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Teaticket Elementary School

October 2020 Newsletter

Sandra M. Kapsambelis – Principal

Meghan Conant – Asst. Principal/SEBA

Principal’s News

Hello Teaticket Families, I would like to begin by thanking both the Teaticket Staff and Families for a great start to the school year! The children have been truly amazing in learning all of the new routines and procedures.  On Tuesday we tried out our inclement weather plans for arrival and determined that we will be able to successfully use this procedure for arrival each day. As a result students will not need to line outside prior to entering the building. 

I would also like to thank our community; they have been incredibly supportive and generous. In addition to tools and resources for our outdoor classrooms, teachers have also been given individual items for students to use at recess. Since the children are not allowed to play on the playground equipment teachers have been very creative in planning for physically distanced activities that can be played in our back field or around the track. 

Our Meet Your Teacher Night is scheduled for November 4th. There will be a staggered schedule so parents can attend multiple grade levels if necessary. This will be a virtual event with Zoom meeting invites from classroom teachers and the front office. Thank you so much to those parents/families that have completed their back to school forms. If you have not returned your forms please do so so we can update our records. Your involvement in the school and your child’s education is invaluable.

During this past month teachers have focused on building relationships with students so they feel welcome and comfortable in their new classrooms. I would like to encourage all parents/families to set up parent teacher conferences soon, as it’s never too early to talk about your wonderful children! 

Since our Meet you Teacher Night is scheduled for the first Wednesday of the month our next PTO meeting will be on November 5th. During this meeting we will vote on our school council members. If you are interested in being on the school council please send me an email so I can include your name on our election ballot. 

 

Best regards,

Sandy Kapsambelis, Principal

skapsambelis@falmouth.k12.ma.us

 

Calendar of Events

 

 

October 28th

Early Release Day, A.M. Preschool Only

12:40 dismissal- see staggered parent pick up schedule

November 4th

Meet Your Teacher Night

Schedule to be shared

November 5th

TT PTO Meeting

6:00pm via Zoom

November 10th

A.M. Remote Learning- all students

P.M. No School

November 11th

Veteran’s Day

No School

November 18th

Early Release Day, A.M. Preschool Only

12:40 dismissal- see staggered parent pick up schedule

 

News from the Front Office

If you have not returned the forms that were sent home the first day of school, please send them in as soon as possible. The General Permission Form and Acknowledgement of Handbook is a required form which can be completed electronically. The Free and Reduced Price School Meals Form was sent home via paper. This form is required annually to access meals. The Emergency/Medical Information Form is also required and was also sent home on paper. If you need another copy of any of these forms please contact the office either by phone (508) 548-1550 or email lconlon@falmouth.k12.ma.us

 

If your child is sick or will be tardy, please call the school at (508) 548-1550 and press 4 to get the Safety Callback line and leave a detailed message.  If we do not receive a phone call, someone from the school will be contacting you.

Nurse’s Corner

Please consider packing an extra set of clothes in your child’s backpack for spills, slips on wet grass or bathroom accidents – the nursing suite has a limited supply of small clothing. 

 

If your child has a daily or as needed prescription medication, please contact me to set up an appointment to drop off the medication. 

 

Below is the latest issue of Nutrition Bites from UMass Extension’s SNAP-Ed program. I hope you continue to find this a valuable resource. 

https://ag.umass.edu/sites/ag.umass.edu/files/newsletters/pdf/nutrition_bites_issue_18.pdf

https://ag.umass.edu/nutrition/newsletters/nutrition-bites/nutrition-bites-2020-vol-180

 

For families who are traveling, please follow the advice from Mass.gov; Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders. The Commonwealth has made great progress to slow the spread of COVID-19 and gradually re-open the economy, and all visitors have a responsibility to help us keep transmission levels as low as possible.  All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:



If you have any questions/concerns, please email me at mpetrucci@falmouth.k12.ma.us



Counselor’s Corner

 

The school year is off to a great start! It is so nice to see all of the students excited to be back in school and ready to learn. Although this year is different in many ways, and  there are a lot of new routines for the students to learn, they have done a great job adapting to all of the new procedures and changes (and have even offered reminders to other children when someone forgets)! We know that children thrive with predictability and we are working hard to make sure that all of our students have this. It is always important that we take the time to explain, demonstrate, and review our expectations with children, and we have seen that even with major changes like those occurring at school this year, the children have demonstrated resilience. We discussed resilience in our September newsletter, and as a reminder, this is something that we should consistently teach and role model. Building routines and predictability is just one way that we can continue to foster resilience in our students, as we are showing them that they are able to learn and adapt to something new even when facing significant stress. 

 

It is crucial for children to have routines at home as well as school. Although it can be hard to get started and may feel overwhelming at times, providing structure and predictability allows children to feel safe and secure, and can assist them in developing confidence and a sense of independence.  Routines will be different for each and every family, and it is important to find routines that work for yours.  These could include a consistent bedtime schedule, a homework routine, or meal time routines. It may be helpful to start by picking one time of day that feels more challenging, and work with your family on developing a routine for that particular time.  It is important to remember that stability for children is always important, but even more so during times of stress or uncertainty.

 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns! 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. Cleary and Mrs. Chicoine

Each year we work to assess the reading skills of every student at Teaticket, in order to provide information that allows students to have targeted instruction based upon their reading strengths and weaknesses.  These assessments are not used to reflect grades, rather to guide instruction and support.  This year, the fall reading assessments take on a new level of importance, since students had differing levels of academic engagement in the spring and the typical end of year assessments were not completed.  If your child comes into Teaticket Elementary, we will provide online and in person assessments during the school day, as is typical in the fall, with added cleaning and safety precautions.  If your child is working remotely, we ask that your assistance is limited to supporting your student logging in and navigating the sites, not with word reading, defining words, or providing additional examples.  Although it can be challenging to see a student struggle with a task, the information we gain is important to drive our instruction and support them as readers and learners.    

Art with Ms. Crane 

This month students in Kindergarten and Second grade are working on both mixed media, color and pop art with a focus on emotions, creativity and what art means to them. We are learning about our classmates and our selves through self reflection. By reflecting and critiquing we get a sense of how emotions can convey our feelings through our art work. We will continue these skill techniques for the month of October and throughout the school year. Our imaginations, memory and creativity will feed our artwork. 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

Let’s keep our minds open…

 

Please email with questions or concerns, rcrane@falmouth.k12.ma.us

Library and Technology with Mrs. Rodriguez

Grade 3 students have learned to use the main features of Padlet, which include creating a post, drawing, recording voices, taking pictures, and creating brief videos. These lessons were taught in conjunction with discussions about Zoom etiquette, which led to some entertaining videos.

Grade 3 students have started to use their TypingClub accounts to learn keyboarding. This program tracks their development, and the goal is to reach 15 words-per-minute according to Massachusetts guidelines. They are encouraged to continue the lessons at home at their own pace, but may not go onto the next lesson until they have received 4 out of 5 stars. Time will be allotted in class each week for TypingClub.

Upcoming lessons include reviewing Google documents and the toolbar, and reviewing Destiny Discover, the online catalog for our library.

A weekly playlist of lessons and assignments are available on my Google classroom:

“3rd Grade Special: Library / Tech…”. Assignments are required.

 

For 3rd Grade Remote students: Starting  Tuesday, October 20, I will be meeting with you everyday at 11:30 on Zoom, instead of at the regularly scheduled Library class time. This will allow me to give you my undivided attention and to provide extra help, if needed.

 

Returning library books: If you have a library book that you borrowed last year, please return it to your classroom teacher. If you are a Remote student, please bring the library book to the front door of the Teaticket school during the school day (between 8:00 - 4:00) and ring the bell and tell the office that you are leaving the library book outside ,next to the front door.

 

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

Music with Ms. O’Neil

Hi families - I hope you are having a great start to the school year. We’ve already been having fun as far as music goes with many different activities in Grade 4 and with one section in Kindergarten (Ms. Melillo’s class). 

 

For remote students: please make sure that you check the playlist each day for your child (I try to post an entire week at a time so there are no surprises); however, sometimes the weather may not be as cooperative as I would like it to be. Please remember that the activities assigned each day are required.  For in-person students: we will be going through the playlist together for our assigned classroom time; however, sometimes the weather may not be as cooperative as I would like it to be. There may be times when I adjust the sails so we can still create music together, safely. Please know I am trying my best for all of you.

 

As far as additional musical opportunities outside of the school day, there will be no 3rd or 4th grade chorus offering. I am hopeful that at a later date, we will be able to return to singing as a group together safely. Additionally, 4th grade band has started for the year via Zoom (a complete remote offering for the time being) - if you still have interest in enrolling your child, it is never too late, and I can always help you get an instrument -- please let me know via my email or by calling me at the school. Thank you!

 

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

Physical Education with Mrs. Shanahan

It’s great to have the students back in the building. I am currently seeing first grade and Mrs. Boudrot’s class. We are working on 8 week cycles and I will see grade 2 next as well as another K class. This means I see them everyday outdoors so dressing for the weather is important.  I have had a playlist each week and a lesson everyday posted on specialist google classroom and on my landing page in each classroom teacher has posted as well. The students are required to do the daily lesson and are graded. If your child posts an answer they must put their name on it. When we are all back in full day the lesson is delivered in the class no homework will be given.  If your child is remote full time they have a specialist at East Falmouth school currently.  For students and families who are not currently taking P.E. that would be grades 2, 3, 4 and some K. I have resources on my Landing Page for outdoor and indoor activities , exercises that the students can do for fun. My Landing page is located on the Teaticket website. 

Our Elementary School Track Meet this year will be virtual this year. Stay tuned for more info.

If you have any questions regarding Physical Education classes, please contact me at cshanahan@falmouth.k12.ma.us

 

Math Coaching Corner with Mrs. Bowerman and Ms. Strong

 

This year all K-4 Falmouth students will engage with a powerful online learning tool called ST Math.   We are able to share this tool as a result of a generous grant from the MassStem Hub/One8 Foundation.  For more information, please click on the link below.

 

Introducing ST Math to our FPS elementary students

 

We are looking forward to sharing more information about ST Math and our friend JiJi the Penguin in the coming weeks and months!