Friday, January 9, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

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 or 978-897-0650.

Green Meadow School Preschool Information Night

Preschool Information Night will be held on January 15, 2015.  The hours will be from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm.  The Preschool program is NAEYC Accredited and follows guidelines from the Department of Early Education and Care.  Both Full day and half day classes are offered.

During the evening you will have a chance to view the classrooms, learn about the curriculum and meet the staff.  We welcome you to come and learn more about this wonderful program.

MHS Band and Chorus Fundraiser

The Maynard High School Band and Chorus will be having a group fundraiser at Papa Gino's in Stow on Thursday, January 15th from 4 pm to 9 pm. 20% of total sales will go to help decrease the overall costs for their trip to Washington DC in April.  A flyer must be brought in with each order.  That flyer can be found on the Maynard Public Schools website at:

This link brings you to the Documents to Download page.  On the left hand side you will see a document labeled Papa Gino's Fundraiser.pdf.  If you click on the word download you can print the flyer needed.

Both dine-in and take-out orders are included in this fundraiser.  Come bring the whole family - no cooking or dishes to be done and the band and chorus will benefit!   Please note that coupons are not accepted with the flyer. Thank you for your support!

Central Office Relocation Update

The central office relocation from the Coolidge School to the Fowler School is complete.  All visitors to the central office must enter through the 3 R Tiger Drive entrance which is the furthest door to the right (when facing the front of the Fowler School).  

The central office hours continue to be 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  However, often individual administrators make themselves available beyond the general operating hour.

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.

Kindergarten Registration for 2015-2016

The Green Meadow School will be holding Kindergarten Registration for the 2015-2016 school year on Tuesday, January 13th from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, January 14th from 9:00 a.m. to noon and Thursday, January 15th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  There will also be an evening registration on Wednesday, January 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Children must be 5 years old before September 1, 2015 to enter kindergarten. At registration, parents must present their child’s birth certificate, record of immunizations, recent physical exam, and proof of Maynard residency.  This could be a utility bill, a lease, or a tax receipt.  Driver’s licenses will not be accepted as proof of residency.  If you have any questions, please call Green Meadow School at 978-897-8246.

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