Mill Falls News
May 4, 2018
  • Food Drive for the MFCS Food Pantry

5/7- 5/11/2018
Teacher Appreciation Week  (see newsletter for details)

All-School Service Learning Trip to the NH Food Bank: 8:45-12

5th & 6th Grade Basketball Club

Girls on the Run

Lower Elementary Field Trip to the Seacoast Science Center

Lower Elementary Coding Club

Upper Elementary Drama Club

Upper Elementary Soccer Club

Early Release at 11:15am

3rd & 4th Grade BasketBall Club

Girls on the Run

Talent Show Rehearsal #1

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

Family Game Night!

Please click here for our online Google calendar.


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







  Just 6 Weeks Left...

Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a fantastic April Vacation. At last the weather has turned to spring, no wait, summer! We are thrilled to see the sunshine and hope it stays with us now!

Today we met our new Kinder students and their families at our annual Kinder Interview Day. Special thanks to MFCS Parent Ambassadors, Lamis Gabr and Lauren Doukas for spending time at school this morning to help provide a warm welcome to the newest members of our School Community.

We have just 6 weeks left of this school year, and every week is jam-packed with all kinds of great activities. 

 Many of these activities will bring us together as a community and we hope that you will make every effort to participate in as many of the events as you can! 

Please a few extra moments to review information about our upcoming plans highlighted in this week's newsletter, so that you are aware of all that will be taking place between now and the last day of school - June 14th!  Thank you!

  Monday, May 7th: Service Learning Day

assembly line
Monday, May 7th
Annual All-School
Service Learning Day
at  the NH Food Bank

On Monday morning, all MFCS Students will head to the NH Food Bank to participate in our annual All-School Service Learning Day

In preparation, the classes of been discussing basic human needs related to nutrition and food sources and resources. Each year, we pack hundreds and hundreds of meals for NH's food insecure families. 

As noted in the emails sent out by our classroom teachers, students must wear closed-toe shoes. 

Additionally, if you are interested volunteering AND you have had a completed background check already on file with the front office, please email your child's teacher to let them know you will be joining us a volunteer. 

 Looking forward to seeing a few of you on Monday and, as always, looking forward to this annual event.

 We Have a Winner!

Congrats & thanks to Niedzwiecki Family! They are the winners of this month's raffle drawing of those enrolled in our Monthly Giving Program. They enrolled in the program this year, and their generosity is deeply appreciated. This month's small raffle - a small gift of our heartfelt appreciation - is a gift certificate to Starbucks.

This Program provides us with a predicable income of fundraised dollars throughout the year and provides donors with an easy way to share their support and treasure with us on a monthly basis.

Want to be part of the Monthly Giving Program?
You can learn more about the project and  sign up here

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Corporate Matching
We LOVE corporate matching and hope to connect with more businesses, large and small, this year to grow our corporatematch partnerships. Please help be part of that effort! Inquire with your employer today to find out if they will match yourdonations.

   If you have any questions, please send Meryl an email . Thank you!!

 Teachers Appreciation Week

Earlier this week, information was sent home about this year's MFCS Teacher Appreciation Week which will run next week from Monday, May 7th - Friday May 11th. Each day, there will be a different activity, all in celebration of our amazing teaching faculty. 

For details about the plans which have been put together by MFCS Parent, Alicia Harressey, please review the flyer, or click here. Our sincere thanks to each of you for recognizing the hard work and commitment of our talented staff. 

 May 9th: Final 2017/18 Early Release Day 

Wednesday, May 9th
is o ur final  Early Release Day  this school year.
All students will be dismissed at 11:15am.

Need Child Care? P lease email Susanne to reserve your spot.

MFCS Parent, Hind Bashir, is organizing the final Catered Staff Luncheon. She aims to make this one really special, in special recognition of 
Teacher Appreciation Week. 

If you'd like to lend a hand, please click here to learn more about the menu Hind has designed for this special meal.

 Top Calendar Sellers Announced!

Congrats & thanks to everyone who helped make our 2018 Calendar a HUGE success!

This year, Amelia Z. was our top Student Sales Person for our 2018 Calendar Raffles. She sold 40! Congrats and THANKS! We did have some top-selling parents as well - Scott Stantial (45 sold) and James Malone (40 sold).

With everyone's hard work and commitment to our helping support our school, we raised just over $10,000! 

Each student who sold 10 or more calendars were entered into a a special prize raffle. This year, Margaux S is the winner. Looks like she will be visiting Fredericks with her $25 gift certificate and enjoying her crystal growing kit. 

 Friday, May 11th: Get Your Game On at Game Night 2018! 

See you at our
Annual Game Night:
May 11th, 5:30-7:30pm

Game Night is a fun family evening of game playing and socializing. You get to try out 50 different board games with family and friends , enjoy some snacks or even buy a copy of your favorite game. We'll even have a raffle this year to win a free game!

**We will also be collecting donations during the event to restock our school gaming cabinet!**

If any 6th year students would like to volunteer to run a game table, contact Lauren Doukas and she'd new happy to lend your student a game to learn ahead of time.

If you, yourself, would like to help out by volunteering or donating any items, please click here to view the sign up!

Special thanks to MFCS Parent,  Lauren Doukas,
 for taking the lead in organizing the evening!

 May 18th: MFCS's Got Talent!

  Friday, May 18th

We hope you will plan to join us at the first ever MFCS  Talent  Show. Come to celebrate our students and support our performers as they share their voices, dance moves and more! 

The event has been organized by Ms. Christine and Ms. Becca, and by the time you assemble as an audience, the children will have auditioned, rehearsed and prepared to wow you! See you there!

 June 9th: 3rd Annual NIght of Community

You Are Invited to the 3rd Annual MFCS 
celebrating & supporting our diverse learning community 
When: Saturday, June 9th, 6-9pm
Where:  Palace Theatre's New Event Room
             80 HanoverSt, Manchester, NH 03101

MFCS Parents, Staff, Grandparents, Friends,
Colleagues & Neighbors
This parent-organized fundraiser will feature: 
great food provided by Ignite Restaurant, beverages, 
a small auction, and live musical entertainment. 

Help  MIND THE GAP  between the state funding we receive to operate 
our public Montessori school and the actual costs of programming.  Last year's event generated over $13,000 in support of our school's programming.  Enjoy the evening and raise critical funds for Mill Falls!

Purchase your tickets today!
It's fast and easy. 
 Tickets are $35 each;please note, online service fees do apply.
Can't Make the Event? Consider purchasing tickets for our staff! 

Want to help sponsor the event, or lend a hand? 
Please contact MFCS Event Organizer, Rachel Marziano today!
  Facility Update

Outdoor renovation at 100 WLD is a work-in-process. Crews have worked this week to level the area which will be paved, and have been attending to the drainage challenges near the sidewalk. We have been told that the paving has been scheduled for early next week. We are REALLY looking forward to that new area and other improvements which we expect will be forthcoming. 

If you have stopped by school, we hope you have noticed the beautiful Earth Day pots that have now been planted with colorful spring flowers. Special thanks to Ms. Mindy and Ms. Susanne for their work in bringing that project to life!
 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, and developed a list of ways you can help make the day a HUGE success. 

Please click here to sign up to bring Field Day Supplies.
Please click here to sign up to volunteer or bring food.

 After School Programming & Updates

***There are still a few spots left!*** 
Upper Elementary  Soccer Club

Starting Tuesday, May 8th from 3:15-4:15pm, Ms. Laura B. and Ms. Lauren will be running our beloved  Soccer Club! The Club will run on Tuesday's throughout May, into June, and will end with a  Student vs. Staff Soccer Game   on June 13th!! 
Click  here  to view the flyer.

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Join Ms. Kristin & Ms. Shannon for
Week-Long Summer Art Camps!

For Current Kinders thru current 3rd Years: 
July 9th-13th Leo Lionni Themed Art Camp.
Click here to view the flyer.

For Current 4th thru 6th Years: 
July 16th-20th: Native American Themed Art Camp.
Click here to view the flyer.

 Brain Buster

Question: What Number Does the Following Make:
15 ones
12 tens
7 hundreds
6 thousands

Winner:  Owen P., 3rd year, Acadia

M ontessori in Motion

This week, each class planted flowers in the Earth Day Planters the children painted before April Vacation.   
May is our last month of weekly Read-Ins.
Here are some images from today.

Even as the weather warmed, there is lots of work going on
at every program level!

Students in Lower Elementary Program have been studying Native American Tribes. Above, Quentin is designing a model wigwam. 

Below, other Lower Elementary Students explore the qualities of light, with a focus on reflection, transmission, refraction and  absorption.


And...Look who turned 1 Month Old this week! Ms. Laura W's Twins!