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Teaticket Elementary School

January 2020 Newsletter

Sandra M. Kapsambelis –Principal

Meghan Conant – Asst. Principal/SEBA 


Hello Teaticket Families,

Happy New Year and thanks so much to everyone who supported our school and students for the holidays! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break.  As we venture into the colder weather months I wanted to make sure that all of our families knew that we use the child safety weather chart in order to determine whether students go out to play for recess each day. We not only check the temperature but also the windchill to hopefully provide children with the most opportunities to get outside. In order for children to play in the snow, they will need to have a winter coat, snow pants, hat/hood, boots and gloves. If students do not have all their winter gear, they are allowed to play on the hard top. If families need assistance with acquiring appropriate winter clothing please contact our school adjustment counselors.

On our next early release day is January 14th.  We will have a community meeting to discuss our plans for indoor movement before school (when we can’t go outside) and our winter literacy challenge. All children are encouraged to wear their Teaticket colors next Tuesday!  

Our morning movement outside each day has proven to be a great success for all students. This opportunity has not only provided students with a chance to get their bodies and brains ready to learn, but also time to socialize with friends and siblings. Therefore, we have decided to offer “indoor movement” when the weather is too cold to be outside.  This will look a little different than when the students are outside. Some children will be engaged in an active movement activity in the gym and other students will walk a loop around the inside of the school. We will have staff to direct children as they get off the buses so they know what to expect. 

Last but not least, it is important to note that our students who are learning English will be taking the ACCESS tests this month with Mrs. Delorie. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to working with all of our families in the new year!


Best regards,

Sandy Kapsambelis, Principal


Calendar of Events





January 7th

Grade 2 Fire Safety


January 7th

PTO Meeting

5:30pm Library

January 9th

Fresh Market at TT

4:00 pm Cafe

January 10th

Grades close for Kindergarten

3:30 pm

January 10th

Museum of Science visits Grades 3 and 4

9:30-10:30 am

January 14th 

Early Release Day- morning preschool only


January 15th-31st



January 17 

Heros and Villians Grade 4 art students


January 24

Kindergarten Report Cards go home

3:30 pm

January 29

Grade 2 Informance



News from the Front Office

The brochure for session two for the before and after school activities will go home this week. If your child is interested in participating please return the registration form with your payment by January 14th.  If you need a scholarship due to a hardship please indicate this on your registration form. Thank you, and we look forward to another session of some new fun and enriching activities! 

Nurse’s Corner

Many children have allergies or sensitivities to various food or other products.  Some children have life-threatening reactions to these allergens, such as peanuts or latex.  Please inform the school nurse if your child has any allergies, so that safety accommodations can be put in place.  The Elementary School Handbook states, no homemade/baked products are allowed in peanut/nut free classrooms for class consumption (i.e. parties).  Items purchased at the store must have a clearly marked label stating all ingredients. We thank you for your support!

Counselor’s Corner 

Happy New Year families!

We hope everyone had a peaceful few weeks off with family and friends. 

January is always a fun month in Falmouth Public Schools as we head towards our annual No Guff Week, the last week of this month. This tradition celebrates kindness, “giving up put downs”, and standing up for ourselves and our friends. All of the Falmouth Public Schools participate in this tradition. At Teaticket, we will be celebrating that week with special  morning announcements, school-wide random acts of kindness, special activities, a community meeting, and many opportunities to discuss the importance of being kind. 

We would like to also remind you that we are here to  support all of our Teaticket students and families. Please feel free to reach out to either one of us if you have any concerns, needs, etc We are happy to help, and/or to refer you to community assistance opportunities as well. 

Claire Poole’s email address;  or Jessica Margolin’s email address; .


MakerSpace Classroom

As always we are continuing to accept donations to our Makerspace classroom. There is a box in the front lobby if you would like to make a contribution. On another note, we would like to invite family members who have expertise working in the areas of science, engineering and technology to the Makerspace classroom. If you would like to get involved please contact your child’s classroom teacher.


Reading Corner with Mrs. McMenamy and Mrs. Chicoine

During the month of January we will have school wide testing in reading. One of the subtests will determine the students’ oral reading fluency skills, as a means to screen for possible reading difficulties. Grades one through four will be asked to read a grade level passage for one minute.  We can then calculate the number of correct words per minute (wpm). Children who have strong word recognition skills, and can quickly use word attack strategies when encountering an unknown word, are able to read grade level texts at an appropriate rate for their grade. To help your child’s develop reading fluency:

  • Model fluent reading. Provide opportunities for your child to listen to you read aloud. Remember to read with expression and pause appropriately at punctuation marks.
  • Teach your child high frequency sight words. These are words they need to recognize without sounding them out, for example “said, would, the”. 
  • Repeated reading of a familiar text is an important strategy for promoting fluency. 


Math Corner with Mrs. Bowerman and Ms. Strong

From the Falmouth Public Schools Elementary Math Coaching Corner    

Math!  It is all around us!  This month we’d like to highlight ways you and your family can focus on math together at home, in the car, at the store, or nearly any other location. Wherever you are, you are able to point out opportunities to measure, count, estimate, and work with shapes -- all of these will help your child build connections with math.

One key way to engage your child in a math conversation is to engage in telling time, measuring time, and scheduling time -- Talking about schedules provides a purpose for a child to learn math skills related to time. An easy strategy is to help your child set an alarm clock. The following questions can also spur great learning moments.

  • What time is it now?  
  • When do you get up?  
  • When do you arrive at school?   
  • How long does it take to get ready for school? 
  • Do you have enough time?  If not, how much more time do you need? And, how do you know?
  • For our younger learners, encourage counting to 5, 20, then 100, then 120.  
  • For older children focus on how an hour is divided.        

half hour = 30 minutes, 

quarter hour = 15 minutes.         

What other fractions could be used?

You can expect your child to learn the following lessons related to time:

  • Kindergarten: Read the numbers on the clock, practice counting out loud for 10 seconds, 20 seconds, a minute. 
  • 1st grade: Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using all kinds of clocks.
  • 2nd Grade:   
    • Tell time from all kinds of clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.
    • Know that 60 seconds = 1 minute, 60 minutes = 1 hour, 24 hours = 1 day, 7 days = 1 week 
    • Know the number of days in each month; 365 days = 1 year,  approximately 4 weeks in a month, 52 weeks in a year. 
  • 3rd Grade:  Tell and write time to the nearest minute. 
  • 4th Grade:  Convert time between units: hours to minutes, minutes to seconds, days to weeks, etc.

Art with Mrs. Duffany

Inspired by the season and the weather, we have just completed some wintery masterpieces here at Teaticket School. Fourth graders have been learning about putting together multiple elements of art including form, space, and color with their beautiful mountainscapes and Keith Haring inspired art.  Third grade practiced mixing values of color to create monotone mountain scenes. In second grade, we have been learning about adding texture to art with birch tree and bird paintings. First grade has been practicing shape and texture to make some fun Rudolph collages. Lastly, Kindergarten created some wintry evergreens by painting and collaging their own paper. You can catch a sneak peek of these projects in the Main Office Lobby. 

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

Library and Technology with Ms. Rodriguez

In December, students in grades 2-4  learned about computer programming while participating in the worldwide online celebration known as “The Hour of Code”. Fourth Graders worked with Dance Party, and enjoyed programming their own dances, picking out the music, and dancing during technology and library classes. There is a link to all of these activities on the Teaticket School Technology webpage: “Hour of Code”.

In January, Grade 2 students will learn to login to their Google accounts, create a folder and new document, and begin typing. They will be learning about the toolbar functions such as font size, color, and style.

Grade 3 students will learn about Atlases and how to use coordinates to read a map. 

Grade 4 students will be going to the Makerspace room with Mrs. Duffany and me to create collages that feature elements found in Falmouth, as a follow up to a recent classroom lesson on the collages by artist Romare Bearden. Grade 4 students will also begin to research Canada and Mexico, using a variety of resources available in the library.

Please contact me by email: 

Music with Ms. O’Neil

The Grade 2 Informance is scheduled for Wednesday, January 23rd at 6:30 PM. The students have been working very hard all year to put on an out of this world show! We would love to see you at the show. In music, kindergarteners and first graders are playing singing games and learning more about steady beat. Our third graders are focusing on recorder performance skills in small groups and fourth graders are composing individual melodic projects on glockenspiels.

Please contact me by email: .

Physical Education with Mrs. Shanahan

It’s great to be back and the students have started net games and racket sports in gym classes. We have  played volleyball and are now doing tennis and badminton activities. Target activities will be taught next and we will participate in bowling and curling. The Cape Cod Curling Club sponsors gym curling in all four schools with a tournament at the end of the unit. The Club runs a great youth program called Little Rockers at a very affordable price if your child is interested in participating on the ice. 

The mile club is racking up numbers and we have a few students who have completed close to 90 miles and earning trophies! Please keep walking and running with your family and send the notes in to school for us to log. Our food tasting this month will be sweet potatoes in the cafe on the 3rd Thursday of the month. The food tastings are a result of the grant in which all k-4 students are able to participate in. 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

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.  It has been great to see our PK children coming back to school with such excitement and enthusiasm to be back with us! They are anxious to show us their new coats, hats and mittens and to tell us about their new toys and holiday experiences.  It has been enjoyable!

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 a space will be reserved for your child. For children entering preschool for the first time, the applications for next year are now available. 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 February 14th at 4:00 at the school administration building to secure spaces for September 2020.

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


A few reminders, January 14th  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! You can reach me at 508-548-1052 ext. 7 249 or via email