Sunday, December 7, 2014

"We can choose our challenges, but sometimes they choose us.  Believe in yourself." 
Travis Roy
Dear Quashnet School Community,
     Long-term Mashpee educator/paraprofessional Martha Geary retired on Friday, December 5th.  We are so grateful for Mrs. Geary's many years of dedicated service to Mashpee's children.  Her kindness, patience, positive attitude, knowledge, skills, and smile will be greatly missed.  We wish her all the best in her retirement!
         Please help us support the Manning Family. Quashnet School educators Stephanie Manning and Maura Manning, and husband/father Kevin Manning lost all their possessions in a house fire on December 3rd. We are collecting money at school to help them in their recovery. Donations can also be made to The Manning Family Relief Fund at any branch of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod or by mailing your donation to:

The Manning Family Relief Fund
c/o The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod
3878 Falmouth Road
Marstons Mills, MA 02648.
Please contact the Quashnet School if you have questions. 
      Please join us on Tuesday night at the Mashpee High School for our PARCC and Pizza Event--(5:30 - 7:30 PM). We will be sharing information about the upcoming PARCC assessments that Mashpee's third through eighth graders will be taking in the spring.  
   We hope that many members of our school community will choose to make a gingerbread creation to add to our village display--planned for the period of December 10 - December 19th.  Information was sent home at the beginning of December on this project. We are hopeful that most projects will be ready for display on December 10th so we can have the maximum amount of time to enjoy not only their beauty but also the delicious sweet fragrances they emit. 
     In conjunction with this project we are selling paper gingerbread men that will hang throughout our front hallway.  With a monetary donation of your choice your name will be added to the gingerbread man.  All monies collected will be used to support needy Quashnet School families. 
          Thank you to sixth graders Andreas Mitrokostas, Olivia Duque, Nathan Clifford, Kaitlyn Zaniewski, Jenaya Perry, Hunter Harding, and Nicole Childs for their excellent presentations at last Wednesday night's School Committee meeting (see picture below).  Each student shared one of the ways they use their iPAD in the classroom.  Thank you also to the sixth grade team of teachers for helping to prepare their students for this event. 
      Congratulations to this year's inductees into the Quashnet School Chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society.  These students have worked very hard to earn this recognition. Thank you to sixth grade teacher and NEHS Advisor Miss O'Brien for all her efforts with this year's induction ceremony.  Thank you also to the NEHS Faculty Council members:  Mrs. Gilbert, Mrs. McBrien, and Mrs. Mayen.  Thank you to sixth graders Clara Signs and Mia Caliri  for their wonderful violin performance at last Thursday's induction ceremony. 
  Please visit this week's posted pictures for all of the other pictures taken at our NEHS Induction Ceremony.
Boat Building in Grade 4 STEM--Thank you Cape Cod Maritime Museum
Gift Giving for Public Employees
        The Massachusetts Conflict of Interest law was revised several years ago with more specific regulations regarding gift giving for public employees, including teachers.  Teachers may not accept gifts from individual current students and their families without filing a disclosure form.  Teachers may accept a gift of up to $150 from his/her class if individual students are not named and if that gift is meant for use in the classroom.  Such a gift would become the property of the school district.  If you would like to show your appreciation to a teacher or other staff member, we make the following suggestions:  a donation of food to the food pantry, a donation to a needy Mashpee family through our guidance office, a donation to the school designated to offset the costs of upcoming field trips, boxes of tissues, hand sanitizer, or books for your child’s classroom.  Gifts of homemade edible treats will be shared. We are thankful for our kind, caring, and thoughtful students and families.

The Quashnet School Elf
        The Quashnet School has had a visitor for the past week.  He is small in stature, dressed in red and white, soft to the touch, and very clever.  He told Mrs. DeBoer that he considers himself to be very “LUCKY” because each Quashnet School student who finds him is so KIND.  Maybe our new friend wants to be called “Lucky.” Our Elf friend told Mrs. DeBoer that he will be staying for another  two weeks—hiding all over the school in the hopes of meeting more kind children.  He seems to find 3-4 hiding places each day.  If you find him, please return him immediately to the main office for your 10 “Right Choice” tickets.  HAPPY SEARCHING!   
 Be mindful and make the most of every moment of every day.  Smile as often as you can.  Let those around you know how much you value their being in your life.  Read and learn something new every day.  Be your very best you! 

With Gratitude,
Patty DeBoer

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