Saturday, March 28, 2015

"We can choose our challenges, but sometimes they choose us.  Believe in yourself." 
Travis Roy 
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Dear Quashnet School Community,
     Reminder:  Friday, April 3rd, is a full regular school day.  Also, Monday, April 6th, is a full regular school day.      
     As you know, Monday, March 30th through Friday, April 3rd, our FIFTH GRADERS will be participating in the online PARCC assessment.  The first three days of testing (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) will focus on assessing our fifth 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 fifth graders seems a bit early, but the knowledge and skills our students are learning in fifth 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.  Fifth 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 fifth graders’ specials schedule.  Third graders will go to recess at 10:40 AM and will eat their lunch from 11:05 AM - 11:30 AM each day this week.    
     We are asking for parent support during this school week.  Please make sure that your FIFTH 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 fifth 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 fifth 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 FIFTH 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 fifth 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!

Term 2 closed 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.

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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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