•  Dear Quarterfield Elementary School Community,

           I want to take this opportunity to express my sincerest appreciation for all of the support and encouragement our school community has provided to Quarterfield Elementary, and the Muir Family, on the passing of our beloved Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, Mr. Jason Muir.  Your notes, cards, emails and other expressions of sympathy and comfort have been truly appreciated.  I also want to thank the parents/guardians of those classrooms most closely affected by this tragic event – Mr. Muir’s Pre-Kindergarten classroom, Mrs. Muir’s Kindergarten classroom and Ms. Brooks Grade 1 classroom.  Your patience and flexibility during this time of transition has been most appreciated.   As we move forward, we are beginning to raise funds to create a memorial to Mr. Muir at Quarterfield Elementary.  Mr. Muir touched the lives of many Pre-Kindergarten students who continued their education at Quarterfield, as well as many other schools in Anne Arundel County.  Thank you to the PTA who donated the funds from their recent Ledo’s Restaurant Night to this memorial fund.  Thank you to everyone who attended that evening as well.  We will be providing our school community with more information on our efforts to remember Mr. Muir, and his legacy at QES, in the future. 

           We would like to formally announce that Ms. Susannah Brooks, former first grade teacher at Quarterfield assumed the position of Pre-Kindergarten teacher on October 30th.  Ms. Brooks and Ms. Gonzales will work with our youngest learners at QES as we move forward through the school year.  We would like to welcome to Quarterfield Elementary Mrs. Kara Kearney, who will be the new first grade teacher in Ms. Brook’s former grade 1 classroom.  Mrs. Kearney brings a wealth of experience with her to QES and we look forward to working with her in the future. 

    November will be a busy month at Quarterfield Elementary.  Below please find important dates and events of interest to our QES School Community. 

    Early Dismissals –School will be dismissed 2 hours early on November 9th and 10th.   Students in grades K – 5 will be dismissed at 1:55 PM.   Morning session ECI and Pre-Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 11:30 AM.  There will be no afternoon ECI or Pre-Kindergarten sessions on November 9th and 10th.   

    Veteran’s Day Assembly – Our annual Veteran’s Day Assembly will be held on November 10th    beginning at 9:45 AM. Parents/guardians are invited to attend.  We will gather on the sidewalks near the flag pole at 9:45 AM to begin our assembly.  We hope you can join us.  If you have not already done so, please send in pictures, and the form, that was recently sent home to acknowledge family members of QES students who are either currently serving, or have served, in our military for our slide show.  This information can be emailed directly to Mrs. Muir at kamuir@aacps.org   Additionally, we invite parents with current or past military experiences to speak with classrooms following the assembly.  Please contact the school office, or email Mr. Birus (jtbirus@aacps.org), if you can speak to one of our classrooms.  Thank you! 

    American Education Week – American Education week will be held November 13th – 17th.  Parents/Guardians are invited to an open house on Friday November 17th from 9:30 AM to 11:30AM to visit their child’s classroom.  Afternoon ECI and Pre-Kindergarten parents/guardians are invited from 1:30PM – 2:30PM on this date.     Please come and see all the great things happening at QES!! 

    Book Fair- Our school Book Fair will be held November 13th -17th in our school media center.  A flyer with information was sent home with students.  Students will be able to purchase books throughout the week.  Our Family Night will be held on November 15th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM for parents/guardians to make purchases.  The Book Fair will also be open on November 17th during our American Education Week Open House.  Please support our school, and your child’s reading achievement, by purchasing books from our QES Book Fair!

    Report Cards – Report cards will be distributed to students on November 20th.

    Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast – Kindergarten students will be holding their annual Thanksgiving Feast on November 21st.   Please look for more information from your child’s kindergarten teacher.

    Schools Closed – School will be closed November 22, 23, and 24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday

    Student Picture Re-Takes – Student picture re-takes will be held on November 28th.  Information regarding picture re-takes is contained in this newsletter.

    November Field Trips

    Grade 3 Maryland Science Center November 29th 

    Quarter 1 Honor Roll Assembly – Our Quarter 1 Honor Roll Assembly will be held on   December 1st at    9:30 AM.  We will recognize students in grades 2 – 5 for their achievements for the first quarter of the school year.   All parents/guardians are invited to attend.   

    Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Dates:

     Parent Teacher Conferences – December 8th

    Winter Chorus Concert December 18th   7:00 PM @ QES


    Winter Band & Strings Concerts    December 20th 7:00 PM @ Glen Burnie Senior High School


    Have a safe and “thankful” Thanksgiving.  

    John T. Birus