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Principal’s Weekly Memo


May 18, 2018

 Dear Fowler Families,

I am pleased to share with you that we have a guest presenter coming to Fowler on Wednesday, May 23rd with students in grades 6, 7 & 8.  Dr. Rich DeCapua, a Dean at Boston College and Maynard resident, will speak about a person's "social media reputation."  He will share many of the different aspects associated with posting pictures, images and words out in the digital world, and how those messages eventually paints a picture of who you are.  Dr. DeCapua presented to Fowler staff last month in preparation for next week's community meeting, and his message was well received and greatly appreciated. 

Here is a snapshot of Dr. DeCapua's experience:

Dr. Richard DeCapua is the Associate Dean of Students at Boston College.  He supervises four assistant deans with responsibility for institutional efforts in the areas of student conduct, civility and campus culture efforts, mental health case management, sexual misconduct investigations, and LGBTQ services and programs.  Before his position at Boston College, Dr. DeCapua served as the Associate Dean of Students and Suffolk University where he supervised the departments of Diversity Services, Off-Campus Housing and the Interfaith Center.  He also has nine years of experience working in Residence Life & Housing at Wesleyan University, and at Brandeis University where he was director of that department. 

Dr. DeCapua received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Quinnipiac University; his Master of Education in Student Personnel Administration from Springfield College; and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from Johnson and Wales University.  His research interests include higher education finance and he currently teaches in a number of graduate programs in Massachusetts.

He also has two children at Fowler, and we are grateful for his contributions to this critical topic that our kids need to learn how to navigate.  I encourage you to ask your child about the presentation, and engage in a dialogue about what they understood to be the main points.

Thanks for reading this memo.  Read below for some  upcoming activities.  Attached are Spanish and Portuguese translations of this memo.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sharon

 

Upcoming Dates

May 21          Special Town Mtg, Auditorium  6:30 pm

May 24         School Committee, Library  7 pm

May 25         5th Grade trip to Old Sturbridge Village

May 30         Fowler Spring Concert Auditorium 7 pm

June 1           Great East  - Band -- all day

June 4           Maynard Pride Week for Grade 5

June 5           Grade 4 Parent Orientation  Assembly Hall   6pm

June 6           Grade 4 Music Concert – Assembly Hall  6:30 pm

                       Grade 4 Career Day

                       Grade 5 Maynard Pride Walk

June 8          Grade 6 Field Trip  Boda Borg Quest

                       Grade 4 Field Trip to LegoLand

June 13         Gr 8 Curious Critters Presentation

June 14 & 15   Grade 3 UP days

June 18      Grade 8 Book Publishing party

                    Grade 4 Field Trip to Franklin Park Zoo

                    Mrs Travers class visits the Pond

June 19      Grade 7 Field Trip Cape Ann Whale Watch

June 20     Grade 8 Field Trip to Canobie Lake Park

June 21      Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony (Parents and guests seated by 8:45 am

 

Community News

From the Maynard Police Department

Attached you’ll find the link for the Maynard Police Department Summer Youth Academy.  It is also posted on the Maynard Police Department website, so anyone interested can find the application there and forward it to my attention. 

We’ve received great feedback from parents and kids over last two years, and have some new ideas for this summer. 

https://www.facebook.com/MaynardPD/posts/1803061106470886

 Officer Trista Manchuso 

Maynard Police Department 

 SEPAC

The SEPAC Ice Cream Social: The Maynard SEPAC invites Maynard special education students, parents and siblings to our annual Spring Ice Cream Social onTuesday, June 5th 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.

 

May 11, 2018

Dear Fowler Families,

Thanks to the generosity of the Maynard Education Foundation, we are thrilled to share with you that Fowler students are able to participate in a national-standards based program called The Walking Classroom. 

The Walking Classroom is a national award-winning nonprofit program that capitalizes on the favorable link between exercise and cognitive function — children improve their physical, mental, and academic health as they walk, listen, and learn!

The program is simple: Students take brisk 20-minute walks, as a group, while listening to custom-written, kid-friendly content that is aligned with academic standards.  Each “WalkKit” audio device is preloaded with content related educational podcasts, which support our ELA, history, and science curriculum. A Teacher’s Guide, filled with a lesson plan and comprehension quiz to support each podcast, allows us to effectively discuss, review, and assess comprehension of the podcast content after the walk.

Podcast topics range from biographies of famous doctors and scientists to meteorology to poetry, and each podcast begins with a brief health literacy message.  Additionally, positive character messages are woven into the podcasts. For example, a podcast about the continental divide begins with students in the podcast talking about how exercise helps improve your mood, and then the podcast transitions to a discussion about the continental divide. Discussion questions at the end of the podcast encourage students to consider how similar to where precipitation falls along the continental divide determines in which direction it will flow, student actions and behaviors will determine how other people respond to them.  All podcasts contain the three basic components: health literacy topic, main academic content topic, and a focused character value discussion question.

The Walking Classroom provides students with a trusted source of academic content presented in an innovative and engaging manner.  Students return from their walks in better moods, more focused, and more likely to engage in post-walk discussionsAdditionally, The Walking Classroom provides classes with an innovative tool to meet the needs of students with alternative learning styles,.all while walking and having fun!

Please visit The Walking Classroom’s website at www.TheWalkingClassroom.org for more information and to see videos of the program in action.  **Kudos to Denise Hatch, our ELA Coach who wrote the grant and is leading this innovative initiative!

Thank you to the PTO hosting for the wonderful Staff Appreciation Luncheon last Friday. We appreciate being appreciated, so thank you, parents for your support.

Attached are some pictures of our 4th and 8th graders at work.

Upcoming Dates

May 14 –18    Book Fair Fowler School Library

May 21           Special Town Mtg, Auditorium  6:30 pm

May 24          School Committee, Library  7 pm

May 25          5th Grade trip to Old Sturbridge Village

May 30         Spring Concert Auditorium 7 pm

June 1           Great East  - Band all day

June 4           Maynard Pride Week for Grade 5

June 5          Grade 4 Parent Orientation  Assembly Hall   6pm

June 6          Grade 4 Music Concert – Assembly Hall  6:30 pm

                       Grade 4 Career Day

                       Grade 5 Maynard Pride Walk

June 8          Grade 6 Field Trip  Boda Borg Quest

                     Grade 4 Field Trip to LegoLand

June 13        Curious Critters Presentation

June 14 & 15   Grade 3 UP days

June 18      Grade 8 Book Publishing party

                    Grade 4 Field Trip to Franklin Park Zoo

                    Mrs Travers class visits the Pond

June 19      Grade 7 Field Trip Cape Ann Whale Watch

June 20     Grade 8 Field Trip to Canobie Lake Park

June 21      Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony (Parents and guests seated by 8:45 am)

Community News

From Maynard High School

You are cordially invited to attend the Senior Project Showcase on May 14h from 7-8:30 PM in the Maynard High School gymnasium. All students who completed a Senior Project will be on hand to discuss their experience in the program. They will have a trifold board and artifacts available to explain their research, internships, and projects. You will have a chance to mingle with other guests and ask the students questions about their work. 

Library Announcement- Book Fair!

The Fowler School Library will be hosting a Best Book Fairs book fair during the week of  May 14-18 2018! 

All Fowler students will have an opportunity to visit the book fair during the school week. The average price for a paperback book @ $10.00. Newer titles and hardcover book prices range from  @ $18.00-$40.00. The library will receive a percentage of sales. Books can be purchased with cash, debit, checks or credit. Thank you for your support!

From the Maynard Police Department

Attached you’ll find the link for the Maynard Police Department Summer Youth Academy.  It is also posted on the Maynard Police Department website, so anyone interested can find the application there and forward it to my attention. 

We’ve received great feedback from parents and kids over last two years, and we have new ideas for this summer. 

https://www.facebook.com/MaynardPD/posts/1803061106470886
 

Officer Trista Manchuso 

Maynard Police Department 

 

May 4, 2018

 Dear Fowler Families,

Our Student Services department is a skilled and hard working team of professionals who support all Fowler students.  They are an integral part of our school community, and they make a difference every day!  Below is an example their impact; our P.B.I.S (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) Coaches, who are members of the team, have provided an update on the implantation, and we are fortunate to have their leadership as we prepare to launch P.B.I.S this coming school year.  Below is a link if you are interested in learning more:

https://www.pbis.org/school

Student Services News

As the end of the school year creeps closer, Student Services remains a busy place! Guidance just completed SBIRT screening with all seventh grade students. SBIRT is a state mandated drug and alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment program which focuses on prevention, early detection, risk assessment, brief counseling and referral for assessment that can be used in a school setting. The goal of the screening tool is to help school health teams detect risk for substance use related problems and brief intervention to help address these concerns at an early stage in adolescents.

PBIS is moving forward! The coach’s are attending their final Coach Training of the school year May 29th and the entire PBIS team will be attending two more days of training on June 4 and 5. The school as a whole had an intro to PBIS at our last full day Professional Development and next steps include working with the entire staff to refine our core values and vote on an acronym to display these values all around our Fowler community. We are also working to create a matrix to address common areas for implementation of PBIS next school year and tuning up our current handbook to reflect our school core values.

Transitions! Lastly, this is a time of thoughtful work to successfully transition our incoming fourth graders to Fowler as well as to transition our current eighth graders as they move to high school and to give thought to placement for the in-between grades as they move up within our building. There are teacher meetings, and Up Days, Parent meetings and placement conversations happening over the final several weeks of school. We are all working hard together to make sure the strengths, as well as the needs of our learners are considered as we plan for our next school year together!

News from Food Services in Maynard

I'm pleased and proud to announce that starting Monday May 7, 2018, The MPS food service department will be getting on board with the Meatless Monday movement!

Meatless Monday is a science-based public health initiative associated with Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Its goal is to reduce chronic preventable diseases by encouraging less consumption of meat. This campaign will enable school staff and students to make even more nutritious choices – as well as help
improve the health of the planet.

By adopting Meatless 
Monday, we will be joining in with hundreds of other forward thinking foodservice operations that are guiding the U.S. towards a more sustainable food system and healthier eating habits that last a lifetime.

In short, Meatless 
Monday will feature meal options made without meat each Monday. To be clear, dishes with meat would still be offered on Mondays; we are just providing new meatless options at each location. I hope you will support us in this effort to promote more mindful eating habits. Fowler will have a meatless option at a certain station each Monday  Check out the menu for more details! If your interested in learning more about Meatless Monday additional information can be found at:  http://www.meatlessmonday.com/

Kudos to Chris Piercy and his team for initiating this program!

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Sharon

 

Upcoming Dates

May 8       School Council, Library 4:30 pm        

May 8       PTO  Library 6 pm

May 10      Female Empowerment Group, Fowler Library, Time TBD

                   School Committee  Library  7 pm

May 14-18    Book Fair Fowler Library

May 21      Special Town Mtg, Auditorium  6:30 pm

May 24      School Committee, Library  7 pm

May 30     Spring Concert Auditorium 7 pm

Community News

Library Announcement- Book Fair!

The Fowler School Library will be hosting a Best Book Fairs book fair during the week of  May 14-18 2018!

All Fowler students will have an opportunity to visit the fair during the school week. The average price for a paperback book @ $10.00. Newer titles and hardcover book prices range from  @ $18.00-$40.00. The library will receive a percentage of sales. Books can be purchased with cash, debit, checks or credit. Thank you for your support! Mrs. Hayward

Maynard Music Association

This is a busy time of the year for the music program in Maynard. Below you will find a list of upcoming events and dates as well as some of the purchases that we have made with the money raised through Casino Night.

Upcoming Dates:

  • May 5th, Spring Art Walk - Downtown!
  • May 30th, Grade 6, 7, 8 Spring Concert
  • May 28th Memorial Day Parade
  • June 1st, Great East Festival
  • June 6th, Grades 4&5 Spring Concert

Summer Music Camp for Grades 5-12:  Tricia Gately's summer music program, Assabet Valley Summer Music (AVSM) is back. Click the link for more information:  Summer Music Camp 2018

Casino Night 2018: Mark your calendars for our biggest music fundraiser supporting grades 4-12. Casino Night 2018 is set for November 3rd at the Elks. Parent volunteers are needed. Contact Bonnie Wilson if interested in supporting this event:  oatiewilson@yahoo.com

2018-19 Open MMA Positions:  MMA is seeking candidates for the following positions. Please attend our next MMA meeting on May 2 and email interest tomaynard.music.assoc@gmail.com  

  • High School Treasurer  and High School Co-Chairperson

Jazz Jams: Please consider joining Trish Gately every Sunday night from 5-7 at the Pleasant Cafe for Jazz Jam, an impromptu gathering of local musicians of all ages.  

School Committee:  Attending school committee meetings is a great way to advocate for our music program.  Next meeting May 10th and May 24th. 

MMA recently approved requests to help support our music program. These are some of the items:

One new Vibraphone, Repairs/maintenance for saxaphones and a  Class set of adaptors for headphones

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April 27, 2018

Dear Fowler Families,

We are pleased to announce that Fowler will host a new fundraising activity early in September, with the potential of raising over $10,000.  Here are the basic details:

1) Boosterthon, a company that works with many schools in the area and in the country, will lead the fundraiser.

2) Character Education is included as well as 35 videos focusing on STEM and collaboration

3) The program is designed to be all inclusive, and to generate full engagement of all students.

4) The pledging process is easy, with online options, and can be made by individuals, families and community, too.

5) The culminating event is typically a "Fun Run" -- though we are exploring other options.

 

While the Fowler Fair had a terrific run for many years, the staff  discussed and deliberated on numerous occasions, and ultimately opted to pursue a different type of fundraiser; one that is still inclusive, enjoyable, community-oriented and also has the potential for a greater amount of funds to be raised.  We look forward to sharing more information with you in the near future.

 

The fourth grade has been working hard every day, and soon they will embark upon 5th grade, time flies! (See pictures)

From the Fourth Grade Team

In Reading, fourth grade students have recently wrapped up their literature unit on Animals as Characters.  Throughout this unit, students have focused on text structure, character analysis, plot structure, figurative language, and setting.  Ask your child about the book they have been reading the past few weeks in school.  Ask them what kind of an animal their character was and what the character could do that a human could also do (personification).  Fourth grade students have also spent time studying non-fiction texts about animals, looking at the structure and features of non-fiction books.  Students have loved this work that will be capped off at the end of the year with a field trip to the zoo in June!

In Math, fourth graders are currently transitioning from our division unit to fractions.  For this unit, as with many of the previous units, the automaticity of multiplication facts becomes vital to the understanding and manipulating of fractions.  Please continue to work with your child at home around their basic multiplication facts through 12, whether by using Reflex Math or standard flashcards or games.  Fourth graders have also been mastering geometric concepts and will be moving into measurement over the next few weeks.  You can help at home by cooking with your student at home, using measuring cups, showing how much a gallon is, or asking your child what units of measurement would make the most sense in a given situation.  Both fractions and measurement lend themselves so well to conversations and activities at home.

In Science, students will be studying the structure and function of living things, such as plants and animals.  This will tie into both Social Studies and Science, as students create reports on a National park, it's region, and the wildlife that live there.  To wrap up the year, many fourth grade classrooms will hitch up our wagons and head west through the regions.  Students will participate in a real life simulation of traveling the Oregon Trail, complete with wagon trains, family members, and obstacles that the real pioneers faced back in 1865.  Yeehaw!

The next few months can be busy ones, and we are thrilled to share some fun events with the fourth graders.  Some important fourth grade dates to note for your calendar (all with more details to follow).

June 6- Career Day 

June 8- Legoland field trip

June 14-15- Up days (Incoming 4th graders visit classrooms and are hosted by current 4th graders, please let us know if your child has a sibling in 3rd grade)

June 18 (tentative date)- Zoo field trip

June 21- Field day/Last day of school

Thanks for sharing your children with us!

 

On Friday, May 4th, we will host two community meetings (for students in grade 6, 7 & 8) sponsored by the Middlesex Partnership for Youth. The focus is vaping/juuling, and the title is "What Are You Puffing?" 

As you know, vaping has become a major concern in our schools and communities. This presentation will focus on the trend of student vaping the physical and mental impact vaping has on the body.  We are hopeful that when students will make better choices about their bodies, once they know the facts.  As Maya Angelou once said, "Do the best you can until you know better.  Then do better"

Here are some articles about vaping/juuling.  I hope you find them helpful.

  1. How to Talk With Teenagers About Vaping
  2. 'Juuling': The most widespread phenomenon you've never heard of
  3. What Parents Need to Know About Juuling
  4. E-Cigarettes and Young People: A Public Health Concern
  5. Vaping Can Be Addictive & May Lure Teenagers to Smoking

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


Sincerely,

 Sharon

 Upcoming Dates

May 1      SEPAC Update on Special Education May 1, 6:30 PM Fowler Library

May 8      School Council, Library 4:30 pm        

May 8      Final PTO  Meeting, Library 6 pm

May 10    School Committee - Library  7pm

May 21   Special Town Mtg, Auditorium  6:30 pm

May 24   School Committee , Library  7 pm

May 30  Fowler Spring Concert - Auditorium 7 pm

Community News

RESCHEDULED! On Tuesday, May 1, the Maynard SEPAC hosts an Update on Special Education in Maynard from Carol Gahan, the Director of Student Services for Maynard Public Schools. She will discuss the current status of Maynard special education from the perspective of her first two years in the district. This is also an opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of the special education process. Come join us at Fowler Library at 7 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have questions, or to RSVP, please contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or at 978-394-6183.

April 6., 2018

Dear Fowler Families,
We are excited to host a "Spring Shoot" for all students during the morning of April 27th.  Here are the details:

 1) Flyers will go home letting parents know we will be photographing all students and that no payment is due at the camera.
2) Parents/students can choose their preferred background.
3) Poses and backgrounds are unique to the spring and allow students to "strike a pose" that is more relaxed and fun.
4) About two to three weeks after picture day, all students photographed will receive a package of five portraits in varied sizes. Students s take their package home for parents to view.
5) Parents are given the option of purchasing the whole package, part of the package or none of the photos.
6) Parents are asked to return payment in the payment envelope enclosed in their package or they may return the whole package to the school, in seven days.
7) As packages and/or payments are returned to the school, we ask you to simply put these returns in a box and hold them until I return to pick them up. 
8) For students who have not returned their payment or package, we will supply you reminders to send home.
9) There is no obligation to buy the package or any part of the package.
10) A 20% commission will be returned to the school or $1.50 per student photographed, whichever amount is larger.

All proceeds will go toward student activities and field trip scholarships.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  

Repeat bus announcement

Attached are pictures from Family Fun Night.  Kudos to the amazing Fowler PTO for creating this well attended evening activity for Fowler families. Lots of fun was had, and there was something for everyone.  

Please join me in congratulating the following students for their commitment and courage in trying out for Districts, sponsored by the Massachusetts Music educators association.

CDMMEA Instrumental and Choral Festival

Students who auditioned:
Elizabeth Freeman
Georgia Wilson
Michael Gifford
Gracie Gilligan
Lily Gavin
Ronan Jeannotte
Sophia Smith
Claudia Severance
Adam Lucas
Emma Donovan
Wilbert Chau
Gabe Aroian

Students who were accepted:
Elizabeth Freeman
Georgia Wilson
Michael Gifford
Gracie Gilligan
Lily Gavin
Ronan Jeannotte
Sophia Smith


March 30, 2018

Dear Fowler Families,

 MCAS begins this week.  

  Here is a link to the website where the MCAS schedule is stored:

https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/fowler-school-b/

 Grade 5 News

In Math, students have been tackling fractions. Students began with a basic review of fractions and have been using manipulatives to help build their understanding. Recently, students have been adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. Geometry will be the next unit!

In ELA, students have been working diligently on a poetry unit. They read Love That Dog by Sharon Creech, which is a novel written in poetic form. Students have been writing poetry individually and as a large group. We are preparing to move into our next unit, “America in Conflict.”

In History, students have been studying colonization and the 13 Colonies. Students have studied the lost colony of Roanoke and Jamestown. They will be creating colonists and colonies in the weeks to come!

In Science, students are working to identify and understand Earth’s spheres (biosphere, hydrosphere, etc…), as well as how Earth fits into our solar system. Students have been identifying and describing the planets of the solar system, as well as concepts such as gravity.

 Fowler School Play

We put on a play every year, giving students in Grades 6-8 the opportunity to explore and hone their acting skills. In addition, the entire show from the costumes, to props, and set design are orchestrated by middle school students. Even our stage managers are 7th and 8th grade students, creating an impressive student-lead and student-driven product each and every year!

This year's play is called Campaign Capers at Taft High by Pat Cook. It will be held Friday, April 6th at 6pm and  Saturday, April 7th at 2pm in the Fowler School Assembly Hall.

Fowler School Library

Students were treated to a presentation and poetry reading on Tuesday from Bonnie Okun. Bonnie is a published poet and grandmother to 5th grade student Isabella Burke! It was an enjoyable break in our day and a great way to celebrate the coming of April and National Poetry Month! 

2018-2019 BUS REGISTRATION

Bus registration for the 2018-2019 school year will begin on May 7, 2018. Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at the Fowler School from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Registration forms will be available on our website to download and all school offices starting on May 4.  No forms will be accepted before May 7.  There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the 1st student; $220 each student thereafter.

Note:  If you have a student entering 7th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.  Any questions, please call Colleen Moore at 978-897-2222.

PTO Reminder

Family Fun Night is Tuesday, April 3rd from 6-7:30. Hope tp see you there!

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


Sincerely,


Sharon

Upcoming Dates

Report cards posted April 3 after 4:00 pm


Jazz Café, Assembly Hall, March 30  5:30 pm (subject to change)

Family Fun Night ,  April 3 6:00-7:30, Assembly Hall !  (Note -- new date)

SEPAC. Library, April 3  6:30 pm

School Play, April 6, April 7 Assembly Hall, 6 pm on 6th, 2 pm on 7th

School Council, April 10, Library, 4:30 pm

PTO, April 10, Library, 6 pm

School Committee Mtg, April 12, Library 7 pm

Spring Recess      April 16 - 20

Community News

Jazz Cafe at MHS

Mark your calendars for our 3rd annual Jazz Cafe tonight, March 30th! Please join us for an evening of live jazz music performed by the Fowler Stage Band and the MHS Jazz Band.Sets will include small student ensembles and a large combined band featuring over 70 talented student musicians from grades 5-12. Special guest, Blueprint Jazz Club.

 SEPAC

On Tuesday, April 3, the Maynard SEPAC hosts an Update on Special Education in Maynard from Carol Gahan, the Director of Student Services for Maynard Public Schools. She will discuss the current status of Maynard special education from the perspective of her first two years in the district. This is also an opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of the special education process. Come join us at Fowler Library at 7 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have questions, or to RSVP, please contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or at 978-394-6183.

March 30, 2018

Dear Fowler Families,

 MCAS begins this week.  

  Here is a link to the website where the MCAS schedule is stored:

https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/fowler-school-b/

 Grade 5 News

In Math, students have been tackling fractions. Students began with a basic review of fractions and have been using manipulatives to help build their understanding. Recently, students have been adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. Geometry will be the next unit!

In ELA, students have been working diligently on a poetry unit. They read Love That Dog by Sharon Creech, which is a novel written in poetic form. Students have been writing poetry individually and as a large group. We are preparing to move into our next unit, “America in Conflict.”

In History, students have been studying colonization and the 13 Colonies. Students have studied the lost colony of Roanoke and Jamestown. They will be creating colonists and colonies in the weeks to come!

In Science, students are working to identify and understand Earth’s spheres (biosphere, hydrosphere, etc…), as well as how Earth fits into our solar system. Students have been identifying and describing the planets of the solar system, as well as concepts such as gravity.

 Fowler School Play

We put on a play every year, giving students in Grades 6-8 the opportunity to explore and hone their acting skills. In addition, the entire show from the costumes, to props, and set design are orchestrated by middle school students. Even our stage managers are 7th and 8th grade students, creating an impressive student-lead and student-driven product each and every year!

This year's play is called Campaign Capers at Taft High by Pat Cook. It will be held Friday, April 6th at 6pm and  Saturday, April 7th at 2pm in the Fowler School Assembly Hall.

Fowler School Library

Students were treated to a presentation and poetry reading on Tuesday from Bonnie Okun. Bonnie is a published poet and grandmother to 5th grade student Isabella Burke! It was an enjoyable break in our day and a great way to celebrate the coming of April and National Poetry Month! 

2018-2019 BUS REGISTRATION

Bus registration for the 2018-2019 school year will begin on May 7, 2018. Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at the Fowler School from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Registration forms will be available on our website to download and all school offices starting on May 4.  No forms will be accepted before May 7.  There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the 1st student; $220 each student thereafter.

Note:  If you have a student entering 7th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.  Any questions, please call Colleen Moore at 978-897-2222.

PTO Reminder

Family Fun Night is Tuesday, April 3rd from 6-7:30. Hope tp see you there!

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


Sincerely,


Sharon

Upcoming Dates

Report cards posted April 3 after 4:00 pm


Jazz Café, Assembly Hall, March 30  5:30 pm (subject to change)

Family Fun Night ,  April 3 6:00-7:30, Assembly Hall !  (Note -- new date)

SEPAC. Library, April 3  6:30 pm

School Play, April 6, April 7 Assembly Hall, 6 pm on 6th, 2 pm on 7th

School Council, April 10, Library, 4:30 pm

PTO, April 10, Library, 6 pm

School Committee Mtg, April 12, Library 7 pm

Spring Recess      April 16 - 20

Community News

Jazz Cafe at MHS

Mark your calendars for our 3rd annual Jazz Cafe tonight, March 30th! Please join us for an evening of live jazz music performed by the Fowler Stage Band and the MHS Jazz Band.Sets will include small student ensembles and a large combined band featuring over 70 talented student musicians from grades 5-12. Special guest, Blueprint Jazz Club.

 SEPAC

On Tuesday, April 3, the Maynard SEPAC hosts an Update on Special Education in Maynard from Carol Gahan, the Director of Student Services for Maynard Public Schools. She will discuss the current status of Maynard special education from the perspective of her first two years in the district. This is also an opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of the special education process. Come join us at Fowler Library at 7 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have questions, or to RSVP, please contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or at 978-394-6183.


March 16, 2018

 

Dear Fowler Families:

Exciting news from the Maynard PTOs 

All families are invited for the viewing of Screenagers on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00 in the MHS Auditorium. Sponsored by the Green Meadow, Fowler, and MHS PTOs, SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, is a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time. 

Please rsvp at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/screenagers-tickets-43907671026for this free event. Students in grades 6th - 12th are also invited; we ask that younger children do not attend due to capacity limits.

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

Screenagers website:

https://www.screenagersmovie.com/
Screenagers trailer: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJPdQaOQZho 

Fowler is very proud of Michael Gifford, Fowler's Project 351 Ambassador!  Please read his message below and consider donating to his project 

I am Michael Gifford and I am in the eighth grade. This year I was chosen to be the Project 351 Ambassador for the Town of Maynard.   Project 351 is a non-profit organization that chooses an eighth grader from all 351 municipalities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Project 351's values are kindness, compassion, humility and gratitude.

     Throughout the year, we are enriched through the many events of Project 351. So far,  we have had Launch day in February when we went to Boston and helped out in different charitable organizations such as the Pine Street Inn

At this time of the year we do something called Spring Service.  During Spring Service we make donation boxes in order to collect clothes for Cradles to Crayons which is a non-profit organization. Cradles to Crayons uses the clothing and other necessities to provide for children in Massachusetts who live in poverty and need help.

 For spring service there will be donation boxes set up in the lobbies of Fowler, Green Meadow and Maynard High School. Cradles to Crayons helps children ages 0-12 and accepts many items.  Some of the items they accept are the listed below.

  • Boys  7/8 Pants
  • Boys & Girls 18-24 month tops, onesies
  • Diapers size 6, diaper wipes
  • Chapter Books
  • Crib and Twin bed sheets
  • Toothpaste
  • Clothing and coats (youth sizes 0–20 and adult sizes small & medium)
  • New socks, underwear, and pajamas (only accepted in new condition)
  • Shoes, boots, sneakers, and sandals (infant/child sizes 0–13 and adult sizes 1–10)
  • Books, especially baby board books
  • Brand new arts and crafts/school supplies
  • Baby supplies and bedding (up to size twin)
  • Diapers, all sizes
  • Baby equipment, especially strollers and car seats within five years old
  • New and like-new toys (new toys are used for birthday gifts. Gently-used toys must have all pieces. We do not accept stuffed animals, ride-on toys, or plastic play structures)
  • New hygiene supplies for ages 0 to 12 
  • New batteries

           All of the above items would be appreciated, so if you could please help by donating it would help children in need living in poverty in Massachusetts.  Once again, thank your support.  It is an honor to represent Maynard this year!

Sincerely,

Your 2017-2018 Project 351 8th grade Ambassador, Michael Gifford 

Fowler School Literacy Week Update

Fowler School celebrated Literacy Spirit Week 2018 and Read Across America Day with many activities for all grades! There was a fun clothing theme for each day to honor Dr. Seuss stories. Many families and staff ordered Read Across America Day T-shirts and student guest readers visited classrooms to read aloud and share a variety of literature with each other. There was a Cat-in-the-Hat T-shirt raffle and a wonderful genre-themed door decorating contest.

The 4th grade students participated in a Massachusetts School Library Association sponsored Bookmark Contest. The theme was “Our Library….. The Heart of Our School!” Fowler Library awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for each 4th grade classroom and sent Madeline Aroians’ first place bookmark to the state level contest!

Research Skills students completed research on Immigration and Ellis Island using the online resource Encyclopedia Britannica and the Virtual Ellis Island Tour and Video by the National Park Service. We collected data on student’s heritage and found that over 40 countries are represented by Maynard families!

As a segway from the immigration research, the theme for the poetry unit is national or ancestral heritage. Students wrote acrostic poems about themselves that includes some aspect to represent where their ancestors are from. The poems will be on display at the 3rd Annual Fine Arts Night on March 15th. Students have been invited to read their poems during the Fine Arts Night event.

A big THANK YOU goes out to all who participated in World Language Week.  Fowler School highlighted languages and culture with door greeters, posters, flags, music, trivia and special food in the cafeteria.  Some 8th graders volunteered to read in Spanish and Portuguese for younger classes and the pledge was recited in German, Portuguese, Romanian and Latin.

Absentee Line

Please remember to call the student absentee line if your child is going to be absent or tardy past 8:30.  We appreciate your cooperation with this, as it helps with accuracy for absent phone calls that we send from Fowler.  Student Absentee Line 978-897-6753

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

**Attached are pictures of our new Archery program.  Your children seem to really enjoy leraning the skills, patience and discipline that archery provides.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sharon


March 23, 2018

  Dear Fowler Families::

 We put on a play every year, giving students in Grades 6-8 the opportunity to explore and hone their acting skills. In addition, the entire show from the costumes, to props, and set design are orchestrated by middle school students. Even our stage managers are 7th and 8th grade students, creating an impressive student-lead and student-driven product each and every year!

 This year's play is called Campaign Capers at Taft High by Pat Cook. It will be Friday, April 6th at 6pm and Saturday, April 7th at 2pm in the Fowler School Assembly Hall.

 I am pleased to share a "teaser" about the upcoming Fowler Spring Play:

 What do the office of Student Council President and Shakespeare’s Richard the Third have in common?  Nothing. At least, that’s how it seems at William Howard Taft High School.  Unopposed incumbent Tad seems a shoe-in. However, when he seems more interested in hanging out with his friends than the responsibilities of the office, his girlfriend, Bridget, decides to "wake him up."  That’s how it starts, anyway.

The classic “battle of the sexes” that ensues doesn’t leave anyone looking particularly good or trustworthy. Uh oh, these kids really are starting to act like politicians! But who will prevail? Come find out Friday, April 6th at 6pm and Saturday, April 7th at 2pm to find out! "Voting" will be held in the Fowler Assembly Hall!

From the 7th Grade Team

Starting in March, 7th grade students have begun piloting a Peer Mentorship program at the Fowler School. Seventeen students have volunteered to take part in this first trial of Peer Mentors. Currently these students are serving as mentors in 4th and 5th grade classrooms up to three times a week offering academic, social and emotional support to younger students during activities in reading, writing and math. Students in this program are achieving high marks in academics and citizenship, and received teacher recommendation and training in order to take part. Most importantly, these 7th graders are willing and enthusiastic participants in serving as role models in reinforcing positive attitudes towards school and learning. Serving as a Peer Mentor is presenting opportunities for 7th graders to provide leadership in the school community and develop a sense of responsibility in helping others.

 In Spanish class, we have just completed a unit on describing ourselves and others.  We also learned about New Year’s Eve and Three Kings Day traditions in the Spanish- speaking world.  We celebrated Martin Luther King day, Valentine’s day, and Dr. Seuss’ birthday. In honor of Dr. Seuss, each student created a mini-book or flip book in the style of “Huevos verdes con jamón” (Green Eggs and Ham). Our next unit will focus on important people in our lives - like family - and students will write poems in Spanish in honor of the poetry project created by Juan Felipe Herrera, the first U.S. Poet Laureate.  Please ask your child to share some new vocabulary words with you to help them practice at home!

 In mathematics, the students in the core math 7 classes have been busy shopping! Each student was faced with the challenge of “spending” as close to $50 in downtown Maynard. Students worked hard using their knowledge of percents to calculate discounts and sales tax as they approached the $50 mark. Who will win? Meanwhile, the accelerated classes have been investigating how to connect their prior knowledge of like terms and properties of algebra to solve multi-step equations. Students even created their own real world problems to challenge their peers. It was fun to see problems about sloth rehabilitation centers, a sock-pilferer, and even a pants rental company. Upcoming are inequalities as well as some geometry.

 Students in ELA have finished a unit on Survival Stories in which we discussed what similarities and differences exist between those who survive in the wild?  Students read Jack London’s classic The Call of the Wild and analyzed Buck’s transformation from a domesticated pet to a wild animal. For independent reading, students read one of three novels by Gary Paulsen.  Each novel was focused on surviving in a different setting (snow, wilderness, ocean), but students found similarities among the characters as they changed in order to survive. In our next unit, Perseverance, students will be analyzing characters in different situation to find out why some people persevere and why some people do not. Along with character analysis, students will be reading poetry to interpret different poets’ life advice and definitions of success.

 Students have been entrenched in Ancient Egypt in history class! We’ve taken a tour through Khufu’s Great Pyramid of Giza, researched and created our own Egyptian gods, and even acted out the process of mummification (well, almost :))! Students learned about the geography, religion, great leaders and achievements of Egypt, as well as the lives of the everyday people. Most students right now are working on a project creating a “Newscast from the Past,” creating a “news show” about one day in Egyptian history. As a class, we have moved along to learning about the founding of Judaism, the first monotheistic religion, and ancient Canaan. It is hard to believe that we are almost up to our last two great ancient civilizations - Greece and Rome!

 In science, we have been studying a decision made in 1994 to reintroduce wolves to Yellowstone National Park. We started by watching a video of the damage that was being done to the park through the absence of an alpha predator, which allowed an overpopulation of elk. We then interpreted number of graphs to analyze the effects that reintroduction had on a the beaver population and on several species of trees. This week we will be simulating a public hearing to decide which of five possible reintroduction strategies we should implement in the park. Each student has been assigned a role as one of the stakeholders (rancher, scientist, business owner, etc.) or a member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Each stakeholders will make his or her case for the strategy that should be implemented. Then the USFWS representatives will meet and decide on which strategy should be implemented based on the public input and which strategy would create the most benefits for humans

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New Report Card Dates due to Snow Days

Grade Portal Open

Term Ends

Grades Due

Report Cards Posted

11/20/2017

11/30/2017

12/7/2017

12/15/2017

3/8/2018

3/20/2018

3/27/2018

4/3/2018

5/30/2018

6/14/2018

6/14/2018

6/27/2018

 Family Fun Night Postponed!

Due to the impending storm we have decided to postpone Family Fun Night until Tuesday, April 3rd from 6-7:30

.  We apologize for the inconvenience, and look forward to seeing everyone for a great evening of family fun on a day without snow!
Fowler PTO

 

Teacher/Student Basketball Game

Student Faculty Basketball game will now be held on Tuesday March 27th , 2:45-3:45 pm  Come watch your teachers take on you Middle School basketball team.  Cost is $1 at the door.  Mr. Myers is still offering his push up services during half time.  He will donate $20 to Natures classroom for any student who beats him...

 Yearbook

Reminder:  Year Book orders are due by the end of the month.  Bring your envelopes in to your home room teacher or order online.

Grade 8 Student News

Each year, The Cambridge Science Festival offers a Curiosity Challenge to 5-14 year olds where students are asked to provide a poem and/or artwork which answers the question "What are you curious about?". This year, Grace Wilde submitted the attached poem and a painting she did of a universe. Her poem and painting were selected to be published with the other winners. She will receive a bound copy of all the winning entries at a ceremony on April 22 at MIT.

🌟Michael Gifford is representing Maynard in Project 351 -- a non-profit organization that chooses an eighth grader from all 351 municipalities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.Project 351's values are kindness, compassion, humility and gratitude.

Michael is collecting items for spring service and will be putting collection boxes for Cradles to Crayons in all three schools.

Cradles to Crayons helps children from newborns to age12 and accepts many items.  Some of the items they accept are the listed below.

·  Boys  7/8 Pants

·  Boys & Girls 18-24 month tops, onesies

·  Diapers size 6, diaper wipes

·  Chapter Books

·  Crib and Twin bed sheets

·  Toothpaste

·  Clothing and coats (youth sizes 0–20 and adult sizes small & medium)

·  New socks, underwear, and pajamas (only accepted in new condition)

·  Shoes, boots, sneakers, and sandals (infant/child sizes 0–13 and adult sizes 1–10)

·  Books, especially baby board books

·  Brand new arts and crafts/school supplies

·  Baby supplies and bedding (up to size twin)

·  Diapers, all sizes

·  Baby equipment, especially strollers and car seats within five years old

·  New and like-new toys (new toys are used for birthday gifts. Gently-used toys must have all pieces. We do not accept stuffed animals, ride-on toys, or plastic play structures)

·  New hygiene supplies for ages 0 to 12 

·  New batteries

Any of the above items would be greatly appreciated; all donations help children in need, living in poverty in Massachusetts.  We are all proud of Michael for representing Maynard with his own unique brand of kindness and compassion.

🌟Thank, you, Nancy Griffin for guiding students toward an opportunity (offered by the Cambridge Science Festival) to express their thinking and ideas to the question, "What are you curious about?" Grace Wilde took advantage of this opportunity and the poem below poem, along with a painting she created of the universe, were selected to be published along with other students' work at a ceremony on April 22nd at MIT.  We are very proud of Grace for consistently going above and beyond!

I am curious

Is the universe finite?

Is it infinite?

 

If it ever stops

Then what could lie beyond it?

Could there be an end?

 

If it’s infinite...

I wonder how something could

Never ever end?

 

The universe holds

Many hidden mysteries

Will humans find out?

 

Curiosity

About things I cannot see

What lies far away?

 Upcoming Dates

Board of Selectmen Special Town Mtg, ,March 26  6:30 Assembly Hall

Film - Screenager -- March 28th, MHS Auditorium , 7 pm

School Committee Mtg, March 29, 7 pm, Library

Jazz Café, Assembly Hall, March 30  5:30 pm (subject to change)

Family Fun Night ,  April 3 6:00-7:30, Assembly Hall !  (Note -- new date)

SEPAC. Library, April 3  6:30 pm

School Play, April 6, April 7 Assembly Hall, 6 pm on 6th, 2 pm on 7th

School Council, April 10, Library, 4:30 pm

PTO, April 10, Library, 6 pm School Committee Mtg, April 12, Library 7 pm

Spring Recess      April 16 - 20

Community Events

 

From MHS

As part of our Senior Project, Pamela Laurent and Lucy Thraen are hosting a health fair that will take place in the Maynard High School in the cafeteria on Friday April 27, from  2pm-6pm. Come learn both about alternative medicine and women’s health.

 

Jazz Cafe at MHS

Mark your calendars for our  3rd annual Jazz Cafe on  Friday, March 30th!  (Date may change, a notice will be sent out) Please join us for an evening of live jazz music performed by the Fowler Stage Band and the MHS Jazz Band.Sets will include small student ensembles and a large combined band featuring over 70 talented student musicians from grades 5-12. Special guest, Blueprint Jazz Club. 

 

Tickets: see maynardmusic.org for additional information and an advance order form (also attached)


$5 at the door

OR order ahead for will call individual tickets by Friday, 3/23

OR to reserve a Jazz Table for 8 ($35) or for 6 ($25) by Friday, 3/23

 

MMA

Jazz Jams - Every Sunday - 5:00-7:00PM - Pleasant Cafe

-Jazz music hosted by Trish Gately (High School Jazz Band leader) and the Blue Print Jazz Club, at the Pleasant Cafe.  Anyone can show-up and join in!

Coming up

-Great East Music Festival is June 1st - Sixth graders that want to go should be working on their audition pieces.  

-Next Maynard Music Association Meeting: Wednesday April 4th - 6:30PM - Fowler Library

-School Committee Meetings:  It is good to show up to school committee meetings to advocate for the music program, as budget and schedule decisions are being made for next year.  Meetings are in Fowler, Thursdays at 7pm, March 29th, April 12th, April 26th

-Casino Night 2018:   A date has been set - November 3rd, at the Elks!

 Scholarship Readers Needed

Several scholarships are available to graduating seniors from the MMA.  We need Fowler parents to read and score the applications. We are also looking for someone to learn the process this year and take the lead on scholarships for next year. To help, please email Allison Jeannotte, allisonjeannotte@gmail.com.

 Health Fair

If there is anyone, or any organization, in the community who would like to join or participate in the fair to teach about alternative medicine and/or women’s health, please contact our faculty adviser, Ms.LaBelle, at jlabelle@maynard.k12.ma.us

Vaping

The more that the adult community knows and understands about vaping, and a specific type of vaping called julling, the better positioned we are to respond to (and influence) teens. Please check out the following article and discuss with your child. https://offspring.lifehacker.com/1823393445

 Reminder! One more week to order yearbooks!

Students have been given their order forms for this year's Year Book.  All orders need to be in to the school by March 30th to be guaranteed a copy.  You may send envelope into homerooms with twenty-five dollars, cash or check (made payable to Fowler School) or you can order online:  http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A03496500

 

Reminder - Screenagers! RSVP 

All families are invited for the viewing of Screenagers on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00 in the MHS Auditorium. Sponsored by the Green Meadow, Fowler, and MHS PTOs, SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, is a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time.

RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/screenagers-tickets-43907671026 for this free event. Students in grades 6th - 12th are also invited; we ask that younger children do not attend due to capacity limits.

 

March 16, 2018

 

Dear Fowler Families

Exciting news from the Maynard PTOs 

 All families are invited for the viewing of Screenagers on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00 in the MHS Auditorium. Sponsored by the Green Meadow, Fowler, and MHS PTOs, SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, is a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time. 

Please rsvp at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/screenagers-tickets-43907671026for this free event. Students in grades 6th - 12th are also invited; we ask that younger children do not attend due to capacity limits.

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

Screenagers website:
https://www.screenagersmovie.com/
Screenagers trailer: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJPdQaOQZho 

Fowler is very proud of Michael Gifford, Fowler's Project 351 Ambassador!  Please read his message below and consider donating to his project 

 I am Michael Gifford and I am in the eighth grade. This year I was chosen to be the Project 351 Ambassador for the Town of Maynard.   Project 351 is a non-profit organization that chooses an eighth grader from all 351 municipalities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Project 351's values are kindness, compassion, humility and gratitude.

     Throughout the year, we are enriched through the many events of Project 351. So far,  we have had Launch day in February when we went to Boston and helped out in different charitable organizations such as the Pine Street Inn

At this time of the year we do something called Spring Service.  During Spring Service we make donation boxes in order to collect clothes for Cradles to Crayons which is a non-profit organization. Cradles to Crayons uses the clothing and other necessities to provide for children in Massachusetts who live in poverty and need help.

    For spring service there will be donation boxes set up in the lobbies of Fowler, Green Meadow and the Maynard Public Library. Cradles to Crayons helps children ages 0-12 and accepts many items.  Some of the items they accept are the listed below.

·         Boys  7/8 Pants

·         Boys & Girls 18-24 month tops, onesies

·         Diapers size 6, diaper wipes

·         Chapter Books

·         Crib and Twin bed sheets

·         Toothpaste

·         Clothing and coats (youth sizes 0–20 and adult sizes small & medium)

·         New socks, underwear, and pajamas (only accepted in new condition)

·         Shoes, boots, sneakers, and sandals (infant/child sizes 0–13 and adult sizes 1–10)

·         Books, especially baby board books

·         Brand new arts and crafts/school supplies

·         Baby supplies and bedding (up to size twin)

·         Diapers, all sizes

·         Baby equipment, especially strollers and car seats within five years old

·         New and like-new toys (new toys are used for birthday gifts. Gently-used toys must have all pieces. We do not accept stuffed animals, ride-on toys, or plastic play structures)

·         New hygiene supplies for ages 0 to 12 

·         New batteries

           All of the above items would be appreciated, so if you could please help by donating it would help children in need living in poverty in Massachusetts.  Once again, thank your support.  It is an honor to represent Maynard this year!

Sincerely,

Your 2017-2018 Project 351 8th grade Ambassador, Michael Gifford 

 Fowler School Literacy Week Update

Fowler School celebrated Literacy Spirit Week 2018 and Read Across America Day with many activities for all grades! There was a fun clothing theme for each day to honor Dr. Seuss stories. Many families and staff ordered Read Across America Day T-shirts and student guest readers visited classrooms to read aloud and share a variety of literature with each other. There was a Cat-in-the-Hat T-shirt raffle and a wonderful genre-themed door decorating contest.

 

The 4th grade students participated in a Massachusetts School Library Association

sponored Bookmark Contest. The theme was “Our Library….. The Heart of Our School!” Fowler Library awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for each 4th grade classroom and sent Madeline Aroians’ first place bookmark to the state level contest!

 Research Skills students completed research on Immigration and Ellis Island using the online resource Encyclopedia Britannica and the Virtual Ellis Island Tour and Video by the National Park Service. We collected data on student’s heritage and found that over 40 countries are represented by Maynard families!

 As a segway from the immigration research, the theme for the poetry unit is national or ancestral heritage. Students wrote acrostic poems about themselves that includes some aspect to represent where their ancestors are from. The poems will be on display at the 3rd Annual Fine Arts Night on March 15th. Students have been invited to read their poems during the Fine Arts Night event.

 A big THANK YOU goes out to all who participated in World Language Week.  Fowler School highlighted languages and culture with door greeters, posters, flags, music, trivia and special food in the cafeteria.  Some 8th graders volunteered to read in Spanish and Portuguese for younger classes and the pledge was recited in German, Portuguese, Romanian and Latin.

 Absentee Line

Please remember to call the student absentee line if your child is going to be absent or tardy past 8:30.  We appreciate your cooperation with this, as it helps with accuracy for absent phone calls that we send from Fowler.  Student Absentee Line 978-897-6753

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Sharon

  Upcoming Dates

 MCAS Parents Night, March 20 6:30 pm. Library

Family Fun Night ,  March 21 6:00-7:30, Assembly Hall !  (Note -- new date)

Board of Selectmen Special Town Mtg, ,March 26  6:30 Assembly Hall

Film - Screenager -- March 28th, MHS Auditorium , 7 pm

School Committee Mtg, March 29, 7 pm, Library

Jazz Café, Assembly Hall, March 30  5:30 pm

SEPAC. Library, April 3  6:30 pm

School Play, April 5, April 6 Assembly Hall, 6 pm

School Council, April 10, Library, 4:30 pm

PTO, April 10, Library, 6 pm

School Committee Mtg, April 12, Library 7 pm

Spring Recess      April 16 - 20

  

New Report Card Dates due to Snow Days

Grade Portal Open

Term Ends

Grades Due

Report Cards Posted

11/20/2017

11/30/2017

12/7/2017

12/15/2017

3/8/2018

3/20/2018

3/27/2018

4/3/2018

5/30/2018

6/14/2018

6/14/2018

6/27/2018

 Community News

From Principal Caragianes at MHS

Disney's smash hit The Little Mermaid will be put on by the students of Maynard High School with opening night less than 3 weeks away.  Tickets are now on sale and available at our ticket booth and online.  Please see details below on how to purchase your tickets.  This is sure to be a best selling show with sellouts galore.

 

Ticket booth hours: (tickets will be sold outside of the MHS auditorium)

Monday: 5-7

Wednesday: 2-4 & 5-7

Friday: 5-7

To purchase tickets online go to​ www.mhstheater.org

Show Dates:

March 17th, at 7

March 18th, at 2

March 23rd, at 7

March 24th, at 7

March 25th, at 2

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

PTO

Cookie Dough Deadline Extended!

      Due to the number of snow days we have had, the deadline for the Genevieve Frozen Food Fundraiser has been extended to Wednesday, March 21st.  In addition, the raffle drawing scheduled for today has been pushed back to Monday, March 19th.  Please return all fundraiser forms as soon as possible!

 Family Fun Night- Volunteers Needed!


            We are still in need of volunteers to help run the games and activities for next Wednesday’s 2nd Annual Family Fun Night.  The event is taking place at the Fowler School on March 21st between 6-7:30 pm.  If you have even 45min-hour to help out it would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact Sue at jimsueh@comcast.net. This is a wonderful, free, family friendly event, but it definitely takes a village to make it happen!

       In addition, we are collecting EMPTY 12 pack soda boxes for one of the activities, if you have any please drop them off at the office, or email Sue for pick-up.

 

 March 2, 2018

 

 Dear Fowler Families,

 We are excited to celebrate National Foreign Language Week  March 5-9!

In the spirit of promoting and strengthening cultural proficiency, celebrating diversity, and the importance of foreign language study, we are pleased to make it an all-school experience!

History:

National Foreign Language Week was inaugurated in the Spring of 1957 by Alpha Mu Gamma. Sister Eloise Therese, the National President of Alpha Mu Gamma, discovered that such a week had never been officially celebrated in the United States as a whole and began to formulate plans to make the United States aware of the need for and importance of foreign language study through the celebration of NFLW.  President Dwight Eisenhower sent a telegram endorsing the celebration, and each succeeding president has added his support. …. Each year since then, the National Executive Council of AMG has set a week for this event. In recent years it has become the practice to have NFLW during the first full week of March.

This year’s theme:

 "Languages lead us on a path to understanding other cultures!"

Sample of the school wide activities:

*  International cafeteria menu

*  Flags posted in lobby and stairwell

*  Language welcome posters throughout school

*  Labels in other languages around school

*  Speakers of other languages (and those learning Spanish) read a popular children’s book in their language

*  Pledge, greeting, weather each day in another language on the loudspeaker.

*  Morning “fun fact” or trivia

*  Posters reflecting theme

*  Afternoon music


🌟Kudos to Kelly Carver, Lisa Padalino, Monica Faiella, Maria Soler, and Angela Reyes, the Fowler World Language Department, and Chris Piercy, the MPS Food Services Director, for their enthusiastic collaboration and leadership!

 

From the 8th Grade Classrooms 

Students in math classes have been studying geometry concepts including the Pythagorean theorem, the distance formula, and finding the volume of spheres, cones, and cylinders. Common Core math classes will soon be moving into linear systems.  The Algebra classes are learning about exponential functions.  In the coming weeks, we will also be preparing for MCAS and reviewing previously addressed concepts from throughout the year.

 

In science we have been busy  traveling through the Astronomy unit with our first stop at analyzing and explaining the reasons for the seasons! Ask your child about the differences in the sun-Earth relationship in the summer vs. the winter! Next stop is the moon as we work to gather data for our moon logs and then interpret the data to determine the moon-sun-Earth relationship for the different moon phases, tides and eclipses. We will finish the unit by researching and then building models of NASA spacecraft. We are kindly asking for donations of hot glue gun sticks (any size) for our classroom projects.  Please send them in with your 8th grade student. Thank-you!

 Students in history class have explored several different cultures including cultures of the Middle East, Northern Africa, China, and Japan. Within these units, students continue working on their geography and historical writing skills, created comic strips, written their own African folk tales, and have created posters representing the different philosophies that influenced both Chinese and Japanese civilizations. We are currently exploring the cultures and lives of the people living in Europe during the Middle Ages and will be continuing to look at the development of Europe for the next several weeks.

 Students in Spanish class have been working hard learning vocabulary in categories such as family, clothing, colors, question words, and activities.  They now know how to conjugate an -ar verb in the present tense, as well as talk about obligations, tell where someone is and where they are going (using the irregular verbs “estar” and “ir”).  The singer Marc Anthony helped students learn how to talk about the future with his song “Vivir Mi Vida”.  Ask your child to sing the chorus of the song!  Currently, the culture of Mexico is being highlighted.  Coming up - sports, weather, and the culture of Puerto Rico.

 Students in ELA class are revising drafts of five-paragraph persuasive essays they’ve written based on one of their previous personal prompts. In the coming weeks, they will read Lois Lowry’s Dystopian novel The Giver.

 The 8th grade team is working closely with high school staff to prepare students for the transition to high school.  The process will begin on March 9th when MHS students and counselors visit the 8th graders at Fowler. The students will lead a discussion that will generate awareness and excitement about Maynard High School. Topics will include activities at MHS as well as courses and resources the school has to offer.

 

Note -- A date for "Up-Day" is being selected for later this Spring.  On that day, students will have the chance to tour Maynard High School and meet with students to have their questions answered.  Additional activities are being discussed and planned that will help students make a smooth transition to Maynard High School.

 

During the week of March 5-9 some of our 8th graders will be reading a children’s book (in Spanish!) to the younger grades.

Beginning in grade 3,each year students  participate in the statewide MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System). This assessment explores students’ knowledge and application of skills learned through their educational experience. Specifically this assessment focuses on students ability to read and write effectively, analyze information, apply knowledge, and solve problems Students will participate in this Assessment in an online format either in their classrooms or in small group settings. Please join us on Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 PM  in the Fowler school Library for a parent program offering an overview of the process, types of questions, and curriculum expectations of the MCAS Assessment.

Reminder -- Yearbook Order information

Students have been given their order forms for this year's Year Book.  All orders need to be in to the school by March 30th to be guaranteed a copy.  You may send the envelope to your child's homeroom teacher with twenty-five dollars, cash or check (made payable to Fowler School) or you can order online:  http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A03496500

YRBS note to parents

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is given in coordination with Emerson Hospital and area districts, and will be given to all students in grades 6, and 8-12 on Tuesday March 6, 2018.  The Maynard Public Schools has been involved in this project since 2000 and has collected valuable data around student behaviors and perceptions.   This data has been carefully analyzed and driven curriculum and policies community wide.  The survey will take approximately 40 minutes and will be completely anonymous.  If you have any questions around this process, please contact your building principal no later than Thursday March 3.  Thank you for your support of the Maynard Schools and its initiatives.

 

Casting Call for Students

As part of the Leading the Nation celebration, ESE is working with several vocational technical high schools to produce television and radio spots. The student producers are looking for other students to be in the pieces, and the producers are holding a casting call on Saturday, February 17 at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford. Please share this opportunity with students who might be interested.


Thank you for reading this memo.  Please continue to learn more about upcoming dates and community events.

 

Sincerely

 

Sharon

 

Upcoming dates 

March 13               School Council  Fowler Library 4:30

March 13               PTO, Fowler Library, 6 pm

March 15               Fowler Fine Arts Night from 6:30-8:00.  More information next week!

March 15               School Committee Fowler Library 7 pm

April 16-20             Spring Break

 Community News

 16th ANNUAL "THE TASTE"

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

 

Every year, this is a “not to be missed” event, with the general public being encouraged to come and enjoy exceptional samples of food specialties from local food establishments in the Maynard, Acton, Stow, Concord, Hudson and Marlboro area. There will be a cash bar, entertainment by local sensation Jae Mannion and raffle/silent auction prizes.  Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult, $10 children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under by calling 978-938-4262 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public schools. Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website 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. As you may recall, "The Taste" is MEF's largest annual fundraiser that benefits our grant program. MEF has been thrilled to award the following grants this year:

  

Rita Murphy

Telescope Kits and Solar Viewing Glasses for MHS Astronomy Class

$498.30

Mark Sinopoli

12 VEX IQ Robots

$3,957.31

Nate Thomas

STEAM kits and materials

$1,090.00

John Ogden

Chess Board and Clocks/Timers for MHS Chess Club

$250.00

John Ogden

Participation in the New England High School Emmy Awards

$200.00

Brenda Sullivan

Archery equipment for Physical Education classes

$2,100.00

John Ogden

Printer and materials for MHS Photography students

$550.14

Kindergarten Team

Story Grammar Markers and Materials to aid students with storytelling

$900.25

Kindergarten Team

Lakeshore Real World STEM Challenge Kit,
Lakeshore STEM Early Learning Kit, and Lakeshore STEM Science Station.

$547.00

Michelle Petersen

Materials for Chill Zone

$1,854.05

Mark Myers

Extreme Science Assembly at Fowler School

$1,275.00

Dr. Gerardi

LEADERSHIP GRANT:  Sponsorship of "Maynard & Massachusetts Leading the Nation Senior Project Business and Community Luncheon"

$1,000.00

Denise Hatch (On behalf of the 6, 7, 8th ELA Team)

Attend the Mass. Reading Association conference

$1,000.00

Nicholas DeCastro on behalf of 8 MHS Students

Participation in the Mass. Association of Student Councils (MASC) Spring Conference

$1,260.00

Denise Hatch 

Key Comprehension Routine Course for 25 teachers at the Fowler School

$2,500.00

Jennifer Fioretti

Participate in Wilson Language Training

$1,000.00

 

 SEPAC

Co-sponsored by the Maynard SEPAC: Come be informed! A workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education: Monday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m., at the Ephraim Curtis Middle School Library 22 Pratts Mill Road, Sudbury (enter through the front of the school). A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct the workshop, designed to provide families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Massachusetts Special Education Law. The workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions, and monitor their child’s progress in school. Federation workshops are free and open to the public. Hosted by the Sudbury SEPAC. Contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-394-6183 with questions.

 Fowler PTO

Fowler PTO welcomes all families to join us for an entertaining evening during our second annual FREE Family Fun Night on Thursday  March 22 from 6-7:30 pm.  Our volunteers make this event a success, so please contact us at fowlerpto1@gmail.com if you'd like to help. Can’t make it to the event, but love to bake? Great! We also need donations of baked goods and bottles of water. Stay tuned for more details!

 

PTO Cookie Dough Fundraiser!

The final PTO fundraiser of the year will begin this coming Monday, March 5th.    Proceeds from this sale are put towards the staff luncheon in May, and the organizational calendars each student receives at the beginning the year, Family Fun Night and this year we have agreed to co-sponsor the film Screenagers for the Maynard School community.   Brochures will hopefully be put in the teachers’ mailboxes this coming Friday, and teachers will  distribute them on Monday morning March 5th.   Your support in this increases awareness among the students and improves the overall success of the fundraiser.  In addition, we plan to have small raffle prizes for students who turn in forms.  These will be drawn on Friday March 9th, Monday March 12th and Thursday   March 15th.  Any promotion of this fundraiser between March 5th and March 16th would be wonderful!

  


February 9, 2018

 

Dear Fowler Families,

Fowler is pleased to celebrate "Read Across America". Fowler School will celebrate Read Across America (RAA) on Friday March 2. You can join the fun and support the Fowler Library by ordering your T-Shirts and Hoodies. The library will earn $5.00 for every item sold. Go to RAAMERICA.ITEMORDER.COM by February 16 for a March 1st delivery to Fowler School. Pricing starts at $15.00 for T-shirts. Be sure to choose Deliver to Fowler at the Shipping Method  prompt and fill in the Fowler School address.  We will  have a Literacy Spirit Week the week leading up to Read Across America Day - February 26-March 2.

 Monday - Cat in the Hat Day - wear a hat to school!

Tuesday - Fox in Socks Day - wear crazy/favorite socks

Wednesday - Wacky Wednesday - wear mismatched clothes/inside out, etc.

Thursday - Thing One and Thing Two Day - Dress like Thing One and Thing Two or dress like  twins with your friend.

Friday - One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish Day - wear red and/or blue or wear your Read Across America T-shirt/hoodie.

 

Fourth Grade Bookmark Contest

All 4th grade students have been invited to participate in the 1st Annual Fowler Library Book Mark Contest. Mrs. Hayward has met with each class and introduced the theme - "Our Library....the Heart of Our School!" There are additional templates available in the library if your student needs one. All book marks are due in the library by Friday February 9. Every 4th grade class will have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winner who will be announced at the all-grade award ceremony on Friday February 16!

 

Eighth grade students are publishing books!

Over the next two months our eighth grade students will be transformed into published authors as they begin writing and illustrating picture books during their regularly scheduled Zone blocks. Each eighth grade student will receive a writing kit in order to create an authentic children’s picture book to represent concepts or information in one of the content areas they are studying; math, Spanish, science, ELA, or history. Students will use a project rubric to take their writing through the steps of the writing process; prewriting, writing, revising, editing, and publishing, to produce an original published book. This project will be supported by the eighth grade team of teachers and the Reading Specialist, Denise Hatch.

 

Each student will receive his/her own professionally bound softcover book published by Student Treasures Publishing Company. The softcover book is FREE! There will be an opportunity for students to purchase hardcover books, but there is absolutely NO OBLIGATION to do so. Information regarding the purchase of additional books will be sent home at a later date. The deadline for students to complete the project is Friday, April 13th (the day before April vacation). All of the writing kits will need to be mailed to the company the following week in order to meet our publishing deadline. The books take approximately 20 business days to complete the publishing process and then will be mailed back to the school for distribution to students. Teachers are working on plans for opportunities for students to share their published books and an authors’ celebration. More information will be shared in the near future as the details of these plans are finalized.

 Students will be applying a range of skills as they demonstrate mastery of state standards. The following ELA standards are a sampling of the eighth grade state standards that students may focus on in this project;

Writing Standards

W.8.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

W.8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

W.8.3 Write narratives to develop experiences or events using effective literary techniques, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured sequences.

W.8.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

W.8.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed. a. Demonstrate command of standard English conventions. b. Demonstrate the ability to select accurate vocabulary appropriate for audience and purpose

W.8.10 Write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Language Standards

L.8.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking; retain and further develop language skills learned in previous grades.

L.8.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

L.8.3 Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

For more information on the published book project, feel free to check out the website below.

Student Treasures Published Books

 

Important Notes re: Handwashing

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website the flu season has continued to be challenging and flu has been intense across the United States. While flu activity is beginning to go down in parts of the country, it remains high for most the U.S., with some areas still rising.
Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
           Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
           While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
           If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24              hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
           Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in      the trash after you use it.
           Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
           Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
           Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.  The CDC also continues to remind us it is not too late to receive the flu vaccine.

  

For parents of students in grades 6, 7 & 8, attached is a follow up discussion guide for the Improbable Players performance. On Monday, Feb 12, students will be attending a program about alcohol and other drug abuse prevention presented by the Improbable Players, a theater company of young professional actors who are in long-term recovery. “I’ll Never Do That!” has been welcomed in schools for over 32 years. It’s a light-hearted play with a spectrum of scenes that explore stereotypes and issues about substance abuse and depicts a family and how they deal with drinking in their family.

After the performance, the actors share their own stories and engage in a question/answer

session with the audience. Students are encouraged to talk among themselves and with you,

about the issues raised. The school counselor will announce resources available in the

community. 

 Year Books

Students have been given their order forms for this year's Year Book.  All orders need to be in to the school by March 30th to be guaranteed a copy.  You may send the envelope to your child's homeroom teacher with twenty-five dollars, cash or check (made payable to Fowler School) or you can order online:  http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A03496500

 YRBS

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is given in coordination with Emerson Hospital and area districts, and will be given to all students in grades 6, and 8-12 on Tuesday March 6, 2018.  The Maynard Public Schools has been involved in this project since 2000 and has collected valuable data around student behaviors and perceptions.   THis data has been carefully analyzed and driven curriculum and policies community wide.  The survey will take approximately 40 minutes and will be completely anonymous.  If you have any questions around this process, please contact your building principal no later than Thursday March 3.  Thank you for your support of the Maynard Schools and its initiatives.

Opportunity - Science and Engineering Fair

Maynard students in grades 6-8 are invited to participate in the upcoming Worcester Regional Science and Engineering Fair held on the campus of WPI in Worcester on Monday, April 30. Students will design and present their own projects with other middle schoolers from the local region. Please visit www.wrsef.org for more information. Students should contact Mrs. Griffin (grade 8, science) after school if they are interested.

Thank you for reading this memo; please continue reading  to learn more about upcoming dates and community news.  The next memo will be Friday, March 2nd.  I hope you and your children have a wonderful break!

 Sincerely,

 

Sharon

 Upcoming Dates

February 13         School Council  Fowler Library 4:30

February 13          PTO, Fowler Library, 6 pm

February 15          School Committee, Fowler Library 7 pm

February 19-23    School Vacation

March 13               School Council  Fowler Library 4:30

March 13               PTO, Fowler Library, 6 pm

 Community News

MMA

We hope to see Fowler and MHS music parents at our March 7th meeting held in the Fowler School library - 6:30 Fowler, 7:15 Fowler/MHS, 8-9 MHS planning. There's much to plan for this spring & for 2018-2019!

 Looking ahead, we need Fowler parents to be readers for the MHS Music scholarships, we need MHS music parents to help plan the music banquet, and we need you to mark your calendars for our annual Jazz Cafe (Fowler Stage Band and MHS Jazz Band event) held on Friday, March 30th at 7 pm. Details will be posted in March.

 Most of all, we need YOU! Thanks in advance for learning more about what support for music education looks like in Maynard by attending our monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of each month Fowler School library - 6:30 Fowler, 7:15 Fowler/MHS, 8-9 MHS planning.

 Next up: The Calendar

 March:

·  MHS Scholarship Committee - Fowler parents needed

·  MHS Music Banquet Committee -MHS parents 9-11 needed

·  3/1-3 MHS All-State Conference

·  3/30 Jazz Cafe (Fowler Stage Band & MHS Jazz Band

April:

·  4/28 Junior Districts Festival for Fowler band and choral students

·  MHS Scholarship Committee meets

·  MHS Senior Scholarships due from Seniors

·  MHS Music Banquet Committee meets

May:

·  5/16 Spring Concerts for MHS

·  5/23 MHS Ensembles

·  TBD MHS Great East Festival,

·  5/28 MHS Memorial Day Parade AND MHS Music Banquet

·  5/30 Fowler Bands & Stage Band

June:

·  6/1 Fowler Band to Great East Festival

·  6/6 4th Grade concert

·  6/8 MHS Graduation

 

Afterschool Club:  LEAP’s Crown & Shield Club for Girls

Instructors:  Officer Manchuso & Officer Ruggiero, Maynard Police Dept.

When:  Once a month on Thurs.  Next mtg March 22

The club is designed to empower your girls with confidence building, personal protection  & self-defense, positive communication skills , talking about healthy choices & overall, how to feel good about ourselves.  Parents must fill out a registration form, Have your child pick it up in the school office.  Please have your girls sign up in the guidance office or email:

tmanchuso@maynardpolice.com

February 2, 2018

Dear Fowler Families,

 In preparation for MCAS, we are strategically preparing students to be successful in the testing experience, so that they can "show what they know."  Aside from teaching to the standards, which is what MCAS is designed to assess, we are also committed to providing time for students to practice on chromebooks.  We are confident that they will be ready to skillfully use the online tools necessary to complete MCAS.  I am including the Fowler master MCAS schedule for your review, and it will be posted on our website for future reference. Below is a Parent's Guide to MCAS; I hope that you find this informative and helpful. As always, we are grateful for your support.

 http://www.doe.mass.edu/odl/e-learning/mcas-parentguide/content/index.html#/?_k=i9vrz6

 Friendly reminder! The district is launching a Communication Task Force, and the group will meet at Fowler School from 6:00-7:00 on the Second Thursday of each month.  The first meeting will be February 8.  Please register here.   

 Exciting news -- Maynard Education Foundation

MEF is thrilled to announce that we have received a gift of $50,000 from Middlesex Savings Bank!

  This incredible gift will be used to support MEF's grant program that funds innovative learning opportunities in the Maynard Public Schools.

The funds will enable MEF to support new initiatives, materials, enrichment activities, and professional development opportunities that will benefit Maynard Public School teachers, students, and administrators for years to come.

Check out this article from the Beacon-Villager:

 (http://maynard.wickedlocal.com/news/20180130/maynard-education-foundation-gets-grant-from-middlesex-savings-bank.)

Upcoming Dates

February 2      Early Release Day  (Dismissal at 11:15)

February 6      SEPAC Advisory Council  7 pm Fowler Library

February 7      Maynard Music Assoc 6:30 Fowler Library

February 8      Communications Task Force First Mtg Fowler Library 6-7 pm

February 13     School Council  Fowler Library 4:30

February 13     PTO, Fowler Library, 6 pm

February 19-23   School Vacation 

Community News

SEPAC

What Do You Need to Know about Special Education? The Maynard SEPAC invites you to our next meeting on Tuesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. in the Fowler Library. Do you have questions about what services might be available for your child? Questions about how the evaluation process or the IEP process works? With the school year well underway, this is sometimes the moment when parents are discovering issues and realizing questions. Come bring those questions for a conversation with SEPAC parents who can help explain the process. To RSVP or for questions, please contact Karen Heath atsepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or at (978-394-6183).

 Note from Superintendent Gerardi

For those of you who may have missed this important message, we have included it here:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 I am so sorry to be sending another alarming email.  While we recently had an incident at the Fowler School, I was informed by a conscientious parent that they are aware that sexting is happening at both our middle and high school levels.  While we have done assemblies during the day for students and in the evening for parents in the past, we were not aware that this was a growing problem.  Now that we are aware, we are going to provide information on sexting to students in smaller than assembly sized settings in an effort to be more clear about this information with students.

I thought that you may appreciate more information as parents and guardians so I am attaching a handout from the Middlesex Partnership for Youth (MPY). It has some information about sexting and advice for parents.  In addition I am adding a story about a girl from MN that was charged at the beginning of the year with distributing child pornography after she was caught sexting. https://www.aclu.org/blog/juvenile-justice/minnesota-prosecutor-charges-sexting-teenage-girl-child-pornography

 I hope this information will be helpful in your conversations with your children and the Maynard Public Schools will continue to provide students with the information they need to make healthy choices.

Sincerely,

Bob Gerardi

Maynard Music Association

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 7th in the Fowler School Library at 6:30. The joint session for Fowler and the High School will begin at 7:15. Spring planning is underway for Jazz Cafe, Scholarship Committee, Concerts, and the Great East Festival. We will also begin planning for Casino Night '19. Please join us to find out how you can help support music in our schools.

Renee Lilley: Chair Fowler

Bill Freeman: Treasurer Fowler    Marc Cryan:  Secretary Fowler

 Influenza Update (from the Health Services Department)

 According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Weekly Influenza Update for January 26, 2018, influenza-like illness (ILI *) activity is increasing, consistent with other parts of the United States.

*ILI is defined as a fever above 100.0 in addition to either cough or sore throat.

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

https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/xb/flu-symptom-check-list.pdf

Lastly, please remember to call your school’s absentee line everyday that you keep your child home. Try to be as specific with his or her illness as possible, i.e. “home sick with fever of ___ and cough” or “home with an ear infection”, “strep infection”, “pneumonia” or “home for a fever-free day”. This will help the school nurses identify clusters of illness and prompt preventative measures.

 For more information about flu prevention, please review these previously shared documents:

THE FLU: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS:

Please click on the following link/Fact Sheet pertaining to influenza.

 

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/flu/the-flu-guide-for-parents.pdf

 

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/flu/the-flu-guide-for-parents-spanish.pdf

 

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/flu/the-flu-guide-for-parents-portuguese.pdf

 

February 2, 2018

Dear Fowler Families,

 In preparation for MCAS, we are strategically preparing students to be successful in the testing experience, so that they can "show what they know."  Aside from teaching to the standards, which is what MCAS is designed to assess, we are also committed to providing time for students to practice on chromebooks.  We are confident that they will be ready to skillfully use the online tools necessary to complete MCAS.  I am including the Fowler master MCAS schedule for your review, and it will be posted on our website for future reference. Below is a Parent's Guide to MCAS; I hope that you find this informative and helpful. As always, we are grateful for your support.

 http://www.doe.mass.edu/odl/e-learning/mcas-parentguide/content/index.html#/?_k=i9vrz6

 Friendly reminder! The district is launching a Communication Task Force, and the group will meet at Fowler School from 6:00-7:00 on the Second Thursday of each month.  The first meeting will be February 8.  Please register here.   

 Exciting news -- Maynard Education Foundation

MEF is thrilled to announce that we have received a gift of $50,000 from Middlesex Savings Bank!

 

This incredible gift will be used to support MEF's grant program that funds innovative learning opportunities in the Maynard Public Schools.

The funds will enable MEF to support new initiatives, materials, enrichment activities, and professional development opportunities that will benefit Maynard Public School teachers, students, and administrators for years to come.

Check out this article from the Beacon-Villager:

 (http://maynard.wickedlocal.com/news/20180130/maynard-education-foundation-gets-grant-from-middlesex-savings-bank.)

 Upcoming Dates

February 2      Early Release Day  (Dismissal at 11:15)

February 6      SEPAC Advisory Council  7 pm Fowler Library

February 7      Maynard Music Assoc 6:30 Fowler Library

February 8      Communications Task Force First Mtg Fowler Library 6-7 pm

February 13     School Council  Fowler Library 4:30

February 13     PTO, Fowler Library, 6 pm

February 19-23   School Vacation

 Community News

SEPAC

What Do You Need to Know about Special Education? The Maynard SEPAC invites you to our next meeting on Tuesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. in the Fowler Library. Do you have questions about what services might be available for your child? Questions about how the evaluation process or the IEP process works? With the school year well underway, this is sometimes the moment when parents are discovering issues and realizing questions. Come bring those questions for a conversation with SEPAC parents who can help explain the process. To RSVP or for questions, please contact Karen Heath atsepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or at (978-394-6183).

  Note from Superintendent Gerardi

 For those of you who may have missed this important message, we have included it here:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 I am so sorry to be sending another alarming email.  While we recently had an incident at the Fowler School, I was informed by a conscientious parent that they are aware that sexting is happening at both our middle and high school levels.  While we have done assemblies during the day for students and in the evening for parents in the past, we were not aware that this was a growing problem.  Now that we are aware, we are going to provide information on sexting to students in smaller than assembly sized settings in an effort to be more clear about this information with students.

I thought that you may appreciate more information as parents and guardians so I am attaching a handout from the Middlesex Partnership for Youth (MPY). It has some information about sexting and advice for parents.  In addition I am adding a story about a girl from MN that was charged at the beginning of the year with distributing child pornography after she was caught sexting. https://www.aclu.org/blog/juvenile-justice/minnesota-prosecutor-charges-sexting-teenage-girl-child-pornography

 I hope this information will be helpful in your conversations with your children and the Maynard Public Schools will continue to provide students with the information they need to make healthy choices.

 Sincerely,


Bob Gerardi

 Maynard Music Association

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 7th in the Fowler School Library at 6:30. The joint session for Fowler and the High School will begin at 7:15. Spring planning is underway for Jazz Cafe, Scholarship Committee, Concerts, and the Great East Festival. We will also begin planning for Casino Night '19. Please join us to find out how you can help support music in our schools.

Renee Lilley: Chair Fowler

Bill Freeman: Treasurer Fowler    Marc Cryan:  Secretary Fowler

 

Influenza Update (from the Health Services Department)

 According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Weekly Influenza Update for January 26, 2018, influenza-like illness (ILI *) activity is increasing, consistent with other parts of the United States.

*ILI is defined as a fever above 100.0 in addition to either cough or sore throat.

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

https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/xb/flu-symptom-check-list.pdf

Lastly, please remember to call your school’s absentee line everyday that you keep your child home. Try to be as specific with his or her illness as possible, i.e. “home sick with fever of ___ and cough” or “home with an ear infection”, “strep infection”, “pneumonia” or “home for a fever-free day”. This will help the school nurses identify clusters of illness and prompt preventative measures.

 For more information about flu prevention, please review these previously shared documents:

THE FLU: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS:

Please click on the following link/Fact Sheet pertaining to influenza.

 

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/flu/the-flu-guide-for-parents.pdf

 

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/flu/the-flu-guide-for-parents-spanish.pdf

 

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/flu/the-flu-guide-for-parents-portuguese.pdf

   January 26, 2018

Dear Fowler Families,

I am pleased to share with you the attached article about the impact that the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) has had on Fowler students.  Through Mark  Sinopoli's vision, and with the support of the MEF, all Fowler students will have the opportunity to "use their existing coding knowledge to write programs to operate a robot.”. As the students gain more experience with the system, they will learn more about the programming aspects of the kits."  

 Sinopoli decided that the VEX IQ system was the best option for his computer science students. One of the benefits of the VEX IQ Robots is that they can be controlled with both a remote controller and a computer program. In addition, the students use their creativity to assemble the robots to solve engineering problems. The VEX IQ system is an engaging way to teach block-based coding to write computer programs. At each grade level (4 - 8) students can use their existing coding knowledge to write programs to operate the robot. As the students gain more experience with the system, they will learn more about the programming aspects of the kits.

The computer science students are being introduced to the fundamentals of using the kits – first by building a stick figure named “Sammy” to become familiar with putting the pieces together. 8th grade students are using joy stick controllers to design and operate "base vehicles." Students will later program the vehicle to compare accuracy with hand steering. The robotics kits are generating excitement in the classroom! Students shared "It was a fun experience” and “Building Sammy was hard at the beginning, but I learned how to do it by the end." Sinopoli has observed students with a wide range of building experience when it comes to robotics. "The students with less experience are unsure (at first); but, with a little encouragement, they were able to figure out how the pieces snapped together. The looks on their faces after they were able to complete the build was a reward worth the time it took.” Unlike a robotics club with a limited number of students, ACACIA’s generous sponsorship has given students in grades 4 through 8 an opportunity to use the Robotics Super Kits. Sinopoli stated “Seeing the high interest level and successful participation from students makes me believe that all students should have the opportunity to program and work with robots.  (Flyer with pictures is attached)

As you may have heard, the Maynard Public Schools is launching a Communication Task Force.  The group will meet at Fowler School from 6:00-7:00 on the Second Thursday of each month.  Our first meeting will be February 8. We would greatly appreciate your interest and participation. 

 Please register here.  

 Reminder! School Calendar Change

The school committee last night voted to change the early release day of May 18 to May 11 for all schools. You can read more about the reason for the change on Dr. Gerardi's blog link below.

 http://superintendentgerardi.blogspot.com/

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

 Sincerely

 Sharon

 Upcoming Dates

January 26      Early Release Day  (Dismissal at 11:15)

January 31       Fowler Finance Mtg  6:30 pm

February 1       School Committee 7 pm

February 2      Early Release Day  (Dismissal at 11:15)

February 6      SEPAC Advisory Council  7 pm Fowler Library

February 8      Communications Task Force First Mtg Fowler Library 6-7 pm

February 13     School Council  Fowler Library 4:30

February 13     PTO, Fowler Library, 6 pm

February 19-23   School Vacation

Community News

 Fowler and Green Meadow Night at the Tsongas Arena

Please join us for Univ. of Maine Blackbears vs. Tsongas Center in Lowell, MA Tickets are $6 each! This is a fundraising event The deadline to order tickets is Tuesday January 30, 2018.  Order Form attached.

 Financing for Maynard School’s Future

WHEN: Jan 31st,2018 WHERE: Fowler Assembly Hall TIME: 7pm

Maynard Public Schools is hosting an interactive community forum aimed at helping residents and community members understand the fundamentals of school finance. This 90 minute interactive presentation will allow small groups to discuss the basic revenue and expense elements of public education to learn more about how schools address the issues related to public school financing.

Register Here   https://goo.gl/Zdn7pK

 Special Education Parent Advisory Council

What Do You Need to Know about Special Education? The Maynard SEPAC invites you to our next meeting on Tuesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. in the Fowler Library. Do you have questions about what services might be available for your child? Questions about how the evaluation process or the IEP process works? With the school year well underway, this is sometimes the moment when parents are discovering issues and realizing questions. Come bring those questions for a conversation with SEPAC parents who can help explain the process. To RSVP or for questions, please contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or at (978-394-6183).



January 19, 2018

Dear Fowler Families,

The Improbable Players coming to Fowler!

In response to a growing concern about substance use/abuse in Maynard and beyond, on Monday, February 12, an educational  theater group will perform their long standing, highly acclaimed play entitled, "I'll Never Do That".  Students in grades 6, 7 & 8 will view the performance followed by a Q and A session led by the actors.  Additional information about this theater company and the programming they offer can be found here:

Improbable Players

I have collaborated with this company for many years and have seen several of their performances. I have found that their message is well-received by students with a lasting impact, and am pleased to host them at Fowler.

 Fowler School Website

https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/fowler-school-b/

 Thanks to Darius Corcoran, a member of the MPS Technology Dept. and to Marie for keeping it updated

 Upcoming Dates

January 23      Nature's Classroom Parents Mtg  6 pm, Fowler Library

January 26      Early Release Day  (Dismissal at 11:15)

January 31       Fowler Finance Mtg  6:30 pm

February 1       School Committee Fowler Library 7 pm

February 2      Early Release Day  (Dismissal at 11:15)

February 13     School Council  Fowler Library 4:30

February 13     PTO, Fowler Library, 6 pm

February 19-23   School Vacation

Community News

 Special Education Parent Advisory Council

What Do You Need to Know about Special Education? The Maynard SEPAC invites you to our next meeting on Tuesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. in the Fowler Library. Do you have questions about what services might be available for your child? Questions about how the evaluation process or the IEP process works? With the school year well underway, this is sometimes the moment when parents are discovering issues and realizing questions. Come bring those questions for a conversation with SEPAC parents who can help explain the process. To RSVP or for questions, please contact Karen Heath atsepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or at (978-394-6183).

Maynard Public Library

The Maynard Public Library Newspaper Club, staffed by a dozen of Fowler's foremost students is pleased to present the first edition of Tiger Tales for your reading enjoyment.  The club meets every other Wednesday at the library and is open to students in grades four through seven.  It is attached.   Please let me know of any questions or edits you might have.  Thanks and I look forward to everyone's response.

Mark Malcolm- MPL


January 12, 2018


Dear Fowler Families,

Happy New Year!

Though our opening week of school for 2018 was a short one, we have gained momentum this past week.   What a better way to kick off the first memo of the new year than to share the following news from the Fowler Student Council:

 On behalf of the student council and the Maynard Food Pantry we would like to extend a huge thank you to Fowler families for all the food items donated during this year's food drive. We held a friendly competition to motivate student participation, and it worked very well.  We were able to donate 730 items!   Students in all grades put forth great effort, but two grades shined brightly as the winners of the food drive challenge. It was a tie between 4th and 6th grade. The prize for each grade will be revealed this month.

 From the 4th grade Team

In Reading, we have finished our first unit on Tales from the Heart.  We focused on characters, theme, and fictional plot development.  We have just begun our latest unit on setting.  All of the fourth grade classes are reading Holes for this unit.  Ask your child about the characters in the book and how the setting affects the characters in the book.  When you read with your child at night, ask them to dig a little deeper into the setting.  they will be investigating the time, place, environment, and the effect it has on the plot and characters.  Many classes have been reading the I Survived series to support this work.

 

In Math, we have recently finished up our unit on multiplication strategies.  To align with this, we have started Math ZONE groups.  Please see the note below from our Math Title 1 coach about these groupings.  


What is Zone Time?

 Grade 4 Winter Zone has begun recently. Students will work in their Zone Groups 2 times each week for 20 minutes each session. Teachers plan their groups based on data and student needs. These groups are flexible which means they may change or remain the same over time. Zone is a time for students and teachers to focus on specific topics. Zone is not to be confused with ability grouping as our purpose is to ensure that our students are well rounded mathematicians. Students and teachers will have an opportunity to work with new friends.

 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 we use to support all students.

We will be moving forward with multiplication using three and four digit numbers.  Please continue to support your child at home with their multiplication facts, as this will be a great foundation for the next few units, including long division.  We continue to work on word problems with multiple steps.  This always proves to be a little challenging for our fourth graders, but it's a skill that is necessary for them to learn.  When homework comes home, please explain the different steps in the problems and check the word problems to see that all the steps are complete.

In writing, we have started narrative writing and will also be working on non-fiction reports on natural disasters.  In science, we have been talking about forces that shape the Earth, and fast and slow changes to the Earth's crust.  This has paired well with our discussion of land forms.  Students have been reading non-fiction articles about these topics, and we have started pointing out the many different features of a non-fiction text.  You can support this work by doing the same thing at home.  Focus on the photographs in the magazine or newspaper you are reading, the captions under the photographs, the charts and diagram, as well as the timelines. There are many non-fiction topics of interest to fourth graders, so check out a book from the library on their favorite topic!

 As the temperature continues to drop, please make sure that your child has proper snow gear, especially if they would like to play in the snow, as we will continue to go outside as often as we can safely do so. 

 Reminder that the MPS Food Service Department recently started a “sharetable” program at  Fowler. The purpose of the program is too help us reduce waste while providing healthy snack for the students at no additional cost. For example, if a student takes a unopened fruit or vegetable option with their meals and decides after taking that they don’t want the “share table” will be a designated area they will be able to leave it. Students can take anything from the table during breakfast and lunch. The table will have signs set up with allergen warnings and rules posted.

 Hallway Discipline -- Students received the following message today:

 

The Fowler Staff has identified a problem, and we have a plan to solve it.  Here is the overview:

 

Hallway pushing and rough physical contact:  If you are seen pushing or being physical with another student, whether or not you are friends, and whether or not you are kidding or joking, you will be handed a Hallway Violation ticket, which will automatically result in a brief conversation with Ms. Seyller (as well as a chance for you to explain/respond - but not debate) that day or the following morning. You will automatically be assigned a "Principal's Detention" after school until 3:15.  You will receive 24 hours notice for the detention, and your parents will be contacted.

 

Fighting and other forms of physical aggression anywhere on school property will result in an office referral and consequences as outlined in the student handbook.

 

We appreciate your ongoing support; please let me know if you have any questions.

 

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

 

Sincerely

 

Sharon

 

Upcoming Dates

JANUARY 12      Early Release Day (Dismissal at 11:15)

JANUARY 15      MLK  HOLIDAY

JANUARY 26      Early Release Day  (Dismissal at 11:15)

FEBRUARY 3      Early Release Day (Dismissal at 11:15)

FEBRUARY 6      SEPAC Mtg

FEBRUARY 19-23    School vacation

MARCH 16           Professional Day (no school)

 

 

Community News

 

Maynard Music Association

The Maynard Music Association meets on the first Wednesday of each month in the Fowler Library. The Fowler portion of the meeting is from 6:30-7:30. The MMA raises money to support the band and chorus groups at Fowler and the High School. Some of the money is used to help send students to the Great East Festival in June. We also vote to support proposals such as instrument repairs, band equipment and enrichment opportunities. Most recently a composer wrote a piece specifically for the Fowler Band! This piece was performed at the December concert by the 7th and 8th grade band students. There will be more opportunities in the future to hear this composition, so stay tuned.  Please go to our website http://maynardmusic.org/ to learn more information about this organization. Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 7th at 6:30. 

 

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

 

FASC

 

Attached is a brochure for all of the After School Programs that FASC is offering this season.

 

 

💬Reminder -- Please read this important information about flu shots:

 

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/flu/the-flu-guide-for-parents.pdf

 

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/flu/the-flu-guide-for-parents-spanish.pdf

 

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/flu/the-flu-guide-for-parents-portuguese.pdf

 Financing our Future" Night

Attached is a brochure that invites all staff, parents, and public to come and dive into what we do on a daily basis to finance our school’s future


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December 15, 2017

 

Dear Fowler Families,

 Report cards are available for viewing in iPass today.  Please make sure that you review your child's progress with him/her and discuss the highlights as well as the areas in need of growth.  If your child is discouraged or surprised by any part of the report card, please encourage them to talk with their teacher about what specific areas need improvement.  We are committed to the concepts inherent in developing a growth mindset, where effective effort and perseverance are critical to learning and growth.  If you have questions or concerns about your child's report card, please contact your child's Teacher Leader, or subject teacher, or the home room teacher, depending on the grade and circumstances.  We appreciate your engagement and communication regarding your child's progress; it is essential to achieving our goal of all students growing, learning and achieving.

 🌟I am pleased to share the following message about the fundraising results of our dedicated and hard working PTO group:

In November, the Fowler PTO met to review teacher grant requests. We had additional requests after the deadline so we chose to meet again in December.  We are happy that we are able to provide several enrichment programs and opportunities such as: 

·    A 4th grade assembly

·    Social emotional and cultural books for Advisory grades 4-8

·    Art supplies and how-to-draw books for Art program grades 4-8

·    6th grade cultural presentation by a survivor of the Khmer Rouge Cambodian genocide

·    8th grade Curious Creatures presentation

·    Additional grants to enhance Gym, Library and Computer Science curriculum

Thanks to generous contributions by parents through donations and the fundraiser, we were able to give teachers $4186!  The PTO will meet Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 6 pm in the Fowler Library.  All are welcome to attend.  Hope to see you there!

 

I am grateful to have attended the Latin Club field trip as they attended a state-wide Classics Day at Boston University.  Here is an overview of the event, written by Gracie Gillian,the Fowler Latin Club 2nd Vice President:

Last Thursday, the Fowler Latin Club went to Boston University to participate in the Massachusetts Junior Classical League’s Classics Day. At the beginning of the school day, the clubs' nearly forty members boarded a bus and headed to Boston. When they arrived they were greeted by friendly cat videos projected onto a huge board at the front of an even bigger room. Once all of the schools had arrived and the first General Assembly was over, everyone split up and went to two different workshops. Some of these workshops explained political comedy in the ancient civilizations, some educated about chariot races and some taught about the mythical character Medea. There were many more workshops, but they all had one thing in common. They all related to the civilizations of Greece and Rome. After the workshops everyone gathered and had lunch. Then, the best part of Classics Day began. The skit contest. In the skit contest each school made a short skit relating to the themes, Theater in Ancient Rome, or Friendship. Fowler's skit placed incredibly well, winning 2nd place overall, however it didn’t do as well as the past two years where it placed first. Overall, Fowler had an incredibly successful day and hopefully next year, the Latin Club will have even more members to share it with.

 

 

Attached is a memo that Principal Caragianes recently sent to parents and guardians of MHS students.  We are aware that some Fowler students who have older friends or sibs may be exposed to conversations or possibly be experimenting with vaping. Although we have no substantiated incidents at Fowler, we are committed to ensuring a safe and drug-free school.  Prevention is important, and we need your help!  Please discuss this information with your child. 

 

Please read the following information about flu shots:


http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/flu/the-flu-guide-for-parents.pdf

 

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/flu/the-flu-guide-for-parents-spanish.pdf

 

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/flu/the-flu-guide-for-parents-portuguese.pdf

 

 

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.  

Starting on January 2, 2018, the MPS Food Service Department will start up a “sharetable” program at  Fowler. The purpose of the program is too help us reduce waste while providing healthy snack for the students at no additional cost. Once the table is set up if a student takes a unopened fruit or vegetable option with their meals and decides after taking that they don’t want the “share table” will be a designated area they will be able to leave it. Students can take anything from the table throughout the day. The table will have signs set up with allergen warnings and rules posted for the students to follow.

 

Thank you for reading this memo.  The next memo will be sent January 5, 2018.  Happy Holidays to those families who celebrate, and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year! 

 

Sincerely,

 

Sharon

 

Upcoming dates 

 

12/15

Report Cards out

12/19

6:30 pm Winter Concert Fowler Assembly Hall

12/21

Grade 4 Field Trip Museum of Science

12/25 – 1/1

Winter Break

1/4

7 pm School Committee Mtg Fowler Library

1/9

4:30-5:45 School Council Fowler Library

1/9

6pm PTO Fowler Library

1/12

11:15 am Early Release

2/6

6:30-8:45 SEPAC Mtg Fowler Library

2/13

4:30-5:45 School Council Mtg Fowler Library

2/15

7-8 pm School Committee Mtg Fowler Library

2/19-2/23

School Vacation

3/6

6:30-8:45 SEPAC Mtg Fowler Library

3/12

4:30-5:45 School Council Mtg Fowler Library

3/12

6pm PTO Fowler Library

3/22

PTO Family Fun Night

3/29

7 pm School Committee Meeting  Fowler Library

 

 

Community News

 

Attached is a list of After School Classes and registration for the Winter session  (FASC)



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."