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June 19, 2015

posted Jun 19, 2015, 9:38 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

I can't believe the year is over and summer is here!  We've had such a wonderful year at Fowler and I feel so pleased with how we finished.  I credit the students and teachers for working hard and being so diligent until the last day.  We celebrated  the 7th grade promotion ceremony as the students leave Fowler and transition to the high school.  We know the students will represent Fowler well.

I hope your families have a relaxing and enjoyable summer.  In addition to lots of time to play, go to camps, swim, and take trips, please try to find time to read and practice your math facts.  There are many great (and free) applications, which students can use to be prepared for next year.  Please call the school if we can help in any way.

Thank you all for such great support as we work together to make Fowler an outstanding place for students!

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Families who wish to purchase a Fowler school supply kit have until Sunday, June 21st.  We can only accept online orders until then.


Go to http://www.shopttkits.com/ and enter Fowler’s School Account #32898 to purchase kits now.  

Kits will be delivered to school in late August and will be ready for families to pick up during our Meet & Greet event.  

For more information on school supply lists, summer reading, and more throughout the summer, please go to the Fowler website    https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/fowler-school-b/    and click on Summer & Back to School Info, or contact the office if you do not have internet capabilities.  

The kit prices are as follows:
Grade 4  $38
Grade 5  $32
Grade 6  $38
Grade 7  $34

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REFLEXMATH will be available over the summer months for free. Please have your child maintain the excellent progress they have made with fact fluency in school this year. All students can continue this work over the summer months J

ACCESS Reflexmath from any computer. This supports regular practice. It is recommended that students:

·        USE ReflexMath at least 3 times a week.

·        SHORT sessions are most effective…. 20-30 minutes maximum.

·        GREEN LIGHT-Play one game until they see the green light. This ensures that students have had a good session and have demonstrated fluency with the facts they are practicing.  Once students see the green light they can select any game or activity they prefer.

THANK YOU for partnering with our schools to support this important work.  Please be in touch with Terri Morrison, Math Coach if you have any questions about ReflexMath. tmorrison@maynard.k12.ma.us

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Have a wonderful summer!

Mr. Mela

June 12, 2015

posted Jun 12, 2015, 11:53 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

To help with the transition back to school next fall, Fowler is offering ready-made supply kits that families can purchase now.  School supply list letters and order forms flyers will be going home shortly. 

Online orders can be placed until Sunday, June 21st.  We encourage families to order online if possible. 

ALL PAPER ORDERS MUST be received by the Fowler School office by Wednesday, June 17th.  Order forms are available to download from the Fowler website as listed below.  These orders need to be mailed, therefore we are unable to accept any late paper order forms.

Kits will be delivered to school in late August and will be ready for families to pick up during our Meet & Greet event.  For more information on school supply lists, summer reading, and more throughout the summer, please go to the Fowler website https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/fowler-school-b/  and click on Summer & Back to School Info, or contact the office if you do not have internet capabilities. 

You can also go directly to http://www.shopttkits.com/ and enter the School Account #32898 to purchase kits now. 

The kit prices are as follows:
Grade 4  $38

Grade 5  $32

Grade 6  $38

Grade 7  $34

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Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week...
Kaitlyn Feddersen, Haley Fry, Samantha Grundstrom, Frank Tucker, Joseph Mangual, Marissa Lawton, Jamie Butler, Jorge Nieves, William Stachowicz, Nicholas Tenaglia, Isabelle Sharpe, Shea Mealey, Roman Vivirito, Emma Boucher, Karlin Theriault, Madisen Hobbs, Dylan Rediker, Beth French, Jeffrey Yelland, Seamus Noonan, Lexi Lopez, Ali Roche, Molly Hines, Lindsay McCabe, Sofia Rubio, Michael Gifford, McKenna Olsen, Nayelis Ortega Maldonado, Erin Coleman, Jordan Tucker, Nyasia Rosario, Steven Carpenter, Claire Candela, Matthew Walsh, Mason Monaco, Lily Saperstein, Fiona Brown, Georgia Wilson, Emily Bakalos, Lily Gavin, Brenna Grusheski, Layla English, Paige Fales, Tatiyana Flood, Ella Rowe, Sarah Aumueller, Jamie Butler, Madison Blaikie, Jake Silva, Addison Graham, James Carver, Matteo Mitchell, Nolan Currier, James Carter, Jewell Croushore, Zachary St. John, Owen Sullivan-Dale, Noah DeCastro, Matthew McDonald, Sean Primiano, Corinne Morgan, Jenna Olson, Rose Mendez, Katie Lu, Julianna Tenaglia, Julia Cafarella, Evan Moore, Will Fallon, Ivan DeMesa, Ezequiel Morton, Bella Lawton, Reilly Mulligan, Melissa O'Leary, Morgan Mylon.

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On Saturday, June 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the main cafeteria at Lincoln Laboratory, the Laboratory's Technical Women's Network and the Society of Women Engineers–Boston are conducting an engineering workshop for girls in grades 6 to 8. This "Wow! That's Engineering!" event features five hands-on engineering and science activities:

  • Reverse engineering of electronics
  • Connecting circuitry
  • Designing a rocket car
  • Extracting DNA from cells
  • Creating a model of Earth
The registration link is http://www.sweboston.org/wow-thats-engineering.html.  Snacks, lunch, and workshop supplies are all included in the registration fee of $20.
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Mon, Jun 15

Grade 6 Movie - Auditorium

Tue, Jun 16

Grade 4 Regions Celebration 9 am-12 pm - 4th Grade hallway

Wed, Jun 17

Grade 7 Canobie Lake Field Trip - (all day)

 

Grade 6 Soccer Tournament


Grade 4 Regions Celebration 9 am-12 pm - 4th Grade hallway

Thu, Jun 18

Grade 6 Soccer Tournament


Grade 7 Promotion Rehearsal - 1:15-2:15            

 

Grade 7 Social - 6-8 pm

Fri, Jun 19

 Term 3 Ends 


Grade 6 Awards - Cafeteria

 

Grade 6 Soccer Tournament - on field after Grade 6 Awards

 

Grade 7 Promotion Ceremony - 9:30 Assembly Hall             

 

EARLY RELEASE - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - 11:15 Dismissal   

  
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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela


June 5, 2015

posted Jun 5, 2015, 11:03 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

To help with the transition back to school, Fowler is offering ready-made supply kits that families can purchase next fall.  School supply list letters and order forms flyers will be going home shortly. 

Online orders can be placed until Sunday, June 21st.  We encourage families to order online if possible. 

ALL PAPER ORDERS MUST be received by the Fowler School office by Wednesday, June 17th.  Order forms are available to download from the Fowler website as listed below.  These orders need to be mailed, therefore we are unable to accept any late paper order forms.

Kits will be delivered to school in late August and will be ready for families to pick up during our Meet & Greet event.  For more information on school supply lists, summer reading, and more throughout the summer, please go to the Fowler website https://sites.google.com/a/maynard.k12.ma.us/fowler-school-b/  and click on Summer & Back to School Info, or contact the office if you do not have internet capabilities. 

You can also go directly to http://www.shopttkits.com/ and enter the School Account #32898 to purchase kits now. 

The kit prices are as follows:
Grade 4  $38

Grade 5  $32

Grade 6  $38

Grade 7  $34

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Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week...
Ronald Butler, Kate Carlisle, Michael Ditavi, Layla English, Paige Fales, Bruce French, Madisen Hobbs, Julia Hart, Nicole Helin, Katherine Lu, Adam Lucas, Dylan Peavoy, Bermuda Perry, Phaydan Picorelli, Ella Rowe, John Shaw, Tyler Steed, Kendra Smith, Gage Sarro, Owen Swanbon, Nicholas Tenaglia, Regina Wilkie.
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One of the goals that the Fowler School Improvement Council established was to strengthen communication and relationships with families.  Thus a survey was created to gather feedback from parents to help Fowler become stronger in this area.

Below is a link to access the survey, which should only take a few minutes to complete:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WHM33G5

Thanks in advance for doing the survey.
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Wed, Jun 10

Grade 6 Science/Field Day activities

 

Grade 6 Author Presentation in Library

Fri, Jun 12 

Last Day to Make Nature's Classroom Payment

 

Special Assembly: Casey McGuillen- American Idol Contestant

 

Grade 4 Southwick Zoo Field Trip (all day)

Mon, Jun 15

Grade 6 Movie - Auditorium

Tue, Jun 16

Grade 4 Regions Celebration 9 am-12 pm - 4th Grade hallway

Wed, Jun 17

Grade 7 Canobie Lake Field Trip - (all day)

 

Grade 6 Soccer Tournament


Grade 4 Regions Celebration 9 am-12 pm - 4th Grade hallway

Thu, Jun 18

Grade 6 Soccer Tournament


Grade 7 Promotion Rehearsal - 1:15-2:15            

 

Grade 7 Social - 6-8 pm

Fri, Jun 19

 Term 3 Ends 


Grade 6 Awards - Cafeteria

 

Grade 6 Soccer Tournament - on field after Grade 6 Awards

 

Grade 7 Promotion Ceremony - 9:30 Assembly Hall             

 

EARLY RELEASE - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - 11:15 Dismissal  


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Are you looking for a unique teacher gift that makes a difference in our schools? Please consider participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's (MEF) Teacher Tribute Program. Proceeds benefit MEF's grant program for teachers, students, and administrators.

When you make a tax-deductible donation to MEF, your child's teacher(s) will be sent a letter letting them know that your family has given a gift in his/her name to the Maynard Education Foundation (the amount of your donation will remain confidential).

To make a donation, please mail a check, along with the Teacher Tribute form to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 or donate online at http://www.maynardeducation.org/. (Please note that the deadline for receipt of donations is Friday, June 12, 2015. Donations received after that date may be acknowledged in September.)  Thank you!
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Fowler Middle School 6th Graders
are Invited to the -

Magic Dragon Theatre Workshop

                                      At The McAuliffe Charter School in Framingham

Free! For current Fowler 6th grade students (& Siblings entering 4th – 6th grades)


Taught by Morgan & Melinda, local High School Theatre Students

Introducing the joy and craft of theatre to younger students -
Join us for theatre games, acting, singing, and dancing in a fun musical comedy

August 17th– 21st    9–11:15 AM

Performance for family and friends: Friday, August 21st

 

To register, please call Nina (508) 655-4409 or email: rollingbear@verizon.net
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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela


May 29, 2015

posted May 29, 2015, 11:24 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

Last night, we were treated to an incredibly special spring concert.  Congratulations to the students on a wonderful performance!

At the end of this year, Mr. Brisson is retiring after 18 plus years of being an educator in Maynard.  During that time, Mr. Brisson has been exceptional in every imaginable way.  Mr. Brisson has built an outstanding band and music program where his students are supported, challenged, and excited about music.  His style and approach is respected by everyone he encounters.  As accomplished as Mr. Brisson is as a musician and educator, he is equally skillful as a person.  He is a “gentleman” in every sense of the word and that is how we will always think of him.  The students, teachers, and families of Fowler will truly miss Mr. Brisson, but how lucky we have been to have learned from such a master conductor.  We wish Mr. Brisson all the best in his retirement and we thank him for his years of dedication and investment in the Fowler School.

Mr. Brisson was presented with the Star Polisher award:

"I have a great job in the universe of occupations.  What do I do?  I'm a 'star polisher.'  It's a very important job.  If you want to know how important, just go out at night and look at the stars twinkling and sparkling.

You see, I'm a teacher.  The stars are the children in my class.  My job is to take them - in whatever shape they come - and shine and buff them and then send them out to take their places as bright, twinkling beacons in the sky.

They come into my room in all shapes and sizes.  Sometimes they're bent, tarnished, dirty, crinkly, or broken.  Some stars are cuddly and soft.  Some are prickly and thorny.

As I buff and polish, I train and teach my little stars; I tell them that the world cannot do without them.  I tell them they can do anything they set their minds to do.  I tell them they can be the brightest, shiniest stars in the sky and the world will be a better place because of them.

Each night as I look at the sky, I'm reminded of my very important job and awesome responsibility.  Then I get my soft buffing cloth and my bottle of polish in preparation for tomorrow...for my class of little stars."

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One of the goals that the Fowler School Improvement Council established was to strengthen communication and relationships with families.  Thus a survey was created to gather feedback from parents to help Fowler become stronger in this area.

Below is a link to access the survey, which should only take a few minutes to complete.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WHM33G5

Thanks in advance for doing the survey.

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Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week...Sarah Aumueller, Mireya Brocatto, Brendan Brogna, Jamie Butler, Annie Konieczka, Phoebe Ludwig, Sophia Manganaro, Valentina Meza, Aaliyah Mangual, Kendra McGrath, Daniel SaintHilaire, Jackson SaintHilaire, Ryan Sherman, Karlin Theriault

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The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Monday, June 1st 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.  Maynard High School's Best Buddies will be in attendance to serve ice cream and assist with crafts at our free annual event. Come to socialize with other families and beat the heat with delicious ice cream!  Please RSVP to Michelle Grace at sepactreas@maynard.k12.ma.us

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Sat, May 30

Relay for Life Weekend



 Mon, Jun 1

Fowler Book Fair - Library - ALL WEEK until 6/4/15

 

Grades 4/5 Art Exhibit Opening - ArtSpace - 5:30-8:30

 

SEPAC Ice Cream Social - 6 pm - Caféteria

Tue, Jun 2


 

Fowler Book Fair - Library - ALL WEEK until 6/4/15

Wed, Jun 3


 

Fowler Book Fair - Library - ALL WEEK until 6/4/15

Thu, Jun 4


 

Fowler Book Fair - Library - ALL WEEK until 6/4/15

 

Grade 6 Trip to Canobie Lake

 

Grade 4 Band Concert - 7 pm

 

Library Book Fair will be picked up

Fri, Jun 5

Early Release Day

 

Fowler Book Fair - Library

 

Grade 4 Career Day - 4th Grade Hall/Labs/Library/Teacher's Room

 

Grade 7 Up Day at MHS

Wed, Jun 10

Grade 6 Science/Field Day activities

 

Grade 6 Author Presentation in Library

Fri, Jun 12 

Last Day to Make Nature's Classroom Payment

 

(Rain Date: Grade 6 Trip to Canobie Lake)

 

Special Assembly: Casey McGuillen- American Idol Contestant

 

Grade 4 Southwick Zoo Field Trip (all day)

Mon, Jun 15

Grade 6 Movie - Auditorium

Tue, Jun 16

Grade 4 Regions Celebration 9 am-12 pm - 4th Grade hallway

Wed, Jun 17

Grade 7 Canobie Lake Field Trip - (all day)

 

Grade 6 Soccer Tournament


Grade 4 Regions Celebration 9 am-12 pm - 4th Grade hallway

Thu, Jun 18

Grade 6 Soccer Tournament


Grade 7 Promotion Rehearsal - 1:15-2:15            

 

Grade 7 Social - 6-8 pm

Fri, Jun 19

 Term 3 Ends (Student/Parent information)

Fri, Jun 19

Grade 6 Awards - Cafeteria

 

Grade 6 Soccer Tournament - on field after Grade 6 Awards

 

Grade 7 Promotion Ceremony - 9:30 Assembly Hall             

 

EARLY RELEASE - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - 11:15 Dismissal  


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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

May 22, 2015

posted May 22, 2015, 11:38 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

This weekend is a Family Appreciation Weekend, which means no homework will be assigned.  We hope you can enjoy the weekend, filled with good weather, cookouts, ball games, and families.

One of the goals that the Fowler School Improvement Council established was to strengthen communication and relationships with families.  Thus a survey was created to gather feedback from parents to help Fowler become stronger in this area.

Below is a link to access the survey, which should only take a few minutes to complete.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WHM33G5

Thanks in advance for doing the survey.
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Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week...Angelina Andrade, Sofia Clark, Jewell Croushore, Tiera Glasgow, Ryan Kennedy, Marissa Lawton, Joella Lizotte, Lexi Lopez, Matheus Mattos, Evan Moore, Sean Oliphant, Jetsen Perez, Jake Puntoni, Ava Sirvio, Hannah Waring, Isabella Wellington.

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Maynard Education Foundation:

Are you looking for a unique teacher gift that makes a difference in our schools?  Please consider participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's (MEF) Teacher Tribute Program.  Proceeds benefit MEF's grant program for teachers, students, and administrators.

When you make a tax-deductible donation to MEF, your child's teacher(s) will be sent a letter letting them know that your family has given a gift in his/her name to the Maynard Education Foundation (the amount of your donation will remain confidential).

To make a donation, please mail a check, along with the Teacher Tribute form to MEF, PO Box 89, Maynard, MA 01754 or donate online at http://www.maynardeducation.org/.  (Please note that the deadline for receipt of donations is Friday, June 12, 2015. Donations received after that date may be acknowledged in September.)  Thank you!
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Fifth Grade Girl Scout Troop #65142 is collecting donations for the Sterling Animal Shelter.  This Shelter is supported entirely by individual donations, so your donations are appreciated!!  We are collecting dog/cat food, treats & toys, cat litter, old clean towels & blankets.  There will be a donation box in the Fowler School lobby until Thursday, May 28th.  You can go to http://www.sterlingshelter.org to learn more about the Sterling Animal Shelter.  Thank you!

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Do you have a portable DVD player that you no longer use?   Girl Scout Troop 72617 is collecting working, portable DVD players to be used by patients at Emerson Hospital.  The hospital has a number of DVD players for pediatric patients to watch but not enough working portable dvd players.  Our Girl Scout troop is hoping to change this.  You can help us by donating.  If you have a portable player that you would like to donate, please contact troop leaders, Joanne Tummino at jomiket33@yahoo.com or Stephanie Gavin at stephgavin@verizon.net.   Troop members will schedule a convenient pick up.  Thank you!

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Mon, May 25

Memorial Day - No School - Family Appreciation Weekend - No HW

Wed, May 27

PARCC Testing Math (4-7)

 

Incoming Grade 4 Parent Info Night - 6 pm

Thu, May 28

LAST DAY TO CHECK OUT LIBRARY BOOKS                          

 

PARCC Testing Math (4-7)

 

Band Concert - 7 pm

Fri, May 29

Grade 4 Field Trip - Legoland - ALL DAY

 

Band Field Trip - Great East Festival - ALL DAY

 

Fowler Book Fair - Library - ALL WEEK until 6/4  

Sat, May 30

Relay for Life Weekend



 Mon, Jun 1

Fowler Book Fair - Library - ALL WEEK until 6/4/15

 

Grades 4/5 Art Exhibit Opening - ArtSpace - 5:30-8:30

 

Teacher Leader Mtg - 2:30

 

SEPAC Ice Cream Social - 6 pm - Caféteria

Tue, Jun 2


 

Fowler Book Fair - Library - ALL WEEK until 6/4/15

Wed, Jun 3


 

Fowler Book Fair - Library - ALL WEEK until 6/4/15

Thu, Jun 4


 

Fowler Book Fair - Library - ALL WEEK until 6/4/15

 

Grade 6 Trip to Canobie Lake

 

Grade 4 Band Concert - 7 pm

 

Library Book Fair will be picked up

Fri, Jun 5

Early Release Day



 

Fowler Book Fair - Library

 

Grade 4 Career Day - 4th Grade Hall/Labs/Library/Teacher's Room

 

Grade 7 Up Day at MHS

Wed, Jun 10

Grade 6 Science/Field Day activities

 

Grade 6 Author Presentation in Library

Fri, Jun 12 

Last Day to Make Nature's Classroom Payment

 

(Rain Date: Grade 6 Trip to Canobie Lake)

 

Special Assembly: Casey McGuillen- American Idol Contestant

 

Grade 4 Southwick Zoo Field Trip (all day)

Mon, Jun 15

Grade 6 Movie - Auditorium

Tue, Jun 16

Grade 4 Regions Celebration 9 am-12 pm - 4th Grade hallway

Wed, Jun 17

Grade 7 Canobie Lake Field Trip - (all day)

 

Grade 6 Soccer Tournament


Grade 4 Regions Celebration 9 am-12 pm - 4th Grade hallway

Thu, Jun 18

Grade 6 Soccer Tournament


Grade 7 Promotion Rehearsal - 1:15-2:15            

 

Grade 7 Social - 6-8 pm

Fri, Jun 19

 Term 3 Ends (Student/Parent information)

Fri, Jun 19

Grade 6 Awards - Cafeteria

 

Grade 6 Soccer Tournament - on field after Grade 6 Awards

 

Grade 7 Promotion Ceremony - 9:30 Assembly Hall             

 

EARLY RELEASE - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - 11:15 Dismissal  

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May 15, 2015

posted May 15, 2015, 10:55 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

Last week the Fowler Fair was a huge success!  We raised more than $2500 to be used to help support our students in many ways.  Thank you to all the students and families who joined in the fun.  A special thank you to all the Fowler staff who worked at the fair.  I am so appreciative of the culture we have at Fowler, which reflects a deep investment in making a difference for our students and families.

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Next week the second round of PARCC testing will begin for our students.  We have a small window to conduct the testing, so 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.

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.

Spring Testing Schedule

Grades 4, 6, and 7 will be doing the PARCC Assessment and Grade 5 will do the PARCC Assessment and the MCAS Assessment.

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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You're Invited to the Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social!

The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Monday, June 1st 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. Maynard High School's Best Buddies will be in attendance to serve ice cream and assist with crafts at our free annual event. Come to socialize with other families and beat the heat with delicious ice cream!

Please RSVP to Michelle Grace at sepactres@maynard.k12.ma.us
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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

May 8, 2015

posted May 8, 2015, 9:40 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

We have a beautiful day for the Fowler Fair!  We hope you can join in the fun, 3:00-6:00 pm. 

Some of the activities planned include a train ride, bake sale, face painting, flower sale, Treasure Chest, bouncy castle, music, giant sling shot, and of course a dunk tank (wouldn’t you love to dunk your favorite teacher?).

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Today, the Fowler teachers were treated to a delicious Appreciation Luncheon, which was organized by the Fowler PTO.  The luncheon is always a highlight of the year and is enjoyed by everyone.  Fowler thanks the PTO and all the parents who work so hard to support the staff.  We know we are fortunate to work in a school community where we share a strong partnership with families.

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Bus Registration for 2015/2016 school year began on May 4.  Registration can be brought to District Central Office at 3-R Tiger Drive.  This office entrance is on the right side of the Fowler School. 

Forms are available under "Forms to Download" as well as in all school offices.

Note: If you have a student entering 7th grade, and you reside 2 miles or more from the school, you must now pay the fee.

If you need more information, please contact Colleen Moore 978-897-2222.

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Fowler Yearbooks:

Just a quick reminder that the deadline to order yearbooks has passed, however we are still taking orders if you would like to purchase the annual keepsake.  Please send in the order form (if you no longer have one, an envelope with the students name on it is fine) and payment ($23). The orders can be given to homeroom teachers, Main Office or Brenda Sullivan.

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Spring Testing Schedule

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

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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It Makes “Cents” to Give-a-Cent Drive

Raise money for next year’s Nature’s Classroom! Beginning on Monday, May 4, grades are competing against each another to collect the most pennies to win a prize for their grade (to be determined). Each penny you put in your grade’s water jug will gain points for your grade. If  someone puts a nickel, dime, quarter, or dollars in your grade’s water jug, it will deduct points from your grade’s overall score.

Example: Each penny is worth one point. Nickels will deduct 5 points, a dime will deduct 10 points, a quarter will deduct 25 points, a dollar will deduct 100 points and a five dollar bill will deduct 500 points, etc.  

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Maynard Girl Scout Troop 72597 is collecting donations of NEW stuffed animals, new or gently-used chapter books, toiletries and coloring books/markers/crayons for girls ages 9-13 that have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care.  Our girls are going to fill backpacks with these donations so those girls can have something of their own when they move to a new place.  
The donation bins are at Green Meadow School, Middlesex Bank, Maynard Public Library and Fine Arts Theater.  Please help us make those transitions easier by donating!  The bins will be out until Friday, May 22.  If you have any questions, please contact Justine St. John at (978) 790-2911.  Thank you!

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Giddy up and Hoe Down!

MHS Class of 2018 will be hosting a family Country Night on Sunday, May 17th, from 3 to 7:30 pm at Maynard High school.  Join us for line dancing classes, a country themed movie, games, and more!  Tickets include a slice of pizza and all the fun events!

Ticket prices:  per person  ~ $7

Per family (4 people or more) ~$25

Email odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us for any questions.

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

May 1, 2015

posted May 1, 2015, 10:34 AM by Jeffrey Mela

Dear Parents,

Bus Registration for 2015/2016 school year will be on May 4.  Registration will be at the School District Central Office at 3-R Tiger Drive.  This office entrance is on the right side of the Fowler School. 

Forms will available under "Forms to Download" on the website on May 1, however no registrations will be accepted before May 4. Forms will also be available in all school offices on May 4 for your convenience.

Note: If you have a student entering 7th grade, and you reside 2 miles or more from the school, you must now pay the fee.

If you need more information, please contact Colleen Moore 978-897-2222.

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Fowler Community Fair...Save the Date

This spring, the Fowler School invites your family to attend the Annual 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, flower sale, Treasure Chest, 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.

Donations are needed for the Treasure Chest to be held during Fair.  Items may be dropped off at school starting Monday, May 4.  The Treasure Chest is similar to a Yard Sale.

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From the PTO:

The cookie dough orders from our spring fundraiser will be delivered  THIS Tuesday, May 5th, and will be available for pick-up between 4-6 pm in the Fowler Lobby.   As all products are frozen, it is important that you pick up your order that day or make arrangements for someone else to get it for you, as we do not have the ability to store frozen food.  We appreciate your assistance with this.  We are also in need of people to help distribute the cookie dough on May 5th, if you have any availability between 4-6pm and would like to help, please email Sue at jimsueh@comcast.net
 
The Fowler Staff Appreciation Luncheon will be held Friday, May 8th, and the PTO is still looking for donations of salads (any kind), desserts and drinks.   Please consider helping with this to show your support and appreciation for the great teachers and staff at the Fowler School.  If you are able to help, please contact Lee at leemcdonagh@gmail.com .  Monetary donations are also accepted.  Thank you.

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Fowler Yearbooks:

Just a quick reminder that the deadline to order yearbooks has passed, however we are still taking orders if you would like to purchase the annual keepsake.  Please send in the order form (if you no longer have one, an envelope with the students name on it is fine) and payment ($23). The orders can be given to homeroom teachers, Main Office or Brenda Sullivan.

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This week, the District Attorney's Office gave several presentations to students and parents about safely using technology.  Below you will find several apps that can be considered dangerous for our students.  We are fortunate to have a strong connection with the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, who provide excellent resources, speakers, and conferences for our schools.

9 Most Dangerous Apps for Kids

            Whisper - This app allows you to post secrets anonymously and also allows you to chat with other users in your geographic area.

            Why It’s Dangerous: Many children are drawn to communicating with strangers, feeling that their secrets are safer with them than with their friends. This app is a perfect tool for ill-intentioned strangers looking to connect with young people because it allows you to exchange messages with people nearest to you (so anonymity can be easily lost).

            YikYak  - All Yik Yak users are anonymous. They don’t create a profile or account, but they can post comments that are accessible to the nearest 500 people (within a 1-5 mile radius). A psychiatrist called this the most dangerous app he’d ever seen because it “can turn a school into a virtual chat room where everyone can post his or her comments, anonymously. Untruthful, mean, character-assassinating short messages are immediately seen by all users in a specific geographic area.”

            Why It’s Dangerous: This app is causing problems in schools across the United States, with students maliciously slandering teacher, staff, and other students. In fact, several schools have now banned smart phones from campus because of this particular app.

            Kik - A free app-based alternative texting service that allows texts/pictures to be sent without being logged in the phone history. (Similar apps: Viber, WhatsApp, TextNow)

            Why It’s Dangerous – Makes it easier for your child to talk to strangers without your knowledge since it bypasses the wireless providers’ short message services (SMS). Children also think they can “sext” without parents finding out. In addition, strangers can send your child a “friend request.”

            Snapchat – Allows you to capture an image or video and make it available to a recipient for a specific time. After that time limit is up, the picture/video automatically disappears forever…or so Snapchat claims. (Similar apps: Poke, Wire, and Wickr)

            Why It’s Dangerous – Kids can receive (or send ) sexually inappropriate photos. This app also makes kids feel like they can “sext” or send inappropriate pictures without consequences because the image will self-destruct automatically. The truth is that nothing sent over the internet disappears. There are always ways to retrieve and capture those images.

            Vine – Allows users to watch and post six second videos. 

            Why It’s Dangerous –While many of the videos are harmless, porn videos do pop up into the feed, exposing your children to sexually explicit material. You can also easily search for/access porn videos on this app. Predators utilize this app to search for teens and find their location. Then they try to connect with them via other messaging apps.

            ChatRoulette and Omegle– These apps allow you to video chat with strangers.

            Why It’s Dangerous – Not only are users chatting with strangers, they could be chatting with a fake stranger. “Chat sites like Chatroulette and Omegle have done their best to produce systems that warns users when the people they are chatting to are potentially using fake webcam software, however developers still manage to slip under their radars with frequent updates.” So a fifty-year-old man could set up a fake webcam and use images from a 15-year-old boy that looks like a teen celebrity to convince your child to send inappropriate pictures or get information about your child’s location.

            Tinder – Users post pictures and scroll through the images of other users. When they think someone is attractive they can “flag” the image. If that person has also “flagged” them in return, the app allows you to contact them.

            Why It’s Dangerous – This app, and similar apps such as Down, Skout, Pure, and Blendr, are primarily used for hooking up.

            Poof – Hides other apps on your phone. You select which apps you would like to hide and their icons will no longer show up on your smartphone screen.

            Why It’s Dangerous – If children have apps that they want to keep hidden from their parents, all they have to do is download this app and “poof,” their screen is clear of any questionable apps. So, if you see the poof app on their phone, you may want to ask them what they are hiding.

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Sensory Strategies for School Aged Kids

The Maynard SEPAC welcomes Karen Ditto, OTR/L to speak to parents and educators about "Sensory Strategies: Practical and effective strategies to use at home and in the classroom" on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 7pm in the Fowler Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA.  Sensory processing challenges occur when an individual has difficulty organizing an effective and appropriate response to sensory input.  The resulting dysregulation can present challenges when performing countless everyday tasks, including maintaining self-regulation, maneuvering through the environment, responding appropriately. Visibly, this could result in an appearance of clumsiness or weakness, behavioral problems, and difficulties at school and within groups.  Ms. Ditto has been an Occupational Therapist at the Green Meadow Elementary School in Maynard for 8 years and will present a number of strategies and resources parents and educators can use to help kids become better regulated and more productive.  This workshop is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP to sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-2705.
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Notes from the Fowler Library

April is National Poetry Month

Fowler School celebrated Poetry Week with fun activities that promote this important literature!  Most students engage easily with this genre and it can be integrated into all subject areas.  A popular activity was The Memorize a Poem challenge.  It was open to all grades and there were 65 students who memorized and recited poems that were fifty or more words!  What a great way to encourage students to write, read and recite poetry!

Greek Mythology Club

Ten students from the Greek Mythology Club took the National Mythology Exam.... Georgia Wilson (5th Grade) and Chloe Donovan (7th Grade) both scored in or above 94% and received medals from The American Classics League!  Congratulations to them and the following students who took the exam; Abby Candela, Zack St. John, Owen Thayer, Owen Sullivan-Dale, Nadim Bazhod, Vincent Boothroyd and Ari Kiirikki.

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Spring Testing Schedule

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

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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It Makes “Cents” to Give-a-Cent Drive

Raise money for next year’s Nature’s Classroom! Starting Monday, May 4, grades will compete against each another to collect the most pennies to win a prize for their grade (to be determined). Each penny you put in your grade’s water jug will gain points for your grade. If  someone puts a nickel, dime, quarter, or dollars in your grade’s water jug, it will deduct points from your grade’s overall score.

Example: Each penny is worth one point. Nickels will deduct 5 points, a dime will deduct 10 points, a quarter will deduct 25 points, a dollar will deduct 100 points and a five dollar bill will deduct 500 points, etc.  

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Beginner and Intermediate Archery:

Try out recurve archery this spring and see for yourself why one of the world’s oldest sports is making a comeback!  This introductory course emphasizes the fundamentals that lead to success and the importance of consistent shooting.  Students will compete individually and in team challenges through a variety of games and tournaments.  Classes led by two certified USA Archery and National Field Archery Association (NFAA) instructors.   All equipment provided.   Open to youths ages 10 & up.

Four week course: Saturdays, May 2nd through May 23rd, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, cost: $105

To enroll, please contact the Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley (978) 461-2871 or visit www.bgcav.org .
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The third annual Acton Boxboro PMC KIDS Ride is being planned; and will take place on June 7, 2015 from 8:30 – 12:00pm at Nara Park in Acton, MA and we are hoping to have 200+ kids of all ages participating in this event. Last year was our second year and folks like you helped make it a HUGE success with 144 riders raising over $17,000! Help us surpass last year's success by signing up today as a rider or volunteer! 

Pan Mass Challenge events have an unwavering commitment to finding a cure for cancer. Since its start in 1980, the PMC has raised over 5 billion dollars for cancer research and cancer care. Although each individual rider has a personal reason for taking part in the event, they are strongly united in their cause…cure cancer. The money raised from the PMC and PMC Kids rides accounts for over half of the total funding for the Jimmy Fund each year. On June 7, kids in Acton and Boxboro will join this established tradition of bike riding and fundraising for Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund. Make the commitment to join us because you want to help cure cancer! This ride is dedicated to all of our loved ones whose lives were cut short by cancer and to those who continue to inspire us as they live with cancer. The Acton Boxboro PMC Kids Ride will bring us "closer by the mile" to a cure!

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

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


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