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December Newsletter

Teaticket Elementary School

December 2019 Newsletter

Sandra M. Kapsambelis – Principal

Meghan Conant – Asst. Principal/SEBA


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Hello Teaticket Families!


Hello Teaticket Families,

We are all so happy to be back to school after our Thanksgiving break and we are thankful for all of our community members for supporting our Teaticket students. The next month goes by quickly with lots of fun things to look forward to! On December tenth, we will have our community meeting with a special highlight from our kindergarten students.  Students are invited to wear their Teaticket colors and spirit wear on this day! Report cards for students in grades one through four will be issued on Friday, December 13th, so please make sure to check your child’s backpack for the envelope. If you have not had a chance to schedule a parent-teacher conference please do as this would be a great opportunity to discuss how your child performed during the first trimester of the school year.  Our ability to collaborate with you to support your child’s education is of utmost importance! At the end of the month, before we leave for our holiday break, we will have a community sing-along. I hope everyone has a happy, healthy holiday! 

Best regards,

Sandy Kapsambelis, Principal


Calendar of Events





December 3rd

Grade 2 Fire Safety


December 3rd

District Homework Discussion

6:30 pm @ Lawrence School

December 4th

PTO Meeting


December 5th

PTO Holiday Fair

All Day

December 10

Early Release Day

Wear Maroon

12:40 pm

December 11th

ELL Family Reading Program in the Library


December 13th

Report cards 1-4 go home

3:30 pm

December 21 - Jan 6th

Winter Break



News from the Front Office

Once again, we would like to remind families that students will be going outside even as the weather gets colder. Therefore, students need to be dressed appropriately when coming to school since they will go outside in whatever clothes they were sent to school in. Here is the link to the Child Care Weather Watch chart that we use each day to make a decision regarding morning movement and outdoor recess If your family is in need of assistance with regard to winter clothing, please reach out to the school adjustment counselor or the principal. 

Nurse’s Corner

Here are a few tips to keep everyone at home healthy this winter:

  1. Suggestions regarding illness, and when to keep your child home article see the following link, Please call the school nurse with any questions.
  2. Influenza has moved to “local activity” in Massachusetts.  Please visit for weekly updates especially if traveling during the holidays. 
  3. Please call the absent line if your child will be absent or late for school and send in doctor’s notes so that absences may be excused.
  4. If your child has a physical with their PCP please send us a copy so we can keep our records up to date. 

MakerSpace Classroom

At this point in the school year, many students have had an opportunity to visit the MakerSpace classroom with their teacher. MakerSpaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. It is not solely a lab, a craft area, a STEM center, a tech room, or an art station, but it can have components of some or all these places. If you would like to get involved please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher! 

Counselor’s Corner

Hello Families!

This can be a very busy, wonderful, and sometimes challenging time of year for our children and families. We would like to remind you that the Falmouth Service Center, and Falmouth Human Services, are two amazing agencies in town, dedicated to providing assistance for Falmouth families.  Please feel free to reach out to us for more information, any time.

Around the holidays, special events, celebrations, and/or family gatherings, which are positive, may also have negative effects on a child’s stress level, anxiety, and/or behavior. It is important to keep in mind that sticking to schedules/routines, pre-alerting for changes and expectations, and allowing plenty of recovery/rest time can all promote emotional well-being. In addition, being mindful of our own stress levels and emotions, and modeling appropriate coping skills, will teach your child about resilience.  We hope everyone has a wonderful December!

Please feel 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

Fluency is the ability to read a text accurately and quickly. Fluent readers recognize words automatically, group words quickly, are able to read effortlessly, and with expression. Their reading sounds natural as if they were speaking. Fluent readers do not have to concentrate on decoding the words, therefore, they can focus their attention on what the words mean. Fluency develops gradually over time and with practice. Daily practice at home will help your student become a better reader.

Art with Mrs. Duffany

Shapes, shapes, and more shapes! Fourth graders are finishing some magnificent tessellations inspired by the famous optical illusion artist M.C. Escher.  Students created their own shape tracer and creatively turned it into a repeating image. In third grade, students used organic and geometric shapes to design a “glow in the dark” fluorescent alien.  Second graders have been using shapes to draw and create some African animals. We looked carefully at difficult animal outlines and found out we can break it up into simple shapes. First grade and Kindergarten continue to work on mixed media collage with painted paper to continue to develop basic skills like drawing, painting, and cutting.

Looking for holiday gifts that will spark imagination and fun? 

  1. Give a black light flashlight with some fluorescent art materials. See how your art can light up in the dark!
  2. Give the gift of afterschool art classes at the Art Falmouth Center or the Cape Cod Conservatory.
  3. Take a trip to an art museum. The Falmouth Public Library has discounted tickets you can use over the holiday break.

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 have been enjoying the picture books with illustrations that are cut out, so the reader can see through to the next page. These “cut-out” books are now in demand!

Grade 1 students will be reading easy, short chapter books that are called, “Beginner Readers” in our library, and will learn about the Table of Contents. 

Grade 2 students are continuing to learn about Call Numbers by studying the beautiful murals in the library, which show where to find various Nonfiction subjects.  In Technology class they are learning about their Google accounts, provided by the school district. They have practiced writing their Usernames and Passwords, and will soon be logging on using both on the Chromebooks.

Grade 3 students will be using Pebblego. The link can be found on the Teaticket Technology webpage, and require a Username and Password. This online database for elementary students consists of nonfiction articles on Biographies, Animals, and Science,  and is a useful tool for research.

Grade 4 students are practicing coding by using the Dash and Dot robots during Technology classes.

Both Grade 3 and 4 students are now learning to use the iPads and the library software, Destiny Discover, to search for their own books on the shelves. They can walk around the library with iPads in hand while looking for books to borrow.

During December, all students will be able to explore the “Hour of Code” online activities, which introduce computer programming, or coding skills, to young people.

Please contact me by email:

Music with Ms. O’Neil

The Teaticket 3rd and 4th Grade Chorus will be performing at the Falmouth High School auditorium at the annual Combined Elementary School Winter Concert on December 18th at 6:30 PM. Please come out and support our students -- and happy holidays! 

Please contact me by email:

Physical Education with Mrs. Shanahan

Thank you to all the families who attended the Elementary School VIPS Track Meet. VIPS puts a great event together with the help of the community for our students.  We are currently playing “clean up your room” and volleyball in the gym. We will soon start racket sports; tennis, badminton, and paddle ball. Target games will happen after the holidays which will include bowling, curling, etc.

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

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

Welcome to the holiday season! Try to take a few minutes to yourself this time of year and take stock in all of the positive things that take place around us. 

It is hard to believe but it is time to start planning for our preschool enrollment for next year. If you would like your child to return to preschool with us next year you will receive a form sent home in the backpack for you to sign and return so that space will be reserved for your child. For children entering preschool for the first time, the applications for next year will be available in January. You can access them online under the FPS website, Student Services/ Early Childhood. We can also send copies home in your child’s backpack for siblings or friends. You can request an application and the FAQ document by contacting  Lucy Da’Silva at 508-548-1052 option 7 ext. 201 or by emailing  A lottery will be held on February 13th at 4:00 at the school administration building to secure spaces for September 2020.

Remember to check out the Coalition For Children Newsletter for more information on the upcoming wonderful opportunities for families in our generous community! Follow this link:

A few reminders:

Dec. 10th  is an early release day.  Only morning students will attend on this day.  Please send in a lunch for your child. Dismissal is at 12:30.

During this time of the year, the weather is hard to predict, but we will always try to go out.  Please remember to send your child to school in a jacket and include a hat, and mittens for outside play.  PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO LABEL JACKETS AND ACCESSORIES.

Thank you again for all you do!  I wish you the happiest of holidays. 

You can reach me at 508-548-1052 ext. 7 249 or via email