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Mill Falls News
December 4, 2015
IN THIS ISSUE
Upcoming Activities
12/8
After School Chorus
3-4pm

12/9
Early Release Day
11:15am
Need Child Care? Look below for details.

12/10
STEM
3-4:10pm

12/11
Pizza Friday!

Read-In: Acadia & Yosemite
8:15-8:45am

12/15
After School Chorus
3-4pm

12/16
Ukulele Lessons
3-4pm

12/17
STEM
3-4:10pm

12/18
Pizza Friday! 

Read-In: Denali & Olympic
8:15-8:45am

12/23
Ukulele Lessons
3-4pm

12/24-1/3
NO SCHOOL
Holiday Break


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What, December, already?
Hard to believe it's December already! 

You will find lots of important information in this newsletter about current goings on. 

There is so much going on here at school during this short but fun-filled month, and today was no exception! Looking forward to seeing many of our school friends at tonight's Movie Night (6:30-9pm; $5 per kiddo).  

We began the day with a Read-In in the Glacier, Everglades & Zion Rooms. Thanks to ALL who joined us. 

As our Read-In guests filed out, our children moved into our center space for an all-school assembly. There they learned about the hard work and accomplishments of our three First Lego League Teams who demonstrated their projects.  

Congrats again to all of our FLL students, and especially our all-girls team, the Lego Ladies, for their second place trophy in the Core Values portion of the competition.

From the Front Office
Winter Recess Attire
As long as the temperature outside has a real-feel of 20° or higher, we will hold outdoor recess. Students MUST wear a winter coat, hat, and gloves or mittens in order to go outside for recess. Additionally, boots and snow pants will be required in order to play in the potentially snowy or muddy areas outside. 

Lost & Found 
Please encourage your child to check our Lost & Found in the front office if they have misplaced any items they have brought to school. 
Sharing is Caring...
Share the Warmth
Our School is collecting clean, gently worn coats (any size) from now until December 23rd! If you have some extra coats in your closet, please consider donating them to our collection!

Please add donations to the large box in the front lobby marked 'Coat Drive'.  These coats will be donated to Families in Transition (FIT) of Manchester. Thank you! 

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 kiddos. We have many great items to fit our littles, but we would love a better size range to accommodate our upper elementary kids, too - sizes 10 and up!  

We wanted to be sure to thank those of you who have sent in the paper and cleaning supplies our teachers have asked for. Your generosity is fantastic and so appreciated!

Child Care for 12/9/15 - Early Release
Child Care for our December Early Release
Our next early release day is Wednesday, December 9th.  We currently have 5 spots open for extended day child care, from 11:15-5:45pm.  If you need to reserve a spot, please contact Ms. Susanne at childcare@millfalls.org.
My Wonder...
Our students get various opportunities to share important events or experiences in their lives. Earlier this week, the Zion Room had a 'My Wonder' share. Based on the book, The Wonders of Me, Mr. Mike invited his students to share their own stories with their classmates. Among the wonders shared was a very special drum. Aravind's dad brought this instrument home from a business trip and he recently began taking lessons. He told his friends that this is one of his favorite things to do when he is at home and acknowledged that he is just at the start of his journey of learning how to play it. 

Winter 'Give & Get' Fundraisers
Breathe NH Fun Pass - Deadline Extended to 12/11/15
This discount book offers savings for over 100 New England family attractions. A portion of the proceeds for each discount book will be donated back to MFCS. 

We have extended the due date for this fundraiser an extra week. All brochures and payments must be returned to the school by Friday, December 11th.  Please click here  to view the brochure. 

Scrip Gift Card Fundraiser
With this fundraiser, for every gift card purchased, each vendor donates a percentage of your total back to MFCS at no extra cost to you. Last month we raised $247 for the school! 

Visit www.ShopWithScrip.com for a list of all participating vendors, and be sure to register with Mill Falls by using Enrollment Code: 228A3E9L34664Orders may be placed through the school or online. All order forms and payment must be returned to the school by Friday, December 11th. 

Click here for the flyer and here for the order form. 
From the Fitness Teacher 
Winter Fitness Clothing
Although winter is on its way, we still have some warm weather days sprinkled in and we would like to hold Fitness class outside for as long as possible. 

We ask that you prepare your children to go outside for fitness on Mondays with pants (please no leggings as they are not made of very thick material), hats, and gloves. 
We Have a Winner! 
Thanks to all those who are participating in our Family & Friends Monthly Giving Program. 

As part of the Program, the names of Monthly Giving participants are drawn for a small gift raffle each month. The winner of this month's raffle prize is long-time monthly donor, Peter Marr! The prize this month is a $25 Gift Certificate to T-Bones/Cactus Jacks!

Please click here for more information about our  Monthly Giving Program. 

Year End Giving
If you are considering year-end gift giving and contributions to your favorite non-profits, please consider making a donation to the MFCS Foundation! The Foundation is hard at work securing our school's long-term sustainability. Donations large and small are deeply appreciated and help to keep our educational programming strong! Keep in mind, many employers will match your donations. Have any questions? Please contact the Foundation at Foundation@MillFalls.org

After School Activities 
McIntyre Ski Club
Sign-ups for McIntyre ski/snowboard lessons close Tuesday, December 15th! 

If you plan to sign your child up for lessons please do so online at McIntryeSkiArea.com as soon as possible. 

Please let MFCS parent Craig Johnson know if you have any questions at  Craig.Johnson7@comcast.net.

Click here to view the flyer.

New After School Programs 
Flyers for the January after school programs will be going home in backpacks soon. Keep your eyes out for them and sign your kids up!
Math Kangaroo
MFCS Parent, Moira Ryan, is working to pull together a group of families interested in participating in this spring's Math Kangaroo Competition which will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2016 here at Mill Falls and around the world!  

This math competition promotes students' interest in math and makes it fun! The competition is open to all students K-12. Our students will participate in the competition here at Mill Falls after school on March 17th. The competition will last about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Students must be registered to compete.  

Registration: Registration, sample test questions, and more information can be found at  mathkangaroo.org. Registration
costs $20 and closes December 15th; scholarships are available. The Mill Falls Registration Passcode is MILLFALLSRULES. 
 
Interested families are asked to contact  Moira Ryan via Montessori Compass.
National Parks on TV
Over the course of the next year on Sunday nights, the National Geographic Channel will show a series about America's National Parks.  This past Sunday, November 29th, featured the Olympic National Park - reruns are likely.  Tune in this Sunday, December 6th, for Yosemite!