October 20, 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!


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-

November 10th-No School for Students due to Parent/Teacher conferences

November 11th-No School in observance of Veteran's Day

Substitutes Needed:

The Falmouth Public Schools are currently looking for classroom substitutes K-12. Substitute position requirements are a four year degree and you must have (or be able to attain) a Maine Criminal History Records Check.  If you are interested in becoming a substitute, please visit the employment page of our website (or click here) for more information and to complete and application.

K-2 School Counselor News:

Dear Parents/Guardians:

        Happy fall! I will be starting the fall sessions of small group counseling on October 20th and these groups will run for six weeks. The groups that I offer include: Friendship (social skills), Peaceful Pandas (coping skills for anxiety), Great to be Me (building self-esteem) and Cool as a Moose (anger management). I will also be offering a Family Change group (divorce/separation/moving, etc) on an as needed basis. 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 will participate in friendship groups throughout the year, which will focus on social skills and cooperative interactions.  

            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 happy fall!

             Susan Albertini, K-2 School Counselor

From Señora D.C.-

1. A few third graders have not turned in the fruit tasting permission slip.  Please do so asap.

2. There will be no new students session next Thursday morning, October 16.

Flu Clinic Dates/Information from your School Nurses-Once again the Falmouth School Nurses are partnering with the VNA to offer evening flu clinics. Free flu shots are available for Falmouth school age students (including home schooled and private school students).

  • Wednesday, Oct. 22, 5-7 p.m. for last names beginning with A-L
  • Thursday, Oct. 23, 5-7 p.m. for last names beginning with M-Z.
  • We encourage you to come on the assigned evening to prevent large crowds.
  • Clinics will be held at the Elementary School Cafeteria.
  • Flu shots are Free. If you have health insurance, please include your group number on the consent form. Your insurance company might be billed for the shot at no cost to you. 

We have both nasal spray and injectable vaccine, each free of preservatives.

Information on nasal spray 

Information on injectable 

You do not need to pre-register. You can download the consent form here: 

Consent Form

Forms will also be available at the flu clinics.

Dental Clinic Opportunity

A dental program called Tooth Fairies will be providing dental care (cleaning, fluoride treatment, sealant treatments, oral evaluation and oral hygiene instruction and a free spin brush) on October 28, 30 and 31st  to children who would otherwise not have access to dental services. Services provided are available to students with Maine Care, or students that are uninsured and not established with a dentist.  If your child is seeing a dentist regularly, they would not need or qualify for these services. However, if you are having a hard time getting into the community dental clinic or your dentist is no longer accepting Maine Care, we can see your child. If you do not have Maine Care, the fee for the service is $42.00.

Please contact your school nurse for further information on the Flu Clinic or the Dental Clinic.

Falmouth School Nurses:

MaryBeth Bachman, HS Nurse 781-7429

Jean Barbour, MS Nurse, 781-3740

Sue Raatikainen, Elementary Nurse, 347-3152

Kellie Schimelman, Elementary Nurse, 347-3152

PTO NEWS-Why should the kids have all the fun?  Please join us at the Parent-Only Social Event on October 23.  Meet us at Foreside Tavern from 6-9pm.  Stop in anytime to meet other parents, reconnect with old friends and be a part of the FES community!  

Help us reach our goal by contributing to 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.

PTO Volunteer Needs:   

·         Soccer Bake Sales (donating food or time) which are held every Saturday between now and October 18.  To volunteer food or time, visit this link: Bake Sale volunteer link.

·         Winter Craft Fair volunteers are needed to start planning for this fun event.  Visit this link to sign-up and someone will be in touch with you soon regarding next steps:  Winter Craft Fair Volunteers .

·         Flu Clinic and Health Screening volunteers are needed. 

  Flu Clinics are scheduled for Wednesday, October 22 and Thursday, October 23 from 4:45-7pm each day and a volunteer(s) is needed to hand out forms to parents.

   Health Screenings are scheduled for Tuesdays on October 28, November 4 and November 18 and volunteers are needed to escort students between classrooms to the screening site.  Click the link above for a schedule of times.  

   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.


Falmouth Community Programs presents the 40 Book Challenge - Redan Readers Book Club-Students will work toward the 4th & 5th grade Falmouth Elementary School 40 Book Challenge in this fun and engaging book club.  Participants will read a minimum of 2 pre-selected books and meet once weekly to go over the reading. Weekly activities including games, acting, art, discussions and more. Together we will bring the stories to life inspiring all levels of readers to become actively involved and excited about this year's challenge! The Redan Readers Book Club is directed by Shari Redan; B.S., Elementary Education; Masters in Special Education, Wilson Certified and Trained in Lindamood-Bell Processes. The program will be broken down into two classes, one for boys on Tuesdays and girls on Wednesdays.  You can register by going to the FCP website or stopping by the office anytime between 8am-5pm Monday thru Thursday.

The Theatre Company at Falmouth High School Announces its Fall 2014 Season:

The Phantom Toll Booth and Tartuffe

Photos will be available approximately two weeks prior to opening

The Theatre Company at Falmouth’s fall season features two classic stories: The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster, and Tartuffe by Moliere.

The Phantom Tollbooth follows the story of Milo, a young boy bored with his life, until a toll booth suddenly appears in his room and he enters it!  Faced with the task of rescuing the princesses from the “Land of Ignorance”, Milo learns from such notables as a dog with a clock stomach named Tock, a Spelling Bee, and Queen Azaz and her brother the Mathemagician.  These colorful characters will delight, inform and entertain.

Evening shows are Friday October 17 and Saturday the 18th at 7:00 pm.  Afternoon matinees are Saturday and  Sunday at 3:00 pm.  

Tartuffe is a romping, romantic, comedy that was first presented in 1664.  Tartuffe is a pious imposter who pretends to divinity, but in fact is attempting to con the wealthy Orgon and his mother, who have fallen under his spell.  He nearly succeeds until the rest of his family is able to prove his deceptions.  A wonderful play with lots of twists and turns, sure to engage all ages.  

Shows for Tartuffe are Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 pm, Friday Oct. 31 & Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 pm and Sunday November 2 at 3:00 pm. 

All shows are presented in the Theatre at Falmouth High School on 74 Woodville RoadTicket prices are $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, children and seniors, are available 30 minutes before show time.  All are Welcome!  

We do not take reservations, but if you have special seating needs, or for more information, please contact us at, check out our Facebook page or visit our website:

Essentials Pantry Donations- Over the years many Falmouth families have generously donated gently used children's clothing, kitchen, and household items to the essentials pantry in Portland. 

There is currently a great need of gently used winter coats and boots of all sizes. With winter approaching there are many families without coats and boots. If you are cleaning out closets and have outgrown or unused items. They will be greatly appreciated.

The pantry serves over 250 families weekly. Falmouth High School students volunteer at the pantry weekly to distribute items.

Collections boxes will be in the front entrance of the school buildings.

Come Trick or Treat at Falmouth’s 1st Trunk or Treat Fundraiser for FHS Project Graduation

Date/time: Saturday October 25, 2014 11am until 3pm

Rain date: Sunday October 26

Location: American Legion Hall Parking Lot Depot Road, Falmouth 

Admission: Advance tickets from Falmouth Community Programs

$3 per child -- Day Of: $5 per child, $10 per family

What is Trunk or Treat?

Trunk or Treat is a safe and fun activity for children and families to celebrate the season.  It is where trick or treaters can enjoy visiting decorated vehicles “trunk to trunk” for candy/ treats. There will also be food, games and prizes awarded for best costumes and decorated trunks. 

There are 2 ways to participate:

1. Decorate a trunk-your car, truck, SUV or minivan—think of this as your front porch.  Decorate for the holiday or pick a theme/costume and fill trunk up with lots of candy/treats and prepare for visiting trick or treaters. Feel free to wear a costume to match your theme.  If decorating a vehicle, please contact Rachel Reed at 878-6767 to reserve a spot!

2. Trunk or treat only-children come dressed in costume and go “ trunk or treating” at the decorated vehicles. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

All proceeds to FHS Project Graduation. We hope to see you there!

Girl Scout Sign-up Meeting:Girls and adults are invited to attend this meeting to find out about the many different and fun ways today’s girls are participating in Girl Scouting and how the programs and activities inspire them to reach their personal best.  Participants will also learn about the flexible options and benefits of becoming a Girl Scout volunteer. Girl Scouts is for all girls in grades K – 12.

Wednesday, October 22nd, 6:30 p.m. in the Falmouth Elementary School Library

For more information, contact Beth Darling at 772-1177, ext 231 or

Falmouth Education Foundation-2014 Fall Auction -Thanks-a-Million!

Saturday, November 1st at 6pm at The Woodlands Club

Please join us on Nov. 1 as we celebrate a major milestone, the granting of our millionth dollar!   This year we are saying "Thanks-a-Million" to FEF supporters whose generous donations, event participation and volunteering make it possible to grant funds to various programs in the Falmouth Community.  This is a fun night out to enjoy with friends and neighbors -- you won't want to miss it!   We have many great silent and live auction items awaiting your bid and all to benefit children in the Falmouth community. This event is wonderful opportunity to support a great cause in our community. Mark your calendars and we hope to see you there!

For more information or to purchase your tickets online, visit

If you have an item or service that you would like to donate for the auction, please contact Karyl Hazard ( or 781-2432) by October 17.

FYBA-2014-15 FYBA Evaluation Dates

Player evaluations are required for appropriate team placement and all registered players are required to attend.  Evaluations for grades 3-4 will be held on the following dates: Wednesday, October 15 (for 3rd to 4th Grade Boys) and Thursday, October 16 (for 3rd to 4th Grade Girls).  Specific evaluation dates, times and locations are listed below.  

Please make sure to arrive 15 minutes in advance of your scheduled time in order to check in, wearing appropriate attire and with bottled water.

3rd and 4th Grade Boys: Wednesday, October 15 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Falmouth Middle School Gym.  Last names starting with A-L will be from 6:00 to 6:45 and Last names starting with M-W will be from 6:45 to 7:30, due to the number of registrants.

3rd and 4th Grade Girls: Thursday, October 16 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Falmouth Middle School Gym.

If you have further questions please contact us through our website: or email any of the following FYBA board officers:

Brian Clement at

Kelli O' Brien at

Paul Cooke at 

Kevin Bouchard at 

Falmouth Little LeagueExciting times in Falmouth baseball!!!

In the past 3 years, our little league complex has had major field renovations done on all 4 fields, we’ve added 8 dugouts & 2 new scoreboards!! We are in the process of adding a scoreboard on the big legion field as well as a batting cage and 2 new ‘bullpen’ mounds! We are also in the process of getting bids to construct a BLUE MONSTER wall in right field!

Check out our website at

Please contact Matt Rogers for more

Falmouth Middle School Hockey.  If you like hockey and want to join your school mates and friends on the Falmouth MS teams, we have room for you. We are looking for 5th grade boys and girls who would like to play MS JV (non-checking division), and MS Girls Teams this year.  We are defending State Champs in the MS JV division for the past 2 years and have done very well in the other divisions.

Key Upcoming Event Dates 

1. Hockey Registration for the upcoming 2014-2015 Middle School season is now open.   Sign up now by going to our website - You will see a link to the sign-up website.  Registration is for both girls and boys grades 5 through 8.

2. MS Parents Informational Meeting – Oct 7, 7:00 pm @ the Pond House at Falmouth Ice Center.  Overview of the Middle School Hockey Program.  FIHA Board members and MS coaches will be on hand to answer your questions. 

3. Open Ice Skate – Oct 20, 7:10-8:10 pm @ Falmouth Ice Center. Our first MS Hockey Skate of the year. Open to girls and boys grades 5 through 8. Open for those who are definitely playing and  those maybe just thinking about playing. We expect to have some MS Coaches and High School Players from last year’s Class A State Championship team for a fun night of skating. Skates and Helmets only.

4. Player EvaluationsOct 27, 8:20-9:20 pm @ Falmouth Ice Center.  All MS Players grades 5 -8.  For girls – only those that would like to swing and play JV as well as the girls team, need to come to evaluation night. This night is to get rosters/team placements set for season. All players will be placed on team, there will be no cuts. 

5. Portland Pre-Season Round Robin Tournament – 

a. MS JV -  Nov.1

b. MS Varsity – Nov. 8

If you have any questions please contract Peter Baker – or Anne Sarazin –

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. 

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 10th-No School for Students due to Parent/Teacher conferences

November 11th-No School in observance of Veteran's Day