2.7.19 SPC Meeting Minutes

posted Feb 11, 2019, 9:33 AM by Rowena Tuttle
SPC Meeting and Chinese New Year Celebration

Thursday, Feb 7th, 2019
6:00PM - 8:00PM

6:00pm - 6:45pm Potluck family feast & Lunar New Year celebration in the cafeteria,
some students will also be performing the lion dance!
6:45 - 8pm Childcare and gross motor activity in the gym with Mr. Levett! Arts and
crafts will also be available.
7pm - 8pm Parents gather in the cafeteria for SPC meeting and school updates.

Speakers: Principal Soo Hoo - School Updates,
Debbie and Vivian Ortiz - Safe Routes to School
Webster Pilcher of JQSA - Announcing 172 Anniversary Banquet
Jen Roy of SPC, Internet Safety and Immigration Project Volunteers Needed
Rowena Tuttle JQES Community Field Coordinator - Upcoming Events

Principal Soo Hoo - School Updates
1) International Baccalaureate:
- School met with District's Academics department in supporting our Curriculum
Development (Standards alignment, resources, flexibility to receive Science kits when
needed; ways to have more cross-grade level and cross content/specialists meeting as
well as Professional development)
- The Upper school will hold a Middle Years Programme IB night next Tuesday from
5:30-6:30 at 900 Washington Street
- Our next IB Community information night will be Thursday, March 7th from 5-6pm (The
district will have their BPS Budget meeting in the auditorium from 6-10pm)
2) Budget:
- Submitted a balanced budget
- Had to close one of our Early Childhood Center Based Classrooms due to low
- Continue to prioritize full-time paraprofessional in all Kindergartens and smaller class
sizes in grades 1 and 2
- Inclusion is rolling up to grade 5
3) Others:
- The Wellness Committee has drafted a letter to the BuildBPS team requesting that the
findings in the BuildBPS Josiah Quincy Elementary School Facility Evaluation Report be
part of the BUildBPS plan including which include the Roof Membrane and windows. In
addition requests for the entire Envelope of the school and rug removal be completed.
- The school site council will create a strategic plan document to ensure our priorities
and initiatives are well planned and align to our school's Vision

Debbie and Vivian Ortiz - Safe Routes to School
Parents will:
1. Understand what SRTS Boston is, why it exists and what we do
2. Learn what they can do to help make walking to school safe, fun, and
● Walk (or bike) to school with your child. Follow the preferred walk routes and
teach them to your children. Model safe walking/biking strategies and help your child
learn to get to school safely.
(Please take copies of the preferred walking route map and safe walking tips in English
and Chinese)
● Attend your school’s Wellness Council meetings. Ask about efforts to
implement Safe Routes to School and how you can help.
(I will include this or leave it out, depending on your preference)
● Walk to School Days - Review the history the Quincy has with Walk to School
Days and how they help encourage children to value active transportation.
(I am not sure if you want parents to be involved in helping to organize WTSD - I will
show the planning toolkit)
● Advocate for Safer Streets: Identify and document concerns and communicate
them to the city using the BOS:311 app, and/or Vision Zero Safety Concerns Map.
○ Plan a Safety Walk: Organize a group of parents and community members to
walk to school following the Preferred Walking Route together. Identify and document
concerns and make a plan to communicate them to the city using the BOS:311 app,
and/or Vision Zero Safety Concerns Map. Resources available to assist.
(I will share the attached 311/Vision Zero sheet - in both English and Chinese. If parents
are interested in doing a safety walk i can discuss further (along with Vivian) in a follow
up meeting)
● Consider organizing a Walking School Bus, Park and Walk, or Bicycle
Train. Walking or biking to school is more fun for kids (and parents) when they are
together. Utilize the preferred walking route map to identify meet up spots and times so
you can walk as a group.
(This would also be a good follow up opportunity if parents indicate an interest)
● Share your experience through social media. Use #saferoutesboston or on
walk to school day: #bpswalktoschoolday
3. Determine a plan for next steps - walk audit, walking school bus, etc. Invite parents
to sign up to be a part of a safe routes committee.

Webster Pilcher of JQSA - Announcing 172 Anniversary Banquet
● Celebrating the 172nd JQES anniversary celebration banquet on Wednesday, May
15th at Empire Garden in Chinatown
● Annual fundraiser, aiming to raise $100,000 for student programs including
technology, athletics, field trips, and school services
● Everyone can help by buying tickets, making donations for the silent/live auction,
making tax deductible donations, or becoming major donors and honored guests
● Fundraising help is always appreciated! Please let me, Rhonda, or Cynthia know if
you'd like to help raise money for the JQSA

Jen Roy of SPC, Internet Safety and Immigration Project Volunteers Needed
Internet Safety
The Parent Council is looking at sponsoring a workshop on Kid's online usage and
safety. Technology has both made our lives much easier and are posing challenges
that are new and no parent before us have confronted before.
● How many of your kids play on the computer/ipad/phone ?
● How many of you have a hard time getting your kids off the computer/ipad/phone
● How many of you wonder/worry about how much time kids should be on
electronic media each day?
● What are kids learning from using electronics? What are they being exposed to?
● How many of you have put in parental controls on the devices your children are
using? Are they fool proof?
If you answered "yes" to at least two of these questions, join us for a workshop on "Kids
and Screentime" to share your experience, to share resources and strategies that work
and to hear about the current research in this area. The workshop date is TBD

Immigration Project
The fourth grade team is implementing a new IB Unit on Immigration. The central idea
for the unit is People Migrate for Many Reasons. The fourth Grade team is requesting a
group of parents to participate in a panel where they can share their own personal
experiences. Some questions that may be asked:
● Why did you immigrate?
● Who came with you when you immigrated?
● How long did the visa process take for you?
● Where and with whom did you stay?
● Were you separated from your families in order to come here?
● Did you attend school in the United States?
This panel discussion may also be open to questions from students. If you are
interested in participating, it will take place the week after vacation. The fourth grade
team is open to coordinating a time that works well for parents that are interested.
If you are interested in being a part of this project, please contact Ms. Moreira at

Rowena Tuttle JQES Community Field Coordinator - Upcoming
Please take a copy of the “How to Stay Connected With JQES” Flyer
2/8 - Dim sum Outing for Parents at 9:30am at China Pearl (RSVP to
RTuttle@bostonpublicschools.org by Weds.)
2/12 - JQUS IB Info Night from 530-630pm at JQUS Cafeteria *Targeted towards
grades 5-8
2/15 - Lunar New Year Celebration at Tufts - Some JQES Students to perform in atrium
from 12-1pm
2/18-22 - February Recess NO School
3/29- Disco Dance (6pm)
4/3- SPC Executive Meeting
4/15-19 - April Break NO SCHOOL
4/25 - Parent Council Meeting/ Movie Night
5/10 - Teacher Appreciation Breakfast 8am
5/15 - JQES 172nd Annual Banquet Fundraiser hosted by JQSA at Empire Garden