Mill Falls News
September 15, 2017
Upcoming Events

Volunteer Training

Running Conditioning Club  (grades K-3)

School Picture Day
(sibling Photos at 8am) 

International Peace Day

Running Conditioning Club (grades 4-6)
3-4 pm

Road Race & Fun Run!
activities begin at 9am

Volunteer Training
5:30pm - 6:15pm

Pizza Friday Forms Due

Family Handbook Sign Off Page Due

First Pizza Friday

First Read-In:
Glacier, Everglades & Zion

Please click here for our online Google calendar.


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






Friends with Focus!
Week two was full of good work, smiles, and plenty of fun! Students engaged in work cycles, practicing works from last year, and engaging in new lessons. Over 30 students participated in our Running Club - preparation and conditioning for our upcoming Road Race & Family Fun Run. Staff participated in our first Professional Development Program on Wednesday afternoon, working both on curricular development and training. On Thursday morning we hosted the NH Department of Education's new Charter School Office Director, Dave Quigley, sharing our unique programming with him and helping familiarize him with the NH charter school model from our on-the-ground view. And on Thursday evening we welcomed our Parents & Guardians back to school with our Open House.

We have many events and important dates highlighted within the newsletter. Please give this week's News a careful read and plan to join us at as many of these events as you are able! Together we are stronger, more thoughtful and more creative!

If you've not yet signed up for our 2nd Annual Road Race & Family Fun Run, please do so today. If you can't make it, consider sending in a donation in support of this important community fundraiser. MFCS mom, Amanda Gerardi, has worked hard since last spring to make this event special. Show support for her efforts and our school - come enjoy free food, a Jazzercize warm up, music by DJ Ron (MFCS uncle), faceprinting, balloon animals and more! This event is open to all - MFCS Families and the great community. So thanks for spreading the word! Click here to Register.

And speaking of community...Next week we will host our first of 2 September Volunteer Trainings. If you've not been to a MFCS Volunteer Training yet, or just want a refresher, please plan to join us on either date ( click here for details). Kindly RSVP to office@millfalls.org so we can plan accordingly. Remember, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and neighbors are welcome to join us as we come together in support of our public Montessori school! 

A reminder that our Pizza Fridays and our Friday Morning Read Ins will begin in October. Pizza Forms are in backpacks today and 
due back by September 29th. You can view our Friday Morning Read In Schedule on our Google Calendar. 

On Your Mark, Get Set...
RoadRaceBest of Both Worlds Road Race & Family Fun Run
We are super excited about this upcoming event which is a great combo of healthy living and community building!  

Run or Walk - but hurry up and register!

Race Day is September 24th, at SNHU's Central Quad on River Road. 

Sign Up Today! To sign up for the race,
please visit the registration page.  You can sign up multiple people before checking out/paying, but must register one name at a time. $10 for each child, $20 for each adult, $50 for a whole family! This event, which is a great match to our mission, also raises critical funds for our school!

Looking for Lawn Games and Race Day Helpers 
If you are able to lend a Lawn Game for Race Day, and/or can help out ON Race Day, please be in touch via email with the amazing and tireless Amanda Gerardi, MFCS Mom and event organizer.

We will be holding two 
  Volunteer Training Sessions
this month for parents/ guardians.
The dates for these sessions are:

Friday, September 22nd: 8:45-9:30am 
Thursday, September 28th at 5:30pm-6:15pm

Volunteers wishing to work with children here at school or on school trips, must participate in training every other year. 

Please RSVP to office@millfalls.org.

From the Front Office
Student Forms:
There are still a few families who owe us some student file forms. If this is you, PLEASE be sure to get that paper work to Roxanne at the front desk by Monday! 

Medical Forms/Immunizations:
If you have not yet given us the paper work from your child's most recent physical, please do! We are working on our school-wide review of that paperwork for required reporting purposes. Thank you!

Box Tops:
We are looking for a parent to manage our BoxTops Program this year. Please reach out to Roxanne via email if you are interested. Thank you!

Free & Reduced Paperwork:
If you have not yet returned the Free & Reduced Paperwork sent out by Susanne to all MFCS Families, please do so by Monday. We are required to submit a report to the Department of Education regarding the numbers of qualifying families in our school community in order to access funds for our school, and need 100% return on these forms. Thank you!!!

Montessori Moments...

Community building, 
work cycles, self portraits 
and more! Take a moment...
and take a peak!

Above: Teacher Professional Development  led by our
Reading Interventionist, Sherry Humphrey. 

Upper Elementary Self Portrait Gallery
These portraits were on display in our  Upper Elementary Classrooms last night at our  Parent/Guardian Open House along with  student goals and a welcome letter  from each student to their family.

What Does Kindness Mean?
As part of our community building and mindfullness work at the beginning of the year, students in the Olympic Classroom explored the long-term impact of hurtful words, and their own definitions of kindness. 

First Ms. Laura read a book that described an unkind exchange between classmates. T hen she had her students cut paper into the shape of a heart. They students were then instructed to tear the heart into many pieces...and then glue it back together. Of course no heart could be perfectly re-assembled...a visual representation of the impact of unkind words. 

On the back of the hearts, the student shared what kindness means to them. 

Kindness is sharing. Kindness is also helping. It is opening a door for someone. It is holding an elevator of someone. Kindness is to share between us. Kindness is to make friends. This is kindness to me. 
~ Eric

You can be kind in many ways. IN small and big. Even the smallest act of kindness can make anyone's day better. Treat others how you want to be treated (golden rule).
~ Trisna
Community Clubs
Is your son interested in joining Cub Scouts? Several Mill Falls families are members of Pack 118 that meets at Saint Anthony's School in Manchester Wednesday nights at 6 p.m.  Scouts is a great way for boys to build character, self-confidence, and life skills. We also have a lot of fun - hiking, camping, building pinewood derby cars and rockets, performing community service, and discovering robotics. Cub Scouts is open to boys in Kindergarten through Grade 5. 

Learn More: Interested families can learn about the pack and do some fun games and activities at the upcoming Pack 118 Recruitment Night on Wednesday, Sept. 20th at 6pm at St. Anthony's School, 148 Belmont Street, Manchester.

The Mill Falls Connection: Mill Falls Parent, Katie McQuaid Cote (students in Everglades, Acadia, & Yosemite) is the Leader of the Grade 1 Tigers. Feel free to reach out to Katie with any questions .

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Is your daughter interested in joining the Girl Scouts? 

The Girl Scouts of Brookside currently has 4 openings in their Daisy Troop! (Kindergarten/1st grade). Some of our girls are part of the troop.

Learn More: Please contact Troop Leader, Heather Coldwell, for more information. 

Sign up today: Visit gsgwm.org

Community Resources
Click here to view the NH State Fire Marshal's September 2017 Safety Educator Newsletter. This monthly newsletter is in its 5th year of distribution and has proven to be successful in bringing fire and life safety into the homes of PreK-Gr8 families throughout the State. 

The information provided is intended to bring awareness, and create conversations, on fire and life safety in a gentle and effective manner. 

Hannaford Helps...
Hannaford continues to help us raise funds via their Hannaford Helps Program. This year's Program will run from now until December 2, 2017. All collected school dollars, must be turned in to the Hannaford Store on Hanover Street in Manchester, or you can drop your receipts here and we will drop them off. 

This is an easy way for Mill Falls Families & Friends to help support for our School! If you have any questions or want to know more about this program, please visit hannaford.com/helpschools.