PTA Weekly Newsletter - Week of October 12, 2018

October 12, 2018 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the Calendar

Monday October 15 Field Trip: Team Fuji
PTA Board Meeting, 9-10:30 am

Tuesday October 16 Field Trip: Team Everest

Wednesday October 17 Washington DC Parent Information Night for 8th Grade Parents, 7pm

Thursday October 25 PTA Coffee, 7pm (location tbd)

Tuesday November 6 No School (Professional Development)

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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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 2018-2019

Fri, Nov 2 Sat, Nov 3 Diamond Middle School Fall Play 7 pm Diamond Middle School

Thu, Nov 8 Diamond Middle School Band Concert 7 pm LHS Auditorium

Wed, Nov 14 Diamond Middle School Orchestra Concert 7:30 pm Diamond Middle School Gymnasium

Thur, Dec 6 Seasonal Concert - LHS Jazz, Diamond and Clark After School Jazz 7 pm LHS Auditorium

Mon, Dec 10 Diamond 6, 7, and 8 Grade Chorus Concert tbd Diamond Middle School

Tue, Dec 11 Diamond Men’s, Women’s, and D-Minor’s Chorus Concert tbd Diamond Middle School

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Community Announcements

LHS Girls Soccer Varsity Charity Game, Oct 13

  • When: Saturday October 13, 6:30 pm 

  • Where: Lexington, Lincoln Field

Please come cheer on the LHS girls varsity soccer team vs Bedford High School.  We will hold a 50/50 raffle and pizza/bake sale, plus raffle off a fantastic Thirty One item.  There will be a LUSC9v9 game at halftime.  All proceeds will go to the players’ chosen charity: the Breast Cancer Research Fund.  Please wear pink to help bring awareness to our cause!

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Thriving with Dyslexia: Adult Panel Discussion, Oct 17

  • When: Wednesday October 17, 7-8:45 pm 

  • Where: Lexington High School, Science Lecture Hall

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month! Join us to learn about the experience of growing up with dyslexia from a panel of adults with dyslexia. They will speak about their experience in school and in the workplace, how they managed their challenges and leveraged their gifts, and which resources they would recommend. Open to both parents and children alike. Bring your questions to this informative panel.

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Informational Event on Vaping, Oct 17

  • When: Wednesday, October 17, 7-9 pm 

  • Where: Cary Hall

  • Format: Q & A discussion on vaping and e-cigarettes with Nicholas Chadi, M.D.

Dr. Chadi is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine and a researcher with the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program (ASAP) at Boston Children's Hospital.  This event is free and open to the public.  This forum is sponsored by the Lexington Human Services Department, Department of Health, and the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC).

Note: 8th grade parents who want to attend this event will be able to receive the DC trip information from school.

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LHS Girls Volleyball Charity Event, Oct 18

  • When: Thursday October 18, 4pm

  • Where: LHS, Gym

The LHS Girls' Volleyball Team will host a Charity Event to raise funds for the Volleyball Team as well as Minute Man Arc, a local organization that serves Lexington and a dozen other local towns through "improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities by increasing independence, personal choice and self-advocacy". Come and watch the volleyball games while having baked goods and a variety of other products. The team is organizing a raffle with amazing gift baskets, so don't miss the opportunity to participate and win!!

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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 Refugee Assistance Program - Gala Dinner Fundraiser, Oct 14

  • When: Sunday October 14, 5–7 pm

  • Where: Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln St, Lexington

The refugee families involved with Lexington Refugee Assistance Program (LexRAP), along with LexRAP volunteers and led by Bruce Lynn, who is the chef for Lex Eat Together, will be cooking and serving delicious authentic Middle Eastern dishes.  This Dinner Fundraiser is open to the public. We hope that folks from Lexington will come and meet their recently arrived refugee neighbors as we celebrate our diversity as a welcoming community. This dinner was the families’ idea to celebrate and say thank you to the communities that have embraced them.

To purchase tickets to the Dinner Fundraiser, visit www.lexrap.org. Adults = $25, children under 12 = $10, children under 6: free, Family maximum = $75.

Lexington Refugee Assistance Program (LexRAP) is a 100% volunteer community based organization of people from Lexington and surrounding towns dedicated to making our communities welcoming places for refugees. LexRAP is a 501c-3 non-profit with a mission to support and assist refugees and asylum seekers. This assistance includes a support network for education (especially English), housing, food, clothing, transportation, health care, summer camp, employment, legal aid, and socialization. Currently, LexRAP is involved with 44 people.

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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!
 

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  • Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Recent Weekly Announcements are posted at the William Diamond Middle School PTA website: http://www.diamondpta.org/weekly/