TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Hello from the LexFUN! Executive Board
- Yes! for Lexington
- Special LexFUN! Events
- Consignment Sale
- Community Service
- Kindergarten KORNER
- With Many Thanks to…
- LexFUN! Member Discounts
- Events in the Community
Our 2016 Annual Guide for Your Families is posted on the “Members Only” section of our LexFUN! website at www.lexfun.org. The password for the “Members Only” section is “fiveandunder“.
It’s finally spring! And in my family that means one thing – it’s Consignment Sale time!!!! Every year I look forward to doing my spring cleaning and saying goodbye to all the baby gear, toys and clothes that my kids have outgrown. But more importantly, this makes room for all the great stuff I know I will pick up at the Consignment Sale! For those who are new to LexFUN!, our Consignment Sale is an incredible one-day sale of gently used maternity clothes, children’s clothes, toys, books, baby gear and equipment, furniture and bikes, all at bargain prices. Plus all the proceeds go to a great cause – our preschool scholarship fund.
So mark your calendars – the Sale is on Saturday, May 14th at Lexington High School Field House from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, with our famous Bargain Bag Sale ($20/bag) from 2:15-3pm.
If you want to clean out your closets too, you still have time. The tagging deadline is Tuesday, May 10th at midnight. You can drop off your consigned items at the High School on Friday, May 13th from 5 to 7:30pm. We’re looking forward to a great sale this year!
After the excitement of the Sale dies down, we will close out another wonderful season of LexFUN!, and welcome a good number of new Board Members and say goodbye to our “graduating” Board Members. LexFUN! has been blessed with an abundance of incredible women who have dedicated countless hours over the years to LexFUN! and our community. We would not be who we are today without the ideas, creativity and spirit that bursts from so many of our wonderful LexFUN! Board Members. To all of you “graduating”, I wish you the best of luck and hope our paths cross in the future.
I began my own journey with LexFUN! about 8 years ago when my son, Nicky, was just 2. I joined the Consignment Sale team and have worked on the sale every year since, even running the Sale when I was 8 months pregnant with my daughter, Katie. Over the years, I’ve worked on many LexFUN! projects, but my all-time favorite event has to be float building for the Patriot’s Day Parade. Our float received an award yet again this year – congrats to all our float builders and float riders!!
In closing, I have loved my two years of being Co-President of this great organization. LexFUN! has helped me adjust to life in the burbs, life with kids and discover a whole new community to love. I have made lifelong friends, worked alongside immensely talented women, and taught my children the importance of giving to others, while having a lot of fun along the way! Thank you to everyone who has helped me during my Co-Presidency, especially my good friend and Co-President Joyce. As I look back on my time as Co-President, I also look forward to seeing what LexFUN! will go on to become in the future. Our organization is in great hand with Joyce and our new incoming Co-President Kim Ryan. I want to thank all of you for the past eight years. They were eight exciting, fun, sometimes exhausting – but simply wonderful years!
Leigh Ann Durant
On Tuesday May 3rd, our community will be asked to vote for a Debt Exclusion to finance the renovation and expansion of Clarke and Diamond Middle Schools and add modest space at our most overcrowded elementary schools. The Yes for Lexington campaign is endorsed by all of Lexington’s PTO/As, including LexFUN! .
These projects are necessary because Lexington has seen a 10% increase in the student population over the past five years. The amazing teachers, administrators and other staff at Clarke and Diamond have demonstrated remarkable flexibility in finding ways to meet the needs of their students in the face of growing enrollment but flexibility has it limits. Without added space class sizes will increase, there may be limits in the number of students able to take orchestra and band classes, and our ability to meet the needs of students will be compromised.
If the Debt Exclusion fails, future middle school students will not receive the same outstanding educational experience that the high school students enjoyed during their time at Clarke and Diamond. We hope you can help the campaign by voting yes on May 3. If you have any questions about the projects or the campaign, please visit http://www.yes4lex.org
Date: Saturday, May 21st
Time: 10am-11:30amLocation: Lincoln Park
Join other LexFUN! families for a social meet-up at Lincoln Park. Light snacks will be served.
Summer Playgroups – quick update and request for feedback
Hello, I’m Lindsay Hardy, the incoming coordinator for playgroups!
My first board meeting is this month, so, summer playgroup planning is on the horizon – I’m hopeful we’ll hear about redistricting soon and can arrange groups accordingly.
In the meantime, if anyone wants to be connected with an establish playgroup in your area or age group, let me know.
If you have feedback on what’s worked or not worked, feel free to send that too.
Finally, I’d like to start a MONTHLY PLAYGROUP CHALLENGE. I challenge you to arrange a playdate either to:
-Drumlin Farm (lambs!) or
-a local Trail Hike (no mosquitos yet!)
Send me photos we can post on facebook, or tag LexFUN in your posted photos.
There is so much to share – we gave it its own page!!!
Date: Wednesday, May 11th
Location: Youville Place, 10 Pelham Road
Come meet other LexFUN! families and enjoy our wonderful local seniors at this feel-good event. Together we will enjoy a craft activity, read a story, engage in rich conversations, and have a tasty snack.
Preparations are underway!
If you have a rising Kindergartener, sign up for Kindergarten Connection to meet new friends and attend the Kindergarten Parent’s Panel seminar to help you get ready for the fall! Whether you attended the Town-Wide Kindergarten Orientation in March or not, there are many more opportunities to learn all about Kindergarten. Read on for Kindergarten Connection details and an event you won’t want to miss – mark you calendar, and double check our helpful to do list below!
Date: Thursday, May 19th
Location: Cary Library
LexFUN! presents an evening of discussion and Q&A with parents of current Lexington Kindergarteners. From what supplies to buy and daily routines, to food services and whether to bus, walk or drive to school, our panelists are available to answer all of your questions about the Kindergarten experience from a parent’s perspective, and maybe a few you didn’t even know you had!
• Sign up for Kindergarten Connection and meet new friends!
Kindergarten Connection is a playdate-based program of LexFUN! that enables you and your child to meet other Kindergarteners and their families at your school over the summer – it’s a great way to ease the transition in the fall with some familiar faces. Everyone is welcome to sign up! To sign up, visit http://www.lexfun.org/programs/kindergarten-connection/.
**Kindergarten Visiting Day**
- Kindergarten Visiting Day is Thursday, June 9th for all 6 elementary schools.
Don’t miss Community Nursery School’s 44th annual Yellow Balloon Fair, held on Saturday, May 7th, 10am-2pm, at CNS (2325 Mass Ave in Lexington). Enjoy a fun-filled day of games, activities, and crafts for preschoolers and their families. Highlights include farm animals, a bouncy house, a life-size Candyland game, face painting, hairstyling with braids and feathers, raffle prizes, and silent auction items, along with BBQ, empanadas, and pizza for lunch. All ages welcome! Admission is $2 per child (2 years+) and adults are free. Fair games, raffle, and food tickets priced separately. Cash and credit cards accepted. Rain or shine. Learn more and pre-purchase tickets at cnslex.org/ybf.
Board Members, Take a Bow
Thank you to all of our board members for the 2015-2016 season. We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you and your little ones, but most of all thank you for spending your ‘free’ time with our organization. We couldn’t do it with out the help of our volunteers and we are truly grateful for such dedication!
We’re sending a big heartfelt THANK YOU to our friends at Church of the Redeemer for generously donating all the proceeds from their Patriots’ Day Pancake Breakfast to LexFUN! All the funds will be put towards LexFUN’s Preschool Scholarship Fund to help Lexington families who would not otherwise be able to send their children to preschool.
A special thank you to our own design and decorating team of whiz’s who took third place this year in the float decorating for the Lexington Patriot’s Day Parade! With our “Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride” theme we were clearly showing our patriotic colors that day! Three cheers to Taylor Singh and her team for their continued passion for our float on Patriots Day!!
April hosted may wonderful events. Thanks to Katie Collin & Christie Leitch for a really fun LexCrawl! date night! Alli Smith for our playground meet-up, Tuna Chatterjee & Trisha Perona for reminding us to to turn down screen time, and Jill Canes for helping us get our Van Gogh on at Pinot’s Pallette!
A special thanks to Kim Ryan for representing LexFUN! In the Yes! For Lexington Campaign
A big thank you to Alli Smith, Taylor Singh, Christina Dunn, and Kristin Pechinsky, for your time and efforts as part of this year’s LexFUN! Nominating Committee. LexFUN! is poised for another wonderful year in 2016-2017 thanks to your many contributions!
This Newsletter is put out every month with creativity, comedy and just a little bit of FUN and it would not be possible without our amazing Newsletter Editor. Kate Davis has taken hold of this newsletter and has really made it her own. Kate, thank you so much for all your hard work and for keeping us so informed!!!
And while we are in the midst of writing and spreading the word, we’d like to say a special thanks to Rebecca Smerling our PR Queen and our Web master Steven Wang who keeps our website up to date. Thank you both!
Lastly, LexFUN! is backed by one amazing group of women, our Board. With all the hectic tasks of everyday life with small children, they still find time, energy, and creativity to give back to our organization. To all of our graduating Board Members — Anne Boulter, Tiffany Crocker, Priya Krishnan, Laura Lewis, Kristin Pechinsky and Liz Zevallos — we thank you for all you’ve done to make LexFUN! what it is today. We couldn’t do any of this without your support and dedication. Thank You!!!
We’ve added two new discounts to the list:
Beautiful Moi! – 201 Massachusetts Ave
20% discount for LexFUN! Members
An AVEDA Exclusive Spa
Lashes Skin Care Massage Make up Waxing
The Lexington Fife & Drum Muster
Date: Saturday, May 7th
Location: The Minute Man National Historical Park Visitor’s Center, Route 2A, Lexington (GPS location for mapping purposes – 250 North Great Road, Lincoln, MA)
Web Site: www.williamdiamondjrs.org
Looking for a uniquely New England Experience? Come to the Lexington Muster and experience the sights and sounds of American History!
The William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps of Lexington will host this annual event from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at the Minute Man National Historical Park in Lexington. The Muster offers an authentic look into our nation’s history. The event features a parade, colonial vendors, re-enactors and 25 fife and drum corps from around the country. These uniformed musicians, representing different time periods in American History, will perform our nation’s historical music in an outdoor concert. This free event is open to the public and is enjoyable and appropriate for everyone. Drop in for an hour or enjoy an entire magical afternoon of music and history at one of our nation’s finest national parks!
For more information, please visit www.williamdiamondjrs.org, call 508-278-2803 or email email@example.com.
Run of the Mill: Estabrook 8th Annual Run of the Mill 5K
Date: Sunday, May 15th
- Jim Banks Kids’ Fun Run at 9:30AM (no registration required)
- 5K Race starts at 10AM for runners and walkers
- $25 registration fee before May 14, $30 on race day
- First 200 registrants get T-shirt and runner’s bag
The Estabrook PTA is proud to sponsor its 8th annual Run of the Mill! On Sunday, May 15 all families and friends of Estabrook School are invited to join in this healthy, fun and exciting community event. To kick off the day, we will begin with the Jim Banks Kids Fund Run (with warm-up exercises led by Jim Banks), followed by the main event, the 5K Run/Walk.
Starting at Estabrook, the winding, hilly 5K course takes runners and walkers through the beautiful Turning Mill neighborhood, finishing back at the school. Proceeds from the race will benefit Estabrook School. The USATF sanctioned event will be chip-timed by Racewire. After the race, participants and spectators are invited to join in the post-race party.
To register, visit Racewire at https://racewire.com/register.php?id=5882
For more information, visit https://estabrookpta.org/activities-event/building-community/run-of-the-mill/
Upcoming Events at Lexington Historical Society
More information and reservations for any of these events are available by visiting Lexington Historical Society’s website at www.lexingtonhistory.org/events or calling the office at 781-862-1703.
Saturday, May 7, 9am, Historic House Story Hour: Come one, come all and gather around! Children will gather in Buckman Tavern and be regaled with stories of times gone by. During this new program, led by a Historical Society staff member, children will listen to a story about the Colonial Period and tour Buckman Tavern. Children will be able to imagine themselves in the Colonial Period as they tour the historic house AND they will complete a Colonial craft to take home. $3 per child. Sign up by calling 781-862-0295 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, May 17, 6pm, Book Group #5: Dessert, coffee, and discussion of Roosevelt and Stalin: Portrait of a Partnership by Susan Butler. Consideration of proposed books for the 2016-2017 season will follow. Reserve your place by calling 781-862-1703, or email email@example.com. Free and open to the public!
Friday, May 20, 9:30am departure from the Lexington Depot, Lexington Walking Tour: In conjunction with Lexington’s annual Bike, Walk, and Bus Week, join architect and Lexington resident Mark Connor for a walking tour of Lexington Center and insights into the design of our current streetscape. Free and open to the public!
Saturday, May 21, 6:00-7:30pm, Garden Party to Raise Funds for the Archives: Please join us for a spring evening celebrating the history we know and the history we’re living. Elegant drinks and hors d’oeuvres plus live music, a photographer capturing you in the moment, a peek at some archival treasures, the opportunity for you to contribute to the Society’s collection of oral histories and more. $75/person. Register by calling 781-862-1703. Rain date, Sunday, May 22.
Saturday, May 28, 9:00am-2:00pm, Relinquished Treasures Public Sale: This popular annual event is here again! Mark your calendars, and find yourself a treasure! This is truly a one-of-a-kind sale, featuring antiques, vintage and retro housewares, decorative items, and fashion pieces. Free and open to the public!
Sunday, June 12, 1:00pm-4:00pm, Colonial Games Day at the Lexington Depot and Emery Park: Come play in another century! Indoor and outdoor games available. Register at the door the day of the event. $5/child, $10 cap per family. Rain or shine.
Tuesday, June 14, 6:00pm, Student Art Contest Reception at the Lexington Depot: Reception and exhibit for student art contest, inviting artwork that captures how youth celebrate Patriots’ Day in Lexington. All entries will be displayed. Winners will be announced and artists (and guests) are welcome to view their work! Free.