2/8/18 Meeting Minutes

posted Mar 1, 2018, 6:41 PM by Rowena Tuttle
Thursday 2-8- 2018 Agenda:
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM - Family Feast Time at the JQES Cafeteria 6:45 PM - Child Care Starts in the Auditorium
6:45 PM - 8:00 PM –- School Updates
* Principal Soo Hoo: Updates for the School and Focus for the remaining school year
* Upcoming JQES events: Disco Dance, Teacher Appreciation, “This is US” (end of year JQES
community event) & 171st Anniversary Celebration
* Committee Sign-up for upcoming events
* Box Top Program and Amazon Smile
* Online Safety topics for March 28 Presentation by Microsoft
* Traditional Lion Dance!
Sonal announced updates for school (See attachment from Principal Cynthia Soo Hoo)
 Student Connects program cut back caused a lot of concern during the meeting. We will have 3
dates to voice their concerns regarding the cutting of the program.
 Budget Hearing Meetings:
 Tuesday, March 6
   6 p.m. – FY19 Budget Hearing 
   English High School - 144 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain
 Wednesday, March 14
   5 p.m. – FY19 Budget Hearing
   6 p.m. – School Committee meeting
   2300 Washington Street, Roxbury - 2nd Floor
 Wednesday, March 28
   6 p.m. – Regular Meeting and FY19 Budget vote
   2300 Washington St, Roxbury - 2nd Floor
If parents want to help, they can testify at one of these meetings regarding positive impact of City Connects or regarding
the Opportunity Index. I attended and testified at the hearing last night. 
Stig talked about upcoming large events which require a lot of parent participation.
 Disco dance—April
 Teacher appreciation—May Very large event and requires a lot of parent participation for
 Free Fundraising discussion (see attached flyer) and how the parents can help using Box Top and
Amazon Smile.
SPC is looking for parents to help us with translation of notes and information.
Rowena the school social media admin spoke about:

Anniversary Celebration for the 171 st May 31 st 5:30-9:30pm
10 course traditional Chinese Banquet (Empire Garden)
Online and live auctions fundraising: (JQS community helps with auction items)
o Swimming program, Technology updates and Field Trips
o Last year we raised 100k which was used to fund Swim Instruction for 440 Students
(Grades 2-5), purchase 25 Chrome books this year, Chrome carts, field trips etc.
Online Safety presentation for 3 rd to 5 th graders. Individual will come back and do it for parents
during March 28 th (next) SPC meeting.

Ways to stay connected with the school:
 Google group (jqs-boston@googlegroups.com)
 Social Media
 Parent coffee hour every Friday at 9:15am
Andrea Blake (Technology Specialist & JQS Upper school SPC President)
 Upper school has SPC meetings which help prevent/promote smaller group.
 Middle School and Upper program school IB program is really good.
 No update about JQS Upper School new building.
 IB Test High Level and save one year on College.
 Meeting with Middle and Upper school parents to help with transition between schools.