Friday, January 23, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

Maynard Youth Basketball Annual Alumni Basketball Game

The Boys & Girls Club of Assbet Valley is excited to announce that Maynard Youth Basketball will be holding our second Annual Alumni Basketball Game on February 7, 2015 from 6 PM - 12AM. 

The first part of the evening will consist of two basketball games of MHS Alumni and current high school basketball players.  MHS players from 1988-1999 will be playing MHS players from 2000-2009 at 6pm.  The second game of the evening will be MHS players from 2010-2014 playing against the current MHS high school players at 7pm, both at Maynard High School Gym. 

When the games end we will all head to the Maynard Lodge of Elks for raffles, silent auctions, 50/50 drawings, light food, and a cash bar.  All money raised will help our basketball program with gym costs, league costs, replacement uniforms, and allowing every child a chance to play basketball in Maynard regardless of financial ability.  The tickets for the evening are $20 (Game and Elks), $15 (Just the Elks) and $5 for just the games and will be available at the Boys and Girls Club starting January 20th.  Tickets can also be purchased at the gate on the night of the event.   
  
We need your help with this event!! The following positions need to be filled to help make this amazing, fun fundraiser a success:

1.  2-3 volunteers for following up on the letters for sponsors, raffle prizes, and food donations.
2.  4-5 volunteers to work the concessions at the game between 5:15pm-7:30pm (Halftime of the 2nd game) (45 minute shifts)
3.  2  volunteers to work the gate at the game from 5:15pm-7:15pm
4.  2 volunteers to work the door at the Elks from 8:00pm - 9:00pm (collect and check wristbands)
5.  4-5  volunteers  to sell raffle tickets and 50/50 squares from 8:00pm -9:30pm (1/2 hour shifts)

To volunteer or for questions, please email Wendy Allegrone-Leslie at allegrone@bgcav.org.


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.

SEPAC Support Group:  Managing Life with a Special Needs Child

Are you a parent of a child with special needs and find that daily life can wear you down?
Would you like to gather with other parents in a positive and supportive group to share feelings, perspectives, and resources?

The Maynard SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) is creating a Parent Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs between the ages of 4 and 7 years old.
This confidential and interactive group will be moderated by Patty Marquis, LICSW, and will meet together for a six-week session.  The focus will be on sharing thoughts and practices in an effort to find practical, everyday “solutions” to the problems and challenges faced by a family raising a child with special needs.

Participants will discuss a range of topics including:

·         Lifestyle changes in home and family
·         Impact on marriages, family relationships, and friendships
·         Parental stress management
·         Developing a plan for effectively managing your child’s routines and behaviors

The group will meet for a six-week session on Monday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 am at the Maynard Town Hall Community Room beginning on February 2nd.  The size of the group is limited and parents are asked to commit to attending all 6 sessions for continuity of the group dynamics.  If you are interested in the group, please contact Jessica O’Toole for more information at sepacsec@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-0650.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

Maynard High School Safety and Security

In an effort to keep our school community fully informed, I am providing the link to today's press release from District Attorney Marrian T. Ryan's office, at:


I was pleased to read the following quote from Maynard Police Chief Dubois:
"We appreciate the close partnership with the school official's in helping us to act on this reported threat so quickly." 

I would like to add that the school administration appreciates the support we receive from the Police, Fire and all of the Town of Maynard Departments.  Maynard is a wonderful town and we solve our problems collaboratively!

Maynard High School Music Accolades

This week five students from MHS will be performing at the Sr. District music festival. They were accepted by audition among hundreds of area music students. These talented musicians are: Helen Gerondeau-french horn, Jeff Umbrell-trumpet, Grace Wilson-trombone, Sam Jones-tenor voice, Karima Haddouch-soprano voice. This is a huge accomplishment-there is no differentiation made between school size--just who performed the best.

Next week, Jeff and Grace earned the right (via how highly they scored) to audition for All-State, and the following weekend, we have 6 MHS 8th graders auditioning for Jr. Districts.


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.

SEPAC Support Group:  Managing Life with a Special Needs Child

Are you a parent of a child with special needs and find that daily life can wear you down?
Would you like to gather with other parents in a positive and supportive group to share feelings, perspectives, and resources?

The Maynard SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) is creating a Parent Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs between the ages of 4 and 7 years old.
This confidential and interactive group will be moderated by Patty Marquis, LICSW, and will meet together for a six-week session.  The focus will be on sharing thoughts and practices in an effort to find practical, everyday “solutions” to the problems and challenges faced by a family raising a child with special needs.

Participants will discuss a range of topics including:

·         Lifestyle changes in home and family
·         Impact on marriages, family relationships, and friendships
·         Parental stress management
·         Developing a plan for effectively managing your child’s routines and behaviors

The group will meet for a six-week session on Monday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 am at the Maynard Town Hall Community Room beginning on February 2nd.  The size of the group is limited and parents are asked to commit to attending all 6 sessions for continuity of the group dynamics.  If you are interested in the group, please contact Jessica O’Toole for more information at sepacsec@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-0650.





Thursday, January 15, 2015

Superintendent's Notes


Maynard High School Safety and Security

Principal Caragianes sent an email to the school community at approximately 4:00 yesterday identifying emergency vehicles have been present at Maynard High School.  Last night the media outlets have been reporting a legal matter in regard to the safety and security of Maynard High School.  The Town of Maynard has handled the release of information through an official press release at:


Principal Caragianes explained in his email that due to confidentiality requirements he could not elaborate on this matter.  At this time I cannot comment any further on the legal matter as well.

The Maynard Police Department and School Department have been working collaboratively.  There is an increased Police presence at the Maynard Public Schools.  We will continue to focus our efforts on school safety and security.

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.

SEPAC Support Group:  Managing Life with a Special Needs Child

Are you a parent of a child with special needs and find that daily life can wear you down?
Would you like to gather with other parents in a positive and supportive group to share feelings, perspectives, and resources?

The Maynard SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) is creating a Parent Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs between the ages of 4 and 7 years old.
This confidential and interactive group will be moderated by Patty Marquis, LICSW, and will meet together for a six-week session.  The focus will be on sharing thoughts and practices in an effort to find practical, everyday “solutions” to the problems and challenges faced by a family raising a child with special needs.

Participants will discuss a range of topics including:

·         Lifestyle changes in home and family
·         Impact on marriages, family relationships, and friendships
·         Parental stress management
·         Developing a plan for effectively managing your child’s routines and behaviors

The group will meet for a six-week session on Monday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 am at the Maynard Town Hall Community Room beginning on February 2nd.  The size of the group is limited and parents are asked to commit to attending all 6 sessions for continuity of the group dynamics.  If you are interested in the group, please contact Jessica O’Toole for more information at sepacsec@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-0650.

Green Meadow School Preschool Information Night

Preschool Information Night will be held on January 15, 2015.  The hours will be from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm.  The Preschool program is NAEYC Accredited and follows guidelines from the Department of Early Education and Care.  Both Full day and half day classes are offered.

During the evening you will have a chance to view the classrooms, learn about the curriculum and meet the staff.  We welcome you to come and learn more about this wonderful program.

MHS Band and Chorus Fundraiser

The Maynard High School Band and Chorus will be having a group fundraiser at Papa Gino's in Stow on Thursday, January 15th from 4 pm to 9 pm. 20% of total sales will go to help decrease the overall costs for their trip to Washington DC in April.  A flyer must be brought in with each order.  That flyer can be found on the Maynard Public Schools website at:

https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/maynard-public-school/documents-to-download

This link brings you to the Documents to Download page.  On the left hand side you will see a document labeled Papa Gino's Fundraiser.pdf.  If you click on the word download you can print the flyer needed.


Both dine-in and take-out orders are included in this fundraiser.  Come bring the whole family - no cooking or dishes to be done and the band and chorus will benefit! Please note that coupons are not accepted with the flyer. Thank you for your support!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Superintendent's Notes

SEPAC Support Group:  Managing Life with a Special Needs Child

Are you a parent of a child with special needs and find that daily life can wear you down?
Would you like to gather with other parents in a positive and supportive group to share feelings, perspectives, and resources?

The Maynard SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) is creating a Parent Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs between the ages of 4 and 7 years old.
This confidential and interactive group will be moderated by Patty Marquis, LICSW, and will meet together for a six-week session.  The focus will be on sharing thoughts and practices in an effort to find practical, everyday “solutions” to the problems and challenges faced by a family raising a child with special needs.

Participants will discuss a range of topics including:

·         Lifestyle changes in home and family
·         Impact on marriages, family relationships, and friendships
·         Parental stress management
·         Developing a plan for effectively managing your child’s routines and behaviors

The group will meet for a six-week session on Monday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 am at the Maynard Town Hall Community Room beginning on February 2nd.  The size of the group is limited and parents are asked to commit to attending all 6 sessions for continuity of the group dynamics.  If you are interested in the group, please contact Jessica O’Toole for more information at sepacsec@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-0650.

Green Meadow School Preschool Information Night

Preschool Information Night will be held on January 15, 2015.  The hours will be from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm.  The Preschool program is NAEYC Accredited and follows guidelines from the Department of Early Education and Care.  Both Full day and half day classes are offered.

During the evening you will have a chance to view the classrooms, learn about the curriculum and meet the staff.  We welcome you to come and learn more about this wonderful program.

MHS Band and Chorus Fundraiser

The Maynard High School Band and Chorus will be having a group fundraiser at Papa Gino's in Stow on Thursday, January 15th from 4 pm to 9 pm. 20% of total sales will go to help decrease the overall costs for their trip to Washington DC in April.  A flyer must be brought in with each order.  That flyer can be found on the Maynard Public Schools website at:

https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/maynard-public-school/documents-to-download

This link brings you to the Documents to Download page.  On the left hand side you will see a document labeled Papa Gino's Fundraiser.pdf.  If you click on the word download you can print the flyer needed.

Both dine-in and take-out orders are included in this fundraiser.  Come bring the whole family - no cooking or dishes to be done and the band and chorus will benefit!   Please note that coupons are not accepted with the flyer. Thank you for your support!

Central Office Relocation Update

The central office relocation from the Coolidge School to the Fowler School is complete.  All visitors to the central office must enter through the 3 R Tiger Drive entrance which is the furthest door to the right (when facing the front of the Fowler School).  

The central office hours continue to be 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  However, often individual administrators make themselves available beyond the general operating hour.

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.

Kindergarten Registration for 2015-2016

The Green Meadow School will be holding Kindergarten Registration for the 2015-2016 school year on Tuesday, January 13th from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, January 14th from 9:00 a.m. to noon and Thursday, January 15th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  There will also be an evening registration on Wednesday, January 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Children must be 5 years old before September 1, 2015 to enter kindergarten. At registration, parents must present their child’s birth certificate, record of immunizations, recent physical exam, and proof of Maynard residency.  This could be a utility bill, a lease, or a tax receipt.  Driver’s licenses will not be accepted as proof of residency.  If you have any questions, please call Green Meadow School at 978-897-8246.



Friday, December 12, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

The WAVM Beacon Santa Telethon is this Weekend

The WAVM Beacon Santa Telethon begins tonight, December 12, at 7:00 pm, and runs until 10:00 am on Sunday, December 14. The Telethon is available for viewing on Comcast channel 8 and Verizon Fios channel 28. It can also be streamed online at www.wavm.org.

Fit Club at MHS

"You may have caught the great article in this week's Beacon-Villager about the free Fit Club being held at the Maynard High School. Please be advised that during basketball season, Fit Club will be held on MONDAYS instead of TUESDAYS at 7:15 pm. 

This week, it will start at 7:00 pm. Kit Horton Caldicott is inviting you to a private motivational call with the creator of P90X, Tony Horton,this Monday night, December 15th at 8:30 pm. Dial in is: 712-432-3066, Code: 623550." Tony will provide his best tips for staying healthy and fit during the holidays and into the New Year."

Kit
Kit Caldicott
Star Diamond Team Beachbody Coach
Cell: 781-771-3499

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.

Kindergarten Registration for 2015-2016

The Green Meadow School will be holding Kindergarten Registration for the 2015-2016 school year on Tuesday, January 13th from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, January 14th from 9:00 a.m. to noon and Thursday, January 15th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  There will also be an evening registration on Wednesday, January 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Children must be 5 years old before September 1, 2015 to enter kindergarten. At registration, parents must present their child’s birth certificate, record of immunizations, recent physical exam, and proof of Maynard residency.  This could be a utility bill, a lease, or a tax receipt.  Driver’s licenses will not be accepted as proof of residency.  If you have any questions, please call Green Meadow School at 978-897-8246.

Green Meadow and Fowler PTO Guest Speaker, Sarah Ward Coming in December

Learn how to teach children to effectively balance and manage their academic work and materials, plus their time, with guest speaker Sarah Ward at the Fowler School Auditorium on December 15. This event is being hosted by the Green Meadow PTO and the Fowler School PTO.

She will be providing parents, teachers and local professionals with actionable, practical ways they can help their children develop their “executive function” skills. Those are the skills we all use and need to plan, start and finish tasks on time. During this two-hour event, you will learn how to effectively teach the children in your life to:

• Create a homework space
• Organize personal and school materials
• Record assignments and create a schedule
• Manage time and tasks
• Complete long term projects

Sarah Ward regularly presents on the topic of executive functions to a variety of professional and parent organizations. Her innovative and effective approaches have been featured on National Public Radio, and she is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Massachusetts General Hospital Expertise in Clinical Practice Award and Faculty in Excellence Award.

Please join us for this free event at the Fowler School Auditorium on December 15, from 7-9 p.m. Please RSVP by sending an email to Jen Lenicheck @ jenlenicheck@yahoo.com.

Central Office Relocation Update

The central office relocation from the Coolidge School to Fowler is on target to be conducted during the vacation week from December 24th through January5th.  Any business that needs to be conducted with the central office can be done at the Coolidge School before December 24th and at the Fowler school after January 6th.

We didn't want there to be any confusion as you may have seen the new sidewalk and central office sign from Coolidge being moved to the Fowler school.  Other facility and security preparations are projected to be completed on time and we are excited to begin central office business from Fowler in the new year.



Friday, December 5, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

Kindergarten Registration for 2015-2016

The Green Meadow School will be holding Kindergarten Registration for the 2015-2016 school year on Tuesday, January 13th from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, January 14th from 9:00 a.m. to noon and Thursday, January 15th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  There will also be an evening registration on Wednesday, January 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Children must be 5 years old before September 1, 2015 to enter kindergarten. At registration, parents must present their child’s birth certificate, record of immunizations, recent physical exam, and proof of Maynard residency.  This could be a utility bill, a lease, or a tax receipt.  Driver’s licenses will not be accepted as proof of residency.  If you have any questions, please call Green Meadow School at 978-897-8246.

Beacon Santa Telethon

The WAVM Telethon will be held at Maynard High School on December 12th to the 15th.  Once again the students are in need of donated items for their on-air auction. Donations of toys, games, furniture, electronics, books, household items, holiday decorations as well as tickets to a show, concert or a sporting event, gift certificates or a provided service are all most welcome. Gift baskets donated by your family, neighborhood or club are also a great way to help the auction.
Items are being collected at Maynard High School during school hours and throughout the weekend of the telethon. The WAVM students will also be happy to pick up your donation at your home. Please call the station at 978-897-5213 for assistance.

All donations are gratefully accepted but regret that we can only accept new items. 


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.

Green Meadow and Fowler PTO Guest Speaker, Sarah Ward Coming in December

Learn how to teach children to effectively balance and manage their academic work and materials, plus their time, with guest speaker Sarah Ward at the Fowler School Auditorium on December 15. This event is hosted by the Green Meadow PTO and the Fowler School PTO.

She will be providing parents, teachers and local professionals with actionable, practical ways they can help their children develop their “executive function” skills. Those are the skills we all use and need to plan, start and finish tasks on time. During this two-hour event, you will learn how to effectively teach the children in your life to:

• Create a homework space
• Organize personal and school materials
• Record assignments and create a schedule
• Manage time and tasks
• Complete long term projects

Sarah Ward regularly presents on the topic of executive functions to a variety of professional and parent organizations. Her innovative and effective approaches have been featured on National Public Radio, and she is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Massachusetts General Hospital Expertise in Clinical Practice Award and Faculty in Excellence Award.

Please join us for this free event at the Fowler School Auditorium on December 15, from 7-9 p.m. Please RSVP by sending an email to Jen Lenicheck @ jenlenicheck@yahoo.com.

Central Office Relocation Update

The central office relocation from the Coolidge School to Fowler is on target to be conducted during the vacation week from December 24th through January5th.  Any business that needs to be conducted with the central office can be done at the Coolidge School before December 24th and at the Fowler school after January 6th.

We didn't want there to be any confusion as you may have seen the new sidewalk and central office sign from Coolidge being moved to the Fowler school.  Other facility and security preparations are projected to be completed on time and we are excited to begin central office business from Fowler in the new year.

Announcing the Maynard SEPAC  5thAnnual Winter Social

The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will be hosting its 5th Annual Winter Social on Monday, December 8th, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The Winter Social will be held in the Green Meadow Elementary cafeteria located at 5 Tiger Drive in Maynard. All students receiving Special Education services in Maynard are invited, as well as their parents, and siblings. Students in the Best Buddies program from Maynard High School will be on hand to help out.

This free event will feature crafts, activities, snacks and fun for the entire family. Exciting prizes will be raffled off for adult partygoers. All proceeds from the raffle will be used to help pay for future SEPAC activities. All children will receive a goody bag. Don't miss out on a fantastic night! 

Please RSVP to Rachel Levy at racheldayson@hotmail.com or 617-458-1294, or go to http://sepac.maynardschools.org.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

Green Meadow and Fowler PTO Guest Speaker, Sarah Ward Coming in December

Learn how to teach children to effectively balance and manage their academic work and materials, plus their time, with guest speaker Sarah Ward at the Fowler School Auditorium on December 15. This event is hosted by the Green Meadow PTO and the Fowler School PTO.

She will be providing parents, teachers and local professionals with actionable, practical ways they can help their children develop their “executive function” skills. Those are the skills we all use and need to plan, start and finish tasks on time. During this two-hour event, you will learn how to effectively teach the children in your life to:

• Create a homework space
• Organize personal and school materials
• Record assignments and create a schedule
• Manage time and tasks
• Complete long term projects

Sarah Ward regularly presents on the topic of executive functions to a variety of professional and parent organizations. Her innovative and effective approaches have been featured on National Public Radio, and she is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Massachusetts General Hospital Expertise in Clinical Practice Award and Faculty in Excellence Award.

Please join us for this free event at the Fowler School Auditorium on December 15, from 7-9 p.m. Please RSVP by sending an email to Jen Lenicheck @ jenlenicheck@yahoo.com.


Powderpuff Football and More!

The MHS Sophomore class is sponsoring a Powderpuff Football Game on Tuesday the 25th of November at 5:30. Come out to Alumni Field to see the girls of MHS play some football and support the class of 2017! Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults. The annual bonfire will also be taking place on the basketball courts Tuesday night to keep everyone warm. See you there!


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.

REFUSE TO USE ….YOU’RE NEVER ALONE CONTEST:  NOVEMBER 30, 2014

The Maynard Elks and the Maynard Emblem Club are pleased to announce they will be hosting the “Refuse to Use ….You’re Never Alone” Drug Awareness Program at the Maynard Public Schools.  In conjunction with the Maynard Public Schools and Maynard Police Department the Maynard Elks/Emblem Club is collecting 8 ½ x 11 posters from children in grades 3-5 and 150 word essays from children in grades 6-8.  There will be prizes for the best girl and boy poster and best girl and boy essay.  The winning posters and essays will be submitted for consideration in next year’s Elks Drug Awareness Coloring book!  The child may also be considered for a National prize!  Posters and essay will become the property of the Elks and must include the name of the student, gender, age, school grade, telephone number, address and name of the teacher.  Judges will be members of the Elks, school community and Maynard Police Department.  Deadline for posters and essays is November 30, 2014.  Winners will be announced in the Maynard Elks newsletter and the Superintendent's weekly blog. 

The National Board Of Elks has partnered with the Office of National Drug Control, Drug Enforcement Agency, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration and Marvel Comics to provide this program.  The Massachusetts division of the Elks spent more than $140,000 last year to provide drug education.  This is a great program and an opportunity for the Maynard Elks to bring funding into the Maynard Schools to provide this program. Any child interested in participating in this contest can pick up a Drug Awareness baggie from the Principals Office at their school.  The baggie will include the rules of the contest a coloring book and a word find puzzles.  There will be some information on alcohol and tobacco prevention for kids in grades 5 - 8. 

Central Office Relocation Update

The central office relocation from the Coolidge School to Fowler is on target to be conducted during the vacation week from December 24th through January5th.  Any business that needs to be conducted with the central office can be done at the Coolidge School before December 24th and at the Fowler school after January 6th.

We didn't want there to be any confusion as you may have seen the new sidewalk and central office sign from Coolidge being moved to the Fowler school.  Other facility and security preparations are projected to be completed on time and we are excited to begin central office business from Fowler in the new year.

Announcing the Maynard SEPAC  5thAnnual Winter Social

The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will be hosting its 5th Annual Winter Social on Monday, December 8th, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The Winter Social will be held in the Green Meadow Elementary cafeteria located at 5 Tiger Drive in Maynard. All students receiving Special Education services in Maynard are invited, as well as their parents, and siblings. Students in the Best Buddies program from Maynard High School will be on hand to help out.

This free event will feature crafts, activities, snacks and fun for the entire family. Exciting prizes will be raffled off for adult partygoers. All proceeds from the raffle will be used to help pay for future SEPAC activities. All children will receive a goody bag. Don't miss out on a fantastic night! 


Please RSVP to Rachel Levy at racheldayson@hotmail.com or 617-458-1294, or go to http://sepac.maynardschools.org.