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Teaticket Elementary School

September 2019 Newsletter

Sandra M. Kapsambelis – Principal

Meghan Conant – Asst. Principal/SEBA


Welcome Back Teaticket Families!

Hello Teaticket Families,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!  As always, we are looking forward to partnering with families to support all students as they begin an exciting and enriching school year. Over the summer our custodial staff worked hard cleaning and organizing the school in order to provide our students with the best possible learning environment. We also had many teachers participate in professional development. We are off to a great start!

I would like to welcome the following new staff members to the Teaticket Elementary School: Camille Hamilton is our new Grade 4 teacher, Kathleen LeBrun is our new Therapeutic Intervention Teacher, and Lisa Dywer is our new Speech Language Pathologist.  With a third section of kindergarten this year, we are welcoming Robin Greene back as a Kindergarten teacher with Chandra Rebelo as her teaching assistant.  Caitlin Sterner has transferred to grade one and Ann Chicoinne has started in a new role as one of our reading teachers.  We will also be welcoming back Karen Fleer as a teaching assistant to assist with our special education students.  

Our Meet Your Teacher Night is scheduled for September 18th, please see the flyer that was sent home today for the details. During this evening event we will be talking with parents about a new proposal to provide students with an additional opportunity for movement before the school day. Essentially, we will be escorting students from the bus loop in the morning to the track so they can walk or run a few laps before the school day starts. Students who are being dropped off will also be participating. It is critical for student safety that students are not dropped off until teachers are available to escort/supervise the morning movement at 8:50. At 9:00 am all students will line up with their classroom teachers and will be escorted into the school.  Students arriving to school after 9:05 should not be dropped off for the morning exercise, they should be brought into the front office and signed in by an adult.  We are excited to begin our Morning Movement on September 19, 2019.

Please consider attending our monthly PTO meetings the first Wednesday of the month at 5:30 in the school library. We have a very dedicated group of parents who are looking to broaden its base of volunteers. The current members contribute to planning and organizing events that support all of the Teaticket students.  In addition, we are also looking for additional members of the school council to help shape the policies and programs of the school. The School Council meets monthly. Please contact the office if you're interested in participating. 

The school handbook is available on the school website. This handbook provides information about policies and procedures for both students and families.  It is important that all families read the handbook. 

I look forward to a great year ahead of us! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas that you would like to discuss. 

Best regards,

Sandy Kapsambelis, Principal


Calendar of Events




September 11th

PTO Meeting

5:30-6:30 pm

September 18th

Meet Your Teacher Night

5:30 Kindergarten

5:50 Grades 1&2 

6:15  TIP

6:30 Grades 3&4

September 24th

Early Release Day

12:40 dismissal

September 24th

4th Grade Instrument pick up

6:00-8:00 pm Morse Pond

September 25th

PTO Event: Smitty’s Celebrity Scoop Night

5:30-7:30 pm

October 2nd

Walk to School

8:50 am

October 7th

LifeTouch Picture Day


News from the Front Office

Please make sure to complete and return all of the paperwork that was sent home the first

week of school. The CORI forms and free and reduced lunch forms all need to be completed

each year. You must present your license and CORI form at the office in person, do not send it in with your child. It is recommended that parents/guardians check their child’s backpacks daily. If your child is sick, please call the office to report the absence. Doctor’s notes are required for excused absences.

Nurse’s Corner

If your child has a physical exam during the school year please send in a copy to the nursing office.

First graders are screened for height and weights per the State of Massachusetts mandates.  If you do NOT want your 1st grader to be screened, please send in a note by October 1st 2019.

Cape Cod Community College dental clinic will be here October 15th.  It is first come – first serve.  Look for sign-up sheet in your child’s backpack in the next few weeks. 

Teaticket has won a spot in a public health program that provides free smart thermometers to everyone that would like to participate.  The window for ordering is October 1st- 15th.  Please keep an eye out for sign up information in your child’s backpack and at “Meet Your Teacher Night”.

Counselor’s Corner

We would like to welcome back all of our students and families! We hope that everyone had a wonderful summer and is excited for the new school year. We will continue to communicate with you throughout the year and will be providing helpful reminders and suggestions as to how to make this year successful! As we start a new school year it is always important to try and get back into a routine that works for you and your family, which may include, a consistent bedtime schedule, a homework routine, or eating a healthy breakfast in the morning. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We are here to support your children and family in any way that we can.

Please feel free to call the school or contact us or Ms. Margolin’s email address;

Art with Mrs. Duffany

Welcome back! My name is Julie Duffany, and this will be my sixth year teaching art at Teaticket Elementary.  Throughout the year, student artwork will be kept in a portfolio here at school until the art show in May. If your child is moving to a different school, please let me know so I can send work home.

Volunteers who have an approved CORI are always welcome to join us in the art room. Please send in a note or email me if you would like to help.  The following art classes are in need of extra hands: 







Mondays or Fridays




Wednesdays or Thursdays



Van Etta

Wednesdays or Thursdays




Mondays or Thursdays




Tuesdays or Fridays


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

Library and Technology with Mrs. Rodriguez

Happy New School Year! My name is Kathy Rodriguez, and I am the Library/Technology teacher. I have been busy unpacking boxes of new books, which are now on display on the tops of the bookshelves, and available for the students to borrow.

The number of books that students can borrow has not been changed: Preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st graders can borrow 1 book for a week; 2nd graders can borrow 2 books per week; 3rd and 4th graders are allowed to borrow 3 books per week at a time. Students must return/renew all borrowed books before they are allowed to borrow more books.

I see most classes twice per week: one is “Library” and the other is “Technology”. Books are borrowed and returned on Library days only.

Please contact me by email:

Music with Ms. O’Neil

We’re already having a blast in Music class we have been singing, dancing, and playing instruments this month! Here is some information on our before-school activities that will start the first week of October!

Band is open to all 4th grade students on Thursday mornings from 8:00 - 8:50 AM starting October 3rd. Your child will view an instrument demonstration in school and bring home an enrollment packet. Band is provided free of charge thanks to our school district: all your child needs is an instrument and the Standard of Excellence book to participate. You can rent an instrument through Music and Arts; or, if you have a financial hardship, I can help get your child an instrument. We do not recommend purchasing an instrument for your child; however, if you have questions about an instrument you've found online, please contact me so I can review it with you. The Standard of Excellence book can be purchased online or at the rental night. 

  • 4th Grade instrument rental pick-up will be on Tuesday, September 24, from 6 pm to 8 pm, at the Morse Pond School. (Cafe)
  • The first lesson will be Thursday, September 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 at Lawrence Jr. High School. Students and parents / guardians should meet in the Lawrence School auditorium. Parents are encouraged to stay and learn with their child.

Chorus is open to all 3rd and 4th grade students on Tuesday mornings from 8:00 - 8:50 AM starting October 1st. This activity is a great opportunity to learn more about group singing! 

All forms must be returned before the first lesson of the activity - if your student is in 4th grade, I would love to see them in both band and chorus this year! Please email me, write a note, or call me at the school with any concerns/questions regarding these activities. My email address is  Thank you!

Physical Education with Mrs. Shanahan

It’s great to be back at school and working with your children. We are playing soccer and tag

games currently and will try to stay outdoors for PE as long as the weather cooperates.

Sneakers are a must and water bottles are encouraged on gym days. Sensory groups will start

soon. The Falmouth Road Race has donated 4 new pieces of playground equipment which will be installed by the end of the month.  If you have any questions regarding Physical Education class please contact me at 

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

We are off to a great start! We have 119 preschool aged children enrolled in our program at

this time. We have 6 classrooms and morning and afternoon sessions. Two classrooms are located at Teaticket and the other four are at East Falmouth. There are no more than15 students per classroom and up to 7 are on IEPs (individualized education programs) and the remaining 8 are peer models. Children identified with developmental delays throughout the school year will continue to join the program as they become eligible. Most of our special education students join us once they have completed Early Intervention Services and have turned three years of age. Other students are identified after a preschool screening held three times per year or when recommended for evaluation by parents, pediatricians, or other childcare providers. Our screenings this year will be held on the following dates: October 25th , January 31st, and March 27th. Screenings take place by appointment and can be set up by calling Lucia at 508-548-1052 ext. 7201. Preschool orientation was held September 4th and Meet Your Teacher Night will be held September 11th. It was wonderful to see familiar faces as well as meeting our new friends and their families! We use the following curricula in preschool: Tools of the Mind, We Thinkers, and Handwriting without Tears. More information about these programs can be accessed on the internet. has a wonderful parent information component. Check it out! We will be hosting a Curriculum Night soon, so be on the lookout for a date. Your child’s teacher will be sending information home in his/her folder.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about our program, view work samples, ask questions, and get familiar with our daily schedule. I look forward to seeing many of you! If you are not able to attend, do not worry. We will have more opportunities. You are always welcome to contact me or your child’s teacher for more information.

Thank you for sharing your children with us and I look forward to working with you as partners in your child’s education. You can reach me at 508-548-1052 ext. 7 249 or via email .



This year pK-4 students and teachers will be able to use a new “lab”, also known as a Makerspace.

Teaticket is looking for materials that could be used for building, designing, and engineering projects. This sounds fancy, but we are talking about everyday items and recyclables.  Please consider saving and donating some of the materials from the list below:

Donations/Yard sale items:

Textiles like fabric, felt, yarn, string, ribbon, thread

Game pieces, blocks, Puzzles, Legos, tangled Slinkys

Crafting supplies like scrapbook paper, crochet hooks, beads, buttons, shells

Old stuff/parts: clocks, computers, phones, etc.



Cups, plates, bowls, wax paper, aluminum foil, bags, utensils (left over from parties/cookouts)

Wheels- old toy cars, matchbox cars

Balls like marbles, bouncy, ping pong, tennis, wiffleball, golf balls

Small wood scraps, cork


Cardboard boxes like shoeboxes, tissue boxes, small Altoid tins

Packing materials, bubble wrap, brown paper

Plastics like yogurt cups, lids, juice caps

Newspaper, magazines or wrapping paper

Wallpaper or carpet samples

Backsplash/ceramic tiles

Baby Food jars

Cylinders like oatmeal containers, protein shake containers, paper towel or TP tubes

*Other- Lots of items have potential to be turned into something interesting!

Rubbermaid bins will be placed in the Teaticket lobby for donations.  Thank you in advance for sending in clean materials!