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!


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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 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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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).



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!



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.