Mill Falls News
April 5, 2019
Important Dates
Food Drive for the MFCS Food Pantry - fresh fruits, veggies single-package snacks needed!  

Family Game Night!

4/8-4/9 SAS Testing 
for 3-6th Year Students



Girls on the Run

Kickoff Field Day Meeting - Calling All Volunteers! 10am

Early Release

Girls on the Run

Arts & Crafts Club

Cooking Club

Board Game Club

Paint Night  @MFCS

Read In: Acadia, Zion, Yosemite, 8:15-8:45am

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run

Arts & Crafts Club

Cooking Club

Spaghetti Dinner @MTS

Read In: Denali & Olympic

Spring Break

Please CLICK HERE to view Mill Falls public Google Calendar!

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







 Get Your Game On! 

Top of the list is acknowledging the hard work and focus of our 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Year Students who have been taking the SAS tests this week. Supported by staff during testing, and by volunteers who came in to provide fun and energized movement breaks, the students have done a great job making their way through the annual required standardized testing. 

Special thanks to MFCS Parents, Ramon & Maura and to Ms. Catie and Ms. Devon for lending their exercise expertise to this week's body breaks. The kids had a blast dancing and moving...and even a few staffers joined in! We are scheduled to complete this testing period by early next week. 

And while the bigger kiddos were testing, our other students have been working away, challenging themselves through practice, book groups and more! Our Lower Elementary Students are working on their upcoming Annual Egg Drop Project (not the soup, the science project). This week they began preparation for this project that tests their hypotheses about how best to cradle the egg for the drop. Our Kinders took some exciting steps in their language acquisition with the introduction of the language box. This material helps them learn to recognize and spell  'CVC' words - simple consonant-vowel-consonant words.  Meanwhile, some of Ms. Mindy's writing groups have been creating animals from clay (see pic below) based on book research they conducted recently.

Please be sure to take a few moments to carefully review this newsletter. There are MANY important dates and upcoming events you won't want to miss, including TONIGHT!

We are looking forward to an exciting 2019 Family Game Night tonight! . This has been organized by MFCS Parent, Lauren D. Earlier this week, she met with some of our 6th Year Students who will be available tonight as Game Gurus. They will offer their game knowledge and assistance during the event. Game Night runs from 5:30-7:30pm; there is no cost to attend. Come on over for fun, light snacks and a great community event. 

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Please help us keep our community healthy! Even though spring is slowly springing, there still seems to be a number of bugs impacting our students' and staff health. A reminder that children need to be free of fever and vomiting for a full 24 hours before returning to school. 

Please also keep in mind that if your child will need to take medication at school, we require the following: please do not send the medication in the with the child - it must be brought in by an adult; the medication must be in its original packaging; if is a prescription, a note from the doctor must be provided as well. Non-prescription items must have the child's name written on the container (including cough drops) and directions for time and dosage. In all cases, you will need to complete and sign the Medications Form (you may request one from the front office). Thank you!

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With several projects currently underway, we've had a few requests from teachers for some Washable Tempera Paints. They are looking for a mixture of colors and thank you in advance for any you can donate!

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This week also kicked off our first week of Calendar Raffle Prize selections. After recording all the sales, we are close to $10,000! Special thanks to the team who spent most of Monday morning registering each raffle participant and sorting through the accounting - Lisa, Gina, Rosie and Lauren. The Top Calendar Seller will win a Ben & Jerry's Gift Basket; the students who sold over 10 calendars will be entered into a drawing (1 entry per 10 calendars sold) and that prize is a robust Chunky's Gift Set. 

If you have any more sales to make, please don't hesitate to go for it! 

We have been getting in new sales every day, and simply add the new raffle entries to the big, green raffle box.  Each day a student selects that day's winner. Each winner is called either by Raffle Coordinator, Lisa Z, or by Ms. Jen, and winners are also posted on our school's public Facebook page.

Here is their link to all things Raffle! 

Thanks to everyone for such a great showing of support for our school!
  Field Day Committee Meeting THIS Wednesday

Help make Field Day 2019 our best event yet!

Laura W. will lead the first  2019 Field Day Committee Meeting   on  Wednesday, April 10th at 10am , and hopes you will consider offering your time, energy and organizational skills to this effort. It takes a great team to create this meaningful day for the kids. Can you lend a hand?
Interested in joining the Committee? 
Please email us at office@millfalls.org
 Early Release: Wednesday, April 10th

                                       A reminder...

E arly Release
Wed, April 10th
All-school dismissal at 11:15am

Please note, there are no drop-in spots available in our Child Care Program for this early release day. If your child is enrolled in our Kinder and AfterCare Program, but your child will NOT be attending the program on April 10th, please email ChildCare@MillFalls.org
                                         Thank you!

 Spring Break: April 22-26

Spring Break 2019
School will be closed from Monday, April 22 through Friday April 26th

  Brain Buster

How many seconds are in a week?

Mogtaba / 4th Year / Zion

  After School Club News

Check out the details on our Spring Basketball Club, and news about a few other clubs. Please remember completed forms and payments must be received for enrollment to be processed. O ur After School Clubs are filled on a first come / first served basis. 

Basketball Clubs
with Ms. Alyssa
Join Ms. Alyssa as she introduces participants to the game's fundamentals such as ball handling, passing and shooting. Besides being Glacier's Assistant Teacher, Ms. Alyssa is also one of the Assistant Basketball Coaches of the SNHU Women's Team. This year she will be offering two clubs organized by age. No experience required!

3rd & 4th Year Students: 
Wednesdays - May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

5th & 6th Year Students:
Mondays - April 29, May 6, 13, & 20

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In other club news...

Please note that Cooking Club starts on Thursday, 4/11.

The Board Games Club hold its final meeting Thursday, 4/11.

Arts & Crafts Club with Ms. Shannon and Ms. Kristin kicked off this week.

Above: Board Game Club in action.
  2019 Variety Show: Friday, May 10th

The  Second  Annual MFCS Variety Show will be held on Friday, May 10th. A flyer went home today with the details regarding the auditions, practice and dress rehearsal schedule, all of which will take place after April Break. Ms. Christine, Ms. Alyssa and Ms. Devon will be coordinators. We look forward to another GREAT event. 
  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: Adults (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and adult family friends) from our community and all MFCS Enrolled Students grades K-6. 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 form that has been sent home in backpacks. 

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

 Save the Date! May 9th - Living Wax Museum

Save the DATE!!!!
2019 Living Wax Museum
May 9, 2019

This year, our Living Wax Museum presentations will be on Thursday, May 9th. Please plan to join us as our Upper Elementary Students share their research projects, presenting important life moments in the stories of those they have studied. 

 2019-20 Enrollment

Have your plans for next year changed since you sent in your Intent to Return Form?

If you plan to enroll your child in a different school next year, please send an email to office@millfalls.org . It's imperative that you communicate your plans with us, if there is going to be any enrollment change from this year to next.

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!

  Community Corner

Here's a chance to see our own Ms. Cassie in concert! On April 13th at 7pm, she will perform a piano duo concert of Bach, Schubert, Dvorak and Piazzolla. The Concert will be held at the Candia Congregational Church, 182 High Street, Candia. Suggested donation for the concert of $10 will be accepted at the door by the venue.

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April Art Camp at the Currier! 
This April Vacation (April 22-26), the Currier will be offering week-long vacation camps. Morning, afternoon and full-day sessions are available for children ages 5-14. After camp is also available. All camps include a special tour of the museum! For more information, please visit:  currier.org/art-center/programs-spring.

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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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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...
April is Prize Month for our Annual Raffle Fundraiser. Below students made selections for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday prize winners. 
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Above: Samples of the clay animal creations made by Ms. Mindy's reading groups this week.
Above: Lowe Elementary Students preparing their containers for the Annual Egg Drop Project.

Below: Movement Break led by MFCS Parent, Ramon, rocked the house!

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Above: A jump-roping body break led by Ms. Catie.
Below: Girls on the Run developing partner skills.

We're so much better when we're together!