Sunday, October 11, 2015

Greetings Quashnet School Community,
    I sincerely hope you are all enjoying this beautiful holiday weekend.  Oktoberfest at Mashpee Commons was beautiful yesterday.  It was great to see so many Mashpee families enjoying the festivities.  It is wonderful to have any extra day this weekend to sleep in and catch up!
    We are looking at another busy week at Quashnet.  The fourth-grade classes will be visiting Mashpee Woodlands for a field study loaded with hands-on learning opportunities.  As part of the Project Life curriculum, fourth graders study the forest, fifth grade the pond, and sixth grade the salt marsh.  We value this wonderful partnership with Green Briar Nature Center that so enriches our curriculum.
   On behalf of the PTO, I hope you will consider supporting the Yankee Candle fundraiser that was sent home last week.  Due to unforeseen factors, there will not be a fall craft fair this year in November.  Any and all support for the fundraiser is appreciated.  Speaking of fundraisers, I want to thank Mrs. Emery, Mrs. Johnson, Ms. Forsberg, and the sixth-grade student council for their time and efforts collecting Stop and Shop A+ numbers outside Stop and Shop in Mashpee for the last two Saturdays.  If you haven't already, please register your Stop and Shop card for Quashnet School.  If you have children in more than one school, you can register for multiple schools.  Funds collected from the A+ program go to support field trips and school-wide events that benefit all children at Quashnet.

      I am happy to announce the officers of Quashnet School's student council. Congratulations to President Luke Olson, Vice-president Samantha Kersey, Secretary Kyle Soares, and Treasurer Skyla Rimple. I was very proud of all the students who ran for office - this is not an easy thing to do, but the confidence and positive attitude from students was impressive.  You all deserve an applause!

    Early release days and teacher professional days can be a challenge for our working families.  Please know how valuable these days are for our staff and for your children ultimately.  Last Monday, teachers and paraprofessionals worked on writing learning targets and success criteria based on the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. The learning was facilitated by representatives from the Dept. of Education and DSAC.  On Friday, teachers received tech training and worked on grade-level curriculum.  This is hard and time-consuming work, but it is so valuable to ensure your children are receiving a quality and rigorous curriculum.  We all need to continue to be a community of learners and we are thankful for the time.

 Wishing you all a relaxing day off tomorrow and a productive week ahead!
Mrs. O'Brien

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