Sunday, November 12, 2017

November 13, 2017

Dear Quashnet School Community, 

Are you ready to UNPLUG? The challenge starts Monday, November 13th, to UNPLUG for two hours a night - students should turn in their coupons to their homeroom teacher each morning.  We will draw names each day for a few lucky students to win a game to take home.  The idea:  UNPLUG TO TALK & PLAY! Be sure to check out the flyer attached to your Sunday evening email. 

This week is Fill the VAN Food Drive sponsored by Mashpee Recreation Department.  Each school is having a collection to help with the cause. If each student and staff member could bring in one can we will have approximately 600 cans to send to the food pantry. Being Caring is a Falcon Five trait!

Wednesday's Veterans Day assembly was a very fitting honor for our Mashpee veterans.  The team of Mrs. Wunder, Mrs. Pagano, Mrs. Rastallis, Mrs. Blount, Mrs. Hill, Mrs. Boyd, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Arsenault and Mr. Stickley put together a fabulous program and luncheon.  Please see this week's photos for great pictures.  Mrs. Richards' peace rock project created a beautiful welcome for our visitors.  Students painted rocks and lined the front walkway into school.  Beautifully done! All of the rocks will be placed in the court yard off the library for all to
enjoy. Thank you to Colonel Art Wunder, Cyndy Jones, and representatives from the 102nd Intelligence Wing, including Zoe, a therapy dog. 

Have you scheduled a conference with your child's teacher yet?  If not, now is the time!  Use the link to register for a time of your choice.  If you have any difficulty, please let us know.  We are more than happy to help.  Call 508-539-1550 x4100.  Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 30th and Monday, December 4th.

This week is a full week; however, next week is only only two full days. There will be NO AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS OR A LATE BUS on Tuesday, November 21st. Please note that the next weekly update will be on Sunday, after Thanksgiving, November 26th. 

Do you have a loved one, family or friend who is currently deployed? We are looking for names of servicemen to receive a Quashnet care package filled with Halloween candy and thoughtful student notes. Please send in names and addresses to the office or email Thank you students for your thoughtful donation of candy! 

All parents/guardians of students in grades 4-6 should have received your child's Next Generation MCAS scores in the mail. As you probably have heard on the news or read in the paper, student scores across the state are lower than on PARCC assessments or with the Legacy MCAS (the original test). The major difference in the assessment is the complexity of the questions and the writing tasks. Quashnet teachers are working with purpose to provide students with increased opportunity to answer these type of questions. They are also working on building writing stamina and understanding the character count in an essay.  All students grades 3-5 will be expected to type an essay in response to a prompt with approx. 2,500 characters as one of the tasks on the Spring 2018 MCAS.  Grade 6 is expected to type approx. 5,000 character essay. Previously, only Grade 4 was required to write a long composition.  To see the test design of both ELA and Math Next Generation MCAS, click this link:  2018 MCAS Test Design. Should you have any questions regarding the Next Generation MCAS or your child's scores, please feel free to call or email me at


Get your UNPLUG TO TALK & PLAY coupon in 

EACH DAY this week to win a fun family game!  Flyer will be sent home tomorrow, 11/13/17 or 
find a copy on line with your Sunday email.  

Since there will be no Blog entry next weekend, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful long Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends.  It is a great time of year to reflect on all there is to be thankful for.  I am thankful for my loving family and a career that is truly fulfilling.  Spending time with your children everyday is an honor and privilege that I do not take lightly.  Thank you Quashnet community for ALL you do. I am thankful for you.  

Mrs. O'Brien 

PS  PTO FALCON BUCKS are still for sale.  Get your tickets before it's too late! Tickets are available in the main office or contact

Sunday, November 5, 2017

November 5, 2017 

Greetings Quashnet School Community, 

Have you changed your clocks and smoke alarm batteries yet? Fall back one hour! 
Not only do we have early sunsets, but the colder weather is coming too.  Are you missing any sweatshirts or jackets at your home?  Well, the lost and found is growing rapidly.  Having your child's name in their clothes really helps us locate the owner of items.  If you are coming to school, be sure to check out the lost and found in the cafe - just check in the office first, please! 

In case you missed this last week:  Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for November 30th and December 4th .  Please use this link to sign-up for a conference with your child's teacher by choosing the date and time that works for you -  Should you have any difficulties, call and we are happy to help. 

Last Friday night was a great night for Quashnet School.  Jocelyn Cohen, Maya Brainson, Gabby Santos, and Will Chapman, the four Student Council officers last year, represented Quashnet School students as they graciously accepted the Making a Difference Award at the Heroes in Transition Fall Gala. Heroes in Transition recognizes organizations and groups for work they do to support our troops.  This award is for ALL the students who generously donated their earned right choice tickets to the service dog initiative to pay them forward and for all the parents, teachers, MPS staff members, and community sponsors of those students.  The Making a Difference Award will be proudly displayed in one of the glass cases outside the front office.  Be sure to take a look.  

Quashnet School values and honors our veterans. The Veterans Day assembly is this Wednesday at 9:30 AM.  If you are a veteran, please come and let our students honor you.  We have an amazing team at Quashnet School that organizes this event every year and students have been preparing for you. Hope to see you on Wednesday.  Please RSVP to or Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday! 

The family challenge is coming next week - Unplug to Talk and Play! We are so fortunate to be a 1:1 district where every student has a Chromebook in school. Students are learning how to be good digital citizens, how to vet quality research sites, create presentations with google slides, and write and edit papers on google docs, code, plus so much more.  The down side is, with increased quality screen time in school, after school screen time should be reduced.  Please consider these two links, one on research-  American Academy of Pediatrics   and a great resource-  Family Media Plan.   

Among the AAP recommendations:
  • For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they're seeing.
  • For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.
  • For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health. 
  • Designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms.
  • Have ongoing communication about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.

The Challenge is to replace screen-time with engagement time, to talk, play a game, or exercise.  Each night during the week of November 16-20 students will be asked to complete a slip on how they replaced screen time.  That slip will go into a drawing every day and some lucky families will win a game to bring home. Look for the flyer this week.  It is never too early to start making that media plan! 

Reminder that there is and EARLY RELEASE Day on Thursday and NO SCHOOL this Friday in observance of Veterans Day. Students will be dismissed Thursday at 11:30 AM.  If there is a change in dismissal plans, please send in a note. In order for a friend or relative to pick up a student, we MUST have a note from the child's parent/guardian. Any change in dismissal plans need to be made at least one hour before dismissal. Thank you for your cooperation.  

PTO Update:  

Thank you to all the families that were able to attend the Book Fair Breakfast.  It is always great to see so many of you!  Your support at the book fair was so appreciated.  The Scholastic dollars earned are put right back into the classrooms to benefit all students.  Great job Tracy Fischer, Cori Johnson, and all PTO volunteers.  We appreciate you! 

The Falcon Bucks Fundraiser is still going on. Your support makes a difference is supporting all students. :-) 

Falcon Bucks Fundraiser is due Tuesday, November 21st
There is still time to sell tickets!
Top seller has a chance at winning a KINDLE FIRE plus other great prizes!!
Top Seller: Principal for the Day and special-order lunch (w/a friend) in the office
2nd Highest Ticket Sales: Asst. Principal for the Day with special-order lunch (w/a friend) in the office
Class avg. 4 tickets per student: Extra recess.  Class avg. 8 tickets per student: Extra Gym Class
Prizes for other top sellers just added this week include a $30.00 gift certificate to Ryan’s Family Amusement, 2 passes to Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich valued at $36.00.

Additional Tickets can be picked up in the main office!! (more incentives coming)

Any questions please contact Tracy Fischer at

Wishing you all a wonderful and productive week ahead, 

Mrs. O'Brien 

PS - Halloween candy is still being collected outside the front office.  Send in any wrapped candy for our Candy for the Troops collection.