TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Executive Board Letter
- Guest Column
- Upcoming Special Events
- Kindergarten Korner
- LexFUN!’s Annual Spring Consignment Sale
- On-Going Programs and Events
- Community Service
- Social Committee Spring Lineup
- 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!
As I am writing this letter, we are expecting MORE snow, and yet, I’m hopeful that spring is around the corner. Hopefully by the time you read this, the temperature outside will have risen and we will be able to see some of the ground again! It’s been what feels like an eternal winter for our family, and probably for yours as well. This extremely snowy and cold winter has made us all a little stir crazy, and made me appreciate LexFUN! more than ever before.
I have a 16-month-old and a five-and-a-half year old, and LexFUN! has provided outlets for both of them this winter, from the weekly drop-in-center to events like the Tanglewood Marionettes and Barn Babies. These events have given 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. 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 Consignment Sale team took the sale to new heights as we moved into a much bigger space at Lexington High School, and we saw how the sale could continue to grow and evolve. This year, we will be selling children’s clothing up to size 12, and for the first time ever, the sale will have maternity clothes, something we previously didn’t have space for.
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 are able to award more than $20,000 in scholarships each 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.
Valerie Machinist for the LexFUN! Executive Board
Kids Cooking Green
Joy McCallum, MS, RD, LDN
Did you know that preschoolers in the Kids Cooking Green (KCG) class at Community Nursery School this fall discovered that “Tofu is tasty!” and “Red Peppers are my favorite food in the whole wide WORLD”? They also ate over 30 fruits and vegetables over a 9 week period! Other highlights included making Halloween ‘skeletons’ with cut vegetables and a rainbow with different colored fruits and vegetables.
Involving kids in food preparation may help them become more adventurous eaters who are willing to try new foods, especially fruits and vegetables. Kids as young as preschool age can help in the kitchen in many different ways:
- Assemble food (open face sandwiches, casseroles)
- Push blender buttons (fruit smoothie)
- Add pre-measured ingredients
- Describe tastes and textures
- Taste test along the way
- Brain storm meal ideas
- Count ingredients
- Use safe scissors to cut kale, spinach and lettuce
And remember, eating a variety of foods WITH your child is the best way to instill good eating habits for the long term. Speaking from experience, even if your child is ‘picky’ now, exposure to different foods at mealtimes will pay off in the long run.
KCG is offering free summer workshops at the Lexington Farmers’ Market (Tuesdays, May 26 -October 27 in Lexington Center) to help educate kids and their families about healthy, fresh and local cooking. To learn more about Kids Cooking Green or find out more information on farmers’ market tour dates, please visit www.kidscookinggreen.com.
Joy McCallum, MS, RDN, LDN is a Lexington mother of 3 teenagers and a nutritionist with Kids Cooking Green. If you have questions about the Kids Cooking Green program, contact Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LexFUN! members rave about the high quality staff, top-notch facilities and variety of program offerings at Summer Fenn that keep kids returning year after year for the BEST SUMMER EVER!
And LexFUN! members always enjoy a 10% tuition discount!
To receive your discount, register online as usual. Immediately after completing your registration, email email@example.com and say you are a LexFUN! member. You will then receive an updated invoice showing the 10% LexFUN! discount.
On Saturday, April 11th, head out for a kid-free evening of live music, complimentary appetizers, a cash bar and bar menu and couples’ fun at LexFUN!’s Annual Date Night. Tickets are only $5/person in advance on BigTent or $8/person at the door.
This year’s venue is the private upstairs space at Waxy O’Connors Pub at 94 Hartwell Avenue in Lexington, where we will host one of Boston’s hottest bands, the Usual Suspects. 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.
Buy your tickets today and book your sitter! We can’t wait to see you there!!
– Float Decorating Party for Patriots Day Parade –
Float Decorating Party: Sat. April 18th from 10am to 1pm at 31 Baskin Road (behind the High School); Rain date: Sunday, April 19th from 2 to 4pm
Patriots Day Parade: Monday, April 20th from 12:30pm to 3pm.
The British are coming! The British are coming!!
The 2015 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. Last year, we received a solid second prize. This year – we’re going for FIRST! We’re pulling out all the stops and have a dynamic plan in place to achieve our goal. This year’s float will be the one to remember and will make for stunning family photographs to cherish for years to come!!
This year marks the 240th Anniversary of the Battle of Lexington. Centering on this theme, we have decided to focus our float’s decor on the battle and Lexington’s main man: Paul Revere. As the story goes, Paul Revere arrives in Lexington at midnight and travels to the Hancock-Clarke house to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams that the British are coming. One of our LexFUN! Alumni will lead our crew playing the role of Paul Revere on his balloon horse towards a mural of the Hancock-Clarke House! Our LexFUN! kiddies will be our Patriots, complete with Tricorn hats, sitting on our own “Lexington Battle Green”. The crown jewel of this piece is our life-size Revolutionary war cannon that will shoot thousands of bubbles along the parade route!
Please join us to create this masterpiece! We’re looking for families to come paint the cannon, the house and set-up the trailer for greatness.The decorations are kid-friendly. No prior experience necessary, just bring your creativity! Bring the kids and join us on Saturday, April 18th from 10am to 1pm at 31 Baskin Rd. in Lexington (Rain Date: Sunday, April 19th from 2 to 4pm at the same location).
Calling all Patriots!! Want to reserve a spot for your child on the LexFUN! Float? Please RSVP on BigTent. All children must arrive to the float no later than 12:30pm on Parade Day in a white shirt with a tricorn hat. Our float’s exact intersection will be emailed to parents who RSVP via BigTent by noon on Parade Day. Parents will need to accompany their children during the parade.
Calling all princesses and pirates! Dress up as your favorite princess or pirate and join us for a fun-filled Princess & Pirates Story Time with our friends at the Elephant’s Trunk Children’s Bookstore at 1764 Mass Ave. We will read some exciting princess and pirates books and make some fun crafts. It is sure to be a great time! Free to all LexFUN! members. To accommodate all preschool schedules, we will have two Story Times — one on Tuesday, April 28th and one on Friday, May 1st at 10am both days. Space is limited so reserve your spot on BigTent today for Tuesday, April 28th or for Friday, May 1st.
Preparations are underway!
If you have an incoming Kindergartener for 2015, be sure to sign up for Kindergarten Connection and don’t miss the Parent Panel Discussion on May 20th. 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 you calendar and double check our helpful to do list below!
Presented by LexFUN!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 and May 1
- Bridge: April 13 and April 14
- Estabrook: April 13 and April 14
- Fiske: April 28 and April 29
- Harrington: April 15 and April 16
- Hastings: April 15 and April 16
• 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 4th for all 6 elementary schools
Are you interested in consigning, but intimidated by the process? No time at home to create tags? Wondering if there is a faster way to get everything ready? Curious how to improve your sales? Come to one of our Consignment Tutorial/Express Tagging events! We can fill you in on consigning, offer tips on speedy tagging, answer questions, even generate your tags for you in the online system! Events will be held on Sunday April 12, 3:30-4:45pm and Thursday April 16th, 7-8pm, both at Cary Memorial Library in Lexington. Please RSVP on BigTent for either of the following sessions:
- Session 1 on Sunday, April 12th from 3:30 to 4:45pm
- Session 2 on Thursday, April 16th from 7 to 9 pm
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 checks and Visa, Mastercard & Discover credit cards.
This year we’ve expanded and will be selling clothes for tweens and maternity!
SAVE THE DATE!
DATE: Saturday, May 16th
TIME: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; Bargain Bag Sale ($20) from 2:15-3:00 pm
PLACE: Lexington High School Field House, 251 Waltham St, Lexington, MA 02421
- No strollers allowed inside while you shop; you’ll be asked to leave your stroller in our designated stroller parking area
- Bring your own bags if you want
You still have a few more weeks to tag your items for the Consignment 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. All sellers receive 50% of the proceeds, with the other 50% going towards LexFUND, LexFUN!’s Community and Preschool Scholarship Fund.
Remember to print your price tags on white cardstock (60, 67 or 110 pound).
Interested in selling, but want to have a helping hand doing it? Come to one of our Consigning Tutorial/Express Tagging parties! We have two events planned at Cary Library this month where you can learn more about selling, get your questions answered, and even get your tags made for you! Sunday, April 12 at 3:30 – 4:45 pm and Thursday, April 16th at 7-8pm at Cary Library.
RSVP on BigTent:
Tagging Deadline: All tags must be printed by midnight on Tuesday, May 12, 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 5 weeks away.
Printing your price tags from our Consignment Manager website is easy! We give you step-by-step directions in our “2015 Tagging System and Pricing Guidelines” which is emailed to you after you register as a seller and is also available on the LexFUN! Website.
You can print the tags yourself at home or email the tags to Wales Copy in Lexington Center which, for a nominal fee, will print and cut your tags for you.
Tip #1 – Use White Cardstock – If you print the tags yourself, remember they must be printed on white cardstock (60, 67 or 110 pound). Why? This is the only type of paper that our bar code scanners at the check out registers can read from. The scanners cannot read bar codes printed on regular printer paper and we will have to manually enter all the numbers from your tags at the check-out register.
Tip #2 – Print Tags from a Laser Printer, not a Dot Matrix Printer – Use a laser printer to print tags. The scanners at the check out registers cannot read bar codes printed from dot matrix printers. If you do not have a laser printer, consider asking a friend with a laser printer to print the tags for you or consider using Wales Copy.
Tip #3 – Use Wales Copy to Print Your Tags – For the fourth year in a row, our friends at Wales Copy have agreed to print tags for our sellers at a discounted rate! After creating your tags and saving them as a PDF, simply email the PDF to Karen at Wales Copy at Karen@walescopy.com. Tell her you’re a seller with the LexFUN! Consignment Sale and ask to have your tags printed on white cardstock. The cost is 15¢ per page (there are 8 tags per page, so the cost is less than 2¢ per tag). If you want Wales Copy to cut your tags apart, there is a $1.00 per order charge – what a deal! When your tags are done, you simply pick them up at Wales Copy, 1810 Mass Ave, Lexington, MA, 781-861-8368. Thank you Wales Copy!
Tip #4 – No Lamination Needed – Last year some sellers took the extra step of laminating their tags. Lamination isn’t necessary and in some cases, it interferes with the scanners reading the bar codes. So don’t worry – tags printed on 60, 67 or 110 cardstock, with no lamination, hold up just fine during the sale.
We often receive questions about how and where to attach price tags to items.
This year, Sellers will be able to sell oversized items like swing sets, without transporting them to the sale!
Here are the details:
- What kind of oversized items can be sold? Swing sets, large climbing structures, forts, large children’s picnic tables, oversized children’s riding vehicles, children’s bedroom sets, and any other type of large children’s items which are too big to fit into your car.
- How do you sell it? (1) Create a bar code price tag for the item, just like you would for clothes or toys. (2) Tape the bar code price tag and a photo of the item (your own photo or copied from manufacturer’s website) onto a piece of card stock/cardboard. (3) Then write the following onto the card stock/cardboard:
(a) Pick Up Instructions – tell buyers where they must go to pick up the item (e.g., “buyer must pick up swing set from East Lexington home”),
(b) Any Special Instructions, such as “bedroom set available for pick up after May 15th),
(c) your name and phone number or email, so the buyer may contact you to arrange for pick up.
Drop off details — You do not have to bring the oversized item to the Sale. You only need to drop off the piece of card stock/cardboard with the bar code price tag and other details. You can drop it off during regular drop off times (Friday, May 15, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.). Or you can drop it off beforehand by contacting the Consignment Sale Team at Lexfunconsignmentsale@gmail.com
- What if the item doesn’t sell? — You keep it! Unlike clothes or toys, oversized items like swing sets cannot be donated to charities. So if your item doesn’t sell, you simply keep it. Oversized items are also not eligible to be sold during the Bargain Bag sale.
We are looking for volunteers to help us with our Annual Consignment Sale on May 16th. To make the Sale a success, we need lots of help from volunteers! Last year, over 250 people – LexFUN! Members, family members, grandparents, Lexington high school students and other Lexington residents – donated their time and helped with the Sale.
Volunteer Benefits: Shop Early! All volunteers will be eligible to shop at the Private Pre-Sale Event on Friday evening AND/OR Saturday morning before the public sale opens for the best selection of items. And, if you volunteer to work at the pre-sale or one of the clean-up shifts, you will be able to shop BEFORE the pre-sale even starts!
Volunteers should register as a “volunteer” on our sale website. Go to http://www.myconsignmentmanager.com/lexfun and go to the “Volunteer” section.
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. To volunteer for these jobs, please contact our Consignment Sale Team at Lexfunconsignmentsale@gmail.com
Do you have some outgrown children’s clothes, toys or baby gear but just don’t have time to tag them? Please consider donating them to LexFUN! 100% of the proceeds will go towards LexFUN!’s Community and Preschool Scholarship Fund.
Bring your items to the Lexington High School Field House on Friday, May 15th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and head directly to the “Donated Items” section (there will be signs posted). Please remember we cannot accept the following items for donation:
- Car seats more than 5 years old (by law, we can’t sell them; we have to throw them away)
- Drop-side cribs
- Children’s clothes larger than size 12
- Stuffed animals
- Broken toys
- Violent toys such as guns or weapons
- Used bottles, pacifiers, teethers or sippy cups
- Under garments
- Outdated media like VHS or cassette tapes
– Drop In Center –
Our Drop In Center is open Friday April 3rd, 10th, and 17th 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. April 8th from 10 – 11 am at Youville Place, 10 Pelham Road, Lexington.
What has a tall striped hat, whiskers and a red bow tie? The Cat in the Hat … and your little one! Join us at Youville Place on Wednesday, April 8th from 10:00am until 11:00am to make Cat in the Hat masks and to read a selection of Dr. Seuss books. Youville Place is located at 10 Pelham Road in Lexington (off Mass. Ave.). Please contact Elizabeth Restivo at email@example.com if you have any questions.
– 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us on Thursday, May 7th for a Mom’s Night Out at Tavern on the Square in Burlington (by the Mall)! Join your friends for some drinks and apps to celebrate spring! RSVP on BigTent
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, June 13th
Once again, LexFUN! is co-sponsoring Club Shake It. Club Shake It is a pop up dance club, operating for just one night a year, in support of COMPASS for homeless families, a program of COMPASS for kids. Club shake it is an adult club, with live and silent auctions, food and drink, and other fun. Shake It is an annual go-to event for Greater Bostonians who launch summer by dancing under a tent- symbolizing temporary shelter- part of the homeless family experience. Since 2002, more than 2,500 individuals and businesses have participated in Club Shake It, which is supported by sponsors, donors, and ticket sales.
This year’s theme is “Prom Night”. Tickets can be bought at http://www.clubshakeit.org and LEXFUN! members receive a special discount for Silver level VIP tickets! The Silver VIP level includes 7pm pre-party access (with open bar, hors d’ouevres and VIP door prize drawing), and 1 drink ticket per person. Individual Silver ticket – $100 ($125 without discount) or Silver 10 ticket pack – $1000 ($1250 without discount). Must use promo code LEXFUN at check out for discount to apply; discounts valid until May 15th.
Club Shake It will appear on Hayden Lower Field – Lexington.
For more information or to get involved please contact Sarah Humphreys, COMPASS for kids, Outreach and Development Associate, (email: email@example.com; phone: 781-862-4446).
- Marisa Kearney for running the most successful Barn Babies petting zoo ever!!! Over 400 LexFUN! members came to spend time with the barn animals
- Our WinterFUN! team — Kate Finnegan, Michelle Andronaco and Katie Smith — for planning such wonderful crafts for our children throughout the winter months.
- New mom, Jessica Paul, for getting all our LexFUN! moms and kiddos organized into a new round of playgroups.
- Scholarship Chair Patrice Cleaves for coordinating our 2015-16 Yamaha Music Scholarship
- Kristen Pechinsky for running another successful Estate Planning Seminar to help us all get our affairs in order
- Jennie Yoo for plugging our Kindergarten Connection program at the townwide Kindergarten Orientation Night
- Jill Tilem for planning one of the BEST Mom’s Spa Night Out at Beersheeba Nail Salon!
- Our entire Consignment Sale Team (over 25+ moms and dads strong!) for all the work they’re putting in to make our 2015 Consignment Sale the best ever!!!