Medford Family Network Newsletter

of the Medford Public Schools
Medford Family Network Medford High School 489 Winthrop Street Medford, MA 02155

Summer 2012

FAMILY CONCERTS at Wrights Pond!
Elm Street, Medford 7 Tuesday Evenings: 5:30 - 6:00 pm - Family Activities 6:00 - 7:00 pm - Concert July 17 David Polansky July 24 Liz Buchanan * July 31 Alastair Moock & Friends The Science & Magic Show August 7 August 14 Dynamic Drums with Tufts Percussion August 21 Karen K & the Jitterbugs Matt Heaton & the Electric Heaters August 28
* Liz Buchanan is supported in part by a grant from the Medford Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Wrights Pond Sticker Purchase Information (City Hall, Room 108): Parking & Walk-in Beach Pass Summer 2012 Fees For $35.00, receive 1 parking sticker and 1 walk-in pass (access for 1-3 people) For $5.00, receive 1 walk-in pass (access 1-3 people) If you do not have a Wrights Pond sticker, park at the Flynn Skating Rink at the top of Elm Street. A shuttle bus will be running continuously from 5:30 pm to sunset to pickup/drop off families who are parked at the Flynn Rink. The shuttle bus will also pick up/drop off families riding the #100 or #325 MBTA bus to the bottom of Elm Street. Call (617) 222-3200 or email for schedule information.

In case of inclement weather, please call the MFN at (781) 393-2106 after 4:00 pm to find out about indoor arrangements!

Marie Cassidy Family Support Coordinator (781) 393-2106 Find Us On Facebook Medford Family Network Summer Availability: Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Call for an appointment!

FREE Summer Concerts
Medford City Hall Plaza

“In Tune with Medford”
4 Thursdays; 7:00—9:00 pm July 5 The Continentals July 12 Trooper Dan & Mary Clark July 19 Masquerade July 26 Ben Rudnick & Friends
For more information, please call (781) 393-2450


Medford Summer Recreation Guide
Your Guide to an active summer!

Farmers Market
City Hall Mall (behind City Hall) Every Thursday in July, August and September 3:00—7:00 pm
Summer Park Program MFN Traveling Playgroups in the Park Wrights Pond Tufts Public Pool Medford Athletics Medford Community Rowing Columbus School Summer Camp Boys & Girls Club Team Medford’s First Jobs Academy Medford Public Library Events Medford Savings Life’s Summer Concerts MFN Wrights Pond Summer Concerts Map of Medford Parks

Join Us on MFN DAY!
Thursday, August 2
Fun Activities! Info Packet!

Sponsored by the Mass Dept. of Conservation & Recreation (DCR)
9 Tuesdays; July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14, 21, 28 10:00—11:30 am
Outdoor Drop-In Play! Explore the Middlesex Fells in all its summer beauty with hike leader, Terry Murray. Volunteer Assistant Hike Leader Wanted! Call (781) 662-2340 or via email

Babies, Bibs & Books Program
Presented by the Medford Family Network (MFN) This literacy program is designed to introduce first time moms and dads to the importance and joy of reading to their baby. The MFN is distributing FREE gift bags to new parents who live or work in Medford. These bags include a Board Book, bib, MFN’s newsletter, Medford Community Directory, and general developmental information and activities to help your baby learn and grow. Call (781) 393-2106 to receive your free gift bag!

Circle the Square
Medford Square Third Thursday for Four Months July 19 - Make Decorations for Your Bike! August 16 September 20 October 18 4:00—8:00 pm
This FREE event is for all ages with performances, crafts for kids, special dining opportunities, participatory activities, and an all-round fun!

Dads are Great! Members
Tony Bennett, Dads are Great! Parent Leader, is hosting a BBQ Playdate for Dads and those in a fathering role and their children (date and location TBA). Call the Medford Family Network at (781) 393-2106 with any questions. Tony is also conducting a brief survey to help us develop a new Dads are Great! program for the upcoming year. Interested? Please call. We appreciate your input and suggestions.

For more family fun check out these helpful websites: - family fun in Medford and surrounding areas! - an online resource for real-live parents sponsored by the Children’s Trust Fund; ages
birth to teenage. - Institute of Contemporary Art Saturday “Playdates”. - a FREE magazine loaded with award winning tools for parents - This program allows kids to bowl two free games every day at participating centers.

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Facilitated by “Miss Andrea” Breen

*Special Guest Storyteller at the Park
Featuring Miranda Aisling
Tuesday, July 10 at Tufts Park! Thursday, July 12 at Capen Street Park!

9:30 - 11:30 AM
Toot! Toot! Tuesdays at Tufts Park!
July 10*, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14, 21


Thrill’n & Chill’n Thursdays at Capen Street Park!**
July 12*, 19, 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23

Brooks School
Contact Eva Todtfeld at or Brooks School at (781) 393-2166
Dugger Park

Fun & Fabulous Fridays at Victory Park!
July 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17, 24 Bubbles! Balls! Sidewalk Chalk! Art Activities! Parachute Play! Children’s Play Structures! Free Books! Hula Hoops! Songs! Summer Fun Activity and Information! Community Resources!
**Sprinkler at Capen Street Park!
If it is NOT pouring, we are playing! If it IS raining, please call the MFN to find out if we will be at the park! (781) 393-2106 Drop-in Format. Please register at the park each day you attend. Pack a snack and a beverage! Bring sunscreen! We will have a First Aid kit for emergencies! Please call (781) 393-2106 regarding transportation options and/or directions. Call (617) 222-3200 for the MBTA bus information!

Tuesday, July 24 Thursday, July 26 Monday, August 13 Wednesday, August 15

10:00 - 11:00 am 6:00 - 7:00 pm 6:00 - 7:00 pm 10:00 - 11:00 am

Columbus School
Contact Emily Graves at (781) 396-5970 or via email at
Columbus School Playground

Wednesday, July 11 Wednesday, August 8

5:30 - 7:30 pm 5:30 - 7:30 pm

McGlynn School
Contact Rebecca Sargent at (781) 393-2333 or via email at
McGlynn School Playground

Tuesday, August 14 Thursday, August 16

10:00 - 11:00 am 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Roberts School
Contact Mirella Saccareccio via email at Roberts School Playground Wednesday, July 11 10:00 - 11:00 am Wednesday, July 18 10:00 - 11:00 am Wednesday, July 25 10:00 - 11:00 am Wednesday, August 8 10:00 - 11:00 am Wednesday, August 15 10:00 - 11:00 am

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The Free Fun Fridays program invites Massachusetts residents and tourists to visit designated cultural attractions every Friday this summer with FREE admission. No registration or tickets required. Friday, June 29 Tanglewood Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Peabody Essex Museum Heritage Museums & Gardens Museum of African American History Friday, July 6 Boston Children’s Museum Stone Zoo Cape Cod Museum of Art Wenham Museum Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Friday, July 13 Franklin Park Zoo Children’s Museum at Holyoke Danforth Museum of Art Decordova Sculpture Park & Museum Reagle Music Theatre Friday, July 20 Buttonwood Park Zoo Mass Audubon Visual Arts Center Hancock Shaker Village Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum Higgins Armory Museum Friday, July 27 Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Children’s Museum in Easton Springfield Museums N.E. Historic Genealogical Society New Repertory Theatre Friday, August 3 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Norman Rockwell Museum Amelia Park Children’s Museum Fuller Craft Museum Arnold Arboretum Friday, August 10 Battleship Cove Berkshire Museum Cape Cod Children’s Museum Fruitlands Museum Sports Museum Friday, August 17 Institute of Contemporary Art Edward Gorey House New Bedford Whaling Museum Garden in the Woods Concord Museum Friday, August 24 Boston Harbor Island Alliance USS Constitution Museum American Textile History Museum Old Sturbridge Village Basketball Hall of Fame Friday, August 31 JFK Library & Museum Plimoth Plantation The Discover Museums Mass MOCA Ecotarium

For more information, please contact Highland Street Foundation at (617) 969-8900 or visit

FREE Food and Fun
(for kids 18 and under!) Sponsored by USDA’s Summer Food Service Program At the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, kids 18 and under, can enjoy free activities and meals all summer long! Starting July 1, call Project Bread’s Foodsource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 or visit for details. No registration or ID necessary.
Administered by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Save the Date...
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Grownups Night Out and Fundraiser

Medford Family Network Advisory Board (MFN)
MFN is truly a family of families. And, yet, it is far beyond that! MFN’s mission is to ensure that every parent and child has access to the resources and information they need for optimal growth and development, and the Advisory Board is the place to make it happen! We need your voice! The voice of a father...a single parent...a parent new to this country...a working parent...everyone! Become a Member of the Medford Family Network Advisory Board! We are seeking new Board members for the upcoming year (July 2012 to June 2013). Current committees are…

“A Night of 10,000 Lights”
Medford City Hall
George P. Hassett Drive Medford, MA If you would like to help us “get the party started” by volunteering for this event, email Debbie Steiner Hayes, President of the FMFN, at (781) 395-8624 or via email at
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Marketing/Public Relations Committee
To focus on all communications, including brochures, press, newsletters and social media.

Program Committee
To advise on program development and implementation; to assist in the planning and promotion of the Early Care and Education Fair.

Complimentary, Delicious Appetizers from Medford’s Finest Restaurants! Music by Alastair Moock & Friends!

Ad Hoc Legislative Action Committee
Wine and Beer Cash Bar! To assist planning MFN’s participation in the State House Children’s Advocacy Day; to plan and hold the Legislative Breakfast. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 13 from 6:15 to 8:15 pm at the MFN Family Center (includes dinner, child care, and transportation options).

Tickets in Advance $25.00; $30.00 at the Door!

Lots More...Stay Tuned!

Friends of the Medford Family Network Board (FMFN)
Become a Member of the Friends of the Medford Family Network (FMFN)! The FMFN is a nonprofit corporation comprised of MFN parents who promote, support, and assist in raising funds for MFN programs. We are currently looking for interested individuals to serve on the Board for Fiscal Year 2013 (July 2012 to June 2013)! Do you have marketing, sales, accounting, writing, graphic arts or administrative skills? Then, we want you! Or, do you simply have the desire to give back, then we absolutely want you, too! If you would like to get involved by serving on the Board or helping with the fundraiser, contact Debbie Steiner Hayes, President of the FMFN, at (781) 395-8624 or via email at

For more information, please contact Marie Cassidy, Family Support Specialist at (781) 393-2106 or

Medford Family Resource Coalition Council (MFRC)
The Council is an early childhood governing body. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm (location TBD).

School Readiness and Early Childhood Curriculum Committee (SRECCC)
Seeking PreK, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 parents. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 22 at 3:15 pm (location TBD).

For more information on the Medford Family Resource Coalition Council or the School Readiness and Early Childhood Curriculum Committee, please contact Shelley Gross, Early Childhood/Afterschool Director at (781) 393-2211 or


Wish List

The Medford Family Network of the Medford Public Schools is a universal (everyone welcome) parenting education and family support program focusing on the positive impact on the developmental process of children prenatal to age 13, and supporting the families who care for them. All adults who live or work in Medford are welcome! This is accomplished through parenting education workshops; discussion groups; age-specific play and learn groups; new moms groups; home visitation; family events; a lending library; a family resource/drop-in center; information and referral services; family literacy initiatives; and individual consultation. There are programs for dads; grandparents; single parents; parents who speak languages other than English; working parents; at-home parents; and more. Programs are held at a variety of sites around the city — weekdays, evenings and weekends. Many are co-sponsored with other family-serving agencies.

Paper Towels Hand Sanitizer Clear Liquid Hand Soap

Tissues Paper Napkins Clorox Anywhere Spray

Our BIGGEST wish is that you know how much we appreciate your support! No matter what it is, we are most grateful for your kindness and thoughtfulness.

Bids for Medford Family Network Consultant Work
We are currently seeking bids for Child Care Workers, Play and Learn Leaders, Outreach Workers and Parent Educators for Fiscal Year 2013. Please mail or fax written quotes by Friday, July 27 to: Shelley Gross, Early Childhood/Afterschool Director 489 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA 02155 Telephone: 781-393-2211 Fax: 781-393-2123 Written quotes should be on letterhead with name, address and telephone # and contain the following information: position (e.g., child care worker, play and learn group leader, outreach worker, parent educator) and hourly rate for service to be rendered.

If you have questions or concerns about your child, family, or want to know about community resources, you can always call on the MFN. Our role is to listen and help you find the information you need. Stop by the MFN Family Center at the Medford High School or call us at (781) 393-2106. We can make appointments to meet with you at the Center, in another location, or just take some time to talk on the phone. Please let us know what is important for the healthy growth and development of you and your family.



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Medford Family Network is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Grant, the Children’s Trust Fund, the Friends of the Medford Family Network, Corp., and the generous donations from our families and friends.