PTA Weekly Newsletter January 18, 2019

January 18, 2019 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the Calendar

Monday January 21 No School: MLK Day

Wednesday January 23 PTA Coffee and Conversation, 2 Grey Oaks Circle, 7pm

Friday January 25 Term 2 closes

Wednesday January 30 Winter Orchestra Concert - Grade 6 and 8, LHS Gym (7:30 pm)Announcements from Diamond PTA

Updates from around the District

The PTA Presidents’ Council (PPC) meets monthly to discuss various district issues; this is a summary of topics that might be of interest to LPS/Diamond families.

  • The PPC is holding a Candidates’ Forum from 9:15-11:45 am on Thursday, February 28 at the Community Center. for the two open School Committee positions. The town-wide election is March 4.

  • The administration is in the process of collecting proposals for companies to do an Equity Audit of the district as part of the focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Further steps will be informed by the initial findings of the audit.

  • The new Hastings school is on schedule to open in February 2020. The administration has hired a consultant to assist with the redistricting process that will happen after the new building is open.

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Evening of Coffee and Conversation with Principal Jen Turner

  • When: Wednesday, January 23, 7:00-8:30 pm

  • Where: Home of Ramesh Kumar and Thilaka Ramesh, 2 Grey Oaks Circle, Lexington

We are limiting attendance to 30 people to ensure that everyone can participate in the conversation.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP by January 21 using this Google form.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Diamond PTA

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DiamondTalk Google Group: Join today!

Did you know that there is a google group for Diamond parents?  diamondtalk@googlegroups.com

The group is an email list for parents at the William Diamond Middle School in Lexington, MA, to share information that’s relevant to our kids, school or neighborhood.  If you would like to join, visit the group at: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/diamondtalk and apply for membership.

Although this is not a PTA group, we have recently started managing the group.  If you have any questions or problems signing up, please contact: newsletter@diamondpta.org.

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Diamond Green Team Update: Jan 2019

With the support of our Parent Green Team volunteers recycling and composting is significantly reducing the amount of trash produced in Diamond's cafeteria every Monday and Wednesday. We have also been composting at after-school events, such as, the French Departments Bûche De Nöel. The student Green Team, led by teachers Christine Goulet and Lonamae Shand, has been busy making a promotional video to encourage students to sign up and help with the program. The video was shown during a WIN block last week and training of the first volunteers begins this week. With the support of the student population, we hope to soon have the cafeteria composting and recycling every day.  If you’d like to get involved with a lunchtime shift please email greenteamdiamond@gmail.com.

We are also now collecting all of the plastic bags and film that the cafeteria uses. These are taken by a volunteer to the Trex collection point at Stop and Shop. Trex keeps them out of the incinerator/landfill by recycling them into composite decking products. Don't forget to take your plastic bags to Stop and Shop or any store that collects plastic bags.

If you are doing any New Year cleaning out don't forget that there is a Textile Bin at Diamond at the front of the building (Hancock Street side) in the loop near Victory Garden Way. Bayside Textiles collects all old fabrics, shoes, stuffed animals, etc and recycles them, keeping them out of the waste stream.

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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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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 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

Overcoming Unconscious Bias, Jan 20

  • When: Sunday, January 20, 2-4 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. Registration is required: https://www.lexpridema.org/events/2019/1/20/overcoming-unconscious-bias-free-workshop.

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Lexington’s 6th Annual MLK Day of Service, Jan 21

  • When: Monday January 21 (weekend events on the 19 and 20, too)

Join us as we unite our Lexington and adjacent towns’ communities in reflection and celebration of Dr. King’s legacy. On Lexington’s 6th Annual MLK Day Commemoration, social action, educational events, opportunities for meaningful conversations and much more are part of a full day of activities. So make the Holiday uplifting and impactful by participating in any of the various family-friendly volunteer activities to serve those less fortunate. Additional information and to sign up to volunteer.

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Raising White Kids: Building Skills for Raising Anti-Racist Children, Jan 24

  • When: Thursday, January 24, 7-9 pm

  • Where: Rm 24-25, Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln Street

Jennifer Harvey’s book, Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America, offers both general guidance and specific strategies for addressing issues of race with white children. The workshop will begin with a summary of Harvey’s central ideas and some examples of skillful responses to challenging situations, followed by smaller group sessions to practice and discuss responses to possible scenarios. Reading the book ahead of time will be helpful but is not necessary. RSVPs are helpful but not necessary; questions welcomed at: FRR@follen.org. Jointly sponsored by Follen Church (UU) and Temple Isaiah.

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

  • When: Thursday, February 7, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

  • 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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Save the Date: 5th Annual Lexington Parent Academy, Mar 23

  • 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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Come Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Cary Memorial Library, Mar 23

  • When: March 23, 7-11 pm (hosted by the Library's Foundation)

  • Where: Cary Memorial Library

The celebration includes dancing to the music of the band Acoustic Roadshow, features special performances (including a reading by Cary’s Poet-in-Residence Regie Gibson), and showcases innovative spaces within the library. The event also will provide a specialty Bourbon Bar and a variety of delicious light bites and desserts from local eateries.
The Cary Memorial Library Foundation is hosting the 150th Anniversary Gala to honor the legacy of the library’s founder, Maria Hastings Cary. Maria Cary saw the need to create a public library in Lexington, and, in 1868, committed the first funds towards its establishment. In doing so, she also challenged the town and residents of Lexington to match her contribution in a public-private partnership.
That public-private partnership continues today, with private funding for the library raised by the Cary Memorial Library Foundation to supplement the tax-supported funding provided to the library from the Town of Lexington.
We hope you can join for a fun evening while supporting a most worthwhile cause!
Purchase your tickets here.

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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/