Mill Falls News
May 25, 2018
  • Food Drive for the MFCS Food Pantry

Memorial Day

UE Soccer Club

Girls on the Run

Lunch begins at 12pm

UE Soccer Club

6th Grade Graduation

Kindergarten Tea

Staff vs. Student Soccer Game


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 Giving Thanks & Celebrating!

Wow, has it been a busy week! And there's no sign of the action letting up before our final day of school on June 14th. Please be sure to give this newsletter a careful read so you are aware of all the fun things that we have cooking!

The week began with a Service Learning Trip  for our 6th Year Students. They traveled to the new garden being built by Families in Transition (FIT), and provided people power to support that effort. 
I really enjoyed service learning. It made me proud and feel helpful. 
Trisna, MFCS 6th Year

On Wednesday we hosted our Annual Step Up Night - one of the most important nights of the year - when parents/guardians of students moving from Kinder to Lower Elementary, and 3rd Year Students moving to Upper Elementary and of course our incoming Kinder students, are asked to join us so they can learn about what's next for their children. 

On Thursday, MFCS Music Teacher Ms. Cassie and some of her students  shared their voices, rhythms and poetry after school to an enthusiastic audience of parents, extended family members and our aftercare crew. Beautiful sounds filled the air, and we can't wait for a longer performance next year!

Today we began the day with our annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast - an event catered by our staff to show our heartfelt appreciation for all the ideas, time, energy and kindness shared by so many of you during this school year. It takes a village, and we are so very fortunate to have such a wonderful MFCS Community of committed volunteers! While many joined us, some were not able, but to all of you we say, THANK YOU!!!

Soon after the children arrived, we gathered for an all-school meeting where our After School Drama Club, led by Ms. Becca and Ms. Christine, shared their performance of A Bad Case of the Stripes adapted for stage from the book by David Shannon. Beyond our students and staff, we were joined by MFCS parents, grandparents and friends for this engaging performance which went off without a hitch! Congrats to all involved and thanks for sharing!

Tonight we are looking forward to the final Upper Elementary Dance. The student dance Committee has organized a great night and DJ Ron is sure to fill the room with great tunes. Special thanks to Ms. Colleen for helping guide the Committee, to Ms. Roxanne for fielding the calls, and to all of you who donated items and those who will serve up the pizza tonight. Hoping the kids have a great time! 

Wishing everyone a safe and meaningful
Memorial Day Weekend,
observed in honor those who have served.

See you on Tuesday morning.

  Add These to Your Calendar!

June 1: Field Day & Annual Community Pot Luck Lunch
This is one of our favorite days of the year, when the children and adults in our community come together in celebration of another wonderful year. Please see the box below for details and how you can participate and help make the day a great success!

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June 9th: Night of Community
6-9pm at the Palace Theatre's New Event Space,
80 Hanover Street, Manchester

It's a cocktail party, a celebration, a chance to mingle with MFCS families, friends and staff...all while we raise critical funds for our School's outdoor space

This parent-organized fundraiser features great food  donated
by Ignite/Hooked Restaurants, a cash bar, a small auction, and live musical entertainment by Mr. John who will be joined by our own MFCS mom, Kate Boisvert. 

Buy your tickets TODAY!:

Cash/Check: use this order form to purchase your tickets by cash or check at the Schoo's Front Desk. 

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A reminder that you can download our

Our last day of school this year is Thursday, June 14th.

  From the Front Office

A ttention Manchester Families: 

Will your child or children require busing for the 2018/19 School Year?

If yes, please complete this form and return it to the 
  NO School on Monday - Memorial Day

Please remember than in observance of Memorial Day,
MFCS will be closed on Monday, May 28th.
We will see everyone on Tuesday!
 June 1st: Field Day/Community Pot Luck 2018!


2018 Field Day & 
Community Pot Luck Lunch
Friday, June 1st

Our Annual 2018 Field Day & Community Pot Luck Lunch is a wonderful celebration of the year and our school community. 

The 2018 Field Day Committee  has been meeting with Shannon, but we need YOUR help to make this fun-filled day come together!

Please click here to sign up to bring food or volunteer.

Please click here to sign up to donate Field Day supplies.
  Summer Art Camp with Ms. Shannon & Ms. Kristin


**Join Ms. Kristin & Ms. Shannon for 
Summer Art Camp**

For Current Kinders thru current 3rd Years: 
July 9th-13th Leo Lionni Themed Art Camp.
For Current 4th thru 6th Years: 
July 16th-20th :   Native American Themed Art Camp.
 MFCS Food Pantry in Need...

Our MFCS Food Pantry is in need of the following items... 

 Thank you for sharing what you can and donating some of the following OR making a monetary donation so that Susanne can shop for items for the Pantry:
        • Fresh Fruit (apples, bananas, etc)
        • Carrots
        • Raisins
        • Nuts & Trail Mix
        • Oatmeal
        • Mac 'n Cheese
        • Healthy Snack Foods
 Brain Buster

Solve this challenge:

Who AM I?
I am an odd 4 digit number.
The digit in my tens place is five more than two.
The sum of the digit in the tens place and hundreds place is eleven.
The digit in the thousands place is five and the digit in the units place is an odd number less than four but more than one.
Who am I?

Winner:  Samhitha, 3rd Year, Acadia

M ontessori in Motion
Moments from the first-ever  
MFCS Talent Show!
For those of you lucky enough to attend our first EVER MFCS Talent Show, you know that you were part of something really special. Led by Ms. Becca and Ms. Christine, with the help of our MC Camden, the students and their Talent Show Coaches ROCKED the HOUSE! We were so thrilled that the audience was so large and enthusiastic and that the student performers did such a great job showing off their musical, dancing and performance talents. 

Sending out a HUGE thank you to Becca and Christine and to all the families who supported our student-performers. Here's to making this an annual event!

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Right: a science lab - how many pennies will float; Left: sharing the beautiful sounds of the harp with kinder friends. 

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Service Learning:
More than Just a Volunteer Day!
Each year, our 6th Year Students participate in multiple Service Learning Projects as part of the Montessori Elementary Program  Cap Year Curriculum. Service Learning seeks to blend volunteer/service opportunities with the learning going on in the academic setting. 

As part of this program, the 6th Year Students meet weekly during the winter and spring to learn about service learning as an  approach  to community engagement and study, and then work together to identify projects they wish to engage in as a group. 

The final project this year involved a trip to a new community garden which is being designed and operated by Families in Transition (FIT) a local non profit organization serving homeless families. Before and after the day of work, our students kept journals, as one means of processing what they were learning and what they experienced out in the field. 

Below are some photos from the garden, paired with some excerpts from their writing.

I liked the service learning part of our curriculum because it opened our eyes, so that we could see how we could help people...I am planning on going back to volunteer on my own! 
~ Teagan

I do think my work will have a lasting effect because what we planted will grow and feed the community. ~Marie

Service Learning will help in the future. You can gain important experience working with diverse members of the community! 

It really seemed like we were helping people with our work. ~Elias

Special thanks to Ms. Ashley for her work on the Service Learning Program this year, and to Families in Transition (FIT) for allowing our students to share their strength.

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Ms. Cassie and her students
sharing their voices, rhythms and poetry.

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A fantastic student-performance of
Bad Case of the Stripes!

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Art of Spring & Summer

Left: The rendering of Tania's favorite tree here at school.  She created this piece last week in Art Class with Ms. Danielle when students worked outside and used water-color pencils. 

Below: Today in Art Class, students created self-portraits with a focus on the reflective sun-glasses their portraits wore. They had a great time with this project, here are a few examples: