April 20, 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 parents and guardians of students with special needs:

     I am happy to announce the spring session of the Parent Support Group for parents and guardians of students with special needs at Falmouth Elementary School.

     These days parenting alone is challenging enough. When you add the extras of a child with special needs with; IEPs, testing, accommodations, stressful home life, doctor appointments, as well as feeling isolated, you can have a super challenge  on your hands.

When: Tuesdays

April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19 and May 26

Starting promptly at 5:30 PM and ending at 7:00 PM.

Where: Falmouth Elementary School's conference room. Come in the front doors and in the main office.

     The goal is to support each other in this adventure, share resources, hopefully learn something new and useful and most importantly have time to breath and laugh.

     To ensure the health of all, please avoid wearing perfume or cologne.

     For more information and to register please call or email, Laurie Sivonen, (207) 781-3988, ext 2130.

     I look forward to a productive, enjoyable time together.

     Sincerely, Laurie Sivonen, LCSW

-K-2 School Counselor News:

Dear Parents/Guardians:

     Happy Spring! I will be starting the spring sessions of small group counseling on April 27th and these groups will run for six weeks. The groups that I offer include: Friendship (social skills), Peaceful Pandas (anxiety), Great to be Me (self-esteem) and Cool as a Moose (anger). I will also be offering a Family Change group if there is a need. Descriptions of these groups are available on my webpage, which you can find on the elementary school website under "guidance." These groups happen during grade level lunch times (not recess) and are available for first and second grade students.  All Kindergarten students have been participating in friendship groups throughout the year, which have focused on social skills, friendship building and cooperative interaction.  

     If you are interested in having your child participate in a lunchtime group or if you have any questions, please let me know via email @ or you can call me at 781-3988.  

     I wish you all a relaxing and warm spring!

     Susan Albertini, K-2 School Counselor

-FES Yearbooks-Yearbook orders must be in by Tuesday, April 28th.

-Falmouth School Gardens Plant Sale/ Donations-Our plant sale will be held on Sunday, May 17 during the Wellness Festival. Once again we are asking for donations of perennials such as Astilbe, Bee Balm, Black-eyed Susan, Bleeding Heart ,Catmint, Coneflower,Coral Bells, Coreopsis, Creeping Phlox, Dianthus,Garden Phlox, Hosta, Irises, Lady's Mantle, Lilies & Daylilies, Mayapple, Sedum,Shasta Daisy, Roses; Non-invasive shrubs and grasses. Donations can be brought to FES on Friday, May 15. Please label the plant with as much information as possible (i.e. type of plant, color of flower, does it grow in sun or shade,etc.). Contact Sue Raatikainen at 347-3152 with questions and to let us know how many plants you are willing to donate.  All proceeds will be used for plants and materials for our school gardens. 

-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:


-Falmouth Community Programs-

The FCP Summer brochure is out and registrations are flowing in.  From Fishing camp to Minecraft and Biking to Garden Art we have programs to keep you busy from now until August.  Come in and visit us at our new location and see how we can fill your summer.  Day Camp start date is Monday, June 29th and ending Friday August 7th. Come sign up where Summer comes to PLAY!

Our new location is 190 Middle Rd (Motz building).  Office hours are Monday-8am-5pm, Tuesday-8am-6pm, Wednesday & Thursdays-8am-5pm and Friday-8am-12 noon. Contact us at 699-5302.

-Falmouth Rotary's Electronics Recycling Collection Day,  Saturday, May 9, 9AM-1PM, Falmouth Shopping Center parking lot, U.S. Route 1.  Recycle your unwanted or broken electronics and make a donation to Falmouth Rotary, who supports numerous local and international charities, including the Falmouth Food Pantry, and Falmouth high school student community service trips for Safe Passage and Habitat for Humanity.

Items accepted include TV's, computers, laptops, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, DVD players, VCR's, radios, stereos, microwave ovens, game systems, digital picture frames projectors, telephones, answering machines, fax machines, cell phones.  

NO appliances (ovens, washer/dryers, stoves, refrigerators, air conditioners), fluorescent light bulbs, mercury devices, batteries.

For more information call Anne Payson 781-2501.

-FMS Ultimate-It's not too late to join! FMS Ultimate welcomes all boys and girls in grades 4-8 to come try out this fun new sport! Visit or call coach Shea Gunther at 207-518-8447 to learn more.

-Falmouth HIgh School Theatre-Thursday April, 30, Friday, May 1, & Thursday, May 7-Saturday, May 9.  The Theatre Company at Falmouth High School presents its Spring Musical, Anything Goes” by Guy Bolton, Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter.  Show times are at 7:00 pm Thursdays & Friday, May 1;  7:30 pm Friday, May 8 & Saturday, May 9.    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6  for students, children and seniors.  For more information email

-Falmouth Education Foundation Annual Rummage Sale – Saturday, May 16
Mark your calendar for a spring cleaning! Clean out the garage, basement and closets and donate your unwanted items to the annual FEF Rummage Sale being held on Saturday, May 16 from 8am-12pm in the Falmouth Middle School gym. Proceeds will benefit children in the Falmouth community. We are looking for gently used furniture, housewares, sporting goods, toys, books and clothing, etc.

Drop off your items on Friday, May 15 between 9am and 6pm at the Falmouth Middle School gym.

-Rummage Sale Volunteers needed for both May 15th and 16th. Join the team for a couple of hours and meet some new faces at this fun and unique community event with many, many “treasures” to behold! We need volunteers to assist with the collection and sorting of donated items from 9am – 6pm on Friday, May 15th, as well as for organizing, check out and clean-up on Saturday, May 16th from 8am – 12pm. We appreciate any time you can offer. Please sign-up to volunteer using this link:

Please contact Karan at with any questions.

-You are invited to come dance with us and support

April 25th, 2015 7-11 PM at the Avant Dance & Event Center,  865 Spring Street, Westbrook, Maine. 
Music by the Bluezberry Jam Band.  $25 per person and you may request a tax deductible donation form.

For reservations call: Shirley Pyles at 207– 781-2321; Elizabeth Bodner Cumiskey at 207-967-1228 or Joyce Bailey at 207-449-3500

The College Club of Portland, is a non-profit organization, that has given 444 college scholarships totaling $195,500 over the last 34 Years.  A Falmouth high school senior girl receives a scholarship from them each year.  This year’s award is $1,200!



The Falmouth Lions Club is accepting donations of furniture, boats, cars, playground equipment, snow blowers, generators, household items, appliances in good working order, tractors, lawn mowers and more for their annual auction.  The Lions Club is a 501c3 Corporation so your donations are tax deductible.  Help the Lions Club to continue their great work in our community! 

The Lions Club is happy to pick up your donations.  Call Donna Lee at 774-5696.  *Please, no donations of clothing, guns, hazardous materials, tube tvs or computer monitors!  Visit the website at

The auction will be held Saturday, June 6 at 101 Woods Road.  The White Elephant sale starts at 8 a.m. and the auction begins at 9 a.m. 

-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 15thand 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.



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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