PTA Weekly Newsletter March 8, 2019

March 8, 2019 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the CalendarMarch 7 - 10School Musical "Annie", Auditorium (7:30pm, 11am)Monday March 11PTA Board Meeting, Diamond, 9amSaturday March 167th and 8th Grade Diamond Parent Social (7pm -10pm)Saturday March 306th Grade Diamond Parent Social (7pm - 10pm)

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Announcements from Diamond PTA

Diamond Parent Socials

Please join us at these fun informal evenings! They are a great way to connect with fellow parents and friends in your child's grade.

7th & 8th Grade Parents:

  • When: Saturday, March 16th 7:00-10:00pm

  • Where: at the home of Yingfang (Christine) Ni & Fan Ye

Please RSVP by Monday using this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/7th-8th-grade-parents-social-by-diamond-pta-tickets-57735412172

6th Grade Parents: 

  • When: Saturday, March 30 7:00-10:00pm

  • Where: at the home of Gretchen & Chris Reisig

Save the date! An invitation will arrive in your inbox soon.

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Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

LexSEPAC/SEPTA Special Education Resource Fair

  • When: Saturday, March 9, 10 am - 1 pm

  • Where: FUSE School and Program (110 Hartwell Ave., Lexington)

Come meet therapists, recreational organizations, nonprofits, support groups, and other providers who serve families and children with special needs. Child care will be available. For more information about the fair and a list of organizations that will be there (updated on an ongoing basis), please go to https://lexsepta.org/events/2nd-annual-resource-fair/

Visit lexsepta.org for more information about special education programming and resources, and please like us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/lexsepac/

Questions: Contact Carol Webb, Diamond MS liaison to SEPAC/SEPTA. sepac@ezzellwebb.com.

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Improve your Middle Schooler’s Well-being through Insight from their Peers!

  • When: Wednesday March 13th at 7:00 pm

  • Where: Lexington Community Center, Room 242 (39 Marrett Rd, Lexington)

The LYFS Youth Advisory Board, comprised of current Lexington High School students, is ready to answer your questions! In collaboration with Lexington social worker Erin Deery LICSW, the teens will be covering topics like the middle school to high school transition, managing technology, identifying when a teen is at risk and balancing stress with success. This will be an interactive discussion that continuously answers audience questions, thus getting to the core of parents’ concerns.

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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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Fourth Annual Diamond STEAM Fair 2019

  • When: Wednesday, March 27, 6-7:30pm (awards 7:30-8pm)

  • Where: Diamond Cafeteria

  • Register: Use QR code on the flyers and mini cards, or go to the website and select STEAM FAIR

  • Registration deadline: March 10

Who can participate? All Diamond students can participate, either as individuals or in a team.
Is this a Science Fair?  A STEAM fair is similar to a science fair, but is open to even more project topics. Steami s an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math.  Projects at past fairs have included a variety of topics: poetry, a homemade beverage dispenser, an intro to fencing, human impact on coral reefs, optical illusions, DNA models, optimizing a glider, the best tasting cookie, slime, ultimate artwork, origami, clay figures, black holes, bottle rockets, Flint Michigan water crisis, music compositions, and more.
Can I use a project I created for something else? Yes! If you have created a poem, composed music, or created artwork, you can share it at the steamfair.  If you were on a robotics team, you can bring in your robot.  If you participated in the Science Olympiad you can bring in your project. If you have a project for a class in school, you can bring it.  You can create a project specifically for thesteamfairon a topic that interests you, or you can use a project you created that you would like to share with others at the fair.
Do I have to make a poster?  No, it's not required.
Are there awards?  Awards will be determined in multiple categories by impartial members of the community, in addition to a "People's Choice" award to be determined by visitors at the fair.
Questions? Email stemdiamond@gmail.com

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Let’s Be Honest: Talking with Adolescents about Sex and Sexuality

  • When:       Thursday, March 28, 7 pm

  • Where:      Lexington High School Science Lecture Hall

Studies show that children who have frequent and open conversations with their parents about sex and sexuality are more likely to make healthy and responsible decisions. Parents and guardians of middle and high school students are invited to join Lily Kofke, Parent Educator from Planned Parenthood, for this perennially popular workshop about how to create a comfortable environment of trust for talking about sex and sexuality. This free event is co-sponsored by the Clarke PTO, Diamond PTA, and LHS PTO. 

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Film Series

The LHS, Clarke, and Diamond PTOs invite you to view the following documentaries, each to be followed by a discussion.  Open to all (note ages of children for which these are appropriate).

ANGST: Anxiety Disorders are Real, Common and Treatable - a documentary followed up with a discussion led by Clinician, Jon Mattleman and young adult speaker from Minding Your Mind

  • When: Wednesday April 3, 7-9pm

  • Where: LHS Auditorium

Details on Angst: https://angstmovie.com/

Free and Appropriate for all parents and children 12 and over
 

LIKE: A documentary about the effect of social media on our lives - followed up with a discussion led by LPS Enforcement Officer Kristina Hankins and LPS Prevention Specialist and LICSW, Kristie Demiriv

  • When: Wednesday April 10, 7-9pm

  • Where: LHS Auditorium

Details on LIKE: https://www.thelikemovie.com/

Free and Appropriate for all parents and children 12 and over

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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 DescriptionTimeLocationThu, Mar 7 - Sun Mar 10Diamond Middle School Musical Production "Annie"7:30pm
11amDiamond Middle SchoolWed, Mar 13LPS Vertical Chorus Concert (Grades 5-12)6:30pmLHS Gymnasium

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Community Announcements

Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Mar 13
"moving and illuminating" -- The New York Times
"touching, triumphant tribute" -- Common Sense Media
"timely and timeless" -- Rolling Stone

Come to a free screening of the Mr. Rogers documentary, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?”, part of the 2019 Discovery Museum Speaker Series. Doors open at 6:30pm, movie 7 – 9pm. Watch the official trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhwktRDG_aQ

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The Jessica Bussgang Rosenbloom Skating Award

The Jessica Bussgang Rosenbloom Skating Award will be awarded for the second time on May 29, 2019 at the LHS awards night to a LHS sophomore, junior or senior who has excelled both academically and in figure skating.  The application is due on Wednesday, April 3rd by 3pm to Joanne Tringale in the LHS Counseling Department.  Applicants must reside in Lexington and skate competitively either as a singles skater, pairs skater, ice dancer, or synchronized skater, or participate in ice theatre.  For more details, please see https://tinyurl.com/y6nfd8sk.

Submissions can be sent electronically, by mail or dropped off by Wednesday, April 3 to:

Joanne Tringale, LHS Counseling Department jtringale@lexingtonma.org, 781-861-2320x69722

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Lexington Ski Club

For almost fifty years the Lexington Ski Club has catered to avid snow sport families.  Members enjoy comfortable accommodations at our lodge located in the White Mountains, prepared hot meals during ski season, and after ski activities such as board games and ping pong.  If your family likes to ski or snowboard and appreciates cooperative living, the Lexington Ski Club might be for you.  Currently, we are accepting applications for new members.  For additional information, please contact Joe Scholl at jpscholl4@gmail.comor 781-891-1832 or visit our website.

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Lexington Recreation & Community Programs

The Lexington Recreation & Community Programs are now enrolling for summer 2019.  For complete program guide and registration information, visit: https://www.lexingtonma.gov/sites/lexingtonma/files/uploads/summerprogramsbrochure.pdf

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Middlesex Community College Summer Programs for Kids

College for Kids (CFK) provides children with an exciting range of unique opportunities to explore careers, gain new knowledge, develop new skills and boost their self-confidence. Our College for Kids program strives to employ either public school teachers or experts in the field.  All program employees have experience instructing children in the content area.  Programs are offered on the Bedford and Lowell campuses, as well as a theater program at the Merrimack Repertory Theater in Lowell.  Please note the recommended ages of each program carefully when registering your child as they range between 8 - 17.  Unless otherwise stated the cost for each program includes materials/activities.  More details and registration information can be found here: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/collegeforkids/

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Lexington Debate Institute

  • Time: Two-week Sessions: July 15 – July 26 and July 29 - August 9
    One-week Sessions: July 15 – July 19 and July 29 – August

  • Where: LHS, 9 am - 4 pm

  • For: students entering 6th-9th grade

The Lexington Debate Institute is back for a third summer!  We teach the fundamental skills of debate, research a real-world issue, and culminate with a Public Forum style tournament at the end, so that students can apply and show off their knowledge and new skills.  Enrollment is limited to ensure a high faculty-to-student ratio.  The one-week sessions focus on core presentation and argument skills, and include two full-length debates, as well as a demonstration debate from nationally successful instructors.  Endorsed by the Harvard Debate Council and run by Backers of Lexington Debate, it is the premier nonprofit middle school debate program in New England.  If you are interested in helping your child hone their critical thinkingresearch skills, and persuasive speaking, the Lexington Debate Institute is for you!
 We offer generous financial aid packages to families qualifying for free/reduced lunch. Learn more at www.lexdebateinstitute.com, and contact us with any questions at lexdebateinstitute@gmail.com.

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Parent/Student Volunteer Opportunity

Description: LHS Green Team would like to thank the staff, parents and students who have worked hard to run Lexington High School Compost Friday program.  We are adding one more station to manage the composting needs of the large student body.  Please help us by signing up to manage the Zero Waste Stations during lunch at LHS.  Easy explanations and visual guides provided.

Parents/Staff Sign Up - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a084ca4ae2aa3fd0-lhslunchtime1

Students Sign Up - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a084ca4ae2aa3fd0-lhslunchtime

Questions: Email us at lpsgreenteams@gmail.com