Late October Announcements

Tilly’s Pumpkin Fest

We are thrilled to announce that Lilja received $1008.58 from the event. We are lucky to have such a generous business in our community. The total funds raised and donated to the Natick schools this year was $4,923.59. Tilly’s has been doing this since 2001 and has generated over $59,000 for our schools. Thank you again to Rick and the staff for hosting and to our Lilja families for attending.

Fall Harvest Fest

Thank you to all of the families that were able to attend on Friday evening. It was a fun night for all and we were able to raise $1200. Thank you to Kathy James, Linda Young, and Renee Vekiarides for taking on and planning the event. We appreciate your help!

Early Release Pizza and Movie

Another movie is scheduled for Wednesday, November 5th. The deadline to register is Monday, November 3, we will NOT take late registrations. Please note the registration form must be fully completed and turned in to the main office on the deadline date not the next morning. We need time to put the dismissal list together for the office and get all the confirmation emails out. See the virtual backpack for the registration flyer. The next early release will be Thursday, November 13th, and we will be trying something new and working with Let’s Gogh Art for an activity. The flyer will be in the virtual backpack next week with the details and pricing for this program.

Cultural Arts

First and Second grade families-local author David Rottenberg will be visiting Lilja School on November 6th at 10:00AM. He will be accompanied by local dancers form Impulse Dance. In an effort to make the most of the program David has provided the community the opportunity to purchase his books. He will donate 10% of the profits back to Lilja. Please see the virtual backpack for the order form. If you wish to purchase a book(s) please place the order form in an envelope labeled Patti Donovan and return to school.

Coats for Kids

Lilja is participating in this great program again this year. The collection box is in the lobby for coat collection. Collected coats will be cleaned by Anton’s Cleaners and distributed by social service agencies to those in need. Please note only the following items are accepted by the program: Warm, winter coats, gently used, good quality, all sizes needed. They will not accept coats with rips, tears, broken zippers or permanent stains, sweatshirts, vests or spring coats. For additional information on the program visit their website at www.antons.com/cfk

Picture Re-Take Day

Picture Re-Take day is Friday November 7th. Parents w/questions (late orders; missing orders, refunds etc.) should contact our dedicated Lifeguards:

By phone: 1-800-632-2323 ext "0"
By Email: lifeguards@coffeepond.com
By US Mail: Lifeguards, Coffee Pond Productions, Inc., 19 Strathmore Road, Natick, MA 01760

One special note – some parents order a digital sharing file (and no prints)…in those instances, students will receive an envelope with a small notice indicating that no prints were included in their order but that their photos will be e-mailed to the e-mail address provided by the parent.


There are 5 yearbooks from last Spring that are available for sales. The cost is $20. If you did not get one, lost yours, your child already destroyed it or the dog ate it contact Diane Floyd at thenatickfloyds@verizon.net to arrange to get one.

November PTA Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, November 6th at 7PM for part two of Principal Smith’s PBIS presentation. For anyone who missed part one at the October meeting you can find the presentation in the virtual backpack or on the Principal’s Blog. As always, the PTA will provide complimentary babysitting for the meeting.

Thanksgiving Drive

In an effort to teach our students kindness and the meaning of community, Lilja will again be participating in a Thanksgiving Food Drive with the Natick Service Council. Each classroom will sponsor one family, allowing us to provide 20 families with a healthy meal for Thanksgiving. Look for information from your room parents in the upcoming weeks, and sign up to contribute food items. Non-perishables will be gathered starting November 17th, and all food will be delivered to the Food Pantry on Tuesday November 25th. We will also be in need of drivers to help us transport all of our bounty to the Food Pantry. Please contact Michelle Ferretti with any questions at natickmichelle@gmail.com Thanks in advance for your generosity and support!

Fourth Grade Fundraising Committee

The fourth grade classes with be hosting an Election Day bake sale on Tuesday, November 4th from 7:00 AM-6:00PM. Proceeds benefit the Fourth Grade Fun Day activities, which every fourth grade class gets to enjoy.

Baking for Bake Sale Sign Up

Volunteer Hours for Bake Sale Sign Up

If you have any questions, please contact Diane Floyd at thenatickfloyds@verizon.net or Liz Berman at lberman88@gmail.com


As part of the fourth grade fundraising initiative, the fourth grade is running a Scrub-A-Dub coupon sale from November 1-November 30th. These coupons are great stuffing stuffers and gifts for teachers, mail carriers, friends, and family. There are two ways that the Lilja community can support this fundraiser. Please see the virtual backpack for two flyers with more information. Please contact Jodi Grundig at jodigrundig@gmail.com with any questions.

TEDYouth 2014

Natick Education Foundation: Is excited to share TEDYouth "Worlds Imagined" with Natick!

TEDYouth 2014 is a day-long event for middle and high school students, with live speakers, hands-on activities and great conversations. It will be simulcast live worldwide from the Brooklyn Museum in New York City on November 15th 2014. NEF is sponsoring a FREE viewing party for Natick middle and high school students at Wilson Middle School. The entire simulcast will be screened. TEDYouth will be live in NYC but Natick students will watch the presentations in real time at the Wilson Auditorium with students around the world!


Upcoming Events

Restaurant Night at Outback Steak House – November 12th