Nov 15

Nov 2015 Events Update

  • Week of November 16: Book Fair
  • November PTO Meeting is Thursday, 11/19 at 7pm in the Media Center
  • ‘Tis the Season Quincy Symphony is Thursday, 12/3 (tickets can be purchased through the school for $20 and we will have cookies and cocoa in the media center and all take a bus to the event)
  • The Polar Express Event (movie and crafts) will be Thursday, 12/10 in the Gym
  • Holiday Concert is Friday 12/11 at 8:45am
  • Square One Art orders will be here before Thanksgiving
  • Report cards will be available on December 18 and you should have received a flier with your electronic login information


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Oct 15

A Few Upcoming Events


Eat Out With Squantum Tonight
Who wants a day off from cooking? Please join us all day tomorrow (10/15)at the Panera on Hancock Street for a school fundraiser. Attached is the flier to bring with you. If you work in Quincy, why not have your office place a lunch order?


At 6pm there is a Dyslexia Awareness Rally in Squantum. It is at the Seawall and in conjunction with Decoding Dyslexia – MA #lightitupred campaign tonight – Zakim Bridge is being lit up in red to recognize and bring awareness to early detection and proper teaching of dyslexia students. Everyone will receive a red carnation to throw over seawall for Dyslexia Awareness. Quincy Sun will be there doing a story on it.


Halloween Dance Friday Night
We hope to see your costume clad children at the Monster Mash Halloween Dance on Friday night (10/16) from 6:30PM -8PM, Parents should be in attendance and we are still looking for any raffle items you wish to donate (think kids items) as well as any baked goods/treats for them to nibble on during the dance.

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Apr 02

Next Week is PACK Week


A Note from the Nurse:

Next week from April 6th through April 10 we will be having pack week at our school. The goal of this is to make children more aware of eating healthy fruits and vegetables. This is purely voluntary.

PACK stands for Pack Assorted Colors for Kids.

Every day we will have a color of the day. We encourage you to pack a fruit or vegetable of that color for   that day. Here is the schedule for next week.

MONDAY- purple





Friday will also be the kick-off for Fitness Fridays we encourage staff and children to wear exercise clothing and we will promote extra physical activity that day. Thank you Maureen Spillane School nurse and the Wellness Team



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Apr 02

PTO Minutes 3/31/15

PTO Minutes 3/31/15 – Thanks again to Kellie Defelice for taking the time – much appreciated!


Principal Report:

Initiative: Beyond the Bell

Special Meeting School Committee

Good Friday is a makeup ½ day.

Still short 2 days. Was going to be extended days however, this changed.

MBTA said no. They would not change things and this would have stranded middle school students with no bus. Other logistical issues. So back to school committee again with an idea that Braintree was doing. This idea is a project. So our Superintendent decided to bring this to our school committee, it is a waiver in a sense. It is a way for the schools/family and community to show off our community. Opportunities offered across the city for students to take part in it. Ideas could include a Squantum History Walk, DA Internet Safety Walk, after school activities.


April 14th Math and Science Night


Talent Show Night will be May 21st. Dress Rehearsal May 5th and May 19th.


Last day of school will be June 26th. Graduation Day will not be last day of school. The date is not scheduled yet but will be soon.


MCAS is starting. Long Comp is Thursday, April 2. The other MCAS will follow for the next week or two and varies by grade. Monday, Tuesday will be 3rd grade. Wednesday and Thursday will be 4th grade and Friday and Monday will be 5th grade.


Good Friday 4/3. 11:55 dismissal, there will be a bus. There will not be lunch.


A school wide assembly will be June 5th, Poetry in Motion.


Spring Concert will be June 5th at 9 AM.


Multicultural Celebration will be June 11th, raffles



5th grade Lego Robotics Team, 3rd session, science teacher, Mr. McGuire, from Atlantic is the Team Captain. Building a Robot with theme to solve World Hunger.


Parent Academy Point Webster for Elementary School on Thursday, 4/2 6:30-8 PM


Considering having a Parent Academy here at Squantum tied into a PTO meeting.


PTO gave supplies to the classrooms and teachers. All were happy and thankful.


Dr. Bloom: Student Council is participating in an art contest for Solarize Quincy. 5 of their pieces were chosen to be on the website.


Rug project is still being worked on.


Risers are delayed because of a shipping issue but it is still going to happen.



Treasurer’s Report


Pajama Day Donations: $188, able to get $300 gift cards for children in need donated in the students’ names


One request we received is a possible storage closet with some supplies. Wanting to allocate $500 for more supplies, to answer wish lists for classrooms. Approved


Mrs. Corwin requested a rectangle table for her kindergarten class. About $160 + shipping. So approve $200.


Movie Night, looking for a night. Not booked yet but looking into dates.


Snow Days did change lunches around. New menu should be more accurate.


Money was sent to the two HS Senior Prom Stay Outs


Ice Melt was bought


Wellness Committee, week before vacation is Healthy Choice Week


Applied for a Walmart Foundation Healthy First Grant $1400 fun in school activities for kids.


President’s Report


Book Fair is coming soon. May 5th-14th. Buy One Get One Free.


Paint Night is Friday, April 10th. You can bring your own alcohol. This event is for Parents.


Red Sox game is coming up, April 28th. 200 tickets sold and a waiting list.


Mixed Bag fundraiser ends April 10th. Can be extended if needed.


Looking for a Multicultural Night subcommittee meeting








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Mar 23

Parent Academy Evening – April 2nd at Point Webster 6:30pm

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Mar 01

Tuesday: Fundraiser at 99’s

The Ninety Nine Restaurants Invites You to a Fundraiser to Benefit:
the Squantum Elementary School!

Tuesday NIGHT March 3rd – show up anytime from 4-10pm with the flyer attached!

SQU 99’s Fundraiser

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Feb 24

PTO Meeting Tonight

7pm in the media center.

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Jan 26

Penny Bingo Postponed to Feb. 2nd

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Jan 22

Can You Donate Used Instruments?

Message from Squantum School Nurse

Hello Squantum families,

Wishing you all a happy healthy new year.  I would like to ask if any of you have gently used instruments that you would be willing to donate to a worthwhile cause.  One of my friends runs an afterschool program in an underprivileged school in Lynn.  All of their musical instruments were stolen last week.  Any contributions would be greatly appreciated.  You can drop them off at my office during school hours.

Thanks in advance.
Maureen Spillane

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Jan 21

PTO Minutes 1/20/15

PTO Minutes 1/20/15

Thank you to Kellie Defelice for pulling this together!

Principal’s Report

Teachers busy especially the past few weeks. Recently had the accreditation for kindergarten here for assessments. Passed with flying colors.

Federal process: evidence binders on every student and standards.  Kindergarten teachers

Also QPS is replacing current report card and new report card will be coming. Grading will all be online. Teachers are well represented on our Citywide Committees. May have presentations by Citywide. Elementary report card.

PBIS : Social Behavior Program. Sending some teachers.

ELC program: 5th grade pullout program. General letter will go out soon about screening. 4th grade parents

5th grade parents who want students screened, appeal process: see Dr. Bloom or Mr. Sylvia. Call Superintendent.

Reading Counts update and online program is doing incredible. 77 kids signed up. 190 tests passed already. 1st and 2cnd grades really involved.

YMCA : Student Council has been invited 2/2 to a leadership summit. Partnership between QPS and YMCA, maybe not whole Student Council.

Multicultural Night pushed to June – 1st or 2nd Thursday

Read Across America is on its way. Rehearsing for it already. Mrs. Salas is bringing her expertise.

March 10th and March 17th is Parent Teacher Conferences.

MCAS Prep class is starting next week.

March 23rd full day long comp.  MCAS start March 23rd.

Math starts May 4th.

Drama play is February 12th evening performance.

Day Performance as well, February 13th afternoon.

Squantum February 13th Special Olympics.

Penny Bingo January 26th

Red Sox tickets April 28th. Deadline is January 26th.

Citywide Report


One month round table: talk and gather information.  How each school is doing. Report how your PTO is doing.

59 responses survey about what schools needed.

The most necessary that people requested was media specialist.

We have a library support person, Ms. Noonan who was recently highlighted in the Curriculum newletter sent out. Each of the 11 elementary schools have one. Tends to be first specialist cut, so it is important to continue supporting the position and funding.

Meetings go fast.  Fantastic job, very positive. Best interest of children.

Also discussed PBIS. Tier program. 3 schools received grant money and have been doing it. (we are sending teachers) Tools for building character. Positive behavior is taught. Bucket and Tickets

Redistricting was discussed. Overcrowding at some schools.

Teacher Eval: new process, every teacher assigned a plan. More comprehensive. More plan centered.


Sample test

Good results but taking away some freedoms from teachers.

Bullying: some apps banned in some schools. ie Yik Yak

Treasurer Update

$14,000 Income

Fall Book Fair $3500

Apparel Income: $3,000

Bake Sale, Box Tops, etc. all brought in more money.

Box Top Bear: Treasure Box to motivate kids



Stipends, buses, subscription costs, supplement for an IPAD, etc.


Field Trips

Teacher Stipends

Junior Gardeners

Available Balance of $6,000 after allocations.

Budget and Requests

Geometry supplies were bought, coming to the building

Kindergarten teachers: 2/4 Looking for $100 to buy pizza Motion approved.

Squantum School Players requesting $200, may give back but she needs costumes and tshirts Motion is approved.

Fossil Lady: In-house field trip, fill media center 2nd grade: a few hundred. Not sure of exact amount.  Motion is approved.

2 Big Ideas

  1. Mobile Computer lab: Could be a problem with mobile devices. There would be additional costs. Mr. Sylvia needs more time to research. Which kind of cart, apps, how to get them working here. Going to see Wollaston School because they just got one. Have to look into costs such as anticipated costs. Apple Care, cases. Wireless, etc.
  1. Improvement in Sound System. Talking about a projector in there for slide shows, graduations, presentations, etc. Also could play a movie for indoor recess. Someone is coming to give a quote tomorrow. Projector not the biggest expense but labor is expensive.

Need more time on Outdoor classroom. Project can’t be finished until ground thaws.

Defer funds on hold.

Indoor/outdoor carpet… main hallway. Squantum School: Great Place to Start.

Cover whole area, it gets dangerous when wet: Motion Approved

Headphones for Computer Lab: Motion Approved.

Upcoming Events:

Red Sox Tickets..  Deadline: January 26th, Supply own transportation

Penny Bingo: January 26th, 2015

Mixed bag Fundraiser is coming up

Movie Night Indoors?  Maybe wait to see about projector and then plan.

Talking about potential fundraisers: polar plunge ideas, runs, paint nights, photographer for fun pictures or family pictures.  Ideas welcomed!

Restaurant Nights are popular – we will plan another.

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