Friday, October 24, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

Health and Wellness Reminders and Improvements

Changing traditions on behalf of improving youth nutrition is always challenging.  We took a big step last year by eliminating student celebrations during the school day around foods or food products.   However, having these regulations in place for a second year should make it easier for everyone to forget the past and develop new traditions.

This year the Health and Wellness Committee met and worked with the Maynard Food Service Program Director to phase out the non-nutritious snacks in the snack shack at Fowler.  Similar to last year, this change in tradition may be difficult when first implemented.  However, in the long run it is in our students best interest to provide healthy food choices at school.

Fall cleaning is a way to support the MHS PTO

There is a new big, white recycling container on Tiger Drive, just past the high school student parking lot on the way to the Fowler school called Big Hearted Books.  This container accepts Books, DVD’s, CD’s, records (anyone remember those?), Video Games, etc.  All proceeds go to the MHS PTO to be used toward the teacher luncheon, scholarships, guest speakers and other events funded by them.  As you  do your fall cleaning please consider donating your items here. 

Girl Scouts Kick Start

We are doing a town-wide event to kick start the year with Girl Scouts.  I'm sure most of you don't know, but Maynard has about 30% of it's town's girls enrolled in Girl Scouts.  That is one of the highest percentage of enrollments for a town in the state!  

As part of our celebration, we will be collecting items to create Birthday Boxes for birthdaywishes.org Birthday Wishes help make birthday parties possible for homeless children of all ages who reside in shelters across Massachusetts. The "Boxes" in particular go to families who are victims of domestic abuse where the location of the families is not public knowledge, so these children can also celebrate their birthdays. 

There will be a box wrapped in birthday paper at Green Meadow, Fowler School and at Maynard High School to drop off any of the needed donations listed below.  The following is a list of items we are looking for to make the Birthday Boxes:

Cake Mix
Frosting
Disposable cake pan
Box of candles
Tablecloth
Juice boxes
*small pack of plates
*Small pack of napkins
*Pack of spoons or forks
*Pack of party hats
Decorations/Filler: streamers, balloons, blowers, masks, birthday banner, etc
Extra Fun Items: stickers, jewelry, card games, etc.
Birthday or generic wrapping paper

*plates/napkins/forks/hats in quantity of about 8-12 and can be various birthday themes from baby to teenagers

Every child deserves to be celebrated on their birthday!  
Thank you very much in advance for your donations.      

 ~Maynard Girl Scouts

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.

Casino Night Vouchers Available

Vouchers are now available for the annual Casino Night sponsored by the Maynard Music Association. Casino Night will take place on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Maynard Elks from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Vouchers are $40 apiece, $35 for two or more, and $45 the day of the event. The price includes $3000 in gaming chips for the night! Last year’s event was sold out! This year’s event will feature dozens of beautiful baskets and prizes as well as valuable auction items! 

The Maynard Music Association supports band and chorus programs at Maynard High School and Fowler Middle School. The proceeds from this fundraiser contribute to scholarships, instrument purchases and repair, choral music and offset other miscellaneous music-related expenses. Vouchers can be purchased through the Fowler main office or by contacting Bonnie Wilson at 978-897-7045. 

The Annual Fenn School Sports Sale

Don't miss the 46th Annual Sports Sale at The Fenn School gym in Concord on Sat., Nov. 1, 2014.  They'll have a wide selection of gently used sports equipment for boys and girls including hockey, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, and other gear available at low prices. Representatives from Hardy's Ski Emporium will be on hand to offer an assortment of brand new skis, boots, and poles at great pre-season prices.  Gym doors open at 9 a.m. and close promptly at noon. Come early for the best selection. The Fenn School is located at 516 Monument Street in Concord.

Donations of gently used sports equipment are welcome! Please drop your items off at The Fenn School on Thurs., Oct. 30, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. or Fri., Oct. 31, 8 a.m.-Noon.

Be a Host Family for an International Student
Educatius International is Looking for Host Families in Maynard:
Open your heart and your home...share our unique community!   Invite an International student into your home.

Educatius is seeking families that want to open their home to an international student. Host families are to provide a warm and supportive home and family environment, students should become part of your family. Educatius offers a monthly stipend of $700.00 for each student placed in their home, each family can host up to 2 students.  This can be a positive and rewarding experience for everyone in your family. Hosting a student can provide you with amazing opportunities and lifelong friendships.
To learn more and apply to become a host family, please contact MaryEllen at: mccarthy.clan@verizon.net
or call her at 978 758 2817

Mother and Son - Jammin' Fun
This is a fun event that Maynard boys in Kindergarten through grade five have been bringing their moms to for many years.  There will be games, refreshments and raffles.  It is being held on Friday November 7th at 6:30 pm.  It will be held at Maynard High School and can be accessed through the Maynard High School Athletic Entrance. 

The cost is $20 per couple and $5 per additional child in attendance if the tickets are purchased in advance.  The cost will be $25 per couple and $5 per additional child if tickets are purchased at the door.  You may not want to wait to buy tickets as this event is first come first serve based and has sold out in the past.

FIT CLUB Free - For All Interested

We are going to start a great new FREE FIT CLUB here at the high school starting on October 28th at 7:30 pm. Fit Club will be lead by Maynard resident, certified P90X Trainer and Coach; Kit Caldicott and other Team Beachbody Coaches in the area. You will have an opportunity to work out to popular programs like P90, P90X, 10-Minute Trainer and Turbo Fire.

This is a FUN, SAFE ENVIRONMENT and ALL FITNESS LEVELS ARE WELCOME!  We'll start with P90 - the newest program from Tony Horton. Click on the link below to watch a short video overview. Tell your friends and come out to Fit Club!!


PS: Come at least 15 minutes early to sign-in.

Support Remembering Maynard's Own


Remembering Maynard's Own, an organization that pays for student activity fees for students in need, is selling athletics themed district calendars. Each calendar has the 9 month district calendar on one sheet of paper that can be easily placed on the refrigerator or the wall. Calendars are $10 for adults and $7 for students! Please see Mr. Caruso or Ms. Diane Dahill for details and purchase. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

Green Meadow Playground Volunteers

The Green Meadow Playground Committee NEEDS your help on Saturday, October 18 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.! This is step one in our commitment to update and beautify the GM playground. We will be replacing a fence around the playground, refreshing the surface of the play area, and repairing broken equipment.

Sign up for a two hour block or the whole time. (Adults only; due to heavy equipment use, this event is not suitable for kids).

Can't offer labor? Donate snacks! We are looking for donations of water, boxes of coffee, breakfast foods.

Please email Erika McDonald at ejcmcd@gmail.com if you are able to help.

Casino Night Vouchers Available

Vouchers are now available for the annual Casino Night sponsored by the Maynard Music Association. Casino Night will take place on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Maynard Elks from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Vouchers are $40 apiece, $35 for two or more, and $45 the day of the event. The price includes $3000 in gaming chips for the night! Last year’s event was sold out! This year’s event will feature dozens of beautiful baskets and prizes as well as valuable auction items! 

The Maynard Music Association supports band and chorus programs at Maynard High School and Fowler Middle School. The proceeds from this fundraiser contribute to scholarships, instrument purchases and repair, choral music and offset other miscellaneous music-related expenses. Vouchers can be purchased through the Fowler main office or by contacting Bonnie Wilson at 978-897-7045. 

The Annual Fenn School Sports Sale

Don't miss the 46th Annual Sports Sale at The Fenn School gym in Concord on Sat., Nov. 1, 2014.  They'll have a wide selection of gently used sports equipment for boys and girls including hockey, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, and other gear available at low prices. Representatives from Hardy's Ski Emporium will be on hand to offer an assortment of brand new skis, boots, and poles at great pre-season prices.  Gym doors open at 9 a.m. and close promptly at noon. Come early for the best selection. The Fenn School is located at 516 Monument Street in Concord.

Donations of gently used sports equipment are welcome! Please drop your items off at The Fenn School on Thurs., Oct. 30, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. or Fri., Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to noon.

Be a Host Family for an International Student
Educatius International is Looking for Host Families in Maynard:
Open your heart and your home...share our unique community!   Invite an International student into your home.

Educatius is seeking families that want to open their home to an international student. Host families are to provide a warm and supportive home and family environment, students should become part of your family. Educatius offers a monthly stipend of $700.00 for each student placed in their home, each family can host up to 2 students.  This can be a positive and rewarding experience for everyone in your family. Hosting a student can provide you with amazing opportunities and lifelong friendships.
To learn more and apply to become a host family, please contact MaryEllen at: mccarthy.clan@verizon.net
or call her at 978 758 2817

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.

Mother and Son - Jammin' Fun

This is a fun event that Maynard boys in Kindergarten through grade five have been bringing their moms to for many years.  There will be games, refreshments and raffles.  It is being held on Friday November 7th at 6:30 p.m.  It will be held at Maynard High School and can be accessed through the Maynard High School Athletic Entrance. 

The cost is $20 per couple and $5 per additional child in attendance if the tickets are purchased in advance.  The cost will be $25 per couple and $5 per additional child if tickets are purchased at the door.  You may not want to wait to buy tickets as this event is first come first serve based and has sold out in the past.

FIT CLUB Free - For All Interested

We are going to start a great new FREE FIT CLUB here at the high school starting on October 28th at 7:30 p.m. Fit Club will be lead by Maynard resident, certified P90X Trainer and Coach; Kit Caldicott and other Team Beachbody Coaches in the area. You will have an opportunity to work out to popular programs like P90, P90X, 10-Minute Trainer and Turbo Fire.

This is a FUN, SAFE ENVIRONMENT and ALL FITNESS LEVELS ARE WELCOME!  We'll start with P90 - the newest program from Tony Horton. Click on the link below to watch a short video overview. Tell your friends and come out to Fit Club!!


PS: Come at least 15 minutes early to sign-in.

MHS Announces its 2015 Musical - Bye Bye Birdie!

Bye Bye Birdie is a wonderful, lighthearted family show based in the ‘50’s.  The story highlights rock idol Conrad Birdie who has just been drafted and the teens in town can’t believe it. He will be coming to Sweet Apple Ohio to bestow a kiss on one lucky girl, Kim MacAfee, before he leaves to join the service. Conrad’s agent and songwriter, Albert, is caught between his overbearing mother and his fiancée of 8 years, Rosie, while he is trying to sort out things with Conrad.  This musical is great fun and nostalgic look back into a special decade of American history.

Auditions are the week of Oct. 20-24th with sign ups across from the ticket booth by the HS theatre.  This is primarily a High School show, but there is one role with a few lines, spoken and sung, for a middle school boy-Randolf, and also the possibility of 2-3 more middle school children for town scenes (no lines).

Anyone in the community interested in working in the show-especially with sound, lighting, set building and painting, prop making, costuming, ads for the program, please contact Mrs. Blanchard at:  cblanchard@maynard.k12.ma.us

Our performances create a wonderful community of Maynard-ites all working together, enjoying their creativity and making the show come alive! Be part of the family!  Please wear comfortable clothes for the dance portion and eat before you come!  Bring a bottle of water-you’ll need it J

Support Remembering Maynard Own

Remembering Maynard's Own, an organization that pays for student activity fees for students in need, is selling athletics themed district calendars. Each calendar has the 9 month district calendar on one sheet of paper that can be easily placed on the refrigerator or the wall. Calendars are $10 for adults and $7 for students! Please see Mr. Caruso or Ms. Diane Dahill for details and purchase. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

A Message From  Coach Smith

The following is a message from Coach Smith Of The Maynard Bromfield Football Team.

"Good Afternoon,

On Friday October 10th, today, the Maynard Bromfield Tigers Football team will be playing the Lunenburg Blue Knights in Lunenburg.  This game will benefit the "Caring For Kate fund" for the Arpano Family.

The Arpano Family are friends of mine who reside in Lunenburg. Their 5 yr old daughter Kate has been diagnosed with a inoperable brain cancer tumor. All proceeds will benefit the "Caring For Kate Fund" which will go towards supporting the quality of life Kate has left with her family as well as helping the family deal with medical costs.

For anyone who would like to donate, please see Kevin Caruso at the game.  He will also collect the names so that donors will receive a "Caring For Kate "rubber bracelet.

Thanks for your consideration in advance.

- Coach Smith-"

Mother And Son - Jammin' Fun

This is a fun event that Maynard boys in Kindergarten through grade five have been bringing their moms to for many years.  There will be games, refreshments and raffles.  It is being held on Friday November 7th at 6:30 pm.  It will be held at Maynard High School and can be accessed through the Maynard High School Athletic Entrance. 

The cost is $20 per couple and $5 per additional child in attendance if the tickets are purchased in advance.  The cost will be $25 per couple and $5 per additional child if tickets are purchased at the door.  You may not want to wait to buy tickets as this event is first come first serve based and has sold out in the past.  

Registration forms have been sent home with the students. Extra forms will be available in the WAVM office at Maynard High School.

FIT CLUB - Free For All Interested

We are going to start a great new FREE FIT CLUB here at the high school starting on October 28th at 7:30 pm. Fit Club will be lead by Maynard resident, certified P90X Trainer and Coach; Kit Caldicott and other Team Beachbody Coaches in the area. You will have an opportunity to work out to popular programs like P90, P90X, 10-Minute Trainer and Turbo Fire.

This is a FUN, SAFE ENVIRONMENT and ALL FITNESS LEVELS ARE WELCOME!  We'll start with P90 - the newest program from Tony Horton. Click on the link below to watch a short video overview. Tell your friends and come out to Fit Club!!


PS: Come at least 15 minutes early to sign-in.

MHS Announces It’s 2015 Musical - Bye Bye Birdie!

Bye Bye Birdie is a wonderful, lighthearted family show based in the ‘50’s.  The story highlights rock idol Conrad Birdie who has just been drafted and the teens in town can’t believe it. He will be coming to Sweet Apple Ohio to bestow a kiss on one lucky girl, Kim MacAfee, before he leaves to join the service. Conrad’s agent and songwriter, Albert, is caught between his overbearing mother and his fiancée of 8 years, Rosie, while he is trying to sort out things with Conrad.  This musical is great fun and nostalgic look back into a special decade of American history.

Auditions are the week of Oct. 20-24th with sign ups across from the ticket booth by the HS theatre.  This is primarily a High School show, but there is one role with a few lines, spoken and sung, for a middle school boy-Randolf, and also the possibility of 2-3 more middle school children for town scenes (no lines).

Anyone in the community interested in working in the show-especially with sound, lighting, set building and painting, prop making, costuming, ads for the program, please contact Mrs. Blanchard at:  cblanchard@maynard.k12.ma.us

Pre-Audition Workshops

Tuesday, Oct. 14th  in the theatre/band room area

5:30-6:30       Music with Joe and Mrs. B
6:30-6:50       “What to expect in the audition process”
6:50-7           break
7-8            Choreography with Jan
                       
Our performances create a wonderful community of Maynard-ites all working together, enjoying their creativity and making the show come alive! Be part of the family!  Please wear comfortable clothes for the dance portion and eat before you come!  Bring a bottle of water-you’ll need it J

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.

MMA Casino Night Is Coming On November 1, 2014

Vouchers are now available for the annual Casino Night sponsored by the Maynard Music Association. Casino Night will take place on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Maynard Elks from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Vouchers are $40 apiece, $35 for two or more, and $45 the day of the event. The price includes $3000 in gaming chips for the night! Last year’s event was sold out! This year’s live auction portion will include Red Sox memorabilia, prints from local artists and a beautiful handmade Maynard-themed afghan! The Maynard Music Association supports band and chorus programs at Maynard High School and Fowler Middle School. The proceeds from this fundraiser contribute to scholarships, instrument purchases and repair, choral music and offset other miscellaneous music-related expenses. Vouchers can be purchased through the Fowler main office or by contacting Bonnie Wilson at 978-897-7045. 

Support Remembering Maynard's Own

Remembering Maynard's Own, an organization that pays for student activity fees for students in need, is selling athletics themed district calendars. Each calendar has the 9 month district calendar on one sheet of paper that can be easily placed on the refrigerator or the wall. Calendars are $10 for adults and $7 for students! Please see Mr. Caruso or Ms. Diane Dahill for details and purchase. 

MHS Band and Chorus Flower Bulb Fundraiser

Support the Maynard High School Band and Chorus trip to Washington DC with some beautiful flowers. Go to the following link to purchase bulbs. The MHS Band/Chorus will receive 50% of all sales and the flowers come directly to you.  The sale ends October 15th.  





Friday, October 3, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

MMA Casino Night is coming on November 1, 2014

Vouchers are now available for the annual Casino Night sponsored by the Maynard Music Association. Casino Night will take place on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Maynard Elks from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Vouchers are $40 apiece, $35 for two or more, and $45 the day of the event. The price includes $3000 in gaming chips for the night! Last year’s event was sold out! This year’s live auction portion will include Red Sox memorabilia, prints from local artists and a beautiful handmade Maynard-themed afghan! The Maynard Music Association supports band and chorus programs at Maynard High School and Fowler Middle School. The proceeds from this fundraiser contribute to scholarships, instrument purchases and repair, choral music and offset other miscellaneous music-related expenses. Vouchers can be purchased through the Fowler main office or by contacting Bonnie Wilson at 978-897-7045. 

Support Remembering Maynard Own

Remembering Maynard's Own, an organization that pays for student activity fees for students in need, is selling athletics themed district calendars. Each calendar has the 9 month district calendar on one sheet of paper that can be easily placed on the refrigerator or the wall. Calendars are $10 for adults and $7 for students! Please see Mr. Caruso or Ms. Diane Dahill for details and purchase. 

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.

MHS Band and Chorus Flower Bulb Fundraiser
Support the Maynard High School Band and Chorus trip to Washington DC with some beautiful flowers. Go to the following link to purchase bulbs. The MHS Band/Chorus will receive 50% of all sales and the flowers come directly to you.  The sale ends October 15th.  

Guest Speaker Jessica Minahan, Author of The Behavior Code

An estimated one in four teenaged students has dealt with an anxiety disorder.  Anxiety, and the behavioral issues it causes, can negatively impact a student’s ability to succeed in school.

Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, and author, is being hosted by the Green Meadow PTO, Fowler PTO and SEPAC to discuss anxiety and its effects on young students. She shifts focus from traditional behavior plans to the use of preventive strategies and the explicit teaching of coping skills, self-monitoring, and alternative responses.  Parents and Educators will learn how to easily implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, executive functioning, and self-monitoring.  

When: Monday, October 6th, from 7:00 to 8:45 pm

Where: Fowler Auditorium, Fowler Middle School, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA

RSVP: Jennifer O’Leary: 978-897-2705
            sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us

Free and open to the public

NOTES FROM THE MAYNARD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
HEALTH SERVICES DEPARTMENT

At the start of every school year a variety of illnesses begin to emerge (colds, fevers, stomach bugs, etc.). Besides frequent and thorough hand washing, keeping a sick child home from school is the best way to prevent an outbreak.

We appreciate those parents/guardians who are being cautious and keeping their children home to try to contain illness and for adhering to the
24 hours/fever-free/without medication rule. Students should also be symptom free (i.e. vomiting, diarrhea) for 24 hours and able to tolerate a normal diet before returning to school.

Please remember to call your school’s absentee line everyday that you keep your child home. Try to be as specific with his or her illness as possible, i.e. “home sick with fever of ___ and cough” or “home with an ear infection” or “home for a fever-free day”. This will help the school nurses identify clusters of illness and prompt preventative measures.

For parents/guardians who are concerned about the much publicized Enterovirus D68, below are questions and answers provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Parents/Guardians of children who have asthma should especially take notice.

Lastly, as we approach influenza (flu) season, keep in mind that the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated for the flu each year. Please click on the following link for more information that will help you learn how to prevent the flu.

As always, if you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact your school’s nurse directly.

MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH FACT SHEET
Enterovirus D68 (EV 68)Massachusetts Department of Public Health | Bureau of Infectious Diseases | 305 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
September 2014

What is Enterovirus D68?

Enterovirus D68 (EV 68) is one of many enteroviruses, a large group of over 100 viruses that can causerespiratory illness, diarrhea, rash and even meningitis and encephalitis.  This particular virus was first identified in California in 1962.  It has been circulating worldwide for several years, causing mild to severe respiratory illness. 
  
What are the symptoms of EV 68?

EV 68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. 
•Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches. 
•Some children, ill with EV 68 infection, have difficulty breathing, and wheezing.  Most of these children had asthma or a history of wheezing. 

How does EV 68 spread?

Since EV 68 causes respiratory illness, the virus can be found in an infected person’s respiratory 
secretions, such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum.  EV 68 likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes or touches surfaces contaminated with virus.  

Who is at risk?

In general, infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses.  That's because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses.This appears to be true for EV 68.  Among the EV 68 cases in identified during August and September 2014, children with asthma had a higher risk for severe respiratory illness.

How is EV 68 treated?

There is no specific treatment for people with respiratory illness caused by EV 68. 
•For mild respiratory illness, you can help relieve symptoms by taking overthecounter medications for pain and fever. Aspirin should not be given to children. 
• People with severe respiratory illness should be seen by a healthcare provider and may need 
hospitalization. 
• There are no antiviral medications available for people who become infected with EV 68. 

Is there a vaccine for EV 68?

No. There is no vaccine. 

How is EV 68 diagnosed?

EV 68 can only be diagnosed by doing specific lab tests. Respiratory illnesses can be caused by many different viruses and have similar symptoms.  Not all respiratory illnesses occurring now are due to EV 68.  Anyone with respiratory illness should contact their doctor, if they are having difficulty breathing, or if their symptoms are getting worse.  

How can I protect myself from EV 68?

You can help protect yourself from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:  
•Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers. 
•Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 
•Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick. 
•Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick
•In schools and daycares, routine environmental cleaning and sanitation is required, especially of hightouch surfaces. Since people with asthma are higher risk for respiratory illnesses, they should take medicines for asthma prescribed for them and maintain control of their asthma.  They should seek care early if they are experiencing respiratory symptoms.  In addition, they should take advantage of influenza vaccine since people with asthma have a difficult time with respiratory illnesses, and influenza is preventable.  

If my child has a respiratory illness, can he or she attend school?

In general, children who are ill should be kept out of school until their symptoms improve.   
For children with chronic cough and/or reactive airway disease, children should return to school when they are clinically well enough to return.

Where can I get more information?

•Your doctor, nurse or clinic, or your local board of health (listed in the phone book under local 
government)  
• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), Division of Epidemiology and 
Immunization at (617) 9836800 or on the MDPH Website at www.mass.gov/dph
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at:
                  

http://www.cdc.gov/nonpolioenterovirus/about/evd68.html

Friday, September 26, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

Guest Speaker Jessica Minahan, Author of The Behavior Code

An estimated one in four teenaged students has dealt with an anxiety disorder.  Anxiety, and the behavioral issues it causes, can negatively impact a student’s ability to succeed in school.

Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, and author, is being hosted by the Green Meadow PTO, Fowler PTO and SEPAC to discuss anxiety and its effects on young students. She shifts focus from traditional behavior plans to the use of preventive strategies and the explicit teaching of coping skills, self-monitoring, and alternative responses.  Parents and Educators will learn how to easily implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, executive functioning, and self-monitoring.  

When: Monday, October 6th, from 7:00 to 8:45 pm

Where: Fowler Auditorium, Fowler Middle School, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA

RSVP: Jennifer O’Leary: 978-897-2705
             sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us

This event is free and open to the public

Maynard’s Animal Kingdom, an Inclusion Day for Kids of all Abilities

Elementary children of all abilities and their families, and leaders of community groups are invited to Maynard’s Animal Kingdom, an Inclusion Day for kids of all abilities! The event will be held at the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley, 212 Great Rd, Maynard, MA 01754, on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 from 1 PM to 2:30 PM. Come, have fun, network with other families, and learn about inclusion for all abilities for no cost. There will be interactive games, sensory friendly activities and a quiet room for book reading. A table with inclusion tips for community leaders will be available as well.

This is a Girl Scout Gold Award Project about Autism Inclusion Resources (AIR) for Rachel Hahn of Maynard Girl Scout Troop 72622. For more information, email:


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MHS Band and Chorus Flower Bulb Fundraiser

Support the Maynard High School Band and Chorus trip to Washington DC with some beautiful flowers. Go to the following link to purchase bulbs. The Maynard High School Band/Chorus will receive 50% of all sales and the flowers come directly to you.  The sale ends October 15th.  

 http://www.flowerpowerfundraising.com/campaign?campaign_id=19807

Bridges Together is being launched at Green Meadow. 

Bridges: Our Stories is a group that brings together seniors (over age 65) and children in 1, 2, and 3 grade to form friendships and make connections. This group, led by a Green Meadow teacher, pairs 2 seniors with 5 students, to read a classic book, do a craft activity and talk about a particular theme. Children and seniors benefit from hearing each other's stories, learning and laughing together. 

Bridges: Our Stories will begin October 2, on Thursdays 3:15- 4:30 pm for 8 weeks. Bridges: Our Stories will be offered through the Excel program (any child ages 1st -3rd grade can attend) for $64 for the 8 week session. Students will be able to stay after school, have a snack, and be supervised until the program begins at 3:15 p.m. 

Senior Volunteers are also needed. Please contact Kerry Weeks: at healyweeks@gmail.com or at 617-596-1559 cell. 

Thanks in advance!

Kerry
617-596-1559

MHS Fundraiser with Halloween Costumes
The class of 2018 is going to be hosting a fundraiser next Saturday - Oct. 4th from 9:30 am to 3 pm in the High School Gym. We will be selling gently used Halloween costumes and accessories for $5-$10. 

NOTES FROM THE MAYNARD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
HEALTH SERVICES DEPARTMENT

At the start of every school year a variety of illnesses begin to emerge (colds, fevers, stomach bugs, etc.). Besides frequent and thorough hand washing, keeping a sick child home from school is the best way to prevent an outbreak.

We appreciate those parents/guardians who are being cautious and keeping their children home to try to contain illness and for adhering to the
24 hours/fever-free/without medication rule. Students should also be symptom free (i.e. vomiting, diarrhea) for 24 hours and able to tolerate a normal diet before returning to school.

Please remember to call your school’s absentee line everyday that you keep your child home. Try to be as specific with his or her illness as possible, i.e. “home sick with fever of ___ and cough” or “home with an ear infection” or “home for a fever-free day”. This will help the school nurses identify clusters of illness and prompt preventative measures.

For parents/guardians who are concerned about the much publicized Enterovirus D68, below are questions and answers provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Parents/Guardians of children who have asthma should especially take notice.

Lastly, as we approach influenza (flu) season, keep in mind that the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated for the flu each year. Please click on the following link for more information that will help you learn how to prevent the flu.


As always, if you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact your school’s nurse directly.

MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH FACT SHEET
Enterovirus D68 (EV 68)Massachusetts Department of Public Health | Bureau of Infectious Diseases | 305 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
September 2014

What is Enterovirus D68?

Enterovirus D68 (EV 68) is one of many enteroviruses, a large group of over 100 viruses that can causerespiratory illness, diarrhea, rash and even meningitis and encephalitis.  This particular virus was first identified in California in 1962.  It has been circulating worldwide for several years, causing mild to severe respiratory illness. 
  
What are the symptoms of EV 68?

EV 68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. 
•Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches. 
•Some children, ill with EV 68 infection, have difficulty breathing, and wheezing.  Most of these children had asthma or a history of wheezing. 

How does EV 68 spread?

Since EV 68 causes respiratory illness, the virus can be found in an infected person’s respiratory 
secretions, such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum.  EV 68 likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes or touches surfaces contaminated with virus.  

Who is at risk?

In general, infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses.  That's because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses.This appears to be true for EV 68.  Among the EV 68 cases in identified during August and September 2014, children with asthma had a higher risk for severe respiratory illness.

How is EV 68 treated?

There is no specific treatment for people with respiratory illness caused by EV 68. 
•For mild respiratory illness, you can help relieve symptoms by taking overthecounter medications for pain and fever. Aspirin should not be given to children. 
• People with severe respiratory illness should be seen by a healthcare provider and may need 
hospitalization. 
• There are no antiviral medications available for people who become infected with EV 68. 

Is there a vaccine for EV 68?

No. There is no vaccine. 

How is EV 68 diagnosed?

EV 68 can only be diagnosed by doing specific lab tests. Respiratory illnesses can be caused by many different viruses and have similar symptoms.  Not all respiratory illnesses occurring now are due to EV 68.  Anyone with respiratory illness should contact their doctor, if they are having difficulty breathing, or if their symptoms are getting worse.  

How can I protect myself from EV 68?

You can help protect yourself from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:  
•Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers. 
•Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 
•Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick. 
•Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick
•In schools and daycares, routine environmental cleaning and sanitation is required, especially of hightouch surfaces. Since people with asthma are higher risk for respiratory illnesses, they should take medicines for asthma prescribed for them and maintain control of their asthma.  They should seek care early if they are experiencing respiratory symptoms.  In addition, they should take advantage of influenza vaccine since people with asthma have a difficult time with respiratory illnesses, and influenza is preventable.  

If my child has a respiratory illness, can he or she attend school?

In general, children who are ill should be kept out of school until their symptoms improve.   
For children with chronic cough and/or reactive airway disease, children should return to school when they are clinically well enough to return.

Where can I get more information?

• Your doctor, nurse or clinic, or your local board of health (listed in the phone book under local 
government)  
• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), Division of Epidemiology and 
Immunization at (617) 9836800 or on the MDPH Website at www.mass.gov/dph
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at:
                  

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.

DPW Notice: Paving of Summer Street and Acton Street - Starting September 11, 2014. 

During the paving, access to and from residence may be restricted or delayed. Road will remain open to all emergency vehicles and school buses. 


As mentioned in the Boston Globe, on exhibit in Maynard:

"WINDOWS ON EARTH" Photographs by Astronauts on the International Space Station on display at Gallery Seven, 7 Nason St. in Maynard thru September 27th.  Free and Open to the public.  Gallery Hours: Tues. - Fri. 10-6 and Sat. 10-5.