SPC Meeting Minutes - 11/16/2017

posted Dec 1, 2017, 11:44 AM by Jen Roy   [ updated Dec 1, 2017, 11:57 AM ]

Student Parent Council Meeting:  11-16-2017


6:00 PM - 6:45 PM - Family Feast Time 6:45PM - Child Care Starts in the Auditorium 6:45PM - 7:15PM –- Updates

*JQES Updates - Principal Soo Hoo

*Outline of upcoming JQES events

*Introduction to Josiah Quincy School Association (JQSA) - Alice Drew

*Introduction to the Box Tops Program - Bonnie Donohue

7:15PM - 7:45PM - JQES School Psychologist Eric Wong to introduce parents to the F.I.R.E. values which are used at the school and how we can reinforce the values at home.

7:45PM - 8PM - Q&A

Welcome—Updates by Principal Cynthia Soo Hoo:

Instructional Focus all classrooms all students expanding focus around evidence based tasks—reading, writing and speaking.

IB program 1st meeting was information why it is good fit for the school.  Next meeting Th Dec 7th about How.  Teachers busy with curriculum and planning more project/inquiry based like real world to prepare for kids to be global citizens.

This Saturday teachers will have 6 hr. training and making sure materials are valid and not biased.  New revised Mass state standards to build units of study.

School start time and some parents attended meeting last week to share some concerns around the school.  It gets dark out many buses are late.  Medically fragile students had issues and those concerns were raised.  Earlier start time possibly for elementary schools and later for high schools.  This will be made public on Dec 7th and we will know when next year start time for JQES.  School day 6 hours and 40minutes.  Algorithm by MIT will be used for school times.  Orchestra program is prepared if needed we will know by Dec 7th.  Might keep it within a hour timeslot.

Saturday Dec 9th TDBank Garden for all school previews.  Other school previews in Dec and Jan.  Early release Thanksgiving and last 2 days of school means 2 hours before the end time is 2:10pm.

12/9/2017            TD Garden                  9:00 am – 1:00 pm

12/11/2017            JQES                     5:30 pm -- 7:00 pm

1/5/2018            JQES                     10:00 am – 11:30 am

1/24/2018            JQES                     10:00 am – 11:30 am



Eric Wong school psychiatrist talking about FIRE values and how to link from school to home.

Agenda Book has FIRE chart.  Positive behavior intervention system.  We all do things differently and value different things.  FIRE initiative is to create one language at school.

Focus, Integrity, Respect, Empathy.  What each looks like across all the areas throughout the day for kids.  Integrity even when no one is watching.  Focus pay attention.  Respect watch the hands and what we are doing.  Empathy try and understand what someone else feels.

Highlight modeling of the good behavior and reward them.  When they find a student, who is demonstrating the child receives a dragon scale.  POD meetings once a week and highlight students in front of their peer.  After the dragon is filled they have a spirit day.  Jamboree next Wednesday half day before Thanksgiving.

Lesson plans on how to teach these to the students.  Mapping the IB values and attitudes with FIRE values.  Social and emotional learning called second step.   

If family wants to sit down with Eric and work out how to discuss continuing the FIRE values at home.  He has offered below time options:

Nov 27th Morning and Evening—8:00am or tentative times in the evening

Dec 1st in the Evening

Dec 4th Morning tentative

Please email Eric Wong:  ewong2@bostonpublicschools.org More structure TBD upon the meetings.

FIRE chart attached below.


JQSA-Alice Drew fundraise for the kids.  Any amount that budget doesn’t cover they will fundraise.  Enrichment activities during school, School trip.  They bring people to the school if they cant bring the kids out.  

Raise money for the swimming program about 60k so 2nd-5th graders can do swimming during school.  Graded on their levels.  They look for money and donors in the city.  One major fundraiser in Spring—Adult only event typically.  More info coming in Spring.  Need volunteers for the JQSA as well.

Red envelope challenge in January.

jqsassociation@gmail.com Tax free charitable org.


Bonnie Donohue –Coordinates Box Tops –easy way for all parents to help contribute to the school.  Lots of products have Box tops.  Please be aware of this and help out.

Cut out send it in with the kids or Box in the office.  Box Top app that might have specials where school can make extra money.  Extra money for the school.

Smile.amazon.com—Please pick JQSA to support the school as you shop on Amazon.

Send it in with child.

Office across from the desk

YMCA Chinatown has it near the exit door.

Money goes directly to JQSA.  Try to put Box at the Friday morning coffee hour.


2 non-profits in the School-- Michael & Ann

JQOP—Orchestra program. Subsidize 56% of the cost there is a brochure and flyer for the December 2nd 11am – 4pm Holiday Bazaar.  Farmers market feel with bakery and vendors etc.

80 Christmas trees Saturday morning will be brought in by the Michael about 7-8 feet tall fresh trees from Vermont.  If anyone wants a really tall tree email Michael (michaelfraserfir@gmail.com).  Last year parents loved the trees.  


Last year fundraiser we made the goal.  Swimming pool need the fundraising every year please volunteer to help out with activities at the school.

Corporate Matching programs may help with more donations for the school.

Upcoming Events: Please review SPC flyer for events.


Q&A  Principal Soo Hoo

ELT Cynthia overview teaching for additional 40 mintues but staff utilizing it more effectively.  Much needed for state required minutes.  6 hour day was not sufficient.  

Kids are tired.  Time being used in different ways by different grade levels.  For example; 3rd grade will plan out something for 2 weeks and moving to different teachers etc.  Specialist helping so teachers have smaller groups.  Some kindergarten gets to go out twice.  No requests being taken for start times.

School menu doesn’t get served what is on the menu.  Issues with food and delivery.  Not enough milk was an issue.  New lunch manager.  Food delivery is off and what was ordered.  Dismissal at the end of the day and lot of congestion that happens.  This year’s dismissal is working best.  Please let Cynthia know if you have issues with dismissal.  

Cafeteria management is through Central.  Parent advocacy group that pushed for the program and company.  Please provide feedback about the new food company.

No homework policy—lowering amount of work that is given due to ELT.  Activities, websites –during Parent teacher conference.  BPS guidebook has homework policy is still recommended 45-60 minutes.  Reading is included in the minutes.  

BPS policy once child has a fever they have to stay home for 24 hours.

School uniforms—SSC surveys went out 2 weeks ago…What uniform we would have and what it would look like.  Ask the teacher for the survey if you have not received it.

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