Friday, June 28, 2013

Superintendent's Notes

Achieving Excellence
in the Maynard Band Program                                                               
Grace Wilson, One of our outstanding 8th grade students this year, has been invited by the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) to play Trombone with Junior Repertory Orchestra (JRO) for the 2013-2014 season!  She has been selected from over 800 of New England’s finest young musicians to be a part of one of the nation’s most prominent youth orchestras. Congratulations to Grace for being recognized for her excellence!

With the 8th grade being taught at the new Maynard High School next year, some concerns were brought to the administrations attention about the size of the high school band.  I give credit to MHS Principals Caragianes, Fowler Principal Mela, Fine Arts Lead Teacher Jennifer Lilly, and MHS Band Teacher Cindy Erickson for working together to brainstorm solutions for next year and into the future to continue to provide a robust program.

Family Fun
and Educational Field Trips                                                                                        
The best part of summer for me are family fun and educational field trips.  Being as frugal as I am, I also love a bargain.  There are 60 museums and cultural venues in our state that are free on Fridays.  You can print up a brochure with all of this information at:

Maynard Farmers’ Market
opens June 29                                                                                      
The 2013 Maynard Community Farmers’ Market begins its season on June 29 and will run Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., rain or shine, through October 5 in the Main Street parking lot (near intersection with Sudbury Street) at Clock Tower Place in Maynard. 

New vendors at the market this year include: Wheatless Bliss, cooking in a dedicated gluten-free kitchen and offering a full range of baked goods and granola, some of which are also dairy-free or vegan; BlueJay Greenhouses, selling hanging baskets in 10" and 12" sizes which contain mixed million bells, verbena, scaevola, and petunia as well as 4- 1/2" pots up to 12"mixed containers of gerbera daisys, new guinea impatiens, fuchsia, coleus, black & blue salvia, and potato vine;  and CamCo LLC who will offer cedar planter and railing boxes and vegetable seedlings and take orders for her custom-made PVC greenhouses, grow tents and row covers. For returning weekly vendors, Applefield Farm, Brigham Farm, and Nagog Hill Farm have produce and cut flowers; Big Sky Bakery, Cookie Lady Treats, and Hobson's Homemade are all baked goods vendors; Meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, and honey will be available from Balance Rock Farm, and 3cBaking sells homemade dog biscuits.  Periodic vendors will include CupKaties, Nashoba Valley Extracts, and Farm Stand Honey as well as two artisans each week.

The market has weekly musical entertainment, children's activities, wellness demonstrations, and community information. The June 29 market will feature the first-ever Market-Season Kickoff Costume-Parade! Dress yourself, dress your baby, and dress your pooch. From simple to extravagant, all levels of costume creativity are welcome. For anyone needing costume help, a costume-creation station hosted by Aimee Ledwell of Red Shoe Arts, will be available starting at 9am. The parade will begin at 10:30am. For musical entertainment, Dan and Faith play their dream-inspired original folk music from 9-11am and from 11:15-12:45am, Sam Francis, a folk fusion singer songwriter with a New England sentiment will perform. Pathways to Wellness is at the Wellness tent.  Later in the season, look for the July 20 Chef's Day Out event which will feature a cooking demo by Chris Basile of Quarterdeck Seafoods. For more information, email: For the latest schedule information, 'Like' Maynard Farmers' Market on Facebook.or follow us on Twitter.

Important Events
and Reminders                                                                                                        

In an effort to streamline these notes, I will remind the Superintendent’s Notes readers of important upcoming events with a reference to the blog where more information can be found.

Have a safe summer starting with the Fourth of July

Go to the link titled Fireworks Safety Tips 2013:

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