Spring and Spring Vacation are Here!
Even though we had a cold front come through last night, it felt like spring at the beginning of the week. The crocus and daffodils are blooming and the trees are showing their buds. Inevitably, the warmer weather will be coming. I hope that all of our students and their families have a happy and safe week during Spring Vacation.
Maynard Music Department Congratulations
We would like to congratulate Jeff Umbrell and Ryan Chiasson.
Jeff Umbrell auditioned and was accepted to the All State Band. He played in Symphony Hall in Boston in March. This is a huge honor as they only accept enough musicians to make up one band, one chorus and one orchestra!
Jeff and Ryan Chiasson received another amazing musical honor last week. They were both accepted into the Sousa Bands of America New England Festival with top seats in the wind ensemble! They will be rehearsing during April vacation with the best student musicians in New England and performing up in Maine at the culmination of the event!
Important Events and Reminders:
In an effort to streamline these notes, I will provide important upcoming events or announcements that have already been posted in previous Superintendent’s Notes in this section.
Maynard Candidates’ Night Slated for 4/29
The Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Maynard Revitalize Collaborative have teamed up to present a Meet the Maynard Candidates’ Night on Tuesday, April 29th, 7 to 8:15 pm., in the Maynard High School Auditorium.
The event will include very brief statements from candidates’ for the School Committee, but the bulk of the time will focus on candidates’ for the Board of Selectmen. For more information, please contact the Revitalize Maynard Collaborative (RevitalizeMaynard@gmail.com), or the Assabet Valley Chamber at 978.568.0360 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contacts: Sarah Cressy, CEO, Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce
Maren Calzia, Revitalize Maynard Collaborative
SING and The Fowler School Harmony Choir Upcoming Performances
Congratulations are in order for the members of the Fowler School Harmony Choir (6th & 7th grade chorus). These students participated in the prestigious MICCA music festival on April 6th at Norwood High School. The Harmony Choir earned a bronze medal for their performance and received high scores from judges for tone quality, technical facility, and dynamic control.
If you missed the festivals, don't worry; both of these choirs will be performing on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the Fowler School Auditorium. Mark your calendars!
SING and The Fowler School Harmony Choir are both un-auditioned, after-school choruses run by FASC with support from the Maynard Music Association. Look for new members welcome next fall.
Town Cleanup: Saturday, April 19 – Sunday, April 27
Maynard's annual spring town wide clean runs Saturday, April 19 – Sunday, April 27. The cleanup is organized by the Maynard Litter League with support from Maynard's DPW. During cleanup week, all merchants and residents are asked to do their part by walking the areas around their property and picking up any litter that is there; please don't forget to check bushes, gutters and the roadside of nearby undeveloped land. This should take only a few minutes. And if it is clean by your home or business, consider taking a small bag on a walk one day and picking up some trash along the way. A small effort on everyone's part makes a huge difference in the cleanliness of our town.
To clean up public areas around town, participants can register and obtain yellow bags on April 19 from 9-11 am near the Nason and Main Street Island, April 22-25 during business hours in the DPW office downstairs at Town Hall, or by emailing MaynardLitterLeague at gmail.com. A group cleanup will be held in the downtown area on Saturday, April 19 starting at 10am. For more information, visit the Maynard Litter League page on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/MaynardLitterLeague
Be a Host Family for a Maynard International Student
Educatious International introduced us to our first international student from Brazil this year. As we look to expand the cultural diversity and cultural understanding of Maynard High School, it is helpful to identify hosts families before we receive applications from international students for next year.
Educatius International is currently accepting host family applications for the September 2014 school year. Educatius International offers a monthly stipend of $700.00 for each student placed in a host families home, each family can host up to 2 students for a total of $1400.00.
Educatius International is seeking families that want to open their home to an international student. The host families should desire to provide a warm and supportive home and family environment and the students should become part of your family. This can be a positive and rewarding experience for everyone in your family. Hosting a student can provide you with amazing opportunities and lifelong friendships.
To learn more and apply to become a host family, please contact Jodi Del Razo at Jodi.email@example.com or Claudette Rowe firstname.lastname@example.org (508) 246-7028
Open your heart, your home, and share our unique international community! Invite an international student into your home.
From the Maynard Public Library
The Friends of the Maynard Library are delighted to announce that the third annual Maynard Book Festival will be held on Saturday, April 12. There will be events all day long, so we hope you plan to join us!
As a prelude to the Festival Day, two special events are scheduled on Thursday, April 10. At 3:30, our own Mr. Mark will lead a walking Story Hour to introduce the new installation of Maynard's Story WalkTM. Gather at the library, and then join Mark and others for a walk through downtown, stopping at shops along the way that each displays a page of the story. The first Story Walk will be available for self-guided story tours throughout April and May.
From 5:00 to 7:00 on Thursday, the Friends and ArtSpace will host an artists' reception for the Made in Maynard exhibition in the Roosevelt Room. Join us to view the show and enjoy light refreshments with the exhibitors.
The Maynard SEPAC invites you to attend a presentation on Executive Function Processes by Kalyani Krishnan, M.A. on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Fowler School Library.
Executive Function Processes: The keys to successful and independent learning
In this presentation, Ms. Krishnan will share comprehensive information about executive function processes as they affect children's behavior and learning. Her presentation will include definitions and description of executive function processes as well as a discussion of how these processes influence children's success in school and at home. Ms. Krishnan will describe effective approaches to parenting children with executive function weaknesses and navigating stressful times including daily homework. She will present a selection of research-based, tried and true strategies. There will be time set aside at the end for Questions and Answers. Please feel free to write down your concerns, particular situations that arise in your family, and questions that you have and hand them to the speaker when you arrive. Please RSVP and email any specific questions you may have prior to the presentation to email@example.com.
Kalyani Krishnan, Licensed School Psychologist, is the Assistant Director of Assessment at the Institute for Learning and Development (ILD) and a member of the Research Institute for Learning and Development (RILD) in Lexington. She is currently a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at Northeastern University and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Education at Tufts University. Kalyani holds Master’s degrees in linguistics and learning disabilities. For the past 18 years, she has been working with children, families, and schools to optimize learning experiences for diverse learners. At ILD, she provides consultations to families as well as comprehensive evaluations and educational therapy to children, adolescents and adults.
ANNUAL BREAKFAST WITH EASTER BUNNY
AT BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF ASSABET VALLEY
The annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley, will take place on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8 AM to 11 AM at the Boys & Girls Club, 212 Great Road (Rte 117), Maynard. Admission for breakfast is $4/child and $6/age 12 and over.
In addition to a great breakfast of French toast, pancakes, eggs, sausage and drinks, children can have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny from 8:30 AM to 11 AM for $6/picture. Additional activities will include raffles and craft projects for children.
Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley. The public is welcome to come and enjoy a great family event! For additional information, please feel free to call (978) 461-2871 or visit www.bgcav.org.
Maynard High School, Fowler School, and Green Meadow School will undergo exterior building pesticide spraying this spring by Waltham Service, Inc. Further information is available at www.mass.gov/agr. Follow the links to the Children’s protection page for: Chemical Specific Fact Sheet and Consumer Information Bulletin for school, day care, and school age childcare programs.