Mill Falls News
February 1, 2019
Important Dates
Food Drive for the MFCS Food Pantry  

McIntyre Ski Club

Drama Club

Acadia, Zion & Yosemite

Early Release

Drama Club

Board Game Club

Denali & Olympic

Presidents Day 

Please CLICK HERE to view Mill Falls public Google Calendar!


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







  Olympic-sized Celebration!

It was a full house for our All-School European Continent Study Celebrations on Thursday. Visitors to all three of our program levels were treated to student-produced projects, food samples, dress, dance, music and even a symbolic Olympics event! We were thrilled to be able to share all of this with so many of you and we thank you so much for spending part of our Thursday with us!

So, what was this continent study all about anyway, and why is it so important? Firstly, this element of our Montessori Cultural C urriculum provides the children with an opportunity to explore the larger world. It exposes them to aspects of cultures from around the world, as they learn about the people, terrain and animals of each  continent, all with a focus on basic human needs. Each year, our students study two different continents...next up this year is Australia.

And beyond that, this week's celebration offers our students the opportunity to strengthen their communication skills. They're able to find their speaking and writing voices and to learn how to share what they've learned with others. 

As you might imagine, this kind of a school-wide project takes great energy and focus and requires that all the resources in the building pull together! Each classroom worked carefully on their chosen projects with assists as needed from our interventionists, our library and technology specialists, our special educators and even Ms. Laura W. enjoyed the time she and the Upper Elementary Students spent making fresh humus which was served to visitors during the Upper Elementary Olympics. It is a pleasure to support the students as they explore the world in this way, and observe them discover their place in it. And it is always wonderful to share that process with all of you!  Please enjoy the photographs below from the Celebration.
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Earlier this week, the Union Leader announced their 40 Under Forty Class of 2019. We are thrilled to report that there are three  recipients who are part of our Mill Falls Community. The include: Matt Wilhelm , MFCS dad of Ben in Yosemite, husband of Ms. Jody our Librarian, and newly elected NH State Rep for Manchester; Talesha  Saint-Marc , our school's lawyer; 
Kelley Muir, who works in the tech industry and has led the original design and the redesign of our school's website as part of her non-profit's Float Left Labs work; 
Erika Connors, sister-in-law of our Board Trustee Jill Connors and  NH State Rep for Manchester; Marlana Trombley, professor and dance instructor and uber volunteer, is also the wife of our newest Trustee, Jeff Trombley;  and NH Senator Dan Feltes who was or Lottery Official for the 2017 Lottery and who has been a champion for public education especially full-day kinder. As we always say, it takes a village to start and sustain a NH charter school and we are so very fortunate to have such talent among those who support our work and share their talent and wisdom with us. Congrats to all!
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Today marks Ms. Roxanne's final day with us at Mill Falls. She has been a steady and calm presence in our front office, full of grace and kindness. W e will miss her smile and laughter, but of course we wish her our very best as she sets off on her new adventure. She has done a great job in preparing Jen to take over the reigns; Jen will begin full-time at the front desk on Monday. Please join us in sending this message to Roxanne...
  Student Health Reminder

A reminder that we are working hard to keep everyone at school healthy and productive. This takes cooperation from all members of our school community.

If your child has a fever, is vomiting or experiencing other symptoms that are contagious and/or will impact his/her ability to attend to school work, please keep your child home. 

A reminder of the guidelines that appear in our Family Handbook along with our thanks for carefully following the guidelines: 


Please DO NOT send your child to school if he/she has: 

  • Fever of 100.3 or greater (Temperature should be normal for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Often temperatures are lower in the morning but rise in the afternoon.)
  • Vomiting within the past 24 hours
  • Diarrhea within the past 8 hours 
  • Rash not previously diagnosed by your child's doctor and determined not to be contagious
  • Severe cold or cough 
  • Conjunctivitis with drainage from the eye 
    • Child may return after 24 hrs. of antibiotic treatment 
  • Impetigo 
    • May return after 24 hrs. of antibiotics
  • Strep throat 
    • May return after 24 hrs. of antibiotics
  • Any acute illness that does not allow them to fully participate in school activities.

  Early Release: February 13th

A reminder that our next Early Release is on February 13th.

All school dismissal at 11:15am
Buses will run at that time.

Our ChildCare Program remains full;
we do not have space for drop ins.

  Presdents Day: February 18th

A reminder that we will be closed in  observance of
P residents Day
February 18th

  After School Club News

Join Ms. Colleen C. for the launch of our Board Game Club. Each week, Ms. Colleen will introduce a classic board game or card game. Club members will enjoy time playing the games and expanding their knowledge base. This club is for Upper Elementary students (4-6 year students) and will meet Thursdays from 3-4pm for 6 sessions. 
Please click here to  view the flyer for more information

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Girls on the Run Club is stepping off. This 10-week program is for our 3rd, 4th and 5th year girls and is designed for all levels of fitness. Practice times will be Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3-4:30 beginning March 18th. The club will also attend the annual 5K Celebration on June 8th. Any questions? Please contact our MFCS Parent Organizer, Lauren DuPaul

  Student Body Building...

2019 Lottery Season
Here's how you can help...

Please  help spread the word that our Lottery Enrollment Season is now on!  Encourage family, friends, neighbors, colleagues to attend one of our information sessions so that they understand our approach to educating children in our unique public Montessori settling. 

Help us welcome prospective families by volunteering your time, or sending in supplies and treats for us to share with our guests.  Please click here to see how you can help!   We REALLY need some help for the February and March dates!

Here are the remaining 
Information Session Dates:
    • Thursday, February 21, @10am 
    • Saturday, March 9 @ 10am
Here is the link to all things Lottery: 

  We Have a Winner!

C ongrats & thanks to the Niedzwiecki Family. T hey are the winners of this month's raffle drawing of those enrolled in our  Monthly  Giving Program . They have been enrolled in the program for years, and their generosity is deeply appreciated.   This month's small raffle prize - a gift of our heartfelt appreciation - is a gift certificate to  any 
Great New Hampshire Restaurant 
(Cooper Door, T-Bones or CJ's).
Monthly Giving  Program 
provides us with a predicable income of fundraised dollars throughout the year and offers donors with an easy  way to share their support and treasure with us on a monthly basis.

Want to be part of the
Monthly Giving Program? 

Corporate Matching
We LOVE corporate matching and hope to connect with more businesses, large and small, this year to grow our corporate match partnerships. Please help be part of that effort! Inquire with your employer today to find out if they will match your donations. 

If you have any questions, please  send Meryl an email .

Thank you!!

 Fresh  Fruit & Veggies Needed

The MFCS Food Pantry provides food and other items to school families experiencing food insecurity.  Ms. Susanne, who manages our MFCS Food Pantry, would like to be able to send fresh fruit and veggies home with our students on a regular basis. 

These days, fresh produce is nearly impossible to find at the NH Food Bank (our Pantry-partner). So we are hoping that members of our MFCS Community can help by donating fresh items to be included in the packages we send home each week to our  Pantry Participants.

We thank the many donors to the Pantry for their ongoing kindness and generosity, and look forward to sharing even more variety with our recipients.
  Birthday Generosity

In lieu of gifts at her recent birthday party, MFCS Kinder Student, Jaelani, asked friends to bring items for the MFCS Food Pantry. We are so appreciative, and thank Jae lani and her pals for helping expand our supply of delicious food to share with our families in need to support. 

  Brain Buster

What Number am I? 1 hundred + 2 tens + 7 ones.
What do you need to add to the above number to make 300?

Sophia S. / 4th Year / Everglades
  Everglades Pet Needs a Vacation Home

Attention Families:
The  Everglades fish, Darwin, is in need of a home over February Vacation. If you are able to care for it,
  Hannaford Helps Mill Falls!

Help Hanford Shoppers, help us!
We've been chosen! For the month of February a portion of sales of the  Hannaford Helps  Fight Hunger Bag Program  will help support Mill Falls !

The Hannaford Supermarket on 
79 Bicentennial Drive, Manchester near Shorty's and the Work Out Club, has chosen Mill Falls Food Pantry  as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program!

During the month of February, every time a Fight Hunger bag is purchased at the Hannafrod on Bicentennial Drive, we receive $1! 

This is truly a great opportunity for us and an easy way for you to show your support for  our school's Food Pantry ! Please also share this info with friends, family,  neighbors  and co-workers in the area, so they can give while they shop!

 Community Corner

Annual Pink Day Games
at SNHU!
Saturday February 9th

Cheer on our own Ms. Alyssa Reaves, Assistant Coach of the SNHU Women's Basketball Team at 1:30pm and stick around for the men's team at 3:30pm. Games held in the at the Stan Spirou Field House. No charge for entry. 

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February Fun Vacation Camp
February 25 -  March 1
 at McLane & Massabesic Centers

February Fun Vacation Camp is a special opportunity for children to learn about nature in winter. Join us for a single day, several days, or the whole week. Each day will include outdoor excursions, games, crafts, stories, live animals, songs, and conservation projects to help participants discover the wonders of the season. Children should bring their own lunches and snacks and be prepared to be outside with appropriate clothing. Registration is now open for February camp! Please click here for more details.

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Join the Currier
for a week of art-making fun & imagination! 

Our week-long February Vacation Art Camps are a super fun, inspiring experience. Create artworks in a variety of media. Take a rousing tour of the Currier and participate in your own creation of Surroundings: A Community Mural in the Galleries! Pack your snack and lunch, and dress warmly for outdoor recess (weather permitting). Morning or afternoon  sessions are $170 each; enroll for a full-day session for just $285. After-camp care is  available for the afternoon session and full day for an additional $30. All supplies included!  For more details, please click here.
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The new bookstore in downtown Manchester has just announced a number of new community events. They include music, art, visiting authors, as well as children's story time and crafts!  To learn more and register for these gatherings, 
Montessori Moments...
Above: Preparation for the Celebration of our All-School European Continent Study on Thursday.

Below: The Celebration in action! Guests included parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors. Our younger students also had the chance to visit the Upper Elementary Classrooms to see their projects.

Below: Ms. Cassie led our Lower Elementary students in Frére Jacques in a three-part round!

And then it was time for the first ever MFCS Olympic Games
 Our guests were served some carrots, pretzels to go with the fresh, student-made humus, as they waited for the games to begin.

Our Student Masters of Ceremony kicked off the events which included a series indoors (and safe) events: the "discus" throw, a "javelin" toss, a run (in this case, it was an high-knees competition) and a long jump. Teams and guests cheered on the competitors.

And the winners were...