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Sept 22, 2017

Dear Fowler Families, 

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

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

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

 Meet the Fowler School Guidance Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Brenna Cotter                           Julie Danforth

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

 

Homework Club

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

 I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 Sincerely,

 Sharon

 Upcoming Dates

 Sept 25 - 29   Natures Classroom for 7th Grade

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

October 2      School Pictures

October 9      No School Columbus Day

 Community News

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

 

FREE ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASSES

 • All levels welcome – Todos los niveles bienvenidos

• No registration required – No se necesita registrarse

TUESDAY AFTERNOONS

Todos los martes en la tarde

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

77 Nason Street, Maynard

 Taught by Jeff Loeb,

• ESL certified

• Formerly with the Hudson-Maynard Adult Learning Center

Clases de conversacion de inglés

• Free - Gratis

• All levels welcome – Todos los niveles bienvenidos

• No registration required – No se necesita registrarse

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

Sharon Seyller Catteau
Principal for Leadership and Operations
Fowler School


                                                                                                                                                                                                           

September 15, 2017

Dear Fowler Families,

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

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

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

  NOTEWORTHY ITEMS:

 Anti Bullying Forum

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

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

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

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

Advisory - The Power of Connectedness

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

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

 Parents of 8th grade students

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

 

 

Fowler School is helping a school in Texas!

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

 

Student Cell Phones

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

 FASC (Fowler After School Club)

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

--Pokemon

--Harmony After School Choir

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

 Thank you for reading this memo!

 Sincerely,

 Sharon

  Upcoming Dates

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

Sept 25 – 29  Nature’s Classroom Grade 7 Students

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

October 2      School Pictures

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

October 9      No School Columbus Day

October 10    4:30 School Council Mtg – Fowler Library

October 10    PTO mtg  - Fowler Library

 Community News

PTO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 WAVM

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

 Update: Music Fundraiser for grades 4-12:

 NEW INFO: Grade-level theme basket donations

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

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

·         Coordinator for 5th still needed.

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

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

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

FAQs

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

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

·         Casino Game Night is our sole fundraiser each year. 

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

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

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

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

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


  

September 8, 2017

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

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


 

Community News

Maynard Music Association (MMA)

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

 

Upcoming Dates

September 12 6:00 PTO meeting - Fowler Library

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

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

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

October 2   **School Pictures**

October 9   NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day

October 10  4:30  School Council meeting - Fowler Library

October 10  6:00 PTO meeting - Fowler Library

October 18  Parent Conferences 6:00-8:00

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

November 13 NO SCHOOL Professional Development Day 

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

November 14 6:00 PTO meeting - Fowler Library

November 22-24 NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

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

 

 

 




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6/9/17

 

Dear Fowler Families,

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

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

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

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

SUMMER READING AND MATH

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

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

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

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

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


School Supply Kits

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

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

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

Please check the website over the summer for updated information.

Kit prices are:

Grade 4    $45

Grade 5    $28

Grade 6    $50

Grade 7    $40

Grade 8    $32


Next Year's Schedule

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

Grade 4

PE

Art

Music

Computer Science

Connections 

Grade 5

PE

Art

Music

Computer Science

Research Skills 

Grade 6

PE

Art

Music

Computer Science

Health

Grade 7

PE

Art

Theater

Computer Science

Health

Grade 8

PE

Art

Theater

Computer Science

Heal 

 

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

Book Circulation

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

Library Volunteers

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

Professional Development

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

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

Information Literacy & Research Skills Library Classes

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

Poetry

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


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

Sincerely, Sharon Seyller

 

Upcoming Dates


June

14 Grade 4 Career Day

14 & 15 Grade 5 Field Trip to Minuteman National Park

15 Grade 7 Olympic Games

16 Grade 4 Field Trip to Southwick Zoo

16 Grade 7 Field Trip Whale Watch

19 Last Day of School – Early Release 11:15

August 

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

29 School Kits Pick-Up

September 

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


Community News

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

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

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

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

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


Maynard Farmers’ Market

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

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




6/2/17

 

Dear Fowler Families, 

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

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

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


To assist school principals in: 

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

2) Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school 

3) Reviewing the annual school building budget 

4) Formulating a school improvement plan

 

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

 

School Supply Kits

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

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

Please check the website over the summer for updated information.

Kit prices are:

Grade 4    $45

Grade 5    $28

Grade 6    $50

Grade 7    $40

Grade 8    $32

Summer Math for All Students!

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

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

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

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

Fowler School Library Books

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

 

Upcoming Dates

June

6 Grade 6 Field Trip to Canobie Lake

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

7 Grade 4 Band Concert - 6:30 pm

14 Grade 4 Career Day

14 & 15 Grade 5 Field Trip to Minuteman National Park

16 Grade 4 Field Trip to Southwick Zoo

16 Grade 7 Field Trip Whale Watch

19 Last Day of School – Early Release 11:15

 

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller

 

Community News

The SEPAC Ice Cream Social

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


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

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

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

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

 

Maynard Farmers’ Market

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

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



May 26, 2017

 

Dear Fowler Families,


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

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

Fowler Curriculum News – Spring Soundbites

Fourth Grade

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

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

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

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

Who Was? Who Is? series

I Survived series

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

The Penderwicks

Any book by Kate DiCamillo

Origami Yoda series

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

Harry Potter series

Out of My Mind

Poppy series

Any book by Roald Dahl

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

Safe Routes to School

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


Upcoming Dates


May

26 Fowler Band Dress Rehearsal 1-2 pm

27-29 Family Appreciation Weekend

29 Memorial Day – School Closed

30 Incoming 4th Grade Parent Information Night

31 Fowler Band Concert – 7 pm Assembly Hall

 

June

2 Fowler Band Great East Festival

6 Grade 6 Field Trip to Canobie Lake

7 Grade 4 Band Concert - 6:30 pm

14 Grade 4 Career Day

14 & 15 Grade 5 Field Trip to Minuteman National Park

16 Grade 4 Field Trip to Southwick Zoo

16 Grade 7 Field Trip Whale Watch

19 Last Day of School – Early Release 11:15

 

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller

 

Community Updates

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

Maynard Farmers’ Market

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

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



May 19, 2017

 

Dear Fowler Families,

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


 Fowler Curriculum News – More Spring Soundbites 

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

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


Upcoming Dates

   May

19 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

24 School Dance (Grades 5-7) 6-8 pm 

26 Fowler Band Dress Rehearsal 1-2 pm

26 Last day to check out Library books

27-29 Family Appreciation Weekend

29 Memorial Day – School Closed

30 Incoming 4th Grade Parent Information Night

31 Fowler Band Concert – 7 pm Assembly Hall

June

2 Fowler Band Great East Festival

6 Grade 6 Field Trip to Canobie Lake

7 Grade 4 Band Concert - 6:30 pm

9 All Library Books Due Back

14 Grade 4 Career Day

14 & 15 Grade 5 Field Trip to Minuteman National Park

16 Grade 4 Field Trip to Southwick Zoo

16 Grade 7 Field Trip Whale Watch

19 Last Day of School – Early Release 11:15

  

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller

 

Community Updates

Graduation Balloon Sale

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


PMC Kids Bike Ride

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

 

 



May 12, 2017

 

Dear Fowler Families,

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

Fowler Curriculum News – More Spring Soundbites

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Dates

May

12 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

12 Annual Fowler Fair – 3:00 pm

18 Grade 4 Field Trip to Fine Arts Theater

19 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

24 School Dance (Grades 5-7) 6-8 pm 

26 Fowler Band Dress Rehearsal 1-2 pm

27-29 Family Appreciation Weekend

29 Memorial Day – School Closed

30 Incoming 4th Grade Parent Information Night

31 Fowler Band Concert – 7 pm Assembly Hall

June

2 Fowler Band Great East Festival

6 Grade 6 Field Trip to Canobie Lake

7 Grade 4 Band Concert - 6:30 pm

14 Grade 4 Career Day

14 & 15 Grade 5 Field Trip to Minuteman National Park

16 Grade 4 Field Trip to Southwick Zoo

16 Grade 7 Field Trip Whale Watch

19 Last Day of School – Early Release 11:15


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

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller


Community Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Events:  

May 17th MHS Band/Chorus Concert, MHS

May 24th MHS Solo and Ensemble Night, MHS

May 29th Memorial Day Parade

Upcoming Events Specific to Fowler

May 31st Fowler Band Spring Concert

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

June 7th 4th Grade Concert

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

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

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


PMC Kids Bike Ride

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



May 5, 2017


Dear Fowler Families,

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

Fowler Curriculum News - Spring Soundbites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bus Registration

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

From the PTO

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

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

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

 

Upcoming Dates

May

9 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

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

12 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

12 Annual Fowler Fair – 3:00 pm

19 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

27-29 Family Appreciation Weekend

29 Memorial Day – School Closed


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

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller

Fowler School Principal


Community Updates  

MHS Seniors - Fundraiser

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

PMC Kids Bike Ride

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



April 28, 2017

Dear Fowler Families,

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

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


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

ALICE Safety Drill Information for Parents

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


2017-2018 Bus Registration 

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

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

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

 

FOWLER HIGHLIGHTS

Physical Education

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

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

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

Grade 6 Science

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

Research and Literacy Skills-Mrs. Hayward

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

Poetry-Mrs. Hayward

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

Grade 5

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

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

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

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


Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller 


Upcoming Dates

May

9 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

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

12 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

12 Annual Fowler Fair – 3:00 pm

19 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

27-29 Family Appreciation Weekend

29 Memorial Day – School Closed


Community News

Support MHS Seniors!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SEPAC

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


Maynard Music Association (MMA)

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

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

MMA Fowler Needs Volunteers! 

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Events:

4/29 Junior Districts concert

5/31: Fowler Spring concert

6/2: Great East Festival for 6/7

6/7: 4th grade concert

Upcoming meetings for advocacy for the music program:

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

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


From the PTO:

Fowler Staff Appreciation Luncheon

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




April 7, 2017

 

Dear Fowler Families,

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

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

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

Sincerely, 

Sharon Seyller


Upcoming Dates

April

11 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

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

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

17-21 Spring Vacation

May

9 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

12 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

12 Annual Fowler Fair – 3:00 pm

19 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

27-29 Family Appreciation Weekend

29 Memorial Day – School Closed


Community News

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

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

Both events are free and open to all.

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




March 31, 2017

Dear Fowler Families, 

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

arts

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

Basic MCAS reminders:

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


March Fowler Library Updates from Sheila Hayward 

Read Across America

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

Spanish Immersion Books

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

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

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

7th Grade - Poetry

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

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

 

Light It Up Blue!

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

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

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


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


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

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

 

Upcoming Dates

March

31 Fowler Spring Play – 7 pm

April

1 Fowler Spring Play – 2 pm

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

3 Light it Up Blue for Autism Day

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

7 Early Release – 11:15 am

11 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

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

17-21 Spring Vacation

 

Community News

Maynard SEPAC

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



3/24/17

Dear Fowler Families,

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

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

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


Fowler Fine Arts Night

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

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

 

Fowler Spring Play

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

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

Where: Fowler School Auditorium

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

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


Upcoming Dates

March

24 Term 2 Report Cards posted

30 Annual Fowler Fine Arts Night – 6:30 pm

31 Fowler Spring Play – 7 pm

April

1 Fowler Spring Play – 2 pm

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

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

7 Early Release – 11:15 am

11 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

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

17-21 Spring Vacation

 

Community News

SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council 

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

The Jan Brett Competition

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

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

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





3/17/17

Dear Fowler Families, 

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

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

Kind Regards,

Sharon Seyller, Fowler Principal

 

Upcoming Dates

March

17 Early Release – 11:15 am

21 CyberSafety Night Parent Information – 7 pm Fowler Library

24 Term 2 Report Cards posted

30 Annual Fowler Fine Arts Night – 6:30 pm

31 Fowler Spring Play – 7 pm 

April

1 Fowler Spring Play – 2 pm

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

7 Early Release – 11:15 am

11 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

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

17-21 Spring Vacation

 

Community News


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

News from MHS

MHS Annual School Play presents "Peter and the Starcatcher"

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

In the news:

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


CyberSafety Parent Information Night

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

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



3/10/17

Dear Parents and Guardians,


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


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

Dear Superintendents, Charter School Leaders, and Principals,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Refusal to Participate in State Tests

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Mitchell D. Chester, Commissioner

  

Latin Club

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

Term 2 Report Cards

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

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

  

Upcoming Dates 

March

10 Term 2 Ends

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

17 Early Release – 11:15 am

21 CyberSafety Night Parent Information – 7 pm Fowler Library

24 Term 2 Report Cards posted

30 Annual Fowler Fine Arts Night – 6:30 pm

31 Fowler Spring Play – 7 pm 

April

1 Fowler Spring Play – 2 pm

7 Early Release – 11:15 am

11 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

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

17-21 Spring Vacation 


From the PTO

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

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller

  

Community News

MHS Annual School Play

Maynard High School presents "Peter and the Starcatcher"

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

 

CyberSafety Parent Information Night

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

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



3/3/17

Dear Fowler Families,

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

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

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

The teaching team will consist of:

Kelly Hayner – Spanish

Sean Conway – English Language Arts

Marlene Coleman – Special Education

Betty Makovoz – Math

Cori Sullivan – History

Nancy Griffin - Science

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

 

Community Meetings

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


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

iPass/iParent

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

 

Upcoming Dates

March

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

10 Term 2 Ends

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

17 Early Release – 11:15 am

23 Annual Fowler Fine Arts Night – 6:30 pm

24 Term 2 Report Cards posted

31 Fowler Spring Play – 7 pm

April

1 Fowler Spring Play – 2 pm

7 Early Release – 11:15 am

11 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

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

17-21 Spring Vacation

 

From the PTO

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


Sincerely, 

Sharon Seyller

 

Community News

15th ANNUAL "THE TASTE"

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to host the 15th Annual "The Taste" on Sunday, March 5, 2017, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powdermill Road, Maynard. Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from 4-6 PM; entertainment will continue until 7 PM.

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

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

Maynard Music Association February Update 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SEPAC

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

 


2/10/17

Dear Fowler Families,


READ ACROSS AMERICA!

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

RAAMERICA.ITEMORDER.COM

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


iPass

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


Upcoming Dates

February

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

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

20-24 February Vacation

March

1 Grade 5 (Elkins & Duff) Field Trip

2 Read Across America Day

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

10 Term 2 Ends

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

17 Early Release – 11:15 am

24 Term 2 Report Cards posted

 

Community News

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

Grades: Girls in grades 3-5

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

Cost: free  Registration required

 

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

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller




2/3/17

Dear Fowler Families,

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

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

READ ACROSS AMERICA!

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

RAAMERICA.ITEMORDER.COM

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

 

iPass

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

 

Upcoming Dates

February

3 Early Release – 11:15 am

3 MHS Music Pops Night – 7 pm Assembly Hall

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

20-24 February Vacation 

March

10 Term 2 Ends

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

17 Early Release – 11:15 am

24 Term 2 Report Cards posted

 

Community News

Red Sox Game Night

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

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

 

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller



1/27/17

Dear Fowler Families,

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

Ipass

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

Nature's Classroom 2017

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


Upcoming Dates

February

1 MMA Meeting – 6:30 Fowler Library

3 Early Release – 11:15 am

3 MHS Music Pops Night – 7 pm Assembly Hall

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

20-24 February Vacation

March

10 Term 2 Ends

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

17 Early Release – 11:15 am

24 Term 2 Report Cards posted


Community News

Red Sox Game Night

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


Maynard Music Association (MMA) Update

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

 

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

Construction Nail Gun Shells Found In Fowler Bathroom

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

 

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller




1/20/17

Dear Fowler Families,

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

                                                                     MCAS 2.0 Schedule - 2017

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

 

April 4 and 5

Grade 7 ELA

April 6 and 10

Grade 6 ELA

April 11, 12 & 13

Grade 5 ELA

April 25, 26 & 27

Grade 4 ELA


May 2 and 3

Grade 7 Math

May 4 and 5

Grade 6 Math

May 9 and 10

Grade 5 Math

May 16 and 17

Grade 4 Math

May 16 and 17

Grade 5 Science/Tech/Engineering

May 22, 23, & 24

Make ups - All Grades

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


Nature's Classroom 2017

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

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures

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


Upcoming Dates

February

1 MMA Meeting – 6:30 Fowler Library

3 Early Release – 11:15 am

3 MHS Music Pops Night – 7 pm Assembly Hall

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

20-24 February Vacation


March

10 Term 2 Ends

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

17 Early Release – 11:15 am

24 Term 2 Report Cards posted

 

Community News

PTO Family Event

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


SEPAC Workshop

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

 

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller





1/13/17

Dear Fowler Families,

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

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures:

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

Playing an Instrument Benefits the Brain

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

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

 

Upcoming Dates

January

Jan 14-16 Family Appreciation Weekend – No homework

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

February

1 MMA Meeting – 6:30 Fowler Library

3 Early Release – 11:15 am

3 MHS Music Pops Night – 7 pm Assembly Hall

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

20-24 February Vacation

March

10 Term 2 Ends

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

17 Early Release – 11:15 am

24 Term 2 Report Cards posted


Community News

Red Sox Game Night

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

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

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller




1/6/17

Dear Fowler Families,

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

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


GOAL #1 -- Academic Goal

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

Part 1 - Action Plan - Developing the rubric draft

January 10 Staff Meeting (introduction to sample rubrics)

January 24 Principal Staff Meeting (narrow down essential elements)

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

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

 

Part 2 - Action Plan - Completing the rubric 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Measures / Surveys:

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

Action Plan:

·    Learn about Growth Mindset

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

·    Pre- and post-data review

·    Promote via bulletin boards around the school

·    Host a “Growth Mindset Parent Coffee”

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

·    Develop consequences for actions - growth mindset work with students

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

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

·    Provide Growth Mindset curriculum - present to teachers

o Periodic essential lessons

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

·    Analyze data and share conclusions with community by May 2018

 

GOAL #3 -- Family and Community Engagement

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



Fowler Website

Fowler Clubs and Music Groups

FASC Programs

How to use iPass/iParent

SEPAC - Special Education Parent Advisory Council

School Improvement Council

PTO - Parent Teacher Organization

School Committee

MMA - Maynard Music Association

MEF - Maynard Education Foundation

Boosters Club

Maynard Food Pantry

Boys and Girls Club


Action Plan:

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

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

  

Upcoming Dates

January

9 Special Town Meeting – 7 pm Assembly Hall

10 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

11 MMA Meeting – 6:30 pm Fowler Conference Room

12 Fowler Talent Show – 7 pm Assembly Hall

Jan 14-16 Family Appreciation Weekend – No homework

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

February

1 MMA Meeting – 6:30 Fowler Library

3 Early Release – 11:15 am

3 MHS Music Pops Night – 7 pm Assembly Hall

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

20-24 February Vacation

March

10 Term 2 Ends

14 School Improvement Council Meeting – 4:30 pm

14 PTO Meeting – 6 pm Fowler Library

17 Early Release – 11:15 am

 

Community News

Red Sox Game Night

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

Important Reminder:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Sincerely,

 Sharon Seyller





12/16/16

Dear Fowler Families,

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


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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

  

Upcoming Dates

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

December

21 Fowler Band Concert – 7 pm

22 Grade 4 Field Trip to the Boston Museum of Science

26-Jan 2 Holiday Vacation 

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

 

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller




12/9/16

Dear Fowler Families,


Upcoming Dates

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

December

9 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

14 Grade 6 Field Trip to A Christmas Carol

21 Fowler Band Concert – 7 pm

22 Grade 4 Field Trip to the Boston Museum of Science

26-Jan 2 Holiday Vacation


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

Grade 6 News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a wonderful weekend,

Sharon Seyller

  

Community News

Maynard Music Association Update 

Annual Casino Night: 

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

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

Concert Kudos:

Deadline is TODAY, Friday, December 9th!

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

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

This year’s options:

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

2. two lines for $20  

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

Concert Needs for MHS Concert on 12/14:

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

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

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

Fowler MMA Co-Chairs & Secretary Needed:

HS Music Banquet Coordinator Needed: 

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

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

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

 

Save the Date! 

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

 * Please note that children should be toilet trained.  






12/2/16

 

Dear Fowler Families,

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

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

Staff: Jenny Falkoff, Denise Hatch, Mark Myers

Community Representative: Martha Shugrue 

 

It's Not Too Late!  

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

Spotlight on Computer Science

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

Spotlight on Fowler Library

Fall Book Fair

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

Parent Volunteers in the Library

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

4th and 5th Grade Library Research Skills

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

Extended Zone - 6th and 7th Grades

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

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

Upcoming Dates

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

December

6 Term 1 Report Cards distributed during the week

8 Picture Retake Day

9 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

14 Grade 6 Field Trip to A Christmas Carol

21 Band Concert – 7 pm

22 Grade 4 Field Trip to the Boston Museum of Science

26-Jan 2 Holiday Vacation

Community News

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


Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller





Dear Fowler Families,

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


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


**New** Chorus - Grade 6 & 7

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


Spotlight on Fifth Grade

Math:

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

Science:

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

Field Trip:

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

ELA – Reading:

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

ELA – Writing:

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

History:

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

Growth Mindset:

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


Message from the Fowler PTO

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

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

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

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

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

 

UPCOMING DATES

November

19   Annual Casino Night – Maynard Elks 6:30 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break

 

December

6 Report Cards distributed this week

8 Picture Retake Day

9 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

14 Grade 6 Field Trip to a Christmas Carol

21 Band Concert – 7 pm

26-Jan 2 Holiday Vacation

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Maynard SEPAC

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

 

 

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

Warm Regards,

Sharon




November 10, 2016


Dear Fowler Families,

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

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

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


Update from the 4th Grade

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


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


Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller

UPCOMING DATES

November

11 Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

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

19   Annual Casino Night – Maynard Elks 6:30 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break

 

December

6   Report Cards Distributed

8   Picture Retake Day

9   Early Release Day – 11:15 am

14  Grade 6 Field Trip to a Christmas Carol

21  Band Concert – 7 pm

26-Jan 2  Holiday Vacation




11/4/16

Dear Fowler Families,


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

Cabinets of Wonder (See pictures below)

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

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

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

 

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


UPCOMING DATES

November

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

8    Professional Day - No School

9    Picture Day (Picture Retake Day - December 8)

      ALICE Training for Grade 7

      ALICE Presentation for Grade 4

10  ALICE Follow-up Discussion

11  Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

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

19   Annual Casino Night – Maynard Elks 6:30 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break

 

December

6 Report Cards Distributed

8 Picture Retake Day

9 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

14 Grade 6 Field Trip to a Christmas Carol

21 Band Concert – 7 pm

26-Jan 2 Holiday Vacation


COMMUNITY NEWS


Boys & Girls Club Event

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

Friday, November 11, 2016

Nashawtuc Country Club

1861 Sudbury Road, Concord, MA

 

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

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

























10/28/16

Dear Fowler Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Fowler Latin Club News

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


Kind Regards,

Sharon​ Seyller, Principal


Term 1 Upcoming Dates

October

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

 

November

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

8    Professional Day - No School

9    Picture Day (Picture Retake Day - December 8)

11  Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

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

19   Annual Casino Night – Maynard Elks 6:30 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break


Community News

 

From Jennifer Gaudet, Assistant Superintendent:

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

Thank you to WAVM staff for recording the discussion. 



Maynard Music Association

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

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

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


MEF Fundraiser 

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

 

News from Maynard SEPAC

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

 

Boys and Girls Club

Maynard Recreation Basketball League 

(Boys & Girls in Grades 3rd - 8th) 

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

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

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

Fee: $105

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

Registration Deadline: Friday October 28th

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

 

Maynard Recreation Player Evaluations

When: Saturday, Nov. 5th

Where: Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley

Times: TBA

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




October 21, 2016

Dear Fowler Families,


I hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather!

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

Embedded in my entry plan are goals that focus on:

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

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

https://goo.gl/forms/iUYDlOMUdbdTrVMJ3

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

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller 

sseyller@maynard.k12.ma.us


Term 1 Upcoming Dates

  October

28    Early Release 11:15

28    Parent Teacher Conferences

  November

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

8    Professional Day - No School

9    Picture Day (Picture Retake Day - December 8)

11  Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

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

15   PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

19   Annual Casino Night – Maynard Elks 6:30 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break


Community News

Maynard Music Association’s Annual Casino Night Fundraiser:

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

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

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

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

Auction Items:

Plan ahead to bid on these fantastic items!

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

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

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

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

5.       A verified auction item from the Boston Red Sox 


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




October 14, 2016


Dear Fowler Families,

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

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

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

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

 

Bridges Program

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

 

 


Special Notice to Parents

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

 

PTO Fundraiser -- It’s not too late!

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


Kind regards,

Sharon​ Seyller, Fowler School Principal


Term 1 Upcoming Dates

October

18    PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

20    Library Fair begins

21    Early Release 11:15

21    Parent Teacher Conferences

28    Early Release 11:15

28    Parent Teacher Conferences

 

November

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

8    Professional Day - No School

9    Picture Day (Picture Retake Day - December 8)

11  Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

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

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break


Community News

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

 

Strategic Initiative

Name

Responsibilities

Meeting Dates

Inclusive Practices that Support all Students

Social Emotional Learning

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

Aprox Start: December 

Superior Academic Experience

Communications Committee

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

Aprox Start: December 

Superior Academic Experience

STEAM

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

Aprox Start: January 

Superior Academic Experience

Global Competency

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

7:00-9:00 PM

October 19

October 26

November 2

November 16

Developing Global Citizens

Career Pathways

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

Aprox Start: January

 

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

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

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




October 7, 2016


Dear Fowler Families,

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

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

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

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


Term 1 Upcoming Dates

October

8-10 Family Appreciation Weekend - No Homework 

10    Columbus Day - No School

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

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

18    PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

20    Library Fair begins

21    Early Release 11:15

21    Parent Teacher Conferences

28    Early Release 11:15

28    Parent Teacher Conferences

 

November

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

8    Professional Day - No School

9    Picture Day (Picture Retake Day - December 8)

11  Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

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

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break

 

Worth Repeating - Parent Conferences!

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

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

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

 

Library News

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

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

  

"Yet"

(An original poem written by Fowler Speech and Language Specialist, Mary Finnegan)

Things can be difficult, but that makes us strong.

We become better learners, improve, and move along.

A challenge we accept, mistakes help us learn.

Keep on trying, and confidence and respect you soon will earn.

 

When you want to give up, change the way that you think.

Say, “I can try a new strategy and feel better in a blink.”

When you make a mistake, it is not time to quit,

Say, “My errors help me learn and that’s a benefit.”

 

If you think your work stinks, and you dread the feedback.

Say, “Hey! I can make this better because I am on the right track.”

When you think someone is smarter and you too want to be,

Say, “I want to be like that, so their actions I will watch and copy.”

 

When you wonder if it’s your best work, or is it good enough,

Say, “I can make this better, clean up things that are rough.”

If you think you’re not good at something, or it is too hard.

Say, “I can do this!” Those bad thoughts you discard.

 

Above all please remember the power of YET.

After all Rome wasn’t built in a day, let us not forget.

Believe you can improve but have not gotten there YET,

Think “it will be done soon” or “eventually”—  this is growth mindset.

 

You can, and you will, put forward your best foot.

Teachers will give you good feedback and lots of input.

Accept the good help and try not to be glum.

You can do anything, and the best is YET to come!

 

New Club to Start!

Nhan Bang is excited to start the Headspace Club at Fowler School this year. Headspace is a form of guided meditation.

·   The Headspace Club will practice 10 minutes of guided meditation in each session. There will be a brief discussion, facilitated by Mr. Bang, before and after the guided practice. Participation is voluntary and no commitment is required. Participants come every day or whenever they can.

·    First meeting: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 in the Fowler Library.

·    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings at 7:30 am*

·    Open to all students, teachers, administrators, and school staff. 

 * Arriving late will likely cause a distraction for the participants. Therefore, please arrive around 7:25 am. A sign will be placed on the Library door at 7:30 am to let people know that meditation has already begun. Students who arrive late should go to the location where their grade level meets in the morning.

Headspace is an app that can be downloaded in iTunes. The guided meditations from Headspace are simple and suitable for all levels.

BENEFITS


· Increased self-awareness and greater sense of perspective

· Reduced stress and worry

· Enjoy better relationships with your family, friends, teammates, and colleagues

· Love, eat, sleep and train better

· Be more present and become a better listener

· Experience peace of mind and a greater mind-body connection

· Improved focus at school, work, or while studying


THE SCIENCE BEHIND MEDITATION:
People have been meditating for thousands of years. While the practice is not new, science is just starting to fully understand its benefits. Recent studies show meditation and mindfulness can help you stress less, love more, and even sleep better.

Please contact: Nhan Bang at nbang@maynard.k12.ma.us

 

Kind Regards,

Sharon Seyller



September 30, 2016

Dear Fowler Families,

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Friday, October 21 and Friday, October 28, from 12:00 - 2:30 pm.  Parents of 4th and 5th grade students should contact their child's teacher, whereas parents of 6th and 7th grade students should contact the Main Office (978-897-6700) to set up a 10-minute conference with whichever teacher you need to meet. We will begin scheduling conferences on Wednesday, October 5th at 9:00 on a first-come first-served basis. 

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

This week's 4th and 5th Grade Family Breakfasts were very successful. We had a great turnout -- thank you to those who were able to attend. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet and talk with many of you!


Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller, Fowler School Principal

 

Term 1 Upcoming Dates

October

4      Maynard Music Association meeting - Fowler Band Room 7 pm

8-10 Family Appreciation Weekend - No Homework 

10    Columbus Day - No School

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

18    PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

21    Early Release 11:15

21    Parent Teacher Conferences

28    Early Release 11:15

28    Parent Teacher Conferences

 

November

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

8    Professional Day - No School

9    Picture Day (Picture Retake Day - December 8)

11  Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

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

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break


Community News

Fowler PTO

Fowler PTO members have been brainstorming fundraising ideas for the upcoming year. We decided to run a few more than we have in the past hoping to appeal to most people. The timeline for the first three fundraisers is close together so that orders will arrive early and we are able to provide funds for the programs that we support early in the year.

1) NEW! KIDSTUFF Coupon Books: $25 each. Fowler receives 50% of the proceeds! There are many great coupons to Johnny Rockets, Southwick Zoo, Bob's Store, Dick's Sporting Goods, Macy's, Sears, Video Signals, and much more. 

2)  Jeannine/Cherrydale Farms Fundraiser: We run this fundraiser every year because we always receive good feedback: great wrapping paper, chocolates, trinkets, holiday presents, etc. Information packets will go home soon.

3)  Customized Pandora Beads: The beads will feature several different Maynard-related themes. Mock-ups are being drafted as we speak and will be publicized as soon as possible. This fundraiser will probably run near the end of October to ensure orders will arrive before the holidays!

We really enjoy providing quality programs and enrichment for your (and our) children, and are hoping to raise more money this year.  If you are not interested in selling/buying, please know that you can always make a simple donation. We would greatly appreciate it! If you have any questions, feel free to email us at fowlerpto1@gmail.com. Thank you!

 

Maynard SEPAC Parent Pizza Party on 10/4

Do you have a child receiving Special Education services in the Maynard School District? You're invited to the Parent Social Pizza Party in the Fowler School Library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4th. If you've been curious about what the SEPAC does, or want to learn more about Special Education in Maynard, come and join us for some delicious pizza! Please RSVP to KarenHeath4@gmail.com or call 978-394-6183. Free and open to the public.

 

Music News

MHS is proud to announce the addition of Eric Huber as an after-school Percussion lesson faculty member. MHS or FS students can contact EHUBERPERC@gmail.com to sign up. Eric Huber heads the percussion studio at the University of Massachusetts Boston and has performed with such ensembles as the Boston Pops, Boston Symphony, Boston Ballet, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Honolulu Symphony. Eric serves as Principal Timpanist of the New Bedford Symphony. His summer engagements have included fellowships at the Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra, AIMS, Aspen Music Festival and National Orchestral Institute.

 

The Maynard Education Foundation is Seeking a Treasurer

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is an independent, non-profit organization that uses its philanthropic contributions to enhance educational excellence in the Maynard Public Schools by funding ideas and projects which promote and celebrate academic rigor and achievement, excitement about learning, and innovation in instruction.

MEF is seeking a Treasurer to join the Board of Trustees. The Treasurer works closely with the MEF President and Clerk to oversee MEF’s annual operations and activities. The Treasurer’s primary responsibility is the financial management of the organization. The ideal candidate is detail oriented, has experience or an interest in financial management, and is willing to actively participate on a fun and dynamic board! Please contact MEF at mefgrants@gmail.com or 978.938.4262 to learn more.

 

Maynard Recreation Basketball at the Boys & Girls Club

Register online at http://www.bgcav.org

Central Mass Youth Basketball League (CMYBL) 
(grades 4th - 8th) Fee: $125/per player & $40/Boys & Girls Club Membership
Registration deadline: Friday, Oct. 28th ($10 late fee will charged after this date)

Maynard Recreation Basketball
(grades 3rd - 8th) 
Fee: $105/per player 

Registration deadline: Friday, Oct. 28th. ($10 late fee will charged after this date)                                   

Recreation practices begin the week of November 28th. Games will be played on Saturdays beginning in December Dates & Times – TBA. 

Maynard Recreation Coaches Meeting

Parents interested in coaching recreation basketball teams should attend our coaches meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 19th at 6pm at the Club.

 



September 23, 2016

Dear Fowler Families,

Thank you for attending our Curriculum Night this past Wednesday. The feedback we received was very positive, and we look forward to seeing you at future Fowler events.  

HW Club
Homework Club will start Tuesday October 4 and will run Monday - Thursday at each grade level.  Students may be encouraged by their teacher(s) to attend, or they may self-refer. Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher to sign up.

Picture Day Rescheduled
Due to the oversight of Picture Day being scheduled on Rosh Hashanah, it has been rescheduled to November 9. The new Retake Day is December 8.  I apologize for this oversight, and am thankful that we were able to reschedule.

State Assessments
Last year’s MCAS and PARCC results will be mailed home in early October.

TERM l Dates

September

26-30 Nature's Classroom 7th grade

29    4th Grade Family Breakfast 8:15 - 9:00 am

30    5th Grade Family Breakfast 8:15 - 9:00 am

30    Early Release 11:15

October

4      Maynard Music Association meeting - Fowler Library 7 pm

8-10 Family Appreciation Weekend - No Homework 

10    Columbus Day - No School

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

18    PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

21    Early Release 11:15

21    Parent Teacher Conferences

28    Early Release 11:15

28    Parent Teacher Conferences

November

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

8    Professional Day - No School

9    Picture Day (Picture Retake Day - December 8)

11  Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

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

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break


Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller, Fowler School Principal


Maynard Public Library Presents:

The Newspaper Club

If you join this newspaper, you can:

  • Write Fowler School news stories
  • Do sports reports
  • Write your own stories/jokes
  • Interview famous people (or at least, teachers)
  • Be a published writer

 When: Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:30 (every two weeks - begins Oct. 19th)

Where: Maynard Public Library

Who: Writers grades 4 – 7

Special Note: Snacks will be served

Sign up with Mrs. Hayward in the Fowler Library


Photography Club

When: Begins October 14

Where: Maynard Public Library

Who: Open to grades 5-6-7

Sign up with Mrs. Hayward in the Fowler Library

  

FASC After School Classes Fall 2016

Magic -The Gathering (Grades 4 -7) Challenge yourself and your peers in the battle of wits. This game is played by two or more people. Every player needs a deck of cards and a way to keep track of life totals. You can customize your deck using cards you pick from other booster packs or by trading cards with your friends.

Instructor: Robert Whitcomb of Excelsior Games & Comics in Maynard

Fee: $65

When: Mondays, 10 classes, starting October 3

Time: 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Fowler School, Teacher’s Room near Cafeteria


Pokemon (Grades 4-7) Players take on the role of a Pokemon trainer. Players play Pokemon to the field and use their attacks to reduce the opponent’s HP. A player may win the game in three ways: by collecting all of their prize cards, running out of Pokemon on the field, or if there are no cards left to draw in the opponent’s deck.

Instructor: Bobby Whitcomb of Excelsior Games & Comics in Maynard

Intro packs may be purchased from the instructor

Fee: $65

When: Wednesdays, 10 classes, starting October 5

Time: 2:304:00 p.m.

Location: Fowler School, Teacher’s Room near Cafeteria


Mission: Latin (Grade 7) Attention grade 7 students! Do you miss studying Latin? Do you love playing games online? The Mission: Latin is for you! Through the Operation: LAPIS Program you will move your character through a mission using your knowledge of Latin language and Roman culture. This program is ideal for Fowler Latin Club members who plan to join the first-ever Fowler Certamen Team! Hope to see you there!

Instructor: Monica Faiella

Fee: $65

When: Thursdays, 10 sessions, starting October 6

Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Fowler School, Room B202

 

Fowler After School Chorus (Grades 4-7)

Start date: January 2017

Watch for details in November!!

Payment plans for ALL classes are available. Call (978) 897-8021 or
e-mail: excel-fasc@maynard.k12.ma.us to make arrangements.

 

 Growth Mindset


Food Services
Dear Parents/Guardians of Fowler Students,

As your food service provider I want to update you on the upcoming school year at Fowler. We will continue to provide healthy and delicious complete meals for the student body. This includes our breakfast which features daily specials in addition to our everyday options. We serve breakfast at 7:25-7:55 am every day the school is open including Early Release Days. I encourage all students to stop by to take a look at all the options including the make-your-own parfait station with organic yogurt, fruit, and granola.

We will continue our holiday-themed menus and quarterly spice promotions. Keep an eye on our October menu for our fall farm stand menu. We will also continue to receive guest chef visits from Whitsons School Nutrition who will create wholesome menus for the students to enjoy. In addition we also invite everyone to check out our webpage for updates, pictures, menus, nutritional and allergen information.  

The Smart Snack Shack will reopen on Monday, September 26. Same restrictions will apply as last year. The shack will be open every day for cash-only sales for the last 10 minutes of each lunch. Limit one visit per student.

The Fowler School follows Maynard Public Schools’ “Charge Policy” in regards to negative account balances. Any student whose account goes below -$10.00 will be offered an alternative meal of a peanut butter and jelly, or a cheese sandwich and drink in place of the main meal option.

Please feel free to contact me at 978-897-6100 or email: cpiercey@maynard.k12.ma.us with any questions.

Sincerely,

Chris Piercey, Food Service Director


Maynard Music Association

MHS Jazz and Wind Ensemble students will perform at the first ever Jazz and Wind Kick-Off Event on Saturday, September 24 from 8:30-10:00 at Fish Restaurant and Wine Bar in Marlboro. Fish will offer 10% off food for all Maynard Music attendants. This event is sponsored by Trish Gately.

 MMA is looking to form a subcommittee to explore music-based enrichment opportunities. If you are interested in participating, please email MMA at maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com.

 Fowler parent volunteers are needed to man the MMA table at MHS open house on Tuesday September 27th at 6:00.  If you can volunteer, please email MMA at the address above.

 If you can help fill the following MMA Fowler positions, please email the address above:

Co-Chair

Secretary

Webmaster –to maintain the  MMA site

 The meeting is October 4th (not the 5th as originally planned) in the Fowler Band room at 7:00.

 

 

Maynard SEPAC Parent Pizza Party

Do you have a child receiving Special Education services in the Maynard School District? You're invited to the Parent Social Pizza Party in the Fowler School Library at 7 pm on Tuesday, October 4. If you've been curious about what the SEPAC does, or want to learn more about the Special Education program in Maynard, come and join us for some delicious pizza! Please RSVP to KarenHeath4@gmail.com or call 978-394-6183. Free and open to the public.

Food Pantry

The Fowler School and the Maynard Food Pantry is offering a supplemental food program to support children over weekends throughout the year. Each week small backpacks containing healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack foods are distributed to children who are signed up. If you are interested, forms are available in the Main Office. 




September 16, 2016

Dear Fowler Families,

During one of our recent meetings, I suggested to the Fowler staff that rather than identifying ourselves as being in the “teaching business,” we see ourselves in the “human development business.” This category seems more all-encompassing to me, and more accurate to describe what we do.  I am proud to say that I am an educator and principal, but our everyday work feels like it includes so much more. Regardless of the role -- whether it be parent/guardian, teacher, support staff, paraprofessional, administrative assistant, or administrator -- we are all helping children learn, develop, and grow. At Fowler, we are all committed to supporting students "stretch" into which they will become. The journey is important and fascinating to say the least, and ultimately, it is a privilege to be a part of the process.  

One of the challenges we face in this endeavor is helping students move through their mistakes.  It is here where our collective attention to growth mindset becomes critical. We (parents/guardians and Fowler staff) need to share the attitude that mistakes are part of learning and growing -- that faster isn't smarter, and that one is not born smart, but one becomes smart.  These are the messages that we are introducing to students with the intention that they adopt them as part of their approach to learning and to life. I have heard from many of you that this approach is what you want your children to learn, and that as a community focus, we are on-target.  I encourage you to ask your child(ren) what s/he/they think of about "growth versus fixed mindset" to generate a discussion at home which will strengthen its impact.  

I appreciate hearing your thoughts about growth mindset and many other topics, so I’m planning to a send out a survey later this fall. Your voice matters to us -- the stronger our partnership becomes, the better it will be for our kids.

Thank you for your continued support as we make Fowler School the best school possible. We can't do it without you!


Shout Out to the Fowler PTO

Thank you to the Fowler PTO for hosting the 4th and 5th grade Back to School Picnic!  Many families were able to attend, and a good time was had by all.  


Please Note

We appreciate those parents/guardians who are being cautious and keeping their children home to try to contain illness and for adhering to the 24 hours/fever-free/without medication rule. Students should also be symptom free (i. e vomiting, diarrhea) for 24 hours and able to tolerate a normal diet before returning to school.


Besides frequent and thorough hand washing, keeping a sick child home from school is the best way to prevent an outbreak.


Please remember to call the absentee line every day that you keep your child home. Try to be as specific with his/her illness as possible, e.g. “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 nurse identify clusters of illness and prompt preventive measures.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.


TERM l Dates


September
21   Parent/Guardian Curriculum Night  6-7:30 pm
26-30 Nature's Classroom 7th grade
29    4th gr Family Breakfast 8:15 - 9:00 am
30    5th gr Family Breakfast 8:15 - 9:00 am
30    Early Release 11:15

October
3     School Pictures 
4    Maynard Music Association Mtg Fowler Library 7 pm
8-10  Family Appreciation Weekend - No Homework 
10    Columbus Day - No School
18    First School Council meeting in Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm
18    PTO meeting in Fowler Library   6-7 pm
21    Early Release 11:15
21    Parent Teacher Conferences
28    Early Release 11:15
28    Parent Teacher Conferences

November
2    Maynard Music Association Mtg Fowler Library 6:30 pm
8    Professional Day-No School
9    School Pictures Make up date
11   Veteran's Day No School
11-13  Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework
15   School Council meeting in Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm
15   PTO meeting in Fowler Library   6-7 pm
22   Term l Ends
23-25 Thanksgiving Break








September 9, 2016

Dear Fowler Families,

I am happy to report that the first full "cycle" - a new rotation in the schedule this year, was successfully completed this past Wednesday.  We have had a great start with our community effort with developing  growth mindset for all of us.  Attached are two bulletin boards that capture the spirit of the language students may use with a fixed mindset and then the language that would shift into a growth mindset. 

Please note -- First School Council Meeting is October 18th (September 13 meeting is cancelled)

Upcoming Dates and Events

Gently Used Halloween Costumes Needed

Do you have gently used Halloween costumes that you are ready to part with?

The Class of 2018 will gladly accept your donations of all sizes from September 9 to 23. Please wash costumes before dropping them off in the boxes located in the lobby near the main office of each school. We will host the Halloween Costume Sale on Sunday, 9/25 and will donate all unsold costumes to local charities. Stay tuned for more information about the event!

 Please email odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us with any questions."

September
13     PTO Meeting in Fowler Library   6-7 pm
15   4th and 5th gr  Fowler Picnic      6-7 pm
21   Back to School Curriculum Night  6-7:30 pm
26-30 Nature's Classroom 7th grade
29    4th gr Family Breakfast 8:15 - 9:00 am
30    5th gr Family Breakfast 8:15 - 9:00 am
30    Early Release 11:15

October
3     School Pictures 
4    Maynard Music Association Mtg Fowler Library 7 pm
8-10  Family Appreciation Weekend - No Homework 
10    Columbus Day - No School
18    First School Council meeting in Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm
18    PTO meeting in Fowler Library   6-7 pm
21    Early Release 11:15
21    Parent Teacher Conferences
28    Early Release 11:15
28    Parent Teacher Conferences

November
2    Maynard Music Association Mtg Fowler Library 6:30 pm
8    Professional Day-No School
9    School Pictures Make up date
11   Veteran's Day No School
11-13  Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework
15   School Council meeting in Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm
15   PTO meeting in Fowler Library   6-7 pm
22   Term l Ends
23-25 Thanksgiving Break

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sharon












September 1, 2016

Dear Fowler Families,

I am pleased to report that the first two days of school were very successful!  The staff spent a great deal of time and effort preparing for a smooth opening, and as I visited all classrooms, I noticed that students were listening respectfully while engaged in discussions/activities.  Thank you for your part in these successful two days of school.  Your confidence in Fowler School and in your child's ability to manage the transition to a new year, grade, and teachers has made a difference.

We held grade-level Community Meetings with students to introduce the concept of mindset - fixed versus growth.  One of the ways we will reinforce and develop a growth mindset is to use the word, "yet" when learning becomes challenging, or when mistakes are made.  For example - "I don't understand this" will become "I don't understand this yet."  Please check out this short video which we will share with all Fowler students in the upcoming days.

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

We encourage you to join us with our school-wide study and practice of developing a growth mindset for every Fowler student.  I look forward to sharing with you our ongoing progress in this worthy endeavor, and I welcome your feedback and input with regular communication.

Please check out our website:

http://fms.maynard.k12.ma.us/


News from the Maynard Music Association

The MMA (Maynard Music Association) would like to welcome everyone to the first monthly meeting next Wednesday night at 7:00 in the Fowler Library.  MMA Fowler is in need of parent support.  For ways to become more involved, please consider attending our meetings or email MMA officers at maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com.

Thanks to Maynard High School music student, Patrick O'Neil, MMA has a new website (maynardmusic.org).  Please check it for the latest information on upcoming meetings, sweatshirt orders, links to private instructors, and much, much more. 

Plans for the Annual Casino Night are well underway.  The next planning meeting will be held on Thursday evening, September 15th at 7:00 pm at Bonnie Wilson's house (13 Sherman Street).  All are welcome.

Upcoming Dates and Events

**PTO-sponsored Grade 4 and 5 Family Picnic 

Thursday, 9/15 from 6:00-7:00 pm at the Fowler playground

**Back to School Curriculum Night

Wednesday, 9/21 from 6:00-7:30 pm.  Parents and Guardians start the evening with me and Chris Fleming, Assistant Principal, at 6:00 in the Fowler Assembly Hall.

**Family Breakfast for students in grade 4 and 5 held in the Fowler cafeteria.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, 9/29 from 8:15-9:00 - Grade 4 

Friday, 9/30 from 8:15-9:00 - Grade 5 

I hope you all have a safe and relaxing weekend!

June 22, 2016

posted Jun 22, 2016, 8:09 AM by jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us

Dear Families,

Thank you for helping us to have another successful school year.  It's hard to believe today is the last day-of-school and that we are starting summer vacation.  I hope that your summer brings relaxation and fun with your friends and family.  Children and adults work very hard during the year and it is healthy to have a less structured schedule in the coming months.

Congratulations to our 7th grade students who participated in a successful promotion celebration this morning.  The 7th grade students will represent Fowler very well as they enter Maynard High School.

This is likely my last email to you as I will soon be starting my new position in Sudbury.  I can't express enough how fortunate I feel to have worked at Fowler for 14 years.  I have loved working with your children, the incredible staff, and the supportive families of Maynard.  My years at Fowler provide me with wonderful memories of a very special school where the students were always put first and where the culture reflects respect, collaboration, learning, and fun.

I wish you all the best moving forward and I look forward to hearing about how well your children are doing.

Sincerely,
Mr. Mela

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To help with the transition back to school next fall, Fowler is offering supply kits that you can purchase now. This year, ordering kits will be online only, with a deadline of Friday, June 24. Starting now, you can go directly to http://www.shopttkits.com/ and enter the Fowler account # 32898.

School supply lists and flyers will be going home this week. Supply lists 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 be ready to pick up at the Meet and Greet in August.  Please check our website over the summer for updated information.

Kit prices are:    Grade 4  $36    Grade 5  $25    Grade 6  $38    Grade 7  $35 

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Have a great summer.

Mr. Mela

June 17, 2016

posted Jun 17, 2016, 9:58 AM by jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us

Dear Families,

Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week...Kevin Cabral, Tamsin Clark, Emma Cryan, Steve Fajardo, Marshall Hayum, Dylan Peavoy, and Jameson Walls.

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Led by Ms. Padalino and Mr. Perham, some of the 7th grade Fowler students have created the Fowler School Diversity Mural, which is almost fully complete.  The mural is beautifully symbolic of Fowler's focus on cultural diversity.

Check out the website to learn more about the mural:


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Have a great weekend and Father's Day.

Mr. Mela

June 10, 2016

posted Jun 10, 2016, 9:57 AM by jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us

Dear Parents,
Girl Scout Cadette troop 72595 has been planning, organizing, and working on their Silver Award project for almost two years, which involved the design and construction of a GaGa Pit for the Fowler School.  After many hours of hard work this past weekend, the girls' commitment and dedication to the project came to fruition.  Led by Co-Leaders, Kathy Jordan and Denise Donovan, the girls (currently 8th grade MHS students) deserve recognition for their outstanding contribution to Fowler and the entire Maynard community: Chloe Donovan, Sophia Gosselin, Sydney Jacobsen, Caroline Jordan, and Lilly Wilson. 

Fowler students are thrilled to play in the GaGa Pit and all of the Maynard children (and possibly the adults) will enjoy the fun for many years to come.

Troop 72595 should be very proud of their work, accomplishment, and determination in making a difference for other children.

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Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week....Lauren Alford, Hazelyn Aroian, Hannah Carlisle, Natalie Champeon, Kayla DeCapua, Emma Donovan, Katerina Garabedian, McKinley Gregg, Aiden Hobbs, Reese Lowery, Joey Mangual, Carolyn Norris, Paige Seymour, and Jeffrey Yelland

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School Kits:

To help with the transition back to school next fall, Fowler is offering supply kits that you can purchase now. This year, ordering kits will be online only, with a deadline of Friday, June 24. Starting now, you can go directly to http://www.shopttkits.com/ and enter the Fowler account # 32898.

School supply lists and flyers will also be going home next week.

Kits will be delivered to Fowler and be ready to pick up at the Meet and Greet in August.  Please check our website over the summer for updated information.

Kit prices are:

Grade 4  $36

Grade 5  $25

Grade 6  $38

Grade 7  $35

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Math Carnival:

The fifth grade students hosted a great math carnival for the 4th grade students, which was a huge success.  Math and fun is a good combination! Thank you to the 5th grade math teachers for organizing a great event.

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As a new tradition, the graduating MHS seniors visited Fowler today and received applause and cheers from the students and staff.

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

June 3, 2016

posted Jun 3, 2016, 11:56 AM by jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us

Dear Parents,

Last night, the 4th grade instrumental students performed very well in their first Fowler concert.  Congratulations to the students and to Mr. Kozik for leading an excellent performance.

Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week...James Carven, Colin Mangual, Evan Moore, Bridget O'Rourke, and Elizabeth Ullrich.

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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 Friday, June 10, 2016. Donations received after that date may be acknowledged in September.)

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SEPAC Ice Cream Social

The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Tuesday, June 7th from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fowler School cafeteria.  All students receiving Special Education services in Maynard and their families are invited to attend.  This popular, free event will have lots of crafts, activities, and fun!  Please contact Jessica O'Toole with any questions or to RSVP at sepacsec@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-0650.

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Fowler School Library Book Fair Fundraiser
There will be a book fair in the library beginning Monday June 6 through Friday June 10 during the school day.

4th and 5th grade students will visit the fair during their STAR block. 6th and 7th grade students can visit the fair during their library class time.

The fair accepts cash, credit, debit and checks. Checks should be made out to Fowler School. Prices range from $12.00-$40.00. There is no sales tax and staff and teachers receive 10% discount!

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Fowler Spirit Week Next Week!


Spirit Week / Coin Drive

Battle of the Grades

June 6-10

Each grade will compete to earn the most points during this Battle of the Grades. Points are earned through dress-up participation on the spirit days (highest percent of participation earns points):

  • Monday—Sports Day
  • Tuesday—Hawaiian Day
  • Wednesday—Wacky Wednesday  (Mix/ Match Day)
  •  Thursday—Sunglasses & Hat Day
  • Friday—Maynard Pride Day

Coin Drive: Points are earned for pennies added to the grade’s coin jar. Silver coins and paper money are subtracted from the totals:

Pennies are +1 point

Nickels are -5 points

Dimes are -10 pints

Quarters are -25 points

$1 Bills are -100 points


Money raised will go towards the 2016 Nature's Classroom Trip. 


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As a reminder, the last day of school is June 22 and it is a half day.  


Have a good weekend.


Mr. Mela



                             


May 27, 2016

posted May 27, 2016, 10:07 AM by jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us

Dear Parents,
Over the past few weeks the students worked very hard and with excellent focus on their standardized testing.  They deserve credit for the stamina and effort exhibited during a long testing window.  When an entire school is involved in testing, it is critical to have strong collaboration, teamwork, and flexibility to ensure that the testing goes smoothly and successfully.  I'm proud that Fowler is a school with those characteristics.

This weekend is a Family Appreciation Weekend, which means no homework will be assigned.  We hope you can enjoy the warm weather with your family and friends.

Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week....Andrew Buckley, Hayden Blomster, and Sharon Dao.
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SEPAC Ice Cream Social

The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Tuesday, June 7th from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fowler School cafeteria.  All students receiving Special Education services in Maynard and their families are invited to attend.  This popular, free event will have lots of crafts, activities, and fun!  Please contact Jessica O'Toole with any questions or to RSVP at sepacsec@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-0650.

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

May 20, 2016

posted May 20, 2016, 9:58 AM by jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us

Dear Parents,
Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week...Phoebe Cook, Gabriel Cubelli, Isabella Kennedy, Emma Lataille, Morgan Mylon, Eli O'Toole, Brody Ringuette, Alima Salahuddin, Claudia Severance, Jake Silva, Ruby Tricca, and Zachary Zmijak.

On Tuesday night, Mr. Kozik led a talented group of musicians in the Fowler Spring Concert.  Congratulations to Mr. Kozik for directing a great concert and to the band and chorus students who performed so well.  Good luck to the band students today at the Great East competition!


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Last week the Fowler teachers were treated to the Annual Teacher Appreciation luncheon sponsored by the PTO and Fowler families.  The food was delicious and thoroughly appreciated.  Thank you to all the families who contributed or participated in the luncheon.

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Spirit Week / Coin Drive

Battle of the Grades

June 6th-10th


Each grade will be competing to earn the most points during this Battle of the Grades.

Points are earned by dressing up on the spirit days (highest percent of participation earns points).

·         Monday—Sports Day

·         Tuesday—Hawaiian Day

·         Wednesday—Wacky Wednesday  (Mix/ Match Day)

·         Thursday—Sunglasses & Hat Day

·         Friday—Maynard Pride Day

 

Coin Drive- Points are earned for pennies added to the grade’s coin jar.  Silver coins and paper money are subtracted from the totals.

Pennies are +1 point

Nickels are -5 points

Dines are -10 pints

Quarters are -25 points

$1 Bills are -100 points


Money raised will go towards the 2016 Nature's Classroom Trip. 


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Relay for Life
Katie Tummino and Becca Turgeon are selling "Moon and Stars" cards for the Wall of Hope in the main lobby. All profits will go to Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society for cancer research. $1 cards can be purchased from homeroom teachers or from Katie and Becca. Thank you for your contribution!


Hat Day
The 5th grade invites you to join the Hat Day fundraiser on Friday, May 27th. Bring your $1 to wear a hat for the day -- you can give it to any 5th grade teacher or bring to the Main Office.

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SEPAC Ice Cream Social

The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Tuesday, June 7th from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fowler School cafeteria. All students receiving Special Education services in Maynard and their families are invited to attend. This free event will have lots of crafts, activities, and fun!  Please contact Jessica O'Toole with any questions or to RSVP at sepacsec@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-0650.

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

May 13, 2016

posted May 13, 2016, 7:47 AM by jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us

Dear Parents,
Don't Miss the Fowler Fair!
​The Annual Fowler School Fair will be held today, Friday, May 13 from 3-6 pm in the Fowler School parking lot. This family-friendly afternoon will feature a dunk tank, bouncy house, train ride, raffle items, plant sale, food, and much more! This annual fundraiser is hosted by the Fowler staff to raise student scholarship funds for school events such as field trips, Nature's Classroom, activity fees, and more. ​All are welcome to attend - rain or shine!

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Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week....Hazelyn Aroian, Hannah Carlisle, Brooke Murphey, Carolyn Norris, Melissa O'Leary, Kate Rober, Lily Waguespack.


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The School Safety Committee of the Maynard Public Schools, a comprehensive group consisting of representatives from the schools and the town's public safety officials, has been meeting regularly for the past year.  During the last several months, a community information evening has been held and all teachers have been trained in the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter & Evacuate) protocols.  We are planning to have an all-school practice drill at Fowler School in June.

 

During the next few weeks teachers will be discussing safety measures with students, focusing on age-appropriate responses in preparation for our whole school drill in June. Discussions will include enhanced lockdown measures and evacuation procedures that can be used in case of an emergency. Materials that have been developed are age appropriate and have been designed to enhance the ability of all of us to stay calm, informed, and safe should a threatening situation ever  occur in the school.

 

Please feel free to contact Mr. Mela if you would like more information about the ALICE program.


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Congratulations to the students who performed or contributed so well in the school play last weekend.  The students were well-prepared and their hard work and enthusiasm was evident throughout the show.  The play was a lot of fun and fortunately justice prevailed.

Grace Wilde, Kyleigh Sofferman, Ari Kiirikki, Georgia Wilson, Josh Taylor, Lindsey Campbell, Meghan Curtin, Morgan Mylon, Phoebe Cook, Skylar Sofferman, Fiona Brown, Ronan Jeannotte, Sophia Smith, Jessica Skavicus, Grace Charron, Sophia Manganaro, Ali Roche, Ella Rowe, Cherry Quee, Emma Donovan, Annie Konieczka, Tatyiana Flood, Lilly Sullivan, Vincent Boothroyd, Angelina Andrade, Layla English, Meg Grusheski, Molly Mara, Emily St. John, and Claudia Severance

A special thanks to Mrs. Gustavson who volunteered to direct the play this year and did an incredible job.  Thank you to Mrs. Boutin who also supported the play.

Here is a nice letter from a grandparent who watched the play:

"Dear Mr. Mela,
On Saturday I drove down from Maine to see my granddaughter, perform in the play at Fowler School.  I just wanted to let you that it was quite delightful.  The actors were well prepared, the play appropriate for their age, yet funny for all ages, and the amount of hard work was obvious. My understanding is that this was headed up by a parent volunteer.  I don't have a way to reach her, but would you please pass on my thanks for all the work she put into this.  True education involves the arts and to have parents involved in such an added bonus!  Great job to all involved!"  

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SEPAC Ice Cream Social

The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Tuesday, June 7th from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fowler School cafeteria. All students receiving Special Education services in Maynard and their families are invited to attend. This popular event will have lots of crafts, activities, and fun! This event is free and open to the whole family of students receiving Special Education services in Maynard. Please contact Jessica O'Toole with any questions or to RSVP at sepacsec@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-0650.

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Maynard Music Association (Fowler) is looking to fill the following positions for the 2016/17 school year:
  • Co Chair
  • Treasurer 
  • Secretary 
  • Webmaster 
If you are interesting in volunteering, or if you want to team up with a friend to fill one position, please contact Annemarie Caloggero at amcalo@msn.com.

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Graduation Balloon Sale!

Graduation of the class of 2016 is right around the corner, and you can congratulate any senior on this great milestone by purchasing a fabulous orange Mylar balloon in the shape of a star with the “Class of 2016” written on it.  We will place them at the house of the designated senior on June 10th!  They are only $5 for the first balloon and $4 for each additional balloon ordered.  You can order by emailing the name of the senior to odoktorov@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 27th.


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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

May 6, 2016

posted May 6, 2016, 9:46 AM by jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us

Dear Parents,

Next week PARCC/MCAS testing will begin for our students.  We have a relatively small window in which to conduct the testing, so attendance is very important.  Please help your child prepare by making sure they arrive to school on time, receive a good night of sleep, and have a healthy breakfast.  Students will participate in a short physical activity before the test, can bring a snack to school, and can chew gum or a hard candy during the test.  Teachers will not assign homework or studying during the night before a test.  We want the students to be well-rested and focused.

Please reinforce the message given by teachers and encourage your child to work hard and do their best.  Your child's daily work and practice at school provides the best preparation for the testing.

May 9     Practice Test

May 10   PARCC ELA Unit 1

May 11   PARCC ELA Unit 2

May 12   PARCC ELA Unit 3

May 16   PARCC Math Unit 1

May 17   PARCC Math Unit 2

May 18   PARCC Math Unit 3

May 19   PARCC Math Unit 4 (Grade 4 and 5 only)

May 20   MCAS Science and Technology (Grade 5 only)

May 23   MCAS Science and Technology (Grade 5 only)

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Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week....Henry Barron, Hayden Blomster, Jamie Butler, Talia Caloggero, Tori Carroll, Tamsin Clark, Amber Coyle, Hunter Dalli, Rachel Fisk, Nicole Helin, Ryan Kelly, Marissa Lawton, Anna Malionek, Mason Monaco, Eli O'Toole, Paxton Picorelli, and Billy Walsh.

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We hope you will come to our school play, which is awesome!
Once Upon a Crime: The Trial of Goldilocks
Show dates:  Friday, May 6 (7:00 pm) and Saturday, May 7 (7:00 pm)
Directed by Ms. Alannah Gustavson

"Once Upon a Crime: The Trial of Goldilocks" a humorous fairy tale courtroom play packed with familiar storybook characters. Goldilocks is the defendant, on trial for breaking and entering. The plaintiffs are -- you guessed it -- The Three Bears. As their lawyers go toe-to-toe hoping to prove their respective clients' cases, other fairy tale characters are called to testify as witnesses, including Hansel and Gretel, Jack (from the Beanstalk) and Cow, Granny, and even the Big Bad Wolf takes the stand. Is Goldilocks guilty or innocent?

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Congratulations to Mrs. Faiella and her Latin Club students!

This past weekend, April 29-May 1, Fowler Latin Club attended the Massachusetts Junior Classical League Convention at Barnstable High School in Hyannis, MA.  It was an action-packed two days, during which the students participated enthusiastically in artistic, athletic, academic, and spirit-oriented activities.  The students received complimentary feedback from the adults at the convention and, just as at Classics Day in December, our chapter was quite well-received.  Fowler placed tenth place out of the seventeen schools attending the convention, and students received awards for various graphic arts projects, costume, English oratory, track events, poetry, academic test results, and performance in the talent show.  As a school, Fowler placed first in the medium-sized school category for spirit.  We are so proud of our sixth graders for their accomplishments!


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Don't Miss the Fowler Fair!
​The Annual Fowler School Fair will be held Friday, May 13 from 3-6 pm in the Fowler School parking lot. This family-friendly afternoon will feature a dunk tank, bouncy house, train ride, raffle items, plant sale, food, and much more! This annual fundraiser is hosted by the Fowler staff to raise student scholarship funds for school events such as field trips, Nature's Classroom, activity fees, and more. ​All are welcome to attend - rain or shine! 

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Friday, May 13th is the Annual Teacher Luncheon.  The PTO is looking for donations of food and beverages. We particularly need items such as salads, desserts, and soda as well as some help with set-up and clean up.  Your help and generosity is greatly appreciated. Donations can be dropped off Friday, May13th before 11:00am in the Main Office.  To sign up for a donation, Lee McDonagh at Leemcdonagh@gmail.com.
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Last weekend, three of our talented 7th grade musicians, Ari Kiirikki, Alyssa Barilone, and Henry Bourgeois, represented the Fowler School at the annual Central District Music Festival at Leominster HS.  The students worked hard for months to successfully audition for three of the limited spots to play at the festival and did an amazing job!  Kudos to the students for their performances. 

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Introducing Summer Music Camp at Fowler School in Maynard! Camp is directed by Patricia Gately and open to students entering grades 5-10. All wind instruments, piano, guitar, bass, and drums are welcome. Session 1: July 18th-July 22nd or Session 2: July 25th-29th. For more information e-mail trishgately@gmail.com or visit maynardmusicfowler.org.

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For current 7th -11th grade parents of Band and Chorus Students:

Disney 2017 Trip information has been added to the MHS website in the Quick Links section: 2017 Band/Chorus Disney Trip --

If you missed the Parent Information Meeting on 4/28, take a moment to go through the Powerpoint presentation at the bottom of the page.  All forms that have been distributed so far are also attached. 

In the coming months, we will be adding details on payment deadlines, fundraising initiatives, what to pack, medical forms, and more. Bookmark the page and check it often!

Regards,
2017 Disney Trip Committee

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Have a good weekend and happy Mother's Day.

Mr. Mela

April 29, 2016

posted Apr 29, 2016, 10:24 AM by jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us

Dear Parents,

The Fowler School invites your family to attend the Annual Fowler Community Fair on Friday, May 13, 3:00-6:00 pm.  Fowler teachers sponsor this fundraiser to support students with school events such as Nature’s Classroom, activity fees, field trips, after school programs, and more.

Some of the fun activities planned include a train ride, bake sale, face painting, shooting hoops, spin art, flower sale, silent auction, bouncy castle, music, giant sling shot, and of course a dunk tank (wouldn’t you love to dunk your favorite teachers)!

This event is a great opportunity for Green Meadow students and families to get introduced to Fowler.

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Congratulations to our Do-Right students of the week...Jewell Croushore, Bruce French, and Corinne Morgan.

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Testing Schedule:


May 9     Practice Test

May 10   PARCC ELA Unit 1

May 11   PARCC ELA Unit 2

May 12   PARCC ELA Unit 3

May 16   PARCC Math Unit 1

May 17   PARCC Math Unit 2

May 18   PARCC Math Unit 3

May 19   PARCC Math Unit 4 (Grade 4 and 5 only)

May 20   MCAS Science and Technology (Grade 5 only)

May 23   MCAS Science and Technology (Grade 5 only)

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Meet Author JEFF KINNEY

Best-selling author of the Diary of A Wimpy Kid series will be at the Fowler School Auditorium!

WEDNESDAY MAY 4
6:00 p.m.

Admission is free! 

Don't miss this opportunity to meet the author. 
Books will be available for purchase and signing.

The Fowler PTO will host a bake sale during the event and is looking for donations of baked goods and bottled water.  If you are able to contribute, please email Sue Hines at jimsueh@comcast.net.  All donations can be dropped off in the Fowler lobby between 4:30 and 6 pm the day of the event.  Thank you so much for your support!

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Grade 7 Health Information:

As part of the Health Education curriculum,  our students will be completing a first aid/CPR unit.  As Mrs. Sullivan is a trainer for Medic First Aid she has the authority to certify individuals.   All students will be educated and trained, however, if you would like yours to be certified, a book and certification card can be purchased through Medic First Aid for $13.00.  If you are interested in this option, please send in a check (made out to Fowler School) or cash with your child to give to Ms. Sullivan within the next week.

Thank you,

Mrs. Sullivan and Mr. Fledderjohn

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Library News from Mrs. Hayward:


Book Fair--- June 6-10, 2016

There will be a book fair in the Fowler School Library during the week of June 6-June 10. All students will have the opportunity to visit the fair during the school week. Book Fairs by Book Ends provides us a high quality selection of titles for grades 4-7. I will provide detailed information about the book fair during the first week of June.


Greek Mythology Club

The group plans to wrap up the year with a movie and pizza night!


6th Grade Research and Information Literacy

In conjunction with the South East Asia unit in history, we focused on the Vietnam War to learn how to develop and refine a range of questions to frame the search for new understanding. (Std 21st C. Learner 1.1.3) We also began a read-aloud called Into No Man’s Land.  The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty by Ellen Emerson White.

Currently, we are exploring an Internet Safety curriculum called NetSmartz Workshop. Students took the NetSmartz Challenge online that covers digital literacy, inappropriate content, online privacy, online predators and cyber-bullying,  Other activities addressing  digital ethics, cell phones, cyber-bullying and social networking which will guide our discussions on these important topics.


7th Grade Research and Information Literacy

Students have begun their final research project to complement their study of ancient cultures in history class.  Each student chose a Greek mythological character to study and the project focuses on numerous research skills such as: identifying credible web and traditional sources, note-taking, organization of information, citing sources, and creating bibliographies.


Fine Arts Night--- March 2016

Thanks again to all students and families who made our evening of music, art and poetry a success!


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Food Service Information:

Beginning in May, 2016 it is necessary for the Food Service Department to begin to close the financial books. The process involves collecting payment for all outstanding cafeteria charges. Unpaid charges are a financial strain on Maynard Public School’s food service department.

·   Graduating Seniors must pay any outstanding balance in full by their last day of school, June 3rd; this is a Senior obligation that must be met before Seniors can receive their cap and gown. 

 

·   All other students must pay their balance in full by the last full day of school, June 21st

 

·   Any student leaving Maynard Public Schools who has a positive balance may send a written request for a refund or for the balance to be transferred to a sibling's account.

Starting on Wednesday, May 4th the Food Service Program will be changing their “Meal Charge” policy.  The cafeteria cash registers will be programmed to prevent further charges if a student owes money on their accounts or if the purchase will cause them to owe money.  Weekly emails have gone out all year alerting families of negative or low balances.  If your student has a negative account balance; regardless of free or reduced lunch status, s/he will no longer be provided all the lunch options available. Instead they will be provided and charged for the alternative lunch option consisting of: cheese sandwich, vegetable, fruit and milk.  All negative balances must be paid by the end of this school year.  

If your child owes a high balance, we would like the opportunity to work with you to find a solution to this bill.  

Please contact Chris Piercey (978-897-6100, cpiercey@maynard.k12.ma.us) to arrange a payment agreement, or to discuss how we can help in this matter.

Thank you.

Chris Piercey

Maynard Public Schools Food Services Manager

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Have a good weekend.


Mr. Mela

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