TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Hello from the LexFUN! Executive Board
- Guest Column: Victoria Sullivan, Cary Library, They’ll Be Teens Before You Know It
- Special LexFUN! Events in February/March
- Ongoing LexFUN! Programs and Events
- Community Service
- Consignment Sale Committee
- With Many Thanks to…
- Invitation to Become One of Our Board Members
- Events in the Community
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“.
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
SummerFenn Open House – A Day Camp for boys and girls ages 5 – 15
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
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.
The 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!
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.
Seminar: Organize, Simplify and Take Control of Your Finances By Matt Lasker, CFP® Partner at Wingate Wealth Advisors in Lexington
Date: Thursday, Mar 24th
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
Date: Saturday, March 5th
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Youville Crafts with Seniors
Date: Wednesday, February 10th
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.
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!
- 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
- Scholarship awards will be granted based on three main criteria: (1) financial need, (2) availability of funds and (3) number of eligible applicants.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org via mail to:
LexFUN! Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 445, Lexington, MA 02420
- To receiving funding for the Fall semester – Apply by June 1st
- To receiving funding for the Spring semester – Apply by November 1st
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 email@example.com.
- Sat., Feb. 13th – Large Meeting Room at Cary
- Sat., March 12th – Community Center (Room TBD)
- Sat., April 9th – Large Meeting Room at Cary
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
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
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.
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!!
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).