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November Newsletter

Teaticket Elementary School

November 2018 Newsletter

Sandra M. Kapsambelis – Interim Principal

Meghan Conant – Asst. Principal/SEBA


Principal’s News

Hello Teaticket Families,

Thank you PTO for a great Trunk or Treat and to our school community for a fun parade! On another note, I would like to remind all families that attendance is one of the most important factors for school success!  Evidence of this can be seen in current research, which states that students who are in school most of the time do better academically and on state tests than students who are frequently absent. Missing a full day of school or even being tardy can affect performance. It is important for us to partner together to improve attendance. Therefore, I ask that you support your child’s attendance by talking with your child about the importance of coming to school each day. When possible please avoid scheduling doctor's appointments or family trips during school hours. Your message that school is important is invaluable! Of course if there are personal reasons or difficulties at school that are negatively impacting your child’s attendance please contact the classroom teacher or the school adjustment counselor for additional support. Let’s continue to work together; your support is always appreciated!

Best regards,

Sandy Kapsambelis, Interim Principal

For more information on the importance of attendance, please click the following link:


Calendar of Events





November 7, 2018

Young People’s Concert – Grade 4

10:00-1:00 pm

November 7, 2018

PTO Meeting

5:30-6:30 pm

November 12, 2018

Veterans’ Day Observance

No School

November 15 & 16

Scholastic Book Fair

School day

November 16, 2018

Literacy Celebration - Kindergarten

2:00-2:30 pm

November 17, 2018

Elementary Track Meet

9:00-11:00 a.m.

November 21, 22, &

23, 2018

Thanksgiving Observance

No School

November 29, 2018

School Council Meeting

8:15-9:00 am

December 4, 2018

Early Release Day

Dismissal at 12:40


News from the Front Office

Reminder to families that students will be going outside even as the weather gets colder. Therefore, students need to be dressed appropriately when coming to school.  Students will go out to recess with whatever clothes they were sent to school in. If your family is in need of assistance with regard to winter clothing, please reach out to the school adjustment counselor or the principal. 

Many families use the My School Bucks program to pay for meals at school. We would like to encourage all parents to use the new app on their phone to track spending in the cafe. This app allows families to make payments anytime, check balances, and get low balance notifications. For more information, go to the website.

Nurse’s Corner

Not sure what to do when your child is sick? Please keep your child home if they have: a fever over 100.0 degrees in the past 24 hours (without medication), are vomiting or have diarrhea.

Dr. Parkinson, the school physician states numerous viruses in the area at this time.  The Flu is still “local activity” in Massachusetts, and the remainder of country is sporadic. The CDC suggests flu immunization for all children unless immunocompromised.

When you child is out please send in doctor’s notes to the main office so that absences can be excused (FPS attendance procedure). On another note, no medications are allowed in school without a doctor’s order and signed parent consent (for example, cough drops require a doctor’s note).

Please click the following link for the new attendance procedures:


Counselor’s Corner

The Teaticket students had a busy and exciting month! This month we are focusing on the PeaceBuilder principle “give up put downs.” During our October whole school community meeting, we discussed what it means to give up put-downs. It is important that our students learn to use kind and supportive words with others and to give up, or stop, using words that may hurt others. We discussed the importance of taking the time to think before you speak, to help decide whether your words will be helpful or hurtful. As with all of the principles of the pledge, we are teaching here at school, we hope that this can be taught at home as well. It would be great to point out and provide praise when you see your child making an effort to give up put downs or offering supportive words to friends and family.

Stay tuned for a notice coming home 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 will be learning about color and value. Students will be using watercolors and tempera paint to discover ways to mix new colors, as well as tints and shades. Some grades are also discussing and using warm and cool color combinations in their art. I offer aprons in the art room, but it might be a good idea to have your child keep an oversized t-shirt in their backpack or cubby.

Thank you for all the volunteers who have offered to help in the art room. I am still looking for an extra set of hands for Mondays and Thursdays 11:15-11:55 with Mrs. Bombough’s first grade class. Grandparents make excellent volunteers too. Feel free to ask family members, and we will get them CORI’d.

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


Library and Technology with Mrs. Rodriguez

Kindergarteners are becoming familiar with books by Eric Carle, and Grade 1 students are reading less familiar books written by Mo Willems. Both grades have learned to use the Color, Paint and Draw tools in Technology.

Grade 2 students have continued to learn how to use Destiny, the online library catalog, and are now learning about Non-Fiction call numbers.

Grade 3 students are using Chromebooks in the library, and have learned to create “shortcuts” to the websites that we use frequently. They have learned to navigate the online encyclopedia database, PebbleGo, and have done activities using Biographies and Animals.

Grade 4 students have continued to write their Wordless Picture Book stories, and are learning how to create slideshows, insert texts and images, and are becoming familiar with the tools available in Google Slides.

Please contact me by email:


Music with Ms. O’Neil

This month, we are focusing on the application of effective practice methods and problem-solving strategies (while singing, dancing, and playing instruments) to other subjects (math and reading). Students are focusing on listening to the music we are producing to help determine ways to improve our performances.

Please contact me by email:


Physical Education with Mrs. Shanahan

It has been a great month! We have covered invasion games, ultimate ball and tagging games.  Now we are learning about basketball.  I have sent home information on the Falmouth Recreation Basketball programs. The students are enjoying the basketball unit and playing games already! We will be playing “clean up your room” and volleyball soon.

The Falmouth Elementary School Track meet will take place November 17th at the Falmouth High School. The event is free and you can register online or return the sign up form we sent home. This is a great family and community event! Thank you for sending in your child’s miles. We encourage the students to walk or run with their families. Mrs. Rockwood handles all the recording of miles.

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


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

It is hard to believe that it is November already! We have had a great time celebrating the harvest season with several special activities and art projects. I hope you are enjoying the creative projects that your children have worked hard to produce. We will continue to highlight vocabulary and discussions about the benefits of a bountiful harvest, plant growth, and protecting our environment.

Our Jumpstart Read for the Record was a great success! As a community, over 850 children had the book Maybe Something Beautiful by Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell read to them on October 25th. As a Teaticket preschool community, 122 children had the story read to them and 26 adults enjoyed the readings, to include our special guest readers: Dr. Duerr, Superintendent, Dr. Joan Woodward, Director of Student Services, and Sandy Kapsambelis, Teaticket Principal!  Please take a moment to enjoy the photographs posted on the Teaticket Facebook page. Reading to children remains the top activity linked to student achievement all the way to high school graduation and beyond. In this cooler weather, choose a good book; snuggle up with your child and READ!

With the change of the clocks, it is a good time to reflect on the importance of keeping consistent bedtime and mealtime routines as much as possible. Children find security in consistent routines and expectations. Keep in mind that sleep, eating nutritious meals and getting some exercise is key to brain development and overall health and wellness.

As already stated in this newsletter, attendance is critical to doing well in school and in life. Please support your child by insisting they come to school unless they are truly ill.

As always, thank you for all you do to enhance your child’s experience in school and for sharing them with us.  We feel fortunate to spend time with them each day!

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