Sunday, March 9, 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.
Dear Quashnet Families,
     Reaching goals requires a step-by-step approach—each step, no matter how small, is very important.  Doing the right thing every day requires discipline.  The pain of discipline weighs ounces; the pain of regret weighs tons.  It is difficult to do the right things on a daily basis.  It is important to pay attention to your daily choices.  We are all faced with 1000s of decisions each day.  Little choices, good or bad, done over a period of time create who you are and determine what goals you will reach.  What pain are you suffering—the pain of discipline or the pain of regret?  The pain of discipline is rewarding.  The pain of regret can weigh you down forever.  Short term pleasure = long term pain; Short term pain = long term pleasure (T.K. Dixon).  These thoughts are pretty inspiring to me.  All of our words and actions have value and meaning—to ourselves and to those around us.  Always strive to be your “BEST” you.
 Helping Children Grow Up Healthy, Caring, and Responsible
      The link below will take you to a chart showing 40 DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS (Building Blocks of Healthy Development) that help young people (ages 8-12) grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.  Please review each of the assets.  Studies have shown that the number of assets youths report experiencing in their lives correlates strongly with their rate of substance use and abuse.  We must work together—family, school, and community—to ensure that all Quashnet students have positive outcomes.

Read Around the World
     Third and fourth graders are invited to join the Quashnet School K-Kids as they read stories from different countries of the world.  As participants visit the different countries they will be entertained by the stories they hear and the discussions they have.  This wonderful event is taking place on Friday, March 14th, from 2:45 – 4:00 PM in the Quashnet cafeteria.  The cost is $3.00.  A snack will be provided.  All proceeds from this event will go to the Quashnet School K-Kids Book Donation Fund.  A flyer for this event will be distributed on Monday, March 10th to all third and fourth graders. 

Eliminating Bullying takes a TEAM EFFORT 
Our Students, Our Families, Our School, Law Enforcement, and the Mashpee Community
Advice for Parents
(From the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Bullying Prevention Program)
v  Get involved with your child’s life outside of academics.  Know who your child’s friends and enemies are.
v  Shut down and turn off the computer at night.
v  Be aware of computer use and parental controls.
v  Re-charge all cell phones in the parent’s bedroom.
v  Learn the new technology before you give it to your child.
v  Establish guidelines about safe internet use.

ü  Look carefully at the technology your child uses.
ü  Look at your child’s group of friends.
ü  Listen to what your child says to you.
ü  Listen to what teachers and other concerned adults say regarding your child.
ü  Learn how to use the technology your child uses.
ü  Learn that bullying is not a part of growing up.
ü  Learn that bullying has long lasting implications for both the bullied and the bully.

      Many of our students have a cell phone.  We understand that they provide parents and students with a level of comfort in case there is an emergency.  However, very few students have actually had an emergency requiring them to use the cell phone.  We are concerned by the number of students who acknowledge that they use their cell phones during the night—texting and talking—when parents assume they are fast asleep.  One impact of this practice is students who arrive to school already feeling “tired”–not rested and unprepared for academic achievement.  There is also the potential for emotional damage due to messages having negative or hurtful content.   It is so important for parents to closely monitor their child’s cell phone use—what is being sent and what is being received—text and pictures.  Ten, eleven, and twelve year olds are still learning how to make good choices.  A child acting out when asked by a parent to see the content of his/her incoming and outgoing messages is a warning sign.
       Many students have large networks of “friends” on social networking sites.  Does your child know every single person on his/her friend list?  Parents must carefully monitor their child’s activity on social networking sites.  While your child may not be guilty of sending disturbing or inappropriate messages or pictures, the content of incoming messages can be quite harmful. 
       Reminder:   All phone and computer activity can never be truly deleted; all can be retrieved if necessary. 

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)

Congratulations to Quashnet brothers and wrestlers Mark Botello (Grade 4) and Nicolas Botello (Grade 6).  Both boys won the Massachusetts Youth Wrestling Association State Championship Tournament in their respective weight divisions. We are very proud of both Mark and Nicholas.  They have worked very hard to attain this level of performance and recognition. 
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.

 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. will live stream all events from the Paralympic Winter Games.  We are all rooting for Mr. Palmer and his curling team!!

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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