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Mill Falls News
September 9, 2016
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Upcoming Events

9/13
5K Conditioning- LE
3-4pm

First Lego League
3-4:30pm
9/14
Early Release Day
11:15
9/15
5K Conditioning- UE
3-4pm
9/20
Volunteer Training
8:45am

5K Conditioning- LE
3-4pm

First Lego League
3-4:30pm
9/21
International Peace Day
9/22
School Picture Day

5K Conditioning- UE
3-4pm

First Lego League
3-4:30pm
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

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Welcome Back!
It's been a great first week at Mill Falls...the start of our 5th year as NH's first public Montessori! We welcomed back many old friends and met some new ones. Thanks again to all who joined us at last week's popsicle party.

Earlier this week, we sent home a flyer with information about what's cooking at Mill Falls this month. If that didn't find its way to you (those lunch boxes can get messy), please

Below you will see a few upcoming events highlighted for you including our first 5K/Fun Run & Walk and related Running Club, our Annual Open House, and several other fun events. 

Please also note the New Traffic Pattern for Drop Off & Pick Up noted below. That change will take effect Monday morning!

Related to Pick Up...Please be sure to put your MFCS Car Tags in your car so that our staff can identify your car at dismissal!

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.

Special thanks to Jennifer at Spectrum Printing for the donation of our Upper Elementary student agendas!

Here's a fantastic 2016/17 School Year full of adventures, meaningful challenges and scores of successes!

September 14th: Early Release Day
Our first monthly Early Release Day will be on September 14th. 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 14th, please be in touch with Susanne at ChildCare@millfalls.org. Space is very limited for Early Release Drop In and will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.
Getting Organized & Getting to Work
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:

 

2016 Parent/Guardian OPEN HOUSE
 
OpenHouseThursday,
September 15th, 2016
6:30-7:30pm


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 a great opportunity for the adults in our school community to come together. 
Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Please note, this is an adult-only event. 
There will not be child care on site.
New Drop Off & Pickup Routine
NewTrafficePatternOur landlord has developed a new Drop Off and Pickup route for us. We will begin that routine on Monday morning. 

Please take a moment to review the map and directions (click here to view), sent home in backpacks today, to familiarize yourself with the new route. We will be outside to direct traffic on Monday morning and afternoon. 

Children with car seats - please note children will be exiting out of the passenger side with this new traffic pattern. Please move your car seats to the passenger side!

We thank you for working with us as we all adjust to this new traffic pattern!

From the Front Office
Volunteer Training

We will be holding two volunteer training sessions this month for parents/guardians. The dates for these sessions are:

Tuesday, September 20th at 8:45am
Thursday, September 29th at 5:30pm

Volunteers must participate in training every other year. 

Please contact office@millfalls.org  to RSVP, for background check paperwork, or with any questions!

Recess Goodies & A Fun Community Project

Can you help us replenish our recess equipment?
Earlier this week, our staff looked through our recess cabinet, and it is in need of some replenishing and some new items! Below is a list of supplies our staff and students hope you can help restock!

Bean Bags Toss * Cornhole Games * Ladder Ball Game * Spike Ball Set * Wiffle Balls, Bats & Bases
Small Soccer Goals * SOFT Frisbees  
Chinese Jump Ropes  *  Bubbles & Accessories 
Tether Ball Set Ball Pump * Cones  Velcro Toss Sets 
Plastic Horse Shoes *  Large Bouncy Balls 
Plastic Building Blocks * Tonka Trucks 

Please drop off any equipment at the front office. Thank you!

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!!
On Your Mark, Get Set...
Best of Both Worlds 5K / Family Fun Run & Walk
We are super excited about this upcoming event which is a great combo of health living and community building!  

Race Day is September 25th. 
To sign up for the race, please visit the registration page.  

RunningClub Get Warmed Up
We have 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 5K to join in on the fun. Please click here to review the flyer that went home earlier this week. Please email Allison by Monday at 3pm at office@millfalls.org to let her know your child will be attending the Running Club.

Lend a Hand for Race Day
Please visit our Mill Falls SignUp.Com page for volunteer opportunities between now and Race Day! We need items and hands on help. Thank you in advance for lending a hand!
Hannaford Helps...
We have some very exciting news!  The following Hannafords has chosen Mill Fall Charter School Foundation  as the latest beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program!


This means for the entire month of 
September 2016, every time anyone purchases the blue reusable bag with the good karma message at the at the Bicentennial Drive & Hanover Street locationswe receive $1! Here is the bag ->>


This is an easy way for Mill Falls Families & Friends to show support for our School!  Each store has a reusable bag rack where the blue bags can be found.

Thanks for helping to spread the word and maybe even purchasing a bag or two during the month.
Montessori Great Lesson Shared...
This morning, included a very special Montessori moment here at school. Our Lower Elementary Teaching Team shared the first of 7 Great Montessori Lessons with their students. Given the mood lighting, this beautiful and unique presentation was hard to capture visually (so forgive the dark photos below). 

Quietly, the students filed into the Denali Room which had been prepared as a small theater with visuals set up on a long blue tarp. The lights were dimmed and soft music played as the children took their seats. 

In the front of the room sat Ms. Celia, Ms. Anya and Ms. Collette. Celia shared the story about the scientific beginnings of our planet earth, stopping to celebrate the earth as we know it today before describing the steps which began to unfold billions of years ago to create our planet. 

The children sat, enthralled, as Anya and Collette used simple visuals to represent the steps in time - a balloon filled with glitter began the story and toward the end, a mini volcano symbolized the real-life eruptions that created clouds of gases as the lava spilled over and over again. Slowly, Celia explained, the earth grew to its present size. 

Like so much in the Montessori approach, this lesson touched many of the children's senses - touch (Anya worked with the water, solids, magic magnets); sight (the use of flashlights to illuminate the small visual story telling elements) and sound (beautiful soothing music along side Celia's careful delivery of the story).

Once complete, the children were able to ask questions about what they had seen. Some shared their enthusiasm for stories they new of early landforms and those who lived on it. Others asked magical questions about how the lava could float if it was in water. 


This story, and the way it was shared on our 4th day of school, marks the first in a series of lessons which our Montessori students learn as they move through our program levels. Please join us in thanking Celia, Collette and Anya for their hard work and fabulous effort! 
Upper El Bonding