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 www.Facebook.com/MaynardFarmersMarket

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 odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us

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.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

Maynard Girl Scout Registration Tonight

The Maynard Girl Scouts will be holding a registration night, Tonight, Friday, September 11th at the Green Meadow School, 5:30-7:00.   All Girls from Kindergarten to 12th grade who are interested in joining are welcome.  

They are also looking for adult volunteers to help lead troops.  The wonderful Girl Scout Volunteers make our troops possible!

Anyone interested in joining can also register online at hergirlscouts.org and find Join/Participate at the bottom of the web page or contact Maynard's Girl Scout Registrar, Colleen Andrade at colleen02453@gmail.com.

Class of 2018 Halloween Costum Sale Fundraiser

The costume sale date is 9/26/15. All unsold costumes will be donated to local charities.

The class of 2018 is currently accepting recycled costumes from 9/8/15 to 9/24/15.  Please wash costumes before dropping them off in the boxes located in the lobby near the main office of each school.

For answers to any of your questions contact odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us

Who wants to win a free iPad Mini?

This year the Maynard Public Schools will be giving away one iPad Mini at each school to families that have filled out the Free and Reduced Meals Form.  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.

In regard to confidentiality, with the new electronic systems, it is very hard for other students to know who is receiving free or reduced lunch.  As a convenience for parents, we have the Free and Reduced Meals On Line Application that can be filled out electronically at:


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.

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.

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.

Maynard Library Survey

The Maynard Public Library is a great partner with the Maynard Public Schools.  Stephen Weiner, the Director of the Maynard Public Library is working on long range planning for the library and has asked me to reach out to the school community.  He has a survey that he will help them gather information at :

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MaynardLibrary

Paper versions of this survey can be found at the library, Town Hall, COA and the Middlesex Bank branch on Nason Street. You can return your paper survey in collection boxes at any of these locations.

Change in Food Service Management

Our new Food Service company is Whitsons School Nutrition.  They have an introductory letter that we have posted on our website at:

https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/food-services-in-maynard-schools/home

The Maynard Public Schools Business Office suggested that I relay this information to our school community. 

"Our school cafeterias are now managed by Whitsons School Nutrition.  Chris Piercey is the Maynard Food Service Manager with an office at the Fowler School.

Much will stay the same with our food service program.  Our wonderful cafeteria staff will continue to work in their positions.  From the customer perspective, payment for all cafeteria accounts will continue as it has in the past.

One change you will notice is in the variety of meal options, especially at Fowler and the High School.  We had an opportunity to sample some of the lunch options this week including:  pizza, calzone, Boars Head deli wraps, Tex-Mex and more.  All of the food met the national health standards and was still delicious!

Each school's website will have a link to the Cafeteria Menus - which is a Whitson's webpage.  From there, families and staff can download the breakfast and lunch menus.  Check out the menu here:  


There will also be a separate link on each schools page showing families how to apply for Free/Reduced Lunch.   We encourage families to apply online, it is quicker and easier than the traditional paper applications.  Paper applications are available in the school offices if needed.  

This web page will also include information on how to sign up with MySchoolBucks.com.  This website is a great tool for families to monitor what cafeteria purchases and payments have been made.  Users also have the option to make a payment towards their cafeteria account, but making online payments is not required.  We encourage everyone (including staff) to sign up with MySchoolBucks.com so they can keep track of their cafeteria account balance. 

Another change is that all lunch applications will now be handled in the Business office, not by the cafeteria.  Families, may receive an email next week letting them know what their account balance currently is.  The business office will be reviewing the practice of carrying account balances.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chris Piercey at cpiercey@maynard.k12.ma.us>" (Maynard Business Office)



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Superintendent's Notes - Heat Precautions

Dear School Community,

There has been discussion across the state in regard to the high heat today and potential school cancellations expected tomorrow due to the weather .  At this time, cancellation of school in Maynard is not a consideration.  However, we will be monitoring the conditions in all of the schools.  Only in extreme situations would the Maynard Public Schools consider an early release.  To be proactive, I felt it was important to let our school community know what measures the Maynard Public Schools take under these circumstances.  

The new Maynard High School is equipped with a system that conditions the air and reduces the humidity.  Principal Caragianes reported that the building was comfortable today.  All principals are making sure that students and staff have access to water in order to maintain hydration.  

The Fowler and Green Meadow Schools have limited areas of air conditioning.  Some areas in these building are warmer than others and the principals work with the staff to find alternate locations when necessary.  Principals may also limit recess or hold indoor recess as needed.  School health professionals are available to monitor students and staff. 

Parent may exercise their right to keep a child home from school if they feel attendance will have a negative impact on the health of their child/children.  Please notify the school office about an absence so that the administration will be aware of student attendance.

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.

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.

Maynard Library Survey

The Maynard Public Library is a great partner with the Maynard Public Schools.  Stephen Weiner, the Director of the Maynard Public Library is working on long range planning for the library and has asked me to reach out to the school community.  He has a survey that he will help them gather information at :

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MaynardLibrary

Paper versions of this survey can be found at the library, Town Hall, COA and the Middlesex Bank branch on Nason Street. You can return your paper survey in collection boxes at any of these locations.

Change in Food Service Management

Our new Food Service company is Whitsons School Nutrition.  They have an introductory letter that we have posted on our website at:

https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/food-services-in-maynard-schools/home

The Maynard Public Schools Business Office suggested that I relay this information to our school community. 

"Our school cafeterias are now managed by Whitsons School Nutrition.  Chris Piercey is the Maynard Food Service Manager with an office at the Fowler School.

Much will stay the same with our food service program.  Our wonderful cafeteria staff will continue to work in their positions.  From the customer perspective, payment for all cafeteria accounts will continue as it has in the past.

One change you will notice is in the variety of meal options, especially at Fowler and the High School.  We had an opportunity to sample some of the lunch options this week including:  pizza, calzone, Boars Head deli wraps, Tex-Mex and more.  All of the food met the national health standards and was still delicious!

Each school's website will have a link to the Cafeteria Menus - which is a Whitson's webpage.  From there, families and staff can download the breakfast and lunch menus.  Check out the menu here:  


There will also be a separate link on each schools page showing families how to apply for Free/Reduced Lunch.   We encourage families to apply online, it is quicker and easier than the traditional paper applications.  Paper applications are available in the school offices if needed.  

This web page will also include information on how to sign up with MySchoolBucks.com.  This website is a great tool for families to monitor what cafeteria purchases and payments have been made.  Users also have the option to make a payment towards their cafeteria account, but making online payments is not required.  We encourage everyone (including staff) to sign up with MySchoolBucks.com so they can keep track of their cafeteria account balance. 

Another change is that all lunch applications will now be handled in the Business office, not by the cafeteria.  Families, may receive an email next week letting them know what their account balance currently is.  The business office will be reviewing the practice of carrying account balances.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chris Piercey at cpiercey@maynard.k12.ma.us>" (Maynard Business Office)

Friday, September 4, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

The First Week of School

We have had a fabulous opening of the 2015-16 school year.  Staff have been receiving professional development since Monday.  On Thursday I had the opportunity to visit classrooms full of students.  The staff are ready and the students have begun learning. 

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 the Maynard Public Schools Curriculum Director, Jennifer Gaudet.  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.

Maynard Library Survey

The Maynard Public Library is a great partner with the Maynard Public Schools.  The Director of the Maynard Public Library, Stephen Weiner, is working on long range planning for the Library Board of Trustees.  He has asked me to reach out to the school community and request that you participate in a survey that will help them gather information at :


Paper versions of this survey can be found at the library, Town Hall, COA, and the Middlesex Bank branch on Nason Street. You can return your paper survey in collection boxes at any of these locations.

Change in Food Service Management

Our new Food Service company is Whitsons School Nutrition.  They have information and if you scroll down you will find an introductory letter that we have posted on our website at:


The Maynard Public Schools Business Office suggested that I relay the following information to our school community. 

"Our school cafeterias are now managed by Whitsons School Nutrition.  Chris Piercey is the Maynard Food Service Manager with an office at the Fowler School.

Much will stay the same with our food service program.  Our wonderful cafeteria staff will continue to work in their positions.  From the customer perspective, payment for all cafeteria accounts will continue as it has in the past.

One change you will notice is in the variety of meal options, especially at Fowler and the High School.  We had an opportunity to sample some of the lunch options this week including:  pizza, calzone, Boars Head deli wraps, Tex-Mex and more.  All of the food met the national health standards and was still delicious!

Each school's website will have a link to the Cafeteria Menus - which is a Whitson's webpage.  From there, families and staff can download the breakfast and lunch menus.  Check out the menu here:  

http://schools.whitsons.com/ma/maynard-public-schools?page=menu

There will also be a separate link on each schools page showing families how to apply for Free/Reduced Lunch.   We encourage families to apply online, it is quicker and easier than the traditional paper applications.  Paper applications are available in the school offices if needed.  

This web page will also include information on how to sign up with MySchoolBucks.com.  This website is a great tool for families to monitor what cafeteria purchases and payments have been made.  Users also have the option to make a payment towards their cafeteria account, but making online payments is not required.  We encourage everyone (including staff) to sign up with MySchoolBucks.com so they can keep track of their cafeteria account balance. 

Another change is that all lunch applications will now be handled in the Business office, not by the cafeteria.  Families, may receive an email next week letting them know what their account balance currently is.  The business office will be reviewing the practice of carrying account balances.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chris Piercey at cpiercey@maynard.k12.ma.us>" (Maynard Business Office)


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.

School Crossing Guard Needed

This position will be hired by the Maynard Police Department.  The position will be at the Maynard High School driveway from 7:00 - 8:00 am and 1:50 to 2:15 pm.  The compensation is $14.98 per hour (2 hours each day for 180 days).


If you are interested, contact Sgt. Balzotti at the Maynard Police Department at (978) 897-1011.