February 2, 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!


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DATES to REMEMBER for 2014-2015-

No School February 16-20-Winter Break


ON MAY 20, 21, & 22

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

-Kindergarten Registration for 2015/2016- Registration for Falmouth Kindergarten will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, February 10, 11, & 12, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

All registrations will take place in the Falmouth Elementary School main office at 58 Woodville Road.

A child must be five years old on or before October 15, 2015 in order to attend kindergarten in the fall. This is state law as well as school board policy. There are no exceptions.

Upon registration, please present a copy of your child’s original birth certificate, a record of immunization, and proof of residency. At the time of registration, an appointment will be made for kindergarten screening, which will take place on May 20, 21, & 22.

If you know of any children who plan to enter Falmouth Elementary School as first graders in the fall of 2015, please ask their parents to contact the school office at 781-3988.  First graders must turn six years old on or before October 15, 2015. 

We appreciate your help in spreading the word about registration. We use this information for enrollment and budgeting purposes.

-Grades 3-5 Activities Club- Change of Schedule...The activity for 3rd grade on Tues., Feb. 3rd and for 4th & 5th grades on Thurs., Feb. 5th will be sledding. Students are required to wear snow pants, boots, hats, gloves, and jackets. We will use school equipment. 

-Dear Fifth Grade Families,

     On February 5, 2015 we will be hosting FAMILY ENGINEERING NIGHT at the Falmouth Elementary School cafeteria from 5:30 to 7:00pm. This fun, free activity is for all fifth grade students, their parents or guardians, and siblings who would enjoy an evening of engineering design challenges together. Students had a taste of the various activities on January 14 in school but there will be new ones to try out. If you are interested, please email Ellen Walsh ( by Tuesday, February 3 to say how many will be attending.

5:30 - 6:00 Self guided short challenges

6:00 - 6:30 Design Challenge #1

6:30 - 7:00 Design Challenge #2

-Kids Who Care-The next KWC meeting will take place Wednesday, February 4th at 8am in Mr. R's room. We will be working on a project to help support Greater Portland's Center for Grieving Children. Meanwhile thanks go out to all KWC members and FES families who helped us with recent holiday gift bags for area seniors. The folks on the receiving end were enthusiastic and very emotional about getting these treats and personal notes from our children. Kudos to all involved! With warm regards, Judy Wiberg and Paul Rosenblum

-Growing Valentines-Falmouth Elementary School students are planting hundreds of bulbs to bloom just in time for Valentine’s Day.  While they grow, students will nurture and observe them inside our building. Just as they are about to bloom, we will reach out and deliver these heartfelt Growing Valentines to seniors in our community.  

For each senior that an elementary school family anonymously “adopts” FES volunteers will deliver a Growing Valentine as a gift from their friends at Falmouth Elementary School. Deliveries will be made in bulk sometime during the week of February tenth. Several private and civic locations have been designated as distribution centers. These locations include Ocean View (assisted and independent living), Falmouth By the Sea, Foreside Harbor, Sedgewood Commons  and Falmouth Memorial Library.

When your teacher sends a note home, we hope you choose to “adopt” a senior community member to help us spread love & goodwill across town as we wait together for hopeful signs of spring to arrive. Until then please send in recycled metal 12-14.5 ounce cans and drop them off in the front lobby of the elementary school or send your child to school with them.  They will be transformed into beautiful vessels for the Growing Valentines.

All proceeds to benefit Falmouth Elementary School Wellness Committee for the promotion and improvement of outdoor play & learning. This project was made possible by the very generous discount provided by Skillins Greenhouse and art supplies from Ruth's Reusable Resources. Thank you from the FES Wellness Committee

To "adopt" please click here:

To volunteer please click the following link

-Updated Health Services Website-The Falmouth school nurses have updated the Health Services website (Falmouth Health Services website). Please refer to this site for information about health policies and other pertinent current health information. We hope you will find this site easy to navigate and helpful.

Sue Raatikainen and Kellie Schimelman, Elementary School Nurses

-Falmouth School Gardens Seed Sale-The Falmouth Schools Farm to School Group is sponsoring a flower, herb, and vegetable seed sale through Fedco Seeds of Waterville, Maine. The profits will benefit the existing gardens at all schools. This is a great opportunity to purchase organic and non-organic seeds for your home flower beds and vegetable gardens. Simply download the order forms, mark your purchases, pay by check made out to FHS (Falmouth High School), and send it to the elementary school in an envelope marked Falmouth High School Seed Sale by March 6th. (non-organic seed form) (organic seed form)

Hard copies of the order form are available in the elementary school office.

Payment must accompany the order. Orders should be here for pick up by late March. Please contact Sue Raatikainen ( at FES with questions. Thank you for your support and happy planting!!

-PTO News-The next Healthy Foods for Healthy Futures food tastings is scheduled for Wednesday, February 4 and volunteers are needed to pass out food samples to the kids.  Shifts are available from 11:15am-12:30pm or 12:15-1:30pm.  Click here to volunteer.

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 proudly presents "FALMOUTH'S GOT TALENT" on January 28th at 6:30 pm in the FHS Theatre.  This is an all school student talent show. Thank you for your support for a great cause!


-Attention Little Red Caboose and Club House Alumni!

LRC's 25th Anniversary Open House will be on Sunday, February 1 (yes, Superbowl Sunday) from 1-4 p.m. Come celebrate with LRC before you get your game on!

Fun for all ages: Music by Marcus Gale, entertainment by Party Palooga, creative movement with Irene Jeffers, and art with Donna Marie.

Past, present, and prospective families welcome. We hope to see you there!

-Falmouth Little League-Player registration for the 2015 Falmouth Little League season is open. If you have already registered, you will be hearing additional details in the next 3 to 4 weeks, depending on what league your child is registered for the upcoming season.  To register your child for baseball, softball or t-ball  please use the link below:

NOTE:  Any registration after March 01, 2015 will be assessed a late charge of $25.

We are using a new registration system this year and you will need to create a new account. Initial response has been positive with the new system but any questions can be directed to Phil Bixby ( or Renee Daniels ( If you have a son or daughter that will be new to Falmouth Little League, you will need to send a copy of your child's birth certificate to Phil or Renee.  This is a requirement for all new players to Falmouth Little League. 

If you are interested in coaching, please make sure you register by using this link  All questions related to coaching can be directed to Peter McCluskey at

Player registration is done separately from coach registration.

Both registration links can be found at our website at 


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-

Kindergarten Registration-February 10, 11, and 12 from 10:00am-2:00pm in the FES school office.

No School February 16-20 for the Winter Break


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