NOTES FROM THE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPALS

September 29, 2014

John Flaherty, Principal, Falmouth Elementary School  jflaherty@falmouthschools.org

Jason Manjourides, K-2 Assistant Principal jmanjourides@falmouthschools.org
Ryan Gleason, 3-5 Assistant Principal rgleason@falmouthschools.org

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!

FALMOUTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWS AND NOTES-

DATES to REMEMBER for 2014-2015-

FES Upcoming Open Houses-

Kindergarten-Sept. 30 from 6-7pm

Grade 1-Oct. 1 from 6-7pm

Grade 2-Oct. 2 from 6-7pm

ELECTRONICS AND OTHER EXPENSIVE TOYS 

IN SCHOOL

TO: PARENTS

FROM: JOHN G. FLAHERTY, PRINCIPAL

Please do not allow your child to bring expensive toys to school. We cannot be responsible if they are lost. Some students have been bringing electronics and Pokemon products to school, and have left them unattended. The electronics are generally small and easily lost. The Pokemon cards create arguments and hurt feelings when children try to trade.

Thank you for your support!

School Safety-As part of our school safety procedures, all visitors to Falmouth Elementary School must report to the main office to sign in and wear either a VISITOR or VOLUNTEER badge when inside the building. Thank you for supporting our safe school. (And thank you for returning the badges when you exit the building!) 

To parents and guardians of students with special needs:

I am happy to announce the fall session of the Parent Support Group for parents and guardians of students with special needs.

These days parenting alone is challenging enough. When you add the extras of a child with special needs with; IEPs, testing, accommodations, stressful home life, doctor appointments, as well as feeling isolated,  you can have a super challenge on your hands.

When: We will meet weekly for 6 weeks, from October 15 through November 19th, starting promptly at 6:00 and ending at 7:30.

Where: Falmouth Elementary School's conference room. Come in the front doors and into the main office.

The goal is to support each other in this adventure, share resources, hopefully learn something new and useful and most importantly have time to breath and laugh.

To ensure the health of all, please avoid wearing perfume or cologne.

Please preregister by September 30th as I need at least 6 committed participants to hold this support group.

For more information and to register please call or email, Laurie Sivonen,(207)781-3988, ext 2130.      LSivonen@FalmouthSchools.org

I look forward to a productive, enjoyable time together.

Sincerely,

Laurie Sivonen

Grades 3-5 Activities Club...FES Activities Club starts next week before-school with Mrs. Earle, FES Physical Educator. This is a free, drop-in, multi-activity program before school from 7:45-8:45am. 3rd graders are welcome to come on Tuesday mornings and 4th & 5th graders are welcome to come on Thursday mornings. Please DO NOT drop your children off before 7:45am as there is no supervision. Next week's activity is "Capture the Flag." All information and the schedule for the 2014-15 school year was emailed home last week and will be posted on the FES website. Contact KEarle@falmouthschools.org if you have any questions after reading the information. Due to the FES Walk to School Event scheduled for Tues., Oct. 7th, there will be no Activity Club for 3rd grade that week.

Annual FES Walk to School Event...Mark your calendars for Tues., October 7th for our annual FES Walk to School Event! All students in grades 1-5 will be dropped off their buses on Juniper Lane and be escorted by school staff on the sidewalk along Woodville Road to school. This school community event is held annually in October in conjunction with the International Walk to School Event held worldwide.

K-2 Art Request-Projects that sound like fun for students this year include some supplies that don't fall under my budget and will help out the environment. Please contribute clean plastic gallon jugs with unusual shapes...detergent, automotive, etc.  thin styrofoam trays of any colors, old, used paint brushes 1"-4", magazines with good photos for collages, and always plastic bottle caps of all colors. Thank you! Bonnie Taylor-K-2 Art

Student Flu Vaccine Clinics-Student Flu Vaccine Clinics for all Falmouth School Department students will be held at Falmouth Elementary School on the following dates:

Wednesday,Oct. 22,5-7 pm for students with last names beginning with A-L

Thursday, Oct. 23, 5-7 pm for students with last names beginning with M-Z.

If you cannot attend on the assigned night, you may bring your child the other night, but it is preferable to come on your assigned night to keep the clinic numbers manageable. Forms will be available on-line prior to the clinic. The vaccine is free of charge.  

PTO News-Close Buy orders are due back before September 30th.   Simply put the order form and your check made out to the FES PTO in your child’s school-to-home folder or you can order online atwww.closebuycatalog.com.   30% of the proceeds go towards enrichment programs and last year we raised over $6500 for our kids programs!  Please help us meet and exceed this goal again this year. Also, there are prizes available to those children with the highest cumulative sales - a brand name AMAZING tablet - & classroom prizes, etc.  

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 Volunteer Link.

·         Flu Clinic and Health Screening volunteers are needed. 

Flu Clinics are scheduled for Wednesday, October 22 and Thursday, October 23 from4:45-7pm 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.  

Thank you to those who have already contributed 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.

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

COMMUNITY NEWS AND NOTES-

Save The Date-Falmouth High School's lady Yachtsmen soccer teams invite the community to our schools' inaugural Coaches vs. Cancer "Rainbow of Hope" home game vs. the Yarmouth Clippers on Thursday, October 2(JV at 5:30 pm and Varsity at 7:00 pm).  Please come cheer on our girls as they honor  their loved ones and support cancer education, treatment, and research.  Wear cancer awareness ribbon colors to brighten our spectator stands!  Donations to the American Cancer Society will be accepted at both the turf field entrance ticket sales booth and concessions.  FMI, contact apwaite@earthlink.net

Falmouth Community Programs-Calling all Roller skaters and bladers!  October 8th is our first early release day 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, registrations close on Tuesday, October 7th.  NOTE: We DO NOT take registrations the day of the early release.

The 4th Annual Falmouth Fire/EMS Open House & Touch a Truck.  Come join the fun and celebrate National Fire Prevention Week.  See what the inside of an ambulance looks like, visit with your local firefighters and emergency responders, climb on a fire truck, sit inside a front end loader and SO MUCH MORE.  Saturday, October 11th, 9:00am-1:00pm at the Central Fire Station on Bucknam Road. 

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 care 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 front of the school buildings.

The Ocean View Kids' Club provides an opportunity for students of all ages to connect with elders in our community. We have been meeting since the fall of 1998. The monthly gatherings have had a wide variety of themes and activities, including a Chinese New Year Celebration, Halloween costume parades, a Hero Party, children creating portraits of the residents, guest speakers from the homeless Animal Rescue Team, and we have honored “Working Dogs’ by having a guest who trains sight dogs bring the dogs, explain the training process and then participants did activities related to what they had learned.

Each event is planned to provide fun and foster interaction between local children and elders living in assisted living. 

The Kids’ Club meets on a monthly basis on a Thursday afternoon from 4-5:00 PM. Community members are invited by email. Babies to teens and parents participate. Approximately 10-15 residents attend per event. There is no cost to families. Some families attend monthly, others a few times per year.

If you are interested in being on the email list please send me your email at hollymacewan@hotmail.com

FHS Project Graduation-Join us for Falmouth's First Trunk or Treat!

Where: Falmouth’s American Legion Hall parking lot

When: Saturday, October 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (raindate: Sunday, October 26)

Admission: $3 per child when purchased in advance through Falmouth Community Programs, $5 per child at the gate, maximum $10 per family. All proceeds to benefit FHS Project Graduation 2015.

Please note: All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Costume Contest with prizes for those who are Most Elaborate and Most Original!

This event is a fundraiser for Falmouth High School’s Project Graduation 2015 – please join us!

Trunk contest, too! Interested in “driving your message home?”

Compete for the Most Elaborate or Most Original Trunk! There are 50 parking spots available – entry fee is $50 for businesses or $25 for students. Contact Rachel Reed via email rreedxc@gmail.com if you wish to be a trunk rather than a treat!

Falmouth Education Foundation-The Falmouth Education Foundation (FEF) is a volunteer-based organization, established more than twenty years ago, that is dedicated to fundraising activities each year in order to provide grants in support of academics, athletics, and the arts for children (Pre-K -12th grade) throughout the Falmouth, Maine community. Visit us at http://falmoutheducationfoundation.org/ to learn more.

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 http://www.falmoutheducationfoundation.org/.

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

Falmouth Cub Scout Pack 36 -Come learn about cub scouting.  Cub Scouts is for boys in the 1st to 5th grades.  The Scouting Program is one that all boys can participate in and grow with all year long through many indoor and outdoor activities. 

All New Cub Scouts that Sign up in September or October will receive a Free Pirates Hockey puck from the Portland Pirates & Free Pine Wood Derby Car Courtesy of VIP Tires & Service!

Simply visit the location below to sign-up for Cub Scouts!

Date:  Thursday, September 25

Time:  6:00 PM

Location:  Bucknam Road Fire Station

For More Information Contact:  Stephen Hendry, Cubmaster, stevrunn@gmail.com

Scouting volunteers will answer your questions, register your family in their local Scouting program, and demonstrate the great things you’ll experience as members.  If you can’t make this date, feel free to just email me.    

Falmouth Little League- Board members wanted. If you have children who play baseball and/or softball and are willing and interested in getting involved in helping the league continue to be a success, please consider joining the FLL Board. Please contact Matt Rogers for more information:Matthew.Rogers@RaymondJames.com

FYBA-The Falmouth Youth Basketball Association (FYBA) provides the girls and boys of Falmouth the opportunity to compete beyond the in house basketball program offered by Falmouth Community Programs (i.e.FYBA is travel basketball). The mission of FYBA is to provide a progressively higher level of competition for players as they progress from 3rd through 8th grade.

FYBA has implemented an online registration process for the 2014-15 season.  This will allow the league to better manage the players, coaches and teams in our organization, and allow returning families to avoid having to complete information each year.   Online registration for players and coaches is now available at the following link: 2014-15 FYBA Registration.  Since this is a new process, all registrants will need to create an account (which can include all participating children from a family) prior to proceeding to registration for specific teams.  The deadline for 2014-15 registrations is Monday, September 29, 2014.  You may also register in-person at the Falmouth High School library on Monday, September 29 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

The FYBA 2014 annual meeting will take place immediately following the in-person registration on Monday, September 29 at 8:00 PM in the Falmouth High School library.

Evaluations are required for appropriate team placement. All registered players are required to attend.  Evaluations will be held on the following dates:Tuesday, October 7 (for 5th to 8th Grade Boys) and Thursday, October 9 (for 5th-8th Grade Girls) from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the Falmouth Middle School gym.

If you are interested in serving as an FYBA head coach or assistant coach, please go to the Coaches’ Information tab on the FYBA website and download the FYBA 2014-15 Coaching Application.  The direct link for that is here: FYBA 2014-15 Coaching Application.

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

Brian Clement at brian.clement@rbc.com

Kelli O' Brien at ksrobrien@yahoo.com

Paul Cooke at cookemii@yahoo.com 

Kevin Bouchard at kevin@bulldogautomation.com 

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 -  http://falmouth.pucksystems2.com/. 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 – peter.baker@amec.com or Anne Sarazin – anneh.sarazin@gmail.com

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

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.


 

 
  

 

 

   
 

 

 


 
 

 

  

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

DATES to REMEMBER for 2014-2015-

FES Upcoming Open Houses-Each grade level is from 6-7pm.

Kindergarten-Sept. 30

Grade 1-Oct. 1

Grade 2-Oct. 2