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Teaticket Elementary School

October 2018 Newsletter

Sandra M. Kapsambelis – Interim Principal

Meghan Conant – Asst. Principal/SEBA

Principal’s News

What a great start to the school year we have had! It has been so nice to see so many families at events such as our Meet Your Teacher Nights. Thank you so much to those parents/families that have completed their CORI forms and signed up to volunteer. Your involvement in the school and your child’s education is invaluable. During this past month I have had the opportunity to celebrate August and September birthdays with students. We have enjoyed lunch while sitting at a special table on the stage. It has been a nice opportunity for me to get to know a little something about each student. I am looking forward to eating lunch with our students with October birthdays at the end of this month.  Our new Superintendent has spent a lot of time at Teaticket this past month. She has served lunch, walked to school, scooped ice cream and she has attended staff and parent meetings. Dr. Duerr joined our first community meeting at the end of September and she got a chance to ask students some questions about what it’s like to be a student at Teaticket. I would like to encourage all parents/families to set up parent teacher conferences soon, it’s never too early to talk about your wonderful children!

Best regards,

Sandy Kapsambelis, Interim Principal

Calendar of Events




October 15, 2018

School Council Meeting

8:15 a.m.

October 22, 2018

Picture Retake Day

All day

October 23, 2018

Early Release Day/

Parent Teacher Conferences

12:40 dismissal

October 25, 2018

PK Read for the Record

All day

October 25, 2018

Grade Three Field Trip-Plimoth Plantation

Leaving school at 9:15

October 27, 2018

PTO -Trunk or Treat

3:00-6:00 p.m.

October 31, 2018

Halloween Celebration


November 17, 2018

Elementary Track Meet

9:00-11:00 a.m.

News from the Front Office

If your child is sick or will be tardy, please call the school at (508) 548-1550 and press 4 to get the Safety Callback line and leave a detailed message.  If we do not receive a phone call, someone from the school will be contacting you.

Nurse’s Corner

Please click the following link for the new attendance procedures:

Please consider packing an extra set of clothes in backpack for spills, slips on wet grass or bathroom accidents – the nursing suite has a limited supply of small clothing.

Counselor’s Corner

The school year is off to a great start and we are excited to begin focusing on how to be a PeaceBuilder. Each month, as a whole school and in our Community Meetings,  we are going to focus on one of the PeaceBuilder principles of the PeaceBuilder pledge that we recite each day. This month, we are focusing on the first principle, to “Praise People.” We hope to teach our students the importance of praising others, as well as motivate them to engage in acts of kindness. We hope that this can be taught at home as well!  It would be great to check in with your child about what he/she thinks a PeaceBuilder is, and open discussions about how to positively acknowledge/praise those around them. Praising your child for following directions, sharing with a friend, completing homework, etc. is a great way to model this principle. As a school we use “Praise Notes” which allow staff and students to formally recognize a positive action in someone else. At the end of each week, after reciting the PeaceBuilder pledge as a school, one student from each grade who has received a praise note is recognized and rewarded for being a PeaceBuilder. Our hope is to encourage being a PeaceBuilder as a way of life across all settings, including home and school.

Stay tuned for a notice coming home this month regarding holiday assistance, the Falmouth Service center, and options for families to help others in our community.

Please free to contact us with any questions or concerns! Ms. Poole’s email address; or Ms. Margolin’s email address;

Art with Mrs. Duffany

This month students in grades 1-4 are working on multiple art pieces with a focus on the art element, line. We are learning about contour lines, drawing a variety of lines, making lines that show movement, using lines to make patterns, and creating lines to show texture. In Kindergarten, we will continue skill centers for the month of October to practice our painting, gluing, cutting, and drawing.

If your child loves making art, there are opportunities to take after-school activities throughout the year here at Teaticket. The Falmouth Art Center and the Conservatory also offer after-school classes and inservice day classes for students craving more art making.

Email is the best way to get in touch with me. Please contact me anytime with questions or concerns,

Library and Technology with Mrs. Rodriguez

Kindergarteners and Grade 1 are learning about the Caldecott Medals that are awarded each year for the best picture books, and are becoming familiar with those stories and authors. In technology, Kindergarteners are learning to use the computer mouse, how to click on the left side, and focusing on drag and drop activities. Grade 1 continues to focus on problem solving activities, while continuing to become familiar with the keyboard.

Grade 2 is learning how to use the Destiny online catalog to find books in the library. They are focusing on Call Numbers and will learn how to find books in the three different sections of the library: Easy-to-read, Fiction, and Non Fiction.

Grade 3 is reviewing how to use the Destiny online catalog, and have started to use their TypingClub accounts to learn keyboarding. This program tracks their development, and the goal is to reach 15 words-per-minute according to Massachusetts guidelines. They are encouraged to logon and practice at home, if possible. The link can be found on the Teaticket School Technology webpage.

Grade 4 has been reading Wordless Picture Books, and will be asked to pick one for their ongoing writing project. Once they have written/typed the stories, they will learn how to create a Google slideshow featuring their book. They have also continued to use their own accounts in TypingClub, with the goal being able type 20 words-per-minute. I have also begun to use the Google Classroom feature with the 4th graders, which will allow me to post their assignments online and have them share their work with me.

Please contact me by email:

Music with Ms. O’Neil

Kindergarten students are developing basic musical skills (movement to the beat, soft singing voices, and listening skills). Grade one is working on building singing independence through the use of singing games. Grade two is focusing on musical improvisation and auxiliary percussion skills. Grade three is preparing for using recorders with songs and movement activities. Fourth grade is working on developing a larger musical vocabulary through a variety of group-based projects.

Band and Chorus have started for the year - if you still have interest in enrolling your child, it is never too late. Please let me know via my email ( or by calling me at the school. The Teaticket Band is looking for donations of musical instruments (flutes, clarinets, trumpets, and alto saxophones) to loan to students at Teaticket for many years to come. We have nearly 30 students enrolled in band this year! Thank you.

Please contact me by email:

Physical Education with Mrs. Shanahan

The kindergartners have been working on tagging and fleeing games indoors. We talk about tagging safely and the different jobs they have in a game. Snowball tag and Fishy Fishy are favorites.  Grades 1-4 have just finished playing soccer outdoors and have shown great skills. We will be starting football in grades 3-4 and ball skills in grades 1-2.

Basketball sign ups are starting soon at the Falmouth Recreation Dept. for all ages. Our Elementary School Track Meet is November 17th, it’s free and those who register early receive a free tee shirt from VIPS. Students in grades K-4 have a different start time and will race their own age group. Teaticket has won the Spirit Award the past few years for this event, the award goes to the school who has the most student participation. We hold two races inside the High School Field House for each age group.  All runners earn two ribbons. We also have a great health exposition along with the track meet with healthy snacks and town information. Watch for the registration form coming home in October.

If you have any questions regarding Physical Education classes please contact me at

Preschool News from Laney Cooke-Johnson- Director of Early Childhood Programs

Happy October! Preschool is off to a great start! It was wonderful  to see some of you at our PK Curriculum Night on October 3rd to learn about Tools of the Mind! If you were unable to attend I encourage you to check out  their awesome website  You will find an informative powerpoint and parent resources regarding how to help your child with self-regulation which is the key to being able to learn.

Walk to School Day was loads of fun. We played music and walked the track behind the school as well as practiced an outdoor safety drill. We were fortunate to have such great weather.

Upcoming Event: National Read for the Record Day is October 25th. We will be reading a special  story in all of our classrooms about a little girl who changes her world through art. The story is Maybe Something Beautiful, by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell. It is illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Visit to join the fun!

Reminder: PK picture Day is October 22nd, and Early Release is October 23rd  for parent conferences. (no afternoon session of preschool).

Thank you for sharing your children with us and partnering in their education.

You can reach me at 508-548-1550 ext. 7 118 or via email