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October 21 , 2016
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Upcoming Events

10/25
First Lego League
3-4:30pm

10/27
Living Wax Museum
3:15-4pm

10/28
Pizza Friday!

Amazing Authors Parade
2:30pm

11/1
First Lego League
3-4:30pm

11/2
Lower El Choir
3-4:50pm

11/3
First Lego League
3-4:30pm

11/4
Read In Glacier, Everglades, Zion
8:15-8:45pm

Pizza Friday!

Please click here for our online Google calendar.

CORPORATE SPONSORS

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

 

 

 

 

Community Focus
Our next big community event will be the 
A HUGE thank you to our Hospitality Committee for providing a most beautiful and delicious catered luncheon for staff at this week's Professional Development / Early Release Day. Our staff spent the afternoon being trained in the use of some exciting new math tools, and your beautiful meal helped everyone focus and enjoy their collaborative learning time. Thank you, thank you, thank you! And YUM!


Earlier this week our Lower and Upper Elementary students walked over to the NH Food Bank, our long-time service learning partner for our 2016 Fall Service Day



Accompanied by their teachers and several parent chaperones, the students worked with focus and speed.

We paired the older students with our younger students at the four work stations the Food Bank set up. 

At day's end, the Food Bank reported that we had packed over 1050 bags of Mac & Cheese,  which comes out to about 6,324 meals! These meals will be distributed by the Food Bank to food insecure families across the state.


Thanks so very much to our intrepid chaperones - Madhavi, Surekha, Mel, Julia, Shelly, Jenn, Scott, Andrea, TJ, Melissa and Heather for helping to make the morning such a success! 
The Living Wax Museum & Amazing Authors Parade

Our Upper Elementary students are all hard at work preparing for our Living Wax Museum - a presentation of their research related to an important person in history. This year, students will be focusing on a particular and significant moment in the lives of the person they have chosen to study. 

Upper Elementary: 2016 Living Wax Museum
Mill Falls Families and Friends, 
please plan to join us as we celebrate their work on 
Thursday, Oct. 27th from 3:15-4pm. 
Each Upper Elementary student will be dressed in character and deliver a first person account of this significant moment. 

You won't want to miss it! See you there!!!


Friday Parade!
Our younger friends will show off their work on their 
Amazing Author's Project Friday, Oct. 28th at 3pm.
Each student will be dressed as their favorite character in children's literature.


Everyone is invited to attend both events! 

Upper Elementary Families...
Need a Tri-Fold Poster Board? 
We do still have a limited number of tri-fold poster boards here at school. They are available for $2 on a first-come/first-serve basis while supplies last. 
After School Activities

Choir: November through December
There a still a few spots left to join Ms. Allison in our After School Choir this fall! Students will learn the basics of reading music and group performance by exploring choral music in preparation for two winter performances! Please note - Choirs are split up by age range. 
Click here for the Lower Elementary Choir Flyer.
Click here for the Upper Elementary Choir Flyer.
Call or email Ms. Allison at the front desk with any questions!

Arts & Crafts: November
Always a crowd favorite, this program is offered to our K-3 students by Ms. Shannon and Ms. Kristin! 
Click here for the Arts & Crafts Flyer.
From the Front Office
** NEW Family Directory **
This year we are creating a MFCS Family Directory. The goal of this effort is to help members in our Mill Falls Community connect! Included in the Directory will be your name and child's name, classroom, a parent email and a family phone number. Permission from you (or your choice to opt out) was indicated on our Emergency Contact Information form kept in each student's file. If would like to change your permission status, please let Allison know right away by emailing or calling the school.


Immunization Records
If you have not yet turned in your child's 2016/17 Immunization Record required for his/her student file, please do so immediately. We will begin our review of the immunizations records next week. If you have any questions, please contact Susanne.

Free & Reduced Paper Work Past-Due
If you need another form, please
CLICK HERE for a packet
.
Please contact Susanne with any questions. 

2016/17 Family Handbook Review
If you have not yet returned this year's  'Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement Signature Page' please do so immediately!  The 2016 Family Handbook can be found  on our school website by  clicking here .
The  Signature Page   can be found by clicking here.

ALMA - MFCS Student Information System.  If you are unable to login to your ALMA account, please send an email to  office@millfalls.org  to have your password reset. 
Building Alliance & Staying Informed

Over the last few months, and more intensely over these next few weeks leading up to election day, when watching TV, reading the newspaper or listening to the radio, you may hear/read paid advertisements that speak very negatively about charter schools in Massachusetts. Given our proximity, some of the media aimed at Massachusetts residents is spilling over the border into New Hampshire.

New Hampshire charter schools have experienced many of the same challenges that charter schools have faced in other states. Despite these challenges, our schools continue to grow and now serve over 3,000 families. 

I am thrilled to offer our community a new way of staying informed and involved when it comes to supporting our state's charter schools: 
The New Hampshire Alliance for Public Charter Schools  is a non profit, 501c3 organization working to support public charter schools in NH. The Alliance has created a secure, online form that allows charter school supporters to receive important news and updates during the NH legislative session. If you are interested in receiving these updates, please visit:
https://nhcharterschools.wildapricot.org/stay-informed

Child Care

Tired of  the  mad rush in the morning? Need coverage in the afternoons? There are spaces available in our Before & After Care Programs. Please contact Susanne for more details at ChildCare@millfalls.org