Family Fun at Game Night & Trivia, Lilja Auction, and Have a Heart Campaign!

PTA Announcements

Family Game Night - February 26th 6:30p-8:30p

Mark your calendars because you don't want to miss Family Game Night & Trivia on Friday, February 26th from 6:30p-8:30p in the Lilja Cafeteria. Join families for an evening of board games, trivia, snacks, and a tons of fun! Admission is FREE! In order to keep the event free for all families, the PTA is asking families to volunteer to donate snack and drink items. To donate a snack or drink item visit bit.ly/LiljaGameNight

Learn About the Lilja Auction

What is the Lilja Auction?

The Lilja Auction is the Lilja PTA’s largest fundraiser that takes place every two years. The adult only event is a night out of fun and showcases a variety of donated items and experiences provided by businesses, families, classrooms, and others. The items are auctioned off through both a silent and live auction. There are also other fun activities throughout the evening.

What does the money raised go toward?

Last auction, the Lilja PTA raised $60,000 through the generosity of the attendees bidding on items in a wide range of price ranges. The money raised provides the PTA with it’s two-year operating budget that goes directly into supporting the students and families of Lilja Elementary. Some of things that the PTA has been able to support because of the funds raised during the auction are: new outdoor basketball court, scholarship fund, Lilja Learning Commons shelving, Maker Spaces, phys ed equipment, gardening shed, teacher classroom support, student field trips, special events, and more.

What about this year’s auction?

This year’s auction is on Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Wellesley College Club. More information to come. In addition to the activities listed above, this year’s funds will go toward kicking off a capital campaign to upgrade the large playground at Lilja.

How can parents help?

There are lots of ways parents can get involved. For starters, parents are often critical in securing donations for the event. Parents can help the solicitation team by visiting or speaking with local businesses. Also, our parents have a variety of talents and have offered up services for auction (e.g. photography, lessons, etc.) or have supplied items for auction through personal connections. In addition, parents can help by volunteering to help the evening of the event.

How do I sign up to volunteer?

If you’d like to help solicit donations, visit: http://bit.ly/LiljaAuction2016 to see the various vendors. If you’re willing to contact a particular vendor, just add your name to the box next to the vendor and update the sheet as you hear. Once a donation is secured, or if you are donating an item, complete the form here: http://goo.gl/forms/34ANgGyiEt. Have an idea for a vendor or auction item? Go ahead and add it to the list. Questions about auction items can be addressed to Amy O'Neill at amytalktime@gmail.com. Looking for other ways to volunteer, contact Christine Kingdon at ckkingdon@comcast.net

Have a Heart Campaign

Lilja will again be showing their community spirit by sponsoring a "Have a Heart" drive during the month of February, to benefit the Natick Service Council. The service council is initiating a new program called "Healthy Eating and Healthy Aging" to prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. They are looking for the following non-perishable food items to stock their pantry: gluten-free pasta, whole wheat pasta, canned fruit in juice, whole grain cereals, gluten-free cereals, natural or low sodium peanut butter, canned low sodium peanut butter, canned low sodium tuna in water, low sugar juice, and low sodium soup. They are also always in need of toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, and tissues. Please help our Lions learn about giving back to the community by donating a few of these items. Bags labeled "Have a Heart" will be left in front of each classroom to collect donations until Friday, February 26th. There will also be a donation box in the lobby.

Thanks in advance for your generosity! Please contact Michelle Ferretti with any questions at natickmichelle@gmail.com.

Outside Events

Wilson & Kennedy PTO's: “THE SECRET LIFE OF A MASSACHUSETTS TEEN” – Wednesday, February 24th - 7pm, Wilson Middle

“The Secret Life of a Massachusetts Teen” is a high-energy presentation that focuses on what teens are really thinking, what they fear, why they do not share their fears, and how parents and caregivers can more effectively support their teen. This presentation will cover areas such as acting out behaviors, drug and alcohol use, depression, suicide, and more.

Parents will leave the workshop with...Strategies they can implement immediately, new ways of understanding teens, innovative techniques for engaging teens. Confidence, courage, and new language.

SPARK Event - Wednesday, March 2nd - 7pm, Natick High School

Countdown continues to bestselling author/teacher/journalist Jessica Lahey's program on 3/2 on "The Gift of Failure." Love this sketch from genius @SylviaDuckworth about the hidden blessings of failure. To learn more about how to support children's autonomy and resilience (and to put failure in perspective) spread the word about this program to your friends and colleagues. This is going to be a popular one - we've already had a lot of registrations - free and open to public (all towns) & register here.

Upcoming Events and Important Dates

Wednesday, February 24 - Secret Life of a Teen, 7:00p, Wilson Middle School
Friday, February 26 - Family Game Night, 6:30p-8:30p, Lilja Cafeteria
Wednesday, March 2 - SPARK Event, 7:00p, Natick High School
Wednesday, March 16 - Lilja PTA Meeting

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