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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

January 16, 2015

posted Jan 16, 2015, 11:21 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

This weekend is a Family Appreciation Weekend, which means no homework will be assigned.  This should allow plenty of time to watch the Patriots and relax over the long weekend.

Due to a great response, the PTO Red Sox tickets are sold out.  Thanks to all the families who purchased tickets.

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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 even 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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Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week...Joseph, Bermingham, Christopher Carmo, Aaliyah Clark, AJ Colarullo, Peyton Corriveau, Meghan Curtin, Chloe Donovan, ErinEgan, Kazuya Erdos, Brayden Hayward, Michael Kaskiewicz, Noella Kennedy, Michael Lisasa, Joseph Livolsi, Matheus Mattos. Hannah McLaughlin, Jonathan Midey, Kathysha Nieves,
Caroly
n Norris, Dorothy Okorji, Sean Oliphant, Patrick O'Neil, Gianna Ruggiero, Dakota Sainthilaire, Eliza Smethers, Derek Spurgin, Charles Stearns.
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Nature's Classroom Information Night

There will be an informational meeting about Nature's Classroom on Tuesday, January 20th, at 6:00 pm.  The meeting will be held in the Fowler School auditorium.  This was the date and time convenient for most parents interested in attending.  We certainly hope anyone with questions will try to join us.  

We will be discussing the trip, answering some of the questions outlined in our survey, and responding to questions parents frequently ask.  We have pictures of previous stays and staff who have attended many Nature's Classroom trips in the past, so we expect the meeting to be casual but informative.  

For those who can not attend, a summary of the information and responses to the questions will be sent home following the meeting to help provide additional clarity.

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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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Upcoming Dates:
 

January 16....11:15 am...Early Release Day

January 29...4:00-7:00 pm...McTeacher's Night
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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

 


January 9, 2015

posted Jan 9, 2015, 11:16 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week...Gabriel Aroian, Thomas Babaian, Madison Bouffard, Amber Coyle, Patrick Crossland, Nolan Currier, Kayla DeCapua, Steve Fajardo, Gregory Flanigan, Rachelle Harpin, Marshall Hayum, Jake Kapopoulos, James Kelley, Martin Kelly, Amelia Lewellyn, Kyle Monahan, Alonso Moreno, Nicholas Morey, Ashley Reiniger, Kaelyn Reynolds, Gage Sarro, Isabelle Sharpe, William Stachowicz, Nicole Stout, Jameson Walls.

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A Friendly Reminder to Parents About Appropriate Winter Attire

From the Health Services Desk (Mary Ferranti, RN)

Children can be especially susceptible to the dangers associated with winter weather. Their smaller frames and body mass make them more vulnerable to the adverse effects of cold temperatures.

Students who walk to and from school, participate in outdoor recess, or even stand at a bus stop should dress appropriately as follows:

Long-sleeved shirts or sweaters

Long pants (no shorts)

Winter coats in good repair

Hats, scarves, dry gloves/mittens

Dry socks and boots

Dressing in layers can help a child regulate their own temperature while indoors.

It is also a good idea to write your child’s name on their outer-wear in order to identify the owners of lost items.

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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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Upcoming Dates:
 

January 14...6:00 pm...PTO Meeting

January 16....11:15 am...Early Release Day

January 29...4:00-7:00 pm...McTeacher's Night

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

 


December 19, 2014

posted Dec 19, 2014, 11:36 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

This is our last full week of school and before long, we will begin a nice vacation.  While the energy is certainly growing with the upcoming break, the students have continued to work hard and make good decisions.  I am thankful Fowler has such skillful and caring teachers who do so much to keep the students focused, engaged, and happy during the holiday season.

I hope the vacation will allow families to enjoy each other and find time to relax and unwind.

Recently, Ms. Duff, Assistant Principal, was offered an excellent opportunity to become the Principal of the Leominster Center for Excellence, an innovation high school which is part of the Leominster Public Schools.  We wish Ms. Duff all the best in her new position and we will miss her at Fowler.  We have started the process to identify a strong candidate, who will serve as Interim Assistant Principal for the remainder of the year.

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Congratulations to our Do Right student of the week...Hazelyn Aroian, Kyle Blaikie, Steven Booth, Henry Bourgeois, Andrew Buckley, Sofia Clark, Sarah Clements, Patrick Connerney, Zachary Dallaire, Joseph Livolsi, Rose Mendez, Evan Moore, McKenna Olson, Eliza Smethers, Lillian Sullivan, and Isabella Wellington.
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Thanks to Mr. Fledderjohn, Mr. Perham, Ms. Roussell, and the Student Government, we have collected over 600 items for the food drive.  Thanks for your donations!


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Great for Holiday Gifts!
Fowler Clothing - Show your school spirit!
If you are looking for great Fowler clothing you can find it on the website below.  It makes a great gift for birthdays or holidays!  With each purchase, MyLocker sends back a portion of the purchase to the school. www.mylocker.net 

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Sugar Snap Wrap
This Saturday (12/20) from 10-3 and Sunday 11-3.  Bring your gifts to Sugar Snap (located downtown Maynard) to be wrapped for a small fee.  Proceeds from the event will go to the Nature's Classroom Scholarship Fund.
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Have a great weekend.

Mr. Mela

December 12, 2014

posted Dec 12, 2014, 11:09 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

Last night Fowler hosted a fantastic Winter Concert filled with music, instruments, and smiling faces.  A huge thanks to Mr. Brisson for his amazing work with the students and to the families who filled the assembly hall to support the children.  Kudos to all of the students for being so respectful, responsible, and well-behaved during the performance. 

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Report cards can now be viewed in IPASS for students in grades 5-7.

In our effort to improve how we share and communicate student information, report cards will also be mailed home. 

Please call the main office if you have any questions.

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Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week....Olivia Bakalos, Isaac Barbagallo, Ronald Butler, Ryan Cedeno, Miranda Clark, Matthew Cloutier, Erin Egan, Steve Fajardo, Nicholas Foster, Jason French, Caroline Gallo, Robin Glass, Megan Grusheski, Marshall Hayum, Madisen Hobbs, Steven James-Garcet, Tianna James-Garcet, Nicholas Kuhn, Isabella Lawton, Avivah Lowe, Sydney Lucas Jacobson, Vincent Manganaro, Molly Mara, Joseph McDonald, Connor Metivier-Capone, Saymon Moreira Cruz, Caleb Nelson-Giddings, Seamus Noonan, Joseph Panarelli, Bermuda Perry, Rex Pinson, Kayla Proia, Ashley Reiniger, Brody Ringuette, Luis Rivera, Merquitio Shai, John Shaw, Derek Spurgin, Chloe Turgeon, Georgia Wilson, Lily Elwell, Anthony LaPusata.
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Maynard Education Foundation

If you are shopping online this holiday season, please help support the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) by participating in the AmazonSmile program. Go to smile.amazon.com and select the Maynard Education Foundation as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price to MEF. Proceeds will benefit MEF's grant program for teachers, administrators and students. Since 2000 MEF has supported innovative grants that enrich the Maynard Public Schools. Over the years we have heard from countless teachers about how MEF has made a difference to the students of Maynard. Thank you for your support!
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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

December 5, 2014

posted Dec 5, 2014, 9:18 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week...Abraao Alencar, Spencer Alexandre, Angelina Andrade, Rachel Boerman, Katherine Briggs, Thomas Butler, Julia Cafarella, John Campbell, Abigail Candela, Matthew Cloutier, Erin Coleman, Julia Cook, Amber Coyle, Colin Coyne, Patrick Crossland, Edgar Yvan De Mesa, Maddyson DeLorey, Steve Fajardo, Nicholas Foster, Elizabeth Freeman, Michael Gifford, Julia Hart, Kiera Henderson, Sam Hills, Luke Hillstrom, Ryan Kennedy, Bryan Lawton, Owen Leeuwis, Amelia Lewellyn, Jacob Lord, Aaliyah Mangual, Lindsay McCabe, Matthew McDonald, Hannah Mora, Alexandra Morgan, Matthew Moriarty, Bermuda Perry, Douglas Pineda, Sean Primiano, Dylan Rediker, Sofia Rubio, Claudia Severance, Merquitio Shai, Catherine Sherman, Ryan Sherman, Benjamin Simmons, Kyleigh Sofferman, Emily St John, Tyler Steed, Julianna Tenaglia, Becca Turgeon, Lily Weber, Jose Zuniga, Ozier Graham, Nicholas Kuhn.

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Help:  Recess Equipment Needed!

Fowler's 4th and 5th graders would love to have more recess equipment.

Here is a list of ideas:

  • Soccer Balls
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Basketballs
  • Playground (4 square)
  • Frisbees
  • Hula Hoops
  • Jump Ropes—all sizes
  • Chinese Jump Ropes
  • Replacement basketball nets
  • Cones
Please place donations in the large box in the front lobby.

The 4th and 5th graders all thank you,

Ms. Ablard with some valuable assistance from some motivated 4th graders

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Beacon Santa Telethon

The WAVM Telethon will be held at Maynard High School on December 12 to 14, and once again the students are in need of donated items for their on-air auction. Donations of toys, games, furniture, electronics, books, household items, holiday decorations, as well as tickets to a show, concert or a sporting event, gift certificates, or a provided service are all most welcome. Gift baskets donated by your family, neighborhood, or club are also a great way to help the auction.

Items are being collected at Maynard High School during school hours and throughout the weekend of the telethon. The WAVM students will also be happy to pick up your donation at your home. Please call the station at 978-897-5213 for assistance.

All donations are gratefully accepted, but we regret that we can only accept new items. 

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This is a reminder that our next Science on Saturday K-12 presentation on the MIT campus will be Underwater Robotics on December 6th. This show will be presented by the MIT Marine Robotics Team, which will show 3D movies of their robots in the water and also demonstrate the robotics equipment live on stage. Student volunteers from the audience will be able to assist with the on-stage demonstrations. After the stage show, there will be a number of hands-on activity tables where kids can do their own experiments with different aspects of robotics and ocean 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 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:

December 6, 2014                    Underwater Robotics

February 7, 2015                      Physics

March 28, 2015                        Hands-On Engineering

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Magic – The Gathering
Play Magic - The Gathering and discover the world of this strategic trading card game.  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 up from other booster packs, intro packs, or by trading cards with your friends.

Who: Fowler Students (Grades 4-7) – enrollment is limited
When: Mondays, starting January 5, 2015 – March 23, 2015
Time: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM (pick up in the school lobby)
Where: Fowler Cafeteria
Cost: $50 (10 sessions) – Please make checks payable to “Town of Maynard”
Bring: Intro packs and Booster packs (may be purchased from the instructor).
Instructor: Bobby Whitcomb of Excelsior Comics & Games, 8 Waltham Street, Maynard, MA
Return: Mail or deliver the Registration/Emergency form no later than Friday, December 19, 2014 to: EXCEL Programs, Green Meadow School, 5 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA 01754.
Please DO NOT turn in forms or payment at Fowler School.
Questions: Call Lois Cohen or Michelle King at (978) 897-8021 

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December 8 - SEPAC Social 6:30 pm, GMS

December 10 - PTO Meeting, 6:00 pm

December 11 - Band Concert, 7:00 pm

December 12 - Picture Retake Day 

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

November 21, 2014

posted Nov 21, 2014, 10:01 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

Last night Fowler held an awesome Talent Show!  Thank you Ms. Mendonca for all your hard work in producing the show and congratulations to all the students who performed!  The Talent Show is always a special night because so many students have an opportunity to shine and feel good about themselves.  Fowler takes pride in being a community where students, teachers, and parents can come together to smile, cheer, and celebrate. 

The following students sang, played instruments, danced, and entertained...
Lily WeberSeamus Patrick NoonanElizabeth FreemanPaige FalesGracie GilliganJoey DiTaviAmber Coyle, Lexi LopezAddie Graham, James CarterChloe DonovanSophia ManganaroNoah DeCastroSophia SmithJordan Mullen, Sofia RubioKatie Briggs, Phoebe Cook-LudwigJenny Livolsi, Carolyn NorrisRobin Glass, Reilley MulliganBecca Turgeon, Kaelyn ReynoldsCaitlin HaligRachelle HarpinTaylor CapelloRegina WilkieKazuya ErdosEmma Donovan. Jenna OlsonIsabella WellingtonLily GavinKendra McGrath, Thomas Babaian.


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Congratulations to our Do-Right students of the week...Joseph Bermingham, Morgan Booth, Andrew Borey, Wilbert Chau, Nathan Dallaire, Joseph Ditavi, Sophia Fiandaca, Beth French, Edward Gargas, Aiden Irwin, Nicholas Kuhn, Mason Monaco, Matthew Moriarty, Jenna Olson, Brianna Pileeki, Dylan Rediker, Ava Sirvio, Robert Smethers, Skylar Sofferman, Robbi Tallen, Peyton Thompson, Jordan Tucker, Matthew Warner.

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School Picture Retake Day

All students who need to retake their school photo will be able to do so on the morning of Friday, December 12.  Anyone who was absent on the original picture day should have their picture taken as well. See the Main Office if you need a new order form.

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Fowler School is participating in Stop & Shop's A+ School Rewards.  This program gives schools the opportunity to earn cash by shopping in the store.  

All you have to do is:

After you register your card, each shopping trip at Stop & Shop using your Stop & Shop Card earns cash for our school.  Each month, the amount of CASH awarded will be updated on the Stop & Shop website. You can track the amount of points you earn for our school by checking your grocery receipt, or online when you create an account at www.stopandshop.com. Our school will receive a check at the end of the program. The money can be used for any of our school’s educational needs.

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Announcing the Maynard SEPAC  5th Annual Winter Social

The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will be hosting its 5th Annual Winter Social on Monday, December 8th, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The Winter Social will be held in the Green Meadow Elementary cafeteria located at 5 Tiger Drive in Maynard. All students receiving Special Education services in Maynard are invited, as well as their parents, and siblings. Students in the Best Buddies program from Maynard High School will be on hand to help out.

This free event will feature crafts, activities, snacks and fun for the entire family. Exciting prizes will be raffled off for adult party-goers. All proceeds from the raffle will be used to help pay for future SEPAC activities. All children will receive a goody bag. Don't miss out on a fantastic night! 

Please RSVP to Rachel Levy at racheldayson@hotmail.com or 617-458-1294, or go to http://sepac.maynardschools.org.
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CALLING ALL 6TH & 7TH GRADE GAMERS!

Come to the Maynard Public Library on Wednesday November 26th (Early Release Day) from 12:30-2:30 PM.

MARIO KART 8 on the WiiU
Prizes and Snacks!!!
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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

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