QUINCY UPDATE

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THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER AMAZING YEAR!

It is so hard to believe that we are wrapping up another amazing year at Quincy! We love our students and their families, and we have so enjoyed another year of excitement, learning, and growth at the Q! We want to send a HUGE thank you to our families–your support is so crucial to our success. We hope you all have a wonderful summer and we will be SO ready to get back to learning and fun in the fall!

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SUMMER STRETCH 2018

Are you ready for your Summer Stretch 2018 adventure? Be sure to visit Quincy’s Just Right Library between 4:30-6:00 on the following Wednesdays to get your Reading Passport stamped and earn cool prizes: June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22. Can’t wait to see all of our Quincy readers there!

LOST AND FOUND

All items in our lost and found collection will be donated to charity Monday, June 11. Please be sure to check the items on the table in the rotunda before the end of the school year.

STUDENT MEDICATIONS

Student medication (inhalers, epi-pens and any other medications) will need to be picked up by a parent or guardian by Tuesday, June 12. All leftover medications will properly disposed of.

If your child needs to have medication at school next year, a form needs to be filled out and signed by a doctor. You may stop by the school office to pick up a form so you have the summer to get all necessary paperwork completed.

OFFICE HOURS

The school office will be open until June 15. Hours of operation are 8:00am until 3:00pm and closed during the noon hour. The office will reopen August 13.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

All background checks for this school year will expire June 30. Please renew background checks for volunteering in the 18. 19 school year after July 1. Background checks can be renewed at https://v2ms.zps.org

ZPASS BUS TAGS

Thank you for using your ZPass Bus Tags this past year. It has been a big help with our counts for overcrowded buses and also being able to locate students when needed.

All students that have bus tags will need to turn them in on or before the last day of school:

  • Students that have never used their tags (parent transport) should turn them into the school office the last week of school
  • Students that are currently using their bus tags may give their tag to the buss driver on the last day that they will ride the bus.
  • Students that still have tags on the last day (and will not be riding a bus home) may drop off their tag as they leave the school, or may drop the tags off at the Transportation Dept.

If your bus tag is not returned by June 8 you will be charged $10 to replace it. All tags will be reassigned the fall.

 

CLASS LISTS

All class lists for the 18/19 school year will be posted on our front doors Friday, August 17 @ 3:00 pm.

SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS

Suggested School Supply Lists will be posted on our website (http://quincy.zps.org/) by June 15.

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TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

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Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week at Quincy! There will be fun for the amazing Q-Crew teachers all week long. The Quincy PTO will be providing lunch for the teachers on Tuesday, May 8.

If you want to thank your child’s teacher, one of the best ways is a personalized note about the positive impact the teacher has had on your child’s life. We have an easy way for you to share this message with your child’s teacher–simply complete this form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc9d1ZLLsXLZQAV4mOSTNMov5jrUUqfwgaESh7IHzff2zR5Lg/viewform?usp=sf_link

HALF DAYS NEXT WEEK

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We are excited to celebrate Tulip Time. As a reminder, May 9, 10 & 11 are half days. Students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon.

VOTE MAY 8

ZPS will be on the ballot Tuesday, May 8 with a proposal to renew the 18-mill non-homestead property tax for one year. The tax is levied on industrial, commercial, and some agricultural property. It does not affect the taxes of the primary homeowner. Additional information is available at zps.org or call the Superintendent’s office at 616.748.3002.

 

PLANNING FOR NEXT YEAR

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We have lots of learning yet to do this year, but we are already making plans for the 2018-19 school year at Quincy! We would like to announce a couple of staffing changes for next year.

Mrs. Lievense will be teaching third grade instead of second grade next year. Mrs. Lievense will be teaming with Mrs. Lucas next year. Talk about an amazing duo!

Mrs. Wilson will be back at Quincy after a year off to care for her son. She will be teaching kindergarten because Mrs. Pyle will be taking a year off to care for her newborn. Mrs. Wilson is excited to get back to teaching, she loved having the year with her son but she missed us!

QUINCY PTO

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We want to recruit YOU for the AMAZING Quincy PTO!! The PTO is changing meeting times to accommodate more parents, especially our working parents. Our PTO is hoping you will join them at their next meeting! On Tuesday, May 15 they will meet at 7pm in our library. Please come to find out how you can be involved! Our PTO supports many different areas such as teacher grant requests, playground needs, teacher appreciation lunch, 5th Grade Graduation, Grandparents Day, Field Trips, Spring Fling and the Reading Marathon to name just a few. Join us to have fun and to give back to the Q!

SPORT INFORMATION FOR 5TH GRADERS

6th graders are able to play the following sports in Middle School:

Fall—Girls/Boys Cross Country and Girls Tennis (starts on Monday, August 20)

Winter I—Girls Swim/Dive

Winter II—Boys Wrestling and Boys Swim/Dive

Spring—Boys Tennis

Sign up for sports is on Final Forms (https://zeeland-mi.finalforms.com). A physical (with a date of April 14, 2018, or after) must be on file at the Creekside office before the first practice. Sign up early to receive information about start-up on Final Forms.

TOP 100 ARTISTS IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN

Two Quincy artists had their art work selected for the top 100 Artists in the State of Michigan by the Michigan Art Educators Association. Congratulations Maddie and Lauren!

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Whale Island by 5th Grader Maddie Russell

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If Your a Monster and You Know it by 2nd Grader Lauren Ensing

 

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FAMILY READING NIGHT

Save the date! On Tuesday, April 17th from 4:30-6:30 pm we will have a Quincy Family Reading Night! You won’t want to miss this event. The book fair will be open, we will have teachers reading books throughout the building, we will share read-aloud strategies to use at home, snacks, and bookmark-making. Join us for the whole two hours or just pop in for part of the time.

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BOOK FAIR

Our Spring BOGO book fair will be April 16-20. Teachers will let you know what day and time your child’s class is shopping. You are welcome to join them! We will also have the book fair open until 4pm on Wednesday & Thursday for parents that wish to shop right after school. If you are able to volunteer please sign up through the link or email amckee@zps.org. Thank you!

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TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY WILL BE CELEBRATED ON MAY 8TH AT QUINCY!

Here is a quick and easy way to tell a teacher “thank you” for the impact they have had on your child. Share a specific story, tell the teacher what you love about him/her, or write a simple thank you message. This link will stay open Friday, April 27th. We will share these messages with teachers.

Thank you so much for helping us celebrate the amazing Quincy teachers!

Click on this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc9d1ZLLsXLZQAV4mOSTNMov5jrUUqfwgaESh7IHzff2zR5Lg/viewform?usp=sf_link

EARTH DAY

We will celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 20th. Students can wear green or t-shirts featuring our precious planet!

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT HEARING/VISION SCREENINGS

Our local health department screens our KG-5th grade students hearing and vision. KG, 2nd and 4th grade students will have their hearing screened. 1st, 3rd and 5th will have their vision screened. This will happen in the next few weeks.

DAY OF THE YOUNG CHILD

 

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Too Much Fun for March is Reading Month!

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We have been having so much fun at the Q celebrating reading this month with our “Read to the Greatest Show” theme. We have been enjoying our special events and we are SO EXCITED for the staff vs. fifth grade basketball game and half-time show on Thursday. We will share the special event with you with a video, of course, and your students will come home talking about the great time they had, guaranteed!

“HAT DAY” AT QUINCY

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We will have a “Hat Day” on Friday, April 13! Students can wear a hat and bring in a $1.00 donation for the Children’s Advocacy Center. The money will go toward child abuse prevention programs.

SPRING BREAK

Spring Break begins next week. Our last day of school is Thursday, March 29. We do not have school Friday or the following week. School resumes on Monday, April 9. Have a wonderful week! We will miss you and we are looking forward to our last months of the school year.

WHITECAPS READING CALENDARS

Make sure you are filling out your Whitecaps reading forms! Remember, you can earn 2 free Whitecaps tickets for April 28 at 4pm by reading all month. Completed calendars and pink ticket forms are due Monday, April 9th! If you wish to purchase additional tickets, payment is due April 9th as well.

QUINCY BOOK FAIR

Our Spring BOGO book fair will be April 16-20. Teachers will let you know what day and time your child’s class is shopping. You are welcome to join them! We will also have the book fair open until 4pm on Wednesday & Thursday for parents that wish to shop right after school. If you are able to volunteer please sign up through the link  or email amckee@zps.org.  Thank you!

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Save the date! On Tuesday, April 17th from 4:30-6:30 pm we will have a Quincy Family Reading Night! You won’t want to miss this event. The book fair will be open, we will have teachers reading books throughout the building, we will share read-aloud strategies to use at home, snacks, and bookmark-making. Join us for the whole two hours or just pop in for part of the time.

KINDERGARTEN GRANDPARENTS DAY

Kindergarten Grandparents Day is Friday, April 20 at 1:45 pm. Because of limited parking, car pooling is encouraged. Another option to consider is parking at Helder Park and riding with other grandparents to Quincy to help with parking.

STUDENT PLACEMENT INFORMATION

An important responsibility of the school staff is to assign students to classes for the next year. Later this spring, the Quincy Elementary staff will meet to determine student placements for the 2018-19 school year. Our goal is to develop balanced classrooms of children and we take class size, gender, learning styles, achievement levels, interpersonal dynamics, and social needs of our students into consideration when doing so. Each classroom is a small community and we work hard to set up each child for success.

Parent input is a consideration in this process. If you wish to include unique information about your child’s needs that you would like us to consider in the placement process, please complete the form that will available in the office after Spring Break. We will review parent input carefully before making any placement decisions.

ATTENTION 5TH GRADERS

Did you know that Zeeland West has both a middle and a high school equestrian team? Students in 5th grade are also able to participate in the Middle School Equestrian Team. If you are interested in participating, or if you have questions about the team, please contact Elisa Machiele at (616.298.5039).

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SPRING FLING

Quincy’s Annual Spring Fling is Friday, March 16 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Please come and spend an evening of fun with us! Flyers to order tickets for the evening and for basket raffle were sent home last week. If you need another one, please contact the office.

Here is a sample of the amazing baskets that parents have donated!

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MARCH IS READING MONTH

We are so excited for our March is Reading Month (MIRM) activities and theme! Throughout the month, we will have fun activities in school and students will be reading every night at home. Our MIRM theme this year is “Read Your Way to the Greatest Show on Earth”. We are even sending home clown noses so students can “pop their noses into a good book” all month long!

We kicked off the excitement of MIRM last Friday with a special assembly. Click here to see our video of the assembly! It was thrilling to give away two sets of four tickets to the 88th Annual Saladin Shrine Circus, generously donated by the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Dakota Glennie and Bentley Haveman won four tickets each. If your family is interested in attending the circus this coming weekend, here is a link for you to purchase tickets: http://deltaplex.com/event/88th-annual-saladin-shrine-circus-thurs-700pm/

Beginning this week, students will bring home a sheet of “popcorn” each week. Please have your child read the designated number of minutes each night and then initial one line on the popcorn. The popcorn reading recording sheet will go home on Monday and is to be returned on Friday. After all four sections are filled in, your child will bring the popcorn to school to help his/her class “Read Your Way to the Greatest Show on Earth”. If your child does extra reading, you can send the popcorn in early and get a new one to bring home–some students might even fill two or more kernels a week!

We are going to have a fantastic culminating show on Thursday, March 29th, and classes will be earning different circus acts to add to the show by reading at home. The acts will be performed by none other than the Amazing Quincy Staff during half-time of our 5th grade vs. Staff basketball game. It will be “The Greatest Show on Earth”!

As an added incentive, the lower elementary (Y5-2) class and the upper elementary (3-5) class that reads the most will receive one of the best circus treats around–a bag of cotton candy! So…”pop” those noses into some good books and Happy March is Reading Month! We are giddy with excitement!

Special notes:
For our littlest friends, being “read to” also counts.
Minutes read for the popcorn can also count toward the WhiteCaps challenge.

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MUSIC NEWS

Please Visit the Music Website! www.zpsmakesmusic.weebly.com
The “We are Learning” Tab lists focus areas for first through fifth grade music classes each month. The site is updated at the end of each month. Follow along to see what’s happening in music class!

Third Grade Folk Dance Night! We are excited to teach a few fun dances to our special guests on Thursday, February 22nd! A note about this event was sent home the week of January 22. Information is also posted on the website above. See the “Special Music Events” page.

Please arrive by 6:20pm to allow time to stow coats and boots and make a name tag.
Bring comfortable shoes! We’ll begin in the gym at 6:30 pm. The evening will wrap up by 7:30 pm.
Fifth Grade will Travel to Hear the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra in February!
The GRSO generously offers an opportunity to area fifth graders to attend a free concert. We will travel on Tuesday, February 27th. Fifth grade students have been studying the instruments of the orchestra and learning about the composers and music to be featured on this concert. We are really looking forward to hearing these professional musicians perform. Thanks to the Michigan Youth Arts “Arts and Culture Trek Grant” for providing money for bussing to this event.

SPRING FLING

Spring is just around the corner. The PTO is excited to host the annual Spring Fling on Friday, March 16th from 5:30-7:30 pm here at Quincy Elementary. Please keep an eye out for a letter coming home letting you know what theme your kids class raffle basket will be. We are always looking for extra help/volunteers for this event, so please let your kids teacher know.

DONUTS WITH DAD

It’s Donuts with Dad time for all our 1st and 2nd grade students. Quincy PTO will be serving free Donuts, coffee and milk in the cafeteria. The 1st grade Donuts with dad will be held Feb 26th from 8:00-8:30 and 2nd grade will be help Feb 27th 8:00-8:30.

WACKY WEDNESDAY SPIRIT DAY FEBRUARY 21

On Wednesday, February 21 our Spirit Day is Rainbow Day. Each grade level is wearing a specific color.  5th grade – green, 4th grade – blue,  3rd grade – purple,  2nd grade – yellow, 1st grade -orange, Kindergarten – red, Young Fives – lime.

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WORLD READ ALOUD DAY

Let’s celebrate World Read Aloud Day by having a Facebook LIVE Read Aloud with Mrs. Apsey on Wednesday, January 31st at 7pm. Mrs. Apsey will share read aloud strategies for you to use at home. You can use the strategies when you celebrate World Read Aloud Day with your children on Thursday, February 1st.

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PARENT SURVEY LINK

Parents, as part of our school improvement process we need feedback from you on a yearly basis to help us identify areas we can improve in as a school. We are hoping you will take a few minutes to fill this out. If you have multiple students, please fill out a separate one for each student so that we can more analyze the data by grade level. Students and staff are also surveyed so we have input from all three different groups. Thanks so much for your feedback!

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ROLLER SKATING PARTY ON FEBRUARY 13!

Quincy Family Fun Alert! Our PTO has arranged an event for us. Please join Quincy families at Home Roller Rink located at 12521 James Street in Holland! Skate times are 6:00-8:00 pm. Cost is $5 and $1 for roller blades.

ZEELAND WEST HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL NIGHT

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KINDERGARTEN/YOUNG FIVES REGISTRATION AND 

KINDERGARTEN/YOUNG FIVES INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS

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NOTE FROM MRS. APSEY

In many ways, this is the most important time of the year as we enter a several week stretch of solid learning! We are so excited about the progress students have made up to this point and cannot wait to see their achievement over the rest of the year.

Z-KIDS

If you are interested in Before and/or After School Z-KIDS, please be aware that registration for 18/19 school year begins February 1st. A $50 Non Refundable registration fee is due at time of registration. You can register online by going to the ZPS webpage, under About Us you will find Z-KIDS Childcare registration link. Or, simply click HERE.

MRS. DERUSHA ANDERLE, SPANISH TEACHER

Mrs. Anderle has began her maternity leave a little earlier than expected. Her substitute teacher is Sarah Vasquez (svasquez@zps.org) and she began January 8. She spent the first couple months of the school year as a long term substitute for Spanish immersion Kindergarten at New Groningen. She also has past experience working at Holland Public Schools & Zeeland Christian, and even taught English in Mexico for TEN years! She’s wonderful and she’ll be a great fit for our students.

We wish Mrs. Anderle all the best as she waits for the arrival of her child!

BOX TOPS COMPETITION WINNERS!

The class that collected the most Box Tops was Mrs. Dykstra’s 3rd grade class! They will be enjoying an ice cream sundae treat this week. We will have another competition this Spring, so keep looking at our updates for the announcement.

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OUR CHRISTMAS CARD TO YOU!

Quincy students and staff prepared a video Christmas card for our families. Please enjoy “All I want for Christmas is…Q!” We love you and wish you a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones.

FACEBOOK LIVE STORYTIME

Mrs. Apsey will host a Facebook LIVE Storytime for Quincy students again! This time we will read a New Year’s Resolution story just in time to head back to school after the holiday break. Please follow Mrs. Apsey on Facebook (@allysonapsey) and join her at 7:00pm on January 2nd.

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LUNCHROOM/PLAYGROUND HELP

Are you looking for a fun way to make a little extra money while having fun with our terrific Quincy students? We have the perfect job for you! We are in need of a lunch/recess supervisor.

The hours are 11:45am-1:15pm, Monday through Friday. If you are interested, please email Allyson Apsey at aapsey@zps.org. Thank you!

THANK YOU FOR THE MITTEN DONATIONS!

Quincy families were generous as usual! We are so excited package up the mittens and gloves to send off to Hand2Hand. They will be distributed to ZPS students in need. Thank you so much!

PESKY CRITTERS

Please encourage your child not to share their hat with other students. The best defense against unwanted critters in your student’s hair is to check his/her head weekly. Head lice is a common problem during the colder weather in Michigan. Catching it early is our best defense against lice. The link below will lead you to a publication that the State of Michigan published about Head Lice.

What Families Can Do

MRS. JOHNSON’S MAKERSPACE CLUB FOR 3RD, 4TH & 5TH GRADERS!

Makerspace Mondays second session will be January 8-February 12. Sessions will be in the computer lab from 3:50-5:00 on Mondays. Please visit her Facebook page to sign up. There is a limit of 15 students. You can also sign up using this google form.  Information about the club is on the Buncee poster. 

LOST AND FOUND

Our lost and found is overflowing! Please stop by the school to check out the table that is holding the items. All items remaining will be donated to charity by January 12.

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MITTEN DRIVE

The Quincy Student Leadership Team needs your help. These fourth and fifth graders want to show the Quincy spirit during this holiday season by gathering new mittens and gloves to distribute to local students in need through Hand2Hand.

We are collecting new mittens and gloves through Thursday, December 21st!

WINTER WEAR

Now that colder weather is upon us, it sure can get cold on the Quincy playgrounds! Students benefit from time outside, even when it is chilly. Our students go outside for recess unless the temperature is below an actual 10 or the wind chill is less than -10. Please be sure to send your student with a warm winter coat, hat, boots and gloves. When snow arrives, snow pants will be needed. Avoid searching through the “Lost & Found” by remembering to label everything!

LIBRARY VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP

Our library needs YOU! Even if you just have an hour or two, we would love your help. Come have fun and keep our library nice and organized.

Please click to sign up and help in our library! 

ATTENTION SKIERS

Attention Skiers and snowboarders!!! Bittersweet Ski Area Discount Card registration forms for students and adults are available in the school office. Stop in and pick one up or call and have one sent home!! Don’t miss out on an opportunity to save money on downhill skiing and snowboarding at Bittersweet. Return the completed form(s) to the school office by December 13th. The cards will come home before Christmas vacation. Any questions please contact Lauri Bright, lbright@zps.org.

EXXON/MOBIL GRANT

Thank you to ExxonMobil for the $500 grant we received to support math/science programs at Quincy! A special thanks to our local service station, Venema Mobil Service on Washington in Zeeland for securing the grant on our behalf!

THANK YOU!

Thank you to Girl Scout Troop #4523 for a generous donation to Quincy Elementary! We are hoping to use the money to install a Buddy Bench on our playground.

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Girl Scout Troop #4523