February PAC Newsletter
Qualters Middle School Parent Advisory Council
Fundraising Update & PAC Initiatives
Fundraising Update: With your support, PAC has raised $13,753 of our initial $15,000 fundraising goal! With your generous contributions, we have been able to fund several new clubs and other student activities. Coming into this school year, PAC was unsure of how much financial support would be necessary to support student and staff initiatives. While we set the initial goal at 3 times the amount we struggled to raise each year since the start of the pandemic, our estimates did not fully anticipate the demand and requests for grants currently exceed our fundraising goal. It is clear that we have more work to do and we thank you in advance for your continued contributions to the Unfundraiser and support of our upcoming fundraising events.
Current Initiatives: PAC is currently collaborating with administration on the following initiatives. While we hope to make each of these a reality, we cannot guarantee that will be the case. Support for these initiatives is largely contingent on feasibility, funds raised, volunteer commitment, and obtaining the appropriate approvals. If you have an interested in assisting with one or more of these initiatives, please email email@example.com or join us at next meeting and we will put you to work!
- Neon Dance – PAC, Tri-M, and Student Council hosted the Neon Dance last Friday, February 9th 6:30-8:30 pm in the QMS Cafeteria. We would like to extend or gratitude and thanks to teachers, staff, administrators, Student Council, Tri-M, and ALL of the family volunteers that came together to make this dance a huge success! Over 300 tickets were sold and the kids seemed to have a wonderful time!
- 8th Grade Banquet – This years’ 8th grade end of year celebration will be themed “A Night at the Tropics” will be held at a local (in Mansfield) hotel on June 17th 6-9 pm. In order for this event to be a success, we will need at least 27 8th grade parents/guardians to serve as chaperones. In order to chaperone, parents/guardians must have a valid CORI on file with Mansfield Public Schools. Additional details will be provided once they are available.
A Night at the Tropics ~ 8th Grade Banquet
Each year PAC sponsors the annual 8th grade banquet to celebrate the official end of middle school. Historically this celebration has been a Hawaiian-themed event held outdoors in the QMS courtyard with a DJ and pizza. At the beginning of this year, Administration received feedback that students and families would like to enhance this experience and PAC has been working diligently on alternatives to celebrate this milestone. However, support for any PAC initiative is largely contingent on feasibility, funds raised, volunteer commitment, and obtaining the appropriate approvals.
As communicated in the January PAC Newsletter, we hope to hold “A Night at the Tropics” at a local hotel June 17th 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. However, as with all PAC initiatives, this is contingent on feasibility, funds raised, volunteer commitment, and obtaining the appropriate approvals. Unfortunately, the proposals we have received far exceed the cost of any prior end of year celebration and we have yet to secure the minimum (27) chaperones necessary to hold the event off of school grounds.
Though we have had a number of parents/guardians express interest, only 18 have a valid Criminal Offender Record Inquiry (CORI) on file. We are in the process of following up with those who have expressed interest but do not yet have a valid CORI on file. Please use the link below to let us know if you are willing to chaperone or volunteer for the event. If you've already submitted your response, you do not need to resubmit it.
In order to chaperone, parents/guardians must have a valid CORI on file with Mansfield Public Schools EACH YEAR*. To volunteer for this event, please stop by the Main Office to complete a CORI form no later than February 14th. Don’t forget to bring a valid MA state issued ID with you.
Rest assured that if it is not possible to hold the event elsewhere, the celebration will take place on school grounds as has been customary for many, many years. We will keep you informed as final decisions are made.
*Previously communicated as every two (2) years by the school and PAC. PAC has been notified CORI forms need to be updated annually.
Monthly Dining for Dollars
February 29, 2024 ALL DAY at Fresh Catch! Dine in or take out, show this flyer and mention the word "PAC" when ordering or use the code "PAC" to order online. PAC will receive a portion of each sale!
Dining for Dollars is a restaurant fundraiser where families eat (or take out) at a restaurant on a particular day and the restaurant donates back a set percentage of sales to QMS PAC. These fundraisers are a win-win! You, your friends, family, and other PAC supporters get a chance to enjoy a delicious meal while supporting a local business AND raising funds for our students.
Spring Fundraiser - Butter Braid Pastry & Classic Cookie Dough!
This spring we’re holding a Butter Braid Pastry and Cookie Dough fundraiser! Similar to the Fall Pie Fundraiser, you will need register and create a personalized dashboard to invite friends and family to purchase pastry and cookie dough. Pick Up for FROZEN butter braids and cookie dough will be held on March 27th from 4-7 pm in the QMS Lobby. Arrangement can be made for pick up alternative dates by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org all other items will be delivered directly to the buyer’s address. ONLY FROZEN BUTTER BRAID AND COOKIE DOUGH WILL BE PICKED UP AT QMS. All other items will be shipped directly to the buyer.
Use this link to register, create an account, and access your personal dashboard. Once you have set up your personal dashboard, you will be able to use your specific link to invite family and friends to purchase items.
Help us reach out fundraising goal! Your contribution is tax deductible!
Dislike having to sell “stuff” to raise funds for an organization? Well, so do we! In lieu of tasking students and parents with selling typical fundraising items, PAC is pleased to offer a tax deductible option to take the hassle out of fundraising. Your participation is completely voluntary and very much appreciated! You can simply make a donation via Venmo, PayPal, or check!
Your donations will enable us to support our students and teachers by providing the funds for enrichment, technology, flexible seating, speaker events and so much more. Our goal is to raise $15,000 this year. This will put us in a terrific position to support all of our ongoing student activities and provide an opportunity to see what new initiatives we can help with.
_____ $25 - I don’t want to buy chocolate bars, please take this donation instead.
_____ $50 - I don’t want to sell coupon books so here’s a better alternative.
_____ $100 or $_______ Here’s a donation to show my appreciation for not having to buy, sell, or do anything else for fundraising this year.
Payments can be made via PayPal at QMS UnFundraiser Donation, Venmo @QMS-PAC, or send a check payable to "QMS PAC" to QMS PAC, 240 East Street, Mansfield, MA 02048. Remember, donations are tax deductible.
Tax ID: 04-3421470
⭐ Don’t forget to check with your employer about matching funds ⭐
Questions? Email PAC at email@example.com.
February 15: PAC Meeting 6:30 - 8:00 pm, QMS Room 110
February 19 - 23: No School - February Vacation
February 26: School Council Meeting 6:00 pm, QMS Room 110
February 27: School Committee Meeting 6:30-8:30 pm
February 29: Dining for Dollars - Fresh Catch ALL Day! Show flyer and mention PAC.
March 8: Leaders in Youth Mental Health Series: Understanding Transgender and Non-Binary Youth. Registration required.
March 21: PAC Meeting 6:30 - 8:00 pm, QMS Room 110
March 22: Leaders in Youth Mental Health Series: Understanding Pediatric Anxiety Disorders and OCD. Registration required.
March 25: School Council Meeting 6:00 pm, QMS Room 110
March 27: Butter Braid Pastry & Cookie Dough Pick Up 4-7 pm, QMS Lobby
COMPANY MATCH PROGRAM
Thinking about making a donation to the QMS PAC? Check with your employer to see if they will match all or some of your donation. Some employers will match at a 1:1 ratio, but some will even match 2:1 or 3:1. Our Tax ID is 04-3421470.
In Case You Missed It & Helpful Links
QMS News - Principal McGovern's 2/2/2024 Newsletter
Superintendent Murphy's Latest Newsletter - Superintendent Murphy's 2/8/24 Newsletter
QMS Website: https://qms.mansfieldschools.com
Aspen (formerly X2): Access student grades and assignments through Aspen.
Hornet Backpack: Papers that are normally sent home in QMS students' backpacks will be posted to our website in the Hornet Backpack instead.
Community Backpack: District and Community wide notices and documents that are not school specific will be posted to the Community Backpack.
6th Grade Team Emails:
7th Grade Team Emails:
8th Grade Team Emails:
WHAT IS PAC?
Fundraising enables us to support our students and teachers by providing the funds for important items such as:
Student Clubs - afterschool clubs like model building and role playing
Student Activities - 8th Grade Banquet
Speaker Series - presentations on important topics
Flexible Seating Options - bouncy bands, standing desks, padded stadium chairs for hallway reading time
Technology - Smartboards and TV monitors in the foyer to display daily information to our students & teachers
Staff Appreciation - annual staff appreciation events
ALL donations are tax deductible! Be sure to ask your employer about matching funds!! Learn more about PAC on our website at www.QMSPAC.com. Tax ID: 04-3421470
QMS PAC MEETING
Thursday, Feb 15, 2024, 06:30 PM
240 East Street, Mansfield, MA, USA
ABOUT US ~ Executive Board
The QMS PAC Executive Board is comprised of parent volunteers elected through an annual nominating process. The PAC is governed in accordance to its by-laws, which are reviewed every three years or more frequently as needed. The Board has oversight for all fundraising initiatives, events, communications, volunteer development, governance, and allocation of funds and grant awards. Please join us as we welcome the 2023-2024 Executive Board members:
- President: Nicole Wright
- Co-Vice Presidents: Yohana Rosemark & Allyson Crowell
- Treasurer: Michelle Sexton
- Secretary: Courtney Harrison
Facebook: QMS PAC