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Mill Falls News
February 8, 2019
IN THIS ISSUE
Important Dates
Ongoing: 
Food Drive for the MFCS Food Pantry - fresh fruits & veggies needed!  

2/14/19
Drama Club
3-4:30pm

Board Game Club
3-4pm

2/13/19
Early Release
11:15am

2/ 15/19
Read-In:
Denali & Olympic
8:15-8:45am

Ski Club
4-6

2/18/19
Presidents Day 
School CLOSED

2/20/19
Board Meeting
5:45pm

2/22/19
Ski Club
4-6pm


2/21/19
2019 Lottery Information Session
10-10:45am

Drama Club
3-4:30pm

Board Game Club
3-4pm

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

Please CLICK HERE to view Mill Falls public Google Calendar!

Thank you, Melissa, for the time you spend reading with our students each week!
CORPORATE SPONSORS

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Lots Cooking...

Yes, it's still cold outside, and yes, we are not yet through winter, but this is the time of year when SO much is going on at Mill Falls. Some things are in the planning stages, and some events are just around the corner. Please take a few minutes to review this newsletter which, among other things, highlights a variety of upcoming events and activities. 

First up is our 100th Day of School which we will be celebrating on Monday! Our teachers are planning all kinds of fun activities, based on or related to 100. The day is always a wonderful celebration of our school and all the great work being accomplished. This celebration will be observed throughout the school day on Monday. Of note, this may be one of the earliest 100th Days in our 7-year history, as we've not yet had a full snow day!


 Families who pickup their children by car at dismissal, please be sure to pull all the way up the car that is in front of you. If you are first in line, please pull all the way up to the fire hydrant, slightly beyond the signed marked #1. Thank you! 



A few week ago, we shared that our 6th Year Students traveled to the NH Food Bank as part of their Service Learning Curriculum. This week, we received a thank you letter from the Food Bank, noting that our students sorted 1500 pounds of potatoes (!) which were then distributed at the Manchester food drop at JFK Stadium. This sorting helped to supply members of our community with about 1200 meals! We are proud of our 20 6th Year Students, and thank them, and Ms. Laura who accompanied them to the site, for their dedication to making this world a better place, one act of generosity at a time!

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Here's what coming up...
We've created a list of many of the upcoming activities to help you keep track of all that's cooking. Please click here to view the list of important upcoming dates...and might we suggest you hang it on your fridge!


Saturday , February 9th: Pink Ribbon Basketball Game Day at SNHU
(info below)
Wednesday, February 13th:  
Early Release, 11:15am Dismissal
 
Monday, February 18th
     School Closed for Presidents Day
Monday, February 25 - Friday, March 1: February Vacation

Monday, March 11- Thursday March 14:
Spring Book Fair
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!

Friday, April 5:  Family Game Night, 6-8pm
Wednesday, April 10:  Early Release, 11:15am
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

  Brain Buster


Question: 
What Number am I?  I am an odd number that when you add me to 23 you get 50. What number am I?

Winner:  
Malik  / Olympic  / 4th Year
  After School Club News


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

This year, the folks at LetgoYourMind will be offering their after school club to our Lower and Upper Students. They will be running two different programs simultaneously.  The club will meet on  Mondays for 4 weeks  beginning  March 18th .  

For our Lower Elementary Students (1-3rd year students), there is LEGOS IN MOTION.

For our Upper Elementary Students (4-6th year students) there is NXT ROBOTS


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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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, 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

  Requests from Our Specialists

Fitness Instructor, Ms. Devon and Music Instructor, Ms. Cassie have a few things they hope you can help out with. They've asked us to request the following donations:

       Fitness Needs: 
        • Junior footballs
        • 4 square balls
        • Frisbees
        • Soccer balls

Music Needs:

  • Glue Sticks

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.
  Early Release: February 13th

reminder that our next
Early Release is on
February 13th at 11:15am

All school dismissal at 11:15am. Buses will run at that time. Please note, our ChildCare Program remains full; we do not have space for drop ins.

Exciting Workshop for Staff: Following the dismissal at 11:15am, will be hosting a workshop led by Elise Wulff, M.Ed. of Aspire/Mass General Hospital for Children. The workshop will examine Social Competency from a multi-disciplinary lens, including discussion of some brain-based mechanisms. Wulff will emphasize a child-centered approach to creating classroom communities and lessons that support and teach a wide variety of students to help access and grow their communication skills. The workshop is for Mill Falls Staff and we have also invited area educators to join us. 

  Presdents Day: February 18th


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

  February Vacation: February 25 through March 1



A reminder that we will be closed for
February Vacation 
from Monday, February 25th 
through Friday, March 1st.
 

  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! 

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: 

  Hannaford Helps Mill Falls!

Help Hannaford 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 !


During the month of February, every time a Fight Hunger bag is purchased at the Hannaford on Bicentennial Drive in Manchester, 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 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...
   
The Three-Year Cycle in Montessori  is an essential element.
Children
stay  in the same classroom, with the same group of children and teachers through the  full three year cycle. This builds meaningful relationships between teachers and children and a very strong, stable and consistent community.
Below is an example of mentoring and 
modeling in action as a 3rd Year Student in Glacier teaches a language work to a 1st Year Student.