Friday, March 3, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

An Evening With Ron Suskind and Free Film Viewing!

Join members of the Maynard schools community to a free screening of the film "Life Animated" next Tuesday March 7, 2017 at the Fine Arts Theater on 19 Summer Street, Maynard, MA. 

Mr. Suskind's books will be available for purchase prior to the event.  The book signing will be before the film screening and discussion.  The book signing will be from 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm.  The film screening and discussion will be from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Tickets are available at:


Maynard Central Office Administration Relocation and New Entrance

The central office administration was in the process of moving from the old fifth grade wing to the former school store and adjoining offices this week.  As of today, the majority of the relocation is complete.  There were some inconveniences due to the transfer of the phone and data systems but we are past that now.  Thank you for your patience over the last couple of days.

In the past we asked that all central office visitors enter through the fifth grade side entrance.  Those doors are now locked.  With our new location, we are asking that all central office visitors enter the Fowler front doors to the foyer.  The school secretary will be able to guide you from there.

A Message from the Maynard Food Service Director

Dear Parents/Guardians of Maynard Public Schools Students,

As your school food service provider I wanted to update you on some
exciting breakfast promotions the school cafeterias will be hosting to
celebrate National School Breakfast week. The agenda of the week is to
remind students about the importance of taking the time to eat a
healthy, nutritious breakfast every day. So in this spirit we will be
offering specials each day throughout the week at each school so
everyone can take part in the celebration! This week’s promotions
include:

Monday: Omelet bar at MHS
Tuesday: Guest Chef Ryan will visit Green Meadow to prepare breakfast
smoothies & yogurt parfaits with fresh fruit w/activity sheets and
stickers to give out.
Wednesday: Omelet bar at Fowler
Thursday: Crepes for breakfast at each school!
Friday: Breakfast Burrito bar at MHS and Fowler, Omelet bar at Green Meadow

Studies continuously show that children who start their day with a
complete breakfast are more likely to:

-Concentrate better

-Be more alert

-Retain more of what they learn

-Participate in class

-Maintain a healthy weight

-Decrease tardiness and absenteeism

Breakfast price is $1.50, reduced price is $.30, and free students
receive one daily free breakfast meal. All meals come with fruit
option and milk or fruit juice choice.

Any questions regarding the food service program please feel free to
contact me at 978-897-6100 or email: cpiercey@maynard.k12.ma.us.

Sincerely,
Chris Piercey
Food Service Department

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.

Title IX Protections Against Gender Identity Discrimination

U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently withdrew transgender guidance letters requiring schools to permit access to single-sex facilities, including bathrooms and locker rooms, based on gender identity.

 Fortunately, Massachusetts state law and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Guidance still obligates all schools in Massachusetts to permit access to single-sex facilities, including bathrooms and locker rooms based on gender identity.

Even if we did not have the support of the Massachusetts law and guidance, I believe that we would still protect these basic rights as part of our desire as a school community to be inclusive and caring to every member in our community.  When DESE was writing their guidance, Maynard had already been providing these rights to a transgender student in our community for approximately 6 months.  DESE used our Maynard experience to help them write the guidelines. 

Primary Expressions - Artwork Created by MHS Visual Arts Students

When:                                      February 15th through March 29, 2017
Where:                                     Serendipity Cafe, 1 Nason Street, Maynard, MA
Details for Gallery Hours:      serendipitycafemaynard.com

5th ANNUAL "THE TASTE"

 The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to host the 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 from 4-6 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 local sensation Jae Mannion 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 978-938-4262 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.

All proceeds benefit MEF's grant programs for teachers, students, and administrators.

Community Preservation Committee (CPC) Updates

I attended the CPC meeting last Wednesday night.  Principal Dankner, DPW Director Aaron Miklosko, and members of the Green Meadow Playground Committee and Youth Soccer were also in attendance.  We were all grateful that the CPC voted in support of proposing the funding of two important projects that will greatly enhance the activities of the children in our school and greater community. 

The first project discussed was the Green Meadow playground which has already received town funding for the site work that needs to be done.  The CPC funds in addition to School Committee approved funds will be used to add equipment that is age appropriate and inclusive for all students to use, including students with mobility needs.  Research that has been reviewed by the School Committee identifies that the increased physical activity and play at the elementary level improves health, creativity, and academic success.

The second project is improvements to the Fowler fields.  These fields serve a significant number of students and residents in our soccer programs and need proper drainage and grading to be improved. The research shows that scholar athletes' gain important 21st century skills in team building, commitment, and leadership.  Scholar athletes' tend to perform better academically as well.

It is important to note that the CPC approval is to recommend the funding of all of their approved projects at Town Meeting.  The funding will only occur if the residents approve the CPC warrant article at the Town Meeting.  Town Meeting will be held on May 15th 2017

Dance for the Fowler students in Grades 6-8 (Hosted by the Class of 2018).
It is time for the Fowler students (grades 6-8) to have a blast at the second annual Neon Dance in the High School Cafeteria! The event will take place on Friday, March 3rd from 6:30pm -9:30pm. The tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Refreshments, pizza, and glow sticks will be available for purchase as well. Join us and have a great time! Please email odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us with any questions. All proceeds will benefit the class of 2018.

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

Budget Timelines

At one of  our 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 15, 2017
Town Meeting

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



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