Diamond DRUM Beat Newsletter

Congratulations to our 8th grade class - we celebrated their moving on to High School last night and it was a beautiful ceremony. We wish them all the best as they move beyond the walls of Diamond.

Thank you to all of the parents and staff that made last night's ceremony possible - without your help we would never be able to host such a wonderful evening.

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Update on Redistricting

Since the start of our elementary and middle school redistricting project in February, Advisory and Working Groups were formed and have begun their work. They have established redistricting criteria that will be used to evaluate and revise potential redistricting plans. The process also included a review of school capacities, enrollment, housing and town land use, student transportation and school committee policies, among other information. To view the details of this work, you can visit the redistricting webpage at: http://bit.ly/RedistrictBlog

This work is still expected to culminate with a preferred redistricting plan to be presented for public comment early this fall. Following a review of community feedback and any needed revision, a final recommendation will be presented to School Committee for vote. Approved maps will be implemented for the 2020-21 school year.

Please remember that at pick up time, cars should not be entering the Hancock Street side until after 3:00pm to allow the buses to pick up students and exit the campus.

Also - in the morning, please drop off students in the car loop to the right - do not enter the bus loop by the front of the building except to exit. Please drive down and around the drop off circle and allow your child to exit your car on the right in front of the building.

An important reminder - if students are not with a staff member for an after school club or activity, they must leave campus as we do not have adult supervision available.

Lexington Memorial Concert and Service for Janet Haas,

Beloved Musician and Teacher

On Saturday, June 22, 1:30-3:00pm, at Lexington High School, students, colleagues, friends and family will gather to honor the life of Janet Haas, a revered and beloved string teacher in Lexington for 31 years. Performing musicians for the concert will include her many recent school-age students as well as accomplished alumni and colleagues from her long illustrious career. Speakers will honor Janet and a reception follows for all.

When Janet began teaching in Lexington the high school orchestra had 17 string students. 31 years later there are nearly 200 string players in 3 orchestras. During those same inspiring years Janet was also a vibrant member of the Boston music scene, playing viola da gamba and violone in numerous early music ensembles and freelancing as a double bass player.

Janet is remembered not only as a brilliant musician, teacher and colleague but also as a woman of the highest professional, personal and musical integrity. She deeply wanted her students to experience the fullest passion for music. When she saw a need among her students or in a program she quietly rose to address that need. If a student wanted to learn to play bass at a school that was not in her schedule she would find a way to fit them in. She was a living example to her students of commitment, honesty and perseverance. Praise from Ms. Haas was a precious gift that meant her students had done something truly special and important.

A month after diagnosis, Janet died of a brain tumor on January 9, 2019. Surviving her are her husband Eric Haas, daughter Amelia Smith, mother Lucy Reeve, and brother Mark Reeve. Janet will also be deeply missed by her colleagues and friends in Lexington and in the greater Boston musical community. She was one of a kind. Her community is profoundly enriched by her years of generosity, wit, spirit and passion.

The public is warmly invited to attend the memorial concert and celebration of Janet’s remarkable life.

For more information please contact mrogers@lexingtonma.org

Important Notes:

  • A reminder that during drop off and pick up no cars should ever pass a bus. Even if the bus does not have the door open and their stop sign out, we ask that you please refrain from passing. A reminder that no student should remain on campus after school hours unattended. We are not staffed to supervise after school care.
  • Be sure to follow me on Twitter: @DiamondMSPrin

Important Dates to Remember:

  • June 17th - Canobie Lake Field Trip - 8th Grade Only
  • June 18th - Early Release/ Last Day of School
  • August 27th - First Day for Grade 6; 8:00-1:00
  • August 28th - All Students 6-8; Full Day

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