Friday, April 1, 2016

Superintendent's Notes

An Evening with Fernando Reimers

Wednesday night "An Evening with Fernando Reimers" went extremely well.  He talked about how his current book compares the teaching and learning of 21st century skills in six different countries.  He identified the importance global learning, social emotional learning, tolerance, and applied learning to the development of good citizens that will contribute to the economic health of any country.  He shared some policy mistakes that our country and state have made in the past and identified some of the promising practices in countries like Singapore and states like Wisconsin.  

Every time I have met Dr. Reimers, I learn something new.  He helps me to understand how local and parochial my opinions have been and opens my eyes to a world view.  While I was familiar with the International Bill of Human rights, I did not know the history of Eleanor Roosevelt's role in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Also, I did not know the progress that has been made in the last 60 years as a result of these efforts  This greater perspective makes us question what we can do in the United States to improve equality and equity here.  For more information on this topic, Dr. Reimers shared this 16 minute speech on the following link:


Doctor Reimers also shared the following two related documents for your reading pleasure as well:



For anyone who missed "An Evening with Fernando Reimers" at Maynard High School, his presentation was videotaped by our wonderful students in WAVM.  They will be airing this presentation soon on television and will then put it on the website for on demand viewing. 

2016-2017 Bus Registration

Bus registration for the 2016-2017 school year will begin on May 9, 2016.  Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at 3-R Tiger Drive.  Registration Forms will be available on our website and all school offices starting on May 6.  No forms will be accepted before May 9.  There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the 1st student; $220 for the 2nd or more.

Note:  If you have a student entering 7th grade  at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.

School Pesticide Notification

This notification is being sent to you in conformance with the Children’s & Families Protection Act (Chapter 85 of the Acts of 2000).  The Act requires we notify you when pesticides are applied on the outside of public and private schools, day care centers and school age child care programs.

We are having Fowler School, 3 Tiger Drive and Green Meadow Elementary School, 5 Tiger Drive,  treated with the Sentricon Termite Baiting System in response to the presence of termites.  We selected this treatment method to reduce risk and hazard to our student population and staff.  At various times during the course of the year, the Waltham Services Company may remove monitoring devices placed below ground in plastic holding stations and replace them with baits lethal to termites.  The pesticide bait is non-volatile and not accessible or visible from above.

Please feel free to call me at the Business Office at 978-897-8251, Mr. Mela, principal at Fowler School at 978-897-6700 or Mrs. Dankner, principal at Green Meadow at 978-897-8246 should you have questions.

Website:  www.mass.gov/agr, then follow the links to the Children’s Protection page

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.

Caregiver Workshop in Maynard

Minuteman Senior Services and the Maynard Council on aging are partnering to offer a workshop for family caregivers. Caring for a relative, a friend or someone with a chronic illness can be stressful physically, emotionally and financially.

The Powerful Tools for Caregivers six week class is designed to provide family caregivers with the skills they need to take care of themselves.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers will help participants to:

·         Reduce Stress
·         Improve self-confidence
·         Create life balance
·         Better communicate feelings
·         Increase ability to make tough decisions
·         Locate helpful resources

An informational coffee will take place on April 7 at 1pm at the Maynard Council on Aging and will provide an opportunity to meet leaders and learn more about the program. Cost for the workshop is FREE thanks to grant funding from the Foundation for MetroWest and the Maynard Community Chest.

Details:

Informational Coffee: April 7 @ 1pm

Workshop Dates: Mondays, April 14 – May 19

Time:  2 PM – 3:30 PM
Class meets once per week for 6 weeks

Location:  Maynard Council on Aging, 50 Brown Street, Maynard

Contact:  Amy Loveless at  978-698-4844

Registration is required. Please register early as space is limited.


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