Soaring Falcons

February Edition 2020


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We are having difficulty securing substitutes when some of our staff members are absent. Please consider applying and attending the substitute training on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 or Thursday, May 14, 2020 from 10am til Noon at the Stafford County School Board Office chambers, 31 Stafford Avenue, Stafford, VA 22554. For more information, please click this link.

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Dear Falmouth Falcon Families,

Winter has officially arrived! As temperatures continue to fluctuate, I’d like to take the time to remind you to pay close attention to the forecast and have your child layer his/her clothing. This enables him/her to be comfortable in all parts of our school and throughout the school day! Unfortunately, there have been numerous students arriving to school without winter wear (coats, hats, gloves, etc.). Please contact the school if you are unable to provide appropriate winter wear. We also have a collection of winter wear at our Lost and Found!

Additionally, I want to remind you that occasionally the weather will impact school hours. Stafford County Public Schools has several methods of public notification in the event of school closings or changes to our school day due to weather. It is extremely important that the school have a valid phone contact for you so that you will receive the blackboard notifications. Please contact the school if you need to update your phone number and/or address.

FES has also recently experienced an increase in student illnesses. We have had several confirmed cases of flu, strep throat, and other illnesses. We ask that you take the time to wash all of your child’s winter wear and clean your child’s backpack and lunchbox thoroughly as a proactive measure. Additionally, we are stressing that students wash their hands upon arrival, following restroom use, prior to lunch, following lunch and at the end of the school day.

Thank you again for sharing your child(ren) with us each and every day!


Mrs. Sallie Johnakin-Putnam


Bus information

Be Responsible

  • On-time

    • Please be at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before your scheduled pickup time

    • We can only pick up students who are physically at the bus stop

    • If you are not at the bus stop, we will not wait for you

    • Be sure to have all of your items with you

  • Save Snacks for Later

    • Please refrain from chewing gum and eating food on the bus

    • With the exception of water, please refrain from consuming drinks on the bus

  • Keep the Bus Clean

    • Keeping our buses clean is a high priority

    • Please pick up trash and place it in the trash can in the front of the bus

Use Respect

  • To the driver, attendant, and other students

    • Follow directions given by the driver and bus attendant

    • Ask questions if you do not understand directions

    • Be considerate of the other students when sharing space

    • Keep your belongings in your space

  • Use kind words

    • Use appropriate language

    • Use your words to solve problems

    • Use please and thank you

    • Give compliments when possible

    • Use a positive attitude when talking with others

  • Use headphones with electronic devices

    • Keep your personal device to yourself

    • Please refrain from sharing photo and video memories on the bus

Stay Safe

  • Stay in your seat

    • Sit in your assigned seat assigned by the driver

    • Switching seats is not allowed

    • No standing up while the bus is moving

    • Sit seat-to-seat and back-to-back

  • Use inside voice

    • Refrain from screaming and yelling

    • Talk to the people next to you

  • Respect other riders’ personal space

    • Throwing objects on a bus is not allowed

    • Keep hands and feet to yourself

    • Touching other students or their property is not allowed

  • Support safe driving

    • Keep the aisle clear

    • Distracting the driver is not safe

Exciting Things are Coming!


Everyone, get your acts ready and be on the lookout for applications in March.


Happy 2020! I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break! As we head into the new year, please be aware that cold and flu season are in full swing and we often see a significant increase in illness with our students. We are always encouraging students to wash their hands regularly throughout the day to reduce the spread of germs. To help keep our students healthy, please remember to keep your students home for the following reasons:

- Fever over 100 degrees within the last 24 hours without fever reducing medication

- Active vomiting within 24 hours

- Active diarrhea within 24 hours

- Severe cough

- Undiagnosed rash

- Communicable disease such as strep throat (may return after 24 hours of antibiotics) or the flu (doctor will provide return date)

When your child returns to school, please send a note in with them or report the absence online through the Falmouth Elementary School website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nurse Anna at or 540-373-7458


This year’s ALA Award Winners:

John Newberry Medal-

New Kid” by Jerry Craft

Randolph Caldecott Medal-

The Undefeated” illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Coretta Scott King Book Awards-

New Kid” by Jerry Craft

The Undefeated” illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-

Stop! Bot!” by James Yang

Pura Belpre Award-

Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreno Played the Piano for President Lincoln” illustrated by Rafael Lopez

Mr. Ward, Librarian


Math Manipulatives in the Elementary Classroom

In elementary school, teachers use many different math manipulatives. It is very important for children to see and understand mathematics concepts. Students need to visualize what the numbers mean and how they are being used. In Kindergarten, students are using counters to understand the meaning of 3 and 4. In first and second grade they don’t need them for single digit but do need to work on place value with base ten blocks and digi-blocks. In upper grades, students are using manipulatives for multiplication and division and, of course, for fractions. Teachers use a variety of manipulatives both hands on, virtual and drawing representations on white boards and papers. Students need this strong foundation of manipulatives to progress through elementary school and on to algebraic concepts in middle and high school. Math isn’t just numbers anymore but visualizing, building and representing mathematical topics.

Ms. Smetts, Math Specialist



MARCH 4, 2020



Mark your calendar for our upcoming FES Literacy Night! On Wednesday, March 4, FES will enjoy our annual night of reading fun! This year’s theme is ‘BOOK a Trip Around the World’! Families will journey around the world, reading stories and participating in activities related to a variety of countries. The Scholastic Book Fair will also be open that evening, so be sure to stop by our library and purchase new books! We hope you will join us as we grab our passports and fly off on a wonderful literacy adventure together!

Mrs. Allen and Mrs. Hall, Reading Specialists

***PE NEWS***

Happy New Year to all of our Falmouth Falcons and their families! Our 3rd through 5th graders “jumped” right into the new year with a couple quick weeks of rope jumping skills. Students were taught 13 different individual jumps, and 5 partner jumps. In addition to short ropes, students also got a chance to work with long ropes and a couple different ways to use them, which is a great activity to get students working cooperatively. We did a quick couple days of 4 Square before starting a 3 to 4 week unit on volleyball which will be starting soon.

Our Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades recently completed a week of reviewing throwing and catching skills by using scoops and balls. Then they played another throwing game called Oscar’s Trash Can. As we “bounce” our way into February, students will begin dribbling as part of a three week basketball unit.

“Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart” is just around the corner! Stay tuned for more information coming home if you have a child in 2nd - 5th grade.

Mr. Emerson and Mr. Brown, PE Teachers


Summer Discovery:

FOCUS on Fun!

We are so excited for Summer Discovery! This is an enrichment program for elementary gifted and talented students. It will take place at Hartwood Elementary on June 29- July 2 and at Winding Creek Elementary on July 6-9. Classes are from 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Monday through Thursday. Mark your calendars!

Please be on the lookout for more information to come in the following weeks!

Ms. Pickett, FOCUS Teacher


Please click on the link below.

Ami Brown, M.Ed. and Jennifer Crane, M.Ed.

FES School Counselors


Hello again FES families, let's talk parental controls! Parental controls can help reduce the risk of your child encountering inappropriate content when they are online. Parental controls are available on most internet-enabled devices like computers, smartphones, tablets and gaming systems, as well as most apps and websites. When enabling parental controls, always use age-appropriate settings to filter, monitor, and block your child’s activities. The resources below will help you to set up the right controls and privacy settings on the networks, devices, apps, and websites your child may use to give them a safer online experience.


Common Sense Media Guide to Parental Controls Guide to Parental Controls

Stay Safe Online Guide to Parental Controls

Mr. DuPont - ITRT


In honor of National Heart Month in February, all 2nd graders who buy lunch and turn in a colored picture of heart healthy foods they like to eat on Friday, Feb. 7th will be entered to win a prize!

All pictures turned in must include the student’s full name and classroom in order to be selected. We will select 12 random winners from the pictures turned in and they will be displayed the following week and those 12 students will receive a prize.

This will be the second random winners competition from the cafeteria.

Stay tuned for competitions for other grade levels in the months to come.

Thank you.

Lori Wiley

FES Cafe Mgr.


If your student loses an item, please ask them to check Lost and Found in the hallway by the Library. The collection is continuing to grow. Below is a picture of what is in the Lost and Found area right now.
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Student Dismissal

Changes to the way a student will be traveling home from school will not be taken after 3:00pm This is our busiest time of the day and it is not always possible to ensure that changes can be made safely after this time. Sending a note to school with your child in the morning is the safest and easiest way to notify us of a change. It is appreciated if you do not arrive between 3:15 and 3:45 to pick up your child as this is a very busy time in the office.

Reporting a Student's Absence

To assist the office staff, please be sure to call the office number to report your child's absence at (540) 373-7458 prior to 9:30am. If you would like to complete the Report An Absence form online, YOU MAY CLICK HERE

Lost and Found

Please take a moment to label all items including lunchboxes and jackets for your children. It will assist us in returning lost items to the proper students instead of filling our Lost and Found.