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Mill Falls News
September 23, 2016
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Upcoming Events

9/25
5K/Fun Run & Walk
10am
9/27
First Lego League
3-4:30pm
9/29
First Lego League
3-4:30pm

Volunteer Training
5:30pm
9/30
Family Handbook Sign Off Page Due

Pizza Friday Form Due

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CORPORATE SPONSORS

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Peace, Walks & Pictures
We shall walk together on this path of life, 
for all things are a part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.
~ Dr. Maria Montessori

This week we held our first all-school meeting in celebration of International Peace Day. We began our Wednesday by assembling in the library area, where a group of older students read The Peace Book by Todd Parr. Then we sang Light a Candle for Peace together. 


Finally, each classroom participated in a Peace Walk as each student paused to identify who they would light a candle for in their wish for a more peaceful world. We consider this one of the most special days at Mill Falls - sort of our school's unofficial holiday - and as such, we carve out important time to spend together and to reflect and discuss what each of us can do to make this world a better place.

Run or walk!
There's still time to register for the 5K/Family Fun Run & Walk this Sunday, September 25th! We will be joined by athletes from SNHU's Volleyball and Basketball Teams, as well as members of our own staff. Exercise, food and fun...don't miss this wonderful community event THIS Sunday! Click here to sign up or join us on Race Day - registration begins at 9:30am.
See you at the starting line!
From the Front Office
2016/17 Family Handbook Review
Each year, Mill Falls Families are asked to review our Family Handbook so they are familiar with the policies, procedures and expectations of those in our Mill Falls Community. The 2016 Family Handbook can be found on our school website by clicking here .

Please be sure to review this year's Handbook, and turn in the 'Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement Signature Page' after you have read and reviewed the 2016/17 Handbook. The Acknowledgement Signature Page and is  due back at school no later than September 30, 2016 The Signature Page  has been sent home today in backpacks (click here to view) .  

ChildCare
If you have any questions about Drop In or how to enroll in our Child Care Programs, please send an email to ChildCare@millfalls.org. 

If you have children enrolled in the Before, Kinder or After Care Programs, please note you can view our ChildCare Handbook on our website's  ChildCare Page .

ALMA is our new student information management system. 
  • If you have already activated your ALMA parent account, and you are unable to login, please send an email to office@millfalls.org to have your password reset. 
  • The ALMA system is your portal into communication with your teachers.
  • UNLIKE Montessori Compass (our previous student information system) you are not able to communicate with other parents from within the system. 
  • We are putting together a Family Directory and hope to have that completed very soon! Stay tuned for details. Please be aware, the Directory will not include those who did not grant permission to be included (as noted on the Family Contact Information Form).
Special thanks to Hind, Jen and Joanne for assisting Susanne at this year's Picture Day!. The day went off without a hitch, thanks to our 
hard-working team which kept things moving smoothly from sibling photos (as shown above), to the all-school panoramic, to class and individual and staff photos. Thank you!!
Pizza Friday!
Our Pizza Friday Program kicks off on October 7th! 

In preparation for the Pizza Fridays in the month of October, we have sent home an orange colored Pizza Friday Order Form. To order pizza for your child each Friday of the month, please fill out the form and return it, along with your payment by Friday, September 30th. The forms are to be given to your child's teacher. This program will run monthly between October and May. Click here for a copy of the order form. 
Save the Date: BRING YOUR PARENT TO SCHOOL NIGHT

Learn about our Montessori classrooms from your child!

Thursday,
October 20th
6:30-7:30pm

Come spend time with your child in his/her classroom as she/he leads you through a mini Montessori work cycle. See how the unique Montessori hands on materials, known as 'Works', function to bring meaningful learning into view for your child! This is one of our most special evenings every year. We hope you will make time to join us! 

Volunteer Training
Calling all Parents, Grandparents, & Guardians...
Would you like to volunteer in the classroom and/or be a chaperone on upcoming field trips? In order to work with or chaperone our students, you are required to attend a Volunteer Training and complete your background check every other year.
       Please join us at our next 
Volunteer Training 
Thurs., September 29th 
at 5:30pm

Please contact  office@millfalls.org  to RSVP, for background check paperwork, or with any questions!
 
Thank you!!
A Fun Community Project

Looking for a few handy men and women to help with a Community Project.

We have received permission from our landlord to paint some games onto the blacktop area used for recess. We are thinking FourSquare, Hopscotch and some lines for our Basketball players. We would also like to create some tables for chess/checkers, some benches made from logs, and have a few other ideas for outdoor games to be placed in other areas of our outdoor space. If you are interested in helping bring these ideas to life, please contact  Meryl.Levin@millfalls.org

Thank you for your support!!
 
The staff and students wanted to be sure to send another HUGE thank you to the families who have so generously donated recess toys and equipment. The kids are enjoying all the new games, bubbles, balls and more! 
They are feeling the LOVE and so are we.
Working & Caring...



The Glacier Classroom made this 'puzzle' to visualize the ways in which all the students in the classroom fit together to form the whole - part of their community building in the opening weeks of this school year. 
Hannaford Helps ... For a few more days...

We are nearing the end of the month and with that the close of the "Good Karma" bag purchases that will benefit Mill Falls. Until September 30th, for every blue 'Good Karma' bag (pictured to the left) sold at the at the Bicentennial Drive & Hanover Street Hannaford Stores, Mill Falls receives $1! 



Our Lower Elementary & Kinder Students made pinwheels which were then displayed outside - an outward announcement of our celebration of International Peace Day.