BOKS Program


To:  Lilja Elementary School Community

From: John Ward

Re: BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success)

Date: September 2021 

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

We are pleased to announce the launch of BOKS, a physical activity program, at the Lilja Elementary School this fall.  BOKS prepares children for a day of learning and is an important step in helping children gain an appreciation of the benefits of exercise and healthy choices that will last a lifetime.   BOKS was inspired by Dr. John Ratey’s book “Spark”. Dr. Ratey, of Harvard Medical School, states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains.”  Classes are filled with team-oriented games and provide plenty of opportunity for play, since the program focuses on fun!

Typical BOKS Class 

  • 40 minutes long 
  • Fun warm-up game or movement drills 
  • Running activity, relay races, obstacle courses and strength movements 
  • Fun games
  • Cool down and a BOKS Bit- a nutrition component of the program

When is BOKS?

BOKS will run every (Tuesday and Thursday) morning from 7:40 am to 8:20 am. The session starts the week of September 27th and ends December 17.  The BOKS program allows students to participate in breakfast and transition into the classroom.  

How do I sign up? 

Complete the registration form for each child and make sure to sign the last page. Approximately 20 children may participate in the session and the participants will be chosen based on a first come first serve basis.  Please make checks payable to Natick Public Schools for $60.00.

Is there transportation for BOKS?

Parents will be responsible for transporting their children to school.  Children who attend a before school program are eligible to enroll and participate.

BOKS is designed to involve the whole community and family.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact John Ward at [email protected].  You can also visit the BOKS website at for more program details.

I hope that you will share my enthusiasm for this program and you will, in turn, see a positive impact on your children.


John Ward
BOKS Lilja Registration Form

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