Newsletter Week of 1/23/17

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SNOW BALL!!

It’s Almost Time for the Snow Ball
No need for a pumpkin coach … your mini van will do.
No need for a ballgown … you have something in your closet.
No need for glass slippers … your winter boots will be just fine.
No need for a footman … you can come alone or with a date.
But you do need to let us know if you’re coming….
Please RSVP by bringing in your payment of $60 a ticket to Robbie or buy online at cnslex.org/snowball. We are hoping to give Vine Brook Tavern our FINAL number by Friday, January 27th.
Can’t make it this year??
We will be sending the full auction offerings and absentee ballot forms out on Monday.
Raffle tickets will be for sale at morning drop-off January 31-February 3.

GET CRAFTY

Come join in for a craft night January 25 at 7:30pm in the CNS Studio. We will be making prizes for the Yellow Ballon Fair! Pet rocks, clothspin birds, felt wristbands, and more! No skills necessary.
Also, if you have any craft supplies you’d like to bring or donate, please let us know! Felt, ribbon, googly eyes, feathers, etc.
Questions? Email Ali – alilynch@gmail.com

ESTATE PLANNING

This seminar, being presented for the eight 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 addressing important family decisions. 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;
Plan for children with special needs;
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 fourteen 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.

Event Details & RSVP
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What: Seminar: Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Estate Planning Done!
Who: LexFUN
When: Tue Jan 31, 20177-9 pm EST
Where: Lexington Community Nursery School
2325 Massachusetts Ave

RSVP: http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/99803577

THOUGHTS AND PERSPECTIVES around town

Socrates Cafe

Everyone is invited to Socrates Cafe, a monthly open discussion group that happens the first Friday of each month from 10:30 a.m. – noon at the Cary Memorial Library Learning Center.
The next one is Friday, Feb 3rd 10:30 a.m.-noon (it’s fine if you need to leave early for pick-up)
Socrates Cafe are gatherings around the world where people from different backgrounds get together and exchange personal perspectives based on their own experiences. Topics discussed are chosen by vote at the gathering.  All present, who wish to, have an opportunity to speak and share their ideas on the topic briefly in an environment where there is no pressure to agree or disagree. No reading or other preparation is required. Capacity is limited to 25 people.
For more details contact Tara (Indira’s mom) at taramathur@gmail.com

LOCAL FRESH EGGS

Hello CNS Community!
Lauren at Meadow Mist Farm has 10-12 new egg shares available.  Please e-mail her to sign up!
**NEW DISTRIBUTION SITE AT CNS**

To the CNS community: teachers, parents, and alumni,

Don’t have the space for your own backyard chickens?  Try a local organic egg CSA!
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Lauren Yaffee at Meadow Mist Farm in Lexington is offering a wonderful opportunity this year to sign up for a weekly organic egg CSA. The eggs will be dropped off at CNS on Mondays (or Tues on holidays), stored in the fridge, and available for pick up at your convenience.  Please print the attached form or pick up a form at school and return to Lauren.  Pick up your child, pick up your eggs!  Easy!

Meadow Mist is a small farm located in a rural part of Lexington, Massachusetts.  The farm is operated by Lauren Yaffee. During the summer months we grow a variety of small fruits and vegetables.  Year round we raise beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, eggs, and bees for honey.  Our beef is true grass fed.  Our poultry and egg layers are fed organic feeds from Green Mountain Feeds in Vermont.  All of our produce is raised without any type of chemical sprays, herbicides, fungicides or insecticides.  We produce our own fertility on the farm from our composting process.  Seedlings are fertilized using organic fish emulsion purchased in Gloucester.

We sell jams and preserves made in the farm kitchen using our own fruits from recipes we’ve developed here.  We bottle our own local honey.  We also sell a small selection of specialty groceries from other producers that we’ve personally tested and found to be of the highest quality.  We sell our products to local customers through farm stand located in the house.  Our eggs are distributed through a CSA, and any remaining eggs are sold at the stand.

  
 AS ALWAYS:
AMAZON SHOPPING Supporting CNS is easy through our partnership with amazon.com. Whenever you shop using our affiliate link, Amazon will contribute 4 to 10% of sales to CNS at no additional cost to you. The more items purchased through these links, the greater the percentage the CNS receives on each sale. Last school year we brought in over $2500 to the school. Let’s see if we can double it in 2015­-2016! Step 1 – Shop Amazon’s wide selection by accessing it through this shortcut: http://goo.gl/tvYPCQ or visit: www.cnslex.org/amazon/ and click on the SchoolRewards image. (If you do not see the image, check if your browser has ad blockers enabled and disable it.) Step 2 – Bookmark it! Step 3 – Shop often Step 4 – Share it with your family and friends Nothing comes without fine print. Here are the important details for you to know: ● Order matters: You need to link, shop, and check out, in that order. If you don’t click on our link first, but go to Amazon in your usual way, put things in your cart, and then remember to click on the link and check out – your sale will not earn us funds. You have to click our link before you put anything in your cart. ● The clock matters: If you use the link, put something in your cart within 24 hours, but don’t want to buy it right away, that is fine – the purchase will still earn us funds if you finalize it within 90 days: just remember to link before you checkout. ● One purchase session per link session: Arriving at Amazon through our link is good for 24 hours or until you actually place your order – after that, you need to link again. So if you link, complete a purchase, and then need to make another purchase, you have to link again in order for the purchase to earn us funds. ● You won’t see anything that identifies you as a CNS shopper. Don’t worry – as long as you used the CNS link and follow the order and clock guidelines, your purchase will count. Thank you for your support! Please note that Amazon is not directly supporting CNS. They are simply giving us a referral fee for sending customers their way via our website. If you want us to check on any items to make sure they are ending up on our earnings, we have that ability to see the full earnings report, however it does not link buyers to items, so your privacy is secure.

Are you searching for something to buy or borrow? Do you have something to give or sell? Is there something going on in the Lexington or surrounding community you’d like to share with the CNS community? Here is the place to share it. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Have ideas or submissions for the CNS Newsletter? Email Julie LippertCNS clerk. Please send submissions as you would like them to appear in the Newsletter by Friday afternoon.

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