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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.



March:

Sixth Grade Parents/Guardians: The Lawrence School will be holding their annual Curriculum Night on Monday, March 2nd at 6:30pm in the Lawrence School Library. At this event, Department Heads will be presenting outlines that your child will be learning in 7 th grade. They will also be available to answer questions you may have about placement and some scheduling options. Also, the English Language Development Department Head and Special Education Building Administrator will be available to meet with families at 6:00 pm to learn about the continuum of services offered 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.
Please read the below message from Lawrence School regarding course
registrations:
Attention all current 6th grade families, on March 3, 2020 course registration forms will be distributed. Please review the options with your child, complete the form and return to Morse Pond no later than Friday, March 6th. While we make efforts to accommodate the course
selection process, it should be noted that we do not accept requests for specific teachers or teams and we do not accept requests based on student friend groups.


The Battle of the Books will begin March 6th through March 13th .

Monday, March 9th a School Committee member and a Central Office Administrator will attend our PTO meeting to present the revised Core values. Please try to clear your schedules so
that you can attend!


The Battle of the Books is going strong! Round 1 is happening in library class and will run through March 13th .


Open Campus Night is on Thursday, March 19th from 5:00-8:00 pm. The night will feature an art show with our very own students’ art work, the Scholastic Book Fair, a raffle with items from local businesses, and a delicious ice cream social (ice cream sundaes will be sold for $1.00)!


Scholastic Book Fair: The Book Fair will take place March 16th -20th from 8:00 am- 4:00 pm daily in the cafeteria. The Fair will also be open during Open Campus Night on Thursday, March 19 th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Families are invited to shop.


Dining for a Cause: The next Morse Pond Night will be held at Casa Vallarta Family Mexican Restaurant on Wednesday, March 18th. A flyer will be sent home soon with more details.


Walk for Water Fundraiser: This year’s Walk for Water fundraiser will be held on Thursday,March 26th , with a rain date of March 27th . Started 6 years ago, the fundraiser aligns with the book Long Walk to Water, which is read by our 6th grade students. The event ties in with global citizenship as well as ELA, and enhances global empathy. During the event, 6th grade students will each carry a bottle of water (or equivalent weight) while walking outside around school grounds for two hours, which connects students with the importance of water around the world. Money raised by our students will support a school in Kenya, which will help bring clean water to the school. Deadline for donations and permission slips is Thursday, March 26th 

February:

Please join Dr. Duerr and Patrick Murphy on Monday, February 10th at 5:30 pm in the Library.
They will be speaking about the FY 21 Proposed Budget. Please come hear their presentation and bring your questions!


Sixth Grade Parents/Guardians: The Lawrence School will be holding their annual Curriculum Night on Monday, March 2nd at 6:30 pm in the Lawrence School Library. At this event, Department Heads will be presenting outlines of the curriculum that your child 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 pm 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.


Our February School vacation is coming up. If your child is going to be absent for an extended vacation, you should notify the Principal’s office one week in advance. Students will be expected to make up missed assignments and classroom work within a reasonable amount of
time after their return as defined by school procedures. The school district discourages students from leaving school for travel because our time with students is so valuable. Our experience is that providing assignments to be done during vacation is not productive and undermines both the quality of the work and the quality of travel. Therefore, we do not require teachers to design this
work in advance.

January:

 

No Guff Week is almost here! Be looking and listening for information on No Guff Week as it kicks off on Monday, February 3rd !

Tuesday, January 14th : This is an Early Release Day as teachers have Professional Development.
Dismissal is at 12:00 pm. Lunch will be served.
Thursday, January 23rd : FRESH MARKET AT MORSE POND SCHOOL 3:10 pm-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.

Winter Alert:
The 2019-2020 winter season is here! School and town officials monitor weather and road conditions. If conditions are severe enough to threaten the safety of students traveling to and from school, a decision is
made by the Superintendent to close or delay the opening of the schools. The Falmouth Public Schools website will display the announcement on all pages of the website. In addition, local radio stations and
Boston TV Stations, Channel 4, 5, 7 and 25 will have the information. The information will be the following: School closed and it will be closed for the day. Two hour delayed opening and all school and bus times will be two hours later than regular starting time. School will end at the normal time. Students are not to be on school grounds until ten minutes before school begins. The last winter alert information will involve early dismissal. There are no set times for early closure. This will depend on weather conditions. Generally, schools are closed either one or two hours early. Television and radio stations announce the early closure. Parents/Guardians will receive a call from the Superintendent in this case as well.

 

December:

Holiday Craft Fair:

The 3rd Annual Morse Pond Craft and Vendor Fair will take place tonight, Friday, December 6th from 5:00-8:00 pm.  Local vendors and artisans as well as Falmouth students will be selling their work.  Handmade gifts, jewelry, ornaments, framed photography, knitted goods, glassware, oils and diffusers, soaps, candies and more will be available! 

 

Tardiness Procedure:

When your child arrives late to school, please escort your child into the main office and let our front office know that your child is tardy.  School begins at 8:25 am.  Any child arriving after that time is considered tardy. 

 

Lost and Found:  Our lost and found is growing!  Please remind your child to check the lost and found to see if they have left something behind.  Over the Holiday break we will be donating all of the lost and found items to the Falmouth Service Center.  Thank you!

 

Box Tops:  We collect box tops year round.  Typically the team who brings in the most over the year receives an ice cream party in the spring.  Send the Box Tops in with your child in an envelope or bag with their name and teacher’s name marked on it.

 

Martha’s Vineyard Savings Banking:   School banking occurs on Wednesdays during lunch from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.  Students may deposit any amount of money as low as .25 cents.  The PTO is looking for volunteers to help on Bank Day during the student’s lunch periods.  The volunteers would be needed once or twice per month from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  If you are able to help, please contact the PTO.

November:

Lost and Found: Our lost and found is growing! Please remind your child to check the lost and found to see if they have left something behind. In the next few weeks we will be donating all of the lost and found items to the Falmouth Service Center. Thank you!


Box Tops: We collect box tops year round. Typically the team who brings in the most over the year receives an ice cream party in the spring. Send the Box Tops in with your child in an envelope or bag with their name and teacher’s name marked on it.


Martha’s Vineyard Savings Banking: School banking occurs on Wednesdays during lunch from 11:00
am - 1:00 pm. Students may deposit any amount of money as low as .25 cents.

Student Council Notes: Thank you to everyone who purchased a pink MP bracelet to raise awareness
for cancer. Thanks to your generosity, we raised $550.00 which will be donated to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
The Morse Pond Student Council will be holding a food drive beginning Monday, November 4th and
ending on Monday, November 25th. Please send in non-perishable food items, which will be put in each homeroom in a designated box. The items collected will be donated to the Falmouth Service Center.

Box Tops: We collect box tops year round. Typically the team who brings in the most over the year
receives an ice cream party in the spring. Send the Box Tops in with your child in an envelope or bag
with their name and teacher’s name marked on it.

Fresh Market at Morse Pond School: Thursday, November 7th is Fresh Market at Morse Pond School
from 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm.

6th Grade Information Night at Lawrence School: The 6th Grade Information Night will be held on
Monday, November 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Lawrence School Auditorium. All incoming 6th grade
students and parents/guardians are invited to attend to learn more about the Lawrence School for the
2020-2021 school year. The event will feature an informational panel of current students and teachers to
answer any questions, followed by an extracurricular activities fair and an open house forum. You will
have the ability to walk through the school and learn more about what students can expect for the
upcoming school year. Childcare will be provided. Please disregard any information about the
Information Night that you may have seen in the newspaper. If you have any questions, please call the
main office at Lawrence School at 508-548-0606.


Direct Donation Drive or Triple D Challenge: Morse Pond School PTO’s Direct Donation Drive is in
place of having families buy or sell things to raise money. The goal this year is to raise $10,000 by
November 8th. The money raised will pay for field trips and assemblies this year. Please keep checking
the Facebook Page for updates on totals!


FACEBOOK: Please check out our MP School Facebook page to stay informed.
Box Tops: We collect box tops year round. Typically the team who brings in the most over the year
receives an ice cream party in the spring. Send the Box Tops in with your child in an envelope or bag
with their name and teacher’s name marked on it.

September:

Monster Blast: This year’s Monster Blast will be held on Friday, October 18th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
This is a family event - students may NOT be dropped off. Students come in costume (no masks or
weapons), and enjoy an evening full of music, food, raffles and more!


FACEBOOK: Please check out our MP School Facebook page to stay informed.

Martha’s Vineyard Savings Banking: School banking occurs Wednesdays during lunch from 11 am -1
pm. Students may deposit any amount of money as low as .25 cents.


Box Tops:
We collect box tops year round. Typically the team who brings in the most over the year
receives an ice cream party in the Spring. Send the Box Tops in with your child in an envelope or bag
with their name and teacher’s name marked on it.

Important Notes for Parents/Guardians/Students:
Reminder that students are not to enter the building until 8:15am. If you drop your child off at school in the morning, please do so at 8:15am, no earlier. Thank you.

Reminder: If you drop your child off at school in the morning, please do so at 8:15 am, no earlier. Also,
please remember that Massachusetts Law states that ALL lanes of traffic must stop when a school
bus is stopped to pick up or drop off children! Many cars have been passing the school busses that are
in the driveway with their signs out as students are getting on and off at drop-off and dismissal.

Reminder from the YMCA: If you need child care for the half school day on September 24th, you must
pre-register (even if you have registered for the whole school year). Please contact Claudia Twombly at
ctwombly@ymcacapecod.org.


Free/Reduced Lunch: Families must apply each year for Free or Reduced Lunch. Unless you have received a letter stating you are automatically on Free/Reduced lunch because of a specific program, please fill out an application form (that was included in packet) and turn it into the office. There
is a grace period of a few weeks at the beginning of the school year if your child had Free/Reduced lunch last year, but when that ends, your child will be charged full price for lunch or breakfast.


CORI Forms: Many parents sent in the CORI form to the office. Thank you! Please make sure that you visit the office in person as you must present your current driver’s license, in person, to our secretaries who will verify and process the forms. You can come in to the office any time from 8:00am-4:00pm
Monday through Friday.


Morse Pond School Week Ahead: The Morse Pond School Week Ahead newsletter will begin going
home next week, Friday, September 20th via email. If you do not have access to email, we can provide a
hard copy.


PTO’S MP Night at Supreme Pizza: Join us for the PTO’s first MP Night at Supreme Pizza on
Tuesday, September 24th. Please submit the flyer that was sent home and the PTO will receive 20% on
all dine-in, take-out and delivery sales.


FHS Football Games: When attending football games, keep your children with you for their safety.