Friday, November 21, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

Green Meadow and Fowler PTO Guest Speaker, Sarah Ward Coming in December

Learn how to teach children to effectively balance and manage their academic work and materials, plus their time, with guest speaker Sarah Ward at the Fowler School Auditorium on December 15. This event is hosted by the Green Meadow PTO and the Fowler School PTO.

She will be providing parents, teachers and local professionals with actionable, practical ways they can help their children develop their “executive function” skills. Those are the skills we all use and need to plan, start and finish tasks on time. During this two-hour event, you will learn how to effectively teach the children in your life to:

• Create a homework space
• Organize personal and school materials
• Record assignments and create a schedule
• Manage time and tasks
• Complete long term projects

Sarah Ward regularly presents on the topic of executive functions to a variety of professional and parent organizations. Her innovative and effective approaches have been featured on National Public Radio, and she is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Massachusetts General Hospital Expertise in Clinical Practice Award and Faculty in Excellence Award.

Please join us for this free event at the Fowler School Auditorium on December 15, from 7-9 p.m. Please RSVP by sending an email to Jen Lenicheck @ jenlenicheck@yahoo.com.


Powderpuff Football and More!

The MHS Sophomore class is sponsoring a Powderpuff Football Game on Tuesday the 25th of November at 5:30. Come out to Alumni Field to see the girls of MHS play some football and support the class of 2017! Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults. The annual bonfire will also be taking place on the basketball courts Tuesday night to keep everyone warm. See you there!


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.

REFUSE TO USE ….YOU’RE NEVER ALONE CONTEST:  NOVEMBER 30, 2014

The Maynard Elks and the Maynard Emblem Club are pleased to announce they will be hosting the “Refuse to Use ….You’re Never Alone” Drug Awareness Program at the Maynard Public Schools.  In conjunction with the Maynard Public Schools and Maynard Police Department the Maynard Elks/Emblem Club is collecting 8 ½ x 11 posters from children in grades 3-5 and 150 word essays from children in grades 6-8.  There will be prizes for the best girl and boy poster and best girl and boy essay.  The winning posters and essays will be submitted for consideration in next year’s Elks Drug Awareness Coloring book!  The child may also be considered for a National prize!  Posters and essay will become the property of the Elks and must include the name of the student, gender, age, school grade, telephone number, address and name of the teacher.  Judges will be members of the Elks, school community and Maynard Police Department.  Deadline for posters and essays is November 30, 2014.  Winners will be announced in the Maynard Elks newsletter and the Superintendent's weekly blog. 

The National Board Of Elks has partnered with the Office of National Drug Control, Drug Enforcement Agency, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration and Marvel Comics to provide this program.  The Massachusetts division of the Elks spent more than $140,000 last year to provide drug education.  This is a great program and an opportunity for the Maynard Elks to bring funding into the Maynard Schools to provide this program. Any child interested in participating in this contest can pick up a Drug Awareness baggie from the Principals Office at their school.  The baggie will include the rules of the contest a coloring book and a word find puzzles.  There will be some information on alcohol and tobacco prevention for kids in grades 5 - 8. 

Central Office Relocation Update

The central office relocation from the Coolidge School to Fowler is on target to be conducted during the vacation week from December 24th through January5th.  Any business that needs to be conducted with the central office can be done at the Coolidge School before December 24th and at the Fowler school after January 6th.

We didn't want there to be any confusion as you may have seen the new sidewalk and central office sign from Coolidge being moved to the Fowler school.  Other facility and security preparations are projected to be completed on time and we are excited to begin central office business from Fowler in the new year.

Announcing the Maynard SEPAC  5thAnnual Winter Social

The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will be hosting its 5th Annual Winter Social on Monday, December 8th, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The Winter Social will be held in the Green Meadow Elementary cafeteria located at 5 Tiger Drive in Maynard. All students receiving Special Education services in Maynard are invited, as well as their parents, and siblings. Students in the Best Buddies program from Maynard High School will be on hand to help out.

This free event will feature crafts, activities, snacks and fun for the entire family. Exciting prizes will be raffled off for adult partygoers. All proceeds from the raffle will be used to help pay for future SEPAC activities. All children will receive a goody bag. Don't miss out on a fantastic night! 


Please RSVP to Rachel Levy at racheldayson@hotmail.com or 617-458-1294, or go to http://sepac.maynardschools.org.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

REFUSE TO USE ….YOU’RE NEVER ALONE CONTEST:  NOVEMBER 30, 2014

The Maynard Elks and the Maynard Emblem Club are pleased to announce they will be hosting the “Refuse to Use ….You’re Never Alone” Drug Awareness Program at the Maynard Public Schools.  In conjunction with the Maynard Public Schools and Maynard Police Department the Maynard Elks/Emblem Club is collecting 8 ½ x 11 posters from children in grades 3-5 and 150 word essays from children in grades 6-8.  There will be prizes for the best girl and boy poster and best girl and boy essay.  The winning posters and essays will be submitted for consideration in next year’s Elks Drug Awareness Coloring book!  The child may also be considered for a National prize!  Posters and essay will become the property of the Elks and must include the name of the student, gender, age, school grade, telephone number, address and name of the teacher.  Judges will be members of the Elks, school community and Maynard Police Department.  Deadline for posters and essays is November 30, 2014.  Winners will be announced in the Maynard Elks newsletter and this Superintendent's weekly blog. 

The National Board Of Elks has partnered with the Office of National Drug Control, Drug Enforcement Agency, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration and Marvel Comics to provide this program.  The Massachusetts division of the Elks spent more than $140,000 last year to provide drug education.  This is a great program and an opportunity for the Maynard Elks to bring funding into the Maynard Schools to provide this program.Any child interested in participating in this contest can pick up a Drug Awareness baggie from the Principals Office at their school.  The baggie will include the rules of the contest a coloring book and a word find puzzles.  There will be some information on alcohol and tobacco prevention for kids grade 5 -8. 

Maynard High School is placed on the 5th Annual Advanced Placement Honor Roll

I am excited to announce that I received an email today from the College Board.  They have placed Maynard High School on the 5th annual Advanced Placement Honor Roll.  Maynard is one of 547 school districts selected in the U.S. and Canada.  I congratulated the Guidance and Administration for their hard work toward this accomplishment.

Central Office Relocation Update

The central office relocation from the Coolidge School to Fowler is on target to be conducted during the vacation week from December 24th through January 5th.  Any business that needs to be conducted with the central office can be done at the Coolidge School before December 24th and at the Fowler school after January 6th.

We didn't want there to be any confusion as you may have seen the new sidewalk being installed last week or the will see the move of the central office sign from Coolidge to Fowler next week.  Other facility and security preparations are projected to be completed on time and we are excited to begin central office business from Fowler in the new year.

Announcing the Maynard SEPAC  5thAnnual Winter Social

The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will be hosting its 5th Annual Winter Social on Monday, December 8th, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The Winter Social will be held in the Green Meadow Elementary cafeteria located at 5 Tiger Drive in Maynard. All students receiving Special Education services in Maynard are invited, as well as their parents, and siblings. Students in the Best Buddies program from Maynard High School will be on hand to help out.

This free event will feature crafts, activities, snacks and fun for the entire family. Exciting prizes will be raffled off for adult partygoers. All proceeds from the raffle will be used to help pay for future SEPAC activities. All children will receive a goody bag. Don't miss out on a fantastic night! 

Please RSVP to Rachel Levy at racheldayson@hotmail.com or 617-458-1294, or go to http://sepac.maynardschools.org.

Thank you from the Maynard Music Association Casino Night Fundraiser Committee

The Maynard Music Association (MMA) hosted its sixth annual casino Game night fundraiser on November 1st and enjoyed great success in raising over $11,000 to support the needs of band and chorus students at Fowler School and Maynard High School.

Our deepest appreciation goes to the local business community, parents, music teachers and other staff, students, and community leaders who provided support.  Casino Game Night would not have been possible without the support of so many people.  Thank you to all who contributed.  If we have inadvertently left anyone out, please know that your efforts are greatly appreciated!

Mark your calendars for next year's Casino Game Night on November 7th, 2015 at the Maynard Elks.  We look forward to your future support of our student musicians and choral students through this worthy fundraiser!

Bonnie Wilson, Chairperson
MMA Casino Nigh Committee

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.

RECREATION BASKETBALL LEAGUES  (Gr. 3- 8)

Winter Maynard In-Town League for boys & girls in grades 2- 8 are beginning.  Practices will begin the week of December 1, with the first games on December 6. Program will run through mid-February.

Players will be evaluated to form balanced* teams for  in-town leagues (boys and girls have separate leagues).  Boys leagues organized by grade: 3/4th grade, 5/6 grade and 7/8th grade, **Girls Leagues are Gr. 2/3, Gr. 4/5 & Gr. 6 - 8.  These leagues are open to all Maynard children registering until all teams have been filled. Teams will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Every effort is made to accommodate all registrations. 

Please note that Recreation Basketball is not select; all players regardless of  skill level are welcome in Recreation Basketball.) Teams have one hour long practice per week and games are held on Saturdays. This league operates with adult volunteers and paid referees. The success of the program greatly depends on full participation. Volunteers interested in coaching or being a parent manager should notify the Boys and Girls Club at 978-461-2871.

Fee: $100/player 
Family Max: $250 Family fee can only be processed in person at the Boys and Girls Club, sorry no internet registration for family fee.   

** We are currently in the process of restructuring the girls recreation program to help boost participation and team numbers.

 To balance teams, players must attend evaluations. Recreation evaluations will be conducted on Saturday, November 15th at the Boys & Girls Club.  

Now Accepting Registrations for Kindergarten & 1st and 2nd Grade Basketball
Kindergarten and 1st & 2nd Grade Programs 
 Session 1: 12/6-1/17 (No Class 12/27)
Session 2: 1/24*-2/28
*Session 2 start date may be adjusted if there are weather cancellations for Session 1.
Club Member Fee: $65 per session
Non-Member Fee: $75 per session
Location: Fowler School

Kinder-Dribblers, Grade: Kindergarten, Game Time: 9:00am
Kinder-Dribblers is a great introductory course to the skills of basketball.  This is a co-ed program for all Kindergartners interested in learning the game of basketball.  These little sporties will be learning the basics and having a great time putting their excess energy to good use! Lowered hoops will be used.  (Max 40)

Co-Ed Biddy Basketball, Grades: 1st & 2nd
Game Time: 10:15am 
Come develop your basketball skills with The Boys & Girls Club!
Fundamentals and skill development emphasized in a fun atmosphere. League consists of coach assisted scrimmages. Let’s play some hoops!!! Lowered hoops will be used. (Max 40)

To register, please log onto www.bgcav.org or for questions please email Nick at cacciolfi@bgcav.org.  





Friday, November 7, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

‘Be Fit Be Cool’ comes to MHS

On November 4, 2014 Maynard High School hosted an exciting presentation on Wellness & Fitness for all 8th graders.  The program is part of a Healthy Nutrition & Exercise Awareness Campaign offered to middle schools across the country by the American Association of Physicians of India Origin (AAPI).  All students attending the “Be Fit Be Cool” activity attended a brief presentation on Nutrition and Exercise. Students and teachers wrapped up the event with a 20-25 minute mile walk around the new campus track and a healthy snack. 
In addition Dr. Bharti Kharana, a radiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a member of AAPI arranged for a generous donation of over $1000 to be made to Maynard High School. The donation will be used to purchase fitness equipment such as pedometers, another way to record the miles they will walk in Physical Education/Wellness classes; resistance bands to strengthen their muscles; stop watches for circuit training, and the much sought after Hippity Hop Bouncers to help develop their legs. This additional equipment will assist in promoting the health and fitness of all our students. The event was arranged with the support of staff members Nancy Griffin, Pat Trahman, Purnima Vadhara, Trish DeMars and the eighth grade teachers.

Band and Chorus Holiday Pie Fund Raiser

The HS band and chorus students are selling pies, just in time for Thanksgiving and the holidays!  If you would like some pie (no work for you, they come frozen and you pop them in the oven right before serving), please ask any HS band or chorus member.
Thanks so much for supporting the HS musicians!

Sales will run through next Friday (Nov. 14). The pies are absolutely delicious!
Mile High Apple, Pumpkin, Chocolate, Mixed Berry, Blueberry, etc.
All proceeds will help the kids pay for their national competition and cultural trip to Washington DC.

Sincerely,
Cindy Blanchard

RECREATION BASKETBALL LEAGUES  (Gr. 3- 8)

Winter Maynard In-Town League for boys & girls in grades 2- 8 are beginning.  Practices will begin the week of December 1, with the first games on December 6. Program will run through mid-February.

Players will be evaluated to form balanced* teams for  in-town leagues (boys and girls have separate leagues).  Boys leagues organized by grade: 3/4th grade, 5/6 grade and 7/8th grade, **Girls Leagues are Gr. 2/3, Gr. 4/5 & Gr. 6 - 8.  These leagues are open to all Maynard children registering until all teams have been filled. Teams will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Every effort is made to accommodate all registrations. 

Please note that Recreation Basketball is not select; all players regardless of  skill level are welcome in Recreation Basketball.) Teams have one hour long practice per week and games are held on Saturdays. This league operates with adult volunteers and paid referees. The success of the program greatly depends on full participation. Volunteers interested in coaching or being a parent manager should notify the Boys and Girls Club at 978-461-2871.

Fee: $100/player 
Family Max: $250 Family fee can only be processed in person at the Boys and Girls Club, sorry no internet registration for family fee.   

** We are currently in the process of restructuring the girls recreation program to help boost participation and team numbers.

 To balance teams, players must attend evaluations. Recreation evaluations will be conducted on Saturday, November 15th at the Boys & Girls Club.  

Now Accepting Registrations for Kindergarten & 1st and 2nd Grade Basketball
Kindergarten and 1st & 2nd Grade Programs 
 Session 1: 12/6-1/17 (No Class 12/27)
Session 2: 1/24*-2/28
*Session 2 start date may be adjusted if there are weather cancellations for Session 1.
Club Member Fee: $65 per session
Non-Member Fee: $75 per session
Location: Fowler School

Kinder-Dribblers, Grade: Kindergarten, Game Time: 9:00am
Kinder-Dribblers is a great introductory course to the skills of basketball.  This is a co-ed program for all Kindergartners interested in learning the game of basketball.  These little sporties will be learning the basics and having a great time putting their excess energy to good use! Lowered hoops will be used.  (Max 40)

Co-Ed Biddy Basketball, Grades: 1st & 2nd
Game Time: 10:15am 
Come develop your basketball skills with The Boys & Girls Club!
Fundamentals and skill development emphasized in a fun atmosphere. League consists of coach assisted scrimmages. Let’s play some hoops!!! Lowered hoops will be used. (Max 40)

To register, please log onto www.bgcav.org or for questions please email Nick at cacciolfi@bgcav.org.  

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.

Health and Wellness Reminders and Improvements

Changing traditions on behalf of improving youth nutrition is always challenging.  We took a big step last year by eliminating student celebrations during the school day around foods or food products.   However, having these regulations in place for a second year should make it easier for everyone to forget the past and develop new traditions.

This year the Health and Wellness Committee met and worked with the Maynard Food Service Program Director to phase out the non-nutritious snacks in the snack shack at Fowler.  Similar to last year, this change in tradition may be difficult when first implemented.  However, in the long run it is in our students best interest to provide healthy food choices at school.

Fall cleaning and a way to support the MHS PTO

There is a new big, white recycling container on Tiger Drive, just past the high school student parking lot on the way to the Fowler school called Big Hearted Books.  This container accepts Books, DVD’s, CD’s, records (anyone remember those?), Video Games, etc.  All proceeds go to the MHS PTO to be used toward the teacher luncheon, scholarships, guest speakers and other events funded by them.  As you  do your fall cleaning please consider donating your items here. 

Support Remembering Maynard's Own

Remembering Maynard's Own, an organization that pays for student activity fees for students in need, is selling athletics themed district calendars. Each calendar has the 9 month district calendar on one sheet of paper that can be easily placed on the refrigerator or the wall. Calendars are $10 for adults and $7 for students! Please see Mr. Caruso or Ms. Diane Dahill for details and purchase.