Sunday, March 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.

To be grateful for today and to be more mindful in your life, please watch this 10-minute video:

Dear Quashnet Families,
     With only two weeks remaining in our second trimester it is time once again to reinforce with our students the importance of their taking ownership of their own learning.  By this we mean that students must make their learning a priority, choosing to apply best effort, completing all assignments, and producing quality work.  Students are encouraged to seek help when they don’t understand a concept or directions.  We provide students with many learning supports and strategies throughout the school day to help them be successful learners, but to truly grow academically, each student must value his/her own learning process.  This important message begins in the home.  We ask that our parents review their child’s homework regularly.  If a paper is messy and appears to have been completed in haste, please ask your child to redo it.  Please ask your child questions about their learning and homework assignments.  Please interact on a regular basis with your child’s teacher in order to better support your child’s learning journey.  We also ask that you pay attention to your child’s online activities.  Too much time spent socializing via the Internet or cell phone definitely has a negative impact on learning—not only in terms of time spent away from learning, but also in terms of the sometimes distracting and negative “drama” that can result.  Pay attention to the content of your child’s incoming messages.  The important message that education is valued and that working hard is the expectation must be given in the home as well as in school. 

 Family Wellness Conference and FREE Spaghetti Dinner
Tuesday, March 4th, at 5:00 PM (Mashpee High School)
     You are invited to attend the Mashpee High School Family Wellness Conference on Tuesday from 5 to 7:30 PM for information on prescription drug abuse and resources for families. The conference will begin with a free spaghetti dinner and an introduction of the Mashpee Cares support group and the Mashpee drug return program by selectman Michael R. Richardson, followed by a discussion on “Preventing and Treating Prescription Drug Abuse.”  Speakers include Michael P. Jackman, a district representative for Congressman William R. Keating; state Representative Randy Hunt of Sandwich; Raymond V. Tamasi, president and CEO of Gosnold on Cape Cod; and Gosnold interventionist Kristoph Pydynkowski.  Members of Parent to Parent, a support group for parents of addicted children, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Cape Cod, and Gosnold board of directors member Dr. Michael Bihari will also attend. Students involved in the high school’s chapter of Project Purple, an organization developed by former Boston Celtics player Chris Herren to promote sober lifestyles among teens, have contributed to the planning process and will help to facilitate the event.

 2014 Paralympic Winter Games—Sochi, Russia
     NBC Olympics and the United States Olympic Committee will present an unprecedented 52 hours of coverage of the upcoming Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games across NBC and NBCSN including 27 hours of live coverage, beginning with the Opening Ceremony on March 7 at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN. will live stream all events from the Paralympic Winter Games.  We are all rooting for Mr. Palmer and his curling team!!
Party Favor Drive
     From February 25th – March 7th, the Quashnet Chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society is collecting new, unopened party favors to donate to Birthday Wishes, a charity that provides birthday parties for local homeless children.  A donation box is located in the main office.  Your supported is greatly appreciated.

2013-2014 Quashnet School Yearbook
     This year’s full-color yearbook will be filled with many pictures that capture our outstanding students and memorable activities.  Order forms have been sent home with students.  The price of the yearbook is $20.00.  We know this year’s yearbook will be wonderful, just as those in the past.  We are so grateful to Mrs. Nelson, our yearbook editor/creator.  Each year she does an outstanding job!  If a yearbook is ordered ON-LINE by April 30th, the student will receive a class picture at no charge.  The cost of the class picture after April 30th is $5.00.  Please visit  (Our Yearbook ID Code:  9872814)

March is Women's History Month.  This link is a great resource for learning more about some amazing women and how their work impacted the world.

Another great website to visit:  (The Smithsonian)
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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