we can ensure we have enough materials, please register at


Voices on the Green “Balancing on the Hyphen: Living Multiculturally in Lexington”
Friday, April 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Road  

On Friday, April 7, Voices on the Green, a new bi-monthly community series of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, will present a program entitled “Balancing on the Hyphen.” We will explore the challenges and rewards for people of multicultural heritages, of all ages, living or studying in Lexington. The co-sponsor of this event is Lexington Youth and Family Services.

The program will take place at First Parish, 7 Harrington Rd., and is open to all.  The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 7:00.

There will be five short personal stories on the theme by Lexington residents Lawrence Prusak (management consultant), Shawna Yen (attorney), Marjan Kamali (author of Together Tea), and Mona Tavangar (LYFS board member), and Austin Fowlkes (METCO student from Boston at LHS). Lexington resident Dr. Mary Brinton (Chair of the Sociology Department, Harvard University) will complete the presentations with a TED-type talk expanding on the overall theme.  Woven through the program will be musical performances and sing-alongs of thematically-related songs led by Geoff Keith, LYFS board member. A number of choral singers from Lexington High School and the band Paint Mine Medicine Show will be participating.

To reserve tickets (highly recommended) go to Suggested donations are $20 for donors, $10 for general admission, and $5 for students.  Tickets will also be available at the door on the evening of April 7. All proceeds will support the community services of First Parish and the Lexington Youth and Family Services.  If you have a question, or a suggestion for future programs or speakers, please contact David Rose (<>) at First Parish. The next program in the series, “I Protest,” will take place in early October.


LWV of Lexington First Friday Forum - Helping Refugees in Today’s World
Friday 4/7, starting at 9:30 am
Cary Memorial Library,  Large Meeting Room

Have you ever wondered, “is there something I could do to help people in the refugee crisis, but I don’t have much time and what can one person do?”  Please join us at our April 7, First Friday Forum where Tom Tsaros will present information about a relatively newly formed group, called LexRAP, which is welcoming and directly helping both refugees and asylum seekers in Lexington and nearby areas.   For more information,

The meeting will take place at Cary Memorial Library Large Meeting Room, April 7, 9:30AM.  This is the seventh in the series of 2016-2017 First Friday Forums hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lexington to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. Coffee will be available at 9:15AM, and the presentation will begin at 9:30. All League forums are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the League at


Lex Splash
Saturday, April 15th, from 8 AM to 4 PM
Lexington High School

Lex Splash (modeled after MIT Splash) is a free one-day event in which middle school students can take a variety of unique classes taught by LHS students. Some of this year's classes include introduction to molecular orbital theory, basics of psychology, the Catalan numbers, competitive programming, ukulele 101, and ultimate frisbee - no matter what a student's interests are, there’s something for them at Splash. The goal of our program is to help younger students explore and discover their passions before high school and to foster a genuine love of learning in the process.   The high school students at LHS are eager to share their knowledge and talents with the broader Boston community, and we’d love for WDMS students to be a part of that.

This year's Splash will take place on Saturday, April 15th, from 8 AM to 4 PM, at Lexington High School. Students can sign up and find more information at


Lexington Debate Institute – Summer 2017 Program
Grades: 6-9
Dates: July 31-August 11
Location: Lexington High School

Sponsored by the Backers of Lexington Debate, Inc., a non-profit organization

All net proceeds from the Institute will benefit the Lexington Debate Team   

Do you have a middle school student who enjoys a good argument? Shows interest in public policy or government? Are you looking to provide your child with summertime enrichment in public speaking and critical thinking? Send them to the Lexington Debate Institute! Registration for Summer 2017 is now open.

Sponsored by the Backers of Lexington Debate, which supports the Lexington Debate Team, the Institute teaches the foundations of debate to students grades 6-9 interested in learning how to better advocate and research solutions to current issues affecting society. Running weekdays from July 31 to August 11, and conveniently located at Lexington High School, the Institute is staffed by a qualified faculty of successful and respected debaters who are eager to educate your child about debate. Whether your child decides to pursue debate in high school or delve into other areas of interest, the Institute will help hone their critical thinking, research, and presentation skills in an exciting and educational environment.

Learn more about the Institute at For further information, email us at, call us at 857-302-0240, or join our information session on April 6 at the high school – details are available on the website.


Acera’s Camps

Acera's April Vacation Camp runs April 17–21. From Printmaking to Physics Challenges to Green Architecture to Augmented Video Game Design, students 7 to 15 can select from morning, afternoon and full day programs. We will be running morning, afternoon and full day programs. Mix and match to make it work for you. Find session descriptions, a detailed schedule including pricing, and registration details online at

Acera’s STEAM Summer Camp is designed to challenge students ages 5-15. From Animal Architecture to Metal Casting to Lego Robotics and Astronomy, there is a lot to choose from! Camp runs  June 12 –August 25, 2017. For complete session descriptions, pricing, and registration details, visit


Lexington Cricket League:  Spring Program
Ages: boys and girls, 6-18 years
Dates: April 9th to June 18th  

Time: Regular Games: 2:30 pm. – 4:00 p.m (Every Sunday), Drills & Training: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (Advanced players & those interested in extra training) 

Location: Harrington School, Lexington

Registration link:



April Vacation Art Camp for Middle Schoolers at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society

Dates:  4/18 – 4/21

You can read more about the program and register here:


CSA - Order now for Lexington Community Farm

Looking for a way to feed your family organically grown local food this year? This year we are offering a full season 20 week produce share, our ever-popular biweekly 10 week produce share, and a PYO flower share. 2017 CSA shares are selling fast, so don’t wait to buy yours!    Why buy a CSA share from Lexington Community Farm?

  • The produce is so fresh! We harvest all your veggies the day of, or day before, CSA distribution to ensure you get the most flavorful, long-lasting produce possible!
  • The flowers are beautiful! Stand in a field of flowers and pick your own bouquet on a summer afternoon. We’ve got classic varieties you’ll recognize from your grandmother’s garden, and some gorgeous new hybrids too!
  • It’s organically grown!
  • Our Pick-Your-Own fields are open to you! What better way of learning where your peas come from, than by ambling through the pea field? Kids will love it, too!
  • You’ll learn something new! Receive weekly newsletters with updates on what’s happening in the fields, and recipes to help you plan what’s for dinner.
  • It’s a community! Join us for on-farm potlucks, volunteering events, and a Harvest Festival. Meet your neighbors!
  • You’ll be part of a community effort to support a working farm in Lexington that has operated continuously since 1648, and will continue to teach, grow for, and give to the greater Lexington community.

If you are interested in participating this year, don’t delay! Sign up now to reserve your share.   If you have any further questions, let us know at


Lumos Debate Summer Camp - Lexington

2 week sessions throughout the summer - Ages: 10 – 15

8:30 am- 4:30pm

Address: 59 Worthen Rd, Lexington, MA 02421

Lumos Debate is offering 2 week day-camp for Diamond students. Your child will learn all the basics of debate and gain critical thinking, argumentation, and public speaking in a fun and engaging learning environment. You can use the special promo code "DIAMOND" when you register for a 35% discount on tuition (exp 4/29). For more information, call 617-901-4564 or go to


Summer activities for 8th grade girls interested in playing soccer at LHS

Summer camp - Jul 23 - 27
All are welcome to register now for the U.K. Elite Soccer Camp, Jul 23 - 27; $575 if you register before March 31 and $675 if you register after the 31st.  Go to: to register (by registering on line you will be put with the LHS girls group).  Registration is open and players are starting to register already.  It’s a great way to fine tune skills, enjoy some soccer, and get to know the players at each level and across schools.

Summer League:
The captains (Leah, Sheyda, & Susannah) are planning for the Dual County League (DCL). Games only and will likely be Tue and Thu evenings.  In addition to the summer league, the captains will hold several captain's practices throughout the summer.

If you have any questions or would like more information please email



Offerings from the Rec Department   - For more information on any of the programs below or if you would like to sign up please contact Thomas Romano @ 781-698-4813 or by email


Program: Beginner Chess

Ages: 6-12,  Fee: $130  

Date: 8 Thursdays, April 27-June 15 from 4:35-5:35pm   

Location: Lexington Community Center Room 217

Description: Students will join Jim Della Selva to begin exploring chess theory and strategies, learning the basics of the game through instruction, play, theory, and group work on chess problems and games.  Class size is limited to 12.


Program: Intermediate & Advanced Chess 

Ages: 6-12,  Fee: $130  

Date: 8 Tuesdays, April 25-June 13  Time: 

Intermediate: 4:35-5:35pm .  Advanced: 5:35-6:35pm  

Location: Lexington Community Center Room 217

Description: More experienced youth players will join Jim Della Selva to further explore chess theory and strategies.  The course will consist of instruction, play, theory, and group work on chess problems and games.  Class size is limited to 12.


Program: Spring Chess Championship

Ages: 6-16.  Fee: $130  

Date: Saturday, June 3 Time: 10:00am-2:30pm 

Location: Lexington Community Center Room 242

Description: The Lexington Recreation and Community Programs Department proudly presents the 2017 Spring Chess Championship.  Students will have the opportunity to play high level tournament chess while learning rules and strategies designed to raise their level of play.  The championship will be divided into sections according to age and grade level.  All players will receive a trophy or medal according to their performance.  The tournament will be directed by Jim Della Selva (United States Chess Federation Expert).  Rules and strategies will be taught by Jim Della Selva and Bill Richard.  It is an opportunity for serious chess players with little or no tournament experience.


Program: Building a Website – Computer Coding for Kids

Fee: $345  Ages: 9-13 & 14-18  

Date: 8 Thursdays, April 27 – June 15  

Time: 4:00-5:00pm (ages 14-18)  5:15-6:15pm (ages 9-13)  

Location: Lexington Community Center Room 242

Description: Building a website teaches students the fundamentals of computer coding that will let them build a real functioning web site from scratch.  The lessons are geared toward creating something fun and interesting for the students.  The motivation to create drives hands-on learning that culminates with each student having built their own website by the end of class.  Fee includes laptop use for the class so no need to bring one.             


Program: Bubble Soccer!!

Fee: $160  Ages: 10-12 & 13-15  

Date: Session 1: 6 Wednesdays, May 10-June 14  

Session 2: 6 Wednesdays, July 12-August 1  

Time: 5:00-6:00pm (ages 10-12)  6:00-7:00pm (ages 13-15)  

Location: Lexington Community Center Lower Field

Description: Bubble Soccer (bubble football) was originally invented by Norwegian friends in 2011.  If you are looking for a new and unique form of entertainment that you and your friends will never forget, look no further.  Come over to the Community Center for an awesome 2-hour event where you will get to play the awesome sport of Bubble Soccer!  Participants will be separated into two groups:  grades 4-6 and grades 7-9.  We will have music playing, we will keep you hydrated, and it will be a blast!  Come by yourself or get all your friends to come and challenge them in the sport where you are not only allowed but encouraged to run into other players!  Please fill out the bubble soccer waiver and bring on the day of the event, thank you.



Program: The Art Box Studio – Youth Art Class

Fee: $218  

Ages: 8-11  

Date: 8 Saturdays, April 29-June 17  

Time: 3:15-4:45pm  

Location: Lexington Community Center Rom 230

Description: Through self-expression and guided class lessons, students explore art techniques using different media.  Students will learn about famous artists while creating their own unique masterpieces.  Various mediums such as oil pastels, chalk pastels, charcoal, paint, sculpting, and collage will be used while learning about art elements and techniques. 


Program: FUNdamentals of Fencing*

Fee: $108 

Ages: 7-14 

Date: Session 1: 6 Tuesdays, April 25-May 3, Session 2: 6 Tuesdays, June 6-July 18 (No Class 7/4) 

Time: 6:30-7:30pm 

Location: Lexington Community Center Room 230/232

Description: Whether you are new or more experienced, you will learn new techniques and try out the skills in weekly duels and sword games instructed by Mythquest Edutainment staff.  Come join the fun in this safe, unique, fun-filled program for 6 weeks!  Enrollment is limited to 12. 


Program: Youth Brazilian Jujitsu at Mass BJJ*

Fee: $135 

Ages: 5-18 (will be split up into groups based on age) 

Date: Mondays & Fridays, April 24-May 19 

Time: 4:00-5:00pm Location: 26 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington

Description: This program is an introduction to learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is a practical approach to self-defense.  The techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu allow for a smaller, weaker person to successfully defend against a larger, stronger assailant by using grappling for leverage with proper technique.  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has proven so effective that it is being used by UFC fighters, the military and law enforcement as a staple of defensive training.  BJJ is also a fun sport to play!!  Students will receive a Gi (traditional martial arts uniform) with this program.