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PTA Announcements

PTA Open Board Positions
We are currently looking for a secretary, co-treasurer, vice president and co-president. We need to have a full board to move the PTA forward as next year will be an auction year. In order to run all of our annual events and an auction it is critical for new people to step up. If you are interested in joining the board or have any questions please contact Christine Kingdon.

Congratulations
Best of luck to all our graduating fourth graders and their families as they move onto middle school! We will miss you all. Thank you to the fourth grade fundraising committee for all of their hard work this year. We hope the kids have enjoyed the last few weeks of activities. 

Thank You
The PTA is very grateful to all of the families at Lilja who have made this year a success. We are very fortunate to have such great volunteers both in and out of the classroom. There were many successful fundraisers and events this year and we appreciate the generosity of all those that participated. We would also like to thank the great teachers and staff at Lilja for their support throughout the year. 
A special thank you to all of the event chairs for all of their work this year:
Lilja Directory-Jodi Grundig
Photo Day-Linsey Evans, Lydia Grehn
Kindergarten Picnic-Linsey Evans, Kyla P’an
Box Tops-Janine Kayser
Book Fair-Patti Donovan, Kerry Brosnihan
Cultural Arts-Patti Donovan, Kerry Brosnihan, Kyla P’an, Kathy James
Lilja Wearable-Jenn Hymes
Parent Coordinating Council Reps-Kim Aliprantis, Kate Hamer
Lilja Fair-Christine Kingdon, Colleen O’Leary
Staff Appreciation-Gina Arthur 
Lilja Yearbook-Diane Floyd
Family Game Night-Jodi Grundig
Restaurant Nights-Lydia Grehn, Kathy James
Service Council Drives-Michelle Ferretti
Winter Dance-Penni Moss, Laura Viale, Christine George, Heather Pilat
Fall Harvest Fest-Renee Vekiarides, Kathy James, Linda Young
4th Grade Fundraising Committee-Jenn Hymes, Lyanne Cochi, Matthew Chase, Liz Berman, Jodi Grundig, Diane Floyd, Heather Pilat, Elise Eckelkamp, Lydia Grehn, Liz Gorman, Nancy Bloomstein, Mary and Ed Shipman, Annemarie Rossi, Colleen O’Leary, Laura Neidermeyer,  Maureen Walsh
Lilja School Council-Michelle Ferretti, Karen Loughran, Dave Magnan
Dog B.O.N.E.S Fundraiser- Linsey Evans
Surplus Committee - Katherine Homer, Amy O’Neil, Heather Pilat, Matthew Chase, Jon Lynch, Linsey Evans, Gina Arthur, Christine Kingdon, Renee Vekiarides, Kyla P’an

HFW Challenge
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the HFW Challenge. 94 kids chose to take the challenge and they raised $2,600, resulting in the Dog B.O.N.E.S. therapy program and the Lilja PTA each receiving a $1,300 donation! 37 of the participants (roughly two from each class) received a Buddy Reading time with Maisy and Ms. Marscher. This fundraiser would not have been possible without Ms. Gyster, who volunteered many hours to help plan and act as the liaison between teachers and PTA, or Ms. Marscher and her sweet dog Maisy offering Buddy Reading time. There are still a few pledged donations we have not received, so if you would still like to donate please send it in ASAP. Please make all checks payable to the Lilja PTA and return in an envelope with your child’s name and HFW on it. 
 
Surplus Committee
The surplus committee has been working since the Fall on improvements at Lilja that are funded by our 2014 surplus auction funds. While it has seemed almost impossible to get vendors lined up and get projects off the ground we are making slow progress. We hope to have all of the projects completed by the start of school in the Fall. Here are some of the items and projects the committee has been working on: new gym equipment, gardening shed, new basketball hoops, sun shade for K playground, new shelving for Lilja learning commons, Betty Aucion garden, improvements to the inner courtyard, improvements to teachers lounge and PAC room, new landscaping for Lilja.  We are thrilled to be working with Mr. Hoop and Hamel Bros Landscaping on some of these projects. Many of our landscaping changes will take place in August so look for some great changes at the start of school. 

METCO information for incoming 5th Grade Families
Families in Boston and Natick have the opportunity to work together to build family friends relationships, where the spirit is one of cooperating and sharing rather than of guest and host.  By volunteering to be a METCO Family Friend, the Natick family helps to communicate information regarding school programs and schedules and is a familiar contact at school meetings and social events during the transition to a new community for a Boston family. Boston families not only provide the Natick family with a new link to the city, but also offer a diverse set of cultural and life experiences to share.  
Relationships between families usually develop slowly, and the type and intensity of them varies from family to family. Some families plan joint outings, have students sleep over regularly in Boston and Natick, or get involved in sports teams or activities together. Other METCO Family Friends simply serve as an emergency contact and see each other occasionally at school or METCO sponsored events. It is particularly important that students from both communities understand that as cooperating partners they will be taking on an obligation of friendliness and helpfulness, but not of mandated friendship. Hopefully, friendship develops and cultural sensitivity is heightened, but each relationship will be unique.
Friends and Family of Natick METCO
Sincerely,
Rasheedah Clayton 
METCO Director
Natick Public Schools
cell 774.721.5989

Outside Events

Connect Africa Backpack & Supplies Drive
Lilja Elementary will be running a backpack and school supplies drive from June 15-22nd for the Connect-Africa Foundation. Connect-Africa aims to strengthen impoverished families in Uganda by providing educational sponsorship and micro loans. We aid orphans and vulnerable children and their caregivers. In Uganda orphans are ...taken in by extended family, taxing the family’s already meager resources. The guardians (generally elderly grandmothers; “Jajas”), are subsistence farmers often caring for numerous grandchildren making education, which is not free, out of reach for these families. We provide tuition and school supplies, uniforms and shoes, healthcare and personal hygiene supplies, tutoring and mentoring - for a child’s entire school career including university. We are looking for gently used backpacks, pens (not pencils), rulers, pocket dictionaries, scientific calculators, flip flops, and used, but working laptops. If your child is no longer in need of these items or has extras, please encourage them to deposit supplies in the collection bin that will be located in the front entrance of the school. Items collected will be carried to Uganda by Connect Africa Director Lynn S. Auerbach. Thank you in advance for considering to donate; if you would like to learn more about this amazing foundation or find out how else you can get more involved, please visit us at Connect Africa.
With Kind Regards, Nicole Chan (Lilja Lion Kindergarten Parent)

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the board with any questions.