Friday, January 20, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

Lead Paint Notification

The Town and Schools were informed by a parent about concerns of lead paint at the Green Meadow Elementary School.   Officials from the Town, the School Department and the Board of Health do not believe there is any danger to the community.

The Town of Maynard has issued a press release this afternoon on the town website at:


Important Events and Reminders:    
                                                                                           
In an effort to streamline the Superintendent’s Notes, I will provide important upcoming events or announcements that have already been posted in previous Superintendent’s Notes in this section.

The Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship

As many of you are aware, Katherine Lalli passed away on Christmas Eve morning in an automobile accident in Lancaster.  Not only was she educated through the Maynard school system, but her family has always been very involved in the Maynard community.  Her parents provide programs through Music Together of Assabet Valley, enjoyed by children in the communities of Maynard, Acton, Concord, Sudbury, and beyond.

For those of you who are looking for a way to honor the memory of Katherine Lalli, the Class of 2012 and the MHS Best Buddies Program are creating a scholarship fund for graduating seniors. The scholarship will benefit students who are pursuing a degree in early childhood education or special education, both passions of Katherine's.  Katherine was a graduate of the Maynard High School Class of 2012 and earned an Associate's Degree in early childhood education from Middlesex Community College.  
"Remembered for her compassion and her free spirit, Katherine was very social and had friends everywhere. She had a special gift for connecting with people, young and old, especially those with special needs. She made sure to attend family gatherings, and her father loved working with her in Sudbury, MA, on a program that Katherine developed for autistic children which included music."
Please make checks payable to "Town of Maynard." Include "Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship" on the memo line.
Please mail donations to:
Maynard High School
Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship
1 Tiger Drive
Maynard, MA 01754
Acknowledgment of your gift will be forwarded to Katherine's family

"If Only" (A Film About the Opioid Epidemic)

Our nation is currently in the midst of an opioid epidemic. The film, “If Only,” was created to raise awareness of this problem by the Millenium Health and the Wahlberg Youth Foundation, with help from the Recovery Center of America and was filmed in a local Massachusetts town that has been heavily impacted by the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

We are inviting everyone in our community to attend and evening presentation on January 26, 2017.   The presentation will be in the Maynard High School Perfuming Arts Center at 7:00 PM.  After viewing the 32 minute film, we will have a discussion with special guests.  A flyer will be posted on the Maynard Public Schools Website soon.
This event is brought to you by:  Maynard Public Schools,  Maynard Police Department, and the Central Middlesex Police Partnership
Razia's Ray of Hope (A Documentary)
Our friends in Lincoln Sudbury will be hosting a viewing of the documentary Razia’s Ray of Hope on January 31st at 7pm in the Lincoln Sudbury High School Auditorium.
Razia's Ray of Hope is a documentary of the story of how a school for girls in Afghanistan was built out of the motivation from the 911 losses. Here is a link to the foundation:


The film surrounds the organization of the Razia’s Ray of Hope foundation that embraces and promotes education as the key to positive, peaceful change for current and future generations, empowering girls and young women to work toward bright futures in their own villages and beyond.  The school has become a celebrated symbol of progress and the advancement of women and is the pride of the conservative community it is located in. The film tells the incredible story of this school.

Budget Timelines

At our last school committee meeting a parent suggested that we share the time lines in regard to the budget process.  The School Committee reviews budgetary concerns at almost every meeting.  

The next two school committee meetings will have presentations from the principals, school councils members and curriculum director in regard to the FY18 budget proposal.   These discussions and decisions will be made at the next two school committee meetings on December 1, 2016 and December 15, 2016.

We were also asked to share the Town budget time lines.  The Town Budget Timeline is as follows:

January 3, 2017          
Department Budgets Due to the Town Administrator

Jan - Feb         
Town Administration meets with Department Heads to discus FY18 Budget

February 11, 2017      
FY 18 Joint Budget Meeting (including the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, the School Committee, and all Town Administration) at the Maynard Public Library.

Feb - March
Finance Committee meets with each town department (including Police, Fire, DPW, Library, Schools, and General Government)

March 21, 2017
FY18 Budget Document finalized and adopted by Board of Selectmen

May 5, 2017
Town Meeting

All of these meetings are posted and open to the public as well.




Friday, January 13, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

The Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship

As many of you are aware, Katherine Lalli passed away on Christmas Eve morning in an automobile accident in Lancaster.  Not only was she educated through the Maynard school system, but her family has always been very involved in the Maynard community.  Her parents provide programs through Music Together of Assabet Valley, enjoyed by children in the communities of Maynard, Acton, Concord, Sudbury, and beyond.

For those of you who are looking for a way to honor the memory of Katherine Lalli, the Class of 2012 and the MHS Best Buddies Program are creating a scholarship fund for graduating seniors. The scholarship will benefit students who are pursuing a degree in early childhood education or special education, both passions of Katherine's.  Katherine was a graduate of the Maynard High School Class of 2012 and earned an Associate's Degree in early childhood education from Middlesex Community College.  

"Remembered for her compassion and her free spirit, Katherine was very social and had friends everywhere. She had a special gift for connecting with people, young and old, especially those with special needs. She made sure to attend family gatherings, and her father loved working with her in Sudbury, MA, on a program that Katherine developed for autistic children which included music."

Please make checks payable to "Town of Maynard." Include "Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship" on the memo line.

Please mail donations to:
Maynard High School
Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship
1 Tiger Drive
Maynard, MA 01754
Acknowledgment of your gift will be forwarded to Katherine's family

"If Only" (A Film About the Opioid Epidemic)

Our nation is currently in the midst of an opioid epidemic. The film, “If Only,” was created to raise awareness of this problem by the Millenium Health and the Wahlberg Youth Foundation, with help from the Recovery Center of America and was filmed in a local Massachusetts town that has been heavily impacted by the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

We are inviting everyone in our community to attend and evening presentation on January 26, 2017.   The presentation will be in the Maynard High School Perfuming Arts Center at 7:00 PM.  After viewing the 32 minute film, we will have a discussion with special guests.  A flyer will be posted on the Maynard Public Schools Website soon.
This event is brought to you by:  Maynard Public Schools,  Maynard Police Department, and the Central Middlesex Police Partnership

"Razia's Ray of Hope" (A Documentary)

Our friends in Lincoln Sudbury will be hosting a viewing of the documentary "Razia’s Ray of Hope" on January 31st at 7pm in the Lincoln Sudbury High School Auditorium.  "Razia's Ray of Hope" is a documentary of the story of how a school for girls in Afghanistan was built out of the motivation from the 911 losses.  Here is a link to the foundation:


The film surrounds the organization of the Razia’s Ray of Hope foundation that embraces and promotes education as the key to positive, peaceful change for current and future generations, empowering girls and young women to work toward bright futures in their own villages and beyond. The school has become a celebrated symbol of progress and the advancement of women and is the pride of the conservative community it is located in. The film tells the incredible story of this school.

Important Events and Reminders:    
                                                                                                 
In an effort to streamline the Superintendent’s Notes, I will provide important upcoming events or announcements that have already been posted in previous Superintendent’s Notes in this section.

Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

The forecast for this weekend may include some snow.  Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process on this blog for students and parents.

School Closing 
In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:

1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.

2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:

Web: http://wbztv.com/schoolclosings

3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools

Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".

Delayed Opening
In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement.

Early Emergency Dismissal
In the event that an emergency early dismissal is required, the Maynard Public Schools will make every effort to contact parents via a mass notification through iPass including automated phone calls and emails.

Budget Timelines

At our last school committee meeting a parent suggested that we share the time lines in regard to the budget process.  The School Committee reviews budgetary concerns at almost every meeting.  

The next two school committee meetings will have presentations from the principals, school councils members and curriculum director in regard to the FY18 budget proposal.   These discussions and decisions will be made at the next two school committee meetings on December 1, 2016 and December 15, 2016.

We were also asked to share the Town budget time lines.  The Town Budget Timeline is as follows:

January 3, 2017          
Department Budgets Due to the Town Administrator

Jan - Feb         
Town Administration meets with Department Heads to discus FY18 Budget

February 11, 2017      
FY 18 Joint Budget Meeting (including the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, the School Committee, and all Town Administration) at the Maynard Public Library.

Feb - March
Finance Committee meets with each town department (including Police, Fire, DPW, Library, Schools, and General Government)

March 21, 2017
FY18 Budget Document finalized and adopted by Board of Selectmen

May 5, 2017
Town Meeting

All of these meetings are posted and open to the public as well.




Friday, January 6, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

Special Town Meeting Next Week

Maynard Special Town meeting will take place at the Fowler Auditorium on Monday January 9th, 2017.  An article to fund repairs to the Green Meadow playground will be up for a vote.  Please come and let your voice be heard.  

The Maynard High School National Honor Society Students will provide on site babysitting.  The students will meet families at the Fowler School Assembly Hall entrance beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The students will play games, read to them and do arts and crafts with the children. *Please note that children should be toilet trained.  

Cookbook Club: Noodles & Pasta - Monday January 9, 2016 12 PM

The January meeting of the 
Friends of the Maynard Public Library Cookbook Club "From the Farmers Market to the Library Table" will focus on noodles & pasta. A cookbook was not selected for this month; instead participants are asked to prepare a noodle/pasta dish using a favorite (or new) recipe and bring it with a copy of the recipe (or the cookbook it is in) to the potluck lunch at noon. The group will enjoy the food, share the recipes, and talk about sources of local ingredients. Participants are encouraged to be 'green' and bring their own plate and utensils (supplies will be available for those who forget). 

All are welcome, but please RSVP to the Facebook event 
www.facebook.com/events/760920980731670 or call 978-897-1010 ext: 103 to register so that organizers know how many seats to set up. The Cookbook Club is organized in conjunction with the Maynard Farmers' Market to promote cooking with local ingredients.

Fans of Film presents “El Norte” - Tuesday January 10, 2016 and Wednesday January 11, 2016

Show times are at 7:30pm at Fine Arts Theatre Place, 19 Summer Street, Maynard, MA Tickets are $7.00 and should be purchased at the door.

With beauty and even a little humor, the 1984 film “El Norte” (or The North) is about various timely issues such as class-ism, immigration, poverty, and conflict. The story covers the reasons a Guatemalan brother and sister must leave their beloved home and follows them on their perilous journey to get to the US. We learn what it is like to be a refugee in the US. Watching this film is an exercise in putting yourself in others shoes. It has been called the "Grapes of Wrath" for our time.   In 1985, it became the first non-Hollywood studio, independent film to be nominated for an Academy Award for best screenplay. Languages: English, Quiché; Spanish

The Fans of Film is proud to be able to bring this film to Maynard.  A post-film discussion group will meet on Wednesday the 11th in the theater. All are welcome to stay and join in the informal conversation.   We are an independent group of moviegoers whose mission is to promote the showing of exceptional  indie, documentary, foreign and classic  films at our local theater. February's film will be Dr. Strangelove on Feb. 7 and 8. For the complete 6-month schedule visit: Facebook.com/FansofFilmatFineArtsTheatreMaynard

Important Events and Reminders:    
                                                                                                 
In an effort to streamline the Superintendent’s Notes, I will provide important upcoming events or announcements that have already been posted in previous Superintendent’s Notes in this section.

Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

The forecast for this weekend may include some snow.  Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process on this blog for students and parents.

School Closing 
In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:

1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.

2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:

Web: http://wbztv.com/schoolclosings

3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools

Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".

Delayed Opening
In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement.

Early Emergency Dismissal
In the event that an emergency early dismissal is required, the Maynard Public Schools will make every effort to contact parents via a mass notification through iPass including automated phone calls and emails.

Budget Timelines

At a previous school committee meeting a parent suggested that we share the time lines in regard to the budget process.  The Town Budget Timeline is as follows:

January 3, 2017          
Department Budgets Due to the Town Administrator

Jan - Feb         
Town Administration meets with Department Heads to discus FY18 Budget

February 11, 2017      
FY 18 Joint Budget Meeting (including the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, the School Committee, and all Town Administration) at the Maynard Public Library.

Feb - March
Finance Committee meets with each town department (including Police, Fire, DPW, Library, Schools, and General Government)

March 21, 2017
FY18 Budget Document finalized and adopted by Board of Selectmen

May 5, 2017
Town Meeting

All of these meetings are posted and open to the public as well.



Thursday, December 15, 2016

Superintendent's Notes

Cold Weather

The weather prediction for Maynard is for a cold night this evening and a colder day tomorrow.  Tomorrow morning the temperature could be as low as three degrees before calculating wind chill. 

I would like to remind everyone to dress appropriately and stay safe during the extreme weather.

Twitter and our First School Delay for 16-17

This week we had our first school delay due to inclement weather.  For the first time I used twitter to add another opportunity to get information out quickly.  I was so excited at how quickly and efficiently Twitter works. 

Twitter will now be the first media I use to get information out when we have cancellations and delays.  If you want to be the first to know, follow these announcements on:

 @MaynardSchools

Important Events and Reminders:    
                                                                                                 
In an effort to streamline the Superintendent’s Notes, I will provide important upcoming events or announcements that have already been posted in previous Superintendent’s Notes in this section.

Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

The forecast for this weekend may include some snow.  Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process on this blog for students and parents.

School Closing 
In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:

1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.

2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:

Web: http://wbztv.com/schoolclosings

3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools

Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".

Delayed Opening
In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement.

Early Emergency Dismissal
In the event that an emergency early dismissal is required, the Maynard Public Schools will make every effort to contact parents via a mass notification through iPass including automated phone calls and emails.

Save The Date

Maynard Special Town meeting will take place at the Fowler Auditorium on January 9th, 2017.  An article to fund repairs to the Green Meadow playground will be up for a vote.  Please come and let your voice be heard.  

The Maynard High School National Honor Society Students will provide on site babysitting.  The students will meet families at the Fowler School Assembly Hall entrance beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The students will play games, read to them and do arts and crafts with the children. *Please note that children should be toilet trained.  

Budget Timelines

At our last school committee meeting a parent suggested that we share the time lines in regard to the budget process.  The School Committee reviews budgetary concerns at almost every meeting.  

The next two school committee meetings will have presentations from the principals, school councils members and curriculum director in regard to the FY18 budget proposal.   These discussions and decisions will be made at the next two school committee meetings on December 1, 2016 and December 15, 2016.

We were also asked to share the Town budget time lines.  The Town Budget Timeline is as follows:

January 3, 2017          
Department Budgets Due to the Town Administrator

Jan - Feb         
Town Administration meets with Department Heads to discus FY18 Budget

February 11, 2017      
FY 18 Joint Budget Meeting (including the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, the School Committee, and all Town Administration) at the Maynard Public Library.

Feb - March
Finance Committee meets with each town department (including Police, Fire, DPW, Library, Schools, and General Government)

March 21, 2017
FY18 Budget Document finalized and adopted by Board of Selectmen

May 5, 2017
Town Meeting

All of these meetings are posted and open to the public as well.




Friday, December 9, 2016

Superintendent's Notes

Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

The forecast for this weekend may include some snow.  Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process on this blog for students and parents.

School Closing
In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:

1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.

2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:


3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools

Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".

Delayed Opening
In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement or listen for the town whistle.

Early Emergency Dismissal
In the event that an emergency early dismissal is required, the Maynard Public Schools will make every effort to contact parents via a mass notification through iPass including automated phone calls and emails.

Save The Date

Maynard Special Town meeting will take place at the Fowler Auditorium on January 9th, 2017.  An article to fund repairs to the Green Meadow playground will be up for a vote.  Please come and let your voice be heard.  

The Maynard High School National Honor Society Students will provide on site babysitting.  The students will meet families at the Fowler School Assembly Hall entrance beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The students will play games, read to them and do arts and crafts with the children. *Please note that children should be toilet trained.  

Strategies For Students With Anxiety by Jessica Minahan

SEPAC brought Jessica Minahan to present in Maynard a couple years ago.  I have recently seen her speak at several conferences recently as well. She is an amazing speaker on a very important topic!

She will be coming back to our area on Wednesday December 14, 2016 to present Strategies For Students With Anxiety.  The event will be between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm  at RJ Grey Junior High Auditorium on 16 Charter Road in Acton.  This event is free and open to the public.  for more information you can contact the Acton Boxborough Special Education Parent Advisory Committee at:


Important Events and Reminders:    
                                                                                                 
In an effort to streamline the Superintendent’s Notes, I will provide important upcoming events or announcements that have already been posted in previous Superintendent’s Notes in this section.

Future Ready Schools

Recently, Computer Science Teacher Mark Sinopoli attended the Future Ready Schools conference in Boston.  At this conference, he attended sessions conducted by national leaders in educational technology.  One of his takeaways was to try to communicate more with the community using technology, specifically social media. 

Mark has started a Twitter account (@fs_compsci ) to share some of the activities and accomplishments of students in Computer Science.  By using the hashtag #MaynardLearns and #FSLearns anyone in the world can see what is happening in Computer Science at Fowler School!

Maynard's 50th Annual Olde Fashioned Christmas Parade

"Golden Memories of Christmas Past" is sponsored by the Maynard Rotary Club.  This year the parade will be at 2:00 pm on Sunday December 4, 2016.

To sponsor or participate with a float, walking unit, or band, please contact Nancy Quinn at (617) 515-0897.   If email is more convenient, she can be contacted at:

 NQuin@OwnNewEngland.com

Budget Timelines

At our last school committee meeting a parent suggested that we share the time lines in regard to the budget process.  The School Committee reviews budgetary concerns at almost every meeting. 

The next two school committee meetings will have presentations from the principals, school councils members and curriculum director in regard to the FY18 budget proposal.   These discussions and decisions will be made at the next two school committee meetings on December 1, 2016 and December 15, 2016.

We were also asked to share the Town budget time lines.  The Town Budget Timeline is as follows:

January 3, 2017         
Department Budgets Due to the Town Administrator

Jan - Feb        
Town Administration meets with Department Heads to discus FY18 Budget

February 11, 2017     
FY 18 Joint Budget Meeting (including the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, the School Committee, and all Town Administration) at the Maynard Public Library.

Feb - March
Finance Committee meets with each town department (including Police, Fire, DPW, Library, Schools, and General Government)

March 21, 2017
FY18 Budget Document finalized and adopted by Board of Selectmen

May 5, 2017
Town Meeting

All of these meetings are posted and open to the public as well.