Friday, April 14, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

AutisticSelf Advocacy Network 5K Charity Walk/Run

"Calling all runners for the Autism Acceptance 5K this April 30th at 9am! Show your support this Autism Acceptance Month by registering for the Autism Acceptance 5K.  This charity walk/run will donate all proceeds to the nonprofit Autistic Self Advocacy Network. The event will be held at 1 Tiger Dr, Maynard

This is a Maynard High School Senior Project generously sponsored by Shaws, Stop & Shop, Sugarsnap, Avidia Bank, and Christmas Motors.  Whether you are looking for a leisurely family walk or a competitive race, come out for the Autism Acceptance 5K to show your support of the autistic community and this senior project!

To register or donate to the cause, visit: www.runsignup.com/race/ma/maynard/autismacceptance5k.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event or have any questions please email: autismacceptance5k@gmail.com."

School Pesticide Notification

This notification is being sent to you in conformance with the Children’s & Families Protection Act (Chapter 85 of the Acts of 2000).  The Act requires we notify you when pesticides are applied on the outside of public and private schools, day care centers and school age child care programs.

We are having Fowler School, 3 Tiger Drive and Green Meadow Elementary School, 5 Tiger Drive,  treated with the Sentricon Termite Baiting System in response to the presence of termites.  We selected this treatment method to reduce risk and hazard to our student population and staff.  At various times during the course of the year, the Waltham Services Company may remove monitoring devices placed below ground in plastic holding stations and replace them with baits lethal to termites.  The pesticide bait is non-volatile and not accessible or visible from above.

Please feel free to call Michelle Resendes, Maynard Business Administrator at 978-897-8251 should you have questions.

Another resource is on the link to the Children's Protection page at the following website:  


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.

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 www.32auctions.com/TrotCamps2017  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 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 odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us with any questions about the prom!

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 volunteer@minutemansenior.org, or check out our website at www.minutemansenior.org  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:

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1102119171684&ca=dfc3edc9-aa62-4169-9a50-8a343f837e72
  
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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