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March Newsletter

Teaticket Elementary School

March 2020 Newsletter

Sandra M. Kapsambelis – Principal

Meghan Conant – Asst. Principal/SEBA

Hello Teaticket Families,

We are so happy to see everyone refreshed and ready to learn after February break!  This month I would like to start the newsletter off with a big thank you to the PTO for a great Spaghetti Supper and Book Fair.  We served over 160 dinners, thank you to all that attended.  

As a reminder, March 2-6th, we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America next week.  Students are invited to participate in the fun! Please see below:

Monday – Fox in Socks -  Wear silly or mismatched socks.

Tuesday – Green Eggs and Ham - Wear the color green.

Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday - Wear your clothes backwards, mismatched or inside out.

Thursday – Cat in The Hat - Wear your favorite hat.

Friday – One Fish, Two Fish - Wear something red and/or blue.

Save the date! On Wednesday, March 18th Teaticket will be hosting a district wide Math Family Game Night in the cafe from 6-7pm.  This event will be offered to students in grades K-2 and their families. Elementary teachers will be onsite introducing fun math games that families can also play at home. The same opportunity will be offered on March 25th at the East Falmouth School for all students in grades 3-4 from 6-7 pm. We hope to see everyone at these fun family game nights! 

Just a friendly reminder, MCAS is just around the corner for students in grades 3 & 4. The students will be tested in English Language Arts on April 14th & 15th and in Math on May 7th & 8th.   Students will begin their tutorials this month. 

Please don’t forget that our next early release day is tomorrow Tuesday, March 3, 2020 and our next PTO meeting will be held in the Teaticket Library on Wednesday March 4th at 5:30 pm.  At our PTO meeting, a School Committee member and a Central Office Administrator will be presenting the revised Core Values and will be asking for your feedback. We hope to see you there!

 

Best regards,

Sandy Kapsambelis,  Principal

skapsambelis@falmouth.k12.ma.us

 

 

Calendar of Events

 

Date

Event

Time

March 2-6, 2020

Read Across America Week

 

March 3, 2020

Early Release Day

12:40pm

March 4, 2020

TT PTO Meeting

5:30pm

March 6, 2020

School Council

8:15 am

March 18, 2020

Grade 3 and 4 Curling Field Trip

11:25-2:25pm

March 18, 2020

TT Family Math Night Grades K -2 

6:00pm

March 25, 2020

East Falmouth Family Math Night Grades 3 & 4 

6:00 pm

March 25, 2020

Grade 1 Informance

6:30pm

March 27, 2020

Report Cards go home Grades 1-4

3:30 pm

April 1, 2020

TT PTO Meeting

5:30pm

April 10, 2020

Holiday Observance - No school

 

April 18-26,2020

Spring Break - No School

 

 

 News from the Front Office

Please remember, if you are visiting the school in any capacity, you MUST report directly to the office to sign in and take a badge.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation and help in keeping all of our students safe in school. 

If you know that you will be moving please let us know, it will help in the placement of students for next year. 

Kindergarten Registration is upon us!  Kindergarten registration was held the last week of February. If you were unable to come into the school to register your child at that time,  you will be able to register your child the week of April 27th - May 1st at Teaticket School. This includes first grade registration from private kindergarten and current preschool students in the Falmouth Public Schools.  

Nurse’s Corner

There have been some questions and concerns around the attendance procedures. If your child is at home sick, please call the school to report the absence. This absence will only be excused if the student returns to school with a doctor’s note. 

https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/Nations-Pediatricians-Prescribe-Plan-to-Boost-School-Attendance.aspx 

Counselor’s Corner

Hello families!

We hope that our students enjoyed their February vacation and are excited and ready to be back in school! Before vacation we celebrated No Guff Week. During this week, each class completed a random act of kindness for another class. It was great to see our student’s excitement about not only receiving an act of kindness, but about providing one as well.

We also celebrated No Guff Week with a word and a song of the day. This year’s words were trust, strength, brave, and friendship.  Each day at lunch the students learned about the word of the day and listened to a song related to the word. We wrapped up the week with a community meeting, and at this time we discussed all of the kind acts that occurred during the week, but also the importance of being kind all of the time, and not only during this one week. We talked about how it feels good to do something kind for someone else, and how a seemingly small act of kindness, like saying “good morning” with a smile on your face, can make a big difference in someone's life. We hope that our students will continue to demonstrate acts of kindness throughout the year!  

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

Ms. Poole’s email address; cpoole@falmouth.k12.ma.us  or Ms. Margolin’s email address; jmargolin@falmouth.k12.ma.us .

Reading Corner with Mrs. McMenamy and Mrs. Chicoine

Reading comprehension is the ability to understand, relate to and learn from what one reads. Some suggested strategies that will improve reading comprehension are as follows:

Before Reading: 

*Preview the book. Look at the cover and back of the book

*Examine the table of contents in order to predict what might happen in the book. When reading nonfiction, think about and discuss what you know about the topic (prior knowledge).

*Read the first few pages to determine if the book is an appropriate selection for your child. 

During Reading:

*Go back and reread a sentence that you do not understand.

*Discuss parts that surprise you or that lead to making connections.

*Discuss the characters, setting and plot.

After Reading: 

*Summarize the book, thinking about the beginning, middle and end of the story as you discuss with your child.

*Draw or write about your favorite part of the book.

*Give a book review. Tell what you liked or didn’t like about the book.

Art with Mrs. Duffany 

This month all grades will have the opportunity to practice and apply skills using clay.  Students really enjoy the process of creating ceramic pieces, starting with a soft ball of clay, forming it, seeing it after the first kiln fire, glazing it one day with a chalking paint, and then seeing it transform into a glossy finish. The whole unit is magical and artwork becomes a treasured keepsake. 

If your child enjoys this type of art, the Falmouth Art Center offers a variety of clay classes for kids (and adults,too) during the school year and summer.

Email is the best way to get in touch with me. Please contact me anytime with questions or concerns, jduffany@falmouth.k12.ma.us .

Library and Technology with Ms. Rodriguez

The 4th graders will begin to prepare for the MCAS by reviewing the online MCAS Tutorial during Technology classes. There is a link to this on the Teaticket School Technology webpage, that includes Math and English Language Arts practice tests. Please take a look at it if you are interested; a lot of students like to do the practice tests at home, although there will be time provided in their classrooms for them to do so!

The 3rd graders will  be looking at the MCAS Tutorial during Library and Technology classes in March. Since this is the first time that they will be taking the online tests, much more time is devoted to helping them become familiar with the test, with emphasis put on navigating through the assessment, signing in and logging off, and how to use the many tools available.  Classroom teachers will then provide time for them to take the practice tests following the completion of the Tutorial with me.

Please contact me by email: krodriguez@falmouth.k12.ma.us 

Music with Ms. O’Neil

Happy Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM)! MIOSM began as a celebration in the state of New York in 1973, and has grown over the decades to encompass a day, then a week, and then in 1985 to become a month long celebration of school music throughout the United States. The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music! There will be performances throughout Falmouth Public Schools in celebration of this month so please check the Falmouth Public Schools Music Calendar for more information! The 1st Grade Informance is on Wednesday, March 25th at 6:30 pm.  A notice will be sent home so please check your child’s folder if they are a part of this grade level!

2nd Grade students are learning patriotic songs related to our in-school Flag Day celebration: please sing through “You’re a Grand Old Flag” or “Yankee Doodle” with them. 

Third grade students should be practicing to help prepare for our concert! We are focusing on Mary Had A Little Lamb – please ask them to play it for you.  

Thanks for your support! Please contact me with any questions or concerns at eoneil@falmouth.k12.ma.us .

Physical Education with Mrs. Shanahan

The third and fourth graders are finishing up class curling tournaments and we will hold the grade level tournaments next week.  The gym curling has taken place for over 15 years and the students love it. The winning teams will compete against the other schools at the end of March. The curling program is sponsored by the Cape Cod Curling Club. We have received grants from FEF and USA Curling Association to purchase new curling stones for every school and offer a field trip for all grade 4 students to the club this month. On March 14th Tyler George, USA Gold Curling medalist will visit Teaticket School to speak with the students about curling. 

Grades k-2 have been playing Fishy Fishy, Hungry Hippos, Cookie Guarder,  Snowball Tag and Rock, Paper, Scissor tag. We will be covering nutrition next in P.E. by playing games that involved the five food groups. 

The 100th day Fitness Challenge was great this year! We are still collecting donation envelopes to help cover field trips, field day and additional events the PTO covers for our school. Thank you for contributing.  The next Before and After school activity sign ups will include some movement and fitness programs.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions regarding Physical Education class please contact me at cshanahan@falmouth.k12.ma.us .

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

Dear Families,

Even though we did not see much of winter, we are already seeing signs of spring!

We are heading into the “ transition to the next school year “ phase with many dates to share with you. We completed our lottery for new peer models  for September on February 13th. We still have plenty of spaces available at this time, but they will fill quickly by late spring and early summer as people begin to gear up for September plans. Applications are available by calling Lucia DaSilva at East Falmouth School,

508-548-1052 ext. 7 201, or Barabara Mitchell at the administration building at  508-548-0151 ext. 143. 

Kindergarten Registration is upon us!  Kindergarten registration was held the last week of February. If you were unable to come into the school to register your child at that time,  you will be able to register your child the week of April 27th - May 1st at all four elementary schools. This includes first grade registration from private kindergarten and current preschool students in the Falmouth Public Schools.

Just a reminder- March 3rd is an in-service day so we do not have PM preschool and dismissal for the AM group is 12:30. Your child will need to come to school with lunch.

Thank you again for all you do! You can reach me at 508-548-1052 ext. 7 249 or via email lcooke_johnson@falmouth.k12.ma.us 

Falmouth Public Schools Elementary Math Coaching Corner  

The Office of Teaching and Learning is happy to announce our first Family Math Game Night: 

two nights of family fun centered around math!

All grade K-2 families are invited to Teaticket Elementary School on Wednesday, March 18 from 6:00-7:00 PM to explore and play a wide variety of games together that support math learning.  

All grade 3 and 4 families are invited to East Falmouth Elementary School on Wednesday, March 25  from 6:00-7:00 PM to play a wide variety of games together that support math learning.  

Guests will find multiple tables -- each equipped with a game, a poster of simplified instructions, and a roving facilitator to encourage and support families as they try out different games together.   Each family will leave the night with a deck of cards donated by the Falmouth Education Foundation.

Curious about the types of games we’ll have available?  You can check them out in this grade K-2 list or this grade 3-4 list.

The purpose of Family Game Night is to have fun and bring generations together through play!  Therefore, each child MUST stay close to their adult at all times.

Space is limited, so please RSVP to shorturl.at/tKST2 or use the QR code below  

to reserve your spots at Family Game Night!

See you there!