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The 2020-2021 school year is in full swing! Please join the PTA to show your support.

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The PTA Needs YOU!

We are currently recruiting chairs/co-chairs for the following committees: 

These are some of the key committees that will still be able to function in a distance learning environment and we need your help to make them a success! This is a great way to get to know the school community and help us make the school year a fun and meaningful one for all of our children.

Please contact president@despta.org if you are interested!

Diamond Gems – February 2021

The latest Diamond Gems is out! You can read it below or download a copy. (Note: hyperlinks are only clickable in the downloaded version)


February PTA meeting canceled

Please note that the February PTA meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled.

We will look forward to seeing everybody for our next virtual meeting in March.

Diamond Gems – January 2021

The latest Diamond Gems is out! You can read it below or download a copy. (Note: hyperlinks are only clickable in the downloaded version)


Diamond Gems – December 2020

The latest Diamond Gems is out! You can read it below or download a copy. (Note: hyperlinks are only clickable in the downloaded version)


Cultural Arts at Diamond

We are disappointed that we have not been able to hold school-wide assemblies like we have in the past.  We took a break from planning events this fall to give students a chance to develop an online learning routine with their teachers.  Rest assured that the Cultural Arts Committee is in the process of planning for the second half of the school year!   

In the meantime, below you can find a list of just a few of the many online musical events geared towards students.  I hope that you will take the opportunity to sit together as a family and check out some of these wonderful events.  The Philadelphia Orchestra even includes worksheets and musical guides for students. 

If you are looking for holiday music, I highly recommend the Army Band’s American Holiday Festival-it NEVER disappoints! (Thank you to Diamond’s own Dr. Dillon and Mr. Franklin for your suggestions!).

The Cultural Arts Committee is always looking for virtual events to showcase in the Gems newsletter, if you have ideas, please email Kristina (ksracic@gmail.com).

“Lunch and Learn” series by the Peabody Institutehttps://peabody.jhu.edu/life-at-peabody/student-services-resources/information-technology-services/remote-teaching-and-learning-at-peabody/lunch-and-learn-series/

Virtual Ensemble Initiative, which provides music for flexible ensembles (so it could be “treble clef instrument and bass clef instrument” rather than “violin and cello duet”) https://www.veivideos.com/

YouTube playlists: River City Brass about beginning brass: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2ufZEa1baqQ-PlgR1ILs1x7P8mP7M-BJ and  “Students Stuck at Home Series” for quirky Instrumental Music lesson videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD7Bw5RYX8KJIqLJNiB4jot9R71DQPk8M

Bringing You the MusicStreaming Concerts from the Strathmore Stage

National Philharmonic’s 2020-2021 concert season, conducted by Maestro Piotr Gajewski, will be streamed from the stage of The Music Center at Strathmore to a device of your choice at no charge. Programs feature a mix of classical masters you love, like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin, and contemporary composers that may become new favorites, including Jessie Montgomery, Carlos Simon, Adolphus Hailstork, Henry Dehlinger, and Janice Hammer.

Our principal players take center stage along with the region’s best,including violinists Nurit Bar-Josef and Jonathan Carney, pianist and fan favorite Brian Ganz, and singers Danielle Talamantes, Rehanna Thelwell, Norman Shankle, and Kevin Short. National Philharmonic’s cover conductor and lecturer Rebecca Smithorn will keep you in the know, hosting pre- and post-concert events. Whether you’re having an organized watch party with friends, or tuning in dressed in pj’s, join National Philharmonic as we bring the music to you!

You can access these concerts here: https://nationalphilharmonic.org/event/music-that-connects-us-all/

The American Holiday Festival is back – like you’ve never seen it before!

For decades we’ve come together at DAR Constitution Hall for our annual holiday spectacular, and while we can’t gather in person, the American Holiday Festival will continue as a four-event virtual festival with some very special guest artists and the musicians of Pershing’s Own.

Beginning Friday, November 27, and continuing each Friday through December 18, we’ll present online concerts celebrating the broad musical traditions that are part of the holiday season for all Americans. From traditional Christmas favorites, to music from around the world, we’ll have something for everyone in the 2020 American Holiday Festival!

You can click here to watch or listen- https://www.facebook.com/usarmyband/live_videos/

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Mid-Week Concert SeriesYou can access these concerts here:https://www.offstage.bsomusic.org/en/

Virtual Philadelphia Orchestra: Activities for Families and Kids

You can access these activities and concerts here: https://www.philorch.org/performances/special-performances/virtual-philadelphia-orchestra/virtual-philadelphia-orchestra-kids-and-families/

National Symphony Orchestra’s Reach for the Moon – Young People’s Concert

Watch a full concert in tribute to the space program inspired by JFK’s challenge to land on the moon.You can access this concert and others here: https://www.kennedy-center.org/nso/home/education-community/

WOW Wednesdays

Post a shout-out for a staff member every Wednesday on the DES PTA Facebook page. Each month we will randomly select one of the “nominated” staff members to win a prize!

Here are some of the shout-outs we’ve received…

Restaurant Night

December’s Restaurant Day is Thursday, December 3rd, 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM sponsored by Mod Pizza!

December 3, 2020


Mod Pizza

145 Commerce Square Place [Kentlands]

Gaithersburg, MD

Mention “Diamond Elementary Fundraiser” when ordering via phone/in store.

Online orders for delivery or curbside pickup, use promo codeGR165658D” via MOD Pizza’s online order website to be counted!

Mod Pizza will generously donate 20% back to our Diamond Elementary School PTA!

Coping with the Dual Pandemic and Distance Learning

A very special thanks to the Diamond ES Counseling Team for sharing a great presentation on Coping with the Dual Pandemic and Distance Learning during the November PTA meeting!

Here’s a video of the presentation and subsequent Q&A session.