Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Denise Quinn




You will need a healthy snack and a bottle of water daily. As we do not eat lunch until close to 12:30, we will be having snack in the morning. The exact time will vary depending on our schedule for that day.  Please provide your child with a healthy, no/low sugar snack daily. If you will be sending in a drink, it should be water, no juice. We have our snack at our desks and spilled juice makes a big mess.  We do have a water fountain in the classroom too. You may keep extra snacks and small water bottles in your cubby, that won’t go bad.

Some examples of healthy snacks are buttered rolls, pretzels, chips, fruit, yogurt, cheese/crackers, veggies, few pieces of lunchmeat, popcorn, humus, no sugar added applesauce, or anything else that doesn’t list sugar high on the ingredient list. (Other treats with sugar can be brought in as part of your lunch.)  Sugary cereals, cereal bars and most granola bars with candy in them are NOT permitted.  Ms. Quinn is strict with the healthy morning snack rule, so please plan accordingly.  

Lunch and Recess

If your child is planning to buy lunch please place the lunch money in an envelope labeled with your child’s name.  You can pay for 1 lunch or pay ahead for a week, or more. Further information will be sent home to you about pricing, lunch tickets and the menu.  Your child will go outside, weather permitting, each day for recess.  Please make sure that he/she is dressed appropriately for outdoor play, including appropriate footwear.


Homework is a way for students to further practice the skills that they have learned.  Homework will be assigned every day – there is usually reading on Fridays.  Your child will learn how to write down their HW assignments in a HW Agenda pad each day and will be taught how to check off the completed jobs. Parents will begin the year signing the HW pads daily. Important information is also listed in these Assignment Pads.  I sometimes will jot a parent note in it and parents can communicate with me via this HW pad as well. Please be sure to check your child’s HW pad every day and assist them in learning how to check off their completed jobs and then pack up their HW and things that have to be brought in to school.  PLEASE DO NOT PACK-UP FOR THEM. Your child needs to learn how to be independent with this task. I do not pack-up your child in school and children who do not practice at home will be the ones who forget to pack-up properly here at school. A late notice will be sent home each time an assignment is late.


If your child will have a change in his/her dismissal schedule, please let me know in writing – NOT EMAIL.  Sometimes the technology is down or a substitute is covering me – which means your email note won’t be received on time.  If your child attends the after school program please put that in writing as well.  If a change occurs during the school day, please call the main office.  EVERY CHILD SHOULD HAVE A NOTE STATING HOW THEY GO HOME ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.  I will verify the information you send me with what the office gives me, so that all children return home safely.


If you wish, you may send in cupcakes or other goodies on or around your child’s birthday. Parents usually send in a small snack for each child – please do not forget plates or napkins. I will let you know the # of students and if we have any food allergies once the school year begins.  Please do not send goodie bags or favors.  Also, we cannot send home birthday invitations unless the whole class is invited. We will celebrate summer birthdays in June.

Parent Volunteers

We have a wonderful star student program in our classroom. Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles etc. are invited into our classroom to either read a book to the class or engage the students in another interesting way – art project, experiment, share a culture/vacation/adventure/job or another interesting activity.  More information about this program will be sent home as the year begins.  Mill Lake School also has a fabulous P.T.O. and I encourage you to become active in our organization.

 Reading with your child

We will be doing a lot of reading at school, but reading at home is very important.  I will be reading a variety of great books to your child throughout the year. Your child will also be reading with me individually, in small groups, independently and as part of their homework.  It is extremely important that we work together to make your child becomes the best reader they can be.  Reading to your child or reading along with your child will benefit them unbelievably.    Our class will participate in the BOOK-IT Reading incentive program, sponsored by Pizza Hut, and the READ TO SUCCEED Program, sponsored by Great Adventure.


Our classroom will “run” on a fun and engaging ticket system that allows children to learn through practical and natural rewards and consequences. The tickets hold the same value as our real coins do, making it an easy transition into our math money unit!  If your child comes home delighted for earning tickets, the behavior modification system is working!  If your child comes home upset for losing a ticket as a consequence, the behavior modification system is working!  If your child comes home in the first few days/weeks of school and tells you that they had to “pay a ticket fine”, please rest assured that I am in the process of guiding your child to more appropriate behaviors, second grade behaviors and work habits and everything will work out in time.  More information about our ticket system will be given out at Back-To-School-Night.


I believe that communication and cooperation between home and school is extremely important. Please be sure to check your child’s folder and HW pad daily for notes from school, homework, work samples, notices, etc.  If you would like to ask me a question or contact me for any reason, you can send a note in with your child, call and leave a message at Mill Lake School 732-251-5336 or reach me via email I do check my email often during the summer and several times during the day once school begins.  

Parent Input

Because your input is valuable and meaningful to me, I am enclosing a questionnaire which you can return to me on the first day of school.  I will be calling every parent during the months of September and October, just to touch base, hear about any concerns you have or answer questions.  I usually make these calls between 4pm – 8 pm sporadically.  YOU CAN INDICATE THE DAYS AND TIMES THAT YOU PREFER RECEIVING A PHONE CALL IN GENERAL, RIGHT ON THE PARENT QUESTIONEER THAT YOU ARE ALREADY FILLING OUT AND SENDING IN.  I know together we can provide each other with insights to ensure that your child’s second grade experience is productive, exciting and challenging. 


               Ms. Quinn