March 30, 2015

John Flaherty, Principal, Falmouth Elementary School

Jason Manjourides, K-2 Assistant Principal
Ryan Gleason, 3-5 Assistant Principal

PLEASE NOTE: If you have items for the notes, please email Dee Langley, Administrative Assistant (3-5)  by NOON on Thursday for the following week. Thank you!


-NEW to Principal Notes - Check out Superintendent Bruno's blog that will be updated regularly and will include a variety of topics:

-DATES to REMEMBER for 2014-2015-

No School-April 20 through April 24 for Spring Break


Dear Kindergarten Parents,

As you know, by state law we must hold a screening for all incoming kindergarten students.  The screening takes place in May, and is always held in the kindergarten wing at our school during daytime hours. Our entire kindergarten staff participates, as do many of our specialists.  Needless to say, on the days that we hold screening appointments, the current kindergarteners do not have school.

On Wednesday, May 20, Thursday, May 21, and Friday, May 22, your child will not be attending school so that we can hold screenings for the 2015 incoming kindergarteners. We will repeat this reminder several times between now and the end of May.

Thank you for your understanding.

Best regards,

John G. Flaherty, Principal

Dear Parents of students in Grades 3-5,

For planning purposes, Falmouth Elementary School students in Grades 3-5 will be taking the new Maine Educational Assessment (also known as the Smarter Balanced Assessment). 

The testing will take place during the weeks of March 16th, 23rd, 30th and April 6th. 

Best regards,

John G. Flaherty, Principal

~Grades 3-5 School Counseling News~

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s):

As part of the School Counseling Program at Falmouth Elementary School, students are invited to participate in small group sessions.  Children who have a common interest meet together to talk and share.  The Spring Session of grades 3-5 Guidance Groups begin the week of April 6th.  

The following groups are available for your child this session:  Meeting New Friends, Relaxing with Friends and Taming the Worry Beast.  Please visit my website at for in depth group descriptions.  

You may contact me at if you are interested in having your child participate in a group.

In Partnership,  

Katrina V. Loef, School Counselor

-Grades 3-5 Activities Club-CHANGE OF ACTIVITY. For 3rd grade on Tues., March 31 and 4th & 5th grade on Thurs., April 2, the activity will be ripsticks, razor scooters, and gym scooter boards. There are just 2 more weeks of Activities Club for this year.

-FES Wellness Festival & Fun Run:  The FES Wellness Festival & Fun Run returns again this year.  Mark your calendar for May 17 from 10:30am-3:00pm.  Activities include Kid’s Fun Run, Wellness Village, Rock Wall, Plant and Flower Sale, Story Walk, Kid’s Fitness & Craft Activities, Live Music & Food Trucks and More!

Volunteers are needed to help plan the event and also to volunteer the day of the event. Click on the link to sign up:

-PTO News- Bingo NightDon’t miss Family Bingo Night on Friday, April 10 from 5:30-7:00pm in the FES Cafeteria.  Pizza and snacks will be available for purchase starting at 5:30pm and the games will begin at approximately 6:00pm.   Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult

The cost will be $6.00 per child (adults free).   Seating will be limited so be sure to reserve tickets in advance.  Look for a flyer soon in your child’s backpack.

Volunteers are needed for this event!  Please consider donating your time at the event or donate food items to the bake sale.  To volunteer:  click here


-Falmouth Community Programs-The offices of Falmouth Parks & Community Programs (FCP) have moved to the newly renovated Mason-Motz Activity Center at 190 Middle Rd.  Our contact number is 207-699-5302. Office hours are Monday 8am-5pm; Tuesday 8am-6pm; Wednesday & Thursday 8am-5pm; and FRIDAY 8am-12pm. Feel free to stop by and visit.

-Falmouth Youth Soccer Registration and Evaluations (for 8 to 14 year olds):

If your child is interested in playing Fall 2015 travel soccer (FYSA), register online from April 1st to April 15th.  The registration fee is $150/player. For late registration, April 16th – 30th, an additional $25 late fee will be applied.

ELIGIBILITY Any child who is 8 years old (by July 31st) or turns 8 before October 15th and is entering 3rd grade in the fall is eligible to play.

EVALUATIONS (for U13 and U14 players ONLY) are scheduled for 2 nights, May 3rd and 10th at the Portland Sports Complex. 

Please see the Falmouth Youth Soccer website at for more information and to register beginning April 1st.

All members of the Falmouth Youth Soccer Community are invited to join us on April 7, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Falmouth Elementary School library for our Annual General Meeting.


-FMS Ultimate Frisbee-The FMS Ultimate Frisbee team (grades 4-8) is back for another exciting season! Indoor practices start up this month and the first parents meeting is March 25 at 7pm at the Falmouth Library. Please visit or call coach Shea Gunther at 207-518-8447 to learn more and to register for the season.

-Volunteer Opportunity Available-The Falmouth Lions Club is seeking a Coordinator for the returnable bottle drop off site by Hannaford on Gray Rd where proceeds have been going to Falmouth School organizations. 

The site has been reserved for school groups since its location in 2001 and has generated about $75,000. Currently it generates about $2,500 per year.

The coordinator is responsible for scheduling the various groups (usually a month at a time), training a representative of the group (15 minutes) and monitoring the site. Currently the coordinators opted to have the returnables placed in Clynk bags and taken to Hannaford. The other two sites in town use a Redemption Center to pick up the returnables at the drop off building. Any coordinator would have the option to run the program how ever they deem best.   Since the program began in 1997, the three sites have generated over $430,000 to town groups! 

For more information, please contact Diane Moore at

-Falmouth High School Free Multi-Community Event-Monday, March 30th from 6:30-7:30pm. Casco Bay Create Awareness Now sponsors Guest Speakers: Chris Sullivan, NFL Super Bowl Champion for the New England Patriots and Pittsburg Steelers player from 1996-2002 and Kathi Sullivan "Taylor's Message." Parents will learn how to effectively communicate with youth,  learn skills needed to live drug & alcohol free and listen to life lessons learned and shared. Students are welcome to attend. FMI call 865-3985 ext 208.
-Falmouth Education Foundation-Please join us for the eleventh Annual Falmouth Education Foundation Spelling Bee!  On Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 pm sharp, teams will compete for the coveted title of FEF Spelling Champions.  The event will be held at the Elementary School Cafeteria and doors will open at 6pm for dinner, drinks and baked goods. All proceeds will go to foster educational excellence for our town’s children.

Each team will consist of three spellers, who will have the opportunity to confer before offering their answer.  The tone of the bee is light-hearted and fun: costumes, themes and mascots are encouraged!  For those who like to do their homework, is a great resource. Others may prefer to expend their energies on team Tee shirts. Whatever your style, please know that your participation in the FEF Spelling Bee will help us to continue our mission of promoting innovative student development in Falmouth.

The cost to participate in the FEF Spelling Bee is $100 per person or $300 per team.  We welcome individual or team sponsorships and donations of all sizes, as these will allow us to underwrite administrative and teacher teams from our schools. Entry fees are fully tax-deductible.  On the night of the Bee, all attendees will receive a program listing contestants, sponsors and donors. Secure and easy donations of any amount can be made at

Since its inception in 1993, the Falmouth Education Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in grants to support initiatives in the arts, academics and athletics for children in grades K – 12.  Monies available for grants are generated through several fund raisers over the course of the year. The FEF Spelling Bee will help us meet the growing needs of our schools in this era of tight budgets.  Please join the fun and help us spell excellence for Falmouth’s children!  

For more information contact Cecily at 232-4102, or visit the FEF Website.

-Summer Theatre Fun 2015-Registrations for Summer Theatre Fun are coming in at a steady clip. We must all believe that the snow will melt and we will have summer! Confirmations will be going out this week to families who have already registered and we welcome additional registrations as long as there is room. This is a wonderful summer activity for children K-8 so come join in the fun! Registration forms are available in the school offices.


Principals’ notes are sent weekly to parents of all K-5 students unless otherwise requested. If you are not on the distribution list and would like to be, please email Robin Penrod (K-2) at or Dee Langley (3-5) at


Items for the Principal Notes are limited to information that is related to school-sponsored programs and activities. This includes information on school happenings on behalf of the children on site through community programs sponsorship.

















DATES to REMEMBER for 2014-2015-

No School-April 20 through April 24 for Spring Break


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