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February 26, 2016

posted Feb 26, 2016, 9:57 AM by jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us
Dear Parents,
The partnership we have with our families is incredibly important to the success of our students.  With that in mind, I encourage parents to feel comfortable asking questions, conveying concerns, and giving feedback on how we can collectively make Fowler a stronger school.  Meeting with teachers and administrators is an effective method to share information and gain understanding, and I believe it is important for parents to be strong advocates for their children.  Please let me know how I can help to facilitate safe, open, and healthy lines of communication between Fowler and our families.
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Fowler School Play:
For many years, Fowler students have performed in an annual school play.  This year we are struggling to find a play director to lead the students.  We welcome any parent(s) who would be interested in taking on this role.  If you are interested, please contact me ASAP.
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Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week...Stephanie Banegas, Justin Dankievitch, and Paxton Picorelli.

Please save the dates for these upcoming events:

Talent Show        Thursday, March 3    6:00 pm

Fine Arts Night   Thursday, March 17  6:00-7:30 pm   

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Yesterday, the students from Mrs. Gulezian's, Mrs. Hobbs', and Mrs. Peralta's classrooms celebrated with their older adult friends in the final meeting of the Bridges Program.  A special breakfast was served by the students, wonderful gifts were exchanged, and the students sang a heart-warming song.  This is the first year Fowler hosted the Bridges Program and it was an incredible success!  A special thank you to the students for their excellent energy, to the teachers for their planning, organization, and warmth, to the Bridges Directors for their guidance and support, and to the senior volunteers for their kindness, patience, and investment in our students.  We are thrilled with the Bridges Program at Fowler and we look forward to next year.  


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The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 14th Annual The Taste on Sunday, March 6, 2016, 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 encouraged to come and enjoy exceptional samples of food specialties from local food establishments in the Maynard, Acton, Stow, Concord, Hudson, and Marlboro area. Restaurants including Battle Road Brewery, Blue Coyote Grille, China Ruby, Cookie Lady Treats, El Huipil, Flo's Catering, Halfway Café, Maynard Golf Course, Maynard Village Pizza, Monsoon Indian Bistro, Oscar's Burritos, Reasons to Be Cheerful, River Rock Grill, Roche Bros, Serendipity Café, Whitson's Culinary Group and Whole Foods will be participating in this event. There will also be a cash bar, entertainment by the local sensation "Transistor Kings," and fabulous raffle/silent auction.  
 
Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult,  $10 children ages 5-12  (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 school main offices.  Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website www.maynardeducation.org.  Tickets will be available on a first-come first-served basis at the door for $35/each.

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Executive Functioning: Giving Kids the Social Skills They Need to Succeed

Executive functioning skills are a set of mental processes that we use to do daily tasks like organize and pay attention, but did you know
that these skills are important outside of the classroom too? Join us Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Maynard Fowler School Library
for "Executive Functioning, Giving Kids the Social Skills They Need to Succeed" presented by Genna Lyons, LMFT, MS, and Educational
Consultant at Mass General Hospital's Aspire Program. Learn how executive functioning skills such as self-awareness, self-monitoring,
and emotional self regulation can impact your child's confidence, social functioning, and friendships. Plus learn what you can do as a
parent to increase your child's social competence and help them succeed both inside and outside the classroom.

Please RSVP to Jen Scott at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.usor 
978-897-2735 to attend. Free and open to the public.

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MMA Fowler:  

Our next meeting is Wednesday night, March 2nd from 7- 7:45 in room B132 at the High School.  Joint business between Fowler and the High School will start at 7:45.

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Sandy and Danny had some “summer lovin’,” but what happens when she’s the new girl meeting him, the bad boy, at Rydell High? And what will their friends think?

 

Come see GREASE, the popular rock ‘n’ roll musical, performed on March 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20, 2016 at Maynard High School. You’ll hear your favorite doo wop songs from the original Broadway musical and hit movie, like “Summer Nights” and “Greased Lightning,” and see thrilling dance numbers like “Born to Hand Jive” and “We Go Together.”


Show times are at 7pm for Friday and Saturday performances and at 2pm on Sundays. 


Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and are on sale at the Maynard High School ticket booth and from MKtix.com. For MHS ticket booth hours, go to MHStheater.org/ticket-sales/.


“Throw your mittens around your kittens, and away we go!”

 

GREASE Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. GREASE is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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To members of the Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, Maynard, and Sudbury communities: 

Please join us at 7 pm on Wednesday March 9 at the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Auditorium for a special screening!

The feature-length documentary Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education in the United States, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize teaching as we know it. After seeing this film, the way you think about school will never be the same.

Over a century ago, American education underwent a dramatic transformation as the iconic one-room schoolhouse evolved into an effective system that produced an unmatched workforce tailored for the 20th Century. As the world economy shifts and traditional white-collar jobs begin to disappear, that same system remains intact, producing potentially chronic levels of unemployment among graduates in the 21st Century. The film follows students into the classrooms of High Tech High, an innovative new school in San Diego. There, over the course of a school year, two groups of ninth graders take on ambitious, project-based challenges that promote critical skills rather than rote memorization.

Most Likely to Succeed points to a transformation in learning that may hold the key to success for millions of our youth – and our nation – as we grapple with the ramifications of rapid advances in technology, automation and growing levels of income inequality.

The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session.  

For more information about the film, see:  http://mltsfilm.org/

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela
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