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Mill Falls News
December 18, 2015
IN THIS ISSUE
Upcoming Activities
12/22
Last day of Chorus
3-4pm

12/23
Last Day of School Before Holiday Break
Full Day 

Ukulele Lessons
3-4pm

12/24-1/3
NO SCHOOL
Holiday Break

1/4
Drama Club Begins
3-4:15pm

2016 Lottery Enrollment Begins

1/5
Ski Club Begins, McIntyre Ski Area 
4-6pm

1/6
Beginning Ukulele Lessons 
3-3:45pm


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Nearing the Close of 2015!
Several projects are coming to a close as we prepare for the end of the year. 

At our our All-School Meeting this morning, we had four student groups present materials they've been working on for quite some time. 
 
The first to present were two Upper Elementary students who recently completed a very complex map of Asia. One of the students joined Mill Falls this year and is also new to Montessori. She told the assembly that she has really enjoyed the process of working with her classmate to create the map.

The second presentation was made by three Lower Elementary students from the Glacier Room who shared a work they did about Montessori Core Values. 

The next two groups of Upper Elementary students presented the models they have made of cells and molecules. They shared some information about the particular molecules they made and also talked about the differences between plant and animal cells, as well as the parts of each cell type.

Our final Upper Elementary presentation included students who have been studying the US Constitution.  In groups, they recited the Constitution's Preamble and showed their projects.  Part of their work was to rewrite the Preamble in more modern and simple language, which they also read at the meeting.


Coming up Next...
Our Upper Elementary students will begin a 6-week course with staff from the Manchester branch of the Bank of New Hampshire. Ms. Laura and the two bank staff members have crafted a curriculum based on the Bank of NH's student banking program. It will focus students attention on learning to save and spend money wisely. The program - Savings Superstars - will culminate with a tour of the Bank. This is just one of the many ways that our new banking partner is embracing and supporting our mission and educational goals. Special shout out to Ellen Soucy at BNH!
Festivals & Lights
This time of year, nearly every culture celebrates with a festival of lights. Chanukah, Diwali, Kwanza and Christmas, all feature light as part of the holiday. As our students explore the seasonal celebrations of many cultures, they did some hands-on activities as well. Take a look...

Our Upper Elementary students created Rangolis as part of their study of India. Traditionally, these beautiful, colorful designs are used to welcome the gods into the home. 

Meanwhile, our Lower Elementary students gathered together to light a Menorah, learn about Kwanza, and read stories about St. Nick. They also created some paper versions of some of the items seen during these different celebrations including dreidels and Kwanza wreaths reflecting the 7 principles of Kwanza. 
 
Finally, if any of you were in school today, you may have noticed some flashing lights on some of the Ugly Sweaters worn by staff members today. Sharing a little seasonal silliness among friends...Ms. Kristin's Christmas Tree Sweater was really something!
Curl Up with a Book Over Break!
Reading informs us, transports us, empowers us, and brings us joy. Through reading we learn about ourselves and the world around us. Please encourage your children to read over break...choose a book to read together, or set aside time to read independently. Numerous studies have shown that increasing students' volume of reading is one of the most important levers in increasing their achievement...And remember, reading is learned through reading. And what better way to pass some winter time than curled up with a great story!
From the Front Office
Holiday Break
Unlike the Manchester School District, we will have a full day of school on Wednesday, December 23rd. Break begins on Thursday, December 24th and we return to school on January 4th, 2016. 
 
MFCS 2016 Enrollment Lottery
Beginning January 4th, our 2016 Lottery Enrollment Application will be available on-line (with paper applications available by request). Between then and mid-March we will hold several open houses for interested families.

For those of you planning to enroll siblings at Mill Falls in the 2016/17 School year, please be aware you MUST enroll them in the 2016 Lottery.

If you speak with anyone over break who would like to apply, please encourage them to send a note to:  Admissions@MillFalls.org
so that they can be added to our 2016 Lottery Mailing List.

  Thank you for helping us spread the word!
Child Care - Space is Available!
We have some openings in all areas of our Before/After School Child Care Program. If you are interested in enrolling your child, please be in touch with Susanne by email at  ChildCare@millfalls.org  for more information

Some of our Kinder Care Kiddos 
after a fun Bean-Bag game led by Ms. Kelsey.
Sharing is Caring...
Share the Warmth
If you have plans to donate your family's clean, gently used coats to our holiday coat drive please note, the drive ends on December 23rd!

We have a large donation box in the front lobby marked 'Coat Drive'.  These coats will be donated to Families in Transition (FIT) of Manchester. Thanks to ALL who have so generously donated so far!

In School Donations 
Here at school, we are also looking for extra boots, snow pants, and clothing to keep on hand at school for our Upper El kiddos - boys and girls, sizes 10 and up, please! 
Thank you!!
Save the Date! 
2nd Annual Upper Elementary Dance!

Friday, January 22, 2015, 6:30-8:30:
Earlier this week, the Student Dance Committee was selected (randomly) from the pool of interested students in each Upper El classroom. The Committee will soon begin meeting to plan the event. 

We will need many parent volunteers, too! Interested in helping? Please email  Laura Wrubleski for details! 
School Pictures
Class Pictures 
If you have not received your student's class picture, we have extra copies in the office. Please contact Allison in the front office if you are missing one. 

From Mr. Hayward, Hayward Photography
As you are aware, there was an extended delay in the delivery of the school pictures this year. The owner of the Hayward Photography, Everett Hayward, has written a letter to the MFCS Community apologizing for the delay, and asked that we share it with you today. Please click here to read the letter.
New After School Activities 
Winter will bring many new and exciting After School Activities. Take a look and please keep in mind that the deadlines for signing up for these programs are just around the corner!

Drama Club
For grades 2-4. Mondays beginning January 4th (6 weeks). 
Form and payment due Monday, December 21st.
Click here  for the sign up sheet. 

Beginning Ukulele Lessons
For grades 2-3. Wednesdays beginning January 6th (6 weeks).
Form and payment due Monday, December 21st. 
Click here for the sign up sheet. 

McIntyre Ski Club programs for all students, K-6 Tuesdays beginning January 5th (5 weeks). Register online at McIntryeSkiArea.com. The deadline has been extended to December 23rd.
Click here for the flyer. 



YMCA December Vacation Camp
The YMCA of Downtown Manchester is running their December Vacation Camp from Monday, December 28th - Thursday December 31st. They will be offering their School's Out Vacation Camp as well as their Sports Camp. For more information, please contact  Chris Webster at:  CWebster@graniteymca.org.