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March 18, 2016

posted Mar 18, 2016, 7:55 AM by jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us
Dear Families,

During the summer, I made a decision that in my 14th year working at Fowler I would explore other schools and districts if I felt they would be a good match for me.  Over the last few weeks, I was honored to be named a finalist in Sudbury and in Brookline.  Last Friday, I was offered the position of Principal of the Curtis Middle School in Sudbury.  After a weekend of reflection, I decided to accept Sudbury's offer.

Sudbury offers me a wonderful opportunity to move into a larger school and district, to work with and learn from new staff and central office administrators, and to grow professionally from different experiences and challenges.

I feel incredibly fortunate to have worked for so long at Fowler, which is a school that takes great pride in our strong culture and commitment to supporting students and families.  I have loved every minute of working at Fowler and have found the work to be rewarding, satisfying, and reinforcing the important role that educators play in children's lives.

Fowler is a high-functioning school, with a healthy focus on growth and improvement and supporting the needs of the whole-child.  The Fowler staff is fabulous and their ability to collaborate, trust each other, and work toward a common goal of educating every student provides a strong foundation for the school to continue to grow and improve.

I want to thank the students, staff, and families for helping to make my years at Fowler so special.  I have always felt welcomed and appreciated by the school community, and I deeply respect the families in Maynard who support the schools, rally around good causes, and care immensely about helping others.

I look forward to an exciting and busy spring where we can continue the important work of educating and caring for our students.

Sincerely,
Mr. Mela

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Last night, Fowler hosted our first Fine Arts Night, which showcased wonderful examples of music, art, and poetry in the school. Congratulations to Mrs. Hayward, Mr. Perham, and Mr. Kozik for directing and organizing an excellent event and to all the students who performed so well.  The theme of the evening was based on the artist Wassily Kandinsky and his contribution to the art world known as Synesthesia.  Art work, poetry, and live music, were all modeled on this principle and students were able to experience this phenomena using their own creative interpretations.



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Faculty vs Student Basketball Game
The Annual Faculty vs Student Basketball game will take place on Thursday, March 31 at 3:00 pm.  Admission is only $1.00! Come cheer on your team of choice!
 
Yearbook
All students should have received a Fowler Yearbook order form -- The deadline for orders is April 1.  Please turn in order forms to Mrs. Brenda Sullivan or the Main Office.  The cost is $22.00 and checks are made out to Fowler School.

PTO Fundraiser:
Our absolute last day to accept any last minute orders is Tuesday 3/22. We appreciate all the support so far and are looking forward to hopefully being able to fund some great programs for the students in the future--thank you again for your support!

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2016-2017 BUS REGISTRATION

Bus registration for the 2016-2017 school year will begin on May 9, 2016.  Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at 3-R Tiger Drive.  Registration Forms will be available on our website and all school offices starting on May 6.  No forms will be accepted before May 9. 

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

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Using Mindfulness to Relieve Stress and Create Ease in Daily Life

Please join the Maynard SEPAC on Tuesday, April 5th @ 7 pm in the Fowler School Library.

Mindfulness is such a big “buzz” word these days. Have you ever 
wondered what it’s all about? Why and how it can be so helpful when
dealing with stressful situations? Everyone can benefit from learning about and implementing a mindfulness practice!  Come join us for this adults-only presentation and learn how and why to incorporate stillness and meditation into your life.  Laura Grundstrom, YogaKids Certified Teacher, RYT200, Kyra Marino, RYT200, Owner of Revolution Community Yoga in Acton, MA will offer practical ways to include this in your daily routines. We'll also talk about child-friendly ways to present these concepts so that you can go home and practice mindfulness with your children.

It takes 21 days to create a new habit so begin with usand see how mindfulness can benefit you and your family on a daily basis! Please RSVP to Jen Scott at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-2735 to attend.

Free and open to the public.

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela
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