Friday, February 3, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

15th  ANNUAL "THE TASTE"

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 15th Annual The Taste on Sunday, March 5, 2017, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road, Maynard.  Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from4-6 PM; entertainment will continue until 7 PM.

Every year, this is a  “not to be missed” event, with the general public being encouraged to come and enjoy exceptional samples of food specialties from local food establishments in the Maynard, Acton, Stow, Concord, Hudson and Marlboro area. There will be a cash bar, entertainment by the local sensation and raffle/silent auction prizes.  Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult,  $10 children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under by calling Mary Brannelly (978) 764.5279, Fiona Nauseda (978) 897-2460 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public schools. Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website www.maynardeducation.org. Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each.

The Maynard Education Foundation’s mission is to financially support innovation in teaching for Maynard educators.  Since 2001, MEF has awarded over $200,000 in grants. MEF grants have enabled students to visit the Christa McAuliffe Space Center, participate in anti-bullying initiatives, enjoy cultural performances and to use new materials and technology in their classrooms. MEF grants have enabled teachers to participate in creative writing workshops, introduce new activities and sports such as Tchoukball into the physical education curriculum, start a leveled library and lead biological studies of ecosystems. As one community member recently said "The Maynard Education Foundation adds a layer of quality to the Maynard public schools that has been invaluable to our kids' educational experience here."

Purchase tickets now to this food extravaganza.  Each year, it becomes more successful. You’ll have an opportunity to taste wonderful food selections from many food establishments in the Metrowest area, visit with old and new friends and support the Maynard Education Foundation!  Visit our website at www.maynardeducation.org to learn more about the Maynard Education Foundation.

Also, if you shop on Amazon.com, you can support MEF at the same time! When you go to the website (smile.amazon.com), you may select the Maynard Education Foundation as your charitable organization and Amazon will make a donation to MEF!

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.

Guest Author Visit Contest

Green Meadow Kindergarten Teacher, Samatha Mazeika has asked me to post the following message about a Jan Brett Visit contest:

"Every year my kindergarten students and I do an author study on Jan Brett.  It is so much fun to see the enjoyment they experience as we explore Jan's books and discover her unique and creative style of writing and illustrating.  If my school wins this contest, my students, in addition to all the children at my school, would have the rare and exciting opportunity to meet this extremely talented author/illustrator in person!  I'm not going to lie; I might not be able to contain my own excitement!

Please vote for my school:
Green Meadow
5 Tiger Drive
Maynard, MA 01754

Some schools have had a jump start, but every vote counts!  We only have until April 3, so please get your vote in and help my school meet this amazing author/illustrator!  Thank you!"  One entry can be made per email address, so if you could spread word to family and friends, that would be great!  You can Google “Jan Brett school visit contest”, or copy and paste the link I provided: 


Thank you for your support,
Sam

The Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship

As many of you are aware, Katherine Lalli passed away on Christmas Eve morning in an automobile accident in Lancaster.  Not only was she educated through the Maynard school system, but her family has always been very involved in the Maynard community.  Her parents provide programs through Music Together of Assabet Valley, enjoyed by children in the communities of Maynard, Acton, Concord, Sudbury, and beyond.

For those of you who are looking for a way to honor the memory of Katherine Lalli, the Class of 2012 and the MHS Best Buddies Program are creating a scholarship fund for graduating seniors. The scholarship will benefit students who are pursuing a degree in early childhood education or special education, both passions of Katherine's.  Katherine was a graduate of the Maynard High School Class of 2012 and earned an Associate's Degree in early childhood education from Middlesex Community College.  

"Remembered for her compassion and her free spirit, Katherine was very social and had friends everywhere. She had a special gift for connecting with people, young and old, especially those with special needs. She made sure to attend family gatherings, and her father loved working with her in Sudbury, MA, on a program that Katherine developed for autistic children which included music."
Please make checks payable to "Town of Maynard." Include "Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship" on the memo line.

Please mail donations to:
Maynard High School
Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship
1 Tiger Drive
Maynard, MA 01754
Acknowledgment of your gift will be forwarded to Katherine's family

Budget Timelines

At one of our school committee meetings, a parent suggested that we share the time lines in regard to the budget process.  The School Committee reviews budgetary concerns at almost every meeting.  

We were also asked to share the Town budget time lines.  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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