Friday, February 20, 2015

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.
"We can choose our challenges, but sometimes they choose us.  Believe in yourself." 
Travis Roy 
 Always click on the "This Week" tab above to be informed about the current week's schedule.  
Dear Quashnet School Community,
Thursday, February 26th (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Please come and enjoy a fun-filled evening of fractions, facts, figures, and a variety of fabulous math activities.
 View from third grade hallway: Courtyard between 3rd grade hallway and Library--after the blizzard of Valentine's weekend(picture taken on 2/18/15)
Library hallway--courtyard window (picture taken on 2/18/15)
The Water Festival held on Friday, 2/13/15, was an outstanding learning event for our fifth graders.  This is a Quashnet tradition.  We are very grateful to the AmeriCorps volunteers, the Mashpee Water Department, and Barnstable County for providing us with this wonderful experience.  Carol Brady, a WetFest Representative wrote me in an email, "The students were so polite and respectful--probably the best so far.  AmeriCorps members wanted me to tell you how great the students were to them too!"  Below are a few pictures from this event--more are included in the picture album for the week ending 2-13-15.

Thank you, Mrs. Richards for planning and facilitating field trips to the Cotuit Center for the Arts for our fourth graders--such a valuable hands-on learning opportunity.
       It is very important, both in school and out of school, that we pay attention to what we say and how we say it.  School staff and parents must take on the responsibility of ensuring that Mashpee's children know what it means to learn in and live in an environment free of racism and prejudice.  If you hear a child or an adult speaking inappropriately, take the time to let that person know that you did not like what you heard and that it is wrong.  We talk about the power of the bystander in a bullying situation to help by speaking up for the victim, by letting the bully know that what he/she is doing is wrong, and by telling someone in authority.  Well, the bystander has the same power to stop racism and prejudice in the same way.  Every person matters and should only be judged by his/her character--not by skin color, socio-economic level, academic ability, religious beliefs, ethnicity, or associations with others.  Take the time to get to know a person and always presume the positive.  By not lowering our standards and by being  "active" bystanders, we can create the kind of world we want.  Life goes by very quickly--there is no time to waste!! 

So lucky to be the principal at the Quashnet School--love these girls!!

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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