Mill Falls News
May 12, 2017
Upcoming Events

Spring Soccer

4th Grade Field Trip

Girls on the Run

Drama Club

Outdoor Adventure Club

Girls on the Run

Pizza Friday! 

Read-In: Denali & Olympic

Lower El Field Trip

Soccer Club

Girls on the Run

First Lego League

Outdoor Adventure Club

Drama Club

Step Up Night

Girls on the Run

First Lego League

Pizza Friday!

Volunteer Breakfast

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





 Focus & Fun...

It was a great week at school - terrific focus and productivity during our work cycles. Our 4th Year Students conquered the NECAP Science Assessments  - well done all!  We also had a visit from Ruth, a Dental Hygienist from Dr. Evelyn Bryan's office. Ruth spoke to the children about the importance of taking care of their teeth, linking it to their overall health. Thank you Ruth for donating your time and great energy!

It's been busy after school, too, with our Soccer Club, Girls on the Run, Drama Club, Adventure Club & First Lego League meeting each week.

Hard to believe, but there are just 4.5 weeks left of school, and these last weeks are jam-packed with many activities and eventsPlease 
see below for several of those important dates. Information about other classroom-related activities will be shared by the classroom teachers. Looking forward to some wonderful adventures as we close out the 2016/17 Year.

A reminder that we are now accepting applications for our first ever Summer Art Camp which will be run by Ms. Shannon and Ms. Kristin. Please see below for details and a link to the flyer which went home in backpacks last week.

Sending our best wished for a wonderful weekend,
and a very
Happy Mother's Day
to the moms in our wonderful Mill Falls Community! 

2017 Parent/Guardian Step Up Night
May 24th, 6:30pm-7:30pm
As Mill Falls students progress through our 7-year Public Montessori Program, the expectations and structures grow along with them. To help our parents understand and anticipate the changes ahead, we strongly encourage ALL parents/guardians of our current kinder and 3rd year students to join us on May 24th for our annual Parent/Guardian Step Up Night. 

Please RSVP by sending 
with your intentions to attend. Thank you!

Childcare will be available for $5 per child at the event.
All children in the building must be signed into the Childcare program.
There will be no activities in the classroom for students.
If you need childcare, please email Susanne 
with the number of children attending.

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2017 Student Step Up Days 
With a bit of spring in our step, we are moving into our Student Step Up Days here at school. Each Friday in May, our current Kinder Students will visit our Lower Elementary Classrooms, and our current 3rd Year Students will visit classrooms in our Upper Elementary Program. Visiting students are paired with older students in each classroom. It's a great mentoring/modeling opportunity and a great way for the students to get a sneak peak at the next program level.

Bus for the 2017/18 School Year
Forms for 2017/18 school bus service were sent home with all returning Manchester students in backpacks last week. If you would like bus service starting at the beginning of the next school year, the form must be turned in NO LATER THAN Monday, June 5th.  Please click here for the PDF. 

If you do not plan to use the bus, you do not need to turn in the form. 

Please note: If you have an incoming Kindergarten student who you would like on the bus next year, there is a different form that needs to be filled out. Please call or email Ms. Allison  for the form and for more information.

Seasonal Allergies in School
Springtime is in full bloom, which means seasonal allergies are running wild! Seasonal allergies affect 40% of school aged children.  The symptoms of seasonal allergies, when not properly treated, can cause many deficits in focus and attention during the school day. Please be sure that you have taken care of your child's allergies before they are sent to school in the morning, to help minimize discomfort and maximize learning during the day. 

Background Checks
Interested in volunteering before the end of the year? Time is RUNNING OUT to process background checks which are good for two years. Please see Ms. Allison for a copy of the background check paperwork or click here.

End of Year Attendance
As we approach the end of the school year, we would like to highlight the importance of regular school attendance. This is the last push to finish up many units and lessons in the classroom, as well as the time for special end of year events. It is imperative that your student is on time and remains in school for the full day every day. If you have any questions about Mill Falls' attendance policy, please see the Family Handbook. 

Not Returning Next Year?
If you have made a decision to move your child to a new school for next year, be sure to notify the front office in writing ASAP. 

No Pizza Fridays or Read-Ins in June
Due to the increased number of end-of-year activities in June, May is the last month for Pizza Fridays and Read-Ins. 

2017 Summer Art Camp
for current Kinders - current 3rd Year Students
July 10-14th, 9am-12pm

Join Ms. Shannon and Ms. Kristin at our first every Summer Art Camp. Campers will explore the art and style of Eric Carle. Each day campers will create their own works of art based on Carl's techniques. 

2017 MFCS Field Day!
Friday, June 2nd

Our Field Day Committee has been hard at work planning the games and activities at our annual end of year event, and they have created a list of items they will need for their game stations!

Can you lend a hand? 
Please click here to see what's needed! 

Planning to attend our Community Lunch? 
This is a potluck event. Please click here to sign up for a dish!

 Win These Wheels...

Win this bike! 
1 chance for $5
3 chances for $10
For those who have visited school over the last weeks, you may have noticed this 
B eautiful Bicycle

in the front office Donated by the Marziano Family, the bike is now being raffled off to one lucky winner. 

How do you get in on the action? Simply purchase one raffle ticket for $5 or three raffle tickets for $10 for the chance to win these wheels! 

Please see Allison at the front desk to purchase your ticket(s). The winner will be selected at our Field Day Community Lunch on June 2nd. 
events  Important Dates

Please review the following list of all-school events. There are additional class-specific and program-specific trips and activities as well. 
You can expect information about those to come from your child's teacher. 

Art Installation: May 18 & 19
Please visit this display of student art work which Ms. Carla will curate. We hope you can stop in during the following viewing times: 
Thursday, May 18th from 8-8:30am & 3-3:30pm | Friday, May 19th, 8-8:30.

May 24th: Step Up Night, 6:30pm
All parents/guardians of current Kinders and 3rd grade students are asked to join us for an important information-filled evening as your child moves from one program level, to the next. We will also host the parents/guardians of next year's Kindergarten students. Please RSVP by sending an email to  Allison. Thanks!!

May 26th: Volunteer Breakfast,  8-9am
This Breakfast is the chance for staff to thank the many volunteers who have helped make this year such a success. We ask that those planning to attend, please RSVP by calling or 
June 2: Field Day Community Potluck Lunch, 12-1pm
This is a wonderful MFCS community day. Please plan to join us for our Annual Community Potluck Lunch! See the box above.

June 8th: Graduation Celebration for our 6th Year Students
Families and friends of our graduating 6th Year Students will gather at the Derryfield School at 4pm to mark this important moment.

June 9th: Upper Elementary Dance
The final evening gathering of the year and a great way to send off our 6th Year friends!

June 12th: Kinder Tea
A special morning event for our current Kinder Families. Please save the date Kinder Families! Details to follow.

June 14th: Last Day of School for the Year
Barring any more unexpected weather days, this full day will be our final day of school.

 Brain Busters

May 5th Brain Busters:
Question 1: Flower Pots

How many flowers does each person have in all?

Winner:  Amelia, Acadia Room, 3rd Year 

Question 2: Crazy Crayons
Emma and her friends each have crayons.  How many crayons does each person have?
  • Emma has 6 red crayons and 4 blue crayons.
  • Kim has 2 fewer crayons than Emma.
  • Bill has 3 yellow crayons and 3 green crayons.
  • Tim has 3 fewer crayons than Kim.
Winner: Grace, Acadia Room, 3rd Year

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May 12th Brain Busters:
Question 1: How old...
The ages of a mother and daughter add up to 66.  The Mother's age is the daughter's age reversed.  How old could they be?
Winner:  Zoe, Everglades, 5th Year

Question 2: What Time?
Ms. Colleen started her workout at 5:40 am. If she worked out for 50 minutes, what time did she end her workout?
Winner: Sebby, Acadia, 1st Year
 5K Sponsored by  Girls on the Run

Join Girls on the Run NH
in their spring 5K! 

When:  Saturday, June 3rd.  Activities begin at 8:30, and the 5K Run starts at 10:00. 
Where:  The New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.. 
For more info...

Montessori Moments...

Ms. Sherry on a visit to the Yosemite Room this week. 

Lots of science this week. On the left, our 4th graders worked on the lab section of their Science NECAP assessments. On the right, a student in the Glacier Room looking for growth in the seeds students "planted" as part of their study of 'Parts of a Seed'.

Below, the Yosemite Room celebrating their classmate's birthday 
with a song and Montessori Birthday Walk.