Sunday, February 2, 2014

It’s not the years in your life that count; it’s the life in your years--  Abraham Lincoln
You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.--Leo Aikman
Remember to click on the page tabs at the top of this blog, particularly "This Week" to see this week's scheduled happenings.
School CancellationsIf a school day is cancelled due to poor weather, the following school day will be the missed day in our 6-Day cycle.
Hello Quashnet School Community,
To be grateful for today and to be more mindful in your life, please watch this 10-minute video:
     We must work together to emphasize that day-to-day learning is important and that focused quality effort can make a big difference in academic success.  It would be very helpful if parents regularly review their child’s completed homework.  Was quality effort used?  Is the student’s writing legible?  Are answers given in complete sentences?  If your child had difficulty, were you able to help?  Do you connect with your child’s teacher on a regular basis?  The school environment and the home environment must both set high learning expectations and always send positive “YOU CAN DO THIS” messages to our children.  Everything that you put your name on should always represent the VERY BEST YOU!
     It is important that students are present for a full day every day at school (8:15 AM – 2:45 PM).  When classroom instruction is missed, learning is hindered.   Students and their learning come first.  Being on time and working hard to meet the expected obligations of the day are life-long habits that successful people make part of their practice.  We must help our students develop and value these habits.  Parents play a very important role in this regard.

Family Spaghetti Dinner (5:45 - 6:30 PM)
Internet/Phone Safety Presentation (6:30 - 7:15 PM)
We are very hopeful that we have an excellent turnout for this event.  If you can't attend the dinner portion of the evening, please plan to come for the presentation.  Parent Christopher Santos has prepared a very informative presentation that will help parents better understand and monitor their child's technology and their use thereof.  Flyers went home last week for this event.  Reservations are requested for the dinner so that we can appropriately plan.

The top five winners are listed below.  Each class will receive a plaque acknowledging their achievement.  The plaque will also include a picture of the class as well as a picture of the decorated door.  We thank all of our students and staff for their efforts in creating the decorated doors.  We also thank all who voted.  Doors 23 and 9 received the same number of votes.  The winning doors are pictured below.
1st Place:  Door #37--Grade 3—Ms. Alberico
2nd Place:  Door #30--Grade 4—Mrs. McKay
3rd/4th Place:  Door #23—Art—Mrs. Richards
3rd/4th Place:  Door #9—Grade 5—Ms. Murray
4th Place:  Door #5—Grade 6—Ms. Baccaro
 First Place
Second Place
3rd/4th Place
3rd/4th Place
5th Place

     The month of February is officially designated as Black History Month by the U.S. Congress. What began as a one-week celebration of the contributions of African-Americans to U.S. History evolved into a month-long celebration to highlight the people and events of Black history in the U.S. and around the world. Learn about the amazing contributions of African American writers, poets, inventors, politicians, educators, doctors, scientists, and entertainers.  Also learn about the remarkable acts of bravery and courage of everyday African Americans throughout history.  A great site to visit is:

     Congratulations to fourth grader Matthew Skarbek-Capra whose name was drawn as the winner of the four tickets to The Hall at Patriots Place and the signed Hightower picture.  Funds raised from this raffle will be given to our Mr. Palmer to support expenses related to his upcoming 2014 Paralympic adventure.  We thank everyone for your very generous support.
                                                     Matthew is pictured above with his brother Connor.

     Congratulations to CJ Cliff (Gr. 6), Courtney Negron (Gr. 5), Brooke Waseleski (Gr. 4), and Hailey Scholl(Gr. 3) for being the top popcorn sellers in our recent fundraiser.  Each will have an order-out lunch with a friend on Tuesday.  The top seller, Hailey Scholl, will also receive a $50 gift card.  We thank everyone for buying popcorn. Funds raised will be used to support in-school and after-school student activities.

Courtney Negron, CJ Cliff, Hailey Scholl, and Brooke Waseleski

                                          SIX FLAGS "READ TO SUCCEED"
     All students are currently participating in the Six Flags "Read to Succeed" program.  Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading by February 26, 2014, is eligible to receive a free admission ticket to a Six Flags Theme Park.  Student reading logs must be turned in on or before the deadline--2/26/14. (Note:  Reading logs will not be accepted late!)

Don't forget to click on the "SY13-14 Pictures" tab at the top of this blog to view all the pictures taken last week.
With Gratitude,
Patty DeBoer, Principal


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