Beechwood Knoll School Newsletter
Our Main Office is open from 8:15 am to 2:30 pm for any assistance you may need!
Please call us at 617-984-8781 or email Secretary Mrs. Katie DeLancey at email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you on the first day of school!
Principal Mrs. Marisa Rodriguez
Secretary Mrs. Katie DeLancey
Guidance Mrs. Maura Hurst
Nurse Mrs. Debbie Cerone 617-984-8632 firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 8:15 AM - 2:30 PM
Wednesday - Early Release 8:15 AM - 11:55 AM
225 Fenno Street, Quincy, MA 02170
- Wednesday, August 30 Homeroom assignments posted on Aspen at 2:30 PM
- Tuesday, September 5 Welcome Back Beechwood Knoll Staff
- Wednesday, September 6 First Day of School Grades 1-5
- Wednesday, September 6 QPS School Committee Meeting 6:30 PM
- Friday, September 8 Kindergarten Orientation
- Monday, September 11 First Day of School Kindergarten
- Wednesday, September 13 QPS School Committee Meeting 6:30 PM
- Monday, September 18 Grades 4-5 Band Demo 1:00 PM
- Monday, September 18 Citywide PTO Meeting 7:00 PM Zoom Link
- Wednesday, September 20 Celebrate with Each Other Calendar Orders Due
- Thursday, September 21 Picture Day Order Form
- Friday, September 22 BKS PTO Movie Night 7:00 PM BKS Front Lawn
- Monday, September 25 Grades 2-5 Strings Demo 1:00 PM
- Monday, September 25 Grades 4-5 Band Instrument Pick Up 6:00-8:00PM QHS cafeteria
- Tuesday, September 26 Open House 5:00 - 6:30 PM
- Wednesday, September 27 QPS School Committee Meeting 6:30 PM
September Days of Recognition
- Monday, September 4 Labor Day
- Sunday, September 10 Grandparents Day
- Monday, September 11 9/11 Day of Remembrance
- Friday, September 15 First Day of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15 - Oct 15)
- September 16-17 Rosh Hashanah
- Saturday, September 23 Autumn Equinox
- Monday, September 25 Yom Kippur
- Friday, September 29 Mid-Autumn Festival
- September 29-October 6 Sukkot
First Day of School Reminders
The first day of school for students in Grades 1-5 is Wednesday, September 6, 2023
School Begins at 8:15 AM
Students can begin arriving and lining up anytime between 8:00 am and 8:15 am
Students will line up with their assigned homeroom.
Signs for each homeroom will be posted at the front of the school
All homeroom assignments have been released in Aspen. Instructions on accessing this are included in this newsletter
Grades 1-2 will line up near the right door by the front field
Grades 3-5 will line up near the main entrance
Homeroom teachers will greet their new classes at 8:15 AM
Friendly reminder that only students will be permitted inside the school building. Please see our visitor protocols for more information.
The first day of school is an early release day. We dismiss at 11:55 AM.
The Quincy School Nutrition Department will serve elementary school meals five days a week, including half day Wednesdays. Wednesday lunches will be served during what typically has been the student’s end of day snack time. Lunch will be served on the first day of school, Wednesday September 6, 2023 to kick off the school year! All lunches are free of charge for all students. You are welcome to send your child with a snack or lunch from home to eat during this time instead of the provided school lunch.
A list of suggested supplies can be found in this newsletter.
If your child needs medication this year, please bring the completed and signed paperwork on the first day of school. Please remember to sign the parent permission form, obtain a doctor’s signature for all prescription medications, and fill in the dosage, frequency, and symptoms for administration. All medication must be brought to school in the original container by a parent or guardian.
If your child has a special diet or health concern please list these on the emergency cards so that a health care plan can be created for the new school year and appropriate staff can be informed.
Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me by calling or by email.
Mrs. Cerone, MSN, RN
Arrival & Dismissal Protocols
Many of our families walk to school. All members of the Beechwood Knoll Community must use crosswalks when arriving and leaving the school. Please help your child learn the safe way to cross the street. Our Quincy Police Department crossing guard will assist you at our front intersection both before and after school.
When driving to Beechwood Knoll, you have the option to drop-off or park
Cars that are dropping off students for arrival will pull into the main Beechwood parking lot by the playground. Cars will remain on the right hand side, following the drop off sign to guide you. Families will stop their car completely and students will exit the vehicle on the sidewalk side only. Cars will then continue driving through the right side of the parking lot and loop around to exit on the left hand side. Cars cannot be parked in the drop off area. Cars cannot stop on Fenno Street for drop off.
Please note, the drop off area is closed during dismissal time due to pick up of our after school programs. Thank you!
Parking for Arrival and Dismissal:
Families that would like to park their car to drop off or pick up their child can do so along the neighboring streets of Beechwood Knoll. All City of Quincy parking sign regulations must be followed.
Please refrain from parking in the parking lot around the playground as this is used for staff as well as the drop off area.
U-turns are not permitted at any time.
Arrival: In the event of rain at morning arrival, we will open the main door at 8:10 AM for students to wait inside. Please do not arrive prior to 8:10 AM. We will allow for students to arrive a few minutes after 8:15 AM as we know travel in the rain can also be slower
Dismissal: There is no change in the event of rain at dismissal.
The routines of arrival and dismissal of all schools is being continuously monitored by the Quincy Police Department and Quincy Public Schools School Committee, any updates will be shared with families.
For more information about Beechwood Knoll procedures & policies, please visit:
Friday, September 22 at 7:00 PM
Popcorn & popsicles will be provided!
Bring something to sit on, a water bottle, bug spray and appropriate attire to keep warm
Please note, this is not a drop off event. Students must be accompanied by an adult.
Event sponsored by the BKS School PTO
All homeroom assignments for students was published in Aspen on Wednesday, August 30th at 2:30 PM. To view your child’s homeroom assignment, please go to https://ma-quincy.myfollett.com/aspen/
If you need a password reset, please contact our main office at 617-984-8781 or email Secretary Mrs. Katie DeLancey at email@example.com
We look forward to meeting all Kindergarten families at Kindergarten Orientation on Friday, September 8th. Kindergarten orientation is from 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM for students with the last name beginning A-L. Kindergarten orientation is from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM for students with the last name beginning M-Z. Please look for an email from your child's classroom teacher with more information about what to expect at orientation! 🍎✏️
The first day of school for all Kindergarten students is Monday, September 11th.
Protocol for Visitors Entering the Quincy Public Schools
- Please use the intercom buzzer to communicate with office staff.
- State your name and your purpose for being at the school.
- Remove hats, hood, sunglasses etc.
- If office staff cannot see you, you will be asked to look into the camera to be identified.
- Please have an ID (Identification ready to be shown to school personnel when you enter the school, driver’s license/picture ID etc.)
- Report immediately to the school office to sign in.
- Once you are signed into the school you will be given a Visitor ID badge on a red lanyard. Please make sure that the date, time and who you are here to see is written on the sign in log. The visitor badge must be visible at all times.
- When leaving the school you will also need to sign out at the schools office and return your visitors ID badge with red lanyard.
- Failure to abide by any of the above requests will result in denied admittance into the school and you will be ordered to leave the school property immediately.
Thank you for your cooperation with this safety protocol.
Michael Draicchio Director of Safety, Security & Transportation
Suggested School Supplies
Please join us for Beechwood Knoll's Open House!
Where: Beechwood Knoll School
When: Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
This is a great opportunity to see your child’s classroom and meet your child’s teacher!
Please enter through the front door of the school and make your way to your child’s classroom.
QPS Band & Strings Programs
- Thursdays at Beechwood Knoll for students in Grades 4 & 5
- Demonstration for students Monday, September 18th at 1:00PM
- Band Instrument Pick Up Monday, September 25th 6:00-8:00PM at QHS cafeteria
- After-school program for students in Grades 2-12
- Demonstration for students Monday, September 25 at 1:00PM
- Strings Instrument Rental Night Tuesday, October 3rd 6:00-8:00PM QHS cafeteria
Free/Reduced Lunch Forms
The School Nutrition Department is excited to announce that Governor Healey signed the state
budget that includes permanent school meals for all Massachusetts public school students! Free lunch will continue to be served every school day including all half days at the K-12 level. All meals include whole grain, lean protein options, fruit variety, rotating vegetable options, and reduced-fat milk. We carefully curate our menus to represent nutrient-rich ingredients, popular items that excite the students, and culturally unique meals to connect with the community.
We strongly continue to encourage families to complete the free and reduced meal application, as there are many other financial benefits, such as access to the P-EBT/Summer EBT benefits, discounts on internet/cable service, free SAT testing, waivers on college application fees, etc. Please visit our Quincy School Nutrition website for an application: https://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=1597177079586
If you are interested, please consider applying for SNAP, the federal nutrition program that provides eligible residents with monthly financial assistance to purchase groceries. More SNAP information can be found at gettingsnap.org or by calling Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.
Please contact the school nutrition office with further questions: 617-984-8768.
School Nutrition Director Sara Dufour, RDN, M.Ed.
School Lunch Menu
Quincy Public Schools - School Nutrition And Fitness
School Nutrition and Fitness provides a districts nutrition services department with the tools and information needed to get the word out about the program. Providing parents students and teachers with the resources to help raise and healthy generation.
Spring Cleaning This Summer? Consider donating your gently used children’s books to BKS!
If you have books that you no longer need, we can help find a good home for them. Books that you donate to BKS can be used:
- To replace worn out books and update the selection in our library
- As incentives and prizes in the media center
- In the free library at the entrance to our school
Donated books that do not meet these needs will be donated to the Thomas Crane Public Library Bookstore or placed in the book donation bin at the back of the school. If you are interested in donating, please get in touch with Ms. Kennedy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please visit the Quincy Public Schools Website for more information: https://www.quincypublicschools.com/family_resources/family/summer_reading_lists_k-12/k-8_suggested_summer_reading_list
Ms. Kennedy will offer an incentive to students who bring in completed logs when we return in the Fall!
QPS Benchmark Testing
Fall Benchmark Data
Quincy Public Schools students complete the following benchmark assessments from September 11th to October 6th:
- mCLASS Amplify Literacy Screener: K-3
- MAP Growth Reading & Mathematics: Grades 2-5
- MAP Growth Science: Grades 4-5
- NWEA MAP Growth MAP Growth scores help teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. Teachers use results to plan for data driven classroom instruction and set targeted goals for students. MAP Growth tests are unique and adapt to your child’s responses to measure your child’s knowledge. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. These results will provide a more complete picture of where your child is on their learning journey— regardless of whether they are on, above, or below their grade level. Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores in similar skills and topics and then plan instruction accordingly. Click here for student resources
- mClass Amplify Literacy Screener DIBELS 8th Edition focuses on foundational reading skills and comprehension through short, one-minute measures. mCLASS’s dyslexia measures, used in conjunction with DIBELS 8th Edition, provide additional screening for dyslexia risk, as required by MA DESE. mCLASS drives research-based instruction for every student. mCLASS benchmark measures are consistent within a grade level to help monitor growth across benchmark testing periods. Each assessment is also offered as a progress monitoring assessment between benchmark periods and can be conducted as often as needed. Click here for student resources
Beechwood Knoll School Council
The Beechwood Knoll Elementary School Council is looking for new members for 2023-2024. The School Council meets virtually with Principal Mrs. Rodriguez every other month. For more information about School Councils please visit www.doe.mass.edu/lawsregs/advisory/schoolcouncils
Tentative meeting schedule - last Friday of every other month from 10:00-11:00 on Zoom:
- September 29
- October - TBD based on school improvement planning
- November 17
- January 26
- March 22
- May 31
Interested? Let Mrs. Rodriguez know! email@example.com
Fall Extended Day Programs
Please fill out this form if your child would like to sign up for any of the following BKS before or after school clubs.
KINDERGARTEN & GRADE 1: CREATIVE CRAFTS - THURSDAY 2:30 - 3:30
GRADE 1 & 2: GAME TIME WITH MRS. FRAN - TUESDAYS 2:30 - 3:30
GRADES 2-5: BOKS - TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 7:15-8:15
GRADE 3: BOARD GAME BONANZA - THURSDAYS 2:30 - 3:30
GRADE 4: CONFIDENCE CLUB - MONDAYS - 2:30 - 3:30
GRADE 5: LEGO EXPLORATION - THURSDAYS 2:30 - 3:30
Please note, a child can only be signed up for one program.
Session dates - 7 Weeks
Starts: October 2, 2023
Ends: November 16, 2023
Quincy Public Schools 2023-2024 School Year Calendar
At the September 13th School Committee Meeting, the 2023-2024 School Year calendar was reviewed in light of scheduling of the 2024 Massachusetts Presidential Primary Election Day on Tuesday, March 5, 2024. March 5 will now be a NO SCHOOL day as most school buildings are now polling sites. (The Coddington Building and high school offices will be open.)
The updated calendar is below, please note the following:
- The scheduled last day of school for students moved to Tuesday, June 18 (if no snow days).
- For staff, the last day of school moves to Thursday, June 20 (if no snow days).
- The last day for seniors moved to Friday, May 31.