Friday, January 6, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

Special Town Meeting Next Week

Maynard Special Town meeting will take place at the Fowler Auditorium on Monday January 9th, 2017.  An article to fund repairs to the Green Meadow playground will be up for a vote.  Please come and let your voice be heard.  

The Maynard High School National Honor Society Students will provide on site babysitting.  The students will meet families at the Fowler School Assembly Hall entrance beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The students will play games, read to them and do arts and crafts with the children. *Please note that children should be toilet trained.  

Cookbook Club: Noodles & Pasta - Monday January 9, 2016 12 PM

The January meeting of the 
Friends of the Maynard Public Library Cookbook Club "From the Farmers Market to the Library Table" will focus on noodles & pasta. A cookbook was not selected for this month; instead participants are asked to prepare a noodle/pasta dish using a favorite (or new) recipe and bring it with a copy of the recipe (or the cookbook it is in) to the potluck lunch at noon. The group will enjoy the food, share the recipes, and talk about sources of local ingredients. Participants are encouraged to be 'green' and bring their own plate and utensils (supplies will be available for those who forget). 

All are welcome, but please RSVP to the Facebook event or call 978-897-1010 ext: 103 to register so that organizers know how many seats to set up. The Cookbook Club is organized in conjunction with the Maynard Farmers' Market to promote cooking with local ingredients.

Fans of Film presents “El Norte” - Tuesday January 10, 2016 and Wednesday January 11, 2016

Show times are at 7:30pm at Fine Arts Theatre Place, 19 Summer Street, Maynard, MA Tickets are $7.00 and should be purchased at the door.

With beauty and even a little humor, the 1984 film “El Norte” (or The North) is about various timely issues such as class-ism, immigration, poverty, and conflict. The story covers the reasons a Guatemalan brother and sister must leave their beloved home and follows them on their perilous journey to get to the US. We learn what it is like to be a refugee in the US. Watching this film is an exercise in putting yourself in others shoes. It has been called the "Grapes of Wrath" for our time.   In 1985, it became the first non-Hollywood studio, independent film to be nominated for an Academy Award for best screenplay. Languages: English, Quiché; Spanish

The Fans of Film is proud to be able to bring this film to Maynard.  A post-film discussion group will meet on Wednesday the 11th in the theater. All are welcome to stay and join in the informal conversation.   We are an independent group of moviegoers whose mission is to promote the showing of exceptional  indie, documentary, foreign and classic  films at our local theater. February's film will be Dr. Strangelove on Feb. 7 and 8. For the complete 6-month schedule visit:

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.

Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

The forecast for this weekend may include some snow.  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. DO NOT CALL "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.

Budget Timelines

At a previous school committee meeting a parent suggested that we share the time lines in regard to the budget process.  The Town Budget Timeline is as follows:

January 3, 2017          
Department Budgets Due to the Town Administrator

Jan - Feb         
Town Administration meets with Department Heads to discus FY18 Budget

February 11, 2017      
FY 18 Joint Budget Meeting (including the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, the School Committee, and all Town Administration) at the Maynard Public Library.

Feb - March
Finance Committee meets with each town department (including Police, Fire, DPW, Library, Schools, and General Government)

March 21, 2017
FY18 Budget Document finalized and adopted by Board of Selectmen

May 5, 2017
Town Meeting

All of these meetings are posted and open to the public as well.

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