PTO Meeting Minutes – Nov 2018

PTO Minutes for November 15, 2018

In attendance were Mr. Sylvia, Dr. Bloom, Mrs. Kiley, President Kenda Coulter, VP Sarah Wood, Treasurer Anthony Greenwood, Secretary Trina Ruggiero, CityWide Rep Dave Blaton and assembled parents.

Kenda: Thank you to all our volunteers for helping with book fair, bake sale, Docent Art, Reading Counts, etc.

Mr. Sylvia: Thank you to Paul & crew for interactive projectors and installation in the media center and the K-2 classrooms. We will possibly show a demo of one at a future PTO meeting. Teachers are loving them and how much they are able to do on them. Bruce Ayers was at our Veterans Day assembly and awarded a bike to our summer reading winner, Lily Quilty. Thanks to Jen Bergin for organizing the flags on our front lawn and for collecting the donations of money/gift cards for local veterans. $700 total of cash plus gift cards was delivered to veteran services. Joe Kelly day which was organized by Joe and the mayors office was a great day and lots of fun for everyone. Winter concert will be 12/14 at 8:45am. Tis the Season Symphony childrens tickets were donated by Granite City Electric. Only adult tickets need to be purchased. This event is on 12/4. Parent conferences: 12/11 for day and evening conferences and 12/18 for only daytime conferences. We will have a half day this week on both Tuesday and Wednesday and then no school Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving break. Student Council canned food drive was a great success! Toy drive will be coming up next. This Tuesday, Kindergarten will be having its Thanksgiving feast. Brain Pop subscription has been renewed and is now available 24/7. Quincy Elks donated dictionaries to all 3rd graders. 5 essays from Squantum School have been submitted to the American Ed essay contest. We had a great STEM assembly for Kindergarten the other day. 4th grader Gabrielle Linkiewicz won 3rd place in the holiday poster contest and was filmed by Quincy Access TV. Fun Run raised $21,468 for the school. Bake sale raised around $2100.

Dave: Screenagers was talked about at a citywide meeting. Dave will consult head nurse, Rita Bailey regarding whether or not there is a formal lice policy in our school system. He also asked at the citywide meeting about a formal cell phone policy. It seems there isnt one but the rule at our school is that Mr. Sylvia does not want to see it out. They also discussed homework guidelines at the citywide meeting and what thoughts are about them guidelines being rewritten.

Next PTO meeting is in January…1/16/19.

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Nov 08

Nov 6th – Quincy declares “Joe Kelly Day”

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Oct 12


Our goal is to raise $20,000 for chromebooks, technology and media center updates, and we need your help! Your student is coming home with a Pledgebook today, where you can learn more about helping our school through the Fun Run.

Once you register create your students personalized Star Video to share with family and friends to ask them to support your student.

Enter all pledges at, and your student will be rewarded the very next day.

 We appreciate your support!

Also, please save the date —  October 23rd  to come cheer on your students at the Fun Run. It’s going to be so much fun. We would love for you to come join in the excitement!”

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Sep 24

Coming Soon — Squantum 2018 Fun Run

Squantum Fun Run 2018

Coming Soon! 

Squantum School has a goal to raise $20,000 for media center updates and increased technology including a Chromebook cart to improve unit to student ratio.

By partnering with Boosterthon, our students will participate in a two-week, fitness-based fundraiser where they’ll learn essential character traits through this year’s theme: MINDSPARK MYSTERY LAB.

In the past, our school has profited $20,000. Help us reach our goal this year by connecting with sponsors!

Pep Rally – 10/12

Fun Run – 10/23
SAVE THE DATE! You’re Invited!

We’ll be sharing more information over the next few weeks.

Thanks so much!

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Sep 24

PTO Meeting Minutes – September 2018

PTO Minutes for September 18, 2018

In attendance were Mr. Sylvia, Dr. Bloom, Mrs. Kiley, PTO board members (Kenda Coulter, Sarah Wood, Anthony Greenwood, Heather Morkan, Trina Ruggiero, and Citywide Rep. Dave Blaton), and assembled parents.

Mr. Sylvia: Bus schedules are a little off at the beginning of the school year (as expected), but it has been a smooth transition. Mayor Koch says Squantum is next to get a new school building. Enhancements to bathrooms are on a to-do list. “Speed bumps” out back were actually put in to change the route of the water run off so its not going toward houses. Savannah Sandpiper has been painted in the middle of the gym floor which reminds students of positive behavior (PBIS). Skinner Overlook is helping to take care of the outdoor classroom. BOKS will start up on 10/1 and will run on Monday & Wednesday mornings. Quincy Artsfest had artwork from some Squantum students including one who won an award: Thomas Ahearn from the 5th grade. Band instrument demo was last Monday for grades 4-5. Judy Lai (music teacher), had her baby last spring and will be returning to school on 10/12. Traffic & Safety: please drive with the flow of traffic, park on the opposite side of Huckins, and always use the crosswalk. No cars are to enter the back lot for drop off or pick up…this area is reserved for the busses. Please send a note if a dismissal is planned for your child or if someone else is picking them up. Summer reading winner will be drawn to win a bike courtesy of Bruce Ayers. He will join us for our Veterans Day assembly. MCAS scores from last school year should be at the school the last week in September and then mailed home first or second week of October. Local children’s author, Kate Hanscom will be coming to visit grades K-2.

Picture Day: 10/4
Fun Run: 10/12 is the pep rally and when raising funds can start. The run is 10/23. This year’s theme is Mind Spark.
Next PTO meeting is 10/10
Monster Mash: 10/26
Election Day Bake Sale: 11/6
Book Fair: 11/9-11/16
Possible movie night in November too (maybe 11/2).

The schools citywide are looking to hire more lunch matrons. Please email Mr. Sylvia if interested.

Anthony: Account is looking good.

(Mr. Sylvia)…Possibilities to use some money toward interactive technology in every grade except K. Would be a big project. Another big ticket idea would be new furniture to update the media center.

Dave: At last Citywide meeting, they talked about chaotic drop off and pick ups. 10/17 the movie Screenagers will play at Central Middle School. Squantum PTO is donated $50 toward the rental fee of this movie. As a reminder, anyone is welcome at the Citywide meetings.

Kenda: Volunteer opportunities:
Docent art (run by Julie Hart), Reading Counts, Fun Run, Bake Sale on 11/6. We might be putting some of the bake sale funds toward things for the 5th graders such as t-shirts and yearbooks.

Next PTO meeting is 10/10. Tentative schedule for remaining months is:
11/15, 12/11, 1/16, 2/12, 3/13, 4/11, 5/7.

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Apr 17

Disney Raffle 2018 Results


Paul Elwell

Week 3 Update

As we enter the final stretch of the Disney raffle event, here are week 3 winners by class:

  • 1st: Ms. McNamara (3)
  • 2nd: Ms. LaRose (K)
  • 3rd: Ms. Kiley (3)

Week 3 Class Participation

This is cumulative percentage of class participation over 3 weeks:

  • 1st: Ms. Corwin’s class (K) with 55%
  • 2nd: Ms. Cordero’s(1) & Ms. Tonetti’s (2) classes with 53%
  • 3rd: Ms. Kiley’s (3), Ms. McNamara’s (3) & Ms. Smith’s (4) classes with 47%

Week 2 Update

The raffle ticket sales are soaring! We applaud our students, parents, family members and friends for their efforts in raising money for our school. Here are this week’s winners by class:

  • 1st: Ms. Salas (2)
  • 2nd: Ms. McNamara (3)
  • 3rd: Ms. Kelley (K)

Week 2 Class Participation

The number of students participating in ticket sales is also increasing. These classes had the highest student participation over two weeks:

  • 1st: Ms. Corwin’s class (K) with 55%
  • 2nd: Ms. Cordero’s(1) & Ms. Tonetti’s (2) classes with 53%
  • 3rd: Ms. Kiley’s (3) & Ms. Smith’s (4) classes with 47%

Week 1 Update

We have already sold out of tickets and have many requests pending. More tickets are on the way!
Below are the three top-seller classes for week one.

  • 1st: Ms. LasRose (K)
  • 2nd: Mrs. McNamara (3)
  • 3rd: Mrs. Corwin (K)
  • The class in 4th place is only behind by 8 tickets!

Week 1 Class Participation

These classes have the highest number of students participating in the raffle. Awesome job!

  • 1st: Mrs. Kilye’s class (3) with 40%
  • 2nd: Mrs. Corwin’s class (K) with 36%
  • 3rd: Mrs. Cordero’s class (1) with 32%

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Apr 09

Redsox – Community Night Join us!!

Only 4 days left to buy your tickets!

Buy tickets online at

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Mar 19 2018

Squantum School Players Presents…

Come one and all to see the Squantum School Players 

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Mar 09 2018

Save the Date – 6pm 3/14/18 Squantum School Players

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Feb 23

PTO Minutes for February 15, 2018

PTO Minutes for February 15, 2018

In attendance were Mr. Sylvia, President Kenda Coulter, VP Sarah Wood, Treasurer Anthony Greenwood, Secretary of Communications Trina Ruggiero, Citywide Rep. Dave Blaton, and assembled parents.

Kenda: Big thanks to Wendy Francis for organizing Pennies for Patients. We have surpassed the amount of money we raised last year.

Mr. Sylvia: Brand new Chrome Book cart with 18 Chrome Books on it is now at the school with 15 more being ordered. This will allow a whole grade to be able to test on computers in one day. Grade 4 will do a practice MCAS online. Next year, grades 3-5 will be testing online too. Mrs. Corwin says thank you to PTO for helping to get everything they needed for the kindergarten 100th day. Great Dragon parade for Chinese New Year. A few student council members are being sent to the leadership summit on 3/8. Parent conferences will be 4/3 during the day and night and 4/10 during the day. 4/10 is also Math & Science night followed by a PTO meeting. Grade specific letters for MCAS testing dates will be sent home. Just to give you an idea…week of 4/9: ELA, week of 5/14: math, week of 5/21: grade 5 science. Read across America will begin when we return from Feb break. The Squantum School Players show will be in the evening on 3/8. They will also perform at 9am on 3/9 for anyone who cannot make the evening performance.

Dave’s Citywide Report: Other schools were talking about how they run their book fairs. They also discussed if photos from picture day can be looked at online before ordering instead of ordering pics you aren’t happy with without seeing them. Citywide is also working on getting rid of the Yakoo symbol for NQ High.

Sarah: Disney Raffle: talked about how many tickets to start each kid off with…possibly 15 this time. This will start after St.Patrick’s Day and run until around April 6. Still deciding on prizes for top sellers, etc.

Anthony: Accounts pretty much stand where they did at our last meeting. Amazon money from affiliate marketing has started being deposited.

The rest of the meeting consisted of an excellent presentation from a representative from Boston vs Bullies. He talked about and showed a Power Point slide show on how to recognize and handle if your child is being bullied.

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