PTA Weekly Newsletter October 26, 2018

October 26, 2018 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the Calendar

Friday November 2 Fall Play, 7-9 pm (Auditorium) Saturday November 3 Fall Play, 7-9 pm (Auditorium) .

Monday November 5 . LEF Trivia Bee, 7pm (LHS, Auditorium) .

Tuesday November 6 . No School (Professional Development) Soirée Française, 5:30-9 pm (Cafeteria and Auditorium) .

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

Recently Approved PTA Grants

One of the missions of Diamond PTA is to support our teachers. At our October board meeting, the board approved classroom grants for WIN block programming & materials, 7th grade English books, library crew, guided learning binders, guided learning/SPED flexible seating, and books for 7th grade World History. Professional development grants were also issued for teachers to attend math and literature conferences. Thanks to the generous donations of our school families for helping us fund these grants!


Thank you!

Many thanks to those parents who were able to attend our Coffee and Conversation with Principal Turner on 10/25.  And thank you also to hosts Vanessa and Adam Keeney, and to the PTA Social Committee chairs, Grace Yuki and Ramesh Kumar, for organizing the event.  We will be holding two more of these evening coffees on 1/23/19 and 4/4/19.


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.


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:

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


Community Announcements

LEF Trivia Bee, Nov 5

  • When: Monday November 5, 7 pm

  • Where: LHS, Auditorium

Featuring four teacher teams from Diamond, sponsored in part by the Diamond PTA. Show your support and cheer on our teams! Go Diamond!

  • Bee for Bendetta: MK Kirigin, Remy Coombs, Danielle Levy

  • BEE-M Us Up: Kevin Buckley, Whitney Factor, Ken Dautrich

  • The Diamond Miners: Mary Christine Paxton, Sam Bosbach, Peter Mitchell

  • Diamonds in the Rough: Howard Wolke, Troy Lemay, Wendy Moy

RSVP to attend, it's FREE! »
LEF is looking for volunteers to help make this evening a sweet success »
The BEE is an entertaining evening where teams answer trivia questions in pursuit of the "Masters of Trivia" title. Best for ages 8+ and featuring Dr. Julie Hackett, Superintendent of Schools as the guest judge, and Alissa Lauzon, Head of Youth Services at Cary Memorial Library, as the Timekeeper.
More details »
Lexington Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization bringing the community together to support innovation and inspiration in teaching and learning at all Lexington Public Schools.


Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid! The Movement of Imperfection, Nov 29

  • When: Thursday November 29, 7pm

  • Where: LHS, Auditorium

Designed for caregivers of special children, this humorous, heartwarming 90-minute workshop is based on the best-selling book, Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid! A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children, by Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjoian. Using hilarious anecdotes and fun exercises, the sisters will show attendees how to let go of the expectations they have for their children and embrace reality.


23rd Annual Battlegreen Run, Nov 4

  • When: Sunday, November 4

Please join the Lexington Special Education PTA (SEPTA) as a runner or walker at the 23rdAnnual Genesis BattlegreenRun! To register for one of the many races, please go to: choose "SEPTA" for team registration.)
Aren't able to make it the day of the race? This event is one of the ways we raise funds for our organization throughout the year so please consider making a donation to help support our work!
Visit lexsepta.orgfor more information about special education programming and resources. Like us on Facebook


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


Jams for Justice: A Concert of Gospel and Broadway Music, Nov 4

  • When: Sunday, November 4, 3:30 pm

  • Where: First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Rd

  • Tickets: Free Will offering for Lex RAP (The Lexington Refugee Assistance Program)

First Parish in Lexington will present a concert of Gospel and Broadway music on Sunday, November 4, at 3:30 pm. The concert will feature the First Parish sanctuary and children's choirs and soloists, guest singers, and a 10-piece Jazz band (piano, drums, electric guitar, electric bass, saxophones, woodwinds and brass) performing solo and choral Gospel music and selections from Broadway includingGodspellLes Misérables, and Oliver. The concert, titled Jams for Justice, will take a free Will offering with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Lex RAP (The Lexington Refugee Assistance Program). Lex RAP is a Lexington-based non-profit organization helping refugees to settle in the United States and to become productive and well-adjusted members of the community. For more information call the church at 781-862-8200 or visit


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


150th Birthday Celebrations for Cary Memorial Library!

  • When: March 23, 2019, 7-11 pm

  • Where: Cary Memorial Library

Save the Date! Lexington’s Cary Memorial Library is turning 150 years old in 2019.  To commemorate this milestone year, the Cary Memorial Library Foundation is hosting a 150thAnniversary Gala Celebration.  This lively event will take place Saturday March 23rdfrom 7-11 pmat the library. Tickets, with a special early bird pricing of $75 each, will go on sale in early 2019. The evening will include dancing to the music of the band Acoustic Roadshow, feature special performances, showcase spaces within the library, and offer a variety of food and drink. More information: