The Falls Flash

November/December 2018 Issue 15

We are proud to commit to being Future Ready...

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Congratulations Abigail Kosch and Michael Hearney

Abigail and Michael auditioned and made Junior Area Band! Playing the flute and clarinet, they will be representing Little Falls at the January Concert at Mount Olive High School.
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Thank you LFEF for over $14,000 in teacher grants.

At our December Board of Education meeting, the Little Falls Education Foundation presented our teachers with over $14,000 in grants. These grants help to offer staff and students programs, materials, and supplies that enhance our curriculum and provide cutting opportunities. Some examples of the grants provided are: flexible seating, CPR instruction materials, art supplies, books for One Book One School initiatives, positive message decals, field trip opportunities, brag tags and more! Thank you LFEF.
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8th Grade Visits West Point

On November 6th, the 8th grade class visited the United States Military Academy at West Point. Rainy weather did not deter the group from seeing the West Point Museum, going on an interactive tour of cadet life, viewing trophy point, and learning about the history of West Point. In the spring, the 8th grade class will be visiting the Naval Academy in Annapolis.

5th Grade Language Arts Storytelling

Grade 5 Language Arts was lucky to have a special guest storyteller, Gerry Fierst, from Storytelling Arts, Inc. He was the perfect compliment to our Greek Mythology unit. Students really enjoyed hearing the story of Perseus and Medusa in such an active and engaging way! They had the opportunity to be a character in the story and to later apply their ideas in narrative writing.

Spooky Story Contest Winners at School 3!

The following students entered a Spooky Story writing contest around Halloween. They won and their stories will be published into hardcover books to keep forever! What an amazing memory! Congratulations!


Max Bowers

Santino Coletta

Nate Redden

Isaiah Sumeersarnath

Natalia Marecki

Logan Rodriguez

Emily Wallace

Madisyn Kleiser

Adrianna Cataldo

Third graders enjoy a visit from the St. Barnabas Burn Unit

Fourth Grade Wax Museum

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Passaic Valley Drama Club Presents Elf, Jr.

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Fourth Grade Winter Concert

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Third Grade Students Visit the Little Falls Public Library

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Barnes and Noble Book Fair

Journalism Elective Guest Speaker

The staff at the Hornet Highlights eagerly received a special guest speaker, Mr. Al Kahwaty.

A Little Falls local, Mr. Kahwaty has an extensive background in broadcast journalism. Reporters gleaned some great tips!

Center photo: Many thanks to the students who participated in the Hornet Highlights scavenger hunt!

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Yearbook Club

8th graders- Please post your baby picture to the Google Classroom page by February 1st.

Kindergarten Thanksgiving Sing Along - School No. 2

School No. 2 Students create artwork for the Passaic County Child Advocacy Center!

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We Will Miss You Mr. Mark

LFEF Silent Auction Winner, Colin Smith!

Making gingerbread houses with Mrs. Castaldo

School No. 2 Staff Puts on "Frozen"

THANK YOU PTA, PIZZA, ORNAMENTS, THE GRINCH AND MORE!

Dates to Remember

January 1- School Closed

January 2- School Reopens

January 2- Board of Education Meeting

January 9- Hornets at Home 6:30 School No. 2 Cafeteria


February 1- Preschool registration opens

February 4 & 5- Kindergarten registration 9:30 am -2:30 pm

February 6- Kindergarten registration 4:30 pm- 7:00 pm

Wishing Everyone a Wonderful Holiday and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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Sources of Strength

The Sources of Strength club has recently run two campaigns focusing on two slices of the Sources of Strength Wheel. We talked about have positive and trusted adults. Students made a hand with the name of a trusted adult and also were given post cards they could send as a thank you to their trusted adult. Next we focused on being grateful and took the Thankfulness Challenge. Each student and staff member were challenged to think of three things they are grateful for. The next slice of the wheel we are looking at it generosity. SOS is running a sock drive to benefit MESH (Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless).

School #1 Geography Bee

On December 13th School #1 held their annual Geography Bee. Congratulations to Zackary Fernades who was the winner of the Bee! Good job to all of the contestants who participated in the Geography Bee this year!
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The National Junior Honor Society

The NJHS has elected officers for the 2018-2019 school year. With their leadership, the NJHS is off to great things!

Co-Presidents - Emma Giron & Lauren Tucci

Vice President - Mia Barone

Secretary - Mallory Cestone

Treasurer - Annabella Heaney


The NJHS sold snacks at the Winter Concert and all money raised was donated to families in Little Falls. We hope this will make their holiday that much brighter.

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LFEF Silent Auction Winner, Michael Kaywaty - Lunch with Mrs. Strippoli & MEL the Robot

Poetry Indeed!

The New Jersey Center for the Books held a poetry contest entitled, Poetry Indeed, 4th -8th grade G&T students submitted a number of their poems. There was a reception for the poetry contest held on October 26th at the Livingston College Student Center of Rutgers University. At the poetry event, the students read their poems aloud and had the opportunity to meet author Wil Mara. Our Little Falls students did very well.


In Level 1:

Michael Kahwaty - 1st Place

Sally Capizzi - 2nd Place

Abigale Mugleston - 3rd Place

Eamon Cathcart - 3rd Place


Distinguished Honors:

Alessandra St. Ledger, Leah Conroy & Baylee Mugleston


In Level 2:

Rumaan Shoaib - 2nd Place

Selin Deniz - 2nd Place

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7th Grade Gifted & Talented

The 7th Grade G&T students participated in a Logic Problem Solving Competition in North Haledon on November 26th. Three of our students placed in this competition.


1st Place - Sarah Zampella

2nd Place - Aiden Corage

3rd Place - Bianca Ionescu

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School #1 "Souper Cereal Bowl!"

The Jr. Municipal Alliance and Student Council are collaborating at School #1 to collect soup cans and cereal boxes for three local food pantries. Community food drives like ours help children and their families receive emergency food assistance when they need it.


Our "Souper Cereal Bowl" food drive will run the week before and after the Super Bowl - from Jan. 28th - Feb. 8th. Please donate what you can. Donations will be collected during the students' 1st period class.


We greatly appreciate your support!

Jr. Municipal Alliance & Student Council

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Congratulations to 7th Grader, George Saad, the December, 2018 School 1 Student of the Month

The Winter Concert

The Chorus and the Instrumental Band provided School No. 1 parents and students with a wonderful evening of music, song and fun.

Family Math

The annual 5th Grade Family Math night was a hit once again! A dozen or so 5th grade students brought a parent out to School 1 on Thursday, November 29, for two hours of math puzzles, games, challenges, and FUN! It was a great time not only for skill-building but also for family bonding. Mrs. Lachman and Mr. Campbell send a big "Thank you!" to everyone who came out to enjoy Family Math.
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Save The Date...

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