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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.

 

Principal’s Weekly Message

May 3, 2024



Updates

*MCAS Dates:  

 

*Grade 5 Math Tests:  May 9, 10

*Grade 6 Math Tests:  May 16, 17

*Grade 4 Science Tests:  May 20, 21

 

*Literacy Night:  Please see the attached flyer for information on the upcoming Literacy Night. 

 

*PTO Updates:   

 

Yearbook Contest Winners:  We are so proud of the student artists that entered the yearbook contest.  All submissions will be used in the book and all participants will receive a free yearbook.  Here are the front and back cover design winners:

 

The Front Cover winner is 6th grader Wesley Baker! The Back Cover drawing was done collaboratively by two 5th graders: Isla Walsh & Madison Ogilvy

 

The next Dining for a Cause night for the MP PTO will be at Casa Vallarta on May 22.  Look out for a flyer soon! 

 

Link to sign-up to help with Teacher Appreciation Week:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0944AFAC2EABFD0-49322510-morse#/



MORSE POND SPIRIT GEAR ORDERS:   https://morsepond.spiritsale.com/



*FHS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS: GREASE! Tickets are on sale now! The cast and crew have been working tremendously hard on this production. Please come and support their talent and hard work! Purchase your tickets via our website   to save money and time in line on show weekend. This production is recommended for ages 13+. Grease is the word!

 

https://www.onthestage.tickets/show/falmouth-high-school-theatre-company/655b8851cc51720e460134ff

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

Principal’s Weekly Message

April 26, 2024

 

Dear Morse Pond families,

 

Students and staff returned this week refreshed from the vacation and greeted with more sunshine in one week than I think we have seen in months.  Let’s keep that trend going!  The calendar is now packed with great events and activities coming up in May and June, all of which help to make the end of the school year a memorable experience for our students.  Our 6th graders visited Lawrence this week to tour the building and learn about the junior high experience.  I can’t believe that this is the same group of students that we met at the beginning of last school year!  Their growth and achievement are amazing to see and they are certainly ready for the journey ahead.  



Updates

*MCAS Dates:  

 

*Grade 5 Math Tests:  May 9, 10

*Grade 6 Math Tests:  May 16, 17

 

Update on COVID-19 and Respiratory Viruses (3/25/24)

As of 3/25/24  DPH has updated its recommendations for the general public to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses: Staying home to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses | Mass.gov



*PTO Updates:   

 

May Meeting:  The Morse Pond PTO will meet on May 1 at 6:30 in the library.  

 

Link to sign-up to help with Teacher Appreciation Week:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0944AFAC2EABFD0-49322510-morse#/

 

Seafood Sam’s dine out night:  see the attached flyer!  


MORSE POND SPIRIT GEAR ORDERS:   https://morsepond.spiritsale.com

 

 

 

 

Principal’s Weekly Message

April 12, 2024

 

Dear Morse Pond families,

 

I hope that you all enjoy a great vacation next week.  April will bring us toward warmer weather, longer days, and many opportunities to connect as a school community.  I want to thank the amazing Morse Pond PTO and the many volunteers that made this week’s Art Show/Ice Cream Social/Book Fair a great success.  Mrs. Maseda’s young artists were able to show off some truly incredible work that has been in process for many months.  I have had the privilege of watching large giraffes take form and intricate designs get completed this year, but seeing it all come together as a display for the community to celebrate was a real treat.  




Updates

*MCAS Dates:  

 

*Grade 5 Math Tests:  May 9, 10

*Grade 6 Math Tests:  May 16, 17

 

*Lawrence Curriculum Night Presentation:  If you were not able to attend the Curriculum Night at Lawrence, the presentation is available.  If you would like a copy, please email Mrs. Kathy Moran, Secretary to the Principal, at:  kmoran@falmouth.k12.ma.us 

 

*PTO Updates:   MORSE POND SPIRIT GEAR ORDERS:   https://morsepond.spiritsale.com/

 

 

*April School Council:  The monthly school council meeting will take place on April 24 at 5:30 in the principal’s office. 

 

*April Vacation:  School will be closed April 15 - 19 for vacation.  



*Grade 6 Tours at Lawrence:  Our 6th graders will be touring the Lawrence School after vacation.  The schedule is:

 

April 25 (9:15 - 10:40) - Kelleher/Zaino, Morse/St. Germain, Mercer/Deasy

 

April 26 (9:15 - 10:40) - Langan/Simanski, Andrews/Tribou, Ryan/Harris

 

*FHS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS: GREASE! Tickets are on sale now! The cast and crew have been working tremendously hard on this production. Please come and support their talent and hard work! Purchase your tickets via our website   to save money and time in line on show weekend. This production is recommended for ages 13+. Grease is the word!

 

https://www.onthestage.tickets/show/falmouth-high-school-theatre-company/655b8851cc51720e460134ff

 

*Eclipse Glasses:  Now that the eclipse is over, we would like to collect back any extra glasses or glasses that students don't want to keep as a souvenir, even if used.  They will be recycled by a company called Astronomers without Borders.  They send the glasses to other countries that will be experiencing eclipses in the next five years but where schools can't afford to purchase them for their students.  A collection box will be set up in the Morse Pond lobby for students to donate their used glasses if they would like to do so.  

 






 

 

 

 

Principal’s Weekly Message

April 5, 2024

 

Dear Morse Pond families,

 

Our 6th graders did a wonderful job this week completing their ELA tests for MCAS.  They worked meticulously and gave an effort to be proud of this year.  Our 5th graders are ready for next week’s ELA tests and many of them were able to explore the National Seashore this week as well.  Please continue to check your email often as we will have many updates coming about spring school events and community programs.  

 

I want to thank the Falmouth Service Center and The Office of Student Services and the many volunteers for bringing the Fresh Market program back to Morse Pond this week.  We had many visitors come to the program and everyone left with bags full of fresh produce and other healthy foods.  Falmouth is truly a caring community that puts so many wonderful programs together throughout the year.  



Updates

*MCAS Dates:  

 

*Grade 6 Math Tests:  May 16, 17

*Grade 5 ELA Tests:   April 9, 10

*Grade 5 Math Tests:  May 9, 10

 

*Lawrence Curriculum Night Presentation:  If you were not able to attend the Curriculum Night at Lawrence, the presentation is available.  If you would like a copy, please email Mrs. Kathy Moran, Secretary to the Principal, at:  kmoran@falmouth.k12.ma.us 

 

*PTO Updates:  The Ice Cream Social and Art Show is fast approaching!  The event will be held next Thursday, April 11 from 5:00 - 7:00 here at Morse Pond.  Next week is also our annual Book Fair and it will be open that evening.  Our new spirit wear shop is now live and ready to take orders.  Unlike in past years, there is no end date for orders and you can have items shipped directly to your home, or pick them up from our supplier in Bourne.  Use the links below to sign-up to volunteer at the Book Fair and access the online spirit wear store.

 

MORSE POND SPIRIT GEAR ORDERS:   https://morsepond.spiritsale.com/

 

BOOKFAIR VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP LINK:  

 

https://signup.com/mobileweb/2.0/vspot.html?activitykey=111127994004#choose_event_page

 

The Yearbook Cover Contest was great and the winners were as follows:

 

6th grade (front cover) - Wesley Baker (Tribou)

5th grade (back cover) - Isla Walsh (Briggs)  & Madison Ogilvy (Peterson)

 

In addition, all artists that contributed pieces to the contest will also have their work featured in the yearbook.  All contest participants will receive a free yearbook!  

 

*April School Council:  The monthly school council meeting will take place on April 24 at 5:30 in the principal’s office. 

 

*April Vacation:  School will be closed April 15 - 19 for vacation.  

 

*Lost and Found:  The lost and found in our cafeteria is overflowing!  Please remind your child to stop in and check for any missing items.  All unclaimed items will be donated to the Falmouth Service Center and the National Seashore Program on the April vacation break.

 

 

 

 

 

Principal’s Weekly Message

March 29, 2024

 

Dear Morse Pond families,

 

It’s hard to believe that April is already upon us!  The weather is getting a little bit warmer each week and the signs of the new season are all around the school.  We welcomed back our ospreys to their nest on the roof and some ducks have been spotted in the courtyard.  Later in the year, we should see the new ducklings arrive and prepare for their journey out to the pond.  The year is really starting to fly by and we will have many fun events to look forward to in the coming months.  

 

To be prepared to do their best, students need a solid routine in place.  Getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, and getting time outdoors are critical pieces of a solid foundation for academic success.  We also encourage all families to be in regular contact with the classroom.  When students see that everyone is on the same page and rooting together for their success, wonderful things can happen.  



Updates

 

*MCAS Dates:  

 

*Grade 6 ELA Tests:   April 4, 5 

*Grade 6 Math Tests:  May 16, 17

 

*Grade 5 ELA Tests:   April 9, 10

*Grade 5 Math Tests:  May 9, 10

 

*April PTO Meeting:  The monthly PTO meeting will take place on April 3 at 6:30 in the library.

 

*Fresh Market:  Morse Pond will be hosting the next Fresh Market on April 4 

 

*April School Council:  The monthly school council meeting will take place on April 24 at 5:30 in the principal’s office. 

 

*April Vacation:  School will be closed April 15 - 19 for vacation.  

 

*Lost and Found:  The lost and found in our cafeteria is overflowing!  Please remind your child to stop in and check for any missing items.  All unclaimed items will be donated to the Falmouth Service Center on the April vacation break.

 

*Chromebooks:  5th grade students received new chromebooks that they will use throughout their time at Morse Pond.  For all students, please remember to charge your device each night!



*From the Nurse: 

The Morse Pond School will be conducting the annual Postural Screening beginning Monday, March 25th through Friday April 12th, for all 5th and 6th grade students during their PE/Health class. Homeroom teachers will be given the exact date for their class screening and will let the students know ahead of time. The purpose of this screening is to identify early signs of possible spinal problems in grades 5-9. It is not a diagnostic service but a program to identify students who should have further medical evaluation.

If your child has unusual findings you will be notified and asked to take your child to your physician for further evaluation as a precaution. The majority of students exhibit no findings. If nothing unusual is found, we will not be contacting you again until next year’s screening.

Female students are asked to wear or bring a sports bra, two-piece swimsuit or halter top to school on the day of the screening. This type of clothing permits for accurate observation of the spine. Female students will be checked by the female PE/Health teacher and male students will be checked by one of the male PE/Health teachers. The nurse will re-screen students that teachers have identified as potentially at risk. The students will be notified when their screening is scheduled.

Students will view an informative DVD “Catch the Curve, Screening for Scoliosis” to further explain the screening. If you choose to have your child opt out of the screening please submit this in writing prior to Monday, March 25th to your school nurse. If you have any questions about the upcoming Postural Screening, feel free to email our school nurse, Meg McArdle @ mmcardle@falmouth.k12.ma.us. 

 








 

 

 

 

Principal’s Weekly Message

March 22, 2024

 

Dear Morse Pond families,

 

Today, you should have received your child’s report card for Term 2.  I hope that you take time to read over all of the grading categories and the comments from your child’s teacher.  Spending time reviewing your child’s progress with them and discussing goals for Term 3 will communicate that you believe their education is important and that their effort is celebrated.  Instilling the idea of a growth mindset in children at a young age is critical for them to achieve success later.  Encourage them to ask questions and, if you would like to discuss their progress further, do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher to schedule a conference.  



Updates

 

*Lost and Found:  The lost and found in our cafeteria is overflowing!  Please remind your child to stop in and check for any missing items.  All unclaimed items will be donated to the Falmouth Service Center on the April vacation break.

 

*Chromebooks:  5th grade students received new chromebooks that they will use throughout their time at Morse Pond.  For all students, please remember to charge your device each night!

 

*School Committee Meeting:  The committee will be meeting on Tuesday, March 26 at 6:30 in the Morse Pond library.  

 

*Lawrence Curriculum Night:  Attention families of current Morse Pond sixth grade students, The Lawrence School will be holding their annual Curriculum Night on Wednesday, March 27th, at 6:30 pm in the 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, Ms. Christine Nicholson, and Special Education Building Administrator, Dr. Meg Valdes, will be available to meet with families at 6:00pm to learn about the continuum of services we offer at Lawrence School.  If you would like to meet with Dr. Valdes, she will be located in Room 219.  If you would like to meet with Ms. Nicholson, she will be located in Room 215. We hope you can attend the Curriculum Night and learn more about all Lawrence School has to offer your child. Sixth grade students are not expected to attend this event. Thank you.

 

*From the Nurse: 

The Morse Pond School will be conducting the annual Postural Screening beginning Monday, March 25th through Friday April 12th, for all 5th and 6th grade students during their PE/Health class. Homeroom teachers will be given the exact date for their class screening and will let the students know ahead of time. The purpose of this screening is to identify early signs of possible spinal problems in grades 5-9. It is not a diagnostic service but a program to identify students who should have further medical evaluation.

If your child has unusual findings you will be notified and asked to take your child to your physician for further evaluation as a precaution. The majority of students exhibit no findings. If nothing unusual is found, we will not be contacting you again until next year’s screening.

Female students are asked to wear or bring a sports bra, two-piece swimsuit or halter top to school on the day of the screening. This type of clothing permits for accurate observation of the spine. Female students will be checked by the female PE/Health teacher and male students will be checked by one of the male PE/Health teachers. The nurse will re-screen students that teachers have identified as potentially at risk. The students will be notified when their screening is scheduled.

Students will view an informative DVD “Catch the Curve, Screening for Scoliosis” to further explain the screening. If you choose to have your child opt out of the screening please submit this in writing prior to Monday, March 25th to your school nurse. If you have any questions about the upcoming Postural Screening, feel free to email our school nurse, Meg McArdle @ mmcardle@falmouth.k12.ma.us. 

 

*No Place For Hate:  There is still room for you to join Mrs. Lima's No Place For Hate (NPFH) club! Their first meeting was on Wednesday, March 20th! Members of the group did a fantastic job with the morning announcements on Thursday, helping to inform our school of their mission this year and into the future. Falmouth is already a NPFH town and we'd like to include Morse Pond School!! The purpose of this student-led club is to build bridges, combat bias, and promote respect for all people. Students will brainstorm and plan 3 school-wide activities that inspire respect for differences, inclusion, and allyship! Email Mrs. Lima with any questions!  d_lima@falmouth.k12.ma.us



*Volleyball Opportunity:  LOV, Lights Out Volleyball 🏐 will be returning to Morse Pond for their 1st Spring Clinic!! The kids had so much fun in the Fall We extended the clinic time so it will be a  5-day clinic, with the option to come for all, only a day or 3 days!!!  LOV will focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game: serving, passing, setting, spiking, and game play.  Led by LOV Founder, 7 time National Champion, and CEO Harshil Thaker “Coach Hersh” using the methodology he created  “The WAY OF LOV” - The Way of LOV !!

Register here at Morse Pond LOV Clinic or www.lightsoutvolleyball.org 

 

Financial assistance available! Contact Monet @ monet@lightsoutvolleyball.org or Gustavo gustavo@lightsoutvolleyball.org We hope to see you there!!



LOV X Morse Pond

Dates:  March 25th -March 29th 2024

Where: Morse Pond School

323 Jones Rd, Falmouth, MA 02540

Grades: 5th & 6th grades

Time: 5:30-7pm

Cost:  3 day $90 w/t shirt

          5 day $135 w/tshirt & 2 days of game and tournament play!!

 

 

 

 

 

Principal’s Weekly Message

March 15, 2024

 

Dear Morse Pond families,

 

This week saw Morse Pond students showcasing their talents across many areas of the curriculum.  On Wednesday evening, students in the concert and jazz band programs performed in the annual All Bands Night showcase at Falmouth High School.  As a former elementary school principal, I was very familiar with the beginning band programs and the hard work students need to get started on an instrument.  To hear how much growth they make a few short years is a joy.  Thank you to Mr. Borning for supporting our musicians at Morse Pond and leading them during the show.

 

We were also celebrating the annual observance of Pi Day this week on March 14.  Pi Day is a celebration of the mathematical constant that is the ratio between the circumference and diameter of a circle.  Students worked to calculate the circumference of circles, do hands-on measurement projects and 5th graders even had the chance to do some baking!  In all, the day was a great reminder of how learning skills in one domain, like mathematics, truly come alive when applied across other areas like science and art to become practical tools.  Keep the conversation going at home but pointing out the connections to mathematics in real life that you see around you with your children.  The world is filled with beautiful geometry when we stop to notice.  



Updates

 

*Lawrence Curriculum Night:  Attention families of current Morse Pond sixth grade students, The Lawrence School will be holding their annual Curriculum Night on Wednesday, March 27th, at 6:30 pm in the 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, Ms. Christine Nicholson, and Special Education Building Administrator, Dr. Meg Valdes, will be available to meet with families at 6:00pm to learn about the continuum of services we offer at Lawrence School.  If you would like to meet with Dr. Valdes, she will be located in Room 219.  If you would like to meet with Ms. Nicholson, she will be located in Room 215. We hope you can attend the Curriculum Night and learn more about all Lawrence School has to offer your child. Sixth grade students are not expected to attend this event. Thank you.

 

*All Choral Night on March 20:  The grade 5 and 6 chorus ensembles will perform at the Lawrence School from 7:00 - 8:00.

 

*From the Nurse:  In August 2021, the State of Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued new guidelines for the

vision screening of students in Massachusetts public schools. The updated protocols can be found at

https://www.mass.gov/lists/school-health-screening. One piece of this new protocol is the requirement that school nurses refer the following students for a complete comprehensive eye examination regardless of the student’s screening outcome when performed at school.

 

● Students with known neurodevelopmental diagnosis

● Students who have an Individualized Education Program

● Students not meeting educational milestones

● Students whose teacher(s) has/have expressed concern for their vision

● Students who declined to participate in vision screening

● Children with complex or multiple disabilities (Special Health Care Needs) whose disability or

behavior prevents them from performing a standard screening.

 

If your child does not “pass” the screening you will receive a letter requesting follow-up with a vision specialist. If you do not receive a letter regarding your child’s vision screening, they have passed the screening. However, if your child falls into one of the categories above or you as a parent/guardian have concerns about your child’s vision, please work with your family’s health care provider to schedule a comprehensive eye examination or obtain a referral to a vision specialist.



*No Place For Hate:  There is still room for you to join Mrs. Lima's No Place For Hate (NPFH) club!! Our first meeting is on Wednesday, March 20th! 

Falmouth is already a NPFH town and we'd like to include Morse Pond School!! The purpose of this student-led club is to build bridges, combat bias, and promote respect for all people. Students will brainstorm and plan 3 school-wide activities that inspire respect for differences, inclusion, and allyship! Email Mrs. Lima with any questions!  d_lima@falmouth.k12.ma.us



*Volleyball Opportunity:  LOV, Lights Out Volleyball 🏐 will be returning to Morse Pond for their 1st Spring Clinic!! The kids had so much fun in the Fall We extended the clinic time so it will be a  5-day clinic, with the option to come for all, only a day or 3 days!!!  LOV will focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game: serving, passing, setting, spiking, and game play.  Led by LOV Founder, 7 time National Champion, and CEO Harshil Thaker “Coach Hersh” using the methodology he created  “The WAY OF LOV” - The Way of LOV !!

Register here at Morse Pond LOV Clinic or www.lightsoutvolleyball.org 

 

Financial assistance available! Contact Monet @ monet@lightsoutvolleyball.org or Gustavo gustavo@lightsoutvolleyball.org We hope to see you there!!



LOV X Morse Pond

Dates:  March 25th -March 29th 2024

Where: Morse Pond School

323 Jones Rd, Falmouth, MA 02540

Grades: 5th & 6th grades

Time: 5:30-7pm

Cost:  3 day $90 w/t shirt

          5 day $135 w/tshirt & 2 days of game and tournament play!!

 

 

Say Something:  We launched the Say Something   https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/our-programs/say-something/  anonymous reporting system this week by training all students via a video shown in homeroom classes. If you or your students have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.  

Say Something Overview Brochure  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VvGBJXKJ6KCgp3UnuLgsUwC704029_q2/view

 

 

*STEAM Fair:  The 46th annual FPS Prek-12 STEAM Fair will be held at Falmouth High School on Saturday March 16, from 10 am to 12 noon, with awards ceremony for projects from grades 7-12 starting immediately  after the fair.

 

Everyone is invited to a day of celebration at the Saturday March 16 Pre K- 12 STEAM Fair  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wJdhQ-QlIpifkn8mo3YYWFjgh0SlojMW/view.  

 

Families will find a giant inflatable whale, plenty of hands-on activities, fascinating science and engineering projects, and much, much more!   STEAM Fair Flyer Translated  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rBwRIcoB68vjmk20AEFBZMAn2gz9mac-/view  

 

The Senior Auction will be taking place in the hallways as well!

 

At the fair, a Clipper Ship Buoyancy Challenge   

will take place!  Use the link to register a boat to hold as many pennies as possible! 

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DioG6NpsMCNf5D08i8hJO-_OFNv6p7s-/view

 

All Falmouth students grades PreK -12 are invited to SHOWCASE their Science or Engineering projects for families, friends and the greater community!  

 

Use the STUDENT FORM below  to SHOWCASE A PROJECT at the STEAM Fair on Saturday March 16  

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5LfR-ZCbpm8D4lFliGpooEx3vdDho2ADfqlCSk5jqY5duvA/viewform  to reserve a spot at the fair!

 

Questions can be directed to Stacey Strong at sstrong@falmouth.k12.ma.us

 

 






 

 

Principal’s Weekly Message

March 8, 2024

 

Dear Morse Pond families,

 

Morse Pond was once again very fortunate to have an amazing performance this week sponsored by the Falmouth Education Foundation and organized by our extraordinary librarian, Elizabeth Abbott.  Rob Surette and his program “Hero Art” gave our students an inspiring show that challenged them to develop their own super powers like creativity and perseverance to make a difference in the world.  While his presentation played, Rob would pause to make live portraits with a technique he calls “speed painting”.  In a few minutes, he produced incredible large canvases of Mother Teresa, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Albert Einstein, and other heroes. Rob graciously donated an authentic print of Iron Man that he painted for Marvel Comics that will be an auction item at this year’s Ice Cream Social and Art Show.  Check out his website to learn more:  https://www.amazingheroart.com/  



Updates

 

*Lawrence Curriculum Night:  Attention families of current Morse Pond sixth grade students, The Lawrence School will be holding their annual Curriculum Night on Wednesday, March 27th, at 6:30 pm in the 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, Ms. Christine Nicholson, and Special Education Building Administrator, Dr. Meg Valdes, will be available to meet with families at 6:00pm to learn about the continuum of services we offer at Lawrence School.  If you would like to meet with Dr. Valdes, she will be located in Room 219.  If you would like to meet with Ms. Nicholson, she will be located in Room 215. We hope you can attend the Curriculum Night and learn more about all Lawrence School has to offer your child. Sixth grade students are not expected to attend this event. Thank you.

 

*Yearbook Cover Art Contest:  All student entries for the PTO yearbook cover art contest are due by Monday, March 11.  We already have some wonderful pieces to consider!

 

*No Place For Hate:  There is still room for you to join Mrs. Lima's No Place For Hate (NPFH) club!! Our first meeting is on Wednesday, March 20th! 

Falmouth is already a NPFH town and we'd like to include Morse Pond School!! The purpose of this student-led club is to build bridges, combat bias, and promote respect for all people. Students will brainstorm and plan 3 school-wide activities that inspire respect for differences, inclusion, and allyship! Email Mrs. Lima with any questions!  d_lima@falmouth.k12.ma.us



*Volleyball Opportunity:  LOV, Lights Out Volleyball 🏐 will be returning to Morse Pond for their 1st Spring Clinic!! The kids had so much fun in the Fall We extended the clinic time so it will be a  5-day clinic, with the option to come for all, only a day or 3 days!!!  LOV will focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game: serving, passing, setting, spiking, and game play.  Led by LOV Founder, 7 time National Champion, and CEO Harshil Thaker “Coach Hersh” using the methodology he created  “The WAY OF LOV” - The Way of LOV !!

Register here at Morse Pond LOV Clinic or www.lightsoutvolleyball.org 

 

Financial assistance available! Contact Monet @ monet@lightsoutvolleyball.org or Gustavo gustavo@lightsoutvolleyball.org We hope to see you there!!



LOV X Morse Pond

Dates:  March 25th -March 29th 2024

Where: Morse Pond School

323 Jones Rd, Falmouth, MA 02540

Grades: 5th & 6th grades

Time: 5:30-7pm

Cost:  3 day $90 w/t shirt

          5 day $135 w/tshirt & 2 days of game and tournament play!!

 

 

Say Something: Next week  we will launch the Say Something   https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/our-programs/say-something/  anonymous reporting system by training all students via a video that will be shown in homeroom classes. In this era an anonymous tip line has become an important element to add another tool for safety.  As part of the Sandy Hook Promise the Say Something tip line is well developed and professionally staffed.  Included below is a link to a brochure providing more information.  If you or your students have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.  

Say Something Overview Brochure  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VvGBJXKJ6KCgp3UnuLgsUwC704029_q2/view

 

 

*STEAM Fair:  The 46th annual FPS Prek-12 STEAM Fair will be held at Falmouth High School on Saturday March 16, from 10 am to 12 noon, with awards ceremony for projects from grades 7-12 starting immediately  after the fair.

 

Everyone is invited to a day of celebration at the Saturday March 16 Pre K- 12 STEAM Fair  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wJdhQ-QlIpifkn8mo3YYWFjgh0SlojMW/view.  

 

Families will find a giant inflatable whale, plenty of hands-on activities, fascinating science and engineering projects, and much, much more!   STEAM Fair Flyer Translated  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rBwRIcoB68vjmk20AEFBZMAn2gz9mac-/view  

 

The Senior Auction will be taking place in the hallways as well!

 

At the fair, a Clipper Ship Buoyancy Challenge   

will take place!  Use the link to register a boat to hold as many pennies as possible! 

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DioG6NpsMCNf5D08i8hJO-_OFNv6p7s-/view

 

All Falmouth students grades PreK -12 are invited to SHOWCASE their Science or Engineering projects for families, friends and the greater community!  

 

Use the STUDENT FORM below  to SHOWCASE A PROJECT at the STEAM Fair on Saturday March 16  

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5LfR-ZCbpm8D4lFliGpooEx3vdDho2ADfqlCSk5jqY5duvA/viewform  to reserve a spot at the fair!

 

Questions can be directed to Stacey Strong at sstrong@falmouth.k12.ma.us

 

 

*All Bands Night on March 13:  The grade 5 and 6 bands will perform at Falmouth High School from 7:00 - 8:30.  

 

*All Choral Night on March 20:  The grade 5 and 6 chorus ensembles will perform at the Lawrence School from 7:00 - 8:00.

 

Principal’s Weekly Message

March 1, 2024

 

Dear Morse Pond families,

 

Our young scholars returned this week from vacation rested and ready to tackle the opportunities ahead of them.  I have had the opportunity to review the winter screening data for our students and it has been wonderful to see the growth that they have made this year.  This speaks to their daily effort and support from some amazing teachers and families.  

 

While the vacation week gave everyone a chance to recharge, we are still seeing a high level of illness at the health clinic.  It is important to practice good health habits like hand washing, eating well, and getting a good night’s rest each day.  Thankfully, the improving weather in the upcoming season will also allow for more time outdoors.  Children with a fever or vomiting should stay home from school to recover.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Mrs. McCardle in the health office at any time.  



Updates

 

*Early Release:  Next Tuesday, March 5, is an Early Release Day for all students at Morse Pond.  Dismissal begins at 12:00. 



*6th grade course selection for Lawrence:  Next week, Course Registration Forms will be going home with 6th grade students. Be prepared to discuss the transition to grade 7 with your child, as well as some selections they will have to make about their courses next year.  

 

Say Something: The week of March 11 we will launch the Say Something anonymous reporting system by training all students via a video that will be shown in homeroom classes.  In this era, an anonymous tip line has become an important element to add another tool for safety.  As part of the Sandy Hook Promise, the Say Something tip line is well-developed and professionally staffed. There will be more information next week and once we have launched and trained all of the students.

 

*School Council and PTO:  Both groups will meet on March 6.  School council meets at 5:30 in the principal’s office.  PTO meets at 6:30 in the library.  

 

*STEAM Fair:  The 46th annual FPS Prek-12 STEAM Fair will be held at Falmouth High School on Saturday March 16, from 10 am to 12 noon, with awards ceremony for projects from grades 7-12 starting immediately after the fair.

 

 

 

Everyone is invited to a day of celebration at the Saturday March 16 Pre K- 12 STEAM Fair  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wJdhQ-QlIpifkn8mo3YYWFjgh0SlojMW/view.  

 

Families will find a giant inflatable whale, plenty of hands-on activities, fascinating science and engineering projects, and much, much more!   STEAM Fair Flyer Translated  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rBwRIcoB68vjmk20AEFBZMAn2gz9mac-/view  

 

The Senior Auction will be taking place in the hallways as well!

 

At the fair, a Clipper Ship Buoyancy Challenge   

will take place!  Use the link to register a boat to hold as many pennies as possible! 

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DioG6NpsMCNf5D08i8hJO-_OFNv6p7s-/view

 

All Falmouth students grades PreK -12 are invited to SHOWCASE their Science or Engineering projects for families, friends and the greater community!  

 

Use the STUDENT FORM below  to SHOWCASE A PROJECT at the STEAM Fair on Saturday March 16  

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5LfR-ZCbpm8D4lFliGpooEx3vdDho2ADfqlCSk5jqY5duvA/viewform  to reserve a spot at the fair!

 

Questions can be directed to Stacey Strong at sstrong@falmouth.k12.ma.us

 

 

*All Bands Night on March 13:  The grade 5 and 6 bands will perform at Falmouth High School from 7:00 - 8:30.  

 

*All Choral Night on March 20:  The grade 5 and 6 chorus ensembles will perform at the Lawrence School from 7:00 - 8:00.






 

 

 

 

 

Principal’s Weekly Message

February 9, 2024

 

Dear Morse Pond families,

 

The weeks have been flying by this winter and we are already just one week away from February vacation.  Students have completed the mid-year ELA and mathematics diagnostic tests and teacher teams are completing the data analysis in planning meetings.  This data helps us to form instructional groups to target individual academic needs, as well as review our curriculum.  The new iReady mathematics program is already showing some impressive growth results!  Thank you for all that you do at home to support student learning.  

 

I want to thank our amazing PTO and our representatives from the Boosterthon program for helping to make this year’s fundraiser a great success.  Our school raised over $16,000!  This week’s PTO meeting started the discussion for how to spend the money on our students.  Please do not hesitate to email directly with any ideas!  





Updates

 

*No Guff Week:  Next week brings the annual No Guff celebration to the Falmouth Public Schools.  We will begin on Monday with kick-off assemblies in the auditorium, followed by several fun events.  We will end the week with staff vs. students basketball!!! Please see the attached flyer for more information. 

 

*Vehicle arrival and dismissal reminders:  Please do not park in the Grasmere neighborhood during morning arrival or afternoon dismissal.  All vehicles must wait on Jones Road.  Blocking this neighborhood could potentially delay emergency vehicles and pose a safety risk.  We also encourage all vehicles exiting the Morse Pond driveway to turn right whenever possible.  This will help us to move the car line faster.  Finally, if you are arriving at Morse Pond in a vehicle, it is very helpful to have your turn signal on so that our crossing guard can get you into our school quickly.  

 

*Valentine’s Day:  We are so excited this year that Valentine’s Day falls during No Guff week, a long standing tradition of FPS promoting love, kindness, and friendship. We are not canceling the traditional card exchange. As a district we are collaboratively working on implementing positive changes in our schools aimed at fostering an atmosphere of belonging for all students. No Guff Week is February 12th - 16th we will celebrate the theme of “One Positive Contribution; One Positive Community.” Over the week, students complete activities during the school day such as sending kindness letters/notes to peers, staff and the community. We are taking advantage of the overlap of celebrations to combine the traditional Valentine card exchange with Clipper Kindness Notes to provide opportunities for all to be included.






 

Principal’s Weekly Message

February 2, 2024

 

Dear Morse Pond families,

 

I want to thank everyone for your support for this year’s Boosterthon fundraiser.  Students enjoyed the Glow Run event in the gym on Monday.  Our hope is to adjust the calendar to eventually have our event outdoors next year and have the capacity for spectators.  All of your efforts have led our school to raise over $15,000 to date!  Donations will remain open through this weekend.  The funds will be directed toward enrichment activities for our students and any other enhancements that go beyond the scope of the regular budget.  

 

February begins the observance of Black History Month.  I highly recommend visiting https://www.blackhistorymonth.gov/ and viewing the collection of resources.  From exhibits of important artists to amazing primary sources like the Frederick Douglass newspaper collection, you will certainly learn something new and interesting for this important celebration.  





Updates

 

*Early Release Reminder:  February 6 is an early release day with dismissal beginning at 12:00.

 

*School Council and PTO:  The monthly meeting for both groups will be on February 7.  The School Council meets at 5:30 in the principal’s office and the PTO meets at 6:30 in the library.  

 

*Enrichment Program News:  On February 7, all students will be treated to a performance by renowned Chinese acrobat, Lucy Liu.  We are very excited to welcome Ms. Liu to Morse Pond.  A big shout to Mrs. Abbot for once again coordinating this event and to the Falmouth Education Foundation for their support.  

 

*National School Counseling Week:   The week of February 5 - 9 is National School Counseling Week!  We are fortunate to have hard working and dedicated Counselors working with our students and families!  Please take a moment to show your appreciation and send 

a message of thanks!

 

*Opportunity to Learn French:  There is one more opportunity this year to participate in an introduction to French.  This is an after school event on February 7 from 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm in the library at Morse Pond.  If you are interested, please use the following link:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_-z5-QTXrrJEIJSd0x55kDXAfHEXdsfiSxPeLh2Wi44/edit

 

 

 

 

Principal’s Weekly Message

January 26, 2024

 

Dear Morse Pond families,

 

I want to thank everyone for supporting and participating in this year’s PTO Boosterthon fundraiser.  We have exceeded our goal of raising $10,000! The funds will be used to support field trips and bring enrichment programs to our school.  Our students will celebrate on Monday with the Glow Run event in the gymnasium.  This event is designed to be fun and inclusive for everyone to enjoy.  I hope that everyone enjoys a restful weekend! 




Updates

 

 

*Boosterthon:  Monday is our MPS Glow Run! We’re grateful for the support we’ve seen toward reaching our goal of $10,000 for enrichment programs and field trips. 

Here are a few reminders before your student(s) participate in the big event:

  • 😴Have your student(s) get a good night’s rest. Our event will be about 30 minutes of movement.

  • 👟Make sure your student(s) wear appropriate foot and clothing attire to move and groove.

  • 📆 Weekend Challenge. Anyone who donates either $30 flat or $1 per minute will win an exclusive bonus prize different from last weekend’s prize! 

  • Click here to head to MYBOOSTER.COM and spread the word today! Thank you, families!

 

Thank you for supporting our school! We can’t wait for the Morse Pond School Glow Run!

 

Nightly Challenge Winners: Buscher (5th)

 

*Opportunity to Learn French:  There is one more opportunity this year to participate in an introduction to French.  This is an after school event on February 7 from 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm in the library at Morse Pond.  If you are interested, please use the following link:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_-z5-QTXrrJEIJSd0x55kDXAfHEXdsfiSxPeLh2Wi44/edit

 

*Valentine’s Day:  We are so excited this year that Valentine’s Day falls during No Guff week, a long standing tradition of FPS promoting love, kindness, and friendship. We are not canceling the traditional card exchange. As a district we are collaboratively working on implementing positive changes in our schools aimed at fostering an atmosphere of belonging for all students. No Guff Week is February 12th - 16th we will celebrate the theme of “One Positive Contribution; One Positive Community.” Over the week, students complete activities during the school day such as sending kindness letters/notes to peers, staff and the community. We are taking advantage of the overlap of celebrations to combine the traditional Valentine card exchange with Clipper Kindness Notes to provide opportunities for all to be included.






 

Principal’s Weekly Message

January 19, 2024

 

Dear Morse Pond families,

 

The promise of snow continues to tease us in the weather forecast but has not really materialized yet.  I want to thank everyone in our school community for sharing your thoughts about outdoor time for students during the winter months.  Our goal at Morse Pond is for all students to go outdoors as many days as possible.  During this season, we review the daily weather report to see what the “real feel” temperature will be before making a decision on indoor recess.  If that measure is 20 degrees or lower, we will stay indoors.  Teachers are still able to bring students outside for short walks and breaks to get fresh air and sunshine. 

 

To help support those efforts to get outside, we ask that students come to school with clothing appropriate for the weather.  This time of year definitely calls for jackets, hats, and gloves/mittens to be comfortable outdoors.  It is also helpful to label your child’s clothing with their name, or at least their initials, so that we can return any lost items to their owners.  If any family needs some assistance with getting winter clothing please do not hesitate to reach out to the contacts below:

 

Tim Adams, Principal:  tadams@falmouth.k12.ma.us

Courntey Salvucci, Adjustment Counselor:  csalvucci@falmouth.k12.ma.us

Kelly Pasquino, Adjustment Counselor:  kpasquino@falmouth.k12.ma.us



Updates

 

*Morse Pond Night at Boys’ Varsity Basketball:  January 26 is the Morse Pond Night at the FHS Boys’ Basketball varsity game.  Join our outstanding Clipper athletes as they take on Barnstable at 6:30 at the FHS school gymnasium.  A flyer was sent home with students that includes special ticket pricing information.  Students 12 and under can attend for free.  Tickets for adults will be sold at lunch on January 24 - 26.  Adult tickets sold at lunch will be $3 and $5 if purchased at the game.  All students must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian to attend this event.  This is not a drop-off event.  

 

*Boosterthon:

Our Morse Pond fundraiser kicked off yesterday, January 18! This year, our school is raising funds for enrichment programs and field trips. Our goal is to raise $10,000, and, if you’d like to, we are inviting YOU to help!

 

Here’s how you can support Morse Pond School:

 

Thank you for supporting our school!. We can’t wait for the Morse Pond Glow Run happening on 01/29/2024!  This event will take place in the gymnasium and will feature a fully decorated, glow-in-the-dark running course.  All students will participate in the fun run to celebrate our school’s fundraising efforts.  

 

This year if we get 50% of our whole school registered by the Morse Pond Glow Run, our WHOLE SCHOOL gets a PJ Day!

 

Be sure to check out the easy sharing functions on MYBOOSTER.COM to let others know how they can help support our school.

 

Thank you for working with us to make our school stronger. We are grateful for your support!

 

*Valentine’s Day:  We are so excited this year that Valentine’s Day falls during No Guff week, a long standing tradition of FPS promoting love, kindness, and friendship. We are not canceling the traditional card exchange. As a district we are collaboratively working on implementing positive changes in our schools aimed at fostering an atmosphere of belonging for all students. No Guff Week is February 12th - 16th we will celebrate the theme of “One Positive Contribution; One Positive Community.” Over the week, students complete activities during the school day such as sending kindness letters/notes to peers, staff and the community. We are taking advantage of the overlap of celebrations to combine the traditional Valentine card exchange with Clipper Kindness Notes to provide opportunities for all to be included.






 

 

 

Principal’s Weekly Message

January 12, 2024

 

Dear Morse Pond families,

 

This week, students at Morse Pond gathered for two important assemblies.  On Tuesday, the entire school came together in the gymnasium for a community meeting.  Mrs. Floyd and I spoke with the students about the S.O.A.R. expectations at Morse Pond as a mid-year check-in on our progress.  We had similar meetings with both grade levels in September to set the foundation for this year.  The agenda focused on our district’s 3 main behavior focus areas for this year:  

 

*Behaviors that interfere with learning

 

*Language that hurts

 

*Dressing for success

 

Students participated at the end of the meeting by giving shout outs to friends and staff who have been great role models this year.  We will hold another community meeting in the early spring.  

 

On Wednesday, students were treated to one of our most exciting performances yet!  Funded by the Falmouth Education Foundation and organized by Mrs. Abbott, our school saw the History of Hip Hop show presented by the group Illstyle and Peace from Philadelphia.  From the performance, we learned about the evolution of the music and dance styles.  This performance was high energy, fun, and a great way to lead into our recognition of Black History Month in February.  For a great biography, look up the story of Don Campbell.  Don invented the dance style called Locking by accident, but he started a cultural revolution! 



Updates

 

*No school reminder:  As a reminder, there is no school on Monday, January 15 in honor of Martin Luther King Day.  

 

*Belonging Series: Adults in the Falmouth Public Schools (parents, guardians, staff) are invited to participate in the district-wide Belonging Series. The second of three “learning together” sessions is coming up: 

  • Tuesday, January 16, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, at the Falmouth Recreation Center, 790 Main Street.

  • Facilitated by Dr. Kalise Wornum. 

  • Participants will explore what it means to “belong,” as well as strategies to foster a greater sense of belonging among everyone in the Falmouth Public Schools.

  • Portuguese interpreters will be available.

For more information: https://shorturl.at/nstC9

 

*THE BOOSTERTHON FUN RUN IS COMING!!!

January 18th- 26th

 

What is a “Fun Run” you ask?

 

It's a walk or run, glow in the dark themed, that will ignite Morse Pond community spirit while also helping to raise money for future field trips and student enrichment assemblies/events.  Students are asked to find sponsors to donate per lap completed, all money raised will go directly to the Morse Pond PTO. The Boosterthon Team will be on site throughout the fundraising dates to encourage and motivate students. 

 

The Boosterthon Fun Run event is designed to Celebrate every student learning valuable character and leadership principles while helping their school.

 

The last day’s “FUN RUN” event is a high-energy day, full of enthusiasm from students, teachers, and of course, Boosterthon team members.

 

*Boosterthon Registration:  The day is here! You can now register for our Morse Pond Glow Run! Our goal is to raise $10,000 for enrichment programs and field trips. Registering is easy and free!

 

⭐ Register Now On MYBOOSTER.COM  ⭐️   

 

https://mybooster.com/v3?utm_source=kdmcampaign-resources&utm_medium=2-weeks-out-email&utm_campaign=43226&utm_content=2-weeks-out-email

 

This year if we get 50% of our whole school registered by the Morse Pond Glow Run, our WHOLE SCHOOL gets a PJ Day!

 

Be sure to check out the easy sharing functions on MYBOOSTER.COM to let others know how they can help support our school.

 

Thank you for working with us to make our school stronger. We are grateful for your support!

 

*Safety Drills:  Safety drills are an important part of any school's safety program and are practiced routinely throughout the school year. 

Drills provide staff and students an opportunity to practice how they would respond to a safety risk inside or outside the building. Families will be notified of drills after they have occurred in the principal’s weekly communication.  However, in the event of a true emergency, families will be notified as soon as the situation safely allows. 

 



*Feb. Vacation Opportunity for 6th Grade:  

https://www.bridgew.edu/center/case/science-academy




Principal’s Weekly Message

December 22, 2023



Dear Morse Pond families,

 

We have arrived at the December vacation!  Students have worked very hard through the first term and into the beginning of the second term.  It is always a great pleasure to visit them in class to see what they are working on that day.  Reading some 6th grade writing this week, I was extremely impressed by how much these young writers have grown since they started their journey at Morse Pond.  Keep up the great work!

 

I hope that everyone in the Morse Pond community enjoys a wonderful vacation.  Spending time with family and friends will bring us all a great opportunity to refresh and rejuvenate.  We look forward to seeing our Ospreys return in 2024!



Updates

 

*Early Release Reminder:  Tuesday, January 9, is an early release for students with dismissal beginning at 12:00. 

 

 

*Opportunity to Learn French:  An evening workshop will be held on January 10, 2024 at 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm in the library at Morse Pond.  Please use this link to sign-up for this great event to learn a new language and learn about the French program in Falmouth Public Schools.  

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VYyYFUFaCU7UGbktIJ6ty74zUqG3syY-4YZzHCpllpk/edit



*Equity Audit:  As you may have already read in the letter from Falmouth Public Schools, the deadline to complete the family surveys has been extended to January 5.  We value your participation. We need your voice to ensure all students thrive in our schools. 

 

*Family survey link: https://maec.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5cYqsqgB6ko7sWi

Key information about the surveys: 

  • Completely anonymous 

  • Choose up to 6 languages 

  • Skip any questions that you prefer not to answer

  • Takes approximately 30 minutes to complete

For any questions or more information, you can talk to me or contact Henry St. Julien, the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (hstjulien@falmouth.k12.ma.us)."



*Feb. Vacation Opportunity for 6th Grade:  

https://www.bridgew.edu/center/case/science-academy




*Composting:  Students will begin composting their food waste in the cafeteria after the holiday break.  More information will be coming to you in the weeks ahead to explain the program.  Mullen-Hall has been piloting this initiative and we will be the second school to join this year with the goal of all Falmouth schools taking part by next school year.  




 

 






 













 

 

Principal’s Weekly Message

December 15, 2023



Dear Morse Pond families,

 

Report cards for Term 1 came home with your student today.  This report lets you know where your child’s skills are relative to the expectations for the first term.  Please take some time this weekend to review the document with your child and, most importantly, celebrate their effort and growth.  Emphasize that the learning process is an individual journey that rewards persistence, hard work, and joy.  If you have any questions about your child’s report card, please do not hesitate to reach out to their teachers.  

 

We now head into the final week of school before the December break.  To have some fun, each day next week will have a spirit day!  We look forward to seeing how creative our amazing students can be with the themes.  



Updates

 

*Early Release Reminder:  Friday, December 22, is an early release for students with dismissal beginning at 12:00. 

 

*December 18 - 22 Spirit Week:  All staff and students are invited next week to participate in some fun dress-up days.  The schedule is:

 

MONDAY - “SWINTER” Wonderland (dress in your favorite summer or snow gear)

 

TUESDAY - Winter Sport/Hobbie dress-up

 

WEDNESDAY - Tis’ the Season for Cheer - dress in your favorite color (monochromatic or multi-colored).

 

THURSDAY - Candy Cane Colors “Clipper Style” - dress up in your favorite maroon and white colors

 

FRIDAY - Pajama Day

 

*Opportunity to Learn French:  An evening workshop will be held on January 10, 2024 at 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm in the library at Morse Pond.  Please use this link to sign-up for this great event to learn a new language and learn about the French program in Falmouth Public Schools.  

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VYyYFUFaCU7UGbktIJ6ty74zUqG3syY-4YZzHCpllpk/edit



*Equity Audit:  Our staff and students will complete the equity audit survey next week. From the letter from the Superintendent and the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, the school district is encouraging all parents/guardians to complete the equity audit survey before December 22, 2023. We value your participation. We need your voice to ensure all students thrive in our schools. 

 

*Family survey link: https://maec.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5cYqsqgB6ko7sWi

Key information about the surveys: 

  • Completely anonymous 

  • Choose up to 6 languages 

  • Skip any questions that you prefer not to answer

  • Takes approximately 30 minutes to complete

For any questions or more information, you can talk to me or contact Henry St. Julien, the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (hstjulien@falmouth.k12.ma.us)."



*Feb. Vacation Opportunity for 6th Grade:  

https://www.bridgew.edu/center/case/science-academy



*From the Health Office:  Please remember to send your child to school each day with clothing appropriate for the weather.  At Morse Pond, we will go outdoors for recess whenever possible.  We advise dressing layers to account for different temperatures in and out of the building.   Labeling your child’s clothing is also very important.  Our lost and found, located in the cafeteria, has many unclaimed items.  Please encourage your child to visit the lost and found during lunch to claim any missing items.  



*Composting:  Students will begin composting their food waste in the cafeteria after the holiday break.  More information will be coming to you in the weeks ahead to explain the program.  Mullen-Hall has been piloting this initiative and we will be the second school to join this year with the goal of all Falmouth schools taking part by next school year.  




 

 






 













 

 

 

 

 

Principal’s Weekly Message

December 8, 2023



Dear Morse Pond families,

 

Our students are heading into Term 2 with great momentum and enthusiasm.  As I visit classrooms each day, I am very impressed with the depth and complexity of the work they are able to undertake as winter begins.   

 

Thank you for all that you do to support their progress at home.  From reviewing math tests, to asking about the current classroom novel at the dinner table, all of the time spent at home supports the message that learning and school are important.  On top of that message, celebrating each child’s effort supports the growth mindset needed to take on challenging tasks.  As Mr. Borning said in an instrument lesson this morning when I visited, “Mistakes are good.  I want you to make mistakes!” Without trying and, inevitably failing sometimes, students cannot reap the true rewards of education.  

 

Updates

 

*Equity Audit:  Last week, Superintendent Lori Duerr and Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Henry St. Julien, shared some exciting news with our Falmouth school community! They announced that our school district is teaming up with MAEC for an external equity audit. This means we're working with experts to make sure our school is committed to excellence and equity for everyone. Our main goal is to help every student succeed in their learning journey, and to make sure we're doing that well, we need to gather information about how things are going.

 

Now, we need your help with our equity audit! On December 20 and 21, students at Morse Pond will be completing surveys. To help you make a decision about your child’s participation, I’ve provided the links for the student survey by grade.

 

grades 4-6 questions:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HebVJIvkKRwQBEljEqnH6vQYqq1jZNfS/view) 

 

If you decide not to allow your child to take the survey, please complete the opt-out formhttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSccOQYuASrUSEtMvcgnillzsGz9XhMQS_2LRb_vk9KSnNKHJg/viewform

 

We're also reaching out to you, parents or guardians, to get your thoughts. Your family's input is important because it helps us understand how well we're keeping our promise to make sure every student has a great experience every day. For any questions or more information, you can talk to me or contact Henry St. Julien, the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (hstjulien@falmouth.k12.ma.us)."

 

*Morse Pond Winter Concert:  Our osprey musicians will be taking the stage at Lawrence on December 13 at 6:30 for their seasonal performance.  Come by to support live music in the Falmouth Public Schools.  

 

*Praise Notes:  In the coming weeks, we will begin to expand our launch of the PeaceBuilders program at Morse Pond by incorporating Praise Notes into our work.  Staff and fellow students can fill out and share a Praise Note when they see someone demonstrating outstanding traits from our school’s S.O.A.R. expectations.  Students are encouraged to share their notes at home when they receive them!  

 

*From the Health Office:  Please remember to send your child to school each day with clothing appropriate for the weather.  At Morse Pond, we will go outdoors for recess whenever possible.  We advise dressing layers to account for different temperatures in and out of the building.   Labeling your child’s clothing is also very important.  Our lost and found, located in the cafeteria, has many unclaimed items.  Please encourage your child to visit the lost and found during lunch to claim any missing items.  



*Composting:  Students will begin composting their food waste in the cafeteria after the holiday break.  More information will be coming to you in the weeks ahead to explain the program.  Mullen-Hall has been piloting this initiative and we will be the second school to join this year with the goal of all Falmouth schools taking part by next school year.  




 

 






 













 

 

 

 

 

Principal’s Weekly Message

December 1, 2023



Dear Morse Pond families,

 

The first term of the school year ended today with some hard work in class and great weather outdoors.  Students should be justly proud of their efforts and accomplishments.  Report cards will be sent home with students on December 15.  Term 2 here we come!

 

Updates

 

*December 5 Early Release:  Students will be dismissed at 12:00 on Tuesday, December 5.  The afternoon is reserved for parent-teacher conferences.  Please contact your child’s teacher if you have not already done so this year to set up an appointment time.  

 

*Composting:  Students will begin composting their food waste in the cafeteria after the holiday break.  More information will be coming to you in the weeks ahead to explain the program.  Mullen-Hall has been piloting this initiative and we will be the second school to join this year with the goal of all Falmouth schools taking part by next school year.  

 

*Health Screenings:  Our school nursing staff will begin health screenings for students next week.  5th grade students will be screened for vision and 6th grade students will be screened for hearing.  If your child’s screenings show any concern, the school nurse will contact you and a follow-up with your child’s pediatrician will be encouraged.  This screening service is provided free of charge to all families.  

 


*Cape Verdean Heritage and Culture Celebration:  We are excited to share with you an opportunity to celebrate our Cape Verdean community through a student contest that welcomes creative expression. This contest is one of many ways that Falmouth Public Schools will celebrate Cape Verdean heritage and culture in the coming year.  The submission deadline has been extended to December 5.   

 

Why this year? Cape Verde, or Cabo Verde, achieved its independence in 1975 – two years after the assassination of their renowned freedom fighter, Amilcar Cabral – whose 100th birthday would have been next September. As we reflect on Amical Cabral’s leadership, we are partnering with our friends at the Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum & Cultural Center to offer this opportunity. To learn more about Amilar Cabral and the values he held as a leader, please listen to our friend Barbara Burgo as she shares her knowledge with you. 

 

We encourage all Clippers to submit.

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LidetUpJognv32NqDqD2AHc4zNRxc7JO2qbwwVoU5mc/edit?usp=sharing

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN2ZPCv1ACU

 






 













 

 

 

Principal’s Weekly Message

October 13, 2023



Dear Morse Pond families,

 

Students have sailed through this shorter week and we are so proud of their efforts.  One aspect of life in the classroom that I have really enjoyed being a part of this year is student discussions.  Now in our second full year of school without health restrictions, you can really see students becoming more comfortable with speaking in class.  Teachers are doing an amazing job facilitating small group stations across the curriculum that allow students the space and time to work together and creatively collaborate.  

 

To keep that momentum going at home, I always encourage families to set aside time to actively listen and engage children in discussions.  In 5th and 6th grade, students may be reluctant to share a lot of details about school, but don’t stop asking questions!  As the parent of a 3rd and 6th grader myself, we have established a routine where our sons know that we will be asking them to share at least one specific detail about each part of the daily school schedule.  This has really helped us to move beyond the previous response they would give for their entire day:  “It was good.”  The best moments happen when you can see their eyes light up with a clear memory from the day that they might have forgotten otherwise.  Keep the discussions going!  We are definitely seeing the benefits here at Morse Pond.  



News and Reminders

 

*Coffee with the Superintendent:  Dr. Duerr will be at Morse Pond on Wednesday, October 18 from 2:50 - 3:50 hosting a coffee hour for any parents or guardians who would like to attend.  The superintendent’s website also lists future coffee hours at the other schools.  Parents and guardians are welcome to attend as many of these events as they would like to share ideas, questions, and concerns. 

 

*PTO News:  The annual Monster Blast event is fast approaching!  This year’s event will be held on October 20 and it promises to be a night of music, fun, and great raffle prizes.  If you are interested in volunteering, please click the following link:  

 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0944AFAC2EABFD0-44508270-mpptomonster#/

 

You should have also received separate emails from the PTO about Monster Blast.  Specifically, they are looking for donations of blow-up decorations or any other props you might be willing to lend that will help to transform Morse Pond into a scary good time! 

 

*Early Release Day:  Tuesday, October 17 will be an Early Release Day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:00.  Staff will be attending training in the afternoon.  



*Belonging Series:  Adults in the Falmouth Public Schools (parents, guardians, staff) are invited to participate in the district-wide Belonging Series. The first of three “learning together” sessions is coming up: 

  • Tuesday, October 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Falmouth Recreation Center, 790 Main Street.

  • Facilitated by Dr. Kalise Wornum. 

  • Participants will explore what it means to “belong,” as well as strategies to foster a greater sense of belonging among everyone in the Falmouth Public Schools.

  • Portuguese interpreters will be available.

For more information: https://shorturl.at/nstC9



*Note from the Nurse:  The health office is still looking for donations for our students. We are in need of new girls' underwear, boys' boxer briefs, t-shirts and socks. As far as gently used clothing, we could use kids' gym shorts, black leggings, sweatpants, and sweatshirts. Boys/girls sizes 8-10, 10-12, 12-14, and 14-16 are in the most need.  Thank you for your support! All donations can be brought to the main office, or sent in with your child. 










 

 

*Note from the Nurse:  The health office is looking for donations for our students. We are in need of new girls' underwear, boys' boxer briefs, t-shirts and socks. As far as gently used clothing, we could use kids' gym shorts, black leggings, sweatpants, and sweatshirts. Boys/girls sizes 8-10, 10-12, 12-14, and 14-16 are in the most need.  Thank you for your support! All donations can be brought to the main office, or sent in with your child. 

 

*Thank you to our families:  Our crossing guard, Diane Troccoli, would like to thank all of our families who come for vehicle drop off and pick up each day.  She truly appreciates all of your patience and kindness as she manages the heavy traffic load on Jones Road. 



Wings for Falmouth Families:

If you or someone you know in town is experiencing a medical crisis or tragic event, this local organization may be able to help.  Aid packages are available for Falmouth families with school-age children.  Call 508-388-7633, or visit their website to find out more. 

 

*Hispanic Heritage Month:  September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.









 

Principal’s Weekly Message

October 6, 2023



Dear Morse Pond families,

 

The new format for this year’s Meet Your Teacher Night brought a great level of energy to the event.  I truly enjoyed seeing the pride and enthusiasm that our students displayed as they led their families on a tour of the classroom and school.  5th and 6th-grade students are in a developmental phase of their lives where they are looking to take on more responsibility and grow their voices.  Allowing them to lead the evening was one way to support this critical phase in their academic journey.  Furthermore, it was powerful for the children to see all members of their school community, from parents to teachers, together in one place to celebrate and support them as young scholars.  Thank you all for supporting the evening!



News and Reminders

 

*PTO News:  The annual Monster Blast event is fast approaching!  This year’s event will be held on October 20 and it promises to be a night of music, fun, and prizes.  If you are interested in volunteering, please click the following link:  

 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0944AFAC2EABFD0-44508270-mpptomonster#/



*No School:  There is no school for staff and students on Monday, October 9 in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  

 

*School Council and PTO:  School Council will meet on October 11 at 5:30 in the principal’s office, followed by the PTO meeting at 6:30 in the library.  

 

*PeaceBuilders of the Month:  Congratulations to all of our inaugural student winners!  Students were chosen by teachers for this honor for displaying the characteristics of a PeaceBuilder.  Students began reciting the PeaceBuilders Pledge in Falmouth beginning in kindergarten and we are glad to continue this tradition at Morse Pond.  Each month, we will recognize a new group of students with a group photo that will be displayed in the school and a certificate to take home.  

 

*Outdoor Learning Committee:  Please read the attached flyer.  

 

*Falmouth Travel Basketball:  Please read the attached flyer.  



*Belonging Series:  Adults in the Falmouth Public Schools (parents, guardians, staff) are invited to participate in the district-wide Belonging Series. The first of three “learning together” sessions is coming up: 

  • Tuesday, October 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Falmouth Recreation Center, 790 Main Street.

  • Facilitated by Dr. Kalise Wornum. 

  • Participants will explore what it means to “belong,” as well as strategies to foster a greater sense of belonging among everyone in the Falmouth Public Schools.

  • Portuguese interpreters will be available.

For more information: https://shorturl.at/nstC9

 

 

 

Principal’s Weekly Message

September 29, 2023



Dear Morse Pond families,

 

I continue to be impressed by our young scholars at Morse Pond.  The work being done by staff and students this year with the S.O.A.R. expectations is making our school a positive, welcoming place to learn.  From walking quietly in the hallways, to actively listening to a speaker in class, expected behaviors ultimately contribute to all of our students achieving excellence.  We truly appreciate your partnership in this work.  

 

For 5th and 6th graders, growing responsibility and independence at home can directly support learning at school.  Having a list of jobs to complete at home, without reminders, is a great way to achieve this goal.  Students will also begin to grow in their awareness of helping others and contributing to a larger cause.  A solid work ethic, established at a relatively young age, will pay dividends that will last a lifetime.  I look forward to seeing everyone next week at Meet Your Teacher Night.  



News and Reminders

 

*Full Day Professional Development/No School:  There is no school for students on October 6.  Staff will be attending professional development sessions throughout the day focused on the social-emotional well-being of students and strategies for creating a positive classroom culture that supports excellence in academics.  



*Meet Your Teacher Night:  This annual event will be held on October 4 from 6:00 - 8:00.  


5th grade classrooms


                      

Specialists/Nurse/

Adjustment Counselors



6th grade classrooms



PTO/CORI forms/Administration


6:00 - 6:30 p.m. 


                              

6:30 - 7:00 p.m.




7:00 - 7:30 p.m. 



Available all evening until 8:00

   

This is not a night for individual conferences, but you may sign up for a conference with your child’s teacher in the near future.   Students are invited to attend with their parents/guardians and they will be participating in the presentations.  We ask, if possible, that siblings do not attend.

 

*Belonging Series:  As you read in Dr. Duerr’s recent update, Falmouth Public Schools is excited to announce the 2023-24 Falmouth Public Schools Belonging Series – three “learning together” sessions for adults, designed to build a more inclusive learning community. In each interactive session, we will explore what it means to “belong,” as well as steps we can take to foster a greater sense of belonging among everyone in our schools. 

 

We hope you will join us for any or all of the three learning sessions. Portuguese translation will be available. Each session will take place from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Falmouth Recreation Center, 790 Main Street, on the following dates:  October 17, January 16, and April 2.  



*Note from the Nurse:  The health office is looking for donations for our students. We are in need of new girls underwear, boys boxer briefs, t-shirts and socks. As far as gently used clothing, we could use kids' gym shorts, black leggings, sweatpants and sweatshirts. Boys/girls sizes 8-10, 10-12, 12-14, 14-16 are in the most need.  Thank you for your support! All donations can be brought to the main office, or sent in with your child.  

 

*Thank you to our families:  Our crossing guard, Diane Troccoli, would like to thank all of our families that come for vehicle drop off and pick up each day.  She truly appreciates all of your patience and kindness as she manages the heavy traffic load on Jones Road.  



Wings for Falmouth Families:

If you, or someone you know in town is experiencing a medical crisis or tragic event, this local organization may be able to help.  Aid packages are available for Falmouth families with school-age children.  Call 508-388-7633, or visit their website to find out more. 

 

Asas para famílias de Falmouth:

Se você ou alguém que você conhece na cidade estiver passando por uma crise médica ou evento trágico, esta organização local poderá ajudar. Pacotes de ajuda estão disponíveis para famílias de Falmouth com crianças em idade escolar. Ligue para 508-388-7633 ou visite seulocal na rede Internet descobrir mais.

 

Alas para las familias de Falmouth:

Si usted o alguien que conoce en la ciudad está experimentando una crisis médica o un evento trágico, esta organización local puede ayudarlo. Hay paquetes de ayuda disponibles para las familias de Falmouth con niños en edad escolar. Llame al 508-388-7633 o visite susitio web Para descubrir mas.

 

*iReady Family Letters:

 



*Hispanic Heritage Month:  September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.






Principal’s Weekly Message

September 22, 2023



Dear Morse Pond families,

 

This week at school has been busy and a lot fun!  I have really enjoyed visiting classrooms, especially to sit in on the small group instruction that teachers are implementing widely this year.  Working together, children often come up with solutions that they would otherwise not consider.  It is also very interesting to listen to their discussions, which help them learn to actively listen and compromise about ideas.  Ask your child about their experiences working in groups at Morse Pond and feel free to share their feedback with me.  

 

News and Reminders

 

*Early Release Day:  September 26 is an early release day for students.  Dismissal will begin at 12:00.  Staff will be in training sessions for the afternoon.  

 

*Falmouth Soccer Club:  We want to thank our friends from the Falmouth Soccer Club for donating the new nets on our field and the resprayed lines.  Students love to use them during recess!  

 

*Meet Your Teacher Night:  This annual event will be held on October 4 from 6:00 - 8:00.  An exact time schedule for each grade level will be sent next week.  New for this year is that you are invited to bring your child.  Your child will take part in the evening and show you their classroom and routines.  

 

*Note from the Nurse:  The health office is looking for donations for our students. We are in need of new girls underwear, boys boxer briefs, t-shirts and socks. As far as gently used clothing, we could use kids' gym shorts, black leggings, sweatpants and sweatshirts. Boys/girls sizes 8-10, 10-12, 12-14, 14-16 are in the most need.  Thank you for your support! All donations can be brought to the main office, or sent in with your child.  

 

*Orange Shirt Day:  All students are invited to wear orange on September 29 in honor of Orange Shirt Day that occurs on September 30.  Please see the attachment for more information about this tradition.  

 

Wings for Falmouth Families:

If you, or someone you know in town is experiencing a medical crisis or tragic event, this local organization may be able to help.  Aid packages are available for Falmouth families with school-age children.  Call 508-388-7633, or visit their website to find out more. 

 

Asas para famílias de Falmouth:

Se você ou alguém que você conhece na cidade estiver passando por uma crise médica ou evento trágico, esta organização local poderá ajudar. Pacotes de ajuda estão disponíveis para famílias de Falmouth com crianças em idade escolar. Ligue para 508-388-7633 ou visite seulocal na rede Internet descobrir mais.

 

Alas para las familias de Falmouth:

Si usted o alguien que conoce en la ciudad está experimentando una crisis médica o un evento trágico, esta organización local puede ayudarlo. Hay paquetes de ayuda disponibles para las familias de Falmouth con niños en edad escolar. Llame al 508-388-7633 o visite susitio web Para descubrir mas.

 

*iReady Family Letters:

 



*Afternoon Dismissal reminder:  If you are picking up your child in the afternoon, please remember to not park in the Grasmere neighborhood to wait for buses to clear.  The neighborhood needs to be kept open for residents to enter and exit.  

 

*Morning Arrival/Dismissal Suggestion:  For vehicles, it would be helpful to our crossing guard if the majority of our traffic came from the direction of Stop and Shop.  It is not a requirement, but it would allow her to admit one side of the street to our driveway for an extended time and accommodate a larger number of parent/guardian vehicles together.  We truly appreciate our school community’s patience and kindness toward our crossing guard, Mrs. Diane Troccoli.  She has a lot of traffic to manage on a busy road!  

 

*Hispanic Heritage Month:  September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.








 

Principal’s Weekly Message

September 15, 2023



Dear Morse Pond families,

 

The second week of school has flown by and students are settling into their routines.  Classrooms are coming alive with hands-on activities and lively discussions across the curriculum as we head toward the fall season.  We look forward to seeing everyone visit our school soon for Meet Your Teacher Night on October 4 and the many activities that we will host in the coming months.  

 

News and Reminders

 

*School Council:  If you are interested in being a member of the school council this year, please email Mr. Adams at:  tadams@falmouth.k12.ma.us.  Meetings will be held at 5:30 on Wednesdays directly before scheduled PTO meetings occur at 6:30. 

 

*Falmouth High School Athletics:  All Morse Pond students are welcome to attend any high school athletic event free of charge.  Students must be accompanied by an adult to attend.  

 

*New Math Program:  We have officially kicked off our new math program iReady Math! Students have completed "Lesson 0" an introductory lesson made up of 5 sessions introducing the routines specific to the program as well as have taken the beginning of the year Diagnostic Assessment. Teachers will begin Lesson 1 next week. For resources you can use at home to support your student's mathematical growth "Family Letters" may be found below. We hope to be able to provide these for you here weekly. Each "Lesson" will take between 3-5 days. Please reach out to your child's teacher or our Instructional Math Coach, Karen Karson (kkarson@falmouth.k12.ma.us) if you have any questions. 

 

 

*Band:  The document linked below is for band sign-ups and instrument rentals. Students all received a paper copy as well.

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ww-0KZLAwHbUPeggmD3Awmo24MZiY4MVF4dREWw1jQ0/edit?usp=sharing

 

*Headphones reminder:  Students should always have a pair of headphones to use with their chromebooks. 

 

*Afternoon Dismissal reminder:  If you are picking up your child in the afternoon, please remember to not park in the Grasmere neighborhood to wait for buses to clear.  The neighborhood needs to be kept open for residents to enter and exit.  

 

*Hispanic Heritage Month:  September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

 

*Early Release Day:  September 26 is an early release day for students.  Dismissal will begin at 12:00.  Staff will be in training sessions for the afternoon.  







Principal’s Weekly Message

September 8, 2023



Dear Morse Pond families,

 

The first week of school has been a great joy as students returned to the halls of Morse Pond!  Teachers have been working with students to establish classroom communities by learning routines and getting to know each other.  As principal, I get the opportunity to visit classrooms each day and discover new things about all of our students.  From fishing, to horseback riding, to trips to the beach; I was able to learn about summer adventures and see what an amazing group of young scholars we have at our school.  I can’t wait to hear more! Community meetings were held for each grade level this week to discuss the S.O.A.R. expectations that form the foundation of excellence.  Students listened attentively and asked many thoughtful questions.  We look forward to seeing our students again on Monday! 

 

News and Reminders

 

*Absences:  If your child is absent from school, please make sure to call the Safe Arrival line at:  508-548-7300 and select option 4.  You can also email your child’s teacher, but you should always call the Safe Arrival line first.  

 

*Safety Monitor:  I would like to introduce Mr. Bill Langmead as our new Safety Monitor this year.  Mr. Langmead comes to us with an extensive background in safety and security.  You will see him around the building, monitoring our grounds, and assisting with traffic.  We are very lucky to have his support this year.  

 

*Dress for success:  We encourage all students to dress comfortably for the weather and bring a water bottle to school each day.  Students are also encouraged to wear sneakers to school because they have recess daily and PE class during the week.  



*Hispanic Heritage Month:  September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.



*Early Release Day:  September 26 is an early release day for students.  Dismissal will begin at 12:00.  Staff will be in training sessions for the afternoon.  



Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

 

*Arrival:  Our doors open to students at 8:15.  Buses will be in the parking lot first.  Once buses depart, vehicles will be directed into our parking lot by the crossing guard.  All vehicles must wait on Jones Road until directed into the school.  Vehicles will not be allowed into the school until all buses have arrived.  We apologize for any delays while we get bus schedules settled.  Once vehicles enter the parking lot, please follow the staff directions to pull up into the driveway and open your doors once you are told to do so.  

 

*Dismissal:  Dismissal will begin at 2:50.  Again, all buses enter the parking lot first.  Once buses depart, the crossing guard will direct vehicles into the school for pickup.  All students for vehicle pickup will be on the main playground field, or, in the case of inclement weather, in the cafeteria entrance.  Staff members will send your child to your vehicle.  Your child will be bringing home a placard with their name on it for you to display in your windshield to help with dismissal.

 

*Rec Center:  If you would like to send your child to the Rec Center in the afternoon, you will need to send in a note to the teacher each day.  A staff member will walk all students to the Rec Center.  Students are not allowed to take a bus to the Rec Center as there is not enough space to accommodate extra riders.  







 

 

Principal’s Weekly Message

September 1, 2023

 

Dear Morse Pond families,

 

The staff at Morse Pond is so excited to see our students on September 5!  The new year promises to be a great journey in learning and growing.  Falmouth is a truly special community that supports public education and works together to support everyone.  Together, we can achieve excellence for all students, each and every day.  I hope that you all enjoy the long weekend!

 

*Arrival:  Our doors open to students at 8:15.  Buses will be in the parking lot first.  Once buses depart, vehicles will be directed into our parking lot by the crossing guard.  All vehicles must wait on Jones Road until directed into the school.  Vehicles will not be allowed into the school until all buses have arrived.  We apologize for any delays while we get bus schedules settled.  Once vehicles enter the parking lot, please follow the staff directions to pull up into the driveway and open your doors once you are told to do so.  

 

*Dismissal:  Dismissal will begin at 2:50.  Again, all buses enter the parking lot first.  Once buses depart, the crossing guard will direct vehicles into the school for pickup.  All students for vehicle pickup will be on the main playground field, or, in the case of inclement weather, in the cafeteria entrance.  Staff members will send your child to your vehicle.  Your child will be bringing home a placard with their name on it for you to display in your windshield to help with dismissal.

 

*Rec Center:  If you would like to send your child to the Rec Center in the afternoon, you will need to send in a note to the teacher each day.  A staff member will walk all students to the Rec Center.  Students are not allowed to take a bus to the Rec Center as there is not enough space to accommodate extra riders.  

 

*Evening events:  All evening events at Morse Pond and Lawrence will be held on Wednesday this year.  Elementary schools will shift to Monday.

 

*6th grade chromebooks:  All 6th graders should return their chromebooks and chargers when they return to school.  Once the devices are returned, 6th grade students will receive a new chromebook and charger.  

 

*Lunch and Breakfast:  School meals will once again be free to all students.


*Hispanic Heritage Month:  September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.