Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 23, 2017

Dear Quashnet School Community,

It's a school night!
I hope vacation week was relaxing and rejuvenating for all.  We are truly in the home stretch now with the next day off being Memorial Day! The last two months of school are always packed with a lot of events, and  I will keep you up to date with all the dates! There is still a lot of learning to do as well - school is far from over!

Beginning on Tuesday, April 25th, students who missed any session of the ELA MCAS will be scheduled for a make up.  Mr. O'Connor will be administering the sessions with students each morning until they are complete.  The next round of MCAS will be for MATH which will be administered on Wednesday and Thursday, May 10th and 11th.  Just like in ELA, student participation in testing is critical.  Please make every effort to have your child(ren) in school and on time for testing days and all school days!

We hope you will be able to attend this week's annual Spelling Bee at Quashnet.  It is scheduled for Thursday, April 27th with the preliminary rounds beginning at 5:30 PM.  Our Spelling Bee committee selected words from Scripps National Spelling Bee grade level practice lists and from the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.  As in the past,  words will also be drawn from the 200 Most Commonly Misspelled Words list.  It is sure to be a nail-biter of a night! Good luck contestants and keep on studying! Practice bee is on Wednesday after school, 2:45 - 3:30.

Wishing all our wonderful student athletes great success at the Special Olympic Day Games this Thursday, April 27th at MMHS. Thank you Mrs. Strojny, Ms. Murray, Mrs. Fitzpatrick, Mrs. Everson and all the entire team for supporting our athletes.

Go Falcons!  

May is going to bring some great events and happenings - a few are listed below.  

May 1st, is an early release day for students with dismissal at 11:30 AM.  It is also Town Meeting at MMHS starting at 7 PM.  Please, please, please try to come to support Article 15, the Quashnet School Repair Project.  As shared earlier, the entire amount of the project, $10.5 million, will need to be approved to move to the next step to secure the rebate of 37.95% from the state.  Your VOTE counts both at Town Meeting and during the elections on May 16th.  If you have any questions about the project please send an email to or read the brochure at Quashnet School Informational Brochure -Repair Project.  

May 17th -the very first Grade 3 music concert will be held in the gym at 6:00 PM.  It is sure to be a terrific event - more will be sent home this coming week to Grade 3 families.  

May 20th -  PTO Parents Prom at Quashnet Valley Country Club - this is the prom event you have been dying for! Supporting the PTO is supporting your students.  All proceeds make their way into the classrooms in the form of supplies, presentations, field trips, etc. Thank you PTO for your continued support!    

May 26th -  Quashnet School Career Day. This is a fabulous tradition at QS where parents, family and community members share their career, skills, and educational path they took to achieve their positions. If you are interested in participating, please contact Mrs. MacIntire at

Great news on the Service Dog initiative - we have surpassed $9,000!  A total of $14,000 is needed to purchase a dog for a local veteran. Our student council will be working on raising funds to keep the program moving forward.  Donations are tax deductible through Heroes in Transition - contact Mrs. Emery if you need any information or have ideas for funding sources.

This Wednesday, April 26th, is Administrative Professionals' Day.  I would be remiss not to mention our OUTSTANDING administrative professionals at Quashnet School.  Mrs. MacIntire, Mrs. Pagano, and Mrs. Emery go above and beyond every day.  I appreciate all they do to help our students, parents and staff. We are very fortunate to have such a high performing team.

Wishing you all a wonderful and productive week ahead~ 
Mrs. O'Brien

PS - Free community movie, SCREENAGERS will be showing on Tuesday, April 25th 6-8 PM at MMHS. This is for families and students 10+.  Focus: impact of the digital age on children and finding a balance.  

Sunday, April 9, 2017

April 9, 2017

Dear Quashnet School Community, 

ELA MCAS is coming, ELA MCAS is coming! As teachers and I have been sharing with students, this is a good thing!  MCAS is a time to show all you know!  Students have been in school for 134 days. Teachers have been teaching and students have been learning everyone of those days. Now it is time to show it! The key to success is EFFORT and PERSEVERANCE. For the last two years, students have taken the PARCC exam, now we are back to MCAS.  The major difference between PARCC and MCAS is that MCAS is not timed. Students will have as much time as they need during the school day to complete their assessment and check their work. This is a computer based assessment that students will take on their chromebooks. 

Thank you for wondering how you can help your child(ren) be prepared!
             1.  Go to bed early the night before testing.  
             2.  Have a balanced breakfast with protein. 
             3.  Be to school on time!  This is very important because once a test session begins, no one can enter the class                       until testing is over.  
             4.  Replace "good luck" with best effort, work hard, and persevere
                  Success comes from hard work, effort, and perseverance - just ask Tom Brady!

Last Week's Events: 

Thank you to all who participated in Jump Rope for Heart sponsored by the QS National Elementary Honor Society. Through your generosity, the group collected over $2,500!  It was a well organized and fun event for all - awesome job QS NEHS!  

Last week, we welcomed Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) from Bridgewater State University to our school.  The focus was on bullying behavior and cyber bullying and how everyone has a part in making our school a bully free zone.  Some of the great advice is to THINK before you speak -

  • = Is it TRUE?
  • H  = Is it HELPFUL?
  • I   = Is it INSPIRING?
  • N  = Is it NECESSARY?  
  • = Is it KIND?       
Did you watch the School Committee meeting on Wednesday?  If you missed it perhaps you saw a picture of some of our third graders with ukuleles.  Ukuleles and recorders have been added to the third grade curriculum this year in music.  Students are learning these two instruments in grade three to expose them to both a string and wind instrument.  In fourth grade, students will have a choice of participating in band, strings, or general music.  This exposure will help in that decision making process. Mrs. Guiggio shared work fifth and sixth grade students are doing in STEM with robotics and the collaboration with MMHS students during these specials. 

The QS Talent Show was a big hit on Thursday night! It is so wonderful the see the confidence, poise, varying interests and strengths of our students.  Thank you Mrs. Hill and Ms. Sherman for all of their background work in making this happen, but also to our dedicated staff who volunteered their time to help with this special event - not just the evening of, but practices, programs and all! It IS great to be in Mashpee! Pictures are on the picture tab above. 

If you have any questions on the Quashnet windows, doors, roof, and bathroom repairs at Quashnet- there will be building tour this Thursday evening from 6-7 PM. Your support for this project is needed at Town Meeting on May 1st and again on May 16th for a vote. Click the link for an informational brochure on the project: QS Repair Project Information.    

FYI - This coming Friday is Good Friday.  School IS in session for a full day.  Happy Easter to our community members who celebrate the holiday!

Last but not least, there will be no blog next Sunday due to vacation.  I will send out an update on Sunday, April 23. If you are looking for activities during vacation week, Mashpee Public Library has resources. Pick up great books, museum passes, and check out special events at Mashpee Public Library Events. Wishing  you all a relaxing and fun filled vacation week! 

Mrs. O'Brien