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Mako Memo - January 12, 2024


January 12, 2024

Dear Mullen-Hall Families,

On Tuesday, we hosted our Community Meeting. We discussed how the New Year is celebrated differently throughout the world but what the common thread was to reflect and set new goals for the new year. Students will have an opportunity to set goals and post them on a bulletin board for the year.  We talked about the word diversity and what it means. We recognized Martin Luther King Jr. for his work in this area connecting it to the upcoming day off. We also had some special guests, Ms. Powell-Gray, who is the  daughter of Mrs. Emma Barrows. Mrs. Barrows, a teacher from Alabama, was the first Black teacher on Cape Cod. She also became the Falmouth Schools’ first Black administrator and the first person to teach Black history classes on the Cape. Mrs. Barrows was the principal at Mullen Hall School. Her birthday was on January 1st she would have been one hundred and ten. Ms. Powell-Gray gave our Clippers a brief history of her mother’s legacy. Ms. Powell- Gray was joined by Henry St. Julien, the director of Diversity, Equity and Belonging.


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We have a new location for our Lost and Found. The clothing rack is located at the top of the stairs leaving the cafeteria. If your child has lost something please encourage them to check this location. Labeling your students clothing is helpful for the return process.


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We will continue to get outside as much as possible. Please send your child with clothing appropriate for the weather conditions. The cancellation of outside activities is a decision based on the Child  Care Weather Child guidelines and the conditions of the field. 


Our Next Belonging Series 

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:


WHERE ARE YOU FROM? by Yamile Saied Méndez book cover

Our bookwalk this month is WHERE ARE YOU FROM? by Yamile Saied Méndez.

Attendance Update

Every Student Every Day means we need to see our CLIPPERS at school every day in order to achieve Excellence. Students  that miss 10 percent or more of school days due to absence for any reason—excused, unexcused absences and suspensions are defined as Chronic Absences. Half days are considered a school day and counts towards attendance. Please know we are here to support and encourage you. Please feel free to reach out with any questions. The dates and benchmarks are as follows:


Number of Absences

November 1


January 15


March 1



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Our On-Going Kindness Mission Continues

Tell Your Family How Much You Love Them   

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Upcoming Dates 

There are 21 school days in January

January 15th-  M.L. King Jr. Birthday Observance - No School

January 16th- Attendance Letters go home 

January 16th - Belonging Series #2 6:30-7:30 Falmouth Rec Center 

January 19th- Kindergarten Report Cards Sent Home   


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Paper order forms have been sent home with students. . .the online order portal is also open and 2023-2024 yearbook pre-orders can be placed starting now, through April 29, 2024. Yearbooks will be distributed to all who order at the beginning of June. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out anytime.

Online order info: 

Mullen-hall Elementary School

Yearbook ID: 6632124      YEARBOOK ORDER LINK

ATTENTION 4th grade families: If you have not yet submitted a baby picture of your child and would like to, please email the photo and/or a brief message to If you have already sent in the photo/message, thank you! This section of the yearbook is SO MUCH FUN!!!


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We now have a select amount of tie-dye sweatshirts available for purchase in front of the library.  T-shirts and 1/4 zip blue sweatshirts are also available.  You can purchase items with the QR code when you are in school or at any of our events.  

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Martha’s Vineyard Banking Report:

We are setting a goal of $1000 of savings for our student bankers for the month of January and we are already over half way there!  As a reminder, along with bills, students are welcome to bring in other forms of money - for instance coins that they find in the couch, checks they got for their birthday that they forgot to deposit, etc.!  Let's help our bankers save as much as they can for their future!   

Congratulations to 1st grader Coco F. for winning this week's MV Bank Piggy Bank! For the rest of January student bankers can enter to win a Michaels Gift Card, the name will be drawn at the end of the month.  

The national drawing is for a pair of binoculars! Student bankers who make three deposits by Valentine’s Day are automatically entered, 6 winners will be chosen throughout the country.  A Morse Pond student won last month's national drawing so there is always a chance! 

Thanks to all who participated today, we love seeing all the student bankers smiling faces on Friday mornings!

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District Calendar

You can follow the Falmouth School Committee here and find their Agendas & Minutes here

Each week I will include a Google Form as a vehicle for you to share your thoughts and ask questions.   

Google Form  


Please share your thoughts and ask questions. We are always available by phone call/email  or feel free to drop in.  

Google Form     



Rose Moran - Principal

Jill Meserve - Assistant Principal

Anne-Marie Iandoli - Special Education Building Administrator



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