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December Newsletter

Teaticket Elementary School

December 2018 Newsletter

Sandra M. Kapsambelis – Interim Principal

Meghan Conant – Asst. Principal/SEBA

 

Principal’s News

Hello Teaticket Families,

We are all so happy to be back to school after our Thanksgiving break and we are thankful for all of our community members for supporting our Teaticket students. The next month goes by quickly as there are so many fun things to look forward to! On December fourth, we will have our community meeting and focus on Seeking Wise People.  We have invited students to wear their Teaticket colors! On Tuesday afternoon you should ask your child if they can demonstrate our special Teaticket Tiger cheer that we do as a group to conclude our meeting.  Report cards for students in grades one through four will be issued on Friday, December 14th, so please make sure to check your child’s backpack for the envelope. If you have not had a chance to schedule a parent teacher conference this would be a great opportunity to discuss how your child performed during the first trimester of the school year.  Our ability to collaborate with you to support your child’s education is of utmost importance!  Before we leave for our holiday break, I will celebrate December birthdays during lunch periods. I hope everyone has a happy, healthy holiday!

Best regards,

Sandy Kapsambelis, Interim Principal

skapsambelis@falmouth.k12.ma.us

 

Calendar of Events

 

Date

Event

Time

December 4, 2018

Early Release Day

12:40 pm

December 5, 2018

PTO Meeting

5:30-6:30 pm

December 6 & 7, 2018

PTO Holiday Fair

School day

December 7, 2018

Drop & Shop

6:00-8:30 pm

December 12, 2018

Combined Elementary Chorus

Concert at FHS

6:30-7:30 pm

December 14, 2018

Report Cards Issued

End of School Day

December 24, 2018

Start of Holiday Break

No School

January 2, 2019

Students Return from Break

9:05 a.m.

January 4, 2019

Grades Close for Kindergarten

n/a

 

News from the Front Office

Once again, a 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. 

Nurse’s Corner

Here are a few tips to keep everyone at home healthy this winter:

  1. Suggestions regarding illness, and when to keep your child home article see the following link, http://www.pediatricsnow.com/2011/08/when-to-keep-kids-home/ Please call the school nurse with any questions.
  2. Influenza continues to be “local activity” in the area. Please visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices for weekly updates especially if travelling during the holidays.
  3. Please call absent line if your child will be absent or late for school and send in doctor’s notes so that absences may be excused.

Counselor’s Corner

Hello Families!

This can be a very busy, wonderful, and sometimes challenging time of year for our children and families. We would like to remind you that the Falmouth Service Center, and Falmouth Human Services, are two amazing agencies in town, dedicated to providing assistance for Falmouth families.  Please feel free to reach out to us for more information, any time.

This month, at Teaticket, we will be focusing on the PeaceBuilder principle to “Seek Wise People.” We will help our students to learn how to identify, and seek out wise people to help and support them. We will be discussing the different types of wise people within Teaticket and also within the larger community of Falmouth. To further enhance this lesson at home, you can point out to your children the various wise people in their lives, or ask them to share the different reasons and needs they may have for seeking out specific individuals.

Please free to contact us with any questions or concerns! Ms. Poole’s email address; cpoole@falmouth.k12.ma.us  or Ms. Margolin’s email address; jmargolin@falmouth.k12.ma.us

Art with Mrs. Duffany

Your talented artists will continue to learn about color theory in December while creating some winter themed art. We will discuss famous artists as inspiration as we introduce the color wheel and color choices in our art. Some grades will be focusing on how combinations of certain colors can create a feeling or mood. First grade and Kindergarten will continue to do some mixed media collage with painted paper to continue to develop basic skills like drawing, painting, and cutting.

Our afterschool art club, Pet Portraits, just finished before Thanksgiving. Students were excited to share their colorful creations with family at our gallery event in the main office. I looking forward to offering more classes through the PTO activities program after the New Year.

Email is the best way to get in touch with me. Please contact me anytime with questions or concerns at, jduffany@falmouth.k12.ma.us.

Library and Technology with Mrs. Rodriguez

Kindergarteners have been enjoying the picture books with illustrations that are cut out, so the reader can see through to the next page. These “cut-out” books are now in demand!

Grade 1 students have been reading easy, short chapter books that are called, “Beginner Readers” in our library, and have learned about the Table of Contents. In Technology, they have also learned to drag, drop and rotate shapes with the mouse while using Tangrams, the traditional Chinese geometric puzzle.

Grade 2 students have completed the Call Numbers unit by studying the beautiful murals in the library, which show where to find various Nonfiction subjects. Both Grade 2 and 3 students are now learning to use the iPads and the library software, Destiny Discover, to search for their own books on the shelves. They can walk around the library with iPads in hand, while looking for books to borrow.

Grade 4 students are just finishing their slideshows, and have learned how to add transitions to their slides and animations to their images.

During December, all students will be able to explore the “Hour of Code” online activities, which introduce computer programming, or coding skills, to young people.

Please contact me by email: krodriguez@falmouth.k12.ma.us

Music with Ms. O’Neil

The Teaticket 3rd and 4th Grade Chorus will be performing at the Falmouth High School auditorium at our Combined Elementary School Winter Concert on December 12th at 6:30 PM. Please come out and support our students!

Please contact me by email: eoneil@falmouth.k12.ma.us.

Physical Education with Mrs. Shanahan

Thank you to all the families who attended the Elementary School VIPS Track Meet. VIPS puts a great event together with the help of the community for our students.  We are currently playing “clean up your room” and volleyball in gym. We will soon start racket sports; tennis, badminton, and paddle ball. Target games will happen after the holidays- bowling, curling, etc.

The Recreation Dept. has basketball, indoor soccer, flag football sign ups going on at the Gus Canty Center now.  The Rec center is open 7 days a week and offers so many great activities if you are interested.

If you have any questions regarding Physical Education classes, please contact me at cshanahan@falmouth.k12.ma.us.

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

Happy Holidays!  We had a wonderful time over the past month creating our crafts to celebrate the harvest and Thanksgiving and we hope you enjoyed them!  

We will continue with our grocery store/pet theme in play centers in the classrooms until we return from break in January.  When we return, we will begin restaurant play centers. During the weeks of school in December we will focus on the importance of being kind and generous with one another. We will enjoy stories that highlight these themes in an effort to help children understand these important social concepts. Many of our daily curricular activities help support us in teaching these as well.

The holidays can be very magical, but also a bit stressful. Try to find ways that your preschool aged child can help you with small projects and chores. This allows them to feel the importance of helping out, and being kind and generous at home as well as at school. If you are looking for fun and educational things to do with your children to celebrate the season, please check out the Coalition For Children Newsletter. There are some wonderful opportunities in our generous community! Follow this link: http://www.thecoalitionforchildren.org/

We hope you all have a happy and safe holiday season!

A few reminders:

-December 4th is an early release day.  Only morning students will attend on this day.  Please send in a lunch for your child.  Dismissal is at 12:30.

-During this time of the year, the weather is hard to predict, but we will always try to go out.  Please remember to send your child to school in a jacket and include a hat, and mittens for outside play.  PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO LABEL JACKETS AND ACCESSORIES.

You can reach me at 508-548-1550 ext. 7 118 or via email lcooke_johnson@falmouth.k12.ma.us