SPC Meeting Minutes 3/09/2016

posted Mar 14, 2016, 5:50 PM by Andrea Blake

Planning for the April 8th (Friday) Disco Dance

We have recruited a few parents to help with the water, face painting, and music for the Family Disco Dance on Friday, April 8th, 6:30-8:30pm in the school gymnasium.  The ticket cost is $5 per family.  This is going to be a big (500+ children) and fun event, and we will need additional parent volunteers to help with the front desk (ticket sales), floor supervision and crowd control, and snack distribution.  The SPC Executive Committee will order various snacks (chips, fruit snacks, etc.) for the event, but it is strongly encouraged that parents feed their child(ren) before the dance.  Parents/Guardians are expected to accompany their child(ren) to the disco dance – no drop offs.  If anyone is available to help that evening, please e-mail the SPC Executive Committee at josiahquincyparentcouncil@gmail.com.  


Planning for the May 6th (Friday) Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

This is another big JQES event where we will provide breakfast for the JQES teachers and staff (120 individuals total) in the cafeteria.  In the past, we were able to get some great donations (food) from local businesses such as pastries, and it would be great if parents could help with the solicitations again this year.  Attached is a sample solicitation letter that parents can use to ask local businesses for donations.  We will also be sending a letter home with all the students to ask for donations from parents.  In addition, we will be buying small gifts for the teachers and staff, so we are looking for ideas for gifts as well as donations.  If anyone is available to help with this event, or has ideas for gifts, please e-mail the SPC Executive Committee at josiahquincyparentcouncil@gmail.com.

Principal Soo Hoo – Updates 

  • BPS Budget – There are no significant changes or implications for JQES next school year (SY16-17), and the school will be able to maintain its current staffing level.  Parents can go on the City of Boston’s website to watch recordings of the BPS budget meetings, and/or attend the following Boston School Committee Budget Hearings:  
    • Wednesday, March 16; 5:00 p.m. Budget Hearing; 6:00 p.m. School Committee meeting; 

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  • Wednesday, March 23; 6:00 p.m. Regular meeting and FY16 Budget vote; 2300 Washington Street, Roxbury - 2nd Floor

  • Extended Learning Time (ELT) update – There will be no changes for the next school year (SY16-17), and JQES’ time will remain the same (9:30am-3:30pm).  The current plan is to implement the extended learning time (extra 40 minutes) in SY17-18, but this issue still needs further discussions with the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) and BPS Central Office.  Some of the JQES staff, parents, and community partners would prefer an earlier start time.  Given the school’s proximity to the hospital, major transit lines, and highways, there will be logistical challenges with transportation if JQES were to dismiss at a later time (during the evening rush hour).  The school has already started a sub-committee (comprised of JQES teachers, parents, and after school program staff) to work on this ELT initiative.       

  • JQES Field Trip on April 14th – All the JQES students and teachers will be going to the Apple Circus (City Hall Plaza) on Thursday, April 14th.    

  • JQES Alumni Open House on April 15th – In an effort to re-connect and engage the JQES alumni, Principal Soo Hoo is planning to have an “Open House” on Friday, April 15th.  More details to come.  

  • “Un-Conference” – Principal Soo Hoo proposed to have a day where parents can come in to learn about various school topics (e.g., PARCC, AWC, Inclusion classes, etc.) in different sessions.  It would most likely be held on a Saturday at JQES, and childcare would be provided.  Parents said it would be helpful to see a list of topics ahead of time before giving feedback on this proposal.  

Other Topics / Announcements 

  • SPC Treasurer Darrell Smith reported that we have already sold 116 DVDs from the forms that went home with the students.  The Parent Council is also planning to sell the DVDs at the JQES Disco Dance to raise more funds for the various SPC activities throughout the school year.  

  • Raffle Tickets – JQES is currently selling raffle tickets to raise money for library books and to fund other school activities.  The drawing will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016.  Please contact JQES Librarian, Heidi Boulogne <hboulogne@bostonpublicschools.org> for raffle tickets or for more details.  

  • Tuesday, March 15th – JQOP Student Concert in the auditorium, 6:30pm.  All JQES parents and students are invited to attend.       

  • Wednesday, March 16th – There will be a Candidates Forum for the First Suffolk and Middlesex State Senate Election in the auditorium at 6:00pm.  Parents and community members are invited to attend to meet the candidates and hear them speak.  

  • Wednesday, March 30th – BPS’ Office of Family Engagement will be holding a community meeting in the school auditorium at 6:00pm to explain the interviewing and hiring process for the JQES Principal position.  (Ms. Soo Hoo was appointed last school year to serve as the Interim JQES Principal.)  More details to come from the BPS Office.    

Questions, comments, or suggested topics for upcoming Parent Council Meetings?  Please email us at:  josiahquincyparentcouncil@gmail.com

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Next Meeting:  Wednesday, May 18th, 6:00-7:00pm in the Cafeteria