Wednesday, February 28, 2018

MEF March 4th "The Taste"

A message from MEF~

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to host the 16th Annual "The Taste" on Sunday, March 4, 2017, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road, Maynard.  Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from 4-6 PM; entertainment will continue until 7 PM.

Every year, this is a “not to be missed” event, with the general public being encouraged to come and enjoy exceptional samples of food specialties from local food establishments in the Maynard, Acton, Stow, Concord, Hudson and Marlboro area. There will be a cash bar, entertainment by local sensation Jae Mannion and raffle/silent auction prizes.  Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult, $10 children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under by calling 978-938-4262 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public schools. Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each.

All proceeds benefit MEF's grant programs for teachers, students, and administrators.

As you may recall, "The Taste" is MEF's largest annual fundraiser that benefits our grant program. MEF has been thrilled to award the following grants this year:

Rita MurphyTelescope Kits and Solar Viewing Glasses for MHS Astronomy Class$498.30
Mark Sinopoli12 VEX IQ Robots$3,957.31
Nate ThomasSTEAM kits and materials$1,090.00
John OgdenChess Board and Clocks/Timers for MHS Chess Club$250.00
John OgdenParticipation in the New England High School Emmy Awards$200.00
Brenda SullivanArchery equipment for Physical Education classes$2,100.00
John OgdenPrinter and materials for MHS Photography students$550.14
Kindergarten TeamStory Grammar Markers and Materials to aid students with storytelling$900.25
Kindergarten TeamLakeshore Real World STEM Challenge Kit,
Lakeshore STEM Early Learning Kit, and Lakeshore STEM Science Station.
Michelle PetersenMaterials for Chill Zone$1,854.05
Mark MyersExtreme Science Assembly at Fowler School$1,275.00
Dr. GerardiLEADERSHIP GRANT:  Sponsorship of "Maynard & Massachusetts Leading the Nation Senior Project Business and Community Luncheon"$1,000.00
Denise Hatch (On behalf of the 6, 7, 8th ELA Team)Attend the Mass. Reading Association conference$1,000.00
Nicholas DeCastro on behalf of 8 MHS StudentsParticipation in the Mass. Association of Student Councils (MASC) Spring Conference$1,260.00
Denise Hatch Key Comprehension Routine Course for 25 teachers at the Fowler School$2,500.00
Jennifer FiorettiParticipate in Wilson Language Training$1,000.00

Thank you for your ongoing support! As always, please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions about MEF.

Fiona Nauseda
The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF)
978.938.4262 (cell)

SEPAC March 5th Workshop for Families

A message form Maynard SEPAC ~
A workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education: Monday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m., at the Ephraim Curtis Middle School Library 22 Pratts Mill Road, Sudbury (enter through the front of the school). 
A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct the workshop, designed to provide families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Massachusetts Special Education Law. The 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. Federation workshops are free and open to the public. Hosted by the Sudbury SEPAC
Co-sponsored by the Maynard SEPAC: Come be informed! 
Contact Karen Heath at or 978-394-6183 with questions.

High School Disney Show

Disney's smash hit 'The Little Mermaid' will be put on by the students of Maynard High School.  Tickets are now on sale and available at the ticket booth and online.  Please see details below on how to purchase your tickets.  This is sure to be a best selling show with sellouts galore.

Ticket booth Hours: (tickets will be sold outside of the MHS auditorium)
Monday: 5-7
Wednesday: 2-4 & 5-7
Friday: 5-7

To purchase tickets online go to​

Show Dates:
March 17th, at 7
March 18th, at 2
March 23rd, at 7
March 24th, at 7
March 25th, at 2

This show will be truly magical--please plan on joining in the fun!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Substitute Opportunitites

The district has openings for daily substitutes to cover teacher and para absences.  These positions are per diem, at the daily rate of $75 ($80 after 30 days.). Applications available online via the link below, and in the school building main offices.  Three references, fingerprints, and criminal record check (CORI) required.  Preference given to candidates with teaching or childcare experience.
Link to Maynard District Website

Monday, February 5, 2018

Predictions Inspired by Phil

Mrs. Lawton's Gr. 1 Predictions 
February 2nd~

"Ground Hog's Day" provided a great opportunity to learn about seasons, predictions, graphing, and how legends get started. These pictures show some of the activities Paxutoney Phil inspired among Green Meadow students in grades Prek-2.

Kindergartner in Spanish Immersion says Yes!
Ground Hog's Day, by K student
2 Preschoolers predicted Yes
9 Preschoolers predicted No

100 Day Food Drive

Hundred Day Food Drive
In celebration of 100 Day and our Core Values, 
all second graders are collecting food items to donate to the Maynard Food Pantry.
It is our hope to collect “Hundreds” of non-perishable food items 
to display on the shelf by the GM library, then donate to the Maynard Food Pantry! 
Second Graders are “Kind, Safe, Leaners!”

Physical Education in January

Physical Education Newsletter~

Winter is in full swing, but that has not slowed the level of activity in the Green Meadow gym. During the month of January, students have been learning about all sorts of creatures that inhabit the Earth during fun aerobic games.  Students learned about amphibians during the jumping game Frogs Across the Pond.  During the tagging game Exterminator, students learned about ants and other insects.  Dinosaur Extinction gave students a chance to play a cooperative aerobic game while learning about dinosaurs.  Please remember to send students to school with sneakers on their PE day.  Stay warm,
Mr. M

Trash to Treasure

A peek inside preschool~

Recently, the theme for the week in preschool was ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’. Activities focused on what happens to trash after it’s thrown away. Preschoolers explored the concept of reducing, reusing and recycling. They answered the questions: ‘What do people throw away?’, ‘Where does trash go?’, ‘How can we reuse junk?’ and ‘How can we create less trash?’  

As you can see from these photos, they made some pretty amazing creations from recycled materials

Friday, February 2, 2018

Information about the FLU

Influenza Update: A message from the Health Services Department~

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Weekly Influenza Update for
January 26, 2018, influenza-like illness (ILI *) activity is increasing, consistent with other parts of the United States.
*ILI is defined as a fever above 100.0 in addition to either cough or sore throat.

To keep influenza-like activity from spreading in the school community it is important to keep your sick child at home when he or she has symptoms of the flu. Use this form to determine whether your child should attend school and when they can return.

Lastly, please remember to call your school’s absentee line everyday that you keep your child home. Try to be as specific with his or her illness as possible, i.e. “home sick with fever of ___ and cough” or “home with an ear infection”, “strep infection”, “pneumonia” or “home for a fever-free day”. This will help the school nurses identify clusters of illness and prompt preventative measures.
For more information about flu prevention, please review these previously shared documents:
Please click on the following link/Fact Sheet pertaining to influenza.

This cute video was shown to our first graders during a recent assembly on bathroom expectations. We discussed the importance of properly washing hands to avoid the spread of germs.