Mill Falls News
April 7, 2017
Upcoming Events
Girls on the Run

Early Release Day
11:15am dismissal

Girls on the Run

Pizza Friday!

Read-In: Acadia & Yosemite

Girls on the Run

Drama Club Begins!

Girls on the Run

Pizza Friday!

Read-In: Denali & Olympic

April Vacation

Please click here for our online Google calendar.

Each day we have students select the days Raffle Winner.

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





 Reaching High!

One more HUGE Thank You! to all in our community who helped us reach AND exceed our $10,000 goal for this year's MFCS Calendar Raffle. Well done all! We have been announcing the winners on our School's FaceBook Page. All winners have been called and prizes are sent out daily to the lucky recipients. 

Looking forward to seeing you at Game Night, tonight from 5:30-7:30 ! Our 6th Year students look forward to being Game Gurus at tonight's event which is part of their Service Learning Curriculum. A special thanks to Ms. Ashley who has taken the lead on organizing the event and working weekly with the students, along with MFCS Parent, Lauren D. Thanks, too, to Amanda G. for helping to decorate our space. Many of you have sent in goodies and supplies and still others will be lending a hand tonight. We are poised to have a GREAT evening of fun and games!

Please join us in welcoming the newest member of our Mill Falls Community. The Bashier-Mousa Family has a new daughter - Maab. Congratulations...we can't wait to meet her!

The students and staff powered through the Smarter Balanced Assessments this week with grace, energy and some crazy dance moves! Several parents came to school and staff stepped up this week to provide fun and engaging body breaks. We kicked off with MFCS dad, Ramon S., who lead the students in a high energy Latin Dance mix. Jazzercise class was lead by MFCS mom, Maura B. Ms. Devon & Ms. Emily lead two online Just Dance classes. And today MFCS mom, Terri G. kicked up some dust with a Zumba class. Thanks all! The kids AND staff had a blast!
 Play Ball!

Looking for something fun to do on Wednesday, April 12th - our next early release day? Here's an exciting message from MFCS Parent, Katie Cote:

The Cote Family is looking to fill a suite at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats' game on April 12th, which starts at 10:35 a.m. (we'll be a little late to the game).

There is no charge for these tickets, but refreshments will cost extra. 

The 20 available tickets will be distributed on a first come-first serve basis.  Please email me,  Katie, with the number of tickets you need.

The suite was donated by the Amoskeag Beverages.
 We Have a Winner!

Thanks to all those who are participating in our Family & Friends Monthly  Giving Program . As part of that program, the names of program participants  are drawn monthly in a small gift raffle. The winner of this month's  prize is the Hancock Family. Thank you Jen & Ken for your years
of support! The prize this month is a $15 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble.

Corporate Matching
We LOVE corporate matching and hope to connect with more businesses large  and small this year to grow our corporate match partnerships. Please help  be part of that effort! Inquire with your employer today to find out if
they will match your donations. If you have any questions, please send
Meryl an email . Thank you!!

Give & Gets, aka Effort-Free Giving
A reminder that Mill Falls is enrolled in a number of programs which are
designed to provide small financial donations from places many of us shop
regularly. These 'Give & Get' opportunities are mapped out on our
website...click here to find out more!

 Field Day!

field day It's time to assemble our annual Field Day Committee ! Help Ms. Laura plan this family-favorite event, coming up on Friday, June 2nd!

The first meeting will be held on  Friday, April 14th at 8:30am

Click here to be a part of the committee! 

Please email  Laura W with any questions.
 Upcoming After School Programs

Spring Soccer Club:  Join Ms. Nicole & Ms. Rhiannon in our first Soccer Club! Each week, participating students will practice soccer skills and drills and end each session with a scrimmage game. The whole program will culminate in a Student vs. Staff game! 

Who: Students in g rades 4-6
When:  Mondays, 5/1 through 6/12, 3-4:30pm
Cost: $40 for 6-week program 

Student vs. Staff game: Friday, 6/12
*There will be a minimum of 18 students, 
with a maximum of 28 students for this club.*

Spots are filling up quickly! Turn in your form and payment ASAP!

The flyer was sent home in backpacks last week! Click here to view.

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Outdoor Adventure Club: Join 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
*There is a minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 20 for this club.*

Please note: This program will travel to various locations. 
 We will need parent volunteers for the club
in order to get to our destinations!

Click here to see the flyer that went home in backpacks today!

 Brain Busters: March 31th Challenges

Challenge #1 Eights...
Using 8 exactly eight times how can you make 1,000? Use only addition signs.
Winner:  No Winner.

Challenge #2: What 3-digit number am I?  
The digit in the tens place is four times the digit in the ones place, and the digit in the hundreds place is 3 less than the digit in the tens place.
Winners:  Zoe/5th/Everglades & Sam/5th/Zion
 For the Love of Opera

On Thursday, April 20th, the Opera NH will be performing at Mill Falls as part of their 2017 In School Tour. Their performance, entitled "For the Love of Opera", will offer a selection of some of the most famous opera pieces. 

The program will feature Opera NH's  Three Divas: Ashley N. Therrien, Emily Adams, and Alison Messier, accompanied by pianist Jono Babbitt.  The program will feature an introduction, the 25-minute performance, and a 10-minute question and answer session. 

About Opera NH: 

Since 1974, Opera New Hampshire has offered children's programming aimed at providing cultural and educational opportunities to New Hampshire school-aged children, at no cost to them or their schools. The goals of the program are to: 
  • Expose children to opera, an art form that is often under-emphasized in school curricula;
  • Demonstrate the interaction of vocal and instrumental music, storytelling, acting, dance, language arts, and other educational subjects within the context;
  • Provide children with an opportunity to see and hear live opera;
  • Encourage children to participate in operas. 
For more information, visit www.OperaNH.org.
 Food Drive...for our New Food Pantry!

The MFCS Community has responded with tremendous generosity to our ongoing food drive. Your  donations go directly to support members of
our school community! We will be collecting donations for the rest of the school year.

Thank you!
Montessori Moments...
This week our Kindergarten students explored color, learning about the primary colors and how color mixing works. Ms. Kristin used basic materials of food coloring, water and paper towels for this experiment. Take a look:

Testing and body-breaks. Repeat...
Even some of our younger friends got in on the body-break fun this week! 

Some of our Kindergarten friends worked on the beloved Montessori work which employes a special tool to outline the continents and then assemble them into the shape of the world. Here are two very proud students with Ms. Kristin!

Below, to the left, is an example of an Upper Elementary student's "town",
which was created using a required list of angles and shapes.
To the right, are art projects completed this week.