Lilja Weekly E-Blast!
Notes From the Office

  • The Lilja school day begins at 8:30 AM and dismissal is at 2:56 PM. If your child is tardy, you must drive around to the front of the building and walk them into the office.

  • Students may not be dropped off prior to 8:20am.

  • If you have a change in your standard dismissal, please send a note in with your child that morning.

Lilja Playground Update
I am excited to announce that our new playground structures are open for business! As I am sure you know, construction projects sometimes take longer than expected, but we are now able to enjoy this newest addition to Lilja.

Recess at Lilja is an interesting and positive time for children, and Lilja teachers are as thoughtful about how to ensure success in this arena as in any other. We are blessed to have a wide variety of options for play at Lilja. We have the upper field, which children often use for games. We have the lower field, where children can swing, hang out, and also play a variety of games. We have the outdoor garden space where exploration of growing things is happening. Children use these areas and the peripheries for a variety of imaginative options, from creating things out of natural materials to inventing new and interesting games.

On a typical day, as I have observed, children are scattered among all of the options, and are having a ball!

We are now able to add to this variety pack our new set of structures. We have spent this week introducing the structures to children at each grade level. As we do for every new set of routines or experiences, teachers shared our expectations with each grade. As you would expect of us, we want to ensure that every experience at Lilja is safe, both physically and emotionally, and so a gradual release model is our standard practice.

(This is most noticeable at the Kindergarten level. As you have probably seen in K classrooms, at this time of year many areas and activities are opening gradually -- from blocks to paints to books. Materials and expectations are carefully explained and then routines practiced, so that children will be successful in navigating the activities individually and collectively. We are approaching the playground structures in the same way. Each K class gets its own day on the smallest structure right now, to explore safely and comfortably. The teachers will then gradually allow for more choice, and ultimately will incorporate more of the structure area. This year for the first time we are able to have all five K classes out at recess at once, which is wonderful for creating even more friendships. As thoughtfully as they do everything else, our fantastic K team is introducing their students to the terrific array of recess choices offered at Lilja!)

Students have been busily exploring our new structures; right now they are of great interest, and so a bit crowded, but given the amazing diversity of options for recess play there is plenty of fun to be had, and already many children are gravitating back to other areas as well.

We will now turn our attention to the addition of a few more elements. The PTO raised money last spring, and now that the structure is complete, we will be making plans to add a bit more fun to our mix. Thank you to everyone who donated by buying a brick or bricks! I’ll keep you posted as our plans for additional elements and for the laying of the bricks gets finalized.
Coffee with the Principal
Please come and have some coffee and conversation with Anne.

Date: Thursday, September 28th

Times: 10:00am & 7:00pm

Where: Lilja Learning Commons
Global Child
Languages early, languages for life! Again this year GLOBAL CHILD brings
The joys of early foreign language learning to your school:
  • Songs, and games. 
  • Motion-filled activities.
  • Home practice CD.
  Questions and to request a registration form please call your Regional Coordinator Zouhaida Elian

4th Grade Instrumental Music Lessons
Dear Parents/Guardians,
Thank you for considering Instrumental Music lessons. First semester lessons (tentatively) begin the week of September 11th. Registration form and payment are due Wednesday, September 6th. If form and payment are received before September 6th there is a $5.00 discount. Once registration is received, a schedule will be posted at your elementary school by the end of the week. Instructors will also call or email to remind students of day and time. Registrations received after September 6th cannot be guaranteed a lesson. It will depend on the availability of our Instructors. Each semester has 15 lessons. Please click here for more information and registration documents.
Kennedy Building Project Forum
JOIN US for the third Kennedy Building Project forum on October 11th at 7pm in the KMS auditorium. This forum will provide communicty members an opportunity to give input and feedback about the building project, as well as hear updates from the project manager and architect. 
Please click here to read more about it!
If you're unable to attend, we will be broadcasting on Facebook live, visit the  facebook.com/natickps  to tune in! For more information:  bit.ly/kennedynps
Office of Pupil Services
If your child has an IEP/504 please consider volunteering for Natick SEPAC! We are seeking volunteers for the 2017-2018 school year.   More info can be found at  www.sepacnatick.org  . If you have questions or would like to volunteer please email naticksepac@gmail.com  by Oct 1.
 
School Liaison
A great way to connect with and support the SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) community is as a School Liaison. Natick SEPAC works to help answer questions and a majority of communication is done via email or phone.  You don't need to know all the answers, just be willing to ask questions.  Time commitment is based on your availability. As a SEPAC School Liaison you will:
• Act as liaison between your child’s school and Natick SEPAC
• Connect with your school’s PTO and share SEPAC information
• Build awareness about Natick SEPAC at your child’s school
Principal Anne Carothers | Lilja School | Phone: 508-647-6570 | acarothers@natickps.org