Mill Falls News
February 19, 2016
Upcoming Activities
2/22- 2/26
February Vacation! 
No School

Drama Club Performance 

Spring STEM Begins!

Pizza Friday!

Read-In: Glacier, Everglades, & Zion

LetGo Your Mind Begins!

Spring STEM

Pizza Friday!

Progress Reports Go Home!

Read-In: Acadia & Yosemite

Family Game Night!

Please click here for our online Google calendar.


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





Nearly Spring...
Ok, so it's not really nearly spring, but we're getting close! It's hard to believe, but we have only 72 days of school remaining! Time is flying and when we return our weekly schedule will be packed through to the end of the year. 

Please be sure to take a few extra minutes to read this Weekly News. Apologies for its length, but there are a number of important bits of information and opportunities we don't want you to miss. 

This has been a fun-filled week of field trips, projects, and even a puppet show as we head toward February break. 

This morning we also kicked off our largest parent-run spring fundraiser - the 2016 Calendar Raffle, (please see below for details). Info will be coming home with your children today, please keep an eye out for those envelopes. HUGE thank you to the unstoppable Lisa Zonfrillo and Amy Green for their great work on this project!

Just today we received a lovely check for $320 from Target generated by the purchases many of you have made as part of Target's REDcard Program, which aims to help us 'Take Charge of Education'. Just another great way to give and get. Check into the program next time you shop at Target.

We wish our MFCS a wonderful vacation with tons of family time and giggles and even some sunshine (that would be nice!) and we will see you all in March!
  One of the many wonderful elephants created by our students in art class. This one is by 6th grader, Noah.
School Clean Up Day! 
Staycation this Vacation?
Consider spending Friday morning, February 26th from 9-11:30 here at school during our Community Clean Up Day. We will be working on our ongoing School beautification projects. 

Childcare and a snack for the kiddos will be available. 

If you can make it, please send an email to Meryl.Levin@millfalls.org . Please also let her know if you will be bringing any children, and how many.
2016 Lottery
If you know anyone interested in enrolling in our 2016 Lottery, please remind them of the following:
  • Our final Info Session is on Saturday, March 5th, 10am.
  • The Lottery closes on March 9th at 5pm.
  • Our Lottery Day is March 15th. 

Thank you for helping us welcome prospective families and for spreading the word!

You Say Goodbye, and I Say Hello 
Thank you, Mr. John!
This morning we gave Mr. John, our Music Teacher here at MFCS for the last 1.5 years a love-filled send off. Today is his last day in that role. Mr. John has been generous and kind and shared his love of modern music with our Community. He will still be around from time to time, helping us keep our groove on. Please join us in thanking John for all his great work and wishing him well.

As we say goodbye to Mr. John, we prepare to welcome Rachel Pantazis who will be joining us in March as our new Music Teacher. Rachel hails from Manchester and has an outstanding background in music and theatre. She majored in English, with a concentration in Theater Literature and minored in Music at Plymouth State University. There she was heavily involved in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Currently, she teaches private voice lessons at the Seacoast Academy of Music and works with the Goffstown High School Drama Club. We look forward to getting to know Rachel and working together.
Network Navigators, Wireless Wonders 
As we get ready for the upcoming Smarter Balanced Assessments, we have two special men to thank! Dave Sarvai and Greg DePasse have been tirelessly troubleshooting to bring our wireless service up to speed so that our assessments, now all done on our iPads and computers, will run as smoothly as possible. If you were at school at all on Wednesday, you would have seen these guys working their hearts out all afternoon and into the evening. Please join us in thanking them for their hours of toiling!

We Love Our Grandparents
& Special Friends
Please save the date  for our 
2016 Grandparents &
Special Friends Day! 
Wednesday, March 16 from 9-11am

More information to follow. Please be sure to share the date
with those you plan to invite to the event.
Spring Parent Teacher Conferences: March 17th
Our 2016 Spring Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up on March 17th, which is also our next early release day (dismissal at 11:15)! 

You will be receiving a link to the Sign Up Genius to sign up for a time slot from your student's teacher and some more information about plans for that day when we come back from February Vacation! 
Peace, Love & Books
The Spring Scholastic Book Fair is scheduled for March 14-17th. 

Here's a peek at the schedule: 
Monday- Preview Day
Tuesday- Classroom Shopping Day
Wednesday - Fair Open During Grandparents Day
Thursday- Shop during Parent Teacher Conferences! 
Friday- No School! 

If you are interested in getting more involved and would like to become a Co-Chair for the Book Fair, please email Laura
Family Game Night
Please save the date for our upcoming
March 11, 6-8pm

Do you love playing board games? How about hanging out with all your Mill Falls friends? Then grab your whole family and friends and join us for Game Night, here at Mill Falls, on Friday, March 11th from 6-8pm! We'll supply the board games and snacks, you supply the fun! 

See your flyers that went home in backpacks today. 

All games will be available for purchase that night, plus Mill Falls keeps 50% of the profits! (Cash and check only, please.)

Save the date and see you there! 
After School Programs 
There are still spots available in the After School Programs below! Registration has been extended through Friday, March 4th! 

LetGo Your Mind - grades 1-3 
Mondays, March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th. 
Click here to view the flyer for more information!
We are still looking for a parent volunteer for this program. If you are interested, please contact  Laura Wrubleski.

Upper Elementary Arts and Crafts - grades 4-6 
Tuesdays, March 15th, 22nd, 29th 
Click here to view the flyer for more information!

Current After School Program Notes
Due to school closings/weather, we have had 2 schedule changes to our after school activities. 

McIntyre Ski Club- Please look for an update from Craig about a makeup lesson due to February 16th's cancellation.

The Drama Club's Final Rehearsal and Performance will be on Monday, February 29th. This is after we return from February vacation. 

Students from the Glacier classroom studying NH wildlife footprints at their field trip to the NH Audubon Society on Wednesday.
Child Care - Space is Available!
Our next Early Release will be March 17th. Will you need childcare?

Interested in enrolling your child in 
Before, Kinder, or After Care?

Full-time, part-time and drop in space is available! 

Please contact Susanne by email at ChildCare@millfalls.org to register your child today!

Ms. Kelsey and a few kinder kiddos hard at work.
Is Your Cling Just Not Clingy Enough?
The printing company has now properly filled our order of MFCS Car Stickers! If you experienced any issues with your window cling, please stop into the front office for a replacement car sticker. 

Interested in Buying a Sticker? We are selling these expressions of school spirit for $5 each, for the rest of the school year! 

If you are interested in making a purchase, please stop in at the front desk, or send an email to office@millfalls.org.

Special thanks to MFCS parent, Amy Green for her design expertise!

Food Drive: The Box Overflows!!!! 

The count is in! Thanks to all of your generous and heartwarming contributions, we collected well over 300 cans, boxes, bags, and jars of food! We will be bringing the donations over to the NH Food Bank. This is a particularly meaningful time to donate, as the post-holiday season can often be a slow donation time for our community partners at the Food Bank.
February Vacation 
YMCA Vacation Camp
The YMCA recently contacted us, asking us to share news of their February Vacation Camps.
Please click here for more information.

Vertical Dreams Vacation Week Program
Please click here to find out more about Vertical Dreams' "Monkey Play" Vacation Program at the Manchester and Nashua locations!  The Manchester and Nashua locations will have extended hours during February vacation week!