- Executive Board Letter
- LexFUN!’s Annual Spring Consignment Sale
- Upcoming Special Events
- Kindergarten Korner
- Sponsor Spotlight
- Community Events
- Sun Safety for our Children
- Many Thanks!
- Membership Corner
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June marks the end of one LexFUN! Year and the start of a new one. This month we welcome more than 60 Board Members to our ranks! Thank you to each of you for becoming part of this extended family in Lexington and bringing your talent, creativity and enthusiasm towards creating an incredible organization for the parents of Lexington and its surrounding communities.
As the year comes to a close, we can celebrate the work and dedication of the Consignment Sale Committee lead by Kim Ryan, Amy Sarcia, Carolyn Coppe, Jill Tierney and Liz Zevallos who, along with over 300 volunteers and an amazing committee of 25+, helped make this year’s sale an overwhelming success! The sale brought in over 50% more revenue than last year, pulling in more than $61,000! Over half of this will go towards LexFUND, our Preschool and Community Scholarship Fund! That is no small feat! Our hats go off to all of you!
The summer is time for a bit of rest and relaxation as we take a little break in July and August, but be on the lookout via Big Tent for notice of events across town for families to partake in. LexFUN! will be at the Bicentennial Bandstand Concert at Hastings Park on June 13th with our Annual Potluck dinner – see Big Tent for details and sign up. And our SummerFUN! (outdoors arts & crafts and water play) will be starting in July. There is lots to do in the summer in and around Lexington from exploring the many beautiful outdoor spaces we have such as Willard Woods in Lexington to Menotomy Rocks Park in Arlington (at the bottom of the hill past Robbins Park on the left). Bike riding the kids into the center for a picnic lunch on the green or some ice cream or fro yo is always a nice way to spend a morning and for the evenings, remember the Lexington Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series has live concerts every Friday night beginning in July. Whether you stay in Lexington or head out of town, summer is certainly a time to rejoice and enjoy the laughter of family, friends and of course, our little ones whose summer days pass with innocent abandon!
Newsletters will start up again on September 1st. Until then, enjoy the summer and all it brings to you and your family. We thank you for all of your support in making the 2014-2015 another banner year for LexFUN! and the many families we support! And for our graduating members, we truly couldn’t have gotten to where we are today without your dedication and love for LexFUN!
Leigh-Ann Durant, on behalf of the LexFUN! Board
P.S. I’d like thank Rota Portraits for creating this beautiful photo with my daughter Katie! They are wonderful.
Let us know what your family faves are for 2015! Take our 2015 LexFUN! Family Favorites Survey! With over 550 member families, your voice can truly be a guiding light for many of us with young children. Please take our 10 question survey and let us know what you think.
Our annual Consignment Sale was held May 16th and far exceeded our expectations!! Sales from the event brought in more than $61,000 – a new record for LexFUN! That means our cosigners took home over 30 thousand and we have the same to use for LexFUND, LexFUN!’s Preschool Scholarship and Community Fund and help families living right here in Lexington. This year’s achievement was helped not only by the addition of larger sizes of clothing (up to age 12) and maternity, but also by the sheer volume of items placed for sale. As drop off was closing, it seemed as though there was little room on the floor for some of the larger toy and household items. Luckily, the volunteer crew did a great job of organizing the merchandise.
The volunteers really deserve huge thanks! We rely on you all to pull through help us to achieve the increased success found each year. From set up to clean up, this would not have been possible without each of you.
Each year we strive to improve on the sale experience for both consigners and shoppers. This year, we moved the payment portion to the individual tables eliminating a second line. Multiple tagging events were held in preparation for the even. An express line was added at the sale and snacks and water were available. We recognize that as the sale has grown there have also been some growing pains. The little boy’s clothes were jammed on the racks this year, but last year there was tons of room. We need to have better flexibility to accommodate the items year to year and we recognize the need for more tables. The Consignment Committee is meeting in June to review our thoughts for how to improve the overall experience. If you have any ideas, we’d love to hear from you. Please email ideas to email@example.com.
Lastly, and important to note, is that none of the consigned items goes to waste. What didn’t sell was given to half a dozen very appreciative charities. Several of the volunteers from the various charities came up to us and said thank you over and over again. They said what good use they would put our clothes and thanked us from the bottom of their hearts. One lady was almost in tears when she saw how much we could give her organization this year and she said she hoped the organizers of the sale knew how many moms and kids were being helping. She said many of them had nothing, absolutely nothing, and that even though the donations might seem insignificant to folks from Lexington who have so much, the donations would make a world of difference to her clients.
Also, Cradles to Crayons sent us wonderful thank you note which started out with “Through the sale, we stuffed our truck with enough high-quality clothing, footwear, baby equipment, books, and toys to help serve 168 children in need. Thank you!”
Thank you EVERYONE for making this year’s Sale a truly fabulous event!!!
No, this is not a “social” event, but attending may help improve your social life overall. Come and find your babysitter or mother’s helper for the Summer!! Come meet local high school and college students who are looking for summer babysitting jobs. We’ve received an overwhelming response from potential babysitters so make sure you RSVP today and plan to attend. It’s a win-win for everyone!!
Monday, June 8th at 7 o’clock at the Cary Library. RSVP on BigTent.
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THE Party of the Summer is coming up soon – do you have your ticket yet? How about your Prom dress? Your corsage? Time is running out!!! Club Shake It happened in just two weeks! So buy your tickets today at www.clubshakeit.org.
Club Shake is a pop up dance club, operating for just one night a year, in support of COMPASS for homeless families, a program of COMPASS for kids. Club shake it is an adult club, with live and silent auctions, food and drink, and other fun. Shake It is an annual go-to event for Greater Bostonians who launch summer by dancing under a tent- symbolizing temporary shelter- part of the homeless family experience. Since 2002, more than 2,500 individuals and businesses have participated in Club Shake It, which is supported by sponsors, donors, and ticket sales.
This year’s theme is “Prom Night”. Tickets can be bought at www.clubshakeit.org and LEXFUN! members receive a special discount for Silver level VIP tickets! The Silver VIP level includes 7pm pre-party access (with open bar, hors d’ouevres and VIP door prize drawing), and 1 drink ticket per person. Individual Silver ticket – $100 ($125 without discount) or Silver 10 ticket pack – $1000 ($1250 without discount). Must use promo code LEXFUN at check out for discount to apply; the discount is valid until June 10th.
Club Shake It will appear on Hayden Lower Field – Lexington.
For more information or to get involved please contact Sarah Humphreys, COMPASS for kids, Outreach and Development Associate, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone at 781-862-4446.
Little Brushes at Pinot’s Palette
Looking for a fun and creative outlet for your little artist this summer? Then Little Brushes at Pinot’s Palette is exactly what you are looking for! At Little Brushes we offer a fun-filled party, atmosphere where your little artists can have a blast creating their own masterpieces. We offer unique theme based projects every week, that includes painting, collaging, up cycling and mix media exposure. Little Brushes fosters a friendly and collaborative environment for your little ones. Limited to 25 seats ONLY!
Date: July and August, 2015, with a different theme every week
Time: 9:00 – 1:00 PM
Price: $250 Per Week.
Age: 6 – 12 Years
Click for Details: http://www.pinotspalette.com/lexingtoncenter/little-brushes
Discount: LexFun members can apply your discount code at check out to receive 10% off.
Food: Please bring NUT FREE snack and lunch.
Enjoy the good weather and join other LexFUN! families for a social meet-up at Lincoln Park. Light snacks will be served. No RSVP necessary.
Tue Jun 23, 2015, 6–8 pm at the Gazebo at Hastings Park, across from the Hayden Ice Rink, Intersection of Mass Ave & Lincoln Street
Join us to kick off the summer with food, friends and fun! Come and enjoy one of the favorite LexFUN! activities of the summer – a pot luck dinner at a local outdoor concert (concert begins at 7:15 pm).
Food assignments (based on your last name) are as follows.
~ A-I Desserts
~ J-R Salads
~ S-Z Main Dishes
Paper products will be provided. Please bring your own beverage and blanket. LexFUN!’s potluck will be over at 8 PM, so please retrieve any serving plates for food by then at our tables! If the weather looks questionable, please call (781) 862-0500 x707 for a cancellation. We hope to see you there!
If your child will be starting Kindergarten this fall, make sure you sign up for LexFUN!’s Kindergarten Connection. What is it? A LexFUN! summer playgroup program that connects you and your child to other children who will be in his/her kindergarten class BEFORE school actually starts! This program is a tried and true way to ease the transition to kindergarten.
- Attend playdates with at least 6 other families in your class in June
- Attend a playground playdate with all incoming kindergarteners at your child’s school in August
- Receive a contact list of the other families enrolled in the Kindergarten Connection program
HOW TO SIGN UP
Visit www.lexfun.org/kindergarten. It is free and you do not have to be a LexFUN! member to sign up.
Contact Jennie Yoo at email@example.com
Lexington Pediatrics is committed to their patient’s total health and well-being and are a proud sponsor of LexFUN!
Ticks & Lyme: Healthy Advice from Ramey Harris-Tatar, PNP
Ah, spring has arrived and summer is close on its tail. The change of season brings beautiful sunny (and longer) days, flowers and trees blooming, lots of pollen, and, yes, the emergence of our insect friends. While some of these insects, like ladybugs, are fun and some are useful, such as bees, others, like ticks, we would probably prefer to live without. Since that is, unfortunately, highly unlikely, let’s review some of the ways we can prevent tick bites and what to do if your child is bitten by a tick.
First, the best treatment is prevention. When in an area more likely to have ticks, wear long sleeve shirts and long pants. But, as a mother of two young boys, I know this is not always practical, especially when it’s 80 degrees outside. So Insect repellant can be helpful. The Centers for Disease Control recommends using a repellent with at least 20% DEET on exposed skin, taking care to avoid the hands, eyes, and mouth.
While these methods definitely help, the best recommendation, I believe, is to do a “tick check” once a day. Ticks need to be attached and feeding for at least 36 hours to transmit Lyme disease (more about this later), so by checking every evening you ensure that, if bitten, the tick would be attached for no longer than 24 hours. I usually check my kids from head to toe, but pay particular attention to their hair, in and around their ears, their armpits, belly button, behind their knees, around their waist and their groin area. If you’ve been out in higher-risk areas (areas where branches and bushes are brushing against you), I also recommend examining your pets or any gear you had with you (stroller, backpack, etc.) as ticks can catch a ride home this way and attach to a person later.
If you do find a tick, what should you do? Remove the tick as soon as you notice it. Clean the area with alcohol and use tweezers or forceps to firmly grasp the tick very close to the skin surface. With steady motion, pull the tick’s body away from the skin in a vertical direction. Do not jerk or twist. Then clean the skin with soap and water and apply antibiotic ointment if possible. Avoid crushing the tick’s body. Do not be alarmed if the tick’s mouthparts remain in the skin. Once the mouthparts are removed from the rest of the tick, it can no longer transmit the Lyme disease bacteria. If you crush the tick, clean your skin with soap and warm water or alcohol. DO NOT use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish or other products to remove a tick.
Can my child be treated after a tick bite? Children who meet ALL the recommendations for prophylaxis can be given a single dose of doxycycline to prevent the development of Lyme disease. These children are 8 years or older (doxycycline cannot be given to children under 8) where a deer tick (not a dog tick) was attached for at least 36 hours and prophylaxis is given within 72 hours of tick removal. For those children who do not meet the criteria for prophylaxis, the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) does NOT recommend prophylaxis with an alternative antibiotic. Since the majority of those infected with Lyme disease will develop the characteristic rash, observation of the tick bite site for a rash is an acceptable alternative for those who meet the criteria for prophylaxis.
So, the best way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent a tick bite by wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts, using insect repellant, and, most importantly, doing a “tick check” daily. If your child is bitten, then remove the tick promptly. If the tick is attached for at least 36 hours and your child meets the other criteria for prophylaxis, then you can call the office for an appointment. If your child develops the erythema migrans, or bulls-eye rash, or any of the other symptoms described above you should also bring them in for an appointment. If they have no symptoms then the best course of action is observation. And please don’t hesitate to call the office with any questions and continue to enjoy the outdoors!
One of the many community service activities LexFUN! provides is to deliver meals to local seniors. We are responsible for 1 route late mornings on Fridays.
We are in need of new volunteers to help deliver food to our neighbors. We are looking for several new volunteers who can participate on a rotating schedule. You might be asked to drive once every several weeks. There is no set commitment on time and the more volunteers we have, the better. With the summer coming, this is especially important. Although many of us are lucky enough to be able to travel, these neighbors still rely on meals coming to their door steps.
Anne Boulter coordinates the drivers and is your contact with questions.
To be a driver, you will need to have a CORI check completed. This is simple, if you take a photo of driver’s license and send it to Anne, she can assist in this process.
Anne can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also sign up at: http://lexingtonfiveandundernetwork.bringit.bz/public/d44fac
Last year, LexFUN! joined thousands of other organizations nationwide who are participating in the “SunWise” Program! The SunWise Program is a national health education program sponsored by the EPA that teaches children and their caregivers sun about safety and how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun.
What’s the goal of the SunWise Program?
To protect our children from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays which will put them at an increased lifetime risk for skin cancer. LexFUN!’s goal is to promote public awareness about the importance of sun protection in an effort to decrease the incidence of skin cancer in our children.
Why be SunWise?
Massachusetts’ rate of skin cancer is 26% higher than the national average and it has the 15th highest melanoma death rate nationally. We need to protect our children.
What is LexFUN! doing to be SunWise?
Raising awareness in parents and encouraging them to change their behaviors related to sun safety.
Action Steps for Parents
- Apply sun screen to your children before sending them off to preschool or out to play. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
- Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours during outdoor activity
- Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outdoors.
- Have your children wear sun-protective hats for all outdoor activities
- Limit sun exposure, especially during the sun’s peak hours of 10 am to 4 pm
Announcing: “Get Ready for Summer Camp, plus Support LexFUN!, with Label Daddy labels”
Label your kids’ belongings with their own personalized peel-n-stick washable (yes, washable!) labels! Labels can be placed on clothing, lunch boxes, water bottles, backpacks, sunscreen….and they are reasonable priced. Labels are also great for allergy labels on lunchboxes, cups, etc. Use code “lexfun” for 10% off, plus LexFUN! will receive 10% of each order. Great for YOU and great for LexFUN! Visit www.lexfun.labeldaddy.com and order today!
We must begin our thanks this month by highlighting the leadership of our Consignment Sale team. Led by Kym Ryan, Amy Sarcia, Carlyn Coppe, Liz Zevallos and Jill Tierney LexFUN! had its best sale ever. These ladies coordinated their larger committee and tons of volunteers to produce a quality event that exceeded our wildest expectations. Thank you for your time, energy, thought, and lack of sleep that brought us to this amazing level of success.
Thank you to Val Machinist and Tara Greiner who not only found and managed the new credit card check out system for the consignment sale, but managed all the finances. These two ladies have helped steer LexFUN! to a new and improved banking system while accounting for every dime!
Thank you to all our board members who contributed multiple hours of their time to the sale despite it being a busy time. And thanks to past board members who continue to come and volunteer for what is arguably the best volunteer event of the year.
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with whatever needed to be done. You all had such a positive and “can do” attitude which helps to make the pressure filled days run much smoother.
A big thank you to all the people who lent us their folding tables which enabled merchandise to be displayed so effectively at the Sale, as well as the loaned computers, enabling us to run efficient check-out lines…and finally to all the people who let us put up our blue sale signs in their yards to advertise our sale. Thank you for the wide-spread advertising!
Thank you to our friends at Wales Copy for printing many of our sellers’ tags, Wilson Farms for their generous donation of food to feed our hungry volunteers and Wilson Farm and Trader Joe’s brown bags for our Bargain Bag Sale, the Town of Lexington for allowing us to display our signs on town property, and EMD Serono, Inc. for printing all our sale flyers.
Thanks to Jill Tilem for helping us to celebrate National Mothers night out and Jennie Yoo for a terrific Kindergarten Parent’s Panel. As always, thanks to our volunteer team lead by Julie Callahan who visited with the seniors at Youville this month.
A big THANK YOU goes out to Danna Steinberg for coordinating LexFUN!’s contribution to the Lexington Council for the Arts’ Street Art Piano project. Check out the AWESOME picture of the LexFUN! Piano below!!!
A special thank you need to go to all our graduating board members. We continue to appreciate all your time, effort and enthusiasm on behalf of LexFUN! You have helped to make this organization the success it is today.
And lastly, a final thanks to Lindsay Wedell who has now wrapped up her second year as Co-President for LexFUN! Lindsay has served with warmth, humor, and humility. She has opened her home to us countless times and has always been willing to jump in and get her hands dirty if needed (she’s also really good driving a big UHaul!) We are sorry to see her graduate but wish her well as she moves on to the ranks of the Bridge PTA – they are lucky to have her.
Leigh Ann Durant & Joyce Dvorak
LexFUN! Co-Presidents for 2015-2016
LexFUN!’s contribution to the Lexington Council for the Arts’ Street Art Piano project.
A big thanks you to all of our members from 2014-2015. This year we had over 550 members of LexFUN! Thank you for joining us in over 100 LexFUN! sponsored activities and for your generous donations of time and gifts to our many community service activities this year. Our members help make LexFUN! such an exciting and worthwhile organization and we are so happy to have you all a part of our group! We hope you enjoyed your year and that you will join us again next year for another year of LexFUN!
Your 2014-2015 membership runs until the end of August 2015. We’d like you to renew your member for 2015-2016! Renewal invitations will come directly from Big Tent to your email during the summer. Please watch your email over the coming months for reminders and links on how to renew your membership through Big Tent.
Here are a few details about membership for 2015-2016:
- As per above, all renewals will be done through Big Tent. Be on the look out in your email over the summer for a reminder email and link to renew
- Dues for September 2015 through August 2016 membership year are $35.
Please remember to continue to use your current membership discount card over the summer. Your card is valid through September. For a full list of participating businesses, please go to www.lexfun.org.
Don’t forget to Renew or sign up for LexFUN! On Big Tent this summer and we’ll see you in September at the open house when you pick up your swag bag, membership card and annual guidebook!
We hope you are taking advantage of the discounts offered on your membership card. Keep your card handy so that you can continue to take advantage of the expanded list of member benefits in 2015. Discounts are valid through September so be sure to use your LexFUN! Membership Card and save. You must present your card at the time of purchase and please keep in mind that discounts cannot be combined with other offers. For more details about LexFUN! Membership discounts and for a full list of participating businesses please visit lexfun.org.
LexFUN! Discount Card 2015-2016:
It is hard to believe that the LexFUN! Advertising Committee is already gearing up for the 2015-2016 year. If you own a business or have contacts at one that offers products or services that may be of use to the LexFUN! community, and would be willing to offer a discount to our members please let us know. We would love to include some new retail, health and beauty, dining and kids activities/classes on the membership card for next year. Please email Gretchen Mather at email@example.com.