Mill Falls News
March 22, 2019
Important Dates
Food Drive for the MFCS Food Pantry - fresh fruits & veggies needed!  

3/25-3/29: Spirit Week!


Girls on the Run

Board Game Club
(not meeting this week)

Girls on the Run, 

Intent to Enroll Forms due for newly enrolling students

Please CLICK HERE to view Mill Falls public Google Calendar!

2019 Lottery Day!

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








Just 14 days left to sell our AMAZING 2019 Calendar Raffle, which is jam-packed with great prize items. On April 1st we will begin the month of prizes, pulling one winner every day!

Remember, ALL sales help us raise critical funds for our school!  So between now and March 29th, please do your very best to help sell the calendars sent home with each kiddo. And remember sales can be made on line here at www.millfalls.org/spring-calendar-raffle, or on paper. 

$10 = 30 chances to win! 

Need more copies of the paper calendars to sell? Stop in and ask Jen or email Meryl  to get those today!
Here is a link to all things Raffle! 

Thank you so much for your help in raising these critical dollars for our school! Together we can reach our $12,000 goal!

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Our 2019 Lottery Day  was held this week. Special thanks to our Lottery Official - Graphic Designer, Stacy Scarlett . A huge shout out to the Lottery Day Team: MFCS Parents Kim S. and Meghan S., Ms. Shannon and Susanne. Susanne has managed all of the Lottery prep and related data and is now reaching out to our new students and wait list families. We had 188 Lottery  applicants this year (including siblings of currently enrolled students), and there were 22 towns represented and 16 languages! We were able to offer 10 Kinder spots to the general public after all Kinder siblings of current students were placed. All other applicants were placed on the wait list organized by grade.

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Have your plans for next year changed since you sent in your Intent to Return Form?
It is always our hope that each of our enrolled students will stay with us through the end of Upper Elementary (6th grade). However, we know that life circumstances can play a role in your decisions regarding your child's education. It is extremely important that you communicate with us about your plans for next year if they include your moving your child to a new school. 

As a NH charter school, our per-pupil funding from the state is based ONLY  on true enrollment, so we must keep all of our 168 spots full at all times to meet our expected state-funding levels. That includes starting the year with a full roster. Additionally, when openings arise - either during the year, or in preparation for the start of a new year - we aim to give our wait list families the opportunity to see the school in action if they wish. Therefore, the sooner you are able to share your plans, the more we can help future Mill Falls Families transition smoothly into our learning community.

So if you plan to enroll your child in a different school next year, please send an email to office@millfalls.org. If you are considering a change, but would like some advice, please reach out to your child's Lead Teacher or to Laura W. Thank you for keeping us in the loop about your plans!

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Looking forward to plenty of Family Fun in April! Parent Coordinators are working hard to finalize the preparations for these  Family Fun Nights: Game Night, Spaghetti Dinner & Paint Night! Please see below for more details!
  Spirit Week: March 25-29!

Our 2019 Spirit Week will kick off this coming Monday, March 25 and run all week! 

  Pizza Friday Forms

A reminder that  Pizza Friday Order Forms for the months of  April and May  went home in backpacks with the children last week. Click here to view the form.  Completed forms along with payment are due back on  or before  Monday, April 1st. Thank you!
  After School Club News

Upper Elementary Arts & Crafts Club!
With Ms. Kristin & Ms. Shannon

Who:  Upper Elementary Students (4th-6th Year Students)

Thursday's from 3-4:15pm
(April 4th, April 11th, April 18th & May 2nd)

Activities Schedule: 
      3:00-3:15: Snacks & Stories
      3:15 - 4:15: Arts & Crafts Projects
      4:15: Pick up. 
Please arrive 10 minutes early to view student work.

Cost: $40 for four sessions

**15 students minimum; 30 students maximum**
First 30 students to fill out form, and return it with payment, will get a spot in the class!

  Brain Buster

What Number am I?  I am a number less than 100. My units digit is 4. The sum of my digits is an even number. My tens digit is a multiple of 3. What number am I?

Winner: Adiyah /3rd Year/  Acadia

  State Assessments Coming Up

A reminder that on April 1st our 3rd through 6th Year Students will begin the first sessions of state-mandated standardized assessment called the NH Standardized Assessment System or SAS (formerly known as Smarter Balanced).  Our anticipated completion date will be Tuesday, April 9th.  SAS assessments are designed to measure real world skills like critical thinking and problem solving. This assessment is web-based, untimed and adaptive and as you know we will be using our iPads and Chromebooks to implement this task.   

Please click here to view the letter from Laura W. which was sent home last week in backpacks. 

  Game Night: Friday April 5th

Annual Family Game Night
F riday, April 5th 

Gather your friends and family and join us at Mill Falls on Friday, April 5th to play a wide selection of Gamewright Games. This event is free to attend; no need to sign up in advance. Our open area / common space will be stocked with scores of games available to play, ranging in target age from pre-school on up! We'll also have free refreshments and a raffle to win a free game!

Love what you play? Buy it that night! New games will be available that night for purchase, with 50% of the proceeds going to our school. Stop by anytime during the event. Hope to see you there! 

**Only cash and check can be accepted for game payment**

For more information or to lend a hand, please contact 
our parent organizers at:  MFCSParentCoordinator@millfalls.org

  Paint Night: Thursday, April 11

F irst Ever
Paint Night  at MFCS
Thursday, April 11 6-8pm

Let's Paint! Please plan to j oin us on April 11th for our first ever MFCS Paint Night

Who: This event is open to all MFCS Enrolled Students grades K-6 AND adults (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and adult family friends) from our community. K-3 Students will work in teams with their parents; Upper Elementary Students may work independently. ALL students must be accompanied by an adult.

We will have 2 instructors walking us through the process of creating one of the two painting options, step-by-step. Enjoy snacks and beverages while you paint! 

The charge is  $25 per painter which includes all materials. 
A ll proceeds will be donated to the school! 

Questions or want to lend a hand?  For more information or to lend a hand, please contact  our parent organizers at: 

  Spaghetti Dinner: Thursday, April 18

A nnual
Spaghetti Dinner at
Manchester Technology School
Thursday, April 18,  5:30-7

Take the night off from cooking and come join us at the  Manchester School of Technology's on campus restaurant,  100 Gerald Connors Circle, Manchester,  for an all you can eat spaghetti dinner!

This year we are also offering the option of purchasing ToGo Meals that will serve a family of 4!

The 2019 Spaghetti Dinner "Friend-raiser" will be co-hosted by Mill Falls and MST (Manchester School of Technology).  It will be a great opportunity for our two schools to introduce NH's public to the 2 innovative public school options that serve our state's students.

Tickets are now available, and can be purchased online by clicking here, or by filling out an order for that will be sent home in backpacks. 

Questions or want to lend a hand?  Please contact  our parent organizers at:  MFCSParentCoordinator@millfalls.org

  Community Corner

Manchester Thunder Lacrosse
Spring Girls Lacrosse Registration is now open at the Manchester Boys & Girls Club. This new program provides play time and instruction for girls U8, U10, U12 and U14. For more information, please visit: 
https://www.facebook.com/bgcmthunderlax  or  contact  Coach Sara Bee .  

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Dance Performance
On Saturday, March 30th join Ballet Misha for an exciting concert of new choreography, with special guest performance by NSquared Dance. There is a reception at 6pm; the performance will begin at 7pm. This is being held at The Audi, Concord's historic jewel theatre located at 2 Prince St, Concord, NH 03301. For more information, please visit:

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Spring Tennis Lessons in the Park
Spring and Summer Sessions designed for first-time tennis players will be offered by Coaches from NetGeneration. This program will use modified tennis balls, rackets and course sizes so players can learn to play the game in a stress-free atmosphere. Lessons will be held at Manchester's West High School Tennis courts. For more information, please click here .

Montessori Moments...
Below: Ms. Kristin  taught  her students about the color spectrum this week. Below right is one of the steps of the lesson; below left is a child engaged in followup work.

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Below: Earlier this week the Glacier Room went on a Field Trip to Prescott Farm in Laconia to learn more about maple sugar production.
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Below: We finished out the week with a wonderful presentation by the Lower Elementary Drama Club at our All-School Meeting today. The children recited poems by Shel Silverstein. It was a wonderful way to share what they have learned. HUGE shout out to Ms. Christine and Ms. Devon and to all the Club member for a wonderful job this morning!