PTA Weekly Newsletter November 16, 2018

November 16, 2018 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the Calendar

Friday November 16 No School (Conferences)

Wednesday November21 Half Day (Thanksgiving) Thursday November 22No School (Thanksgiving) Friday November 23No School (Thanksgiving)

Wednesday November28 Book Fair opens, 7:30 am - 3:30 pm (Library)

Friday November 30 Special PTA Meeting, 8:30 am (Library)
Principal Coffee: Why You Should Encourage Your Child to be Online MORE, 9 am (Library)

Friday December 7 Half Day (Conferences) Announcements from Diamond PTA

Happy Thanksgiving!  Next week, the Newsletter will be sleeping off its over-indulgence in turkey, cranberry sauce, and too many desserts.  Our next edition will be out on November 30

Book Fair Volunteers Required

This year the fair will be held during the week of November 28 - December 4.  We require volunteers to setup (November 27), sell and breakdown during the event. There will a training session to use the register.  Please sign up to attend if you are working the 10:30 am - 12:30 pm slot.  Available shifts:

  1. 7:30 - 8:30 am

  2. 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

  3. 2:30 - 3:30 pm 

Remember - when you work 2 or more hours at the Book Fair, you and your child(ren) will receive a 10% discount on all purchases!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f48a8a72fa0ff2-diamond1

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Principal Coffee: Why You Should Encourage Your Child to be Online MORE

Join the PTA, Principal Turner, Howard Wolke, and Liz Sharp for a principal coffee at 9am on Friday, November 30 in the Diamond library. The topic is "Why You Should Encourage Your Child to be Online MORE”… come and find out why!

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Special PTA Meeting

Before the Principal coffee, please join the PTA at 8:30 in the library for a special meeting, where we will be presenting information and having a member vote to change from being a PTA to a PTO. This move has already been approved by our board, and/so we now need approval from our members to move forward. We will explain the difference between a PTA and a PTO, give you information on why we want to make this change, and answer any questions you might have before the vote.
For a draft of our new PTO bylaws and draft of the proposed Articles of Organization, please see the email from the PTA on October 28, or contact us for a copy.

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Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Lexington comes to Boston

  • When: Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 6 pm

  • Where: Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, 75 Malcolm X Boulevard, Boston, MA  02120

Please join the Lexington School Committee & METCOParents to participate in small group dialogue with Principals, METCOparents and others from our school community. Dinner will be served. Bus departs Central Office at 4:45pm.  RSVP by Friday, November 16 for dinner and/or to reserve a seat on the bus by emailing Fgrullon@lexingtonma.org.

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PTA-Sponsored Fall Book Fair

  • When:  November 28 - December 4, 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

  • Where: Library

  • Special evening hours: Thursday, November 29,  6 - 7:30 pm

We’re Having a Fall Book Fair in the library.  Books for all ages (pre-K to adult): best-sellers, new releases, cookbooks, and more!
Start your holiday shopping early; make a new book donation to Cradles to Crayons, or buy something for someone on your list.
Support our Library - Come to the Book Fair!  Sponsored by the Diamond PTA.  New book donations will be delivered to Cradles to Crayons. All proceeds benefit the school library.

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School Start Time: Feedback

Please see the letter from Superintendent Julie Hackett outlining the process for considering potential changes in school start and end times, via the link Supt Letter - School Start Times.  The start time proposal was presented at the October 30 School Committee meeting. There will be a public hearing for all community members on November 20, and a feedback survey is open for the public http://bit.ly/2RleXMn.  Since changes in school start and end times have an impact on the community at large, we encourage you to review the proposal and provide your input.
Thank you,
Eileen Jay, Chair, Lexington School Committee
ejay@lexingtonma.org

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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 DescriptionTimeLocationThur, 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

Child Safety at Hancock and Adams

Some parents who are concerned about child safety at the busy intersection at Hancock and Adams have prepared a survey for the town's Traffic Safety Group to learn more from parents and others. Feel free to fill out the survey here.

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ArtSpan: Register for Winter Classes

ArtSpan, the visual arts education classes at the MunroeCenter for the Arts, opened up its winter registration on Tuesday November 13 for online registrations, and Thursday November 15 for walk-in registrations (the office is open 9-5).  There are 10-week classes for adults, children and teens in ceramics, painting, and drawing, as well as one-time workshops.  There are morning, afternoon, and evening classes available.
Details on these, and the traditional favorites can be found under the ArtSpan menu at: www.munroecenter.org.  Don’t miss the listing for FEBRUARY VACATION CAMP as well - making electronic music, grades 6-12.

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Lexington Wrestling Club

  • When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 27 - February 14, 6 - 7:30 pm

  • Where: LHS Field House

  • Grades: 3 - 8

Successful wrestlers come in all shapes and sizes. Wrestling teaches discipline, mental toughness, and sportsmanship: character traits that will serve well outside the ring for a lifetime.

Questions: Contact Lexington Recreation Department: www.lexingtonma.gov/recreation, 781.698.4800 or Jon Quint Jon_quint@hotmail.com.
"Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy" - Dan Gable 

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

  • When: Thursday November 29, 7-9 pm

  • Where: LHS, Auditorium

  • Sponsored by: Lexington SEPAC/SEPTA and the Lexington Community Coalition Partners

Patty and Gina, imperfect sisters, and authors of Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid, A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children, present a humorous and heartwarming workshop for parents. Using hilarious anecdotes and fun exercises (no Spandex required), the sisters will show attendees how to let go of the expectations they have for their children and embrace the reality.
To register, go to: https://lexsepta.org/events/shut-up-about-your-perfect-kid/. Visit lexsepta.org for more information about special education programming and resources, and please like us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/lexsepac/.

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Public Hearing on Lexington's Growing Gas Leak Problem

  • When: Tuesday November 27, 7 pm

  • Where: BattinHall, Cary Memorial Building, 1605 Mass Ave

Lexington has more natural gas leaks than ever, despite a multi-year effort to find and fix the largest gas leaks. Lexington gas customers are currently paying over $550,000 a year for this lost gas.  Please join the Lexington Board of Selectmen, our legislative delegation, Mothers Out Front, and HEETfor a public hearing on our gas leaks crisis. Find out what the increasing number of gas leaks means for the safety and health of our town, and learn what we can do about it. Let your elected leaders know about your concerns for safety, health, climate, and the rising cost of this ongoing problem.