PTA Weekly Newsletter February 1, 2019

February 1, 2019 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the Calendar

Monday February 4 Incoming 9th Grade Parent/ Guardian Information Night, 
LHS Auditorium (6:30 pm)

Thursday February 7 Curriculum Night, LHS (6:30 pm)

Monday February 11 PTA Board Meeting (9 am)
8th Grade Parent Forum, Community Center, Rm 139 (9 am)

Wednesday February 13 8th Grade Parent Forum, LHS Science Auditorium (7 pm)

February 18-22 Schools closed (February vacation)Announcements from Diamond PTA

Youth Substance Use: What Parents Need to Know 

  • When: Thursday, February 28, 7 pm

  • Where: LHS, Commons 2

  • Co-sponsored by: LHS PTO, Clarke PTO, and Diamond PTA

Parents of 6-12th graders are invited to this important session led by LPD School Resource Officer Kristina Hankins and Lexington Public Schools Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev, LICSW. Parents will have the opportunity to hear about current trends in youth substance use (including vaping, marijuana, and alcohol); review recent data; understand the science behind the developing brain and the impact of substances; and learn strategies for talking with their children. LHS students will also be in attendance to facilitate Q&A with parents. This will be an interactive session, and all are welcome. The "Hidden in Plain Sight" display of a mock teen bedroom will also be set up starting at 6:30 for parents to walk through to help them understand common household items that could be an indication of substance use by their teen.

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Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Parents/Guardians of Grade 8 Students: Class of 2023 Events

  • February 4, 6:30-7:30 pm: Incoming 9th Grade Parent/ Guardian Information Night - Students Welcome at LHS Auditorium

  • February 7, 6.30-8 pm: Curriculum Night at LHS

  • February 11, 9-10:30 am: 8th Grade Parent Forum at the Lexington Community Center (39 Marrett Road, Rm 139)

  • February 13, 7-9 pm 8th Grade Parent Forum in the LHS Science Auditorium (enter the school via the main entrance off Worthen Road, then follow signs)

  • February 26 and February 28: LHS Presentation to Diamond MS Students (in school)

For more information on events at LHS:

8th Grade Parent Forum: All 8th grade parents are invited to come learn more about life at LHS from a panel of current LHS parents. This will be a Q&A session, so bring all of your parent-to-parent questions about helping your child navigate the transition to high school. The morning and evening sessions will both have the same format: attend whichever one is most convenient for you.

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Social Communication Strategies with Beverly Montgomery

  • When: Tuesday, February 12, 7 pm

  • Where: Community Center, Rm 242

Do you know a child or teen who struggles with knowing what to say, who to say it to, and when to say it? Are their reactions too big or emotions out of control? Is getting out the door a constant struggle? If so, join us for this seminar where you will learn practical strategies for building these skills and more. Participants will gain a better understanding of the role of executive functioning in social-emotional learning. 

About Beverly:
Beverly Montgomery, M.S., CCC-SLP, earned her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University where she specialized in pragmatic and narrative language. After spending more than 9 years in the Lexington Public Schools she founded Lex Communicate in 2011. Beverly developed a team-based model which is a collaborative, therapeutic relationship between herself, other providers, schools and, most importantly, the family. Inspired by her opportunity to work with executive functioning expert Sarah Ward, she specializes in combining social communication and executive functioning treatment and has advanced training in these areas.

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Save the Date: 5th Annual Lexington Parent Academy

  • When: Saturday, March 23, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

  • Where: Lexington’s Community Center

Designed to educate and empower parents and caregivers to manage the changing demands of parenting in today’s world, this is a free event for all interested parents and community members.  A list of presenters will available soon.  Please contact Julie Fenn, Assistant Coordinator of PE, Health and Wellness with any questions:jfenn@lexingtonma.org.

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Parents Supporting Parents of Children with Special Needs in Lexington Public Schools

SEPAC meets regularly with LPS administration to be the voice of our parent community. Advising on concerns and opportunities. Our goal is to give all children safe and equitable opportunities in Special Education and to help fellow parents. Whether your child is on an IEP, a 504 plan, or you are interested in learning about the special education process, SEPAC is here to support, educate and connect. We are here for all parents to look for resources, find support, and stay informed.
We invite all parents and community members to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our web site.

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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 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, 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

Anime Your Way, Feb 5

  • When: Tuesday, February 5, 6:30 pm

  • Where: Cary Memorial Library

We are bringing a professional animator to the library to conduct a 75 minute workshop on drawing Anime characters. The program, entitled Anime Your Way, is open to grades 6-12.  It is free, however, registration is required.
Michelle Techler, Teen Services Manager, Cary Memorial Library
Tel: 781.862.6288 x84441

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Enough as She is: An empowering evening with Rachel Simmons, Feb 7

  • When: Thursday, February 7, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

  • Where: Nashoba Brooks School, 200 Strawberry Hill Road, Concord, MA

Today’s girls have never been more “successful,” but they have never been more unhappy. Too many feel that no matter how hard they try they will never measure up to the “Supergirl” impossible standards of success. With more than two decades of experience and research, New York Times best-selling author Rachel Simmons offers a clear understanding of this problem facing our girls today and provides actionable advice and tangible strategies for parents and educators so they can best support girls as they navigate the waves of adolescence to live their best, most fulfilling lives.
Free and open to the public. Limited number of books available for sale and book signing at the conclusion of the event.  Please contact Betty Ann Killian at bkillian@nashobabrooks.org with any questions.

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Overcoming Unconscious Bias Workshop, Feb 11 or Feb 23

  • When: Monday, February 11, 6:30 - 8:30 pm or February 23, 10 am - 12 pm

  • Where: Cary Library (large meeting room)

All of us harbor unconscious biases, even those of us with positive intentions. The good news is that training can help us recognize our biases, challenge them, and replace them with inclusive practices. Doing so can create a more just and welcoming environment for all. This training covers all types of biases. It is suitable for adults and motivated teens. Sponsored by LexPride and Cary Memorial Library.  This event is free, but space is limited. Please sign up on the library's online calendar.

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SUGART Winter Break Music and Art Camp

  • When: February 28 - 22

Our art studio is a bilingual (English and Mandarin) arts education studio based in Lexington, MA. We would like to reach out to Lexington Public Schools and the children regarding an exciting winter break program offered by our studio from February 18 to the 22. Sugart will combine a music curriculum with a visual arts curriculum in a holistic way that will help children develop their artistic sense in a thorough manner.

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Volunteer Opportunity: LEF Parent Representatives at Diamond

The Lexington Education Foundation is looking for more Diamond parents to join our Community Relations team. We are a team of parents from all 9 LPS schools and other community groups (liaisons with IAL, CAAL, KOLex), working together to promote LEF across Lexington.  We organize events, such Unplugged in February and the Celebration for Education Family event in June.  We help promote LEF's campaigns and events, sharing information with our communities electronically and at meetings.  We get together as a team 4-5 times a year to coordinate activities. The commitment is probably about 1 hour/week on average, spread evenly throughout the year, but with an opportunity to get more involved in specific events or campaigns that match your skills and inetrests.  If you would like to learn more, please contact Miranda Clarke at mirandaclarke@ymail.com. Thank you!

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Kindergarten Connection

Will your child be starting Kindergarten in Lexington Public Schools in Fall 2019?  LexFUN! invites you to join Kindergarten Connection to help ease the transition.  Connecting you and your child to other children entering Kindergarten at YOUR Lexington elementary school before school actually starts!  By signing up for Kindergarten Connection you will benefit from

  • LexFUN! Kindergarten Connection Parents Forum, March 28, 2019 at 7pm, St. Brigid’s Church, Keilty Hall - your chance to ask seasoned parents questions relating to your school

  • LexFUN! Kindergarten Connection Playdate, sign-up by April 22, 2019 for playdates in May and June - your child can make friends in an informal setting with other children in your school

  • LexFUN! Kindergarten All-School Playdate, Sunday, August 25, 2019, at your school - your child plays with their future classmates while parents connect

To sign up, visit https://lexfun.org/kc.  LexFUN! is the preschool PTA for parents with children aged 5 and under in Lexington.

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Quick Links

  • Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Recent Weekly Announcements are posted at the William Diamond Middle School PTA website: http://www.diamondpta.org/weekly/