- Executive Board Letter
- Special Announcements
- Upcoming Special Events
- Kindergarten Korner
- LexFUN!’s Annual Spring Consignment Sale
- On-Going Programs and Events
- Community Service
- Many Thanks!
REMINDER: Our Newsletter is organized into 6 tabs (i.e., sections) which appear across the black bar right under our logo – Home, “All Things Consignment,” LexFUN! Events for Kids, LexFUN! Events for Parents, Events In & Around Town, Membership Partners and About LexFUN! Make sure you click on all the tabs so you don’t miss anything!
We’ve made it! March is here and with it hopefully more sunshine and warmer weather. It’s time to get those little ones outside to the parks to take advantage of the extra daylight. Spring is just around the corner (we hope!) and it’s the perfect time of year to start cleaning out those closets. The tagging system is up and running for those of you who want to get a jump on the Consignment Sale happening in May.
We have a lot coming up in the month of March to keep those little ones busy! We start off with our annual Barn Babies Show on March 7th. Tickets are still available on BigTent. Our seminar team brings you a very informative discussion on estate planning with Atty. David Adams on March 23rd. WinterFUN! will be wrapping up their year on March 25th. And lastly we will be hosting a Spa Night Out on March 26th at Beersheba Nail Salon for all moms who just need a break. Space is limited so please RSVP on BigTent.
This winter has been one for the record books. The snowfall alone could make our northern neighbors in Canada cringe. We’ve made it through a tough season of school closings and long cold days, and most of us have run out of indoor games and activities to keep the kiddos occupied. Let’s all hope that the month of March gives us an opportunity to get out of the house, and a respite from the blizzards of February.
Co-President on behalf of the LexFUN! Executive Board
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 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 many 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 Lindsay Wedell, outgoing Co-President @ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Advertising for the Annual Guide/Swag/Newsletter
- Annual Guide: Editor in Training
- Community Service: Event Planner(s)
- Kindergarten Connection
- Membership Chairperson
- Membership Open House Coordinator
- Seminar Series Committee Member
- Social Committee: Date Night Co-Chair
- WinterFUN! Co-Chairs
Yamaha Music School of Boston, in partnership with LexFUN!, is proud to announce the 4th Annual Music Scholarship for Lexington children between the ages of 3 and 5. The Scholarship is intended for families who strongly value music education but cannot afford music lessons for their child. The Scholarship will pay for the cost of a music program, including tuition, materials and fees, for an entire year.
About the Yamaha Program: With a 50-year history spanning 40 countries, the Yamaha Music Education System is a comprehensive music course taught in a fun group setting. It includes listening, singing, playing the keyboard, reading and creating music. The Yamaha Music School of Boston is located at 57 Bedford Street, Lexington, and serves 800 students from 70 local communities.
- Age of Child – the child must be between three and five years of age by September 1, 2015.
- Demonstrated financial need
- Additional considerations – may include extenuating family circumstances, for example, additional dependent care, health issues, job loss, etc.
- Application – Download Yamaha-Music-Scholarship-2015.
- Deadline – Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2015 for the 2015-2016 Applications must be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to the Yamaha Music School of Boston, ATTN: Lily Symmonds at 57 Bedford Street, Lexington, MA 02420.
- Final award confirmation – Part of the application process involves the family observing a Yamaha class in late May and meeting with the School Director. The Yamaha Music School Director will make the final award confirmation by June 15, 2015 with a Fall 2015 start.
- 8:30 am show – 5 kids tickets left
- 11:30 am show – 19 kids tickets left
- 12:00 pm show – 14 kids tickets left
Back by popular demand and with more shows than last year! Buy your tickets NOW because this event always sells out! Little ones just 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. Tickets for adults and children are $8. Children 12 months and under are free!
Join us for a Spa Night Out at Beersheba Nail Salon on Thursday, March 26 from 7-9pm. Choose a manicure ($15), pedicure ($34) or both for $49 (plus 20% gratuity), have some wine and appetizers, and relax after a long, cold winter! We need to book the services ahead of time so please RSVP by Friday March 20 with the services you would like. Please RSVP on Big Tent. Limited to first 15.
- Estate Planning Seminar with David Adams -
Monday, March 23rd at St. Brigid’s Parish Hall, 2001 Mass. Ave, Lexington.
Seminar: Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Estate Planning Done with Attorney David Adams.
Don’t make the same mistakes Soprano’s star James Gandolfini did with his estate planning! Attend this seminar to learn about estate planning. RSVP on BigTent.
This seminar will demystify the estate planning process and help you identify your options. 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.
In 90 minutes (and with a bit of humor), attorney David Adams will help you:
- pick the best guardian(s) for your children;
- understand how various types of trusts can be used to provide for and protect your children;
- select an appropriate executor and/or trustee;
- determine whether your estate is taxable and how to minimize (or eliminate) this exposure; and
- understand key options when selecting an agent to make health care and financial decisions for you in the event you are incapacitated.
David W. Adams has been practicing law for eleven years and specializes in estate planning, administration and nonprofit law. His firm, Pathway Law (www.pathwaylaw.com) provides counsel to over 250 families in the Greater Boston area, helping those with modest and sophisticated planning situations. David is a graduate of Harvard College and Northeastern University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and is a member of the Boston Bar Association and the BBA’s Tax and Estate Planning section.
Lexington Education Foundation’s (LEF) Celebration for Education is on Sat. March 28 from 7-11pm at Burlington Marriott, Burlington. Buy tickets and bid on silent auction items at www.BiddingForGood.com/LEFauction.
Join us for a night of New Orleans-inspired fun in support of Lexington Education Foundation (LEF). LEF was founded in 1989 to fund technology and curriculum innovations in all 9 Lexington Public Schools, for items that are not covered by the district’s operating budget. Grants are faculty-initiated, and all grant proposals are rigorously reviewed by LEF to ensure that they maximize the educational impact of the contributions received. Since its founding 25 years ago, LEF has awarded grants totaling over $4.2 million. Funds are raised from individuals and businesses in the local community to support our mission of “Better Schools, Brighter Futures”. LEF grants focus on bringing new ideas and technology into classrooms, supporting teacher development, and building stronger school communities.
Do you need a fun night out? Well, book a sitter and buy your tickets today for LexFUN!’s Annual Date Night! Tickets are available in BigTent.
We’ll have a great live band, The Usual Suspects, too. The Usual Suspects hail from the MetroWest area of Massachusetts and have been playing the club scene since 2003. With their rich vocal harmonies, dueling lead guitars and extensive keyboards, The Usual Suspects never fail to impress those who enjoy a wide range of music at any given show, including ‘70’s classic rock, southern rock, ‘80’s pop, grunge and even some modern rock.
Enjoy a great band, appetizers, drinks (cash bar) and great company. $10 per person/$20 per couple in advance. $15 per person/$30 per couple at the door.
- Float Decorating Party for Patriots Day Parade -
SAVE THE DATE: Sat. April 18th from 10am to 1pm at 31 Baskin Road (behind the High School)
Last year, LexFUN!’s Float won 2nd place in the Youth Category for the Lexington Patriots Day Parade. Help us create another winning float for this year!! The theme is celebrating the 240th Anniversary of the Battle of Lexington.
Bring the kiddos and your handy self and be prepared for a little finger paint too! Decorating will take place at Leigh-Ann Durant’s house at 31 Baskin Road.
Light snacks will be available to keep the creative juices going! No RSVP necessary. Just show up and be ready for some fun.
Ride on our Float in the Lexington Patriots Day Parade
Mon Apr 20, 2015, 10 am – 1 pm
See the parade from the back of our float. Spread some LexFUN! cheer to the crowds while your little ones get to wave to the town. Reserve your spot on the float via BigTent.
Is your child going to Kindergarten this fall? Spring is upon us, and with it comes the beginning of preparations for fall!
- Fall 2015 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 www.lexfun.org/kindergarten.
- 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.
- Attend the town-wide Kindergarten Orientation hosted by the LPS
- It will be held on Thursday, March 19th at 6:45 pm at the Estabrook Elementary School (117 Grove St, Lexington).
- Attend the Kindergarten Parent’s Panel on Wednesday, May 20th from 7 to 9 pm at the 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!
If your child will be starting kindergarten this fall, make sure you attend the townwide Kindergarten Orientation Program on March 19th. 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.
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 Jennie Yoo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn about the exciting world of kindergarten! 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 and there will be school-specific breakout groups so all your questions can be answered. No RSVP needed.
- LexFUN’s Annual Children’s and Maternity Consignment Sale –
Saturday May 16th, 10am-2pm, Brown Bag Sale 2:15pm-3pm at the Lexington High School Field House
LexFUN!’s Annual Children’s and Maternity 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.
This year we’ve expanded and will be selling clothes for tweens and maternity!
*No strollers allowed inside while you shop; you’ll be asked to leave your stroller in our designated stroller parking area.
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 2015 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.
Save Time with “POWER TAGGING”
Discover the time-saving feature used by many of our high volume sellers – Power Tagging!
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 12th, 2015. The Consignment Sale Website will be locked down and closed at midnight on Tuesday, May 12th. This means tags cannot be printed after this date. So please plan accordingly. This deadline is only about 10 weeks away.
Drop-off Your Items
- Date and Time – Friday, May 15 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.
Questions? Contact the Consignment Sale Chair Kim Ryan at email@example.com.
Want to consign but need help creating bar code tags? Then come to our Express Tag Making Event. We’ll have a laptop there and teach you how to create your own tags in less than 5 minutes.
Or if you want us to create the tags for you, just register as a seller in advance at our website www.myconsignmentmanager.com/lexfun and come to the Express Tag Making Event with your seller name and password. We’ll create all the tags you need in less than 5 minutes. All you’ll have to do is print them or email them to Wales Copy for printing. What could be easier than that?!
RSVP on BigTent:
Last year, over 300 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 service hours
Volunteer Benefits: Shop Early! All volunteers will be eligible to shop at the Private Pre-Sale Events on Friday night and Saturday morning 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 2.25 hours of their time and will be assigned a particular role when they arrive for their shift.
Below are some of the volunteer jobs.
- Organization & set up
- 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 distribute lawn signs. To volunteer for these jobs, please contact our Sale Chair Kim Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve been spreading the word about our consignment sale on Facebook to attract new sellers and shoppers. We’ve welcomed 60 new fans in the last two weeks! There are only 4 reviews of the sale on our page right now and it would be GREAT if more people could leave reviews so our new fans could read more about our sale. Thank you!!! Go to https://www.facebook.com/LexFUNConsignmentSale.
ONGOING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
- WinterFUN! ends for the season on March 25th -
Although winter may stick around for a few more weeks (or months), March 25th is our last WinterFUN! for the season. WinterFUN! is a drop-in arts and crafts program for toddlers and preschoolers. It is held every other Wednesday 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!
March brings some fun crafts for the end of winter! On Wednesday, March 11th we’ll be making shamrock sun catchers. A fun decoration for your bedroom on St. Patrick’s Day. On Wednesday, March 25th, we’ll be planting seeds in egg cartons. This will be our last WinterFUN!, so we wanted you to have the seeds to take with you. You can take care of them until they grow into seedlings in the spring! We hope you’ll join us for some crafty fun this March!
- Drop In Center -
Our Drop In Center is open every Friday in March from 9:30 – 11:30 am at St. Brigid’s Parish Hall, 2001 Mass Ave. 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. $1 per child ($5 max per family).
Our Drop In Center continues until Friday, April 17th. Hopefully, the snow will melt by then and everyone can head outside to the parks and playgrounds.
- Youville -
Youville Monthly Crafts with Seniors – Wed. March 18th from 10 – 11 am at Youville Place, 10 Pelham Road, Lexington.
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.
- Meals on Wheels -
Meals on Wheels: Get Out and About!
It is a great time to get out and help the seniors in our community. Please consider delivering Meals on Wheels. You can do the deliveries with (or without!) your children, and you may sign up for as little as one delivery at a time, which means you can participate when your schedule allows. Many of our drivers find this a rewarding activity for themselves and their children. The seniors really look forward to the weekly interaction. To sign up or find out more about delivering meals, please email Anne Boulter at email@example.com.
A BIG thanks goes out to Sarah Carter for having two great special appearances at Drop In Center last month – yoga for little ones and a rocking Jeff Jams concert! Thank you to Jin Sung for organizing a very well attended seminar with Mona Patel on Building Better Brains. A huge Shout Out goes to our wonderful committees for hosting such a great Cinderella Puppet Show – thank you Laurie Lane and Carrie Butera – and a terrific Benefit Night at Flatbread Pizza – thank you Christine Manavian, Jill Tilem, and Jill Canes. Also, thank you to all the families who supported us by coming out to Flatbread Pizza!