Mill Falls News
November 15 , 2019
Important Dates
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Ongoing: Food Drive for Mill Falls Food Pantry, especially FRESH fruits & veggies, please.

Coat Drive Week
(see newsletter text for info)

Chorus Club

Picture Retake Day

Green Thumb Club

Parent Teacher Conferences
Chorus Club

Upper Elementary Feast
(details sent by Teachers to Upper El Families)

Thanksgiving Break


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








  Hit the Trails!

We've had a wonderfully productive week here at school, including one of our best All-School Meetings yet! Ms. Lauren curated the meeting, which features a series of projects and presentations shared by students. Speaking in front of an audience is an important skill for each of us to learn. It can be daunting, but also incredibly rewarding. Our student-presenters this week were very brave as they stood in front of the entire school, sharing their writing, a project about leadership and information about this year's student newspaper. And our audience members were so very respectful as their peers shared their voices. Well done all! 

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Thanks to all who joined us last Saturday at our Annual Pancake Breakfast. It was a great way to kick off the long weekend! Delicious flap jacks and all the fixings were prepared by our event partners at the Sweeney Post in Manchester. Our gratitude goes out to MFCS event organizer, Amanda G, and the team of volunteers who worked together to make it a great success! 

 There are still plenty of family fun events planned for this year. In fact... there's another one on Sunday...this one is outside... 

National Take
a Hike Day

In perhaps one last hurrah for autumn, we hope members of our Mill Falls Community will join Parent Hike Day Organizer, Kate Corr iveau, on a low-key, family-friendly hike in  celebration of National Take a Hike Day Events are being organized around the country.  Here are the details for the MFCS Family event:

Who:  MFCS Families & Friends
What:  hike to the point on Lake Massabesic. 
A very easy going hike, great for young and old, alike, 
and a fun treasure hunt available, too!
When:  Sunday, November 17th, 11am meet up 
Where:  Massabesic Audubon,  26 Audubon Way, Auburn, NH 

Participants are asked to please be sure to wear good shoes, take a snack and some water, bring a relative, neighbor or friend, and get out there and enjoy the fresh air, scenery and get a little exercise to boot!

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 Fall Parent Teacher Conference Day
November 21st

Hard to believe, but we are about a third of the way through the school year! And with that, we have scheduled our Fall Parent/ Teacher Conferences. Earlier this week, your child's teacher sent you an invitation to sign up online for a conference time on Thursday, Nov. 21st.  

These conferences are important opportunities for parents and our staff to share time together and talk specifically about each child's accomplishments and goals. We look forward to a wonderful Conference Day.

Please note, there are NO CLASSES for students on November 21st.

Need Child Care During your Conference? If you need child care during your conference, your child/children may be dropped off in our child care room for $5 per child. Children may only be in our care during your conference time. ANY child who is in the building, must be in the child care room curing Conference Day.

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
on Conference Day

It's a long and intense day for our Teachers as they meet with families. Hind Bashier, the Hospitality Committee Coordinator, has put together a menu for the day. 

Please click here to find out how you can show your teacher appreciation on November 21st. 

  Thank you!!

  Picture Re-Take Day

Picture Re-Take Day
Tuesday, November 19th

If you are not satisfied with your portrait and would like to try again, you have the opportunity for a retake on Tuesday, Nov. 19th. 

Retake Day is scheduled rain or shine. Retake Packages will be distributed at the school approximately 3 to 5 weeks after Retake Day.

 1: Please return the undamaged portrait package to the photographer on Retake Day; please keep the class photo and just return the individual portraits. 

2: If you have any specific instructions for the photographer, please write them clearly on a note, so they show through the envelope window and can be easily spotted.

For REFUND information, please log on to  www.coffeepond.com/pdf/refund
  Pizza Forms for December, January & February

Early Winter
Pizza Forms

 Our Pizza Friday forms for December, January and February went home today in backpacks. 

Please complete the form, and return it with your payment by Tuesday, November 26th!

 Share the Warmth!

Mill Falls 8th Annual 
Coat Drive
Nov. 18-Dec. 12
 Mill Falls is collecting new or gently worn coats (child and adult, all sizes) as well as hats, mittens, boots and gloves. All donations will benefit Families in Transition (FIT) and will be gifted during their holiday party. 

What a wonderful way to give during the Holiday Season!

Last year, Mill Falls donated over 90 coats, 40 hats, 8 pairs of boots and many more mittens and scarves. Let's see if we can do even better this year!

Please drop your donations off in the large box in the front lobby. 

  Important Dates

November and December are busy months in terms of school activities. There are also some vacations and early release days coming up.
Please take a moment to make note of these important dates:

11/15: Progress Reports  sent out by email

11/17: Annual Take a Hike Day (see this newsletter for details) 

11/18-11/22: Annual Coat Drive.  Click here for the flyer.

11/21: Parent Teacher Conference, NO SCHOOL for Students  (drop in child care available during your conference time for $5 per child; any child in school that day, must be in the child care room)

11/27-11/29: Thanksgiving Break,  NO SCHOOL

12/6: Movie Night - drop off your child for a movie night at school; details to follow.

12/11: Early Release @ 11:15am

12/20:  School Closes at 11:15am for the start of December Vacation

1/2/20: Return from December Vacation

 Read In Reminders

Read In Fridays  are wonderful days for our Mill Falls Community. It gives  students  time to share their classrooms with important adults and friends in their lives, and to spend time together reading some of their favorite books. 

A reminder that Read Ins begin at 8:15 and end at 8:45. We ask that visitors please wait up front until 8:15 before making their way to the classrooms.

Going forward, we will also ask Read In attendees to wear a sticker "I'm here for Read In" which will be distributed at the front door, and to sign in as they enter the classroom they are visiting and sign out  on their way out. 

  Weather-Related Closings or Delays

As winter approaches, please keep in mind that any school closings or delays will be announced on WMUR's website and TV station

Remember that in most cases, we follow the Manchester School District in terms of weather-related decisions, and announce our plans as soon as they announce theirs, because so many of our students ride buses provided by the district. 

 Brain Buster

Each week, Ms. Colleen, our Math Interventionist posts a Brain Buster. All students are welcome to try their hand at it. She then collects all the winning answers and has a student select the winning entry. The Brain Buster and the winner are shared in our weekly newsletter.

What am I?
Two, three and six are some of my factors. I am a multiple of eleven.
I am ΒΌ of 264.
What am I?

  Kian / Acadia / 2nd Year

 Hannaford Helps

**ACTIVE till the end of November!**

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: Victoria of the Student Newspaper's News and Interviews Department interviewing Ms. Jen about the Coat Drive.

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Below: Scenes from our Wednesday morning All-School Meeting.  

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Upper Elementary Music Class learning a Peruvian Dance 

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Below: Sibling creations in Green Thumb Club

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Below: Studying volcanos in the Glacier Room.

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Below: Earlier this week, our own Maryclare Heffernan, artist and MFCS' Student Services Coordinator, shared her love of art and  creativity with members of our staff. The group gathered in our specials room and enjoyed snacks as they dove into the wonders of water color painting. Fun was had by all! For those of you who don't know, Maryclare is an accomplished artist whose work is frequently exhibited in the region.

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Below: And finally...look who visited us this week...

Have a great weekend! 
Hope many of you meet up for the Hike on Sunday!