PTA Weekly Newsletter October 19, 2018

October 19, 2018 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the Calendar

Thursday October 25 Coffee and Conversation with Principal Jennifer Turner
7-8:30 pm (7 Keeler Farm Way)

Friday November 2 Fall Play, 7-9 pm (WDMS, Auditorium)

Saturday November 3 Fall Play, 7-9 pm (WDMS, Auditorium)

Tuesday November 6 No School (Professional Development)

Thursday November 8 Diamond Middle School Band Concert, 7 pm (LHS)Announcements from Diamond PTA

Diamond Spiritwear is here!

The Diamond School spiritwear store is now open!  There are t-shirts, sweatshirts, accessories, and a whole lot more for kids and adults. These items are perfect for school spirit days and make great holiday gifts.
The deadline for ordering is October 26 so do not miss out!
Please use the attached link for ordering: https://diamondspiritfall18.itemorder.com.

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Coffee and Conversation with Principal Jen Turner

  • When: Thursday October 25, 7-8:30 pm 

  • Where: 7 Keeler Farm Way, Lexington

  • Hosted by: Vanessa and Adam Keeney

We are limiting attendance to 30 people to ensure that everyone can participate in the conversation, so if you plan onattending please RSVP by October 23.   Here is the link for the Google form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfVFofgXziFAo6TEvjIKr8E6X47KSgP4qYCIMBbilhTNuo96Q/viewform.  We look forward to seeing you there!
With warm regards, Diamond PTA

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Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Superintendent’s Blog post on “Call to Action”

Superintendent Hackett and the Lexington Administrative Council are looking for school community input on their position paper entitled “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Our Call to Action.” The document proposes embarking on a comprehensive and transparent process to identify, address, and monitor progress toward creating an equitable environment for all in LPS.  Click here to access the paper and provide feedback.

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Diamond Performing Arts Calendar

FOLMADS is proud to present the listing of fall performing arts events so parents can start marking the events in their calendars!  Shown below are the Diamond Performing Arts Events for the next couple of months.  The full calendar can be found at:http://www.folmads.org/.

Diamond Performing Arts Calendar of Events 2018-2019DateEvent DescriptionTimeLocationFri, Nov 2
Sat, Nov 3Diamond Middle School Fall Play7 pmDiamond Middle SchoolThu, Nov 8Diamond Middle School Band Concert7 pmLHS AuditoriumWed, Nov 14Diamond Middle School Orchestra Concert7:30 pmDiamond Middle School GymnasiumThur, Dec 6Seasonal Concert - LHS Jazz, Diamond and Clark After School Jazz7 pmLHS AuditoriumMon, Dec 10Diamond 6, 7, and 8 Grade Chorus ConcerttbdDiamond Middle SchoolTue, Dec 11Diamond Men’s, Women’s, and D-Minor’s Chorus ConcerttbdDiamond Middle School

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Community Announcements

Upcoming Youth and Family Recreation Programs, from Oct 19

To register for any of these programs please go to www.lexingtonma.gov/recreation and click the link that say “Register for Programs Online”. If there are any questions about the programs or if you have trouble registering please call 781-698-4800 or 781-698-4813 and feel free to email Thomas Romano via tromano@lexingtonma.gov.

 Friday Recreation & Social Hangout (Fr&Sh)

  • When: Fridays Oct 19, Nov 16, Dec 14, 6-8:30 pm

  • Where: Lexington Community Center

  • Fee: $10/night

  • Age: 11-13

 Coding For Kids—Code Games Like A Pro Part 1 And/Or Part 2

  • When: Thursdays Nov 1—Dec 13, 6:35-7:35 pm (no class 11/22)

  • Where: Lexington Community Center, Rm 242

  • Fee: $256

  • Age: 9-13

 Beginner Chess Class

  • When: Thursdays, Nov 1 – Dec 13, 5:35-6:35 pm (no class 11/22)

  • Where: Lexington Community Center, Rm 230

  • Fee: $100

  • Age: 9-12

Family Movie Night

  • When: Friday, Nov 2, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: Lexington Community Center, Rm 139

  • Fee: $5/family (“Walk-ins” are welcome, but pre-registration is required to be guaranteed participation in this event.)

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LHS Girls Volleyball Clinic, Oct 20

  • When: Saturday October 20, 9 am-12 pm 

  • Where: LHS, Main Gym

Know any young volleyball players looking to get more playing time? Want to support a local high school program?
Lexington High School Girls Volleyball is hosting our annual clinic! Open to boys and girls, grade 5-8, any skill level and from any town!  The proceeds from this clinic will support Minute Man Arc, a local organization that serves Lexington and a dozen other nearby towns by "improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities by increasing independence, personal choice, and self-advocacy."  In addition, your registration will support our volleyball program for years to come as we purchase a net for the freshmen team among other needed equipment.  To register, go to: https://sites.google.com/lexingtonma.org/volleyball.

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LHS Field Hockey Best Buddies Fundraiser, Oct 20

  • When: Saturday, October 20, 10 am 

  • Where: Lexington, Lincoln Field #3

The LHS Field Hockey Team will be sponsoring a bake sale and 50/50 raffle fundraiser to benefit Best Buddies. The Varsity team will be playing Concord-Carlisle High School. Please come out to watch some exciting field hockey and support Best Buddies!

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Raising Anti-Racist Children: Strategies for Success, Oct 21

  • When: Sunday October 21, 2-4 pm

  • Where:William Diamond Middle School, 99 Hancock St, Lexington

The Reverend Liz Walker will moderate this panel discussion, hosted by FollenChurch (UU). She is a minister, communications specialist, and an activist who promotes cross cultural and interfaith dialogue. She is pastor of RoxburyPresbyterian Church. Panelists include Celeste Freeman, LICSW, Katie O'Hare Gibson, M.Ed., April Daciuk, and Maria-Veronica Barnes M.Econ. Free and Welcome to All. Reception to follow. Four panelists with personal and professional expertise will offer insights and concrete suggestions about how children of all ages and skin colors—and the adults in their lives—can move toward self-awareness and competence navigating difficult situations that might arise in regard to racial identity and the effects of racial injustice.
Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1005556219625296/

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LEF Trivia Bee - Make a Team, BEE a Fan!, Nov 5

  • When: Monday November 5, 7 pm 

  • Where: LHS, Auditorium

It’s that time of the year again…when Lexington is abuzz with excitement about the Trivia Bee coming to town.  Each year over 40 three-member teams of teachers, administrators and staff from each of Lexington’s public schools as well as teams from local organizations and businesses gather for a casual, entertaining evening as they answer questions in pursuit of the coveted Master of Trivia title & trophy!
Team registration is open. Make a team of 3 (at least 1 adult), pick a fun name, and register online today!  Plan to cheer on your favorite teams, the event is FREE and there is no school for students on Nov. 6. Stay tuned for the list of educator teams from Diamond.

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Lexington Arts and Crafts Society Sale, Oct 19-21

  • When: October 19-21

  • Where: Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, 130 Waltham St

The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society is having a sale of artisanal, handmade goods. Proceeds from this sale benefit the Society, its scholarship funds and other functions. Lexington High School art students participate in a regional art exhibit every year through the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society. For more information please call LexArtat 781-862-9696.

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Tri-Town Transit Study and Forums, Oct 22 and Nov 29

Our public forums for the Transit Study are on:

  • Monday, October 22, 7pm, Cary Hall

  • November 29, 7pm, Estabrook Elementary

  • November 29, 7pm, Community Center

The Town of Lexington is engaged in a Transit Study with the towns of Bedford and Burlington. We would love for people living and/or working in any of the towns (all residents, employees, and people of all ages, including students who travel independently) to take the survey.
If you have any questions, please contact: Susan Barrett, Transportation Manager, Town of Lexington, 39 MarrettRoad, Lexington, MA 02421; tel: 781-698-4821.

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Town of Lexington Comprehensive Plan Forums, Oct 23 and Nov 27

  • Either: October 23, 7pm at EstabrookElementary

  • Or: November 27, 7pm at the Community Center

What do you want Lexington to be?  The Town of Lexington is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan. A critical part of the update involves hearing from you! Join neighbors and friends to share, listen, and learn at a facilitated small group conversation.
To learn more, RSVP and take a survey, visit: lexingtonma.gov/compPlan.

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Gen Silent: Film Screening and Panel Discussion, Nov 4

  • When: Sunday, November 4, 1-3 pm

  • Where: Cary Hall

  • Sponsored by: LexPride, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington At Home, and Lexington Human Services

Gen Silent is a critically acclaimed documentary about LGBTQ+ older people going back into the closet to survive. LGBTQ+ pioneers who fought the first modern battles for equality now face so much fear of religious objection, bullying, and abuse that many are hiding their identities to keep themselves safe in long-term healthcare settings. Distinguished experts will share their insights after the film.  For more information, contact LexPrideMA@gmail.com.

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Social Justice Book Group, Nov 7

  • When: Wednesday, November 7, 7-8:30 pm

  • Where: Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room

All are welcome to join a new book group meeting the first Wednesday of each month. We will read both nonfiction and fiction books related to issues of justice. Selections will be made by the group and discussion leaders may rotate, depending on the composition and size of the group. Please come to the first meeting with ideas. Interested, but can’t attend on 11/7? E-mail katmacdonald.02420@gmail.com.

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Lexington Town Services and Housing Costs Survey

Hello Lexington residents! The town is requesting your input on issues that affect us all: town services and affordability of living in Lexington. By completing the linked survey, your responses will be used, in aggregate with all other respondents, to inform town policy decision makers. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your time & participation!