Sunday, March 26, 2017

March 26, 2017

Greetings Quashnet School Community,

Mashpee Police officers visited all three Mashpee schools on Friday morning connecting with students and staff. High fives were available for all!  We value this strong partnership with MPD, our SRO Brett Calhoun, and Chief Carline who together supported and coordinated High Five Friday.

Thank you QUASHNET COMMUNITY for all your support last week with two events that helped support our school's service dog initiative.  Donations from skate night totaled $900!  Thank you all for your generosity. Dining for a Cause at 99 brought in nearly $400. We are close to $9,000 at this point and will keep working to reach the goal of $14,000 to bring a service dog to a local veteran.

Has your family been struggling with the stomach bug, flu, or strep? It sure has been a tough season health wise. The best way to prevent the spread of germs is to wash hands frequently with soap and water. ALL bathrooms and classrooms with sinks have soap and all classrooms have antibacterial hand sanitizer available as well. The soap and sanitizer dispensers are checked daily, and filled as needed.  Our day custodian, Mr. Mike, has been spraying all lockers and door handles with antibacterial spray to help fight the spread of germs.  Reminders from home to wash those hands may help!

If your child is diagnosed with the flu, strep, or any contagious illnesses, please notify Ms. Moses in the Health Office. Not only are contagious illnesses reported to the state, it can also help us stay on top of health situations.

Under the guidance of STEM teacher, Mrs. Giuggio,  Mr. Looney and Mrs. Hough from MMHS, and high school students are working with Grade 5&6 students on robotics in STEM class. They are working on coding, writing functions, and loops to control the robots. New software has been loaded on computers and teams are working collaboratively on this task. This effort is a win for all!

VOTE YES ON ARTICLE 15 at Town Meeting on May 1, 2017! Quashnet School Repair Project needs your support! Can you see the daylight through the doors pictured to the left? This is one reason our halls and cafeteria are cold in the winter months. The cold air just flows in and the heat escapes. The Quashnet repair project is not just windows, it includes all the doors, the roof, soffits (the stucco portion of the exterior), and making the bathrooms handicap accessible (per code). At town Meeting, the entire cost of $10.5 million needs to be approved, but the town will be reimbursed by Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) at a rate of 37.95%, almost $4 million!  86% of the exterior envelope of the Quashnet School will be repaired and updated extending the life of the school for another 40 years - the cost per homeowner with a house valued at $300,000 is $33.00 for the first year decreasing to $17.07 by the end of the life of the loan. Please invest in Mashpee and the Quashnet School - SUPPORT ARTICLE 15!

The PTO is looking for final Yankee Candle orders - all orders need to be in by Tuesday, 
March 28th.  Thank you for supporting the PTO and Quashnet School. Below is an example of how the PTO helps our school- 
Third grade classes and fourth grade teachers will be welcoming Mr. Tom Lee, a storyteller/writer who uses visual literacy/thinking to enhance reading comprehension skills and provide this research based strategy to improve writing.  The majority of his work is done through Yale University where he works with school groups of various ages.  Mr. Lee's visit is being supported with PTO funds that are going directly into instruction and work with students.  We are SO APPRECIATIVE of this wonderful opportunity! Thank you PTO and supporters

To all of our Quashnet families, if you have any questions, concerns, or wonderings, please send me an email, give me a call, or stop in. I can't address concerns that are not brought to my attention. I value your partnership and feedback with the focus on students first and always assuming positive intent.  

Wishing you all a productive week ahead! 

Mrs. O'Brien

Saturday, March 18, 2017

March 19, 2017  

Greetings Quashnet School Community,

Sugar Cookies by Mrs. Brown
Are you ready for some fun and exercise? Today's the day for our free family skating event at the Gallo Ice Arena. We are so fortunate to have such a great community partner like Gallo to donate the ice to Quashnet School from 5:00-6:30 PM - with free rental skates on top of it!
THANK YOU GALLO ICE ARENA, and our two Miss Keohanes for arranging this 2nd annual fabulous family event! The QS Student Council will be selling snacks to benefit the QS Service Dog Initiative. Any donations will graciously be accepted and applied to the dog fund with Heroes in Transition.

This coming Thursday night, March 23rd at 6:30 PM at MMHS is a district-wide music concert. 
This is a wonderful event where all Mashpee musicians gather and perform together - grades 4-12. 
Even if your child doesn't participate in the band, strings, or the chorus, it is quite a show.  
Suggestion- get there early!  

Do you have your tickets for Willy Wonka yet?  Next Friday at 7:00 PM and Saturday at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM our own Quashnet School Oompa Loompas will be performing along side the Blue Falcon Theatre Company in what is sure to be an entertaining event. I can't wait!

To celebrate Music in Our School we had quite the entertainment Thursday morning in anticipation
of St. Patrick's Day! Who knew Mrs. Pagano and Mrs. MacIntire were such good steppers!

Over the next two months, you will be hearing a lot about the Quashnet School windows, doors, and roofing project.  This picture of one of the issues outside a sixth grade classroom. During the heavy rain this week,  we started with a small puddle that was mopped up, next a pad was placed down to absorb more water that started to come in, and then another mopping and three pads were added! Unfortunately, the picture doesn't show the puddle that just flows past everything! The seals on the windows are gone, and when it rains we get wet inside creating a slipping hazard in the halls. Your vote is needed at the Annual May Town Meeting to support funding for this project.  Superintendent DeBoer, DPW Director Catherine Laurent, and I will be working together to educate the public about the current conditions within the building. We are planning an open house at Quashnet for the community to see the issues and gain community support.

Did you see the change in MCAS dates? The ELA MCAS dates have changed from May to April 11, 12, and 13. Student participation in MCAS is very important. During these dates please make every effort that your child is in school and on time.  In the event your child is sick, there will be make-up sessions scheduled after April vacation.

We are excited to welcome back Deputy Shaun Cahill to the fifth grade this week as the GREAT Program instructor. GREAT stands for Gang Resistance Education and Training. This is a highly recommended program and endorsed by many local law enforcement agencies and addiction prevention agencies and groups.  Deputy Cahill will meet with all fifth grade classrooms for 6 sessions, he joins the students for recess and lunch, and is a very positive role model for our students. It is GREAT to be working with Barnstable County Sheriff's Department again this year. Deputy Cahill does drive a marked cruiser to school, so please don't be alarmed if you come to school and the Sheriff's Department is here!

Spring begins tomorrow!  Monday, March 20, 2017, 4:30 PM EDT!

Let's hope this snow is over!
Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

Mrs. O'Brien