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March Newsletter

Teaticket Elementary School

March 2019 Newsletter

Sandra M. Kapsambelis – Interim Principal

Meghan Conant – Asst. Principal/SEBA

 

Principal’s News

Hello Teaticket Families,

 

It seems as though everyone has returned from February break refreshed and ready to learn! We will be welcoming our new preschool students next week with Mrs. Jones as the lead teacher and Ms. Leonard as the teaching assistant.  Since Mrs. Jones has shifted positions, we have also hired a new teaching assistant for Mrs. Miranda’s preschool class. I am so appreciative for the way our community comes together in a time of need and for the hard work of so many of our staff members in assisting us in re-allocating space.  As a reminder, Dr. Duerr will be joining our next PTO meeting on March 6th at 5:30 to answer questions community members may have about our redistribution of space.

 

As a friendly reminder, students may not be dropped off at school prior to 8:50 am since we do not have staff to supervise them in the front lobby.  In addition, parents and guardians are reminded to park in lined parking spaces when dropping their children off or picking them up. Please not to park in the fire lanes as this is a safety concern. If you need to drop your child off before 8:50 am, please consider our before school program with the YMCA.  

 

In addition, if families are dropping off in the side lot in the morning they are also reminded to follow the traffic patterns and to have children seated on the right side of the vehicle for safe exit to the sidewalk. When students are seated behind the driver this can be dangerous as the children are exiting the car into the busy parking lot.  As always we appreciate you support in keeping all of our children safe!

 

March 4-8th, we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America next week.  Students are invited to participate in the fun!  Please see below:

Monday – Fox in Socks -  Wear silly or mismatched socks.

Tuesday – Green Eggs and Ham - Wear the color green.

Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday - Wear your clothes backwards, mismatched or inside out.

Thursday – Cat in The Hat - Wear your favorite hat.

Friday – One Fish, Two Fish - Wear something red and/or blue.

 

Lastly, thank you to all the families that have participated in our recent PTO fundraisers.  We have had another successful Spaghetti Supper and Book Fair!  This Sunday, the BBC in Falmouth will be donating a portion of their sales to the Teaticket PTO.  You are welcome to dine between 11:00 am-8:00 pm.  Teaticket staff members will be the “celebrity servers” from noon to two o’clock. 

 

Please don’t forget that our next early release day is Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

 

Best regards,

Sandy Kapsambelis, Interim Principal

skapsambelis@falmouth.k12.ma.us

 

Calendar of Events

 

Date

Event

Time

March 3, 2019

PTO Fundraiser BBC Dine-In

11:00-8:00 pm

March 5, 2019

Early Release Day

12:40 pm

March 6, 2019

PTO Meeting

5:30 pm

March 15, 2019

Grades Close for Term 2 Grades 1-4

3:30 pm

March 18, 2019

Grade 4 Curling Field Trip

11:30-2:00 pm

March 23, 2019

Science & Engineering Fair – FHS

10:00-12:00 pm

March 25, 2019

Kindergarten Registration Begins

(At the Administration Building)

1:00-7:00 pm

March 27, 2019

Grade One Informance

6:30-7:30 pm

March 29, 2019

Report Cards Issued Grades 1-4

3:30 pm

April 3, 2019

PTO Meeting

5:30 pm

 

News from the Front Office

Please remember, if you are visiting the school in any capacity, you MUST report directly to the office to sign in.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation and help in keeping all of our students safe in school.

 

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. 

 

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

There have been some questions and concerns around the attendance procedures. If your child is at home sick, please call the school to report the absence. This absence will only be excused if the student returns to school with a doctor’s note.

 

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Counselor’s Corner

Hello families!

We hope that our students enjoyed their February vacation and are excited to be back in school! As you know, we have been focusing each month, and at each school community meeting, on a principle of the Peacebuilder Pledge. This month, we will be discussing the last principle, “to help others”. Most children can identify what this means. However, a great way to focus on it as a family, is to identify opportunities to put this principle into practice. For example, if you are going into the house with groceries, you might suggest to your child, “this would be a great time for you to help me. You could help me by holding the door, or by carrying some items, or by helping me to put them away.” We want to inspire our students to notice when help is needed, and to offer it when those times arise! You can also point out that there are many different ways to help others, and that you can do so in different settings such as home, school, and in your community. There are likely many ways your child is already helping others, such as helping with a younger sibling, doing a chore around the house, or teaching a new student at school the rules of the classroom. It is great when you can notice and praise your child for this!

 

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

This month fourth graders are using Wayne Thiebaud art as inspiration and learning about the art element, form. We are learning to draw cakes by using cylinders and triangular prisms. Next, we will move to creating form in a 3-D version of these bakery items.

Third grade has been working collaboratively to make a habitat collage and draw animals in conjunction with their science fair research. Next, we’ll be using shape and observational drawing to capture the beauty of Falmouth’s historical buildings.

Second grader and first graders are learning about organic and geometric shapes. With guided drawing and collage, we have been discovering how shapes can add impressive detail to our art.

Kindergarten is exploring color mixing with books and songs, and then turning their discoveries into beautiful works, like Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Look for the Square 1 Art fundraiser coming home next month.

 

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

Technology classes are still being taught in the library, using Chromebooks, now that the Computer Lab has been dismantled.

 

The 4th graders will begin to prepare for the MCAS by reviewing the online MCAS Tutorial during Technology classes in the upcoming weeks. There is a link to this on the Teaticket School Technology webpage, that includes Math and English Language Arts practice tests. Please take a look at it if you are interested; a lot of students like to do the practice tests at home, although there will be time provided in their classrooms for them to do so.

 

The 3rd graders will  be looking at the MCAS Tutorial during Library and Technology classes in March. Since this is the first time that they will be taking the online tests, much more time is devoted to helping them become familiar with the test, with emphasis put on navigating through the assessment, signing in and logging off, and how to use the many tools available.  Classroom teachers will then provide time for them to take the practice tests following the completion of the Tutorial with me.

 

The 2nd graders have learned how to log on to their Google Drive accounts, and are now learning how to use the Chromebooks to do so in the library. The lessons are focusing on becoming familiar with the smaller keyboard and the use of the touchpad for navigation.  These lessons are designed to help them learn how to type.

 

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

 

Music with Ms. O’Neil

Kindergarten students are working on independent singing skills by taking turns individually or in groups of two to lead the class in singing a variety of songs! Please ask them to sing "Fredrick Fountain" or "Gray Squirrel" for you.

The 1st Grade Informance is on Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30 pm.  A notice will be sent home so please check your child’s folder if they are a part of this grade level.  

Second grade students are learning patriotic songs related to our in-school Flag Day celebration: please sing through “You’re a Grand Old Flag” or “Yankee Doodle” with them.

All Third grade students need to practice their recorder for at least 10 minutes each week outside of music class to help prepare for our concert! We are focusing on Mary Had A Little Lamb – please ask them to play it for you.  

Fourth Grade students are continuing work on their Theme and Variations composition projects with the goal of performing by the end of the month! As always, if you'd like to come in and volunteer during your child's music class, please email me.

 

Upcoming Teaticket Music Events:

March 27th - Grade 1 Informance

May 8th - Grade 3 Recorder Concert

May 29th - Music Memory Competition Field Trip

May 29th - Grade 4 Band and Chorus Concert

 

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

 

Physical Education with Mrs. Shanahan

The third and fourth graders are finishing up class curling tournaments and we will hold the grade level tournaments next week.  The gym curling has taken place for over 15 years and the students love it. The winning teams will compete against the other schools at end of March. The curling program is sponsored by the Cape Cod Curling Club. We have received grants from FEF and USA Curling Association to purchase new curling stones for every school and offer a field trip for all grade 4 students to the club this month. On March 14th Tyler George, USA Gold Curling medalist will visit Teaticket School to speak with the students about curling.

 

Grades k-2 have been playing Fishy Fishy, Hungry Hippos, Cookie Guarder,  Snowball Tag and Rock, Paper, Scissor tag. We will be covering nutrition next in P.E. by playing games that involved the five food groups.

 

The 100th day Fitness Challenge was great this year! We are still collecting donation envelopes to help cover field trips, field day and additional events the PTO covers for our school. Thank you for contributing.  The next Before and After school activity sign ups will include some movement and fitness programs.

 

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions regarding Physical Education class please contact me at cshanahan@falmouth.k12.ma.us .

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

Dear Families:

We are expanding! As you read in the first portion of this newsletter, we needed to add an additional preschool classroom to accommodate some new students coming to us with special needs. We have opened a new TIPP classroom (Therapeutic Intervention Preschool Program).  Denise Jones is a licensed teacher and has moved into the teaching position from her former TA position in our TIPP program. She comes with many years of experience and is excited to take on her new role.  Our new TA working with Denise is Carrie Leonard, who also comes with years of experience in early childhood and a great deal of excitement and enthusiasm.

Believe it or not, we are heading into the transition to the next school year phase with many dates to share with you. We completed our lottery for new peer models for September on February 14th. We still have plenty of spaces available at this time, but they will fill quickly by late spring and early summer as people begin to gear up for September plans. Applications are available by calling Lucia DaSilva at Teaticket, extension 7 116, Monday-Thursday.  Kindergarten Open House is scheduled at the School Administration building March 25th-28th. A flyer will be sent home for all children heading to kindergarten with the times available for registration. We will provide day time and evening hours. Kindergarten Open House is scheduled for May 14th at 4:00 at all elementary schools. Preschool Open House is the following day, May 15th at 4:00 at Teaticket Elementary school. We hope to see many of you at these transition events!

Just a reminder- March 5th is an in-service day so we do not have PM preschool and dismissal for the AM group is 12:30. Your child will need to come to school with a lunch.

Thank you again for all you do! You can reach me at 508-548-1550 ext. 7 118 or via email lcooke_johnson@falmouth.k12.ma.us