November 24, 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!

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. 


DATES to REMEMBER for 2014-2015-

No School November 26, 27 & 28-Thanksgiving break.


NEW to Principal Notes - Check out Superintendent Bruno's blog that will be updated regularly and will include a variety of topics:

Important information needed from all Parents-Please take a few minutes to check your Power Announcement settings in PowerSchool.  Power Announcement is the system we use to communicate school cancellations, general announcements and emergency announcements. 

Instructions for PowerSchool Announcement are available here:

You may need to turn up the volume to hear these instructions.These settings do need to be checked for each of your children.  

Please contact Robin Penrod if you need assistance for grades K-2 or Dee Langley for grades 3-5 at 781-3988.

Wellness Team Reminder-Secret Snack will be delivered on Monday, Nov. 23rd.

We have had such wonderful response from the community sponsoring both students and the Food Pantry. 

All students in the whole school have been sponsored and we have raised $1200.00 for snacks for the Falmouth Food Pantry. In addition, we have raised $1200.00 for the Playground Greening Projects (Slope Play Area).

Thank you very much for your generosity and we hope the students are surprised. 

The Wellness Team

FES Activities Club...3rd grade will have jump rope skills/double dutch on Tues., Nov. 25th.  There will be no activities for 4th & 5th grades Thurs., Nov. 27th. Happy Thanksgiving.

Nutcracker Ballet Performance...The 4th grade will be attending a shortened performance of The Nutcracker Ballet at Merrill Auditorium on Tues., Dec. 2nd. Students will leave FES at 9:00am and return at 11:30am. This is the culminating event for the 4th grade integrated study of The Nutcracker Ballet. The FES PTO is sponsoring this trip as part of our FES Arts Enrichment Programs. Kathy Earle, Unified Arts PE

Band/Chorus Note-Dear 5th grade band parents,

Our first concert of the season is fast approaching. The date will be Wednesday December 3rd. I will send a letter home with all of the specific details soon. As we approach the concert it is necessary to change the morning rehearsal schedule so that the chorus students have a chance to rehearse all together in the big group.

Please note:

  • Each of these rehearsals are All Band Members or All Chorus Members.
  • Any day not listed for band does not have a morning band rehearsal on it.
  • The instrumental music lessons that happen during the day will continue as usual. That schedule never changes.
  • This schedule does not include small group chorus. Mrs. Hanaburgh will let you know about that schedule.

So here is the modified morning rehearsal schedule staring next week:

  1. Monday, November 10th – No rehearsal – Parent teacher conferences
  2. Wednesday, November 12th – Full Chorus rehearsal – all chorus members
  3. Friday, November 14th – Full Band rehearsal – all band members
  4. Monday, November 17th - Full Band rehearsal – all band members
  5. Wednesday, November 19th - Full Chorus rehearsal – all chorus members
  6. Friday, November 21st - Full Chorus rehearsal – all chorus members
  7. Monday, November 24th-Full Band rehearsal-all band members
  8. Monday, December 1st – Full Band rehearsal – all band members
  9. Tuesday, December 2nd - Full Chorus rehearsal – all chorus members
  10. Wednesday, December 3rd – 4/5 Chorus and Band concert – No morning rehearsal but bring instrument to school that day so that we can perform for the Elementary School.

PTO News- The next Healthy Foods for Healthy Futures food tastings is scheduled for Wednesday, December 10 and volunteers are needed to pass out food samples to the kids.  Shifts are available from 11:15am-12:30pmor 12:15-1:30pm.  Click here to volunteer.

Winter Craft Fair – Saturday, December 13th from 9:00 – 12:00- Here's your chance to support your children at a fun event!!

The craft fair is made possible because of our parent / teacher volunteers.  We need your help!!

 Here is how you can help:

    Sponsor a Table – Help fund a craft table, it doesn’t get easier than that!

    Craft Table Volunteers - you don't have to be crafty! 

    Donate items – we all have stuff we don’t need anymore!

    Food and Snack Bar - no experience necessary!

    Set up - you know how to do this!

    Clean up - we all have kids, we are pros at it - it will be fun!

    Bring your kids - OK, if you can't volunteer, at least bring the kids and mark the calendar! 

Click on each link to sign up to volunteer or donate: 

   Sponsor a table

   Volunteer at a craft table

   Donate baked goods

   Donate supplies

If you have any questions please contact Karen Dow at or Anita

Please continue to help us reach our goal for 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.


Falmouth Education Foundation (FEF)-The Falmouth Education Foundation (FEF) is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to raising funds each year in order to provide grants in support of academics, athletics, and the arts for children throughout the Falmouth, Maine community. Visit us at to learn more.

Falmouth Lacrosse-The Falmouth Youth Lacrosse Association (FYLA) will be opening a web store from December 4th – December 11th for purchase of Falmouth Lacrosse gear.  The items purchased will be mailed directly to you in time for the holidays and will help support Falmouth Lacrosse Programs at all age levels.  The link to the to the web store is:



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-

November 26, 27, & 28-No School for Students- Happy Thanksgiving!