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November Newsletter

Teaticket Elementary School

November 2019 Newsletter

Sandra M. Kapsambelis – Principal

Meghan Conant – Asst. Principal/SEBA


Principal’s Corner

Hello Teaticket Families,

Thank you PTO for a great Trunk or Treat and to our school community for a fun indoor parade! Our Morning Movement has been running smoothly, thank you everyone for your support! We will continue to offer Morning Movement throughout the year so please make sure your children are dressed for the weather. On another note, I would like to remind all families that attendance is one of the most important factors in school success!  Evidence of this can be seen in current research, which states that students who are in school most of the time do better academically and on state tests than students who are frequently absent. Missing a full day of school or being tardy can affect performance. It is important for us to partner together to improve attendance. Therefore, I ask that you support your child’s attendance by talking with your child about the importance of coming to school each day. When possible please avoid scheduling doctor's appointments or family trips during school hours. Your message that school is important is invaluable. Of course if there are personal reasons or difficulties at school that are negatively impacting your child’s attendance please contact the classroom teacher or the school adjustment counselor for additional support. Let’s continue to work together; your support is always appreciated!


Best regards,

Sandy Kapsambelis, Principal


For more information on the importance of attendance, please click the following link:



Calendar of Events


November 4th

Picture Retake Day


November 5th

Fire Safety Grade 2


November 6th

Young People’s Concert

Grade 4


November 6th

Wampanoag visit to gr 3


November 6th

TT PTO Meeting


November 9th

Superintendent’s Coffee hour


November 11th

Veteran’s Day

No School

November 13th

Poet Liz Bradfield, grade 2


November 14th

Scholastic Book Fair


November 15th

Scholastic Book Fair


November 15th

PTO Movie Night


November 21st

School Council


November 21st

Kindergarten Literacy Celebration


November 23rd

Elementary Track Meet


9:00 – 9:30 am K

9:45 – 10:15 am 1

10:30 – 11:00 am 2

11:15 – 11:45 am 3

Noon – 12:30 pm 4

November 27 -December 1st 

Thanksgiving Break

No School


News from the Front Office

Reminder to families that students will be going outside even as the weather gets colder. Therefore, students need to be dressed appropriately when coming to school.  Students will go out to recess with whatever clothes they were sent to school in. If your family is in need of assistance with regard to winter clothing, please reach out to the school adjustment counselor or the principal. 


Many families use the My School Bucks program to pay for meals at school. We would like to encourage all parents to use the new app on their phone to track spending in the cafe. This app allows families to make payments anytime, check balances, and get low balance notifications. For more information, go to the website.


We have a new entry system at the front door. When you press the button to call the office, we will be able to talk to you and you to us. You will not hear the buzzer when we unlock the door. You will only hear the click and then you are able to open the door. 


In an effort to reduce the amount of papers that are sent home from the office things like the Lunch menus will be emailed home electronically each month. 


Please email me if you have any questions:


MakerSpace Classroom

Our students are having a great time in the new MakerSpace classroom!  Thank you to everyone who has donated materials for the students to use.  Donations can continue to be left in the purple MakerSpace bin in the lobby:


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, etc.


Cardboard boxes like shoeboxes, tissue boxes, small Altoid tins, packing materials, bubble wrap, brown paper, newspaper, magazines or wrapping paper, wallpaper or carpet samples, backsplash/ceramic tiles, etc.


Glue, tape, push pins, sandpaper

*Thank you in advance for sending in clean materials! 

Nurse’s Corner

Please keep your child home if they have; a fever over 100.0 degrees in the past 24 hours (without medication), are vomiting or have diarrhea.


Dr. Parkinson, the school physician, states there are numerous viruses as well as strep in the area at this time.  The Flu is still “sporadic activity” in Massachusetts,however the Maryland area is “widespread” - please keep that in mind if traveling to that area. Flu vaccine is given out at all the PCP’s offices as well as pharmacies and urgent care clinics.  


When you child is out please send in doctor’s notes to the main office so that absences can be excused (FPS attendance procedure). On another note, no medications are allowed in school without a doctor’s order and signed parent consent (for example cough drops).

Please click the following link for the attendance procedures:

Counselor’s Corner

This has been a great Fall  here at Teaticket! We have enjoyed getting to know our new students, and spending time with many Teaticket students in a variety of ways:  lunch bunches, visiting in the cafeteria, spending time in classrooms, Community Meeting, and spending time one on one. At our school-wide Community Meeting, we  discussed the importance of relationship building, and some of the many different types of relationships that exist: friendships, classmates, teacher-student, bonds with our pets, bonds between our pets, you name it! We talked about some ways to deepen our relationships with others:  asking questions, listening to their answers, and caring about the other person. This is just a start. As always, Peacebuilding is a very important aspect to the way in which our community relates to one another. We recognized one Peacebuilder from each classroom by reading a praise note that had been given to that student aloud at the Community Meeting. It was a wonderful opportunity to share the good deeds that occur at Teaticket each and every day.


Stay tuned for a notice coming home regarding holiday assistance, the Falmouth Service Center, and options for families to help others in our community.


Please free to contact us with any questions or concerns! Ms. Poole’s email address;  or Ms. Margolin’s email address; 

Reading Corner with Mrs. McMenamy and Mrs. Chicoine

Parent involvement is an important part of your child’s progress in reading. Daily practice will help your child become a better reader. Research indicates that a child who reads one minute per day outside of school will learn 8,000 words by the end of sixth grade. However, a child who reads twenty minutes a day outside of school will learn 1,800,000 words! Therefore, we encourage you to set aside a specific time each night for your child to read either silently or aloud to you. Additionally, you are a role model for your child. If you set an example by reading a book or newspaper, you are sending a clear message that reading is important and valuable. 

Please contact us with any questions; MaryAnn McMenamy’s email is and Ann Chicoine’s email is .  

Art with Mrs. Duffany

This month students in all grades will be focusing on the art element, shape. Many grades will experiment with cutting out shapes and rearranging them in a collage, like the artist Henri Matisse.  In 2nd grade, we will discover that complex animals can be made using simple shapes. In 3rd and 4th grade, we are drawing the outline of shapes by observing carefully.


Thank you for all the volunteers who have offered to help in the art room. I am still looking for an extra set of hands with Kindergarten on Thursdays at 12:30-1:10 and Fridays 1:15-1:55.. Grandparents make excellent volunteers too. Feel free to ask family members, and we will get them CORI’d.


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

Kindergarteners are becoming familiar with books by Eric Carle, and Grade 1 students are reading less familiar books written by Mo Willems. 

Grade 2 students have continued to learn how to use Destiny, the online library catalog, and are now learning about Nonfiction call numbers.

Grade 3 students are using Chromebooks in the library, and have learned to create “shortcuts” to the websites that we use frequently. They have received free dictionaries,  thanks to the Falmouth Lodge of Elks, and will be learning to use them (along with online dictionaries) during the upcoming weeks. They will bring their dictionaries home at the end of this unit.

Grade 4 students have used the new MakerSpace room for the build-a- bridge challenge, after reading a fictional story about a boy architect who builds a bridge and saves his classmates.


All students have been using the iPads and the Osmos during technology classes. Grades 2-4 have been learning to use the more challenging Osmo coding programs.

Please contact me by email: 

Music with Ms. O’Neil

This month, we are focusing on the application of effective practice methods and problem-solving strategies (while singing, dancing, and playing instruments) to other subjects (math and reading). Students are focusing on listening to the music we are producing to help determine ways to improve our performances. Next month, we have our combined chorus concert for our chorus students! I am looking for donations of band instruments if you have any in your cabinets, attics, or basements! In Third Grade, we have started recorders. Please ensure your child brings their recorder to every music class - the best place to keep it is in their backpack!

Please contact me by email:

Physical Education with Mrs. Shanahan

It has been a great month! We have covered invasion games, Medic, Gladiators, bowling and tagging games.  We will be starting Basketball soon. I have sent home information on the Falmouth Recreation Basketball programs. We will be playing “Clean up your Room” and Volleyball soon after Basketball.

The Falmouth Elementary School Track meet will take place November 23rd at the Falmouth High School. The event is free and you can register online or return the flyers we will be sending home. This is a great family and community event! Thank you for sending in your child’s miles. We encourage students to walk or run with their families. Mrs. Rockwood handles all the recording of miles.

If you have any questions regarding Physical Education classes, please contact me at

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

It is hard to believe that it is November already! We have had a great time celebrating the harvest season with several special activities and art projects. I hope you are enjoying the creative projects that your children have worked hard to produce. We will continue to highlight vocabulary and discussions about the benefits of a bountiful harvest, plant growth, and protecting our environment.

Our Jumpstart Read for the Record is scheduled for November 7th. We will have some guest readers! The book Thank You Omu! By Oge Mora will be read in our preschool classrooms as well as all over the world that day. For more information about this wonderful project, please check out the website:  Reading to children remains the top activity linked to student achievement all the way to high school graduation and beyond. In this cooler weather, choose a good book; snuggle up with your child and READ!

With the change of the clocks, it is a good time to reflect on the importance of keeping consistent bedtime and mealtime routines as much as possible. Children find security in consistent routines and expectations. Keep in mind that sleep, eating nutritious meals and getting some exercise is key to brain development and overall health and wellness.

As already stated in this newsletter, attendance is critical to doing well in school and in life. Please support your child by insisting they come to school unless they are truly ill.

As always, thank you for all you do to enhance your child’s experience in school and for sharing them with us.  We feel fortunate to spend time with them each day!

You can reach me at 508-548-1550 ext. 7 118 or via email