October 12, 2015

John Flaherty, Principal jflaherty@falmouthschools.org

Jason Manjourides, K-2 Assistant Principal jmanjourides@falmouthschools.org

Ryan Gleason, 3-5 Assistant Principal rgleason@falmouthschools.org


-DATES TO REMEMBER for 2015-2016-

No School for Students-October 9th (Professional Day for FES staff)

No School for Students-October 12th in observance of Columbus Day

 Oct. 16-Picture Retake Day. If your child is having retakes please remember to send in the original package with your child on that day. If your child was absent on September 11th and needs a photo taken, send in the photo order form. (These are available in the main office if needed.)

 - Please check out Superintendent Bruno's Blog-http://brunosnotes.blogspot.com/

Greetings Team,

This Fall we are engaged in a sustainable design process for a new campus greenhouse. As part of our Farm to School program, the new greenhouse will provide food for our cafeterias and the entire site will become a learning laboratory for our students. The vision for the project articulated by many of you through the Greenhouse Planning Committee and the Un-Conference is to root the Farm to School Movement into our school culture and graduate young citizens empowered to make informed choices affecting the health and wellness of themselves, their community, and the environment.

The design process this Fall is focused on designing a unique living learning laboratory for engaging inquiry around the food system, energy, climate, natural resources, ecology, agroforestry, plant sciences, arts and humanities, engineering and science. This project is to be located on the open parcel across the street from the school campus at the entrance to the Athletic Fields East. It is part of a larger commitment to be a sustainable school community. 

Thank you in advance for participating in this process. Consultants from The Resilience Hub in Portland, a collaborative non-profit Permaculture organization, will be doing site work, engaging students in the Middle School and High School, conducting brief interviews with some of you, and reviewing the input from the attached questionnaire as well as drafting up a concept drawing and final design plan for the site. Please, take time to share your thoughts.

The timeline is as follows. 

Oct 7-14  - Site work, Assessment and Analysis 

Oct 7-21 - Classroom activities and student engagement

Oct 28 - Concept overview and final site decisions

Nov 18 - Final Design Delivery and Discussion & Public Gallery Showing

Nov 20 - Breaking Ground

If you are chosen for an interview, you will be contacted by Dan O’Shea or Martha Poliquin with further information. We will not be able to hold interviews after October 14 and your voice counts. The questionnaire is attached to this email. Please share your thoughts on the project there by October 14.

Thank you,

Geoff Bruno and members of the Falmouth Farm to School Team


-Elementary Parents-School starts at 8:40am at FES. When your child/children arrive after this time please walk them into the building and sign them in at the main office. Thank you for your attention to this safety concern. This also assures that they get taken off the absent list.

-Spanish with Señora D.C.  Third, fourth and fifth grade students new to FES and have Señora D.C. for Spanish are invited to join her on Thursday mornings at 8:30 for about 12-15 minutes of learning some of the basics which their classmates already know.  New students who have had some Spanish are certainly welcomed to participate.  No one is obligated to attend and any student may attend for however long is necessary.  Depending on how many students come, there could be another session during the week.  Most new students in the past who had no Spanish background benefited enormously from these short sessions.

Second graders are welcomed, but they will not need as many sessions as the older grades.  They seem to pick up everything very quickly in class and there is a lot less.

If interested, please contact Señora at jdisciullo-carpenter@falmouthschools.org so that I can anticipate the attendees.  We will meet in the same room where Spanish is taught.

-K-2 School Counselor News:

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Happy fall! I will be starting the fall sessions of small group counseling on October 16th and these groups will run for six weeks. The groups that I offer include: Fantastic Friendship (friendship/social skills), Peaceful Pandas (coping skills for anxiety), Great to be You and Me (self-awareness and acceptance of others) and Cool as a Moose (anger management). 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.  Kindergarten students will be invited to join a friendship group (which will focus on social skills and cooperative interactions) on an as needed basis. 

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 @ salbertini@falmouthschools.org or you can call me at 781-3988.  

I wish you all a relaxing and happy fall!

Susan Albertini, K-2 School Counselor

~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 Fall Session of grades 3-5 School Guidance Groups begin the week of October 19th.  All group sessions take place at lunchtime.

The following groups are available for your child(ren):    

Relaxing with Friends (friendship,connection and social skills)

Taming the Worry Beasts (how to cope with stress and worries)

Free To Be You and Me (acceptance of self and others, helping students to thrive and flourish, build resiliency) 

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

In Partnership,  

~Katrina V. Loef, School Counselor (3-5)

-Flu Clinic Dates/ Information from your School Nurses-

Once again the Falmouth School Nurses are partnering with the VNA to offer evening flu clinics. Flu shots are available for Falmouth school age students (including home schooled and private school students).

  • Wednesday, Oct. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. for last names beginning with A-L
  • Thursday, Oct. 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. for last names beginning with M-Z.
  • Wear a short sleeved shirt if you’re planning on receiving an injection.
  • Students under the age of 18 need parental consent via the consent form below.
  • We encourage you to come on the assigned evening to prevent large crowds.
  • Clinics will be held at the Elementary School Cafeteria.
  • If you have health insurance, include your group number on the consent form. Your insurance company will be billed for the shot at no cost to you.

You do not need to pre-register. You need to download the Consent Form 

and complete it prior to the clinic. All forms must be filled out completely.

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

Information on nasal spray 

Information on injectable 

For questions about the flu vaccine, call Maine CDC at 1-800-867-4775, M-F 9-5. Information about the flu and the vaccine is available at www.maineflu.gov, www.flu.gov, or http://www.cdc.gov/flu

For questions about the vaccine clinics at our school, please call your child’s school nurse:

Falmouth School Nurses:

MaryBeth Bachman, HS Nurse 781-7429 X 5521

Jean Barbour, MS Nurse, 781-1020

Sue Raatikainen, Elementary Nurse, 347-3152, Grades 2-5

Kellie Schimelman, Elementary Nurse, 347-3152, Grades K-1

-Notes from the School Nurses re: Viral Meningitis:

You may have read or heard in the news that there have been confirmed cases of viral meningitis in area school departments in southern Maine.  At this time there are no reported cases of viral meningitis in Falmouth Schools.  As with any virus, the best prevention is good handwashing, avoiding close contact with sick individuals, and staying home when you are sick.  Common symptoms of viral meningitis include fever, headache, stiff neck and sensitivity to bright light.  Contact your healthcare provider if you suspect your child may have these symptoms. They will determine if they have the disease and the best course of treatment.

For more information:

Maine Health Learning Center info. on viral meningitis in Maine

CDC information on viral meningitis

-Box Tops for Education

Falmouth Elementary School collects Box Tops for Education. The money we earn from Box Tops is used to fund many online databases and programs such as Tales2Go audiobooks and Brain Pop educational videos.

Please continue to clip and save Box Tops. You may send the Box Tops to school in plastic sandwich bags, in envelopes or on the Box Top collection sheets. It’s helpful if the Box Tops have been trimmed and the expiration dates have been checked. If you use the collections sheets, please trim the Box Tops before sticking them to the sheet. Be sure to only attach the number of Box Tops indicated on the collection sheet (usually 25). This makes it much easier for Mrs. Sparks and Mrs. Potter to count and package the Box Tops. Thanks for your support!


-PTO News-We need volunteers for the Fall Harvest Festival, October 25th -10:00-4:00. The Fall Harvest Festival will be held at FES.  By now you should have seen flyers come home in backpacks. We have many fun booths planned and we need volunteers.  You will see a sign up sheet come home in backpacks as well.  Please feel free to use the paper form or this sign up link.  All volunteers will be combined.


If you have questions please send an email to Hillary Berry and Karen Dow at falmouthharvestfestival@gmail.com

-Wellness Event Volunteers needed. - FES School Nurses need volunteers for the Flu Clinic and Health Screenings. The Flu Clinics will be 10/21 and 10/22 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at FES. We also need volunteers for health screenings during school on 10/27, 11/3 and 11/9. Please follow the link to sign up for time slots. For more information, please contact Kellie Schimelman RN at 347-3152 or kschimelman@falmouthschools.org

 Please follow this link to sign up for a time slot.


-Fairy House building materials needed Kids love to build fairy houses during recess. They need building materials such as shells, small twigs, leaves, pebbles, fern, moss, etc. for the Peace Park Fairy house work. Please drop off your collection at the main office for Cathlyn Langston, Co-Chair Wellness Team. 

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

If you would like to be added to the PTO email distribution for future volunteering opportunities please contact us at Falmouthelementarypto@gmail.com


**All community news and notes can now be found on our Community Bulletin Board Page**


Principal's notes are reserved for events that are directly school-related. 

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

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 rpenrod@falmouthschools.org or Dee Langley (3-5) at dlangley@falmouthschools.org



















-DATES TO REMEMBER for 2015-2016-

No School for Students-October 9th-(Professional Day for FES Staff)
No School-October 12th in observance of Columbus Day



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