1. The first session of
BCNC’s After School Enrichment Program ends the week of February
10th before February vacation. The second session is
scheduled to begin the Monday after February vacation on February 24th.
There will be a
ONE-DAY REGISTRATION ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8. It will be from
11:00 am – 2:00 pm in the JQS auditorium.
Enrollment will be done on a first-come, first-served
basis. Any remaining spaces after this registration day will be
filled the following week until February 12th.
If you are unable to attend yourself on this day, there is an
option to have a friend or family member come in your place to enroll
Any questions can be directed to Jennifer Szeto at
617-635-5129, ext. 1060
1. 华埠社区中心BCNC的课后丰富课程第一阶段将在2月10日结束。第二阶段将于2月24日开始。2月8日，周六，上午11:00 - 下午2:00在JQS礼堂登记注册。
2. We need your help!
Target has an opportunity for parents to help raise money for their school.. Sign up for any Target Red Card and 1% of your
purchase goes directly to the Quincy school. Be sure to enter the Quincy
Elementary School (ID # 58843) as the school you support!
我们需要你的帮助！Target 提供了一个让家长为他们孩子的学校筹款的机会。当你申请注册任何Target 红卡（Target Red Card），你的1%的购物额将直接捐到昆士小学。记住输入昆士小学作为你支持的学校 （Quincy
Elementary School (ID # 58843)
3. Big Apple Circus
(Date TBD) As a new JQS parent, I did not realize this event was every other
year. We listed it on the agenda but JQS will not attend the Big Apple Circus
this year but we will attend next year. My apologies for any confusion we
4.Technology committee update: Box Tops money may potentially be used
for- buying a mobile security cart for ipads and chrome books, basketball hoop
for indoor recess, playground poster competition.
4. Box Tops的钱可能会被用来-----购买 iPad 和 ChromeBook，室内活动用篮球架，操场海报比赛开销。
5.Principal Ho update: Mayor
had a surprise visit at 1:00pm on Feb.6 (Thursday) at JQS.He met Superintendent
search committee then met parents and students in the school library.
6. JQOP Updates:
v Ms. McDonald,JQOP director, just got a new grant $30,.000.
Saturday, Feb 8th-
3-5pm-- Trip with the Sibelius Orchestra families and students to the
Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra rehearsal
2月8日，周六，下午3 - 5点 - 和参加Sibelius乐团的家庭和学生一起到波士顿爱乐青 年管弦乐团排练
12th---12noon-1pm—Performance at Tufts Medical Center Lunar New Year
Celebration—JQOP Sibelius Orchestra, Mandarin Mornings program, Chinese
2月12日，周三中午12--1点 ---塔夫茨医学中心的农历新年庆祝活动表演- - 有JQOP Sibelius乐团，国语早晨兴趣班，中国舞蹈的同学参加。
Feb 26th—1130am-2pm—JQES and JQOP trip to Children’s concert at Symphony Hall
2月26日，周三，上午11：30 - 下午2点， JQES和JQOP前往交响乐大厅参加儿童音乐会
Saturday, March 1st—JQOP Harvard Performance
Committee, Erin, SPC co-chair updated on planned fundraisers and goal to raise
8. JQS Fundraiser & Splash Update,
April 4th, 6:30 at China Pearl. The JQSA needs to raise 60,000 every year to
maintain pool and provide field trips. 昆士小学筹款协会更新： Splash --定于4月4日6:30在中国龙凤酒楼。JQSA每年需筹集60,000美金用于保养游泳池和学生实地考察的费用。
Principal Richard Chang and Stephen Cirasuolo shared a lot information about JQUP with us , especially their IB
JQ Upper School Orientation for 4th & 5th
grade parents and students are coming.(Date：TBD 四，五年级的家长和学生到昆士中学的迎新会即将开展。（日期待定）
10. This year the Parent
Council Officers are mostly new to JQS. Since we have not attended these events
previously or really know much about them. We would love to hear from parents
that have been here about what makes these events fun and suggestions for
Disco Dance (April 11th) We
were glad to hear that former officers,Mary Rubin and Pam can help us to
organize this event, and the current officers try to help them. 迪斯科舞会（4月11日）我们很高兴地听到，以前的家长会成员Mary
MCAS weeks (March 18-31) Must be 3rd ,4th and 5th grade parents 麻州综合评估考试周（3月18日--31日）三，四，五年级家长需注意
Brunch (May 9th) Looking for donors and people to help set-up food, gifts, etc. 谢师早午餐（五月九日）我们需要捐助者和人来帮助准备食品，礼品等。
No Speaker this month
but we would love to hear from you, are there topics you would be interested in
hearing about at our monthly meetings?
If you have any questions or need to
contact a Council Member, you can contact us through our the Student Parent
Council email, which will go to all the officers and be answered as time in our
schedules allows. firstname.lastname@example.org. We would prefer that if you have our personal emails that
you not use these anymore to communicate with council members.
Need small group of parents to start
diversity through arts again, raise money for arts program.
Volunteers needed to re-decorate Parent
Council bulletin board. Lighting will be added.
BOKS (physical education program held
before school) starts again, Feb 10 and runs till April 16th. Email
email@example.com to sign up with Ms. Yee
向 Yee 老师报名。
ASEP (sports and scholars and MFA arts
program) is going to start again, this time it will not be a lottery but first
come first serve. Sign up will be at 11am-2pm on February 8th,Saturday at JQS
Tech committee is looking for parent
volunteers. Parents who have connections to tech companies that will be willing
to work with JQS. February is Technology month.
Dept. of Ed. is changing format of
testing- in upcoming years testing will be done on-line (PARCC). We only have
50 computers for 350 students that will need to take test. Next year two 3rd
grade classrooms will be taking on-line test (trial). 25 of school computers
are mobil, 25 are stationary. Looking for ChromeBooks to increase number of
教育部门正在改变考试形式，将在未来几年转为在线完成考试（PARCC）。将有350名学生参加考试，但我们只有50台电脑。明年两个三年级的班级将参加在线考试（试验性的）。学校现有25台移动电脑，25台台式机。需要募集 ChromeBook 来增加移动电脑的数目。
Box Tops money may potentially be used
for- buying a mobile security cart for ipads and chrome books, basketball hoop
for indoor recess, playground poster competition.
Box Tops的钱可能会被用来-----购买 iPad 和 ChromeBook，室内活动用篮球架，操场海报比赛开销。
Chinese new years celebration: Feb 6
Raffle- Proceeds will go to media lab in
the library. We need donations: gift certificates to restaurants, nail salons,
sports tickets. Look for your kids to be selling tickets. Give all donations to
Heidi Boulogne, librarian.
抽奖活动的收入将用于图书馆的媒体实验室。我们需要捐款。也需要您的小孩参与售卖餐厅礼券，美甲沙龙卷和体育比赛门票。图书管理员 Heidi Boulogne 负责接收所有捐款。
Splash- April 4th, 6:30 at China Pearl.
The JQSA needs to raise 60,000 every year to maintain pool and provide field
trips. Next JQSA meeting is Thursday Feb 13, 9:30 after drop off in conference
room in the office, anyone is welcome to come. They need 10 items to auction-
what works well: Neighborhood dinners, teacher events, sporting events. Any
grants that parents are aware of that the JQSA should be seeking, let them know-
Splash --定于4月4日6:30在中国龙凤酒楼。JQSA每年需筹集60,000美金用于保养游泳池和学生实地考察的费用。下一次JQSA会议定于2月13日周四上午9:30在办公区会议室召开，欢迎所有人参加。他们需要10样物品用于拍卖 - 任何适合拍卖的都可以，比如邻里晚餐会，教师活动，体育赛事等等。如果家长知道任何JQSA可以寻求的资金来源，麻烦发给 jqsassociation@
MS. MCDONALD/ ORCHESTRA:
Please go to orchestra website:
www.jqsop.org, for updates and upcoming performance dates and times, the site
is updated regularly. There are still spots open for chinese dance (1st
grade-5th) and mandarin mornings.
请访问乐团网站 www.jqsop.org 来获得更新信息和演出的日期时间安排。该网站会定期更新。目前中国舞（1-5年级）和早上的普通话班仍可报名。
CAMPS: Presentation of a list of over 30
camps, most have financial aid if requested. List will be posted on the google
groups or you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org for the list.
PRINCIPAL HO UPDATE:
Budget- It's the beginning of the budget
process, he presented budget to Site Council. JQS has no budget cuts this year
because student enrollment remains high. The District is making changes in how
to provide services to special education classrooms- they have a 3 year plan
for full kindergarten inclusion. Next year there will be 2 inclusion
classrooms-1SEI K2 inclusion, 1 english language K2 inclusion.
财政预算--何校长向基层委员会介绍了初步财政预算。因为今年的入学人数仍然很高，昆士小学并没有削减预算。学校所处地区正在改变为特殊教育的学生提供服务的方式------他们计划3年内合并幼儿园的普通班和特殊教育班。明年将有2个合并班 ----1个SEI 进阶英语K2班，1个英语K2班。
Playground/school grounds- repairing of
bricks in entry is in process, they are looking for the right tree to install.
The district is replacing pavers for all playgrounds, except the 2 for
Kindergarteners, replacement will begin in April. Need to organize fundraisers
to replace Kindergarten pavers as well, cost is $20,000,we are open to
suggestions. We are going to ask Kindergarteners to collect pennies, older kids
collect silver coins.
Principal Ho would like to have mosaics,
made by graduating students placed around school grounds. Mr.Cristos will
continue to work with students to create these mosaics.
HEIDI BOULOGNE, LIBRARIAN-
JQS has an on-line library! Go to:
http://www.jqselementary.org/activities and click on the library link.
Resources available: Encyclopedia- catered specifically to all levels, with a
search bar to enter any research item. It's Printer friendly and has a translate
option. Tumblebooks- ebooks, great for ESL or kids that are having trouble
reading. First in math- math for 1st grade up. Tumblebook Cloud Jr., for older
kids/ advanced readers. Fiction and non-fiction, all levels, compatible to ipad
and iphone. The password is: boston boston but its on the site if you forget.
图书馆管理员: HEIDI BOULOGNE
单击 library 链接访问。可用资源有：百科全书--针对各种水平定置，可在搜索栏输入任何研究项目来搜索。易于打印，还有翻译功能。 Tumblebooks - 电子书，非常适合ESL或阅读有困难的孩子。First in math--数学练习，适合一年级以上的学生。Tumblebook Cloud
Jr，适合年龄较大的孩子/资深读者。小说和非小说，各种等级，iPad 和 iPhone 兼容。（下面的内容需要确认，译者测试失败。）密码是：boston boston，如果你忘了密码，在网站上可查到。
Target has an opportunity for parents to raise money for their school. The funds raised go directly to the school for
classroom and art supplies. Sign up for any Target Red Card and 1% of your purchase goes directly to the Quincy
school. Sign up online or in person for a Red, credit or debit card - debit card funds come directly from your bank
account with no fees. Be sure to enter the Quincy Elementary School (ID # 58843) as the school you support.
请注册任何Target 红卡（Target Red Card），你的1%的购物额将直接捐到昆士小学。你可以在网上申请或亲身到
Target店里申请信用卡Credit card或借记卡Debit card。借记卡的消费额直接从你银行户口转帐，银行不收手续费。
记住输入昆士小学作为你支持的学校 （Quincy Elementary School (ID # 58843)
The Fruit Tasting Committee is looking for one more parent to help organize a fruit tasting in May. All the expenses
are covered. Please contact email@example.com for more info.
We will begin conducting our meetings in English and Mandarin. If you have any questions or would like to contact a
Council Member, please use our Student Parent Council email which will go to all the officers,
Marlee McDonald, the Program Director for the Josiah Quincy Orchestra outlined a number of extracurricular
programs . See: www.jqsop.org for details. Openings for both girls and boys in the After School Chinese dance class
and Mandarin chorus
Principal Ho reviewed the budgeting process. Budgets are based on student number and final approval for 2014/15
is in progress. Principal Ho indicated that strong student enrollment at JQS will be reflected in a favorable budget for
the coming year.
City council meeting to discuss new JQUS project will be held at City Hall tomorrow, Wednesday Nov 20,12pm at Iannella Chamber. We are not permitted to speak but want to make a strong statement by having many JQS parents attend. (Contact Principal Ho for summary of events for update in the minutes.)
The last of a series of 4 Parent University events will be held this Thursday，November 21 from 6pm-8pm in the JQS Library. The topic is: Families and Schools as Partners. These events have been fantastic and the presenter Pam Bailey has given lots of practical parenting tips and ideas. Additional classes are available at other schools if you wish to continue attending (10 classes earns you 1 college credit.) at www.bps.org
The first fruit tasting of the year will be at breakfast on Friday, November 22, morning. It will be cranberry compote on low-fat vanilla yogurt. So encourage your kids to eat the school breakfast (and try the cranberries) on Friday.
4) Stereti Rink is booked for Ice Skating Party on January 20th, Free Skate is from 1:30-3:30pm
, Private JQS skate party is 4:00-6:00 pm
. NOTE TIME CHANGE
5) We are doing a little experimenting with the best meeting format for the SPC. It was suggested that we conduct our meetings in both English and Mandarin. I know the SPC has tried a variety of meeting styles over the years. We are hoping to offer a morning and an evening meeting by alternating monthly so working families can attend this year.
6) Lastly, if you have any questions or would like to contact a Council Member, please use our Student Parent Council email which will go to all the officers. We have a very collaborative group of officers this year and want to make sure everyone receives your questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Presentation by Mr. Fred Bennett
(The Program Coordinator for Adult Education at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center)
BCNC offers FREE English class for immigrant parents and other caregivers of children in K-12. It is a fantastic program for non English speakers to help them better navigate the BPS system and support their child. Flyers with additional information are available in the JQS office and in the BCNC. There are numerous classes available through the BCNC.net help is available in mandarin or English. 通知事项：
2) 四次家长大学课程最后一次将在这星期四，十月二十一日，晚上6-8点在学校图书馆举行。题目是: 家庭与学校作为合作伙伴。主持人给了很多实用的育儿技巧和想法。有更多课程在其他学校举办，如果你想继续就读请查询：www.bps.com
4) Stereti Rink 预定了溜冰派对在一月二十日举行，自由溜冰时间：下午1:30-3:30
6) 最后，如果你有问题或想联络家长会成员，请用学生家长会电邮，邮件将会发送到全部成员。今年我们是非常合作的团队, 并确保每一位能收到你的问题。email@example.com
Mr. Fred Bennett 介绍免费英语课程
波士顿华埠 社区中心为K-12全部年级学生的移民父母和照顾者提供免费英语课程。这课程能帮助非讲英语者更了解波士顿公立学校系统，和帮助他们的孩子。有关资料传单可以在昆士小学办公室和波士顿华埠社区中心索取。波士顿华埠 社区中心还有很多不同课程。BCNC.net 有中英文服务。
25 people signed in; estimated 30+ in attendance.
Principal Ho was unavailable to speak to the group.
In the absence of both SPC co-secretaries, Angela Marcelo took notes by hand. (Thank you!)
These notes were transcribed and lightly edited by Sandy Larson, SPC treasurer
1) SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL UPDATES
Ray Cheng, parent tri-chair of the SSC, reported to the group on what issues the SSC has been discussing:
· Food policy -- has been passed. The policy will be effective next school year and will be distributed with the final report card this year.
· Parent concerns with physical activity (not all K2 classes have gym).
· Budget decisions – Principal Ho has reconsidered decision to cut one class from grade 2. All classes will remain, and class size will continue to be low.
· Concerns about a letter circulating, that some parents have signed. It was not clear who wrote the letter, and no one at the group said they had a copy of it. No SPC officers had seen the letter.
· ELL program – Focus shift from too much testing to more learning.
· Report for case study – JQS achievements – included in a binder available to everyone. The case study is titled “’A Community School and Language Development Center’: A Consistently High Performing School for English Language Learners” and was prepared by the Center for Collaborative Education and the Gaston Institute. A copy is available in the SSC binder, which is in the School Secretary's office.
· Principal Ho is a recipient of the Pirandello Lyceum’s prestigious I Migliori in Mens et Gesta award, to recognize outstanding Americans of Italian descent who have made important contributions to their profession, to society and to the Italian-American community. Mr. Ho studied in Italy before moving to the U.S., and he got his first principal job, in East Boston, because of his Italian language skills.
Reactions & discussion:
One parent expressed concern about the 2nd grade class decision reversal. Who is at risk? If the teachers actually did benefit from cutting a teacher and adding a support person, then are some children not getting the help they need?
Some clarification was given on the Mandarin cuts. One teacher will be lost, but Mandarin instruction will still be done at all grade levels. (The letter that was signed by some parents was in support of Ms. Liu, the Mandarin teacher with the least seniority who will be let go.)
Some parents felt that letters/petitions should be shown to parent council, and should also go to Principal Ho. Others argued that for true democracy, parents have to be able to protest a policy or sign a form without “approval” from any other parents or school staff.
2) UPCOMING EVENTS
Relatively healthy snacks (fruit roll-ups and Sun Chips along with bottles of water) will be provided by volunteer parents (with money donated by grades 3, 4, 5 parents) as a treat for kids after taking the March MCAS.
(Note: enough generous donations came in to pay for both the March and May MCAS days!)
Movie nights will no longer be handled by Carolyn Forbes, and may not happen at all. Is anyone else willing to take this on and lead the effort to have regular movie nights? Money raised on movie nights goes toward maintenance of the school auditorium seats.
For the past few years, families have enjoyed an evening dance party in the school gym. Sample dates for this spring were discussed – March 30 is too soon! May 4 or 5 & May 11 or 12 are possibilities.
[Note: As of April 2, the date has been set at May 11.]
Carol Carlson reminded the current SPC officers that they do not HAVE to do every event that was done last year. Even though planning for the dance is starting a bit late, a show-of-hands vote was taken and the majority was for having it. So it shall happen!
Several people volunteered to help with the dance, and Sandy Larson gathered their names and contact info with the intent of setting up a dance planning meeting.
2012-13 school officer elections
SPC co-chair Douglas Duboulay expressed a desire to start the planning for next year’s officer elections early, to ensure an orderly election process and a diverse officer slate. Others mentioned that there are election rules and instructions in place, and it’s possible to have a BPS person assist. [Not clear whether that means having someone from BPS advise in advance, or be present at the elections.]
Teacher Appreciation Day
The National Teacher Appreciation Day is May 8, 2012. Parents usually plan a brunch/breakfast before school for the teachers and purchase gifts or gift cards with money donated by parents.
This was discussed as an event to be held on Fri, May 11. [Note: after this meeting it was decided that the Teacher Appreciation brunch will be Tuesday, May 8, since the dance is May 11.]
The teacher appreciation effort will involve sending flyers to parents to solicit donations of money and food items, organizing food for the brunch, organizing volunteers for that day, buying gifts or gift cards. Last year the teachers were given Target gift cards, but we could do something different this year. Someone mentioned that Panera Bread has been willing in the past to donate food. Carol Carlson said she has been involved in past years and can help this year.
JQSA fundraiser – “Splash!”
Tickets to the May 18 fundraiser – which raises money to support the JQS swimming program and field trips for lower grades – are $100. Teachers may not be able to afford this, so an idea was suggested to do some kind of drive to get parents to donate money to buy their child’s teacher a ticket to the event. [It’s not clear whether anyone volunteered to lead this effort. If you want to volunteer, please contact an SPC officer or send a note to the JQS parent Google group.]
Welcome and Introductions
Mr. Ho spoke about the school budget, the decision making process and the budget he prepared for submission to BPS Administration.
Process: Mr. Ho receives a budget packet from BPS Central. He reviews the funding, makes decisions after talking to teachers, parents, and other staff. Based on this information he develops a budget for approval by the School Site Council.
He presented the budget to School Site Council for their approval at an earlier SSC meeting.
School Budget Summary
There are three strands of funding tied to the students that make up the Quincy School student body:
· General education
· Sheltered English Immersion
· Mobility/Physical Impairment
Money in the school budget is very tied to students’ academic needs, and there is not much flexibility between these strands of funding.
85 – 90% of the budget is spent on direct costs – teacher salaries and operating costs for the school (heat/electricity)
· The school’s budget was cut $350,000 from last year
· Adding an art teacher – this will be paid for by eliminating a Mandarin teacher position
· Losing two coaches (math and literacy)
· Kindergarten classes will continue to have a full-time paraprofessional
· Reducing number of Grade 2 classes, which will result in larger class sizes.
· Shifting the G2 teacher slot to a Specialist Teacher position, that will work full-time as a support teacher for targeted students in classrooms – either pull-out students on in-class small groups.
Loss of a Mandarin teacher made several parents unhappy, as Mandarin classes are a big draw for many JQS families. Parents urged Principal Ho to find a way to combine Art and Mandarin.
Parents discussed the idea of creating a sub-committee to discuss ways to increase the rigor of the Mandarin program, and to take more advantage of the skills and opportunities already hear in the school. If you are interested in being part of this discussion email any of the SPC officers.
Agreed: SPC requests that School Site Council also discuss the Mandarin Curriculum.
· Loss of 2nd Grade Teacher and the resulting increase in class sizes disappointed and worried parents.
· Parents felt left out of the decision making process, and want more involvement in these discussions.
Art Program Update:
· Volunteers secured to teach a one hour class in every lower grade class! Parent volunteers still needed to help distribute materials, get volunteers to classrooms, and stay in class to assist as an extra pair of hands.
· Upper classes will have Art Classes April 12, 13 – volunteers are still needed to help teach, distribute materials, and assist with the day.
· Art Committee requested $1,000 from Parent Council to help pay for the expenses of the art days, as well as the costs of materials for the Art Exhibition.
Approved: $1,000 to help pay for Art Day and Exhibition expenses.
Recent on-line discussions about children being bullied raised many questions about how the school administration responds to and handles these situations. The idea that students may feel unsafe, and not want to go to school because of this is deeply unsettling to all parents, and to the School Parent Council. Parents expressed concerns about how these situations are handled, and want to know more about the process.
Agreed: SPC will talk to Principal Ho, and request a presentation from Administrators/staff on the this topic.
Upcoming Events: Volunteers Needed!
Parent Volunteers are urgently needed for:
· School Dance – volunteer DJ (Many, Many thanks to Mary and Gary Rubin for their years of hard work on the dance!) , set-up, clean-up, and sales crew the night of the dance.
· Teacher Appreciation Day - gather donations, pick up gift cards, help plan breakfast, set-up/clean-up
SPC Budget Review:
Treasurer Sandy Larson presented a summary of funds in the SPC Budget
She has since shared updated figures. These numbers are as of MARCH 11, 2012:
TOTAL FUNDS = $8,604.84
FUNDS EARMARKED for various purposes (art fest, nurse's office, fruit tasting grant, etc.) = $5,427.67
GENERAL FUNDS (total $ minus earmarked $) = $3,117.17
Recent money in includes $391 raised by Mary Rubins “KidsArt” card project, which helps support the Art Committee. We are processing DVD orders and expect to net over $400 through DVD sales.
Minutes Submitted by: Joanne McKenna, Co-Secretary, Mar 13, 2012
School Announcements: Principal Ho
· Chinese New Year Celebration at the School is Jan. 27, at 10 am.
· Music Program will be expanded next year to allow 25 more students to participate
· Summer Music program will be a four week intensive program, 9-1
School staff and administrators are constantly working to improve academic outcomes of all students. MCAS scores are still high, but school is not making AYP Goals (Adequate Yearly Progress) in all areas. This is due in part that the school did so well when goals were first set, but also to the fact that not all students are excelling at equal rates.
Advanced Work Classes (AWC): 53 of 120 third graders tested into Advanced Work class. If your received a letter about this, be sure to respond to the next letter to apply for the AWC placement.
Presentation: Literacy Programs
Mary Hamilton – Literacy Coach firstname.lastname@example.org
Quincy School has three literacy curricula
K2 – 5th grade – Reading Street
K1 – Opening the World of Learning (Owl)
ESL Classes – REACH
Also use Reading Recovery, an intensive 12 to 20 week program for students who need a more one-on-one level of support.
Reading Street Discussion
Reading Street is BPS mandated and is system-wide.
Ms. Hamilton views curriculum as a teaching tool, and believes that Quincy School teachers use it effectively based on student interests, skill level, and their own teaching experiences. BPS Leadership told schools to use Reading Street as they see fit, and using their professional judgment.
Teachers can substitute higher level books if they feel the books recommended are not challenging enough for their students. The School Librarian plays an important role in the school’s reading program recommending “Just Right Books” for students.
The Quincy School is a very data driven school, and always looking at assessments to determine who best support students. Reading fluency does not always translate into reading comprehension, which is very important to track. Data is also used to make sure that higher level readers continue to be challenged
Assessment scores are not included in report cards; parents can get this from teachers during Parent Teacher Conferences.
Art Committee Report by Sara Demeter, Co-Chair
Making great progress, still looking for local artists/parents and teachers to bring an art class to every student in the Quincy. Teachers in the upper grades will have the option of participating, as the logistics of MCAS need to be worked out. The Art Exhibit will be themed – Diversity through Arts. All parents interested in getting involved should contact Sara or Elizabeth McGarry.
School Site Council Report by Carol Carlson
Budget news: next year there will be both an Art and Music Teacher
Wellness Committee and SSC are still talking about a Wellness Policy for the School that is focused on the goal of keeping all children safe, and promoting healthy choices. Possible changes include changing birthday parties focus from food to non-food items.
Next School Site Council meeting: 1/20 at 7:30am.
SSC Tri-Chair Ray Chang has been invited to attend an upcoming School Parent Council meeting as part of our work to keep communication open between SPC and SSC.
JQSA Report by Rachel Garrity
Planning for annual fundraising event is underway, possible dates are May 4th or 11th. JQSA will be looking for helpers for the event.
Other Events and News
Movie Night – Flubber! Come out and meet other families and help us buy new seats for the school auditorium. $5 per family.
Parent Conversation Club is looking for people who want to practice Mandarin and Chinese together. School based language lessons to practice each other’s language and get to know each other. Contact Carol Carlson to find out more.
Art Cards - don't miss the deadline to orderi Art Cards; use your children's artwork for cards and notepaper. All money raised will support Art Day, and the cards and paper also make great gifts. Orders are due Monday, 2/6.
Coming Up Soon!
Teacher Appreciation Day - Join the conversation about planning a great Teacher Appreciation Day for our great Teachers.
Don’t forget your Box Tops, they help us raise hundreds of dollars every year. Count them out and label a baggie with the number of boxtops, and your child’s name and classroom number.
Next SPC meetings: Feb 3, Mar 2
Lola and Sandy, Co-Treasurers
Samuel and Douglas, Co-Chairs
Joanne and Tammy, Co- Secretaries
[Approximately 25 parents in attendance.]
Next School Parent Council Meeting: January 13, 9:30 AM (Note: we moved the date to accommodate School Showcase on January 6th)
Welcome and Introductions
Heidi Boulogne, school librarian, spoke briefly about how to support JQS School Library
RIF - every Quincy student receives 3 books
First RIF Event is Friday, December 16
How Parents can help: sort books the day before and help during the event itself
Library Fundraising Raffle --will be in February-- last year it raised $5000
How parents can help: donate items for raffle and buy raffle tickets
April Book Sale - last year raised $500
This event is more focused on getting books in children's hands than raising money
How parents can help: donate gently used books, help sort donations, help staff the event
Library website: http://sites.google.com/site/jqslibrary/
Ms. Boulogne's website with links to literacy and other resources for kids
How to get to it: google “JQS Library Boston.”
Principal Ho Updates and News
Jamboree today is part of the work of the School Climate Committee - a community building committee lead by Ms. LoPresti. School Climate Committee developed a Whole School Plan for Good Behavior
School Site Council is working on a Healthy School Policy - grew out of teachers ongoing concerns about student health. There is a large number of students with severe allergies in the school, and Quincy staff want children to be safe - especially when on field trips or other off-site activities .
Also, want to work with parents to help make sure children are eating healthy lunches -- Parents will be important partners in this - and should remind their children to not share their food.
School Site Council Report
Ray Chen is the new Parent Chair of the Committee
As Principal Ho said, SSC is working on Healthy School Policy. This work is being led by the Gym and Health Teachers, the school nurse, parents and other teachers. Will be looking for additional parental input over time.
All parents are welcome to attend the School Site Council meetings, but must request to be on the agenda in order to speak at the meeting. Minutes from these minutes will be distributed.
SPC attendees requested that agendas be sent out early enough so they can decide if they want to attend, and also request that minutes from the meetings be shared.
School Site Council Meeting Time/Dates: 7:30 am, 3rd Friday of every month
Parent Discussion: Focus on academics/curriculum
In the past there have been opportunities for parents to learn more about the academic focus of the school - can we start those types fo discussions back up?
all based on your own schedule and availability!
Possible Topic - Reading Street - the new BPS Literacy curriculum. Is it working? How is it being implemented?
Idea: Can we use the Friday morning coffee hours to host parent-led discussions/presentations?
Music Director/Music Program
Ms. Briceno, Director of the JQS Music Program, spoke about the music program, which is in full swing. Music Committee is working on marketing and outreach, as well trying to secure donations - equipment, instruments and supplies of all kinds. The Music Program is based on the El Sistema, which started in Venezuela and focuses onusing music to support social and executive skill development.
How parents can get involved: volunteer to do instrument demonstrations, help get donations
12/8 Faculty Show
12/16 JQS School Orchestra
12/20 Winter Show
Please come and enjoy the music and celebrate everyone's hard work!
JQSA (JQS Association) Update:
Planning its annual fundraising event - no date set yet. It will be a cocktail party with a silent auction. This is a major fundraising event, and there are many ways parents can be involved, from getting donations to selling tickets. More details will be shared in the coming months.
Ice Skating Party – Monday, January 16th, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. The Steriti rink is in the North End, easily reachable by the Orange and Green lines (North Station stop) Free for families - the only cost will be renting skates. All family members welcome! Watch for flyers, phone calls, emails regarding time and location.
JQS Movie Night - December 17th, Polar Express
All proceeds go towards purchasing new auditorium seats!
Please Join Us!
We'd love to see you here and there are many ways to be involved,
A list of all the committees went home in student backpacks the week of Thanksgiving. This list has contact names a brief description of the activities of each group. Volunteering at the school is a wonderful way to meet other parents, teachers and the staff. If you need another copy of this list please contact a member of the parent council and we can email it to you, there will also be extra copies in the school office.
November 4, 2011
Lola and Sandy, Co-Treasurers
Samuel and Douglas, Co-Chairs
Joanne and Tammy, Co- Secretaries
Thirty-six parents attended representing students K1 through 5th grade.
The meeting started with introductions of officers and parents. Samuel reviewed the agenda.
Principal Ho thanked the Parent Council for inviting him to speak, asked that all parents who did not receive the robocall (recorded phone message) to make sure the school office has your correct phone number.
Mr. Ho reviewed the Quincy School's Committees and invited all interested parents to participate in them.
Technology Committee - to support the increased use of technology in education and in communication.
Music Committee - in addition to increasing access to music for all students, this committee is also working with the art committee on making sure students have access to all sorts of artistic activities.
Literacy Night moved to November 17, 6:00 - 7:30 pm.
In response to a question from a parent about a morning program perhaps using the gym Mr. Ho explained that it is something worth exploring but the challenge is staffing, liability to the school if anyone should get hurt, and space.
Jonas Cox offered to coordinate a group of parents interested in exploring the idea further. He will put a message out on the JQS email group.
Visual Arts Committee: Elizabeth McGarry and Samantha Demetri
Working to bring new resources to school so all children will have access to art classes. Last year the Student Visual Art exhibit was a big hit, and parents saw all the many different types of creative work being done by Quincy students. Since we do not have an Art Teacher this year JQS will need to rely on volunteers more than ever.
Day of Art, March 3, 2012 -- the goal is to have every class engaged in a hands on art project.
How parents can be involved: volunteer to teach, help with planning the event, help find volunteers, help get art supplies donated.
There was consensus that School Council and Parent Council should communicate better, and an agreement in principle that we will work to develop a mechanism for improved and regular communication between the two committees. Brief discussion about the Health issues/healthy food policy - what does this mean?
Policies vary from school to school. It can mean no candy sales, no birthday cakes in classroooms, no bake sales. It can also mean a greater awareness of healthy choices for kids -- such as choosing not to have fundraisers that are not healthy - no candy sales, no bake sales.
Special Education Advisory Rep needed -- Title One City-wide group advises SBPS on funding issues for Title One money. Parent volunteered to talk with Samuel about it.
BPS BTU Teacher contract negotiating about to get underway, parent involvement and monitoring of these discussions is very important. BCNC wants to help parents get involved, meeting at 11/14 at the Freedom House for parent input.
Stand for Children -- McCall Shapiro talked about the parent organizing work by SFC, their goal is to have all parents engaged in policy development for BPS. She is in the listening/learning phase wants to get to know JQS parents and get them engaged.
Box Tops Committee: Pam Knight-Detemple
Since the Spring of 2010 the Quincy School has raised more than $1000 from Box Tops, and recently sent 2000 more in for credit.
In addition to families, Community Partners (local businesses etc.) can also collect Box Tops on behalf of the school.
How parents can help: help the committee count box tops, when you send them in taking these steps is a big help: count and label bag with the number/your child's name and classroom; trim them neatly- that is a big help -- but you don't need too!
There will be another Box Top Contest in late November, the committee is always looking for volunteers to help count.
Health Committee: Ginger DeShaney
Ginger announced that she has six volunteers to do six months worth of food tastings. She will also be sending home a Health Newsletter for families. Fruit tastings have been very popular with the students.
Technology Committee: Pam Knight - Detemple
Work is going well, getting good input from teachers about technology needs in the classroom. Working hard on a school website that will link to teacher blogs, serve as bulletin board for school-wide announcements. This committee has a good mix of teachers and parents, and is proving to be eye opening about technology needs in the school. Teachers don't all have access to printers, and all the teachers pay for their own ink.
Tech Committee hopes to launch the JQS website January 6, 2012
Treasurer's Report: Sandy Larson
Balance: Approximately $9700 but much of that is restricted
$2,700 Food Tastings/Health
$2,000 for expenses related to increasing/improving parent involvement, such as translation equipment/other capital investments
Discussion abut how to use the money:
Box Top Committee likes to use the money for things students suggest since it is really a child driven activity - i.e. hairdryers for locker room. The popcorn machine used on movie nights and other events was purchased with Box Top funds.
There are other ways parents can raise money for JQS --like the Target and Stop n Shop shopping programs - we will work to publicize these options better.
School Site Council Report: Carol Carlson
Meetings have traditionally been at 7:30 am -- 7 teachers, 6 parents and the principal. These are the voting members. All parents are welcome, but must request to be on the agenda to speak.
At the last meeting the Council discussed the possibility of developing as healthy school policy, looked at a sample policy.
There was a discussion here about how to make sure parents know in advance what subjects will be discussed at School Site Council.
Parent request: an agenda for all School Site Council meetings be distributed in advance so everyone will know if they should plan to attend.
Minutes of School Site Council meetings have not been distributed in the past; there is an interest in doing so this year.
Next School Site Council Meeting -- Nov 18, 7:30 am.
Allergy Notifications -- teachers can send home a notice at the beginning of the school year about any allergies in the classroom so that parents know what is safe to send to school.
Paper notices are expensive, time consuming to copy and distribute (800 students).
A key goal of the technology committee is to streamline this process - to have as many notices go out electronically as possible, and paper notices only going home to those families that do not have email/access to internet. Tech committee is making a concerted effort to get as many email addresses as possible. Short notices can go out via text messages - meeting reminders etc.
For now, until technology is in place communication will continue to go out on paper to everyone.
Parent Council meeting minutes: Parent Council will email them, every effort will be made to have them translated into Chinese. They will not go home in paper form.
JQSA Report - Ginger DeShaney
New officers elected at their committee's last meeting. Agreed that there can/should be more coordination between goals of fundraising work and the work of all the committees.
Raising money for family engagement is the job of the parent council - but JQSA can be a fiscal agent for parent council fundraising efforts. We don't want to cannibalize our fundraising efforts - we need to be strategic about who we approach for what funding.
Meeting Length - announcement always says 9-10, meeting always goes to 11. Need to acknowledge 2 hours and try and manage agenda time better. Parents can come for as long as they can.
Minutes Submitted by: Joanne McKenna, co-Secretary