Mill Falls News
October 6, 2017
Upcoming Events

Columbus  Day - 
NO School!

Scholastic Book Fair

FLL Team Meeting

Obstacle Course Club

Adventure Club

FLL Team Meeting

Bring Your Parent to School Night!

Read-In For Acadia, Zion & Yosemite

Pizza Friday!

FLL Team Meeting

Obstacle Course Club

Early Release Day
School ends @ 11:15am

Board Meeting


FLL Team Meeting

Read-In for  Denali & Olympic

Pizza Friday!

Please click here for our online Google calendar.


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






The Spirit of Service
Earlier this week, the MFCS Foundation Board met for their fall planning meeting. There they discussed the School's recent charter 
approval,  general School updates, and elected this year's officers. The MFCS Foundation Board is populated by citizen fundraisers - folks who believe deeply in our mission and enjoy the challenge of seeking needed funds to make up the difference between state funding for our charter school, and real programming costs. Please join us in thanking those on the Board, and recognizing the work of that team:  Maria Law, Chair; Dave Sarvai, Vice Chair; Dan Calegari: Treasurer; Will Kanteres, SecretaryRachel Marziano, Member.

If you missed the September  Volunteer Trainings but 
would  like to volunteer this year and have not attended a training in  previous years, please send us an email. We will organize additional trainings based on interest. 

If you're not sure if you need to update your background check for this school year ,
please email Roxanne.

We are still looking for a Co-Coordinator for the 2018 Ski Club! McIntyre Mountain , our Ski Club partner, dropped off the information binder this week and they are eager to arrange our program. 

Each year since our first, we've arranged for a MFCS Kinder class which is scheduled for Tuesday's 12:30-1:30pm and a MFCS Ski Club for our for 1st-6th year students which runs Tuesday's from 4-6pm. The Ski Club Coordinators are the communication point for McIntyre, helps organize the kids on Club days here at school at the end of the  school day, and coordinates with Ski Club Families to be sure there is adult presence at the Mountain each week. 

We are looking for ONE more parent to fill the Co-Coordinator role this year, to assist our lead Coordinator. Interested in being a Co-Coordinator?

HUGE thank you to the MFCS Book Fair Set Up Team who worked all morning today to create a beautiful Fair! Please see the link below for details on the  upcoming  book fair  which  runs next week.

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We have two VERY important events coming up. Please plan on joining us for both our  Annual  Bring Your Parents to School Night on October 12th which is scheduled the same week as our  Fall Scholastic Book Fair, and our Annual Living Wax Museum on October 26th . These are both GREAT opportunities for to join us at school and experience first-hand the the  Montessori Method at work!

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A reminder that school is closed
on Monday, October 9th, in celebration of Columbus Day. Enjoy the long weekend!

Don't Miss October 12th!
parents  night

Bring Your Parents to School Night

October 12th, 6:30-7:30 

Please plan to join us for one of the most important evening events of the year!

Take a ride on the Montessori train with your child as the conductor. Experience a Montessori work cycle, work with materials your child is working with currently, and deepen your understanding of your child's day-to-day here at Mill Falls. See you on the 12th!

We Have a Winner!

MFCS Foundation's  Monthly Giving Program

Our sincere thanks to all those who are participating in our
Family & Friends Monthly  Giving Program

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. 

 As a thank you to participants, the names of those enrolled in our Monthly Giving Program  are drawn monthly in a small gift raffle. The winner of this month's  raffle prize is the Duffley-Taylor Family!
Thank you Sarah & Chris for your years  of support!
The prize this month is a gift certificate to Tuckers. 

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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 corporate match partnerships. Please help  be part of that effort! Inquire with your employer today to find out if 
they will match your donations. If you have any questions, please send 
Meryl an email. Thank you!!

Scholastic Book Fair
We are looking forward to our Fall Book Fair and hope you will be able to stop in during the week of October 10th. 

Fair Hours for Adult Shopping:  
Thursday Morning, 9-11am : The Fair is open to parents and visitors (like grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends). 
Thursday Evening, 6-8pm:  During our Bring Your Parents to School Night.  

Friday Morning, 8-9am: 
Join Ms. Laura and Ms. Meryl at the Book Fair 
for a cup of tea or coffee while  you browse. 

Can you lend a hand 
during the week of our Book Fair? 
I n particular we need coverage on Wednesday from 9-12.

Living Wax Museum

Living Wax Museum
Thursday, October 26th, 3:15pm  

Our  Upper Elementary Students have begun their preliminary research in preparation for our annual Living Wax Museum. 

Please save the date, and join us to learn more about famous people in history, delivered in costume and in great detail from our 
Upper Elementary Students. 

All are welcome to this festive fall event!

Early Release: October 18th
October Early Release
Wednesday, October 18th 

All-school dismissal is at 11:15am. 

BeforeCare will be provided as usual. 

If you are in need of  Drop In Kinder or AfterCare on the 18th, 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.

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. 

From the Front Office
MFCS Families...
Have you turned in your...

Handbook Acknowledgement Signature Page: 
Signed copies of the Handbook Agreement Form were due  September 29th!!  Please be sure to read the  , then print the Acknowledgement Signature Page, which must be returned to School ASAP.

Bus Rider Agreement:   We have only received TEN signed bus rider agreements... 
Students who ride the bus must sign the 
Pupil Transportation Rider Agreement  after  reading the  Manchester School District Transportation Policy  These are due today, 10/6.

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!!!

Family Directory

We are updating our 
2017/18 Family Directory.

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. 

After School Activities

Obstacle Course Club
 met for the first time this week! MFCS mom, Ta'mara Salomon, with the help of Ms. Tana, created fun and stimulating obstacle courses. The kids had a great time testing their agility with props such as ropes, balls, and small hurdles.

Adventure Club with Ms. Lisa & Ms. Anya had a special guest this week - Ms. Ashley! Club members traveled to Livingston Park in Manchester Wednesday afternoon. The kids had a great time discovering what Dorrs Pond has to offer.
Adventure Club Members, please note:
** Drivers needed for Adventure Club for these dates: 
10/11, 10/25, 11/1.**
If you can help out, please email Ms. Anya  ASAP!
Without drivers we can't continue to run the program.

Montessori Moments...

A wonderful first Read In! 

Please visit our Google Calendar
to see the Read-In schedule.

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Practice Makes Perfect

Our Kinder students have begun working on their Practical Life skills, utilizing and strengthening their fine-motor skills. 

To the right, you see their Geo Pumpkin Work. Students use a kinder-sized mallet to hammer golf tees into the pumpkin. From there they are work with rubber bands to create geometric shapes. 

This is a great practice work that relates to the Montessori Geo Board which also explores geometric shapes and angles.

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Working together and practicing meditation this week
as part of our expanding Wellness Program.

Thank you to MFCS parent, Sarah Duffley, and her student helpers for getting our Pizza Friday order in shape! Sarah has been our lead on this for years, working with our Upper Elementary Students to help them practice their math and organization skills. Everyone loves Pizza Friday and we all send a HUGE thank you to those of you who make it happen, including our Pizza Friday Partner, Jay, at Mr. Pizza.
Family Fire Safety Week

October 8th - 11th is First Prevention Week. The Theme of this year's Prevention Week is "Every Second Counts... Plan Two Ways Out!" 

This week presents the ideal opportunity to remind us all about the importance of having an escape plan, a meeting place, the understanding of getting out and staying out as well as calling 9-1-1.