CURRENT NOTES

Past Notes

Falmouth Middle School PRINCIPAL'S NOTES

April 14 and 21, 2014

Dear Parents,
We're thinking of our 8th grade students in England right now.  They've had a whirlwind couple of days in London and are now up in Harrogate.  All is going well!  Ben Mikaelsen, author of Touching Spirit Bear, a book the 6th grade reads, will be visiting us this week thanks to a very generous $2000 grant by Morong Falmouth!  Many of you are celebrating holidays this week and vacationing in the next week!  Enjoy yourselves!  It's also good to see some evidence of spring!

Sea Dog tickets - gr. 6  DARE - Wed. April 16

Portland Sea Dogs are inviting all 6th grade students who participated in DARE this year with free admission to the Wed night April 16th baseball game at Hadlock Field in Portland.  Students who plan to attend should meet at the First Base Gate by 5:00 for the on field recognition ceremony. The parade will be begin at 5:15 pm sharp.  Tickets were given to gr. 6 students on Monday.  For more information you may contact Mrs. Zema or Mrs. Knight at FMS.  

The Falmouth Middle School PTO would like to call your attention to the following officer openings next year.  It's a great group to work with and truly makes a difference supporting learning and activities here at the Middle School.  The openings are:  President Elect, Volunteer Coordinator, Communication Coordinator, and Treasurer - all important positions!! The date for elections is June 11.  Please contact Deb Lorenzo (mopmr2@yahoo.com) for more information.  Thanks in advance for considering this!

The following have been in the announcements before but as they each have deadlines, I'll leave them here one more week and move them down to other announcements next week:

We would like to offer a May Rippleffect R.O.L.E. program at FMS if there is enough interestThe program involves 4 sessions during the school day (2 hours once a week for 4 weeks) prior to the camping trip, and focuses on cooperative group skills as well as outdoor skills. Here is a link describing the R.O.L.E. (RippleEffects Outdoor Leadership Education) program: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dKPRqbFnonPWbTPw-9FP9bcw598PpvnPanJRxpXHiLw/edit?usp=sharing.  All applications with a completed health form and waiver and $50 deposit are due on April 18.  Thank you!

Falmouth Middle School YEARBOOKS on SALE NOW. Order online at  ybpay.lifetouch.com  school ID 10400014 If you need to order it off line, see Mrs Beasley in the office.  $16 softcover, $22 hard cover.  Our preference is for you to use the online ordering system.  The deadline for ordering is May 1.

REGISTRATION FOR BAND AND CHORUS FOR 14-15
Believe it or not, the planning for school year 2014 – 2015 is underway and it is time to register for band and chorus for next year.  Please contact any FMS music teacher to obtain a registration form and return it to school with your child no later than Thursday, April 3rd.  The music teaching staff sincerely hopes all current musicians will continue to participate in band and/or chorus next year and continue to be a part of the tradition of musical excellence at FMS!  New students are also welcome to join the band and chorus.  Feel free to contact the music staff for more information.

The last 8th Grade Farewell photo collection day for the memory video will be Friday May 4thThat day is also our class photo day for the 8th grade class!  To submit photos please email them to 8GFW2018@gmail.com

Have a good week!

Sincerely,
Sue Palfrey
Principal

Upcoming events  - Falmouth Middle School Calendars - including Athletics Calendar

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS  

Hover club: Mon. 4/28Wed 4/30Thurs. 5/1.

Boy's Lacrosse - There will be a parents' and players' meeting for all 7th and 8th grade boys' lacrosse participants on Tuesday, 4/29 at 6PM in the middle school cafeteria.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SPEECH & DEBATE TEAM PRACTICE
First practice—Wednesday, April 16, 6:45 – 8:00  p.m., Room 101 at Falmouth High School.   We will be working every Wednesday evening (except vacation week), to get ready for the Maine Middle School Speech & Debate Tournament on May 28, after school at Maranacook Community Schools.  Even if you missed the parent/student meeting on April 9,  please come.  We will spend 15 minutes going over the types of speech or debate you can choose from, and then you will get started on learning the format of debate, and how to write “cases” or pick literature for speech interpretation.   Your “coaches” will be high school students from the four-time State Champion Falmouth High School Debate Team.   We are user friendly!  You don’t need to be able to come to every practice.  You don’t need to know anything about  speech and debate.   For more information, please email the high school coaches, Michelle LaFond at mlafond@unum.com  or Karen Wolf at kwolf@verrilldana.comor Mr. Stein at jstein@falmouthschools.org.

Québec Trip reminders:

FINAL MEETING: Wednesday, May 7 at 7:00PM in the FMS cafeteria
Trip dates: Thursday, May 15-Sunday May 18th
There is still a wait list.  Students on the wait list will be contacted as space becomes available.

The final 6th Grade social event of the year is just around the corner!  MAUI MADNESS will be held on Thursday, May 22nd from 2:30 – 3:45pm.  Mark your calendars for an afternoon of food, games and fun!  A registration form will come home with your 6th grader very soon.  In order to make this event happen, we needs lots of volunteers and donations.  Please Click Here to help with this terrific 6th Grade Tropical Social.

8th Grade Parents:
The week beginning June 9, 2014 all 167 - 8th grade students will be participating in Discovery  Week. The 8th grade Discovery Week will have a strong service component. Part of the service component will include 8th grade students giving their time and energy and non profits and social service   agencies throughout greater Portland on Tuesday morning, June 10 from   approximately 9 am – 12 noon.

In past years, 8th grade students have served at 20 + nonprofits and agencies   including Ronald McDonald House, Riding to the Top, Portland Trails,  Partners for World Health, Falmouth Memorial Library, and the Preble Street Resource Center.

We will be working closely with the  transportation dept. to arrange for buses to transport many of the students, with parent and teacher chaperones, to their service experiences.  We will also need quite a number of parent volunteers to drive students to agencies and chaperon while there. We will most likely need 30 + volunteers on June 10. Parents interested in chaperoning on June 10th can contact Holly MacEwan directly athmacewan@falmouthschoools.org

The feedback from parent volunteers in past years was that they really enjoyed the experience.


It seems early to be lining up chaperones for June now, but with 167 students and more than 40 adults going to close to 20 different agencies we need to secure chaperones now.

Thank you for considering. This experience would not be possible without the support of parent volunteers.

Falmouth Middle School YEARBOOKS on SALE NOW. Order online at  ybpay.lifetouch.com  school ID 10400014 If you need to order it off line, see Mrs Beasley in the office.  $16 softcover, $22 hard cover.
 
We are looking for YEARBOOK photos of winter sports and activities in the school.   Please send 5 or 6 of your high resolution photos to Danielle Tracy,  dtracy1@maine.rr.com    The photos need to be high resolution, typically from a regular camera.   We might be able to use iPhone type photos if they are uploaded at max resolution and not cropped.  You can use DropBox to upload them for better possibilities. 

FIRST DAY SCHOOL SUPPLIES!!

From Kim Marcotte & THE FMS PTO:

I know it is hard to start thinking about the upcoming 2014/2015 school year, but it will be here before you know it and now is the time to start thinking about ordering your fall school supplies!

I have worked with all three grade level middle school teachers to ensure that all necessary supplies are in your child's school kits (each grade level supply list can be viewed online when ordering). We are using a different company for our school kits this year called, 1st Day School Supplies. This company uses name-brand, durable products such as: Crayola, Avery & Mead and will customize the product colors to suit either a boy or girl. The website is up and currently ready to accept orders!

It is very easy to order these school kits online too. Just click on the following website:


1. Enter our town zip code.
2. Click which kit (grade & world language) you would like to purchase under the Falmouth Middle School tab.
3. Enter Student information.
4. Checkout.
5. DONE!

This year, for convenience, we have decided to have the school kits delivered to your home two weeks before the first day of school. The deadline to order is June 15th.

We are also using this as a small fundraiser for our PTO. As you may know, the PTO is important to the middle school and money raised by the PTO helps with teacher grants every year as well as many other school related activities. So, why not make your life a little easier and, at the same time, help the school PTO?

So please keep an eye out for flyers that will come home with your student(s) as well as emails relating to the purchase of these school kits.

Once again the website is:
and the deadline to order these kits is JUNE 15TH!

Any questions please contact Kim Marcotte at: kimmy@maine.rr.com - Thank you!
 
8th Grade Farewell Announcements: 
Attention 8th Grade Parents... from Carrie Aube
The 8GFW (8th Grade Farewell Committee) is hoping every parent will submit 3 photos of your child(ren) for a memory video that will be played at the evening of the 8th Grade Farewell Reception on June 13th. We'd like 2 out of the 3 photos to be group photos. We are in hopes with group photo's we can have as many kids in the memory video as possible. One photo can be a solo shot of your son or daughter at any age if you would like. I have set up a special email account for you to submit your photos to at 8GFW2018@gmail.com - we are asking for good quality photos (not blurry). Let's get this task done early! THANK YOU!
If you have any questions please contact Carrie Aube at 671-6379


Math Teams for Grades 6, 7 and 8 meet on Friday mornings at 7:00 AM in Room 4 and 5. Students are welcome to join at any time!

Grade 6 Coach:  Sara Jones
Grade 7 Coach:  Sally Bennett
Grade 8 Coach:  Shawn Towle

Science Club Meeting Dates:  Students working on the hover craft will continue their scheduled dates. Students who have finished the dissection or who would like to join us the next dates is April 23rd.. We will be building solar cars and making dry ice ice cream.. Come and join us!
Civilization Club meets in the NWEA room (upstairs in the 6th grade hall on Tuesdays at 2:30.  It is a fun strategy computer game that lets you be a leader as you help create the history of the world. Come have fun while making the decisions that might lead your civilization to glory.  Questions- see Mr. Holmes.
PING PONG CLUB meets on Wednesdays through the end of May.  We will meet in the small gym at 2:40 and be finished in time for the late bus.  All are welcome. Questions?  Contact:  cdalzell@falmouthschools.org

Morning Intramurals are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. in the small gym and are supervised by PE teacher Maureen McInnis.  We will be doing tennis in morning intramurals on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for the remainder of the school year.  If it's too cold or wet, we will have an open gym of basketball in the large gym. All FMS students are welcome to join.  

Breakfast Club  is in the cafeteria on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 7:30 a.m.  A ping pong table is set up and there is always a lively game of round robin ping pong.  Breakfast snacks are available daily in the cafeteria as well.

Student Council will be meeting on Tuesdays after school for the rest of the year.  This week, it will also meet on Thursday to meet the Principal candidate.

COMMUNITY NEWS

The North Atlantic Figure Skating Club presents its 16th Annual Ice Show, “Come Rain or Come Shine”, on this Saturday April 5th at 7 p.m. and Sunday April 6th at 2 p.m. at Family Ice Center in Falmouth (20 Hat Trick Drive-behind Walmart). The show features 100 area skaters, ages 3-18; performances by five synchronized skating teams; NAFSC's club star Morgan Sewall; as well as guest skater, Samantha Cesario. Tickets are $8 for children under 12/seniors and $12 for adults, and $20 for premium seating.  Tickets available at the door, payable by cash or check only.  For more information, please call 781-5058.

FALMOUTH YOUTH SOCCER REGISTRATION AND EVALUATIONS (for 8 to 14 year olds):

If your child is interested in playing Fall 2014 travel soccer (FYSA), register online from March 28th to April 15th.  The registration fee is $150/player. For late registration, April 16th – 30th, an additional $25 late fee will be appliedELIGIBILITY Any child who is 8 years old (by July 31st) or turns 8 before October 15th and is entering 3rd grade in the fall is eligible to play. EVALUATIONS (for U13 and U14 players ONLY) are scheduled for 2 nights, May 4th and 11th at the Portland Sports Complex. 

Please see the Falmouth Youth Soccer website at www.falmouthsoccer.org for more information and to register beginning March 28th.

Falmouth/Cumberland Chamber – Student Scholarship Online Auction

Each year the Chamber awards a scholarship to a senior of Falmouth High School to help further their education.  This year, the recipient will receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,000! Please support this great cause by bidding on items and services in the online auction.  Items up for bid include Sea Dog tickets, Red Sox tickets, season pass to Family Ice, and numerous golf certificates.  The Auction opens on March 23rd and closes on April 6th.  Remember – “Bid High and Bid Often”!!

 

Falmouth Education Foundation (FEF)
The Falmouth Education Foundation (FEF) is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to raising funds each year in order to provide grants in support of academics, athletics, and the arts for children throughout the Falmouth, Maine Community. Visit us at http://falmoutheducationfoundation.org/ to learn more.

Falmouth Education Foundation Annual Rummage Sale – Saturday, May 10
Mark your calendar for a spring cleaning!  Clean out the garage, basement and closets and donate your unwanted items to the annual FEF Rummage Sale being held on Saturday, May 10 from 8am-12pm.  Proceeds will benefit children in the Falmouth community. We are looking for gently used furniture, housewares, sporting goods, toys, books and clothing, etc.  Please NO ELECTRONICS or any items requiring an outlet for use. Drop-off your items on Friday, May 9 between 9am and 6pm at the Falmouth Middle School gym.

Rummage Sale Volunteers needed for both May 9th and 10th.  Join the team for a couple of hours and meet some new faces at this fun and unique community event with many, many “treasures” to behold! We need volunteers to assist with the collection and sorting of donated items from 9am – 6pm on Friday, May 9th, as well as for organizing, check out and clean-up on Saturday, May 10th from 8am – 12pm.  We appreciate any time you can offer.  Please sign-up to volunteer using this link: http://tinyurl.com/fefrummagesale. Please contact Karyl at karyl_hazard@yahoo.com with any questions.

FEF Annual Spelling Bee - Thursday, May 15 at 7pm in Falmouth High School Theater.  Be a part of this fun and light-hearted fundraiser for the Falmouth Education Foundation! Put together a team of three people -- neighbors, co-workers, college alumni, friends, or sports teams. Costumes and mascots encouraged! No special spelling skills needed.  Prize for best costume, and team sponsorships are available.  Entry fees are $100 per person or $300 per team and are tax-deductible.  For more information contact Cecily at 781-2043, cwerdoc@gmail.com or Sue at 781-2484, stalexander21@yahoo.com or visit the FEF website, www.falmoutheducationfoundation.org

There will be a field hockey camp offered at Falmouth High School through Academy International for girls between the ages of 13-18 from July 15th thru the 18th.  For more information please review the brochure or you can contact Robin Haley Falmouth High School Varsity Field Hockey coach at rhaley@famouthschools.org.

"FYI"
 Hockey!! Hockey!! Hockey!!
Hello everyone can you believe it is that time of year again? The Annual Spring Classic will be held April 12th and  13th @ our very own Falmouth Ice Arena. If you have a student that is currently in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade and would like to participate in this wonderful fun filled event then please contact Christeen Allen @712-8136. See you on the Ice Boys and Girls!!

SUMMER THEATRE FUN is looking forward to their 13th season at the Falmouth Congregational Church! We have had so much fun in past seasons and know this summer will just as exciting.
SUMMER THEATRE FUN is a theatre camp for Kindergarten through Middle School that offers theatre arts training for young performers that is geared to the students’ age and interest. We sing, we dance, we play games, we do skits and improv - we learn to work together as an ensemble and have fun doing it. This is not a production-oriented class - but because performers LOVE to perform we do have an end of camp “presentation” for families and friends of the campers.There is a half-day camp that runs from 9 - 12 and a full day program that ends at 3. Parents and children are the best judges of which camp is best for them. Camp this year runs from June 23rd through July 3rd .Registration forms will be available at the Middle School and the elementary schools beginning the week of March 10th We look forward to a wonderful camp season! Dede Waite Theatre Director

NEW Yahoo Group: Support for Families Living with Life Threatening Allergies! 
A safe place to support and share information, resources, recipes, travel and dining recommendations with local families living with life threatening food allergies. From infants to teens, we are looking to create an invaluable resource to help keep your child safe, happy and included!

 "IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP FOR FALMOUTH LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL OR BASEBALL!! COME JOIN THE FUN!!" Register today at:
Any questions, please contact FLL President Matt Rogers:
 
If you or someone you know is interested in joining, email us at falmouthfoodallergysupport-subscribe@yahoogroups.com to join!

FALMOUTH LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION IS OPEN! To register click on the link below:


Registration Process and Options for FMS athletics and co-curricular opportunities such as Science Club and Ping Pong Club.
OPTION 1:  Register in person at Falmouth Community Programs.  Please print the registration form (located in the sidebar of the Falmouth Schools website) and bring it with you to community programs.  There are no additional fees when registering in person.  Please keep in mind that Falmouth Community Programs is closed on Fridays.
OPTION 2:  Register by mail.  Please print the registration form and mail, along with payment to the address listed on the form.
OPTION 3:  Register online.  Link for online registration is located in the sidebar of the Falmouth Schools website.  Please note, there is a convenience fee applied to online registrations.
If you already have an account through Falmouth Community Programs registrations, you do not need to create a new account.  Use the same user name and password.
If you have forgotten your user name and password, please contact FCP at 781-5253.

ABOUT OUR EMAIL COMMUNICATION
PowerSchool sends the notes out Sunday night/early Monday morning.  The notes are always available on the website, linked from the Middle School home page.  The direct link is https://sites.google.com/a/falmouthschools.org/ms-principal-notes/  

    * If your email changes, please update your email in the parent portal or notify the secretary at your child's school.
    * Emails from our student information system are sent out once per week on Sunday nights from PowerSchool@fps.k12.me.us If you no longer wish to receive email, please notify the secretary at your child's school. Email is sometimes blocked. Please be sure, if you use filtering, to allow mail from PowerSchool@fps.k12.me.us. Some service providers may block mass emails in general unless you specifically allow them. Some businesses block our email. If you want to change your email address , please email Julie Mercer at jmercer@falmouthschools.org
    * If you have items for Principal's Notes, please email Julie Mercer at jmercer@falmouthschools.org