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Principal’s Weekly Memo


December 8, 2017

  

Dear Fowler Families,

I am pleased to announce that beginning Monday 12/11, the food service department will no longer offer products with peanuts in it. The only product we had offered with any peanut in it was the Teddie's peanut butter we had used for sandwiches. Sun Butter will be offered as a substitute. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or Chris Piercy, director of the food service department. 

 Reminder!  Student Council is sponsoring a Fowler School food drive for the Maynard Food Pantry. Please help make the holiday special for families in need. The pantry is looking for items such as: breakfast foods - cereal, pop tarts, oatmeal; jello and instant pudding, instant coffee, chunky soups and anything else that is boxed or canned -- no perishables please!

All items donated can be left in homerooms and will be collected daily by student council members.

This year's food drive will be a contest for the grade who donates the most items, so please bring donations to your homeroom.  Our goal is to reach 1000 items donated by all of Fowler School.  

Report cards are available for viewing on iPass December 15  -- Please click on link here to register

. https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/maynard-public-school/for-parents/ipass-information

Please contact the main office if you need a printed copy sent home.

Thank you for reading this memo.  For more information about upcoming dates and community news, please keep reading.

Sincerely,

 Sharon

Upcoming dates

 

December 8   Early Release Day (Dismissal 11:15)

December 12   4:30 School Council Mtg Fowler

December 19  Winter Concert 6:30 Assembly Hall

Dec 25 - Jan 1   Winter Break

  

December 1, 2017


Dear Fowler Families,

Congratulations to 8th grade students for being the most spirited grade during last week's Spirit Week.  All grade levels participated with enthusiasm and in friendly competition, but the 8th grade prevailed with a slim victory over the 7th grade.  Well done, Fowler students!  Please see the pictures attached.

 We have a great deal of news to share from the Fowler classrooms.  Please read below.

Computer Science

Computer Science has had an energetic start this year.  Students have learned multiple ways to be productive by using computers and technology.  From typing to coding skill practice, students at Fowler have had the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency with Computer Science topics.

 All students practiced typing with Type to Learn 4, which is also available for downloading at the Fowler website.  They will practice all year as typing is an important life skill.  The goals for students are to learn to type five times their grade level for words per minute.  Many students have already surpassed that goal!  Students in grades 4 to 7 also practice block based coding with self paced lessons at Code.org.  They are working with Courses 1 through 4, which begin with directing a creature through a maze or an artist drawing a design.  As the students progress, they learn about repeat loops, conditionals, and functions.  By 7th grade, students are writing code to solve problems involving complex tasks with nested loops and functions with parameters.  Students in 8th grade begin programming with Python, a text based language, and have written a Mad Libs program that allows the computer to play the role of “interviewer” for a short activity where the student is the participator.  Students are also learning how to effectively use the Google Suite of Applications as they communicate with email, create a scientist or career report with Google Docs, and maintain a portfolio with Google Slides.  

 During Term 2 students will have the opportunity to learn applications of Computer Science as they learn to code and work with various computing devices and robots such as the Microbit, the Lego Mindstorm Robot, and the VEX IQ Robot.  There will be many places where they will collaborate and continue to be creative as they solve problems to achieve goals by applying their coding skills.  Follow the Fowler School Computer Science Twitter account, @fs_compsci, to stay informed!  Contact Mr. Sinopoli if you have any questions or comments!

 Greetings, I hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. Here is some information about what is happening in the Fowler Library

 Author Visit

Julie Berry visited Maynard on her release tour of her latest book The Emperors' Ostrich. We were fortunate enough to have her spend a morning with the 5th grade in October. Dividing the grade half, she gave two presentations and students participated in writing workshops. 

Connections with Maynard Public Library

Ms. Bayliss's 4th grade was able to take advantage of a field trip to the Maynard Public Library for a presentation and hands on activities by research scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital Cognitive Neuroscience Group. They are beginning a long term study about how the brain learns and their focus is on children in the 8-10 year age range.

 Mark Malcolm, the children's librarian, continues his Photography Club and Newspaper Club. These are wonderful enrichment opportunities for Fowler students!

 Weeding Project

I am currently weeding the Geography and History section in the library. Please let me know if you have specific suggestions for new titles.

 Intern

Bridget Landers has volunteered to assist in the library and she has been a tremendous help keeping the books organized and the room tidy and clean.

4th Grade

The 4th grade classes each have a  weekly scheduled time to visit the library for book exchange and information literacy lessons as needed. The recent Parts of a Book and Bibliography lessons will help prepare them for upcoming classroom research projects.

 5th Grade

We spent time reviewing how information is organized in the library and how to use the Online Public Access Catalog. Our current research project focus is the role of African Americans in the American Revolution. Students are gathering information from multiple sources and creating bibliographies. Our current Read Aloud is Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

 6th Grade

Students familiarized themselves with common Internet terminology and are now using websites and the Encyclopedia Britannica Online to complete a research project on Africa and learn about using Internet-based citation tools. After viewing a Discovery Education DVD on Africa that illustrated educational, healthcare and environmental challenges in Africa, each student has a specific country to focus on to answer our research questions. Our current Read Aloud is  The 6th Grade Nickname Game by Gordon Korman.

 

Thank you for reading this memo -- please keep reading for future events/dates as well as community news.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sharon

Upcoming Dates

Dec 8       Early Release Day      11:15 release

Report cards will be out on December 15

Dec 25 – Jan 1   Winter vacation

 

MHS

The telethon will begin next Friday, December 8th at 8:00am and we need your help.  We are very low on household auction items this year so if you have a new item in its original box that you could donate to the auction, please drop it off at the High school front office.  Thanks.

 Community News

 SEPAC

Coming next week! The SEPAC Winter Social is happening on Tuesday, December 5 from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Green Meadow cafeteria. All families of children receiving special education services from the Maynard Schools are invited (siblings are welcome too!). We’ll have cookie decorating, crafts, music, and a goodie bag for each child. This free event is so much fun every year, and we look forward to seeing you there! (Please RSVP to Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or at 978-394-6183.)

 


Nov 17, 2017


Dear Fowler Families,

 

With a short week followed by a Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, I want to express my deepest gratitude for your support of Fowler School. The feedback you provide to me and the rest of the staff helps us know where we are effective and where we could improve.  As a school community with a culture that embraces the concepts of growth mindset, we understand and practice the process of continuous school improvement.  Without your engagement and support, we would not have the opportunity to get better at the craft of teaching and learning.  Thank you, Fowler Families

 

To improve the morning drop-off process, we will be shifting cones and adding a sign to guide cars from the moment of drop-off to exiting the area.  This will keep cars from passing on the right, which poses a threat to student safety.  I am asking for your help with this effort:   Whenever possible please do your best to have your children get out of the car on the driver's side, closest to the building when dropping them off for school.  Thank you in advance for your part in keeping all Fowler students safe.


Congratulations to Micheal Gifford, an 8th grade Fowler student for being nominated for Project 351.  For more information about this prestigious and important opportunity, click on this link:

 

http://www.project351.org/program

 

Thank you for reading this memo.  Continue reading to learn more about community news and upcoming dates.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sharon

 

 

Community News

 

SEPAC NEWS

Save the date! On Tuesday, December 5 from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Green Meadow cafeteria, the Maynard SEPAC will host our annual SEPAC Winter Social! All families of children receiving special education services from the Maynard Schools are invited (siblings are welcome too!). Come join this annual tradition where the kids can enjoy cookie decorating, crafts, and music—and each child receives a goodie bag as well. This free event is great fun every year, and we look forward to seeing you there! (Please RSVP to Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or at 978-394-6183.

 

MMA News

 

Casino Night Update: Due to the hard work of over 60 volunteers, Casino Night raised over $15,000!

Next Meeting: Our monthly meeting dates have changed from the first Monday of every month to the first Wednesday of every month. Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 6th at 6:30pm. We will be meeting in the Fowler Library. Please consider joining us to learn about the important work the MMA is doing to support our students.

 

December Concert: 

December 19th at

 7:00 PM. 

Students must report to the Fowler band room in concert attire with instruments and music at 6:30 PM.

 

MMA Sweatshirts:

To order a Maynard Music sweatshirt, download the order form and return it to the MHS or Fowler office.  Or mail it to,

Maynard Music Association
Attn: Stephanie Gavin
1 Tiger Drive
Maynard, MA 01754

Orders forms are due Friday, Nov 17, 2017. Sweatshirts are expected to arrive two weeks after ordering.

 


November 10, 2017

Dear Fowler Families,


Fowler was proud to host several veterans visit 7th grade classes on Thursday.  Students listened carefully and asked thoughtful questions.  Attached are some pictures.

 From the 5th Grade Team:

In Math, students are currently practicing how to divide whole numbers using a variety of methods. Students have applied the standard approach, partial quotients, and use of base ten area models. Students will be learning about place value to the thousandths place, comparing and ordering decimals, rounding decimals, and then adding and subtracting decimals in the upcoming chapter.


5th grade historians-in-training have begun to study the Age of Exploration. We began this unit by reading “Encounter” by Jane Yolen, an interesting take on Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World. This story is told from the point of view of a Native American from the Taino tribe. A follow-up discussion focused on whether Columbus should be regarded as a hero or villain.


The Spanish Immersion class is currently studying Cultural Identity.  Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos are quite different  holidays but share many interesting activities and traditions, eating sweets, dressing up and having parties.   Students are learning how in Mexico and Central America,El l Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of life.  They are writing an essay comparing and contrasting both festivities.


In Science, students are investigating physical and chemical properties of matter.  Students investigated physical properties of matter with Changing States activity.  Students witnessed water changing states and concluded that water was the same substance as it went through each phase of matter, changing from a solid, to a liquid, to a gas.  Students investigated how a chemical reaction involves the formation of a new substance. Students rotated through six stations to distinguish between physical and chemical properties of matter.


In ELA, students have just finished reading and discussing The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Students analyzed characters and story elements by using quotes from the rich text and studying the detailed pictures. Additionally, during this unit students have completed a book and/or movie review. After Thanksgiving, we will begin reading The Little Prince to kick off our next unit, Exploration Real and Imagined.

Food Service Survey

​Our school food service provider ​ values​  your  opinion.   Please take the brief survey that will help  determine how ​to improve​ services.   The link provided below will take you to the survey and QR Code flyers will be set up in each cafeteria as well.

https://snap.insight-surveys.com/s.asp?k=149425170231

The survey will remain up until 11/15. Whitsons does not manage the data collection or manage results for customized surveys.


If you are the parent of a 5th grade student, please read this:

This is to notify you that the State mandated vision screening for all 5th grade students will begin this month and continue until all students have been screened. If your child wears glasses, they will be asked to bring them to the vision screening. You will be notified by mail only if your child fails their screening. Please call me if you have any questions or specific concerns about the screening.  Thank you.

Karen Allaway, BSN, RN, NCSN

FowlerSchool Nurse 978-897-6010


Report card time will soon be here!

INSTRUCTIONS FOR REGISTERING & ACCESSING iPASS (report card & student info access


https://ipassweb.harrisschool.solutions/school/maynard/syslogin.html

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Thank you for reading this memo; please keep reading to learn more about upcoming dates and community news!


Sincerely,

Sharon

UPCOMING DATES

November 13

No School Professional Development Day

November 14

4:30 Fowler School Council meeting - Fowler Library

November 14

6:00 PTO meeting - Fowler Library

November 22 - 24

NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

Weds thru Friday

 

Community News

 

Maynard Education Association


Support the Maynard Education Foundation when you Dine at Not Your Average Joe's any Tuesday in November.  Come enjoy a great meal and help raise funds for the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) when you dine at Not Your Average Joe's in Acton any Tuesday during the month of November.

Present a certificate (available at www.maynardeducation.org) or simply mention that you are a MEF supporter to your server when you dine in or order take-out, and Not Your Average Joe's will donate 15% of your purchase to MEF. (Excluding alcohol, tax, and gratuity.)

As an added bonus,learn how you can enter to win a gift certificate to NYAJs on the MEF website!

Proceeds benefit MEF's grant program that fund new learning opportunities within the Maynard Public Schools.


Fun Run Coming Up!

Fill the Truck Fun Run to Benefit Open Table!


The Maynard Running Club, in cooperation with Girl Scout Troops 66250 and 72620, is sponsoring a “Fill the Truck” fun run and food drive to benefit Open Table.  We will be gathering on Saturday November 18 at about 8am at Serendipity Cafe to do a fun run (with 5k and 10k options) around Maynard and to fill the bed of our Ford Ranger with nonperishable donations.

We’d love to invite any or all of the Maynard Schools Community to participate, whether by running, jogging, walking, or biking along with members of the running club or socializing with us afterwards.  All ages are welcome.  Donation ideas (ie. high demand foods) can be found at:  http://www.opentable.org/food-drive/.  Also, paper and reusable canvas shopping bags will be collected for use at the pantry.  Contact Amie at amiehesbach@gmail.com for further details.

 


November 3, 2017

 

Dear Fowler Families,

 

 

We are planning an unannounced A.L.I.C.E. drill planned during the month of November.  Fowler teachers have been, or will be preparing students for this practice drill that prepares all members of our school in the event of an intruder with a weapon.  

 

Last year, Maynard Public Schools implemented a state mandated strategy for school safety procedures known as A.L.I.C.E. This stands for Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate. Prior to the ALICE plan, lockdown procedures involved the staff locking their doors, moving the students to a part of the room where they could not be seen, and quietly remaining there until an “all clear” announcement was given. The ALICE plan offers a different philosophy in light of recent school violence tragedies. The philosophy of ALICE is to use technology and information in a way that allows staff and students to make informed decisions in a crisis, remove as many people as possible from the danger zone, and provide realistic training so that those involved in a crisis have a better chance at survival.

The ALICE plan was implemented in Maynard Public Schools in phases. Before the first drill is executed, individual classroom teachers will use a common set of guidelines to address the topic of violent intruders, and teach their class the ALICE protocol. Students need constant reminders of safe practices in order for them to make good decisions related to their personal safety. Parents can prepare their child(ren) for the ALICE plan by helping them understand the objectives:

  • Proper knowledge and awareness will empower your child.

  • There is more than one option for action when faced with a problem or crisis.

  • When your child is prepared for a difficult situation, they can make informed decisions and will have more control over their own safety.

  • Your child can learn to identify and assess possible crisis situations.

  • Your child can demonstrate the ability to get away from a dangerous area.

  • Discuss the importance of following teacher’s and law enforcement’s directions.

The Maynard Public Schools Safety Committee is comprised of teachers, administrators as well as the Maynard Police Department and Maynard Fire Department. We encourage you as a caregiver to take the opportunity to ask your child about ALICE and open the conversation for their safety at school. Your child’s safety is of utmost important to the district. We invite you to understand the steps we are taking to provide a safe learning environment for everyone in Maynard Public Schools.

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller

 

 



From the 8th Grade Team


Science

We have been very busy in science learning to read and interpret topographic maps. We looked at topographic maps of Maynard to analyze elevation of the land. Then, using a 2D topographic map of Mt. Watatic, each student created a 3D model including the relief, compass rose, trails, elevation and contour intervals. Through modeling and investigation, students are now learning about the mile high glaciers that once covered Maynard about 18,000 years ago.. By observing  the area around Fowler, they have discovered how weathering, erosion and glaciation has shaped the unique landscape of New England. Next, we move on to investigating the various rocks and minerals of New England.


History

In history, students have explored their online textbook and have begun to work with Google Classroom. Students have brushed up on some atlas and map skills by filling out maps of different parts of the world, and have worked together and independently on some in class projects including a skit and comic strip. Moving forward, students will get the opportunity to learn about different parts of the world, write their own folk tales, and work on their historical writing skills.


Math

In Algebra, students have covered a variety of topics during the first few months of the year.  We have examined scientific notation, integer exponents, and determining slope.  Currently students are working on writing and solving linear equations, and will be progressing into solving and graphing linear inequalities.  In Common Core, we have spent time discussing rational numbers and scientific notation. At the present time, we are discussing proportional relationships will be continuing on with nonproportional relationships and writing linear equations in coming weeks.



Spanish:  Saludos de la clase de espanol!

Students started the year with basic “Getting to know you” conversations and introductions, then moved on to likes and dislikes, greeting others formally or informally, and describing people (where they are from, appearance, personality, clothing).  Students have practiced noun/adjective agreement, and learned to conjugate their first verb (ser).  Ask your child what it means to “conjugate” a verb!  Additionally, students have explored the influences of the Hispanic culture in their own culture, and have created “trading cards” to highlight the life and cultural contributions of a famous Hispanic American.  They have also celebrated “El Dia de los Muertos” or Day of the Dead, by planning and creating their very own Day of the Dead altar.  Coming up next will be talking about family, ages, date, the verb “tener” and the quinceanera celebration.



English:

Students in Mr. Conway’s English class have recently finished reading The Outsiders, which is always a student favorite and offers a lot of opportunity for deep class discussion and writing. Looking ahead toward term two, we will begin reading Anne Frank, a version based on the Broadway play. Again, the text continues a running theme of inclusion, acceptance, and the role of history as a learning tool looking to our future.



Assabet Information

On October 23rd Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School came to Fowler to share information about their programming with our 8th graders. On October 24th the 8th graders had the opportunity to visit Assabet. They toured the building and had the chance to see the shops in action. 8th grade students interested in applying to Assabet should have their applications turned in by December 15, 2017. If there are questions about the process please contact guidance.

 

 

Veteran's Day

The grade 7 students are completing a writing project to honor our veterans in the MPS community this year.  We are looking for veterans who would be willing to speak with students and answer their questions on 11/9 at 9:00.  The veterans would receive students' questions in advance and would be able "opt out" of questions if they wanted to.  Please let me know if  you know anyone who would be interested in participating in the student q&a. Our hope is to make Veterans Day more meaningful by putting "a name and a face" to this day of national recognition of service to our country.

 

Internet Safety

Please check out this link about internet safety that was recently added to the Fowler main website: https://internetsafety101.org/InternetSafetyrules

 

Food Services Survey - Your chance to give input and feedback!

As school food service provider your opinions are very important to us and can help us determine how we can improve our services. With this in mind we have put together a quick school nutrition survey with the

hope of receiving feedback from parents, students and faculty. The link provided below will take you to the survey and QR Code flyerswill be set up in each cafeteria as well.

 

https://snap.insight-surveys.com/s.asp?k=149425170231

 

The survey will remain up until 11/15. Whitsons does not manage the

data collection or manage results for customized surveys.

 

Thank you for reading this memo; to learn more about upcoming dates and community news, please keep reading!

 

Sincerely

 

Sharon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING DATES

November 8

Picture Retake Day

November 13

No School Professional Development Day

November 14

4:30 Fowler School Council meeting - Fowler Library

November 14

6:00 PTO meeting - Fowler Library

November 22 - 24

NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

   

 

 

Community News

 

Maynard Education Association

 

Support the Maynard Education Foundation when you Dine at Not Your Average Joe's any Tuesday in November

Come enjoy a great meal and help raise funds for the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) when you dine at Not Your Average Joe's in Acton any Tuesday during the month of November.

Present a certificate (available at www.maynardeducation.org) or simply mention that you are a MEF supporter to your server when you dine in or order take-out, and Not Your Average Joe's will donate 15% of your purchase to MEF. (Excluding alcohol, tax, and gratuity.)

As an added bonus, learn how you can enter to win a gift certificate to NYAJs on the MEF website!

Proceeds benefit MEF's grant program that fund new learning opportunities within the Maynard Public Schools.

MMA

 

Casino Game Night Music Fundraiser: Mark your calendars - Saturday, November 4th from 6:30-11 pm at the Maynard Elks!

Our thanks to the music community and our Maynard community for supporting our annual Casino Game Night Fundraiser. Over 50 volunteers from Fowler School and Maynard High School have come together to create this very special event! With your help, we are able to support the 4-12 music programs with scholarships, trip cost reduction, instrument repair and cleaning and instrument purchase. We are able to bring performance opportunities to our students and support their concerts. Again, our thanks for your ongoing support!


Sign-up Genius is activated for volunteer help:
     1. Help at the event with jobs that keep the night running smoothly
     http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0944a9a82fa4fd0-casino

      2. Volunteer to make appetizers and desserts for the event
      http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0944a9a82fa4fd0-food

Get Vouchers to the event:  We are almost sold out! Thank you for supporting Music in our schools :) Please email  maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com   to check on availability.
$40 each or 2/$70 or $45 day of the event.
$3000 in gaming chips per voucher. NO additional chips are sold at the event.
Appetizers and desserts are provided. Auction Items, silent auction items, exciting pre-game prizes and prize baskets are featured.
Volunteer to help? Contact Bonnie  - maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com

 

On Tuesday, November 7, the Maynard SEPAC hosts our next event: All Maynard families are invited to come hear Carol Gahan, the Director of Student Services for Maynard Public Schools, as she presents the annual Update on Special Education in Maynard. Come learn about current issues and initiatives related to special education in the schools, and bring comments and questions! We look forward to seeing you on Nov. 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fowler Library. If you have questions, or to RSVP, please contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or at 978-394-6183.


 

MHS

CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS TO SUPPORT MHS STUDENTS

                       The Maynard High School Spanish classes are collecting   

CLOTHES, SHOES, LINENS, SMALL HOUSEHOLD  ITEMS, TOYS

Please bring your gently used items to:

                Maynard High School

Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 from 9-2 pm

No furniture, books or electronics, please.  This fundraiser will support the Maynard- Spain Student Exchange trip. Students from Spain visited Maynard in September, and Maynard students will visit Spain for February break, 2018. The funds raised will provide cultural experiences while the students are visiting.


 

SEPAC

On Tuesday, November 7, the Maynard SEPAC hosts our next event: All Maynard families are invited to come hear Carol Gahan, the Director of Student Services for Maynard Public Schools, as she presents the annual Update on Special Education in Maynard. Come learn about current issues and initiatives related to special education in the schools, and bring comments and questions! We look forward to seeing you on Nov. 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fowler Library. If you have questions, or to RSVP, please contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or at 978-394-6183.




October 27, 2017


Dear Fowler Families,


How do we know students are learning?  One of the ways is the ongoing, formative assessments that teachers use several times throughout a class period.  The "on-the-spot" assessments help to inform teachers about what students are learning, what they are struggling with, and what instructional steps to take next.  Teachers then use this for planning the next day's lesson, as well as what concepts and skills may need to be re-taught.  


Taken from the website, “Getting Smart”, here are some of the strategies that Fowler teachers use to ensure that students are :

  • Journals or learning logs to show growth over time in a portfolio

  • Academic conversations to explain new learning

  • Cornell notes or graphic organizers to structure note-taking

  • Student-teacher conference and small group discussions

  • Exit slips to show “I think..”, “I wonder…”, “I still want to know…”

  • Fill-in-the-blank or “cloze” activity using sentence frames

  • Reciprocal teaching

  • Recording student language through technology

  • Drawing or role playing

  • Gallery walk of student work where students give each other feedback on stickies

  • Word or concept sorts based on unit themes or student-created categories

  • One word or one phrase response using whiteboards

  • Self-checklist or peer-checklist

  • Label or sequence visuals like pictures, photos or realia (real life objects)

  • Student-generated questions for peers

Fowler teachers use summative assessments in the form of tests, quizzes, projects, performances, presentations, etc.  These types of assessments typically impact a student's grade.

District Determined Measures are assessments that all students take at benchmarks throughout the school year. We use these assessments to monitor the growth and achievement of all students.

Assessment

Grades

Frequency

Mode

Focus

Star Reading

4-8

4x

Computer

Standards

DIBELS

4-5

3x

1.1

Reading Fluency

DAZE

4-5

3x

1.1

Comprehension

DRA2

4-5

2x

1.1

Diagnostic Reading Assessment

STAR Math

4-8

4x

Computer

Standards

Symphony Math

4-5

3x

Computer

Numeracy

Reflex Math

4-5

3x

Computer

Fluency



🌟Many thanks to the PTO team for planning and hosting the Fowler Halloween Social.  Students in 4th and 5th grades went all out with costumes, and enjoyed the snacks and activities that were planned.

Some pics from the party are attached.

From the 7th Grade Team

7th grade students enjoyed an amazing week out at Nature’s Classroom the last week in September. We had amazingly warm weather and made many great, lasting memories. Students met and learned from creative and knowledgeable Nature’s Classroom teachers, learned about and explored the woods around Becket, MA, and took many interesting classes. Students learned about a variety of topics including how to build a “geodome,” how to dissect various creatures, the dynamics of predators vs. prey, how to cook with organic materials, and the nature of homelessness in our country, just to name a few!  We all enjoyed many night activities as well, including a simulation where we took wagons across the United States on the Oregon Trail. Nature’s Classroom is an experience of a lifetime that many of our students will not soon forget!


In History, the year started with students learning about the beginning of mankind and taking a trip into the Stone Age! They created Stone Age bands and took on prehistoric names, grunts, and even created totems! Ask your student about their prehistoric name, band name, and chants! Then, they engaged in the work of archaeologists and paleontologists to learn about the early ancestors of human beings and their various traits and capabilities. Our “Bones and Stones” simulation was a fun way to kick off the year, and many group “survived” the Stone Age. Next, we are onwards to the Neolithic Age, when human beings began to learn to farm, settle down and build permanent housing.


Students began the year in Spanish learning to introduce themselves (saying their names, where they are from, where they live…). By the end of our current unit, students will also be able to say their age, their birthday and use numbers to ask and answer questions (How much is it? What is your phone number?...).  In addition, we will be comparing Halloween traditions with Day of the Dead customs in Mexico.  Please ask your child to share with you what they are learning.  They may even want to teach you some of their favorite vocabulary words and expressions.  :)


Mathematics began  with a unit exploring integer operations. Students use chips and number lines to explore how negative numbers relate to prior knowledge of operations with positive numbers. As we move into the year, students apply their knowledge to decimals and fractions. We use real world examples of shopping in downtown Maynard to explore how percentages work as we take advantage of sale items and calculate tax on our purchases. This year, all students use an online textbook. We will begin using online assignments and assessments as the year progresses. It is a great year for students to develop core knowledge of money and other real world scenarios.


In English Language Arts, students are looking at the science fiction literary genre with a critical lens so that they may answer the question What can science fiction stories reflect about our own society?  All classes read the screenplay of the old Twilight Zone episode, “The Monsters are due on Maple Street.”  As students read different parts, they became immersed in each character’s unique point of view.  We just finished reading Ray Bradbury’s classic, “All Summer in a Day.”  Students have been analyzing how the plot structure contributes to the story’s themes about jealousy, bullying, and differences. Students are also independently reading a science fiction novel and responding to the reading in a series of journal entries.  In coordination with our literature studies, students have also begun using Google Classroom to participate in classroom discussion boards, type multi-paragraph responses, and revise using Google Docs.  We have one last science fiction story, “The Third Level” by Jack Finney, that we will read before students will have the opportunity to try writing their own versions of science fiction stories.  


In Science students have been learning about kinetic energy and Newton’s third law of motion. Through a series of labs, students were introduced to the concepts through hands-on activities. By watching how balls of varying masses and velocities interact with each other they were able to identify the characteristics that contribute to the kinetic energy of an object. By analyzing the data from their own experiments and seeing the results with their own eyes, the classroom portion of the lessons made much more sense to them. Another series of experiments led them to be able to predict Newton’s third law (for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction). Next we will be looking at potential energy, with labs on gravitational and elastic potential energy.


This coming week, we will hold Community Meetings to discuss bullying. This will include the definition, examples of what bullying is and what it isn't, as well as how to report bullying. Teams will follow up during the next Advisory period to allow for further exploration, discussion, and deeper understanding of the information presented.  

Grade 8         Tuesday, October 31st

Grades 4/5    Wednesday, November 1st

Grades 6/7    Thursday, November 2nd

We look forward to helping students gain the knowledge and skills to develop positive, healthy peer relations.

Thank you for reading this memo.  Please continue reading to learn about upcoming dates and news from our community partners.


Sincerely,

Sharon




Upcoming Dates

UPCOMING DATES

November 7

7:00 pm Fowler Library SEPAC - Update on Special Education in Maynard

November 13

No School Professional Development Day

November 14

4:30 Fowler School Council meeting - Fowler Library

November 14

6:00 PTO meeting - Fowler Library

November 22 - 24

NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break


Community News

MMA

Casino Game Night Music Fundraiser: Mark your calendars -Just a week to go! Saturday, November 4th from 6:30-11 pm at the Maynard Elks

Needed NOW: volunteer dealers at the event (parents, teachers, community are welcome to have a quick training on dealing! This is a whole lot of fun!!            contact: Lynda thayers4@verizon.net

Sign-up Genius is activated for volunteer help:

     1. Help at the event with jobs that keep the night running smoothly

     http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0944a9a82fa4fd0-casino

     2. Volunteer to make appetizers and desserts for the event

      http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0944a9a82fa4fd0-food

Get Vouchers to the event:  

        http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/CN-17-Voucher-      form.P.pdf

OR maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com  OR Maynard Music Association FB page for the Casino Game Night event.

$40 each or 2/$70 or $45 day of the event.

$3000 in gaming chips per voucher. NO additional chips are sold at the event. Appetizers and desserts are provided. Auction Items, silent auction items, exciting pre-game prizes and prize baskets are featured.

Complimentary babysitting

by the MHS band/chorus students -email us maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com

Casino Game Night Fundraiser Meetings: all other Mondays

The final planning meeting is 10/30 at 7 pm at 13 Sherman St. We need more volunteers! Please join us!! All music parents in 4-12 are welcome.

Volunteer to help? Contact Bonnie  - maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com


Maynard High School


MHS Class of 2021 is sponsoring a Turkey Trot fund raiser for Green Meadow and Fowler students on Sunday November 12, 2017 at Alumni Field at 1:00 pm.   Below is their pitch to come out and run the turkey trot:


Do you like candy and running? Come to the Turkey Trot sponsored by the 9th grade class at MHS on November 12th at 1:00 pm at Alumni field Kindergarten through third grade run half a mile for candy and a chance at prizes! Grades four through sixth run one mile, also for candy and a chance to win prizes. The cost is $10 per child! Sign up soon!


SEPAC

On Tuesday, November 7, the Maynard SEPAC hosts our next event: All Maynard families are invited to come hear Carol Gahan, the Director of Student Services for Maynard Public Schools, as she presents the annual Update on Special Education in Maynard. Come learn about current issues and initiatives related to special education in the schools, and bring comments and questions! We look forward to seeing you on Nov. 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fowler Library. If you have questions, or to RSVP, please contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or at 978-394-6183.  Our next meeting is Dec 5.





October 20, 2017

Dear Fowler Families,

I trust that you had productive and enjoyable meeting with teachers during parent conference times. If, for any reason you were not able to secure a time to meet with your child's teachers this past week, please reach out to your child's teacher(s) to arrange a time for such.  We value your input and perspective!

From the 6th Grade Classrooms

Sixth grade students are off to a strong start!  In History, students have been introduced to their on-line textbooks, labeled world maps and studied various specialty maps.  They’ve reviewed map skills, been introduced to the 5 Themes of Geography and are currently learning about latitude & longitude and time zones. Moving forward, students will develop an understanding of the aspects of culture and then begin exploring the regions of Africa.  In ELA, the month of October has centered around independent reading novels and short stories.  Students are submitting their first independent reading project this week based on a novel of their choosing. We will be creating a student-made binder to display the unique book jackets they have created for the stories they read. Students will be able to browse the novels recommended by their peers in order to select their next story.  Salvete familiae!  In Latin this month, we have been learning about some of the important places in ancient Rome and how life in ancient Rome was similar to and different from life today. We watched virtual tours of the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus, the Theater of Marcellus, and the Roman Forum, and students created tourism brochures on these places.  We are also currently learning about introducing and identifying oneself and others in Latin, and we will soon be learning the names of various classroom objects.  We are looking forward to learning about Roman numerals and cardinal and ordinal numbers in Latin!  Science has centered around finding Earth’s place in the Universe.  We’ve taken trips outside to understand scale and estimate stars, and we have talked about the problems with pictures of the Solar System they have all seen in the past.  We move on to how the Earth took shape next.  In Math, we are beginning our work of fluently moving between fractions and decimals. We have reviewed each operation concerning decimals, and are finishing up comparing, ordering, and multiplying these rational numbers. Time has been spent discussing strategies that can be used to prepare for assessments, and how use our notes, homework, and Khan Academy accounts for review purposes.  I encourage parents/guardians to ask their child to show them the work they have done on Khan Academy, or for parents/guardians to create their own accounts to learn along with their child. The class will soon be dividing fractions and continuing to explore the properties of rational numbers. 

Homework Club has begun in 6th Grade!  No sign up necessary, just Walk in to B204 any day Monday-Thursday after school from 2:30 to 3:15.  Also, Homework Club is not just for homework anymore!  Come for help studying, organized study games and study strategies, help with organization and prioritizing work… and homework!  If any parent has questions about homework club or set up a formal schedule of when we should expect their student, feel free to email Mat Bruso atmbruso@maynard.k12.ma.us.  

Veteran's Day 

The Fowler School is in the process of planning a few activities to commemorate Veteran's Day. We are interested in honoring veterans in the Maynard Community. If you know of a veteran who we could honor, please contact Lisa Padalino at Fowler School so that we can recognize his/her service. Thanks in advance for your time and help with this important project.

Helping the People of Puerto Rico

 

The fifth grade Spanish Immersion class has organized a fundraiser for the victims of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.  This fundraiser is called “Pennies” for Puerto Rico.  Starting Monday, October 16th, we are going to set up signs and empty milk jugs around the school so students can put their spare change inside them.  Thanks for helping!  (Written by Zachary Copetas, grade 5 Fowler student)

 

Thank you for reading this memo. Please continue reading for upcoming dates and community news.


Sincerely,

Sharon

Fowler Clubs and School Activities

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UPCOMING DATES

 

October 26

4th and 5th Grade Halloween Social 2:45-3:45 (Details to come)

 

November 13

No School Professional Development Day

 

November 14

4:30 Fowler School Council meeting - Fowler Library

 

November 14

6:00 PTO meeting - Fowler Library

 

November 22 - 24

NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

 

 

Community News

MHS Class of 2021 is sponsoring a Turkey Trot fund raiser for Green Meadow and Fowler students on Sunday November 12, 2017 at Alumni Field at 1:00 pm.   Below is their pitch to come out and run the turkey trot:

Do you like candy and running? Come to the Turkey Trot sponsored by the 9th grade class at MHS on November 12th at 1:00 pm at Alumni field Kindergarten through third grade run half a mile for candy and a chance at prizes! Grades four through sixth run one mile, also for candy and a chance to win prizes. The cost is $10 per child! Sign up soon!

 

 

Maynard Music Association

 

Casino Game Night Music Fundraiser: Mark your calendars -2 WEEKS to GO

Saturday, November 4th from 6:30-11 pm at the Maynard Elks

 

Look for Sign-up Genius emails next week to help us with the following:

1. Help at the event with jobs that keep the night running smoothly

2. Volunteer to make appetizers and desserts for the event

 

Get Vouchers to the event:  

http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/CN-17-Voucher-form.P.pdf

OR maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com  

$40 each or 2/$70 or $45 day of the event. 

$3000 in gaming chips per voucher. NO additional chips are sold at the event. Appetizers and desserts are provided. Auction Items, silent auction items, exciting pre-game prizes and prize baskets are featured. 

 

Complimentary babysitting by the MHS band/chorus students maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com 

 

Casino Game Night Fundraiser Meetings: all other Mondays

We will be meeting at 13 Sherman St. on all of the remaining MONDAYS of this month: 23rd, 30th 

All music parents in 4-12 are welcome to join us.

 

Needed NOW: volunteer dealers at the event (parents, teachers, community are welcome to have a quick training on dealing! This is a whole lot of fun!!

contact: Lynda thayers4@verizon.net

 

Volunteer to help? Contact Bonnie  - maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com

 

PTO-sponsored Hockey Game 

The always popular U-Mass Lowell men's ice hockey game tickets will be on sale Oct 12 with the deadline of October 23rd.  Tickets will be $10 for the game on November 17th UMass Lowell vs UConn.  Attached is a form to order tickets.

 

 

October 13, 2017

 Dear Fowler Families,  

 First things first.  Our wonderful PTO has spent a great deal of time organizing the following fundraiser and would appreciate any and all "last hour" efforts to boost sales!  Here is their message to all families:

 

LAST CALL for Cherrydale Farms Fundraising forms!!

We are extending the deadline to turn in forms until Wednesday, October 18th.  This PTO fundraiser is our biggest of the year and is used to support field trips , enrichment speakers, individual teacher grants as well as funding for the specialty departments including Art, Library and Physical Education.  !00% of the proceeds are distributed directly back to the Fowler School.  Please take a look at the catalog, there is truly something for everyone!  Shop online at www.cherrydale.com/FOWMM 

The PTO also accepts monetary donations of any amount for those who would prefer to support  the school in this way. Thank you from The Fowler PTO ~~

 

Helping the People of Puerto Rico

The fifth grade Spanish Immersion class has organized a fundraiser for the victims of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.  This fundraiser is called “Pennies” for Puerto Rico.  Starting Monday, October 16th, we are going to set up signs and empty milk jugs around the school so students can put their spare change inside them.  Thanks for helping!

 

Future Pictures

Just an FYI, we are working on a process to start including student pictures of activities. Our current email software has limits so we are working on a solution.  Stay tuned!

 

Hockey

The always popular U-Mass Lowell men's ice hockey game tickets will be on sale Oct 12 with the deadline of October 23rd.  Tickets will be $10 for the game on November 17th UMass Lowell vs UConn.  Attached is a form to order tickets.

 

Introduction to PBIS 

Several staff from Fowler will be attending a multi-day training throughout the school year in preparation for an exciting roll out of PBIS or Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports. The goals of implementing this framework is to improve classroom and school climate, to increase our proactive management, to maximize academic achievement and to integrate academic and behavioral initiatives. Our School Adjustment Counselor, Mindy Skura, and Guidance Counselor, Brenna Cotter are the designated coaches for Fowler School. Several other staff members including Sharon Seyller, Sean Perham, Kelly King, Kristy Gulezian, Debi Hobbs, Amanda Bailey, Gervase Pfeffer, Michelle Travers, and Lauren Giunta are part of the Fowler core PBIS team. We are very pleased and fortunate to have Maro Hogan, a Fowler parent join us in this effort. Our next trainings take place in January and we look forward to learning about next steps to ensure that the implementation of PBIS meaningful and sustainable. For more information, please visit: neswpbs.org

 

News from the Fowler PE/Health Program

Ms. Sullivan’s fourth and fifth grade Physical Education classes have just completed a unit in Ultimate Frisbee. We enjoyed the opportunity to play a non-ball sport which is played mixed gender in both the general public and schools. We also continued to build team work and demonstrate safe behavior of self and towards others. Students are all accustomed to the gym routines of warm ups, instructions and action. Next week we will be working on our benchmarks, starting with the mile run and followed by sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups and sit and reach. These skills will be reassessed at the end of the school year to measure our self improvement. We will then engage in a unit of field hockey.

In Health Class, all grades are completing their introduction unit based around “What is Health and Wellness”. In addition the sixth grade has learned about being a consumer and how advertising effects their decisions. Seventh grade students created their own Health Triangle and have learned about their consumer rights and how to right a business letter. Eighth graders have explored and examined their own habits. We are very proud of our comprehensive health, wellness and physical education program, and we appreciate your support.

 

I am including this article about teens and smartphones for your perusal and consideration:


http://time.com/4974863/kids-smartphones-depression/?utm_source=time.com&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=the-brief&utm_content=2017101011am&xid=newsletter-brief

 

Parent Conferences

Parent Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, October 18 from 6:00-8:00, and October 20 from noon-2:25.  Parents of students in grades 4 and 5 will be contacted about signing up for a time, while parents of middle school students (grade 6, 7 & 8), should sign up for 10 minute conferences with individual teachers by going to the following sites:

 

Grade 6

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054bafad23a2f49-20172018

 

Grade 7

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/508054AACAE29A6FD0-conference

 

Grade 8

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054BA5AD2BABFC1-8thgrade

 

If you are having difficulties signing up, please contact your child’s HR teacher for assistance. 

 

Fowler Clubs

 

New club offered at Fowler: CJ Club

Come learn about all the exciting opportunities that a career in criminal justice has to offer.  From the police officer that you see every day on the streets to federal agents, come learn about the character traits that help to make officers of all different criminal justice jobs successful.  These traits can also be attributed to good leaders in any profession.  Please contact Detective Chris Sweeney at csweeney@maynardpolice.com, if you would like additional information, or would like your child to participate. First Meeting Thurs Oct 19th  after school in the library for grades 6-8.  Club meetings will be once or twice a month.

 

Name of club

Sponsor name

Description

Meets what day(s)?

Meet time

Approx. start date if not currently active

Sponsor email

Field Hockey

Brenda Sullivan

Junior Varsity Field Hockey Team

All

3:15

Fall

bsullivan@maynard.12.ma.us

Track B/G

Brenda Sullivan

Track and field

All

3:15

Spring

bsullivan@maynard.12.ma.us

Year Book

Brenda Sullivan

Create the Year Book

TBD

2:30

After Pictures

bsullivan@maynard.k12.ma.us

Fowler Stage Band

Kevin Kozik

Jazz, Rock, and Pop Music

Wednesdays

2:30

9/13/17

kkozik@maynard.k12.ma.us

Fowler After School Harmony Choir

Lois V.. Cohen

Choir for grades 4-8

Thursdays at GM

3:10 p.m.

9/28/17

excel-fasc@maynard.k12.ma.us

Pokemon

Lois V.. Cohen

Bring cards or purchase Grades 4-8

Wednesdays at Fowler

2:30-4:00 p.m.

9/27/17

excel-fasc@maynard.k12.ma.us

Middle School Soccer B/G

Athletics

Soccer

Monday-Thursday

3-4:15

First day of school

kcaruso@maynard.k12.ma.us

Middle School Basketball B/G

Athletics

Basketball

Monday-Friday

3-4:15

Monday after Thanksgiving

kcaruso@maynard.k12.ma.us

Middle School Baseball

Athletics

Baseball

Monday-Friday

3-4:15

First week in April

kcaruso@maynard.k12.ma.us

Latin club (grades 6-8)

Monica Faiella

Chapter of MassJCL and NJCL

Tuesdays

2:30-3:30

9/19/2017

mfaiella@maynard.k12.ma.us

Latin class

Monica Faiella

Continuing study for grades 7-8

8th: Monday 7th: Thursday

2:30-3:30

10/2/2017

mfaiella@maynard.k12.ma.us

Non-school sports activities

Maynard Youth Soccer

Fall and spring seasons

Fall and spring seasons

http://www.maynardyouthsoccer.org/

SMS (Sudbury/Maynard/Stowe) Hockey

February/March tryouts for September through March season

February/March tryouts for September through March season

http://smshockey.com/

Assabet Valley Little League

Run the Maynard and Stow baseball and softabll little leagues for ages 5-14

http://assabetvalleyll.com/

Maynard Girl Scouts

Colleen Andrade

Maynard Boy Scouts

Fowler Spring Play

Lauren Giunta

Full play put-on usually at the end of March. Auditions are usually held in the first week or two of January. Students can also be a part of "backstage" and take part in Set Design, Costumes, Props, etc.

Early January

lgiunta@maynard.k12.ma.us

 

Author Julie Berry Visits Fowler 5th grade Students

Author and former Maynard resident Julie Berry visits the 5th grade students next Wednesday (10/18) for a presentation and writing workshop.  We are very fortunate to have Julie take time out of her busy schedule to visit and inspire our 5th grade writers!

 

Thank you for reading this memo.  Please keep reading to learn more about upcoming dates and events, as well as news from our community partners.

 

Regards,

 

Sharon 🐆

 

UPCOMING DATES

October 18

Parent Conferences 6:00 - 8:00

October 20

Early Release Day - Parent Conferences 12:00-2:30 (Dismissal at 11:15)

October 26

4th and 5th Grade Halloween Social 2:45-3:45 (Details to come)

November 13

No School Professional Development Day

November 14

4:30 Fowler School Council meeting - Fowler Library

November 14

6:00 PTO meeting - Fowler Library

November 22 - 24

NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

    

 

Community News

 

COME FIND OUT ABOUT SEPAC We are the Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council, and our first event of the school year is the Parent Pizza Party on Thursday, October 12 at 7 pm in the Fowler School Library. If you've been curious about what the SEPAC does, want to learn more about the Special Education Program in Maynard, or just want to meet some other awesome families, come join us for pizza! We are also eager to hear from people interested in getting involved in working with SEPAC (planning social events for our kids and families, being a resource for other parents, etc.) Please RSVP for October 12 to Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or at 978-394-6183. Free and open to the public.

 

MMA (Maynard Music Association)

Concert Program Kudo forms (due 10/20): Write a message to your student!!

Forms are found on the website (mayardmusic.org), in your curriculum night packets and with your student's band teachers!

Thank you for supporting music! 

 

Casino Game Night Class Baskets: Donations Due Friday (extended)

Grade Level donations to the class baskets are due by the end of the week. Thanks to all who dropped off donations at the curriculum nights, handed a donation to a coordinator, or who have mailed into the MHS/MMA mailbox at 1 Tiger Drive. 

 

Here are your Class basket coordinators!!

6th: Allison Clements - maynardallie@gmail.com

7th: John Cafarella - relish1969@hotmail.com

8th: Justine St. John -jweezy@hotmail.com or Stephanie Gavin

9th: Christine Boutin - cmboutinlaw@gmail.com

10th  - Justine St. John -jweezy@hotmail.com

11th  - Carrie Longo longofamily7812@verizon.net

12th Danielle Ullrich - ghostwriter3@verizon.net

*no 5th grade volunteer
 

Casino Game Night Music Fundraiser

Saturday, November 4th from 6:30-11 pm at the Maynard Elks

 

Get Vouchers to the event:  

http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/CN-17-Voucher-form.P.pdf

OR maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com  

$40 each or 2/$70 or $45 day of the event. 

$3000 in gaming chips per voucher. NO additional chips are sold at the event. Appetizers and desserts are provided. Auction Items, silent auction items, exciting pre-game prizes and prize baskets are featured. 

 

Complimentary babysitting offered by the MHS band/chorus students maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com 

 

Casino Game Night Fundraiser Meetings: all other Mondays

We will be meeting at 13 Sherman St. on all of the remaining MONDAYS of this month:  16th, 23rd, 30th 

All music parents in 4-12 are welcome to join us.

 

Needed NOW: volunteer dealers at the event (parents, teachers, community are welcome to have a quick training on dealing! This is a whole lot of fun!!

contact: Lynda thayers4@verizon.net

 

Interested in volunteering? Contact Bonnie  - maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com

 

Renee Lilley: Chair Fowler

Bill Freeman: Treasurer Fowler

Marc Cryan:  Secretary Fowler

 

Bonnie Wilson: Chair MHS

Stephanie Gavin: Treasurer MHS

Annemarie Caloggero: Secretary MHS

 

Kurt Severance:  Webmaster 

 

www.maynardmusic.org

 

 

 




October 6, 2017


Dear Fowler Families,


One question that has come up in recent weeks is, “What happens during Zone TIme?” Denise Hatch, ELA Coach, Terri Morrison, Math Coach, and Donna Dankner, Principal of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, each work closely with teams to create personalized instruction during these times.  Below is a summary that describes how students are supported and challenged:


Teachers differentiate instruction in their classrooms every day. Professional development has focused on differentiation through workshops and coaching. Differentiation takes many forms depending upon the content, the students, and the structure of the team. Zone time is an additional opportunity used to support all students.


Zone time at Fowler School is designed to support all students in their zone of proximal development. This means that each student will be supported in an area that challenges them.  Zone is a structure that supports differentiation for all students re: intervention, practice and extensions. Decisions regarding zone focus and curriculum are based on student data and may change throughout the school year. For example, the fourth grade team will focus their first Zone cycle on math with an emphasis on fact fluency.


What does it look like at each grade level?


Grade:

Focus

Model

Meeting Cycle

4

Language Arts/Math

Students shared across the grade-level team

2 x 30 minutes

(per 4 day cycle)

5

Language Arts/Math

Embedded in classroom 90 minute block

Daily

6

Writing Across the Curriculum

Students shared across the grade-level team

2 x 45 minutes

(per 4 day cycle)

7

Writing Across the Curriculum

Students shared across the grade-level team

2 x 45 minutes

(per 4 day cycle)

8

Writing Across the Curriculum

Students shared across the grade-level team

2 x 45 minutes

(per 4 day cycle)


We are proud of the planning that teachers engage in collaboratively to ensure that every student gets the instruction they need.




Parent Conferences

Parent Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, October 18 from 6:00-8:00, and October 20 from noon-2:25.  Parents of students in grades 4 and 5 will be contacted about signing up for a time, while parents of middle school students (grade 6, 7 & 8), should sign up for 10 minute conferences with individual teachers by going to the following sites:


Grade 6

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054bafad23a2f49-20172018


Grade 7

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/508054AACAE29A6FD0-conference


Grade 8

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054BA5AD2BABFC1-8thgrade


If you are having difficulties signing up, please contact your child’s HR teacher for assistance.


Cafeteria Update

We are implementing new cafeteria procedures for middle school students, effective Tuesday, October 10th. The reason for the change is to provide a system and structure for students in the larger lunches to enter and order food in a more orderly and efficient manner.  


For the last two lunches, grade 7 students who are buying lunch will get in line first, as they arrive, while grade 6 students (C lunch) and grade 8 students (D lunch) will sit at their tables upon arrival to the cafeteria.  Those students who buy lunch will be called up by table to order as the line allows.  We anticipate that there will still be plenty of time for students to eat, and during the next two weeks, we will monitor this closely..


Title 1 Parent Coffee

Title 1 is a federally funded program that provides students with literacy and math support in Kindergarten through fifth grade.  Letters were sent home to the families of students that will be participating.  Please join us for a parent coffee on Tuesday, October 24 at 8:15 a.m. in the Fowler library to learn more about the Title 1 program.

 

Homework Club

Homework club is a place for kids to finish HW independently or to get help from the HW club advisor. Please make sure to touch base with your child’s homeroom teacher or teacher leader first to see if it is a good fit, and to make sure there is space.

Grade 4 -- Mrs Parquet and Mrs Arsenault -- downstairs Art room

Grade 5 Mrs. Rosato -- upstairs Computer Lab - grade 8 hallway

Grade 6 Mr Duffy -- room A204

 

PTO

The PTO kicked off our Fall Fundraiser on Monday, October 2nd.  Look for the Cherrydale Farms brochures in your child’s backpack, offering a wide array of wrapping paper, gifts for the home, magazines, candy and much more!  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we need your help to make it a success.  All proceeds from this sale will be immediately returned to Fowler in the form of teacher grants to be approved at our November 14th meeting.  We make every effort to ensure that students at all grade levels benefit from this fundraiser.

This year you will not only be able to sell to local family and friends with the traditional brochure, but will also be able to reach those who live a distance away by sending a link from our school's microsite.  More info on this will be coming.  Like us on Facebook (Fowler PTO) to stay up to date with all happenings in the PTO!  Any questions, please contact Sue Hines at jimsueh@comcast.net   Thank you for making this year’s sale the most successful in memory!

Sincerely --- The Fowler PTO

 

School Council

We still have a few spots open on the Fowler School Council! Our first meeting is October 10 at 4:30 in the Fowler Library, but if you cannot attend that meeting, and still want to join us, please send me an email and we will add you to our council.


Attached are a few pictures from Mr. Perham's Art class.  Much of this activity was created from community donations to the Art program.  As you can see, it is much appreciated by students!

 

Thank you for reading to the very end of this memo! Keep reading for upcoming dates and news from our wonderful community partners.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sharon



UPCOMING DATES

October 9

NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day

October 10

4:30  School Council meeting - Fowler Library

October 10

6:00 PTO meeting - Fowler Library

October 18

Parent Conferences 6:00 - 8:00

October 20

Early Release Day - Parent Conferences 12:00-2:30 (Dismissal at 11:15)

November 13

No School Professional Development Day

November 14

4:30 Fowler School Council meeting - Fowler Library

November 14

6:00 PTO meeting - Fowler Library

November 22 - 24

NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

       

Community News

SEPAC

We are the Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council, and our first event of the school year is the Parent Pizza Party on Thursday, October 12 at 7 pm in the Fowler School Library. If you've been curious about what the SEPAC does, want to learn more about the Special Education Program in Maynard, or just want to meet some other awesome families, come join us for pizza! We are also eager to hear from people interested in getting involved in working with SEPAC (planning social events for our kids and families, being a resource for other parents, etc.) Please RSVP for October 12 to Karen Heath at  sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or at 978-394-6183. Free and open to the public.

 

Maynard Music Association

Our next MMA meeting will be held on Monday November 6th in the Fowler Library. Please join us for Fowler business at 6:30, joint business at 7:30 and high school business at 8:00. Minutes from our joint June and August meetings can be viewed on our website:  maynardmusic.org


Save the Dates:  

  • October 11th, 4th Grade Instrument Night

  • November 4th, Casino Night


Sweatshirts: MMA is currently taking sweatshirt orders.  Please contact Stephanie Gavin for details at maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com


Music Sweatshirt order forms  (due this week) and

Concert Program Kudo forms (due 10/20)

These are found on the website (mayardmusic.org), in your curriculum night packets and with your student's band teachers!

Thank you for supporting music!




Casino Game Night Class Baskets: Donations Due Friday (extended)

Grade Level donations to the class baskets are due by the end of the week. Thanks to all who dropped off donations at the curriculum nights, handed a donation to a coordinator, or who have mailed into the MHS/MMA mailbox at 1 Tiger Drive.


Here are your coordinators!!


6th: Allison Clements - maynardallie@gmail.com

7th: John Cafarella - relish1969@hotmail.com

8th: Justine St. John -jweezy@hotmail.com or Stephanie Gavin

9th: Christine Boutin - cmboutinlaw@gmail.com

10th  - Justine St. John -jweezy@hotmail.com

11th  - Carrie Longo longofamily7812@verizon.net

12th Danielle Ullrich - ghostwriter3@verizon.net

*no 5th grade volunteer

Casino Game Night Music Fundraiser: Mark your calendars Saturday, November 4th from 6:30-11 pm at the Maynard Elks

See voucher information below

Ask via maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com about complimentary babysitting by the MHS band/chorus students.


Casino Game Night Planning Meetings: all other Mondays

We will be meeting at 13 Sherman St. on all of the remaining MONDAYS of this month: 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

All music parents in 4-12 are welcome to join us.

Needed ASAP: volunteer dealers at the event (parents, teachers, community are welcome to have a quick training on dealing! This is a whole lot of fun!!

contact: Lynda thayers4@verizon.net


Casino Game Night Voucher Sales have begun: Come play!

Please see our website www.maynardmusic.org or our FB page or our FB event page for the order form! $40 each or 2/$70 or $45 day of the event.

$3000 in gaming chips per voucher. NO additional chips are sold at the event. Appetizers and desserts are provided. Auction Items, silent auction items, exciting pre-game prizes and prize baskets are featured.


http://maynardmusic.org/fundraising/

  • This fundraiser is the only music fundraiser each year. We have raised more than $13,000 annually at this event that supports your student musicians in grades 4-12. Presently, we only have 4 volunteers from grades 4-8, but many from the high school.

  • Information about attending the event on Saturday, November 4th, complimentary babysitting, donating to each grade level's class basket and more was distributed at the open house last week and can be found at www.maynardmusic.org.

Please join us at our next planning meeting! We are in need of volunteers to help with the success of the event.

  • Meetings will be each Monday night (13 Sherman @7:00).

  • Next meeting: Monday, Oct. 9th

  • Band and chorus volunteers from grades 4-12 needed.

  • A 5th-grade basket coordinator is needed

  • Vouchers to attend the event will be available October 1st.

  • Donations to grade level theme baskets can be sent to:


                           MMA/Class Basket (Grade ___)

                           1 Tiger Dr.

                           Maynard, MA 01754

 

Maynard Town Library After School Classes

Mark Malcolm from the Maynard Public Library will bring back his hugely successful and fun Photography and Newspaper Clubs! If you're a shutterbug or love to write please sign up in the Fowler Library!

What: PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

When: BEGINS OCTOBER 27

          One Friday every month -3:30-4:30 pm

Where: MAYNARD PUBLIC LIBRARY

Who: GRADES 5,6, OR 7     Sign Up: FOWLER LIBRARY

            What: THE NEWSPAPER CLUB

When: BEGINS OCTOBER 18

          Every 2 weeks -3:30-4:30 pm

Where: MAYNARD PUBLIC LIBRARY

Who: GRADES 4-7

Sign Up: FOWLER LIBRARY

What: ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASSES

Clases de conversacion de inglés • Free - Gratis

• All levels welcome – Todos los niveles bienvenidos • No registration required – No se necesita registrarse

When: TUESDAY AFTERNOONS

Todos los martes en la tarde

5:30 - 6:30 at the Maynard Public Library

77 Nason Street, Maynard

Taught by Jeff Loeb,  ESL certified

-Formerly with the Hudson-Maynard Adult Learning Center

For more information contact:      Para mas informacion contacta:

Jeremy Robichaud, Reference Librarian

978-897- 1010 extension 4

email: jrobichaud@minlib.net

 

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September 29, 2017


Dear Fowler Families:


In light of next Tuesday's MPS Anti-Bullying Forum (from 7-8:30 in the Fowler Assembly Hall), please take a moment to review the district's Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan by clicking on the  link below:

Anti-Bullying Preventation


It is important that we work together to teach students the social and emotional skills to develop positive peer relations, and to support students who are struggling with such.  At Fowler, we will be holding a Community Meeting each trimester (fall, winter, and spring) focusing on reducing bullying and other forms of peer aggression.  We will present and discuss with students critical concepts such as:

  • How a Bully Gets Power

  • Is it Peer Aggression or Bullying?

  • Are You a Strong Bystander?

  • How to Report Bullying

  • It’s not Illegal to Be Rude…

I look forward to engaging students in this discussion, and will update you on our progress.

Reminder -- Thank you for your part in a successful transition to a new pickup and drop-off plan.   One key reminder -- please do not pass the car ahead of you when in line dropping off your child.  Students in the car(s) ahead may get out on either side.  Thank you for your cooperation and commitment to the safety of our students.

BOOK FAIR

The book fair bookseller was pleasantly surprised by the number of books sold at the Fowler School book fair!  As a middle school, we're in the top 20% for sales ($5,000.00 and over 800 books).  Kudos to Maynard parents, teachers and administrators for promoting and supporting reading!


Thank you for reading this memo!


Sincerely,

Sharon



UPCOMING DATES

October 2 2:30-3:15 Grades 4, 5 & 6 Homework Club begins (M-TH)

October 2    **School Pictures**

October 3 7:00 - 8:30 pm MPS Anti-bullying Forum - Fowler Assembly Hall

          October 5 7:30 - 9:00  MPS Community  Book Forum Discussion “Lost at School”

                                      by Ross Greene - Fowler Assembly Hall

          October 9    NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day

October 10   4:30  School Council meeting - Fowler Library

October 10   6:00 PTO meeting - Fowler Library

October 18   Parent Conferences 6:00-8:00

October 20   Early Release Day - Parent Conferences 12:00-2:30 (Dismissal at 11:15)

November 13 NO SCHOOL Professional Development Day


Community News

SEPAC

We are the Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council, and our first event of the school year is the Parent Pizza Party on Thursday, October 12 at 7 pm in the Fowler School Library. If you've been curious about what the SEPAC does, want to learn more about the Special Education Program in Maynard, or just want to meet some other awesome families, come join us for pizza! We are also eager to hear from people interested in getting involved in working with SEPAC (planning social events for our kids and families, being a resource for other parents, etc.) Please RSVP for October 12 to Karen Heath at  sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or at 978-394-6183. Free and open to the public.


Maynard Library After School Classes

Mark Malcolm from the Maynard Public Library will bring back his hugely successful and fun Photography and Newspaper Clubs! If you're a shutterbug or love to write please sign up in the Fowler Library!

What: PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

When: BEGINS OCTOBER 27

           One Friday every month -3:30-4:30 pm

Where: MAYNARD PUBLIC LIBRARY

Who: GRADES 5,6, OR 7

Sign Up: FOWLER LIBRARY


What: THE NEWSPAPER CLUB

When: BEGINS OCTOBER 19

           Every 2 weeks -3:30-4:30 pm

Where: MAYNARD PUBLIC LIBRARY

Who: GRADES 4-7

Sign Up: FOWLER LIBRARY


What: ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASSES

Clases de conversacion de inglés Free - Gratis

• All levels welcome – Todos los niveles bienvenidos • No registration required – No se necesita registrarse

When: TUESDAY AFTERNOONS

Todos los martes en la tarde

5:30 - 6:30 at the Maynard Public Library

77 Nason Street, Maynard

Taught by Jeff Loeb,  ESL certified

-Formerly with the Hudson-Maynard Adult Learning Center

For more information contact:      Para mas informacion contacta:

Jeremy Robichaud, Reference Librarian

978-897- 1010 extension 4

email: jrobichaud@minlib.net


INCLUDING CHRIS SWEENEY'S GROUP

HW CLUB - 10/2 start

Overview of assessment system at Fowler (Denise, Terry and Donna)

Info about the NED Presentation for 4th and 5th graders 10/18



PTO

The PTO will be kicking off our Fall Fundraiser on Monday, October 2nd.  Look for the Cherrydale Farms brochures in your child’s back pack next week, offering a wide array of wrapping paper, gifts for the home, magazines, candy and much more!  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we need your help to make it a success.  All proceeds from this sale will be immediately returned to Fowler in the form of teacher grants to be approved at our November 14th meeting.  We make every effort to ensure that students at all grade levels benefit from this fundraiser.

This year you will not only be able to sell to local family and friends with the traditional brochure, but will also be able to reach those who live a distance away by sending a link from our school's microsite.  More info on this will be coming.  Like us on Facebook (Fowler PTO) to stay up to date with all happenings in the PTO!

Any questions, please contact Sue Hines at jimsueh@comcast.net Thank you for making this year’s sale the most successful in memory!

The Fowler PTO

"If the only tool you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail."

Sharon Seyller Catteau

Principal for Leadership and Operations    Fowler School


Sept 22, 2017

Dear Fowler Families, 

Thank you for coming to the Back to School Night!  It was wonderful to see so many families enjoying teacher and student presentations.  Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming Parent Conferences coming up October 18 and 20.

 Please register for iPass to monitor your student's progress and to view report cards.  For trimester 1, December 15th is first report card   Directions to register for iPass are here:

 https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/maynard-public-school/for-parents/ipass-information

 Meet the Fowler School Guidance Team

We are fortune to have excellent counselors to support student learning - academic, social, and emotional. Here is some information to help you understand more about their roles, as well as their contact information:

Who? Brenna Cotter and Julie Danforth are both middle school guidance counselors who will be working with your children this year.  We are so happy to see returning familiar faces with wonderful summer stories as well as to meet new students!  We also have a full time school adjustment counselor, Mindy Skura, who works with our students on IEPs who have social/emotional goals that they are working on.

What? Ms. Cotter works with grades 4, 6 and 8 and Ms. Danforth works with 5th and 7th grade students.  We loop with our students each year so we are able to build sustained relationships which seems to work best for everyone!  The ways in which we work with students range from individual meetings requested by the student as well as at the suggestion of a teacher or parent.  We also regularly meet with students at lunch time to address and work on social issues and concerns.  Typically we cycle different groups of students throughout the year so as to see as many students as possible.  We also offer new student groups to help with the adjustment to the Fowler school environment.  If we feel that a student is really struggling and needing extra support outside of school, we can refer you to a mental health professional in the community.  We collaborate with several very qualified clinicians who could help your child and then work with us to best serve your child in school.

 Where?  We are located in the student services suite on the first floor of the main hallway, near the nurse’s office.

 Why?  We are here to help your child with academic, social and emotional concerns that may be impacting their learning at school.     

When?  Ms. Cotter is available to students all week at Fowler and Ms. Danforth is at Fowler Wednesday afternoons, Thursdays and Fridays.

 We look forward to working with you and your children this year!

 Brenna Cotter                           Julie Danforth

978-897-6700 ext. 6017        978-897-6700 ext. 6016

 

Homework Club

Homework club for grades 4, 5 & 6 begins Monday, October 2 from 2:30-3:15.  If you have any questions about your child participation, please contact the Teacher Leader.  

 I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 Sincerely,

 Sharon

 Upcoming Dates

 Sept 25 - 29   Natures Classroom for 7th Grade

Sept 29          Early Release Day (Dismissal at 11:15)

October 2      School Pictures

October 9      No School Columbus Day

 Community News

COME FIND OUT ABOUT SEPAC! We are the Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council, and our first event of the school year is the Parent Pizza Party on Thursday, October 12 at 7 pm in the Fowler School Library. If you've been curious about what the SEPAC does, want to learn more about the Special Education Program in Maynard, or just want to meet some other awesome families, come join us for pizza! We are also eager to hear from people interested in getting involved in working with SEPAC (planning social events for our kids and families, being a resource for other parents, etc.) Please RSVP for October 12 to Karen Heath at  sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or at 978-394-6183. Free and open to the public.

 

FREE ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASSES

 • All levels welcome – Todos los niveles bienvenidos

• No registration required – No se necesita registrarse

TUESDAY AFTERNOONS

Todos los martes en la tarde

5:30 - 6:30 at the Maynard Public Library

77 Nason Street, Maynard

 Taught by Jeff Loeb,

• ESL certified

• Formerly with the Hudson-Maynard Adult Learning Center

Clases de conversacion de inglés

• Free - Gratis

• All levels welcome – Todos los niveles bienvenidos

• No registration required – No se necesita registrarse

"If the only tool you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail."

Sharon Seyller Catteau
Principal for Leadership and Operations
Fowler School


                                                                                                                                                                                                           

September 15, 2017

Dear Fowler Families,

 Kudos to the Fowler PTO for distributing all the Back to School supplies kits earlier this month, despite the challenges with the company's delivery schedule. Also, we appreciate the PTO for hosting the Back to School picnic for parents of 4th and 5th grade students last week.  I am grateful their hard work to support our school, students and families, and they have certainly hit the ground running this school year!

 I look forward to seeing you at the Fowler Back to School and Curriculum Showcase on Tuesday, September 19th.  Parents and guardians will meet in the Assembly Hall at 6:00 to learn about the exciting programs at Fowler, and there will be a few students presenting as well.  For the second half of the evening, you will have the opportunity to meet with your child's teacher(s) to learn about what your child will be learning this year.  Please plan to visit the Book Fair, which is open from 5:30-7:30, and located right outside the Fowler Library.  Grade 3 Invitation to the Fowler School's Back to School Curriculum Night  Sept 19  6:00 pm in Assembly Hall

Grade 3 parents & guardians are invited to attend Fowler School's Back to School Curriculum Night on September 19 as a preview for next year.  From 6:00-6:45 the Fowler staff and students will showcase curriculum and programs unique to Fowler School.  Come and see the outstanding experiences afforded to our Fowler students!

  NOTEWORTHY ITEMS:

 Anti Bullying Forum

 The Maynard Public Schools will be holding an Anti Bullying Forum on Tuesday October 3, 2017.  This event will be held in the Fowler Assembly Hall from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

 The Maynard Public Schools Policy Subcommittee is in the process of reviewing the current School Committee Policy #18 Bullying Prevention and Intervention, Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan, and the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Reporting Form. 

 We plan on using a World Cafe Method for facilitating dialogue with large groups.  We will have break out groups at round tables brainstorming their thoughts on these documents and reporting to the committee recommendations for improvement.

"If the only tool you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail."

Advisory - The Power of Connectedness

We are pleased to launch Advisory for all grades at Fowler on Wednesday, September 20, and will occur every Wednesday this year from 12:30-1:00.  Check out this link to learn more about it:

 http://www.amle.org/TabId/270/ArtMID/888/ArticleID/297/Making-Connections-with-Advisory.aspx

 Parents of 8th grade students

FYI -- Chrome Books were distributed to 8th grade students this week, provided that they returned the completed paperwork.  Please make sure to sign all forms and return insurance fee to the HR teacher so your child can bring their CB home.

 

 

Fowler School is helping a school in Texas!

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey we are "adopting" a school in Texas. Galvan Elementary School in Corpus Christi, TX is in need of gently used clothing for its students and their families. Many students lost everything and the school is receiving displaced students from surrounding areas as well. A box will be in the front lobby for any donations from now through 9/22. The school would also love any notes or cards with thoughts from our students. 

 

Student Cell Phones

We have asked that students keep phones turned off and out of sight between the hours of 7:55 and 2:25.  If a student needs to contact their parent, they can use the phone in the main office.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

 FASC (Fowler After School Club)

The following after school classes, sponsored by EXCEL/FASC, are being offered this fall:

--Pokemon

--Harmony After School Choir

Details and registration forms are available on the EXCEL website.
Go to Fowler School, Parents/Families - EXCEL - Before and After School.  Then look under "Documents to Download."

 Thank you for reading this memo!

 Sincerely,

 Sharon

  Upcoming Dates

 Fowler parents will attend grade level meetings with teachers following the curriculum showcase

Sept 25 – 29  Nature’s Classroom Grade 7 Students

Sept 29          Early Release Day (Dismissal at 11:15)

October 2      School Pictures

October 3       7 – 8: 30 Anti Bullying Forum   Fowler Auditorium

October 9      No School Columbus Day

October 10    4:30 School Council Mtg – Fowler Library

October 10    PTO mtg  - Fowler Library

 Community News

PTO

This past Tuesday, the Fowler PTO met for their first meeting of the school year.

Back to School and Curriculum Showcase Night September 19th from 6-7:30.  Parents only please. From  6-6:45 gather in the assembly hall for remarks from Principal Seyller and special  teachers to learn more about what your children are learning.  From approximately 6:45-7:30, parents will go to 4th & 5th grade classrooms.  6th, 7th & 8th grade parents will have the opportunity to hear the team of teachers talk to parents. Be sure to stop by & say hello at the PTO table!

 Book fair runs September 18-22 and books will be on sale during Back to School Night.

Some upcoming fundraisers are the Cherrydale Farms fundraiser.  Look for that to come home the week of Oct 2 and run through Oct 13.  We would like to encourage you to make your purchases online!  This makes it easier for families & friends who aren't local to help the school out!

 The always popular U-Mass Lowell men's ice hockey game tickets will be on sale Oct 12 with the deadline of October 23rd.  Tickets will be $10 for the game on November 17th UMass Lowell vs UConn.

 4th & 5th grade Halloween Social will be October 26th from 2:45-3:45. More details to come.  

 **The Fowler PTO meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6 pm in the Fowler library.

 To keep updated please "Like" Fowler School PTO on Facebook or send an email to fowlerpto1@gmail.com to get involved!

 WAVM

There is going to be a trip to Roll on America for all WAVM staff members (students) on Friday, September 29th.  The bus will leave the High School at 4:45.  The cost is $20.00 and it is open to the first 40 people who sign up.  There is a sign up sheet  in the WAVM studio, so if you would like to go, just come to the studio and sign up.

 Update: Music Fundraiser for grades 4-12:

 NEW INFO: Grade-level theme basket donations

·         Grade level theme baskets 5-12 are being coordinated. 

·         Letters from your coordinator will be sent this week with theme info!

·         Coordinator for 5th still needed.

·         Donations of $10 toward your grade’s basket are requested. 

·         Bring donation to Back to School Nights (9/19 Fowler, 9/28 MHS) or drop off at the main offices.

·         Thanks to : Danielle Ullrich (12), Stephanie Gavin (11), Justine St. John (10), Christine Boutin (9), Stephanie/Justine/Bonnie (8), John Cafarella (7) and Allison Clements (6) for coordinating baskets

FAQs

Planning for the 9th annual Casino Game Night music fundraiser is underway! 

All band/chorus parents in grades 4-12 are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun.

·         Casino Game Night is our sole fundraiser each year. 

·         We raise money to support the needs of the band and chorus students of Fowler School and Maynard High School. (501c3 charitable organization)

·         Our event takes place this year on Saturday, November 4th at the Maynard Elks Club at 6:30 pm

·         go to www.maynardmusic.org  or Maynard Music Association on FB for info

·         Please attend planning meetings! Fun folks, food provided - EVERY MONDAY @ 7 pm    location: 13 Sherman St!

·         contact Bonnie via maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com to help!


  

September 8, 2017

Dear Fowler Families,
 
I hope your children are coming home expressing happiness and confidence about the first few days of school.  While there have been changes to some students' schedules, as well as new routines to adjust to, in general, Fowler students are reporting very positive feelings about their experiences.  
 
My weekly memo to families is an opportunity to communicate a variety of important aspects about school.  This may include policy and procedural updates, information about teaching and learning, upcoming dates and community news.  I will share an article or video from time to time, for your perusal.
 
For this week, I think it is important to provide a short update about a variety of issues.  Please review below.
 
New pick-up and drop-off system
Kudos to kids and parents alike for demonstrating patience and cooperation with this new process.  
 
Drop off:
Please remember that when dropping your child off, the lead car should pull up to the "drop off sign" so that there is ample room for 4 or 5 other cars to pull up behind the lead car.  This allows for five to six vehicles at a time to drop to off their children.  Then, those vehicles exit at the same time.  The next lead car with a child inside would pull up to the drop off sign and repeat the process of deboarding five to six vehicles at a time.  Please do not pass any vehicle in line on the left or the right side at the drop off location for any reason.  Students get out of cars on both sides, so we ask that you wait the extra few seconds and exit with the rest of the cars ahead of you.  We appreciate your compliance to ensure the safety of all students.
 
Pick up:
If you arrive before 2:20 to pick up your child, please do not enter the parking lot if you see that a class is outside.  Instead, wait by the cones located near the exterior cafeteria doors. Thank you!
 
After School Clubs and Activities 
We are in the process of organizing the after school clubs and activities for Fowler.  We expect to have the full list on the website by the end of the month.
 
Community Meetings
I look forward to meeting with students in grade level Community Meetings next week.  The message I will communicate to all grades is the importance of having a growth mindset, the new expectations we have as students get older and wiser, our core values (Respect, Responsibility and Results) as well as non-negotiables.   Our goal with Community Meetings is to bring students together who belong to a community and discuss expectations, provide motivation and support, and send positive messages that we believe in them and that they can be successful.  Check out this video where Ross Greene discusses the difference between "kids do well if they CAN" and "kids do well if they WANT."  
 
 
Back to School and Curriculum Showcase 
Save the date!  Tuesday, September 19th from 6:00-7:30.  This evening is very well attended, and is designed for adults to learn more about the exciting teaching and learning at Fowler. I look forward to seeing you there!
 
Book Fair
Best Book Fairs has been contracted to bring a fair to Fowler from September 18-22. The fair will be open for families on September 19 from 5:30-7:30 PM.
 
Returning to a 4-8 school
We are thrilled to return to a grade 4-8 school.  Having two upper elementary grades and three middle level grades is an opportunity to guide and influence children through a very interesting developmental time in their lives.
 
Some changes this year:
 
--Students in grade 6-8 have SSR (sustained silent reading) for 20 minutes every day.  We realize that children often lead very busy lives and may not find time in their day to read as much as the want to or should, so we are pleased to offer this time for such. 
 
--We still have four lunches every day, but need to fit in five grades.  To accommodate this, we have returned to the days before 8th grade was at MHS.  Approximately half of the 7th grade students eat lunch with 6th grade students, and the other half eat lunch with 8th grade students.  I have monitored these "shared" lunches and am happy to report that we have made the necessary adjustments with space.  I will thank the middle school students for their patience and understanding of the new lunch configuration at our Community Meetings.

--There is currently no recess for middle school students.  We are in the process of reviewing the current schedule to see if any changes are necessary and/or possible.  I will keep you posted on updates.
 
A Message from Donna Dankner
A new school year always begins with excitement and anticipation.   For me, this year is particularly special as I have the opportunity to be part of both the Fowler and Green Meadow Communities, focusing on teaching and learning in Preschool through grade 8, as the Principal for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.  In this role, I will be able to follow my passion by focusing on rigorous curriculum, exploring current pedagogy and best practices, and analyzing assessment data to design instruction that meets the individual learning needs of all students. I am excited to have the opportunity to reconnect with the many students and families I have known at Green Meadow.  It is amazing to see how each individual has grown and flourished.  I am also delighted to be to joining the Fowler Staff and look forward to collaborating closely with so many talented and skilled educators who provide our students with such a wonderful education and school experience.
 
In the spirit of community and family engagement, please consider being part of the Fowler School Council.  Our first meeting is Tuesday, October 10thfrom 4:30-5:45, and we meet monthly through May.  It is a great way to help shape and influence current and future initiatives at Fowler.  Please let me know if you are interested.
 
Sincerely,
 
Sharon
 


 

Community News

Maynard Music Association (MMA)

MMA Updates:  Our first meeting of the year will take place on Tuesday evening September 12th in the Fowler Library. Fowler business will begin at 6:30, Joint business between Fowler and the High School will begin at 7:30. Please come and meet the new officers and find out how you can become more involved with MMA at Fowler.
 
Back to School Night! Can't make our September meeting?  Be sure to stop by the MMA table at Back to School Night: Tuesday, September 19th. Donations for Casino Game Night Fowler class baskets can be dropped off at the MMA table.

 

Upcoming Dates

September 12 6:00 PTO meeting - Fowler Library

September 19 6:00 Back to School and Curriculum Showcase - Assembly Hall at 6:00

September 25-29 Nature's Classroom - Grade 7 students

September 29 Early Release Day (Students dismissed at 11:15)

October 2   **School Pictures**

October 9   NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day

October 10  4:30  School Council meeting - Fowler Library

October 10  6:00 PTO meeting - Fowler Library

October 18  Parent Conferences 6:00-8:00

October 20  Early Release Day - Parent Conferences 12:00-2:30 (Students dismissed at 11:15)

November 13 NO SCHOOL Professional Development Day 

November 14 4:30 Fowler School Council meeing - Fowler Library

November 14 6:00 PTO meeting - Fowler Library

November 22-24 NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

December 8 Early Release Day (Students dismissed at 11:15)

 

 

 




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6/9/17

 

Dear Fowler Families,

I would like to introduce a new process regarding the placement notification for next year. In the past, Fowler and Green Meadow students' names have been posted at the schools in order to identify which teacher they would have for the upcoming school year.  

We have serious concerns about posting student information in this public manner. So instead, we will now notify each student in grades K-5 by sending a letter in mid-August. For students in grade 6-8, we will share their schedules online through iPass toward the end of August.

I have discussed this change with members of the Fowler PTO Board and School Council, and have notified the MPS School Committee Chairperson. Principal Dankner and I also confirmed with MPS attorney, who agreed, stating, "Under the student record regulations, student record information cannot be disclosed to third parties without the written informed consent of the parent/guardian of the student.  Therefore, absent express consent from the parent/guardian the information should not be released." Our goal is to provide timely, effective communication to Fowler students and their families about their placement in a way that protects all students.  

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for understanding the need for this change. 

SUMMER READING AND MATH

Students will set goals for their summer reading and record books. Parents should sign the recording sheet which will be submitted to reading teachers at the start of the new school year. Students will be asked to read a minimum of two books, but are encouraged to read more.

Reminder -- Over the summer all students will have access to online math programs.

Reflex Math is used to practice basic facts and to improve fluency. All students benefit from practicing basic facts. If you are still working on fluency, Reflex is a great way to grow! Even if you are already fluent...it is good to keep your brain thinking about your basic facts by using reflexmath.com.

Symphony Math can be used by all students. Your account log in will remain the same. Symphony is used to practice important math concepts using a variety of models. Log in regularly to keep your math mind growing! Symphonylearning.com 

Please be in touch with Terri Morrison, Math Coach at tmorrison@maynard.k12.ma.us if you have questions about these programs.


School Supply Kits

To help with the transition back to school next fall, Fowler PTO is offering supply kits that you can

purchase now. This year, ordering kits will be online only, with a deadline of Friday, June 23. Starting now, you can go directly to http://www.shopttkits.com/ and enter the Fowler account # 32898.

Ordering information is also posted on the Fowler website: go to ‘For Parents’ and scroll down to ‘Back to School Info.’ Kits will be delivered to Fowler and ready to pick up at the Meet and Greet in August.

Please check the website over the summer for updated information.

Kit prices are:

Grade 4    $45

Grade 5    $28

Grade 6    $50

Grade 7    $40

Grade 8    $32


Next Year's Schedule

Fowler expects to have a 4-day rotating cycle again next year, with the following Specials classes meeting once per cycle:

Grade 4

PE

Art

Music

Computer Science

Connections 

Grade 5

PE

Art

Music

Computer Science

Research Skills 

Grade 6

PE

Art

Music

Computer Science

Health

Grade 7

PE

Art

Theater

Computer Science

Health

Grade 8

PE

Art

Theater

Computer Science

Heal 

 

Library Update from Mrs. Hayward: Research Skills and Poetry Classes 

Book Circulation

All library books are due back. If a student has lost or damaged a book he/she needs to reimburse the library for the cost of the book. Students must return all library materials before they will be allowed to borrow anything next year. Please drop any found books off in the Main Office during the summer. 

Library Volunteers

I want to thank my awesome parent and para volunteers for their dedication throughout the school year. I cannot stress enough how helpful their dependability and work has been to maintain an effective school library! Thanks a million Trish Friedman, Becky Robichaud, Vicki Stevens and Katrina Wilkins!

Professional Development

I was fortunate to attend two conferences in May. At the Massachusetts School Librarians Association's Annual Conference, I participated in a workshop called Guided Inquiry Design, a research structure for successful inquiry based learning within an information rich context.

The Massachusetts Poetry Festival was a weekend long festival that began with a Student Day of Poetry. There were over 100 students participating in poetry slams and workshops such as Exploring "Flow" in Poetry, Words to Slay the Monsters: How to Write Through Your Fear, Not Poetry: Word Play With a Purpose, and Tupac, Hip Hop & Love Poems.

Information Literacy & Research Skills Library Classes

Students learned about the characteristics and organization of websites in the context of doing research on popular middle school authors and practiced creating Google Docs and Google Slides We're wrapping up the school year with a series of lessons on how to evaluate the veracity of a website. An especially provocative activity involved students researching a topic using what appeared to be an authentic but were actually mock websites!

Poetry

The 7th grade Extended Zone group enjoyed a 2 hour workshop with poet Heather Hughes. She used Beowulf to inspire us to write original monster and mythological-esque poetry. The highlight was watching students read aloud and perform their poems! 


Thank you for a wonderful year! I appreciate your support for Fowler School and I hope you have a terrific summer. 

Sincerely, Sharon Seyller

 

Upcoming Dates


June

14 Grade 4 Career Day

14 & 15 Grade 5 Field Trip to Minuteman National Park

15 Grade 7 Olympic Games

16 Grade 4 Field Trip to Southwick Zoo

16 Grade 7 Field Trip Whale Watch

19 Last Day of School – Early Release 11:15

August 

29 Grades 4/5 Meet and Greet – 1:30-2:15

29 School Kits Pick-Up

September 

20 Back to School Curriculum Night – 6:00- 7:30 pm


Community News

Honor a Teacher by Participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's Teacher Tribute Program

Are you looking for a unique teacher gift that makes a difference in our schools?  Please consider participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's (MEF) Teacher Tribute Program. Proceeds benefit MEF's grant program for teachers, students, and administrators.

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 his/her name to the Maynard Education Foundation (the amount of your donation will remain confidential).

To make a donation, please mail a check, along with the Teacher Tribute form (available for download at: http://www. maynardeducation.org) to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 or donate online at: http://www. maynardeducation.org

(Please note that the deadline for receipt of donations is Monday, June 12, 2017. 
Donations received after that date may be acknowledged in September.)


Maynard Farmers’ Market

The Maynard Farmers' Market is hosting a Kids' Artisan Day on August 5th! We are offering limited spots to kids aged seven and older to sell their own craft creations. Please note that the market runs rain or shine from 9 am to 1 pm. All vendors, including kids, are expected to be fully set-up by 9 o'clock and to remain for the entirety.

To apply for participation, please contact Susan at susan@compulsivebaker.com. In your message, please include your child's name, age, and a description of their craft(s). For more information on the Maynard Farmers' Market, visit MaynardFarmersMarket.com.




6/2/17

 

Dear Fowler Families, 

Welcome to June! With only a couple of weeks left in the year, it is important to recognize and thank members of our PTO and School Council.  

The Fowler PTO works very hard raising money to support students, teachers, and programs. They have hosted a variety of events including the Halloween Social and the spring Fowler Family Fun Night, which was open to all families at no charge. As they are an integral part of the Fowler community, I encourage you to participate in PTO meetings which are typically held at 6:00 pm on the second Tuesday of each month. All parents/guardians are welcome to attend and participate. 

The Fowler School Council is a group comprised of parents/guardians, teachers, and community members who have the following responsibilities:


To assist school principals in: 

1) Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards 

2) Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school 

3) Reviewing the annual school building budget 

4) Formulating a school improvement plan

 

This year, we are proud to report that the Fowler School Council made significant progress toward the development of a school-wide writing rubric, a student survey that measures growth mindset, and a community resource for parents and guardians. The collaborative efforts of PTO and School Council members have made a significant difference at Fowler. Kudos!

 

School Supply Kits

To help with the transition back to school next fall, Fowler PTO is offering supply kits that you can purchase now. This year, ordering kits will be online only, with a deadline of Friday, June 23. Starting now, you can go directly to http://www.shopttkits.com/ and enter the Fowler account # 32898.

 School supply lists and flyers went home this week. This information can also be found on the Fowler website: go to ‘For Parents’ and scroll down to ‘Back to School Info.’ Kits will be delivered to Fowler and ready to pick up at the Meet and Greet in August.

Please check the website over the summer for updated information.

Kit prices are:

Grade 4    $45

Grade 5    $28

Grade 6    $50

Grade 7    $40

Grade 8    $32

Summer Math for All Students!

Over the summer all students will have access to online math programs. 

Reflex Math is used to practice basic facts and to improve fluency. All students benefit from practicing basic facts. If you are still working on fluency, Reflex is a great way to grow! Even if you are already fluent...keep your brain thinking about your basic facts by using reflexmath.com.

Symphony Math can be used by all students. Your account log in will remain the same. Symphony is used to practice important math concepts using a variety of models. Log in regularly to keep your math mind growing! Symphonylearning.com

Please be in touch with Terri Morrison, Math Coach at tmorrison@maynard.k12.ma.us if you have questions about these programs.

Fowler School Library Books

Please remind your students that all library books are due by June 9. If a book is lost or damaged beyond repair, students must reimburse the library for the cost of that book. If you find an overdue library book over the summer that you already paid for, bring the book back and Mrs. Hayward will refund your payment.

 

Upcoming Dates

June

6 Grade 6 Field Trip to Canobie Lake

6 SEPAC Ice Cream Social – 6:30 pm Fowler Cafeteria

7 Grade 4 Band Concert - 6:30 pm

14 Grade 4 Career Day

14 & 15 Grade 5 Field Trip to Minuteman National Park

16 Grade 4 Field Trip to Southwick Zoo

16 Grade 7 Field Trip Whale Watch

19 Last Day of School – Early Release 11:15

 

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller

 

Community News

The SEPAC Ice Cream Social

The Maynard SEPAC invites Maynard special education students, parents and siblings to our annual Spring Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, June 6th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Fowler School Cafeteria. We’ll have lots of crafts, activities, and fun for the whole family! (Plus ice cream!) This event is free and open to the whole family for students receiving special education services in Maynard. Please contact Karen Heath with any questions or to RSVP at sepacoutreach@ maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-394-6183.


Honor a Teacher by Participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's Teacher Tribute Program
Are you looking for a unique teacher gift that makes a difference in our schools?  Please consider participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's (MEF) Teacher Tribute Program. Proceeds benefit MEF's grant program for teachers, students, and administrators.

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 his/her name to the Maynard Education Foundation (the amount of your donation will remain confidential).

To make a donation, please mail a check, along with the Teacher Tribute form (available for download at: http://www. maynardeducation.org) to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 or donate online at: http://www. maynardeducation.org

(Please note that the deadline for receipt of donations is Monday, June 12, 2017. 
Donations received after that date may be acknowledged in September.)

 

Maynard Farmers’ Market

The Maynard Farmers' Market is hosting a Kids' Artisan Day on August 5th! We are offering limited spots to kids aged seven and older to sell their own craft creations. Please note that the market runs rain or shine from 9 am to 1 pm. All vendors, including kids, are expected to be fully set-up by 9 o'clock and to remain for the entirety.

To apply for participation, please contact Susan at susan@compulsivebaker.com. In your message, please include your child's name, age, and a description of their craft(s). For more information on the Maynard Farmers' Market, visit MaynardFarmersMarket.com.



May 26, 2017

 

Dear Fowler Families,


I am pleased to share that our first all-school A.L.I.C.E. safety drill was very successful. The drill began at approximately 9:30 am and was completed in less than 15 minutes. Students demonstrated that they were well prepared, and that they took the drill seriously. Please ask your child about their experience. As always, we are open to your feedback.

Look for next year’s school supply lists in backpacks and online next week. Like last year, you can buy your student's supplies on your own, or purchase these handy kits. Online ordering opens on Tuesday, May 30. Any questions regarding school supply kits should be directed to PTO Co-Chairs Sue Hines and Justine St. John. 

Fowler Curriculum News – Spring Soundbites

Fourth Grade

The fourth graders are currently exploring the regions of America by “traveling” The Oregon Trail.  Students have been assigned identities of actual pioneers, spent time packing their wagons, and are ready to head west. The classes have enjoyed learning about the life of pioneer child, including the chores they used to do and the types of schooling they experienced. They were amazed to find out how many steps it would actually take to walk the trail, taking into account their current shoe size, the amount of steps in a mile, and the total number of miles they would travel.

In Math, students are working on geometry and fractions, while reviewing multiplication skills. Please encourage your child to study their math facts every night by using Reflex Math. Math has included great project-based learning assignments, including making plans for a new home on the Oregon Trail using area and perimeter, as well as making maps. Students have practiced their fraction skills by doubling recipes that the pioneers made on the trail.  

In English Language Arts, students have been studying literary heroes and researching a real life heroes from history. We will publish book reports on real life heroes, as well as share their hero's accomplishments with peers through conversations and trivia contests. Now is a great time to ask your child about the books they have read and enjoyed this year, so that they can continue to read over the summer. Many kids have started books that are part of a series, so perhaps those would be good choices for nighttime reading.

The fourth grade team suggests the following titles which will continue the work we have done this year: 

Who Was? Who Is? series

I Survived series

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

The Penderwicks

Any book by Kate DiCamillo

Origami Yoda series

Percy Jackson books....next series is called Heroes

Harry Potter series

Out of My Mind

Poppy series

Any book by Roald Dahl

We are looking forward to our field trip to The Southwick's Zoo on June 16th. Please remember to return your permission slip for that event. Also, Monday, June 19 is last day of school (early release), and we will be having a Fourth Grade Field Day that morning. We are looking for parent volunteers to help. We had a fantastic year with your children, thank you for sharing them with us. Have a wonderful summer!

Safe Routes to School

Yesterday, Fowler offered a community-based program focusing on pedestrian safety for 5th grade students: "Safe Routes to School." Through activities, students learned how to use crosswalks, behave in parking lots, and on sidewalks. Bike Safety lessons were taught as well. To learn more about this program: https://www.massdot.state.ma.us/saferoutestoschool/Home.aspx


Upcoming Dates


May

26 Fowler Band Dress Rehearsal 1-2 pm

27-29 Family Appreciation Weekend

29 Memorial Day – School Closed

30 Incoming 4th Grade Parent Information Night

31 Fowler Band Concert – 7 pm Assembly Hall

 

June

2 Fowler Band Great East Festival

6 Grade 6 Field Trip to Canobie Lake

7 Grade 4 Band Concert - 6:30 pm

14 Grade 4 Career Day

14 & 15 Grade 5 Field Trip to Minuteman National Park

16 Grade 4 Field Trip to Southwick Zoo

16 Grade 7 Field Trip Whale Watch

19 Last Day of School – Early Release 11:15

 

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller

 

Community Updates

The SEPAC Ice Cream Social: the Maynard SEPAC invites Maynard special education students, parents and siblings to our annual Spring Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, June 6th from 6:30- 8:00 pm in the Fowler School Cafeteria. We’ll have lots of crafts, activities, and fun for the whole family (plus ice cream)! This event is free and open to the whole family for students receiving special education services in Maynard. Please contact Karen Heath with any questions or to RSVP at sepacoutreach@ maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-394-6183. 

Maynard Farmers’ Market

The Maynard Farmers' Market is hosting a Kids' Artisan Day on August 5th! We are offering limited spots to kids aged seven and older to sell their own craft creations. Please note that the market runs rain or shine from 9 am to 1 pm. All vendors, including kids, are expected to be fully set-up by 9 o'clock and to remain for the entirety.

To apply for participation, please contact Susan at susan@compulsivebaker.com. In your message, please include your child's name, age, and a description of their craft(s). For more information on the Maynard Farmers' Market, visit MaynardFarmersMarket.com.



May 19, 2017

 

Dear Fowler Families,

We are pleased to report that we raised over $2,500 from the Fowler Fair! Thank you to all who participated and attended. Below are some pictures that capture the community joy of this event:


 Fowler Curriculum News – More Spring Soundbites 

In Academic Support class, students continue to work on effective strategies that can be applied across the curriculum which includes math and ELA skills, as well as maintaining an organizational system for all class work. Students are also working on increasing their ability to create and utilize study strategies that fit their learning style for test preparation. For example, although flashcards are often a 'go-to' technique, some students benefit more from creating pictures of concepts, utilizing mnemonics or engaging in small group white board activities. As always, academic support aims to create a safe place for students to explore their strengths and weaknesses, while receiving direct instruction in targeted areas.  

For speech and language students, Mrs. Finnegan will be speaking about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. During the month of May, the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA) observes this annual opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and hearing health—particularly the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. Mrs. Finnegan will be discussing the importance of developing healthy hearing habits early in life.


Upcoming Dates

   May

19 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

24 School Dance (Grades 5-7) 6-8 pm 

26 Fowler Band Dress Rehearsal 1-2 pm

26 Last day to check out Library books

27-29 Family Appreciation Weekend

29 Memorial Day – School Closed

30 Incoming 4th Grade Parent Information Night

31 Fowler Band Concert – 7 pm Assembly Hall

June

2 Fowler Band Great East Festival

6 Grade 6 Field Trip to Canobie Lake

7 Grade 4 Band Concert - 6:30 pm

9 All Library Books Due Back

14 Grade 4 Career Day

14 & 15 Grade 5 Field Trip to Minuteman National Park

16 Grade 4 Field Trip to Southwick Zoo

16 Grade 7 Field Trip Whale Watch

19 Last Day of School – Early Release 11:15

  

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller

 

Community Updates

Graduation Balloon Sale

You can still purchase graduation balloons to congratulate the Class of 2017 Seniors. The sale is extended until Monday, May 22, although no more yard signs can be ordered. There are still plenty of seniors who need your support (42 out of about 90 of them are getting something as of now). The first balloon is $5 and each additional one is only $4. Please email your orders to odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us or to bmakovoz@maynard.k12.ma.us and submit your payments to the MHS Main Office by Monday, May 22.


PMC Kids Bike Ride

The 5th Annual Acton-Boxborough-Maynard PMC KIDS Bike Ride will take place on June 4, 2017 from 8:30 – 12:00 pm at NARA Park in Acton. PMC KIDS Bike Rides became an official PMC program in 2005 as a way to include young cyclists in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge’s mission of raising money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. These rides enable children between the ages of 3 and 13 to ride their bikes and solicit sponsors to donate money to cancer research. 100% of all money raised at this event and by the children will go directly to Dana Farber via the PMC. Last year we had almost 200 riders and raised over $30,000! The event will include the ride, food, multiple kids’ activities, a kid’s chance and silent auction. Ride details and rider and volunteer registration can be found at: http://www.kids.pmc.org/Acton-Boxboro.aspx. You can also email PMCKidsAB@gmail.com with any questions. Or visit us on our PMC Kids Ride - Acton Boxboro Maynard Facebook page.

 

 



May 12, 2017

 

Dear Fowler Families,

Today is an especially exciting day for us because we are hosting the Annual Fowler Fair from 3:00 -6:00. We have many activities planned, along with food, raffles, and WAVM will be playing music for all to enjoy. The best part about the Fowler Fair, other than the opportunity to bring the community together, is that the proceeds go toward the student scholarship fund. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fowler Curriculum News – More Spring Soundbites

Music and Band
Fourth and fifth grade students continue to use general music class to develop rhythm and pitch recognition skills. Both grade levels utilize written and aural classwork, individual and group composition projects (writing their own music), and strategic music activities to do so. Students then apply their knowledge to performance of classical, jazz, rock, and pop music on electric keyboards.

Students in the instrumental band program are learning about many different periods, genres, and styles of music, including works from 20th century wind band composers, time-honored African and Chinese traditions, and current popular song writers and film composers. Rehearsals prepare Fowler's music groups to perform on multiple instruments with expressive musicality and technical proficiency. Their upcoming concert program will consist of music which depicts the natural world.

Recently, four Fowler music students performed at the Massachusetts Music Educators Association's Central District Concert. Elizabeth Freeman (Band), Gracie Gilligan (Choir), Sophia Smith (Choir), and Ronan Jeannotte (Jazz Band) were chosen to represent our region from hundreds of middle school students who auditioned across Central Massachusetts. Kudos to these students for their exceptional efforts! 

Fowler Library Students have been creating Spine Poems with poetry genre books. This activity is especially useful for reluctant writers and ELL students because they pick and choose the words and phrases (book titles) they can see, and then construct the poem. 


The 7th Grade will be going on a Whale Watch with Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester, MA on Friday, June 16th. Permission slips have gone home, or can be found on the 7th grade website. Buses will leave at 8 am and return at 4 pm. Cost is $35. Please sign and return the permission slips by Friday, May 26th. Scholarships are available by contacting Ms. Seyller.

In Spanish class, students completed a unit on the family. As part of this unit, and in celebration of National Poetry month, each student wrote a poem about family. This project was inspired by the work of the 2015 U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. Mr. Herrera is the first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate. Student poems are on display in the grade 7 hallway. Please ask your child to share his/her work with you.  

ELA students have been thinking about how characters in historical fiction may reflect the values of a specific time period. Students have just finished independent reading novels set during the middle ages along with a variety of texts about knights, peasants, and Robin Hood. Students analyzed the characters of each story and how they are portrayed. Next, students will look into the world of science fiction and consider how reading science fiction can inform us about our own world.

In history class, students completed a unit on Canaan and the history of Judaism and are now focused on ancient Greece’s land, wars, and culture. We have explored the birth of democracy and compared it to today’s government. Students also got a closer look at the rivalry between the great city-states of Sparta and Athens, and made comparisons in their “Postcards from Greece.” This week we experienced all of the amazing cultural achievements of the Greeks in areas like architecture, literature, science, mathematics, drama, and sports. Ask your student about a few ways that Greek culture shaped our world today. Next, it’s onwards to the greatest empire of the ancient world: Rome!

Math students have been investigating the properties of surface area and volume. Students paired up to investigate how various three-dimensional figures are similar as well as how to calculate their surface area and volume. They investigated how to apply the knowledge to real world situations, such as architecture and packaging models. Next, students will find out how certain angles affect design and structures. In the accelerated class, students just began a unit on data analysis and probability. Students use beads to simulate a random sample and use the data they collect to predict information about a whole population. They will apply their skills to real world situations involving sports, census, and much more!

In science we just completed a term project on the six kingdoms of living organisms. Over the past two months we have studied two types of bacteria, protists, fungi, plants and animals. Each student prepared a booklet explaining the origin of each kingdom, many of which were extremely creative. Most recently we have been studying human body systems. After learning about the muscular, skeletal and integumentary systems we launched into two self-guided learning units on the cardiovascular and digestive systems. The cardiovascular unit consisted of five stations including a computer station and a station where students worked a pump and assigned parts of the pump to parts of the cardiovascular system. We are now working on the digestive system for which each part (mouth, esophagus, stomach etc.) has an accompanying mini-lab. 

Upcoming Dates

May

12 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

12 Annual Fowler Fair – 3:00 pm

18 Grade 4 Field Trip to Fine Arts Theater

19 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

24 School Dance (Grades 5-7) 6-8 pm 

26 Fowler Band Dress Rehearsal 1-2 pm

27-29 Family Appreciation Weekend

29 Memorial Day – School Closed

30 Incoming 4th Grade Parent Information Night

31 Fowler Band Concert – 7 pm Assembly Hall

June

2 Fowler Band Great East Festival

6 Grade 6 Field Trip to Canobie Lake

7 Grade 4 Band Concert - 6:30 pm

14 Grade 4 Career Day

14 & 15 Grade 5 Field Trip to Minuteman National Park

16 Grade 4 Field Trip to Southwick Zoo

16 Grade 7 Field Trip Whale Watch

19 Last Day of School – Early Release 11:15


We hope to see you at the Fowler Fair today from 3:00-6:00.

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller


Community Updates

Maynard Music Association offers a huge thank you to the Fowler parents who attended our May meeting. For more information see www.maynardmusic.org

New Treasurer! Many thanks as well to Bill Freeman who has offered to serve as next year's MMA Fowler treasurer. We are hopeful that some of our 4th and 5th grade parents will step in to continue running MMA - Fowler as the 4th and 5th grade band program each involve 50 students! Contact Bonnie: maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com to volunteer.

We are still seeking to train and support two new Fowler CO-CHAIRS and a secretary for Fowler. 

For more information: maynardmusic.org or view the minutes from our April meetings:

http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Joint-MMA-Business-April-5-2017.pdf

http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/MMA-High-School-April-5-2017.pdf

Upcoming Events:  

May 17th MHS Band/Chorus Concert, MHS

May 24th MHS Solo and Ensemble Night, MHS

May 29th Memorial Day Parade

Upcoming Events Specific to Fowler

May 31st Fowler Band Spring Concert

June 2nd Great East Festival for 6th and 7th graders 

June 7th 4th Grade Concert

Open to all: Jazz Jams at the Pleasant Cafe every Sunday Night 4-6 pm

Volunteers Needed: Several volunteers are needed to attend the Great East Festival. This is a day-long event returning to Maynard around 8:00 pm. Please email Mr. Kozik at KKozik@maynard.k12.ma.us if you can volunteer. 

Trish Gately is offering her annual Summer Music Camp renamed Assabet Valley Summer Music 2017.  Session 1: July 17th-21st  Session 2: July 24th-28th.  Both sessions will be held at Fowler. For details: www.maynardmusic.org/summer-music-camp or contact Trish Gately at trishgately@gmail.com.  


PMC Kids Bike Ride

The 5th Annual Acton-Boxborough-Maynard PMC KIDS Bike Ride will take place on June 4, 2017 from 8:30 – 12:00 pm at NARA Park in Acton. PMC KIDS Bike Rides became an official PMC program in 2005 as a way to include young cyclists in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge’s mission of raising money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. These rides enable children between the ages of 3 and 13 to ride their bikes and solicit sponsors to donate money to cancer research. 100% of all money raised at this event and by the children will go directly to Dana Farber via the PMC. Last year we had almost 200 riders and raised over $30,000! The event will include the ride, food, multiple kids’ activities, a kid’s chance and silent auction! Ride details and rider and volunteer registration can be found at: http://www.kids.pmc.org/Acton-Boxboro.aspx. You can also email PMCKidsAB@gmail.com with any questions. Or visit us on our PMC Kids Ride - Acton Boxboro Maynard Facebook page. We hope to see you there! 



May 5, 2017


Dear Fowler Families,

I am pleased to share with you news from many of the Fowler classrooms. I hope that you enjoy reading the "Spring Soundbites" about many educational activities. I am confident that you will appreciate how committed the staff is to creating rigorous and relevant learning opportunities that are both engaging and enjoyable.

Fowler Curriculum News - Spring Soundbites

In Computer Science, students will be finishing up their coding activities, continuing to practice with typing (5 times grade level for words per minute), learning about different algorithms to sort numbers, and collecting and representing data using a spreadsheet.

4th grade students will be creating a pattern for a square stained glass window by writing code to draw the outlines for where the glass would go. They will incorporate jumps, draws, color changes, and loops. They continue to practice this using Code.org. Fourth graders learned how to act out the Selection Sort algorithm as they prepare for text-based coding applications. They will finish the year by collecting data during a ball throwing experiment and will learn to display the data in a spreadsheet with both a table and a scatter plot.

All other students created a mandala pattern by writing code. They are completing this activity with Code.org, but these students have additional turning capabilities, pen widths, and other pattern tools to create their drawing. These students also learned how to act out various sorting algorithms (5th = Insertion Sort, 6th = Bubble Sort, 7th = a type of Network Sort). They will finish the year by collecting data with probes and sensors involving temperature, gravity, and light, and will learn to display the data in a spreadsheet with both a table and a scatter plot. Contact Mr. Sinopoli with any questions about these exciting activities!

Salvete familiae! Latin students learned about different types of housing in ancient Rome. They took a virtual tour of a Roman house and apartment building (narrated in Latin), and learned about how various aspects of the Roman lifestyle are evident in the design of their homes. They are also learning Latin adjectives and the concept of noun-adjective agreement, and looking forward to continuing the exciting story of Ursus et Porcus (The Bear and the Pig) and learning the Latin colors!

The third term of Science is the best -- students finished discussions around Earth Science and Life Science and moved on to Physical Science! This means it’s time for lots of experiments, observations, and data. Students began the term learning about matter, mass, and volume which will carry into density lessons. In the closing months, students will learn about waves, pure substances, and most importantly chemical reactions.

In Academic Support class, students are benefitting from specially-designed instruction which helps to identify and utilize strategies to improve study and test-taking skills. Students work on increasing and strengthening their organizational skills, and addressing individual goals and objectives.

ELA class is completing the mystery unit by reading The Westing Game, The 39 Clues: Mystery of Bones, and Chasing Vermeer. Students are using clues to make predictions and solve the mystery before the end of the book. Each student is keeping track of the information in a case file. Students are discussing theories and strategies for problem-solving as they read. At the end of the unit, students will complete a final project describing the characters, plot, setting, the mystery itself, and clues to solve the mystery.

In History, the study of Southeast Asia continued by expanding students’ knowledge beyond the text and focuses on Cambodia. Students learned about the country’s darker history -- the reign of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, and how this brief period in Cambodia’s history has had a lasting impact on the people and country. Since 2005 the PTO has supported Fowler’s curriculum and graciously funded the presentation of Wathana Eang (Brandon) to share his life story with our students. Currently, focus has shifted to the physical features, history and modern day issues in Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania. Along this journey, students have been introduced to the significance of cultural components such as: Aboriginal Dreamtime, Maori facial tattooing, kapahaka, and tikanga. Over the next several weeks the class will visit South America and finish the year in Europe.

Math classes have completed their work with variable expressions and solving equations, and are moving into Geometry and Statistics. Students have been exploring various polygons and finding their areas. They have spent time deriving the formulas for finding the area of triangles, parallelograms, and trapezoids based on understanding the formula for the area of a rectangle. Students recently created 3D polyhedron models and used them to create 2D nets, and calculate surface area and volume. Currently, the classes are collecting data, finding measures of center, and displaying the information in various ways In addition,  Reflex Math and Khan Academy is used to gain math fact fluency, practice skills, and review topics.


Bus Registration

Bus registration for next year is now underway in the Central Administrative Office at 3R Tiger Drive. Forms are available for download on the website. Fees: $270.00 for the first student; $220 for the second or more students. Late fee: $30.00 for registrations after June 30. If you have a student entering 7th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.

From the PTO

Friday, May 12th is the Annual Staff Luncheon. We still need donations of salads, desserts and cans of soda. All donations must be dropped off at the school before 10:30 am on May 12th. If you are able to contribute, please email Sue at jimsueh@comcast.net. Your help is greatly appreciated! Let’s show the Fowler Staff how much we value their hard work.

ALICE Safety Drill Information for Parents Tuesday, May 9, 6:30-8:00 in the Fowler Library 

In 2015, Maynard Public Schools implemented a state mandated strategy for school safety procedures known as A.L.I.C.E. This stands for Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate. Prior to the ALICE plan, lockdown procedures involved the staff locking their doors, moving the students to a part of the room where they could not be seen, and quietly remaining there until an “all clear” announcement was given. The ALICE plan offers a different philosophy in light of recent school violence tragedies. The philosophy of ALICE is to use technology and information in a way that allows staff and students to make informed decisions in a crisis, remove as many people as possible from the danger zone, and provide realistic training so that those involved in a crisis have a better chance at survival. For more information, please attend the May 9th meeting.

 

Upcoming Dates

May

9 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

9 ALICE Safety Parent Information Presentation – 6:30 – 8:00 pm -- Fowler Library

12 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

12 Annual Fowler Fair – 3:00 pm

19 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

27-29 Family Appreciation Weekend

29 Memorial Day – School Closed


We hope to see you at the Fowler Fair on Friday, May 12 from 3:00-6:00. 

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller

Fowler School Principal


Community Updates  

MHS Seniors - Fundraiser

Class of 2017 graduation is right around the corner, and we can help you celebrate this important milestone with the second annual graduation fundraiser! This year you can purchase balloons AND customized yard signs:

Black Package $40: offers personalized yard sign with 3 Mylar graduation balloons

Orange package $30: offers a yard sign including the name of the senior with 1 balloon. 

Balloons only ($5 per balloon):  offers a fabulous star-shaped “Class of 2017” orange Mylar balloon

Want to add more balloons to any order? No problem! Each additional balloon is only $4.

We will place the balloons and yard signs at the house of the designated senior on June 9th. Place your order by May 12 by emailing odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us or bmakovoz@maynard.k12.ma.us. All orders must be submitted and paid in full via a check payable to MHS Class of 2018 or cash brought to the MHS Main Office by May 12th.

 

PMC Kids Bike Ride

The 5th Annual Acton-Boxborough-Maynard PMC KIDS Bike Ride will take place on June 4, 2017 from 8:30 –12:00 pm at NARA Park in Acton. PMC KIDS Bike Rides became an official PMC program in 2005 as a way to include young cyclists in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge’s mission of raising money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. These rides enable children between the ages of 3 and 13 to ride their bikes and solicit sponsors to donate money to cancer research. 100% of all money raised at this event and by the children will go directly to Dana Farber via the PMC. Last year we had almost 200 riders and raised over $30,000! The event will include the ride, food, multiple activities, and silent auction! Ride details and rider and volunteer registration can be found at: http://www.kids.pmc.org/Acton-Boxboro.aspx. You can also email PMCKidsAB@gmail.com with any questions. Or visit us on our PMC Kids Ride - Acton Boxboro Maynard Facebook page. We hope to see you there! 



April 28, 2017

Dear Fowler Families,

I hope you and your children all had an enjoyable April break! With May just around the corner, the pace is picking up at Fowler.

Many thanks to the PTO for organizing and sponsoring Fowler Family Fun Night on April 13. Students and parents enjoyed the variety of activities, snacks, and raffles. 


SAVE THE DATE! Tuesday, May 9, 6:30-8:00 in the Fowler Library:

ALICE Safety Drill Information for Parents

In 2015, Maynard Public Schools implemented a state mandated strategy for school safety procedures known as A.L.I.C.E. This stands for Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate. Prior to the ALICE plan, lockdown procedures involved the staff locking their doors, moving the students to a part of the room where they could not be seen, and quietly remaining there until an “all clear” announcement was given. The ALICE plan offers a different philosophy in light of recent school violence tragedies. The philosophy of ALICE is to use technology and information in a way that allows staff and students to make informed decisions in a crisis, remove as many people as possible from the danger zone, and provide realistic training so that those involved in a crisis have a better chance at survival. For more information, please attend the May 9th meeting.


2017-2018 Bus Registration 

Begins on May 1, 2017.  NEW this year: The deadline for registration is June 30.                                    Registration hours on May 1 will be 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Registration will take place at the Administrative Offices at 3-R Tiger Drive (now located near the Fowler Main Office). Forms are available on our website today. No forms will be accepted until May 1. There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the first student; $220 for the second or more students. Late fee: $30.00 for registrations after June 30.

Note: If you have a student entering 7th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must pay the fee.

 

FOWLER HIGHLIGHTS

Physical Education

Now that spring is here we hope to be getting outside more. We have started our baseball/softball unit, which is a good test of the student’s eye-hand coordination and a clear way to look at our District Determined Measures. We will be conducting our end of year round of benchmarks, which includes the mile run, sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups and sit and reach. We will round off the year with some games -- Capture the Flag is a favorite and Tchoukball is something new and fun. 

In Health Education, the sixth grade students will be finishing the year with a unit on Healthy Relationships, what they look like, what they should look out for, and generally how to treat others and expected to be treated. Seventh grade students will continue to learn First Aid and CPR and then close out the year with a unit on Drug Awareness. 

In addition, Exploratory Physical Education classes with continue to be challenged with a variety of initiatives, which demands collaboration--it is all about team work here. Students will construct a simulation vehicle in the Great American Egg Drop, cross space on the Trolley, Pick and Choose in a tossing game, use their memories in the Maze, and put their faith in a partner for the Blind Minefield.  

Grade 6 Science

On April 13th, sixth grade science students had the opportunity to explore a giant, inflatable house. The purpose was to seek out objects that are using or wasting energy. When viewing objects through the magic of iPad technology, students were taught energy conservation strategies to use in their own homes. The scavenger hunt/trivia game ended with students taking home valuable information and some prizes. This "Energy Quest" was sponsored by EverSource Energy and this is the third year we have been able to host and it is always a big hit with students.  

Research and Literacy Skills-Mrs. Hayward

Students are in the midst of a mini research project on contemporary fiction authors. Each student has been assigned an author connected to core curriculum and a series of research questions. The focus is to understand similar characteristics among author websites and to teach and reinforce the skills necessary to navigate websites. In addition, students will complete a bibliography and produce a Google Document or Google Slide Show summarizing their findings.

Poetry-Mrs. Hayward

Poetry is purposely powerful words chosen to cause a specific emotional reaction. Students often receive psychological and intellectual rewards from poetry. Poets must be aware of grammar and syntax, which strengthens reading comprehension. Using curriculum developed by Western Reserve Public Media, students are exploring the numerous tools poets have in their tool boxes. To practice using these tools, we are reading poems that illustrate examples of connotation, repetition, sound, metaphor, imagery, hyperbole, personification, and creating original poems.

Grade 5

In History class, students are studying events leading up to the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, and the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Based on first-hand accounts, students will decide who fired first at these battles and write an opinion piece.

Our current ELA unit is entitled: America in Conflict. Students have been identifying conflicts that characters face and analyzing how they are resolved. Looking ahead, we will begin a new read aloud, Sophia's War, which follows a girl’s trials and tribulations during the Revolutionary War era.

The current Science unit focuses on Rocks & Minerals. Students identified mineral samples based on specific properties such as color, luster, streak, hardness, and magnetism. They examined rock samples and classified the rocks as igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic. Students described how each category of rock is formed. Our next unit of study will be Ecosystems.  

In Math class, students completed the Division of Fractions and Whole Numbers Chapter. Students apply problem-solving skills to identify which values are the dividend and divisor. We then started the next chapter on the creation of line plots using fractions. Here, students have to count the frequency of each amount, add each column of values, and then divide the entire total to find the average. Also, students plotted ordered pairs on a coordinate plane made up of the origin, and both x and y axis. This sets the stage for graphing functions.


Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller 


Upcoming Dates

May

9 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

9 ALICE Safety Parent Information Presentation – 6:30 – 8:00 pm -- Fowler Library

12 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

12 Annual Fowler Fair – 3:00 pm

19 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

27-29 Family Appreciation Weekend

29 Memorial Day – School Closed


Community News

Support MHS Seniors!

The Class of 2017 Graduation is right around the corner, and we can help you celebrate this important milestone with the second annual graduation fundraiser! This year you can purchase balloons AS WELL AS customized yard signs.

Black Package  $40: offers the yard sign with the name of the senior as well as the college they are planning to attend along with 3 graduation balloons! 

Orange Package $30:  offers a yard sign with the name of the senior as well as 1 balloon. 

Balloons - $5 per balloon:  A fabulous orange “Class of 2017” Mylar balloon in the shape of a star.

Want to add more balloons to any order? No problem! Each additional balloon is only $4.

Balloons and yard signs will be delivered to the senior’s house on June 9th! Place your order by emailing odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us or bmakovoz@maynard.k12.ma.us

All orders must be submitted and paid in full via a check payable to MHS Class of 2018 or cash brought to the MHS Main Office by May 12th.


SEPAC

Coming Soon! The Maynard SEPAC will host a workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education on Wednesday, May 3 at Fowler School from 7 – 9 pm (rescheduled from February). A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct the workshop, full of super-helpful information to assist parents in partnering with their child’s school in important ways: to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions about, and monitor their child’s progress in school. Come learn and ask questions about special education laws. Federation workshops are free and open to the public. Contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-394-6183 with questions.


Maynard Music Association (MMA)

Visit our website at maynardmusic.org to view the minutes from our March meetings.

http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Joint-MMA-Business-March-1-2017.pdf

MMA Fowler Needs Volunteers! 

MMA Fowler is in dire need of your participation. We are interested in teaching the ropes to Fowler parents who support music to keep this organization running as it has for over 10 years. If we are unable to fill the following positions for the 2017-18 school year as well as boost parent participation in our monthly meetings and events, this group will likely disband at the Fowler level: 

  • Chair
  • Co-Chair
  • Treasurer in Training
  • Secretary
  • Webmaster

Please email MMA before our next meeting on May 3rd at 7pm at maynard.musicassoc@gmail.com if you are interested in becoming more involved.

Scholarship Readers:  The MMA Scholarship Committee will review applications from this year’s graduating musicians in mid May. We are in need of additional readers.  If you do not have a child at the high school, please consider volunteering. This is a 1-2 night commitment.

Upcoming Events:

4/29 Junior Districts concert

5/31: Fowler Spring concert

6/2: Great East Festival for 6/7

6/7: 4th grade concert

Upcoming meetings for advocacy for the music program:

Wednesday, May 3rd @ 7pm at Fowler Library MMA meeting

Wednesday, June 7th will be moved to accommodate the 4th grade concert! Stay tuned!


From the PTO:

Fowler Staff Appreciation Luncheon

It's that time of year again- time to say thanks to all the wonderful staff who works with our children at the Fowler School! This year the luncheon will be held on Friday, May 12th and we are looking for donations of salads, desserts, cans of soda, and a few cases of bottled waters. If you are able to help, please email Sue at jimsueh@comcast.net . All donations can be dropped off at the school before 10:30 am on May 12th.  If you are interested in helping with set-up and/or the actual luncheon which takes place at 11:15, we could definitely use the help. Let’s make sure that the Fowler staff knows how much we value their hard work!




April 7, 2017

 

Dear Fowler Families,

We have gotten off to a very strong start with MCAS 2.0 this past week! We started with practice tests for students in all grades. Sixth and 7th grade students worked hard during the ELA sessions which focused on reading comprehension. Next week, 6th graders will finish session 2 on Monday, and Grade 5 will work on their 3 sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  

We are very proud of how well students handled the minor technical glitches early in the week. As predicted, there is a typical learning curve when a school transitions to the computer-based testing environment. Students were patient, understanding, and flexible -- which made the process more manageable school-wide.

I hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable school break. The next update you will receive from me will be Friday, April 28th. I hope to see you at the Fowler Fun Night this coming Thursday, April 13 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Sincerely, 

Sharon Seyller


Upcoming Dates

April

11 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

11 PTO Cookie Dough Fundraiser Delivery – 3:30-5:30 pm Lobby

13 Family Fun Night sponsored by the PTO – 6:00-8:30 pm Lobby, Cafeteria, and Gym

17-21 Spring Vacation

May

9 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

12 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

12 Annual Fowler Fair – 3:00 pm

19 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

27-29 Family Appreciation Weekend

29 Memorial Day – School Closed


Community News

There are two special events for children on Saturday, April 8 at 10:30 at the Maynard Library which are part of the Maynard Book Festival. Matt Tavares is the author and illustrator of numerous award-winning children’s books including Growing Up Pedro and There Goes Ted Williams about baseball greats, Lighter than Air and Crossing Niagara about historical adventurers, and Zachary’s Ball and Oliver’s Game about the joy and magic of baseball. Children and adults are invited to hear Mr. Tavares talk about the drafting, sketching, revising, and research that goes into the creation of a children’s book.

For older children, there is a panel discussion at 1:30 pm with three young adult genre authors. Panelists include Maynard’s own Julie Berry, Tara Sullivan, and M.T. Anderson. These authors cover a sweeping range of topics and settings including Arthurian legend, post-Inquisition France, the composer Shostakovich and the siege of Leningrad, a mute girl in Colonial America, an albino boy in Tanzania, and child slavery in the African chocolate industry.

Both events are free and open to all.

For more information about all of the events in the 2017 Maynard Book Festival: http://www.maynardpubliclibrary.org/mbf2017




March 31, 2017

Dear Fowler Families, 

Last night, the 2nd Annual Fowler Fine Arts Night, led by Sean Perham, Sheila Hayward and Kevin Kozik, was enthusiastically attended by over 200 people to celebrate the arts. It was a visual and auditory delight to listen to students perform music, while others read their poetry, and to view and appreciate the Expressionistic art work. Thank you for your support and encouragement! As Oscar Wilde said, "Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has ever known."

arts

This coming week, Fowler, along with every other public school in Massachusetts, begins MCAS 2.0 Season. Over the past several weeks, the Fowler staff, in conjunction with the MPS Technology Department, has helped us prepare for Fowler's first, all-school computer-based testing (CBT) experience. First, there were infrastructure trials, which tested the system for the ability to handle to capacity of over 100 students simultaneously participating in MCAS 2.0. We passed with flying colors! Then, teams conducted multiple opportunities for students to practice using the online tools for ELA and Math assessments. Teachers have patiently and skillfully assisted students navigate the process while students have worked very hard and have taken practice sessions very seriously. We are ready to demonstrate the teaching and learning efforts that have brought us to this point in the year, and I look forward to the results this coming fall.  

Basic MCAS reminders:

  • The Fowler website has MCAS dates posted. Check it out: http://fms.maynard.k12.ma.us/
  • Testing begins at 8:30 sharp on every day that testing is scheduled.  
  • Reminder - a good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast supports student performance.
  • We will collect cell phones before every testing session to ensure that the testing environment is not compromised.
  • Although gum chewing and water bottles are permitted during testing sessions, we will not be supplying water and gum. Please note that candy and other snacks are not permitted during testing sessions.


March Fowler Library Updates from Sheila Hayward 

Read Across America

Fowler Staff and students celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday by spending extra time during the school day to read, dress in special Read Across America T-shirts and enjoy a special visit from the Maynard Public Library’s Children’s Librarian Mark Malcolm.  

Spanish Immersion Books

The Library is developing a new collection of Spanish fiction and nonfiction books. The fiction collection contains books by popular authors: J.K. Rowling, Applegate, Roald Dahl, DiCamillo, and Spinelli among others, and includes graphic novels. The nonfiction collection supports the Fowler School curriculum for 4th and 5th grades.

4th and 5th Grades - Library Classes - Poetry Unit

Students have spent several weeks learning about poetry styles and techniques in preparation for writing original poems. All of the poems were on display along with their art work at the Fowler Fine Arts Night. Over 50 students practiced and volunteered to read their poems aloud last night. 

7th Grade - Poetry

A poetry class has been added to the topics students chose for Extended Zone block. We're exploring the tools that poets use to manipulate emotions with language and writing original poems.

We are proud that the Fowler Library is the "hub" of so many aspects of learning beyond reading and research!  Kudos to Librarian Sheila Hayward for her collaboration with the Fowler community to ensure that the library is able to meet a diverse array of needs.

 

Light It Up Blue!

To celebrate the start of Autism Awareness month, students and staff are encouraged to wear blue on Monday, April 3rd 2017. 

On April 2nd families and friends of people who are impacted by Autism will join together at Battle Road Brewery to celebrate World Autism Day. The family-friendly festivities will begin at 5 pm with music by Jae Mannion and friends. The community is invited to kick-off Autism Awareness Month by watching the clock turn blue on Sunday April 2nd at Battle Road Brewery. Anyone can Light It Up Blue by purchasing a blue light for their home at any hardware store!

Adding itself to the list of international landmarks including The Sydney Opera House, The Empire State Building, and many more, Clock Tower’s blue lights are a symbol in Maynard that the town supports our community members who are impacted by Autism. Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. For more information, please visit the following website www.lightitupblue.org. Or contact Danielle Mannion at dmannion@millisps.org.


The following are pictures from the Fowler Cafeteria's “Window Farm." The vegetables and herbs grown here will be used to for student lunches. Students have been very curious about this process, and are looking forward to seeing what grows!


It's time again for the Annual Maynard Jazz Cafe!

Come to the Maynard High School cafeteria this Sunday, April 2 between 6:00 and 8:00 pm for an evening of live music and cafe desserts, featuring the MHS Jazz Band, the Grade 6/7 Stage Band, and special guest Blueprint Jazz Club! Please email maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com to reserve tickets (recommended) and pay at the door.

 

Upcoming Dates

March

31 Fowler Spring Play – 7 pm

April

1 Fowler Spring Play – 2 pm

2 Annual Maynard Jazz Café –MHS Cafeteria - 6:00 pm

3 Light it Up Blue for Autism Day

4 MCAS 2.0 testing begins (schedule on Fowler website home page)

7 Early Release – 11:15 am

11 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

13 Family Fun Night sponsored by the PTO – 6:00-8:30 pm

17-21 Spring Vacation

 

Community News

Maynard SEPAC

On Tuesday, April 4 (7 – 8:30 pm in the MHS Auditorium), MPS will present a workshop on Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS), a mindful, empathetic and empowering way of teaching and parenting kids. CPS is the empirically-supported model Dr. Ross Greene describes in his influential books, The Explosive ChildLost at School, and the recently released books, Lost and Found and Raising Human Beings. The CPS model provides a compassionate understanding of kids’ behavioral challenges and a non-adversarial, effective approach for reducing challenging behavior, improving communication, and repairing relationships. Come join us for a wonderful presentation about the CPS approach.



3/24/17

Dear Fowler Families,

I thought you might appreciate a closer look at our approach to Fowler student discipline. We have our code of conduct outlined in the Student Handbook, but there is an approach and philosophy that is worth sharing, and is based on our Core Values: Respect, Responsibility, and Results, as well as the concepts of growth mindset. Chris Fleming, Assistant Principal, has shared the following perspective:

At the Fowler School we are a community of educators, students, and staff who work with students to transition from early childhood to adulthood. With that in mind, we look to help children mature and grow in person relationship-building as well as within the academic realm. We know children will make mistakes and encounter bumps in the road. However, we want all students to know that our Core Values will help shape them for adulthood.  

The approach that we take toward our Code of Conduct is one of progressive discipline. The students we work with are learning how to be productive members of a larger community and we want all students to be prepared to learn from the mistakes they make along the way. We have certain non-negotiables, like respecting everyone, but we also take a careful look at what each student will need to make corrections. We want all students to feel safe at school, free to discover who they are or who they can become, and become a productive member of the community at large. From time to time we will invite you to participate in the discipline process and help develop their young minds.


Fowler Fine Arts Night

You are cordially invited to this year’s Annual Fine Arts Night. In a collaborative effort the Art, Music, and Library Research Skills Departments have joined forces to provide you with an evening of culture, art, and musical entertainment. This year’s theme was inspired by the art movement Expressionism. Students were inspired by numerous artists who celebrated expressive color.

Please come and enjoy a celebration of the Arts at Fowler School on Thursday, March 30th from 6:30-8:00 pm. Spend an evening immersed in original art work, poetry, live music, and a benefit raffle. Light refreshments will be served and admission is free. The Fowler Fine Arts Night is open to all Fowler students and their families. Hosted by Mr. Perham, Mrs. Hayward, and Mr.Kozik.

 

Fowler Spring Play

What happens when two con-artists get mistaken for the new Principal and Secretary of a high school? Come see the Fowler Spring Play, Switching Principals, to find out! 

When: Friday, March 31st 7pm or Saturday, April 1st 2pm

Where: Fowler School Auditorium

Admission: $5 for adults and $3 for kids. The entire family is welcome! 

Synopsis: School spirit has never been lower at Marvin Gardens High School. When a new principal is scheduled to arrive, everyone is hoping for a fresh breeze. What blows in, however, are George and Madge, two con-artists who slipped in through the principal’s office window while hiding out from the law.  In a hilarious case of mistaken identity, vice principal Abigail figures George for the new principal, which suits George right down to his socks. George and Madge get the chance to double-talk and dodge their way past pushy school board members, a nosy security guard, overactive students and other comical characters.


Upcoming Dates

March

24 Term 2 Report Cards posted

30 Annual Fowler Fine Arts Night – 6:30 pm

31 Fowler Spring Play – 7 pm

April

1 Fowler Spring Play – 2 pm

2 Jazz Cafe - MHS Cafeteria – 6:00 - 8:00 pm

4  MCAS 2.0 testing begins (schedule on Fowler website home page)

7 Early Release – 11:15 am

11 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

13 Family Fun Night sponsored by the PTO – 6:00-8:30 pm

17-21 Spring Vacation

 

Community News

SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council 

For parents: On Tuesday, April 4 (7:00 – 8:30 pm at the MHS Auditorium), the Maynard Schools are sponsoring a workshop on Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS), a mindful, empathetic and empowering way of teaching and parenting kids. CPS is the empirically-supported model Dr. Ross Greene describes in his influential books, The Explosive ChildLost at School, and the recently released books, Lost and Found and Raising Human Beings. The CPS model provides a compassionate understanding of kids’ behavioral challenges and a non-adversarial, effective approach for reducing challenging behavior, improving communication, and repairing relationships. Come join us for a wonderful presentation about the CPS approach. 

The Jan Brett Competition

Our friends at the Green Meadow School are in a national competition that could lead to renowned children’s author and Massachusetts native Jan Brett visiting the children at the Green Meadow. In order to vote and help out our friends at the Green Meadow you’ll need the information below:

Copy and paste the link below, or Google search "Jan Brett school visit 2017.” http://www.janbrett.com/contest_2017/2017_free_school_or_library_visit.htm  

In addition to filling out your personal information (name and email address), you need to fill in the following: Green Meadow, 5 Tiger Drive, Maynard, Massachusetts, 01754





3/17/17

Dear Fowler Families, 

Term 2 report cards will be available on Friday, March 24 by accessing your iParent account in iPass and going to the “My Documents” tab to view the reports. Remember that the grades on your child's report card are a moment in time which assess his or her academic progress. I encourage you to discuss the comments with your child, to see if they would like to set goals for the final trimester of the year. I see evidence of Fowler students and staff working very hard in classes every day. We continue to use language supporting the concept of Growth Mindset, such as effective effort, perseverance, and grit. 

Parents are encouraged to register for an iParent account on iPass if they have not already done so. There is a Quick Link on the Fowler website called “iPass Directions” which explains how to register for an account and access your child’s report card and other documents. Contact the Main Office if you need assistance in iPass or if you would like to request a paper copy of the report card.

Kind Regards,

Sharon Seyller, Fowler Principal

 

Upcoming Dates

March

17 Early Release – 11:15 am

21 CyberSafety Night Parent Information – 7 pm Fowler Library

24 Term 2 Report Cards posted

30 Annual Fowler Fine Arts Night – 6:30 pm

31 Fowler Spring Play – 7 pm 

April

1 Fowler Spring Play – 2 pm

4 MCAS 2.0 testing begins (schedule on Fowler website opening page)

7 Early Release – 11:15 am

11 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

13 Family Fun Night sponsored by the PTO – 6:00-8:30 pm

17-21 Spring Vacation

 

Community News


From the PTO: The deadline for orders for our spring cookie dough/frozen foods fundraiser has been extended until Tuesday, March 21st.  Please consider participating in the sale as all proceeds go directly to students at the Fowler School.  Any questions please contact Sue at jimsueh@comcast.net.  Thanks as always for your support!


MMA March Updates: Please click the link below or visit our website at maynardmusic.org to view the minutes from our February joint business meeting. http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Joint-MMA-Business-Feb-2-2017-2.pdf

MMA Needs You! MMA Fowler is seeking parents to fill the following positions for the 2017/18 school year: Chair, Co-Chair, Treasure in Training, Secretary, and Webmaster. Please email MMA at maynard.musicassoc@gmail.com if interested. In addition to these positions, MMA Fowler would like to increase parent participation at our monthly meetings. Please consider joining us for our next meeting on Wednesday April 5th at 7:00 in the Fowler library.

Jazz Jams hosted by Trish Gately and Blueprint Jazz Club will take place every Sunday starting March 5th at the Pleasant Cafe from 4-6.  All Maynard musicians are invited to participate in this impromptu musical event. Contact Trish Gately for more information: trishgately@gmail.com

Jazz Cafe: Please join Ms. Gately and her MHS jazz band students, Mr. Kozik's Fowler stage band students, and Blueprint Jazz Club for an evening of music on April 2nd from 6-8 pm in the Maynard High School Cafe. Details to come this week!

Summer Music Camp:  Registrar now for this summer's music camp with Trish Gately: trishgately@gmail.com

Summer Music Lessons: Contact Mr. Kozik at kkozik@maynard.k12.ma.us if interested in music lessons this summer. 

Next MMA Meeting: Wednesday April 5th, Fowler business 7:00, joint business 7:30 in the Fowler library. All are welcome!

 

News from MHS

MHS Annual School Play presents "Peter and the Starcatcher"

The classic tale of Peter Pan gets a new back story in this whimsical play presented by Maynard High School. Find out how Peter became the boy who never grew up in this story of pirates, mermaids, and magical starstuff. Performances are nights at 7 pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2 pm, on March 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors/students and are available at the Maynard High School Ticket Booth and online mktix.com/mhsm. Visit mhstheater.org/ticket-and-show-information/ for more details. 

In the news:

Maynard High School will be featured on Monday 3/20 on the ABC Channel 5 WCVB morning Eye Opener newscast. A student-produced video (Directed by Eric R. and Brandon G.) will feature MHS students and staff. Tune in to watch the morning Eye Opener at 5:10 am and 6:10 am to see the student- produced video broadcast live on the air.  


CyberSafety Parent Information Night

SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, March 21st at 7 p.m. Fowler Library 

Members of the District Digital Learning Committee and members of the District School Safety Committee are hosting a community presentation by the Middlesex Partnership for Youth entitled Navigating the Cyber World.  Keeping our students safe online is an important priority, and this presentation will help parents and community members be more aware of positive ways to deal with the challenges facing our youth today. 



3/10/17

Dear Parents and Guardians,


As you very likely know, each year students in all public schools are required by the state to participate in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, better known as the MCAS tests.  In each of the last two years, The Maynard Public Schools have not met its participation goal of 95%. Last year we increased from below 90% to above 90%, but were still below our minimum target of 95%. The participation rate can reduce the Maynard Public Schools accountability rating with the state with potential ramifications for school and district governance. As our schools are, and ought to be, a source of pride for our town, I would hope that all parents will encourage their children's participation in the state assessments this year.


Below is the entire communication we recently received from State Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester on the important topic of student assessment. I urge you to read through it at your convenience:

Dear Superintendents, Charter School Leaders, and Principals,

Please feel free to share the following information with parents, teachers, and your school community.

This spring marks the start of the next-generation MCAS assessments in English language arts and math in grades 3-8. After considering for several years how to best update our already strong statewide assessment, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted in November 2015 to maintain a test unique to our Commonwealth that would draw some of its questions from the existing MCAS, some of its questions from the PARCC assessment developed by a consortium of states, and some questions created specifically for the next-generation MCAS. This spring is the debut of that new test. 

The Board also voted to transition to computer-based testing. For the next-generation MCAS tests this spring, most students will take the computer-based version in grades 4 and 8. Many schools have also chosen computer-based testing in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7; the remainder will be taking the paper version.

Many people ask us why we conduct statewide testing. These tests are required by both state and federal law, but more importantly:

·         Test results help parents gauge whether their children are making academic progress.

·         Test results help educators identify strengths and weaknesses in their curricula and instructional methods.

·         A student’s participation in statewide testing helps provide context to other students in the same school, students in other schools within the district, and students in other districts. Failure to participate denies this perspective not only to the student who refuses to participate, but to other students and parents in the school, district, and statewide.

·         Test results help the state target additional resources to underperforming schools.

·         Test results help document our progress to the Governor and the Legislature as we seek to ensure adequate funding for all our schools.

MCAS was first instituted as part of the 1993 Education Reform Law. The programs and funding in that law have led to nearly a quarter-century of steady improvement in our K-12 schools. Today Massachusetts is number one in the nation in elementary and secondary education.

Refusal to Participate in State Tests

Every year, some families ask whether students are allowed to opt-out of taking a statewide test. In brief, the answer is no. Testing is a mandatory part of the curriculum, the same as a spelling test or math test, and statewide assessments are most useful when all students take them. Neither the Commonwealth nor Congress provides an opt-out provision. Tenth graders who refuse to take MCAS jeopardize their high school diploma. In addition, refusals to test can impact a school’s accountability rating. The accountability system is set up to encourage high participation rates (if it weren't, results would not be reflective of school-wide achievement). The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires a 95 percent participation rate. Schools with a lower participation rate run the risk of having their accountability rating lowered.

Under draft regulations that  the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education sent out for public  comment on February 28, 2017, schools and districts that fall below a 90 percent participation rate will have their accountability status set to Level 3 (out of 5). Further, the 2016-17 and 2017-18 participation rates will be combined to determine participation rates for the 2017-18 accountability levels. In other words, refusals to test in spring 2017 could impact a school's accountability rating for two years. 

Students who refuse to take the MCAS test may remain in the testing room as long as they are sitting quietly and are not interfering with other students. If a student becomes disruptive, they should be removed from the testing room and placed in a safe location until testing is completed and regular classroom instruction resumes. Given that statewide standardized tests are a legal requirement, it is my department's expectation that all students will participate. 

More information about the next-generation MCAS, including information for parents, is available online at our MCAS page at http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/. Questions relating to testing refusals can be directed to Deputy Commissioner Jeff Wulfson atjwulfson@doe.mass.edu.

Sincerely,

Mitchell D. Chester, Commissioner

  

Latin Club

The Fowler Latin Club attended the Massachusetts Senior Classical League Certamen Tournament on Saturday, March 4, at Boston University. Two teams of seventh graders competed in the tournament and one team, consisting of Georgia Wilson, Grace Charron, Claudia Severance and Michael Gifford, won third place. A huge thank you to the parent chaperones who drove kids into town: Steve Charron, Amy Gilligan, Cindy Langlois and Bill Freeman.

Term 2 Report Cards

Report cards will be posted and published online only (unless paper version is requested by the parent) on March 24.

Parents are encouraged to register for an iParent account on iPass if they have not already done so. There is a new Quick Link on the Fowler website called “iPass Directions” which explains how to register for an account and access your child’s report card and other documents. Contact the Main Office if you need assistance in iPass. 

  

Upcoming Dates 

March

10 Term 2 Ends

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

17 Early Release – 11:15 am

21 CyberSafety Night Parent Information – 7 pm Fowler Library

24 Term 2 Report Cards posted

30 Annual Fowler Fine Arts Night – 6:30 pm

31 Fowler Spring Play – 7 pm 

April

1 Fowler Spring Play – 2 pm

7 Early Release – 11:15 am

11 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

13 Family Fun Night sponsored by the PTO – 6:00-8:30 pm

17-21 Spring Vacation 


From the PTO

The Annual Spring Fundraiser brochures for cookie dough, soups, cheesecakes and more are in circulation! All proceeds go directly back to the Fowler School in the form of teacher grants, guest speakers, and technology upgrades. Please consider participating with the purchase of even just one item- collectively this can make a big difference for OUR school! Sale runs until March 17th. Any questions please contact Sue at jimsueh@comcast.net

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller

  

Community News

MHS Annual School Play

Maynard High School presents "Peter and the Starcatcher"

The classic tale of Peter Pan gets a new back story in this whimsical play presented by Maynard High School. Find out how Peter became the boy who never grew up in this story of pirates, mermaids, and magical starstuff. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2 pm, on March 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors/students and are available at the Maynard High School Ticket Booth and online mktix.com/mhsm. Visit mhstheater.org/ticket-and-show-information/ for more details.

 

CyberSafety Parent Information Night

SAVE THE DATE: March 21st  7 p.m. Fowler Library

Members of the District Digital Learning Committee and members of the District School Safety Committee are hosting a community presentation by the Middlesex Partnership for Youth entitled Navigating the Cyber World.  Keeping our students safe online is an important priority, and this presentation will help parents and community members be more aware of positive ways to deal with the challenges facing our youth today. 



3/3/17

Dear Fowler Families,

Spring is in the air! With spring comes all kinds of fun events for students and families. 

It is time for the Middle School students (grades 6-8) to have a blast at the second annual Neon Dance in the High School Cafeteria! Tonight, Friday, March 3rd from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. The tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Refreshments, pizza, and glow sticks will be available for purchase as well. Bring your flyer, and get one free glow stick! Join us and have a great time! Please email odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us with any questions. All proceeds will benefit the Class of 2018. 

It is my pleasure to officially announce that the 8th grade teaching team will be returning to Fowler beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. We are happy to have the opportunity to spend another year with your child to work on academic and social emotional goals before moving up to Maynard High School. Returning to Fowler’s original model of grades 4-8 will allow for a more in-depth focus on age-appropriate educational and social emotional development. Because of the change, we will also return to the traditional last-day-of-school 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony in June 2018, where we will celebrate the class community and their accomplishments.

The teaching team will consist of:

Kelly Hayner – Spanish

Sean Conway – English Language Arts

Marlene Coleman – Special Education

Betty Makovoz – Math

Cori Sullivan – History

Nancy Griffin - Science

We look forward to growing our school community this fall and welcoming former and new faculty members.

 

Community Meetings

The following topics will be presented at Community Meetings on Thursday, March 9th as follows:


“Navigating the Cyber World” (grades 4 & 5)

1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdQBurXQOeQ – Talent Show: Cyberbullying

2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1HrCiLK7wc – Too Late: Cyberbully prevention ad

 

“OMG TMI N/C: Preventing Teen Sexting” (grades 6 & 7):

Students will learn about about sexting, and the videos that they see will also mention child predators:

1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT1GvPQG904 – Online Safety Commercial : Everyone knows your name

2. www.middlesexpartnershipsforyouth.com/teendating - Students will see Under Digital Pressure and Don’t Stand By, Step In. These are MPY videos from our teen dating series

3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jMhMVEjEQg – The dangers of social media: Child Predator Social Media Experiment

4. Students will see a news segment about a teen that had to register as a sex offender after distributing his girlfriend’s pictures online.

 

We are fortunate to have the Middlesex Partnership for Youth as a community resource and partner.

Also - SAVE THE DATE! The Middlesex Partnership for Youth will be hosting a Parent Evening on these topics on March 21 at 7:00 in the Fowler Library. Open to all families in Maynard; we hope to see you there!

Please check out this link for more information about MPY: http://middlesexpartnershipsforyouth.com/prevention/

iPass/iParent

Parents are encouraged to register for an iParent account on iPass if they have not already done so. Since report cards will now only be posted in iParent on March 24 (paper copies will be mailed only if specifically requested of the Main Office), there is now a new Quick Link on the Fowler website called “ipass Directions” which explains how to register for an account and access your child’s report card and other documents. Contact the Main Office if you need assistance in iPass.

 

Upcoming Dates

March

9  Annual Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game – 2:30 pm

10 Term 2 Ends

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

17 Early Release – 11:15 am

23 Annual Fowler Fine Arts Night – 6:30 pm

24 Term 2 Report Cards posted

31 Fowler Spring Play – 7 pm

April

1 Fowler Spring Play – 2 pm

7 Early Release – 11:15 am

11 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

13 Family Fun Night sponsored by the PTO – 6:00-8:30 pm

17-21 Spring Vacation

 

From the PTO

The Annual Spring Fundraiser brochures were sent home this week - please check your child’s backpack for information on the delicious frozen foods included in this sale! Cookie Dough, soups, cheesecakes and more! All proceeds go directly back to the Fowler School in the form of teacher grants, guest speakers, and technology upgrades. Please consider participating with the purchase of even just one item- collectively this can make a big difference for OUR school! Return your form early and be entered into a daily drawing from March 6th to March 10th for an iTunes or Fine Arts Theater gift card. Sale runs from March 2nd to March 17th. Any questions please contact Sue at jimsueh@comcast.net.


Sincerely, 

Sharon Seyller

 

Community News

15th ANNUAL "THE TASTE"

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to host the 15th Annual "The Taste" on Sunday, March 5, 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 www.maynardeducation.org. 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.

Maynard Music Association February Update 

Please click the link below or visit our website at maynardmusic.org to view the minutes from our January joint MMA meeting:

http://maynardmusic.org/_wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Joint-MMA-Business-Jan-11-2017.pdf

We need you! MMA Fowler has an immediate need for a Chair, Co Chair and Secretary and treasurer-in training, as well as parent participation in our monthly meetings.

Junior Districts: Congratulations to four Fowler band students that auditioned for spots at Junior Districts this year and who will participate in the district concert in April! Well done, Gracie Gilligan, Sophia Smith, Elizabeth Freeman, and Ronan Jeannotte! 

Jazz Jams: Calling all musicians, this means parents too, to join Trish Gately at the Pleasant Cafe on Sunday afternoons starting March 5th from 4-6 pm to participate in impromptu Jazz Jams. Contact Trish Gately for more information:  trishgately@gmail.com

Jazz Cafe: Please come enjoy an evening of jazz music presented by Trish Gately's high MHS stage and jazz band students on Sunday April 2nd at the high school from 6-8 pm. More info on tickets for this event to come!

Scholarship Application readers needed: Calling all Fowler parents to serve as scholarship readers. This is a quick and easy way to get involved with the MMA. Parents and community members are needed to read and select deserving MHS students for MMA scholarships. If you can help, please contact MMA at maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com

Enrichment sub-committee: We are looking for a few parents to explore opportunities for musical enrichment! Contact Bonnie at Maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com


SEPAC

Film screening: Join members of the Maynard School Community as we screen the film "Life Animated" on Tuesday, March 7 at the Fine Arts Theatre in Maynard. "From Academy Award®-winning director Roger Ross Williams, LIFE, ANIMATED is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence." Mr. Ron Suskind will join us for this evening. He will provide some context to the film and join in a community discussion after the film screening. Mr. Suskind's books will be available for purchase prior to the event. The book signing begins at 6:00 p.m.; the film screening and community discussion will run from 6:45 – 9:00 p.m. Tickets are free but must be reserved at https://goo.gl/P3xyfX.

 


2/10/17

Dear Fowler Families,


READ ACROSS AMERICA!

March 2, 2017 marks the annual, nationwide reading celebration. Get your gear, join the fun, and support the Fowler School Library. Between now and February 19, order your T-shirts and hoodies from:

RAAMERICA.ITEMORDER.COM

Northeast Promotion and Apparel will track the orders from Maynard, and the Fowler Library will receive $5.00 for every item purchased. Mrs. Hayward appreciates your support!


iPass

Parents are encouraged to register for an iParent account on iPass if they have not already done so. Since report cards will now only be posted in iParent (paper copies will be mailed only if specifically requested of the Main Office), there is now a new Quick Link on the Fowler website called “ipass Directions” which explains how to register for an account and access your child’s report card and other documents. Contact the Main Office if you need assistance in iPass.


Upcoming Dates

February

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

16 Grades 6 & 7 Dance –6:00- 8 pm Fowler Assembly Hall

20-24 February Vacation

March

1 Grade 5 (Elkins & Duff) Field Trip

2 Read Across America Day

3 Grade 5 (Marrese, Corrigan & Travers) Field Trip

10 Term 2 Ends

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

17 Early Release – 11:15 am

24 Term 2 Report Cards posted

 

Community News

Free event at Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day exposes girls to engineering through hands-on activities. Girls will rotate through activities to learn what engineers do and the different types of engineering that exist. For more information, please contact the Office of Pre-Collegiate Outreach Programs by email at pop@wpi.edu or by phone at 508-831-4900.

Grades: Girls in grades 3-5

Hours: Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 8:30am - 12pm

Cost: free  Registration required

 

Due to February vacation week, the next newsletter will be on March 3.

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller




2/3/17

Dear Fowler Families,

How do we grow independent children?  That is a question we often discuss at Fowler, and while there are some general ideas that apply to all students, the answer may be different for each child. What is the balance with each child between support and opportunities to grow and self-correct?  How can we help children see their mistakes as opportunities to grow? An important part of emotional intelligence is knowing what to do after you’ve made a mistake.

“Learning to control anger and frustration are the building blocks for coping in life,” says Dr John Buckner from Harvard Medical School. “We often stop children from making mistakes to save them feeling distressed.” In actuality, the results (natural consequences) of making a mistake account for 90% of teaching children what they should do differently the next time. Something to think about next time your child forgets their homework or their lunch, or makes the wrong choice in a social setting. The best way to help may be to do nothing at all. Allow your child to problem-solve on their own and develop their coping skills. Self-correction builds resiliency determination and builds on the child’s ability to attack future problems. Fowler appreciates the support of families -- we do our best when working together.

READ ACROSS AMERICA!

March 2, 2017 marks the annual, nationwide reading celebration. Get your gear, join the fun, and support the Fowler School Library. Between now and February 19, order your T-shirts and hoodies from:

RAAMERICA.ITEMORDER.COM

Northeast Promotion and Apparel will track the orders from Maynard, and the Fowler Library will receive $5.00 for every item purchased. Mrs. Hayward appreciates your support!

 

iPass

Parents are encouraged to register for an iParent account on iPass if they have not already done so. Since report cards will now only be posted in iParent (paper copies will be mailed only if specifically requested of the Main Office), there is now a new Quick Link on the Fowler website called “ipass Directions” which explains how to register for an account and access your child’s report card and other documents. Contact the Main Office if you need assistance in iPass.

 

Upcoming Dates

February

3 Early Release – 11:15 am

3 MHS Music Pops Night – 7 pm Assembly Hall

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

20-24 February Vacation 

March

10 Term 2 Ends

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

17 Early Release – 11:15 am

24 Term 2 Report Cards posted

 

Community News

Red Sox Game Night

The PTO would like to remind you that tickets are still available for our PTO Night at the Red Sox on May 12th. Send your ticket order form and payment to the Fowler Main Office before they are all sold out!

Next week! The Maynard SEPAC will host a workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 at the Fowler School Library (3 Tiger Drive) from 7 – 9 p.m.  A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct the workshop, full of essential information about special education laws. The goal of the workshop is to help parents partner with their child’s school in important ways: to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions about, and monitor their child’s progress in school. Come learn, ask questions, and be informed! Federation workshops are free and open to the public. Contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-394-6183 with questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller



1/27/17

Dear Fowler Families,

Thank you for your participation in the survey I sent out this past fall. An important part of my entry plan was to get feedback from Fowler families and staff to help shape my priorities and efforts this year. One clear message from respondents was "effective, timely communication," and another theme was supporting the work of the excellent teaching and support staff at Fowler. Providing personalized learning to all students was identified as an important area of focus as well. I am happy to report that our School Improvement Plan goals were created with much consideration of your feedback, and I am grateful for your input. Please know that I continue to be open to your feedback and ideas and welcome your comments and questions.

Ipass

Parents are encouraged to register for an iParent account on iPass if they have not already done so. Since report cards will now only be posted in iParent (paper copies will be mailed only if specifically requested of the Main Office), there is now a new Quick Link on the Fowler website called “ipass Directions” which explains how to register for an account and access your child’s report card and other documents. Contact the Main Office if you need assistance in iPass.

Nature's Classroom 2017

There will be an informational meeting for parents and guardians of current sixth grade students regarding next year's trip to Nature's Classroom. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, 1/31 at 6:00 pm in the Fowler School Assembly Hall. There will be a brief slideshow and the opportunity to ask questions.   


Upcoming Dates

February

1 MMA Meeting – 6:30 Fowler Library

3 Early Release – 11:15 am

3 MHS Music Pops Night – 7 pm Assembly Hall

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

20-24 February Vacation

March

10 Term 2 Ends

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

17 Early Release – 11:15 am

24 Term 2 Report Cards posted


Community News

Red Sox Game Night

The PTO would like to remind you that tickets are still available for our PTO Night at the Red Sox on May 12th. Send your ticket order form and payment to the Fowler Main Office before they are all sold out!


Maynard Music Association (MMA) Update

Volunteer positions are open and need to be filled. Please access www.maynardmusic.org for details.

 

The following message was posted on Dr. Gerardi's blog this week:

Construction Nail Gun Shells Found In Fowler Bathroom

Maynard Police Chief Dubois just posted a press release in regard to an incident that occurred this morning.  The construction debris was removed, and school and police officials do not believe there is any danger to the community or any criminal intent in this instance. The full story can be found on the Maynard police Web Site at: http://maynardpolice.com/

 

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller




1/20/17

Dear Fowler Families,

The Spring MCAS testing date schedule has been announced! Each session will begin promptly at 8:30, so we appreciate your vigilance with timely arrivals to school. Students will be permitted to chew gum only during the testing sessions. This schedule will be posted on the Fowler website as well.  

                                                                     MCAS 2.0 Schedule - 2017

                            Please note that testing will begin promptly at 8:30 am for each date

 

April 4 and 5

Grade 7 ELA

April 6 and 10

Grade 6 ELA

April 11, 12 & 13

Grade 5 ELA

April 25, 26 & 27

Grade 4 ELA


May 2 and 3

Grade 7 Math

May 4 and 5

Grade 6 Math

May 9 and 10

Grade 5 Math

May 16 and 17

Grade 4 Math

May 16 and 17

Grade 5 Science/Tech/Engineering

May 22, 23, & 24

Make ups - All Grades

MCAS 2.0 will be taken on computer devices with the exception of Science/Technology/Engineering which is still administered on paper and pencil.


Nature's Classroom 2017

There will be an informational meeting for parents and guardians of current sixth grade students regarding next year's trip to Nature's Classroom. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, 1/31 at 6:00 p.m.in the Fowler School Assembly Hall. There will be a brief slideshow and the opportunity to ask questions.  

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures

Reminder to all families who drop-off and pick-up their children: please be mindful of blocking or using handicapped-designated spaces. We often have families that need to access these spaces and get blocked-in or are unable to access them in a timely manner due to the drop-offline. In addition, the only people who should be using the handicapped spaces are those who have a handicapped placard for their car. We have been asked by the Maynard Police Department to notify anyone who are use these spaces illegally -- this includes a “quick drop-off or pick-up” without an appropriate placard. Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Upcoming Dates

February

1 MMA Meeting – 6:30 Fowler Library

3 Early Release – 11:15 am

3 MHS Music Pops Night – 7 pm Assembly Hall

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

20-24 February Vacation


March

10 Term 2 Ends

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

17 Early Release – 11:15 am

24 Term 2 Report Cards posted

 

Community News

PTO Family Event

The Fowler and Green Meadow PTOs are co-sponsoring a family fun event at the UMASS Lowell Men’s Hockey game on February 11th at 7 pm. Tickets are only $8! Orders must be returned to the Main Office by Wednesday, January 25th.


SEPAC Workshop

Coming Soon: the Maynard SEPAC workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 in the Fowler School Library from 7 – 9 p.m. A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct the workshop, full of super-helpful information to help parents partner with their child’s school in important ways: to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions about, and monitor their child’s progress in school. Come learn, ask questions, and get informed about special education laws. Federation workshops are free and open to the public. Contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-394-6183 with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller





1/13/17

Dear Fowler Families,

Last night the Annual Fowler Talent Show took place which was produced by our own retired teacher Maria Mendonca. Twenty-four students performed for a full house crowd in a showcase including singing, gymnastics, dancing, guitar-playing, piano-playing, trumpet-playing, and a marionette skit. Congratulations to all the dedicated students for their enthusiasm and hard work in sharing their passion, skill, and talent.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures:

Reminder to all families who drop-off and pick-up their children: please be mindful of blocking or using handicapped-designated spaces. We often have families that need to access these spaces and get blocked-in or are unable to access them in a timely manner due to the drop-offline. In addition, the only people who should be using the handicapped spaces are those who have a handicapped placard for their car. We have been asked by the Maynard Police Department to notify anyone who are use these spaces illegally -- this includes a “quick drop-off or pick-up” without an appropriate placard. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Playing an Instrument Benefits the Brain

The following is a link to an excellent TED Ed on brain function and playing an instrument. Studies have shown for years that students who study music tend to score better on standardized tests and tend to do better in school overall.

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-playing-an-instrument-benefits-your-brain-anita-collins

 

Upcoming Dates

January

Jan 14-16 Family Appreciation Weekend – No homework

Jan 16 No School in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

February

1 MMA Meeting – 6:30 Fowler Library

3 Early Release – 11:15 am

3 MHS Music Pops Night – 7 pm Assembly Hall

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

20-24 February Vacation

March

10 Term 2 Ends

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

17 Early Release – 11:15 am

24 Term 2 Report Cards posted


Community News

Red Sox Game Night

The PTO would like to remind you that tickets are still available for our PTO Night at the Red Sox on May 12th. We have approximately 40 tickets remaining for this event which will be sold on a first -come first-served basis!

In addition, a flyer was sent home this week for another Green Meadow co-sponsored event: the UMASS Lowell Men’s Hockey game on February 11th at 7 pm. This is a great family fun event and tickets are only $8! Orders must be returned to the Main Office by Wednesday, January 25th.

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller




1/6/17

Dear Fowler Families,

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

I am pleased to share the Fowler School Improvement Plan goals. Special thanks goes to our School Council members for their input and work on developing goals that are aligned with district priorities and will have a positive and long-term impact at Fowler.


GOAL #1 -- Academic Goal

By June 2017, Fowler School will have a school-wide writing rubric, written in student-friendly language, to be used to measure student growth in writing.

Part 1 - Action Plan - Developing the rubric draft

January 10 Staff Meeting (introduction to sample rubrics)

January 24 Principal Staff Meeting (narrow down essential elements)

February 3 Early Release Day (finalize first draft of rubric)

By February 15 we will have a rubric draft ready to pilot

 

Part 2 - Action Plan - Completing the rubric 

Between February 15 and April 1, each teacher will be asked to use the rubric and collect samples of student writing to review on Early Release day - April 7 

Staff Review of Rubric - May 9 Staff Meeting (ready to use fall 2017)

Based on review and revisions, a final writing rubric will be completed by May 31, using time during one of the May 12 or 19 Early Release days.

(The writing rubric will be reviewed and adjusted as needed, to be considered a work in progress.)

 

GOAL #2 -- Social Emotional Learning (Two-Year Goal)

By May 2018, Fowler will share with the community, the impact that direct instruction in Growth Mindset concepts has had. Given Growth Mindset training and support, the Fowler School community will utilize the concepts to develop social and emotional learning. Evidence will be gathered by comparing survey information and other available data between March 2017 and March 2018.

Measures / Surveys:

  • Growth Mindset survey for students
  • Disciplinary data related to conflict and/or peer aggression

Action Plan:

·    Learn about Growth Mindset

·    Read books and articles about Growth Mindset - staff and students

·    Pre- and post-data review

·    Promote via bulletin boards around the school

·    Host a “Growth Mindset Parent Coffee”

·    Provide examples of how to reframe self-deprecating statements in the classroom

·    Develop consequences for actions - growth mindset work with students

·    Promote pervasive practice using the word “yet” in growth and learning opportunities

·    Gather resources for staff -- books, websites, videos etc.

·    Provide Growth Mindset curriculum - present to teachers

o Periodic essential lessons

o Regular class community meetings to celebrate and recognize students who demonstrate a growth mindset

·    Analyze data and share conclusions with community by May 2018

 

GOAL #3 -- Family and Community Engagement

By June 2017, Fowler will have published an informative resource, available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish for the Fowler community. This resource will contain and describe the resources that support the school community, including, but not limited to:



Fowler Website

Fowler Clubs and Music Groups

FASC Programs

How to use iPass/iParent

SEPAC - Special Education Parent Advisory Council

School Improvement Council

PTO - Parent Teacher Organization

School Committee

MMA - Maynard Music Association

MEF - Maynard Education Foundation

Boosters Club

Maynard Food Pantry

Boys and Girls Club


Action Plan:

Members of School Council will research and reach out to these groups for specific information about the purpose and mission of the group, as well as how parents/guardians can get involved.

The end result will serve to improve parent access to resources, as well as provide a full range of volunteer and engagement opportunities.

  

Upcoming Dates

January

9 Special Town Meeting – 7 pm Assembly Hall

10 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

11 MMA Meeting – 6:30 pm Fowler Conference Room

12 Fowler Talent Show – 7 pm Assembly Hall

Jan 14-16 Family Appreciation Weekend – No homework

Jan 16 No School in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

February

1 MMA Meeting – 6:30 Fowler Library

3 Early Release – 11:15 am

3 MHS Music Pops Night – 7 pm Assembly Hall

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

20-24 February Vacation

March

10 Term 2 Ends

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

17 Early Release – 11:15 am

 

Community News

Red Sox Game Night

Flyers were sent home yesterday for the 4th Annual Maynard PTO Night at the Red Sox. It’s a great night of family fun so return your form early to be a part of it! There are Only 100 tickets available on a first-come first-served basis.

Important Reminder:

On Monday January 9 at 7 p.m. at the Special Town meeting, the town will vote on an article to appropriate $245,000 for the construction phase of the Green Meadow playground. This funding will allow the town to:

·    Re-grade the entire play area to make sure water drains well and so that slopes are an appropriate grade for accessibility;

·    Put in drainage structures so that the playground is usable year round, despite recent weather;

·    Put in new asphalt pathways that help both with water drainage and accessibility and replace the old, cracked asphalt currently there;

·    Put in rubberized pathways that enable ALL children to access the play equipment.

Construction costs are not cheap, but they are necessary. The warrant article proposed by the Board of Selectmen pulls funding for this work from the Capital Stabilization Fund, NOT from an increase in taxes or from borrowing money. The work accomplished with the funds will provide a solid playground foundation that drains well and allows access to the playground for ALL children.

Please consider attending the Special Town Meeting to be held at Fowler on Monday, January 9 starting at 7 p.m. MHS National Honor Society students will provide free on-site babysitting starting at 6:30 with crafts, stories, and games (children must be toilet trained to participate).  Please attend the town meeting and let your voice be heard on this and other important issues.  

 Sincerely,

 Sharon Seyller





12/16/16

Dear Fowler Families,

In the spirit of improving communication and family engagement, you can follow the Fowler Principal Twitter account @fsprincipal. From this account, we will be tweeting various school information and updates. I hope you follow, retweet, and spread the word!


I am pleased to share with you throughout the year, a snapshot of learning activities from different grades and/or subject areas. This week, there is news from the 7th Grade Team:

Students in the 7th grade have had an exciting and engaging Term 1

In Math, students learned about integer and rational number operations. Students started investigating how negative numbers are used in the real world and how to begin solving real world problems. Students enjoyed integer card games and practicing operations in a friendly and competitive setting. Students also brought out their creative side though practicing math vocabulary in a fun and interesting way. Everyone enjoyed writing stories about Math Wars, playing Integer Candy Land, and writing Haikus. Students engaged in discussions about finances when working through decimal operations. They are looking forward to trimester two as we begin rates and percents. 

During the month of November, Spanish students learned about Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day. To share their knowledge with others, they created Veterans Day posters and door hangers to display around the school. Part of our Thanksgiving celebration included creating two gratitude trees, which are on display in the Spanish classroom. Using the book "Hungry Planet" students learned about eating and food-buying habits of 12 different countries around the world. This month students have learned to describe their likes and dislikes using the vocabulary of sports, foods, classes, types of music, and other pastimes.  

The 7th Grade English classroom has been abuzz with discussions about survival. How do characters survive in the wild? What similarities and differences exist between those who survive in the wild? What can readers learn from those who survive? Through novels, poems, and short stories, students have examined the survival stories’ structure through plot, character, and theme analysis. Students use reciprocal teaching to summarize, question, predict, and clarify what they read. In the next unit, students will look beyond the idea that survival stories are about a character's conflict versus nature. Students will analyze how conflicts versus society can be survival stories, and they will look for what similarities and differences exist between characters that conflict with society.

 

In Science, students were trained in the proper use of microscopes and lab skills. They viewed pond water looking for microscopic organisms. They also investigated the cell structure of onions and seaweed. Students also took a deep-dive into learning all about cells and the cell structure. This unit culminated with an engaging project in which students made a poster, song, skit, or poem about their favorite organelle.

In History, students began the year as Stone Age hominids, and have made their way through the Neolithic Age to the very first civilizations. Along the way they have acted like Stone Age people to see who could survive, identified key changes that occurred in the Neolithic Age with creative comic strips and newspaper advertisements, and described the key elements of any civilization using an acronym for a food we all love – GRAPES! Students should look forward to our next simulation when the various Empires of Mesopotamia will compete for dominance of the Fertile Crescent.

The Seventh Grade has “Flex” Time and a Zone Period most days. During Flex Time, students have the opportunity to complete homework, retake quizzes and tests, study, check in with individual teachers, and get organized. On other days, students enjoy a nice Recess break. Please make sure students are dressed appropriately with coats, gloves, and hats as the cold weather is upon us.

Zone Groups have also changed this term. During Term One, many students spent time learning about eight different “Learning Styles” such as “Musical/Rhythmical” or “Bodily/Kinesthetic” and completed activities using the different learning styles. Students were able to self-assess which learning styles were the easiest and most enjoyable for them. They also set a goal-area for a learning style where they would like to see growth this year. Students identified how they might use the different learning styles to help them with classroom work and study strategies.

Term 2 Zone groups were created based on a student interest and needs survey. Zone classes include Creative Writing, Debate, Science Current Events, a Mindfulness and Meditation class, and a few classes that target Math and ELA support. Zone classes will be continually updated and throughout the year.

  

Upcoming Dates

Term 1 Report cards have been posted to iParent on iPass since December 6. In addition, a paper copy was mailed home. (Please note that this was the last mailing (unless you request it) and that future report cards will be available only through iPass. Contact the Main Office if you need assistance in iParent.

December

21 Fowler Band Concert – 7 pm

22 Grade 4 Field Trip to the Boston Museum of Science

26-Jan 2 Holiday Vacation 

Please note -- There will not be a newsletter on Dec 23.  The next time you will receive this update will be January 6th, 2017. Happy holidays and have a wonderful new year!

 

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller




12/9/16

Dear Fowler Families,


Upcoming Dates

Term 1 Report cards have been posted to iParent on iPass since last week. In addition, a paper copy is being mailed home. (Please note that this is the last mailing (unless you request it) and that future report cards will be available only through iPass.

December

9 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

14 Grade 6 Field Trip to A Christmas Carol

21 Fowler Band Concert – 7 pm

22 Grade 4 Field Trip to the Boston Museum of Science

26-Jan 2 Holiday Vacation


I am pleased to share with you throughout the year, a snapshot of learning activities from different grades and/or subject areas. This week, there is a lot of news from the 6th Grade Team:

Grade 6 News

The sixth grade is returning to The North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, to see A Christmas Carol on Wednesday, December 14th. New this year, is an opportunity for students to talk with the actors after the show. This production ties in well to our English Language Arts Common Core standards. Students will compare and contrast the reading of a story to a live version of the text and includes contrasting what they "see" and "hear" when reading the text to what they perceive when they watch it.

What traits or actions make a character courageous? Students in 6th Grade ELA are reading Numbering All the Bones, Number the Stars, or Ashes. These stories all include characters that are living in a time of societal change and upheaval, yet manage to show courage in the face of adversity. Our class work is focused on identifying conflict in a story. Students are also analyzing how the characters in their novels change throughout the books.

In 6th Grade Science, students have been performing experiments to test who in the class is a zombie!  While the results are concerning (about 25% of the class might be zombies!), they are working on arguments to prove their innocence or embrace their zombie label. These lab skills and argument writing practices should help the students as we move on to learning about the important interactions between different body systems and begin constructing arguments about the benefits of being multi-cellular.  

In 6th Grade History, using a collaborative approach, we have read, discussed and worked hard on understanding not only our curriculum, but text structure and 2 column note taking skills. The majority of our curriculum focus throughout our first trimester has been to develop and build upon a foundation of such topics as: The 5 Themes of Geography, Earth’s functions, map skills, ABC’s of Culture, global economic systems & governments, plus some current events, one being Standing Rock, North Dakota.

Students’ knowledge base and skill sets on all of the above listed content areas will continue to expand as we begin to explore the continents and regions outside of North America. Our first stop will be Africa, which we shall begin this month. Please monitor your child’s progress by checking iPass together and encourage them to make up any/all missing work and/or to retake any assessment score you feel may be sub-standard. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at: mcotter@maynard.k12.ma.us ~Mr. Cotter

Salvete familiae! In Latin this month, we are learning about mythological monsters, such as the Minotaur, the Cyclopes, and Cerberus. The students are also practicing the ordinal numbers first through twelfth; ask to see them perform the Latin Macarena!  We will be wrapping up with an exciting celebration of the Latin festival of Saturnalia!

In our first term, all 6th Grade Math classes focused on all operations with decimals, and multiplying and dividing fractions. Major time was spent on moving flexibly between decimals and fractions, as this will help in our future work with percentages. We have moved into discussions concerning the different types of real numbers, specifically integers and rational numbers, and have been graphing them on all four quadrants of the coordinate plane. The accelerated math class has now begun exploring ratios and rates, which are an important part of the 6th grade curriculum. The students have also been working online using ReflexMath and Khan Academy to support their work.

The following pictures capture some of the various learning moments that happened throughout all the grade levels this week:

Have a wonderful weekend,

Sharon Seyller

  

Community News

Maynard Music Association Update 

Annual Casino Night: 

This year's Casino Night was a remarkable success! Over $13,000 was raised to support the music programs at Fowler and MHS. Support from over 50 volunteers including students, parents, administration, MMA parent alums, community and local businesses made for a memorable evening at the Elks. Please consider joining us at our monthly meetings to determine how our fundraising dollars will be used over the year. See www.maynardmusic.org or our Facebook page at Maynard Music Association for photos and information. 

Next Meetings: 1/4/17 at 7pm at the Fowler Library. 

Concert Kudos:

Deadline is TODAY, Friday, December 9th!

‘Tis the season to purchase a Kudos for your musician that will be printed in the music program insert throughout the concert series beginning with the December concerts through the May concerts.

Writing a Kudos for the program is a way for parents, guardians, or families to celebrate the musical accomplishments of their young musician(s). Examples include personal well-wishes, supportive statements about musical achievements, and/or quotations.

This year’s options:

1. one line (30 characters & spaces per line) for $10 

2. two lines for $20  

Make checks payable to MMA and drop off to the MHS Main Office.

Concert Needs for MHS Concert on 12/14:

We are in need of baked goods and small water bottles for the MHS Concert on Wednesday, December 14th. Please contact Christine at cmboutinlaw@gmail.com if you can donate to this event. 

If you are able to chaperone in the band room, help with programs or the food table, contact Bonnie at maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com

Concert Attire: Information on attire for both Fowler and MHS Concerts has been distributed by music teachers.

Fowler MMA Co-Chairs & Secretary Needed:

HS Music Banquet Coordinator Needed: 

We are in need of a Secretary and two co-chairs for Fowler to keep up support of music at this level. Please consider giving an hour or so once a month to advocate for the needs of this program if your child is in the band at Fowler! Please contact Bonnie at maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com to learn more.

We need a handful of music parents from grades 9-11 to coordinate the Annual Music Banquet held on Memorial Day at 5:30 pm. There are big and small jobs to be done, but presently we have only one volunteer. Many hands make light work and planning should begin in January!

Please contact Bonnie at maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com to learn more!

 

Save the Date! 

Maynard Special Town Meeting will take place on January 9th, 2017 in the Fowler Assembly Hall. An article to fund the Green Meadow playground repairs will be up for a vote. Please attend and let your voice be heard. The Maynard High School National Honor Society Students will provide onsite babysitting.* The students will meet families at the Fowler School Assembly Hall entrance beginning at 6:30 p.m. and will play games, read to them, and do arts and crafts with the children. 

 * Please note that children should be toilet trained.  






12/2/16

 

Dear Fowler Families,

I am very pleased to have such a collaborative and engaged School Council.  We are a balanced group, with representation from staff, parents, and the community. We have just finished discussing budget requests that were presented to the School Committee last night.

Parents: Barbara Chautin, Linde Ghere, Maro Hogan, Aly Severance, Danielle Pimenta 

Staff: Jenny Falkoff, Denise Hatch, Mark Myers

Community Representative: Martha Shugrue 

 

It's Not Too Late!  

As you know, we are pleased to offer Chorus for students in grades 6 & 7 for Trimesters 2 and 3. This class meets once per cycle (1 out of every 4 days) and is taught by Cindy Blanchard. The class takes place during exploratory period. Please have your child complete the sign up form, which is available in the Main Office. We have extended the deadline to Tuesday, December 6.

Spotlight on Computer Science

Recently, Computer Science Teacher Mark Sinopoli attended the Future Ready Schools conference in Boston. At this conference, he attended sessions conducted by national leaders in educational technology. One of the initiatives he wants to adopt is to communicate more with the community using technology, specifically social media. He has started a Twitter account (@fs_compsci) to share some of the activities and accomplishments of students in Computer Science. By using the hashtag #MaynardLearns and #FowlerLearns anyone in the world can see what is happening in Computer Science at Fowler School!

Spotlight on Fowler Library

Fall Book Fair

Thank you for supporting the Scholastic Book Fair by making time to bring in your students and for all your purchases! Book fairs are the only library fundraiser and this one was hugely successful! I sold just over $6,000.00 of books and kept $500.00 worth of new titles for the library.

Parent Volunteers in the Library

I've started a Parent Volunteer Program and currently have four who plan to be here on a regular basis. They will be helping with a variety of tasks. Thank you to Trish Friedman (Daniel 7), Becky Robichaud (Alex 6), Jodi Larkin (Hannah 5), and Katrina Wilkins (Chris 4).

4th and 5th Grade Library Research Skills

Both grades have been reviewing the organization of library information and learning how to search for/locate resources using the Destiny Quest (OPAC) website. In addition, students learned the importance of bibliographies in a research project and how to create a grade-appropriate bibliography

Extended Zone - 6th and 7th Grades

Students began the year with a project to inspire their imaginations and connect with their creativity and ingenuity. We took the Global Cardboard Challenge and they came up with some amazing cardboard creations. Watch Caine's Arcade on Youtube when you get a chance and in the meantime check out this 2 minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNbvenWvqBM

Students also use Star programs for ELA and Math intervention and we support some academic class work and projects.

Upcoming Dates

Term 1 Report cards will be posted to iParent on iPass next week. In addition, a paper copy will be mailed home. (Please note that this is the last mailing (unless you request it) and that future report cards will be available only through iPass.

December

6 Term 1 Report Cards distributed during the week

8 Picture Retake Day

9 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

14 Grade 6 Field Trip to A Christmas Carol

21 Band Concert – 7 pm

22 Grade 4 Field Trip to the Boston Museum of Science

26-Jan 2 Holiday Vacation

Community News

The Maynard SEPAC Winter Social is almost here! We’ll gather on Tuesday, December 6 from 6:30 – 8 pm the Green Meadow Cafeteria. All families of children receiving special education services in the district are invited (siblings are welcome too!). Join this annual tradition where the children can enjoy cookie decorating, crafts, and music—and each child receives a goodie bag as well. We look forward to seeing you at this free event (please RSVP to Rachel Levy at racheldayson@hotmail.com or 617-458-1294).


Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller





Dear Fowler Families,

Continuing to think about "Growth Mindset," it is very interesting to me to connect a specific type of praise with helping our children develop a growth mindset. Attached is a brief video which highlights the subtle, but powerful difference between praising children for process and effort versus intelligence and abilities. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTXrV0_3UjY


**New** Chorus - Grade 6 & 7

We are pleased to offer Chorus for students in grades 6 & 7 for Terms 2 and 3. This class, taught by Cindy Blanchard, will meet once per cycle (1 out of every 4 days) during Exploratory period. Please have your child complete the sign-up form, which is available in the Main Office. Forms are due Thursday, December 1st in the Main Office.


Spotlight on Fifth Grade

Math:

Students are learning how to compare and round decimals in relation to place value. Students are also adding and subtracting decimals with a connection to patterns and money. This fall, students practiced multiplying and dividing whole numbers using area models, volume, partial products and quotients, and the standard approach. Please continue to practice daily math facts at home a few times a week from digits 1-12.

Science:

Students are learning about the different types of energy and how energy can be transferred to a different type of energy. Classes completed the “Ball Drop” activity and created roller coasters to demonstrate potential energy being transferred to kinetic energy. Students will also investigate electrical, light, and sound energy.

Field Trip:

Classes will visit the Christa McAuliffe Challenger Center at Framingham State University on Thursday and Friday, February 9th and 10th.  This field trip is a perpetual favorite among fifth grade students. The simulated space flight allows students the opportunity to experience the work of real scientists. Working together on Alpha and Beta teams, students will conduct tests, analyze data, problem solve, and communicate information to Earth’s mission control center.

ELA – Reading:

Students have successfully completed Unit One: “The Renaissance” with a novel study of the author, Brian Selznick.  The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Selznick’s other novels Wonderstruck, and the Marvels were also included. Students were shown that “Reading is Thinking” and can now demonstrate these six reading strategies:  connecting, visualizing, predicting, inferring, questioning, and summarizing (Stephanie Harvey, Columbia University). We have just begun Unit Two: “Exploration” with The Little Prince by Antoine St. Exupery. This unit’s important and essential question is:  What can a person learn from exploring their world? Students are keeping journals to respond to the text, analyzing quotes, practicing how to write dialogue, and exploring symbolism in literature.

ELA – Writing:

Fifth graders have been working hard to become more analytical writers. Students have been analyzing text from our read-aloud books. They have also been writing informational paragraphs, summarizing fiction and non-fiction texts, and writing book reviews. In Unit Two, students will use dialogue, as modeled in the mentor text, to create an eighth planet for the Little Prince to visit and learn another important lesson. 

History:

Students have begun studying the Age of Exploration and analyzing motivations for European exploration. Classes are studying the Vikings and deciding who should be credited with discovering North America.

Growth Mindset:

Fifth grade teachers will begin to recognize individual students in the area of growth mindset at monthly community meetings. Students will be recognized for perseverance, effective effort, grit, and stamina. Students have discussed growth mindset in their classrooms and identified what these qualities look and sound like in the classroom.


Message from the Fowler PTO

Parents should have received an order form for custom Pandora beads. Unfortunately, we have decided we need to cancel this fundraiser. When we got the samples yesterday, we decided the quality was not what we expected. We decided to cancel as we could not guarantee the quality of the product, and we didn't want anyone to be disappointed or upset. Thanks for your understanding and support!

More on PTO Fundraisers
Thanks to all that participated in the CherryDale Farms and Kids Stuff Coupon Books fundraisers this fall. As a result of your generosity, the PTO was able to fund $3,600.00 worth of enrichment/classroom enhancement requests from the Fowler teachers this past Tuesday at our monthly meeting. Grants were made at every grade level so the entire Fowler community will benefit from our fundraising!  The requests we were able to fulfill this year are:

  • Co-sponsored “The Ooch Experience” - Professional entertainer/motivator Brett Outchcunis visited the 4th grade in September.
  • One Listening Center for the Library allowing multiple students to read along and listen to audio books
  • Cambodia Presentation by guest speaker Brandon Eang, grade 6
  • Grant to offset the cost for grade 5 students to attend the McAuliffe Challenger Center at Framingham State University in February.
  • Two Chromebooks to improve math fact fluency/create online math assessments, Grade 6
  • Funding to expand “Growth Mindset” literature collection.
  • Funding to replace one gym mat to allow expansion of the Physical Education curriculum.
  • One year subscription to Headspace, being used to support new Headspace Club (guided meditation) which is open to all Fowler students and staff.
  • Grade 7 - specific use of funding TBA.

We appreciate all the thoughtful requests made by the Fowler staff and regret that our resources did not allow us to fund everything requested. We will continue to work with Fowler families to support the staff and enhance the curriculum.

CherryDale Farm Delivery!
Delivery of our CherryDale Farm fundraising products will happen THIS Monday, November 21st.  Students will be called down at the end of the day to pick up their orders. If you know you placed an order, please remind your student so they will pick up their order! Students who placed very large orders may need to make alternate arrangements for transportation home due to the size of the boxes.  Please make every effort to pick up before the Thanksgiving break!

 

UPCOMING DATES

November

19   Annual Casino Night – Maynard Elks 6:30 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break

 

December

6 Report Cards distributed this week

8 Picture Retake Day

9 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

14 Grade 6 Field Trip to a Christmas Carol

21 Band Concert – 7 pm

26-Jan 2 Holiday Vacation

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Maynard SEPAC

After Thanksgiving, December is just around the corner, which means . . . the SEPAC Winter Social is coming soon! Please save the date: Tuesday, December 6, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Green Meadow cafeteria. The free event is open to the whole family of any student receiving special education services. Stay tuned for more details! (To RSVP, contact Rachel Levy at racheldayson@hotmail.com or at 617-458-1294.)

 

 

I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.  There is much that I am grateful for and that includes being appreciative of the partnership Fowler School has with our families and the community. Thank you for trusting us with the care and education of your children.  

Warm Regards,

Sharon




November 10, 2016


Dear Fowler Families,

I hope that many of you have already successfully logged onto iPass to see your child's schedule and academic progress. Grades for trimester 1 will close on Tuesday, November 22. First term report cards will be mailed home the week of December 5th. Please note that all future report cards will be available only through iPass. Please make sure that you have registered for an iPass account to see future report cards as well as to monitor your child's progress. 

Let us know if this will be a problem for you, and we will provide you with a paper copy of your child's report card.

There will be one major difference with report cards this year -- we are changing the way we provide feedback about student performance. We hope that you will find the new comments to be more specific and therefore more helpful with facilitating your child’s growth. We are open to feedback from you about this change.


Update from the 4th Grade

This year is off to a great start! While we have many exciting events planned over the course of the year (including a field trip to the Museum of Science in December), we are pleased to share with you some of the curriculum on which we are currently focusing. In math, fourth graders have been working diligently on learning place values and names for numbers up to the hundred-thousands. We have worked on adding and subtracting these larger numbers, as well as identifying them in standard form, word form, and expanded form. In the coming weeks, we will work with students on multiplying multi-digit numbers using a variety of different strategies. Students will be encouraged to use partial products, the distributive property, and the standard algorithm for solving multiplication problems. It is important for us to approach this work -- all work-- through the lens of the Growth Mindset. We consistently encourage students to put forth their best effort, see learning new concepts as a process, and persevere with new academic ideas.


The fourth grade is currently reading Wonder, a story which discusses respecting people’s differences and understanding peers. We hope that by interacting and reading aloud, students will become more connected with an understanding of their peers. We have begun reciprocal teaching in all 4th grade classrooms, through the use of different novels that share the theme of “Tales from the Heart.” Students have responded to the texts and we have encouraged them to make connections with the story, find the theme, restate the question, predict, summarize, question, and support their answers with text evidence.  Our next unit will focus on the effect of setting on the plot and storyline. We will read Holes, and each class will also begin reading books from the I Survived series. In writing, fourth grade students will be encouraged to write a paragraph with complete sentences, proper punctuation, capitalization, and transition words. It is our goal by the year’s end to have each child master a correctly-punctuated three-paragraph essay with proper transitions on a given topic. As always, your support and encouragement at home is greatly appreciated.  


Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller

UPCOMING DATES

November

11 Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

15   School Council meeting - Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm
15   PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

19   Annual Casino Night – Maynard Elks 6:30 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break

 

December

6   Report Cards Distributed

8   Picture Retake Day

9   Early Release Day – 11:15 am

14  Grade 6 Field Trip to a Christmas Carol

21  Band Concert – 7 pm

26-Jan 2  Holiday Vacation




11/4/16

Dear Fowler Families,


What does it mean to wonder? That's what I was wondering after leaving the museum event held in Michelle Travers' 5th grade class this past week. Michelle led her students through a process of wondering, discovery, and identity described below. Kaitlyn Corrigan will be leading the same activity with her classes on Wednesday:

Cabinets of Wonder (See pictures below)

Cabinets of Wonder were known by many other names, including Cabinets of Curiosity, wonder-rooms, and Wunderkammer. They were collections of objects and included artifacts from natural history, geology, archaeology, religion, and art. The first cabinets emerged in the 16th century and were whole rooms instead of display cases. Some of the collections served as a catalogue that documented different types of organisms and led to scientific exploration and discovery.

In the novel Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick, a young boy named Ben is trying to find his place in the world. He sets out alone to New York City to find his father. His only possession is a box containing several artifacts that are important to him. Ben spends lots of time at the American Museum of Natural History and finds and old cabinet of wonder hidden behind the scenes. At one point he realizes, “maybe we are all cabinets of wonder,” meaning that we are each unique and the experiences in our lives make us who we are.

The students have been given the task of curating their own Cabinet of Wonders. They have carefully chosen items that are important to them and describe who they are. 

 

Thank you Fowler PTO for sponsoring and arranging this year’s very successful Grade 4/5 Halloween Social!


UPCOMING DATES

November

2    Maynard Music Association meeting - Fowler Library 6:30 pm

8    Professional Day - No School

9    Picture Day (Picture Retake Day - December 8)

      ALICE Training for Grade 7

      ALICE Presentation for Grade 4

10  ALICE Follow-up Discussion

11  Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

15   School Council meeting - Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm
15   PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

19   Annual Casino Night – Maynard Elks 6:30 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break

 

December

6 Report Cards Distributed

8 Picture Retake Day

9 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

14 Grade 6 Field Trip to a Christmas Carol

21 Band Concert – 7 pm

26-Jan 2 Holiday Vacation


COMMUNITY NEWS


Boys & Girls Club Event

Join us for an evening of celebration and fun at our 15th Annual Service to Youth Awards ceremony:

Friday, November 11, 2016

Nashawtuc Country Club

1861 Sudbury Road, Concord, MA

 

Enjoy dinner, cash bar, silent auction & raffle items!

All proceeds to benefit The Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley

























10/28/16

Dear Fowler Families,

I appreciate your feedback and input regarding the ALICE training. Please see additional resources about ALICE: https://www.alicetraining.com/our-program/alice-training/k12-education/.

Thank you to those folks who completed the five-question, short-answer survey – please remember that the survey closes Wednesday November 2.  I look forward to sharing the results with you later next month: https://goo.gl/forms/dS2LpVxJqyWQWceo2.

The following is a description of Connections class, taught by our Guidance Counselors. In an effort to share more about Fowler teams, classes, departments, etc., I plan to provide, on a regular basis, a "snapshot" of various learning experiences at Fowler:

Connections is a fourth and fifth grade class that meets once per cycle. The purpose is to deliver developmental guidance in the classroom, meeting one of our district's goals of focusing on social emotional learning for our students. The curriculum is activity-based using different modalities such as art, interactive games, and journal writing to focus on the following topic areas: teamwork, self-esteem, communication skills, self-discovery, and coping skills.

This year we have focused on building positive classroom relationships and giving students the opportunity to learn about themselves and others in the group. For example, we have done some creative journal writing, and created “all about me” license plates in an effort to honor our own individual, unique traits and share these with others. Currently students are really enjoying working on a “Create a Country” project where small groups engage in a decision-making process to achieve a common goal and understand how each member contributes to the process.

We look forward to continued growth and development in your children’s social/emotional learning as the year progresses!

 

Fowler Latin Club News

Last Saturday’s field trip was a great day for our Latin Club! They played two rounds of Certamen, participated in workshops, fired off four marshmallow catapults, and impressed everyone with their enthusiasm! Everybody loves our kids for the energy they bring to every event. We were privileged to have with us seven awesome JCL parents: Aly Severance, Bonnie Wilson, Rachel Leeuwis, Cynthia Langlois, Gail Miller, Kathleen Currier, and Scott Lawton!  Special congrats to Fiona Brown, who won second place for her marshmallow catapult.


Kind Regards,

Sharon​ Seyller, Principal


Term 1 Upcoming Dates

October

31  Grades 4/5 Halloween Social - $2 admission – Assembly Hall 2:30-3:15pm

 

November

2    Maynard Music Association meeting - Fowler Library 6:30 pm

8    Professional Day - No School

9    Picture Day (Picture Retake Day - December 8)

11  Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

15   School Council meeting - Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm
15   PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

19   Annual Casino Night – Maynard Elks 6:30 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break


Community News

 

From Jennifer Gaudet, Assistant Superintendent:

Thank you to the School Committee, Faculty & Staff, and Community Members who attended last night's discussion on "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success." The following are some resources that were shared last night:

Thank you to WAVM staff for recording the discussion. 



Maynard Music Association

MMA Fowler is in great​ need of parent support. We are looking to fill the following positions: Chair, Co-Chair, and Secretary. In addition, we are in need of more parents to participate in our monthly meetings where decisions are made about enrichment opportunities and how funds will be utilized. If you can assist us in any way, please attend our next meeting on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 in ​the Fowler Library.

​Our one and only fundraising event is fast approaching. Casino Night is November19th at the Maynard Elks. Upcoming planning meetings for this big event will be 11/3, 11/10, 11/17 at Bonnie Wilson’s house 13 Sherman Street at 7:00 pm. All are welcome!

Want to attend Casino Night, but don’t have a sitter, contact Annemarie Caloggero at acalo@msn.com for FREE babysitting courtesy of MHS Band/Chorus students.


MEF Fundraiser 

Support the Maynard Education Foundation when you dine at Not Your Average Joe's any Tuesday in November. Present a certificate (available at www.maynardeducation.org) or simply mention to your server that you are a MEF supporter when you dine in or order take-out, and Not Your Average Joe's will donate 15% of your purchase to MEF (excluding alcohol, tax, and gratuity). Thank you for your support!

 

News from Maynard SEPAC

There will be no SEPAC meeting in November (due to the conflict with Election Day). The SEPAC Winter Social will be Tuesday, December 6! More information coming soon.

 

Boys and Girls Club

Maynard Recreation Basketball League 

(Boys & Girls in Grades 3rd - 8th) 

The goal of the Maynard Recreation league is to promote youth basketball in a fun, safe, and instructional format for kids to play and learn. Our basketball programs are available for Maynard’s 3rd - 8th graders. Whether you play all year round or have yet to play organized basketball, this recreation league is designed to help provide drills and strategies to help players of all levels develop as players and teammates. With one practice a week and a game every Saturday, this program is an exciting way for all participants to have fun, improve on basic skills, and better understand what it means to be on a team.  

 Leagues: 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, and 7th -8th

All games are held on Saturdays, 7th-8th girls league will have some games on Sundays.

Fee: $105

Practices begin the week of Nov. 28th. Game start date is TBA. 

Registration Deadline: Friday October 28th

For more info. and to register, please log onto www.bgcav.org.

 

Maynard Recreation Player Evaluations

When: Saturday, Nov. 5th

Where: Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley

Times: TBA

The evaluations are a 45-minute basketball clinic that will be held on November 5th at the Club. This session will help us better understand all of the players in the league, so we can do our best to ensure fair and even teams. With fair teams and equal playing time, this league will be a great way for kids to both have fun and improve their skills. Please email Joe at joe@bgcav.org.




October 21, 2016

Dear Fowler Families,


I hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather!

As the new principal of Fowler School, I would like to share with you some of the key elements of my entry plan. The purpose of an entry plan is to assist me so that I can be the most effective principal I can. It is important for me to learn how I can best serve the Fowler community. My focus is to create the climate and conditions that allow Fowler School to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of every student.  This is not a “me” thing; it’s a “we” thing.  

Embedded in my entry plan are goals that focus on:

  • Developing positive and collaborative relationships with Fowler Staff and families  
  • Ensuring the safety of all members of the Fowler community
  • Providing honest and transparent communication to all members of the community
  • Leading and supporting school-wide efforts to sustain a model of continuous school improvement and growth
  • Committing to: Listen, Learn, and Lead

This is where I need your help. I am committed to learning about the systems and structures that are working well at Fowler, as well as those that need attention and improvement.  I would greatly appreciate your feedback and have created a brief, five-question survey.  Your responses will guide and inform me to better serve the Fowler community.  Below is a direct link to the survey:

https://goo.gl/forms/iUYDlOMUdbdTrVMJ3

I truly appreciate your time.  If, for any reason, you prefer to respond in person, please call or send an email so that we can up a time to discuss.

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller 

sseyller@maynard.k12.ma.us


Term 1 Upcoming Dates

  October

28    Early Release 11:15

28    Parent Teacher Conferences

  November

2    Maynard Music Association meeting - Fowler Library 6:30 pm

8    Professional Day - No School

9    Picture Day (Picture Retake Day - December 8)

11  Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

15   School Council meeting - Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm

15   PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

19   Annual Casino Night – Maynard Elks 6:30 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break


Community News

Maynard Music Association’s Annual Casino Night Fundraiser:

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 19th at the Maynard Elks. Our annual fundraiser is in its 8th year which historically raises over $10,000 toward supporting the music needs for band and chorus at Maynard High and Fowler School.

Vouchers: Vouchers are on sale NOW - $40 each or 2/$70 ($45 the day of the event). Get yours early! Vouchers can be purchased at the Fowler School Main Office.

Complimentary BABYSITTING: MHS Band and Chorus students will earn service points for offering complimentary babysitting at your home during the Casino Night event! 

Volunteer Dealers: We host a fun-filled event with guest dealers from the staff of Fowler and MHS, music parents, music parent alumni and community donors. Let us know if you would like to be a guest dealer for Texas Hold 'em or Black Jack.

Auction Items:

Plan ahead to bid on these fantastic items!

1.      Resort Condo Incentives: A TWO-bedroom, SEVEN-day condo stay. Value: $2,000

2.      Disney Park Hopper passes: Good for one day of park hopping at Disney! Value: $620

3.      Jillian’s Pool Hall of Boston: $200 Pool Party for 20

4.      Tom Hesbach Scenic Flight: 60+ minute flight over the Maynard/Boston area in a Hanscom Air Force Flying Club Piper Arrow for up to 3 people. Value: $250

5.       A verified auction item from the Boston Red Sox 


Contact maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com  to buy tickers, secure your free babysitter, or to volunteer!




October 14, 2016


Dear Fowler Families,

I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Robert Brooks on a number of occasions over the past 15 years. He has been a consultant in previous schools and districts in which I have worked, and he was a keynote speaker for the MPS staff during one of the first days of school several years back.   

What is remarkable and relevant about Dr. Brooks' work is that he focuses on an important theme, also the name of one of his books, "Raising Resilient Children." There are many different definitions of resilient with regard to children, but the common thread is the child’s ability to adapt to significant challenges and stress, and to develop strength and confidence despite (and through) those experiences. Dr. Brooks writes and speaks about the role adults play in this developmental process. The following is a link to an article he wrote, that I believe you may find interesting especially because of the connection he makes to the "mindset" concept:

http://www.drrobertbrooks.com/power-of-relationship-and-theories-of-mindset/

We know that today’s youth faces a number of challenges, some of which did not exist 20 years ago. One of the many things I appreciate about the Maynard community, the Fowler community in particular, is the sense that we are here to help kids grow, learn, and develop through the many challenges in today's world.  

 

Bridges Program

We are fortunate to have a strong partnership with a special Maynard program - Bridges: Growing Together. Bridges is an intergenerational program that fosters friendships and understanding between students (currently three classrooms of 4th grade students, soon to include all six classrooms) and older adults in the Maynard community. Over the next six weeks, the adults will join the classrooms to facilitate discussions and small group projects that focus on our common experiences.  

 

 


Special Notice to Parents

Our Lost & Found is overflowing! Please remind your child to go to the Lost & Found area in the Cafeteria to look for misplaced clothing or other belongings before they get donated to the Planet Aid bin. Seventh Grade students in particular have left behind clothing from Nature’s Classroom that has yet to be claimed.

 

PTO Fundraiser -- It’s not too late!

We have extended the deadline to return order forms for the Cherrydale Fundraiser until Tuesday, October 17th! Many great items to choose from- snacks, gifts for the home, wrapping paper and more. This is our largest fundraiser of the year and ALL proceeds go directly back to the Fowler School. Thank you for your support! Contact Sue Hines at jimsueh@comcast.net with any questions.


Kind regards,

Sharon​ Seyller, Fowler School Principal


Term 1 Upcoming Dates

October

18    PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

20    Library Fair begins

21    Early Release 11:15

21    Parent Teacher Conferences

28    Early Release 11:15

28    Parent Teacher Conferences

 

November

2    Maynard Music Association meeting - Fowler Library 6:30 pm

8    Professional Day - No School

9    Picture Day (Picture Retake Day - December 8)

11  Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

15   School Council meeting - Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm
15   PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break


Community News

In an effort to improve collaboration between the school department and the larger community, the school department will annually establish a school/community task force to address critical issues in the Maynard Public School System. Serving as an advisory branch of the Curriculum Sub Committee, these groups will meet regularly to work on defined projects and provide research and guidance to the Curriculum Committee and School Committee as a whole. For the 2016-2017 school year we will be launching five such groups. Go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdm4J3s1iM2yE0bWLm-nF-iRPlo2r4o1Bfx6wf56KUUZUJYxw/viewform to sign up. Information about each group is below:

 

Strategic Initiative

Name

Responsibilities

Meeting Dates

Inclusive Practices that Support all Students

Social Emotional Learning

Explore a variety of Social Emotional curricula and educational strategies to establish an implementation plan for Maynard Public Schools

Aprox Start: December 

Superior Academic Experience

Communications Committee

Develop a comprehensive communication plan to improve family & school partnerships.

Aprox Start: December 

Superior Academic Experience

STEAM

Begin the development of a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM) pathway by investigating STEAM integration PK-12

Aprox Start: January 

Superior Academic Experience

Global Competency

Make recommendations to the School Committee about World Language programming PK/K-12

7:00-9:00 PM

October 19

October 26

November 2

November 16

Developing Global Citizens

Career Pathways

Establish a communications pathway that meets Dept of Ed. Chapter 74 Vocational Career and Technical Education requirements that will allow us to seek state approval for the program.

Aprox Start: January

 

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey of communication practices and needs in the Maynard Public Schools:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdUINVZy8-4XZfC0MhNmyXthlbuvEoLUdwVckTsa6WX4AI3Nw/viewform 

A committee is forming this fall to propose suggestions for a communication plan with the goal of improving family and school partnerships. Your input is valued and will be used to help guide those conversations. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please email Jean LaBelle at Maynard High School at jlabelle@maynard.k12.ma.us.




October 7, 2016


Dear Fowler Families,

The PARCC and MCAS results have arrived at our school and individual reports will be mailed home early next week. This information is for current Fowler students who tested in our district last year. The Fowler Staff is already looking at results to determine what actions need to be taken this year. Not every school participated in PARCC; therefore, limited data is available to determine strengths and areas of improvement for this year's students. As always, teachers use additional assessments to gauge students’ learning needs with the use of our Math and ELA Coaches. For more information about results with PARCC/MCAS, you can visit:  

MCAS:  http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/parents/

PARCC:  http://www.parcconline.org/resources/parent-resources

This year, we are newly-designated as a Title 1 School, which provides us additional support services for students who meet federal requirements. Fowler School is committed to the success of all students; we will utilize the resources and data available to guide our planning and instruction.


Term 1 Upcoming Dates

October

8-10 Family Appreciation Weekend - No Homework 

10    Columbus Day - No School

11    4th Grade Parent Instrument Rental Night – Assembly Hall 6:30 pm 

13    First School Council meeting - Fowler Library 3:00-4:15 pm

18    PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

20    Library Fair begins

21    Early Release 11:15

21    Parent Teacher Conferences

28    Early Release 11:15

28    Parent Teacher Conferences

 

November

2    Maynard Music Association meeting - Fowler Library 6:30 pm

8    Professional Day - No School

9    Picture Day (Picture Retake Day - December 8)

11  Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

15   School Council meeting - Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm
15   PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break

 

Worth Repeating - Parent Conferences!

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Friday, October 21 and Friday, October 28, from 12:00 - 2:30 pm.  Parents of 4th and 5th grade students should contact their child's teacher, whereas parents of 6th

and 7th grade students should contact the Main Office (978-897- 6700) to set up a 10-minute conference with whichever teacher you need to meet. We will begin scheduling conferences on Wednesday, October 5th at 9:00 on a first-come first-served basis.

I am thankful that Fowler families understand the importance of developing and maintaining a strong and positive parent-school partnership. If these times are not convenient for you, please email your child's teacher(s) directly to set up a different time.

 

Library News

The Fowler Library Fall Book Fair will run from Thursday, October 20 to Friday October 28. 

Students will have the opportunity to visit the fair during the school week. The fair will also be available to families on Friday October 21 and Friday October 28 during Parent Teacher Conferences.

  

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