PTA Newsletter for the week beginning 2/12/2018

Dates to put on the calendar


· Feb 12 (Mon): 5:30-6:30PM Incoming 9th Grade Parent Information Night – LHS

· Feb 12-16: World Language Week

· Feb 15 (Thu): 5:00-9:00PM World Language Pot Luck & Film Festival

· Feb 19-23: No School: Presidents’ Day & February Vacation

· Feb 26 (Mon): 7:00-8:30PM Parent Forum: Going to LHS at LHS Auditorium

· Feb 27 (Tue): 7:00-8:00PM Ski Trip Information Meeting

· Feb 28 (Wed): 9:40-11:00AM Parent Forum: Going to LHS at Community Center


Announcements from Diamond PTA



Volunteers Needed


Diamond’s world language department will be hosting its annual “International Potluck Dinner” on Thursday, February 15th at 6pm. Year after year, this has been a wonderful event that welcomes the entire Diamond community to come together and celebrate our diversity as we enjoy delicious dishes from around the globe!

We are looking for a few parents who might be willing to assist with setting up the cafeteria prior to the event, at 5:30, and cleaning up after dinner, at 7pm, as the World Language staff is needed in the auditorium to facilitate the Film Festival awards ceremony. Please email the PTA at if you are available to help at either time. We welcome any other suggestions you may have to make our event as spectacular as possible! Merci, gracias, xie xie! ~Diamond world language department


Board Meetings


Interested in learning more about the Diamond PTA? Wondering how you can get involved?

Our monthly board meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend. Our next meeting is on Monday, February 12 from 9:00-10:30 am at Diamond; upcoming dates are listed in the PTA calendar on our website. We’ll be asking soon for new volunteers and board members for the upcoming school year, so feel free to stop by, meet the board, and see what we do!



Parent Social


Mark your calendars for our annual Diamond Parent Social! It will be held on the evening of March 24 at the home of Amy and Christian Boutwell. More details to come soon!



My Favorite Teacher contest

Barnes and Noble is hosting our My Favorite Teacher contest and would like to invite your school to participate! With the My Favorite Teacher contest, the winning teacher’s school has the opportunity to win up to $5,000.


Here’s how it works; students write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter sharing how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them. Each entry should be submitted with the entry form with parent or guardian approval by March 1st.

The students who have the winning essays, poems, or thank-you letters will receive a certificate of recognition and be honored at their store during a ceremony for the winning teachers from their schools. In addition, the student who authors the winning essay, poem, or thank-you letter for the teacher that wins the “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year” will also receive a $500 Barnes & Noble gift certificate and NOOK device.


The winning teachers will be recognized at a special event at their local Barnes & Noble store and will receive a special award acknowledging their achievement as well as additional recognition and praise from their community. The five regional winning teachers will each receive a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. The winner of the "Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year" award will receive $5,000 and will be recognized at a special event at a Barnes & Noble store. The winning teacher's school will receive $5,000 as well.

For more information or for an entry form, please visit . Entries can be dropped off in the Diamond front office before March 1st.



Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events


8th Grade Parent Forum: Going to LHS


Monday, 2/26, 7-8:30 pm in the Lexington High School Science Auditorium (enter the school via the main entrance off Worthen Road, then follow signs)


OR –

Wednesday, 2/28, 9:40-11 am at the Lexington Community Center (39 Marrett Road, Room 139)


This Q&A forum is an opportunity for 8th grade parents to learn about the transition to high school from a panel of experienced LHS parents. Bring your questions about classes, schedules, sports, music groups, clubs, community service, lockers, homework, and whatever else you are wondering about high school! The morning and evening sessions will have the same format: attend whichever one is most convenient for you.



Community Announcements



Leadership and Public Speaking Workshop. 


Lumos is running a 2-day Debate Workshop during February and April vacation breaks. Your child will study public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership with experienced instructors. The class is lots of fun and very active - a good class even for for shy or quiet kids. The class is open to students Grades 6-9. For more info call 617-901-4564. Register at:



MIT Museum February Workshops

Is your middle school student looking for something unique and fun to do over February break? Check out the MIT Museum's day-long workshops: 

Designed just for middle schoolers, each day is an exploration of robotics, data sculptures, or citizen science projects in the Museum and includes a tour of an MIT lab, gallery or other interesting site on campus. Limited to 20 students.






BioBuilder is hosting a February Break Workshop for 10-14-year-old students interested in synthetic biology and getting hands-on time in a biology lab with a trained scientist. 

The program will be held from February 20-22, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Lab Central (700 Main Street, Cambridge). For more information and to register, check out this link: