Mill Falls News
November 8 , 2019
Important Dates
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Ongoing: Food Drive for Mill Falls Food Pantry, especially FRESH fruits & veggies, please.

Annual Pancake Breakfast
@ Sweeney Post,
251 Maple Street, Manch

NO SCHOOL, Veterans Day

Green Thumb Club

Arts & Crafts Club

Read-In Denali & Olympic

Coat Drive Week
(more info to follow)

Chorus Club

Parent Teacher Conferences
Chorus Club

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

Thanksgiving Break

Kinder students getting ready to create a Thanksgiving-inpsired art project. 


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








 Learning to Lead

"Each of us is  what we continuously and consistently do." 

These were the opening words from a brief talk given by Jay Bonstingl at this year's Delta Dental Student Leadership Summit, which is organized by Mr. Bonstingl and was held this week in Concord. For the last three years, Mill Falls Students have had the opportunity to participate in the Summit, where they work together in a small group along side many other public school students from across the state, to develop their leadership skills and brainstorm projects aimed at positively impacting their schools.

Be Encouraging * Be a Good Friend * Be Inclusive * Let Everyone Have a Turn to Speak * Strong Team Work
This year, the Mill Falls Summit Team included a group of 4th and 5th year students. Ms. Shannon guided the Team during the two-day Summit, as they: discussed characteristics the Team believes are key to successful leadership (noted above); identified what the Team sees as strengths and areas for improvement at our school; and arrived at a meaningful project to develop and implement at school over the next several months. On the final day of the Summit, our students presented their initial plans for their project - The Kindness Globe.  They hope their project will foster newfound opportunities for expressions and acts of kindness and care among all of our Mill Falls Community members.  Stay tuned for more information about this developing project!

Our students were among the youngest at this year's Summit, but their poise and emphasis on kindness is a solid reflection of the Montessori curricular elements of Peace as well as Grace, Courtesy and Respect which are woven into our every day life at school. Please join us in thanking the students for representing our school so beautifully;   Ms. Shannon for guiding them with care and encouragement; and Jay and Tom Raffio of Delta Dental for once again including our students in this outstanding program. 
 Get Your Flap Jacks!!!

at our annual

Join us for this fun and food-filled family event THIS Saturday! 

Doors open at 7:30 and we will be serving pancakes and all the fixings until 10am at the
Sweeney Post, 251 Maple Street, Manchester, NH.

Haven't bought your tickets yet?
No problem, you can get them at 
the  door!
$7 per person at the door
So, grab your friends, neighbors and family members and enjoy breakfast together!  This fun family event is open to all MFCS Families, Staff & Friends!  There is p lenty of free parking on site! 

Enjoy a great breakfast and help raise critical funds  for our
public Montessori School! 

Hope to see you there!

  November 11: Veterans Day, School Closed

Veterans Day
 November 11th

 We will be closed in honor of Veterans Day on Monday, November 11th. 

 School re-opens on Tuesday, November 12th
  November 17: National Take a Hike Day

Join MFCS Families in celebration of
National Take a Hike Day, which is observed annually on November 17.  
Events are being organized around the country.  Here are the details for the MFCS Family event  being organized by MFCS mom, Kate Corriveau.

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 03032

 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!

  November 15:  Spirit Wear Order Deadline

Just one week left to order your Mill Falls Spirit Wear! Order forms went home in backpacks last week with all available items for purchase. These are great for showing school pride, and make wonderful gifts for birthdays and holidays! 

We are once again working with Shawn Burke at Granite State Apparel and Ms. Grace has made some fun new selections! 

Click here for the order form and to view the items in color as shown here.

All order forms must be returned with payment by Friday, November 15th. 
  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!

 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. 

  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:

11/11: School Closed in honor of  Veterans Day

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)

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

  Weather-Related Closings or Delays

As winter approaches (yes those were snow flakes we saw today!), 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 Busters are Back!

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?
I am an even number.
I am more than eleven nickels.
I am three tens and 26 ones.
What am I?

 Tony / Everglades / 5th 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:  A 100-Board completed by a very proud Frankie! Congrats, buddy!


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SO many Art Projects this week! Seen here: Ms. Melissa's Upper Elementary Art Class painting their figures; and members of Ms. Shannon's and & Ms. Kristin's After School Arts & Crafts Club along with their art work.

Below: At recess this week, students created Mondalas, reminiscent of those made recently  in the After School Green Thumb Club

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And speaking of After School Clubs, below are a few images from the final session of Ms. Kristin Ross' Jump Rope Club.

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Below:  Brothers at Read In this week.

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Below: Today our Upper Elementary Students  participated  in a Mayan Celebration to wrap up their 5-week study of the ancient Mayan  Civilization. This study is part of  the school-wide continent study of South America

The Celebration included   opportunities  for  the  students to create  hieroglyphics  in clay; make and share M ayan God and Goddess Trading Cards; conduct a   CSI-style investigation about why the Mayan disappeared; create masks and  'God's Eyes' used by the ancient peoples for protection. And there was even some face painting.

Have a great weekend! 
See you at the Pancake Breakfast and back here at school on Tuesday!