Saturday, March 21, 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,
     As you know, Monday, March 23th through Friday, March 27th, our FOURTH GRADERS will be participating in the online PARCC assessment.  The first three days of testing (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) will focus on assessing our fourth graders in the area of English/Language Arts—Literacy.  The last two days of testing (Thursday and Friday) will assess them in the area of Mathematics.  These assessments are designed to produce timely, actionable data for students, teachers, and parents, to test key skills, such as critical thinking, and a student's ability to problem-solve, and to assess and signal whether each student is on track for college or career success. I know that referencing college and career success for fourth graders seems a bit early, but the knowledge and skills our students are learning in fourth grade provide an important foundation for future learning.  Each school year builds upon the previous year’s learning and is equally important in getting every child to the final goal of graduating from high school prepared for success in college or in their career.  Each PARCC assessment is designed to be completed within a 75-minute block of time.  All testing at the Quashnet School has been scheduled to take place in the morning.  Fourth graders will be having recess from 11:55 AM - 12:20 PM and will eat lunch from 12:20 PM - 12:45 PM.  There are no changes to our fourth graders’ specials schedule.  Third graders will go to recess at 11:05 AM and will eat their lunch from 12:20 PM - 12:45 PM each day this week.    
     We are asking for parent support during this school week.  Please make sure that your FOURTH GRADER is present on all five of this week's testing days and that he/she arrives at school on time.  Test-takers should eat a healthy breakfast each day that includes protein to fuel them through the testing block.  They should arrive at school well-rested, having gone to bed at a reasonable hour.  Each tester should also bring in a plastic bottle of water.  Please reinforce with your fourth grader the importance of their giving their best effort during each day’s testing.  While test scores will not be reflected on a student’s report card, they will be analyzed and incorporated into our instructional planning for each student.  We have discussed the PARCC testing with our fourth graders and have emphasized the importance of working hard from start to finish on each day’s assessment—demonstrating stamina.  We are hopeful that every FOURTH GRADER will be very proud of his/her effort and end each day’s testing session feeling good—knowing that they did their very best. 
     We have great confidence that our fourth graders are well-prepared for success on the PARCC tests.  They have the content knowledge, skills, and strategies--we just need our students to apply them with their best effort.  We greatly appreciate your support.  Your child needs to hear from you that these assessments matter. 
OUR SCHOOL IS THE BEST because of our hard-working students, our supportive families, and our excellent staff!

We are excited that our 5th/6th Grade Track Team will have its first practice this Monday from 2:50 - 4:15 PM.  The athletes will practice on Mondays and Wednesdays. 

Term 2 closes on Wednesday, March 25th.  The end of the term was moved by 5 days to reflect the no-school snow days that occurred during the term.  Report cards will go home on Wednesday, April 1st.

Treble Chorus members--performing in Boston today--Saturday, March 21, 2015:  6th Graders--Jessica Rullo, Clara Signs, Anna Josselyn, Caroline Shields, and Alyssa MacDonald.  We are so proud of these singers and their accomplishments.  They always give their best effort!
 St. Patrick's Day at Quashnet
 After-School Crochet Club with Mrs. Gilbert
 After School Monkey Club
 After-School STEAM Club with Ms. Martin
 Friday, March 20th--First Day of Spring--Hailey Scholl and Reagan Gray brighten our day in their spring colors!
 Mr. Bedard and his students are engaged in an ELA lesson while skyping with classmate Michael Perrino who is in Florida.
 Mrs. Gruner is assisting her students in their wetu-making project.
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

8:30 AM

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