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April 17, 2015

posted Apr 17, 2015, 10:49 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

I wish all of your families a happy and relaxing vacation.

When we return to school, Fowler will be celebrating Poetry Week, from April 27-May 1, 2015.  Thank you Mrs. Hayward for organizing and directing this event. 

Some of the activities include:

Morning Announcements - One student from each grade level will read a poem after the pledge;

Poem in Your Pocket - Students can carry a poem with them all week. If they are asked by an adult with a Poetry Gift Bag to read the poem, they will get a prize;

Lunch Time - There will be a supply of poems in the cafeteria.  Student volunteers can read a poem during lunch;

4th Grade - 
Using poster-sized paper, each homeroom writes an acrostic poem using the teacher's name;

5th Grade -
Using a selection of poetry books, each student chooses a poem or writes an original poem;
Each day, a student picks a poem from the box and reads it to the class;

6th Grade - 
Choose a favorite poem or write an original poem;
Create a decorative book mark, and give your book marks to a 4th grade class so each 4th grade student in that class receives one;

7th Grade -
Write diamante poems, which can be free-form or you can assign a topic relevant to your subject discipline.

Here are some poetry websites you can explore and use. 

http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems/short/middle_school

http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poems/funny/

http://www.poetryteachers.com/schoolpoems/fallingasleep.html

https://somepeomsforkids.wordpress.com/funny-poems/

Poetry is embedded throughout the Common Core Standards and these fun activities are a great way to integrate poetry and engage our students! Thanks for your support!

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Staff Luncheon:

As we head into the final stretch of the school year, it is once again time for the Fowler Teacher/Staff appreciation luncheon, which will be held on Friday, May 8th.  This is a great way to show support for the people who work with our children throughout the year, and is always appreciated by the Fowler Staff.  The PTO is looking for donations of salads (any kind), drinks, desserts, or monetary donations if that is more convenient.  Please email Lee McDonagh, who is organizing this event, at leemcdonagh@gmail.com with what you are able to contribute.  Thank you so much for helping with this very important event!

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Fowler Community Fair

Save the Date

 This spring, the Fowler School invites your family to attend the Fowler Community Fair.  On Friday, May 8, from 3:00-6:00 pm, Fowler staff will be sponsoring a 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 teacher?).

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

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Navigating the Cyber World....

Presentation by the District Attorney's Office.

On April 29 and 30, the 6th and 7th grade students will see the presentation in school.

On April 29, there will also be a presentation for parents at 7:00 pm, Fowler Assembly Hall.  All K-12 parents are welcome to attend.

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Have a great vacation!

Mr. Mela





April 2, 2015

posted Apr 2, 2015, 11:04 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

It's hard to believe we have entered April.  I hope the weather will continue to improve, the snow will melt, and students and families can begin to go outdoors. 

We had a great first week of PARCC testing.  The students did very well and worked incredibly hard.  Next week the testing will continue on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.


Report cards will be viewable in IPASS by Monday afternoon.  We will also mail report cards home next week.

The PTO would like to remind everyone that the absolute last day to get their orders in is Monday, April 6th.  Thanks to everyone who has already placed an order--every single one counts!  If everyone bought just ONE item, the school would make over $2000 in profit, which in turn would be used to help fund special requests from the teachers and enrichment programs.  Please consider placing an order.  Thank you!

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Spring Cleaning to Benefit Cradles to Crayons!

Maynard is participating in a Children's Clothing Drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons.
Please bring your gently used children clothes, sizes infant through adult medium to one of the drop boxes, at Green Meadow, Fowler School, Maynard High School or the Maynard Public Library. The clothing drive will be held March 27- April 10, 2015.

Cradles to Crayons is a non profit that provides children, who are homeless or living in poverty in Massachusetts with clothing, books, and school supplies. The clothing drive is being organized by Emmeline Weeks, who was nominated by the 8th grade teaching team to be Maynard's representative to Project 351. Project 351 teaches 8th graders to become leaders in their community focusing on community service and collaboration. www.project351.com;   www.cradlestocrayons.org
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Have a great holiday weekend.

Mr. Mela


March 27, 2015

posted Mar 27, 2015, 11:44 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

Next week the first round of PARCC testing will begin for our students.  We have a small window to conduct the testing, so good attendance is very important.  Please help your child to 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 on doing their best.

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 PARCC.

PARCC SCHEDULE 2015

Monday          March 30      Practice Grades 4-7

Tuesday          March 31      ELA Grades 4-7  

Wednesday     April 1          ELA Grades 4-7   

Tuesday          April 7           ELA Grades 4-7

Wednesday    April 8            Math Grades 4-7

Thursday       April 9            Math Grades 4-7

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Cookie Dough Fundraiser:

The Spring Cookie Dough fundraiser is in full swing.  Please consider supporting the Fowler School PTO by purchasing cookie dough, cheese cake or one of the many other sweet treats included in this year's brochure.  Proceeds from this sale support field trips, technology upgrades and many other things that directly effect YOUR children!  Brochures went home last week, if you need additional brochures they are available in the office. The sale runs through Thursday, April 2nd.


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Maynard Boy Scouts:
Five fifth graders from Fowler School earned their Arrow of Light awards last Friday night.  This award is the highest award given in Cub Scouting, and it reflects great achievement in scouting's core values of citizenship, community service, and outdoorsmanship.  The boys are Patrick Crossland, Nicholas Fritz, Jonathan Midey, Charles Stearns, and Nathan Strahs.  The boys were guided by den leader Kristen Reyzer over the last 5 years, and they are now members of Maynard Boy Scout Troop 130.
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Sp
eaker Series Event:

Monday, April 13, 2015 — 6:30 to 8:30pm
R.J. Grey Junior High School Auditorium
16 Charter Road, Acton, MA

Increasingly, American parents start worrying about college admissions when their children are barely out of diapers.  And by middle school, kids have been thrust into the competition for the Ivy League.  But that's a dangerous game, one that teaches kids a curious set of values, sets too many of them up for disappointment and perverts the true purpose of education.  It's also built on a myth: that success hinges on going to a highly selective school.  Frank Bruni will talk about a better, healthier way to think about and approach all of this, distilling the research, life stories and advice in his new book Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania being published on March 17th.

New York Times Op-Ed columnist Frank Bruni will be speaking in Acton on “From Diapers to Diploma: A Healthier Way to Navigate Your Child's Path to College”.   The event is completely free.  Here’s the registration link: http://bit.ly/Bruni2015 .

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This is a reminder that the next Science on Saturday K-12 presentation on the MIT campus will be Hands-On Engineering on March 28th.  This show will be presented by engineers from Draper Laboratory, and volunteers from the audience will be able to assist with lots of fun on-stage demonstrations.  After the stage show, there will be many different hands-on activity tables where kids can explore various aspects of engineering.

All of the Science on Saturday events are free and open to all elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers.  Parking and seating are limited, so we recommend that you arrive early.  Attendees can park in either the West Garage (very close to the event) or Albany Garage (a ~10-15-minute walk from the event) provided they can pay the $6 flat fee with a credit card at either parking garage.  Alternatively, attendees can take MBTA buses to the MIT Massachusetts Avenue stop (very close to the event) or the subway to either the Central or Kendall Square T stops (a ~20-minute walk from the event).

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

March 20, 2015

posted Mar 20, 2015, 11:01 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

This weekend is a Family Appreciation Weekend and no homework will be assigned, which will allow everyone to rest up after the excitement of the student-faculty basketball game and the circus at Fowler!

Fowler is proud to present Mike Naughton's Yankee Doodle Circus tonight, March 20, in the Fowler Gymnasium.  Show times are 5:15 and 7:30 PM.  Experience family fun as performers dazzle you with feats of daring and thrills of wonder from the marvelous to the magnificent. 

We are thrilled that we have already sold more than 250 tickets, so we will receive 50% of the sale.

There will be food and novelties sold tonight.

We hope to see you at the circus!

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Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Check your child's back pack today for the PTO's spring cookie dough fundraiser brochure.  The sale will run from March 20th-April 2nd.  Like last year, if you return your order form early (between March 23rd- March 27th), you will be entered into a daily raffle to win a $10 gift card to either the Maynard Fine Arts Theater or Orange Leaf frozen yogurt.  The earlier you return the form, the more chances you have to WIN.

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Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week...Matthew Antonio, Hazelyn Aroian, Joseph Aumueller, Tyler Boucher, Talia Caloggero, Abigail Candela, Kate Carlisle, Grace Charron, Macy Dufour, Samuel Dunton, Haven Estabrook, Paige Fales, Tiera Glasgow, Kimsoo Gopnik. Brenna Grusheski, Luke Hillstrom, Aaron Jacob, Tyler Kapopoulos, James Kelley, Ryan Kennedy, Annie Konieczka, Owen Leeuwis, Alexia Lopez, Alice Lovato, Emma Lowery, Matheus Mattos, Mason Monaco, Saymon Moreira Cruz, Daniel Moriarty, James Oliphant, Nicholas Peterson, Douglas Pineda, Rex Pinson, Roxy Pinson, Owen Puglielli, Luis Rodriguez, Amber Sawyer, John Shaw, Kendra Smith, Zachary St John, Emily Tummino, Hannah Waring, Lily Weber, Jose Zuniga



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Revised Schedule - Due to all the snow days, the testing window has been extended.

Please plan your schedule so students will not miss school or have appointments or dismissals, etc. during the following testing dates.  

PARCC SCHEDULE 2015

Monday          March 30      Practice Grades 4-7

Tuesday          March 31      ELA Grades 4-7  

Wednesday     April 1          ELA Grades 4-7   

Tuesday          April 7           ELA Grades 4-7

Wednesday    April 8            Math Grades 4-7

Thursday       April 9            Math Grades 4-7 

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Maynard Public Library Presents…..Maynard Library at the Movies!
Featuring "The Phantom Tollbooth"

Where – At the Maynard Public Library

When – Thurs., April 2nd – at 2:30 PM (during Early Release Day)

Who: Free to families and students of all ages

Why: To preview for the visit of Norton Juster (author of the Phantom Tollbooth) to the Maynard Public Library for the upcoming Book Festival

 (Special Note: No tolls will be taken for the watching of this movie!)

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March 20.....Fowler Circus 5:15 and 7:30 pm

March 20.....Term Ends

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

March 13, 2015

posted Mar 13, 2015, 10:27 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

At the end of the month, we will begin our first round of PARCC testing.  Massachusetts is in year-two of piloting PARCC as a possible replacement to MCAS, which we have used for 17 years.  In the fall, the Department of Education will vote to either adopt PARCC as our state assessment or make a decision to use another assessment. 

With any new assessment, there are often lots of questions, and inevitably, some anxiety and concern about the impact on our students emotional well-being.

At Fowler, teachers utilize the Common Core Curriculum Standards, which teach students to problem-solve, think critically, and write with creativity and conviction.  Students are exposed to project-based learning, which encourages collaboration, communication, and thinking.  Imbedded into instruction are learning strategies that students can use every day, and during assessments such as PARCC or MCAS.

We believe that helping the students to be well-prepared will reduce anxiety that they may be feeling.  Our message to the students has always been to do their best and to utilize all that they have learned in school.  It is also important to remember that this is only the second year of the PARCC pilot, which means our expectations should be realistic given the learning curve that will happen during the testing process.

The best thing we can do as a school community is to support and reassure our students, and to convey a sense of calm and confidence they will do well.

Please help your child to 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 on doing their best.

Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

Mr. Mela

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Mrs. Andrade, our wonderful school secretary is moving into a position in Central Office and today is her last day.  As you know, Mrs. Andrade consistently helps teachers, students, and parents in a million different ways.  We are sad to say goodbye to Mrs. Andrade, but we take some comfort that she is still working in the same building, and undoubtedly, will still be available to support Fowler.  We wish Mrs. Andrade all the best in her new position and we will miss her smiling, patient, and supportive personality.

Congratulations to Ms. Lauren Lambert and all the students who did so well in the school play. 
This is the first time that Ms. Lambert ever directed a show and she did an incredible job.  The students performed beautifully and had lots of fun doing it:  Owen Thayer, Jenny Livolsi, Jamie Bouley, McKinley Gregg, Kendra McGrath, Taylor Capello, Joey DiTavi, Chloe Donovan, Roxy Pinson, Sydney Jacobson, Owen Sullivan-Dale, Carolyn Norris, Reese Lowery, Kayla Heideman, Piper Picorelli, Abby Zeigler, Zach St. John, Rory Copley, Tori Carroll, Jessica Skavicus, Vincent Boothroyd.

Kudos to all the students who played a role in the play.  Thank you to all the staff and parents who also contributed to make the play such a success.

Congratulations to Patrick O’Neil, 7th grade, who qualified for the Junior Districts for his outstanding performance on the French Horn.

Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week...Hayden Blomster, Andrew Borey, Madison Bouffard, Jaime Bouley, Mireya Brocatto, Kevin Cabral, Claire Candela, Micaela Carey, Sarah Clements, Gabriel Cubelli, Noah DeCastro, Lily Elwell, Steve Fajardo, Gregory Flanigan, Sierra Gibson, Tiera Glasgow, Jason Hart, Ronan Jeannotte, Patrick Languzzi, Emma Lowery, Sydney Lucas Jacobson, Colin Mangual, Kyle Monahan, Ezequiel Morton, Emily Olsen, McKenna Olson, Angel Rodriguez, Gabriel Silva, Benjamin Simmons, Ryan Swanson



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Fowler is proud to present Mike Naughton's Yankee Doodle Circus on Friday, March 20, 2015 in the Fowler Gymnasium.  Show times are 5:15 and 7:30 PM.  Exclusive Pre-Sale tickets are now available.  Special advance sale offer: 1 Adult ticket is $14.75 with 2 FREE tickets for children and teens!  Get your tickets today at GetCircusTickets.com.  Experience family fun as performers dazzle you with feats of daring and thrills of wonder from the marvelous to the magnificent.  Tickets are limited so don't wait!  Get your tickets now!  If we sell 250 Adult tickets in advance, the school will receive 50% of the sale.  If we sell 249 or less tickets in advance, we only receive 25% of the sale.

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Revised Schedule - Due to all the snow days, the testing window has been extended.

Please plan your schedule so students will not miss school or have appointments or dismissals, etc. during the following testing dates. 

PARCC SCHEDULE 2015

Monday          March 30      Practice Grades 4-7

Tuesday          March 31      ELA Grades 4-7  

Wednesday     April 1          ELA Grades 4-7   

Tuesday          April 7           ELA Grades 4-7

Wednesday    April 8            Math Grades 4-7

Thursday       April 9            Math Grades 4-7 

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Special Education in Maynard

On Wednesday, March 18th at 7pm, the Maynard SEPAC will meet in the Fowler School Library.  Director of Student Services, Jill Greene, will be the guest speaker to give updates on Special Education in Maynard.  Topics for discussion will be the most recent Special Education survey, parent discussion groups, the status of current programming, staff, and district initiatives, and professional development plans.  This event is free and open to the public.   Please RSVP to sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us or call 978-897-2705.
Jennifer O’Leary

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The Maynard /Stow Baseball Charitable Corp. is now in the process of putting together the Spring Minuteman Babe Ruth Baseball League teams. This league is a recreational weekend baseball league. Teams are open to 13 -15 year-old players (league age as of April 30, 2015) from Maynard, Stow and Bolton. Towns competing in this league are Maynard/Stow, Sudbury, Weston, Wayland, Westford, Concord/Carlisle, Acton/Boxboro, Bolton, Ayer/Shirley, Groton, Chelmsford, and Littleton.

League play begins the weekend of April 18-19 and runs through the weekend of May 30 - 31. Playoff games will start on the week of June 1 and the championship games will be played on June 7. This is a local traveling baseball league with games played on Saturdays and Sundays with one game at home and the other at an opponent's field.   Most teams also have one weeknight practice a week.

Players can sign up for Babe Ruth and still play on Middle and High School teams.  There are seldom conflicts (usually only for HS teams and only if there is a lot of bad weather), and recreational team coaches recognize that school team commitments come first. 

If you have any questions - please call Mike Chambers at 978-430-6905 or Chris Bell at 617-710-7745 or e-mail at chambersm@oscie.com or cdkrbell@earthlink.net.

Chris Bell
MBCC
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Maynard Public Library Presents…..Maynard Library at the Movies!
Featuring "The Phantom Tollbooth"

Where – At the Maynard Public Library

When – Thurs., April 2nd – at 2:30 PM (during Early Eelease Day)

Who: Free to families and students of all ages

Why: To preview for the visit of Norton Juster, (author of the Phantom Tollbooth) to the Maynard Public Library for the upcoming Book Festival

 (Special Note: No tolls will be taken for the watching of this movie!)

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March 19.....Student/Faculty Basketball Game 3:00 pm

March 20.....Fowler Circus 5:15 and 7:30 pm

March 20.....Term Ends

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela


March 6, 2015

posted Mar 6, 2015, 10:23 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

Next week, we welcome Mr. Chris Fleming as our new Assistant Principal.  Mr. Fleming is familiar with Fowler as he spent 14 years here as a 6th grade Math teacher.  Most recently, Mr. Fleming worked at the Chenery Middle School as an Assistant Principal.  Mr. Fleming brings positive energy, a deep understanding of children, and a strong commitment to helping Fowler to grow and improve.

We hope you can come support the Fowler School Play "The Actor Games."

In this Hunger Games parody, all auditions have been banned by the Capitol.  During the annual Actor Games, ten districts (Greek Tragedy, Silent Film, Melodramatic, and others) compete to become a star.  This year, Meryl hopes to become the first ever winner from the Land of Bad Acting.  Unfortunately, the odds are never in her favor.

Tonight, March 6th at 7pm or tomorrow, March 7th at 2pm.

Tickets available at the door of the Fowler Auditorium.

$5 adults and $3 students/seniors

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Congratulations to our Do Right students from last week...Thomas Babaian, Emily Bakalos, Vincent Boothroyd, Jack Bottasso, Mireya Brocatto, Brendan Brogna, Rory Copley, Amber Coyle, Patrick Crossland, Ryan Dallaire, Jonathan Flood, Jason Gershman, Marcos Vinicius Godoy, Natalie Hayes, Riley Hines, Chett Jacobsen, Ronan Jeannotte, David Jones, Noella Kennedy, Ethan Kiefer, Adam Kysiak, Isabella Lawton, Cara Leahy, Joseph Livolsi, Joella Lizotte, Jordan Lowery, Erin Mahoney, Mackenzie Manero, Joseph Mangual, Jinnie Mannion, Kendra McGrath, Kathysha Nieves, Carolyn Norris, Melissa O'Leary, Bellina Pierre, Nicholas Reiniger, Hannah Rouillard, Dante Sanchez, Lily Saperstein, Jake Silva, Ava Sirvio, Derek Spurgin, Tyler Steed, Owen Swanbon, Nicholas Tenaglia, Karlin Theriault, Jordan Tucker, Isabella Wellington, Abigail Zeigler


Congratulations to our Do Right students of this week...Ronald Butler, Kate Carlisle, Caroline Clark, Peyton Corriveau, Jonathan Flood, Marcos Vinicius Godoy, Madisen Hobbs, Tyler Kapopoulos, Ethan Kiefer, Adam Kysiak, Dominic LaPusata, Joseph Livolsi, Jinnie Mannion, Ezequiel Morton, Quintin Mylon, Kathysha Nieves, Judson Norris, Dylan Peavoy, Bermuda Perry, Ashley Reiniger, Kaelyn Reynolds, Hannah Rouillard, Daniel SaintHilaire, Gabriel Silva, Ava Sirvio, Shyanne Spurgin, Lillian Sullivan, Frank Tucker, Liam Walsh, Hannah Waring     __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Fowler is proud to present Mike Naughton's Yankee Doodle Circus on Friday, March 20, 2015 in the Fowler Gymnasium.  Show times are 5:15 and 7:30 PM.  Exclusive Pre-Sale tickets are now available.  Special advance sale offer: 1 Adult ticket is $14.75 with 2 FREE tickets for children and teens!  Get your tickets today at GetCircusTickets.com.  Experience family fun as performers dazzle you with feats of daring and thrills of wonder from the marvelous to the magnificent.  Tickets are limited so don't wait!  Get your tickets now!  If we sell 250 Adult tickets in advance, the school will receive 50% of the sale.  If we sell 249 or less tickets in advance, we only receive 25% of the sale.

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Boys and Girls Club

Save the date! On Sunday, March 15th, there will be a Summer Activities Fair hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Assebet Valley to connect local parents with local businesses offering classes, programs, and camps for this summer. The fair is free to attend, and will be held at the Boys & Girls Club, from 1 pm to 4 pm. Such companies as Wicked Cool for Kids (science programs ), Kids Cooking Green, Miss Tricia's Dance Studios, Warrior's Way of Maynard, 10.0 in Stow (gymnastics and swimming lessons), Performance Soccer, Music Together, Denault Studios, Art Signals Studio, Revolution Yoga, Teamworks of Acton, Club Invention and Green Meadow's Excel program will all be represented at the fair, as well as the many summer offerings of the Boys & Girls Club themselves.
This event is free to the public and includes bonuses of a fantastic martial arts demonstration from Warrior's Way and a free craft table from Art Signals Studio.

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Revised Schedule - Due to all the snow days, the testing window has been extended.

Please plan your schedule so students will not miss school or have appointments or dismissals, etc. during the following testing dates.  Grades 4, 6, and 7 will be doing the PARCC Assessment and Grade 5 will do the PARCC Assessment and the MCAS Assessment.

PARCC SCHEDULE 2015

Monday          March 30      Practice Grades 4-7

Tuesday          March 31      ELA Grades 4-7  

Wednesday     April 1          ELA Grades 4-7   

Tuesday          April 7           ELA Grades 4-7

Wednesday    April 8            Math Grades 4-7

Thursday       April 9            Math Grades 4-7 

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Tuesday           May 19          Practice Grades 4-7 

Wednesday      May 20         ELA Grades 4-7

Thursday         May 21         ELA Grades 6-7, MCAS Science and Technology Grade 5

Friday              May 22         MCAS Science and Technology Grade 5

Wednesday      May 27         Math Grades 4-7   

Thursday         May 28         Math Grades 4-7

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Science on Saturday

The next Science on Saturday K-12 presentation on the MIT campus will be Hands-On Engineering on March 28th. This show will be presented by engineers from Draper Laboratory, and volunteers from the audience will be able to assist with lots of fun on-stage demonstrations. After the stage show, there will be many different hands-on activity tables where kids can explore various aspects of engineering.

All of our Science on Saturday events are free and open to all elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers. Parking and seating are limited, so we recommend that you arrive early. Attendees can park in either the West Garage (very close to the event) or Albany Garage (a ~10-15-minute walk from the event) provided they can pay the $6 flat fee with a credit card at either parking garage. Alternatively, attendees can take MBTA buses to the MIT Massachusetts Avenue stop (very close to the event) or the subway to either the Central or Kendall Square T stops (a ~20-minute walk from the event). For maps of the event and parking garage locations, please see our web page:

edgerton.mit.edu/scienceonsaturday

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March 11....PTO Meeting 6:00 pm

March 19.....Student/Faculty Basketball Game 3:00 pm

March 20.....Fowler Circus 5:15 and 7:30 pm

March 20.....Term Ends

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela


February 27, 2015

posted Feb 27, 2015, 11:49 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

Recently, the Maynard Community Preservation Commission board voted to support funding for a Fowler playground.  Pending a vote on a playground warrant at the spring Town Meeting, we are optimistic we can move forward with the project.  Please send me an email if you are interested in working on the Playground Committee.

We are thankful and appreciative of the Community Preservation Commission for their support of our project and really listening to the needs of the school and community.

Yesterday, McTeacher's Night was a great success!  Approximately 20 staff members worked at McDonald's to the delight of the students.  We offer this event because we want to foster positive relationships with our students and our local businesses.  We appreciate that so many families came to support Fowler and join the fun.

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Fowler is proud to present Mike Naughton's Yankee Doodle Circus on Friday, March 20, 2015 in the Fowler Gymnasium.  Show times are 5:15 and 7:30 PM.  Exclusive Pre-Sale tickets are now available.  Special advance sale offer: 1 Adult ticket is $14.75 with 2 FREE tickets for children and teens!  Get your tickets today at GetCircusTickets.com.  Experience family fun as performers dazzle you with feats of daring and thrills of wonder from the marvelous to the magnificent.  Tickets are limited so don't wait!  Get your tickets now!  If we sell 250 Adult tickets in advance, the school will receive 50% of the sale.

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Fowler School Play "The Actor Games"

Please come support the Fowler students March 6th at 7pm or March 7th at 2pm in this spoof of the Hunger Games.

In this Hunger Games parody, all auditions have been banned by the Capitol.  During the annual Actor Games, ten districts (Greek Tragedy, Silent Film, Melodramatic, and others) compete to become a star.  This year, Meryl hopes to become the first ever winner from the Land of Bad Acting.  Unfortunately, the odds are never in her favor.

Tickets available at the door of the Fowler Auditorium.

$5 adults

$3 students/seniors


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Revised Schedule - Due to all the snow days, the testing window has been extended.

Please plan your schedule so students will not miss school or have appointments or dismissals, etc. during the following testing dates.  Grades 4, 6, and 7 will be doing the PARCC Assessment and Grade 5 will do the PARCC Assessment and the MCAS Assessment.

PARCC SCHEDULE 2015

Monday          March 30      Practice Grades 4-7

Tuesday          March 31      ELA Grades 4-7  

Wednesday     April 1          ELA Grades 4-7   

Tuesday          April 7           ELA Grades 4-7

Wednesday    April 8            Math Grades 4-7

Thursday       April 9            Math Grades 4-7 

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Tuesday           May 19          Practice Grades 4-7 

Wednesday      May 20         ELA Grades 4-7

Thursday         May 21         ELA Grades 6-7, MCAS Science and Technology Grade 5

Friday              May 22         MCAS Science and Technology Grade 5

Wednesday      May 27         Math Grades 4-7   

Thursday         May 28         Math Grades 4-7

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"Bye Bye Birdie" to be Performed at Maynard High School

Maynard High School is proud to present “Bye Bye Birdie," the popular ‘50s musical, next month. “Bye Bye Birdie” is the story of Albert, a songwriter and manager of Conrad Birdie, a famous rock star, who makes girls and women of any age swoon! Kim, a teen girl from Sweet Apple, OH, is chosen to be the lucky recipient of Conrad’s last, much-publicized kiss before he heads off to war.  Chaos ensues! Kim’s boyfriend is upset, her girlfriends are hysterical and Albert’s long-suffering fiancée Rose is at war with his overbearing mother!

The talented cast and crew consist of over 50 students from MHS and the Fowler School.  The students have poured hours of their time and effort into rehearsals in order to present this fabulous musical for the enjoyment of the Maynard community and are excited about their contribution to the performing arts in our town.

Performances will be as follows: Saturday, March 14 at 7:00PM; Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 PM; Saturday, March 21 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, March  22 at 2:00 PM. Tickets prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at www.mktix.com and at scheduled times at the Maynard High School Box Office. 


We will also be hosting a fundraiser-in costume, with singing, on March 3rd, 7-9pm at Johnny Rockets in Acton. Please come and bring your families for some great food and entertainment. A percentage of the night's food receipts will go to help pay for the show!

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"Social Competence is More Than You Think" – Monday, 3/2 at 7:00 pm

The world of friendships is a socially-complex, ever-changing fluid environment that often eludes our children with special needs. In this presentation Dot Lucci will present information on social and emotional development, social skills and social thinking and how if all of these are in-synch social competence is achieved.  Social competence allows children to initiate, maintain and sustain peer relationships that can develop into friendships.  Please join us on Monday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Fowler Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA 01754 for this presentation to parents and educators of all students of all ages.   Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary at jenniferoleary1@verizon.net or 978-897-2705 if you plan to attend.

Dot Lucci is a national consultant and speaker who brings over 30 years of experience in special education and psychology.  She has an advanced degree from the University of Massachusetts and is certified as a school psychologist. She has extensive background in neuropsychology while at the Boston University Medical School. She holds teaching certificates in early childhood, elementary and special education. Ms. Lucci has numerous publications in the field and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE). She has also been an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School at Lesley University and Antioch College.  Ms. Lucci is currently consulting in the Maynard Public Schools.

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

 

February 13, 2015

posted Feb 13, 2015, 10:41 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

I hope that your families have a restful and relaxing vacation (and the snow stops falling).  I want to extend a huge thank you to the Fowler custodians who have worked incredibly hard to clear the snow from the walkways and roofs and the salt and dirt that comes into the building.  If you come across the custodians, you can let them know we appreciate their effort.

Here is the link to the Winter Newsletter, which is filled with great information and colorful pictures about what is happening at Fowler.  A special thanks to Mrs. Ullrich for helping to create the newsletter.

Fowler is proud to present Mike Naughton's Yankee Doodle Circus on Friday, March 20, 2015 in the Fowler Gymnasium.  Show times are 5:15 and 7:30 PM.  Exclusive Pre-Sale tickets are now available.  Special advance sale offer: 1 Adult ticket is $14.75 with 2 FREE tickets for children and teens!  Get your tickets today at GetCircusTickets.com.  Experience family fun as amazing performers dazzle you with feats of daring and thrills of wonder from the marvelous to the magnificent.  Tickets are limited so don't wait!  Get your tickets now!  If we sell 250 Adult tickets in advance, we'll receive 50% of the sale.

Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week....Alyssa Barilone, Emma Boucher, Tyler Boucher, Patrick Briggs, Brendan Brogna, Austin Burgess, Hannah Carlisle, Cyril Clark, Daniel da Silva, Emma Donovan, Lily Elwell, Jason Gershman, Sierra Gibson, Lisely Gracia, Megan Grusheski, Molly Hines, Andrew Hobbs, Aiden Irwin, Annie Konieczka, Jennifer Livolsi, Jordan Lowery, Laci Mello, Connor Metivier-Capone, Mason Monaco, Judson Norris, Celine Paredes-Celestino, Jetsen Perez Vazquez, Ronan Prince, Jake Puntoni, Carly Rieter, Alison Roche, Luis Rodriguez, Gabriela Roman, John Shaw, Kaya Shorr, Matteo Silva, Benjamin Simmons, Natalie Steed, Nicholas Tenaglia, William Walsh, Aidan Young
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Library News from Mrs. Hayward

The Fowler School Library continues to be an active place. The 4th grade students have become familiar with the procedures and are enjoying their book exchange time. Overdue notices will be distributed to all grades after the February vacation week.

New ELL Books
Thanks to funding from the Student Services Department, I was able to begin a collection of easy-books and chapter books in Spanish and Portuguese! If your student could benefit from these, remind them to visit the library and borrow them.

Fowler School Newspaper
There was an encouraging turnout of students interested in joining the Newspaper Club at Maynard Public Library. Mark Malcolm, the Children's Librarian, has started the meetings on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 at the Public Library. Please contact him if you're interested or need further information.

5th Grade Library Skills
Our 2nd term lessons have focused on becoming critical 21st Century information consumers and learning how to evaluate the credibility of websites. One lesson paired teams of students to answer research questions using a website with links to misinformation and credible information. The comparing and contrasting discussions afterwards were lively, and a great way to assess their learning.

Recently, students have been researching information for their Solar System project. They are practicing gathering facts from multiple resources (web and print), learning how to properly cite their sources (bibliographies), and ultimately create a presentation for their classroom teachers.

6th Grade Research Skills
In library class we explored the topic of immigration and learned about the history of Ellis Island. We spent time learning about primary research documents or sources (letters, photographs, autobiographies) and compared them to secondary research sources (textbooks, reference sources, biographies).

This is a worthwhile site about Ellis Island:

Lately, students practiced synthesizing information and answering research questions using web-based primary documents.

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Please plan your schedule so students will not miss school or have appointments or dismissals, etc. during the following testing dates.  Grades 4, 6, and 7 will be doing the PARCC Assessment and Grade 5 will do the PARCC Assessment and the MCAS Assessment.

PARCC SCHEDULE 2015

Monday          March 23      Practice Grades 4-7

Tuesday          March 24      ELA Grades 4-7  

Wednesday    March 25      ELA Grades 4-7   

Thursday       March 26      ELA Grades 4-7

Tuesday         March 31       Math Grades 4-7

Wednesday    April 1           Math Grades 4-7 

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Tuesday           May 12          Practice Grades 4-7 

Wednesday      May 13         ELA Grades 4-7

Thursday         May 14         ELA Grades 6-7, MCAS Science and Technology Grade 5

Friday              May 15         MCAS Science and Technology Grade 5 (Revised)

Wednesday      May 20         Math Grades 4-7   

Thursday         May 21         Math Grades 4-7

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Upcoming Dates:

February 16-20.....School Vacation

February 26.....McTeacher's Night 4:00-7:00 pm

March 11....PTO Meeting 6:00 pm

March 19.....Student/Faculty Basketball Game 3:00 pm

March 20.....Fowler Circus 5:15 and 7:30 pm 

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Have a great vacation.

Mr. Mela

February 6, 2015

posted Feb 6, 2015, 11:41 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

Due to the recent snow accumulation, we ask that you use extra caution upon entering the school parking lot area.  Snow banks have reached a height at which pedestrians crossing through the lot to the school entrance cannot be easily seen by drivers.  In addition, the drop off area on the side of the building should only be used for students making quick exits from vehicles.  Your vigilance and patience can ensure the safety of our students throughout the inclement weather season.

The Circus is Coming!
The Yankee Doodle Circus will be coming to perform at Fowler on Friday, March 20.  You can purchase tickets online at GetCircusTickets.com.  Scroll down to March 20 and you'll see the Fowler tickets.  Tickets can also be purchased by returning the form below.




Sixth and 7th Grade Students
Student Government will be hosting the Cupid's Arrow Dance for all 6th and 7th grade students in the Fowler Auditorium on Thursday February, 12th from 6-8 PM. Admission of $5 includes: DJ, two raffle tickets, light refreshments, and unlimited fun.

McTeacher's Night 
The Annual Fowler McTeacher's Night has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 26 from 4-7 pm.  Come to the Maynard McDonald's where Fowler teachers and staff will prepare your food and serve you!  Good for dining-in and the Drive-Thru.

Jam Day for the World Jam Record
 
Everyone is asked to JAM (move) for one minute at 10:00 am on Feb 12th.  This can be as simple as walking/jogging in place, jumping jacks, raise the roof, touch your toes, imitate your favorite sport.  Here is a one minute routine for you:

10 Warm up by doing windmills: Touch left fingers to right toes, switch sides 
10 Burpees
10 March, then fast feet, then march, then fast, then march, then fast feet
10  Push ups on your knees or toes 
10 In push up position, bring right knee to right elbow, then left knee to left elbow

If you are interested in more routines or videos  visit www.jamschoolprogram.com/jamresources

College Hockey Game

Saturday Feb 28, 2015 at 7 pm.  University of Vermont vs UMASS Lowell.  Tickets $8 each.  Tickets orders due Feb 10, 2015.  Email John Cafarella with any questions:  jcafarella3@gmail.com_

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Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week...
Joseph Bermingham, Madison Blaikie, Madison Brown, Ronald Butler, Julia Cafarella, Steven Carpenter, James Carter, Ryan Cedeno, Wilbert Chau, Noah DeCastro, Michael Ditavi, Aleena Glasgow, Robin Glass, Julia Hart, Madisen Hobbs, Adam Lucas, Molly Mara, Maeve McCarthy, Joseph McDonald, Hannah McLaughlin, Shea Mealey, Evan Moore, Hannah Mora, Judson Norris, Dylan Peavoy, Dylan Rediker, Ashley Reiniger, Peyton Thompson, Regina Wilkie, Skylah Zayas
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13th  ANNUAL TASTE OF MAYNARD

 

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 13th Annual Taste of Maynard on Sunday, March 1, 2015, 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.

 

This is a “not to be missed” event!  The general public is 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 the local sensation "Transistor Kings," 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 Trish Signet (978) 835.7379, Mary Brannelly (978) 764.5279, or Fiona Nauseda (978) 897-2460.  Tickets can also be purchased at the 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.

 

The Maynard Education Foundation’s mission is to financially support innovation in teaching for Maynard educators.  Since 2001, MEF has awarded over $161,000 in grants. MEF grants have enabled students to visit the Christa McAuliffe Space Center, participate in anti-bullying initiatives, enjoy cultural performances and to use new materials and technology in their classrooms. MEF grants have enabled teachers to participate in creative writing workshops, introduce new activities and sports such as Tchoukball into the physical education curriculum, start a leveled library, and lead biological studies of ecosystems. As one community member recently said, "The Maynard Education Foundation adds a layer of quality to the Maynard public schools that has been invaluable to our kids' educational experience here."

 

Purchase tickets now to this food extravaganza.  Each year, it becomes more successful.  You’ll have an opportunity to taste wonderful food selections from many local food establishments, visit with old and new friends, and support the Maynard Education Foundation!  Visit our website at www.maynardeducation.org to learn more about the Maynard Education Foundation.

 

Also, if you shop on Amazon.com during the year, you can support MEF at the same time! When you go to the website (smile.amazon.com), select the Maynard Education Foundation as your charitable organization and Amazon will make a donation to MEF.


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Have a good weekend.


Mr. Mela





January 23, 2015

posted Jan 23, 2015, 10:50 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

Recently, we submitted an application to the Maynard Preservation Committee requesting funding for a Fowler playground.  In the coming weeks we will continue to advocate for a playground, which could serve the needs of Fowler students and children in the community.  We appreciate the support and feedback from parents about the importance of having a playground at Fowler.

Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week...Fiona Brown, Victoria Cignotti, Virginia Crossland, Jewell Croushore, Isabel Feehily, Ian Fowler, Alison Gangloff, Cameron Giunta, Cheo Graham, Brenna Grusheski, Kayla Heideman, Molly Hines, Hannah Jacques, Caroline Jordan, Reese Lowery, Maeve McCarthy, Brianna Morey, Caleb Nelson-Giddings, Jake Puntoni, Lydia Roberts, Nyasia Rosario, Owen Sullivan-Dale, Ryan Swanson, Kathleen Tummino, Aidan Young.

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"Extra, Extra, Read All About It!"  Oh wait, you can't.  Fowler School doesn't have a newspaper!   We at the Maynard Public Library want to correct that situation by publishing a monthly edition for your great school.  We'll include Fowler news, sports, book and movie reviews, surveys, your stories, interviews, jokes, and more.  All these great things are happening in  school - and nobody knows about them!  Well, be in the dark no more. We're assembling a staff of writers now and you can be part of it.  We'll meet at the Maynard Public Library every Wednesday beginning February 4th  from 3:30 - 4:30 PM and it's open to grades 4 - 7.  (There'll be snacks, of course)  If you like to write and you care about your school, how could you not want to do this?  To sign up, register at the Fowler School library.  Remember, today - Fowler School, tomorrow - CNN!"

Mark A. Malcolm
Maynard Public Library

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Please plan your schedule so students will not miss school or have appointments or dismissals, etc. during the following testing dates.  Grades 4, 6, and 7 will be doing the PARCC Assessment and Grade 5 will do the PARCC Assessment and the MCAS Assessment.

PARCC SCHEDULE 2015

Monday          March 23      Practice Grades 4-7

Tuesday          March 24      ELA Grades 4-7  

Wednesday    March 25      ELA Grades 4-7   

Thursday       March 26      ELA Grades 4-7

Tuesday         March 31       Math Grades 4-7

Wednesday    April 1           Math Grades 4-7 

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Thursday         May 7           MCAS Science and Technology Grade 5

Tuesday           May 12          Practice Grades 4-7 

Wednesday      May 13         ELA Grades 4-7

Thursday         May 14         ELA Grades 6-7, MCAS Science and Technology Grade 5

Wednesday      May 20         Math Grades 4-7   

Thursday         May 21         Math Grades 4-7

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The next "Science on Saturday" K-12 presentation on the MIT campus will be Physics on February 7th. This show will be presented by MIT’s Women of Physics, who will show the public a number of the MIT Physics Department’s large-scale, on-stage demonstrations (Newton’s laws, electricity, magnetism, and other principles) that are usually only seen by MIT students. Volunteers from the audience will be able to assist with the on-stage demonstrations. After the stage show, there will be many different hands-on activity tables where kids can do their own experiments with various aspects of physics.

All of the "Science on Saturday" events are free and open to all elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers. Parking and seating are limited, so we recommend that you arrive early. Attendees can park in either the West Garage (very close to the event) or Albany Garage (a 10-15-minute walk from the event) provided they can pay the $6 flat fee with a credit card at either parking garage. Alternatively, attendees can take MBTA buses to the MIT Massachusetts Avenue stop (very close to the event) or the subway to either the Central or Kendall Square T stops (a a 20-minute walk from the event). For maps of the event and parking garage locations, please see the attached advertising flier or our web page:

edgerton.mit.edu/scienceonsaturday

Please join us at 10:00 a.m. on the following Saturdays in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 20139:

February 7, 2015               Physics

March 28, 2015                 Hands-On Engineering

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

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