QUINCY UPDATE

QUINCY WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENT

Reading Marathon is this Friday, October 19! Donations will be collected that morning and then prizes will be awarded at the assembly that will conclude our day. Please watch the Weekly Announcements for this week to see all the donations that have come in so far!

 

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

Conferences are right around the corner! November 5, 6 and 8 we will have the privilege of sitting down with you and discussing your wonderful children. Parents will be able to schedule their conference at 4:15pm Friday, October 17 by going to our website quincy.zps.org and clicking on the link on the homepage. Our policy is to hold just one conference per child so everyone hears the same thing at the same time. It is important to come together for the benefit of our students. We are looking forward to seeing you!

AFTER SCHOOL MINDFULNESS & YOGA

Mrs. Allyson Fris, our school social worker, is offering an after school club for 3rd through 5th grade students beginning on Tuesday,  November 13. For more information and to sign up, please read her google doc.

GIRLS ON THE RUN 

Girls on the Run is a terrific program to not only help 3rd-5th grade girls accomplish running goals, it also teaches self-esteem and other important lessons. Quincy is excited to offer Girls on the Run for 3rd – 5th grade girls again this spring!  Practices will be every Monday and Thursday beginning March 4 through May 30.  Please visit the Girls on the Run Web Page to sign up. Sign up begins November 1. The website also contains information on how to become a coach; we need two more at Quincy. Please email Heather Cook with questions – hcook@zps.org.

QUINCY UPDATE

READING MARATHON FUNDRAISER

This year our fundraiser is going to be out of this world!!! We are going to spend Friday, October 19th reading, and we are asking you and your family/friends to sponsor your child. Our Reading Marathon Fundraiser is that simple, families gather sponsors, send in the money, and we celebrate reading. Marathon is explained further in the Monday, October 8 Announcement link below.

Here are the easy steps:

  1. Gather sponsors, and put the cash or checks in the envelope.
  2. Write sponsor names on the bookmark. Bring your bookmarks to school on Friday, October 19 to keep your place while reading!
  3. Send in the envelope on one (or more) of the designated days: Oct 5th, Oct. 12th and Oct 19th.

We want to share our Reading Marathon fun with you. We will be inviting parents to read with us for a portion of the day. Our goal is for every student to raise $25 or more, which would earn Quincy PTO more than $10,000! This money is used to help pay for field trips, teacher grants and helping to add more equipment to the playgrounds.

There are prizes too!

  • The top 9 students who earn the most money will win a ride in a limo with Mrs Apsey to Barnes and Noble to get a book of their choice on October 23rd from 5:45-7:15pm.
  • Any class that brings in $1,000.00 or more will get to squish a pie in Mrs Apsey’s face.
  • Students who bring in $25 or more will earn a “Extra Recess” pass.

Thank you for your support!

QUINCY WEEKLY ANNOUNCMENT

 

Quincy Elementary students are focusing on being great DUX every day!

Depend on each other

Understand our own value

eXpect to be safe

Each week we will create a video weekly announcement to emphasize our mission to follow expectations and to be great people. We will share our weekly videos on this blog so families can participate in our mission too!

HALF DAY OF SCHOOL

This Friday, October 12 is a half day of school. Students are dismissed at noon.

ANNUAL BOX TOP CONTEST

BOX TOP 2018

MAKERSPACE ENROLLMENT

3rd – 5th grade students! Do you love to make and create? Come join Mrs. Johnson for Makerspace Mondays! Here is a link for the google form to sign up and a photo of the information page: LINK TO ENROLL

I’ll be posting on my FB page too! Mrs. Johnson’s Facebook page

Makerspace2018

 

QUINCY UPDATE

QUINCY WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENT

Quincy Elementary students are focusing on being great DUX every day!

Depend on each other

Understand our own value

eXpect to be safe

Each week we will create a video weekly announcement to emphasize our mission to follow expectations and to be great people. We will share our weekly videos on this blog so families can participate in our mission too!

Quincy Weekly Announcement on Mon. October 1: https://youtu.be/nUJbtXkFQp8

QUINCY UPDATE

QUINCY WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Quincy Elementary students are focusing on being great DUX every day!

 Depend on each other

 Understand our own value

eXpect to be safe

Each week we will create a video weekly announcement to emphasize our mission to follow expectations and to be great people. We will share our weekly videos on this blog so families can participate in our mission too!

Quincy Weekly Announcement on Mon., September 10: https://youtu.be/Wu3FSCOsY80

Quincy Weekly Announcement on Mon. September 17:  https://youtu.be/Yfl3KbJOoig

Quincy Weekly Announcement on Mon. September 24: https://youtu.be/nDVyXL50JTA

ATTENDANCE POLICY UPDATE

We are fortunate to be part of a strong community that values and supports quality education. As partners in your child’s learning, we strongly believe in preparing all students for college or career readiness. ZPS is Learning for Life!

One of the important soft skills that builds into every student’s success is attendance. Local employers agree that regular school attendance builds a standard of expectation, and develops a level of accountability that will carry well into adulthood.

To further emphasize the importance of attendance accountability, Zeeland Public Schools, in cooperation with neighboring districts, developed an Ottawa County Attendance Policy and Absenteeism Protocol to deter chronic absenteeism. Chronically absent refers to a student being absent 10% or more of enrolled school days in an academic year. Many of the details within the policy mirror what has already been in practice at ZPS.  For most families, the new policy will have minimal to no effect on current attendance practices.

Currently, a verified excused absence includes:

  •         Parent or doctor verified sickness or injury
  •         Physical health or mental health appointments with doctor’s note
  •         Religious holidays
  •         Funeral / death in family
  •         Treatment for lice
  •         Documented and mandated court appearances
  •         Extreme weather
  •         Travel, up to 5 days, with prior official approval
  •         Educational opportunities, with prior official approval
  •         Placement by juvenile court in detention

The biggest change is the area-wide requirement of a doctor’s note for all medical appointments that take place during the academic day. Most medical offices automatically provide a slip to verify appointments. This slip can simply be turned in to the office upon the student’s return to school. Should you forget, simply turn in the slip the following school day.

To clarify on a point of recent confusion, ZPS does not require a doctor slip for every full-day absence due to sickness. We understand that illness does not always necessitate a doctor visit, and therefore, parent verification is an accepted excused absence. However, should illness or injury be an ongoing experience, a doctor slip will be required by your child’s school. It is always best practice to stay in communication with your child’s school regarding any situation that may result in absences beyond a few days.

We fully understand that any change in policy can pose questions and concerns. This framework is developed with your active communication in mind. We encourage you to always seek clarification from your child’s building regarding your personal situation.  Thank you for taking an active role in understanding this new set of protocols and partnering with us to prepare your child for a successful future.

Click HERE for the complete OAISD Attendance Policy and Absenteeism Protocol.

DANCING WITH THE TEACHERS

Dancing with the Teachers 2018 is October 13, 7:00 PM at DeWitt Auditorium.

Some of our favorite teachers will be dancing on October 13 in hopes of winning the mirror ball trophy. During the family-friendly dance competition, audience members will vote for their favorite teams. Be sure to bring a wifi-enabled device! Get your tickets soon as they sell quickly! New, this year, you may also purchase t-shirts to show your support. Ordering information for tickets and shirts can be found here: https://sites.google.com/zps.org/zeelanddance/performances

 

QUINCY UPDATE

DUX: Depend on each other, Know our own value, eXpect to be safe

Over the past year, Quincy teachers have worked together to create a behavior expectation MATRIX and we are excited to share it with you! Students in all grade levels are taught these expectations and we would love for you to ask your students about them at home.

We are going to highlight the expectations and our social-emotional learning goals in weekly videos. Your student saw this video this morning. We will share our weekly video announcements with you each week right here on our school family blog.

MATRIX Quicy

QUINCY PTO

Quincy Families! The first PTO meeting is September 10 at 6pm here at Quincy. If you are not able to make it out to the meeting please look for us on Facebook ( Quincy pto). You can either friend us or follow us to be updated on all the fun activities we have going on here at Quincy during the school year.

PARKING LOT SAFETY THANK YOU!

If we can navigate the parking lot safely the first week of school, the rest of the year should be a breeze! Thank you so much for leaving the drive and the curb by the gym clear. That has been instrumental in getting the buses in and out safely. Thank you for your incredible patience in our busy parking lot also. I am laughing to myself as I type this because it sounds exactly like what we say to students, but you are doing a great job taking turns, being conscience of others out there, and being polite to each other. It is so appreciated!

SPIRIT DAY IS THIS FRIDAY! 

Pirate Day fun mateys! Yo ho ho, let’s keep it safe and leave weapons at home. Argh!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 IS A HALF DAY OF SCHOOL

Students are dismissed at noon so teachers can spend the afternoon learning together.  

PUMPKIN RUN

Zeeland Athletic Boosters would like to invite you to participate in their annual Pumpkinfest Run. https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Zeeland/ZeelandAthleticBoostersPumpkinfestRun?rsus=100-200-6cf8b922-4cee-4779-9ee4-18064449a1f8

QUINCY STUDENT LIBRARY COMMITTEE

This year Mrs. McKee formed the Quincy Student Library Committee to get students more involved with our library. Interested 4th and 5th grade students will help select new books for the library, choose a monthly theme, and put returned books away. An application came home this week and can be returned to Mrs. McKee in the library by Tuesday September 11th.

QUINCY UPDATE

PathtoSerendipity

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!

SummerStretch

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.

QUINCY UPDATE

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

teacher thank

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

Tulips

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

next year

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

PTO 1

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!

MaddieR

Whale Island by 5th Grader Maddie Russell

LaurenE

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

 

QUINCY UPDATE

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.

Reading Night Flyer

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!

Image result for paws for books book fair

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!

earth day

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

 

zchyoungchild2018

QUINCY UPDATE

Too Much Fun for March is Reading Month!

Image result for under the big top

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

Image result for hat pictures

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!

Image result for paws for books book fair

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).