PTA Weekly Newsletter April 12, 2019

April 12, 2019 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the CalendarApril 15-19No School - April VacationApril 25-28D-Minors Field TripMay 1Early Dismissal (5th Grade Move-Up Day)

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Announcements from Diamond PTA

Presentation on Youth Substance Use

Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev and School Resource Officer Kristina Hankins have kindly shared the slides that they presented at the February 28 PTO Forum on substance use. If you missed their presentation, or if you'd like to see the information again and share it with your children, you can access it here.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Green Team Parent Helpers – we need you!

Thanks to a pioneering team of parent helpers and a newly-trained group of Green Team student leaders, we are now recycling and composting in Diamond's cafeteria EVERY DAY!  We need your help to make this new schedule successful!  Each day 2 parent volunteers are needed to help direct students and student volunteers. It's easy--and a great way to see what goes on in the Diamond cafeteria at lunchtime.

If you have not volunteered before, please indicate this when you sign up - any questions please email greenteamdiamond@gmail.com. Please note all volunteers must have an up to date CORI check on file.

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Diamond PTA Board and Committee Members for 2019-2020

The Diamond PTA is starting to look for board and committee members for the 2019-2020 school year! Come join us as we work to support the teachers, students, and families of Diamond.  You’ll meet new people and know that you’re doing something to help the school.  Most jobs don’t require a significant time commitment, and many of them can be done by people working outside the home.  You can see our open positions at https://www.diamondpta.org/20192020-open-positions; please contact us at diamondpta@gmail.com if you’re interested or have any questions.

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Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Redistricting: what’s happening?

Wondering where to find information about elementary and middle school redistricting? All the latest information is available on the LPS district website (also on the Superintendant's blog).  This includes a detailed project timeline (or a brief version),  a list of working & advisory group members and advisory group meeting materials to date.  LPS will continue to post all new information here throughout the redistricting process.

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Safety Awareness for Students with Disabilities

  • When: Thursday, April 25, 2019, 9-10:30 A.M.

  • Where: Cary Memorial Building, 1605 Massachusetts Ave., Hudson Room

Please join Lexington’s Department of Special Education for a conversation with Police Chief Mark Corr.  All are welcome to attend.

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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, and the registration button appears at the bottom of the description.  Questions about Lexington’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council? Contact Carol Webb, SEPAC liaison for Diamond Middle School, at sepac@ezzellwebb.com.

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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 DescriptionTimeLocationFri, May 17Diamond Middle School 8th Grade Drama Project7pmDiamond Middle SchoolMon, Jun 3Diamond Middle School Choral Concert7pmLHS AuditoriumWed, Jun 5Diamond Middle School Orchestra Concert7pmDiamond Middle SchoolThu, Jun 6Diamond Middle School Band Concert7pmLHS Auditorium

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Community Announcements

Youth Ultimate Frisbee

  • When: Sunday afternoons, April 14–June 2

  • Where: Diamond Middle School

  • Registration

U8, U10, and U12 (grades 15): We divide the kids into small groups, each with 1-2 coaches, and teach them everything they need to know to play the game and have fun. Lots of time to scrimmage, especially for the older kids. 2–3:30pm, coed.

U14 (grades 68):  Even more scrimmage-based and will include matches against outside competition. 3:30–5:30pm, boys and girls in separate groups. Competent 5th graders can join these groups.

If you'd like guidance, please don't hesitate to contact the program director, Raphael Savir, at raphael.savir@buda.org or 781.862.4335 (home).

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Lexington Recreation April Vacation Activities

Animation with FC Academy want to make cartoons just like the pros? Class is run by the amazing Filmmakers Collaborative (FC) -https://filmmakerscollab.org/. Fee: $245; Ages: 10–14; Tuesday, April 16–Friday, April 19, 9am–12pm; Community Center, Room 242.

R.A.D. for Kids: Combined Martial Arts Inc. and the Lexington Recreation & Community Programs Department are offering Resist Abduction Defense program.  Fee: $95; Ages: 7–14; Tuesday, April 16–Friday, April 19, 12:30–2:30pm; Community Center, Room 242.

April Vacation Archery Clinic: Participants will learn to shoot a bow and arrow in the Junior Olympic archery development program under the direction of certified instructor Shawn Bowlby. Fee: $100; Ages: 9–14; Tuesday, April 16–Friday, April 19, 9–10:45am or 11am–12:45pm; Community Center, Upper Field.

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One Teacher in Ten Community Discussion

  • When: April 25, 6:30–8pm

  • Where: Lexington Depot

  • Sponsored by: Lexington Community Coalition

Talk with LGBTQ+ educators, parents and students about their experiences and good practices for fostering diversity, equity and inclusion (pre-K to college).  Our community discussion will feature:

  • Asa Sevelius (he/him/his), pre-K to grade 8 school principal (our moderator)

  • Kelly Jenkins (she/her/hers), middle school teaching assistant

  • Avon Lewis (she/her/hers), high school teacher

  • Larry Freeman (he/him/his), parent

  • Seneca Mieth (he/him/his or they/them/theirs), college student

For our community discussion of the book One Teacher in Ten, Dr. Asa Sevelius will offer an overview of the book, ask panelists to share their reflections, pose questions for small group conversation, and facilitate full group discussion.

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Library After Dark - LHS's Got Talent!

  • When: Saturday, May 11, 7-9pm

  • Where: Cary Memorial Library

  • Tickets: $10 starting April 1 online at carylibrary.org/foundation or at the door.

The Cary Memorial Library Foundation presents “Library After Dark—LHS’s Got Talent!” …showcasing the outstanding young musicians of Lexington High School. Come enjoy jazz, a Capella, chamber—and even ukulele—ensembles, as well as select soloists. Did you know that Lexington High School has been nationally recognized for its commitment to music education? Take advantage of this fun and unique opportunity to hear our homegrown, hometown talent!  Cash bar. Light refreshments.

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LEXPRESS: After School Transportation

With school bus registration already underway for next school year, you may be thinking about your after school transportation needs. With stops throughout Lexington, Lexpress can help your family get to and from after school activities.

Never used Lexpress? It’s a locally-funded bus service that has been serving the community since 1979. Service is provided Monday-Friday from early morning until early evening.  You can learn more about Lexpress by visiting our website, or by coming to our info session next Saturday, April 6 from 11:30am-12:30pm in room 242 of the Community Center, 39 Marrett Road. The session will include an overview of Lexpress, how to signal a bus to stop, how to read our schedule/map, where the bus stops on the Middlesex Turnpike, and answers to questions you may have about transit in Lexington.

Summer Transportation
Additionally, families may be seeking summer transportation, and Lexpress goes by many popular summer spots for recreation (pool, Old Res, hiking/conservation trails), camps (Hayden, Empow, Community Center, Keys for Kids, Einstein’s Workshop, Munroe Center for Arts, etc.), summer jobs, and more.  Summer Fun Passes will be on sale soon! For $60, youth riders can receive unlimited transportation on Lexpress for all of June-August.

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Summer Clay Programs

Indigo Fire Pottery Studio in Belmont is offering week long summer clay programs for middle school age children! Each week will be loosely based on a cultural theme and will include clay and mindfulness activities that promote social emotional learning through the arts, creativity and mindfulness. For more information and to register online.

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Lexington Debate Institute: two-week summer sessions

  • When: July 15–July 26 and July 29–August 9, each weekday 9am–4pm

  • Where: Lexington High School

  • Age: Students entering Grades 6–9

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 thinking, research skills, and persuasive speaking, the Lexington Debate Institute is for you!

We have a $400 registration discount for signing up before May 1. We also offer generous financial aid packages to families qualifying for free/reduced lunch. Information sessions will be held at the high school on Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24 from 7-8pm. Learn more at www.lexdebateinstitute.com/programs, and contact us with any questions at lexdebateinstitute@gmail.com.

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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/