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Teaticket Elementary School

May 2019 Newsletter

Sandra M. Kapsambelis – Principal

Meghan Conant – Asst. Principal/SEBA

 

Principal’s News

Hello Teaticket Families,

April was another busy month and the last month and a half of school will go by quickly. Please keep a close eye on dates for field trips and other events going on in the classroom during this very busy part of the school year!

I would like to thank all of the families who came out to make our STEAM night another success! We also enjoyed celebrating Autism Awareness month with a special community meeting and guest readers.  We celebrated Earth Day with our Coastal Explorer Program and the third graders took a trip to the Sea Crest to learn about our environment and sustainability.  Please see the link for the article in the Falmouth Enterprise:

https://www.capenews.net/falmouth/news/rain-does-not-stop-rd-graders-from-celebrating-earth-day/article_ec1a37d3-7e49-5cd8-a1bb-b46c7e954f4c.html

Dr. Duerr and Central Office staff members have concluded their community forums which have focused on the proposed space changes. A decision has been made to move four sections of preschool to the East Falmouth Elementary School for the 2019-2020 school year. The TIPP program will remain at Teaticket. The Teaticket staff and students have benefitted so much from the preschool contributions to our school community, they will all be missed!

We are so proud of our third and fourth graders who have completed the ELA sessions of MCAS!  Thank you for sending your children in well rested and with a special treat, it really makes a difference!  Finally, our Math MCAS tests will be on May 7th & 9th for third and fourth grade students.

Last but not least I would like to remind parents/guardians that students are not to be dropped off for school prior to 8:50 am since we do not have teachers available to supervise the students. If your child is dropped off early they may be standing outside the front doors of the school unsupervised which is not a safe situation. We thank you for your cooperation!

Best regards,

Sandy Kapsambelis, Principal

skapsambelis@falmouth.k12.ma.us

 

 

Calendar of Events

 

Date

Event

Time

May 1, 2019

PTO Meeting

5:30 pm

May 3, 2019

 School Council

8:15 am

May 7th  & 9th

MCAS (Math), grades 3 and 4

9:05 am

May 7, 2019

VIPS Dinner @ Coonamessett Inn

5:00 pm

May 8, 2019

PTO Staff Appreciation Luncheon

11:00 am

May 8, 2019

3rd Grade Recorder Concert

6:30 pm

May 14, 2019

Kindergarten Open House

4:00 pm

May 15 & 16

Scholastic Book Fair

 

May 19, 2019

PTO Kickball Event

11:30-1:30pm

May 22, 2019

Teaticket Art Show & Ice cream Social

5:00-7:00 pm

May 27, 2019

No School - Observance Memorial Day

 

May 29, 2019

Teaticket Chorus and Band Concert

6:30-7:30 pm

June 5, 2019

PTO Meeting

5:30 pm

June 7, 2019

Field Day

All day

 

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

As the summer approaches here are a few links to websites that people may find helpful:

Water safety - https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Water-Safety-And-Young-Children.aspx

Bike myths - https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Bicycle-Safety-Myths-And-Facts.aspx

Sunburn symptoms - https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/symptom-checker/Pages/symptomviewer.aspx?symptom=Sunburn

Allergies - https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/allergies-asthma/Pages/Allergies.aspx

Counselor’s Corner

Hello families!

It is hard to believe that it is already May! We hope that everyone had a nice, relaxing April vacation spent with family and friends. Our students did a great job transitioning back into school.

Sometimes, there can be additional stress that comes with this time of year for our families and students. As we approach the end of the school year, there are often special events, changes in schedule, field trips, etc.  In addition, some children have difficulty thinking about ending their time with their classroom teacher, or thinking about summer opportunities (camp, daycare, etc). Where possible, it is important and helpful to try to keep any routines that you can (maybe this includes eating a healthy breakfast or having a consistent bedtime.)  In addition, finding ways to cope with stress is equally as important. As the weather is getting warmer, this would be a great time to encourage outdoor play. Exercise and getting outdoors is an important piece of managing any added stress. Taking a walk, going to the playground, or just sitting outside to enjoy the sunshine can be very beneficial for both your child and the whole family!  If you have any questions or concerns, you can always reach us at the school.

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

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

Please save the date for the Teaticket Art Show and PTO Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, May 22nd, 5:00-7:00 pm. I would love some additional help with Art Show preparations. 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.

Fourth graders have just finished a unit on form, where they created coil clay pieces. The range of ideas for the project were fun and creative. We had a number of dog bowls, mugs, planters, pencil holders, and one lucky fish house! Third graders created clay aliens using pinch pot and coil techniques. Second graders used slab pieces to create 3D castles, and first graders pinched small clay planters. Next week Kindergarten will be practicing pinching, rolling, and texture making with clay as well.

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

Students in grades 1-4 have been using iPads to try out the new Osmo drawing and coding activities: Masterpiece, Monster, Newton, and Coding Awbie.

I have been setting up 7 stations for Grade 4 students during their Technology classes and they have been taking turns with Osmo and other STEM games and activities.

Grade 3 students have built their Lego Wedo science rovers and are learning to code or program them to follow commands.

The last day for students to borrow books will be on Friday, May 24. All library books will be due back on Friday, May 31. This will allow the library volunteers and me to conduct an inventory and alert students (in person, in writing, phone calls home) of any overdue or missing books.

In May, we will be visited by librarians from Falmouth Public Library to talk to students about their Summer Reading Programs and activities.

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

 

Music with Ms. O’Neil

Please take note, there are two musical performances in the month of May:

The 3rd Grade Recorder Concert is Wednesday, May 8th at 6:30 PM and the Band and Chorus Concert is Wednesday, May 29th at 6:30 PM. There is a also a 4th Grade field trip for select students on Wednesday, May 29th for Music Memory.

To find out more about what your child is learning in music you can ask your child the following questions: in Kindergarten: to sing “Haul Away Joe” and describe an Ocean Drum. In 1st Grade: to sing and move to “Highway Number 1”. In 2nd Grade: to describe a recitative and an aria in an opera and demonstrate. In 3rd Grade: to reflect on their recorder performance. In 4th Grade: to discuss their vocal ostinato project and how an a cappella piece can be created through improvisation.

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

Physical Education with Mrs. Shanahan

In PE we have completed baseball and covered rules, baserunning, scoring, batting, throwing and fielding. Grades 3 and 4 had vocabulary word searches to reinforce the unit. We will be starting track, capture the flag and field day games.

Field day will be June 7th. Please send the lunch form back so we can make sure we have enough food for everyone.

We are having a can and bottle drive to raise money for geese away sticks for the property. We need 7 working sticks to keep the geese away. We have had them in the past and they work great. Many students don’t like to play on the field or track because of the geese poop.  Please send in or drop off by the loading dock your containers by the end of the May. The staff will turn the recycle cans and bottles in and use the money to purchase the stick. 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:

Happy spring!  Happy MAY!

It is official! Four of our six preschool classrooms will be moving back to East Falmouth Elementary School.  The two TIPP classrooms (Mrs. Miranda’s and Mrs. Jones’) will remain at Teaticket. The East Falmouth Elementary School has always had preschool classrooms and is outfitted with specialized bathrooms that are “just the right size” for our youngest students. We have a new playground that was just completed before we moved to Teaticket and it is just outside our classrooms at East Falmouth. There are many positives to the move. It provides the necessary classroom space at Teaticket as they will have three kindergarten sections again next year, and we are currently using a kindergarten classroom. We will miss our Teaticket friends who have been wonderful to us, but are being welcomed back by our old friends at East Falmouth. I will be back and forth between the two schools and my new office space will be located at East Falmouth, along with my secretary Lucy Dasilva. We will provide our new phone extension numbers as soon as we have them.  

We have an Open House scheduled for families new to our PK program on Wednesday, May 15th from 4-4:30 in the Teaticket School library.

 If possible, please leave the kiddos at home so that you can focus on the information that will be provided regarding the curriculum and what to expect for September. We will hold an orientation on September 4th when all families will be invited to visit either the Teaticket or East Falmouth School to view the classrooms and meet the teachers.  More information will be sent home regarding the orientation on September 4th at the end of the school year with your teacher assignment letters.

The last day of preschool this year is Wednesday, June 12th. We will have a PK FUN day and you will be receiving information on this very soon. Please check your child’s folder!   As always, we will be going outside as much as possible over the next two months. Please label your child’s outdoor clothing, including baseball caps.

Important Dates to Remember:

Wednesday, May 15th: PK Open House for families NEW to the program

Wednesday, June 12th: PK FUN Day and the LAST DAY of PK!

Wednesday, September 4th: PK Orientation

Monday, September 9th: First Day of PK

 

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