Friday, April 7, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

2017-2018 Bus Registration

Bus registration for the 2017-2018 school year will begin on May 1, 2017.  NEW THIS YEAR: The deadline for registration is June 30.  Registration hours on May 1 will be 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Registration will take place at the administrative offices at 3-R Tiger Drive.  We are now located near the main office of the Fowler School.  Forms will be available for download on our website starting April 28.  No forms will be accepted until May 1.  There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the first student; $220 for the second or more students.  Late fee:  $30.00 for registrations after June 30.

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

The Tiger Trot Fundraiser

Green Meadow is holding its annual Tiger Trot fundraiser on May 6.  The GM PTO will be holding an online camp auction early to help families get a jump start on planning your summer camp plans for the kids!  The camp auction is open to all families in Maynard Public Schools and is open April 4 - 14

Visit  to place bids on any of the camp options or use the Buy Now option to get up to 25% off list prices so you can get your camp reservations in early!
Featured Camps for 1 week of camp:

-Fenn Summer Day Camp (Value $660)
-Star Sports Camps (Value $400)
-Blue Cheetah Lacrosse Camp (Value $340)
-On Your Toes  (Value $165)
-Boys and Girls Club (Value $150)
Camp Stow (Value $130)

Note: The general silent auction will open on April 24.  Stay tuned for all of our exciting auction items!

The Maynard Book Festival

The Maynard Book Festival runs Thursday through Saturday, April 6-8, at the Maynard Library.  There will be an art reception Thursday evening, and a bluegrass concert Friday evening. There are two events of special interest for kids on Saturday.

Matt Tavares is the author and illustrator of numerous award-winning children’s books including Growing Up Pedro and There Goes Ted Williams about baseball greats, Lighter than Air and Crossing Niagara about historical adventurers, and Zachary’s Ball and Oliver’s Game about the joy and magic of baseball. Kids and adults are invited to hear Matt talk about the drafting, sketching, revising and research that goes into the creation of a book for kids. The presentation is at 10:30 on Saturday.

For older kids, there is a panel discussion at 1:30 with three authors who write for young adults. Panelists include Maynard’s own Julie Berry, Tara Sullivan and M.T. Anderson. These authors cover a sweeping range of topics and settings including Arthurian legend, post-Inquisition France, the composer Shostakovich and the siege of Leningrad, a mute girl in Colonial America, an albino boy in Tanzania and child slavery in the African chocolate industry.

All events are free and open to all.  For the full 2017 Maynard Book Festival schedule go the following link:

Maynard Candidates’ Night

The Assabet Valley Chamber will present a Maynard Candidates’ Night at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, in the Maynard High School Auditorium, Tiger Drive. The event will include two panels — candidates for the Board of Selectmen (three-year term) and the School Committee. All contested candidates will be given the opportunity to make opening and closing statements, and written questions from the audience are welcomed and encouraged. For information call 978-875-0197 or email

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.

The Prom

The event of the year is the Roaring Twenties prom which will take place on Friday, 5/12, at the Westin Hotel in Waltham. Tickets will be on sale Monday, 4/3 to Friday, 4/14 during first and third lunches. The cost of the tickets if $65. Only students with their dues up-to-date will be able to purchase the tickets.
Thinking about how to get to the prom and back? If there is enough interest, we will provide either a coach bus or a school bus. If there are 55 people on the bus, the price is only $6 for the school bus and only $15 for the coach bus. Please indicate your interest at the time of the ticket purchase.   
Please email Ms. Doktorov at with any questions about the prom!

Discovery Museums Events 

Clink on this link to learn more about the various events they are offering:

Recess Policy

The School Committee has been discussing recess practices for quite some time.  We have examined research on the importance of recess to the education of the whole child.  At our last school committee meeting a new recess policy was passed and the associated administrative regulation was discussed.  The new policy is School Committee Policy #540 and Administrated Regulation 540.1.  These documents can be found at:

Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed

The Meals on Wheels program of Minuteman Senior Services provides a hot lunch to homebound seniors.  We deliver every Monday - Friday, excluding holidays.  These meals assist the older adult who is not capable of preparing at least one hot nutritious meal a day.  Presently, we have a need for a few more drivers to deliver in Maynard.  Do you have an hour or more to spare once a week or every other week?  For more information on volunteering, or to apply, call  781-221-7093, email, or check out our website at  Thank you!

Discovery Museum Speaker Series

The next Discovery Museums Speaker Series will be with Ron Fournier  about his book entitled "Love that Boy - What Two Presidents, Eight Road trips, and My Son Taught Me about a Parents Expectations".   More information can be found at the following link:
Date:  Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:  The Gallery at Villageworks, 525 Mass Ave. #200, West Acton, MA

This event is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. A wait list is expected.
Cash bar and light refreshments will be available.
Ron will sign copies of his book, following the presentation.

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

Budget Time line

At one of  our committee meetings a parent suggested that we share the time line 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 line.  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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