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Virtually Unstoppable! January Edition

Principal's Message

Dear Falmouth Falcon Families,


Happy 2021! I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break full of love and laughter! A tradition for beginning a new year is to often develop a New Year’s Resolution. Goals assist us in reflecting upon current circumstances and working toward improvement. As the previous year has been like none we have ever experienced, I know that my new year is full of promises of hope. My goal is to continue demonstrating kindness and grace in my interactions with others and I encourage you to do the same.


At FES, we continue to work toward meeting the needs of students whether in a virtual or hybrid learning environment. Please let us know if you or your family is in need and we will work to get you the resources needed. Additionally, we will continue to keep everyone up-to-date as we move into the second semester regarding any potential changes.

I also want to take a moment to say thank you to our families. These are unprecedented times and I am continually amazed by the support our FES community provides.


Wishing you a safe and healthy start to 2021!


Take care,


Dr. JP

Clinic News

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PE News

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Mr. Brown and Mr. Emerson

PE Teachers

Library Learning

Welcome back from Winter Break! We will be working on coding among other things this round in library class. Check out these fun coding resources which consist of games for every level learner from Kindergarten through to Fifth Grade:


Hour of Code - Make sure to click on the tab for pre-reader or your grade range to get to the right difficulty level.

Code Studio - Scroll down for the courses and find your age range. Have fun!


Also don't forget that all of our families have access to World Book Online. This online encyclopedia has interesting articles, photos, and videos on a wide variety of topics:


Log-in: falmouth1

Password: falcons


Enjoy,

Mr. Ward, Librarian

Counselors' Corner

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Ms. Brown and Mrs. Crane, Counselors

Reading Specialists

Neuroscientists Say Don't Write Off Handwriting


A recent article in Edutopia highlights the importance of writing by hand to improve reading. According to the article, brain scans reveal crucial reading circuitry flickering to life when young readers print letters and then read them. The effect largely disappears when letters are typed or traced. We know how important it is for our children to read, but it is also important for them to write. Encourage your child to write about what he/she reads. Have them keep a journal, write a schedule for the day, a letter to a friend, or perhaps a shopping list for the grocery store. Keep that brain circuitry flickering!


Mrs. Hall and Mrs. Brunson, Reading Specialists

Math Specialist

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Ms. Smetts, Math Specialist

FOCUS

We had a wonderful December full of breakouts, experiments, and getting to know some new friends. This year has given us quite a different “Focus” to our learning and I am very thankful for the flexibility of students and families while learning virtually! As we begin a new year, I know students will continue to work collaboratively and be willing to let their brains grow even though they are working in different environments. The next journey for our students will allow them to focus on a topic of their choice and to explore their own passions and excitement for learning. I can’t wait to see what 2021 brings!


Ms. Pickett, FOCUS Teacher

ITRT News

Hello again FES families,


Students are spending more time than ever online, and many families may be getting new devices this holidays season. With those things in mind I thought it would be a good time to focus on 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. You can also contact your internet service provider for more information on parental controls they offer.



Resources:

Common Sense Media Guide to Parental Controls

InternetMatters.org Guide to Parental Controls

Stay Safe Online Guide to Parental Controls



Mr. Dupont, ITRT

Online Tutoring Available

Live, one-on-one online tutoring, help with homework and papers, and test prep for grades K-12 at librarypoint.org/tutor. All core subjects--math, science, English, social studies and writing, including AP. Available after school and on weekends. Watch the video for a quick overview, or click the link above to get started.


Tutor.com provides on-demand tutoring, homework help, test preparation and writing assistance for students in grades K-Adult in over 60 subjects. No appointment is necessary! You can also use their drop-off reviews, practice quizzes, video lessons, and The Princeton Review SAT/ACT Essentials for self-study, 24/7.

Breakfasts and Lunches

Breakfast and Lunch will be free for all children 18 and under until June 30, 2021. We will automatically provide every child breakfast at school, and send home additional meals for every child unless families wish to opt out. Please indicate below if you wish to opt your child out of a free breakfast or lunch. You may fill out a form for each child.


Submission of this form will permanently stop breakfast/or lunch/or bagged meals from being provided. If you wish to make changes once you have opted out please contact 540-654-9040
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwewaBwrOs7UC0BlN08LD9ziIs3_moTGzppL3mPrupAtfd6g/viewform