November 24, 2014

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!

In the event of school closings, cancellations and delays throughout the year, the Falmouth School Department posts a notice on the home page of the school website and contacts local television stations. 


DATES to REMEMBER for 2014-2015-

No School November 26, 27 & 28-Thanksgiving break.

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

KIDS WHO CARE is starting to collect ESSENTIAL ITEMS for gift bags that will get delivered to senior citizens and others in need. We are looking for toothpaste, chap stick, cough drops, tea, travel sizes of hand sanitizer, moisturizer, shampoo/conditioner, small packs of tissues, desks of cards, word search books, etc.. KIDS WHO CARE will have drop off boxes in the lobby with signs on them. Mr. Rosenblum and Mrs. Wiberg will also have collection boxes by their classrooms. We are also collecting packages of socks - any size will be greatly appreciated! 

If you have any gently used coats of any sizes and would like to to donate them, please put them in the large plastic storage container under the main stair case. 

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, December  10th,  8:00am in Mr. Rosenblum's room. Thank you!

Nutcracker Ballet Performance...The 4th grade will be attending a shortened performance of The Nutcracker Ballet at Merrill Auditorium on Tues., Dec. 2nd. Students will leave FES at 9:00am and return at 11:30am. This is the culminating event for the 4th grade integrated study of The Nutcracker Ballet. The FES PTO is sponsoring this trip as part of our FES Arts Enrichment Programs. Kathy Earle, Unified Arts PE

Band/Chorus Note-Dear 5th grade band parents,

Our first concert of the season is fast approaching. The date will be Wednesday December 3rd. I will send a letter home with all of the specific details soon. As we approach the concert it is necessary to change the morning rehearsal schedule so that the chorus students have a chance to rehearse all together in the big group.

Please note:

  • Each of these rehearsals are All Band Members or All Chorus Members.
  • Any day not listed for band does not have a morning band rehearsal on it.
  • The instrumental music lessons that happen during the day will continue as usual. That schedule never changes.
  • This schedule does not include small group chorus. Mrs. Hanaburgh will let you know about that schedule.

So here is the modified morning rehearsal schedule staring next week:

  1. Monday, November 10th – No rehearsal – Parent teacher conferences
  2. Wednesday, November 12th – Full Chorus rehearsal – all chorus members
  3. Friday, November 14th – Full Band rehearsal – all band members
  4. Monday, November 17th - Full Band rehearsal – all band members
  5. Wednesday, November 19th - Full Chorus rehearsal – all chorus members
  6. Friday, November 21st - Full Chorus rehearsal – all chorus members
  7. Monday, November 24th-Full Band rehearsal-all band members
  8. Monday, December 1st – Full Band rehearsal – all band members
  9. Tuesday, December 2nd - Full Chorus rehearsal – all chorus members
  10. Wednesday, December 3rd – 4/5 Chorus and Band concert – No morning rehearsal but bring instrument to school that day so that we can perform for the Elementary School.

Close Buy orders have arrived!  The PTO will be available to distribute orders during the following dates and times at FES.   Parents should enter the building using the front entrance, check in at the office, then check in with PTO on the 2nd floor. 

Monday, December 1



Tuesday, December 2



Wednesday, December 3

6:30-7pm and immediately following the conclusion of the band/chorus concert

We request that parents pick-up orders to avoid any items being broken.

Should you have questions, please contact Gregg Levey at

Thank you to all who purchased items and supported this event!

PTO News- The next Healthy Foods for Healthy Futures food tastings is scheduled for Wednesday, December 10 and volunteers are needed to pass out food samples to the kids.  Shifts are available from 11:15am-12:30pmor 12:15-1:30pm.  Click here to volunteer.

Winter Craft Fair – Saturday, December 13th from 9:00 – 12:00- Here's your chance to support your children at a fun event!!

The craft fair is made possible because of our parent / teacher volunteers.  We need your help!!

 Here is how you can help:

    Sponsor a Table – Help fund a craft table, it doesn’t get easier than that!

    Craft Table Volunteers - you don't have to be crafty! 

    Donate items – we all have stuff we don’t need anymore!

    Food and Snack Bar - no experience necessary!

    Set up - you know how to do this!

    Clean up - we all have kids, we are pros at it - it will be fun!

    Bring your kids - OK, if you can't volunteer, at least bring the kids and mark the calendar! 

Click on each link to sign up to volunteer or donate: 

   Sponsor a table

   Volunteer at a craft table

   Donate baked goods

   Donate supplies

If you have any questions please contact Karen Dow at or Anita

Please continue to help us reach our goal for the Annual Contribution Drive (ACD).  Donations are still being accepted.   Make checks payable to Falmouth Elementary PTO and return to school in the envelope OR donate online here.

Follow the PTO on Facebook to keep up to date with the most recent news and events.  Click here to visit our page:   Falmouth Elementary PTO Facebook.


FHS Project Graduation-Tired of cooking?  Join us at Falmouth House of Pizza this Tuesday, December 2nd. A portion of the sales will be donated to Project Graduation 2015.

Looking for a unique gift idea? Project Graduation is selling this great looking calendar, by Maine artist Alison Bramhall, to help support FHS Project Graduation. Each month has a colorful, full page graphic. It would be a great holiday gift! Calendars are $32, or $40 with a plexiglass holder. If you'd like to order one, please contact  Designs of the calendar can be seen on our Facebook page-Falmouth H. S. Project Graduation 2015.

Falmouth Education Foundation (FEF)-The Falmouth Education Foundation (FEF) is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to raising funds each year in order to provide grants in support of academics, athletics, and the arts for children throughout the Falmouth, Maine community. Visit us at to learn more.

Falmouth Lacrosse-The Falmouth Youth Lacrosse Association (FYLA) will be opening a web store from December 4th – December 11th for purchase of Falmouth Lacrosse gear.  The items purchased will be mailed directly to you in time for the holidays and will help support Falmouth Lacrosse Programs at all age levels.  The link to the to the web store is:



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-

November 26, 27, & 28-No School for Students- Happy Thanksgiving!