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February Newsletter

Teaticket Elementary School

February 2020 Newsletter

Sandra M. Kapsambelis – Principal

Meghan Conant – Asst. Principal/SEBA


Hello Teaticket Families,


Believe it or not, February is here!  This week all Falmouth Public Schools are celebrating No Guff week! This year’s theme is, “Count on Me”.  We will be ending our No Guff week with a community meeting on Friday, February 7th and all of our students will be given a No Guff T-shirt. 

Given the success of our outdoor Morning Movement the staff have worked on a plan for “Indoor Movement” on days that it is not permissible to walk or run outside. On these occasions, students will enter the building and instead of lining up in the front lobby, some students will go to the gym to engage in physical activity and the other students will walk around the inside perimeter of the school while listening to music. 

Just in case you missed it, the FPS Science Fair will be on February 29th.  Please visit the FPS Science & Engineering Fair website at for more information.  The deadline to submit your registration is February 25th, and  all are welcome! 

We hope all of your children are enjoying the start of our Dream Big Marathon Challenge. It has been great to see everyone participating each day doing their miles, reading and engaging in acts of kindness! For a list of the 26 Read Alouds that each teacher will be doing in your child’s classroom please take a look at the Reading Teacher's Corner of this Newsletter.  

Mark your calendars!  We are excited to announce we will be having a Family Literacy Night on April 15, 2020.  This is a great opportunity for you and your family to come to school and participate in “read alouds” and exciting literacy related activities!  If you are interested in being a volunteer reader, please call the school by April 1, 2020.

Last but not least, our PTO 100th day fundraiser will take place during PE classes the week of Feb 10th-14th. The PTO counts on this fundraiser to support school events such as field day and field trips. 

We thank everyone for their continued support and look forward to seeing you at our next PTO meeting tomorrow night at the East Falmouth Elementary School at 5:30pm.

Best regards,

Sandy Kapsambelis, Principal


Calendar of Events





February 5, 2020

PTO Meeting @ East Falmouth Elem.

5:30 pm

February 6, 2020

Fresh Market - Falmouth High School

2:00 pm

February 7, 2020

No Guff Community Meeting

9:30 am

February 10-14th

PTO 100th Day Fundraiser

PE classes

February 13, 2020

Dental Clinic - Preschool only

All day

February 16-23, 2020

Winter Recess


February 24, 2020

School Re-opens


February 26, 2020

PTO Spaghetti Supper

5:00-7:00 pm

February 28, 2020 

Scholastic Book Fair

All day

March 3, 2020 

Early Release Day

12:40 pm

March 4, 2020

PTO Meeting

5:30 pm


 News from the Front Office

Students may be dropped as early as 8:50 to the school lobby. Students are not allowed to be  dropped off prior to this time since we do not have staff to supervise the students in the front lobby.  

A friendly reminder for your child(ren) to wear weather appropriate attire.  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.

Kindergarten registration will be coming soon. Please keep a look out for the flyers.

If your child is missing a hat, gloves, coats, shoes or anything else, please feel free to come in to look in the lost and found box.

Nurse’s Corner

Please click the link below for an informative article about “The 7 Reasons Your Kid Needs Sleep.”

Counselor’s Corner

Hello families!

We will be kicking off February by celebrating No Guff Week, in the entire Town of Falmouth. 

“Falmouth's annual NO GUFF Week is a time when students and staff work together to create a positive atmosphere in the school and avoid name-calling and put-downs. In 2001, Falmouth High School adjustment counselor Greg Gilbert was working with a group of students to find a proactive way to handle conflicts. They came up with the phrase "no guff" and worked with graphic arts teacher Doug Riebesehl to print No Guff t-shirts for students. Shortly after that first celebration, Mr. Riebesehl was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident. Since then, No Guff has been held in his remembrance, as he empowered students to get involved in creating a positive atmosphere. “ -- VIPS website

Each school celebrates the week with various activities and celebrations. At Teaticket, we teach the Peacebuilders curriculum school-wide all year. During this week, we compare No Guff, to our Peacebuilder Principle of “Giving up put downs”. We can also talk about the other Peacebuilder principles in relation to No Guff. For example, we can “praise people” instead of hurt them, “seek wise people” if someone is being teased/bullied, and “notice and speak up about hurts I have caused”, if we realize that we have made a mistake.  

We will be practicing “random acts of kindness” this week as well, and we encourage you to participate in that along with us, at home with your families! 

Sometimes it can be hard to remember that social skills (empathy, kindness, manners, patience, etc) require continual teaching, modeling and repetition. Children learn through what they live, see, hear and feel. There are opportunities all around us, every day, in which we can help children learn these lifelong skills. 

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

Ms. Poole’s email address;  or Ms. Margolin’s email address; .

Art with Mrs. Duffany

Fourth graders are beginning a unit on Form.  They will first be creating 3-D desserts using newspaper to shape as well as papier mache’ to set the solids.  Once we get the hang of building up volume, we will be moving on to clay coil projects after the vacation.  

Third graders will be spending time exploring color mixing and studying the color wheel so they can apply that knowledge to their next painting. 

Second graders are using a lot of pattern and texture in their art this month.  We just finished some beautiful painted papers that were collaged into hot cocoa mugs.  Next, we will be using implied texture to make scales, hair, and rough skin on our Wild Things, inspired by Maurice Sendak’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are”.

The First grade is also practicing patterns and painting techniques to make some snowy selfie collages.   

Kindergarten has been practicing mixing paints and using different techniques to make various values of green.  From these painted papers, we have used the element of shape to make some Very Hungry Caterpillars.

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

Each Fourth grade class has been working on a class collage that represents their experiences living in Falmouth and on Cape Cod. This lesson is based upon the excerpt from the Journeys textbook, “ Me and Uncle Romie” by Claire Hartfield. This story is about artist Romare Bearden, whose collages were inspired by the environments in which he lived.  Our Art Teacher, Mrs. Duffany, has collaborated with me on this project, in which students have created illustrations for a 3-D collage, using materials found in the makerspace classroom. 

After February vacation, third graders will begin to prepare for the MCAS tests by completing the MCAS Tutorial during library and technology classes. Students will follow along on Chromebooks as I teach them how to take an online exam, and will become familiar with the various online tools that are available to them during the tests.

All second, third, and fourth graders continue to  participate in technology lessons on Digital Citizenship, the curriculum created by Common Sense Education (flyers went home in November about this program). These online-safety lessons help students to become safe, responsible and respectful users of technology. 

Second graders have learned how to use their usernames and passwords to access their Google accounts. They will become familiar with many of the tools on the toolbar (font size, style, color and highlighting) and will practice keyboarding skills with free online programs. 

First graders are using the Kodable app on the iPads to learn the basic steps of coding. First graders and Kindergarteners have all practiced using a remote to program Botley the coding robot. 

Please contact me by email: 

Music with Ms. O’Neil

Congratulations to Grade 2 on a great informance! Our next informance is for 1st grade students will be on Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 at 6:30PM. 

Third grade students are working towards their recorder concert on May 13th, 2020 -- please ask them to play a song for you like Hot Cross Buns, One Two Tie My Shoe, or any selections in their recorder books. 

Fourth grade students are currently working on their Theme and Variations projects - they have selected a musical theme and started adding a variety of percussion instruments to create interesting variations. Our Teaticket Band and Chorus concert will be coming up soon as well -- May 27th, 2020!

Please contact me by email: .

Physical Education with Mrs. Shanahan

The students will participate in the 100th Day Fitness Challenge in February.  This will also include preschool. Thank you in advance for making a donation, which will go toward PTO funded events. Grades K-2 will be doing  bowling, a target activity where we included math skills for scoring. Grades 2-4 will participate in Curling. Grades 3-4 will have an in-house tournament with winners going to Mullen Hall to compete against the other three schools.   Grade 4 will travel to the Cape Cod Curling Club to learn more about the sport and to go on the ice. New games we will play this month are cookie jar and castle ball. We have completed parachute games and circus skills. 

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

Dear Families:

The cold weather is upon us. It is a great excuse to snuggle up with your child and read a book or tell oral stories about family history, funny things that you recall from your childhood, or sharing the things that you are looking forward to doing at some point in the future.  It is also the time of year that it is easy to slip into “too much screen time.” The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children aged birth to five be limited to less than one hour of “high quality” screen time per day. This includes TV, tablets, and looking at phone screens. Check out some articles online regarding this topic. There were some recent ones by CNN, and The Academy of Pediatrics along with many others. Studies show that screen time is altering brain development in children ages birth to five, and not in a positive way.

Valentine's Day is Friday, February 14th.  We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in the classrooms.  We will provide the list of student’s names to use for Valentine cards if you wish to send them. Each classroom teacher will send a notice home on what the plans are for their celebration.

 A reminder about enrolling new PK students for September:  For children entering preschool for the first time, the applications and FAQ documents for next year are now available. You can access them by calling or emailing Lucy DaSilva: 508-548-1052 option 7 ext 201 or emailing We can also send copies home in your child’s backpack for siblings or friends. You can request that your child’s teacher include them in their folder that goes home daily.    A lottery will be held February 13th at 4:00 at the school administration building to secure spaces for September 2020. You do not need to attend the lottery, but are welcome to attend if you would like to do so. 



  •  February 14th- Valentine’s Day Celebrations, winter vacation begins at the close of school. 
  •  February 24th  - School reopens


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 



We are off to a great start with our “Dream Big Marathon Challenge” to read 26 books, run/walk 26 miles and complete 26 acts of kindness!  Students have already been enthusiastic and we thank you for your participation. While we encourage reading at home to add to your child’s reading log, the following 26  books have also been chosen for Read Alouds in the classroom;


  1. Tops and Bottoms - Janet Stevens
  2. Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon - Annette Pimentel
  3. She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed The World - Chelsea Clinton
  4. Pig The Pug - Aaron Blabey
  5. Thelma The Unicorn - Aaron Blabey
  6. Robin’s Room - Margaret Wise Brown
  7. Yard Sale - Eve Bunting
  8. Miss Rumphius - Barbara Cooney
  9. Little Mole’s Wish - Sang-gun Kim
  10. Pie Is For Sharing - Stephanie Parsley Ledyard
  11. Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon - Patty Lovell
  12. Flossie & The Fox - Pat McKissack
  13. Ella Mckeen, Kickball Queen - Beth Miles
  14. Baby Bear - Kadir Nelson
  15. The Recess Queen - Alexis O’Neill
  16. I Got Next - Daria Peoples- Riley
  17. The Paperboy - Dav Pilkey
  18. Ruby The Copycat - Peggy Rathmann
  19. The Relatives Came - Cynthia Rylant
  20. Life - Cynthia Rylant
  21. The Old Women Who Named Things - Cynthia Rylant
  22. The Weaver - Qian Shi
  23. Riptide - Frances Ward Weller
  24. A Chair For My Mother - Vera B. Williams
  25. The Other Side - Jacqueline Woodson
  26. Owl Moon - Jane Yolen


Try the Number Line Madness Game attached to support your children's love of numbers!  Also, be on the lookout for information on our Math Game Night coming soon!

People of all ages love to play games that are fun and motivating. Games give students opportunities to explore fundamental number concepts, such as the counting sequence, one-to-one correspondence, and computation strategies. Engaging mathematical games can also encourage students to explore number combinations, place value, patterns, and other important mathematical concepts. Further, they afford opportunities for students to deepen their mathematical understanding and reasoning:

  • Playing games encourages strategic mathematical thinking as students find different strategies for solving problems and deepen their understanding of numbers.
  • When played repeatedly, games support students’ development of computational fluency.
  • Games present opportunities for practice, often without the need for teachers to provide the problems. Teachers can then observe or assess students and work with individuals or small groups of students.
  • Games have the potential to allow students to develop familiarity with the number system and with “benchmark numbers” (such as 10s, 100s, and 1000s) and engage in computation practice, building a deeper understanding of operations.
  • Games support a school-to-home connection. Parents can learn about their children’s mathematical thinking by playing games with them at home.

Article excerpt from National Council for Teachers of Mathematics by Kathy Rutherford, 4/27/2015.