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Teaticket Elementary School

February 2019 Newsletter

Sandra M. Kapsambelis – Interim Principal

Meghan Conant – Asst. Principal/SEBA


Principal’s News

Hello Teaticket Families,

We have had a wonderful start to the new year.  Thank you to the families that enjoyed food from Casa Vallarta on January 31st.  Casa Vallarta is generously donating 20% of the proceeds from food sales to our Teaticket PTO. 

District Wide Kindergarten Registration is upon us!  It will be held at the Falmouth Public Schools Administration building March 25-28, 2019 for students entering September 2019.  This includes first grade registration from private kindergarten and current preschool students in the Falmouth Public Schools. 

Best of luck to our randomly selected fourth grade students who will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2019 assessment!  This assessment monitors what U.S. students know and can do in key subject areas, and we are excited for our fourth graders to “show what they know!”. 

Growth Mindset-What is it?  We used to think that our intelligence was fixed-meaning we were either smart or we weren’t.  Scientists has proven again and again that simply is not true.  Our brain acts like a muscle-the more we use it, the stronger (and smarter) our brain becomes.  We welcome you to join with your child(ren) in learning more about a growth mindset!

Is your mindset fixed?

A person with a fixed mindset may do these things:

  • Avoid challenges
  • Give up easily
  • Ignore feedback
  • Become threatened by other people’s successes
  • Try hard to appear as smart or capable as possible

What does a growth mindset look like?

A person with a growth mindset may do these things:

  • Embrace challenges
  • Give their best effort
  • Learn from feedback
  • Become inspired by other people’s successes
  • Believe their intelligence can change if they work hard

Best regards,

Sandy Kapsambelis, Interim Principal


Calendar of Events





February 5, 2019

Early Release Day

12:40 pm

February 6, 2019

K-4 Budget Overview @Mullen Hall

5:30 pm

February 6, 2019

PTO Meeting @ Mullen Hall


February 7, 2019

NAEP Testing (designated grade 4 students)

9:05-11:55 am

February 7, 2019

Fresh Market - Falmouth High School


February 18-22, 2019

Winter Recess


February 25, 2019

School Re-opens


February 27, 2019

PTO Spaghetti Supper

5:00-7:30 pm

March 5, 2019

Early Release Day

12:40 pm

March 6, 2019

PTO Meeting

5:30 pm

News from the Front Office

Students may be dropped as early as 8:50 to the school lobby. Students are not allowed to be dropped off prior to this time since we do not have staff to supervise the students in the front lobby.  

A friendly reminder for your child(ren) to wear weather appropriate attire.  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 allowed to play on the hard top. If families need assistance with acquiring appropriate winter clothing please contact our school adjustment counselors.

Nurse’s Corner

Please click the link below for an informative article about “The 7 Reasons Your Kid Needs Sleep.”

Counselor’s Corner

Hello families!

We are off to a great start of 2019! The last week of January, with the entire town of Falmouth, we celebrated No Guff Week. It was a very exciting week at Teaticket Elementary. Each morning, we started our day off as a whole community through morning announcements: our Pledges, one No Guff “word of the day”, and a song which related to that word, and helped focus us for the day! We had several guest readers share books with our classrooms. A motivational speaker, Wayne Soares, visited with our Grades 2, 3, and 4, to spread his message about the power of kindness. School-wide, each classroom participated in planning and carrying out at least one random act of kindness for another classroom in the school. (They had so much fun with these surprises!) We culminated the week with a Community Meeting, our new No Guff T Shirts, and sharing in the spirit of kindness. Feel free to talk with your child at home about the songs and words from this week, the random acts of kindness that were performed, and about ways in which you can continue to implement this year’s No Guff Week theme of “do good things.”

As we move into February, we will be discussing the next principle of our Peacebuilder Pledge: to right wrongs. Children often know that they should apologize when they do something wrong. This is a great start! But, “righting wrongs” is about more than saying “I’m sorry”. For example, if you break someone’s pencil, you may say “I’m sorry”, AND get them a new pencil. Or, if you accidentally rip someone’s paper, you may tape it together, get them a new paper, or admit to the teacher that it was your mistake. You can also “right a wrong” that was not a result of your own actions. For example, you may pick up someone else’s litter. You see the litter as wrong, and even though you did not do it, you can fix it. Or. If you see someone being unkind to someone else, you could comfort the person, or stand up to the mean person, etc. Righting a wrong involves taking an action of some sort. This can be practiced at home. When you notice your child saying “I’m sorry,” it would be great to help your child take this one step further by “righting the wrong.”

Ms. Poole’s email address;  or Ms. Margolin’s email address;

Art with Mrs. Duffany

Fourth grade classes are learning about the mastermind artist MC Escher and working on their own Tessellations.  Each student has designed their own unique shapes to create repetition and pattern.

Third graders will be working on a collaborative project about the Teaticket Park ecosystems. Each class will select and research animals that use that area of the park. In art, we will be drawing from reference pictures and combining it with technology for a special surprise at the Science Fair.

Second graders are making art from around the world. We just left the icy land of the Penguins, AKA Antarctica, where we were working on value and form. Our next art stop will be in South America to focus on shape with the creation of Molas.

The First grade and Kindergarten are working on using shapes together to make larger animals and texture.

I am looking for additional Kindergarten volunteers for Mrs. Van Etta’s class on Tuesdays at 1:15 and Mrs. Boudrot’s class on Wednesdays at 1:15. If you are available and interested, please send me an email.

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

In Technology classes, the fourth graders are continuing to learn coding skills while using the Lego robotic kits. In Library classes, they are learning about Diversity, while reading and listening to books about children of different races, religion, nationalities, identities, family structures, abilities, and income levels. During these lessons, I introduce one of these topics, and then I read one or two easy-to-read pictures books about the subject, followed by class discussions. Students share various thoughts, reactions, and make connections. This district-wide initiative, funded by the Falmouth Educational Foundation, focuses on understanding and respecting each other’s differences.  

Third graders are learning how to use Atlases and read maps. In Technology, they will be learning to use longitude and latitude to find locations using Google Earth.

Second graders have learned how to use their usernames and passwords to access their Google accounts. They have created “2nd Grade” folders, in which all online work (Documents or “Docs”) created this year should be stored. The are practicing typing and will become familiar with many of the tools on the toolbar (font size, style, color and highlighting).

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Music with Ms. O’Neil

Congratulations to our Teaticket 2nd grade students on a wonderful informance in January! The next informance is for 1st grade students on March 27th at 6:30PM. Third grade students are working towards their recorder concert coming in May! Please ask them to play a song for you like Hot Cross Buns or Apple Tree! Fourth grade students are currently working on their Theme and Variations projects - they have selected a musical theme and started adding a variety of percussion instruments to create interesting variations.

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Physical Education with Mrs. Shanahan

During gym class next week, students will participate in the 100th Day Fitness Challenge. This will also include preschool. Thank you in advance for making a donation, which will go toward PTO funded events.

All students just finished bowling, a target activity where we included math skills for scoring. Grades K-2 are currently playing Cookie Jar, a game to practice offense and defense skills. For the next two weeks, Grades 3 and 4 will begin our annual curling tournament. The school winners will compete against the other Falmouth elementary schools, hosted here at Teaticket in March.  We are fortunate enough to have Tyler George, 2018 US Gold Olympic Medalist, join us for on March 14th for a special presentation. Grade 4 will travel to the Cape Cod Curling Club on March 18th to learn more about the sport.

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

Dear Families:

The cold weather is upon us. It is a great excuse to snuggle up with your child and read a book or tell oral stories about family history, funny things that you recall from your childhood, or sharing the things that you are looking forward to doing at some point in the future.  It is also the time of year that it is easy to slip into “too much screen time.” The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children birth to five be limited to less that one hour of “high quality” screen time per day. This includes TV, tablets, and looking at phone screens. Check out some articles online regarding this topic. There were some recent ones this week by CNN, and The Academy of Pediatrics along with many others. Studies show that screen time is altering brain development in children ages birth to five, and not in a positive way.

Valentine's Day is Thursday, February 14th.  We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in the classrooms.  We will provide the list of student’s names to use for Valentine cards if you wish to send them. Each student is assigned a color-shape (e.g., a red square or blue circle) on the attached list.  With the list, you and your child can "address" the envelopes using the color-coded shape for each classmate.  For example: If your child brings a Valentine for Jane, your child should put the color-coded shape that is next to Jane’s name on the outside of Jane's envelope instead of printing Jane's name.  This allows the children to mail their own cards by matching the shapes and colors.  Of course, your child may "sign" his/her card either with a signature or his/her color-coded shape.  We hope that this activity provides lots of fun with whatever "assembly" you choose: Coloring, cutting, painting, drawing, using construction paper, gluing or taping.  Your child's class will prepare bags decorated with each student's color-shape for swapping cards on that day.

 A reminder about enrolling new PK students for September:  For children entering preschool for the first time, the applications for next year are now available. You can access them  online under the FPS website, Student Services/ Early Childhood. We can also send copies home in your child’s backpack for siblings or friends. You can request an application and the FAQ document by contacting  Lucy Da’Silva at 508-548-1550 option 7 ext. 116 or by emailing, or  A lottery will be held February 14th at 4:00 at the school administration building to secure spaces for September 2019.


      February 5th – In–service day. Only morning students attend on this day.                                

*    Dismissal is at 12:30. Please send in a lunch.  There is no PM preschool on this day.

  •     February 6th - Scholastic Book Order Due
  •     February 14th- Valentine’s Day Celebrations
  •     February 15th - Vacation begins at close of school
  •     February 25th - School reopens

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. Thank you again for all you do! You can reach me at 508-548-1550 ext. 7 118 or via email