Mill Falls News
September 22, 2017
Upcoming Events

Road Race & Fun Run!
SNHU's Green Quad
Activities begin at 9:15am; In-person registration begins at 9am.

Volunteer Training
5:30pm - 6:15pm

Pizza Friday Forms Due

Family Handbook Sign Off Page Due

Technology Agreements due (from Kinders, 1st, 4th graders and all new students only)

First Pizza Friday

First Read-In:
Glacier, Everglades & Zion

Columbus  Day - 
NO School!

Scholastic Book Fair

Bring Your Parent to School Night!

Read-In For Acadia & Yosemite

Early Release Day
School ends @ 11:15am

Read-In for Denali & Olympic

Please click here for our online Google calendar.

Our Music Teacher, Ms. Karina, singing with her Lower Elementary Students.

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






Peace, Kindness & Race Day!
This week the world celebrated International Peace Day. Each year we mark this important day with an All-School Assembly and Peace Walk (photos below), following by other in-class activities. This allows us, as a community, to mark the day together and consider the meaning and importance of peace in our selves, our communities, and our world. This year we added something special - we joined hundreds of Montessori schools worldwide by registering to sing about peace. During the 24 hours of September 21, the song  Sing Peace Around the World was literally sung by Montessori  students and their teachers around the world . It was a lovely component to our own more local observance.

Speaking of community... We are looking forward to seeing you and your families and friends this Sunday at our  2nd Annual Road Race & Family Fun Run. Music, Jazzercize, Food, Face Painting, Free Food and a Race Day T-shirt all included. What better way to spend this beautiful Sunday, than together celebrating and supporting our school! 
This morning we hosted our first of two September  Volunteer Trainings. If you've not been to a MFCS Volunteer Training yet, or just want a refresher, please plan to join us on September 28th ( click here for details). Kindly RSVP to office@millfalls.org.  

Special thanks to Ms. Susanne and her team of MFCS Parent Volunteers - Angelica, Gina & Jen for making this  Picture Day  our smoothest run, to date. Despite the less-than-perfect weather, the day went off without a hitch! It will be several weeks before  the photographer  sends us the prints so stay tuned for more details about this shoot and the reshoot day from Susanne. 

A reminder that our Friday Morning Read Ins will begin on October 6th.  You can view our Friday Morning Read In Schedule on our Google Calendar.

Looking forward to October, we will be hosting our Fall Bring Your Parents to School Night on October 12th which is scheduled the same week as our Fall Scholastic Book Fair

Enjoy this beautiful weekend weather...see you on Race Day!

See You at the Start Line THIS Sunday!

Best of Both Worlds Road Race & Family Fun Run
We are super excited about this upcoming event which is a great combo of healthy living and community building!  

Run or Walk - but hurry up and register!

Race Day is September 24th, at SNHU's Central Quad on River Road. 

Sign Up Today! 
To sign up for the race,  please visit the registration page.  You can sign up multiple people before checking out/paying, but must register one name at a time. $10 for each child, $20 for each adult, $50 for a whole family! This event, which is a great match to our mission, also raises critical funds for our school! You can also register in person on Sunday morning. Please arrive at 9 for registration.

Can't Run or Too Busy that Day?
Please consider making a donation to the school in support of this fun family fundraiser.  You can donate by clicking here  or send in a check, noting your contribution is in support of the Best of Both Worlds!

Can you Loan your Lawn Games to Race Day?
If you are able to lend a Lawn Game for Race Day, please be in touch via email with the amazing and tireless Amanda Gerardi, MFCS Mom and event organizer.
From the Front Office
MFCS Families...
There are a number of forms that are due or past due. Please take a moment to review this list and let Roxanne know if you have any questions. 

Technology Agreements: All Kinders, 1st and 4th graders as well as any NEW MFCS students, must return a completed Technology Agreement by Friday, September 29th. The Agreement can be found by clicking here.
Pizza Forms for October: The October Pizza Order Form, along with payment,   must be returned by Friday, September 29th
if you wish to have your child participate in our October Pizza Friday order. 

Sign and Return Your Handbook Acknowledgement Signature Page:  Signed copies of the Handbook Agreement Form are due NO LATER than Friday, September 29th.   Please be sure to read the  , then print the Acknowledgement Signature Page, which must be returned to School.

Bus Rider AgreementStudents who ride the bus must sign the 

Family Directory: We will be updating our Family Directory and sharing it with MFCS Families soon. If you would  like  to be part of the Directory, but are not sure if you have opted in, please send 
Roxanne an email or stop in to see her. Please note, only those who opt in to being included in the Directory, will have access to it. 

Medical Forms/Immunizations:  If you have not yet given us the paper work from your child's most recent physical, please do! We are working on our school-wide review of that paperwork for required reporting purposes. Thank you!

Free & Reduced Paperwork:  If you have not yet returned the Free & Reduced Paperwork sent out by Susanne, we urge you to do so by Monday . We are required to submit a report to the Department of Education regarding the numbers of qualifying families in our school community in order to access funds for MFCS and need 100% return on these forms. 

Thank you!!!

We will be holding our second 2017/18
  Volunteer Training Session 

Thursday, September 28th, 5:30pm-6:15pm

Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Friends & Neighbors are welcome to join us as we come together in support of our public Montessori school! Thank you for helping spread the word about this upcoming Training.

Volunteers wishing to work with children here at school or on school trips, must participate in training every other year. 

Please RSVP to office@millfalls.org.

Just a reminder to please drive slowly and carefully during drop off and pick up. We have had a few parents and staff expressing concerns about folks not stopping at the stop sign, or waiting to exit the circle until the cars in front of them have safely dropped off or picked up their children. 

Thanks to everyone for your extra care!

The Mill Falls First LEGO League Demonstration 
Monday, September 25th from 6:30-7:30pm
at the Makerspace
36 Old Granite St., Manchester.

The MFCS First Lego (FLL) Team will present a sample of this year's FLL Challenge - Hydrodynamics - and demonstrate their robots.

All are invited to join the Team to learn about FLL and take a tour of the Makerspace, which has been hosting meetings of the team all summer and into the fall. The space is especially interesting for anyone who has ever dreamed of being crafty! From 3-D printing to home school lessons about woodwo rking, this is an opportunity not to be missed! 

About Makerspace:   www.manchestermakerspace.org  

Montessori Moments...

Science, Peace Day, and some VERY Hungry Catapillars! 

Above: Upper Elementary Friends conducted two experiments this week...Our 6th Year students explored buoyancy ( how many pebbles can float in the water in a silver foil boat); and as an introduction to the Scientific Method, our 4th Year students touched a slice of white bread, then put it in a bag to see what would grow...

* * *
Deep Into Work Cycle

* * *
International Peace Day

Included many art projects, as well as our 
Annual All-School Assembly  & Peace Walk

* * *

Hungry Caterpillars Arrive in the Yosemite Room!

Observing, then journaling about these temporary classroom pets.

Community Corner
NH Heart & Soul: 
Our own Music Teacher, Ms. Karina, is the Musical Director and will be performing at a benefit concert this weekend for children of incarcerated  parents. NH Heart & Soul Productions is an experimental new company with a simple aim - to raise money for local charities by partnering with the charity and a local church to put on a musical theater concert. Each concert has a theme, inspired by the charity being honored. See an award-winning cast perform the best of classic animated songs. Friday, September 22 at 7pm and Saturday September 23 at 2pm at St. Andrew's Church, 102 Main Street, Manchester, NH.
For more information visit:  www.nhheartandsoul.weebly.com

Hey 4th Graders!
You and your family get free access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for an entire year. Stay close to home, or travel somewhere new. This year's the perfect time for an unforgettable outing. Valid through August 31, 2018! To learn more, visit 

Looking for something to do with your Eclipse Glasses?
Astronomers Without Borders & Explore Scientific are collecting eclipse glasses to be sent to schools in South America and Asia where eclipses will be occurring in 2019.
Read more about donating here
Hannaford Helps...
Hannaford continues to help us raise funds via their Hannaford Helps Program. This year's Program will run from now until December 2, 2017. All collected school dollars, must be turned in to the Hannaford Store on Hanover Street in Manchester, or you can drop your receipts at MFCS and we will drop them off. 

This is an easy way for Mill Falls Families & Friends to help show support for our School! If you have any questions or want to know more about this program, please visit hannaford.com/helpschools.