Sunday, May 28, 2017




May 28, 2017


Happy Memorial Day!

The unofficial start to summer is here!  You sure can tell by the traffic around Mashpee.  I hope you all have a wonderful "extra day" this weekend to enjoy family and friends.  When you have time please remember why we have this holiday.  It is a time to be reflective, honor, and remember those have served in the armed forces and have passed away.  We are fortunate to have the National Cemetery in Bourne so close to us - it is an amazing display of respect, honor, and recognition to our service men and women with thousands of American flags on each stone.  It is worth the visit. Mashpee will also recognize Memorial Day on Monday, May 29th, with a ceremony at 10:00 AM in the Veteran's Garden across from Town Hall.


Did you hear about Career Day on Friday? Well.... it was amazing! Thank you Mrs. MacIntire for planning and organizing this outstanding annual event and for all the support from Mrs. Emery, Mrs. Pagano and Mrs. Wunder in the QS office. Students are exposed to a wide variety of careers from outstanding presenters. Thank you to all who were able to take the time to share their careers and knowledge with our students-

Officer Robert Bitinas, Barnstable Police Dept.
Sheriff Shaun Cahill, Barnstable County Sheriff's Dept.          
Officer Brett Calhoun, and Mashpee PD
Mr. John Cotton, Commercial Lending Officer/Selectman
CSGT Matthew Davis, US Air Force
Mr. Christopher Dean
Mr. Joe Dillis, Retired Military
Mr. Stephano Farhadi, Quality Assurance Auditor
Mr. John Foley, Chef
Mr. Geoff Gorman, Retired US Navy
Mr. Jim Hill, Writer
Mr. Frank Hughes, Writer/Author
Mr. Craig Johnson, Ocean Engineer
Mr. Christopher Losh
Lt. Brent Lyons and Lt. Clark, Cotuit Fire Dept.
Ms. Allison MacIntire, Global Marketing Manager, Hasbro, Inc.
Mr. Robert Maher, Pilot
Detective McLaughlin, Orleans Police Dept.
Mr. Dino Mitrokostas, Restaurant Owner
Mr. Bryan Morry, Executive Director, Hall at Patriot Place
Mrs. Kathy O'Neill, Background Investigator
Ms. Lilly Osterwall Murray, Seamstress
Dr. Rogers, Stonehill College Professor/Scientist
Chief Thomas Rullo, Mashpee Fire and Rescue
Mr. Christopher Santos, US Air Force, IT Specialist
Mr. Steve Spencer, Golf Professional
Mrs. Angela Squarcia, Pharmacist
Ms. Sheryl Stone, Occupational Therapist
Mr. Matthew Weston, Bourne Fire Dept.

It was great to see so many students who dressed the part.  It looks like Mrs. Schreiner is grooming a new crop of teachers right here in third grade!

Next Friday, June 2, will be the second annual WALK OF HONOR here are Quashnet School. Graduating MMHS seniors will once again be walking our halls in their caps and gowns while our students and staff cheer them on and congratulate them for a job well done! This is also a "FUN FRIDAY" Spirit Day so ALL students  please wear MASHPEE BLUE AND WHITE! 

Please be sure to check out the "This Week" tab for weekly events and field trips.  Great pictures are on the photo tab - Mrs. Mayen's class has an incubator and are trying to hatch eggs.  So far it looks pretty promising.  Third graders rescued a confused frog and set it free during recess- it is also an amazing example of camouflage.  Students are building a marble run in STEM.  Book clubs are a hit in Mrs. Gorman's room.  There are pics from Career Day and student entrepreneurs!  Enjoy.


On Monday, June 19th, Dr. Chris Willard, will be speaking at Morse Pond School in Falmouth from 5:30 - 7:00 PM. This is part of the Calmer Choice Speaker Series.  We have partnered with Calmer Choice for several years to bring Mindful Education to Quashnet Students.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the Instrumental Concert on Thursday at 6:00 PM!

Enjoy the week ahead and happy June :-)

Respectfully,
Mrs. O'Brien










Sunday, May 21, 2017




May 21, 2017


Dear Quashnet School Community,



It is hard to believe that Memorial Day weekend will be here next weekend! It always amazes me how fast this time of year goes.  It seems there is one event at another - with field trips and great opportunities to support and celebrate our students.

Have you been in touch with Mrs. MacIntire for Career Day?  It is this Friday, May 26th.  This is such a fabulous event for students where they learn about a wide variety of career options.  Parents, families, friends, and community members  share their skills and explain to students their chosen career and the training they needed.  We are all appreciative of Mrs. MacIntire for her organization of this great event! Students are encouraged to dress for their desired career.

Thank you Robert O'Neill, Brady Fraser, Colton Colleran, Paul Casey and QS NEHS students who organized the third grade Post-MCAS Celebration. The students enjoyed a beautiful afternoon of sun and fun on the Quashnet field.  The slip and slide seemed to be the big hit of the day - that's for sure! This was a community service event led by these National Honor Society students with support from Mrs. Babich, Mrs. Avtges, teacher and parent volunteers.

A few reminders for the last few weeks of school: 
1. If you are planning on chaperoning any field trips - you must have an up     to date CORI check.  Download the form here and bring it to the      superintendent's office.  CORI Form
2. Please check your house for library books  - Mrs. Pons will soon be conducting a complete inventory of our school library.
3. Students are allowed to have water bottles in the classroom, but only water please - no juice or sports drinks.
4. As the weather gets warmer and the classrooms get hotter, please keep in mind appropriate clothing for school. See the handbook for details.
5. Consider a hat for recess - it is sunny and hot out there! Sunglasses are permitted on the playground, but not inside the building.
6. MCAS season is over....but not school!  Everyday and every minute counts right up to June 22!
7. After school clubs end next week.  The last day for all clubs is June 1, 2017.
8. June 8th, will be the last day for the late bus.



The push is on! Did you receive a letter from the School Council, K-Kids, and NEHS students this week about the service dog project?  Can you help sponsor your child for a chore or good deed and contribute to this meaningful initiative? Students - get your name on the Donor Wall of Fame! We can achieve this TOGETHER - we so appreciate your support! If you are looking for more information, please contact the main office at 508-539-1550.  

Saturday night was yet another fabulous QS/KCC PTO event at Quashnet Valley Country Club.  Thank you PTO and all supporters for enhancing the educational experience for all students!  

There is no mystery in why it's great to be in Mashpee! 


Please be sure to check out the calendar of events on the "This Week Tab" above for all Quashnet weekly happenings. Fun weekly pictures can be viewed on the Photo tab. 

Wishing you all a productive week ahead! 

Respectfully, 
Mrs. O'Brien

 Remember our veterans on Monday, May 29, 2017.