December 19, 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-

Holiday Break- No School December 22 through January 2

Enjoy your school vacation! Happy Holidays!

Dear Parents of students in Grades 3-5,

For planning purposes, Falmouth Elementary School students in Grades 3-5 will be taking the new Maine Educational Assessment (also known as the Smarter Balanced Assessment). 
The testing will take place during the weeks of March 16th, 23rd, 30th and April 6th
Best regards,
John G. Flaherty

Dear 5th grade band parents,

Thank you for a great first few months in band.  I've got some exciting plans for the next concert.  Our next morning band rehearsals will be on Wednesday, January 7th and Friday, January 9th.  We will meet in the regular Wednesday and Friday groups.

If you would like to see a recording of the winter music concert or if you would like to share the concert with friends and relatives just follow the link below.  You need to register in order to watch the movie.

A word about practice over the holidays.  Vacation practice is a "no-lose" situation on the practice journal.  If your child takes a break over the vacation, I will excuse it on the chart.  You may face a challenge getting them going again in January if they take this route.  If your child does practice over the vacation I will double any time spent in the practice room.  May I suggest concerts for grandparents or aunts and uncles?

I wish you a wonderful and safe holiday season and look forward to seeing you in the new year!


Larry Jackson

Activities Club-Happy Holidays! Activities Club for Grades 3, 4 & 5 will resume in the new year.  The activity for Grade 3 on Tuesday, Jan. 6th  and Grades 4 & 5 on Thursday, Jan. 8th will be floor hockey.

PTO News-Family Skate Night is scheduled for Thursday, January 22 from 5pm-7pm at Family Ice Center.  It’s free to all FES students and family and rentals are $2.00.  To donate to the bake sale, click here.

Staff Appreciation Lunch on Wednesday, January 14.  Please show your appreciation to the staff of FES by donating or staffing the event.  To volunteer or donate, click 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.

 The PTO hopes you have a fabulous holiday break! 


To Protect and Serve, A Dialogue on Police and Community Relations-

Do you want to learn about how our police are trained and supervised, and about law enforcement concerns facing our area? Come and join the discussion with Falmouth Police Chief Edward Tolan, other officers, and Falmouth Clergy.  

Wednesday, January 14, 6pm at The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary, 4 Foreside Road

Falmouth Community Programs-The Winter/Spring programs have been released and are filling fast.  Don’t miss out on programs such as Lego building, Musical Theatre, Chorus, Afterschool PE, Nordic Skiing, Cribbage and SO much more. You can register online at or come visit us in the FCP office.

We also have discounts for the following: Lost Valley, Sunday River/Sugarloaf, Attitash/Wildcat, Cranmore and the Portland Dine Around.  Stop in and SAVE!

Martial Arts Is Back!!-Falmouth Martial Arts (FMA) is offered through the Falmouth Community Programs and available to children ages 4-18. FMA teaches Traditional Taekwondo in a fun and safe setting, which enhances character development skills such as respect, integrity, courtesy, self-confidence, self-esteem and friendship that develops naturally through the FMA training process. Whether your goal for your child is to achieve better grades in school, gain self-control, increase fitness or engage in competition, Falmouth Martial Arts is ready to help your child achieve success!

Program: Falmouth Martial Arts (FMA) Taekwondo For Kids

Where: Mason/Motz Recreation Center (Formerly Plummer/Motz)

What: 4 Separate Programs Available for ages 4 thru 18!

Little Ninjas




Individual Program Details Available on the FMA web site or on the FCP web site.

When: New Session Starts January 19th! Sign up now!

Classes: Programs are 2-4 Nights per week, Monday-Thursday

How: Register through Falmouth Community Programs (FCP) at Falmouth Town Office or Online (Link below) 

Learn More:


FCP Online Registration: 


Martial Arts Open House: Thursday, January 15th at 5PM. Stop by to see the brand new studio, equipment and uniforms, and meet our Chief Instructor! Coffee, Tea and Snacks provided. Hope to see you there!

Holiday Celebration at the Falmouth Library!--Friday, December 19 from 4-6 pm

The Friends of the Library present the annual Holiday Revels. Fun for the whole family!  Enjoy performances by musicians from the music departments of Falmouth schools and The Flukes.  Make your own holiday chocolates and create garlands of popcorn and cranberries. Light refreshments will be available.    

Save The Date-Falmouth’s Got Talent Auditions Are Coming Up!

An All-School Talent Showcase helping to raise funds for Project Graduation on Wednesday, January 28th (snow date Thursday, January 29th), in the FHS Theatre.

Musicians, artists, dancers, actors, comedians, poets, orators, magicians, gymnasts, jugglers — we want to see it all! 

Audition application forms and rules are now available and are located at each school office. Auditions will be held at:

Falmouth Elementary School on Thursday, January 8th, 3:15-5:30 Elementary School Cafeteria 

Falmouth Middle School on Tuesday, January 13th, 2:30-4:30 Middle School Cafeteria

Falmouth High School on Thursday, January 15th, 2:30-4:30 High School Theater

Contestants selected for the show on January 28th will be notified via email after ALL audtions have been completed.

 The application deadline is December 19th!

Look for ticket sale information in the principal notes...THIS EVENT SOLD OUT LAST YEAR AND WE EXPECT IT WILL AGAIN THIS YEAR!

Please contact Falmouth’s Got Talent Co-chair Barb Neff at or Sharon Leskanic at to volunteer for the event, or if you have any questions.  


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-

Holiday Break- No School December 22 through January 2

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