March 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!


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-

Early Release-March 11 AND March 25. Students will be dismissed at noon.

Fun Fridays in March!!

Friday, March 6th: Wear your Falmouth colors!

Friday, March 13th: Slipper Day. Bring in your favorite pair of slippers to wear around the school!

Friday, March 20th: Hawaiian or Happy Shirt day. Get rid of the winter blues and celebrate spring!

Friday, March 27th: Crazy Hat Day. Create or bring in a crazy hat to celebrate the end of March!

Activities Club Grades 3-5... The activity for 3rd grade on Tues., March 3 is jump rope skills. The activity for 4th & 5th grades on Thurs., March 5 is Circus Arts.

Circus Arts PE Unit Grades 3-5...Students in grades 3-5 will have an opportunity to try out stilts, pogo sticks, balancing equipment, unicycles, and more during the next two weeks in PE. Bike helmets are required for unicycles, ripstiks, and Razor scooters. We have school bike helmets students may use. Students are welcome to bring in their own bike helmets from home. 

-Kids Who Care is currently collecting new donated items to help support The Center for Grieving Children in Portland.  "The Center’s mission is to provide loving support that encourages the safe expression of grief and loss and fosters each individual’s resilience and emotional well-being."  The Center has plenty of stuffed animals at this time but below is a list of items they currently could use: Cleaning wipes, card games, quick games to play with teenagers and younger children, snack food,  and art supplies like paints, markers, and drawing paper. Donation boxes will be located in the lobby and by the upstairs library. Items can also be brought to Mrs. Wiberg's room or Mr. Rosenblum's room. We will be collecting items for The Center until the end of February. Thank you!

-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!!-

MARCH is National Nutrition Month-

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

FES will be celebrating National National Nutrition Month school-wide. Each week we will focus on the 5-2-1-0 message through the announcements, our wellness blog and by sending health information handouts/links to teachers and parents. PE classes will learn about My Plate and Let’s Go 5-2-1-0. Specialists in music, library, art, computer, health and Spanish will integrate nutrition information in their classes. 

More information on healthy eating, interactive games, children’s recipes and more are available at Let's Go and My Plate Kids

Classroom teachers will share weekly information/ computer links with their parents so they can follow along at home. Thanks for joining us as we celebrate Nutrition Month. The FES Wellness Team

-Calling all Roller skaters and bladers!  March 11 & 25 are the next TWO early release dates and we don’t want you to miss out on an afternoon of FUN!  Join FCP as we take over Happy Wheels Skate Center and roll the afternoon away.  Students in grades K-5 are welcome to attend.  Skates are provided, bring your own rollerblades or rent a pair for an additional $2 at the door.  We also have a few spots remaining in the Games Galore program for grades 1-5.  You can register online or come into the FCP office. NOTE: We DO NOT take registrations the day of the early release.

PTO News: Movie Night is scheduled for Friday, March 13 starting at 5:30pm in the FES Cafeteria.  The featured movie will be The Lego Movie.  Bake sales donations are needed.  Click here to donate food items.

Save the date for Bingo Night on Friday, April 10!

Follow Falmouth Elementary PTO on Facebook. 


-Falmouth Education Foundation-Please join us for the eleventh Annual Falmouth Education Foundation Spelling Bee!  On Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 pm sharp, teams will compete for the coveted title of FEF Spelling Champions.  The event will be held at the Elementary School Cafeteria and doors will open at 6pm for dinner, drinks and baked goods. All proceeds will go to foster educational excellence for our town’s children.

Each team will consist of three spellers, who will have the opportunity to confer before offering their answer.  The tone of the bee is light-hearted and fun: costumes, themes and mascots are encouraged!  For those who like to do their homework, is a great resource. Others may prefer to expend their energies on team Tee shirts. Whatever your style, please know that your participation in the FEF Spelling Bee will help us to continue our mission of promoting innovative student development in Falmouth.

The cost to participate in the FEF Spelling Bee is $100 per person or $300 per team.  We welcome individual or team sponsorships and donations of all sizes, as these will allow us to underwrite administrative and teacher teams from our schools. Entry fees are fully tax-deductible.  On the night of the Bee, all attendees will receive a program listing contestants, sponsors and donors. Secure and easy donations of any amount can be made at

Since its inception in 1993, the Falmouth Education Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in grants to support initiatives in the arts, academics and athletics for children in grades K – 12.  Monies available for grants are generated through several fund raisers over the course of the year. The FEF Spelling Bee will help us meet the growing needs of our schools in this era of tight budgets.  Please join the fun and help us spell excellence for Falmouth’s children!  

For more information contact Cecily at 232-4102, or visit the FEF Website.

-The 6th Annual Falmouth High School Seniors vs Faculty Basketball Game to Benefit Habitat for Humanity

Great fun for all ages!

Please join us on Wednesday, March 4 from 6:30- 8:30 pm, Game time: 7pm

in the FHS gym.

Come see Crusher the Red Claws Mascot.

Special half time activities with a chance to win Red Claws, Habitat for Humanity and Falmouth gear.

All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity Greater Portland

Suggested admission donation: $5.00 per person, $20.00 per family

Also for sale:

~Nacho Bar

~Homemade Desserts

~Raffle Tickets

Falmouth Middle School Presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr., in an under- the-sea spectacular with humans and puppets. In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice. Performances:Thursday & Friday, March 12 & 13 , 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 14, 2 p.m., at the Falmouth Middle School Cafeteria.
Tickets available at the door ($4 children, students and seniors/ $8 adults).

-Dede Waite's Summer Theatre Fun 2015-

SUMMER THEATRE FUN is looking forward to their 16th season at the Falmouth Congregational Church! We have had so much fun in past seasons and know this summer will be just as exciting.

SUMMER THEATRE FUN is a theatre camp for Kindergarten through Middle School that offers theatre arts training for young performers that is geared to the students’ age and interest. We sing, we dance, we play games, we do skits and improv - we learn to work together as an ensemble and have fun doing it. This is not a production-oriented class - but because performers LOVE to perform we do have an end of camp “presentation” for families and friends of the campers.

There is a half-day camp that runs from 9 - 12 and a full day program that ends at 3. Parents and children are the best judges of which camp is best for them. Camp this year runs from June 23rd through July 3rd .

Registration forms will be available at the Middle School and the elementary schools beginning the week of March 2nd We look forward to a wonderful camp season!

Dede Waite

Theatre Director

-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-

Early Release-March 11 AND March 25. Students will be dismissed at noon.


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