Monday, January 29, 2018

"Every Child Deserves A Red Carpet"

The Beacon Villager wrote a nice story about the warm, welcome children receive when they step off the bus at the Green Meadow School!  It started with one teacher volunteering to greet the bus, and evolved to a group of children lining a red carpet sharing smiles and high fives... Positive Energy is contagious!!  To read the article, follow this link: News Article

Positive Energy Bus


Several times a year, staff members from our "Respectful Schools Committee" preform a skit based on a book promoting friendship and kindness. On Thursday, 1/25/18, students in grades K-3 enjoyed a school-wide assembly featuring the Energy Bus for Kids by Jon Gordon. 

As Ms. Wallace and Mr. Morelli read the book aloud, other staff members acted out the story of a young boy who encounters Joy, a charismatic bus driver. She gives the boy 5 tips on how to become a happier person. She tells him to create a 'positive vision' and intentionally spread kindness and love to others. Smiling, saying 'thank you', and other acts of kindness create positive energy. That energy spreads and, like a magnet, attracts positivity back to us. Below is a close up of the book page listing the 5 rules which were projected on a screen throughout the assembly. Every K-3 class received a copy of the book and a poster of the 5 rules for their classroom.  

GMS Faculty Members have also been reading an adult version of the book, The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy. After writing this short fable, Jon Gordon became a highly sought after motivational speaker for major sports teams and fortune 500 companies. Below are some links to youtube videos about the Energy Bus.

Short overview of the book told by a 5th grader:

A teacher reading the Energy Bus for Kids book:

Animated overview of the adult Energy Bus:

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Prompt & Safe Arrivals

 ~Three quick reminders for a smooth morning arrival~
Four minutes into the first lesson of the day.

Students in grades K-3, should try to arrive at school between 8:15 and 8:25am. This gives them a few minutes to socialize and transition to the classroom for an 8:30am start. Please keep in mind, arriving even a few minutes late is disruptive to the entire class since the teacher must stop instruction to greet and fill the tardy child in on anything they missed. Quite a number of children are habitually arriving after 8:30am. If mornings are a struggle for your family, feel free to reach out to our counseling staff for advice.



As you can see from this picture of the staff parking lot, by 8:25am every space was taken. Because parking is so limited, we ask that visitors and families use Crowe Park. If dropping off for Excel please do not park in the lot after 7:30 when staff begin to arrive. (I often park at Crowe Park because these spaces are so small car doors get dinged -and the distance is about the same.)




Car riders have the option of parking in Crowe Park and walking up, or pulling your vehicle to the curb within the white lines and unloading. Please do not drop off closer to the building since it creates a safety issue with the buses and preschool vans.

Thumbs up to Kale & Farro





Farro, Kale, Butternut Squash
Garlic, Onions and Cranberry Juice


"It's good- I love it!"
On January 19th, students stepped out of their comfort zone and tried something new! Food Service Director, Chris Piercey, and Whitson's Chef Hurley, visited our cafeteria to offer samplings of Farro, Kale, and Butternut Squash. Most of the students gave it a thumbs up. A few stated they liked the farro but weren't as sure about the butternut squash. Comments included: "I love it." "It taste like crunchy salad." "It's delicious!" After lunch, a number of students who did not try it stated they wished they had and hoped the Chef makes a return visit in the future.
A few kids started as a thumbs up, then changed their minds.
This Kindergartener gave a mixed review, but would eat it again.

Two thumbs up!
The servers gave students stickers for trying something new.






Openings for PTO Board Members

Next year, two key positions on the PTO Board will be open. If you are looking for a fun, challenging opportunity to enrich the Maynard School District you might want to consider these roles. Our current PTO President & Vice President have offered to be available as a resource during the transition, and many board members are staying on, so there will be plenty of guidance & support. To learn more, come to the next PTO meeting on Tuesday, February 7th, at 7pm in the Green Meadow cafeteria.
If you are on Facebook, check out the Green Meadow PTO page! The PTO does a fantastic job sharing information about Maynard Schools. 

Since Facebook is changing how they show items in newsfeed, please consider clicking on the like and follow buttons...  https://www.facebook.com/greenmeadowpto/

I Have A Dream

Tribute to MLK, Jr

















Third graders, Haley and Ryleigh, volunteered to recite part of Martin Luther King, Jr. famous "I Have A Dream" speech at the beginning of Thursday's school-wide assembly. The girls memorized the speech as a tribute to our country's most famous champion of the civil rights movement.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Communication

The district is launching a Communication Task Force.  The group will meet at Fowler School from 6-7pm on the Second Thursday of each month.  Our first meeting will be February 8th.  Please register here.   

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Special Education Information for Parents

~A message from SEPAC~

What Do You Need to Know about Special Education? 

The Maynard SEPAC invites you to our next meeting on Tuesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. in the Fowler Library. Do you have questions about what services might be available for your child? Questions about how the evaluation process or the IEP process works? With the school year well underway, this is sometimes the moment when parents are discovering issues and realizing questions. Come bring those questions for a conversation with SEPAC parents who can help explain the process. 

To RSVP or for questions, please contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or at (978-394-6183).

Guest Chef

~A message from our Food Services Director~

Dear Parent:


As your school dining services provider, we are aware of the importance of promoting healthy eating habits from a young age. With this in mind, we are pleased to inform you about the Elementary Chef Trek Program. This is a unique nutrition education program developed by Whitsons in order to introduce crisp flavorful fruits and vegetables to young palettes and create life-long, healthy eating habits.


Our goal is multi-fold:


-To promote healthy eating habits.
-To introduce your child to new and exciting healthy  
Foods.
-To make eating a fun and rewarding experience.


As the main component of this program, Whitsons’ Executive Chef Ryan Hurley will visit your child’s school Jan. 19th, 2018 to conduct a food tasting and to familiarize your students with different healthy foods in a kid-friendly way. The tasting will include Roasted Winter Squash and Kale Salad with Farro, showcasing our Produce of the month, Winter Squash and its diversity.  The recipe will include the following ingredients for your review.  
  • Farro
  • Butternut Squash
  • Kale
  • Red Onion
  • Garlic
  • Oil
  • Butter
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Cranberry juice
  • Salt and Black Pepper
The program also includes tools such as a Guest Chef banner, activity sheets highlighting the foods showcased in the tasting and tasting posters featuring the Nutrition Safari® characters.


As you can probably tell, we are very excited to bring the Elementary Chef Trek Program to your school and are confident that the benefits will be many in terms of helping children discover a world of wholesome, delicious food choices that will sustain them through a healthy, active life.


If you would like to learn more about Whitsons or, if you have any questions about our Elementary Chef Trek Program, please feel free to email or call me directly at pierceyc@whitsons.com or tel: 978-897-6100.


Sincerely,


Chris Piercey

Food Service Director

Monday, January 15, 2018

Food Service Thank You & Flying Eggs

Food Service Director, Chris Piercey, treated students and faculty members to an omelet bar in December as a thank you for the high response to the Food Service Survey. The omelets were delicious and it was fun watching his culinary skills as he tossed eggs in to the air!

Tiger Trot

Below is a message from our PTO regarding a spring fundraising opportunity. 
Save the date for this fun family event!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

School Finance Forum

Financing Our Future

Maynard Public Schools is hosting an interactive community forum aimed at helping residents and community members understand the fundamentals of school finance.
WHEN: Jan 31st, 2018
WHERE: Fowler Assembly Hall  
  TIME: 7pm
Register here:  https://goo.gl/Zdn7pK or subscribe to our event on Maynard Public Facebook page.