Sunday, December 14, 2014

"We can choose our challenges, but sometimes they choose us.  Believe in yourself." 
Travis Roy
Dear Quashnet School Community,

      Please join us at Tuesday night's PTO meeting (6:00 PM) to learn more about the technology available to your children and also available to you.  Technology Integration Specialist Colleen Terrill will be presenting and guiding you through this hands-on learning opportunity.  The meeting will take place in our Room 131 computer lab.
       If you are looking for a feel-good holiday event, please plan to join us on Thursday night at 6:30 PM.  Our fourth through sixth grade chorus members will be sharing their beautiful voices--a treat for your ears.  Student art work will be displayed--a treat for your eyes.  Our creative and delicious-smelling gingerbread village will be on display, and our students and their siblings will have the opportunity to decorate their own gingerbread cookie.
     The Mashpee Christmas Parade was an outstanding event!  Thank you to Quashnet School staff members, students, and parents for helping to make this a wonderful experience for our school and for the community.  Our float was awarded "Best Children's Entry" at the parade.  Thank you to Mrs. Emery for her vision and for all of her hard work.  Thank you also to Mrs. Rastallis, Mrs. Blount, Ms. Sherman, Mrs. Hill, Mr. Rumberger, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. McKay, and Ms. Baccaro.  Thank you also to Mr. Bohnenberger for providing the flatbed for our float.
     Congratulations to the recently elected officers of the Quashnet School Chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society--President Bridget O'Neill, Vice-President Brooke Johnston, Secretary Nicholas Reilly, and Treasurer Erica Austin. 
     Please visit the PARCC/MCAS page on this blog (click on the tab at the top) and make note of the 2015 testing dates.  Please do not schedule a family vacation during our PARCC/MCAS testing dates.  It is imperative that all students are at school on the days when their grade level is being tested. 
     We have 7 school days remaining until our scheduled vacation begins.  Although there are many distractions to learning at this time of year, it is very important that students continue to keep their learning as a top priority.  These 7 days represent 3.8% of the school year.  Once they are gone, we can't go back.  We greatly appreciate our parents doing all that they can to keep schedules/routines as normal as possible and to emphasize to their children that effort towards school work must remain strong. 
     Our school vacation begins after a full day of school on December 23rd.  School is closed from Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - Friday, January 2, 2015.  School will reopen on Monday, January 5, 2015. 
      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.
The Quashnet School Elf
        The Quashnet School has had a visitor for the past 2 weeks.  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 seven school days—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!   
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.

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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