Mill Falls News
September 8, 2017
Upcoming Events

Running Conditioning Club
(grades K-3)

Early Release Day

Running Conditioning Club  (grades 4-6)

Open House 
( adults only)

Volunteer Training

Running Conditioning Club  (grades K-3)

School Picture Day
(sibling Photos at 8am) 

Running Conditioning Club (grades 4-6)
3-4 pm

Road Race & Fun Run
activities begin at 9am

Volunteer Training
5:30pm - 6:15pm

Family Handbook Sign Off Page Due

Please click here for our online Google calendar.


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






Welcome Back!
It has been a wonderful first week of the 2017/18 School Year!
We welcomed back many old friends and met some new ones. Thanks again to all who joined us at last week's Popsicle Party.

We want to send a HUGE THANK YOU to our families for the many generous donations of school and cleaning supplies. We so appreciate your kindness and generosity. 

What, year 6 already? Yes!  Just before the start of the school year, the NH Board of Education completed our Charter Renewal Process with a unanimous vote of approval for our schools continuation. We have been granted our second 5-year charter and look forward to the opportunity to continue to grow and enhance our public Montessori program. 

As we have said many times, it takes a village to establish and sustain a charter school like ours. We feel so very fortunate to have assembled such a wise and nurturing staff, committed Board of Trustees, supportive Foundation Board, generous donors, and incredible families, all of whom are focused on providing our Students and our School Community with an engaging and robust educational experience. Many thanks to all in our village.

Below you will see a number of upcoming events highlighted for you including our 2nd Annual Road Race & Fun Run and related Running Club, our Annual Open House, and several other fun events. 

We look forward to many opportunities to come together as a community this year, to strengthen our connections
to each other, and to our school's mission and goals. Even if you've attended similar events in past years, please be sure to make time to join us at these and other events this year!

We have many community partners  who help in small and large ways. This week we'd like to especially thank Jennifer at Spectrum Printing  for the donation of our Upper Elementary student agendas; Scott at BrandIt!  for donating our Race Day T-shirts; & Helen at SNHU for partnering with us to bring this year's Road Race to life!

A reminder that our Pizza Fridays and our Friday Morning Read Ins will begin in October. Next week we will send home the Pizza Friday forms. 

Between now and then there are a number of important events and dates we ask you to put on your calendars. Please give this newsletter a careful read so you don't miss any details!

Here's a fantastic 2017/18 School Year full of adventures, meaningful challenges and scores of successes!

September 13th: Early Release Day
Our first monthly Early Release Day will be on Wednesday, September 13th. All-school dismissal is at 11:15am. 

BeforeCare will be provided as usual. 

Any child already enrolled in our Kinder or AfterCare Programs will be automatically enrolled in the Early Release Child Care Program (if your child will not be in AfterCare on the Early Release Day, please notify Susanne ASAP so we can give your spot to another family). 

If you are in need of Drop In Kinder or AfterCare on the 13th, please be in touch with Susanne. Space is very limited for Early Release Drop In and will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.
2016 Parent/Guardian OPEN HOUSE
September 14th, 2017

Please join us for an evening gathering to meet your child's teachers and learn about classroom structure including basic curriculum, homework & snack. This is an important opportunity for the adults in our school community to come together and spend time with our teaching staff. 
Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Please note, this is an adult-only event. 
There will not be child care on site.
On Your Mark, Get Set...
RoadRaceBest 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!  

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!

RunningClub Get Warmed Up
We have once again organized September Running Clubs - one for our Kinders - 3rd Graders and one for our Upper Elementary Friends (grades 4-6). It's a free after school activity and you don't have to be attending the Race Day to join in on the fun. Please click here to review the flyer sent home earlier this week. The completed form must be returned to Roxanne at the front desk by Monday, September 11th at 3pm (you can email the completed form to:  office@millfalls.org reserve a spot for your child in the Running Club for his/her age group.

Lend a Hand for Race Day
If you'd like to lend a hand between now and Race Day, or can help out ON Race Day, please be in touch via email with the amazing and tireless Amanda Gerardi, MFCS Mom and event organizer.
Volunteer Trainings

We will be holding two 
  Volunteer Training Sessions
this month for parents/ guardians.
The dates for these sessions are:

Friday, September 22nd: 8:45-9:30am 
Thursday, September 28th at 5:30pm-6:15pm

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.

Get to Know Our Team

If you haven't yet done so, please take a moment to
look at our website's 
Admin & Faculty Page
where you will find the bios of our School Team. 
Happy Returns...

Time was spent this week getting organized and familiarized with our various classroom systems. We also spent time getting to know one another. Name games, self-portraits and lending helping hands were seen throughout our school this week. Take a peek:

The Ties that bind us...

Community Resources
Is your son interested in joining Cub Scouts? Several Mill Falls families are members of Pack 118 that meets at Saint Anthony's School in Manchester Wednesday nights at 6 p.m.  Scouts is a great way for boys to build character, self-confidence, and life skills. We also have a lot of fun - hiking, camping, building pinewood derby cars and rockets, performing community service, and discovering robotics. Cub Scouts is open to boys in Kindergarten through Grade 5. 

Learn More: Interested families can learn about the pack and do some fun games and activities at the upcoming Pack 118 Recruitment Night on Wednesday, Sept. 20th at 6pm at St. Anthony's School, 148 Belmont Street, Manchester.

The Mill Falls Connection: Mill Falls Parent, Katie McQuaid Cote (students in Everglades, Acadia, & Yosemite) is the Leader of the Grade 1 Tigers. Feel free to reach out to Katie with any questions .

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Is your daughter interested in joining the Girl Scouts? 

The Girl Scouts of Brookside currently has 4 openings in their Daisy Troop! (Kindergarten/1st grade). Some of our girls are part of the troop.

Learn More: Please contact Troop Leader, Heather Coldwell, for more information. 

Sign up today: Visit gsgwm.org

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 here and we will drop them off. 

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