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.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

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 this 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 grade 5 -8. 

Maynard High School is placed on the 5th Annual Advanced Placement Honor Roll

I am excited to announce that I received an email today from the College Board.  They have placed Maynard High School on the 5th annual Advanced Placement Honor Roll.  Maynard is one of 547 school districts selected in the U.S. and Canada.  I congratulated the Guidance and Administration for their hard work toward this accomplishment.

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 January 5th.  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 being installed last week or the will see the move of the central office sign from Coolidge to Fowler next week.  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.

Thank you from the Maynard Music Association Casino Night Fundraiser Committee

The Maynard Music Association (MMA) hosted its sixth annual casino Game night fundraiser on November 1st and enjoyed great success in raising over $11,000 to support the needs of band and chorus students at Fowler School and Maynard High School.

Our deepest appreciation goes to the local business community, parents, music teachers and other staff, students, and community leaders who provided support.  Casino Game Night would not have been possible without the support of so many people.  Thank you to all who contributed.  If we have inadvertently left anyone out, please know that your efforts are greatly appreciated!

Mark your calendars for next year's Casino Game Night on November 7th, 2015 at the Maynard Elks.  We look forward to your future support of our student musicians and choral students through this worthy fundraiser!

Bonnie Wilson, Chairperson
MMA Casino Nigh Committee

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.

RECREATION BASKETBALL LEAGUES  (Gr. 3- 8)

Winter Maynard In-Town League for boys & girls in grades 2- 8 are beginning.  Practices will begin the week of December 1, with the first games on December 6. Program will run through mid-February.

Players will be evaluated to form balanced* teams for  in-town leagues (boys and girls have separate leagues).  Boys leagues organized by grade: 3/4th grade, 5/6 grade and 7/8th grade, **Girls Leagues are Gr. 2/3, Gr. 4/5 & Gr. 6 - 8.  These leagues are open to all Maynard children registering until all teams have been filled. Teams will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Every effort is made to accommodate all registrations. 

Please note that Recreation Basketball is not select; all players regardless of  skill level are welcome in Recreation Basketball.) Teams have one hour long practice per week and games are held on Saturdays. This league operates with adult volunteers and paid referees. The success of the program greatly depends on full participation. Volunteers interested in coaching or being a parent manager should notify the Boys and Girls Club at 978-461-2871.

Fee: $100/player 
Family Max: $250 Family fee can only be processed in person at the Boys and Girls Club, sorry no internet registration for family fee.   

** We are currently in the process of restructuring the girls recreation program to help boost participation and team numbers.

 To balance teams, players must attend evaluations. Recreation evaluations will be conducted on Saturday, November 15th at the Boys & Girls Club.  

Now Accepting Registrations for Kindergarten & 1st and 2nd Grade Basketball
Kindergarten and 1st & 2nd Grade Programs 
 Session 1: 12/6-1/17 (No Class 12/27)
Session 2: 1/24*-2/28
*Session 2 start date may be adjusted if there are weather cancellations for Session 1.
Club Member Fee: $65 per session
Non-Member Fee: $75 per session
Location: Fowler School

Kinder-Dribblers, Grade: Kindergarten, Game Time: 9:00am
Kinder-Dribblers is a great introductory course to the skills of basketball.  This is a co-ed program for all Kindergartners interested in learning the game of basketball.  These little sporties will be learning the basics and having a great time putting their excess energy to good use! Lowered hoops will be used.  (Max 40)

Co-Ed Biddy Basketball, Grades: 1st & 2nd
Game Time: 10:15am 
Come develop your basketball skills with The Boys & Girls Club!
Fundamentals and skill development emphasized in a fun atmosphere. League consists of coach assisted scrimmages. Let’s play some hoops!!! Lowered hoops will be used. (Max 40)

To register, please log onto www.bgcav.org or for questions please email Nick at cacciolfi@bgcav.org.  





Friday, November 7, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

‘Be Fit Be Cool’ comes to MHS

On November 4, 2014 Maynard High School hosted an exciting presentation on Wellness & Fitness for all 8th graders.  The program is part of a Healthy Nutrition & Exercise Awareness Campaign offered to middle schools across the country by the American Association of Physicians of India Origin (AAPI).  All students attending the “Be Fit Be Cool” activity attended a brief presentation on Nutrition and Exercise. Students and teachers wrapped up the event with a 20-25 minute mile walk around the new campus track and a healthy snack. 
In addition Dr. Bharti Kharana, a radiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a member of AAPI arranged for a generous donation of over $1000 to be made to Maynard High School. The donation will be used to purchase fitness equipment such as pedometers, another way to record the miles they will walk in Physical Education/Wellness classes; resistance bands to strengthen their muscles; stop watches for circuit training, and the much sought after Hippity Hop Bouncers to help develop their legs. This additional equipment will assist in promoting the health and fitness of all our students. The event was arranged with the support of staff members Nancy Griffin, Pat Trahman, Purnima Vadhara, Trish DeMars and the eighth grade teachers.

Band and Chorus Holiday Pie Fund Raiser

The HS band and chorus students are selling pies, just in time for Thanksgiving and the holidays!  If you would like some pie (no work for you, they come frozen and you pop them in the oven right before serving), please ask any HS band or chorus member.
Thanks so much for supporting the HS musicians!

Sales will run through next Friday (Nov. 14). The pies are absolutely delicious!
Mile High Apple, Pumpkin, Chocolate, Mixed Berry, Blueberry, etc.
All proceeds will help the kids pay for their national competition and cultural trip to Washington DC.

Sincerely,
Cindy Blanchard

RECREATION BASKETBALL LEAGUES  (Gr. 3- 8)

Winter Maynard In-Town League for boys & girls in grades 2- 8 are beginning.  Practices will begin the week of December 1, with the first games on December 6. Program will run through mid-February.

Players will be evaluated to form balanced* teams for  in-town leagues (boys and girls have separate leagues).  Boys leagues organized by grade: 3/4th grade, 5/6 grade and 7/8th grade, **Girls Leagues are Gr. 2/3, Gr. 4/5 & Gr. 6 - 8.  These leagues are open to all Maynard children registering until all teams have been filled. Teams will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Every effort is made to accommodate all registrations. 

Please note that Recreation Basketball is not select; all players regardless of  skill level are welcome in Recreation Basketball.) Teams have one hour long practice per week and games are held on Saturdays. This league operates with adult volunteers and paid referees. The success of the program greatly depends on full participation. Volunteers interested in coaching or being a parent manager should notify the Boys and Girls Club at 978-461-2871.

Fee: $100/player 
Family Max: $250 Family fee can only be processed in person at the Boys and Girls Club, sorry no internet registration for family fee.   

** We are currently in the process of restructuring the girls recreation program to help boost participation and team numbers.

 To balance teams, players must attend evaluations. Recreation evaluations will be conducted on Saturday, November 15th at the Boys & Girls Club.  

Now Accepting Registrations for Kindergarten & 1st and 2nd Grade Basketball
Kindergarten and 1st & 2nd Grade Programs 
 Session 1: 12/6-1/17 (No Class 12/27)
Session 2: 1/24*-2/28
*Session 2 start date may be adjusted if there are weather cancellations for Session 1.
Club Member Fee: $65 per session
Non-Member Fee: $75 per session
Location: Fowler School

Kinder-Dribblers, Grade: Kindergarten, Game Time: 9:00am
Kinder-Dribblers is a great introductory course to the skills of basketball.  This is a co-ed program for all Kindergartners interested in learning the game of basketball.  These little sporties will be learning the basics and having a great time putting their excess energy to good use! Lowered hoops will be used.  (Max 40)

Co-Ed Biddy Basketball, Grades: 1st & 2nd
Game Time: 10:15am 
Come develop your basketball skills with The Boys & Girls Club!
Fundamentals and skill development emphasized in a fun atmosphere. League consists of coach assisted scrimmages. Let’s play some hoops!!! Lowered hoops will be used. (Max 40)

To register, please log onto www.bgcav.org or for questions please email Nick at cacciolfi@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.

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 and 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. 

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. 



Friday, October 31, 2014

Superintendent's Notes


Outstanding Student Accomplishments

Congratulations to the football team for beating Ayer to be Tri-League Champions with Littleton and Lunenburg.   The playoff game vs. Bay Path is tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Alumni Field.

League playoff rules require ticket prices to be set at $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for all students/seniors

Congratulations to the girls varsity soccer team for clinching another league championship and the boys for taking second place.  Both are in the playoffs!

The girls lost the name grab and got the number two seed. They will get a buy and play the winner of Sutton/Tahanto on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Alumni Field. 

The boys were the number four seed and also earned a buy and will play Abbey Kelley on Wednesday night at 5:00 p.m. at Alumni Field. 

Tickets will be $5 for adults and 3 for seniors. 

Go tigers! 

SEPAC Basic Rights in Special Education Workshop

This workshop is sponsored by the Maynard SEPAC, Sudbury SEPAC, and Acton-Boxborough SEPAC.  The Basic Rights workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Massachusetts Special Education Law, and No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

This workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school.

A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct this workshop. Federation workshops are free to parents and open to the public.  You are welcome to attend any workshop in or outside of your immediate community

The  event is scheduled for Monday November 3, 2014 from 7-9pm.  It will be held  at Curtis Middle School Library, 22 Pratts Mill Road, Sudbury.

 If you have any questions you can contact sudburysepac@gmail.com

Improv Night at Maynard High School

The introduction to theatre class is putting on a fun filled, interactive Improvisational Night! The class is made up of students in grades 9-11. It will be a comedic and interesting night, great for families of all ages. Improv Night will be held in the Maynard High School auditorium on November 5, 2014 from 7 to 8 p.m. This event is free with donations being put towards scripts and rights for the One Act Plays in the spring.

Mrs. Blanchard and her students hope to see you there! 

The Green Meadow PTO Partnership

The PTO's at all three of our schools are absolutely wonderful and supportive.  The relationships are true partnerships in improving the quality of education. 

Recently the Green Meadow PTO recently sent a letter home to the Green Meadow parents highlighting how the money raised in fundraiser is spent.  I thought that it might be nice to share this information with the whole district.  While I could not reiterate all of the details, I can tell you that they help support all of the following very important academic initiatives including: Drumlin Farm Animal Habitat, Science Time from Jam Time, Weather Program from Discovery, guest authors, paleontologist, naturalist, the vernal pool program, field trips, ordering books to increase the leveled libraries and other literacy-related programs.

I just want to express my gratitude to the PTO for all their hard work and support that directly improves the academic offerings in a public school.  This is another example of why Maynard is such a special community.

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.

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 and 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. 

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.

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. 

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 fiancĂ©e 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.