PTA Weekly Newsletter November 30, 2018

November 30, 2018 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the CalendarMonday December 3
Tuesday December 4
Book Fair, 7:30 am - 3:30 pm (Library)Friday December 7Half Day (Conferences)Monday December 10Chorus Concert: Grades 6 - 8, 7 - 9 pmTuesday December 11D-Minors, Men's and Women's Choirs Concert, 7 - 9 pmFriday December 14Half Day (Conferences)Announcements from Diamond PTA

2018-2019 Print Directories Distributed

Print directories were distributed to students in homeroom before the Thanksgiving holiday. If you expected to receive a copy as part of your PTA Annual Donation and did not, please check with your student(s). If they do not have it, please email us at directory@diamondpta.org. Thank you to parents Saimanti Das and Marianne Slight for their work producing the directory. And a big thank you to Amy Jackson, Matt Powers and the ILP students and staff for their assistance in labeling and distributing over 300 directories again this year - a big job well done!!

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Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Fall Book Fair: Support our Diamond Library

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

  • Where: Library

Cash, Check or Credit Accepted
Our staff have made wish lists available through the link below. What a great way to show your appreciation for our Diamond staff and all they do for our children through the year. Makes a great gift! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f48a8a72fa0ff2-teachers
Any questions: aam1us@yahoo.com or peiling_man@hotmail.com

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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

LEF STAR Sunday

This holiday season show your child's teachers, coaches, counselors and school staff how much you appreciate their sparkle. Gift an LEF STAR Award. To encourage a galaxy of STARs around Lexington, we're offering a discount for ONE DAY ONLY - Sunday December 2 - LEF STAR Awards are 1 Individual Award for $20, or 1 Group Award for $50 - a $10 savings for each award!
Click here to learn more, and mark your calendar for LEF STAR Sunday!

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Public Speaking and Critical Thinking Skills For Your Child

  • When: December 26-27 or December 28-29

Lumos is offering 2-day Public Speaking workshops during December break! Your child will love Lumos's friendly instructors and fun activities as they learn about:

  • Speaking Confidence

  • Impromptu Speaking

  • Debate Fundamentals

  • Argumentation and Reasoning

Right now you can use the code COMMUNITY to get $20 off. Email info@lumosdebate.com or call 617-901-4564 with any questions. To register, go to lumosdebate.com/vaca-workshop

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Maestro Musicians Academy

Looking for a good Christmas or Hanukkah gift for the kids? Enhance their academic and interpersonal skills with music lessons at the Maestro Musicians Academy!  We are the FASTEST GROWING MUSIC SCHOOL in the greater Lexington area and parents and kids love our music instructors. Lessons in Piano, Violin, Voice, Guitar, Cello, Trumpet, Sax, Drums, and much more!

If you contact us to sign up for a month of lessons before Dec. 25 and quote "PTA30", we'll give you FREE registration ($30 value)! Signing up has never been easier. Request info atmaestromusicianslexington.com/request-infolessons@maestromusicians.com, or 857-756-5230. Find out more today!

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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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Upcoming Recreation Department Youth Programs

To register for any of the programs above please follow this link https://www.activityreg.com/clientpage_t2.wcs?clientid=LXNGTNMA&siteid=1 the programs are listed under the Dec/Feb Break Vacation Programs. If there are any questions about these programs please email Thomas Romano at tromano@lexingtonma.gov or you can call the Lexington Community Center at 781-698-4800. 

 Friday Recreation & Social Hangout!

  • Date: Friday, December 14, 6-8:30pm

  • Location: Lexington Community Center

  • Ages: 11-13

  • Fee: $10 per child

Come over to the Lexington Community Center for a night of fun with music, concessions, billiards, corn hole, air hockey, video games and more! Plan to come with all your friends and hang out for a couple hours.

 Family Fun Night – BINGO!

  • Date: Friday, December 7, 6:30-8:30pm

  • Location: Lexington Community Center Room 139

  • Ages: 5+

  • Fee: $20/family

 Bring your friends and family over for a fun night of BINGO at the Community Center!  Entrance fee includes all your playing needs, light refreshments, snacks, and prizes throughout the night.  We will be playing 10 rounds of BINGO so there are many chances to win! ”Walk-ins” are welcome, but pre-registration is required to be guaranteed participation in this event.

Winter Vacation Chess Mini Clinic

  • Date: Wednesday-Friday, December 26 – 28, 10am-12pm

  • Location: Lexington Community Center Room 232

  • Ages: 6-12

  • Fee: $100

Join U.S. Chess Federation expert Jim Della Selva for a December Vacation Chess Clinic.  This program will provide beginner and intermediate chess players with the opportunity to learn more about the game and practice their skills in daily matches. You will also learn from your peers as well as learn how a chess clock works! 

 Combined Martial Arts December Break

  • Date: Wednesday-Friday, December 26 – 28, 1-3:30pm

  • Location: Lexington Community Center Room 006

  • Ages: 6-12

  • Fee: $95

Come to the Community Center and join instructor Charles Crayton Jr., a 6th degree black belt with 30 years of experience, for classes in combined martial arts.  Come away learning self-defense moves of all kinds, a sharper mind, patience, and self-discipline.

 F.A.S.T. Athletics December Vacation Sports Mania

  • Date: Wednesday-Friday, December 26 – 28, 9am-12pm (half day), 9am-3pm (full day)

  • Location: Estabrook School Gym

  • Ages: 7-13

  • Fee: $85 (half day) $135 (full day)

Join us for three fun-filled days of sports and games with our Sports Mania program.  All participants will have a great time playing soccer, basketball, flag football, dodgeball, and kick ball, but the fun continues with hand ball and pillow polo.  Each day begins with proper stretching and warm-up games, and follows with the teaching of basic skills in the sports we play that day.  More games and tournaments will be featured in this exciting three day vacation program held in a safe and FUN environment.  Please bring a water bottle, snacks, drinks, and peanut-free lunch (for full day participants) each day and be sure to register early! 

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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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Simplify the Season

  • When: Thursday, December 6, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: Cary Library

  • Co-sponsored by: Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition (GWAC), Lexington Public Schools Green Teams, Cary Memorial Library

Are you looking for less stress, less stuff, more fun and more meaning this holiday season? This evening of conviviality will be filled with ways to rejuvenate yourself and your loved ones, while opting out of the commercial hype. We’ll kick off with The Story of Stuff, a video that offers a vision for change and explains how our obsession with goods is impacting our planet, communities and health. Enjoy treats while exploring ideas for greening your gatherings, including alternative and homemade gifts, and tips for reducing food waste.

In addition we will be collecting gently used kitchen items to donate to Household Goods in Acton. Household Goods (https://householdgoods.org/about/) provides items, free of charge, to help people in need make a home. They are in urgent need of basic kitchens essentials: pot holders, can openers, measuring cups and spoons, cooking spoons, spatulas, peelers, etc.
Bring your friends and neighbors to this fun event and please feel free your ideas on how to green the holiday season.