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Morse Pond School Mission Statement:

Morse Pond School, in collaboration with families and the
community, will educate all students at high levels while meeting the needs of the whole child.


Dear Morse Pond Families,

I’d like to begin by giving a big shout out to members of the Morse Pond Family… students and staff alike … you have been flexible, patient, and gracious amidst the growing numbers of participants in test and stay last week, and I’m sure you will remain true this coming week as well.  Of course, I must send a heartfelt thank you to the amazing folks in our Health Office under the guidance of Nurse, Meg McArdle and her Health Assistant, Tiffany Lemon, who together led a team of substitute and volunteer nurses each day.  Working with the District Covid Team, they exude compassion and efficiency when it is most needed, and help us all to forge through.

 

But this thank you would not be complete without recognizing the dedication of our amazing teaching faculty and staff.  You help us all feel a sense of normalcy and it is clear the children are grateful to be able to come to school to be with you each day!

 

And families, there are no words to express how grateful WE all are that you continue to trust in us to keep your children safe.  We know that it is not easy to keep your children home when they develop symptoms, but in doing so, it helps to keep us all well, our doors open, and the students learning.

 

We also were able to celebrate an event long in the making this Thursday evening … our first 5th and 6th Grade Band Concert in two years.  Thank you to Mr. Borning, our Band Teacher, for showcasing our talented students!  It is amazing to hear how much they’ve grown since opening day in September!!!

 

Tomorrow, of course, we honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

This past Friday morning, the entire student body and staff were awed by the recitation of an excerpt from the infamous, “I Had a Dream” speech.  A shout out to Mrs. Buscher for continuing her tradition of engaging her students and ensuring they have an understanding of those words.  Hearing the students recite from his prolific speech is a powerful reminder of his message of love versus hate.

 

I am reminded of one MLK’s simple, yet powerful quotes, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in great way”.  And like him, we can be assured, that by working together, every one of our students is capable of greatness -  big or small.

 

And coming up …

There is NO School on Monday, January 17th in honor of MLK Day.

During the week of January 31 through February 4 we will be celebrating 21 years of NO Guff!!

More information will be forthcoming.

 

Stay warm and have a wonderful weekend!

Dear Morse Pond Families,
I hope the children were able to get out and play in the snow (or perhaps, help with clearing the
walkways! Below is some information for the upcoming week.
We have a new opportunity…
MPS CHORUS!
Earlier today you should have received information about an opportunity for your child to join
chorus. If you have an interest and plan to sign up on the Google Form, please be sure to read
the letter that was sent with the form. It explains how joining chorus will change your child’s
‘extra’ special (one time per six days special). Of course, if you have any questions, feel free to
reach out to me at kriordan@falmouth.k12.ma.us
We are really excited to offer Chorus with Mr. Ricci!
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BUSSING
If your child will be going home with a friend, or taking a different bus for any reason, on the
note you send in, please add which stop they will be getting off (e.g., corner of Street ABC and
Road XYZ. If you have any questions you can contact our school office at 508-548-7300 or the
Office of Transportation at 508-548-0151 x176.
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IMPORTANT DATES:
Monday, January 10
5:30 - 6:00 PM. School Council
6:00 - 6:30 PM Budget Presentation
Superintendent, Dr. Duerr and Director of Finance, Mr. Patrick Murphy will be joining us at our
School Council Meeting in our Morse Pond Library to present information and answer questions
about the upcoming budget. All are welcome to join us. Your input is appreciated and will be
shared with the School Committee before they vote on the budget on February 15, 2022.
Note: You may also view the presentation at the School Committee meeting on Tuesday,
January 11. In addition, they will hold a zoom meeting on January 19 at 6:00 PM. Please see Dr.
Duerr’s family message earlier today for the Zoom Link.
6:30 - 7:30 PM MPS PTO Meeting
The meeting is will be in person, in our school library. You can also join us for the meeting via
Zoom https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83330316870

Tuesday, January 11
12:00 Early Dismissal - It is a half day for Morse Pond students so that teachers may participate
in professional development. Grab and Go lunches will be available.
6:30 PM. Falmouth Public School Committee Meeting
Public access is via a Zoom Webinar
https//Falmouth-k12-ma-ua-zoom.us/j/82916145161

Thursday, January 13
6:30 - 7:15 PM 5 th Grade Instrumental Concert
7:15 - 8:00 PM 6 th Grade Instrumental Concert
Both concerts will be held in the Lawrence School Auditorium and masks are required.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Finally, A Message from Mr. Olenick, Recreation Director, Falmouth Recreation Department
The Rec Center will be closed until at least Tuesday, January 11.
I hope you enjoy the weekend,
Kathleen