Monday, January 25, 2016

Superintendent's Blog

ABC of Resources For Families

Do you know what community resources are around you for you and your child?  Where can you look for adaptive or inclusive activities?  Where can you find a support group?  How does -MassHealth work?  Are there any online resources to connect you with other families?  Who can you turn to when you need answers?  Knowledge is power!  Come to the Maynard SEPAC’s “ABC of Resources For Families” on Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:00 pm at the Maynard Fowler School Library to learn more about various programs, organizations, services, newsletters and websites that could assist you in the journey of raising your child on an IEP.

SEPAC board members and other parents have compiled a variety of resources for you for the presentation and  will also be available to answer questions.  There are lots of resources and services out there to take advantage of, but first you have to know where to find them!  

Please RSVP to Jen Scott at 
sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-2735 to attend. Free and open to the public.

Hoax Bomb Threat Questions and Answers

There has been a lot of concern about the hoax bomb threats in Massachusetts and other states.  I am pleased to report that Maynard has not had a bomb threat yet.  However, we have been prepared to deal with this for quite a while. 

Maynard Schools, Police, and Fire have worked collaboratively on the development of crisis teams and general emergency preparedness.  In regard to bomb threats specifically, in addition to our internal protocols, we a statewide document titled Massachusetts Bomb Threat Response Guidance and additional guidance documents from the US Department of Homeland Security.

I would like to answer some general questions that I have heard from parents about evacuations which might happen during a bomb threat.  Those questions include:

Q-1. IF we have to evacuate a school where do the staff and students go?

A-1. In an evacuation, each school has a location at the next closest school to evacuate to.  If the whole school campus is in jeopardy, the Police have arranged an offsite location at the Mill and Main for all of our students and staff to go to.

Q-2.  During an evacuation are all students and staff accounted for?

A-2  The administration and staff make sure all students, staff, and visitors are accounted for during any evacuation whether it be for a fire drill or a bomb threat.

Q-3.  How would students standing around during an evacuation requiring dismissal be dismissed or do parents and friends randomly pick children up?

A-3.  The administrative team bring the dismissal approval cards parents fill out with them to the evacuation site.  We have planned for the extreme event that a dismissal would take place away from the school.  In that scenario the busses, walkers, and family or friend pickups with approvals would happen just as they do at the school.

I hope this is helpful information.  Please feel free to email any other concerns to me that would be good to share with the 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.

Discovery Museum Speaker Series

The next presentation is titled "Helping Children Succeed: Facilitating Children's Intrinsic Motivation in a Pressured World" by Wendy Grolnick. This event is being held on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 6:45 pm to 8:45 at the Congregation Beth Elohim, 133 Prospect Street, Acton, MA.  More information and registration can be found at the following link: 

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=bafbc1a6-412f-48b5-b91a-a2eb3075ae9b&c=0d271550-431b-11e3-8fa4-d4ae526edc76&ch=0e529d00-431b-11e3-90e0-d4ae526edc76

Maynard Food Pantry Volunteers Needed

The Maynard Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to assist with a new initiative.  The commitment will be 2 hours/every other week or more, if you’d like.  Volunteers must be able to lift 7-8 lb bags; have a mini-van or truck with cover for transport; and be organized and reliable.

Shifts that will be available are: Tuesday – 10 AM to 12 PM; Wednesday – 10 AM to 12 PM; Thursday – 10 AM to 12 PM; Friday – 9 AM to 10:30 AM.

If you would like additional information or would like to help with this very worthwhile effort, please contact Audrey Wiseley via email at awiseley@gmail.com or text 781-859-9991.
Thank you!


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