Wednesday, September 17, 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

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:


and visit:


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

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.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

Resignation Accepted with Sorrow

At last night's School Committee Meeting, the School Committee as a whole accepted the resignation of Mr. Bernard "Ken" Estabrook from the school committee with sorrow.  It was acknowledge how much he has contributed to the School System and that we are confident that he will still find ways to contribute to the larger community.

As a result of his vacancy, the School Committee and Board of Selectmen will be holding a joint meeting to fill this position.  Please go to the Maynard Public Schools website to find out the details on how to apply at:


The information is posted on the right hand side of the homepage.

Who wants to win a free iPAd Mini?

This year the Maynard Public Schools will be giving away one iPad Mini at each school to families that have filled out the Free and Reduced Meals Form.  We are encouraging participation in filling out these forms because the state funding formula for our schools can be improved by more accurate reporting.  Many people do not fill out the form because they do not think they will qualify or for issues around confidentiality. 

Even if you do not think you will qualify, we are encouraging 100% participation in filling out the forms so that we can be as accurate as possible.  Anyone regardless of if they qualify will be eligible to win the iPad Mini if they fill out the form.

In regard to confidentiality, with the new electronic systems, it is very hard for other students to know who is receiving free or reduced lunch.  As a convenience for parents, we have the Free and Reduced Meals On Line Application that can be filled out electronically at:


If you prefer hard copies of the Free and Reduced Meals Form, they can be found by asking the secretary in the office at each school. Please fill out the forms as soon as possible to be eligible.

Maynard Public Schools Lighting

I have received some questions about the security lighting in the parking lot and the building lighting in the evening at our schools.  When I checked with our head custodian, David Herlihy, he explained to me the lighting procedures for the three schools. 

Interior:
Maynard High School interior lighting is on a time clock system and is currently set from 5:00 A.M. till 10:00 P.M., Mon. through Fri. to allow for the later programs like WAVM and athletics to be completed., MHS lights should be completely off Sat. and Sun. unless there is building overtime use which does happen on occasion.  Green Meadow and Fowler interior lighting runs from 5:00 or 6:00 A.M. till 9:00 P.M. and is turned on and shut off manually. Again, at these schools there is no lighting Sat. or Sun. unless there is building overtime.

There is very little interior security lighting at all three schools. Green Meadow only has the red glow from exit signs, and Fowler only has the canopy lights and some small recessed can lighting in the front foyers. MHS has the Main Office half lit and a dimmed classroom at each corner of the building. It really is quite minimal but more noticeable at the high school because of all the glass.

Exterior:
Maynard High parking lot lights run from dusk till dawn on photo cells. We run exterior lighting overnight for several reasons: It is a deterrent to crime, and allows the police to readily see suspicious activity as they routinely patrol all school grounds. The police make nightly drive-by inspections and regularly walk the building perimeter.  They check doors and windows to see if they are secure and report any damage. Visibility is a must for them. Also, winter is our longest season, and our DPW spends a lot of time plowing and sanding our lots during the course of the night when lighting would be helpful.
     
The Maynard Public Schools are community schools that are used extensively.  My hope is that this will answer the questions in regard to this matter.

Exciting New Excel Program
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. 

Please call me with questions!

Thank you in advance,

Kerry Weeks

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. 

Current Book
I am currently reading the book, The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work (Achor, 2010).  The author, Shaun Anchor, was a student, resident assistant, lecturer, and professor at Harvard where he did much of his research on this topic. Through brain, visual processing, and other  research they have proven that the brain has more capacity when people are in a happy state.  My favorite quote in this book so far is:
"We can all reap the full benefits of the Happiness Advantage if we work hard enough at it.  Remember, happiness is not just a mood - it's a work ethic." (Anchor, 2010, p. 50)
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.

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.  


Friday, August 29, 2014

Superintendent's Notes


School has Begun!

There has been a lot of concern around the massive amounts of change in public education.  The lead article in the Beacon Villager last week was "Change is in the Air".  It is times like these that the Arts and Music provide us with happiness and resiliency.  If you get a chance please listen to the YouTube link  for Pharrel William's song "Happy" at the end of this message.

Right now the central office employees feel like they're in "a room without a roof" due to the conditions at Coolidge.  However, we are excited about the approved plan to move the central offices to Fowler.  I would ask all of our school community including administrators, teachers, and families to listen to the song "Happy" and remain resilient and positive about the direction of the Town and Schools in Maynard.

Change in the Air at Fowler

As, mentioned in the article above, there are a lot of changes at the Fowler School.  The 5th grade team, Lois Cohen, Principal Mela and I have held meetings to work on how to best adapt to those changes as a result of the central office relocation to Fowler.  I will be sending the 5th grade parents a special letter providing all of the details once they have all been worked out.  I am hoping that letter should be completed soon as all of the meetings on this issue have been productive and positive.

There have been some changes in recess for both the 4th and 5th grades at Fowler.  Recess for 4th and 5th graders at Fowler is something that has been worked on this summer with input from the Physical Education Teachers to make it more inclusive, and safer physically and emotionally for kids.  

We have become a little clearer with the boundaries of the physical space.  We don't allow students to do handstands or flips, so we've created an easy-to-remember "one foot on the ground at all times" rule.  We have a Physical Education Teacher on duty in addition to classroom teachers each day for the 5th grade and a Physical Education Teacher on duty a few days a week to help with the 4th grade.

We are still working with the Capital Planning Committee in the Town of Maynard to build a traditional playground at Fowler.

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 thruogh September 27th.  Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept. 6th from 7-9 p.m.  Free and Open to the public.  Gallery Hours: Tues. - Fri. 10-6 and Sat. 10-5.  

International Exchange Program

Kevin Caruso has been supporting our International students and families in his role as our International Program Leader.  He  asked the host families how the first day was for our international students and those families that had a chance to respond have said that the students had a great time and felt welcome.

Kevin thanked everyone for going out of their way to make sure the foreign exchange students felt welcome. We hope that everyone will continue to support them over these next few weeks until they begin making those lifelong international friendships in our community that we are hoping to achieve.

We still have a need for additional host families. If you are interested in learning more about how to become a host family please contact:

MaryEllen McCarthy at mccarthy.clan@verizon.net or 978-758-2817  

Amanda Hemm at ajelzey@hotmail.com or 617-312-7359. 

Listen To Pharrel Williams song "Happy" at the link below:

Friday, August 22, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

Welcome Back to School Next Week!

The first day of school is coming next week, welcome back.  Since the first day I entered Kindergarten, I always get excited about the first day of school. Wednesday night, the outstanding staff at Maynard High School held the Annual 8th Grade Orientation for Students and Parents.  Something about getting 30 or 40 students in a room is electric!  I had fun catching up with the students and parents and just can't wait until next Thursday for that first day back to school.

International Exchange Program

Also on Wednesday, Educatious International held a Host Family Meeting.  It was a pleasure to meet the host families and I want to thank all of the host families for providing this opportunity for our community to be a cultural center in our region.  You are pioneers!

I was impressed to see the outstanding resources that the International coordinators, MaryEllen McCarthy and Amanda Hemm are providing to help this be a successful initiative.  I am excited to meet the international students and welcome them.  I am sure the rest of our school community is also looking forward to doing the same.

We still have a need for additional host families. If you are interested in learning more about how to become a host family please contact:

MaryEllen McCarthy at mccarthy.clan@verizon.net or 978-758-2817  
Amanda Hemm at ajelzey@hotmail.com or 617-312-7359. 

WAVM/Music/Sports BBQ

The WAVM/Music/Sports BBQ is being held on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 between 6:15 and 7:45.  Our students and staff at this event would also like to invite the foreign exchange students to this event so they can learn directly from the students how wonderful these programs are.  Our students have also volunteered to give the foreign exchange students tours of the high school during that time.  The BBQ is being held on the back patio of Maynard High School.

Fall Sports

Fall Sports have already begun.  If there is any student who missed tryouts, please see Mr. Caruso.  He would like to help you.

Tiger Pride!

We have such respectful students.  I want to thank our Maynard High School Seniors.  I was included in an email between one of our outstanding students and principal Caragianes.  The seniors just wanted to know if we could renew the previous tradition of painting tiger paw prints on Tiger Drive to acknowledge our senior athletes.  This got disrupted by the new construction.  Principal Cargianes responded with a hardy "Best wishes and Go Tigers!!"

In The News

I always like to highlight the good press about Maynard Schools in the Beacon Villager and this week is no exception.  You should pick up a beacon villager at your local retailer.  The Cover Article "Change is on the Horizon" has three great quotes from three great Maynard principals! 

1. In talking about our new additional online course options for this year principal Caragianes said "It can be used as  a remediation assistant, it can help kids who are home bound with an illness or it can challenge kids...We are pretty excited to have a robust package to fill the needs people have"

2. Principal Mela said "It is all about best practice and teaching the Common Core Standards"

3. Principal Dankner said mandated changes create opportunities and followed that up with "It can be exciting to refine the curriculum, so there are lots of great opportunities".

Maynard is fortunate to have such great administrators and teachers who are focused on improving instruction!

On the 3rd page you will also see an Education Spotlight that identifies how our food service director has been providing cutting edge service for over two decades in "Maynard schools strive for the freshest food".  Also on that page are three very interesting "Meet the Teacher" profiles.

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.

Summer Family Fun and Learning!

Free Fun Fridays are happening now!  There are still opportunities available this weekend. For more information go to the following link:




Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Superintendent's Notes

Maynard Students Start School in only 23 days!

I hope everyone is enjoying this season but are also as excited as I am to get the 2014-2015 school year started!  Even though this is the middle of our summer vacation, there are some important messages and reminders that I would like to share. 

A message from Amanda Hemm - International Student Coordinator

A number of international exchange students, who have chosen to spend this academic year at Maynard High School, will be arriving over the next month.  This is a really exciting time for the school and our community.  The students are coming to learn more about our culture but ultimately end up sharing theirs as well.  Keep an eye out for opportunities to interact with the students and welcome them to Maynard.
We are still looking for host families for three students.  Host families would welcome the student into their home and be given a stipend of $700 per month to cover expenses.  The students would need a room with a bed, dresser, and desk. If you aren’t able to commit to the year but are still interested in trying it out we are also open to “Welcome families” who would host a student for 2-4 weeks until a long term placement could be made.
If you are interested in learning more about how to become a host or welcome family please contact me, Amanda Hemm at ajelzey@hotmail.com or 617-312-7359.  You can also contact Jodi DelRazo, Regional Manager of Educatius, at 617-543-8626.

Meet our students:
Haoze (Tom) Wu, 18 years old, lives with his father, mother, and 4 year old little brother in Xian China.  Tom enjoys playing soccer, basketball and enjoys American music and films.  His dream is to become a professor and hopes that studying in another country will help him reach his dreams. He looks forward to getting a degree from MHS.
Jose Cabezas is a 14 year old from Madrid, Spain.  He will be entering the 9thgrade at MHS.  Jose lives with his father, mother and 3 older sisters (ages 25, 20, and 17). Family and friends play a key role in his life. “I would love to live in a home with younger children so I can help take care of them, children are fun and cheerful” says Jose. He loves dogs.  Jose enjoys skiing, golf, swimming and is very excited to learn about Maynard!
Julie Grape is a 16 year old from Asker Norway.  Julie has a younger brother (12) and sister (10).  She loves fashion, volleyball and spending time with family and friends.  Julie also speaks Spanish.  She wants to have a close relationship with her host family and is looking forward to spending quality time with them.  Julie’s passion is Media and she attends a media focused high school in Norway.  She looks forward to school each day and is excited to see all the opportunities Maynard High School can offer.  
Central Office Relocation Public Meeting for Community and Parent Input, August 12, 2014
Unfortunately, the Maynard Public Schools Central Office finds itself in a situation where this building cannot meet the needs of its current inhabitants without expensive major renovations and upgrades.
With the 8th grade class moving from Fowler to the new MHS there is some space available in the Fowler School for a Central Office Relocation.  At the July 24, 2014 School Committee Meeting several potential temporary and permanent locations were discussed.  
The School Committee approved the hiring of an architect to develop a feasibility study of the various options.  To be specific, the 5th grade wing and the Band room are the current areas where space has been identified.  The School Committee has had great success with Architect Brooke Trivas, of Perkins + Will, 225 Franklin Street, Boston, MA.  
Brooke and I will be hosting a meeting to explain the various options being considered and we would greatly appreciate parent and community input.  The meeting will be held at the Fowler Assembly Hall on August 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM.
Important Events and Reminders:                                                                                                      
In an effort to streamline the notes, I will provide important upcoming events or announcements that have already been posted in previous Superintendent’s Notes in this section.

Summer Family Fun and Learning!

Free Fun Fridays are happening now!  There are still four more weeks for this opportunity available.  There are 66 museums & cultural venues that are open for free on Fridays all summer. For more information go to the following link:



Friday, June 13, 2014

Superintendent's Notes



MCAS & PARCC Information Night

This week, several School Committee members brought to my attention concerns they had heard from our community about the state assessments next year.  They felt it would be good for me to provide an informational night since there is quite a bit of confusion about the states field testing process and the differences between MCAS and PARC.

While I initially thought about scheduling this information night with at least a weeks notice, I realized that many folks will have plans immediately after the last day of school on Thursday June 19th.  Therefore, I think it will be prudent to hold this informational night on Wednesday June18, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Coolidge School conference room to provide the opportunity for maximum attendance.  

Summer Family Fun and Learning!

Free Fun Fridays is back.  66 museums & cultural venues are open for free on Fridays all summer. For more information go to the following link:


Sign up for Club Invention this summer
Club Invention is a non-profit program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  The hands-on, immersive activities allow students to be young inventors, and do the kinds of things that Hall of Fame Inventors did when they were kids.
In an effort to excite students from Kindergarten up to grade 5 about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), the Maynard Public School’s FASC/EXCEL Program has decided to run a Camp Invention in Maynard during the week of July 28 through August 1.  We have already filled up one full class and are looking to fill another. 
Please share these video links with your child to show them some of the activities they could be involved in if they join Maynard’s Camp Invention this year:


In addition, you can learn more about Camp Invention at this link:
http://www.youtube.com/user/CampInvention
Girls and boys will enjoy this unique summer experience, instructed by Maynard teachers.  I know because my daughter and six of her friends participated in Club Invention at their school last summer and absolutely loved it!

Important Events and Reminders:    
                                                                                                   
In an effort to streamline these notes, I will provide important upcoming events or announcements that have already been posted in previous Superintendent’s Notes in this section.

Student Work Permits

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office enforces Massachusetts child labor laws, including work permit laws, aimed at keeping young workers safe.  We have learned through the Department of Public Health’s Occupational Health Surveillance Program that 25% of Massachusetts teens injured at work do not have work permits for their jobs at the time of injury.  The work permit plays an important role in keeping young people safe at work.
With summer fast approaching, if your son or daughter is looking for a job and intending to get a work permit, please read this important information from the Attorney General’s Office on our website.


Be a Host Family for a Maynard International Student

Educatious International introduced us to our first international student from Brazil this year.  As we look to expand the cultural diversity and cultural understanding of Maynard High School, it is helpful to identify hosts families before we receive applications from international students for next year.
Educatius International is currently accepting host family applications for the September 2014 school year.   Educatius International offers a monthly stipend of $700.00 for each student placed in a host families home, each family can host up to 2 students for a total of $1400.00. 
Educatius International is seeking families that want to open their home to an international student.  The host families should desire to provide a warm and supportive home and family environment and the students should become part of your family.  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 Jodi Del Razo at Jodi.delrazo@educatius.org or Claudette Rowe claudetterowe.educatius@gmail.com (508) 246-7028

Open your heart, your home, and share our unique international community!  Invite an international student into your home.

Pesticide Spraying   
                                                                                                          
Maynard High School, Fowler School, and Green Meadow School will undergo exterior building pesticide spraying this spring by Waltham Service, Inc. Further information is available at www.mass.gov/agr. Follow the links to the Children’s protection page for: Chemical Specific Fact Sheet and Consumer Information Bulletin for school, day care, and school age childcare programs.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Superintendent's Notes




 Sign up for Club Invention this summer

Club Invention is a non-profit program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  The hands-on, immersive activities allow students to be young inventors, and do the kinds of things that Hall of Fame Inventors did when they were kids.
In an effort to excite students from Kindergarten up to grade 5 about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), the Maynard Public School’s FASC/EXCEL Program has decided to run a Camp Invention in Maynard during the week of July 28 through August 1.  We have already filled up one full class and are looking to fill another. 
Please share these video links with your child to show them some of the activities they could be involved in if they join Maynard’s Camp Invention this year:

In addition, you can learn more about Camp Invention at this link:

Boys AND girls will enjoy this unique summer experience, instructed by Maynard teachers.  I know because my daughter and six of her friends participated in Club Invention at their school last summer and absolutely loved it!

 June 8:  Plant a Butterfly Garden!
To earn our bronze award, Maynard Girl Scout Troop 72620 will be planting a butterfly garden at Coolidge Playground and we would love your help!  We want this to be a fun, inter-generational event and are inviting all Maynard residents to join us on Sunday, June 8 from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Coolidge Playground (corner of Parker and Elmwood Streets).  Rain date is June 15, same time.  
Just bring a shovel, rake or watering can, as well as your enthusiasm.  You’ll have the opportunity to plant butterfly plants, create a meandering pathway, water plants, spread mulch, or clean up litter.  We will also have a limited supply of decorative stepping stones on hand that you can buy and paint!  We’ll have plenty of ice-cold lemonade and water on hand to quench your thirst.  No need to RSVP, just join us.
For more information, please contact our troop leaders Patty Crossland at 978-461-5911 or Patricia.Crossland@gmail.com.  Or, Linde Ghere at 978-201-0183 or LAGhere@gmail.com

From the Athletic Director’s Desk

Hi Everyone, 

It is hard to believe that another sports season is in the books. Please check my website under the awards tab for this year's award winners.

A special congrats to all the teams and players for a great year. 

However, for athletes, as one season ends another one begins. 

The 2014-2015 Mandatory Sports Information Night will be held on Tuesday, June 10th @ 6:45 @ the Fowler Auditorium. Fall sports meetings will be held after the general session. 

Information regarding the Summer Strength and Conditioning Camp can be found at the following link. 



Thanks to everyone in the Maynard community for their support throughout the year! 

Come out and support the Maynard High School Class of 2018 during Restaurant Week!

Papa Gino’s
Route 117 – Great Road Shopping Plaza, Stow
Phone: (978) 897-9101
Website: https://www.papaginos.com/
Dine in or order take out from Papa Gino’s on Sunday, June 8th between 12pm and 9pm! Papa Gino’s will generously donate 20% of your total purchase to The Class of 2018.
                 
                  How do you participate?  It’s so simple! All you need to do is get some great food and bring a Maynard flyer with you!  In an effort for the restaurants to provide you with the best service and to get the flyer needed to identify this fundraiser, please RSVP to odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us by Tuesday, June 3rd to provide the restaurants with a sense of guest numbers. However, RSVP is NOT REQUIRED to participate in this event.

* Any guest participating with this flyer may not redeem additional coupons.

Important Events and Reminders:    
                                                                                                  
In an effort to streamline these notes, I will provide important upcoming events or announcements that have already been posted in previous Superintendent’s Notes in this section.

Honor your Child's Teacher by Giving a Teacher Tribute this Year

Looking for a unique end-of-year gift for your child's teacher that makes a difference? Please consider participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's (MEF) Teacher Tribute Program.

When you make a tax-deductible donation to MEF, we will send your child's teacher (s) a letter letting them know that your family has given a gift in their name to the Maynard Education Foundation. (The amount of your donation will remain confidential.)

Proceeds from the Teacher Tribute program benefit MEF's grant program that enables teachers to pilot innovative programs, participate in professional development activities, and enrich our schools' curriculum.

To make a donation, please mail a check and the following form to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 OR donate online at www.maynardeducation.org and make a note of the name (s) of the teachers you would like to honor.

Thank you for participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's Teacher Tribute Program!
___________________________________________________________________________

IMPORTANT:  The deadline for receipt of donations is Friday, June 6, 2014.  Donations received after that date may be acknowledged in September.                  

MEF Teacher Tribute Donation.  I/we will support the MEF Teacher Tribute Program with a gift of:

$100             $75               $50               Other $______

Honoree’s Name/School: 

___________________________________________________________________________

Your Name:

 ___________________________________________________________________________

Your Address: 

___________________________________________________________________________

Please print your name as you wish to be acknowledged in the letter to your honoree, (i.e. the Smith Family):

 ___________________________________________________________________________
  
This gift should remain anonymous in honoree letter and in any donor recognition

This gift should remain anonymous for donor recognition purposes only, (your name will still be given to your honoree).  To receive periodic e-newsletters from MEF, please provide your e-mail address: 
 ___________________________________________________________________________

Please mail checks to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 or

Donate online at www.maynardeducation.org.

 Maynard Education Foundation *  PO Box 89, Maynard, MA  01754 *  mefgrants@gmail.com

Be a Host Family for a Maynard International Student

Educatious International introduced us to our first international student from Brazil this year.  As we look to expand the cultural diversity and cultural understanding of Maynard High School, it is helpful to identify hosts families before we receive applications from international students for next year.
Educatius International is currently accepting host family applications for the September 2014 school year.   Educatius International offers a monthly stipend of $700.00 for each student placed in a host families home, each family can host up to 2 students for a total of $1400.00. 
Educatius International is seeking families that want to open their home to an international student.  The host families should desire to provide a warm and supportive home and family environment and the students should become part of your family.  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 Jodi Del Razo at Jodi.delrazo@educatius.org or Claudette Rowe claudetterowe.educatius@gmail.com (508) 246-7028

Open your heart, your home, and share our unique international community!  Invite an international student into your home.

Pesticide Spraying   
                                                                                                          
Maynard High School, Fowler School, and Green Meadow School will undergo exterior building pesticide spraying this spring by Waltham Service, Inc. Further information is available at www.mass.gov/agr. Follow the links to the Children’s protection page for: Chemical Specific Fact Sheet and Consumer Information Bulletin for school, day care, and school age childcare programs.