Friday, September 25, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

Who wants to possibly qualify for low cost Internet and a chance to win a free iPad Mini?

Internet Essentials from Comcast offers low-cost Internet service, computer equipment and free digital literacy training to families with at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program.  You can learn more about this at the following link:

You will never know if you qualify for the National School Lunch Program unless you fill out the Free and Reduced Meals On Line Application that can be filled out electronically at:

Even if you don't qualify for the National School Lunch Program, the Maynard Public Schools
will be giving away one iPad Mini at each school to a family from each school that has filled out the Free and Reduced Meals Form regardless just for participating in the on line application process. 

We are encouraging participation in filling out these forms because the state funding formula for our schools can be improved by more accurate reporting.  Many people do not fill out the form because they do not think they will qualify or for issues around confidentiality.  Even if you do not think you will qualify, we are encouraging 100% participation in filling out the forms so that we can be as accurate as possible.  Anyone regardless of if they qualify will be eligible to win the iPad Mini if they fill out the form.

If you prefer hard copies of the Free and Reduced Meals Form, they can be found by asking the secretary in the office at each school. Please fill out the forms as soon as possible to be eligible.

End of Farmers' Market Season Approaches

Saturday, Sept 26th is the final Maynard Farmers' Market of the 2015 season at the Mill Pond parking lot on Main St. at Clock Tower Place.  In addition to the weekly vendors with bountiful end-of-summer and fall produce, meats, baked goods, and wine, Nashoba Valley Extracts attends with their custom vanilla blends and other flavored cooking extracts.

This week’s artisans are Sue Dill Art Glass and Betty Vitale Bead Jewelry. Assabet Valley Chiropractic & PT will be at the Wellness Tent for consultations and the Maynard Community Gardeners are at the Community table. Kids can make faerie houses with Lady Tara and the staff from Charmed and at the Music tent, the Hip Swayers will entertain with an eclectic mix of originals and covers. The Market runs Saturday 9 a.m. – 1pm, rain or shine. 

On Oct 3rd, participating vendors Applefield Farm, Brigham Farm, Cookie Lady Treats, Kiff Foods, and Pete & Jen’s Backyard Birds will be downtown by CVS from 9 am-3:30 pm as part of Maynard Fest. Parking will be available in the Walnut Street parking lot as well as the Mill Pond parking lot. For the latest updates, visit

Playground Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Thursday afternoon the new Fowler playground ceremony was held.  The officials in attendance in the picture below are (from left to right): David Gavin - Board of Selectmen, Mary Mertsch - School Committee Member, Justin Hemm, School Committee Assistant Chair, Dawn Capello - School Committee Chair, Dr. M. John Dwyer - CPC Chair, Bob Gerardi - Superintendent, Representative Kate Hogan, Jeff  Mela - Fowler Principal

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.

Class of 2018 Halloween Costume Sale

Halloween Costumes will be available starting at $5.  The will be sold in the Maynard High School Gym (1 Tiger Drive) on September 26th from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM.  There will also be a bake sale on the same day.  For answers to any of your questions, please contact Olga Doktorov at

Smartest Kids in the World Book Discussion

Maynard Public Schools is hosting a book discussion of Amanda Ripley’s Smartest Kids In the World on September 30 from 7:00-8:00 PM at Maynard High School.  

Launched as the Maynard Public Schools first “Community Summer Read” last spring, Ripely’s account of three diverse education cultures provides an excellent starting point for our community to discuss what kind of educational culture we want in Maynard.  This discussion will be led by Jennifer Gaudet, the Maynard Public Schools Curriculum Director.  Please join us and other faculty and staff to share your thoughts on the book and your vision for education in Maynard.

To find out more about Smartest Kids in the World, here is a link to the New York Time’s Review for this book.  There are several copies of the book available at the Maynard Public Library.  While we certainly recommend this book as a great read, by no means is reading the book required for you to join this discussion.  In fact, we are really interested in gaining our communities perspective on education and the book discussion will just facilitate that.

So we can adequately prepare refreshments, please RSVP by filling out this brief form or calling Colleen Moore at 978-897-2222.  We look forward to seeing you on September 30 at 7:00 PM at the High School for this important conversation.

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