Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are the school hours?

8:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:15 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. on Tuesday. If your child comes to school after 8:15 a.m., please enter through the main door and check in the office. This procedure is necessary because if a student has been marked absent by a classroom teacher, the office staff may change it to a tardy.

What is the procedure for dismissal changes?

If you find it necessary to change your child’s dismissal plans, please send a note to the teacher in the morning. If an emergency situation arises, please call the office. If we do not receive a note or an emergency call, we will follow the usual dismissal procedures.

How do you report a student absent?

Please call the school at 984-8781 to report a student absent. If voice mail is on leave the student’s name and grade. When your child returns to school, please send a note to your child’s teacher explaining the nature of the absence. This procedure in a legal requirement of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

What are the safety procedures for your school?

Visitors: All parents and visitors need to enter through the main school door, sign in at the office, and obtain a visitor’s badge. This procedure is in accordance with school system regulations that we know who is in the school at all times.

Walkers: Use crosswalks at all times. Students are walked in line by staff to the edge of the driveway where some parents are waiting to pick up their children: the remainder of the students continue to walk in line with staff to the crosswalk where our crossing guard is waiting.

Buses: Only buses use circular driveway.

Private cars: In the morning, students should be let off at the drop-off sign on Fenno Street. At dismissal time, parents need to tell children where they will be waiting. Please note: No cars in circular driveway during entering (8:00 – 8:30) and dismissal (2:15 – 2:45) times.

What is the best way to contact a teacher or staff member?

If you want to schedule a time to talk with a teacher or staff member, please contact the staff member and a meeting will be arranged. Also, all staff members are available to speak with you on the phone if that is more convenient for you. Just call the school office, leave a message for the particular staff member and a return call will follow as soon as possible.

What is the homework policy?

To reinforce basic skills, students in grades 1-3 receive homework packets at the beginning of each week. Packets are due on Friday. In addition, students who wish to complete enrichment or challenge work are provided with that option. In an effort to provide students with more responsibilities as a learner, students of grades 4 and 5 are expected to use note-taking skills to copy assignments. The assignments for grades 4 and 5 are generally due the next day.

Do you serve breakfast?

Breakfast is available every morning immediately before school starts at all schools in Quincy. Breakfast consists of a selection of cereals, muffins, bagels, peanut butter, cream cheese, fresh fruit, fruit juice and milk.

What does breakfast cost?

The cost for breakfast is $1.00  at elementary schools. Students who are eligible for Free or Reduced price lunches are automatically eligible for free or reduced price breakfast. The cost for a reduced price breakfast is 25 cents.

How much does lunch cost?

Elementary full-price student lunch is $2.25.   The cost for a reduced price lunch is 40 cents.  Milk is served with all lunches.  The cost of purchasing milk only is cents and milk choices include 2%, 1%, and 1% chocolate.   Some lunches also include fruit juices in addition to the milk.

Where can I view a lunch menu?

Click on Lunch Menu when you visit the main QPS page.

How do I join the PTO?

Contact Beechwood Knoll School Office 617-984-8781 for more information.

Is afterschool care provided?

Quincy After School Child Care (QCARE) provides enriching, licensed care each weekday from the time that the final bell rings until 5:30pm.  Participants can enroll for the program for each afternoon or as little as two afternoons per week.  The program is not operated by QPS.  Therefore, you must call the QCARE main office at 617-773-3299 to speak with a Program Director to register or visit their website for more information including tuition fees and registration information at www.quincyafterschool.org

What before and after school programs are available for students?

A variety of before and after school activities are offered at different times during the school year for students at various grade levels. Since space is usually limited for many of the activities and participation is voluntary, enrollment in activities is on a first-come, first serve basis.

Fee-Based Programs:

Foreign Language Program – Weekly lessons in Spanish and Italian are available on a fee-basis at BKS after school. IES, a well-known language provider throughout Massachusetts offers this program to all elementary students in Quincy. Scholarships are available for BKS students.

String Program BKS hosts one of the school system’s after-school string programs. The fee-based program is open to all students, parents and staff. Lessons are held once a week in our Sawyer Center. At the end of the school year, a demonstration by players from all school sites is presented at an evening performance. Scholarships are available for BKS students.