Sunday, April 8, 2018

April 8, 2018 

Greetings Quashnet School Community, 

SPIRIT WEEK is THIS WEEK at Quashnet School - join the FUN!   

Monday- Mix Match Day
Tuesday- Crazy Hair Day
Wednesday - Sports Day
Thursday- 80's day 
Friday- Class Color Day: 
Grade 3 - Green,  Grade 4 - Red, Grade 5 - Yellow,  Grade 6 - Blue 

Yesterday, was a big day at Mashpee Commons.  The Mashpee Public School store front opened its doors!  Be sure to check it out.  The store is located next to Cupcake Charlies and will highlight all the great things going on within our schools. If you are looking for spirit wear, the QS PTO has sample goods and order forms at the store. Be sure to check out the MPS Facebook page for photos and on the photo tab above. 

Construction Update:  The Quashnet School repair project contractor, JJ Cardosi, will begin to mobilize construction equipment starting tomorrow, April 9th. Temporary fencing will be installed along the back of the school, trailers will be arriving, and dumpsters will also be on the grounds. Actual construction will start after the power washing of the building this coming Saturday. It will be great to get this project underway. We will see workers on the site from 7am -10pm working double shifts to complete the project on time. Currently, we are estimating construction to go through December. 

GAME ON! One of the most anticipated events of the year is this Friday, April 13th at 1:15 PM, the Staff vs Grade 6 in floor hockey. Teams of Grade 6 students play every Friday morning at 7:30 am competing against one another.  This Friday, each team will rotate in to compete against Quashnet staff.  Sixth grade parents are welcome to attend - but beware, a competitive spirit is in the air! 

April vacation week is only 5 days away! Last week, I shared that Mrs. Avtges and I will be traveling to Beijing to visit Quashnet's two sister schools there. These are the two schools that sent exchange students to Quashnet School last February.  We are very excited about this educational trip. One thing we learned in preparation for our journey is that Google is banned in China. The Blog and our mail is through Google, so please note, there will be NO BLOG for TWO WEEKS and there will be a delay in answering emails. We do hope to be able to tweet from the Daxing schools and various historical sites when we are in wifi areas.  

Thursday, April 26th is the Quashnet School Spelling Bee.  It is not too late to sign up and start studying those words. Each year the word lists change slightly.  They are generated from Scripps National Spelling Bee list and Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.  The preliminary rounds are organized by grade level with the final round of approximately 20 students representing Grades 3-6. Families and friends come and support our spellers.  It is always a nail biter! 

ELA MCAS was last Tuesday and Wednesday. Although we will not get official results until the fall, I am very hopeful to see positive growth. The students worked long and hard.  More students needed additional time to complete their testing than I have ever seen.  They were respectful of each other while testing, working quietly while their classmates completed their test. Thank you for sharing the BEST CHILDREN ANYWHERE with us everyday! 

FYI - All Grade 3-6 students will participate in Mathematics MCAS on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1 and 2.

Grade 5 only participates in the Science, Tech and Engineering MCAS scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, May 15 and 16. 


Wishing you all a productive week ahead. Have a safe and fun vacation week from April 16-20.  School will resume on Monday, April 23rd. 

Mrs. O'Brien 


Sunday, April 1, 2018

April 1, 2018 

Greetings Quashnet School Community, 

MCAS is HERE!  Tuesday, April 3, and Wednesday,  April 4, all students will be participating in MCAS testing.  Grade 3 will be tested in Reading and Grades 4-6 will be tested in English Language Arts. The following are ways to help prepare your child for testing-

1.  Go to bed early the day before testing to get a good night sleep. 
2.  Have a healthy breakfast with protein for energy. 
3. Share with your child that the expectations are to try their best - effort does make a difference!
4. Read each question thoroughly and answer every question asked fully. 
5. MCAS is a time to "show off" everything you know! 
6. Be to school ON TIME - once testing begins, a student will not be able to enter the classroom per Dept. of Education regulations.  

Teachers teach strategies to students as academic skills. They teach students how to organize their thoughts to write a cohesive response to reading or when writing a narrative. It is these taught strategies that students should use during testing.  The Next Generation MCAS, aka MCAS 2.0, is an untimed test.  Students should take their time to read directions carefully, organize their thoughts, and use scratch paper to help plan their writing. A combine effort from home and school reinforcing to students to take their time, is a fabulous message.  Thank you for your support! Please note, for those families new to MCAS - results of the testing will be sent to families in the fall.   

Congratulations to Hayden Shvonski! Hayden was recognized yesterday for winning First Place for Grades 4-6  sports writing in the Cape Cod Times' annual Classroom Times student contest. Hayden is a fourth grader in Mrs. McKay's homeroom. Way to go Hayden - we are so proud of you! 

Beijing here we come! Mrs. Avtges and I will be heading to Beijing over April vacation. We will be joining a group of Cape Cod administrators from districts who have hosted exchange students from China.  We are looking forward to visiting our two sister schools in Beijing and hopefully seeing some of the exchange students who visited Quashnet School last winter. The purpose of the trip is not only have a deeper understanding of the Chinese culture, but also to explore the potential option of expanding our exchange opportunities. We hope to be tweeting from the schools, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and other cultural sites.  

Fundraising and helping others is a big part of the Quashnet Community.  I am happy to share these updates -

From K-Kids: Pennies for Patients total for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society:  $2828.79 

Thank you to the very generous Quashnet Community!  

National Honor Society: 
A check was presented this week to the Massachusetts Special Olympics for $850.  This was from donations collected at the Family Skate event. Thank you! 

Our new initiative is to help one of our own. A Quashnet family is going through a challenging time. Their young son is undergoing a stem cell transplant in Boston. His sister is in third grade here at Quashnet and he has a brother with additional medical needs at MMHS.  With all medical treatments in Boston, the child will be there for at least 8 weeks, and then there will be multiple follow-up visits to Children's. Through a generous donation of a beautiful Specialized bike and a helmet we are selling chance tickets for any donation.  If you are in school, stop by the office and check it out. We appreciate your support and help for this Falcon family. We will draw a winner for the bike on May 1, 2018. 

Buckle up Quashnet - construction is just around the corner. We should see the contractor beginning to mobilize equipment starting the week of April 9th. We ask for everyone's patience and understanding as we enter into the first phase of construction. Four third grade classrooms will be relocating in the building for approximately a 2-3 week period while windows are installed for this 1st phase.  The move will take place on April 13 for Mrs. Arsenault, Mrs. Fullam, Mrs. Porter, and Mrs. Schreiner's students. Please note - there will be NO construction during testing. This Wednesday during School Committee, I will be sharing the general scope of the project.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns now or during each phase of construction. Safety is ALWAYS my biggest concern for students and staff and I appreciate hearing any concerns or input you may have. 

Happy Easter! 

 Have a wonderful week ahead! 

Mrs. O'Brien

PS  Don't forget the PTO family movie night this Friday in the Quashnet Cafe. Movie begins @6:00PM.