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A NEWSLETTER FOR MONTGOMERY MOMS AND THEIR KIDS IN THE SYCAMORE SCHOOL DISTRICT SEPTEMBER 2013

PRESIDENT’S NOTE Welcome back! Thanks to our returning members and welcome to our new. I'm excited to be leading such a dynamic group of talented women and amazing mothers.  For me, Montgomery Moms has been a wonderful way to feel like part of a community where everyone can relate to my adventures in mommyhood. From late nights to early mornings, kissing scraped knees, trying desperately to sneak in more veggies at mealtime, reading just one more story before bed,

2013-2014 Board

PRESIDENT

crying, giggling, snuggling --- we've all been there. I hope that you'll take advantage of all that a membership in Montgomery Moms has to offer.  Our Board has been working hard to make Montgomery Moms a fun and rewarding experience. We appreciate your support and welcome your ideas. Here's to a great 2013-2014 season!

VICE PRESIDENT

Kristen Laughlin

SECRETARY

Regan VanKerckhove

MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT

Chrissy Koppenhoeffer, Ruth Richter

NEW MEMBER COORDINATOR

Shannon Weinstein

NEWSLETTER LAYOUT

Mousumi Sinha

NEWSLETTER EDITOR

Julie Stewart

OUTREACH MEETING COORDINATORS PLAYGROUP COORDINATOR

New Members We are always welcoming new members! We are our best recruiters. If you have any questions or know any prospective members with questions please contact Chrissy Koppenhoeffer or Ruth Richter .

Eriika Groppe, Kristi Minar

TREASURER

WEBSITE EDITOR

* Melissa (Mel) Reynolds President

Mel (Melissa )Reynolds

MOM'S NIGHT OUT COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT HOSPITALITY CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES ADVERTISING

Mousumi Sinha, Mel Reynolds Katherine Rapp Rebekah Erck, Christina Brittont Lori Suffield

Wendy Anthony Kristi Minar

Jessica Werthaim

Eleanor Boland Jill Puffer


GENERAL MEETINGS.... Next month’s meeting is Tuesday, October 1st  at 7:30 located at Terwilliger’s Lodge in Dulle Park. We’ll be talking about creative home-made costumes (sewing not required) and decorating

pumpkins—no knives or gutting necessary.  Think glitter & paint!!  Montgomery Mom’s General Meetings take place the first Tuesday of each month (there are exceptions to this rule but the first Tuesday is the case more often than not).  Please check the Montgomery Moms at www.montgomerymoms.org for more information. 

Moms Night Out The First Mom’s Night Out for this school year is Thursday, September 19, and we are heading to the Horseshoe Casino!  We'll meet at the Montgomery Kroger parking lot at 7:00 and carpool down.  We will start with dinner at The Spread Buffet (We’ve heard it is amazing!) at about 7:30 (Feel free to meet us there if you do not want to carpool.) We are going try to cover about half the cost of the buffet, depending on our numbers.  After dinner, we'll roam around, gamble, and see what other trouble we can get into. Send RSVPs or questions to Wendy or Lori at montgomerymomsmno@gmail.com

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Children’s Activities the junction of Montgomery Road and School House Lane.  

Monday, September 9th.  Meet and greet at Montgomery Park, 10am. To kick off the children's activities this year a park 'meet and greet' will be held next Monday morning (the 9th) at 10.00am at Montgomery Park.

Fruit and little bottles of water will be provided, so please let Eleanor know, at the address above, if anyone has any particular allergies to any fruit.

New members are particularly welcome and if you would like to contact me, Eleanor at eleanor.boland74@gmail.com I would be delighted to help with introductions.  Montgomery Park has a great playground and good shade from the sun, it is located at

enjoy for several hours, please plan to arrive at least one hour before your train time.

Sunday 15th of September Day out with Thomas! 3pm, Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, Lebanon Day Out With Thomas offers an opportunity for children and their families to take a 25 minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway.

Prices are dependent on number of tickets booked. So commitment is necessary, prices will vary between $14 and $18 dollars per person (children under 2 are free) there will be an additional reduction in price provided by MMoms depending on numbers committed.  Look out for evite! 

Every event has a Thomas & Friends Imagination Station with Thomas-themed activities including stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts and crafts, and a Thomas storytelling and video viewing area. The activities on site at Day Out With Thomas™ are for you and your children to

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Thursday, October 3rd Shaw Farms 10am Visit Shaw farm in Millford where there is an interactive playground and great farm shop, hayrides and educational trip to a Learning barn and a treasure hunt is an option at $4.00 per child. Everyone who partakes in the educational trip gets to take home a pumpkin, picnic areas are available for lunch.

Sunday, October 27th Trunk or Treat at Montgomery Park 5-7pm Our annual Halloween gathering will take place in Montgomery Park. We will start with a festive craft and games in the picnic shelter, with and pizza and drinks, followed by a trunk or treat event in the parking lot at 6:30.

Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share, and feel free to decorate the trunk of your car If anyone has 'child friendly' costumes for adults and are willing to volunteer themselves (or partners!) to dress up and entertain during the evening, please let me know. 

 

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Monday, November 11th, Sharon Woods indoor playground, 10 am

Charge $2.50 per child and you would need a parking permit.  The Adventure Station is a wonderful way to spend the day. It is completely designed like a treehouse. There are stairs inside a tree trunk to go to the second level.

There are tunnels, monkey bars, horse saddles, a covered wagon, and slides hidden inside decorations like a giant bird nest. There is also a small ball-pit for the little ones and an extra small slide for the not-so-brave-at-heart under 24-month olds. We also spend time in the Free nature room across the hall where there are tons of interactive flip-flaps, fish tank, a tunnel, computer quizes, and buttons with bird calls. - copied from Cindy kids approve.com

Saturday, December 7th, save the date for the children's annual Christmas party! Destination to be decided.

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Birthdays Lori Suffield and Eleanor O’Reilly 9/6 Ashley Werthaiser 9/7 Allison Peterman 9/15 Rachelle Vergari and Jill Puffer 9/20 Erika Groppe 9/26 Wendy Anthony 9/27 Mel Reynolds 9/29

SAVE THE DATE – Fall Couples Party Mark your calendars for the Fall couples party at Keeneland on Saturday, October 12th!  We will meet at Montgomery Kroger at 9:30 am to board the bus and will return at 6 pm. Food and beer on the bus will be provided, and everyone is invited to bring an appetizer or preferred beverage of their own. It's going to be a fun day watching the horse races and hanging out with old friends and new. This event is open to non- members on a first- come basis, so contact us if you would like to bring another couple. The cost for members is $40/couple and $60/ couple for non- members. Contact Kristi Minar @ kristi.minar@yahoo.com Or Erika Groppe at ehaerer@yahoo.com with any questions or to RSVP.

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Book Club.... A fun, lively discussion.... Montgomery Moms Book Club is looking forward to seeing you at our meeting this year!  We typically meet the third or fourth week of the month, with rotating days to accommodate different schedules.  Please contact Lori Suffield if you would like to be on the Book Club email list, even if you think you can only attend one meeting.  Here are the reading selections for the 2013-2014 year:   Sept- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith (Host- Lori Suffield,  Thursday, September 26, 7:30)

Oct- What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty ( Host – Maria Hardy,  Monday October 28, 7:30)

Nov/Dec-We need to talk about Kevin- Lionel Shriver (Host TBD)

Jan- The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern (Host TBD)

Feb- Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg (Host TBD)

March- Divergent- Veronica Roth (Host TBD)

April- Epiphany: True Stories of Sudden Insight to Inspire, Encourage, and Transform - Elise Ballard (Editor) (Host TBD)

May- Bel Canto – Ann Patchett (Host, Nicole Carey)

Summer- And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Housseni (Host TBD)

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OUTREACH NEWS!!! Changes to Outreach:  This year each member will be expected to provide a meal for a mom in need in order to efficiently reach out to moms with new babies or dealing with death or major illness in the immediate family.  Providing meals is a requirement of membership listed in the “Membership Responsibilities,” and this is a great opportunity to serve a fellow MMOMS member. Meals will be assigned alphabetically and members will be notified a month ahead of time of the details of the meal assignment. If preparing a homemade meal is not an option, please consider providing a gift card or take-out instead! Thanks for understanding the change and for your help with providing these much appreciated meals.  If you have any questions about the new policy or you are expecting a new baby, please contact Katherine Rapp so she can begin planning your meals as soon as possible.

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PLAYGROUPS Playgroups are forming now, so if you are interested in a playgroup, please fill out the form at the following link before September 14.  We will have alternate playgroups including Kids Eat Free Dinners and weekends, so check out the form even if your schedule is inconsistent.  Email Lori with any questions at mmomsplaygroups@gmail.com Here is the playgroup form link:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XDL7KRV

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