Saturday, June 7, 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.
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.  Never stop challenging yourself.

     This year's triathlon was a very successful fundraiser and a fun event for our student participants.  Although only about 60 students collected pledges, the total amount collected surpassed last year.  We will be meeting soon with the company that will help us decide on additional play pieces to add to our large playground.  We anticipate that the playground upgrade will be completed prior to the start of the next school year.  We will definitely be adding another tire swing.  THANK YOU to parent and PTO treasurer Renee Geiszler who brought the idea of this event to our school three years ago.  Mrs. Geiszler has worked tirelessly to make sure that this is a successful event each year.  $23,000 has been donated over the three years that we have been having this event.  Thank you to the following parents who volunteered at last Friday's Triathlon:  Colleen Austin, Amy Rullo, Kathy Webb, Julie Hughes, and Allyson and Mark Brainson.  Thank you also to Quashnet School staff members Mrs. Nelson, Mr. Morris, and Mrs. O'Brien for their planning and participation in this event.  Our student participants had a wonderful experience.
     Last Thursday night's fourth grade music concert was an outstanding experience for both participants and audience members.  Our fourth graders have shown great growth in such a short time.  Their voices and instruments filled the gymnasium with such sweet sounds.  Thank you to music teachers Mrs. Hill and Ms. Sherman for preparing our students so well, and to our parents and community for supporting our music program.
     Mashpee High School's 2014 graduation was wonderful.  It is very rewarding to share in this experience with Mashpee's seniors and their families.  For me, watching each student receive his/her diploma brings back memories of their time at the Quashnet School.  Time goes by so fast, and these graduates have much to be proud of--as do their parents and all of the employees of the Mashpee Public Schools who played a part in their education from kindergarten through grade 12.  Amanda Sullivan was this year's valedictorian.  In her speech she talked about Mrs. Carotenuto, who had been her sixth grade science teacher, and the impact that she had in guiding her to her planned educational pathway.  Mrs. Carotenuto had written on Amanda's year-end T-shirt that she would be a famous scientist one day.  Amanda is planning to go into medical research. 
     The next two and half weeks at Quashnet are very busy.  In addition to many special events, there is still much learning that must be accomplished.  We are grateful for the parental support we receive--helping us to reinforce the important message that working hard and giving best effort is needed each and every day--in school and with homework.  We continue to expect our students to demonstrate behavior that is responsible, respectful, ready, safe, and always caring.  Evening sports activities cannot take precedent over academic obligations/expectations.  Students need to come to school rested and ready to learn.
     Remember to be good listeners.  Being a parent is the most important work you will ever undertake.  Sadly, parenting does not afford us with "dress rehearsal" opportunities.  Enjoy every moment with your child--the good times and the challenging times.  In a blink they will be fully grown and will be reflections of you.  No matter what age, children have wonderful stories to tell and insights on life that bring us back to realize what is truly important.  Don't forget to hug your children every day and tell them how grateful you are to have them in your life.  Treasure them always and let them know that they are the most important people in your world.  The smallest voices deserve our best listening skills.  Work hard to be in the moment.
Mrs. Blount's fifth grade homeroom is pictured above on their field trip to explore Waquoit Bay.
Mrs. Arsenault's third grade homeroom is pictured above at Mashpee's one-room schoolhouse.
Mrs. Gilbert is pictured here with Megan Binette during our "Jump Rope for Heart" fundraiser/social for third and fourth graders.  We raised $327 for the American Heart Association.  Megan brought in $120.
Pictured above and below are fourth grade musicians performing at last Thursday night's concert.
Pictured below are students participating in last Friday's triathlon.
 Sixth grade musicians are getting ready to leave for their end-of-the-year trip to the Boston Pops.

Brownie Troop 80730 is collecting new and gently
 used books to benefit a Habitat for Humanity family.  A book collection box has been placed outside of Quashnet's main office.  Your support of this project is greatly appreciated.  
Girl Scout Troop 80786 is collecting worn or damaged American flags for proper disposal on Flag Day, June 14th.  There is a box outside of Quashnet's main office for this collection.
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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