LexFUN! June 2016 Newsletter

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Hello from the LexFUN! Executive Board

Take a moment:

Over the previous year several surveys were sent to our members to learn about how you feel regarding this organization.  We were pleased to see our members are happy overall with our efforts and events. Of course there were suggestions and these provided us with opportunities to reassess and reevaluate the activities of LexFUN! The board has met and reviewed the results several times and we are actively trying to implement some of the suggestions made from you, our members.   Our new board is already hard at work and several subcommittees have already met. There is a genuine excitement from this year’s board when we reflect on the opportunity we have to develop LexFun!
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There is a major shift in LexFUN! that has occurred within the last several years. From when I first joined six years ago to today the percentage of members who work outside the home has greatly increased.  I myself work full-time.  I, like so many of our members need to balance my responsibilities to work, family, and LexFUN!  It isn’t always easy that’s for sure.  I oftentimes feel I’m the last person to go to sleep because there is always something else I need to do, can do, or want to do.  And yes I realize “want-to dos” are not as important as “need-to-dos”, but they are usually the more fun task or can make my life easier.  

Fortunately I work for a public school system and am able to enjoy two months off in the summer.   Off from work, not off from my children or off from LexFUN!   I am not complaining, but it is a good reminder for me to take breaks as available and re-charge a bit.

 I was fortunate recently to be provided an amazing opportunity to re-charge; Beautiful Moi, a new Membership Partner (offering a 20% discount to LexFUN! members) invited me to come in and try out a facial and body scrub.  This was my first time at the spa and I was immediately impressed with the look inside.  It’s super sleek, like something you would expect to find in New York.  The rooms are all beautiful and I was easily able to relax in the space.  This opportunity was a  great reminder for me to make some time to re-charge myself.  Going forward, I will be adding in some stops there after work to help me keep up the good feelings!  If you are looking for an amazing body scrub that also feels like a massage – ask for Maria! And don’t forget to let them know you are a LexFUN! member.

So as we roll into the more laid back months of summer, be sure to take some time to recharge yourselves.  Hit the spa, go for a walk, read a silly romance novel, hug those you love.  Hopefully we will see you at one of our summer events.  If not – I hope it is because you are too relaxed somewhere.

Joyce Dvorak, Co-President LexFUN!

 

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Membership – Get ready to renew for 2017

A big thanks you to all of our members from 2015-2016. This year we had over 400 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 2015-2016 membership runs until the end of August 2016. We’d like you to renew your membership for 2016-2017!   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 2016-2017:

  • As per above, all renewals will be done through Big Tent. Be on the lookout in your email over the summer for a reminder email and link to renew
  • Dues for September 2016 through August 2017 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 http://www.lexfun.org/discounts

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!

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Advice on Ticks and Mosquitos by Lexington Pediatrics P.C.

imagesThe unofficial start of summer in Massachusetts is Memorial Day, when we cast off the shackles of the cold weather and finally get back to the great outdoors.  Unfortunately the joy of sunshine comes with the challenge of protecting our skin from the sun and the insects.  Sun protection is actually pretty straightforward in this day and age.  We should all wear 35+ spf sunscreen whenever we go out and reapply frequently.  Really, was that so hard?

Dealing with the insects is a bit more complicated.  Everyone in Lexington knows that deer ticks and Lyme Disease are endemic to the area.  While most cases of disease are mild and easily treated, there is no doubt that it is appropriate to take significant steps to avoid tick bites, and to check yourself and children at the end of any day spent outdoors.

Mosquitos can potentially carry a much wider variety of disease, including Malaria, Chikungunya, Dengue, Yellow Fever, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile, and Zika.  Although these illnesses get plenty of sensationalized media coverage, most are not endemic to the Northeastern US, and none of them commonly cause disease in this area. Zika virus specifically has caused recent international concern, but it is important to note that there has not been a single reported case of disease acquired inside of the US.  From a practical perspective, it is reasonable for us New Englanders to think of mosquitos more as an irritant than a deadly threat.

To protect yourself and your children from these pests it is helpful to wear sturdy pants and long-sleeved shirts when spending prolonged periods outdoors, especially in areas close to standing water.  In addition to the physical barriers provided by clothing, the CDC strongly recommends the use of chemical repellents, the stronger the better.

While some home remedies and more ‘natural’ products were found to have a measurable repellent effect, the best chemical solutions are more heavy duty.  Three specific products that have been shown to work well are Sawyer Picaridin and Natrapel 8 Hour, and Off! Deepwoods VIII.  These contain high concentrations of picaridin or DEET, and have been shown to be effective for up to 8 hours.  Products that contain natural plant oils such as California Baby Natural Bug Blend were found to be essentially useless.

The following are some general recommendations from the EPA for how to best use insect repellent:

  • Apply repellents only to exposed skin or clothing—never put it on under clothing. Use just enough to cover and only for as long as needed; heavy doses don’t work better.
  • Don’t apply mosquito repellents over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin or immediately after shaving.
  • When applying to your face, spray first on your hands, then rub in, avoiding your eyes and mouth, and using sparingly around ears.
  • Don’t let young children apply. Instead, put it on your own hands, then rub it on.
  • Limit use on children’s hands, because they often put their hands in their eyes and mouths.
  • Don’t use near food, and wash hands after application and before eating or drinking.
  • At the end of the day, wash treated skin with soap and water, and wash treated clothing in a separate wash before wearing again.

Whatever you do, don’t let these minor challenges prevent you from getting outside and enjoying nature.  Have a great summer!

Jesse Lock MD, Lexington Pediatrics

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Special LexFUN! Events

Playground meet up at Lincoln Park

Friday June 24th, 10-11.30am at Lincoln Park, Lexington 02421

Join other LexFUN! families for a social meet-up, light snacks will be served. http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/93678979

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Kindergarten Connection – Summer playdates

Remember to sign up for LexFUN!s Kindergarten Connection at www.lexfun.org/kindergarten. Kindergarten Connection is a program where we coordinate playdates for Lexington families with children starting public kindergarten in the Fall of 2016.

Annual Pot Luck at the opening night of the Lexington Bicentennial Band Summer concert series.

Tuesday June 28th, 6.30pm-8.30pm, Gazebo at Pot LuckHastings Park, across from Hayden Ice Rink

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).

www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/93528831

 

 

LexFUN! Night at the Lowell Spinners

Saturday July 30th, 5.05pm-8.05pm at LeLacheur Park, 450 Aiken st, Lowell

Join us for a LexFUN! family outing to watch the Lowell Spinners! What a fun way to take our little ones to a baseball game without having to drive into the city or pay for tickets at Fenway.

We have reserved 30 tickets for our members to the Saturday, July 30th game at 5:05pm. Tickets are First come, first serve!  Tickets are $9, and must be paid in advance via Big Tent. We will get the tickets to you in July. Kids under 3 do not need a seat if they can sit on a lap. Play ball!!!

This is a members only special event: RSVP: http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/97225666

 

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Bad Mom’s Movie – LexFUN! exclusive

Thursday Aug 11th, 2016, 7:30pm–9:30 pm at Showcase Cinemas Woburn, 25 Middlesex Canal Park, Woburn

Join your LexFUN! Mom friends for a fun girls night out that is SURE to be a blast! We are excited to have reserved a private screening at the Woburn Cinema to the upcoming movie “Bad Moms”.

This is a members only special event: RSVP at http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/97269013

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Ongoing LexFUN! Programs and Events

SummerFUN!

Every Thursday 10am – 11.30am, from 7th July to 25th August

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SummerFUN! happens every Thursday* during the summer and is loads of fun! Children have a blast engaging in outdoor play, arts and crafts and meeting new friends. This activity offers families an opportunity to meet in a relaxed, informal setting. $2 fee/per child to cover snacks and materials ($5 max/family). *Check BigTent for any weather related cancelations. 

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Thank you from the Consignment Sale

LexFUN! is proud to announce our 9th annual consignment sale, held Saturday, May 14, attracted hundreds of buyers (many of whom were lined up waiting for the sale to begin that morning) and achieved record-breaking sales. All profit earned by LexFUN! in the sale will be used to fund preschool scholarships or provide emergency assistance for families in Lexington.

Thank you to the consigners and to all those who volunteered at the sale and a special thanks to the 2016 LexFUN! Consignment Sale Committee members’ wonderful assistance. Your help was invaluable and none of this success would have been possible without you. Many worked tirelessly — publicizing the sale (flyers, lawn signs, Facebook) for months prior to the sale, setting up the racks and tables furiously Friday, organizing, scanning/bagging Saturday and cleaning up Saturday afternoon, all with a smile. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Community service

2016 Lexington kids PMC Ride in September

Sunday September 18th, 8.30am – 11.30am, Bowman Elementary School, 9 Philip Rd. Lexington, MA

The second annual Lexington PMC Kids Ride will be held on Sunday, September, 18th.  The team is riding to support the Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institu
te so that everyone who is battling cancer can have the best care possible.  Last year, LexFUN! pulled together a group of more than 25 riders to join the LexFUN! Flyers team. The LexFUN! Flyers raised over $3,000 for life-saving cancer research and treatment. Please support the LexFUN! Flyers this year, more details at
http://kids.pmc.org/lexington/team/Lexfun!-Flyers.htm

Joyce Murphy

Spotlight on early orthodontic treatment for children

by Dr. Michael R. Coppe, DMD and  Dr. Carolyn Coppe, DMD Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

 

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These are just a few of the questions surrounding the topic of early orthodontic treatment for children. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist as early as age seven. At this point the orthodontist will evaluate whether your child will need orthodontic treatment.

Early treatment (also known as Phase One) typically begins around age eight or nine (Phase Two will begin around age 11 or older). The goal of early treatment is to correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems, such as underbite or crossbite. Early treatment also helps to make room for permanent teeth to come in properly, lessening the chance of tooth extractions in the future.

How to tell if your child may need early orthodontic treatment:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth (your child should typically start losing teeth around age five-six, and will have all permanent teeth around age 13)
  • Difficulty chewing and/or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Snoring or breathing difficulties
  • Your child continues sucking his or her thumb after age five
  • Speech impediments
  • Protruding teeth (the top teeth and the bottom teeth extend away from each other), aka “buck teeth” or “underbite”
  • Front teeth that don’t come together in a normal manner or even at all (openbite)
  • Shifting of the jaw when your child opens or closes his or her mouth (crossbite)
  • Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight

What causes orthodontic problems, and how will early treatment benefit my child?

Orthodontic problems such as crowding of the teeth, too much space between the teeth, jaw growth problems, protruding teeth, and bad bites can be inherited or caused by injury to the mouth, early or late loss of baby teeth, thumb-sucking habits, or a combination of these factors.

Most children lose all their baby teeth by age 13, and by the end of their teen years or earlier, the jaw bones will harden and stop growing. Orthodontic procedures for adults often take more time and can involve tooth extractions or oral surgery. Receiving early orthodontic treatment as a child can help prevent the need for orthodontics as an adult, leaving little to no chance of extractions or surgery in the future.

If your child is between the ages of seven and eight and shows signs of needing orthodontic care, if you have been directed by your family dentist to visit the orthodontist, or if you simply have questions about your child’s orthodontic health, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment. Our team will provide your child with a complimentary initial exam and discuss with you the best steps to take toward caring for your child’s smile.

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With Many Thanks to…  

  • Carolyn Coppe & Amy Sarcia – our consignment sale co-chairs who organized an amazing, record breaking event!  They were tremendous leaders throughout the entire planning and execution of our largest event of the year.  
  • Jill Tierney, Olivia Kelley, Christie Leach, Kristen Pechinsky, Liz  Zevallos, and Rita Dulgarian – the team behind the team – these ladies were wheels which drove the parts of the consignment sale to allow us to reach this new level of success.
  • Ammie Jensen – for her efforts and organization around Kindergarten Connections – all with a newborn!
  • Ali Smith for organizing a fun-filled playground meet up!
  • Christine Manavian for taking LexFUN! into new territory with 2 new summer events planned!
  • Our graduating members; Michelle Andronaco,  Anne Boulter, Katie Collin, Kristin Pechinsky, Danna Steinberg, and Liz Zevallos.  These board members have contributed in countless ways and added a touch of themselves to LexFUN!  You will be missed!
  • Valerie Machinist – who has served LexFUN! for several years the last few as treasure and who is such a guru for financials and discovering the best new technologies for ringing a credit card!
  • An amazing lady, Leigh-Ann Durant who just completed her tenure as Co-President.  She has given so much time and energy to LexFUN! we are forever grateful.  

Joyce & Kim

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LexFUN! Member Discounts

For a full list of discounts see www.lexfun.org/discounts

Summer Fenn, 10% off all camps www.summerfenn.org

Summer’s Edge Day camp and Tennis school, 10% off total tuition for new campers (not to be combined with any other offer) www.summersedgedaycamp.com

 

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Events in the Community

New Moms Group

Wednesdays 10-11.30am until 08/31/2016, Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln St, Lexington

FREE new moms group offered by the Parent Connection of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, pre-registration required.  This group is open to all new moms – not just first timers! More information can be found on their website:

http://www.bidmc.org/parentconnection

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Upcoming Events at Lexington Historical Society

www.lexingtonhistory.org

Sunday, June 12th, 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 14th, 6:00pm, Student Art Contest Reception:  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.

Monday, July 4th, Annual 4th of July Event, 7:00pm at the Lexington Depot: Declaiming of the Declaration of Independence, the Lexington Declaration, and the King’s response.  Free and open to the public!

Summer events at the Cary Library

http://www.carylibrary.org/calendar/program-calendar

Preschool dance party, ages 3-5, Wednesday June 1st, 9.45am – 10.15am

Chinese Story Hour – Sponsored by LexRead in Chinese Club, Saturday June 4th & 11th, 10am – 12pm

Preschool movies, ages 3-5, Tuesday June 7th, 14th,21st & 28th, 10.30am – 11.15am

Nursing mother’s council of Lexington, Thursday June 9th, 10am – 12pm

Truck day, Friday July 15th 9.30am – 12pm

Lexington Farmer’s market

Tuesdays May 31st – October 25th, 2pm – 6.30pm, corner of Mass Ave, Woburn St and Fletcher St, Lexington

Bring your little ones to sample fresh, native produce directly from farmers to residents. Farmers market features fresh produce, bakery items, and gourmet vendors. Recognized as the best Farmer’s Market in MA and one of the best in the US by Clean Living magazine.

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LexFUN! May 2016 Newsletter

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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“.

Hello from the LexFUN! Executive Board

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!

LeighAnn

 

 

 

 

 

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Yes! for Lexington

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

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Playground Meet Up

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.

Thanks!
Lindsay
linsrbins@gmail.com

 

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Consignment Sale

There is so much to share – we gave it its own page!!!

Click here for all of the latest updates, tips and tricks!

 

Community Service

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Date: Wednesday, May 11th
Time: 10am-11am
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.

 

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Kindergarten KORNER

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!

Getting Ready for Kindergarten: Parent panel discussion
Attend LexFUN!’s Kindergarten Parents Panel: What Every Parent Wants to Know!

Date: Thursday, May 19th
Time: 7pm-8:30pm
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!

Fall 2016 Kindergarten To-Do List

• 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.

 

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CNS Yellow Balloon Fair
Date: Saturday, May 7th, 2016CNS yellow balloon fair
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: CNS, 2325 Mass Ave, Lexington

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.

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With Many Thanks to…

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!!!

LeighAnn & Joyce
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LexFUN! Member Discounts

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
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HelloShopper:  Exclusive LexFUN 15% Off Discount
HelloShopper is a free personal shopping service that lets you outsource your online shopping to a network of experts.  Tell us through our iPhone app or website who you’re shopping for and our shoppers send you recommendations, which you can buy with one tap on any device.  It’s a big time-saver for folks who are too busy to shop, but care about finding great gifts and products for themselves. It’s totally free to use, and we’re extending a 15% discount off of your first order*!
How to redeem: Visit www.helloshopper.com or download the app in the App Store. Use the code LexFUN15 at checkout.
*Offer valid on first time single purchases of $25 or more. Maximum discount not to exceed $50.
As a reminder you can find our full list here:

Events in the Community

The Lexington Fife & Drum Muster

Date: Saturday, May 7th
Time: 12pm-5pm
Location: The Minute Man National Historical Park Visitor’s Center, Route 2A, Lexington  (GPS location for mapping purposes – 250 North Great Road, Lincoln, MA)
Cost: Free
Web Site: www.williamdiamondjrs.org
Phone: 508-278-2803

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 carmfifes@gmail.com.

Run of the Mill: Estabrook 8th Annual Run of the Mill 5K

Date: Sunday, May 15th
Details:

  • 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 ckauffman@lexingtonhistory.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 office@lexingtonhistory.org.  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.

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LexFUN! April 2016 Newsletter

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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“.

Hello from the LexFUN! Executive Board

Hello & Happy Spring everyone!

It looks like we are finally in the clear!  Although I would have loved a few more snow days, it has been so wonderful enjoying the mild sunny days we have had outside with my two sweet boys, ages 6 years old and 19 months.   As the days get longer, and the weather gets warmer, I grow more and more excited for the spring and summer days ahead.  Like many of you, my husband and I moved to Lexington for its incredible schools, and wonderful community.  It is a privilege to be a part of our LexFUN! community for all that it has given to me and my family over the years.

April brings many LexFUN! events for you and your family to enjoy – something for everyone!

I hope many of you will join us at the LexFUN! Annual Date Night on Saturday, April 9th! We’ve changed it up this year and are having a pub crawl in our very own Lexington Center. We start at Yangtze River at 7pm, head over to Via Lago at 8:30pm, and plan to spend from 9:30pm on at Vine Brook Tavern.  What I love about this event is if you can’t get there at 7pm, you can just come when you can to meet up with old friends, make some new friends, and have some cocktails! Can’t get a babysitter or your spouse doesn’t want to come? Come by yourself or with a friend!

My husband is a history buff, so the Patriot’s Day parade is a favorite in our home.  What better place to be than in Lexington on Patriot’s Day!  Bring your kids and help decorate the LexFUN! float that will be in the parade (stay tuned for details on when and where we will build the float this year).  The children love to help build the float and are so proud when they see it in the parade on Patriot’s Day!

Don’t forget our 2nd annual Mom’s night out at Pinot’s Palette on Friday, April 29th at 7pm. This was a great night out last year, and we are looking forward to another memorable evening!

I love the casual environment of our Playground Meetups, and we are looking forward to adding more to our calendar. LexFUN! is kicking off Spring Playground Meetups on Saturday, April 30th at Lincoln Park at 10am.  Let’s get some fresh air and energy out right before naptime!

Our hard-working Consignment Sale Team is counting down the days to our biggest event of the year!  If you haven’t started clearing out your closets, now is the time to start. Check out our user-friendly online tagging system which is already open.  Last year was my first time volunteering at the event, and I was astounded by the turn-out. Sign up for a volunteer shift. I promise you will have fun with our gang!

Lastly, LexFUN! is always looking to add members to our board. It is a great way to become more involved in this wonderful organization that does so much for our community and our families. You’ll be amazed as to how quickly you’ll meet new friends who just happen to live around the corner from you!  It was so nice for my son to start Kindergarten already knowing so many friendly faces at school thanks to LexFUN!  If you’d like to learn more about being a board member please please email Leigh-Ann Durant, outgoing Co-President at Ladurant02421@gmail.com.

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Hope to see many of you at these great events in April!

 

On behalf of the LexFUN! Executive Board,

Christine Manavian, VP Social

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Guest Column: Red Flags for Autism Spectrum Disorder by Renee C. Folsom, Ph.D. Clinical Neuropsychologist

When people learn that I am a Pediatric Neuropsychologist, the first question is usually, “What is that?” I share with them that Pediatric Neuropsychology is a professional specialty that is concerned with learning and behavior in relationship to a child’s brain, and that I usually work with children with various neurodevelopmental problems. The next question is often, “What can you say about autism?”

With the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) coming up with estimates every few years indicating a sharp increase in the incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), many parents are naturally concerned about their young children manifesting symptoms of this disorder. Current estimates (2014) from the CDC indicate that 1 in every 68 children in the United States have ASD.  Various research groups all over the world are currently looking for genetic, biochemical, environmental, and other possible causes for this disorder; there is still no cure but research shows that early intervention is key to better outcomes.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder that reflects differences in the way children develop from very early on (from infancy to toddlerhood) and that usually continue to affect development into adulthood. It is manifested in problems with social communication and interaction, and in the presence of repetitive, restricted behaviors that significantly impact a child’s functioning on a day-to-day basis. The primary treatments are educational, compensatory (i.e., finding ways of remediating or going around identified weaknesses), as well as behavioral (e.g., helping individuals and their families to minimize behaviors that interfere with daily living, such as tantrums).

Autism Speaks’ Ad Council published these “red flags” that may indicate risk for an autism spectrum disorder:

  • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months
  • No babbling by 12 months
  • No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
  • No words by 16 months
  • No meaningful, two-word phrases (including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
  • Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age

Consult with your pediatrician when you observe any of these “red flags” in your child. Your pediatrician will probably perform screening for ASD using the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT). Based on this, your pediatrician may recommend a full diagnostic assessment. Experts at Child Development Network (CDN) can see patients as young as 12-months old for a full assessment. Additionally, CDN’s Center for Autism Research Education Services or CDN CARES offers social skills groups, executive function skills training, and transition planning for adolescents and young adults.

About the Author: Dr. Folsom heads the CDN CARES Program. She obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fuller School of Psychology in Pasadena, California. She completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at UCLA Semel Institute/The Help Group. Immediately before joining CDN, Dr. Folsom held an appointment on Johns Hopkins’ Medical Staff and worked at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders.

Renee C. Folsom, Ph.D. Clinical Neuropsychologist

Renee C. Folsom, Ph.D. Clinical Neuropsychologist

Special LexFUN! Events

Seminar:  Trading Screen Time for Active Family Fun: How to Encourage Your Children to Move Away From Their Screens and Get Moving – Together!

Date: Thursday, April 14th
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Cary Library, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue
RSVP: http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/96733422

This presentation/Q&A session, hosted by award-winning Salem State Physical Education Professor and long-time Lexington Summer Camp Director Ann Marie Gallo, will help parents and caregivers to encourage their young children to trade in screen time for physical activity. Ann Marie will talk about concepts of sports readiness, modeling active habits, creative family games and exercise, and practical, easy-to-use strategies to inspire young children to get moving. Audience questions are welcomed.

Dr. Ann Marie Gallo is a Professor and the Undergraduate and Graduate Physical Education Teacher Education Program Coordinator at Salem State University. She is also the Founder and Director of Summer’s Edge Day Camp and Tennis School, based in Lexington, and now celebrating its 25th season. During the school year, Ann Marie works with several Massachusetts public schools on physical education curriculum instruction and assessment. She is most interested in sharing how children’s confidence and self esteem can be supported and enhanced through the promotion of physical activities.

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Play Ground Meet-Up

Date: Saturday, April 30th
Time: 10:30am-12pm
Location: Lincoln Park

Come out to Lincoln Playground and enjoy the beautiful spring weather with your little ones! We’ll have coffee and other refreshments for everyone to enjoy. Hope to see you! No RSVP necessary.

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Patriots Day Fun!

Float Decorating Party

Date: Saturday, April 16th
Time: 12pm-2pm
Location: 31 Baskin Road, by the High School.

No RSVP necessary, just show up

The 2016 Patriots Day Parade is upon us – And THIS is OUR YEAR!!
When LexFUN! first entered the Parade Float Competition in 2013, we won Third Prize. In 2014, we received a solid second prize.

This year, we are going for FIRST!

We are pulling out all the stops and have a dynamic plan in place to achieve our goal. This years float will be the one to remember and will make for stunning family photographs to cherish for years to come!!

Please join us to create this masterpiece. The decorations are kid-friendly. No prior experience necessary, just bring your creativity!

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Ride on our Float in the Patriot’s Day Parade!

Date: Monday, April 18th
Time: 1:15pm-3:30pm
Location: Mass. Ave (exact location will be emailed to you)

Calling all Patriots!! Come ride on our float on Patriots’ Day. Parents will need to accompany their children during the parade.  To reserve a spot on the float email Leigh-Ann at Ladurant02421@gmail.  Space is limited so please sign up ASAP. First come, first served.

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Pinot’s Pallete Art Night

Date: Friday, April 29th
Time: 7pm
Location: Pinot’s Pallete, 7A Meriam StreetPainting

Join us on Friday April 29th for a night out at Pinot’s Pallete in Lexington Center. We will have wine and light snacks and hope to see you there!

This is a first come-first serve event with limited spaces. To sign up, go to the website https://www.pinotspalette.com/lexingtoncenter/class/93613. Discount code is “lex party” at check out. That gives you $21 per person – 40% off.

Pinot’s Palette is the upscale “Paint. Drink. Have Fun.” destination in Greater Boston Area where anyone can be a Picasso. No art experience required! In two hours you can create any number of festive, whimsical and pretty paintings.

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Annual Date Night: LexFUN! Pubcrawl!

Date: Saturday, April 9th
Time: 7pm
RSVP: http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/96374216

Our pub crawl days don’t need to be over! LexFUN! is partnering with local restaurants to host a Lexington Pub Crawl for you, your spouse/partner and/or friends!

Stroll downtown and join fellow parents for cocktails, tasty appetizers and great company at favorite local spots. We all deserve a fun night out on the town!

Here’s the line-up:Pub crawl
7-8:30 – Begin at Yangtze River for mai tais, scorpion bowls and complimentary appetizers. **Sign up through Big Tent to receive a complimentary drink ticket for Yangtze**

8:30-9:30 – Continue the evening at Via Lago where a full bar menu will be available

9:30- close – Explore the wine, craft micro-brew and cocktail selection at Vine Brook Tavern

Be sure to RSVP in advance through BigTent to receive your complimentary drink ticket for Yangtze (1 per attendee). Only those on the BigTent list will receive their drink ticket upon arrival at Yangtze!

Contact Katie Collin at kwhitt@gmail.com or Christie Leitch at christieleitch07@gmail.com with any questions.

Happy crawling!

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Ongoing LexFUN! Programs and Events

Drop-In-Center – Ends for the Season on April 15th 

Drop in center with bouncy houseDate: Fridays, April 1st, 8th, 15th
Time: 9:30am-11:30am
Location: St. Brigid’s Parish Hall, 2001 Mass. Ave
Details: The cost is $1.00 per child

The Drop-In Center is a place where children ages 0-5 and their parents/caregivers can play, socialize, and make new friends. The Center is open every Friday (except on Lexington Public School vacations/holidays), during the year (September through April). Check the LexFUN! calendar for many special events throughout the year.

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Consignment Sale

There is so much to share – we gave it its own page!!!

Click here for all of the latest updates, tips and tricks!

Community Service

Youville Crafts with Seniors

Date: Wednesday, April 13thValentine making 3
Time: 10am-11am
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.

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Yes for Lexington

It is a critical time for the Lexington Public School district. Buildings are overcrowded and teachers face challenges in delivering curriculum due to space constraints. In May, our community will be asked to vote to approve a Debt Exclusion to finance the renovation and expansion of both our middle schools and provide modest space increases at three elementary schools. Your support of the Yes for Lexington campaign is essential so these school building projects can move forward.  The Estabrook School PTA has endorsed the Yes for Lexington campaign and we hope you will as well.

How will these projects improve Diamond and Clarke?

Diamond Middle School

  • Increase overall capacity at Diamond from 9 to 11 student teams
  • Additional 3 science labs
  • Additional engineering and art classrooms
  • Additional music/drama classroom
  • Replace end-of-life modular space with brick and mortar construction
  • New and appropriately sized cafeteria
  • Appropriately sized fitness center
  • Creation of a teacher workroom that will allow classroom sharing

Clarke Middle School

  • Increase overall capacity at Clarke from 9 to 10.5 student teams
  • Additional 2 science labs
  • Additional Special Education classrooms
  • Additional engineering and art classrooms
  • Additional and enlarged drama and music classrooms
  • Additional English Language Learner and World Language classrooms

In 2015, Town Meeting approved the purchase and installation of two modular classrooms each at Bridge, Bowman and Fiske elementary schools (for a total of 6) with an anticipated completion date of December 2016.  Funds from the Debt Exclusion will also be used to finance these modular classrooms.  These schools are over capacity, and apart from some small scale redistricting to utilize space at Estabrook and Hastings, there are no meaningful sources of relief planned until a new Hastings opens in 2019.

We need the help of all parents to pass this Debt Exclusion. Please visit the campaign website – www.yes4lex.org  where you can:

  • Endorse the campaign
  • Make a donation
  • Volunteer to help with a phone bank, write letters, hold signs and much more.

LexFUN!  strongly encourage you to support Yes for Lexington – for our town, our schools and our future.

Bright Horizons

Kindergarten Connection

If you have an incoming Kindergartener for 2016, be sure to sign up for Kindergarten Connection and don’t miss the Parent Panel Discussion on May 19th. Whether you attended the Town-Wide Kindergarten Orientation in March or not, there is another opportunity to learn all about Kindergarten. Read on for Kindergarten Connection details and an event you won’t want to miss – mark your calendar and double check our helpful to do list below!

Getting Ready for Kindergarten: Parent Panel Discussion – What Every Parent wants to know

Date: Thursday, May 19th
Time: 7pm
Location: Cary Library, Large Lecture Room, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington

LexFUN! presents an evening of discussion and Q&A with parents of current Lexington Kindergarteners. Parents from all six elementary schools will be represented on the panel. Get answers to all your questions and honest advice directly from other parents:

•            Preparing your child and yourself for Kindergarten

•            Tips on school supplies, lunches, daily routines, practical dos and don’ts

•            Bussing, walking or driving to school

•            Options for after-school care

•            Ask questions specific to your school at the end of the program

Submit your questions to our panel ahead of time! Send e-mail to lexfunkconnection@gmail.com.

Fall 2015 Kindergarten To-Do List

• If you have not yet received your Kindergarten registration packet, please call your elementary school directly

• Fill out your registration forms and bring them PRIOR to your Kindergarten Screening appointment

• Schedule your child’s Kindergarten screening at http://cloud.ptcscheduler.com/LPSkindergarten/ Screening dates:

Bowman: April 29 & May 2
Bridge: May 4 & May 6
Estabrook: May 2 & May 3
Fiske: May 3 & May 4
Harrington: April 28 & April 29
Hastings: April 27 & April 28

• Visit http://www.lexfun.org/kindergarten to register for Kindergarten Connection and meet new friends this summer!

• Save the date! Attend LexFUN!’s parent panel discussion, Getting Ready for Kindergarten: What every parent wants to know! – see details above!

• Kindergarten Visiting Day is Thursday, June 9th for all 6 elementary schools

Many Thanks

Thank you to …

  • Danna Steinberg for heading up another very successful and fun Barn Babies event!
  • Tricia Perona for helping us to help ourselves through the Wingate Seminar: Organize, Simplify and Take Control of Your Finances.
  • Emma Harding for helping us feel a bit pampered during Spa Night!
  • Ammie Jensen for being out there and representing our Kindergarten Connection at the Townwide Kindergarten Orientation.
  • Katie Blauer for helping us with our signs and flyers for our Consignment Sale
  • Our Consignment Sale Committee volunteers who have already stepped in and stepped up to get the preparation going on our biggest event of the year.
  • And lastly to our WinterFun! team: Nancy Carson, Jennifer Solomon, and Neha Robinson, who helped make the cold long days of winter, a little more colorful!

~ Leigh Ann & Joyce


 

Events in the Community

Patriot’s Day Pancake Breakfast at Church of Our Redeemer, benefiting LexFUN!
Date: Monday, April 18th
Time: 5:30 am – 9:30 am
Location: Church of Our Redeemer, 6 Merriam Street, Lexington (just off the battle green, behind the Visitor’s Center)
Details:  Open to the public; cost: $6.00 per adult; $4.00 for kids 10 and under
At this Annual Pancake Breakfast, parishioners and community members come to enjoy old-fashioned pancakes with juicy  succulent sausage and  see friends as they participate in an event that makes Lexington such a wonderful community and supports the Church of the Redeemer’s mission of helping local children and families in need. For the second year, we are thrilled to report that the Annual Pancake Breakfast will raise money for the LexFUN! preschool scholarship program! LexFUN! is deeply appreciative of the church’s support of our mission and commitment to support local families in need of assistance to attend preschool.
The Church of Our Redeemer is  dedicated to creating a community that listens to one another, that encourages strong leadership and participation among its members, and that fosters trust by recognizing each person’s gifts. For more information about the Church and its mission, visit http://www.our-redeemer.net

Celebrate Patriot’s Day and benefit LexFUN! at the Annual Pancake Breakfast at Church of Our Redeemer. For the second year, Church of Our Redeemer is donating all proceeds from the breakfast to the LexFUN! pre-school scholarship fund, consistent with their mission of serving children in the community. Each year, Church of Our Redeemer serves nearly 500 visitors pancakes after the re-enactment of the Battle of Lexington on the Green next door to Church. For more information, and to learn more about the Church and their mission, visit http://www.our-redeemer.net
Lee Noel presenting a check for the LexFUN! pre-school scholarship fund.

Lee Noel presenting a check for the LexFUN! pre-school scholarship fund.

Bike Art Contest!

If you have a bicycle, or bicycle parts, you might want to think about getting creative for Lexington’s Bike Art Contest, co-sponsored by the Council for the Arts and the Friends of Lexington Bikeways.  The contest is part of ArtsOffroad, a festival with visual and performing arts in Lexington Center on May 14th that happens to come at the beginning of Bus-Walk-Bus week.

Participants can enter as individuals or groups.  Awards will be given by age group.  Bikes will be displayed, and prizes awarded at the ArtsOffroad event.  For anyone who is unfamiliar with Bike Art, just do a web search to see what some amazing possibilities are!  Complex and simple creations are both welcome.

If you don’t want to enter the contest, but do want to be part of the fun, stay tuned for more information on bike decorating craft tables at the Revolutionary Revelries’ Mayday event (may 1st) at Emery Park, and at ArtsOffroad.

For more information:

Lexington Symphony Community Music Festival & Movie Night Concert

Lexington SymphonyJoin us for Lexington Symphony’s exciting new Community Music Festival and don’t miss the popular Movie Night concert!

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Cary Hall in Lexington Center, the Lexington Symphony and Conductor Jonathan McPhee host an afternoon of family activities and wonderful performances, followed by an evening concert of great music from the “big screen.”

Don’t miss this free family-friendly event which includes: an instrument “petting zoo,” Lexington Symphony quartet performance of Peter and the Wolf, a cappella singers, Indian music and dance, traditional Chinese music, Lexington High School Jazz and choral ensembles – and even a chance to ‘Be a Conductor!

Lexington SymphonyLearn more at http://lexingtonsymphony.org/

Lexington Historical Society

Saturday, April 2, 10am, Hancock-Clarke House opens for the season: Built in 1737, this house was the parsonage for the town of Lexington during the 18th century. Visit the home of Reverend Jonas Clarke where patriot guests John Hancock and Samuel Adams were awakened by Paul Revere and his famous warning in the early hours of April 19, 1775. Highlights: First Shot: The Day the Revolution Began orientation film, Treasures of the Revolution exhibit, Colonial herb garden.  Last tour of the house begins at 4:00 pm.  2016 hours: April 2nd- Memorial Day:  Saturdays and Sundays; 10:00 am- 4:00 pm (tours depart on the top of the hour); Memorial Day- October 30th:  Monday- Sunday; 10:00 am- 4:00 pm (tours depart on the top of the hour).  For Group Reservations please contact the Manager of Education and Interpretation at 781-862-0295 or at tours@lexingtonhistory.org.

Saturday, April 2, 12pm, Munroe Tavern opens for the season: Built in 1735, this important tavern was taken over and used by the British Redcoat troops on their retreat back to Boston in the afternoon of April 19, 1775. Learn about the British perspective of the day’s events and see where President Washington dined when he visited Lexington and this Tavern in 1789. Highlights: Relics of the Redcoats exhibit, Garden of Colonial Flowers, Museum Shop featuring modern British import items.  Last entry into the tavern is at 4:00 pm.  2016 hours: April 2nd- Memorial Day:  Saturdays and Sundays; 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm (guided and self-guided tours available); Memorial Day- October 30th:  Monday- Sunday; 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm (guided and self-guided tours available). For Group Reservations please contact the Manager of Education and Interpretation at 781-862-0295 or at tours@lexingtonhistory.org.

Tuesday, April 5, 7pm at the Lexington Depot, Annual Meeting:  Join us for a social hour and recognition of some of our dedicated volunteers.  Plans for the Society’s new Archives Center at Munroe Tavern will be unveiled.  Dick Kollen, Society historian, will speak about his brand-new biography of the Reverend Jonas Clarke, The Patriot Parson of Lexington, Massachusetts.  The book will be available for purchase and signing.  Free and open to the public!

Sunday April 17, 8pm, In Their Own Words:  A dramatic retelling of the events of April 19, 1775.  This event will take place at Pilgrim Church (55 Coolidge Avenue, Lexington) at 8:00pm.  Tickets available at www.lexingtonhistory.org.

Sunday April 17, 11:30 pm, Paul Revere’s Ride: A reenactment of the arrival of Paul Revere at the Hancock-Clarke House in Lexington after his famous ride. Admission is free.

Monday April 18, all day, Patriot’s Day activities: House tours, First Shot! film screenings, and various other activities throughout the day at all three historic sites.  Visit www.lexingtonhistory.org for full 2016 schedule.

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LexFUN! March 2016 Newsletter

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Our 2015 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“.

Hello from the LexFUN! Executive Board

Welcome March! The beginning of this month is one of my favorites. Somehow getting to March 1st mentally pushes me away from the cold, indoor months of winter and towards the gentle greens and bursting flowers that springtime brings. Perhaps one day I’ll come to love the mix of children and winter. I do love the snowball fights and snow forts, the screams of laughter (loudest being mine) as we zoom down the golf course or Hastings Park hills. And nothing beats the warm hot chocolate smiles after these adventures. But even so, while my kids are small I mostly miss and yearn for warmer weather, when we are unencumbered by the many, many layers, the snow, the bitter cold. So, welcome March!

And with the coming of a new month comes many great LexFUN activities to take us through the last of the indoor days. One of my personal favorites is Barn Babies. How my kids love to swaddle the little animals and pet all the puppies. And for the grown-­ups, what better than a spa night out at Beersheba Nail Salon? Pampering ourselves a bit is always a well­ deserved treat. And as you start to sort through winter clothing and prepare yourselves for a new season, don’t forget to set aside what you’d like to sell at the May LexFUN consignment sale, a hugely popular event that also helps support our preschool scholarship fund. Other great opportunities for socializing and getting out of the house are the Friday drop in center and the Youville crafts. Keep watching the LexFUN weekly happenings for these and more events.

A special greeting and thank you to our new sponsors Goldfish Swim School in Burlington, Russian School of Math, & Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschool. We thank them for supporting the mission of LexFUN!

AC    Happy March everyone!
– Autumn Cohen, VP Community Service –

Special FREE Swim for LexFUN! Families at new Goldfish Swim School

Does 90 degree water sound great to you? Then join us and our newest sponsor, Goldfish Swim School in Burlington, for a special LexFUN! members-only “sneak peek swim” at their facility prior to its opening. Their indoor pool is heated to a tropical 90 degrees year-round!   LexFUN! members are invited to a FREE private family swim for their members only on Sunday, April 3rd from 3:00 – 4:30 pm.  There is a 50 swimmer maximum, so make sure you sign up early. RSVP on BigTent at http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/createGoldfish swim school

Please only RSVP for the number of people who will be in the pool itself. Children must be able to swim the width of the pool independently to swim without a life jacket or without an adult. Life jackets and swim toys will be available on the pool deck.  Goldfish Swim School is located at 10 B Street in Burlington and their website is burlington.goldfishswimschool.com

 

Special LexFUN! Events

Seminar: Organize, Simplify and Take Control of Your Finances By Matt Lasker, CFP® Partner at Wingate Wealth Advisors in Lexington

Date: Thursday, March 24th
Time: 7–9 pm
Location: Community Center, 39 Marrett Road, 2nd Floor, Room 237
Details: Free and Open to the public
RSVP: lexfunseminars@gmail.com

As parents of young children, taking control of your finances often falls to the bottom of the “to do” list. By attending you will discover the key things you can do right now to help you organize, simplify and take control of your financial future.

Most people tend to think that simple things can’t be the best way to achieve big goals. The simple way can sometimes feel too easy and leave us thinking, “what did I miss?” But with personal finances, simple often really is better. Very simple advice will get you to financial success.

Join us for an educational seminar by financial expert Matt Lasker who will teach you how to organize, simplify and take control of the most important aspects of your financial life, which will enable you to make better financial decisions.

Matt Lasker, CMFC™, CFP® is a Client Counselor at Wingate Wealth Advisors in Lexington, MA. He has close to 20 years of experience in the investment industry. He specializes in financial planning and investment management strategies for families. He has particular expertise in investment planning, and takes a strong personal interest in working with clients to design and implement investment strategies that help them realize their unique financial goals and objectives. Matt is also a member of the Boston Estate Planning Council and the Massachusetts chapter of the Financial Planning Association. Wingate Wealth Advisors has been providing independent, fee-based, wealth management services to individuals, families and companies for over 26 years. Matt has a 4 year old son and understands the financial challenges young families face.

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Barn Babies – Get your tickets before they sell out!Barn Babies 2013 two

Date: Saturday, March 5th
Time: 8 shows:  8:30am, 9:00am, 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 11:30am, 12pm
Location: St. Brigid’s Parish Hall, 2001 Mass. Ave
Details: RSVP below, tickets are $8 for children and adults. Children 12 months and under are free!

Little ones will love this menagerie of baby animals! Come meet, pet, and learn about a goat, a little potbellied pig, lots of baby bunnies, chicks or chickens, puppies, and kittens. Plus, be entertained by crafts before your show begins. 

There are only a handful of tickets left!  The shows with the most available tickets are below. Check Big Tent for possibilities during additional show times.

Mom’s Night Out: Spa Night – Must RSVP by March 3rd!

Date: Thursday, March 10th
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Beersheba Nail Salon, 10 Muzzey Street, Lexington
RSVP: Must RSVP by March 3rd at 4pm at http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/96266587

Moms night outAny moms need a little pampering?

Then join us for our Spa Night Out at Beersheba Nail Salon! Choose a manicure, pedicure or both, have some wine and appetizers, and relax after a long, cold winter!

This is a popular event and we need to book the services a week in advance so please RSVP by Thurs March 3rd, 4pm.

RSVP and state in the comments the services you would like, mani, pedi or both.

Services are paid for at the nail salon (not on BigTent)

LexFUN! Annual Date Night: Lexington Pub Crawl! Save the Date!

Date: Saturday, April 9th
Time: 7pm
RSVP: http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/96374216

Our pub crawl days don’t need to be over! LexFUN! is partnering with local restaurants to host a Lexington Pub Crawl for you, your spouse/partner and/or friends!

Stroll downtown and join fellow parents for cocktails, tasty appetizers and great company at favorite local spots. We all deserve a fun night out on the town!Pub crawl

Here’s the line-up:
7-8:30 – Begin at Yangtze River for mai tais, scorpion bowls and complimentary appetizers. **Sign up through Big Tent to receive a complimentary drink ticket for Yangtze**

8:30-9:30 – Continue the evening at Via Lago where a full bar menu will be available

9:30- close – Explore the wine, craft micro-brew and cocktail selection at Vine Brook Tavern

Be sure to RSVP in advance through BigTent to receive your complimentary drink ticket for Yangtze (1 per attendee). Only those on the BigTent list will receive their drink ticket upon arrival at Yangtze!

Contact Katie Collin at kwhitt@gmail.com or Christie Leitch at christieleitch07@gmail.com with any questions.

Happy crawling!

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Ongoing LexFUN! Programs and Events

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Date: Fridays, March 4th, 11th, 18th
Time: 9:30-11:30am
Location: St. Brigid’s Parish Hall, 2001 Mass. Ave.
Details: The cost is $1.00 per child

The Drop-In Center is a place where children ages 0-5 and their parents/caregivers can play, socialize, and make new friends. The Center is open every Friday (except on Lexington Public School vacations/holidays), during the year (September through April). Check the LexFUN! calendar for many special events throughout the year.

WinterFUN!

Date: Tuesdays, March 1st, 15th, 29th
Time: 9:30-11:00am
Location: St. Brigid’s Parish Hall, 2001 Mass. Ave.
Details: The cost is $2.00 per child

Join us for WinterFUN! Come for the crafts, come for the toys, or just come for the coffee and conversation. A nominal fee of $2 per child covers materials and snacks.

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Community Service

Youville Crafts withValentine making 3 Seniors

Date: Wednesday, March 9th
Time: 10:00-11:00am
Location: Youville Place – 10 Pelham Road
RSVP: http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/93400123/rsvp_guest_list

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.

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Kindergarten Connection

Is your child going to Kindergarten this fall? Spring is upon us, and with it comes the beginning of preparations for fall!

– Fall 2016 Kindergarten To-Do List –

  1. 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 lexfun.org/kindergarten.
  2. Register your child for kindergarten!
    • Fill out the forms in your school registration packet mailed to you from the Lexington Public School.
    • If you haven’t received your school registration packet, please contact your elementary school directly.
  3. Attend the town-wide Kindergarten Orientation hosted by the LPS
    • It will be held on Thursday, March 17th at 6:45 pm at the Estabrook Elementary School (117 Grove St, Lexington).
  4. Attend the Kindergarten Parent’s Panel on Thursday, May 19th from 7 to 8:30pm at the Cary Library.

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Townwide Kindergarten Orientation

Date:Thursday, March 17th
Time: 6:45 – 8:00 pm
Location: Estabrook School

If your child will be starting kindergarten this fall, make sure you attend the townwide Kindergarten Orientation Program on March 17th. The program is designed to provide parents of incoming kindergarten students with an overview of Lexington’s kindergarten program. There will be brief presentations by kindergarten teachers and elementary school principals, and there will be time for questions at the end.

Join LexFUN!’s Kindergarten Connection

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.

Sign up for the Kindergarten Connection and you will be able to:

  • 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!

Have questions? Contact Ammie Jensen at lexfunkconnection@gmail.com

LexFUN!’s Kindergarten Parents Panel: What Every Parent Wants to Know! Save the Date!

Date:Thursday, May 19th
Time:7 – 8:30pm
Location: Cary Library Large Meeting Room

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! Parents from all six elementary schools will be represented on the panel and there will be school-specific breakout groups so all your questions can be answered. No RSVP needed

 

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Consignment Sale

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Sale Team Planning Meeting

Date: Saturday, March 12th
Time: 9-11 AM
Location: Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road, Room 237

An agenda and overall timeline of when activities should begin and end will be distributed about a week before the meeting so you have time to read it. Please also come prepared to provide updates if your activities have kicked off.

Save the Date! LexFUN!’s Annual Spring Consignment Sale

Date: Saturday, May 14th
Time: 9am-2pm, Brown Bag Sale ($20) 2:15pm-3p
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Location: Lexington High School Field House, 251 Waltham Street, Lexington

LexFUN!’s Annual Consignment Sale is a fantastic one-day sale of high quality, gently used children’s clothing (newborn to 12 – all seasons), maternity clothing, toys, games, books, strollers, car seats, high chairs, cribs, baby furniture, bouncy seats, baby gear and equipment, bikes and wagons. We bring together hundreds and hundreds of buyers and sellers under one roof for this exciting one-day shopping event!  Also, to make shopping as convenient as possible, we accept Visa, Mastercard & Discover credit cards.

*No strollers allowed inside while you shop; you’ll be asked to leave your stroller in our designated stroller parking area.

Like us on Facebook for photos of past sale and sale updates!

https://www.facebook.com/LexFUNConsignmentSale

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Power Tagging

Selling items at the LexFUN! Consignment Sale is EASY with “Power Tagging”

Would you like to get rid of your clutter, make some money AND help a very worthy cause in your community?  Then sign up to consign your children’s outgrown clothes, toys, books and baby equipment at LexFUN!’s Annual Spring Consignment Sale!  Now is the perfect time to start collecting and tagging items for the Sale.

Selling items at our Sale is super easy!  Just log onto our special Consignment Sale Website at www.myconsignmentmanager.com/lexfun and create your own barcode price tags.  If you consigned last year, use the “Returning Sellers” section and click “register” (to sign up for the 2016 Sale).  If this is your first year consigning, use the “New Sellers” section.  All sellers receive 50% of the proceeds, with the other 50% going towards LexFUND, LexFUN!’s Community and Preschool Scholarship Fund.

If you have more than one item that you want to sell for the same price (e.g., 10 pairs of boy’s pants for $3.00 each or 20 books for $1.00 each), you can save a lot of time by using the “Power Tagger” feature on our Consignment Sale website.  It’s really easy!! You can create over 200 tags in one minute!

You only have to enter 3 fields– price, size (but you can chose “Not applicable”) and category (but you can choose “Miscellaneous” to cover many different items). You can enter other fields if you want to, but you don’t have to.

  • In the section called “Power Tagger: I want to create ___ items(s) with the same information”, chose how many tags you want to create (pick any number of tags up to 20 tags).
  • Then click “Add Item(s)”.
    • This saves the items to your “inventory” list (in blue at bottom of screen).

To create 20 more tags, go through the same steps again.

Tagging Deadline:  All tags must be printed by midnight on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016.  The Consignment Sale Website will be locked down and closed at midnight on Tuesday, May 10th. This means tags cannot be printed after this date. So please plan accordingly. This deadline is only about 10 weeks away.

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More important info…
Drop-off Your Items

  • Date and Time –  Friday, May 13 from 5pm-7:30pm
  • Drop off will take about 10-15 minutes.  You will be asked to place your items directly onto the selling floor. If you separate your clothes by size before you come, this will go quickly.
  • Location – All items should be dropped off at the Lexington High School Fieldhouse, 251 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA 02421.

Top 10 tips for Sellers:

  1. Start tagging early!
  2. Spend a little extra time getting your clothes ready. It will make a huge difference in your profits. Clothes that are clean, pressed and smell fresh with buttons and zippers closed, look better and sell quicker.
  3. Print your price tags on white card stock (60,67 or 110 pound) – our bar code scanners can’t read bar codes printed on regular printer paper; so if you use regular paper, the cashiers will have to manually enter in every number from your tags, which slows down check-out lines!  Wales Copy Shop will print them for you for 15¢ per page (there are 8 tags per page, so the cost is less than 2¢ per tag).
  4. Use wire hangers.
  5. Put all clothes on hangers except pants, overalls, shorts and skirts.
  6. Hang clothes so the top of your hanger forms a question mark when looking at the front of the garment.
  7. Using a tagging gun to add price tags to your clothing can be a tremendous timesaver when tagging clothing.  Tagging guns can be purchased on Amazon and through other retailers.  Alternatively, you can use safety pins (please NO straight pins without clasps!) to attach your price tags and pin them to the upper-right side of your clothes.  When placing your tags, either with a tagging gun or safety pins, please be mindful of creating holes in conspicuous places on the garment.  Seams are an excellent place to place a tagging gun barb.
  8. Tie shoes together or put them in a plastic bag. Attach your price tags with clear packing tape, but don’t tape over the barcode (the scanners can’t read through tape).
  9. Put working batteries in all toys and equipment – items that work are the first to sell.
  10.  Help us spread the word about the Sale – tell your friends and fellow parents.  Remember, as a seller, the more people you let know about the sale the more of YOUR items will sell.

Questions?
Contact the Consignment Sale Chairs @ lexfunconsignmentsale@gmail.com

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Shop the Private Pre-Sale – Sign up to Volunteer today!

We are looking for volunteers to help us with our 8th Annual Consignment Sale on May 14th. Our Consignment Sale is our biggest fundraiser of the year!  To make the Sale a success, we need lots of help from volunteers!

Last year, over 200 people – LexFUN! Members, family members, grandparents, Lexington High School students and other Lexington residents – donated their time and helped with the Sale.

Who can volunteer?  You don’t have to be a LexFUN! Member or even a Lexington resident. Anyone can volunteer!

  • Parents looking to meet other parents in town
  • Parents and grandparents who want first selection at our spectacular Private Pre-Sale Event
  • High school students who need community hours

Volunteer Benefits: Shop Early!  All volunteers will be eligible to shop at the Private Pre-Sale Event on Friday night for the best selection of items.

To receive volunteer benefits, you must register on our website as a volunteer. Go to www.myconsignmentmanager.com/lexfun and go to the “Volunteer” section.

Volunteer responsibilities will vary by shift and day.  Volunteers are asked to give 2.5 hours of their time and will be assigned a particular role when they arrive for their shift.

Below are some of the volunteer jobs:

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  • Check-in of items being dropped off
  • Sorting and tagging donated items
  • Assisting Consignors in placing their items on the sales floor
  • Greeting customers
  • Keeping sales floor organized & straightening racks
  • Cashier and check-out
  • Cleaning up & breaking down of tables/racks

Can’t work the day of the sale?  We do have some volunteer opportunities that you can do before the sale and still qualify for shopping the Pre-Sale.  These jobs include things such as posting flyers around town and helping to gather wire hangers for donations to the Sale.  To volunteer for these jobs, please contact our Sale Chairs at lexfunconsignmentsale@gmail.com

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With Many Thanks to…

We need to thank our new sponsors Goldfish Swim School in Burlington, Russian School of Math, and Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschool for joining us mid-year.  We thank them for supporting the work and services offered through LexFUN!  We are excited to see our family of sponsors continue to grow!

An enthusiastic thank you to Kristin Pechinsky and Jennifer Carbone for a well run and well received Puppet Show event.  Sleeping Beauty was a hit!

Thank you to Emily Sayre for helping us bridge the generational divide with our events at Youville. Thank you to little Violet Solomon and all of the other LexFUN! children who made many wonderful Valentines to give the veterans at the VA Hospital in Bedford.

Thank you to Lexington Power Yoga for hosting a special LexFUN! event this month for new mommies to start reclaiming themselves.

Thanks to our Executive Board for an amazing meeting this month.  You are the backbone of this organization and none of this would be possible without your hard efforts!

Leigh-Ann and Joyce

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Events in the Community

Come to the Cary Cabaret!Carey Cabaret

This fun, toe-tapping evening of family entertainment by LHS musicians is organized by Lexington’s teens to benefit the Cary Memorial Library Foundation’s fundraising campaign for Transformative Spaces: The Library Responds to Changing Times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Tuesday, March 8, 9:30am, Quick Trip to the State House:  Join us for a special guided tour of the State House with Representative Jay Kaufman, including one or two exclusive surprises!  $25/Members, $30/Non-Members.

Thursday, March 17, 10:30am-2:30pm, Mid-Century Modern Outing:  Interested in mid-century modern architecture and design?  Join us as we explore the Concord Museum’s exhibit on Middlesex County Modern, followed by a visit to Retrocraft in West Concord, specializing in mid-century modern furniture for sale.  Over lunch in West Concord, we will discuss the Society’s plans for continuing programming on mid-century modern and learn what you would enjoy!  $10/person (to cover admission to the Concord Museum), lunch paid individually.

Tuesday, March 22, 6pm at the Lexington Depot, Book Group Meeting #4:  Dinner and discussion of The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, a chronicle of the men who ushered in the age of aviation.  $30/Members, $35/Non-Members.

Thursday, March 31, 6-8pm at Munroe Tavern, Conservation Fundraiser:  This wine and cheese event will offer a look at some special objects with interesting stories in the Society’s collections—many of which are crying out for conservation.  Those interested in contributing to our conservation efforts will have the opportunity to purchase “shares” in different conservation projects and have the satisfaction of preserving these objects for posterity.  There will be a special talk by Dr. Tricia Wilson Nguyen, owner of Thistle Threads and a prominent needlework expert, who will speakabout the reproduction efforts surrounding the 17th century Plimoth Jacket.  Free and open to the public (reservations required).

LexFUN! February 2016 Newsletter

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Our 2015 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“.

Hello from the LexFUN! Executive Board

As I am writing this letter, we are weathering the first “big” snow storm of 2016, although compared to last year, it seems like nothing!  However, I’m already focused on spring for so many reasons.

I have a 6 year old and a two year old, and LexFUN! will provide so many outlets for both of them this winter and get us to springtime.  From the weekly drop-in-center to events like the Tanglewood Marionettes and Barn Babies, these events give all of us a way to burn some energy and something to look forward to.

The thing that I look forward to the most every spring, however, is our annual consignment sale in May.  And, the super-easy online tagging system is already open which will give me something to do during the snowy winter weekends – start cleaning out the attic and tagging items to sell.

Like many individuals involved with LexFUN!, I’ve been helping with the consignment sale for years, and had the pleasure of organizing the event a few years ago.  Last year, the sale was our biggest yet, and we expanded to include children’s clothing up to size 12 and maternity clothes.

Being involved with the consignment sale and the LexFUN! board for so many years, I’ve also been able to see very clearly what this sale means to the greater community.  Aside from the great bargains on kids’ clothing and toys, the sale raises a tremendous amount of money for preschool and community scholarships.  We are helping to ease the financial burden of early childhood education for local families who really need the assistance.  Because of the consignment sale, as well as other events that LexFUN! sponsors, we were able to award more than $25,000 in scholarships this year.

At its core, LexFUN! is a wonderful organization that does so much to serve families with young children.  All of the events and fundraising we do always circle back to the community.  I’m excited that I get to be a part of LexFUN! for several more years and can take advantage of all of the things it has to offer. We are now beginning to look for board members for our 16-17 season.  I invite you to find out for yourself, all that greater membership with LexFUN! can bring to your family and the community.

~ Valerie Machinist for the Executive Board

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SummerFenn Open House – A Day Camp for boys and girls ages 5 – 15

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Summer Fenn invites you to come and tour our facilities, enjoy a slide show and light refreshments, and meet our counselors and staff. No RSVP required and kids are encouraged to attend.

The camp is for children aged 5 – 15 but if your child is 4 and starting Kindergarten in the Fall, he/she will be accepted.

Come to an open house on 2/28, 3/13, 4/10 or 5/22  (2-4pm) and see why so many families – including LexFUN! families — return year after year to Summer Fenn!

For more information, visit Summer Fenn at http://www.fenn.org/page.cfm?p=1442

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Guest Column: Victoria Sullivan, Cary Library, They’ll Be Teens Before You Know It – Let Cary Library Be There for Them
Imagine your child nurtured through Cary Library from baby lap time all the way through college applications. Helping young people find their place in a changing world is what the Transformative Spaces project is about—that, and so much more.

Transformative Spaces: The Library Responds to Changing Times will give us a better library, one that connects people with help and resources more quickly, utilizes space more flexibly and efficiently, and offers Lexington’s teens their own space to learn and grow.

  • A fabulous new Teen Space on the Lower Level will be bright, inviting, and tailored to the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of Lexington’s young people.
  • An Enlightened Atrium will be easily switched from a friendly living room to a wide open venue and back again.
  • World Language Collections celebrating our diverse and global community will be prominently displayed on the Main Level.
  • The Adult Fiction collection will move upstairs to the Main Level where staff can help connect you to the perfect book.
  • A new Idea Wall, a Library of Things, and Community Programming Office will take the sharing of things and ideas to a whole new level.
  • More study rooms will be at your service for quiet collaboration.
  • The Library will be Lexington’s go-to place for technological literacy, exploring new formats, and experimenting with innovative devices.
  • There will be designated places for noise and for quiet.
  • The Lower Level, with the Teen Space, the Children’s Room, the Learning Center, and the Large Meeting Room, will allow and contain noisier library activities.
  • The Main Level, with its Main Street, combined Reference/Circulation Desk, and popular adult collections, will permit low-level conversation.
  • The Mezzanine Level and the historical rooms will offer places of quiet contemplation and study.

LibraryThe Library’s Board of Trustees has unanimously endorsed the project, which will cost $750,000. It’s an important investment in a multi-million dollar community asset that’s indispensable to our way of life in Lexington. The Trustees have stipulated that the project will be funded through charitable donations from the people of Lexington.

Please consider making a generous donation to this worthy project—online at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/transformativespaces or by sending a check to the Cary Memorial Library Foundation, 1874 Mass Ave, Lexington, MA 02420. Thank you!

 

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Special LexFUN! Events in February/March
Annual Tanglewood Marionettes Puppet Show
Date: February 6th (2 shows)
Time: 1pm & 3pm
Location: Clarke Middle School, 17 Stedman Road
Details: Tickets are $9 for LexFUN! members, $10 for non-members

This year LexFUN! brings you the classic tale of “Sleeping Beauty.”  A charming tale which appeals especially to younger children, Sleeping Beauty begins in King Felix’s great hall where guest from across the land have gathered to celebrate the birth of Princess Aurora. The party goes awry when the wicked witch arrives and curses the baby princess. Will the curse come true? Will someone with a “true heart” appear? You will know when you see Tanglewood Marionettes’ presentation of this beloved classic.

In this retelling, a painted story book opens to reveal each scene. Beautifully hand-crafted marionettes are brought to life by a master puppeteer as the dramatic events unfold.

Tickets are $9 for LexFUN! members, $10 for non-members. Children under 12 months are free and can sit on an adult’s lap. Tickets can be purchased through BigTent (for members) and at Michelson’s and Catch a Falling Star in Lexington, with cash or check, or they may be purchased at Clarke Middle School on the day of the show.  Get your tickets early as it can sell out!  Also, we are collecting canned goods at the event to donate to the local food pantry. So please bring canned goods.

RSVP:
1pm: http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/95543449
3pm: http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/95543459

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Seminar: Organize, Simplify and Take Control of Your Finances By Matt Lasker, CFP® Partner at Wingate Wealth Advisors in Lexington
Date: Thursday, Mar 24th
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Community Center, 2nd Floor, Room 237 – 39 Marrett Road, Lexington
Details: Free and Open to the public

As parents of young children, taking control of your finances often falls to the bottom of the “to do” list. By attending you will discover the key things you can do right now to help you organize, simplify and take control of your financial future.

Most people tend to think that simple things can’t be the best way to achieve big goals. The simple way can sometimes feel too easy and leave us thinking, “what did I miss?” But with personal finances, simple often really is better. Very simple advice will get you to financial success.

Join us for an educational seminar by financial expert Matt Lasker who will teach you how to organize, simplify and take control of the most important aspects of your financial life, which will enable you to make better financial decisions.

This seminar is free and open to the public.  RSVP on BigTent at http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/95887689

Barn Babies
Date: Saturday, March 5th
Time: 9-11am
Location: St. Brigid’s Parish Hall, 2001 Mass. Ave.
Details: Tickets are $8 for children and adults. Children 12 months and under are free! Multiple shows are available, visit BigTent for details.

Little ones will love this menagerie of baby animals! Come meet, pet, and learn about a goat, a little potbellied pig, lots of baby bunnies, chicks or chickens, puppies, and kittens. Plus, be entertained by crafts before your show begins.

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Kindergartner Korner

Do you have a rising Kindergartner? Incredibly enough, it is time to start thinking (just a little bit!) about starting Kindergarten in the fall of 2016! Kindergarten Connection enables you to meet other Kindergartners 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.

Fall 2016 Kindergarten To-Do List:

  • Keep an eye out for registration packet sent by Lexington Public Schools to incoming Kindergartners – usually mailed just after February vacation.
  • If you don’t receive a packet by the end of February, call LPS Central Office, 781-861-2580.
  • Register for Kindergarten – fill out those forms!
  • Sign up for LexFUN!’s Kindergarten Connection to meet new classmates and friends this summer –http://www.lexfun.org/programs/kindergarten-connection/
  • Attend the Town-Wide Kindergarten Parents’ Orientation Night on Thursday, March 17th at Estabrook Elementary School- see your kindergarten packet for details.
  • Attend the Kindergarten Connection Panel seminar by LexFUN! on Wednesday, May 19th, at the Cary library. You will get to meet and ask questions to the current parents of all 6 elementary schools.
  • Watch this space for updates on Kindergarten 2016!

 

Ongoing LexFUN! Programs and Events

Drop-In-Center
Date: Fridays, February 5th, 12th, 26th
Time: 9:30-11:30am
Location: St. Brigid’s Parish Hall, 2001 Mass. Ave.
Details: The cost is $1.00 per child

The Drop-In Center is a place where children ages 0-5 and their parents/caregivers can play, socialize, and make new friends. The Center is open every Friday (except on Lexington Public School vacations/holidays), during the year (September through April). Check the LexFUN! calendar for many special events throughout the year. Feb 5th  – We will have a special drop-in center today where we learn about Chinese New Year.

WinterFUN!
Date: Tuesdays, February 2nd and 23rd
Time: 9:30-11:00am
Location: St. Brigid’s Parish Hall, 2001 Mass. Ave.
Details: The cost is $2.00 per child

Join us for WinterFUN! Come for the crafts, come for the toys, or just come for the coffee and conversation. A nominal fee of $2 per child covers materials and snacks. Feb 2nd – join us for a special Valentine’s Day craft – Our Bedford VA Medical Center will visit every inpatient and deliver Valentine’s Day cards (made by us!) as part of the National Salute Program. Feb 23rd – sun-catchers!

Join Karen K for the second annual Valentine’s Day 

LOVE FEST!

Hosted by Karen K & her daughter, Love Bug 

Date: Saturday, February 13th
Time: 4:00 – 6:00pm
Location: Hancock United Church of Christ, 1912 Mass Ave, Lexington
Cost: $10 kids under 10 / $12 – adults, $35 for a family of 4, kids under 2 years FREE
Tickets at www.karenkjitterbugs.com

Event starts with a concert by Karen K & the Jitterbugs at 4:00pm. Stay and make Valentines for Community Helpers, like the Fire Department and Public Works, to say thank you for treating our community with love! 

Snacks and hugs provided. Parking in church lot.

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Community Service

Youville Crafts with Seniors
Date: Wednesday, February 10th
Time: 10:00-11:00am
Location: Youville Place – 10 Pelham Road
RSVP: http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/93400121/rsvp_guest_list

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.

LexFUND! Scholarship applications now available
LexFUN! knows that before a child’s first day in Kindergarten, he or she needs a strong educational foundation to prepare them for their entire school life. Unfortunately, some Lexington families may not be able to afford a preschool program, limiting their child’s advantage when he or she enters Kindergarten.

Through LexFUN!’s Pre-School Scholarship Fund, we provide opportunities for Lexington children to get quality early education to support the child’s lifelong learning.  Scholarships ranged from $250 to $5,000.  Last year, LexFUN! awarded over $33,000 to local families!

Eligibility Criteria:

  •  Lexington Residents  – the family must reside in Lexington
  •  Lexington Pre-School – the child must attend or will attend a Lexington pre-school
  •  Family’s Financial Need  – a whole financial picture based on income, expenses, number of dependents, and any special circumstances will be used to determine financial need

Selection Criteria:

  •  Scholarship awards will be granted based on three main criteria: (1) financial need, (2) availability of funds and (3) number of eligible applicants.

Application Process:

  •  Application – LexFUN! has a new, revised Pre-School Scholarship Application Form.  Download it from LexFUN!’s website, www.lexfun.org, under the “Scholarship” tab.
  •  Send the completed Application (including your Written Statement and any Letters of Recommendation) to LexFUN! via email to fiveandundernetwork@gmail.com via mail to:
    LexFUN! Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 445, Lexington, MA 02420

Deadline:

  •  To receiving funding for the Fall semester – Apply by June 1st
  •  To receiving funding for the Spring semester – Apply by November 1st

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Consignment Sale Committee
If you are interested in getting involved in this year’s consignment committee there are several planning meetings coming up.  Please join us at one or all of the dates below to find out how you can be part of this terrific experience.  Committee roles are a variety of sizes and commitments.  If you are unable to join but would still like to be part of the committee, please email Amy Sarcia at amysarcia7@gmail.com.

Mark your calendars (or iphones), with the following dates.  All meetings will start at 9am:Consignment sale meeting

  • Sat., Feb. 13th – Large Meeting Room at Cary
  • Sat., March 12th  – Community Center (Room TBD)
  • Sat., April 9th – Large Meeting Room at Cary

 

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With Many Thanks
As the year rolls into action we need to take a moment to give thanks to those behind the scenes Board Members who may not get the recognition they might as their roles are “behind the curtain” but without whom, the work of LexFUN! would not be completed.  These include:

Elizabeth Berner, our terrific Membership Chair who does the heavy lifting & processing of the applications that come in throughout the year.

Steven Wang – our awesome Web Master who updates Lexfun.org within a flash and has some amazing power over the Goggle search function!

Laura Wilkas, Graphic designer, who so professionally and creatively designs our flyers.

Priya Parasuraman, Community Outreach, who is helping to bring the communities of Lexington closer together.

and of course…

Kate Ulloa Davis, our patient and detailed Newsletter Chair who blends together all the information about LexFUN! into a useful and good looking monthly publication!

One additional thanks to Jill Canes who opened up her home to host a really fun White Elephant event!

~ LeighAnn & Joyce

 

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Members enjoying our annual White Elephant event!

 

Invitation to Become One of Our Board Members

Are you looking for ways to get more involved with LexFUN!? Do you want to meet more moms and have a greater connection to your community? Then joining the LexFUN! Board may be the right move for you!

We are looking for a number of new board members to move into spots being vacated by graduating board members. Board roles begin in June and carry through the year. We meet as a board monthly (but attendance every month is not required) to review business and connect. Board positions reflect a variety of roles and can be both big and small. All board members receive guidance and a great deal of information from the previous position holder.

Our current board includes both at-home and working moms, so the time commitment is whatever works for you! We recognize that all board member roles and contributions are important for the success of our organization and want to be sure you find the position that is right for you. Below please see a list of the current vacancies. If joining the LexFUN! board sounds right for you, please email Leigh-Ann Durant, outgoing Co-President at Ladurant02421@gmail.com.

  • Advertising for the Annual Guide/Swag/Newsletter
  • Annual Guide: Editor in Training
  • Community Service Committee
  • Communications Outreach/Public Relations
  • Consignment Sale Co-Chair
  • Drop-In Center Co-Chair
  • Kindergarten Connection Coordinator
  • Membership Open House Coordinator
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Playgroups Coordinator
  • SummerFUN! Co-Chairs

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Events in the Community

LEF’s Celebration for Education: Fun for You, Funds for Your Kids!

You are cordially invited to Lexington Education Foundation’s (LEF) annual Celebration for Education, to be held on April 2nd at the beautiful Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord. Enjoy dinner, drinks, and dancing, with a fun Bollywood theme. And while you’re enjoying a night out, you’ll also be supporting LEF’s mission of “better schools, brighter futures” for Lexington’s public school students.. You’ll be able to bid on tempting live auction items and contribute directly to fund STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and other grants.LEF 2016

If you’ve never been to LEF’s Celebration for Education, this is a great year to start! The Celebration committee is hard at work planning the event, featuring the glamour, song, and dance of Bollywood. Make it a fun date night, or even celebrate a Girls’ Night Out with friends.

For tickets and more information, go to www.lexedfoundation.org/events. We hope to see you there!!
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The Lexington Education Foundation (LEF) was founded in 1989 to support “better schools, brighter futures” for Lexington Public School students.  LEF funds faculty-initiated grants that help address emerging issues and priorities in the district. LEF grants often fund pilot programs that point the district towards the most effective ways to address challenges and improve achievement for all students. Since our founding, LEF has awarded grants totaling over $4.4 million from funds raised from individuals and businesses throughout our community.

Lexington Education Foundation (LEF) is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  LEF is not affiliated with the Lexington Public Schools.

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, February 27, 7pm, Tavern Night at Munroe Tavern:  Enjoy the authentic atmosphere of 1735 Munroe Tavern while you taste a variety of Scotch whiskies, eat traditional Scottish dishes, and listen to Scottish music, songs and poetry. This will be a very special evening for a limited number of guests. Guests are encouraged to wear plaid – men in kilts are especially welcome! Tickets are $50 for members and $60 for non-members and reservations are required.

Tuesday, March 8, 9:30am, Quick Trip to the State House:  Join us for a special guided tour of the State House with Representative Jay Kaufman, including one or two exclusive surprises!  $25/Members, $30/Non-Members. 

Thursday, March 17, 10:30am-2:30pm, Mid-Century Modern Outing:  Interested in mid-century modern architecture and design?  Join us as we explore the Concord Museum’s exhibit on Middlesex County Modern, followed by a visit to Retrocraft in West Concord, specializing in mid-century modern furniture for sale.  Over lunch in West Concord, we will discuss the Society’s plans for continuing programming on mid-century modern and learn what you would enjoy!  $10/person (to cover admission to the Concord Museum), lunch paid individually. 

Tuesday, March 22, 6pm at the Lexington Depot, Book Group Meeting #4:  Dinner and discussion of The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, a chronicle of the men who ushered in the age of aviation.  $30/Members, $35/Non-Members.

Thursday, March 31, 6-8pm at Munroe Tavern, Conservation Fundraiser:  This wine and cheese event will offer a look at some special objects with interesting stories in the Society’s collections—many of which are crying out for conservation.  Those interested in contributing to our conservation efforts will have the opportunity to purchase “shares” in different conservation projects and have the satisfaction of preserving these objects for posterity.  There will be a special talk by Dr. Tricia Wilson Nguyen, owner of Thistle Threads and a prominent needlework expert, who will speak about the reproduction efforts surrounding the 17th century Plimoth Jacket.  Free and open to the public (reservations required).

 

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LexFUN! January 2016 Newsletter

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Our 2015 Annual Guide for Your Families is posted on the “Members Only” section of our LexFUN! website at http://www.lexfun.org. The password for the “Members Only” section is “fiveandunder“.

Hello from the LexFUN! Executive Board

New Beginnings & Other New Year’s Nonsense!!

When January rolls around there is this assumption we will be transformed as humans.  That suddenly, with the simplicity of turning a page, we will be able to break bad habits and be re-born as a better version of that person who just spent the last month trying to make everyone else happy.  Come January, we are now free from cooking, parties, fancy clothes, and seeing relatives.  Oh wait – that’s not true – I still need to feed the kids, there are birthdays to arrange, I now need multiple layers of warm clothing, and I actually like my in-laws so I am glad to see them.

I am lucky I don’t have a major vise I am trying to lose.  With age (now 45 and that is OK) I realize that my quirks are me and it is fine I really like Candy Crush Saga or that  the Walking Dead is my favorite show on TV and that I cried during the Force Awakens.  I like sci-fi– so be it!   I know there is no magical change that switches in me just because another digit is added to my Google calendar.  I feel the most transformative thing about January is the return to normalcy.  As I put away the decorations it invites me to reassess what I have and what I choose to keep, both in terms of holiday decor and what makes it back out to the floor.  It inspires me to move through my life and make decisions about how and where I want to spend my energies.  I declutter and let go.  So maybe that is the great transformation, letting go of what keeps us burdened, and embracing what is truly special: family and friends.

There is a great opportunity to “unburden” yourself with our annual White Elephant Holiday swap on January 13th.  Come for the chance to connect with others and pass off what was your less-than-desired acquisition from the holiday season (no fruit cake though please!).  This line of thinking is perfect for the larger task of cleansing for the consignment sale. The tagging is open so you can start early, pace yourself,  and really clean out!   I personally made just under $500.00 last year and am looking forward to that level of cleanse again this year as well!

In preparation for the purge I saved all the large empty packing boxes that arrived last month.  I am more than ready.  I look forward to the lighter feeling and ability to “be” rather than “be burdened”.  Less is more…now if I could convince my kids of that, all this would be much easier.

Our best to you for a tremendous and unburdened 2016!

Joyce
Joyce Dvorak – CoPresident

 

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Guest Column: Heather Aordkian – The RePurposed Home

FACT: The way your home looks and functions can change the way you feel.  

When in life we are faced with difficult times it too often happens that our focus is on the negative events and we lose ourselves in survival mode.  Of course daily living can also offer plenty of challenges and families can be easily overwhelmed with getting through rather than living.    The result of this is a nonfunctional and therefore unenjoyable home.  

Its this need to reconnect with our space that launched The RePurposed Home.   Ask yourself these questions: Are you loving and using every room of your home?  Are you shopping Homegoods and can not seem to make your finds translate to your space?   Are you looking to  purge but are having a hard time curating your style?  Or maybe, is your family changing and you are  not sure how to make the transition.  The RePurposed Home can help.

At The RePurposed Home we have noticed our peers are staying in their homes, rather than trading up. They are living simpler lives and being more mindful of what they consume.  Family dynamics are also changing. At The Repurposed Home, we are embracing these changes and helping families re-design their space to use every inch and love the beautiful home they live in now.

A recent client of ours faced a significant change in her family dynamics. There was a definite disconnect with their home.  As we looked around her home it was clear the family had been in distress for a while.  Each room was upended as if someone had looked for something in a hurry but did not have the time to put everything back.  We designed a plan to help put the house back together and ultimately infused a much needed sense of calm into the home.   

We focused on 3 areas to make the biggest impact:

Entry:  Set the mood for her home.  

  1. We added multiple baskets of firewood for easy access and it says to visitors “lemme light a fire, stay awhile.”
  2. Painted her entry floor a brighter version of her door to lighten the space.  
  3. Added a boot tray for guest shoes to save the floor from mud & water.
  4. Added an indoor/outdoor mat from Ballard Design.  (These rugs are awesome for high traffic areas).   

Living Room:  Created a reading nook and cuddling spot for her, her son and mini golden doodle.

  1. We emptied the entire room, organized every single item into a box and marked it with directions – toss or file, etc.
  2. Grabbed a rug from her bedroom and layered it over a sisal to make the room feel cozier.
  3. Created a nook with pillows in her large picture window so that more friends could fit at a time.
  4. Added an arc floor lamp to replace her outdated torchiere to brighten a dark corner.

Mudroom:  Found 1 home for the coats and shoes that were in every room on the first floor.

  1. We installed an extra-long coat rack over her existing bench in the back hall.
  2. Added large baskets with each family member’s name to corral shoes.
  3. Designated 1 wall/corner for dog leashes and food.  
  4. Hung a canvas print that said, “Don’t pray for life to be easy but pray for yourself to be strong.”

 

Our client came back from a much needed weekend away and was teary when she saw the changes.  She said she felt an instant sense of calm.  She loves that each room has a set purpose and that it is so much easier to put things away.  No decisions to make – just ease.  Goal reached!  There are many simple changes you can do in your home.  Try out some of the ideas above.  If you are interested  in more help translating these and other tips to create your beautiful, functional and peaceful home visit us on Facebook or email us at LoveRepurposedHome@gmail.com.

Special LexFUN! Events

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Date: Wednesday, January 13th
Time: 7:30 – 9 pm
Location: shared with those who RSVP

Whether you like your wines or your elephants white (or red!), don’t miss LexFUN!’s annual White Elephant night! We’ll start off the night with some informal wine and appetizer tasting and sharing and then a fun gift exchange! Everyone should bring a wine from their favorite region and/or complimentary appetizer or dessert, as well as a small or ‘gag’ wrapped gift worth under $20 for a ‘White Elephant/Yankee Swap’ gift exchange! Join us for a night of laughter, relaxation, friends, and wine, and unload the crazy gifts you received over the holiday season. Please RSVP on bigtent by January 10th. When you RSVP we will let you know the location of the event. Hope to see you there!  RSVP: http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/95221113

Seminar: Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Estate Planning Done!

Date: Tuesday, January 26th
Time: 7–9pm
Location: Cary Library Large Meeting Room

This seminar, being presented for the seventh year in a row, will walk you through the estate planning process. There are many reasons parents put off drafting a will and other key planning documents: life is too busy, we don’t like to think about our own death or incapacity, and we are reluctant to wade into the conflict that may arise when we do good planning. But even basic estate planning is one of the easiest and important ways you can protect your family and help leave a lasting legacy. In 90 minutes (and with a bit of humor), attorney David Adams will help you:

  • Pick the best guardian for your children
  • Understand how various types of trusts can provide for and protect your kids
  • Determine an appropriate inheritance that will help your children succeed in their life course
  • Minimize (or eliminate) estate tax liability
  • Address planning opportunities for foreign nationals, and
  • Plan for incapacity.

David Adams has been practicing law for thirteen years and specializes in estate planning, estate administration, and nonprofit law. His firm (www.pathwaylaw.com) provides counsel to hundreds of families in the Greater Boston area, working with those with both modest and sophisticated estates. David is a graduate of Harvard College and Northeastern University School of Law.

RSVP: http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/94995304

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Join Our Consignment Sale Team — First Planning Meeting

Date: Saturday, January 30th
Time: 9–10:30 am
Location: Cary Library Large Meeting Room

Our 2016 Consignment Sale Committee is starting to work on our Sale already and is welcoming new members to join the Committee.  Volunteering is super easy and great for both moms and dads.  No prior experience is necessary. Just bring yourself and your good ideas and join us on Saturday, January 30th at 9:00 am at Cary Library.  Joining the Committee is a GREAT way to meet other parents and have a lot of fun too.  You can donate as much or as little time as you have.  We have jobs big and small to fit any schedule.  Hope to see you on January 30th!  No RSVP required; just show up.  For questions about the Committee or the meeting, contact our Sale chair: Amy Sarcia at  amysarcia7@gmail.com.

Our Consignment Sale Website is Now Open for Tagging!!!

As you make space in your closets and toy boxes after the holidays for new things, consider putting them aside and tagging them for our incredible Annual Children’s Consignment Sale! Even though the sale isn’t until Saturday, May 14th, our Consignment Sale Website is now open for you to register as a seller and create your barcode price tags.  In addition to children’s toys and clothing up to size 12, you can also consign your Maternity Clothes.

  • Voted one of the Top 5 Consignment Sales in the State by Boston Parents Paper, our Consignment Sale is one of the largest children’s and maternity consignment sales in the area!  If you haven’t been to our Sale before, it’s a fantastic one-day sale of high quality, gently used children’s clothing (newborn to 12 – all seasons), toys, games, books, strollers, car seats, high chairs, cribs, baby furniture, bouncy seats, baby gear and equipment, bikes, wagons and maternity clothes! We bring together hundreds and hundreds of buyers and sellers under one roof for this exciting one-day shopping event!
  • Consigning your clothes, toys and gear is super easy! Just log onto our special consignment sale website at myconsignmentmanager.com/lexfun and create your own barcode price tags.  If you consigned last year, use the “Returning Sellers” section and click “register” (to sign up for the 2016 Sale).  If this is your first year consigning, use the “New Sellers” section.  All sellers receive 50% of the proceeds, with the other 50% going towards LexFUN!’s Preschool Scholarship Fund.

Top 10 tips for Sellers

  • Ready to start tagging? First, read these tips from some of our top consignors!
  • Start tagging early!
  • Use the “power tag” function. You can make 100 tags in one minute (seriously!!). Don’t waste time creating individual tags (unless you have time to burn).
  • Spend a little extra time getting your clothes ready. It will make a huge difference in your profits. Clothes that are clean, pressed and smell fresh with buttons and zippers closed, look better and sell quicker.
  • Print your price tags on white card stock (60,67 or 110 pound) – our bar code scanners can’t read bar codes printed on regular printer paper; so if you use regular paper, the cashiers will have to manually enter in every number from your tags, which slows down check-out lines!
  • Use wire hangers whenever possible (plastic hangers take up more space on the racks). Put all clothes on hangers except pants, overalls, shorts and skirts.
  • Hang clothes so the top of your hanger forms a question mark when looking at the front of the garment.
  • Using a tagging gun to add price tags to your clothing can be a tremendous timesaver when tagging clothing.  Tagging guns can be purchased on Amazon and through other retailers.  Alternatively, you can use safety pins (please NO straight pins!) to attach your price tags and pin them to the upper-right side of your clothes.  When placing your tags, either with a tagging gun or safety pins, please be mindful of creating holes in conspicuous places on the garment.  Seams are an excellent place to place a tagging gun barb.
  • Tie shoes together or put them in a plastic bag. Attach your price tags with clear packing tape, but don’t tape over the barcode (the scanners can’t read through tape).
  • Put working batteries in all toys and equipment – items that work are the first to sell.
  • Help us spread the word about the Sale – tell your friends and fellow parents. Remember, as a seller, the more people you let know about the sale the more of YOUR items will sell.

For more information visit the “Consignment Sale” page on the LexFUN! Website at lexfun.org or contact our Sale chair: Amy Sarcia at amysarcia7@gmail.com.  Please also “like” us on Facebook for sale updates, photos from past sales and previews of items for sale at the upcoming sale.

Joyce Murphy

February Sneak Peek:

FREE Mommy & Me Baby Yoga Event – Special Event for LexFUN! members!

Date: Wednesday, February 3rd
Location: Lexington Power Yoga, 1762 Mass Avenue

A special FREE event for LexFUN! moms and babies (from 4 weeks to pre-crawling).

Come and sample a unique post-natal yoga class with Lexington Power Yoga and meet other LexFUN! mommies and babies at the same time.

This unique post-natal yoga class combines getting back into shape with strengthening the bond between you and your baby. The yoga sequences are designed to focus on all areas of the of the post-natal body to bring back strength, flexibility and mental calm to the mother. Experience flowing asanas, gentle core re-builders, strengthening postures and calming, restorative time for you and your baby in this safe and playful environment. You will be invited to incorporate baby into some of the asanas, as well as remain connected to baby through eye or tactile contact. A small segment of baby massage will be incorporated as well. Timeless lullabies, original lullabies, or devotional yogic chant will round out the class as you and your baby bond, relax and renew in this very special experience.

Space is limited so RSVP at: http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/95309725

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Annual Tanglewood Marionettes Puppet Show

Date: February 6th (2 shows)
Time: 1pm & 3pm
Location: Clarke Middle School, 17 Stedman Road
Details: Tickets are $9 for LexFUN! members, $10 for non-members

This year LexFUN! brings you the classic tale of “Sleeping Beauty.”  A charming tale which appeals especially to younger children, Sleeping Beauty begins in King Felix’s great hall where guest from across the land have gathered to celebrate the birth of Princess Aurora. The party goes awry when the wicked witch arrives and curses the baby princess. Will the curse come true? Will someone with a “true heart” appear? You will know when you see Tanglewood Marionettes’ presentation of this beloved classic.

In this retelling, a painted story book opens to reveal each scene. Beautifully hand-crafted marionettes are brought to life by a master puppeteer as the dramatic events unfold.

Tickets are $9 for LexFUN! members, $10 for non-members. Children under 12 months are free and can sit on an adult’s lap. Tickets can be purchased through BigTent (for members) and at Michelson’s and Catch a Falling Star in Lexington, with cash or check, or they may be purchased at Clarke Middle School on the day of the show.  Get your tickets early as it can sell out!  Also, we are collecting canned goods at the event to donate to the local food pantry. So please bring canned goods.

RSVP:
1pm: http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/95543449
3pm: http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/95543459

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Ongoing LexFUN! Programs and Events

Drop-In-Center

Dates: Fridays, January 8th, 15th and 22nd
Time: 9:30-11am
Location: St. Brigid’s Parish Hall, 2001 Mass Ave.

Special Drop In Center January 15th!! Join Yamaha Music School for an Instrument Petting Zoo on Friday, Jan 15 at 10-10:30am and learn more about their newest class, The Littlest Musician. This special time for music-loving parents and babies is a gentle introduction to music with storytelling, movement, singing, and more! Find out more by emailing ymsboston@yamaha.com.

Drop in center with bouncy house

The Drop-In Center is a place where children ages 0-5 and their parents/caregivers can play, socialize, and make new friends. The Center is open every Friday (except on Lexington Public School vacations/holidays), during the year (September through April). Check the LexFUN! calendar for many special events throughout the year.

The cost is $1.00 per child.

WinterFUN!

Dates: Tuesdays, Jan 5th, 19th
Time: 9:30–11 am
Location: St. Brigid’s Parish Hall,  2001 Mass. Ave

Join us for WinterFUN! Come for the crafts, come for the toys, or just come for the coffee and conversation. A nominal fee of $2 per child covers materials and snacks. Jan 5th  – snowflakes, January  19th paper plate snowmen

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Community Service

Gift Card Drive Review

LexFUN Families & Friends- Thank you for your generosity during our 2015 LexFUN Gift Card Drive! During this holiday season, we donated $940 in gift cards to benefit refugee families settling in Lowell and our surrounding area. The International Institute of New England (www.iine.us) will provide the gift cards to families in need of housing, food, clothes, and other basics. Many thanks to our members for helping to bring some joy to those in need.

Youville Crafts with Seniors

Date: Wednesday, Jan 13th
Time: 10 -11 am
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. RSVP: http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/93400119  (See photos below from our Dec event!)

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Meals on Wheels

LexFUN! has for many years been responsible for a Friday lunch shift for Meals on Wheels in our community.  Drivers volunteer and rotate responsibility for the shift with others.  Recently it has become more of a challenge to find volunteers.  LexFUN! is proud to help organize this Friday delivery, but can not continue to maintain the route if we do not have additional volunteers.  If you are able, every few months, to give some time on a Friday to help sustain the route, please reach out to Anne Boulter, at  anne@boulter.com.  We are sadly at a crossroad with this commitment and without new volunteers, will be forced to give -up our route.  Please consider volunteering if you are at all able and interested.  Thank you.

With Many Thanks to…

December is a busy month for all our families.  It takes a great deal of time and energy to do all that is required to make it through with some sanity. These board members continue to go above and beyond….

Candice Lind, Sarah Carter and Jenna DiMaio-McCracken who week in and out provide a little needed respite for kids and parents alike during our Drop-In-Center.

Anne Boulter who continues to organize our Meals on Wheels route to ensure local seniors are getting the meals they need.

Emily Sayer & Laura Lewis for hosting a wonder craft and visit day at Youville.

Melissa Lee for organizing our Gift Card drive. $940.00 dollars in gift cards were raised to help refugees.

Tuna Chatterjee  & Trisha Perona  for our Terrific Toy Talk Seminar, it is nice to be better prepared to gift shop!

Our Winter Fun! Team of  Jennifer Solomon,  Neha Robinson & Nancy Carson.

Katie Reynolds, our newest Board Member who stepped in and stepped up organizing a well received and attended Babysitter Social.

And to you – our family members.  There would be no LexFUN! without you!

We wish you well for the new year!

Leigh-Ann & Joyce

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Events in the Community

Coming to you this Winter … an outdoor rink in Lexington Center!

A family friendly outdoor skating rink is coming to Fletcher Park, located at the corner of Fletcher, Woburn and Massachusetts Avenues (also known as the Farmers’ Markets grounds). The rink is a joint effort of Lexington citizens and the Lion’s Club.  The goal is to have the rink operational from January 2016 to the end of February, weather permitting.

Items of note about the rink:
*  the rink will be open from dawn to dusk daily
*  no sports will be permitted for this first year of operation, thus, no hockey sticks allowed
*  the rink will not be monitored therefore it is skate at your own risk

We are very excited about the opportunity for a family friendly outdoor recreation option close to Lexington Center!  In order to make Fletcher Park Rink a success, we do need your help.  Here are a few ways you can be a part of the Fletcher Park Ice Rink:

1.  Make a donation.  The Lions Club is collecting donations to help fund the rink’s boards and liners, by NiceRink (a major supplier of commercial and residential rinks throughout the US). We are aiming to raise $10,000 in funds for the rink system which will be donated to the Town of Lexington. If you are interested, please send a check to:

Lexington Lions Club
PO Box 71
Lexington, MA 02421

2.  Volunteer your time.  We will need help maintaining the rink for all to enjoy.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Lisa O’Brien at lmmobrien@gmail.com.

3.  Use the rink!  Our hope is that the Fletcher rink gets lots of use during the long winter months.  The rink is conveniently located within walking distance to your favorite hot chocolate spots and other businesses.

To learn more, please visit the Fletcher Rink website at skatelexington.com.

Kind regards,
Doug Lucente (on behalf of Lion’s Club), Lisa O’Brien, and Charles Teague

MLK Day of Service

The Town of Lexington will commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the 3rd Annual MLK Day of Service, honoring Dr. King’s legacy by committing our community to take part in assisting those less fortunate. Our objective is to engage and mobilize young people and adults to participate in events and activities to serve others, united in philanthropy.

Our target this year is to serve 1,800+ people through 400+ volunteers. To sign up and volunteer, visit: www.lexingtonmlk.org

Program and Activities:

  • 9-10:30 a.m. at Grace Chapel – Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association (LICA) sponsors Panel Discussion and Community Dialogue on Race. Racially-diverse panel discusses experiences to support our success and compel a community dialogue on how to continuously work together to improve our race relations.
  • 11 a.m. – Unity Walk from the Lexington Battle Green to Cary Hall.
  • 11:30 a.m. at Cary Hall – Brief performances by Lexington literary performer Regie O’Hare Gibson and SNAP Sing Along Chorus.
  • Volunteers will then take part in one of a number of charitable activities throughout Lexington:
  • YMCA Community Day, 1-3:30 p.m. at Waltham YMCA, 725 Lexington St, Waltham. Program of activities for children and adults (games, sports, reading, swimming, etc.) including lunch. Under privileged families in Waltham and Bedford hotels/shelters invited to participate.
  • Lunch with Seniors, 12-2 p.m. at Lexington Villages (Greeley, Vynebrook, Countryside). Volunteers will serve lunch and sit with seniors to reflect on the legacy of Dr. King.
  • Card-Making activity, 1-4 p.m. at Lexington Montessori School, 130 Pleasant St. Hands on crafts activity to create Valentine’s Cards for Veterans, hospitalized children, and other underserved community members.
  • Charitable Donations, 1-3 p.m. at Grace Chapel, 59 Worthern Road, Lexington. Donate food, books, toiletries, clothing for needy families to be distributed to Lexington Food Pantry, Room to Grow, COMPASS For Kids, and More Than Words. Donations will be dropped off at Grace Chapel for delivery to service organizations.
  • Cradles to Crayons, 12-2 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 55 Coolidge Ave., Lexington, OR 11am-1pm Cradles to Crayons Headquarters, Brighton.  Organize, distribute, clean/prep goods for reaching families in need in Boston area (Brighton warehouse) and Lexington Pop-up site (Pilgrim Church).
  • Serving Seniors at Waltham Crossing, Time TBD, 126 Smith St. Waltham. Serve the senior population of this community with games, card-making for Birthday Wishes and music.

Admission to the program is free and all are welcome to attend any or all of the MLK Day of Service events. Donations (tax-deductible) are welcome and can be made through the Town Celebrations Committee MLK Day Fund. Please make checks payable to the Town of Lexington, with MLK Celebration in the memo line, and mail to Town of Lexington, 1625 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420.

For more information and sign-ups for volunteering activities, visit http://www.lexingtonmlk.org/, or contact  lexingtoncommunity@gmail.com

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LexFUN! December 2015 Newsletter

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Our 2015 Annual Guide for Your Families is now posted on the “Members Only” section of our LexFUN! website at http://www.lexfun.org. The password for the “Members Only” section is “fiveandunder“.

Hello from the LexFUN! Executive Board

Well, hello December! It seems that just last week, we were eating turkey and raking up the leaves. Yet we knew all along you were just around the corner…and so we welcome you and all that you bring (even if that means record breaking snowfall). Hello to the cold, snow, scarves and mittens. Hello hot cocoa, cookie exchanges, carols and crafts. Hello Elf on the Shelf. Hello parties, presents and lights.

If you are like me and still have some shopping to do for the holidays, make sure you attend our Toy Talk Seminar on December 3rd. If you are wondering what to buy or give or what some of the best toy and book ideas are out there, then make your way to the Toy Talk Seminar to learn about the best kinds of toys and books for preschool-aged children. The discussion will focus not only on gift ideas, but also how to cultivate a healthy approach towards gift-giving.

On December 9th, join fellow LexFUN! families at Youville Place for story time and a craft with the senior residents. Stop by WinterFUN! on the 1st and the 15th to make another holiday project, because why not let LexFUN! help you keep the kids busy with glitter and glue, so you can save your creativity for other things this month, like finding places to hide a mischievous elf!?! And If you are looking for even more fun this month, be sure to check out the events tabs at the top of the Newsletter.

As busy as we are and as much fun as there is to be had this time of the year, the holidays are also a time for giving and helping those in need. LexFUN! is holding a gift card drive in support the International Institute of New England (www.iine.us), a non-profit that works to resettle refugees from Syria, Burma, and other countries in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Our holiday gift card donations will directly benefit the families and children settling in our area who are in desperate need of food, clothes, and items to help make a home. You may bring your gift card donation to LexFUN drop off locations at: 8 Cornerstone Way or 22 Hancock Street. We will be collecting cards through Wednesday, December 9th and then presenting them to IINE immediately so they may distribute these cards in time for the holidays. Any amount is greatly appreciated and suggested stores include: Walmart, Gap, Target, Kmart, Old Navy, Kohls, TJ Maxx, and Toys R US.

When shopping for gifts for your own families and friends, don’t forget use your membership card to take advantage of the many discounts offered at our local retail and dining establishments. From toys, to jewelry, to stationary, you can find something for everyone on your list right here in town. And while December is inevitably packed with shopping trips, marathon baking sessions, and parties galore (on top of our already busy lives!) I hope you can find time to enjoy the special moments with your family. There’s something so magical about celebrating the winter season, and all that it entails with little ones, whether you are starting new traditions, or celebrating old ones, enjoy the season. All the cheer, sparkle, snowflakes, roasting and toasting and everything else that it brings!

Kim Ryan, Secretary

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Guest Column – Wingate Wealth Management – College Planning

By Matt Lasker, CFP® – Partner at Wingate Wealth Advisors, Lexington

There is no denying the benefits of a college education for your children: increased earning power and expanded horizons among them. But these advantages come at a price: COLLEGE IS EXPENSIVE!!

  • The average annual Wingate 2cost of a 4-year private college for the 2015-16 school year was approximately $47,831.
  • If costs continue to rise 5% annually (as they have been), the four-year sticker price for today’s newborn will be well over $500,000.
 

For many parents, especially those who started families in their 30s and 40s, the challenge of saving for college and retirement at the same time is a daunting reality.

One of the keys to saving for both is to tailor your monthly investments to your planning goal: college or retirement. You can then figure out time frames – you may find the help of a financial advisor useful at this point.

What are our options?

In a nutshell: quite a few! Start putting money aside for college as early as possible. Most people think college savings equals 529 Plans. There are actually over 15 different strategies that can be used for building a college fund for your children, each with varied features. Some options offer tax advantages, some are more costly to establish, some charge management fees, some require parental income to be below a certain level, and some impose penalties if the money is not used for college.

Things to think about:
Tax advantages: Money saved for college goes further when it’s allowed to accumulate tax free or tax deferred. To come out ahead in the college savings game, it’s wise to consider tax-advantaged strategies, such as a 529 Plan.

Beware of the “Kiddie tax”: A lot of parents think they can shift assets to their child in order to avoid high income taxes. This strategy works best if the child is generally age 24 or older. If the child is under age 24, the kiddie tax rules apply where the first $1,050 of annual unearned income (e.g., interest, dividends, capital gains) is tax free, the second $1,050 is taxed at the child’s rate, and any unearned income over $2,000 is taxed at the parents’ rate.

Financial aid: Predicting whether your child/children will qualify for financial aid many years down the road is an inexact science. Some families with incomes of $100,000 or more may qualify for aid, while those with lesser incomes may not. Income is only one of the factors used to determine financial aid eligibility. Other factors include amount of assets, family size, number of household members in college at the same time, and the existence of any special personal or financial circumstances.

Time frame: Most college savings strategies work best when your children are young. With a longer time horizon, you may want to be less conservative with your investments and have more years to take advantage of compounding.

Amount of money available to invest: The amount of money parents have to invest at a particular time might affect their savings strategies. Working with a professional financial planner can help you figure out how much to save now and in the future and what type of saving option best fits your situation.

Wingate works with many local families, helping them with college planning and other financial planning issues.

We would be delighted to help you or answer any questions you may have.

WingateWorking with Lexington families since 1986
Personalized Financial Planning and Investment Management
www.wingatewealthadvisors.com
Phone 781-862-7100

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Special LexFUN! Events in December

LexFUN! Winter Babysitter Social
Date: Monday, Dec 14th
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Youville Place, 10 Pelham Road
RSVP: http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/95124251

Whether you need an occasional babysitter for a night out, during the day for an appointment, or just to hit the gym, please join us on Monday, December 14th from 6:00-7:30pm at Youville Place for our Winter Babysitter Social.

Stop in to meet local high school and college students looking for occasional mothers helper and babysitting jobs.

This event is for parents only and please note that LexFUN! does not endorse any of the sitters.

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White Elephant Gift Exchange – Save the Date!
Join us for the White Elephant Social Event – Thursday, January 13th at 7:30 pm! Whether you like your wines or your elephants white (or red!), don’t miss LexFUN!’s annual White Elephant night! We’ll start off the night with some informal wine and appetizer tasting and sharing and then a fun gift exchange! Everyone should bring a wine from their favorite region and/or complimentary appetizer or dessert, as well as a small or ‘gag’ wrapped gift worth under $20 for a ‘White Elephant/Yankee Swap’ gift exchange! Join us for a night of laughter, relaxation, friends, and wine, and unload the crazy gifts you received over the holiday season. Please RSVP on bigtent by January 10th at http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/95221113

When you RSVP we will let you know the location of the event. Hope to see you there!

Seminar: Toy Talk!
Date: Thursday, Dec 3rd
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Location: Community Nursery School, 2325 Massachusetts Ave
RSVP: http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/95112852?trackback

Holidays? Birthdays! What to buy? What to give? What are some of your best toy and book ideas out there? Come and share your discoveries, thoughts, great finds. This time of year brings all sorts of opportunities to give and to receive. And so many of us have so much already! Join us as Community Nursery School director Liz ONeil shares her thoughts on the best kinds of toys and books for preschool-aged children. The discussion will focus not only on gift ideas, but also how to cultivate a healthy approach towards gift giving.

Come and enjoy wine, cheese, and hands on toys to play with!!!

Questions? Email us at lexfunseminars@gmail.com
RSVPs not required but gratefully accepted to help us plan for seating and snacks.

Seminar: Everything You Need to Know to Get your Estate Planning Done – Save the Date!
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Time: 7-9pm
Location:  The Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room
RSVP: at  http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/94995304

This seminar, being presented for the seventh year in a row, will walk you through the estate planning process.  There are many reasons parents put off drafting a will and other key planning documents:  life is too busy, we don’t like to think about our own death or incapacity, and we are reluctant to wade into the conflict that may arise when we do good planning. But even basic estate planning is one of the easiest and important ways you can protect your family and help leave a lasting legacy.  In 90 minutes (and with a bit of humor), attorney David Adams will help you:Pathway

  • Pick the best guardian for your children
  • Understand how various types of trusts can provide for and protect your kids
  • Determine an appropriate inheritance that will help your children succeed in their life course
  • Minimize (or eliminate) estate tax liability
  • Address planning opportunities for foreign nationals, and
  • Plan for incapacity.

David Adams has been practicing law for thirteen years and specializes in estate planning, estate administration, and nonprofit law.  His firm (www.pathwaylaw.com) provides counsel to hundreds of families in the Greater Boston area, working with those with both modest and sophisticated estates.  David is a graduate of Harvard College and Northeastern University School of Law.

Save the Date for our Annual Marionettes Puppet Show
Sat. Feb. 7th at Clarke Middle School. Tickets will go on sale in January.

 

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Sponsor Spotlight
Our Sponsor Spotlight for this month is on our Bronze Sponsor, the Child Development Network in Lexington

The Child Development Network (CDN) is a team of pediatric neuropsyCDN_Logo_GreyNetchologists working to help children, adolescents, and their families with concerns related to learning, behavior, and social-emotional development. Dr. Renee Folsom at CDN provided an insightful LexFUN! seminar on how to help your kids achieve their personal best this past September. Dr. Folsom is a neuropsychologist and licenses psychologist with specialties in Autism Spectrum Disorder and other conditions that usually co-occur with this diagnosis, ADHD, Specific Learning Disability, Anxiety/Depression and Mood Disorders. Visit CDN at http://www.cdnkids.com or call (781) 861-6655 to speak with Dr. Folsom.

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Ongoing LexFUN! Programs and Events

Drop In Center
When it comes to indoor play spaces in Lexington, LexFUN!’s weekly Drop-in Center can’t be beat!  Every Friday, preschoolers, toddlers, babies and their parents and caregivers drop in to play, explore and learn in a huge indoor play area filled with age appropriate toys and activities. Children develop social, physical, and sensory skills through hands on free play activities, books and crafts.
WHEN & WHERE: Every Friday from 9:30 – 11:30am during the Fall, Winter and Spring (from September 19th through April 10th) at St. Brigid’s Parish Hall, 2001 Mass. Ave.

WinterFUN!
WinterFUN! is a drop-in arts and crafts program for toddlers and preschoolers. It is held every other Tuesday morning (9:30 AM – 11:00 AM) during the school year at St. Brigid’s Church Parish Hall (2001 Mass Avenue in Lexington). For a nominal fee of $2 per child ($5 max per family) we have a theme/craft every week, a snack, toys and even coffee for the adults! December brings some fun crafts for winter and the holidays! We snowmanhope you’ll join us for some crafty fun!

Date: Tuesday, December 1st
Time: 9:30-11am
Location: St. Brigid’s Parish Hall
RSVP: Not required

Come for the crafts, come for the toys, or just come for the coffee and conversation!

 

Consignment Sale Meeting – Save the Date!
Want to be part of the team that plans one of the top five Consign86281076_2_00_Selling_Floorment Sales in the state?  Want to meet other great moms and have a lot of fun along the way?  Then join our Consignment Sale Team.  Anyone can join! No prior experience is necessary.  You can give as much or as little time as you have.  We appreciate everyone’s efforts.  Save the date for our first Consignment Sale Team Meeting of the year on Jan. 30th at 9:00 at the Cary Library, large meeting room.  If you have questions in the meantime, please contact Amy Sarcia at amysarcia7@gmail.com.

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Youville Monthly Crafts with Seniors
The best kind of holiday decorations are the homemade ones by your little ones. Come join us at Youville Place  to make some holiday decorations wYouvilleith our local seniors.

Date: Wednesday, December 9th
Time: 10-11am
Location: Youville Place, 10 Pelham Road Lexington (off of Mass. Ave)

 

 

Gift Card Drive for Refugees – Help Give Hope this Holiday Season
Please support our Holiday gift card drive this year. LexFUN has teamed up with the International Institute of New England (http://iine.us/), a non-profit that helps refugees who are living in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Your gift card donation helps benefit the families and children in our area who are in desperate need of food, clothes, and items to help make a home after they have been forced to leave theirs behind.

Please note we are helping refugees with small children who are already here in Massachusetts and NH. These families went through 18-24 months of screening before arriving here and they patiently waited in refugee camps with their small children during the screening.

Please consider donating a gift card (of ANY denomination) from a store such as Market Basket, Target, or Walmart. Or Visa/Mastercard gift cards or other store cards are also extremely helpful.

Please drop your donation at these designated drop off locations: 8 Cornerstone Way or 22 Hancock Street. We will be collecting cards through Wednesday, December 9th and then presenting them to IINE immediately so they may distribute these cards in time for the holidays.

Please contact Melissa Lee at mnachatelo@hotmail.com with any questions. Thank you, LexFUN members!

With Many Thanks To…
A big thank you to Kim Voce, Autumn Cohen and Julie Callahan for organizing the very popular Cradles to Crayons sorting event at St. Brigid’s.  Cradles to Crayons sent LexFUN! families a heartfelt “thank you” for an incredibly successful clothing drive last month:   “Thank you to the Lexington Community for hosting LexFUN! Family Time to Give at St. Brigid’s!  Cradles to Crayons would like to especially thank the purple crew of volunteer leaders and recognize C2C community champion, Mary Harvell, and LexFUN! representative Kim Voce for serving as community leads. In 3 hours of service, we were able to impact 375 kids! Thank you for your incredible support!”

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Thank you to Christine Manavian, Jill Canes, Kim Ryan, Christina Finegold, Alli Smith, Carrie Klemovitch, Emma Harding, Kristin Pechinsky, Ammie Jensen, Joyce Dvorak, Olivia Kelley, Neha Robinson, Kristin Simon, Shannon Duffy, and Candice Lind for helping with the amazing Member Appreciation Party.  We had a great turn out and the kids and parents alike had a great time doing crafts, jumping in the bounce house and catching up with friends.  Well done ladies!

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A great BEE-IG thanks to our fabulous LexFUN! teams who competed in the LEF Trivia Bee. Once again both teams made it to the final round! Congrats Olivia Kelly,  Sarah Carter, Matt Carter, Kristin Pechinsky, Laura Wilkas, and Ian Fox.

Sending big thanks to Tuna Chaterjee and Trisha Perona for bringing us “Tips for Taking Better Photographs of Your Kids with Beth Ann Fricker”

Thank you to Michelle Andronaco for organizing a much-needed fun Mom’s Night Out at Vine Brook Tavern. A good time was had by all.

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LexFUN! Member Discounts
As you begin your holiday shopping, remember that LexFUN! members enjoy more than 50 discounts from local merchants. Check out our website at www.lexfun.org or your membership card for a full list of discounts. Some that may be helpful for your holiday shopping are Catch a Falling Star, Crafty Yankee, Cycle Loft, Fancy Flea Antiques & Fine Jewelry, Pocketful of Posies, and Barefoot Books.

Events in the Community
The Model Train Show is Back!
Dates and times: Saturday, December 12th from 10-4:30pm and Sun Dec 13th from 12-4:30pm
Location: Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, 33 Marrett Road

Discover the magic of trains at the annual Model Train Weekend at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library.  The train show is free and open to the public. The HUB Division of the National Model Railroad Association presents miles of track with trains running on multiple main lines as they chug up mountain climbs, past coal mines, through small villages and into tunnels. Some engines pull 50 cars past hundreds of charming venues including icy lakes with skaters, snow-covered farms, and urban skyscrapers.

Waldorf Annual Holiday Fair
Date: Saturday, Dec 5th
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: Waldorf School, 739 Mass Ave.

Waldorf School of Lexington is holding their 45th Annual Holiday Fair and invites all LexFUN! families to come. The Fair is from 9am to 3pm and includes puppet shows, childrens crafts, live chamber music, handmade gifts from 40 area artisans, delectable luncheon and bake sale and the Waldorf Boutique (gently used clothing and toys). Admission $4 per person, $15 per family, kids 3 and under are free.

HolidayFair_postcard_2015Lexington Symphony’s Annual Holiday POPS! Concerts
Date: Saturday, Dec 5th
Time: 4:00pm and 7:30pm
Where: Cary Hall

Featuring popular seasonal music, sing-alongs, and a special visitor from the North Pole. http://lexingtonsymphony.org/

Community Endowment of Lexington
HISTORY
The Community Endowment of Lexington (CEL) was established in 2013  by Lexington residents ­— as an initiative to build a permanent endowment to strengthen our community.  CEL supports non-profits (not funded by our municipal budget) that make life healthier and more enjoyable for all members of the community in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, environmental sustainability and overall community collaboration.

BUILDING THE ENDOWMENT
To reach the goal of $1,000,000 endowment, we have  invited all those who share the vision of sustaining our vibrant community into the future —to become Founders or Friends with gifts of any size.  To date we have raised over $300,000 from individuals, businesses,  family foundations and community groups.  The Endowment has already distributed over $50,000 to non-profits making a difference in Lexington.  The competitive grant program is solely managed by the CEL Board, a multicultural, multigenerational and vested group in Lexington that understands current trends and gaps in our municipal and human services.

THE 2015 YEAR-END CHALLENGE
A Lexington family–to be named–has made a generous challenge to others who care about and want to help build a strong future for Lexington :  All gifts made to CEL between November 1 and December 31, 2015 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000.  Please consider a generous pledge that can be paid up to three years.  Give locally, give generously and give before year-end.  Every dollar counts!

For more information on giving, joining our newsletter and/or getting involved with CEL, please contact:

Leslie Zales
leslie.zales@gmail.com
www.lexingtonendowment.org
follow us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/LexingtonEndowment/

Here’s the link if you’d like to give online: http://www.foundationformetrowest.org/GivebDonorsFundholdersb/TownFunds/GivetoCEL.aspx

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