PTA Weekly Newsletter January 25, 2019

January 25, 2019 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the Calendar

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

Thank you!

Many thanks to those parents who attended our Evening of Coffee and Conversation with the Principal earlier this week. And special thanks to Ramesh Kumar and Thilaka Ramesh for hosting! 
Diamond PTA

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Volunteer Opportunity: Temporary Cover for the Weekly Newsletter

Would you be interested in helping to compile and send out the Weekly Newsletter using My School Anywhere (MSA)?  We need someone to cover two editions: March 1 and March 8 (the 2 weeks after February vacation).  If you have some previous experience of MSA or if you'd like to be trained up on how to use the system, please get in touch.  It takes about an hour each week and there are detailed instructions on how to do it.  Please contact Miranda Clarke at newsletter@diamondpta.org. Thank you!

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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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Youth Substance Use: What Parents Need to Know 

  • When: Thursday, February 28, 7 pm

  • Where: LHS, Commons 2

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. This forum is co-sponsored by the LHS PTO, Clarke PTO, and Diamond PTA.

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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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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, 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

Lexington Recreation Department Summer Camps and Clinics Free Open House, Jan 26

  • When: January 26, 10 am - 2 pm

  • Where: Lexington Community Center

Featuring Lexington organizations such as: Munroe Center for the Arts, Hayden, SNAP, Lextended Day, and many more! High School Job & Volunteer Opportunities! Raffles and Giveaways! For more info e-mailrecdept@lexingtonma.gov.

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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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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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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

Tickets are now on sale for the Cary Memorial Library Foundation’s Gala for the Library’s 150th anniversary! The event takes place March 23, 7-11pm, at Cary Library. Early bird prices are $75/ticket until February 1, $100 thereafter. The gala will feature a live band, dancing, drinks & light fare, plus special performances, including by Regie Gibson, Cary Library’s Poet-in-Residence. Tickets can be purchased here.

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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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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/