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March Newsletter

Teaticket Elementary School

March 2021 Newsletter

 

Sandra M. Kapsambelis – Principal

 

Hello Teaticket Families,

 

We have had a lot of excitement here at the Teaticket School during the past couple of weeks with our celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, a visit from Jiji to celebrate our ST Math accomplishments, opportunities for students to use the playgrounds and our ST family math night! Our Teaticket students have completed more than 25,000 puzzles on ST Math since we started the March challenge! We are also thankful for our very generous PTO and their support of our outdoor musical instruments, donation of Colors of the World Crayons and special treat from Anejo.

 

On Friday, March 5, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced new tentative MCAS administration dates for grades 3-8. Since the timeline has been updated we no longer have plans to test our third and fourth graders during the month of April. New test dates will be forthcoming. DESE also released new guidance on in-person learning requirements on March 9th. Since we already have in person learning as our model at the elementary level we do not need to make any structural changes at the Teaticket School.  Please note that families will retain the choice as to whether to send their children to school in person or have them continue to learn remotely through the end of the school year. 

Please don’t forget that we will not have school on Friday March 19th and that our next early release day is Wednesday, March 24, 2020.  Last but not least we look forward to seeing everyone at our next virtual PTO meeting on Wednesday April 7th at 6:00 pm.  



Best regards,

Sandy Kapsambelis,  Principal

skapsambelis@falmouth.k12.ma.us

 

 

Calendar of Events

 

Date

Event

Time

March 19, 2021

Professional Development Day for staff

Grades close grades 1-4

No School

March 23, 2001

Virtual School Committee Meeting

(see district website for link)

6:30pm

March 24, 2021

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

See staggered dismissal schedule

March 25, 2021

School Council

8:15 am

April 1, 2021

Report Cards Issued at dismissal- Grades 1-4

Remote Families can pick up on April 5th  or they will be mailed home.

April 7, 2021

TT PTO Meeting

6:00pm

April 19-23,2021

Spring Break - No School 

No School

April 26, 2021

School Reopens

8:50am

April 29, 2021

Lifetouch Picture Day - Outside

All day

May 3, 2021

Rain date for Picture day

tba

 

 News from the Front Office

Kindergarten Registration.  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.  

 

Please get the word out that we are accepting applications for Preschool too. Please use the links for additional information. You can also access this information by contacting Lucia Conlon: 508-548-1550 option 7 ext 100  or emailing lconlon@falmouth.k12.ma.us .  

 

If you know that you will be moving please let us know, it will help in the placement of students for next year. 



Nurse’s Corner

For families who are traveling, we would like to remind you all of the COVID-19 guidelines for testing and traveling for the Falmouth Public School District. The two most common tests available for identifying COVID-19 are the PCR test and the rapid antigen test. The PCR test is the most accurate diagnostic test for identifying a current COVID-19 infection. The Falmouth School District will accept the PCR and rapid antigen tests for individuals with symptoms and individuals who have been exposed. The PCR test is required for travel. 

 

If you are traveling within the United States please follow the following guidelines: 

When traveling to a high-risk state for greater than 72 hours, you must:

Fill out the “Massachusetts Travel Form” AND receive a negative COVID test that was taken 

no longer than 72 hours prior to your return to MA

OR Quarantine for 10  days.

 

When traveling to a high-risk state for 72 hours or less, you must: 

Fill out the “Massachusetts Travel Form” AND receive a negative COVID test AFTER 

your return to MA

OR Quarantine for 10 days

 

International Travel

  • You must show a Negative COVID-19 test result before boarding the airplane
  • Return from Travel: Must get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home: self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.** Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.**
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself for 10 days until fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medication AND symptoms improving.

 

Please Review: International Travel Guidelines per CDC

 

Please review the Mass Gov. website for travel guidelines: Mass.gov. If you are choosing to test instead of quarantining, all children, regardless of age, need to be tested if they have visited a state not currently identified as low risk.

 

Tests should be submitted to the Public Health Nurse or School Nurse before returning to school. Please do not send your child to school without confirmation that the test results have been received. If you have any questions/concerns, please email me at mpetrucci@falmouth.k12.ma.us 

Counselor’s Corner

Hello families!

 

As we continue to move forward during these challenging times, we want to continue our focus on building resilience in our children. This month we want to focus on the importance of helping others, which can have many benefits for children, including: 

 

-Providing them with a sense of purpose.

-Feeling more connected with peers and adults.

-Becoming more engaged in the classroom or at home. 

-Increasing positive feelings about oneself.

 

For example, helping a peer who is having difficulty completing a math problem can allow the helper to become more engaged in their own learning. Or, a student who is having a difficult day may benefit from being provided with a job to help their class (holding a door, leading a song, sharing their work). We can assist our children in providing support to others in many different ways. To start out, you might say things like: 

 

-“It looks like __ fell and got hurt. Can you ask if they’re okay?” 

 -“It looks like your brother could use some help cleaning up the toys.” 

-“It would be great if you could help me prepare dinner!” 

 

As always, we want to thank you for supporting your children through the many changes and obstacles this past year has brought. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always reach us at the school.

 

Ms. Poole’s email address; cpoole@falmouth.k12.ma.us  or Ms. Margolin’s email address; jmargolin@falmouth.k12.ma.us .

Reading Corner with Mrs. Cleary and Mrs. Chicoine

This month students are celebrating Read Across America Month, which included a special week of activities to encourage reading and celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  The celebrations included Falmouth High School seniors reading to our current students, Hat Day, and much more. Below are some photos and a link to our Dr. Seuss virtual Library, which contains a  variety of books you can enjoy with your family!

 

Art with Ms. Crane

This month students in third 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 March 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, rcrane@falmouth.k12.ma.us

 

Library and Technology with Ms. Rodriguez And Ms. Scheid

The second graders are off to a great start in Library. They are learning how to respond to various stories using an online app called Padlet. This allows them to practice the use of typing, voice recording, and drawing their answers to various questions related to what we have read together as a class. The students are also learning how to navigate the toolbar and other features of Google Classroom. Finally, they are practicing Typing skills using the “home row” method for finger placement to increase their fluency on a keyboard.In Kindergarten, we are reading books as a class and learning about a variety of authors and illustrators. We are discussing the character’s feelings as the story progresses from beginning to end. After this lesson we complete a visual motor/fine motor activity such as drawing and coloring a picture related to the story, or we practice academic and technology skills on our chrome books using ABCYa. The children are doing a great job so far in Library.

 

Please contact me by email: jscheid@falmouth.K12.ma.us if you have any questions or concerns. Spring is almost here! Stay healthy everyone!

Music with Ms. O’Neil

Happy Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM)! MIOSM began as a celebration in the state of New York in 1973, and has grown over the decades to encompass a day, then a week, and then in 1985 to become a month long celebration of school music throughout the United States. The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music! Thank you so much for your support and making sure that we keep music in our schools.

 

As the weather gets nicer, we will be completely outside for music class every day. Wahoo! It has been a difficult journey; but, our Teaticket students are putting their best effort into music and all specials every day. Go Tigers!

 

Please contact me with any questions or concerns at eoneil@falmouth.k12.ma.us

Physical Education with Mrs. Shanahan

I’m currently working with grade 4 and Mrs.Melillo’s kindergarten class. We have been using razor scooters, playing Red Light Green Light, What Time is it Mr. Fox, hiking to Teaticket Park, and making obstacle courses. 

 

The town sports have started registrations for spring  lacrosse, baseball, softball and field hockey. If you have any questions feel free to email me. 

 

Thank you for your continued support. cshanahan@falmouth.k12.ma.us .



Falmouth Public Schools Elementary Math Coaching Corner  

 

ST Math’s JiJi and the Teaticket Elementary Community are teaming up to solve puzzles for a donation to the Falmouth Service Center!  For every 10,000 puzzles solved during the month of March, JiJi and friends will donate $10 to our neighbors through the Falmouth Service Center.

 

This challenge is set up to encourage our students to develop perseverance in problem solving with ST Math.  Puzzles in school and out of school will count toward the total.  Our overall goal is to have as many students as possible complete as much of the grade level content as possible before school ends in June to prepare a solid foundation for next year.