JQS Bulletin Board

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!!!!

December Shows!

posted Dec 5, 2014, 8:48 AM by Michael McCarthy, AP

Our annual Deck the Halls show is rapidly approaching, and the classes that have chosen to be a part of it this year are working very hard to prepare!  The show is scheduled for December 19th, and there will be two seatings (10:15 AM and 2:00PM), so please be on the lookout for the flyers in your children's folders!
Also, our Orchestra Program will be performing on December 17th at 6:30 PM, and the concert is open to all friends and families.
On an academic note, next week is the Hour of Code week, an initiative aimed at putting a spotlight on the importance of Technology, and how Code is the building blocks of all things technical!  Our classrooms will be engaging in the Hour of Code (and Mayor Walsh is coming on Tuesday morning to check it out!!!!!), so make sure you ask your kids about it!

The Season of Giving

posted Dec 3, 2014, 7:58 AM by Michael McCarthy, AP

The spirit of the Josiah Quincy School community has always been a marvel to me, since I started here in 2012, and it continues to this day.  The staff, the families, the community partners, and most especially the students have always been so kind, so respectful, and so dedicated to doing what is right and what is good for our community.  As we enter the winter holiday season, we here at the Quincy School just wanted to highlight some areas to give in this time of need.  These areas include our regular donation organization, the JQSA, as we really want to make sure we raise enough money to continue our swimming program, fund our field trips, and other initiatives.  Also, many of our teachers have started Donor's Choose projects to fund some of their classroom specific initiatives.  Finally, as we enter the holidays, there are many JQS families that could use a little extra help.  If anyone out there is of a mind to, please feel free to drop off holiday/winter gift cards to Ms. Young, Ms. Markaki, or Mr. McCarthy and we will make sure they get in the hands of students/families who could really use them.  In the past, Stop and Shop and Target gift cards have been greatly appreciated by families in Boston.  
Thank you for your time!

Happy December, Everyone!

posted Dec 3, 2014, 5:08 AM by Michael McCarthy, AP

December, and the busy season, are upon us here at JQS, and we are very excited about it.  Our first semester has closed, so Report Cards will be sent home early next week, and the teachers are very busy setting up Parent/Teacher Conferences and embarking on a brand new term!  We are hoping to get two solid weeks of educational excellence in before Winter Break Fever hits, so please help us keep the kids focused.  I will be posting dates for our Orchestra Concert and our Holiday show on this website on Friday, so keep an eye out for that, as well as the paper copy that the students will be bringing home.  In the meantime, please take a look at the meeting notes from the November Parent Council, attached below!

A Couple of Announcements

posted Nov 19, 2014, 7:16 AM by Michael McCarthy, AP

Good morning, JQS Community!!! I wanted to announce a couple of things.  First, from the Parent Council:
This year we are again very fortunate to have the opportunity to offer JQS children new 'tastes' during breakfast time.

We typically offer a fruit tasting, but this Friday we have a twist -- we'll be sampling Smoked Gouda cheese!

Please encourage your children to try a taste of smoked gouda as they enter the cafeteria for breakfast after 9:10am THIS FRIDAY.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Fruit tastings are typically offered once per month. Would you be able to help? We are looking for parent volunteers to help prepare and serve the fruit for the students.  Please email the parent council email box at josiahquincyparentcouncil@gmail.com if you'd like to volunteer. More info is attached in the flyer as well.

Thanks very much!
Julie Ferguson

Very exciting, change is good every once in a while!!!!

Also, from our Technology Committee, and more specificially, Ms. Boulogne:

Hello JQS Families:

I am so happy to announce that our library computer project is now fully funded and complete!  Its wonderful to know that our JQS Community understands the value of technology in our school. The lab should be up and running within the next few weeks.

I would like to thank the following JQS families and teachers who donated towards the Donor's Choose library project Ensuring Technology for All:
The Crocini Family; The Blake Family; The Swan Family; Betty Francisco; Linda Chock; Kitty Chen; Chiemi Kobayashi; Melissa and Patrick Sullivan; Daryl Smith; Jennifer Lee, Julie Ferguson; and Marie Corkery.
Albert; The Lee Family; Sherburne/Serafyn Family; Elizabeth Herbert; Sara Demeter;  Billie Jo & Kevin Weiss;  Erika Finn; Shinu Singh and Michael Prior; McGarry & Sons; Mathious & Family; Tara McDonough; Maria, Jenny & Victoria Peterlin; and several anonymous donors.

I would also like to thank Mr. Ng for all of his hard work on this project! None of this would be possible without his vision and expertise.  

Best Regards,
Heidi Boulogne

November is Here!

posted Nov 5, 2014, 5:41 AM by Michael McCarthy, AP

Ladies and Gentlemen, two months of the school year has passed.  Really fast.  We are entering a very important educational block of time, between now and December 15th or so, and we are really looking forward to getting a lot of work done in school.  We will be having some events, per usual, in December, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements sent home, and for announcements on this Bulletin Board.
 FYI, the students have done a great job earning scales for being positive role models in school, and we have moved well past a checkpoint on our Dragon in the cafeteria, so it is time for a Josiah Quincy Elementary School Spirit Day.  This Friday, November 7, will be a Hat Day at school.  The students can wear a hat all day in school, and we are encouraging them to wear the wackiest hats they can find!

A Message From Parent's Night October 7

posted Oct 8, 2014, 7:42 AM by Michael McCarthy, AP   [ updated Oct 8, 2014, 12:03 PM ]

Good Morning JQS Parents,

Thank you for coming out last night to support the school elections, we had a great evening. 
Together we elected seven (7) JQS parents to the School Parent Council. 

Ingryd Cardona, Co-Chair
David Benfield, Co-Chair
Melissa Sullivan, Secretary/Communications
May Mai, Secretary/Communications
Charlaune Forvil, Secretary/Communications
Darrell Smith, Co-Treasurer
Shemeka Maxwell, Co-Treasurer

We congratulate  former Parent Council Co-Chairs, Yanjing Zhou and Ann Sousa (Alternate) on their election to the School Site Council.

We also elected several parents to represent JQS on BPS Councils (city-wide):
Title One Council, *Sonal Patel
City Wide Parent Council, Ann Sousa
Special Education Council *(will post name as soon as we confirm)

If you were unable to attend, please take a few minutes to congratulate and welcome our new representatives. 

Thank you all again for your support through out the school year. It was a fantastic year and a wonderful experience working with JQS parents. 

2013-2014 School Parent Council
Ann Sousa, Co-Chair
Erin Frost, Co-Chair
Yanjing Zhou, Co-Chair
Wendy Naimark, Secretary
Bao Weng, Secretary
Sandy Ng, Treasurer

*Our apologies if we left any one out or misspelled any names, it was a busy night.

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