Mill Falls News
April 21, 2017
Upcoming Events

April Vacation

Spring Soccer Begins!

Girls on the Run

Drama Club

Outdoor Adventure Club Begins!

Girls on the Run

Pizza Friday!

Read-In: Glacier, Everglades & Zion

Soccer Club

Girls on the Run

Early Release Day
11:15am Dismissal

Girls on the Run

Pizza Friday!

Read-In: Acadia & Yosemite

Please click here for our online Google calendar.

Special thanks to Ms. Melissa who organized our Earth Day Seed Planing!

We gratefully acknowledge the ongoing contributions from the following corporate partners: 





 Happy Earth Day!

While everyone is looking forward to April Vacation, we certainly have managed to accomplish a lot this week! 

This week we celebrated  a Service Learning Project organized by our 6th Year Students. Kindness Week  provided staff, students and visitors the chance participate in acknowledging acts and words of kindness shared here at School. Some of the most touching notes about kindness will be displayed at our 2017 Leadership Fundraising Breakfast on May 2nd, the MFCS Foundation's largest fundraiser of the year which brings together members of the greater Manchester area to celebrate and support our School.

On Tuesday morning, we welcomed the Department of Education's Charter Renewal TeamThey spent time with staff, students and parents exploring our public Montessori program. Student ambassadors welcomed the team and took some time to share their experiences at Mill Falls. Other students demonstrated Montessori materials and still another read a passage from a long-form narrative he is working on. We also had several tables displaying student work from the last year. A special thanks to the Parents, Staff and Trustees, who met with the visiting team and helped provide them with a great sense of life at Mill Falls. The Charter Renewal Team will now review the extensive application and related documents we have provided and review their visit notes as they make their recommendation to the Commissioner and Board of Education. It was an honor to host the Team and a pleasure to share our work. 

On Thursday, Opera NH visited, providing a beautiful and melodic sampling of opera - a wonderful introduction to the art form. Mr. Adam, our Music Teacher prepared the students for the performance in advance of the groups appearance yesterday. The students responded with grace and kindness and applause. There were even some special guest MFCS performers! "Bravo!" could be heard throughout the School!

On Thursday we also received a generous donation of 4 Soccer Goals from Alan Foy and his team at GPS New Hampshire.  GPS provides a professional level youth soccer program for enthusiastic and talented children seeking to maximize their talents and be provided opportunities for competition and exposure at the highest levels. They offer high quality coaching, elite partnerships and unique training and playing opportunities. If you're interested in exploring their program over April Vacation, click here to view the flyer about their Vacation Camp.

And today we celebrated  Earth Day! Usually, we observe the day by cleaning the grounds around our school building. But with unwelcoming weather, we had to shift modes slightly. There will still be time spent talking about conservation methods and ways to care for our amazing planet, but this year, students will make a mini-garden, learning how to plant seeds and care for them. HUGE shout out to Ms. Melissa who organized this activity. Students will bring home their seedlings today and we hope that each of you will find a corner of the earth to plant today's project.  Seeds today, flowers tomorrow!

As we look forward, we note that the months of May and June will be full of lessons, field trips, community days like Field Day, and Graduation for our 6th Year students. Please see below for several of those important dates. 

Wishing everyone in our Mill Falls Family a wonderful, safe and sunny April Vacation! We'll see you on May 1st! 

April 24th-28th: April Vacation
Are you available to help with our Outdoor Improvement Project? See below for details. 

May 10th: Final Early Release Day of the School Year, 11:15am
If you need child care that day, please contact Ms. Susanne.

May 17th: Art Show, 3:30-5pm
Please plan to join us for a fun community gathering and sharing of our students' art work this year. 

May 24th: Step Up Night, 6:30pm
All parents/guardians of current Kinders and 3rd grade students are asked to save this date and plan to join us that evening for important information as your child moves from one program level, to the next. We will also host the parents/guardians of next year's Kindergarten students. 

June 2: Field Day
Work on Field Day organizing is already underway. This is a wonderful MFCS community day. Please plan to join us for our annual community lunch!

June 8th: Graduation Celebration for our 6th Year Students
Details to follow.

June 9th: Upper Elementary Dance
The final evening gathering of the year and a great way to send off our 6th Year friends!

June 12th: Kinder Tea
A special morning event for our current Kinder Families. Please save the date Kinder Families! Details to follow.

June 14th: Last Day of School for the Year
Barring any more unexpected weather days, this full day will be our final day of school.

 Upcoming After School Programs

Outdoor Adventure Club: 
J oin  Ms. Anya and Ms. Kelsey in the Outdoor Adventure Club! The group will visit different outdoor locations to get exercise, learn about trees and animals indigenous to New Hampshire, collect samples, read maps, and work on outdoor crafts!

Who: Lower Elementary, Grades 1-3
When: Wednesdays- 3:15-5:15
Dates: May 3rd, 17th, 24th, 31st, June 7th
Cost: $50 for the 5-week session

If you would like your child to participate, 
you must email Ms. Anya during April Vacation 
with your child's name and if you are able to chaperone. 
The form MUST be turned in on Monday, May 1st.

* * * 
Spring Soccer Club 
is full!
The first session starts on Monday, 
May 1st as soon as we return from April Vacation

Dates:  Mondays-  May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, June 5th, 12th
Times: 3-4:30pm

If you have any questions, p lease email  

Over April Vacation we are planning to kick off the Outdoor Improvement Plan. We will be taking small steps this spring to improve our outdoor options for our students. 

We are looking for volunteers who will be in town over April Break and are willing and able to lend a hand. We will be stenciling games onto the sidewalk and cement (as long as Mother Nature works with us!), and need a small but mighty team of people who can help!

Can you lend a hand?
Please  and please also note what days during the Vacation Week you are available.

Call for Recess Items:
We are also collecting new items to replenish and renew our playground supplies. Here is the list of items we are hoping to have donated:

               * Soccer Balls, size 4 & 5
               * Sidewalk Chalk
               * Footballs (junior sized)
               * Kickballs/Four Square balls
               * Double Dutch Length "Jelly" Jump Ropes
               * Bases (for ball games like kickball and wiffle ball)  
               * Wiffle Ball with plastic bats and balls
               * Hula Hoops - please click here for the link to purchase. 
  * Moveable Basketball Hoop

Thank you for your generosity and ongoing support!!

 Thanking our Top Sellers!

Last month we worked together as a Community to raise $10,000 for our school with sales of our 2017 Calendar Raffle! It took many people working together to make the fundraising effort a success. We've thanked the adults involved many times, so today we'd like to acknowledge the hard work of our students.  

This morning, Calendar Coordinator, Lisa Z, pulled the names of the Top Student Calendar Sellers. Amelia Z. sold 33 calendars this year and won the Breathe NH Fun Pass Booklet. 

We had many students who sold 10 or more calendars this year. The randomly selected winners from that group are: Will H who won the Milk & Cookies Basket and Tyler C who won the Ben & Jerry's Gift Basket. 

Again our heartfelt thanks to all!
 Recipe for Success

food drive This year we have deepened our partnership with the NH Food Bank with the opening of our Food Pantry. Now part of the NH Food Bank Family, we are learning about some of their innovative programs. 

Coming up, the Food Bank will offer a free Culinary Training in their beautiful industrial kitchen on the second floor of their facility which is just around the corner from School. If you'd like to know more, please  click here for the application. 
 Brain Busters

Challenge #1 How Much Change?
Ms. Sherry buys eight candy bars that cost $1.35 each. If she pays with two tens, how much change will the cashier give her back?
Winner:  Grace/Acadia/3rd Year Student

Challenge #2: What Number am I? 
What number is 10 hundreds less than the following number:  150,376
Winner:  Lukas/Zion/4th
Montessori Moments...

Above taken during our Charter Renewal visit.
Below, taken during the Opera NH performance. 

Thank you, Ms. Susanne, for everything you do!