April 1, 2015
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Spring is right around the corner and many exciting things are going on here at Merrymount School. Please check the calendar for various exciting events. Here are some April highlights:
v Monthly Character Theme: Our character education theme for the month of April is Respect for Others. Throughout this month, we will stress the importance of good manners and of thinking about the feelings of others before doing or saying anything that may be hurtful. We will also reinforce respect for different beliefs and cultures, respect for property and respect for rules at home, on the bus and at school.
v Reminder: Good Friday, April 3rd, will be a half day of school for ALL Quincy Public Schools. Merrymount School dismissal time will be 11:25 a.m.
Ø MCAS Update: Grades 3, 4, and 5 will begin the ELA/Reading MCAS tests March 23-April 13. The fourth grade Long Composition test will be given on Thursday, April 2. Grade 3 testing—3/30, 4/1; Grade 4 testing—4/2 (Long Comp), 4/6, 4/9; Grade 5 testing—4/8, 4/10. Make up testing days are scheduled for 4/7 and 4/13. Students are encouraged to get a good night’s sleep the night before the test and eat a good breakfast.
v Special April Events: When you check this month’s calendar, you will see many enriching events. Grade 2 is planning to have their Neighborhood Workers Parade on Friday, April 17th. Grade 3 will hold its annual Animal Fair on Tuesday, April 14h. Grade 4 will be involved with NASA Distance Learning, “States of Matter”, on April 15th. In honor of Earth Day (4/22), on April 17th the 4th graders will be cleaning up the Merrymount school yard to help the environment!
v Quincy Animal Shelter: The 1st grade students are excited to be in charge of Merrymount’s 12th Annual Drive for the Quincy Animal Shelter, April 27-May 8. They are looking for donations of cat food, cat toys, cat treats, clean cloth towels, paper towels, detergent, bleach, large trash bags, and “Yesterday’s News” cat litter. Thank you for your donations!
v Nurse Slocum’s Healthful Hints: I know it is hard to believe that there will be green grass soon, but it is coming and with it ticks. Every time you or your child(ren) walk in the woods, go to the park or play or work in the grass, there is danger of encountering ticks. Ticks cause serious diseases. For information about ticks: www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/id/epidemiology/ticks and www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/lyme/prevent-disease.pdf .
v Student Council Leadership Summit: The Superintendent’s Fifth Grade Student Council Leadership Summit is scheduled for April 16th. The Summit will be held at the Tirrell Room from 9:00-11:30. Each school will be sending five representatives. Madilyn Bailey, Nicholas Blasi, Bridget Keane, Timmy Kelly, and Zach Galligan are proudly representing Merrymount.
v Beyond the Bell: Beyond the Bell is an opportunity for Quincy Public Schools’ students to be immersed in age-appropriate interdisciplinary activities connecting school, home, and the community. Student opportunities are designed to promote experiential and meaningful learning that promotes civic and family engagement. The pathways of participation for our students at all levels will include opportunities for structured after-school, Saturday, or early evening events at school or within the community, utilizing online resources for directed learning or for exploring a topic or interest. Watch for notification of these special events and activities throughout the months of April, May, and June on flyers, emails, the PTO website, and the QPS website.