Mill Falls News
February 15, 2019
Important Dates
Food Drive for the MFCS Food Pantry - fresh fruits & veggies needed!  

Presidents Day 

Board Meeting

2019 Lottery Information Session

Drama Club

Board Game Club

Ski Club

2/25/19 - 3/1/19
School Closed for February Vacation

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







  100 Days & Kind Hearts!

We kicked off this week with a wonderful  celebration of our  100th Day of School.   Teachers dressed up as 100-year-old women and we gathered together for an All-School Meeting to begin the day. Ms. Laura W. provided the annual reading of 100th Day Worries - an engaging children's book about worries, creativity and celebration. Throughout the day, our students and staff worked together on challenges and crafts related to 100. Fun was had by all!

Mother  Nature  threw us a little curve ball mid-week and we hope our MFCS Families enjoyed the snow day! After the storm cleared, our staff met up for lunch and a powerful Professional Development Workshop led by Elise Wulff from Aspire/Mass General Hospital for Children. Wulff shared her extensive  knowledge about  brain-based mechanisms that influence social skill building. Through Wulff's small group work, our staff explored effective teaching practices and in-depth strategies for creating strong classroom communities built on effective communication and collaboration. 

And when we welcomed back the students on Thursday, everyone was wearing their hearts on their sleeves... because it was Valentines Day ! Enjoy some images below as the children shared messages of friendship and kindness with one another throughout the day.

To close out the week, we held our February All-School Meeting (rescheduled from Wednesday). Members of our 6th Year Class shared information about their recent trip to the NH Food Bank to sort potatoes, which was related to their Service Learning work. The Students talked about what they learned about food insecurity in NH and told their schoolmates that they look forward to returning to do more service! After that, Students from the Zion Room shared some recent writing assignments linked to mysterious pictures used as writing prompts. Special thanks to all of our presenters!

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Help Needed... Can you lend a hand?

We are currently gearing up for our spring After School Clubs and wanted to be sure to draw your attention to our LetgoYourMind Program, which requires one more volunteer. If you think you can lend a hand, please contact Jen at the Front Desk to learn more!

We also need some help welcoming families interested in learning more about our school and entering in the 2019 Enrollment Lottery. Please help spread the word that our 2019 Lottery closes at 5pm on March 11th. More information about the Lottery and how you can help can be found below.

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As part of our Service Learning Curriculum, our  6th Year Students continued their partnership with the NH Food Bank through the  organization  of a recent food drive. 
After contacting the NH Food Bank to determine the kind of service project that would benefit the Food Bank at this time, our students organized, advertised and coordinated their Food Drive.  With support from families and friends of Mill Falls, 188 pounds of food donations were collected! These donated items were then shelved by staff and volunteers at the NH Food Bank in preparation for distribution to food insecure families in our state. Following the close of food drive, Laura B. led the students in a reflection about the projects challenges and success. Service learning curriculum is characterized by meaningful service projects related to academic content and allotted time for student reflection. The 6th Year Students will continue their Service Learning Program during the rest of the school year.

  Presdents Day: February 18th

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

  Student Body Building...

Lottery2019 Lottery Information

Please  help spread the word: 

Our Lottery Enrollment Season ends on
March 11th at 5pm.

Information  & our Lottery Application
can be found on our website.

There are two more Information Sessions 
(those applying are STRONGLY urged to attend)

** Thursday, February 21, @10am ** 
** Saturday, March 9 @ 10am **

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 is the link to all things Lottery: 

Grandparents & Special Friends Day: March 12!

& Special Friends Day
Tuesday, March 12th, 9-11 am

Please help us connect to those special people in your children's lives - grandparents, relatives and special friends - by inviting them to join us on March 12th for an engaging visit to Mill Falls.

Please be sure to RSVP for each of your guests, by sending their Full Name, Address, & Phone to Ms. Jen at  office@MillFalls.org B ecause we have limited space (and chairs), we must ask that there be no more than 2 adults per child.
Thank you!

  Brain Buster

Ms. Colleen is 48 years old.  Her birthday is May 2nd. In what year will she turn 100 years old?

For the first time in our recorded Brain Buster history, there was no winner this week! Have fun with this challenge at home.
  Calendar Raffle: Prizes Needed!

Work on this year's Calendar Raffle Fundraiser  is well
underway. With a goal to raise $12,000, MFCS Parent, Lisa Z. and her team are gathering prizes which include gift certificates to stores and restaurants, vouchers to family fun centers and services and more!

Have a gift certificate or voucher or service you can donate or know someone else who does?
Thank you!
  After School Club News

Letgo-Your-Mind for Lower & Upper Students this year!

LEGOS IN MOTION:  For our  Lower Elementary Students 
NXT ROBOTS: For our Upper Elementary Students 

LetgoYourMind organizers need
one more parent volunteer!
If you are interested, please email Ms. Jen at the Front Desk. Thank you!

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Girls on the Run Club is stepping off. This 10-week program is for our 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th year girls and is designed for all levels of fitness. Practice times will be Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3-4:30 beginning March 19th. The club will also attend the annual 5K Celebration on June 8th. Any questions? Please contact our MFCS Parent Organizer, Lauren DuPaul

  Upcoming Events & Key Dates


Monday, February 18th:  School Closed for Presidents Day

Monday, Feb 25 - Friday, Mar 1: February Vacation

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Tuesday, March 12: 
Grandparents Day, 

Thursday, March 14: Early Release at 11:15am for Parent / Teacher Conferences 
(sign up information will be sent out in early March from the teachers)

Friday, March 15: School Closed for full-day Professional Development 

Tuesday, March 19: 2019 Lottery at 4:30pm

Monday, March 25 - Friday, March 29: MFCS Spirit Week!

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Friday, April 5: Family Game Night, 6-8pm

Wednesday, April 10: Early Release, 11:15a

Thursday, April 11:  Paint Night,  at MFCS, 6:30-8pm

Thursday, April 18: A nnual Spaghetti Dinner  at Manchester Technology School, from 5:30-7. Tickets go on sale on 3/14. Stay tuned for more details!

Interested in learning more or volunteering at any of the planned family events (Game Night, Paint Night or Spaghetti Dinner)? 
Please contact our parent organizers at  MFCSParentCoordinator@millfalls.org

  Community Corner

NHTaxHelp.org   is offering free tax prep assistance for low to moderate income NH families.

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Mini Golf takes over the  Children's Museum of New Hampshire 
Sunday, February 24, 12-5pm

It's a day of all ages Mini Golf at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire in Dover. You heard right! They are setting up a mini golf course throughout the entire museum and everyone is invited to putt through all 18 holes! Please note that the museum's regular exhibits will not be open for exploring like a normal day at the museum during this event.  This event is recommended for ages 2 and older, but all are welcome. Tickets are $5 per person and free for kids under the age of 2; $20 for a family of 4 or more (includes 2 adults and their dependent children). To learn more, please click here. 

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Winterfest 2019 is a series of free, low-cost, and discounted events and activities for children and youth in the greater Manchester area during the February school vacation week. It is organized annually by the City of Manchester Office of Youth Services. Passes for the free swim at SNHU and the discount at the SEE Science Museum are part of Winterfest!  To learn more, please click here. 

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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...
100th Day Fun!


Happy Valentines Day...Sharing the Love!

Below: Student presentations at our
February All-School Morning Meeting.