PTA Weekly Newsletter December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018 Issue 

Dates to put in the Calendar

Friday December 14 Half Day (Conferences)

Wednesday December 19 7th Grade Field Trip

Monday December 24 -Tuesday January 1 Schools/Office closed - Vacation

Wednesday January 9 Parent Coffee, Clarke Cafeteria, 8:45 am

Thursday January 10 Half Day (Professional Learning)Announcements from Diamond PTA

Recently Approved Grants - thank you!

The PTA Board approved a grant request from the 6th grade social teachers for a special assembly by Myth Masters. Thanks to all those families who donated to the PTA this year to help support our grants program.

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Book Fair - another thank you!

Many thanks to April Maloney and Pei Ling Man for running the library book fair and thanks to all who volunteered and supported the event. Ms Tanguay was able to purchase $1000 in new books for the library. 

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Volunteer Opportunity: SHAC Liaison

The Diamond PTA is looking for a liaison to the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), which is a collaborative effort of the Lexington schools, students, family, town, and community organizations. The Lexington SHAC addresses the health and academic success of all students through a coordinated, comprehensive school and community approach. The full SHAC committee will meet two more times this academic year, and also has subcommittees including a Substance Abuse Task Force, an LGBTQ Task Force, an LPS Wellness Committee, and a Parent Academy Planning Committee. Please contact us at diamondpta@gmail.com or Julie Fenn at jfenn@lexingtonma.org if you have any questions or are interested.

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Parent Coffee: Building Communication with your Teen

  • When: Wednesday January 9, 8:45 am

  • Where: Clarke Middle School, Cafeteria

Please join your Clarke & Diamond counselors and social workers for a parent coffee. We are excited to collaborate with Lexington Youth and Family Services (LYFS) social worker, Erin Deery, in offering an interactive presentation on building communication with your teens. Parents will have an opportunity to learn about some popular theories on parent-teen communication through hands-on activities, review of resources, and discussion.

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Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

LexSEPTA / SEPAC Events: Winter / Spring 2019

Link to events:  https://lexsepta.org/events-2/.  To register for a speaker event:  click on event, registration button appears at bottom of description.

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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 DescriptionTimeLocationWed, Jan 16Winter Band Concert - Estabrook, Fiske, Elementary Select Band, Diamond MS 7 Grade, LHS Symphonic Band7pmLHS AuditoriumThu, Jan 17Winter Band Concert - Hastings, Bridge, Diamond MS 6 and 8 Grade, LHS Concert Band, LHS Wind Ensemble7pmLHS AuditoriumWed, Jan 30Winter Orchestra Concert - Estabrook 4, Hastings 4, Fiske 4, Diamond 6 and 8 Grade, LHS Symphony Orchestra7:30pmLHS GymnasiumWed, Feb 27Winter Orchestra Concert - All 5th Grade Strings, All Town Orchestra, Clarke and Diamond 7th Grade Combined Orchestra, LHS Repertoire Orchestra7:30pmLHS GymnasiumThu, Mar 7 - Sun Mar 10Diamond Middle School Musical Production "Annie"7:30pm
11amDiamond Middle School

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Community Announcements

LEF STAR Awards

As 2018 comes to a close, take this time to honor the outstanding educators and staff who give their all to your child - purchase a LEF STAR Award. The LEF STAR Award is a beautiful personalized certificate presented to your child's teacher, coach, counselor, or other staff member to thank them for their efforts. What a wonderful gift to give - recognition for making a difference in someone's life.

All proceeds from your $30 tax-deductible purchase of an individual STAR Award help fund LEF grants across all LPS schools. Thanks to LEF grants, educators can innovate in the classroom, inspire our children, and strengthen our school communities. 
Learn more and order your LEF STAR Awards today

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Lexington Youth Lacrosse

Have you registered for spring Lacrosse yet? Register before 12/15 to save $$$. LYL is open to all skill levels, has both a boy’s and girl’s program, and is dedicated to introducing, teaching, and expanding youth lacrosse through our integrated and age-based programs, which provide a fun, competitive, and instructional environment. Head over to www.lexingtonlax.org and sign up now. If you have any questions at all, please email president@lexingtonlax.org.

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Bentley University Basketball, Dec 28 and 30

  • Women's Game: Friday, December 28, 6pm

  • Men's Game:Sunday, December 30, 2pm

  • Where: Dana Center Gymnasium

Elementary School Night: Come to one or both!

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Crossing Guard Openings

The Town of Lexington is currently looking to fill two crossing guard vacancies. Interested candidates can view more detailed information here: https://www.lexingtonma.gov/sites/lexingtonma/files/uploads/crossing_guard_04.18.pdf.