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April Newsletter

Teaticket Elementary School

April 2019 Newsletter

Sandra M. Kapsambelis – Interim Principal

Meghan Conant – Asst. Principal/SEBA


Principal’s News

Hello Teaticket Families,

March was an exciting month, full of enriching activities.  The students and staff celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday and enjoyed a wonderful grade one “Informance” filled with songs, dances and instruments.  Grade two took a field trip to Gillette Stadium to support their newspaper unit, and we even had a visit from USA Olympic Gold Medalist, Tyler George, who spoke to students about teamwork, perseverance and his love of curling.  

At the Falmouth Public School’s Science & Engineering Fair, Teaticket Elementary won both the 1st & 2nd place Founders' Awards.  The 3rd Grade Team (Freeman, Geist, Mokeler, & Duffany) won the 2nd place prize for their project Critters at Teaticket Park.  The 4th Grade Team (Chicoine, Dwyer, & Miranda) won the 1st place prize for their project A Link in the Chain: The Horseshoe Crab.  Way to go!

The School Committee presentation by Teaticket students and staff highlighting our Sensory Circuit was a huge success.  School Committee members were impressed with our student panel who did a wonderful job! Check out the following Youtube video:

Or the article in The Falmouth Enterprise by clicking the link below:

We will have a special community meeting on April 12th to celebrate Autism Awareness Month.  Our School Resource Officer will also visit our community meeting to talk about school safety.

Finally, our English/Language Arts MCAS tests will be on April 23rd & 25th for third and fourth grade students. A letter went home today to third and fourth grade parents with additional details.

Best regards,

Sandy Kapsambelis, Interim Principal


Calendar of Events




April 1-5

Coastal Explorer Program K-4


April 3, 2019

PTO Meeting

5:30 pm

April 10, 2019

STEAM Night- All Families are welcome!

6:30 pm

April 12, 2019

Community Meeting to celebrate Autism Awareness Month


April 13, 2019

First day of spring recess- No School


April 22, 2019

School reopens

9:05 am

April 23 & 25

MCAS (ELA), grades 3 and 4

9:05 am


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. 

If you have not registered your kindergarten age child for kindergarten yet, please do so as soon as possible. You may come to the office and register them.

If you have moved or plan on moving by the end of the school year, please contact the office to let us know.

Please check the lost and found box in the box near the office if your child has lost something.

Nurse’s Corner

Reminder: 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.

Counselor’s Corner

Hello families!

It has been a busy and exciting month at Teaticket. As always, we want to share with you the lessons we are teaching here at school. At our March community meeting we discussed the last Peacebuilder Principle, “to help others”.  We concluded the meeting by talking about how all of us can work on being Peacebuilders, and exhibit all of the peacebuilder principles, at home, at school, and in our communities. Throughout this school year the students have done a great job participating in our community meetings and providing many examples of how they are already being Peacebuilders in all of these settings!

We strive to recognize the efforts of our Teaticket Peacebuilders. One way, is in writing Praise Notes in school, for each other to acknowledge a good deed. Those notes are collected in a special jar in each classroom. Once a week, we collect ALL of the notes from the school, and randomly draw one example from each grade. Those examples are shared with the entire school through our Friday morning announcements every week. It is great for all of the students to hear about the many different opportunities to be a Peacebuilder.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can always reach us at the school.

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


Art with Mrs. Duffany

One of the best fundraisers that the PTO does each year is with Square 1 Art.  You can purchase items with original artwork done by your child. Each student should have received his or her Square 1 Art stickers and order forms on Thursday or Friday of last week.  The timing could not be more perfect with Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up. My personal favorite Square 1 item is the giant beach bag; it fits just about everything.

East Falmouth and Teaticket School art programs were awarded a Falmouth Education Foundation Mini Grant for a special Art in the Dark Exhibit. Students will learn about bioluminescent organisms and receive supplies to create an engaging black light section of the Teaticket Spring Art Show. Save the Date and check it out, along with all our other fabulous artwork on Wednesday, May 22nd.

I would love some volunteer help with Art Show preparations starting this month.  Right now artwork is being selected, and I could use help mounting these pieces with construction paper. Monday, May 20th will be used for hanging artwork around the building. If you are free, please consider lending an hour or two for this special event.


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

This month, the 4th graders have learned how to create a citation for a book (“Works Cited”, formerly known as “Bibliography”). They updated their slideshows to include the citations in order to give credit to the authors and illustrators of the wordless picture books. In technology they will be learning how to use Osmo, the creative, drawing, and coding activities using the iPads.

The 3rd graders have learned how to use latitude and longitude coordinates on a map. In technology they will begin to use will the new Lego Wedo 2.0 kits, which will involve building Lego models with battery packs, and then programming them to move, beep, light-up, etc.

The 2nd graders are continuing to login to their Google accounts and are creating documents and typing. In technology they have been doing keyboarding activities and have learned how to place their fingers on the home row. In April, they will learn about the poetry of Shel Silverstein.

First graders are becoming familiar with the Chromebooks by doing ABCya activities such as Keyboard Challenge and Jump Key. Kindergartners and First grade students continue to read Caldecott award-winning books.

I hope to see you here at Teaticket School for STEAM Night April 10th, from 6:30-7:30. Ms. Duffany, Ms. O’Neil and I will be in the library creating short videos of students in front of the green screen.

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


Music with Ms. O’Neil

March was a successful Music in Our School's Month! We had performances with our 3rd and 4th grade chorus during a community meeting and our 1st grade Informance! Thank you all so much for all the help and support throughout the year.  Fourth Graders will be starting their vocal and body percussion group projects this month.  Third Grade will be focusing on improvisational skills in preparation for a surprise piece for their recorder concert. Second Grade will be starting an operatic unit that utilizes theatrical elements.  First grade and Kindergarten will be exploring improvisational singing using cards with different scenes on them to reinforce reading skills!

Upcoming performances are: 3rd Grade Recorder Concert (May 8th) and Teaticket Chorus and Band Concert (May 29th).

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

Physical Education with Mrs. Shanahan

We are having a great spring and have started baseball indoors. The students are working on hitting, fielding, throwing and rules. I have supplied the students with baseball equipment at recess and many are bringing their own gloves in. I hope to start bringing the classes outdoors next week, so a light jacket or sweatshirt and water bottle is recommended. We will start track and field after baseball and work on relay races. Capture the flag is a popular game and we will work on defense and offense skills. Field Day will be June 7th so mark your calendar for a fun day here at Teaticket. We will also be sending home flyers for sports camps for the summer.  If you have any questions or need information about any programs, please let me know I’m happy to help. Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions regarding Physical Education class please contact me at

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

Dear Families:

Happy spring!  It is hard to believe that April is upon us!  We are noticing signs of spring all around us like the song birds returning, the flowers popping up out of the ground and all of the swollen buds on the trees. Even after a mild winter, these are such welcoming sights and sounds.

Most of our classrooms are still in either the restaurant or pet center play themes. The children love these centers and we have been noticing signs of mature play with a lot of new vocabulary related to roles and actions in each center.

Have you seen our new huge sandbox next to our playground?  The DPW created a great new play space for us and the children have been loving playing in the new sandbox. If you have any non-metal trucks and sand toys that you would like to donate, send them in to school! We hope to continue to get a lot of use out of this area in the upcoming months. Both Mr. Pimental and Mrs. Shanahan helped us coordinate with the great folks at the DPW to get this new sandbox installed for our children just in time for Spring!

As always, we will be going outside as much as possible over the next three months. Please label your child’s outdoor clothing, including baseball caps please!

Kindergarten registration went well this week and it was wonderful to see so many of you as you registered your child.  Please spread the word to anyone you may know who has not registered. Even if they are not sure what school they may be attending due to an upcoming move out of a winter rental etc. please tell them to register! We will transfer the paperwork to the appropriate school. The numbers impact class size and numbers of Kindergarten classrooms, so having this information is critical for our planning. Feel free to contact me with questions.

Lastly, we can expect an announcement from Superintendent Duerr this week regarding the possible move of four preschool classrooms back to East Falmouth Elementary school for September. Thanks to all of you who provided input to this discussion. I will keep you posted on this topic.

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