Quincy Elementary School

Where Mountain Kids Learn!!!

January 20, 2023

Elementary Minimum Days Canceled

Our instructional calendar for this school year, 22-23, has elementary minimum days on January 30th-February 3rd for a second round of parent conferences. Due to the number of delayed starts and school cancelations due to weather, we will cancel the elementary minimum days in January/February to focus on the instructional time for students.


January 30th-February 3rd will be regular length days, with Monday, January 30th following a regular early out schedule.

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Upcoming Events....

February 13th- Lincoln's Birthday- NO SCHOOL!

February 20th- Presidents Day- NO SCHOOL!

Pioneer News:

Staff Spotlight: Julianne Fitzsimmons

Hello Quincy Elementary Families!

I'd like to take a moment to introduce myself to you all. My name is Julianne Fitzsimmons, and I am the After-School Coordinator for Quincy Elementary. I relocated from the East Bay Area to Quincy last June. I have worked with children in both early childhood and elementary programs for approximately 12 years, including overseeing elementary-aged camps and an after-school program. One of my favorite things about being a part of an after-school program is seeing the students interact with their peers and participate in a variety of engaging hands-on activities after a busy day at school. It is so much fun to watch their ideas come to life.


I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful school. I look forward to helping this program grow so our students can continue to learn and thrive each day.

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Pioneer Announcements:

.Toolbox Next Week: We will focus on the quiet safe place tool and being respectful.


Parent Volunteers: COVID restrictions have been lifted and we miss having you involved and on campus. If you are interested in volunteering on the Pioneer campus please use this link to fill out a short survey.


Cold Weather: With the weather turning colder, we want to be outside getting fresh air as much as possible. Thank you for labeling their coats, hats, and gloves so we can quickly return them to students. Please remember that students can only play in the snow if they have boots, pants, and coats. Thank you for helping us keep our kiddos safe and warm.


Walk your student to the cafeteria Door: Thank you for ensuring the safety of our kiddos by walking with your student to the cafeteria door, or front office door if it is after 8:05 am.


Drills throughout the Year: Our children’s safety is our top priority. For this reason, we will practice fire drills and lockdown drills throughout the year. Our staff has been trained in the A.L.I.C.E procedures. Since this information, is new to many of our students they may be coming home with more questions. Thank you for your support in building a safe, educational environment where our students can thrive.


Bus or pick-up: Please let Mrs. Ashley and your child's teacher know by 1:00 pm if you need them to ride the bus or be picked up. This helps us have a smooth afternoon and ensure everyone arrives home safely!

QES Alder Happenings

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QES Alder Principal's Corner:

Dear QES Alder Families,


We are focusing on the joy of reading in the new year and hope you will join us at home. Most families read aloud to their younger students, but did you know that older elementary students secretly love to be read to also? It is a great way for the family to bond with a shared experience that is affordable, stress-free, and you can do it in the winter.


The benefits of reading to older students:


  • It allows them to experience the joy of the story. The goal is to love the story.
  • It models fluent reading. ...
  • It helps expand their vocabulary. ...
  • It exposes kids to new authors, texts, and genres. ...
  • It builds awareness and empathy. ...
  • It improves kids' long-term reading success.


So pick up a book and read it together!


Join us on Friday for NFL Swag Day! Celebrate your favorite team!


Fruits and veggies: As the year has progressed, our students are eating less and less of the healthy food provided by our cafeteria and opting to throw it away. We are encouraging them to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day to stay healthy both mentally and physically. Please help us by encouraging them to eat the healthy food provided. Snacks are permitted, but we ask that they be healthy snacks and not eaten in lieu of the lunch meal. Candy and soda should be left at home.


Drop off and Pick up:

Please do not drop off or pick up across the street from the school. Instead, please drive up Coburn street and then come down Alder, using our car lane. It may save a few seconds to avoid our car lane, but it creates a dangerous situation for our students, especially with rain and snow. Thank you for helping our students stay safe.


Have a wonderful week off and a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Dress up day - Alder Campus

Dress in your favorite NFL swag!
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Staff Spotlight - Susie Vandruff

Ms. Susie is the Occupational Therapist for the PUSD/PCOE School District. She supports students to participate as successfully and fully as possible in the school environment. Her support focuses on fine motor functioning, sensory processing, visual motor and visual perceptual skills, self-care skills/activities of daily living, social skills, cognitive skills and executive functioning, and more!


She enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, dancing, playing with her animals, reading, working puzzles, gardening, and creating with her hands. She also enjoys traveling and has been to 18 countries!


She loves music, and her favorite memory of elementary school is playing the clarinet and the organ. Thank you for all you do for our students, Susie!

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Quincy Parent Cooperative Organization (PCO)

Limited Time: Save $10 on all Quincy full-zip hoodies jackets though Sunday. Stay warm in style! Link:
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Community News/Events

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COVID Guidance for 2022-2023

  • If you are feeling sick, stay home
  • If you test POSITIVE for COVID, please notify Ashley Dunmore-Simpson at Pioneer Campus (530) 283-6550 or Lori Pini at Alder Campus (530) 283-6557 in our Attendance Office and stay home for 5 days.
  • Students may return to school on or after DAY 6 if they have NEGATIVE test result, no fever, and improved symptoms.


We have home tests available for students in the office

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All Californians now have access to free, online tutoring

Click here to start your free homework help session


Real-time free homework help is now available for California K-12 students through HelpNow, a program of the California State Library, by laptop, tablet, or phone from qualified tutors using state curriculum and standards.


The HelpNow pilot program currently offers help in Math and Language Arts, in English and Spanish, at any time of the day or night. Help for other core K-12 subjects is available between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog, with no age limit to who can take advantage of the resource.


Tutors can provide a virtual whiteboard, conduct live audio interactions with students, and work with learners on a wide range of concepts. Students are expected to work through the content and learn from the feedback. Tutors do not provide answers — they provide guidance and help.


All tutors have passed background checks and possess, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree.


Anyone using a computer inside of California can benefit from the live “HelpNow” program.


Simply click on this link to get started with a live tutoring session now. The average wait time is 23 seconds.

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Contact Us!!

Pioneer: adunmore@pcoe.k12.ca.us (530) 283-6550


Alder: lpini@pcoe.k12.ca.us (530) 283-6557