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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.



May:

Grade 6 Parent & Guardians: Special announcement from Lawrence School
Lawrence School Council: At present a need exists to fill two parent vacancies on our School Council. One two-year seat will be assigned to an incoming 7th grade parent and a one-year seat will be open to any parent who will have a child enrolled at our school for the 2019-2020 school
year. If you are interested in having your name included, please complete the Candidate Declaration Form which is attached, and contact Laurel Robbins by
email lrobbins@falmouth.k12.ma.us, regular mail or telephone (508) 548- 0606 ex: 501.
All forms are to be returned by Friday, May 31st.


SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, May 30th will be a Falmouth Service Center Collection day at Morse Pond School. It will be a "Wear Your Crazy Socks" day! Please bring a donation for the Falmouth Service Center if you are able. Suggested items include non-perishable food items,
toiletries and PET FOOD is needed in particular. PTO members will deliver goods to the Service
Center. Thanks!

Look at the fun that students had at the Falmouth Public Library!

 

 

Attention Grade 6 Parents & Guardians: Attached is a flyer from the Upper Cape Cod Regional
Technical School. They are having Career Exploration Camps this summer for all students-Summer Camp Flyer
entering 7th and 8th grades from Falmouth and surrounding towns. The camp is free!


April:

MCAS Schedule:

Tuesday, April 2 Grade 5 ELA
Wednesday, April 3 Grade 5 ELA                     

April 9 & 10: Grade 6 ELA

April 15-19 School Vacation Week
April 30 and May 1 Grade 6 MATH
May 7 & 8: Grade 5 MATH
May 14 & 15: Grade 5 SCIENCE

March:

Monday, March 4                                                                                  BATTLE OF THE BOOKS BEGINS!!!

Homeroom battles will be held during Library classes March 4-12.

Curriculum Night for Rising 7th Grade Parents/Guardians
Attention parents/guardians of current Morse Pond sixth grade students, Attention parents/guardians of current Morse Pond sixth grade students,
The Lawrence School will be holding their annual Curriculum Night on
Monday, March 4th at 6:30 pm in the Lawrence School Library. At this
event, Department Heads will be presenting outlines of the curriculum that
your children will be learning in 7th grade. They will also be available to
answer questions you may have about placement and some scheduling
options. Also, our English Language Development Department Head and
Special Education Building Administrator will be available to meet with
families at 6:00 to learn about the continuum of services we offer at
Lawrence School. We hope you can attend the parent night and learn more about all Lawrence School has to offer your child. Sixth grade students are not expected to attend this event, but we will provide childcare for any child that does attend. Thank You.

February:

MESSAGE FROM NURSE BOLI
It is important in these extreme temperatures that students are dressed appropriately including
hats and gloves. Also, please remember to send your student to school with a water bottle. There
is a refill station near the gym for filtrated water refills.


January:

A Reminder from Dr. Riordan:
Parents, please be reminded that small magnetic spheres, known as Bucky Balls, are NOT allowed in school as they have been known to be a hazard. Thank you for your support.

January 22nd-****News Flash!*** Postponed due to extreme temperature. New date will follow******

POLAR PLUNGE Falmouth Heights Beach 4:15 PM

Dr. Whipple and a number of brave staff members will be jumping
into the ocean!!!! This is just a part of the rewards won by
students and families who contributed to the PTO TRIPLE D
donation drive. All Morse Pond Community members are invited
to join us for some winter fun at the beach!!!

January 24th

FRESH MARKET AT MORSE POND SCHOOL 3:10-4:10 PM
All MP families, staff and community members are invited to take
part in Fresh Market. Please come and taste the Recipe of the Month
and take home all ingredients to make for your family. This event
and all groceries are free to everyone who attends.

January 25th

Morse Pond Night at FHS Girls Varsity Basketball Game! 6:30-
8:00 PM. Tickets will be on sale in the office for $2.00 for both
students and adults. Please plan to join us in cheering the girl’s
team to victory!!

No Guff Week-January 28 – February 1, 2019- The lineup


Monday, January 28 is Maroon & White Day! Characteristic: RESPONSIBILITY


Tuesday, January 29 is Dress Up for Success Day! Characteristic: RESPECT


Wednesday, January 29 is Team Color Day! Characteristic: PERSEVERANCE


Thursday, January 30 is Favorite Sports Team Day!(no hats please) Characteristic: INTEGRITY


Friday, February 1 is No Guff T-Shirt Day! (T-shirts provided) Characteristic: COMPASSION

MakerSpace Wish List. The program needs additional donations and
volunteers! Any help is appreciated!

MakerSpace Wish List-STEM Project

Thank you ALL so much for your donations! We have received so much! We are still in
need of the below items. We are also in need in a couple volunteers to organize
lego/project kits. It takes approximately 1 hour to put organize one so even one hour of your time would help tremendously.

Foil                                                                                                         

Dominoes-28 in a box- Dollar Store

Ping pong balls
Bottle tops
2L bottles (cleaned)
Marbles
Packing peanuts
Paper plates

Magazines (school age)
Glue Sticks
Scissors
Duct tape
Toothpicks
Index cards
Glue gun and glue sticks
Volunteers!!

If you can volunteer please email Linda Lonergan (Computer Lab Teacher) at
llonergan@falmouth.k12.ma.us? ?to coordinate with her. If you are donating, please send
any items to school with your child to be forwarded to the computer lab, c/o Linda
Lonergan.

Thank you so much for your help and support!!

January 18th: Morse Pond Night at FHS Boys Basketball Game! 6:00-8:00 PM
Come join the fun for Morse Pond Night at the Falmouth High
School Boys Varsity Basketball game against Barnstable. Support
Mr. Lundberg’s Basketball Team and their Pen Pals from Mr.
Lundberg’s and Mrs. Ripley-Young’s 5th Grade classes. All
advance sales at Morse Pond are a fundraiser for our school.
Tickets will be sold in the office at Morse Pond School @ $2.00
each for Morse Pond students and family members. If you purchase
tickets at the door it will be $4.00 for Students and $5.00 for
Adults. Best arrival time is by 6:00 PM for The Morse Pond
School Community to get better seating and be there for the
introductions. Hope to see you there!

MP Night at DJ Wings, 872 Main Street, Falmouth 5-9 PM Our PTO will make 10% on all
orders Dine In or Take Out! Please join us! See attached flyer to present to the restaurant in order
for our PTO to get credit for your purchase. DJ WINGS

REMINDER that the free program sponsored by Gosnold is beginning this month. Guiding
Good Choices workshops will be held on January 15, 22, 29 and February 5, 2019 from 6:00-8:00
p.m. at the Lawrence School Library. Free dinner for participants and child care will be provided.
Please contact Lisa Tischer, Gosnold Community Coordinator, by January 10th. (508) 540-2317
or ltischer@gosnold.org  Also attached: Home & School Connection from our counselors.

  

December:


Thursday, December 20th- Student Council will be encouraging students and staff to bring in
toiletries (toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, bar soap, etc) and house hold items
(dish soap, detergent, tissues, paper towels, etc) for the Falmouth Service Center. Bring in an
item if you can - It is Wear PJs to School Day!


Friday, December 21 Last Day of School before Vacation (Full Day)
School Vacation Monday, December 24, 2018 - Tuesday, January 1, 2019
(School resumes on Wednesday, January 2, 2019)

FROM OUR PTO – STILL A CHANCE TO GET SPIRIT GEAR
Wish you had gotten one of those sweet pom pom hats you're seeing all over school? We still
have an inventory of Spirit Gear available on a first come, first serve basis. We have pom pom
hats, sling bags and messenger bags (one size fits all, $15 each). We also have sweatshirts in
Youth Large and X-large and Adult Small and Medium. In addition, we do still have a few
baseball shirts, Tie dyes and Ladies Tees.
If you are interested or have any questions about size, etc, please email us at:
mppto@falmouth.k12.ma.us.

 

Tuesday, December 4th-MP Night at Supreme Pizza & Subs 4:00 – 9:30 PM. The Morse Pond PTO will make
20% of sales this evening. Dine In – Take Out – Delivery. You must present the official flyer for Morse
Pond to receive credit. (Attached)

ANOTHER REMINDER TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF STUDENTS WHO ARE
DROPPED OFF AT SCHOOL IN THE MORNING:
Students are not to arrive until 8:15 AM. We are still having students being
dropped off early and standing in front of the school each day. If you are
driving your child to school, please have them remain in the car with you until 8:15
and then walk them to the school entrance (for safety reasons) or line up in the
drop off area. Staff is not on duty until 8:15 AM and there is no supervision for
these students.

FROM OUR PTO – STILL A CHANCE TO GET SPIRIT GEAR
Wish you had gotten one of those sweet pom pom hats you're seeing all over school? We still
have an inventory of Spirit Gear available on a first come, first serve basis. We have pom pom
hats, sling bags and messenger bags (one size fits all, $15 each). We also have sweatshirts in
Youth Large and X-large and Adult Small and Medium. In addition, we do still have a few
baseball shirts, Tie dyes and Ladies Tees.
If you are interested or have any questions about size, etc, please email us at:
mppto@falmouth.k12.ma.us.

 


November:

 

 

Lawrence School Open House

Monday, November 19th 6:30 PM in the Lawrence School Auditorium. All 6th grade
students and parents/guardians are invited to this event to learn more about the Lawrence School
for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

NEW GROUP FOR GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN
Please join us for the first meeting of the Morse Pond Grandparents Group! This is a
support group for grandparents who are raising grandchildren and will be run by
Kathleen Powers, Adjustment Counselor at Morse Pond. The first meeting is on
Monday, November 19 at 11:15 a.m. in the Morse Pond Library. Refreshments will
be provided. Hope to see you there!

 

REMINDER TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF STUDENTS WHO ARE DROPPED OFF
AT SCHOOL IN THE MORNING: Students are not to arrive until 8:15 AM. We have a
growing number of students being dropped off early and standing in front of the school each day.
If you are driving your child to school, please have them remain in the car with you until 8:15
and then walk them to the school entrance (for safety reasons) or line up in the drop off area.
Staff is not on duty until 8:15 AM and there is no supervision for these students.


MPS Value for November is Perseverance. Perseverance is not giving up. It is
persistence and tenacity, the effort required to do something and keep doing it till the end, even if
it's hard. Let's continue to show integrity and persevere through difficult tasks. Please continue
these important lessons at home with your families.

INVITE TO LAWRENCE SCHOOL
6th Grade Information Night will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 6:30pm in the
Lawrence School Auditorium. Grade 6 students and parents/guardians are invited. (See attached
invitation)

FROM OUR GUIDANCE STAFF
Last Notice: As the temperatures drop, we at Morse Pond begin to anticipate the hectic holiday
season. If you and your family are registered with the Falmouth Service Center and are
interested in participating in the Morse Pond School's "Happy Holidays" initiative, please contact
Ms. Joanne Sykes at jsykes@falmouth.k12.ma.us for Grade 5 students and Ms. Kathleen Powers
at kpowers@falmouth.k12.ma.us for Grade 6 students. Each year we try to do a little extra to
help and need to hear from interested families immediately.


October

The PTO still accepting donations for the raffle. Items such as movie tickets, toys, books, and games as well as gift cards (movie, ice skating, bowling, spa, etc.) would be much appreciated! Please send in your raffle donations with your children, or bring to the Morse Pond lobby by Monday, October 15th!

LOST & FOUND AT MP: We have a HUGE amount of clothing, footwear, lunch boxes, etc. that has been building up since school began. Students have been encouraged to look for lost items, but very little has been claimed. We need these items removed from the cafeteria before the Monster Blast next Friday. Parents/Guardians are welcome to visit the lost and found between now and next Thursday, October 18 to look for missing items. All will be given away or discarded on Thursday, October 18th. Thank you!

 

Tuesday, October 23 – PreK-12 Staff Development Day –Early Dismissal

Morse Pond Dismisses at Noon

 

Affordable High Speed Internet to Qualifying Families
We have application information in the office for Comcast “Internet Essentials” at very low cost for
qualifying families. To be eligible, households must: (1) Have at least one child who is eligible for the
National School Lunch Program, receive HUD housing assistance or are a low-income veteran receiving
state and/or federal assistance; (2) Live in an area where Comcast Internet Service is available; (3) Have
not subscribed to Comcast Internet within the last 90 days; (4) Have no outstanding debt to Comcast that
is less than one year old.

FROM OUR GUIDANCE STAFF
As the temperatures drop, we at Morse Pond begin to anticipate the hectic holiday season.  If you
and your family are registered with the Falmouth Service Center and are interested in
participating in the Morse Pond School's "Happy Holidays" initiative, please contact Ms. Joanne
Sykes at jsykes@falmouth.k12.ma.us for Grade 5 students and Ms. Kathleen Powers
at kpowers@falmouth.k12.ma.us for Grade 6 students.  Each year we try to do a little extra to
help and need to hear from interested families by November 5th.

   

Lawrence School Tennis Tournament – Morse Pond Students Invited to Join In On October 21!!!! See Page 2 for details and Permission Form.

 Lawrence Tennis Team Tennis Tournament Permission Form

 Calling all Lawrence School & Morse Pond students!!! Play in the first annual Lawrence Tennis Team Tennis Tournament and raise money for our future program. If interested in participation must bring permission slip filled out with donation fee.

 

 

Student Name ____________________________________________________________

 

Student Signature _________________________________________________________

 

Parent/Guardian Name _______________________________________________________________

 

Parent/Guardian Signature ___________________________________________________________

 

Parent/Guardian Phone Number _____________________________________________________

 

Date/Time: Sunday October 21st 1-4pm

Location: West Falmouth Tennis Courts, 28 Blacksmith Shop Road

Entry: $20 minimum donation by Oct 17 with permission slip (checks made out to Lawrence School PTO)

Sign up: Please come to the MP Main Office to receive a permission form. Once complete return to the main office with payment.

 


October

ZONES of Regulation
Morse Pond School has rolled out ZONES of Regulation as Tier 1 instruction the past two weeks. With
the help of Dr. Whipple, Joanne Sykes, and Kathleen Powers all students and teachers are being trained to
identify their emotions and implement strategies to help regulate their emotions. 
 
MPS Values
Morse Pond School has rolled out values that are being taught across every classroom. October's value is
INTEGRITY and November will be Perseverance. We are hoping families can integrate these values at
home as well. Each classroom has a visual poster to help engage students in conversations about what
value means and looks like.
 
SEE (Social Emotional Enrichment) Program
We are excited to announce a new Social Emotional Enrichment (SEE) program! Ms. Sykes, Miss
Powers, Mr. Galewski, and Dr. Whipple rolled this new enrichment program this week. The SEE
Program mission is to identify students in need of social-emotional support and provide enrichment
opportunities to improve their social-emotional well-being and overall school success. The SEE Program
is purposeful, focused, and plans activities based on the pioneering work of the Collaborative for
Academic and Social Emotional Learning (CASEL). This includes self-awareness, self-regulation, social
awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making.  It is student-centered where clubs are
designed around student needs within the school. Students are identified as needing social-emotional
support and are placed into specific clubs based on their individual needs.
 
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and MPS is going to show support by wearing PINK on
Friday, October 26 th . We are also asking for food donations for the Falmouth Service Center on this day.