School Newsletter

As we head into the month of March, we look forward to the arrival of spring and some warmer weather and longer days. In the Media Center and in classrooms we will be highlighting text selections by women authors as we celebrate Women’s History Month. We also ask that you encourage your students to visit the lost and found to claim any items they may have lost or misplaced during the winter months. Finally, I would also ask that as we consider our drop-off and pick-up procedures that you please continue to support us in making safety the top priority. As students are dropped off at the start of their day, we ask you to remind them to always cross in front of their own cars. Please also remember never to pass cars during drop-off as we appreciate your patience in the morning as students exit their cars. During dismissal, please also adhere to school guidelines and not block cars in or park in handicapped spaces unless authorized to do so. Thank you always for your support in making our entrance and exit procedures at school each day as safe as possible.

• Beginning Monday, March 2nd, we will be celebrating our Read Across America Week at the Marshall School in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Grade 1 will end the week on Friday with a Hop on Pop celebration. During the week we will be celebrating Wacky Wednesday where staff and students will be encouraged to wear mismatched clothes and hairstyles. We ask our families to support on Thursday as we celebrate Think Big Thursday where we will be encouraging students to skip screen time for the afternoon and evening. On Thursday and Friday, we will be inviting mystery readers into each of our classrooms to share a Dr. Seuss themed text with our classes. During the week in honor of Fox in Socks, we will be collecting any donations of new socks, which will be delivered to Father Bill’s Place after school on Friday, March 6th.

• Trimester 2 will end on Friday, March 13, 2020. Report cards will be sent home with students on Friday, March 20, 2020 and will also be available online through the ASPEN portal on the same day. We look forward to our afternoon and evening conferences with our families on April 7, 2020.

• The last day for Quincy Recreation will be Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

• We will be hosting our monthly Clifford Marshall P.T.O. meeting on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 6:30 PM. Ms. Elizabeth Kelly who is the Digital Literacy Specialist for the Marshall School will be presenting.

• Please note the following dates for MCAS Testing for students in grades 3 and 4. Grade 3 will test the ELA (English/ Language Arts) test on April 13th and 15th, and the Math test on May 11th and 13th. Grade 4 will test the ELA test on April 16th and 17th, and the Math test on May 14th and 15th. Make-up tests will be scheduled as needed. This year grade 3 and grade 4 will be testing in a computer-based format.

• Our Marshall S.T.E.M. program will be running for students in grades 3 and 4 on four Saturdays from February 27th to March 21st from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Students must be enrolled in the program to attend.

• We look forward to welcoming the Quincy Historical Society to the Marshall School on March 16th and March 19th to work with our grade 3 students.

• We look forward to our annual P.T.O. Family Dance Party scheduled for Friday, March 20th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. More information to follow.

• Each month we select a character trait that will be highlighted and celebrated in our classrooms. For the month of March, the school character trait that we are highlighting is “determination”.

• Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-2021 school year will begin with a pre-registration process online. I would encourage any family who is enrolling a Kindergarten student for the 2020/2021 school year to visit the newly designed Quincy Public Schools website for more information.

• On Tuesday, March 31, 2020 we will be hosting our Kindergarten Art Gallery walk here at the Marshall School. We welcome all of our Kindergarten students and families to the Clifford Marshall School to see some of the incredible artwork that our Kindergarten students have created this year.