September 2019 Newsletter
The sun is shining and students are smiling! We have had a wonderful start to the 2019-2020 school year. It always amazes me how quickly the mechanism of school can restart each year after so many weeks away. I hope that all members of our school community enjoyed well-deserved time with friends and family over the summer.
While we did not add new teaching staff to our ranks this year, some familiar faces are now in new roles:
*Mr. Michael Irving, who had been serving as a special education teacher, is now a 2nd grade classroom teacher.
*Mrs. Sharon Edgar moved from 4th grade to 1st grade.
Both of these shifts occurred due to retirements and enrollment at each grade level. I truly appreciate their willingness to fill a new role and help our team create an exemplary educational experience for all students.
We would also like to formally welcome Mrs. Kristina Roderick to our kitchen staff. Kristina will be working with Mrs. Licciardi to create some new menu items and options this year, so stay tuned for more cafeteria information coming soon!
Meet Your Teacher Night will be on September 18 from 6-8 in the evening. A separate information packet will be going home with more details about this evening. I look forward to seeing you on that night and throughout the school year. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns at: email@example.com via telephone at: 563-2334
Tim Adams, Principal
Counselor’s Corner—Greetings from the Counselor!
As always, it’s been a wonderful start to the school year here at North Falmouth! As the year gets underway I like to let parents know of my role here at school. I conduct classroom lessons, individual counseling, and topic-focused groups (divorce, anxiety, social skills), as well as "lunch bunch" groups. Please note parental permission is always sought for topic-focused groups, but not for lunch groups. Lunch groups are a relaxed, non-structured time for students to focus on fun topics and playing games. All groups are an enjoyable and educational way for the students to connect with others, and to share thoughts and feelings. I also help families connect with community resources. We are fortunate to have extra brand-new back packs here at school for any student in need of one. Please contact me at any time this year and I would be happy to send a new one home with your child.
As a school we will continue the North Falmouth tradition of following the Peace Builders program throughout the school year in our classrooms, in the building, and during our Community Meetings. Please feel free to contact me at any time by telephone, by email, or by just stopping in! LeBlanc, LMHC, School Adjustment Counselor, 508-563-2334 x7310 firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Reminders - Students may NOT take the bus from Morse Pond to North Falmouth and go to parent pickup. Only North Falmouth students can be picked up in parent pickup. Thank you for your understanding.
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On a half day of school (In-Service Day) all students will be dismissed at 12:40 p.m. Please mark your calendars: 9/24, 10/22, 12/10, 1/14, 2/4, 3/3 & 5/5.
**It is important to please send in a note the morning of a half day, letting your child’s teacher know where they will be going in the afternoon if it differs from their dismissal plan . **
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NO School Day - 10/11
Absent? Tardy? Vacation?... Please remember to call our safe arrival line to report an absence or tardy. The number is 508-563-2334 ext. 4.
It is very important that we account for all children.
Additionally, if you are going on vacation please send a note with detailed dates to your child’s teacher. Thank you for helping us keep track of all the students!
Also, if you are going to be out of town and someone else will be taking care of your child, please send a note to school letting us know who that will be along with emergency phone numbers. Thank you for your help.
Double Mailings – If your child does not live with both biological parents, the parent who does not receive the regular communication from our school may wish to request a “double mailing”. We are happy to mail school newsletters and report cards to these parents. The request to receive “double mailings” must be made in writing and submitted to the office every year.
Birthdays & Other Celebrations-
- Birthday invitations may not be given out in school unless everyone in the class receives an invitation. All other invitations must be mailed home.
- Birthday/Party treats sent into school are for your child’s classroom only. Children are not allowed to travel around the building sharing birthday treats with others. Please only send in enough for your child’s class.
- Please note: In nut-free classrooms absolutely no homemade treats are allowed. Thank you for your understanding and support.
- The following teachers are nut-free classrooms:
Ms. Larrey, Ms. Emerson, Ms. Turner, Mr. Irving,
Ms. Morris, & Ms. LeBoeuf
As you visit the school you will notice we have a security system. All visitors/volunteers that park in the back must enter through the front doors. Please press the call button and we will let you in. Please come right to the office, sign in and put on a bright yellow badge. Thank you.
VIPS CORNER AT NORTH FALMOUTH SCHOOL – We are pleased to announce Meegan Hatch is our VIPs Coordinator. We invite you all to volunteer in any way possible. It’s easy! Please fill out your VIPS registration card, a Cori form, & be sure to log your hours in the VIPs Log Book. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call the school.
Please remember to park in the back and wear a yellow badge whenever you are volunteering. Thank you.
Month in preview:
9/12 - Wounded Warrior Ride - Wear your Red, White & Blue
9/12 - Bank Day begins
9/13 - Instrumental Music Demo for students
9/18 - Meet Your Teacher Night
Grades - K &1 6:00 p.m.
Grade 2 - 6:30 p.m.
Grades - 3 & 4 7:00 p.m.
9/24 - Half Day of School - Students will be dismissed at 12:40.
**It is important to please send in a note letting your child’s teacher know where they will be going for the afternoon. **
9/24 - Gr. 4 Instrumental Pick up at Morse Pond 6:00-8:00 p.m.
9/26 - Gr. 4 Instrumental Music first lesson at LAW 6:30-8:00 p.m.
From the Cafeteria…
The FPS has an online prepayment system at MySchoolBucks.com.
To access these services:
- Simply go to the FPS home page www.falmouth.k12.ma.us
- Click on Families
- Click on Lunch Menus
- Click on the MySchoolBucks Login
You will need your child’s student # which was sent home on the first day of school or by calling Sandy Licciardi in our Kitchen at 508-563-2334 x7307
It is important that all lunch accounts are kept up to date. Charges are to be used in an emergency only.
Ice Cream is available on Tuesday’s and is $1.00. Children may not charge ice cream but may use their electronic funds if there are any available.
Student Safety - In order to keep all students safe during arrival and dismissal we ask you to carefully review the attached pages regarding arrivals & dismissals.
**Siblings that attend Morse Pond are not allowed to take a bus to North Falmouth School to be picked up here in parent pickup.
It is most important that everyone follow the procedures, directions and map. Please be sure to only park in the parking lot and not alongside the playgrounds.
Morning & Afternoon drop off/pick up instructions
A.M. Drop Off - Students may not be dropped off at school before 8:50 am unless they are registered to attend the YMCA Extended Day program. staff will be on duty outside and in the lobby beginning at 8:50 am and ending at 9:05 am when school officially begins.
If you must drop your child off, we ask:
- All parents to please drive up the main driveway
- Circle around the back parking lot following the arrows on the outer circle bringing your car around to the front corner
- Have your child get out of the car where the staff person is on duty (star) (DO NOT make U-turns near the playgrounds).
For safety reasons, students are not allowed to be dropped off in the back of the school. encourage you to have your children ride the bus whenever possible.
Parent Pick Up - Children who are being picked up at the end of the day will be dismissed by staff for “Parent Pick-up.” on duty will collect “pick-up” students in each hallway and bring them to the gym.
- Parents/guardians are asked to drive around the outer traffic circle in the rear parking lot. first car in line should wait at the corner of the driveway.
- Staff will assist children and load them directly into vehicles. will begin this process at approximately 3:30 each day. (smiling face)
- Parents/guardians are not permitted to park their vehicles and pick up their children on foot. This will create an unsafe situation with moving vehicles.
- Cars should exit the school back down the main driveway.
Parents/guardians who wish to visit the playgrounds with their children after school are asked to first pick them up in the car line and then park in a designated space in the parking lot. parking spaces immediately in front of the Parent Pick-up door will be unavailable until dismissal concludes at 3:45.
**Above all, please drive slowly and carefully as there will be many children walking to cars in the parking lot. addition, all vehicles must park in a designated space in the parking lot at all times.
Walking Home or Riding Bike Home (Dismissed as “Walkers”) - Children who are walking home or riding their bike home will be dismissed through the Kindergarten doors. Crossing Guard, Mrs. Walker, will cross them at the bottom of the walker’s path hill.