Sunday, December 10, 2017

December 10, 2017

Dear Quashnet School Community, 
If you are counting down until break, we have exactly 10 school days! Please know these are academic days.  Even though some special projects may be taking place, there is an academic goal attached to the activity.  This picture shows Mrs. Gorman's students calculating the surface area of their soon to be gingerbread house  creations to add to the Quashnet Gingerbread Village display.  

This wet weekend provided a great opportunity to build a gingerbread creation at home. Did you get yours done?  These sugary creations can be dropped off beginning Monday, December 11th. The Quashnet elves have been hard at work setting up tables across from the office, and of course our office has been transformed! You can't miss it! 

This Thursday evening, our school will be open for you to come and view the gingerbread display, join us for a delicious pasta dinner in the cafe, and have a memorable family photo taken by LifeTouch photographers. The festivities begin at 5:00 PM, dinner served starting at 5:30 PM.  Hope to see you there. We need a final count by Monday.  Send in a note or give us a call if you haven't sent in an RSVP - we just need a head count!   Hope to see you then!  

It is so amazing to see the generosity of so many peoples over this season.  It truly is the magic of the season.  A local landscaper, E. J. Jaxtimer, donated 100 Christmas trees to families across the Cape. With the support from Barnstable County Sheriff's Department and our own Deputy Cahill, seven of those trees made it to Mashpee families. Perhaps you saw the article in the Mashpee Enterprise regarding the generosity of Southport residents - their kindness is astounding. Dino is a holiday hero again this year. With staff and community donations we are able to share and provide help through the Falcon Family Fund.  Mashpee Commons has donated a store front for the Mashpee Falcon Nest Annex.  What a great way to get your spirit wear. Along with your MMHS gear, Quashnet and KCC PTOs also have merchandise for sale at the Annex.  The community support for our students and families is another reason why it's GREAT to be in a connected Mashpee community! 

Term 1 Reports Cards will be issued this Wednesday! Please take the time to review your child's progress with them. A student who earns a 2 is making progress toward achieving a standard - a 3 is meeting a standard. If there are any blanks on the report card it is because not all standards are assessed each term.  Please see the Progress Report/Report Card tab above for more info. If you have any questions regarding a grade, please be sure to contact the teacher.  A strong home/school connection supports student success.   

One of the most important factors in student success is attendance.  It is important that students are at school every day and on time.  Students who are late are missing organizational time, morning meeting, instruction, or even a WIN group. Students who are dismissed regularly are missing the same instruction repeatedly.  Not being in school will hurt a student's academic progress. Yes, a work sheet can be made up, but not the instruction, discussion, feedback, and collaborative work with others. When planning vacations, ski trips, etc. please check the school calendar for vacation weeks/days that would not impact student learning.  Truly every minute of the instructional day is important.

We have received several calls about after school clubs.  Session 1 clubs end the week of January 22nd.  Session 2 sign ups will be sent out electronically the first week in January.  Session 2 clubs begin the week of January 29th.  

Reminder to sign up for the Parent/Teacher PTO Basketball game.  Practice begins in January.  If you are interested in playing please contact Heather Lakatos at  

Let's have some fun and play some basketball!

Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate this year for the Mashpee Christmas Parade. Quashnet's "choral reef" was ready to march.  Thank you to Mrs. Hill, Mrs. Boyd, Mrs. Emery, and all the parents and students who helped with props and the practice.  We will be ready for 2018!  

Have a wonderful week Quashnet community - we hope to see you this Thursday for a fun family dinner at the Quashnet cafe. Bring your smiles! 

Mrs. O'Brien

Sunday, December 3, 2017

December 3, 2017

Greetings Quashnet School Community, 

Congratulations to Blue Nation, Mashpee Falcons, on an amazing Superbowl win yesterday at Gillette Stadium. 
Check out the before and after pictures! 
Friday at Quashnet.

Awesome game and GREAT MASHPEE PRIDE! 

Saturday at Gillette!

So many WONDERFUL reasons why 
it is GREAT to be in Mashpee! 

We hope you will be able to participate in several activities coming up where quality family time is the focus.  On Saturday, December 9th, the Quashnet School chorus will be marching in the Mashpee Christmas Parade.  I hope you will be able to come out and cheer them on!  

Have you started a gingerbread structure yet? Please share your family's sugary creation with the Quashnet community by displaying it in school lobby during the week of December 11-15 as part of the Gingerbread Village

RSVPs are being collected for the pasta supper on Thursday, December 14th.  This is a fun night to have a family dinner here at school, view the gingerbread village, cookie decorating, and have a family photo taken by Lifetouch photographers.  There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per family.  Come one come all - we just need a head count! If you need a new flyer, please call the main office and we are happy to help (508) 539-1550.  

Calling all Grade 6 students and families!  This Tuesday, December 5th, you have been invited to attend the Mashpee Middle-High School Program of Studies Night. This is the first of several transitional nights for your sixth grader and you! I highly suggest that you try to attend this important night.  The following is a description of the evening from Superintendent DeBoer: 
All are welcome to join us for the Mashpee Middle-High School Program of Studies Night on Tuesday, December 5th, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM.  From 5:00 – 6:00 PM (in the cafeteria) visitors can enjoy artwork created by our very talented student-artists as well as listen to beautiful music sung by our amazing chorus members and played by our talented band members. Baked goods and cider will be available for purchase.  From 6:00 – 8:00 PM parents and friends can explore and learn about all the course offerings available in each department at MMHS.  Our teachers are very passionate about their work and are excited to share why it’s great to be in Mashpee. We find that this event is important for parents of current sixth through eleventh graders.  For our current sixth graders and their parents, it is a great opportunity to explore the building, meet the staff, and gain a better understanding of the opportunities available to a student who chooses to attend Mashpee Middle-High School.

Speaking of MMHS - it was GREAT to have some of the football players and cheerleaders visit Quashnet School on Friday. The sixth graders and fourth graders cheered on the team and wished them well on their quest to #3peat!  We sure are proud of ALL of our Falcons - scholars, athletes, musicians, artists and more! 

NEEDED:  Half Gallon Containers
Recycle your empty half gallon milk or juice containers at Quashnet School.  
Mrs. Whiddon is in need of approximately 70 half gallon cartons for STEM class.  
Just  rinse them out and send them in. 
Grade 4 students will be putting them to good use! 

The Quashnet School Student Council has organized their first social of the year to be held on Wednesday, December 6 from 2:45 - 4:00 PM.  Socials are for Grade 5 & 6 students only.  Permission slips are required,  and students will need to be picked up by a parent/guardian by 4:00 PM.  If a student is unable to be picked up, they will be able to take the late bus at 3:30 PM.  Any student going home with a friend, must have a note from their parent/guardian. 

Reminder! Monday, 12/4/17, is another early release day with student dismissal at 11:30 AM.  This is the final day for scheduled parent/teacher conferences. If you do not have a conference, please call the office at 508-539-1550 and we will assist you.  Ongoing home/school communication is a significant factor in student success.

Thank you to a wonderful team of Quashnet School Elementary Honor Society students who are volunteering during both conference days to help families navigate the halls of Quashnet and support the Falcon Family Fund by selling raffle tickets for the Patriots basket.  Time is valuable and thank you for sharing yours! 

We so appreciate everyone who participated in the PTO Falcon Bucks fundraiser.  I wish you all luck in the drawings! Congratulations to the first three winners-

December 1 - Kirsten Atteberry $100
December 2 - Carlos DeJesus   $50
December 3 - Ann Colantuono  $50

Check the the Quashnet School PTO Facebook page for daily winners or in the QS office. When you support PTO, you support students at Quashnet School. Thank you!  

Alexis Baptiste was the first place sales winner for the second straight year. Talia Dimaggio come in second in sales.  Congratulations Alexis and Talia!

Are you ready for some basketball?  It is that time of year when the QS and KCC PTOs begin looking for players for the annual parent/teacher basketball game on February 9, 2018.  Come on Quashnet, we need that trophy back where it belongs! Parents, if you are interested in playing please contact Heather Lakatos at There will be four practice sessions after the first of the year.

Let's have some fun and play some basketball!

Be someone's champion this week! 

Mrs. O'Brien