Quincy Update


Students and Mrs. Lievense with Miranda


Students and Mrs. Statema with Miranda


We had a wonderful time celebrating the end of the Iditaread! We had several special guests for our assembly this morning. Maranda from WOTV was here and she will feature Quincy on her show on Thursday–watch WOTV Channel 4 at 4:00pm on Thursday, March 30th.
We also saw a real sled dog! Mr. and Mrs. Braymer brought their dog Baloo in for us to see the characteristics of a sled dog. All students received their very own Quincy Iditaread bracelets to celebrate all our hard work.
Thank you for supporting our mission to read more during March to build our reading skills and our love for reading!


Whitecaps Reading Calendars MUST be turned in by Thursday, March 30.


Spring Break begins this week. Our last day of school is Thursday, March 30. We do not have school on Friday or the following week. School resumes on Monday, April 10.


Kindergarten Grandparents Day is Friday, April 21 at 2:00 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.


Our Spring Book Fair is Buy One Get One Free! Please mark  is April 24-27 with Tuesday Family Night hours of 3:45-6:00 pm.


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 2017-18 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.


The City of Zeeland has set aside Saturday, April 22 as a Day of the Young Child special event. It begins at 9:30 am and ends at 1:00 pm. Visit Cityside’s main gym for games, music and art activities for 3rd graders and younger. Parents will also be provided bike and car seat safety information as well as educational resources appropriate for parents of young children. You will also want to head outdoors to the front of the school to have your children hope on a fire truck, school bus, cement truck, and other vehicles. Additionally, there will be face painting, animals to pet, and special visits from team mascots. You won’t want to miss this!


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Our students are having so much fun participating in our March is Reading Month Iditaread! The whole school had a “Hall Out and Read” on Friday afternoon. Students are turning in their ‘paws’ and moving their class along to Nome, Alaska–the end of the Iditarod. Our goal is to have enough students read at home and turn in paws to have every class make it to the finish line! For more information, check out this video.


Picture of students reading in the hall


Quincy’s Annual Spring Fling is Friday, March 17 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.

Our basket raffle is coming along great!

Thank you parents for your donations!


Picture of baskets for Basket Raffle


Quincy 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are excited to share some music with you! Our music program is Tuesday, April 18th at 6:30 pm in DeWitt Auditorium (Zeeland East High School). Students are asked to “dress their best” and should arrive by 6:20 pm. Grade levels will showcase different skills including singing, dancing, playing ukuleles, playing recorders, and more! We want every student to be a part of this fun and special night. If your student cannot attend, please let Mrs. Russell know as soon as possible. jrussell@zps.org. Our students look forward to performing for you! Everyone is welcome!


The Campbell’s Labels for Education program is ending this year. We will be doing one final collection of any labels you have left in your home. This is not the Box Tops program. Please submit any labels by Thursday, March 30.


Quincy is participating in the 2017 Whitecaps Reading Club for the March is Reading Month! Please fill out the Whitecaps Calendar and return it to school by Wednesday, March 29 to receive one free Whitecaps ticket to be used on Friday, April 21 at 6:35 pm. If your student reads 15 minutes each day for 20 days marked on the calendar they will receive a ticket to attend for the game for free.


Our Spring Book Fair is Buy One Get One Free! Please mark  is April 24-27 with Tuesday Family Night hours of 3:45-6:00 pm.


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We know that the snow and cold is not over, but we sure have been enjoying the warm weather at Quincy! We took advantage of the weather and cleaned up our playground this week. It is wonderful to see the pride students have in take care of our school!


Spring conferences are being held Monday, March 6 by appointment. Appointments will take place from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

Conferences held in the Spring are by invitation. Parents may contact their child’s teacher if they feel a conference is needed.

There will be a half day of school March 6 for all elementary students.

Report cards will be sent home Friday, March 10.


Quincy Elementary has received a $500 grant from the Exxon Mobile Education Alliance program. This will be used to support our school in the areas of Math and Science.

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Congratulations fifth-grade students! We are so proud of all of our fifth-grade students who participated in the Spelling Bee. It was a tough competition with many, many great spellers. We are pleased to announce that first place goes to Peyten Lohr and second place to Josh Oren!


2017 Spelling Bee


Families who live within the Zeeland district who would like to apply for an in-district transfer to a building other than their assigned boundary school building are asked to fill out an in-district transfer form. This form will be accepted February 1, 2017 until April 7, 2017. Applications received after April 7 will be reviewed at a later date. This form is required for all new in-district transfer requests as well as in-district transfer students entering a transition year (entering grades 6 and 9) in the fall of 2017.




Cooler weather is here and with that comes the boots, hats, gloves, snow pants and coats that children bring bring to school.

Please be sure to label all clothing! Also, 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.


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Hello Quincy Families,

Each student on the ‘be nice.’ student leadership team chose one word to help guide their goals for the 2017 year. Quincy students have watched the video they created featuring their words and you will enjoy watching the short video too! Here is the link to the video: https://youtu.be/iFHczbe8VL0. Watch it and then ask your child if they have chosen a word as their guide for 2017. Adults can choose a word too!

Thank you for your partnership!


In an effort to improve system practices, Zeeland Public Schools is conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time complete this survey.

The survey can be taken here: Parent Survey

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated.

Thank you!


Before and After School Registration for 17/18 begins February 7th, online under the ZPS webpage, under About Us you will find Zkids Childcare registration link.

Summer Camp 2017 Registration will begin March 16th, online under the ZPS webpage, under About Us you will find the ZKids Summer Camp registration link.

For more information or questions, please call Cheryl Kraker at 748-4711.






For community even information go to http://www.zps.org/community-page/.


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Dear Quincy Family,

Happy New Year! It is so exciting to share a brand new year with all of you. We had so much fun spreading holiday cheer before the break and we want to share some of that fun with you! Check out this video https://youtu.be/rjU0YTbfIWc, it will surely make you smile.

There are so many amazing things going on at the Q and we are ready to make 2017 our best year yet! As I walk down the halls, I see the New Year’s Resolutions that first-graders wrote. They set goals to push themselves to be the best they can be.

Many Quincy students and teachers have embraced the “one-word” goal setting movement and have selected just one word to help them focus their efforts over the course of 2017. The fourth and fifth graders on the be nice. committee chose a word and we heard words like, “grow, support, include, grateful, smile”. When given an opportunity, students are so reflective and such deep thinkers. They want good things for themselves and the world and understand their role in making that happen.

Fourth graders have composed emails to Senator Arlan Meekhof and Representative Garcia about the conditions of Detroit Public Schools. Student compassion and giving hearts are a testament not only to the great environment at Quincy but to their upbringing. We are so fortunate to have you as partners.

Our PTO has generously volunteered to deliver the hats and gloves to Blackwell Institute next week. They will also be providing a lunch for the staff and PTO of Blackwell. Thank you so much for supporting this effort, we have really touched the hearts of students, staff, and the Blackwell community.

Happy New Year to all of you from your Q-Crew!

Winter Wear

Some days it may not seem quite like winter out and other days there is no doubt it is winter! It gets pretty cold on the Quincy playgrounds. Please be sure to send your students with a hat, gloves, boots, snow pants and a warm winter coat. Also, be sure to label everything in case a student misplaces something. Thank you!

Kindergarten/Young Fives Registration 

Registration day for all K & Y5 programs: February 7, 2017 from 9am -6pm, In district: please register at your boundary school Out of district: please register at Early Childhood Center, 140 W. McKinley.

All ZQuest Applicants: please register at Roosevelt, 175 W. Roosevelt, All Spanish Immersion Applicants: please register at New Groningen, 10542 Chicago Drive

Kindergarten/Young Fives Informational Meetings

Two opportunities! Attend an information meeting on ZPS Kindergarten & Young 5’s: January 30 at 6:15 pm at Woodbridge Elementary, 9110 Woodbridge Street or January 31 at 6:15 pm at Roosevelt Elementary, 175 W. Roosevelt Avenue

Attend additional sessions to learn about our specialized programs: ZQuest – January 30 or 31 at 7:00 pm (please also attend the info meeting at 6:15)   Spanish Immersion Applicants: please register at New Groningen, 10542 Chicago Drive

ZPS Preschool

Early Childhood Center (ECC), 140 W McKinley. 3 & 4 year old preschool programs, GSRP, Head Start. Tuition free & tuition based. Program information & registration Monday, February 6, 5:30-7:00pm at the ECC. For more information contact the ECC 616.748.3275.

Makerspace Update from Mrs. Johnson

Click to find out more about Makerspace for 3rd, 4th & 5th graders! https://api.buncee.com/player?slide_panel=false&autoplay=true&bid=812146&share_key=048f981ad34d11e6b27800185179db73

Click https://goo.gl/forms/4jfRQMapblcLhuMi2 to sign up for the 2nd session from January 30 – March 27. 

Girls on the Run Shoe Fittings

If your daughter is signed up for Girls on the Run, please be sure to have her fitted for shoes. The following locations/times are scheduled:

January 7: Center for Women in Transition, 9am-12noon, 411 Butternut Dr, Holland, MI 49424

January 17: Center for Women in Transition, 4pm-6pm, 411 Butternut Dr, Holland, MI 49424

January 25: James Town Elementary-Hudsonville, 3:40-6pm, 3291 Lincoln Street, Hudsonville, MI 49426

January 28: Center for Women in Transition, 9am-12noon, 411 Butternut Dr., Holland, MI 49424

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News from Mrs. Johnson, Technology Teacher

Enjoy our Collaborative Classroom Christmas Trees Created by 3rd-5th graders in Technology class!
Some trees are still being “decorated” and will continue to be updated as students finish.
The Hour of Code is coming next week December 5th-9th! If you are already cleared in our Volunteer system and would like to come in and see what’s it’s all about just contact Mrs. Johnson for your child’s class time! You are welcome to pop in and observe or even give it a try yourself! 🙂 Please contact Mrs. Johnson at ljohnson@zps.org if you are interested in popping in!

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 on December 16.

Winter Wear

Now that colder weather is upon us, it sure can get cold on the Quincy playgrounds! Please be sure to send your student with a warm winter coat, hat, boots and gloves. When snow arrives, snowpants will be needed. Remember to label everything too!

Attention Skiers!

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 at Bittersweet. Return the completed form(s) no later than 11:00 am December 14. The cards will come home before Christmas vacation.

Community Events

For community event information go to http://www.zps.org/community-page/