Dec 12

Squantum Elementary School Holiday Concert

I was able to attend the in-school edition of the Holiday Concert and capture a few pictures for those of you who missed it.  Enjoy!   Mrs Lai did an outstanding job on the piano.


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Dec 02

“It’s a great place to start”!

Show some SQUANTUM school spirit by wearing BLUE and WHITE on Wednesday, December 3rd as we will welcome Channel 5’s EyeOpener team to film a segment for their morning wake up call.

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Oct 29

PTO Minutes from 10/28/14 Squantum Elementary School

Notes from Kellie Defelice, PTO Corresponding Secretary

Meeting started at 7pm

Citywide: Rep Dave Blaton went and enjoyed it and said it was great. Potential notes or link to Citywide to come via Moi. They told him Squantum owes $50 in dues. Going to look into it, may be new thing.

Picture Day went well. Mr. Sylvia said it went well and volunteers were there. Pictures should be in soon. Opportunity to request sibling photos will be option in future.

Monster Mash was a success as well. Thank you to the Coughlins!

Bake Sale: Flyer should be out soon if not given today. Would be helpful to have more baked goods later in the day as it gets busier. Need Volunteers still (email Kenda at Donation Box could be helpful since some people just want to donate and not get any sweets. Suggestion: display and promote Squantum apparel at bake sale. Email blast Next door Squantum and PTO. Also it will be extended past November 1st to November 7th.

Restaurant Night at UNOs November 7th all day. Kevin Geary also mentioned that he can do an order for the teachers at UNOs that day and it can include a discount and will also go towards the PTO fundraiser.

Movie Night will be November 10, at 5:30, on a Monday since there is no school the day after. Popcorn will be there. Donations needed will be on the flyer (water, food, etc. ) Donations are optional. More of a community get together. Movie is the Croods.

Talk about a Glove Drive or Can Drive. Dr. Bloom is going to try and tie something in with Student Council.

Book Fair November 13-19

Square One Art due Friday October 31, 2014

Fingerprinting: SAVE YOUR RECEIPT

Bricks for Outdoor Classroom: will be sealed. We can extend the deadline a little but not too much. Should be done by November 7th. Bricks will be able to be moved when new school is built down the road. “Pave the way to the new school” said Mr. Sylvia

Boxtops still always looking for them. Have to have these ones all in by November 3rd. After that, any that come in will not be counted until April.

Look into the Hannaford fundraiser. Jen said she will ask at Customer Service.

Remind people to register for Stop & Shop.

Parent/ Teacher Conferences will be the 18th and 25th.

Kids will vote on Election Day for Governor and some local questions such as merging the High Schools.

BOKS has 160 students enrolled. Popular. Reebok emailed Mr. Sylvia and said Squantum is the model for Quincy.

Veteran’s Day: On Nov 7th Student Council will read essays and there will be an assembly.

Bruce Ayers will present the bike to a second grader after in the media center.

Playground opening was celebrated. Mr. Sylvia has the key to the Kiosk to put up flyers.
Mini Grants: 8 teachers will be recognized at ceremony. Most teachers at Squantum to win. Eight teachers won from here.

Keyboard program will be started at media center as part of their curriculum. Also accessible at home.

Safety drills will be happening soon including Lockdown. Not sure on the date yet.

$5,124 came in for income. (Bricks, membership dues, Baystate Textiles, Catalogs)
Expenses: Teacher Stipends, Buses for Field Trips, White Boards, In Focus Machines, Teacher Website, etc = $2,110

Recent Fundraisers:
Book Fair was $1700 in book credit
Monster Mash: $1260
Catalog: Waiting on Fundraiser

iPad discussion
Asked about whether or not PTO should or could donate money for Teacher Projects such as 4th grade IPADS. Mr. Sylvia said we are looking more at mobile labs for the entire school. Discussion about whether or not it is fair to donate to one teacher project. Looking at IPAD Minis for the classrooms, a bulk order to be a mobile lab. Looking at them for small group work. Brian is going to keep promoting it and blasting out the fundraiser emails to get word out. Also better to go through city for mobile lab so city will support it on some level and then work with the school as an IT device.
Look into discount at Apple (ONLINE? Maybe)

Still will take IPAD donations

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Oct 10

Ice Skating Lessons at Quincy Youth Arena

Ice Skating Flyer fall 2014-page0001

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Oct 08

Fall Parent Academy Evening Invite

Fall Parent Academy (1)

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Oct 01

PTO Minutes from 9/30/14 Squantum Elementary School PTO Meeting

Notes from Kellie Defelice, PTO Corresponding Secretary

Meeting started at 7pm

PTO Update and Overview (Brian)

  • Overview and what help we are looking for: Raise money for school.
  • Two people volunteered to be corresponding secretary: Amy Warren and Natalie McMenamin will split the role as the communications team. Brian H will provide guidance on who does what.
  • Looking for Citywide Reps: Dave Blaton and Jen Bergin volunteered. Others are welcome to attend any meeting as they are open to public.
  • Mr. Sylvia will take care of childcare manager for upcoming PTO meetings.
  • Looking for Picture Day Manager …Julie Hart volunteered.
  • Looking for Bake Sale Manager, help plan, staff, flyers, etc. … Sarah Wood, two others offered to help. Trish Am and Moi. Kenda will help them get started to create the plan for Nov 4th.
  • Community Events Coordinator… Amy Warren volunteered and will work with others including Dave Blaton (movie night)
  • Corporate Donors/ Grant writer organizer: Liz Tolini to lead. Dave Blaton, Kellie Defelice and Jen Bergin will help Liz.
  • Pennies for Patients: Sharon Pierce volunteered to help Deb Dyer. Colleen Downey has also volunteered to help.
  • Raffle Item Finders: Looking for People to donate items for Halloween Dance and multicultural night in the spring
  • Snacks and Drink Coordinator request was denied by the group 
  • Restaurant Night Planner: Eric and Chip Volunteered

Upcoming Fundraisers and Events

  • Bricks: PTO in general is responsible
  • School Store Ideas: Jessica Manning will lead
  • Monster Mash: we are looking for volunteers/raffles/food/ extra stuff
  • Square Art: Personalized Catalogues/ Students do art/ one free item and can order more with your child’s art on it.

Financial Report (Torrey)

  • Went over Bay State Textiles and what it was (donate at back of school)
  • Went over Target Credit Card and linking it to debit card (get 5% back to school)
  • Brain Pop renewal/ new subscription includes use at home now (squantum/squantum09)
  • Teacher Stipends = $100 apiece
  • Field Trips/ Workshops and curriculum enhancement and Mrs. Kiley is the liaison for that.
  • Vote/Discussion to see if everyone is on board with coffee for teachers, stipends and field trips. All voted for it. No against.
  • Book Fair Money: Money left is $467. Can take $1765 book credit or $882.66 cash from Scholastic. All voted on taking book credit for classroom libraries and extra on library.
  • Field Trip: Kindergarten would like Lifecycle of Raptors: Should not be a problem. Less than regular allocation that they usually get. Approved.
  • Mr. Sylvia is requesting an In Focus Machine. One is having technical issues. Mrs. Salas needs one. $299 Technician says beyond repair. Andrea Coughlin will try to get it covered but in case it is not… All in Favor for one.

Principal Update (Mr. Sylvia)

  • Need updated math and geometry supports. Wish List may come. Requesting to earmark funds for that. Not an easy subject to describe. Talking about $500-1,000. Approved up to $1000.
  • Fun Friday fundraiserswas suggested. It is a possibility, need to investigate further.
  • Talking about keeping money together/ separate, keep it together and decide what to use it for as a group.
  • Big project every year… Long term fundraiser project … Mobile computer lab. Maybe an IPAD and dock that teachers sign out. Mobile Units.
  • Someone asked if the kids could borrow books yet. Not yet because we are switching to a software, probably in a week or two. Julie Hart volunteered to help with it.
  • Mrs. Hourin is working on a Donors Choose project . Looking for Ipads for the classroom. She is explaining what Donors Choose is and how it works. A few teachers are doing them. Way to get funding. Can share it on Facebook. Only can do two at a time. Goal is to share them in classrooms. If you can share it and make it public to get word out there, it would help. Also, all three teachers submitted a mini grant application to QPS. Each class was about $1100. So PTO will promote this and mention we are seeking older iPADs as well.
  • Also seeking donations for any Technology Devices : Phones, Kindles, IPads, etc.
  • Safety/Parking/ Crosswalk Reminder – don’t block driveways.
  • MCAS Reports mailed today , should receive this week.
  • School Improvement Plan started today.
  • Outdoor Classroom is almost complete. Few glitches but is coming together. In good shape, almost fully funded. Still looking for bricks. Need to sell 25 more to engrave a new batch.
  • Need contact cards returned for email systems (ASPEN). Should be getting emails directly from Mr. Sylivia (look for aspen), example on the virus.
  • Topic of Fingerprinting: Can’t get mobile fingerprinting at the moment. Maybe November and December. Need at least 30 people to get them to come here. Best scenario is for people to go to the Hingham (Derby Street) location if they plan to volunteer.
  • Request for speeding to be addressed/ dangerous. Mr. Sylvia is addressing the issue along with Kathy Hubley who was in attendance..
  • Question about possibility of keyboarding for 5th graders. Parents are interested. Mr. Sylvia will look into it as well as possibly in school with librarian.
  • Interest in Boks program/ huge popularity – yes we will do it again this year.
  • Docent Art and Reading Counts Program: Went over what they are. Parent Volunteers are welcome and needed. All Parent run/ during school day.
  • Reading Eggs especially Kindergarten needs Volunteers

Next PTO Meeting: Oct 28th 7pm

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Sep 16

Squantum Open House and Book Fair Information


We’re looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night for the Squantum School Open House and Book Fair.

Here are the timeframes you need to know:

– Attend the Book fair:  6 – 8pm
– Meet with Teachers re Open House : 6:30 – 7:30

We will also have a table for passing in your PTO donations (we suggest $25 this year), purchasing bricks for the outdoor classroom, and to sign up for our volunteer program.

See you tomorrow!!
Squantum PTO

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Sep 05

The New Outdoor Classroom and Your Bricks!

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You Can Still Get A Brick!


Squantum School Brick-Form

We will place a new order once we get to about 50 new brick orders.

Thank you!




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Apr 24

Seaside Gardeners Club of Squantum Invites You to Their 56th Annual Plant Sale

The Seaside Gardeners Club of Squantum would like to announce our 56th Annual Plant Sale Celebrating Mother’s Day, to be held Saturday May 10th, 2014 from 9:30AM to 12:30PM at The Kennedy Center, 440 East Squantum Street in North Quincy.  The sale will feature member grown perennials, as well as, annuals, herbs, and vegetables.  Home baked goods, miscellaneous garden items, and raffles will also be available.  All proceeds benefit garden club community activities such as Squantum School Junior Gardeners, Causeway Beautification Program, Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Annual Scholarship Fund, Marsh Restoration, and the new Blue Star Memorial Program, which honors all men and women (past, present, and future) of the Armed Forces of America.

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Apr 24

Thank you letter from Mayor Koch

A nice letter from the Mayor regarding his appearance and presentation at the most recent PTO Meeting.     Click here to read the Squantum PTO Thank You Letter (PDF file)

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