Saturday, January 31, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

Please join the Maynard SEPAC for their monthly meeting: 

On Monday, February 2nd at 7pm, the Maynard SEPAC will meet in the Fowler library. Director of Student Services, Jill Greene, will be on hand to give updates on Special Education in Maynard.  Topics for discussion will be the most recent Special Education survey, parent discussion groups, the status of current programming, staff, district initiatives, and professional development plans. This event is free and open to the public. 

Please RSVP to sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us or call 978-897-2705.

Maynard High School Coffee with the Principal

Principal Caragianes has asked me to participate in the upcoming Maynard High School Coffee with the Principal.  As he always strives to maximize opportunities for all families to participate, there will be an evening and morning coffee scheduled to accommodate everyone's calendar.  The dates and times for the upcoming events are:

Monday February 9th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
                                                                        
Tuesday February 10th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

Please join us in our beautiful Maynard High School Media Center for coffee and an opportunity to for discussions about Maynard High School and the greater school community. 

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.

Maynard Youth Basketball Announcements

The Boys & Girls Club of Assbet Valley is excited to announce that Maynard Youth Basketball will be holding our second Annual Alumni Basketball Game on February 7, 2015 from 6 PM - 12AM. 

The first part of the evening will consist of two basketball games of MHS Alumni and current high school basketball players.  MHS players from 1988-1999 will be playing MHS players from 2000-2009 at 6pm.  The second game of the evening will be MHS players from 2010-2014 playing against the current MHS high school players at 7pm, both at Maynard High School Gym. 

When the games end we will all head to the Maynard Lodge of Elks for raffles, silent auctions, 50/50 drawings, light food, and a cash bar.  All money raised will help our basketball program with gym costs, league costs, replacement uniforms, and allowing every child a chance to play basketball in Maynard regardless of financial ability.  The tickets for the evening are $20 (Game and Elks), $15 (Just the Elks) and $5 for just the games and will be available at the Boys and Girls Club starting January 20th.  Tickets can also be purchased at the gate on the night of the event.   
  
We need your help with this event!! The following positions need to be filled to help make this amazing, fun fundraiser a success:

1.  2-3 volunteers for following up on the letters for sponsors, raffle prizes, and food donations.
2.  4-5 volunteers to work the concessions at the game between 5:15pm-7:30pm (Halftime of the 2nd game) (45 minute shifts)
3.  2  volunteers to work the gate at the game from 5:15pm-7:15pm
4.  2 volunteers to work the door at the Elks from 8:00pm - 9:00pm (collect and check wristbands)
5.  4-5  volunteers  to sell raffle tickets and 50/50 squares from 8:00pm -9:30pm (1/2 hour shifts)

To volunteer or for questions, please email Wendy Allegrone-Leslie at allegrone@bgcav.org.

SEPAC Support Group:  Managing Life with a Special Needs Child

Are you a parent of a child with special needs and find that daily life can wear you down?
Would you like to gather with other parents in a positive and supportive group to share feelings, perspectives, and resources?

The Maynard SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) is creating a Parent Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs between the ages of 4 and 7 years old.
This confidential and interactive group will be moderated by Patty Marquis, LICSW, and will meet together for a six-week session.  The focus will be on sharing thoughts and practices in an effort to find practical, everyday “solutions” to the problems and challenges faced by a family raising a child with special needs.

Participants will discuss a range of topics including:

·         Lifestyle changes in home and family
·         Impact on marriages, family relationships, and friendships
·         Parental stress management
·         Developing a plan for effectively managing your child’s routines and behaviors

The group will meet for a six-week session on Monday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 am at the Maynard Town Hall Community Room beginning on February 2nd.  The size of the group is limited and parents are asked to commit to attending all 6 sessions for continuity of the group dynamics.  If you are interested in the group, please contact Jessica O’Toole for more information at sepacsec@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-0650.




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