Mill Falls News
October 25 , 2019
Important Dates
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Ongoing: Food Drive for Mill Falls Food Pantry, especially FRESH fruits & veggies, please.

Green Thumb Club

Jump Rope Club

Read-in Glacier and Everglades

Amazing Author / Book Bananza Parades
Kinder: 11:45am
Upper & Lower: 2:30pm

Green Thumb Club

Jump Rope Club

Read-in Acadia, Yosemite and Zion

NO SCHOOL, Veterans Day


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








 a-Mazing, Creative & Open Minds! 

This week has been filled with all kinds of exciting opportunities to flex our minds. Last weekend, families gathered at the Beech Hill Farms to enjoy the day together as they navigated through the Corn Maze. Thanks to event organizer Jen Kulesza, and all the families that attended!

Sticking with the outdoor theme, this week's Green Thumb Club created mandalas out of items collected from the natural world. Please enjoy the images of these beautiful creations below.

Our Wednesday, All-School Meeting was led by our Upper Elementary Olympic classroom and they chose to focus on sharing what they are learning about in relation to Growth Mindset. During the meeting, Olympic students read a book about it, and then shared their personal goals. Our school community so appreciated how open and really brave they were to share such personal parts of themselves. The students showed their thanks by being an attentive audience with many moments of hearty applause!

And last night, MFCS parent Kim Robinson (with the children in the photo here), ran our 2nd MFCS Paint Night. As music played quietly in the background, painters and their partners (about 30 participants in total), created paintings each of which had personal touches and interpretations of the target painting, which Kim shared. The group enjoyed light snacks and a wondering and engaging creative process. Please join us in thanking Kim for donating her time and the needed supplies to this friend/fundraiser in support of our school, which at a charge of $25 per painting, was a great source of funds! We have scheduled a spring Paint Night as well, so if you missed it last night, there's another chance in a few months. 

Each of  these extra curricular and community events take time and energy to organize. We are deeply appreciative of those who take the leads on these events, and of course also to those who attend! Threre are many more special family events coming up (Pancake Breakfast is next, as you will see below). If you'd like to lend a hand or have an idea, please email us!
 November 1:  Annual Fall Parade

Our Annual Fall Parades, will be held on Friday, November 1st. 
All Kinder students will parade at 11:45am. 
Our Lower & Upper Elementary Students as well as Kinders in KinderCare will parade at 2:30-2:45pm. 

Please plan to join us this year for a wonderful display of creativity and joy! Park your cars in the parking lot and gather outside of the school along the sidewalk as the children make their way outside to show off their presentations. 

Details about the related projects will be coming to you from your children's teachers directly...but here's an overview:

Kinders: Book Character Study
The Yosemite Classroom will do their Book Character Study with a focus on their current reading skill study that includes: problem, solution, setting, character. They will engage  in fun games during the day as part of the study, and will dress as their favorite book characters.

Lower Elementary: Cultural 'Who Am I?' 
This biology curriculum project will culminate  in oral and visual presentations by our Lower Elementary students to their level schoolmates. The three Lower Elementary classrooms will be focused on three different areas: vertebrates/invertebrates, animal classification groups, and living/non-living. The will also dress the parts!

Upper Elementary  Book Bonanza
During our Upper Elementary's Book Bonanza, students will share their written book reviews about their favorite books with the their Upper Elementary schoolmates.   They will also dress as a character or author from the books they choose.

Hope to see you on Parade Day!
  November 9th: Pancake Breakfast

2nd Annual
Pancake Breakfast
November 9th, 7:30-10am
 @ The Sweeney Post

Please plan to join us.  This fun family event is open to all MFCS Families, Staff & Friends! 

When: November 9th, 7:30-10am
Where: American Legion Henry J. Sweeney Post
251 Maple Street, Manchester, NH 03103
Parking: There is p lenty of free parking on site!
Tickets: $5 per person; $25 max per family. 

  Proceeds will be donated to our school! 

Purchase your tickets today!

Questions? Please contact the parent coordinators by email.
  After School Club News

This week we sent home information about the After School Chorus Club as well as our Arts & Crafts Enrichment. The Coding Club will run a bit later this year. 

Chorus Club
K-6th Year Students

Join Ms. Tana & Ms. Kristin for 6 sessions of Chorus Club between November 4th and December 16th. The Club will culminate in a performance for an audience off campus; details will be shared with Club member families. 20 students maximum; 12 students minimum. First come, first served.

When:  Mondays, 3-4:15pm
Dates:  Nov 4, 18, 25 & Dec 2, 9, 16
Cost:  $60 for 6 sessions plus performance
Registration Please click here to view the flyer sent home in backpacks.

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Arts & Crafts Enrichment Program
1-6th Year Students

Please join Ms. Shannon & Ms. Kristin for their always-popular Arts & Craft Club. Students will work on various seasonally-inspired art projects.  30 students maximum; 12 students minimum. First come, first served.

When:  Thursdays, 3-4:15pm
Dates:  Nov 7, 14 & Dec. 5, 12
Cost:  $40 for 4 sessions
Registration:  Please click here to view the flyer sent home in backpacks.

  Dressing for the Weather

Cold days are here... and with that we ask that families please be sure to send children in with appropriate weather gear. 

As you are aware, the children go outside unless the temperature is below 20 degrees and/or there is inclement weather (rain, snow). Appropriate cold-weather footwear and outer wear are key for a positive recess and fitness experience. Thanks for your help in making that happen!

 Upcoming Local Theater Performances

'Tis the season for many a stage production. Here's one we know about and thought you might enjoy:

The Derryfield School's Middle School student production of  Frozen  runs the weekend of November 1st. Visit  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/frozen-jr-tickets-76002261811  for tickets.

 Hannaford Helps

Hannaford continues to help us raise funds via their Hannaford Helps Program. 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 for you.  

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 click  here .  

Montessori Moments...
Above and below: Ms. Melissa is leading our Green Thumb Club not only into the world of art, but also into the world of nature. During their creative time this week making mandalas, they learned about deciduous and conifer trees, what leaves stay and why, and which fall during this season. 

On the art front - they discussed symmetry and balance in the making of their mandalas. They started with a center point, and thought about making mirror images to achieve their creative goals. 

The Club also features four 6th Year Buddy/Mentors to help our younger students during Club time.

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Below: This week our Lower and Upper Elementary classes continued their  focus on reading music for rhythm with the goal of working as an ensemble. 
Our Upper Elementary took this one step beyond our younger students, and integrated different drumming techniques and team work into their lessons. These students learned their own parts while working in teams, and next week they will put it all together as a full class. Each team had to choose a leader, cooperate and figure out how to work well together. Ms. Cassie reports that she is super impressed at how well they are doing not only in their musicality, but also their social skill development, problem solving and team building skills. 

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Above & Below: Earlier this week, the Olympic Classroom learned about and created their Mayan Civilization face masks out of paper. Traditionally, these masks are worn during celebrations, battle and in some cases people were buried with them. 

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Below: The Glacier Classroom began building their model volcanos this week.
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Above & below: Our All-School Meeting this week was led by the Olympic Room and focused on Growth Mindset

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Below: Thank you again to Kim and all of our painters
for a GREAT Fall 2019 Paint Night!

Have a great weekend!