Return to Headlines

May Newsletter

North Falmouth School Newsletter

May 2020

 Greetings from the Principal

Although I was not surprised by Governor Baker’s decision to close schools for the remainder of this academic year, I still needed time to process the magnitude of his decision.  The emotional impact is still being felt in my household, as I am sure it is in yours.  This past Wednesday, I was asked to come to my son’s preschool to collect his belongings.  We had been looking forward to this year for him because this preschool program had been such a magical place for his older brother and we were delighted that the same was holding true for him.  Now, it was so suddenly ripped away.  I definitely shed a few tears as I sat in my car looking at his carefully wrapped bundles of artwork, the science journal, and even the little bag of extra clothes (never used, by some small miracle).  Despite my sadness, I knew that we needed to focus on what still had, not what we could not get back.  

With that in mind, the staff at North Falmouth and across the district have been working long and hard to make the rest of this school year successful for all of our students.  As Dr. Larner has been reminding us during meetings, “The school building is closed, but school is still open.”  I think that beautifully captures the mindset we all need to adopt as we move forward this year.  

One of the greatest challenges facing our staff continues to be finding the best possible model for supporting remote learning at each level.  One of the key aspects of this new model for education lies in the balance between synchronous vs. asynchronous learning.  Simply put, this means deciding how much “live” teaching to provide through platforms like Zoom and how much prerecorded and prepared materials will be given to students to use when it best suits their schedule.  Finding this balance is not easy, especially for our youngest learners and it is something that we will continue to refine.  What is effective and appropriate looks very different depending on each child’s developmental level.  More information about this topic can be found here and will give you a good insight about the kinds of planning decisions facing schools now:  

https://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2020/03/synchronous_or_asynchronous_e-.html

I would also like to mention that many resources to support your child with remote learning can be found at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s website:  http://www.doe.mass.edu  One area of their site that has been helpful for both teachers and families can be found under the “Students and Families” tab.  There you will find the learning standards for each grade level presented in a summarized form.  These documents provide an excellent overview of the skills and content that children are expected to master each year.  The department has also provided guidance to schools around which of these standards to focus on for the rest of this year to best prepare students to advance to the next grade level.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions and concerns.  My email address is:  tadams@falmouth.k12.ma.us  The strong partnership between all stakeholders in our learning community has never been more important than now. 

 

Kindergarten Registration - If you did not register your kindergartener for next year, please go the Falmouth Public School website and click on the link https://www.falmouth.k12.ma.us/ and complete the registration packet.  Don’t forget your child’s birth certificate, immunizations records and proof of residence, which could be a copy of an electric, gas, or oil bill showing the “service deliver to” with your address.

 

Are you moving?  Will you be leaving the North Falmouth School district at the end of this school year?  If so, please inform your teacher and/or email the main office at northfalmouth@falmuth.k12.ma.us Thank you for your help.

 

Lost & Found: All lost and found will be donated.

 

Important Dates:                                 

No School - Monday, May 27-Memorial Day

Last Day/Half Day of School - Friday, June 26 - Report cards will be mailed home.

 

From the Health Office…

I hope everyone is well and staying healthy!  Just a few reminders for keeping yourself and your children healthy, both physically and mentally, during this time.

*Maintain good hygiene.  To protect yourself and others from illness, practice frequent and proper handwashing, wear a mask out in public where social distancing is difficult to maintain, dispose of gloves and masks properly after use, and stay at home if you do not feel well.                            

*Maintain a routine/schedule and stick to it as much as possible. Wake up, eat meals, work,         take breaks, exercise and go to bed at the same time each day.  Get dressed each morning and remember to make time for fun!

*Practice good nutrition.  As always, occasional treats are alright but try to avoid too many salty, sugary, or highly processed food.  Follow the MyPlate model and fill your plate with fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and low fat dairy.

*Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Remember, the best thing to drink to stay hydrated is water.

*Get plenty of sleep. Adequate sleep boosts your immune system to fight off illness, helps your brain work at its highest capacity, increases energy levels and helps manage and reduce stress.

*Limit screen time.  Screen limits should include television, computers, phones, tablets, and video games.  The American Academy of Pediatrics states that media limits should be in conjunction with at least an hour of physical activity each day, adequate sleep (8 to 12 hours depending on age), quality family time and should not replace parental interaction or become a free babysitter.

*Exercise and stay active.  Exercise is critical for optimal physical and mental health. In addition to helping with weight management, endurance, and muscle and bone health, exercise can improve mood, boost energy levels, help manage stress, increase concentration, improve sleep quality and protect against certain health conditions. It is recommended that children get at least 60 minutes of moderate/vigorous exercise each day and that adults aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate/vigorous aerobic activity per week.

*Get plenty of fresh air and sunshine as weather permits.   

*Take time for enjoyable activities each day. Do whatever it is that helps you relax and feel good...read, keep a journal, listen to music, garden, cook, play a game, draw or color, do crafts, work on a puzzle.  The possibilities are endless!

Until we meet again...be well!

 

A message from Ms. LeBlanc (School Adjustment Counselor):

 Greetings Parents!

Although this May finds us in uncertain times I hope you are all doing well.  A common message we have been sending students is that even though the building is closed, the North Falmouth community is still here ready to continue teaching and connecting with others in every way possible!  It is important to note that during this time, children may be experiencing many different feelings as they navigate not only learning from home but also the separation from their peers and lack of daily routines.  Please see below for some helpful resources that can assist you and your child during this pandemic.  

  • Talking with Children about Coronavirus -  

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html

In addition, please know that I am available to help families and students.  If you would like to talk to me further about any concerns, please contact me at aleblanc@falmouth.k12.ma.us.  I would be happy to schedule a time to talk to you and/or your child.  Thank you, Angela LeBlanc, LMHC

MATH WORKS!

Hello families!  

We realize this last month has been much different than our usual Cape Cod spring and we are hoping you have been able to find some time to relax with your family.  In anticipation of our feathered friends returning, we are excited to announce that the birdhouse/birdfeeder contest has been extended!  Click here for the contest guidelines.

In support of your math learning objectives, we are sharing the May Math Learning calendar.  Math is all around YOU - this calendar helps you discover how you can use your math skills in many ways - every day of the month!  Zorbit's Math May Calendar.  Thank you!  Stacey and Robin

Math Meets Art: A Challenge for the Birds!

Would you like to design a birdhouse or bird feeder to welcome birds? Here’s the contest for you!  

Falmouth students can draw a blueprint for a birdhouse or a bird feeder. Retired mechanical engineer Mark Martino has offered to build one house or feeder for each of the elementary schools in the Falmouth Public Schools. He will choose the winner at each school and use their designs to create the birdhouse.

How to participate:

Do some research about what makes a good birdfeeder or birdhouse.

Top Ten Birdhouse problems and solutions:  https://www.thespruce.com/top-bird-house-problems-386677

What size to make the opening?

 https://suncatcherstudio.com/birds/bird-house-hole-size/

What makes a good birdfeeder:  https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/how-to-choose-the-right-kind-of-bird-feeder/

Check out these sites to learn more about  birds that live on Cape Cod

https://www.audubon.org/bird-guide?field_bird_family_tid=All&field_bird_region_tid=48

https://capecodbirds.org/

Draw!  You will need three drawings: 

What it looks like from the front.

What it looks like from the side.

What it looks like from above.

Know that the bottom will have a hinged floor for easy once-a-year cleaning.

Add measurements to your drawing

Thickness of the wood will be ¾ inch

You can estimate the measurements

If you choose to take on this challenge, hooray for you!!  Submit your drawing via email to Math Coach Ms. Strong at  sstrong@falmouth.k12.ma.us

Blueprint submission date:  Tuesday, June 20, 2020.

Include the following information in your submission: 

Student Name:

Student Grade Level:

Student’s Teacher:

Name of Student’s School: