PTA Newsletter for the Week of February 26, 2018

Dates to put on the calendar


  • Feb 26 (Mon): 7:00-8:30PM Parent Forum: Going to LHS
  • 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
  • Mar 1 (Thu): PPC School Committee Candidates’ Forum at Cary Memorial Library
  • Mar 8 (Thu): 7:30Pm Musical
  • Mar 9 (Fri): 7:30Pm Musical
  • Mar 10 (Sat): 7:30Pm Musical
  • Mar 15 (Thu): 11:45 Early Release for Professional Learning
  • Mar 24 (Sat): Annual Diamond Parent Social
  • Mar 28 (Wed): 7:00-8:30PM 5th Grade Parent Night
  • Mar 30(Fri): No School: Good Friday



Announcements from Diamond PTA



Parent Social


Save the date! Our annual Diamond Parent Social will be held on the evening of March 24 at the home of Amy and Christian Boutwell. Be on the lookout for an email soon with more details!


Thank You


The new Diamond PTA Green Team would like to extend our thanks to the World Language faculty, Diamond administration, parents, and students who enthusiastically supported our recycling and composting efforts at the International Potluck dinner! If there are parents who are interested in getting involved in future Green Team projects, please email We are looking forward to pursuing more opportunities for the Diamond community to be "green". 


Many thanks to 7th grade parent representative Marie-Tristan Rago for organizing the 7th grade family evening at the Celtics game on February 14th. Fun was had by all despite the Celtic's loss, and the kids especially enjoyed high-fiving the players during half time!


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.



PPC School Committee Candidates’ Forum - Thursday, Mar 1, 9:30am, Cary Memorial Library


On Thursday, March 1, from 9:30am to 11:00am, the PTA/O Presidents’ Council (PPC) will host its annual School Committee Candidates’ Forum.  The event will take place in the Large Meeting Room in the lower level of Cary Memorial Library.  


Residents are encouraged to come and find out more about Kathleen Lenihan and Deepika Swahney, the two candidates running for School Committee.  Though it is an uncontested election, we expect to have lively conversation and share questions and thoughts about what our community would like to see from members of the School Committee going forward.  There will be ample time for audience questions.  


For more information or questions, please email:  



Community Announcements



Girls Leadership and Empowerment Opportunity


Girls Take Charge is a hands on leadership and empowerment program to help girls to become stronger self-advocates and values based team leaders.  In the past 11 years this national award winning program has inspired and educated over 6,000 girls. Girls Take Charge will take place at Simmons College this summer! Girls Take Charge is open to girls who are current 6th – 8th graders. More information can be found at (





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: