Your Weekly Update from Lilja Elementary School
Things You Need to Know
MCAS BEGINS NEXT WEEK
For those of you supporting our students taking MCAS, we ask that you focus on providing good sleep routines as well as a hearty breakfast & snacks.
Of note, ALL smartwatches (and cell phones) are prohibited during testing. A student wearing a smartwatch may have their test results invalidated. These devices should be kept home. For any devices that come to school, students will be directed to put them into backpacks, where we cannot guarantee their safety.
ATTENTION 4TH GRADE FAMILIES!
Students in 5th grade get to select which performing arts class they would like to take for the year. They take other classes for specials including PE, a full year course, and Art, Library Research Skills, Tech Ed, Instructional Technology, Theater, and Health, which are all trimester-based courses. Students have many options for their music class. Please review this letter, which includes several important links to help you decide between our course offerings and answer some frequently asked questions.
Thursday, April 13 at 7pm via Zoom -- For parents, caregivers, educators, and community members of all ages
In this talk, author Devorah Heitner, PhD, will share pragmatic, research-based advice on how we can mentor our kids on cultivating a healthy online presence. She will address why character and learning how to navigate relationships are most important and how parents can stop stressing and focus instead on helping young people become responsible digital citizens. ASL interpretation will be provided at this event Register and learn more about this FREE online program and all our upcoming events at www.SPARKKindness.org
ALL ABOARD! PUBLIC INPUT REQUESTED
The Town of Natick is launching a trial program for accessible/adaptive cycling on the Cochituate Rail Trail, and we need your input. Thanks to grant funding from the MetroWest Health Foundation and the MathWorks Community Grant Program, Natick will be acquiring an accessible bicycle and a storage unit, and setting up a program in 2023 to offer rides to people with disabilities. To help us get started, we have launched a survey to ask…
- What style of bicycle would work for you or a family member/friend?
- Are you interested in being a volunteer?
- Do you have any questions or advice?
Please take a few minutes to complete this survey by Friday, April 14. If you are not able to complete the survey, you can contact Melissa Carter, Coordinator of Adaptive Programs for Recreation and Parks at email@example.com. All Aboard is being launched in partnership with the Friends of Natick Trails and the Natick Public Schools.
**IMPORTANT** CLASS PLACEMENT TIMELINE
Please see this letter for information on class placement at Lilja for the upcoming school year. As a reminder, we create balanced cohorts of students, and teachers ensure that every child is placed with students with whom they are friendly. We do not accept teacher requests. Kindergarten families, please read carefully as it provides information on placement procedures for our multiage looping classroom; Families who wish to “opt-out” of the 1-2 multiage class placement must send a letter to Jovanne Buckmire at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 7th. Thank you!
Project Update on the Lilja Mural!
Tiling has concluded, and we were thrilled to have a visit from Pegasus to document this project.
The work will be set onto concrete boards, and will be installed on the facade of the building at at date to be determined (weather plays a factor!).
The videographer intends to return to document this moment to complete their piece on the Lilja mural. We will keep you posted!
The Lilja PTO is a group of volunteer parents. Our goals are to enrich the education of our children, support the teachers and staff, and serve the Lilja community as a whole. We fundraise to supply materials, fund programs, organize social functions, and coordinate parent volunteers, all of which enhance the experience of Lilja students and build a sense of community within the school.
- Title I: Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title II
- Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title VI
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964Title IX
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
- MGL, Ch.76, Section 5: Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 76, Section 5