PTA Weekly Newsletter November 2, 2018

November 02, 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)

Sunday November 4 Barre3 Class for Parents (full), 6 pm ( Barre3, Bedford)

Monday November 5 PTA Board Meeting, 9 am (Diamond) 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)

Monday November 12 No School (Veterans Day)

Wednesday November 14 Social Media and Bullying, 7:30 pm (Auditorium)

Announcements from Diamond PTA

Student Council’s food drive for the Lexington Food Pantry

Check your email or go to the Diamond homepage for information about the Student Council’s food drive for the Lexington Food Pantry. You can make your contributions of canned or dry food until November 14; please check the flyer to find out what specific foods they’re requesting.


Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Parent Presentation: Social Media and Bullying

  • When: Wednesday, November 14, 7:30 pm

  • Where: Diamond, Auditorium

Dr. Elizabeth Englander from MARC (Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center) will present to parents on the use of social media and bullying and how they impact middle school children on a daily basis.  Dr. Englander is a knowledgeable and engaging researcher, and we hope that you can join us to hear about this important and relevant topic.


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 public hearings for all community members on November 5 and 20, and a feedback survey is open for the public  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


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 Description Time Location 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 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.


Open Rehearsal & Conductor Q&A for Students, Nov 6

  • When: Tuesday, November 6, 7:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Auditorium

  • RSVPhere

Lexington Symphony invites middle and high school students to attend an Open Rehearsal for our upcoming Preserving Heritage concert.  Get the inside scoop with this unique look into the rehearsal process of Lexington's own professional orchestra, led by internationally recognized conductor, Jonathan McPhee.
Conductor Q&A
Curious about conducting? Ever wonder how a conductor thinks? Or keeps track of all those parts?  Mr. McPheewill take student questions at the end of the open rehearsal.
Student attendees will receive a voucher for a FREE student ticket to Lexington Symphony's upcoming concert: Preserving Heritage on November 10


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: Visit for more information about special education programming and resources, and please like us on Facebook:


Lexington Youth Lacrosse (Lyl) 2019 Spring Season Registration is Open!

Register now for an early bird discount and get your uniform included in the registration fee! That’s a great savings! Boys & Girls Programs: All playing levels welcome, Grades 1-8.
To register, go to:
Lexington Youth Lacrosse is dedicated to introducing, teaching, and expanding youth lacrosse. Through our integrated and age based programs, we provide a fun and instructional environment for young lacrosse players. New players at all levels welcome!


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: (Please 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 for 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


Lexington Symphony: Preserving Heritage, Nov 10

  • When: Saturday, November 10, 7:30 pm - please note earlier start time!! (6:30 Pre-Concert Talk with conductor Jonathan McPhee)

  • Where: Cary Hall

  • Tickets: $33 - $55, Youth/Student tickets $10/$15. Discounts available for groups of 8 or more.

Lexington Symphony's upcoming Preserving Heritage program brings us music of hope and resiliency. All three pieces tell an inspiring story of perseverance and hope emerging from times of turmoil. Verdi's Nabuccooverture packs the opera's dramatic majesty into one crowd-pleasing piece; guest soloist Kendra Colton's bright soprano breathes color and clarity into Canteloube'sevocative collection of French folk songs, while Hindemith's symphony journeys through conflict and loss to an ultimately triumphant, life-affirming conclusion. I hope you'll consider joining us!

Verdi| Nabucco: Overture
Canteloube| Songs of the Auvergne
Kendra Colton, Soprano
Hindemith| Mathis der Maler(Symphony)
For more information & to buy tickets, please call: 781-523-9009 or click here.


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 23, from 7 to 11 pm at 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:


Town Service 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, you 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!


Community Endowment of Lexington

Looking to get involved in our community? Want to give back to Lexington? The Community Endowment of Lexington (CEL) is currently looking to expand its roster of wonderful volunteers, and we welcome you to join our efforts.
CEL enhances the quality of life for all Lexington citizens now and in the future. We are a permanent grant-making source that supports community needs, and provides ways for donors to give back and leave a legacy to our community. CEL funds programs and services that help make life healthier and more enjoyable for all members of our community in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, the environment, and community building. CEL encourages grant applications from nonprofit organizations and town agencies that bring innovative thinking to issues facing Lexington, MA. Learn more at
CEL is seeking volunteers to aid in all aspects of our work, including social media (helping to promote CEL, manage our social media platforms, etc.) and fundraising (helping to organize our Corporate Giving program). Volunteering with CEL is a great way to get involved in our community and to meet like-minded residents who are working to help improve our town.
For more information, please email Mary Ann Sorel ( or Kimberly Hensle Lowrance (