Mill Falls News
March 4, 2016
Upcoming Activities
LetGo Your Mind Begins!

ASL Club Begins! 

Spring STEM

Pizza Friday!

Progress Reports Go Home!

Read-In: Acadia & Yosemite

Family Game Night!

Scholastic Book Fair!

LetGo Your Mind

After School Art Begins!

2016/2017 Lottery

Grandparent's Day

Early Release Day

Math Kangaroo Competition

Parent Teacher Conferences

No School- Teacher Workshop

Please click here for our online Google calendar.

In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday this week, our Kinder kiddos enjoyed green eggs & ham!

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





Welcome Back!
Hoping everyone had a wonderful February Vacation. We've had a great first week back and look forward to all that comes next!

Spick & Span
A small but mighty group of cleaning elves came by school last Friday morning armed with magic erasers, paper towels and loads of elbow grease. A HUGE thank you to Kate, Michael, Melissa, Andrea, Sarah and Maureen for their time and great energy on our Community Clean Up day! It was lovely to welcome the children and staff back to our shiny clean space!

The 2016 Calendar Raffle
The  2016 Calendar Raffle is off to a great start. Thank you so much for working with your children to help make this fun and productive all-school fundraising program a great success!

Lisa Zonfrillo, the Calendar Raffle Chair, has set the goal at $15,000.  There is power in our numbers and if we all lend a hand, we should be able to reach that goal with ease! Reach out to Neighbors, Friends, Colleagues, Relatives... Post on your Facebook Page if you use that, at the office, with your book club - or in any other way you can!  

For more information, please visit 

We Love Our Grandparents
& Special Friends

2016 Grandparents &
Special Friends Day! 
Wednesday, March 16 from 9-11am

Thank you for sharing the invitation with your children's Grandparents and Special Friends! It is always a delightful morning here at school and we are so looking forward to the event again this year! 

Please be sure to give us your guests' RSVP (name, email/tel and address) so we can give them a proper welcome!

Thanks to all of you who signed up on the Volunteer Spot! To review your assignment, please click here.
Lights, Camera, Action...
We had a wonderful performance by our Drama Club this morning at our all-school meeting. 

The children performed a delightful The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything , based on the book by Linda Williams

HUGE shout out to the children and their wonderful Directors - Ms. Allison and Ms. Jessica. Everyone worked incredibly hard to make our first drama program and the show a success!

Family Game Night!
March 11, 6-8pm

This is our third annual Family Game Night and by all reports it's not to be missed! Do you love playing board games? How about hanging out with all your Mill Falls friends? Then grab your 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! 

We have just added new volunteer slots for this event! 

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

See you there!
Please Save the Date!!

Thursday, March 31st, 6:30pm
Parent Education:
The Montessori 3-Year Cycle

Please join us for an engaging discussion about Montessori education. We will be welcoming back Montessorian Charles Terranova who will lead an engaging philosophical discussion about the importance of the 3-year cycle in our Montessori classrooms with a specific focus on the Upper Elementary Program.  
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 should have already received an email with a link to Sign Up Genius to reserve a time slot from your child's teacher.

Child care will be available during your conference slot for $5/child to cover our staffing costs. Please contact Susanne at ChildCare@millfalls.org  if you'd like more information.
After School Programs 
New After School Programs:

An Introduction to Musical Theater
Mondays and Tuesdays, April 11th- May 24th
Grades 4-6
Forms and payment are due back to the school by April 25th.

This program led by two Derryfield School Musical Theater students will focus on singing, dancing, and performing, all leading up to a Musical Theater Revue performed at the Derryfield School!

Please click here to view the form that was sent home today in backpacks. 

Sign Language
Wednesdays, March 9th - April 20th
Grades 3-6
Forms and payment are due by Tuesday, March 8th. 

Join Ms. Celia in this beginner-level course which will teach you basic communication skills and information in American Sign Language. 

Please click here to view the form that was sent home in backpacks earlier this week. 

Spots Still Available in These After School Programs: 

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!

Forms and payment are due back to the school by Wednesday, March 9th.

Child Care - Space is Available!
Our next Early Release will be March 17th. Will you need childcare for the full afternoon? Will you need it during your conference?

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!
After writing a successfully persuasive essay, some of our Upper El 
students had the opportunity to work  with our kindergarteners as a 
way to mentor them and model good behavior.  Here they are seen working with a sight-word game.
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! 

Monthly Giving Raffle...
Thanks to all those who are participating in our Family & Friends Monthly Giving Program.

As part of the Program, the names of Monthly Giving participants are drawn for a small gift raffle each month. The winner of this month's raffle prize is the Niedzweicki Family! The prize this month is a $20 Gift Certificate to The Red Arrow.

2016 Lottery - Final Call!
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!