Teaticket Elementary School
May 2020 Newsletter
Sandra M. Kapsambelis – Principal
Meghan Conant – Asst. Principal/SEBA
Hello Teaticket Families,
May is finally here with hopefully the promise of better weather! Although there is a lot of information within this newsletter we hope that you will take the time to read it at your leisure.
On Wednesday of this week I sent home an email with a consent form that needs to be returned so your child can use two of our digital learning tools. Please go to the following link if you have not yet completed the form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSexL_elYoOghPrbvhdsOYHbU1OtgSJdW1MHlRPHBjWot6Pp7A/viewform
Today you will receive an email from the district with a family survey. As a district we would like your feedback on how the remote learning plans are working for your child and for your family so that we can make improvements. Please share your feedback!
During the month of May we will begin our process for student placement. Your input is very important to us as we work to create balanced classrooms for the 2020-2021 school year. On Monday, I will be emailing a letter with an attached form for your feedback. I look forward to your responses!
Once again we thank you for supporting your children during this difficult time and please know that the Teaticket staff are here for you. The teachers are all working extremely hard to connect with your children and engage them in the remote learning. I have been so impressed with everyone's efforts. If you need anything at all please feel free to send me an email. Take care and be well, we miss you all!
Sandy Kapsambelis, Principal
Health and Wellbeing
As some people may or may not know, the Falmouth Public Schools have a working relationship with the McLean Hospital. The McLean Hospital School Consultation Services team has recorded three short video presentations geared towards parents to help them navigate challenging COVID-19 circumstances, with emphasis on evidence-based individual and family skills to help them feel more calm, in control, and effective in managing strong emotions and resolving conflicts in the home. Please take a look if you are interested:
“You can’t pump water out of an empty well: Helping parents cope via self-compassion and self-validation during COVID-19.”
Presented by Yudelki Firpo-Perretti, Ph.D. and Brittany Jordan Author, Ph.D.
Length: ~8 minutes
“Keeping mood up when times are tough: Maintaining resilience and boosting mood through Behavioral Activation.”
Presented by Brittany Jordan-Arthur, Ph.D.
Length: ~17 minutes
“Managing your child’s behavior… when you don’t have time to manage your child’s behavior.”
Presented by Julia Martin-Burch, Ph.D., Lauren Santucci, Ph.D., and Michelle Silverman, Ph.D.
Length: ~16 minutes
News from the Front Office
If you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten in September and have not registered yet, you can download the registration packet from Falmouth Public Schools website, https://www.falmouth.k12.ma.us/domain/41. When completed, please email the completed packet plus birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency to email@example.com Thank you.
If you need to get in touch with the school for any reason please call 508-548-1550 ext 7100. All calls are being monitored.
If you have moved or plan on moving by the end of the school year, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
As the summer approaches here are a few links to websites that people may find helpful:
Be safe, and remember to wash your hands!
Well, over vacation, we all got some difficult news regarding the school closure for the remainder of the school year. That news undoubtedly brought up a lot of mixed feelings. In our many discussions with Teaticket families, here are some of the following reactions:
“I am not surprised, but I am sad. I am mad. I feel scared. I am not sure that I can keep doing this through June. I worry that my child will be far behind by next year. I worry that I can’t do anything to change how much/little I am able to help him/her. I worry that this will reflect on me (as a teacher, as a student, as a parent). We are worried about basic needs.”
We do NOT typically hear things like: “Fabulous! I am so glad. I could do this forever. I am really happy about this plan and everything is going along fine.”
We are telling you this, to help you see that all stress reactions are normal right now. This situation IS very difficult. It IS hard to sustain. We understand that. We also want you to understand that 1) we are here to help. And 2), Teaticket staff truly mean it when they tell you that health and emotional well-being come first right now. We all have to do whatever we need to, in our families, to get through this.
Please, feel free to reach out to one of us, anytime. We can talk to you about how you are doing, any concerns you may have, any behavioral or emotional difficulties that are happening for your child right now, and any needs your family may be facing. Every child will move forward, and we will meet them right where they are at, educationally and emotionally, when the time comes to re-enter our school.
Art with Mrs. Duffany
Check out some of the creative art we have been making at home:
Students should complete one art activity a week for credit. You may use the Google Classroom(“Teaticket Specials at Home”) to find the weekly lesson or join Mrs. Duffany on Fridays for Live Zoom Art Drawings:
Live Drawing Lessons with Mrs. Duffany:
When: Every Friday at 11:00 (3-4th graders) or 11:40 AM (K-2nd graders)
Materials: Pencil, eraser, colored pencils or crayons, paper.
*Please create a username I recognize. This will prevent me from locking students out of the meeting.
Meeting ID: 928 012 1233
If you need help accessing Google Classroom, see below or email me with questions:
There are a couple of ways to access the Google Classroom.
- Open your web browser and sign-in to Google. Find the Google Classroom link and join a class with the code: 4s7nesy.
- Download the Google Classroom app on a tablet or phone, sign-in, and use the class code “4s7nesy” to join.
*K-2 students have google accounts set-up, although most of these students have not used them before. If you’d like to help your student join our Google Classroom, you can sign-in with their account:
**If you do not know your student’s ID number, we can help you find it on Powerschool.
Email is the best way to get in touch with me. Please contact me anytime with questions or concerns, email@example.com.
Library and Technology with Mrs. Rodriguez
Hello students and parents. All of the K-4 library/technology teachers in Falmouth (including Mullen-Hall, North Falmouth and East Falmouth schools) have been working together to create one new library assignment each week for all students in grades K-4. These lessons are meant to be fun and easy to do, and are designed to reinforce the skills that you have learned in Library and Technology classes. Students are required to do these assignments and they are graded.
There are 2 ways to find these weekly lessons: On the Teaticket School homepage and in the “Teaticket Specials at home” Google classroom. Here are directions to help you find these Library/Technology lessons.
From the Teaticket School website:
- Click on “Continuity of Learning”
- Scroll down to the bottom of the “Teaching and Learning” list on the left side
- Click on “K-8 Digital Learning” (this is the official name of the Library/Tech department)
- In the middle of the screen, click on “K-4 Shared Folder”
- Click on this week’s lessons
- Click on your grade
From the “Teaticket Specials at home” Google Classroom
(if you have already joined. If you haven’t yet joined Google Classroom, see Mrs. Duffany’s directions in this newsletter):
- Log on to your Google account
- Click on “Google apps” in the upper right corner
- Click on “Classroom”
- Click on “Teaticket Specials at Home”
- Click on “Classwork” and scroll down to find the Library/Tech lessons
I am here to help you. Please contact me by email with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Music with Ms. O’Neil
I hope that all is well. The K-4 music teachers are collaborating and create new video lessons (jam packed with exciting new concepts) each week for your child to view. These videos are all conveniently located in our Teaticket Specials at Home Google Classroom. Along with the video, there is a quick Google form to fill in - this is how I can tell if your child has completed the required assignments.
If you have any issues with the form or the videos, please email me directly. If you ever want to send a video or audio recording of your child participating in the music lessons I’ve provided, I would love to see it.
In my musical instrument practicing, I’ve recently gotten a banjolele which has brought me so much joy (it’s a hybrid of a banjo and a ukulele - tuned like a ukulele but sounds like a really odd banjo). Now, I just need to learn how to play clawhammer… Anyways, stay musical!
Please contact me by email: email@example.com .
Physical Education with Mrs. Shanahan
I hope everyone is doing well. I miss seeing all of you and playing games with you. We are working hard to try and give you fun lessons each week which you can find on the specialist google classroom. After completing the short lesson answer the few questions and submit so we can grade you. If you haven’t had time you can go back to the past weeks as well.
FIELD DAY- The PE Dept is working together to have a virtual field day for you, so keep checking the specialist google classroom for updates.
Bike Giveaway- If you had signed up for a gently used bike we have one for you. Unfortunately the Bike Lab is closed and we can’t get the bikes yet but we will have one for you when they open. I have the list and will contact you.
PLAYGROUND - With the Falmouth Road Race donation and help from local businesses we are working with to complete this project as soon as possible.
JUNE 21st. FEF VIRTUAL WALK OR RUN-Falmouth Education Foundation. Stay healthy, active and keep working hard!
Please email me anytime with questions, firstname.lastname@example.org
Preschool News from Laney Cooke-Johnson- Director of Early Childhood Programs
Happy spring! Happy May!
I hope you are all safe and healthy. We certainly miss seeing all of you and your children.
If you have a child headed for kindergarten and have not registered him or her yet, please do! The registration can be found on the Falmouth Public Schools website. You can fill it out and either email it to the appropriate school where your child will attend or mail it. If you're not sure which school is “your district” please do not hesitate to email me. In addition, if you know of any preschool aged children interested in our program for next year, please request an application and registration packet from Barbara Mitchell, administrative assistant in the office of student services at the school administration building. 508-548-0151 ext. 143, email@example.com We would like the registrations asap in order to properly staff our program.
Lastly, I would like to let you know that I am retiring at the end of this school year after working in this school system in a variety of roles over the course of 33 years. It has been my pleasure working with you and your children. Many of you I had as a student along the way, and it has been wonderful to know you all of these years! I will miss you and your children, but it is time to seek out new adventures in retirement.
Enjoy the month of May and I will be in touch regarding “end of the school year activities” soon. Stay well, and thank you for all you do! You can reach me at 508-548-1052 ext. 7 249 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Reading Corner with Mrs. Mc Menamy and Mrs. Chicoine
We continue to hope that you and your families are safe and healthy. Life can certainly be overwhelming these days, however we hope you are still able to find time to read with your child. If your child is currently receiving Title 1 services we will be reaching out to you in the next few days to offer a specific time each week for Title 1 office hours. During that time we will be available to answer any reading questions you might have or offer assistance with any reading lessons your child may be struggling with that particular week.
Math Coaching Corner with Mrs. Bowerman and Mrs. Strong
We realize this last month has been much different than our usual Cape Cod spring and we are hoping you have been able to find some time to relax with your family. In anticipation of our feathered friends returning, we are excited to announce that the birdhouse/birdfeeder contest has been extended! Click here for the contest guidelines.
In support of your math learning objectives, we are sharing the May Math Learning calendar. Math is all around YOU - this calendar helps you discover how you can use your math skills in many ways - every day of the month! Zorbit's Math May Calendar.