Friday, April 4, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

Be a Host Family for an International Student in Maynard

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 or Claudette Rowe (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

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. 


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

Pesticide Spraying   
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 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.

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.

Staying Connected in a Wired World:  Cyber safety and healthy online behavior Presented by the Middlesex District Attorney’s office

This presentation will be in the Auditorium, on Monday, May 5, 2014 at Maynard High School 1 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA from 7 to 9 pm.
Many of us, including students, are using a variety of technologies every day that have truly revolutionized the way we communicate.  We all may be revealing too much information online, and our children are susceptible to cyber-bullying and online predators.
What’s a parent to do?  Join Ariana Coniglio, the Prevention and Education Coordinator for Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, to boost your understanding of the issues.  Ms. Coniglio has Masters in Public Health and experience working with youth groups around the issues of teen dating violence, bullying, and cyber-bullying.
The workshop will examine trends and take a practical approach to cyber safety and how to promote healthy behavior online.  Parents will be quizzed on Internet safety, given tips on protecting their children from online predators, and ideas on how to instill common sense behavior in their child’s digital life. The presentation is free and open to the public.
This presentation was made possible by collaboration between the Acton, Maynard and Sudbury Special Education Parent Advisory Councils.  To RSVP, please email one of the following contacts:  Acton, Nancy Sherburne at ; Maynard, Jen O’Leary at ; Sudbury, Paula Moyer at   You are welcome to attend any workshop in or outside of your immediate community.

SAT Preparation Support

Exciting news: We’re partnering with the College Board so that all students who want to go to college can prepare for the SAT at their own pace, at no cost.
The College Board just announced that they’re redesigning the SAT for 2016, and we’re partnering with them to make free, world-class prep materials. Know anyone preparing for the SAT? Let them know by spring 2015, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art; interactive learning tools that give you deep practice and help you diagnose your gaps. All of this will be created through a close collaboration with the College Board specifically for the redesigned SAT. Stay tuned.
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