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January Newsletter

Teaticket Elementary School

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January 2021 Newsletter

Sandra M. Kapsambelis –Principal


Hello Teaticket Families,

Happy New Year and thanks so much to everyone who supported our school and students for the holidays! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break.  Once again, I would like to remind families that students will be going outside even as the weather gets colder. Therefore, students need to be dressed appropriately when coming to school since they will go outside in the clothes they were sent to school in. Here is the link to the  Child Care Weather Watch chart we use each day to make a decision regarding time outdoors. Not that there is snow in the forecast but as a reminder, in order for children to play in the snow, they will need to have a winter coat, snow pants, hat/hood, boots and gloves. If students do not have all their winter gear, they are only allowed to play on the hard top. If families need assistance with acquiring appropriate winter clothing please contact our school adjustment counselors.

On February third at 6:00 pm all families are invited to attend the District Wide 2021-2022 School Budget presentation. The link for this meeting will be shared with families in the coming weeks. Following this meeting at 7:00 pm will be the monthly PTO meeting. Please consider attending this meeting.  We have a very dedicated group of parents who are looking to broaden its base of volunteers. The current members contribute to planning and organizing events that support all of the Teaticket students.

As always we thank you for your continued support and look forward to working with all of our families in the new year! We hope everyone has a nice long weekend and takes time to reflect on Monday as we observe Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.


Kind regards,

Sandy Kapsambelis, Principal 


Calendar of Events





January 18th


No School

January 15th

Grades Close for Kindergarten

3:30 pm

January 27th

Early Release Spirit Day- All students will work remotely in the afternoon

See staggered dismissal schedule

January 29th

Report Cards Issued - Kindergarten

At Dismissal, Remote Families can pick up on February 1st or they will be mailed home.

February 2nd

Early Release Day- morning preschool only, no PM preschool

See staggered dismissal schedule

February 3rd 

District Budget Presentation

Virtual PTO Meeting

6:00 pm

7:00 pm

February 15th-19th

Winter Break

No School


News from the Front Office

Kindergarten Registration. Our first week of registration is the week of January 25 - 29, 2021. Please register your child for kindergarten if your child will turn 5 before September 1, 2021. The FPS Clipper hats will be available for the first 100 students who register! Please register remotely and bring in the necessary documents to the Teaticket School.  

Nurse’s Corner

For families who are traveling, please follow the advice from; Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders. The Commonwealth has made great progress to slow the spread of COVID-19 and gradually re-open the economy, and all visitors have a responsibility to help us keep transmission levels as low as possible.  All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has extended the flu vaccination deadline. Students will now be expected to have received a flu vaccine by February 28th, 2021 for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. This new flu immunization requirement to enter school in January is in addition to existing vaccine requirements for all those attending child care, preschool, K-12, and colleges and universities in Massachusetts. Elementary and secondary students in districts and schools that are using a remote education model are not exempt.

Please send a copy of the record to school when your child receives their flu vaccine. 


If you have any questions/concerns, please email me at 

Counselor’s Corner 

Happy New Year families! We hope everyone had a relaxing holiday break. 


We wanted to let everyone know that No Guff week, a tradition that all of the Falmouth Public schools usually participate in this month, is postponed, as it is the 20th anniversary! It is important that we celebrate it well in a few months. We will keep everyone updated with any plans. 


This month we wanted to focus on  the stress and fatigue that lots of people are feeling. With all of the changes we have had to make to our daily lives and normal routines, it can be difficult to stay positive and find a healthy, new way of living. This can be especially difficult during the winter months. It is quite common for people to experience additional stress and fatigue during winter months when we are outside much less and often less active. It may be increased even more so due to the added challenges this year, including feelings of isolation and lack of social connection. Last month, we talked about reaching out for support being an important aspect of resilience and overcoming challenges. Another important aspect of resilience is finding healthy ways to cope, and believing that we are capable of coping. As the weather gets colder, it can be helpful to remind yourself that getting outside every day, even for a short walk,  is important and can be extremely helpful. It is also important to find new ways of maintaining connection with friends and family. 


We would like to remind you that we are here to  support all of  our Teaticket students and families. Please feel free to reach out to either one of us if you have any concerns or needs. We are happy to help, and/or to refer you to community assistance opportunities as well. 


Claire Poole’s email address;  or Jessica Margolin’s email address; .

Reading Corner with Mrs. Cleary and Mrs. Chicoine

We are pleased to announce our first ever Teaticket Virtual Family Literacy night for Teaticket students who are currently working with Mrs. Cleary or Mrs. Chicoine. This event will be held via zoom on Wednesday, January 27 from 6:30-7:30. You should have received an email from either Mrs. Cleary or Mrs. Chicoine with the following invitation. Please be sure to RSVP to your child’s Title 1 teacher. Translators will be provided if requested by Monday, January 25. We look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, please contact us at or

Math Corner with Mrs. Bowerman and Ms. Strong

From the Falmouth Public Schools Elementary Math Coaching Corner    


Math!  It is all around us!  This month we’d like to highlight ways you and your family can focus on math together at home, in the car, at the store, or nearly any other location. Wherever you are, you are able to point out opportunities to measure, count, estimate, and work with shapes -- all of these will help your child build connections with math.


One key way to engage your child in a math conversation is to engage in telling time, measuring time, and scheduling time -- Talking about schedules provides a purpose for a child to learn math skills related to time. An easy strategy is to help your child set an alarm clock. The following questions can also spur great learning moments.

  • What time is it now?  
  • When do you get up?  
  • When do you arrive at school?   
  • How long does it take to get ready for school? 
  • Do you have enough time?  If not, how much more time do you need? And, how do you know?
  • For our younger learners, encourage counting to 5, 20, then 100, then 120.  
  • For older children, focus on how an hour is divided.        

half hour = 30 minutes, 

quarter hour = 15 minutes.         

What other fractions could be used?

You can expect your child to learn the following lessons related to time:

  • Kindergarten: Read the numbers on the clock, practice counting out loud for 10 seconds, 20 seconds, a minute. 
  • 1st grade: Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using all kinds of clocks.
  • 2nd Grade:   
    • Tell time from all kinds of clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.
    • Know that 60 seconds = 1 minute, 60 minutes = 1 hour, 24 hours = 1 day, 7 days = 1 week 
    • Know the number of days in each month; 365 days = 1 year,  approximately 4 weeks in a month, 52 weeks in a year. 
  • 3rd Grade:  Tell and write time to the nearest minute. 
  • 4th Grade:  Convert time between units: hours to minutes, minutes to seconds, days to weeks, etc.

Art with Ms. Crane

This month students in kindergarten & first grade will be focusing on “what is” mixed media, color, pop art, & printmaking with a focus on emotions, creativity and what art means to them. We are learning about our classmates and our selves through self reflection. By reflecting and critiquing we get a sense of how emotions can convey our feelings through our art work. We will continue these skill techniques for the month of January and throughout the school year. Our imaginations, memory and creativity will feed our artwork. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! Let’s keep our minds open…

Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions or concerns,


Library and Technology with Ms. Rodriguez and Ms. Scheid

Hi Everyone! 

This month we will be working with grade 4 students, and Mrs. Melillo’s kindergarten classroom. Ms. Rodriguez is working from home and Ms. Scheid will be conducting the classes and any Zoom meetings.

In grade 4 we are reviewing the use of Padlet to post assignments to the classroom for viewing. We are practicing the use of various tools for drawing, writing a response, using voice and video controls and taking a photo. We are also reviewing use of the Google toolbar  and the Typing Club program. Most of the students participated in this typing program last year, but practice will help improve fluency. The students will also be practicing a variety of academic and computer skills via the online ABCya program. By the end of our rotation  the students will also have completed a slideshow graphic organizer project. More details will follow as we approach the activity.

     In Mrs. Melillo’s Kindergarten, we are reading stories each day  with a preview and a follow up discussion. We discuss the type of book ( picture only or pictures with text). After the story we discuss questions such as “what was the story about”? How did the main character feel at the beginning of the story and at the end? How did the character act , look or say as the story took place?  We will usually have a drawing or an activity related to the story, with the students encouraged to write any letters or words to describe the drawing.  We will also be exploring a variety of educational games on the ABCya online program using the Chromebooks. These activities will help the students develop reading and writing skills, fine motor coordination and Visual Motor skills.

       It is great to meet so many motivated students!  If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us by, 


Music with Ms. O’Neil

Hi Families!


I hope you had a restful and wonderful vacation. We have been having so much fun with grade 2 students in music so far. Please make sure that your child is dressing appropriately for the weather (unless it is raining/snowing, we are outside for a full 40 minutes)! Students should also, if they are remote at any point, complete the activities on the playlist posted in Google Classroom.


Please contact me by email: .

Physical Education with Mrs. Shanahan

I hope everyone had a nice holiday. I have just finished up with grade 2 and started working with grade 3 students. We have remained outdoors for most classes and have had a great time. Grade 3 will be working on the 5 fitness components, running and dodging games, jump roping, hurdles, hopscotch, throwing and catching, target activities and scooters. It is recommended all students do 60 minutes of exercise daily. All my playlists are still available in google classroom if your child isn’t currently in PE they can still participate in the activities. On my landing page located on the Teaticket School page, you can find at home activities (BOK) for families to do.

 Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions regarding Physical Education class please contact me at