Friday, December 22, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

Happy Holidays

As we enter the school vacation, I would like to wish everyone a happy new year.  2018 will be a great opportunity for a strong finish to our already amazing school year.

Music Program Recognitions

This week we had the Fowler and Maynard High School winter concerts.  As always, the performances were exceptional.  The staff and students dedicate many hours in preparation for these performances and their accomplishments are laudable!

A special thank you should be extended to the Maynard Music Association (MMA).  They fund raise to provide enrichment opportunities.  One of those opportunities was a request by Mr. Kozik for a composition to be written specifically for the Fowler band to practice and learn.  The composition is Maynard themed with a title "Tiger: The Shadow Hunter."  It was composed by Randall D. Standridge.  The premier performance of "Tiger: The Shadow Hunter was performed by the 7th and 8th grade band at the Fowler Winter Concert.

Green Meadow Kindergarten Registration

The Green Meadow School will be holding Kindergarten Registration for the 2018-2019 school year on Tuesday, January 9th from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, January 10th from 9:00 a.m. to noon and Thursday, January 11th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  There will also be an evening registration on Wednesday, January 10th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Children must be 5 years old before September 1, 2018 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.

Green Meadow Preschool Information Night

Green Meadow School offers an integrated preschool program, accredited by NAEYC, that is open to all Maynard residents.  We will be holding an Information Night on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 6:30 – 7:30 pm at Green Meadow School.  At this time we will be talking about our program and accepting registrations for the 2018-2019 school year.  Come and learn about our program, meet the staff, and ask questions.  For more information call Donna Dankner at 978-897-8246.  The snow date for this event will be Thursday, January 31, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

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.

Mister Vic & Company's Seventh Annual Holiday Family Sing-a-long

All are welcome to join Mister Vic & Company on Saturday, December 23, from 10 am to 11 am, for the seventh annual holiday family sing-a-long, at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road, Maynard.  Come sing along with Mister Vic, Miss Pat, and the band.  $10 per family.  Please bring a non-perishable item for the Maynard Food Pantry.  Proceeds from this event will benefit the Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Plenty of parking is available.

A Message from the Friends of Maynard Soccer about Fundraising 

Friends of Maynard Soccer is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which was organized to support the school soccer programs.  Its first mission is to improve playing fields in Maynard, specifically focused currently on Fowler field.  They have created a Face book page, and started a gofundme page towards that effort.  If you would be kind enough, please search for Friends of Maynard Soccer on Face book and like our page (if you have not done so already!).  On that page you will see our gofundme page.  If you will consider a small donation, it would be greatly appreciated, and truly show that we are all working together to make this project a reality!  The link to the gofundme page is here:.


Flu Season Alert

The Maynard Nurse/Coordinator, Mary Ferranti, asked the Principals and I to share the following links as flu season approaches.  The following links are provided in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.:




In addition, Mary has an outstanding Health Services Page on the Maynard Public Schools Website that can be found through the home page link or directly  at the following link:

http://health.maynard.k12.ma.us/

Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

Fortunately, our first snow event of this winter season came last weekend.  Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process on this blog for students and parents.

School Closing 

In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:

1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.

2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:

Web: http://wbztv.com/schoolclosings

3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools

Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information.  It is important not to call the main line or "911".

Delayed Opening

In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement.

Early Emergency Dismissal

In the event that an emergency early dismissal is required, the Maynard Public Schools will make every effort to contact parents via a mass notification through iPass including automated phone calls and emails.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Massachusetts estimates that over 35,000 children living in the Commonwealth are being raised by grandparents, and this number is increasing at a alarming rate.  With encouragement and support from the Massachusetts Commission on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, a local support group for residents of the communities in northwestern Middlesex County is being formed.  Grandparents raising Grandchildren will meet monthly to help each other as they navigate through the challenges and joys they face, and become informed about the resources available to grandparents. 

The meetings will be held at the Acton Senior Center (30 Sudbury Road, Acton, MA)
on the third Tuesday of each month from 11:00 am to 12:30pm.  For more information please email Joe O’Leary at j.j.oleary@comcast.net or call 


Friday, December 15, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

Program Recognition for WAVM Beacon Santa Telethon

Congratulations to all of the students, staff, and volunteers.  It should be acknowledged that months of planning and preparation is involved for a successful telethon.  This level of dedication is appreciated by many. 

This year the telethon has raised more than $38,000 for families in need in our region.  This was the 38th consecutive televised telethon.  That history is something that our Maynard Community, as a whole, can be very proud off.  This is what makes greater Maynard so wonderful.

Student Recognition

Congratulations to the following students who won awards at the Fall Sports Awards Ceremony.  I am proud to announce that in addition to their athletic prowess, more than 50 percent of the student athletes made the honor roll in the first term. 

Boys Soccer:
MVP - Harrison  Bourgeois
MVP Offense - Nick Decastro
MVP Defense - Chris Kucich
Most Improved - Jack Botasso
Herbert Peter Frank Memorial Unsung Hero Award - Liam Caldicot
Coaches Award - Charlie Fitzsimmons
All-​s​tars: Central Mass/Mid Wach D - Harrison Bourgeois

 Girls Soccer:​

MVP - Camille Massaro
MVP Offense - Garvey Cummings
MVP Defense - Madelyn Candela
Most Improved - Rebecca Hebert
Unsung Hero - Ally Morgan
Coaches Award - Violet Cobb
All-stars: Camille Massaro, Garvey Cummings​
                                            
Field Hockey:​

MVP- Anna Manning
MVP Offense-Katie Stramaglia
MVP Defense-Sam Dahill
Most Improved-Sydney Jacobson
Unsung Hero- Pam Laurent
Coaches Award-Maggie Brennan
All- s​tars: Pam Laurent, Anna Manning, Sam Dahill

Golf:​
MVP-Tyler Steed
Joe Cote Unsung  Hero Award-Tyler Kapopulous
Most Improved- Brendan Brogna
All-s​tars: Tyler Steed, Tyler Kapopulous

Boys Cross Country:​

MVP-JW Ringuette
Most Improved-Owen Sullivan-Dale
Coaches Award-Matt Antonio

Girls Cross Country:​

MVP-Claudia Severance
Most Improved-Celine Paredes
C​oaches Award-Alyssa Gwozdz
All-stars: Grace Charron, Aurora Estabrook, Elizabeth Freeman

Football:​

Al Cowles Award - Football MVP-Tommy Smith
John T. Enneguess Award - Outstanding Lineman- Josh Dornelas
Walter N. Moore Sr. Award - Gutso Gus Defense-Tim Lawton
Most Improved - Peter Jordan
Unsung Hero - James Sturtz
Coaches Award - Jackson Dufour
​Outstanding Senior Award - Kyle Morgan​
All-stars: Tommy Smith, Josh Dornales, Tim Lawton, James Allen

Fowler Girls Soccer:​

Most Improved - Bella Wellington
Unsung Hero - Tamsin Clark
Coaches Award - Lilly Sullivan
​Hard Hat Award - Soli Salazar​

Fowler Boys Soccer:​

Most Improved - Nick Morey
Unsung Hero - Nolan Currier
Coaches Award - Sean Oliphant

Fowler Girls Cross Country:​

Most Improved - Georgia Wilson
Unsung Hero - Peyton Thompson
Coaches Award - Elizabeth Freeman
Fowler Boys Cross Country:​

Most Improved - Patrick Crossland
Unsung Hero - Mathew Cloutier
Coaches Award - Brody Ringuette

Fowler Field Hockey:​

Most Improved - Julia Hart
Unsung Hero - Maddie Hobbs
Coaches Award - Allison Graham

Mister Vic & Company's Seventh Annual Holiday Family Sing-a-long

All are welcome to join Mister Vic & Company on Saturday, December 23, from 10 am to 11 am, for the seventh annual holiday family sing-a-long, at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road, Maynard.  Come sing along with Mister Vic, Miss Pat, and the band.  $10 per family.  Please bring a non-perishable item for the Maynard Food Pantry.  Proceeds from this event will benefit the Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Plenty of parking is available.

A Message from the Friends of Maynard Soccer about Fundraising 

Friends of Maynard Soccer is a 501c3 non profit organization which was organized to support the school soccer programs.  Its first mission is to improve playing fields in Maynard, specifically focused currently on Fowler field.  They have created a Facebook page, and started a gofundme page towards that effort.  If you would be kind enough, please search for Friends of Maynard Soccer on Facebook and like our page (if you have not done so already!).  On that page you will see our gofundme page.  If you will consider a small donation, it would be greatly appreciated, and truly show that we are all working together to make this project a reality!  The link to the gofundme page is here:.


Maynard Earth Day 2018

A planning committee is meeting to brainstorm the Maynard Earth Day activities.  They will be meeting on Tuesday December 19, between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm.  The meeting will be held at the ArtSpace Gallery and Studios, 63 Summer Street, Maynard MA.

Flu Season Alert

The Maynard Nurse/Coordinator, Mary Ferranti, asked the Principals and I to share the following links as flu season approaches.  The following links are provided in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.:




In addition, Mary has an outstanding Health Services Page on the Maynard Public Schools Website that can be found through the home page link or directly  at the following link:

http://health.maynard.k12.ma.us/

Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

Fortunately, our first snow event of this winter season came last weekend.  Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process on this blog for students and parents.

School Closing 
In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:

1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.

2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:


3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools

Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information.  It is important not to call the main line or "911".

Delayed Opening
In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement.

Early Emergency Dismissal
In the event that an emergency early dismissal is required, the Maynard Public Schools will make every effort to contact parents via a mass notification through iPass including automated phone calls and emails.

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.

Milk & Cookies with Santa at the Boys & Girls Club

Plan to join Santa at the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley, 212 Great Road, Maynard for milk, cookies and pictures with Santa!  The afternoon of sweet treats and Christmas cheer will take place on Saturday,  December 16th, 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM and is being sponsored by Concord Teacakes.  Admission is $3/person and pictures with Santa will be $8/ea.  Enjoy decorating cookies, arts & crafts, a coffee and hot chocolate bar, games, raffles and more. (Craft and raffle tickets $1/each).

There will also be a Parent's Night Out from 5:30-8:30 PM on Saturday, December 16th for children ages 5 and up for $20/member or $25/non-members ($5 discount for additional siblings). Children will enjoy a pizza dinner, dessert, special holiday craft, games and a holiday movie!  Children are encouraged to wear their best holiday pajamas! Parents are asked to pre-register for the Parent Night Out at www.bgcav.org.

Don't miss your chance to shop, wrap or enjoy a night out!!

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Massachusetts estimates that over 35,000 children living in the Commonwealth are being raised by grandparents, and this number is increasing at a alarming rate.  With encouragement and support from the Massachusetts Commission on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, a local support group for residents of the communities in northwestern Middlesex County is being formed.  Grandparents raising Grandchildren will meet monthly to help each other as they navigate through the challenges and joys they face, and become informed about the resources available to grandparents. 

The meetings will be held at the Acton Senior Center (30 Sudbury Road, Acton, MA)

on the third Tuesday of each month from 11:00 am to 12:30pm.  For more information please email Joe O’Leary at j.j.oleary@comcast.net 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

Maynard High School Program Recognition

The senior class participated in a mock interview exercise this past Wednesday, December 6th. The goal of this activity is to help graduating seniors practice interviewing in a professional manner. All members of the senior class had to write a resume, dress professionally, and meet with an adult professional from the community who interviewed them for 15 minutes. The adult volunteers represent a variety of business and career sectors. The volunteers included Karen Aroian, Mary Brannelly, Paula Copley Jerry Culbert, Marc DeCastro, Sarah Finnerty, Jennifer Gaudet, Tim Hess, Brian Hudak, Michelle Hudak, Sandra Hinds, Melissa Levine-Piro, Jim McCann, Noel McDonagh, Fiona Nauseda, Jacquie Rodgers, and Chief Anthony Stowers.

After the interview, the adults shared feedback and advice with the seniors on how to improve their skills and maximize their opportunities in interviews. The volunteers pictured above from left to right are Thank you to our volunteers!

We couldn’t offer this great opportunity for our students without the outstanding teacher leadership from Jean Labelle and Paul Orzech as well as the wonderful collaboration our program has with the community. The steering committee of the Senior Project program (Paula Copley, Jerry Culbert, Jacquie Rodgers, Michelle Hudak,  Owen Leach, Paul Orzech, and Jean LaBelle-Pierce) was instrumental in organizing the event, and the Maynard Education Foundation provided many volunteers and support!

In the spring, seniors will present on the experience they’ve had in Senior Project this year. This will include an internship they have served in as well as a project they have developed. At that time, we will be looking for additional community volunteers.

Fowler Program Recognition

Congratulations to the Fowler Latin Club on their second place finish in the Classics Day Skit Contest on Thursday!

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.

Milk & Cookies with Santa at the Boys & Girls Club

Plan to join Santa at the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley, 212 Great Road, Maynard for milk, cookies and pictures with Santa!  The afternoon of sweet treats and Christmas cheer will take place on Saturday,  December 16th, 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM and is being sponsored by Concord Teacakes.  Admission is $3/person and pictures with Santa will be $8/ea.  Enjoy decorating cookies, arts & crafts, a coffee and hot chocolate bar, games, raffles and more. (Craft and raffle tickets $1/each).

There will also be a Parent's Night Out from 5:30-8:30 PM on Saturday, December 16th for children ages 5 and up for $20/member or $25/non-members ($5 discount for additional siblings). Children will enjoy a pizza dinner, dessert, special holiday craft, games and a holiday movie!  Children are encouraged to wear their best holiday pajamas! Parents are asked to pre-register for the Parent Night Out at www.bgcav.org.

Don't miss your chance to shop, wrap or enjoy a night out!!

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Massachusetts estimates that over 35,000 children living in the Commonwealth are being raised by grandparents, and this number is increasing at a alarming rate.  With encouragement and support from the Massachusetts Commission on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, a local support group for residents of the communities in northwestern Middlesex County is being formed.  Grandparents raising Grandchildren will meet monthly to help each other as they navigate through the challenges and joys they face, and become informed about the resources available to grandparents. 

The meetings will be held at the Acton Senior Center (30 Sudbury Road, Acton, MA)
on the third Tuesday of each month from 11:00 am to 12:30pm.  For more information please email Joe O’Leary at j.j.oleary@comcast.net or call 


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) Announcement

The SEPAC Winter Social is tonight from 6:30 pm – 8 pm at the Green Meadow cafeteria! All families of children receiving special education services from the Maynard Schools are invited (siblings are welcome too!). We’ll have cookie decorating, crafts, music, and a goodie bag for each child. This free event is so much fun every year, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Milk & Cookies with Santa at the Boys & Girls Club

Plan to join Santa at the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley, 212 Great Road, Maynard for milk, cookies and pictures with Santa!  The afternoon of sweet treats and Christmas cheer will take place on Saturday,  December 16th, 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM and is being sponsored by Concord Teacakes.  Admission is $3/person and pictures with Santa will be $8/ea.  Enjoy decorating cookies, arts & crafts, a coffee and hot chocolate bar, games, raffles and more. (Craft and raffle tickets $1/each).

There will also be a Parent's Night Out from 5:30-8:30 PM on Saturday, December 16th for children ages 5 and up for $20/member or $25/non-members ($5 discount for additional siblings). Children will enjoy a pizza dinner, dessert, special holiday craft, games and a holiday movie!  Children are encouraged to wear their best holiday pajamas! Parents are asked to pre-register for the Parent Night Out at www.bgcav.org.

Don't miss your chance to shop, wrap or enjoy a night out!!




Friday, December 1, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

Program Recognition

In 2014, Bridges Together Inc. reached out to Maynard about a program they were running in Sudbury and they wanted to expand it to Maynard.  They are the only organization in New England, and one of a few in the United States, that implement successful and meaningful inter-generational programs.  This morning was the third year we had a celebration breakfast and it was great to see all of our senior volunteers, students, and staff together in the Fowler Cafeteria.  

In order to make this program successful it took a lot of people to believe in the program and develop it.  The Maynard Council on Aging Director Amy Loveless has been a driving force and an ardent supporter of this program.  She has even found founding through the town to support this program in the schools.  That is one more example of the wonderful collaboration between the different departments in the Town of Maynard.  

When I talked to Amy about everyone involved she praised the entire 4th grade team of teachers and staff.  Amy told me that many of the senior volunteers are retired Maynard teachers and they complement our current 4th grade staff profusely.  When I speak to the staff they compliment the volunteers and their relationships with the students in Maynard.   I am so proud of this program and would like to personally thank everyone involved for another successful year and a program that makes Maynard special!

Below is a picture of the 4th grade students singing "What a Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong) to the staff and volunteers.


Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) Announcement

The SEPAC Winter Social is coming next week!  The winter social will be held on Tuesday, December 5 from 6:30 pm – 8 pm at the Green Meadow cafeteria. All families of children receiving special education services from the Maynard Schools are invited (siblings are welcome too!). We’ll have cookie decorating, crafts, music, and a goodie bag for each child. This free event is so much fun every year, and we look forward to seeing you there! (Please RSVP to Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or at 978-394-6183.)

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.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Massachusetts estimates that over 35,000 children living in the Commonwealth are being raised by grandparents, and this number is increasing at a alarming rate.  With encouragement and support from the Massachusetts Commission on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, a local support group for residents of the communities in northwestern Middlesex County is being formed.  Grandparents raising Grandchildren will meet monthly to help each other as they navigate through the challenges and joys they face, and become informed about the resources available to grandparents. 

The meetings will be held at the Acton Senior Center (30 Sudbury Road, Acton, MA)
on the third Tuesday of each month from 11:00 am to 12:30pm.  For more information please email Joe O’Leary at j.j.oleary@comcast.net or call 


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

Happy and Safe Holiday

Fall is a great season and I enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving with family, friends, and a traditional meal.  Holidays give us time to rest and rejuvenate so we can come back to school with even more energy and zeal.  I wish our school community a happy and safe holiday. 

Congratulations to the Maynard Athletic hall of Fame Inductees 





The MHS athletes honored at this year's induction ceremony are:

(Top row L-R) Joe Kalinowski (1976), Chris Cavazza (1989), Barry McNulty (1980), Jim Stewart (1997)

(Front row L-R) James Luker (1957), Leigh Robinson Romanowski (1959), Echo Freeman  Louissaint (2001), Briana Freeman Azier (2001), Steve Curcio (1989)

Douglas Cush (1969) and Bob Oksa (1973) were also inducted but unable to attend.

Student Recognition

On Saturday the 18th, the Sr. District music auditions were held in Groton, MA.  Congratulations to the following Maynard High School musicians passed their auditions to be accepted into Sr. Districts:

Joel Stenhouse-tenor voice
Charlie Neuhauser-bass voice
Alice Hathaway-alto voice
Hazelyn Aroian-bassoon
Pat O'Neil-french horn

Joel, Charlie, Hazelyn and Pat scored within the top third of the students that were accepted and therefore have earned the right to audition for All State in January, and the opportunity to perform at Symphony Hall in Boston in March.

This accomplishment is exceptional because this is a tough competition with more than 90 schools in our division.  Our division comprises schools of all sizes from 495 to the NH border and as far west as Springfield.

Kudos to our students and the staff and the Maynard Music Association (MMA) who support our in our amazing Maynard music programs over the years.  These successes are a culmination of a lot of dedication from many.

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 Wreath Fundraiser

Don't you just love the smell of pine needles in your home during the holidays?  Purchase a wreath to support the class of 2018.  The wreath is 22 inches and has a red bow.  If you do not want to deal with the needles but want to support a great cause, you can buy a virtual wreath.

The cost is only $15.00 and $1.00 from each wreath purchase go to support the Telethon.  Orders must be in and paid in full by November 28th! You can pay in cash or with a check payable to the Class of 2018.  We will deliver the wreaths locally or you can pick them up from the High School on Friday December 1st

Feel free to email any questions to: odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us or bmakovoz@maynard.k12.ma.us 

Support the Maynard Education Foundation when you dine at Not Your Average Joe's on any Tuesday in November

Come enjoy a great meal and help raise funds for the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) when you dine at Not Your Average Joe's in Acton any Tuesday during the month of November.

Present a certificate (available at www.maynardeducation.org) or simply mention that you are a MEF supporter to your server when you dine in or order take-out, and Not Your Average Joe's will donate 15% of your purchase to MEF. (Excluding alcohol, tax, and gratuity.)  As an added bonus, learn how you can enter to win a gift certificate to NYAJs on the MEF website!

Proceeds benefit MEF's grant program that fund new learning opportunities within the Maynard Public Schools.  Thank you for your support! 

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Massachusetts estimates that over 35,000 children living in the Commonwealth are being raised by grandparents, and this number is increasing at a alarming rate.  With encouragement and support from the Massachusetts Commission on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, a local support group for residents of the communities in northwestern Middlesex County is being formed.  Grandparents raising Grandchildren will meet monthly to help each other as they navigate through the challenges and joys they face, and become informed about the resources available to grandparents. 

The meetings will be held at the Acton Senior Center (30 Sudbury Road, Acton, MA)
on the third Tuesday of each month from 11:00 am to 12:30pm.  For more information please email Joe O’Leary at j.j.oleary@comcast.net or call