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12/2/16

 

Dear Fowler Families,

I am very pleased to have such a collaborative and engaged School Council.  We are a balanced group, with representation from staff, parents, and the community. We have just finished discussing budget requests that were presented to the School Committee last night.

Parents: Barbara Chautin, Linde Ghere, Maro Hogan, Aly Severance, Danielle Pimenta 

Staff: Jenny Falkoff, Denise Hatch, Mark Myers

Community Representative: Martha Shugrue 

 

It's Not Too Late!  

As you know, we are pleased to offer Chorus for students in grades 6 & 7 for Trimesters 2 and 3. This class meets once per cycle (1 out of every 4 days) and is taught by Cindy Blanchard. The class takes place during exploratory period. Please have your child complete the sign up form, which is available in the Main Office. We have extended the deadline to Tuesday, December 6.

Spotlight on Computer Science

Recently, Computer Science Teacher Mark Sinopoli attended the Future Ready Schools conference in Boston. At this conference, he attended sessions conducted by national leaders in educational technology. One of the initiatives he wants to adopt is to communicate more with the community using technology, specifically social media. He has started a Twitter account (@fs_compsci) to share some of the activities and accomplishments of students in Computer Science. By using the hashtag #MaynardLearns and #FowlerLearns anyone in the world can see what is happening in Computer Science at Fowler School!

Spotlight on Fowler Library

Fall Book Fair

Thank you for supporting the Scholastic Book Fair by making time to bring in your students and for all your purchases! Book fairs are the only library fundraiser and this one was hugely successful! I sold just over $6,000.00 of books and kept $500.00 worth of new titles for the library.

Parent Volunteers in the Library

I've started a Parent Volunteer Program and currently have four who plan to be here on a regular basis. They will be helping with a variety of tasks. Thank you to Trish Friedman (Daniel 7), Becky Robichaud (Alex 6), Jodi Larkin (Hannah 5), and Katrina Wilkins (Chris 4).

4th and 5th Grade Library Research Skills

Both grades have been reviewing the organization of library information and learning how to search for/locate resources using the Destiny Quest (OPAC) website. In addition, students learned the importance of bibliographies in a research project and how to create a grade-appropriate bibliography

Extended Zone - 6th and 7th Grades

Students began the year with a project to inspire their imaginations and connect with their creativity and ingenuity. We took the Global Cardboard Challenge and they came up with some amazing cardboard creations. Watch Caine's Arcade on Youtube when you get a chance and in the meantime check out this 2 minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNbvenWvqBM

Students also use Star programs for ELA and Math intervention and we support some academic class work and projects.

Upcoming Dates

Term 1 Report cards will be posted to iParent on iPass next week. In addition, a paper copy will be mailed home. (Please note that this is the last mailing (unless you request it) and that future report cards will be available only through iPass.

December

6 Term 1 Report Cards distributed during the week

8 Picture Retake Day

9 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

14 Grade 6 Field Trip to A Christmas Carol

21 Band Concert – 7 pm

22 Grade 4 Field Trip to the Boston Museum of Science

26-Jan 2 Holiday Vacation

Community News

The Maynard SEPAC Winter Social is almost here! We’ll gather on Tuesday, December 6 from 6:30 – 8 pm the Green Meadow Cafeteria. All families of children receiving special education services in the district are invited (siblings are welcome too!). Join this annual tradition where the children can enjoy cookie decorating, crafts, and music—and each child receives a goodie bag as well. We look forward to seeing you at this free event (please RSVP to Rachel Levy at racheldayson@hotmail.com or 617-458-1294).


Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller





Dear Fowler Families,

Continuing to think about "Growth Mindset," it is very interesting to me to connect a specific type of praise with helping our children develop a growth mindset. Attached is a brief video which highlights the subtle, but powerful difference between praising children for process and effort versus intelligence and abilities. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTXrV0_3UjY


**New** Chorus - Grade 6 & 7

We are pleased to offer Chorus for students in grades 6 & 7 for Terms 2 and 3. This class, taught by Cindy Blanchard, will meet once per cycle (1 out of every 4 days) during Exploratory period. Please have your child complete the sign-up form, which is available in the Main Office. Forms are due Thursday, December 1st in the Main Office.


Spotlight on Fifth Grade

Math:

Students are learning how to compare and round decimals in relation to place value. Students are also adding and subtracting decimals with a connection to patterns and money. This fall, students practiced multiplying and dividing whole numbers using area models, volume, partial products and quotients, and the standard approach. Please continue to practice daily math facts at home a few times a week from digits 1-12.

Science:

Students are learning about the different types of energy and how energy can be transferred to a different type of energy. Classes completed the “Ball Drop” activity and created roller coasters to demonstrate potential energy being transferred to kinetic energy. Students will also investigate electrical, light, and sound energy.

Field Trip:

Classes will visit the Christa McAuliffe Challenger Center at Framingham State University on Thursday and Friday, February 9th and 10th.  This field trip is a perpetual favorite among fifth grade students. The simulated space flight allows students the opportunity to experience the work of real scientists. Working together on Alpha and Beta teams, students will conduct tests, analyze data, problem solve, and communicate information to Earth’s mission control center.

ELA – Reading:

Students have successfully completed Unit One: “The Renaissance” with a novel study of the author, Brian Selznick.  The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Selznick’s other novels Wonderstruck, and the Marvels were also included. Students were shown that “Reading is Thinking” and can now demonstrate these six reading strategies:  connecting, visualizing, predicting, inferring, questioning, and summarizing (Stephanie Harvey, Columbia University). We have just begun Unit Two: “Exploration” with The Little Prince by Antoine St. Exupery. This unit’s important and essential question is:  What can a person learn from exploring their world? Students are keeping journals to respond to the text, analyzing quotes, practicing how to write dialogue, and exploring symbolism in literature.

ELA – Writing:

Fifth graders have been working hard to become more analytical writers. Students have been analyzing text from our read-aloud books. They have also been writing informational paragraphs, summarizing fiction and non-fiction texts, and writing book reviews. In Unit Two, students will use dialogue, as modeled in the mentor text, to create an eighth planet for the Little Prince to visit and learn another important lesson. 

History:

Students have begun studying the Age of Exploration and analyzing motivations for European exploration. Classes are studying the Vikings and deciding who should be credited with discovering North America.

Growth Mindset:

Fifth grade teachers will begin to recognize individual students in the area of growth mindset at monthly community meetings. Students will be recognized for perseverance, effective effort, grit, and stamina. Students have discussed growth mindset in their classrooms and identified what these qualities look and sound like in the classroom.


Message from the Fowler PTO

Parents should have received an order form for custom Pandora beads. Unfortunately, we have decided we need to cancel this fundraiser. When we got the samples yesterday, we decided the quality was not what we expected. We decided to cancel as we could not guarantee the quality of the product, and we didn't want anyone to be disappointed or upset. Thanks for your understanding and support!

More on PTO Fundraisers
Thanks to all that participated in the CherryDale Farms and Kids Stuff Coupon Books fundraisers this fall. As a result of your generosity, the PTO was able to fund $3,600.00 worth of enrichment/classroom enhancement requests from the Fowler teachers this past Tuesday at our monthly meeting. Grants were made at every grade level so the entire Fowler community will benefit from our fundraising!  The requests we were able to fulfill this year are:

  • Co-sponsored “The Ooch Experience” - Professional entertainer/motivator Brett Outchcunis visited the 4th grade in September.
  • One Listening Center for the Library allowing multiple students to read along and listen to audio books
  • Cambodia Presentation by guest speaker Brandon Eang, grade 6
  • Grant to offset the cost for grade 5 students to attend the McAuliffe Challenger Center at Framingham State University in February.
  • Two Chromebooks to improve math fact fluency/create online math assessments, Grade 6
  • Funding to expand “Growth Mindset” literature collection.
  • Funding to replace one gym mat to allow expansion of the Physical Education curriculum.
  • One year subscription to Headspace, being used to support new Headspace Club (guided meditation) which is open to all Fowler students and staff.
  • Grade 7 - specific use of funding TBA.

We appreciate all the thoughtful requests made by the Fowler staff and regret that our resources did not allow us to fund everything requested. We will continue to work with Fowler families to support the staff and enhance the curriculum.

CherryDale Farm Delivery!
Delivery of our CherryDale Farm fundraising products will happen THIS Monday, November 21st.  Students will be called down at the end of the day to pick up their orders. If you know you placed an order, please remind your student so they will pick up their order! Students who placed very large orders may need to make alternate arrangements for transportation home due to the size of the boxes.  Please make every effort to pick up before the Thanksgiving break!

 

UPCOMING DATES

November

19   Annual Casino Night – Maynard Elks 6:30 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break

 

December

6 Report Cards distributed this week

8 Picture Retake Day

9 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

14 Grade 6 Field Trip to a Christmas Carol

21 Band Concert – 7 pm

26-Jan 2 Holiday Vacation

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Maynard SEPAC

After Thanksgiving, December is just around the corner, which means . . . the SEPAC Winter Social is coming soon! Please save the date: Tuesday, December 6, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Green Meadow cafeteria. The free event is open to the whole family of any student receiving special education services. Stay tuned for more details! (To RSVP, contact Rachel Levy at racheldayson@hotmail.com or at 617-458-1294.)

 

 

I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.  There is much that I am grateful for and that includes being appreciative of the partnership Fowler School has with our families and the community. Thank you for trusting us with the care and education of your children.  

Warm Regards,

Sharon




November 10, 2016


Dear Fowler Families,

I hope that many of you have already successfully logged onto iPass to see your child's schedule and academic progress. Grades for trimester 1 will close on Tuesday, November 22. First term report cards will be mailed home the week of December 5th. Please note that all future report cards will be available only through iPass. Please make sure that you have registered for an iPass account to see future report cards as well as to monitor your child's progress. 

Let us know if this will be a problem for you, and we will provide you with a paper copy of your child's report card.

There will be one major difference with report cards this year -- we are changing the way we provide feedback about student performance. We hope that you will find the new comments to be more specific and therefore more helpful with facilitating your child’s growth. We are open to feedback from you about this change.


Update from the 4th Grade

This year is off to a great start! While we have many exciting events planned over the course of the year (including a field trip to the Museum of Science in December), we are pleased to share with you some of the curriculum on which we are currently focusing. In math, fourth graders have been working diligently on learning place values and names for numbers up to the hundred-thousands. We have worked on adding and subtracting these larger numbers, as well as identifying them in standard form, word form, and expanded form. In the coming weeks, we will work with students on multiplying multi-digit numbers using a variety of different strategies. Students will be encouraged to use partial products, the distributive property, and the standard algorithm for solving multiplication problems. It is important for us to approach this work -- all work-- through the lens of the Growth Mindset. We consistently encourage students to put forth their best effort, see learning new concepts as a process, and persevere with new academic ideas.


The fourth grade is currently reading Wonder, a story which discusses respecting people’s differences and understanding peers. We hope that by interacting and reading aloud, students will become more connected with an understanding of their peers. We have begun reciprocal teaching in all 4th grade classrooms, through the use of different novels that share the theme of “Tales from the Heart.” Students have responded to the texts and we have encouraged them to make connections with the story, find the theme, restate the question, predict, summarize, question, and support their answers with text evidence.  Our next unit will focus on the effect of setting on the plot and storyline. We will read Holes, and each class will also begin reading books from the I Survived series. In writing, fourth grade students will be encouraged to write a paragraph with complete sentences, proper punctuation, capitalization, and transition words. It is our goal by the year’s end to have each child master a correctly-punctuated three-paragraph essay with proper transitions on a given topic. As always, your support and encouragement at home is greatly appreciated.  


Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller

UPCOMING DATES

November

11 Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

15   School Council meeting - Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm
15   PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

19   Annual Casino Night – Maynard Elks 6:30 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break

 

December

6   Report Cards Distributed

8   Picture Retake Day

9   Early Release Day – 11:15 am

14  Grade 6 Field Trip to a Christmas Carol

21  Band Concert – 7 pm

26-Jan 2  Holiday Vacation




11/4/16

Dear Fowler Families,


What does it mean to wonder? That's what I was wondering after leaving the museum event held in Michelle Travers' 5th grade class this past week. Michelle led her students through a process of wondering, discovery, and identity described below. Kaitlyn Corrigan will be leading the same activity with her classes on Wednesday:

Cabinets of Wonder (See pictures below)

Cabinets of Wonder were known by many other names, including Cabinets of Curiosity, wonder-rooms, and Wunderkammer. They were collections of objects and included artifacts from natural history, geology, archaeology, religion, and art. The first cabinets emerged in the 16th century and were whole rooms instead of display cases. Some of the collections served as a catalogue that documented different types of organisms and led to scientific exploration and discovery.

In the novel Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick, a young boy named Ben is trying to find his place in the world. He sets out alone to New York City to find his father. His only possession is a box containing several artifacts that are important to him. Ben spends lots of time at the American Museum of Natural History and finds and old cabinet of wonder hidden behind the scenes. At one point he realizes, “maybe we are all cabinets of wonder,” meaning that we are each unique and the experiences in our lives make us who we are.

The students have been given the task of curating their own Cabinet of Wonders. They have carefully chosen items that are important to them and describe who they are. 

 

Thank you Fowler PTO for sponsoring and arranging this year’s very successful Grade 4/5 Halloween Social!


UPCOMING DATES

November

2    Maynard Music Association meeting - Fowler Library 6:30 pm

8    Professional Day - No School

9    Picture Day (Picture Retake Day - December 8)

      ALICE Training for Grade 7

      ALICE Presentation for Grade 4

10  ALICE Follow-up Discussion

11  Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

15   School Council meeting - Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm
15   PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

19   Annual Casino Night – Maynard Elks 6:30 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break

 

December

6 Report Cards Distributed

8 Picture Retake Day

9 Early Release Day – 11:15 am

14 Grade 6 Field Trip to a Christmas Carol

21 Band Concert – 7 pm

26-Jan 2 Holiday Vacation


COMMUNITY NEWS


Boys & Girls Club Event

Join us for an evening of celebration and fun at our 15th Annual Service to Youth Awards ceremony:

Friday, November 11, 2016

Nashawtuc Country Club

1861 Sudbury Road, Concord, MA

 

Enjoy dinner, cash bar, silent auction & raffle items!

All proceeds to benefit The Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley

























10/28/16

Dear Fowler Families,

I appreciate your feedback and input regarding the ALICE training. Please see additional resources about ALICE: https://www.alicetraining.com/our-program/alice-training/k12-education/.

Thank you to those folks who completed the five-question, short-answer survey – please remember that the survey closes Wednesday November 2.  I look forward to sharing the results with you later next month: https://goo.gl/forms/dS2LpVxJqyWQWceo2.

The following is a description of Connections class, taught by our Guidance Counselors. In an effort to share more about Fowler teams, classes, departments, etc., I plan to provide, on a regular basis, a "snapshot" of various learning experiences at Fowler:

Connections is a fourth and fifth grade class that meets once per cycle. The purpose is to deliver developmental guidance in the classroom, meeting one of our district's goals of focusing on social emotional learning for our students. The curriculum is activity-based using different modalities such as art, interactive games, and journal writing to focus on the following topic areas: teamwork, self-esteem, communication skills, self-discovery, and coping skills.

This year we have focused on building positive classroom relationships and giving students the opportunity to learn about themselves and others in the group. For example, we have done some creative journal writing, and created “all about me” license plates in an effort to honor our own individual, unique traits and share these with others. Currently students are really enjoying working on a “Create a Country” project where small groups engage in a decision-making process to achieve a common goal and understand how each member contributes to the process.

We look forward to continued growth and development in your children’s social/emotional learning as the year progresses!

 

Fowler Latin Club News

Last Saturday’s field trip was a great day for our Latin Club! They played two rounds of Certamen, participated in workshops, fired off four marshmallow catapults, and impressed everyone with their enthusiasm! Everybody loves our kids for the energy they bring to every event. We were privileged to have with us seven awesome JCL parents: Aly Severance, Bonnie Wilson, Rachel Leeuwis, Cynthia Langlois, Gail Miller, Kathleen Currier, and Scott Lawton!  Special congrats to Fiona Brown, who won second place for her marshmallow catapult.


Kind Regards,

Sharon​ Seyller, Principal


Term 1 Upcoming Dates

October

31  Grades 4/5 Halloween Social - $2 admission – Assembly Hall 2:30-3:15pm

 

November

2    Maynard Music Association meeting - Fowler Library 6:30 pm

8    Professional Day - No School

9    Picture Day (Picture Retake Day - December 8)

11  Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

15   School Council meeting - Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm
15   PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

19   Annual Casino Night – Maynard Elks 6:30 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break


Community News

 

From Jennifer Gaudet, Assistant Superintendent:

Thank you to the School Committee, Faculty & Staff, and Community Members who attended last night's discussion on "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success." The following are some resources that were shared last night:

Thank you to WAVM staff for recording the discussion. 



Maynard Music Association

MMA Fowler is in great​ need of parent support. We are looking to fill the following positions: Chair, Co-Chair, and Secretary. In addition, we are in need of more parents to participate in our monthly meetings where decisions are made about enrichment opportunities and how funds will be utilized. If you can assist us in any way, please attend our next meeting on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 in ​the Fowler Library.

​Our one and only fundraising event is fast approaching. Casino Night is November19th at the Maynard Elks. Upcoming planning meetings for this big event will be 11/3, 11/10, 11/17 at Bonnie Wilson’s house 13 Sherman Street at 7:00 pm. All are welcome!

Want to attend Casino Night, but don’t have a sitter, contact Annemarie Caloggero at acalo@msn.com for FREE babysitting courtesy of MHS Band/Chorus students.


MEF Fundraiser 

Support the Maynard Education Foundation when you dine at Not Your Average Joe's any Tuesday in November. Present a certificate (available at www.maynardeducation.org) or simply mention to your server that you are a MEF supporter when you dine in or order take-out, and Not Your Average Joe's will donate 15% of your purchase to MEF (excluding alcohol, tax, and gratuity). Thank you for your support!

 

News from Maynard SEPAC

There will be no SEPAC meeting in November (due to the conflict with Election Day). The SEPAC Winter Social will be Tuesday, December 6! More information coming soon.

 

Boys and Girls Club

Maynard Recreation Basketball League 

(Boys & Girls in Grades 3rd - 8th) 

The goal of the Maynard Recreation league is to promote youth basketball in a fun, safe, and instructional format for kids to play and learn. Our basketball programs are available for Maynard’s 3rd - 8th graders. Whether you play all year round or have yet to play organized basketball, this recreation league is designed to help provide drills and strategies to help players of all levels develop as players and teammates. With one practice a week and a game every Saturday, this program is an exciting way for all participants to have fun, improve on basic skills, and better understand what it means to be on a team.  

 Leagues: 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, and 7th -8th

All games are held on Saturdays, 7th-8th girls league will have some games on Sundays.

Fee: $105

Practices begin the week of Nov. 28th. Game start date is TBA. 

Registration Deadline: Friday October 28th

For more info. and to register, please log onto www.bgcav.org.

 

Maynard Recreation Player Evaluations

When: Saturday, Nov. 5th

Where: Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley

Times: TBA

The evaluations are a 45-minute basketball clinic that will be held on November 5th at the Club. This session will help us better understand all of the players in the league, so we can do our best to ensure fair and even teams. With fair teams and equal playing time, this league will be a great way for kids to both have fun and improve their skills. Please email Joe at joe@bgcav.org.




October 21, 2016

Dear Fowler Families,


I hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather!

As the new principal of Fowler School, I would like to share with you some of the key elements of my entry plan. The purpose of an entry plan is to assist me so that I can be the most effective principal I can. It is important for me to learn how I can best serve the Fowler community. My focus is to create the climate and conditions that allow Fowler School to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of every student.  This is not a “me” thing; it’s a “we” thing.  

Embedded in my entry plan are goals that focus on:

  • Developing positive and collaborative relationships with Fowler Staff and families  
  • Ensuring the safety of all members of the Fowler community
  • Providing honest and transparent communication to all members of the community
  • Leading and supporting school-wide efforts to sustain a model of continuous school improvement and growth
  • Committing to: Listen, Learn, and Lead

This is where I need your help. I am committed to learning about the systems and structures that are working well at Fowler, as well as those that need attention and improvement.  I would greatly appreciate your feedback and have created a brief, five-question survey.  Your responses will guide and inform me to better serve the Fowler community.  Below is a direct link to the survey:

https://goo.gl/forms/iUYDlOMUdbdTrVMJ3

I truly appreciate your time.  If, for any reason, you prefer to respond in person, please call or send an email so that we can up a time to discuss.

Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller 

sseyller@maynard.k12.ma.us


Term 1 Upcoming Dates

  October

28    Early Release 11:15

28    Parent Teacher Conferences

  November

2    Maynard Music Association meeting - Fowler Library 6:30 pm

8    Professional Day - No School

9    Picture Day (Picture Retake Day - December 8)

11  Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

15   School Council meeting - Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm

15   PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

19   Annual Casino Night – Maynard Elks 6:30 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break


Community News

Maynard Music Association’s Annual Casino Night Fundraiser:

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 19th at the Maynard Elks. Our annual fundraiser is in its 8th year which historically raises over $10,000 toward supporting the music needs for band and chorus at Maynard High and Fowler School.

Vouchers: Vouchers are on sale NOW - $40 each or 2/$70 ($45 the day of the event). Get yours early! Vouchers can be purchased at the Fowler School Main Office.

Complimentary BABYSITTING: MHS Band and Chorus students will earn service points for offering complimentary babysitting at your home during the Casino Night event! 

Volunteer Dealers: We host a fun-filled event with guest dealers from the staff of Fowler and MHS, music parents, music parent alumni and community donors. Let us know if you would like to be a guest dealer for Texas Hold 'em or Black Jack.

Auction Items:

Plan ahead to bid on these fantastic items!

1.      Resort Condo Incentives: A TWO-bedroom, SEVEN-day condo stay. Value: $2,000

2.      Disney Park Hopper passes: Good for one day of park hopping at Disney! Value: $620

3.      Jillian’s Pool Hall of Boston: $200 Pool Party for 20

4.      Tom Hesbach Scenic Flight: 60+ minute flight over the Maynard/Boston area in a Hanscom Air Force Flying Club Piper Arrow for up to 3 people. Value: $250

5.       A verified auction item from the Boston Red Sox 


Contact maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com  to buy tickers, secure your free babysitter, or to volunteer!




October 14, 2016


Dear Fowler Families,

I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Robert Brooks on a number of occasions over the past 15 years. He has been a consultant in previous schools and districts in which I have worked, and he was a keynote speaker for the MPS staff during one of the first days of school several years back.   

What is remarkable and relevant about Dr. Brooks' work is that he focuses on an important theme, also the name of one of his books, "Raising Resilient Children." There are many different definitions of resilient with regard to children, but the common thread is the child’s ability to adapt to significant challenges and stress, and to develop strength and confidence despite (and through) those experiences. Dr. Brooks writes and speaks about the role adults play in this developmental process. The following is a link to an article he wrote, that I believe you may find interesting especially because of the connection he makes to the "mindset" concept:

http://www.drrobertbrooks.com/power-of-relationship-and-theories-of-mindset/

We know that today’s youth faces a number of challenges, some of which did not exist 20 years ago. One of the many things I appreciate about the Maynard community, the Fowler community in particular, is the sense that we are here to help kids grow, learn, and develop through the many challenges in today's world.  

 

Bridges Program

We are fortunate to have a strong partnership with a special Maynard program - Bridges: Growing Together. Bridges is an intergenerational program that fosters friendships and understanding between students (currently three classrooms of 4th grade students, soon to include all six classrooms) and older adults in the Maynard community. Over the next six weeks, the adults will join the classrooms to facilitate discussions and small group projects that focus on our common experiences.  

 

 


Special Notice to Parents

Our Lost & Found is overflowing! Please remind your child to go to the Lost & Found area in the Cafeteria to look for misplaced clothing or other belongings before they get donated to the Planet Aid bin. Seventh Grade students in particular have left behind clothing from Nature’s Classroom that has yet to be claimed.

 

PTO Fundraiser -- It’s not too late!

We have extended the deadline to return order forms for the Cherrydale Fundraiser until Tuesday, October 17th! Many great items to choose from- snacks, gifts for the home, wrapping paper and more. This is our largest fundraiser of the year and ALL proceeds go directly back to the Fowler School. Thank you for your support! Contact Sue Hines at jimsueh@comcast.net with any questions.


Kind regards,

Sharon​ Seyller, Fowler School Principal


Term 1 Upcoming Dates

October

18    PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

20    Library Fair begins

21    Early Release 11:15

21    Parent Teacher Conferences

28    Early Release 11:15

28    Parent Teacher Conferences

 

November

2    Maynard Music Association meeting - Fowler Library 6:30 pm

8    Professional Day - No School

9    Picture Day (Picture Retake Day - December 8)

11  Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

15   School Council meeting - Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm
15   PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break


Community News

In an effort to improve collaboration between the school department and the larger community, the school department will annually establish a school/community task force to address critical issues in the Maynard Public School System. Serving as an advisory branch of the Curriculum Sub Committee, these groups will meet regularly to work on defined projects and provide research and guidance to the Curriculum Committee and School Committee as a whole. For the 2016-2017 school year we will be launching five such groups. Go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdm4J3s1iM2yE0bWLm-nF-iRPlo2r4o1Bfx6wf56KUUZUJYxw/viewform to sign up. Information about each group is below:

 

Strategic Initiative

Name

Responsibilities

Meeting Dates

Inclusive Practices that Support all Students

Social Emotional Learning

Explore a variety of Social Emotional curricula and educational strategies to establish an implementation plan for Maynard Public Schools

Aprox Start: December 

Superior Academic Experience

Communications Committee

Develop a comprehensive communication plan to improve family & school partnerships.

Aprox Start: December 

Superior Academic Experience

STEAM

Begin the development of a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM) pathway by investigating STEAM integration PK-12

Aprox Start: January 

Superior Academic Experience

Global Competency

Make recommendations to the School Committee about World Language programming PK/K-12

7:00-9:00 PM

October 19

October 26

November 2

November 16

Developing Global Citizens

Career Pathways

Establish a communications pathway that meets Dept of Ed. Chapter 74 Vocational Career and Technical Education requirements that will allow us to seek state approval for the program.

Aprox Start: January

 

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey of communication practices and needs in the Maynard Public Schools:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdUINVZy8-4XZfC0MhNmyXthlbuvEoLUdwVckTsa6WX4AI3Nw/viewform 

A committee is forming this fall to propose suggestions for a communication plan with the goal of improving family and school partnerships. Your input is valued and will be used to help guide those conversations. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please email Jean LaBelle at Maynard High School at jlabelle@maynard.k12.ma.us.




October 7, 2016


Dear Fowler Families,

The PARCC and MCAS results have arrived at our school and individual reports will be mailed home early next week. This information is for current Fowler students who tested in our district last year. The Fowler Staff is already looking at results to determine what actions need to be taken this year. Not every school participated in PARCC; therefore, limited data is available to determine strengths and areas of improvement for this year's students. As always, teachers use additional assessments to gauge students’ learning needs with the use of our Math and ELA Coaches. For more information about results with PARCC/MCAS, you can visit:  

MCAS:  http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/parents/

PARCC:  http://www.parcconline.org/resources/parent-resources

This year, we are newly-designated as a Title 1 School, which provides us additional support services for students who meet federal requirements. Fowler School is committed to the success of all students; we will utilize the resources and data available to guide our planning and instruction.


Term 1 Upcoming Dates

October

8-10 Family Appreciation Weekend - No Homework 

10    Columbus Day - No School

11    4th Grade Parent Instrument Rental Night – Assembly Hall 6:30 pm 

13    First School Council meeting - Fowler Library 3:00-4:15 pm

18    PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

20    Library Fair begins

21    Early Release 11:15

21    Parent Teacher Conferences

28    Early Release 11:15

28    Parent Teacher Conferences

 

November

2    Maynard Music Association meeting - Fowler Library 6:30 pm

8    Professional Day - No School

9    Picture Day (Picture Retake Day - December 8)

11  Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

15   School Council meeting - Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm
15   PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break

 

Worth Repeating - Parent Conferences!

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Friday, October 21 and Friday, October 28, from 12:00 - 2:30 pm.  Parents of 4th and 5th grade students should contact their child's teacher, whereas parents of 6th

and 7th grade students should contact the Main Office (978-897- 6700) to set up a 10-minute conference with whichever teacher you need to meet. We will begin scheduling conferences on Wednesday, October 5th at 9:00 on a first-come first-served basis.

I am thankful that Fowler families understand the importance of developing and maintaining a strong and positive parent-school partnership. If these times are not convenient for you, please email your child's teacher(s) directly to set up a different time.

 

Library News

The Fowler Library Fall Book Fair will run from Thursday, October 20 to Friday October 28. 

Students will have the opportunity to visit the fair during the school week. The fair will also be available to families on Friday October 21 and Friday October 28 during Parent Teacher Conferences.

  

"Yet"

(An original poem written by Fowler Speech and Language Specialist, Mary Finnegan)

Things can be difficult, but that makes us strong.

We become better learners, improve, and move along.

A challenge we accept, mistakes help us learn.

Keep on trying, and confidence and respect you soon will earn.

 

When you want to give up, change the way that you think.

Say, “I can try a new strategy and feel better in a blink.”

When you make a mistake, it is not time to quit,

Say, “My errors help me learn and that’s a benefit.”

 

If you think your work stinks, and you dread the feedback.

Say, “Hey! I can make this better because I am on the right track.”

When you think someone is smarter and you too want to be,

Say, “I want to be like that, so their actions I will watch and copy.”

 

When you wonder if it’s your best work, or is it good enough,

Say, “I can make this better, clean up things that are rough.”

If you think you’re not good at something, or it is too hard.

Say, “I can do this!” Those bad thoughts you discard.

 

Above all please remember the power of YET.

After all Rome wasn’t built in a day, let us not forget.

Believe you can improve but have not gotten there YET,

Think “it will be done soon” or “eventually”—  this is growth mindset.

 

You can, and you will, put forward your best foot.

Teachers will give you good feedback and lots of input.

Accept the good help and try not to be glum.

You can do anything, and the best is YET to come!

 

New Club to Start!

Nhan Bang is excited to start the Headspace Club at Fowler School this year. Headspace is a form of guided meditation.

·   The Headspace Club will practice 10 minutes of guided meditation in each session. There will be a brief discussion, facilitated by Mr. Bang, before and after the guided practice. Participation is voluntary and no commitment is required. Participants come every day or whenever they can.

·    First meeting: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 in the Fowler Library.

·    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings at 7:30 am*

·    Open to all students, teachers, administrators, and school staff. 

 * Arriving late will likely cause a distraction for the participants. Therefore, please arrive around 7:25 am. A sign will be placed on the Library door at 7:30 am to let people know that meditation has already begun. Students who arrive late should go to the location where their grade level meets in the morning.

Headspace is an app that can be downloaded in iTunes. The guided meditations from Headspace are simple and suitable for all levels.

BENEFITS


· Increased self-awareness and greater sense of perspective

· Reduced stress and worry

· Enjoy better relationships with your family, friends, teammates, and colleagues

· Love, eat, sleep and train better

· Be more present and become a better listener

· Experience peace of mind and a greater mind-body connection

· Improved focus at school, work, or while studying


THE SCIENCE BEHIND MEDITATION:
People have been meditating for thousands of years. While the practice is not new, science is just starting to fully understand its benefits. Recent studies show meditation and mindfulness can help you stress less, love more, and even sleep better.

Please contact: Nhan Bang at nbang@maynard.k12.ma.us

 

Kind Regards,

Sharon Seyller



September 30, 2016

Dear Fowler Families,

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Friday, October 21 and Friday, October 28, from 12:00 - 2:30 pm.  Parents of 4th and 5th grade students should contact their child's teacher, whereas parents of 6th and 7th grade students should contact the Main Office (978-897-6700) to set up a 10-minute conference with whichever teacher you need to meet. We will begin scheduling conferences on Wednesday, October 5th at 9:00 on a first-come first-served basis. 

I am thankful that Fowler families understand the importance of developing and maintaining a strong and positive parent-school partnership.  If these times are not convenient for you, please email your child's teacher(s) directly to set up a different time.

This week's 4th and 5th Grade Family Breakfasts were very successful. We had a great turnout -- thank you to those who were able to attend. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet and talk with many of you!


Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller, Fowler School Principal

 

Term 1 Upcoming Dates

October

4      Maynard Music Association meeting - Fowler Band Room 7 pm

8-10 Family Appreciation Weekend - No Homework 

10    Columbus Day - No School

13    First School Council meeting - Fowler Library 3:00-4:15 pm

18    PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

21    Early Release 11:15

21    Parent Teacher Conferences

28    Early Release 11:15

28    Parent Teacher Conferences

 

November

2    Maynard Music Association meeting - Fowler Library 6:30 pm

8    Professional Day - No School

9    Picture Day (Picture Retake Day - December 8)

11  Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

15   School Council meeting - Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm
15   PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break


Community News

Fowler PTO

Fowler PTO members have been brainstorming fundraising ideas for the upcoming year. We decided to run a few more than we have in the past hoping to appeal to most people. The timeline for the first three fundraisers is close together so that orders will arrive early and we are able to provide funds for the programs that we support early in the year.

1) NEW! KIDSTUFF Coupon Books: $25 each. Fowler receives 50% of the proceeds! There are many great coupons to Johnny Rockets, Southwick Zoo, Bob's Store, Dick's Sporting Goods, Macy's, Sears, Video Signals, and much more. 

2)  Jeannine/Cherrydale Farms Fundraiser: We run this fundraiser every year because we always receive good feedback: great wrapping paper, chocolates, trinkets, holiday presents, etc. Information packets will go home soon.

3)  Customized Pandora Beads: The beads will feature several different Maynard-related themes. Mock-ups are being drafted as we speak and will be publicized as soon as possible. This fundraiser will probably run near the end of October to ensure orders will arrive before the holidays!

We really enjoy providing quality programs and enrichment for your (and our) children, and are hoping to raise more money this year.  If you are not interested in selling/buying, please know that you can always make a simple donation. We would greatly appreciate it! If you have any questions, feel free to email us at fowlerpto1@gmail.com. Thank you!

 

Maynard SEPAC Parent Pizza Party on 10/4

Do you have a child receiving Special Education services in the Maynard School District? You're invited to the Parent Social Pizza Party in the Fowler School Library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4th. If you've been curious about what the SEPAC does, or want to learn more about Special Education in Maynard, come and join us for some delicious pizza! Please RSVP to KarenHeath4@gmail.com or call 978-394-6183. Free and open to the public.

 

Music News

MHS is proud to announce the addition of Eric Huber as an after-school Percussion lesson faculty member. MHS or FS students can contact EHUBERPERC@gmail.com to sign up. Eric Huber heads the percussion studio at the University of Massachusetts Boston and has performed with such ensembles as the Boston Pops, Boston Symphony, Boston Ballet, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Honolulu Symphony. Eric serves as Principal Timpanist of the New Bedford Symphony. His summer engagements have included fellowships at the Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra, AIMS, Aspen Music Festival and National Orchestral Institute.

 

The Maynard Education Foundation is Seeking a Treasurer

The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is an independent, non-profit organization that uses its philanthropic contributions to enhance educational excellence in the Maynard Public Schools by funding ideas and projects which promote and celebrate academic rigor and achievement, excitement about learning, and innovation in instruction.

MEF is seeking a Treasurer to join the Board of Trustees. The Treasurer works closely with the MEF President and Clerk to oversee MEF’s annual operations and activities. The Treasurer’s primary responsibility is the financial management of the organization. The ideal candidate is detail oriented, has experience or an interest in financial management, and is willing to actively participate on a fun and dynamic board! Please contact MEF at mefgrants@gmail.com or 978.938.4262 to learn more.

 

Maynard Recreation Basketball at the Boys & Girls Club

Register online at http://www.bgcav.org

Central Mass Youth Basketball League (CMYBL) 
(grades 4th - 8th) Fee: $125/per player & $40/Boys & Girls Club Membership
Registration deadline: Friday, Oct. 28th ($10 late fee will charged after this date)

Maynard Recreation Basketball
(grades 3rd - 8th) 
Fee: $105/per player 

Registration deadline: Friday, Oct. 28th. ($10 late fee will charged after this date)                                   

Recreation practices begin the week of November 28th. Games will be played on Saturdays beginning in December Dates & Times – TBA. 

Maynard Recreation Coaches Meeting

Parents interested in coaching recreation basketball teams should attend our coaches meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 19th at 6pm at the Club.

 



September 23, 2016

Dear Fowler Families,

Thank you for attending our Curriculum Night this past Wednesday. The feedback we received was very positive, and we look forward to seeing you at future Fowler events.  

HW Club
Homework Club will start Tuesday October 4 and will run Monday - Thursday at each grade level.  Students may be encouraged by their teacher(s) to attend, or they may self-refer. Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher to sign up.

Picture Day Rescheduled
Due to the oversight of Picture Day being scheduled on Rosh Hashanah, it has been rescheduled to November 9. The new Retake Day is December 8.  I apologize for this oversight, and am thankful that we were able to reschedule.

State Assessments
Last year’s MCAS and PARCC results will be mailed home in early October.

TERM l Dates

September

26-30 Nature's Classroom 7th grade

29    4th Grade Family Breakfast 8:15 - 9:00 am

30    5th Grade Family Breakfast 8:15 - 9:00 am

30    Early Release 11:15

October

4      Maynard Music Association meeting - Fowler Library 7 pm

8-10 Family Appreciation Weekend - No Homework 

10    Columbus Day - No School

13    First School Council meeting - Fowler Library 3:00-4:15 pm

18    PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

21    Early Release 11:15

21    Parent Teacher Conferences

28    Early Release 11:15

28    Parent Teacher Conferences

November

2    Maynard Music Association meeting - Fowler Library 6:30 pm

8    Professional Day - No School

9    Picture Day (Picture Retake Day - December 8)

11  Veterans Day - No School

11-13 Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework

15   School Council meeting - Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm
15   PTO meeting - Fowler Library 6 pm

22   Term l Ends

23-25 Thanksgiving Break


Sincerely,

Sharon Seyller, Fowler School Principal


Maynard Public Library Presents:

The Newspaper Club

If you join this newspaper, you can:

  • Write Fowler School news stories
  • Do sports reports
  • Write your own stories/jokes
  • Interview famous people (or at least, teachers)
  • Be a published writer

 When: Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:30 (every two weeks - begins Oct. 19th)

Where: Maynard Public Library

Who: Writers grades 4 – 7

Special Note: Snacks will be served

Sign up with Mrs. Hayward in the Fowler Library


Photography Club

When: Begins October 14

Where: Maynard Public Library

Who: Open to grades 5-6-7

Sign up with Mrs. Hayward in the Fowler Library

  

FASC After School Classes Fall 2016

Magic -The Gathering (Grades 4 -7) 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 from other booster packs or by trading cards with your friends.

Instructor: Robert Whitcomb of Excelsior Games & Comics in Maynard

Fee: $65

When: Mondays, 10 classes, starting October 3

Time: 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Fowler School, Teacher’s Room near Cafeteria


Pokemon (Grades 4-7) Players take on the role of a Pokemon trainer. Players play Pokemon to the field and use their attacks to reduce the opponent’s HP. A player may win the game in three ways: by collecting all of their prize cards, running out of Pokemon on the field, or if there are no cards left to draw in the opponent’s deck.

Instructor: Bobby Whitcomb of Excelsior Games & Comics in Maynard

Intro packs may be purchased from the instructor

Fee: $65

When: Wednesdays, 10 classes, starting October 5

Time: 2:304:00 p.m.

Location: Fowler School, Teacher’s Room near Cafeteria


Mission: Latin (Grade 7) Attention grade 7 students! Do you miss studying Latin? Do you love playing games online? The Mission: Latin is for you! Through the Operation: LAPIS Program you will move your character through a mission using your knowledge of Latin language and Roman culture. This program is ideal for Fowler Latin Club members who plan to join the first-ever Fowler Certamen Team! Hope to see you there!

Instructor: Monica Faiella

Fee: $65

When: Thursdays, 10 sessions, starting October 6

Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Fowler School, Room B202

 

Fowler After School Chorus (Grades 4-7)

Start date: January 2017

Watch for details in November!!

Payment plans for ALL classes are available. Call (978) 897-8021 or
e-mail: excel-fasc@maynard.k12.ma.us to make arrangements.

 

 Growth Mindset


Food Services
Dear Parents/Guardians of Fowler Students,

As your food service provider I want to update you on the upcoming school year at Fowler. We will continue to provide healthy and delicious complete meals for the student body. This includes our breakfast which features daily specials in addition to our everyday options. We serve breakfast at 7:25-7:55 am every day the school is open including Early Release Days. I encourage all students to stop by to take a look at all the options including the make-your-own parfait station with organic yogurt, fruit, and granola.

We will continue our holiday-themed menus and quarterly spice promotions. Keep an eye on our October menu for our fall farm stand menu. We will also continue to receive guest chef visits from Whitsons School Nutrition who will create wholesome menus for the students to enjoy. In addition we also invite everyone to check out our webpage for updates, pictures, menus, nutritional and allergen information.  

The Smart Snack Shack will reopen on Monday, September 26. Same restrictions will apply as last year. The shack will be open every day for cash-only sales for the last 10 minutes of each lunch. Limit one visit per student.

The Fowler School follows Maynard Public Schools’ “Charge Policy” in regards to negative account balances. Any student whose account goes below -$10.00 will be offered an alternative meal of a peanut butter and jelly, or a cheese sandwich and drink in place of the main meal option.

Please feel free to contact me at 978-897-6100 or email: cpiercey@maynard.k12.ma.us with any questions.

Sincerely,

Chris Piercey, Food Service Director


Maynard Music Association

MHS Jazz and Wind Ensemble students will perform at the first ever Jazz and Wind Kick-Off Event on Saturday, September 24 from 8:30-10:00 at Fish Restaurant and Wine Bar in Marlboro. Fish will offer 10% off food for all Maynard Music attendants. This event is sponsored by Trish Gately.

 MMA is looking to form a subcommittee to explore music-based enrichment opportunities. If you are interested in participating, please email MMA at maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com.

 Fowler parent volunteers are needed to man the MMA table at MHS open house on Tuesday September 27th at 6:00.  If you can volunteer, please email MMA at the address above.

 If you can help fill the following MMA Fowler positions, please email the address above:

Co-Chair

Secretary

Webmaster –to maintain the  MMA site

 The meeting is October 4th (not the 5th as originally planned) in the Fowler Band room at 7:00.

 

 

Maynard SEPAC Parent Pizza Party

Do you have a child receiving Special Education services in the Maynard School District? You're invited to the Parent Social Pizza Party in the Fowler School Library at 7 pm on Tuesday, October 4. If you've been curious about what the SEPAC does, or want to learn more about the Special Education program in Maynard, come and join us for some delicious pizza! Please RSVP to KarenHeath4@gmail.com or call 978-394-6183. Free and open to the public.

Food Pantry

The Fowler School and the Maynard Food Pantry is offering a supplemental food program to support children over weekends throughout the year. Each week small backpacks containing healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack foods are distributed to children who are signed up. If you are interested, forms are available in the Main Office. 




September 16, 2016

Dear Fowler Families,

During one of our recent meetings, I suggested to the Fowler staff that rather than identifying ourselves as being in the “teaching business,” we see ourselves in the “human development business.” This category seems more all-encompassing to me, and more accurate to describe what we do.  I am proud to say that I am an educator and principal, but our everyday work feels like it includes so much more. Regardless of the role -- whether it be parent/guardian, teacher, support staff, paraprofessional, administrative assistant, or administrator -- we are all helping children learn, develop, and grow. At Fowler, we are all committed to supporting students "stretch" into which they will become. The journey is important and fascinating to say the least, and ultimately, it is a privilege to be a part of the process.  

One of the challenges we face in this endeavor is helping students move through their mistakes.  It is here where our collective attention to growth mindset becomes critical. We (parents/guardians and Fowler staff) need to share the attitude that mistakes are part of learning and growing -- that faster isn't smarter, and that one is not born smart, but one becomes smart.  These are the messages that we are introducing to students with the intention that they adopt them as part of their approach to learning and to life. I have heard from many of you that this approach is what you want your children to learn, and that as a community focus, we are on-target.  I encourage you to ask your child(ren) what s/he/they think of about "growth versus fixed mindset" to generate a discussion at home which will strengthen its impact.  

I appreciate hearing your thoughts about growth mindset and many other topics, so I’m planning to a send out a survey later this fall. Your voice matters to us -- the stronger our partnership becomes, the better it will be for our kids.

Thank you for your continued support as we make Fowler School the best school possible. We can't do it without you!


Shout Out to the Fowler PTO

Thank you to the Fowler PTO for hosting the 4th and 5th grade Back to School Picnic!  Many families were able to attend, and a good time was had by all.  


Please Note

We appreciate those parents/guardians who are being cautious and keeping their children home to try to contain illness and for adhering to the 24 hours/fever-free/without medication rule. Students should also be symptom free (i. e vomiting, diarrhea) for 24 hours and able to tolerate a normal diet before returning to school.


Besides frequent and thorough hand washing, keeping a sick child home from school is the best way to prevent an outbreak.


Please remember to call the absentee line every day that you keep your child home. Try to be as specific with his/her illness as possible, e.g. “home sick with fever of ___ and cough” or “home with an ear infection”, “strep infection”, “pneumonia” or “home for a fever-free day.” This will help the school nurse identify clusters of illness and prompt preventive measures.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.


TERM l Dates


September
21   Parent/Guardian Curriculum Night  6-7:30 pm
26-30 Nature's Classroom 7th grade
29    4th gr Family Breakfast 8:15 - 9:00 am
30    5th gr Family Breakfast 8:15 - 9:00 am
30    Early Release 11:15

October
3     School Pictures 
4    Maynard Music Association Mtg Fowler Library 7 pm
8-10  Family Appreciation Weekend - No Homework 
10    Columbus Day - No School
18    First School Council meeting in Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm
18    PTO meeting in Fowler Library   6-7 pm
21    Early Release 11:15
21    Parent Teacher Conferences
28    Early Release 11:15
28    Parent Teacher Conferences

November
2    Maynard Music Association Mtg Fowler Library 6:30 pm
8    Professional Day-No School
9    School Pictures Make up date
11   Veteran's Day No School
11-13  Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework
15   School Council meeting in Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm
15   PTO meeting in Fowler Library   6-7 pm
22   Term l Ends
23-25 Thanksgiving Break








September 9, 2016

Dear Fowler Families,

I am happy to report that the first full "cycle" - a new rotation in the schedule this year, was successfully completed this past Wednesday.  We have had a great start with our community effort with developing  growth mindset for all of us.  Attached are two bulletin boards that capture the spirit of the language students may use with a fixed mindset and then the language that would shift into a growth mindset. 

Please note -- First School Council Meeting is October 18th (September 13 meeting is cancelled)

Upcoming Dates and Events

Gently Used Halloween Costumes Needed

Do you have gently used Halloween costumes that you are ready to part with?

The Class of 2018 will gladly accept your donations of all sizes from September 9 to 23. Please wash costumes before dropping them off in the boxes located in the lobby near the main office of each school. We will host the Halloween Costume Sale on Sunday, 9/25 and will donate all unsold costumes to local charities. Stay tuned for more information about the event!

 Please email odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us with any questions."

September
13     PTO Meeting in Fowler Library   6-7 pm
15   4th and 5th gr  Fowler Picnic      6-7 pm
21   Back to School Curriculum Night  6-7:30 pm
26-30 Nature's Classroom 7th grade
29    4th gr Family Breakfast 8:15 - 9:00 am
30    5th gr Family Breakfast 8:15 - 9:00 am
30    Early Release 11:15

October
3     School Pictures 
4    Maynard Music Association Mtg Fowler Library 7 pm
8-10  Family Appreciation Weekend - No Homework 
10    Columbus Day - No School
18    First School Council meeting in Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm
18    PTO meeting in Fowler Library   6-7 pm
21    Early Release 11:15
21    Parent Teacher Conferences
28    Early Release 11:15
28    Parent Teacher Conferences

November
2    Maynard Music Association Mtg Fowler Library 6:30 pm
8    Professional Day-No School
9    School Pictures Make up date
11   Veteran's Day No School
11-13  Family Appreciation Weekend- No Homework
15   School Council meeting in Fowler Library 4:30-5:45 pm
15   PTO meeting in Fowler Library   6-7 pm
22   Term l Ends
23-25 Thanksgiving Break

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sharon












September 1, 2016

Dear Fowler Families,

I am pleased to report that the first two days of school were very successful!  The staff spent a great deal of time and effort preparing for a smooth opening, and as I visited all classrooms, I noticed that students were listening respectfully while engaged in discussions/activities.  Thank you for your part in these successful two days of school.  Your confidence in Fowler School and in your child's ability to manage the transition to a new year, grade, and teachers has made a difference.

We held grade-level Community Meetings with students to introduce the concept of mindset - fixed versus growth.  One of the ways we will reinforce and develop a growth mindset is to use the word, "yet" when learning becomes challenging, or when mistakes are made.  For example - "I don't understand this" will become "I don't understand this yet."  Please check out this short video which we will share with all Fowler students in the upcoming days.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLeUvZvuvAs

We encourage you to join us with our school-wide study and practice of developing a growth mindset for every Fowler student.  I look forward to sharing with you our ongoing progress in this worthy endeavor, and I welcome your feedback and input with regular communication.

Please check out our website:

http://fms.maynard.k12.ma.us/


News from the Maynard Music Association

The MMA (Maynard Music Association) would like to welcome everyone to the first monthly meeting next Wednesday night at 7:00 in the Fowler Library.  MMA Fowler is in need of parent support.  For ways to become more involved, please consider attending our meetings or email MMA officers at maynard.music.assoc@gmail.com.

Thanks to Maynard High School music student, Patrick O'Neil, MMA has a new website (maynardmusic.org).  Please check it for the latest information on upcoming meetings, sweatshirt orders, links to private instructors, and much, much more. 

Plans for the Annual Casino Night are well underway.  The next planning meeting will be held on Thursday evening, September 15th at 7:00 pm at Bonnie Wilson's house (13 Sherman Street).  All are welcome.

Upcoming Dates and Events

**PTO-sponsored Grade 4 and 5 Family Picnic 

Thursday, 9/15 from 6:00-7:00 pm at the Fowler playground

**Back to School Curriculum Night

Wednesday, 9/21 from 6:00-7:30 pm.  Parents and Guardians start the evening with me and Chris Fleming, Assistant Principal, at 6:00 in the Fowler Assembly Hall.

**Family Breakfast for students in grade 4 and 5 held in the Fowler cafeteria.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, 9/29 from 8:15-9:00 - Grade 4 

Friday, 9/30 from 8:15-9:00 - Grade 5 

I hope you all have a safe and relaxing weekend!

June 22, 2016

posted Jun 22, 2016, 8:09 AM by jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us

Dear Families,

Thank you for helping us to have another successful school year.  It's hard to believe today is the last day-of-school and that we are starting summer vacation.  I hope that your summer brings relaxation and fun with your friends and family.  Children and adults work very hard during the year and it is healthy to have a less structured schedule in the coming months.

Congratulations to our 7th grade students who participated in a successful promotion celebration this morning.  The 7th grade students will represent Fowler very well as they enter Maynard High School.

This is likely my last email to you as I will soon be starting my new position in Sudbury.  I can't express enough how fortunate I feel to have worked at Fowler for 14 years.  I have loved working with your children, the incredible staff, and the supportive families of Maynard.  My years at Fowler provide me with wonderful memories of a very special school where the students were always put first and where the culture reflects respect, collaboration, learning, and fun.

I wish you all the best moving forward and I look forward to hearing about how well your children are doing.

Sincerely,
Mr. Mela

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To help with the transition back to school next fall, Fowler is offering supply kits that you can purchase now. This year, ordering kits will be online only, with a deadline of Friday, June 24. Starting now, you can go directly to http://www.shopttkits.com/ and enter the Fowler account # 32898.

School supply lists and flyers will be going home this week. Supply lists can also be found on the Fowler website, go to ‘For Parents’ and scroll down to ‘Back to School Info’.

Kits will be delivered to Fowler and be ready to pick up at the Meet and Greet in August.  Please check our website over the summer for updated information.

Kit prices are:    Grade 4  $36    Grade 5  $25    Grade 6  $38    Grade 7  $35 

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Have a great summer.

Mr. Mela

June 17, 2016

posted Jun 17, 2016, 9:58 AM by jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us

Dear Families,

Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week...Kevin Cabral, Tamsin Clark, Emma Cryan, Steve Fajardo, Marshall Hayum, Dylan Peavoy, and Jameson Walls.

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Led by Ms. Padalino and Mr. Perham, some of the 7th grade Fowler students have created the Fowler School Diversity Mural, which is almost fully complete.  The mural is beautifully symbolic of Fowler's focus on cultural diversity.

Check out the website to learn more about the mural:


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Have a great weekend and Father's Day.

Mr. Mela

June 10, 2016

posted Jun 10, 2016, 9:57 AM by jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us

Dear Parents,
Girl Scout Cadette troop 72595 has been planning, organizing, and working on their Silver Award project for almost two years, which involved the design and construction of a GaGa Pit for the Fowler School.  After many hours of hard work this past weekend, the girls' commitment and dedication to the project came to fruition.  Led by Co-Leaders, Kathy Jordan and Denise Donovan, the girls (currently 8th grade MHS students) deserve recognition for their outstanding contribution to Fowler and the entire Maynard community: Chloe Donovan, Sophia Gosselin, Sydney Jacobsen, Caroline Jordan, and Lilly Wilson. 

Fowler students are thrilled to play in the GaGa Pit and all of the Maynard children (and possibly the adults) will enjoy the fun for many years to come.

Troop 72595 should be very proud of their work, accomplishment, and determination in making a difference for other children.

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Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week....Lauren Alford, Hazelyn Aroian, Hannah Carlisle, Natalie Champeon, Kayla DeCapua, Emma Donovan, Katerina Garabedian, McKinley Gregg, Aiden Hobbs, Reese Lowery, Joey Mangual, Carolyn Norris, Paige Seymour, and Jeffrey Yelland

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School Kits:

To help with the transition back to school next fall, Fowler is offering supply kits that you can purchase now. This year, ordering kits will be online only, with a deadline of Friday, June 24. Starting now, you can go directly to http://www.shopttkits.com/ and enter the Fowler account # 32898.

School supply lists and flyers will also be going home next week.

Kits will be delivered to Fowler and be ready to pick up at the Meet and Greet in August.  Please check our website over the summer for updated information.

Kit prices are:

Grade 4  $36

Grade 5  $25

Grade 6  $38

Grade 7  $35

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Math Carnival:

The fifth grade students hosted a great math carnival for the 4th grade students, which was a huge success.  Math and fun is a good combination! Thank you to the 5th grade math teachers for organizing a great event.

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As a new tradition, the graduating MHS seniors visited Fowler today and received applause and cheers from the students and staff.

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Have a good weekend.

Mr. Mela

June 3, 2016

posted Jun 3, 2016, 11:56 AM by jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us

Dear Parents,

Last night, the 4th grade instrumental students performed very well in their first Fowler concert.  Congratulations to the students and to Mr. Kozik for leading an excellent performance.

Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week...James Carven, Colin Mangual, Evan Moore, Bridget O'Rourke, and Elizabeth Ullrich.

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Honor a Teacher by Participating in the Maynard Education Foundation's Teacher Tribute Program

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, we will send your child's teacher(s) 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 (available for download at: http://www.maynardeducation.org) 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 10, 2016. Donations received after that date may be acknowledged in September.)

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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, 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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Fowler School Library Book Fair Fundraiser
There will be a book fair in the library beginning Monday June 6 through Friday June 10 during the school day.

4th and 5th grade students will visit the fair during their STAR block. 6th and 7th grade students can visit the fair during their library class time.

The fair accepts cash, credit, debit and checks. Checks should be made out to Fowler School. Prices range from $12.00-$40.00. There is no sales tax and staff and teachers receive 10% discount!

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Fowler Spirit Week Next Week!


Spirit Week / Coin Drive

Battle of the Grades

June 6-10

Each grade will compete to earn the most points during this Battle of the Grades. Points are earned through dress-up participation 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

Dimes 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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As a reminder, the last day of school is June 22 and it is a half day.  


Have a good weekend.


Mr. Mela



                             


May 27, 2016

posted May 27, 2016, 10:07 AM by jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us

Dear Parents,
Over the past few weeks the students worked very hard and with excellent focus on their standardized testing.  They deserve credit for the stamina and effort exhibited during a long testing window.  When an entire school is involved in testing, it is critical to have strong collaboration, teamwork, and flexibility to ensure that the testing goes smoothly and successfully.  I'm proud that Fowler is a school with those characteristics.

This weekend is a Family Appreciation Weekend, which means no homework will be assigned.  We hope you can enjoy the warm weather with your family and friends.

Congratulations to our Do Right students of the week....Andrew Buckley, Hayden Blomster, and Sharon Dao.
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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, 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 20, 2016

posted May 20, 2016, 9:58 AM by jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us

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 jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us

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 jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us

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 jmela@maynard.k12.ma.us

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

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