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May 20, 2016

posted May 20, 2016, 9:58 AM by Jeffrey Mela

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

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


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

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Spirit Week / Coin Drive

Battle of the Grades

June 6th-10th


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

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

·         Monday—Sports Day

·         Tuesday—Hawaiian Day

·         Wednesday—Wacky Wednesday  (Mix/ Match Day)

·         Thursday—Sunglasses & Hat Day

·         Friday—Maynard Pride Day

 

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

Pennies are +1 point

Nickels are -5 points

Dines are -10 pints

Quarters are -25 points

$1 Bills are -100 points


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


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


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

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SEPAC Ice Cream Social

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

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

May 13, 2016

posted May 13, 2016, 7:47 AM by Jeffrey Mela

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

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


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

 

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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SEPAC Ice Cream Social

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

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

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Graduation Balloon Sale!

Graduation of the class of 2016 is right around the corner, and you can congratulate any senior on this great milestone by purchasing a fabulous orange Mylar balloon in the shape of a star with the “Class of 2016” written on it.  We will place them at the house of the designated senior on June 10th!  They are only $5 for the first balloon and $4 for each additional balloon ordered.  You can order by emailing the name of the senior to odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us . All orders must be submitted and paid in full via a check payable to MHS Class of 2018 or cash brought to the MHS Main Office by May 27th.


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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

May 6, 2016

posted May 6, 2016, 9:46 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

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

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

May 9     Practice Test

May 10   PARCC ELA Unit 1

May 11   PARCC ELA Unit 2

May 12   PARCC ELA Unit 3

May 16   PARCC Math Unit 1

May 17   PARCC Math Unit 2

May 18   PARCC Math Unit 3

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

May 20   MCAS Science and Technology (Grade 5 only)

May 23   MCAS Science and Technology (Grade 5 only)

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

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

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

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Congratulations to Mrs. Faiella and her Latin Club students!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards,
2017 Disney Trip Committee

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Have a good weekend and happy Mother's Day.

Mr. Mela

April 29, 2016

posted Apr 29, 2016, 10:24 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

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

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

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

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

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Testing Schedule:


May 9     Practice Test

May 10   PARCC ELA Unit 1

May 11   PARCC ELA Unit 2

May 12   PARCC ELA Unit 3

May 16   PARCC Math Unit 1

May 17   PARCC Math Unit 2

May 18   PARCC Math Unit 3

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

May 20   MCAS Science and Technology (Grade 5 only)

May 23   MCAS Science and Technology (Grade 5 only)

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Meet Author JEFF KINNEY

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

WEDNESDAY MAY 4
6:00 p.m.

Admission is free! 

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

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

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Grade 7 Health Information:

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

Thank you,

Mrs. Sullivan and Mr. Fledderjohn

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Library News from Mrs. Hayward:


Book Fair--- June 6-10, 2016

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


Greek Mythology Club

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


6th Grade Research and Information Literacy

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

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


7th Grade Research and Information Literacy

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


Fine Arts Night--- March 2016

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


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Food Service Information:

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Thank you.

Chris Piercey

Maynard Public Schools Food Services Manager

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Have a good weekend.


Mr. Mela

April 15, 2016

posted Apr 15, 2016, 10:33 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

I hope that you enjoy a wonderful vacation with your families.  We are ready for some sunshine and warm weather, which would allow for outside activities and fun.

Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week....Abraao Alencar, Hazelyn Aroian, Carolina Brito, Eva Charbonneau, Katie Feddersen, Jason Gershman, Natalie Hayes, Julia Kelley, Gretchen Langhoff, Gavin Mancini, Evan Moore.

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With the assistance of Mr. Bruso, Grade Six Science Teacher, our sixth grade students explored an inflatable home and discovered how energy works.

"Energy Quest is a 40 minute, interactive, technology based energy conservation program for middle school students grades six through eight. Students will explore an inflatable house as energy investigators locating areas where electricity, water or gas are being used. By scanning the rooms with their provided tablet students will be launched into various modules to test their knowledge of energy conservation as well as teach them additional ways to conserve energy at home. Students will receive points for correctly answered questions, the student(s) who receive the highest number of points will win a prize; all students who participate in the program will receive a goodie bag. 

The inflatable house is best set up indoors, within a gymnasium or other large indoor open space. The unit is also rated to be setup outdoors on a level surface; however, weather will be a consideration for outdoor deployment. The house itself is split into two identical sides, each featuring five sections or “rooms” on each side for students to explore. The house can accommodate (1) full classroom per session with a maximum amount of 30 students. Each of the five rooms will feature 4-5 “hidden” areas for the students to find while on their home audit mission with a total of 20 engagement points within the house."


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Upcoming Events:

School Play - May 6 & 7, 7:00 pm

Staff Appreciation Luncheon - May 13, 11:30 am

Fowler Fair - May 13, 3:00-6:00 pm

Band Concert - May 19, 7:00 pm 

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Relay for Life - Mother & Son Dance

Friday, May 6, 2016

Elks Club 6-9 pm

$20 for prepaid
$25 at door 
$5 for each additional kid

Make checks to American Cancer society and mail to 42 Crane Ave
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Have a good vacation.
Mr. Mela

April 8, 2016

posted Apr 8, 2016, 10:05 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,
Congratulations to the Do Right students of the week....Gavin Bartlett, Alvaro Gonzalez, Will Holmes, Ronan Jeannotte, Isabella Kennedy, Harry Lenicheck, Marcy Lomen, Luke Pfleegor, Cole Ranucci, Sylvia Smith, and Isabella Wellington.

This morning, Charlie Stearns, 6th grade, led an incredible presentation for his whole grade about his exciting trip to Australia.  During the discussion, Charlie shared interesting facts about the culture, showed cool pictures, and answered countless questions about the exotic animals in Australia.  Charlie skillfully described his encounters with salt-water crocodiles, bird-sized spiders, and wild kangaroos.  The entire sixth grade enjoyed Charlie's presentation.



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In approximately a month we will begin our standardized testing. 

The following is the schedule for the testing, which will include PARCC for all students. Students in fifth grade will also participate in MCAS. We are sending the schedule out well in advance, so families can plan accordingly and help us to achieve excellent attendance for testing. This year there is only one testing window, which is a change from the two testing windows in past years. 

Additional Information:  While the two-week testing window includes a number of testing days, the total number of tests has actually decreased from last year.  The daily testing minutes vary by grade and subject, and range from 60-110 minutes.  Last year, we found that the allotted minutes is far greater than the students required to successfully finish.  

While direct instruction continues during the testing window, there is no homework assigned or outside work expectations.  We often utilize extra recess, and other incentives to reward students for their hard work.  We want students to be well-rested and relaxed so they can do their best.  We realize that this amount of testing can cause stress, which is why we work very hard to alleviate anxiety and be supportive of the students.

             2015                                              2016

Grade 4:  8 Test Days                  Grade 4:  7 Test Days

Grade 5:  10 Test Days                Grade 5:  9 Test Days

Grade 6:  9 Test Days                  Grade 6:  6 Test Days

Grade 7:  9 Test Days                  Grade 7:  6 Test Days


May 9     Practice Test

May 10   PARCC ELA Unit 1

May 11   PARCC ELA Unit 2

May 12   PARCC ELA Unit 3

May 16   PARCC Math Unit 1

May 17   PARCC Math Unit 2

May 18   PARCC Math Unit 3

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

May 20   MCAS Science and Technology (Grade 5 only)

May 23   MCAS Science and Technology (Grade 5 only)

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela



April 1, 2016

posted Apr 1, 2016, 9:52 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

Yesterday the students and staff competed in a fiercely-contested basketball game.  Although there was some uncertainty about the final score, there was no question about the fun and laughter that took place on the court.  The Annual Student-Staff Basketball Game is a great example of the relationships between the students and teachers and the value we all place on enjoying each other.  Kudos to the Fowler staff who played, cheered, and joked with the students in a fun-filled game.

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Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week..Katie Briggs, Nina Chiodo, Kayla DeCapua, Steve Fajardo, Adam Fowler, Aiden Hobbs, Tristan May, Melissa O'Leary, Liliya Pavlovskaya, Paige Seymour, Gabe Silva.

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2016-2017 BUS REGISTRATION


Bus registration for the 2016-2017 school year will begin on May 9, 2016.  Registration will take place at the administrative offices located at 3-R Tiger Drive.  Registration forms will be available on our website and all school offices starting on May 6.  No forms will be accepted before May 9.  There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the 1st student; $220 for the 2nd or more.

 

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


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Delivery of Genevieve's frozen food fundraiser products is Tuesday, April 5th; pick-up between 4-6 pm in the Fowler lobby. All orders MUST be picked up on Tuesday as we don't have the ability to store unclaimed frozen product.  If you are not able to make it to the school that day, please make arrangements to have someone else pick it up for you. Thank you.

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Jazz Cafe Tonight!
You are cordially invited to the MHS/Fowler Jazz Cafe tonight at 7 pm in the MHS Cafeteria. It will be a memorable evening of live music performed by the MHS Jazz Band, Fowler Stage Band, special guests Blueprint Jazz Club, and cafe desserts.

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MMA Fowler Next Meeting
The next MMA Fowler meeting is WednesdayApril 6th from 7- 7:45 in room B132 at the high school. Joint business between Fowler and the high school will start at 7:45.  
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Using Mindfulness to Relieve Stress and Create Ease in Daily Life

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

Mindfulness is such a big “buzz” word these days. Have you ever 
wondered what it’s all about? Why and how it can be so helpful when
dealing with stressful situations? Everyone can benefit from learning about and implementing a mindfulness practice! 
Come join us for this adults-only presentation and learn how and why to incorporate stillness and meditation into your life. 
Laura Grundstrom, YogaKids Certified Teacher, RYT200, and Kyra Marino, RYT200, Owner of Revolution Community Yoga in Acton, MA
will offer practical ways to include this in your daily routines. We'll also talk about child-friendly ways to present these concepts so that you can go home and practice mindfulness with your children.  It takes 21 days to create a new habit so begin with usand see how mindfulness can benefit you and your family on a daily basis! 

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

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This is a reminder that the next free MIT campus Science on Saturday event will be “Circuits and Computers” 10:00 a.m.-noon on April 2nd. Volunteers from the audience can help with lots of fun demonstrations on stage, and everyone can participate at hands-on activity tables afterward. Come help us make circuits, create apps, and test robots!

 

There is also half-price, same-day admission to the MIT Museum for Science on Saturday attendees.

 

All of the Science on Saturday events on the MIT campus are free and open to all elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers. They are sponsored by the MIT Museum and the Akamai Foundation. Parking and seating are limited, so we recommend that you arrive early. 

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Have a good weekend.


Mr. Mela

March 24, 2016

posted Mar 24, 2016, 9:21 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,
This weekend is a Family Appreciation Weekend and no homework will be assigned.  Fowler uses these weekends to allow students and families to relax and enjoy each other.
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Students in Ms. Padalino's Zone class have partnered with Mr. Perham, Art teacher, to create a cultural mural focused on a global community. The mural will display animals, sports, landscapes, flags, and monuments of each continent.  
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Maynard Music Association:

Pam Leahy, Chair of the MMA scholarship committee, is looking for 3-4 Fowler parents for a one-time meeting to review scholarship applications and choose this year's recipients for the High School Class of 2016.  If interested, please contact Pam at pamjohn_leahy@yahoo.com.

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

March 18, 2016

posted Mar 18, 2016, 7:55 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
Mr. Mela

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



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

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

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2016-2017 BUS REGISTRATION

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

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

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Using Mindfulness to Relieve Stress and Create Ease in Daily Life

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

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

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

Free and open to the public.

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

March 10, 2016

posted Mar 10, 2016, 11:04 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

As Fowler works toward cultural proficiency in our school, the students and staff celebrated Cultural Awareness Week.  As part of the celebration, different signs, posters, and flags were hung in the hallways recognizing various countries, their cultures, languages, and historic citizens.  Special highlights throughout the week included a culturally diverse cafeteria menu, activities/games in P.E. class, daily announcements made in different languages each day, and a selection of music from around the world.  

On Friday we invite you to wear the colors of your country! 


Fowler 7th grade students visited the Green Meadow 3rd grade Immersion class to make friendships and read books.
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Fowler Fine Arts Night

You are cordially invited! 

Come and enjoy a celebration of the Arts at Fowler School on Thursday, March 17 from 6:00-7:30 pm. Spend an evening immersed in original art work, poetry and live music highlighted by students in grades 6 and 7. Light refreshments will be served and admission is free! The Fowler Fine Arts Night is open to all Fowler students and their families. 




Fowler Play
Sixth and Seventh Graders: Tryouts for the Fowler play will take place next week on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15 and 16 immediately after school in the Assembly Hall. Anyone interested in acting, stage crew, costumes, or props should plan on attending as well. 

Faculty vs Student Basketball Game
The Annual Faculty vs Student Basketball game will take place on Thursday, March 31 at 3:00 pm. Admission is only $1.00! Come cheer on your team of choice!

​Parents of Seventh Grade Band/Chorus Students:
We have very exciting news for you -- Our 2017 trip to Disney was approved by the administration!  This is one of the most amazing things your child will do while in high school. We will be working extremely hard as a team of musicians to prepare an audition DVD in order to perform in Walt Disney World and to be ready for the incredible workshops the students will be singing and playing in, led by professional Disney musicians!

There is a mandatory informational meeting for parents/guardians and students grades 7-11 on TuesdayMarch 15th at 6:30 in the HS Auditorium. We will go over a lot of information and start setting up student accounts, talking about fundraising to help families, and meet the trip committee, etc.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

Mrs. Blanchard and the 2017 Disney Trip Committee

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

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