Sunday, December 13, 2015

December 13, 2015

Greetings Quashnet Families,

Don't you just love a parade?  Mashpee Christmas Parade was OUTSTANDING!  Thank you to the Quashnet School organizing committee of Mrs. Rastallis, Mrs. Blount, Miss Sherman, Mrs. Hill, Mrs. Emery, Mrs. Johnson, Ms. Baccaro, and Mrs. McCue and other behind the scene helpers.  Our students were so festive and parent chaperones were awesome!  A very special shout out to Mr. Bohnenberger for pulling the QS float.  Be sure to check out the rest of the photos on the picture tab above! It was wonderful to see so many families - what a beautiful night!

The holiday festivities continue this week at Quashnet School.  Monday, December 14, is the first day to drop-off your homemade gingerbread structures.  The entire school looks forward to seeing these sugary creations that fill our school with the sweet smell of the holidays.  Don't forget to clear your calendar for this Thursday night, December 17 at 6:30 PM.  Our talented chorus will be performing in the gym followed by cookie decorating in the cafe.  If we are lucky the chorus will sing Cup of Cocoa - a personal favorite!  I hope to see you there!  Just wait until you see the work of several Quashnet elves who have been very busy outside the office - be sure to stop in and check it out!

On an academic note, I trust you received your child(ren)'s report card last Thursday.  Teachers put a tremendous amount of time into report cards to ensure they accurately reflect your child's progress.  If you are unclear about the meaning of the numbers assigned, check out the tab above on progress reports and report cards.  It is very common for a student to receive a 2 in the first term, it means they are making progress on that particular learning standard. It is important to note, the numbers earned by students have NO correlation to letter grades. Term recognition awards for perfect attendance, the Falcon Award (formerly known as the Good Egg Award), and effort will be given to students on Friday, December 18 during lunch periods.  One student per grade will be recognized for the Falcon Award and those families will be notified before Friday.

I hope you have heard the great news about YOUR Mashpee Public Schools.  With the hard work of students and staff, Mashpee has advanced to a Level 2 district as designated by the Massachusetts Department of Education!  This is great news as we strive to bring quality education to students every day.  Thank you, families, Mashpee School Committee, and community for your support on our quest to continually improve student learning and in working toward becoming a Level 1 district!

This is a full week of school, and next week we will be in session Monday - Wednesday. On Wednesday, December 23, the Quashnet School is asking students and staff to wear or create their own unique "ugly" sweater or sweatshirt.  Be creative and join the fun the day before the holiday break!

I wish you all a productive week ahead!
Mrs. O'Brien 

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