JQS Bulletin Board

It's Been Awhile...

posted Jun 10, 2015, 10:45 AM by Michael McCarthy, AP

I haven't posted enough lately, and for that I am very sorry (though I partially blame PARCC!!!!).  We have entered June with a vengeance, and we are in full end of the year mode.  I want to remind everyone that tomorrow night is the Spring Fling-A mini-carnival type of atmosphere without the rides!  We will have an Art Show in the gymnasium, Face-Painting, The Book Fair in the library, and a cookout with hamburgers and hot dogs on the playground.  I hope to see everyone there!!!!

An FYI about a new Reading Challenge

posted Mar 25, 2015, 12:14 PM by Michael McCarthy, AP

Good afternoon, everyone!  I want to pass on a Readathon Challenge that the JQSA has shared with our staff.  This message was emailed to the staff today and more information will be given in the very near future!

Dear JQS Faculty and Staff:

This year, JQSA is spearheading a new fundraising initiative: a readathon to raise money for swimming, field trips and student enrichment. It will run from March 30 to April 30. The classroom that reads the most books in each grade will be rewarded with an ice cream party. 

We've prepared a Frequently Asked Questions page to provide some insight into how the readathon will work. Essentially, we are asking family, friends and neighbors to sponsor their student's reading. People will sponsor a certain amount per book read by, or read to, a student (all ages and abilities love to read!!). Parents will sign off on books completed and the student will collect money pledged to them at the end of the month.

We've tried really hard to ensure that this doesn't add any work to your already overcrowded workload. There are two main components to this: the pledge sheet and the reading log.  

Each student will receive a pledge sheet and collection envelope to keep at home and use to seek pledges for their reading. They will track their books read and pledges received. Each Friday (this is where we need your help!) students will fill out their "total books read" for the week on the reading log sheet in the classroom. Please remind your students on Thursday to bring their totals on Friday.

Student Council, along with JQSA members, will go to the classrooms each Friday morning between 3/30-4/30 and track the total books read by classroom. There will be a chart in the library where students can view their class's progress (similar to how Ms. Boulogne tracks raffle ticket sales). The class in each grade with the highest number of total books read will have an ice cream party on the penthouse playground (if the snow is gone!).  

Pledge sheets and collection envelopes for your students will be in your mailbox this Thursday or Friday. Please distribute to your students on Friday or Monday along with a brief overview of the readathon and how it works. Please encourage student's participation (we're hoping for 100% school wide participation) and remind them to bring in their total number of books read on Friday mornings. Mr. Wu will have a stack of extra pledge sheets in his office, if needed. And YES the nightly reading your students do as part of their homework will count towards their goal!!

Thank you for all you do to encourage our student's love of reading and, by extension, learning. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have! Email us at jqsassociation@gmail.com, and please feel free to use glyn.polson@gmail.com or robinannreilly@me.com for a quicker response!

Thanks again, 
Glyn Polson and Robin Reilly, JQSA co-chairs 

PARCC Testing begins tomorrow!

posted Mar 18, 2015, 5:14 AM by Michael McCarthy, AP

We embark on our PARCC journey tomorrow, and we know our students are going to do great.  They are pretty familiar with technology, and we are confident that the content that PARCC is assessing has been delivered to our students by their great teachers!  5th Grade Math begins tomorrow, and ends Friday.  Please see the attached schedule for grades 3-5 PARCC!

Sports and Scholars

posted Mar 18, 2015, 5:04 AM by Michael McCarthy, AP

Signups for the next session of Sports and Scholars is this Saturday (March 21) from 12:00 until 2:00 PM.  Please see the attached flyer and make sure you give some thought to this awesome program!!!!

PARCC is starting next week!

posted Mar 13, 2015, 6:03 AM by Michael McCarthy, AP

As I mentioned in my earlier post, PARCC, the replacement for MCAS, will be starting next week for Grades 3-5.  There are 2 sessions of Math and 3 sessions of English/Language Arts for each grade, and one grade will test per day (a schedule will be going home with your student next week).  Here is a link to some information for parents/guardians:  http://bostonpublicschools.org/Page/4192

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me at mmccarthy@bostonpublicschools.org, or stop me if you see me at school!

Happy March, everyone!

posted Mar 11, 2015, 5:44 AM by Michael McCarthy, AP

We are finally through the looking glass on the weather, I hope!!!!  We have a lot of things going on at school, not the least of which is the PARCC Testing Sessions, starting next week!!!!  We will be checking in the next few weeks with our Spring activities, but please take a look at the attached flyer from Sports and Scholars.

Parent Council Minutes from January 15th

posted Jan 22, 2015, 7:50 AM by Michael McCarthy, AP

JQS Parent Council Meeting Minutes
Jan. 15th, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Free English Class for Parents and Caregivers offered by BCNC
Fred Bennett from the BCNC came to talk about the free English class right after the drop off time, is in the building.
To register please visit the BCNC or call Fred: 617-635-5129 x1029

Update on JQS Afterschool Programs:
Very successful program so far – classes filled, Ann Sousa and Erin Frost (Coordinators) are looking for ideas/contacts/volunteers to help with new classes starting in March.
Coordinators are in process of figuring out how to address cancellation of the 1/9 cooking class

Reminder about Skating Party: 
January 19, 2015 – JQS has rink reserved from 4-6 p.m.  There will be Open Skate from 1-3 p.m.
Steriti Rink 365 Commercial Street, North End, Boston 
Helmets required (bike helmets ok), skate rentals available for $5
Take the Orange Line to North Station and Haymarket
Donations to the SPC will be accepted to cover the $350 rent for reserved skate.

Families First Speaker, Debby Broadley MA LMHC
Topic:  School Success:  Families and Schools as Partners.
Notes/takeaways from the discussion:
The most successful students have a strong parent/school connection.
Parent partnership is critical to school success.
Signals to children that you feel education is important.
Good tips on how to teach your children to be organized.

Next Parent Council meeting will be February 12, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at JQS
Topics to include:
Update on Mayor Walsh’s initiative to extend the school day.  There is much discussion on how/when this would be implemented.   
Discussion about potential of adding International Baccalauerate curriculum to JQES

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
•在学校本楼内,来自BCNC的弗雷 德班尼特(Fred Bennett) 会在递表之后来到谈论免费的英语课。 
•如需注册,请访问BCNC或致电弗雷德:617-635-5129 x1029 
•到目前为止这是个非常成功的项目, 所有课程已满。安索萨 (Ann Sous)和 埃里克弗罗斯特 (Erin Frost)(协调员)正在寻找的新想法/联系人/志愿者,以帮助启动三月新课程。 
•2015年1月19日 - JQS已经从溜冰场预留下午4-6PM。而下午1-3PM是公共开放。 
•Steriti溜冰场地址365 Commercial Street, North End, Boston 
家庭第一计划发言者,黛比布罗德利(Debby Broadley )MA LMHC 
•更新对沃尔什 (Mayor Walsh)市长的倡议学校延长上课时间。这个话题一定会讨论 如何/何时 执行 

Happy January, Everyone!

posted Jan 16, 2015, 4:49 AM by Michael McCarthy, AP

We are about to finish our second full week back from a loooongggggg December break, and we seem to be back in the swing of things!  We have some ACCESS testing going on right now for our English Language Learners, so that has been slightly inconvenient for the teachers, but it is important and necessary, so naturally they are ok with it!  We are entering our favorite stretch of teaching, from January to the end of the year, because our students have routines down pat, and we can really dig deeper into learning, so please help us by making sure that your children put solid effort into their homework, and encourage them to turn off their electronics and read books for fun!!!!!!  Except for Sunday night at 6:30, when everyone should be watching the New England Patriots, of course.  Don't forget, no school on Monday, January 19 in honor of the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., an important, if not the important, figure in the history of striving for Equal Rights for all people of all races, nationalities, religions, creeds, and lifestyles!

Sports and Scholars Session 2

posted Dec 10, 2014, 12:27 PM by Michael McCarthy, AP

A message from the indomitable Mr. Kelley:
*****Sports and Scholars Session 2*****

This Saturday, December 13 is the registration day for Sports and Scholars.  It will be from 12:00-2:00 pm in the JQS cafeteria.  Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Families can register for any remaining spots at any time the following week at the BCNC office located inside JQS.

Session 2 of Sports and Scholars will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning the week of January 12 for any JQS student in grades 2-5.  The program runs from 3:30-6:00 pm.  

It includes one hour of homework time staffed by JQS teachers and volunteer tutors along with 90 minutes of athletic enrichment in the JQS gym.  There will be a focus this session on basketball and floor hockey.

Cost is $80.  This includes a weekly snack, a S&S water bottle, along with the homework support and enrichment opportunities.  Financial assistance is available for eligible families that request it through BCNC.

Familes should contact Mr. Kelley (akelley4@bostonpublicschools.org or 617-529-6586) or Helen Wong (helen.wong@boston.gov or 617-635-5129) with any questions.

Reaching out again!!!!

posted Dec 5, 2014, 10:28 AM by Michael McCarthy, AP   [ updated Dec 5, 2014, 10:37 AM ]

JQS Community, we have already reached out (and we still are!!!!!) for donations of gift cards to help some families have a somewhat less stressful December/January, and we are now reaching out again, if that's okay.  Ms Postma and her Girl Scout Troop are very interested in having a Winter Gift Fair/Holiday Toy Drive here at the school at the end of next week.  They were hoping that families could donate gently used, or even new, toys, gifts, crafts, or other items between now and next Thursday, toys/crafts/gifts that our students can purchase for very small prices.  The students could then do their holiday shopping for family members here at school, and the Girl Scout Troop could then take the money and use it to help others.  If you have anything that fits the criteria, anything that could be sold at a Craft/Gift Fair, please feel free to bring it to the Main Office at the school and give it to the office staff, or simply leave it on the front table with the Kwanzaa poster on it!  Again, thank you for everything that you all do to make this school the best in Boston!!!!

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