-Soaring Falcons-

November 2021 Edition

Principal's Message

Dear Falmouth Falcon Families,


The season of Fall is upon us and the holiday season is quickly approaching. As Thanksgiving draws near it is important to take time to slow down from the back-to-school frenzy and express gratitude for the many gifts we have been given. FES can certainly be thankful for our wonderful school, our dedicated staff who believe each and every day in the achievement of students, and our supportive community. Our staff is thankful for our PTO, community members, and the students who bring laughter and a willingness to learn each and every day. I, personally, am thankful for the continued support you, as parents, provide on my journey as an administrator and the ongoing belief in both me and FES. FES is making amazing strides in increasing student achievement and establishing itself as an integral part of the community.


We are also excited to begin Boosterthon! These next two weeks you will hear your child share information regarding CURIOSITY, CONFIDENCE, HUMILITY, PRACTICE, and ENDURANCE. I encourage you to participate in Boosterthon as a family by reviewing the character lessons at night after your child has participated in the daily team huddle. Boosterthon will culminate in our annual FUN RUN to take place on Monday, November 15th. Funds contributed to Boosterthon will go towards an electronic marquee and to help subsidize student events.


As we move into the second 9-weeks, it is important to remember the vital role you play in your child(ren)’s education. Taking part in class/school activities, reviewing classwork/homework, and facilitating ongoing conversations which promote learning, are all important parts of ensuring the success of students.


Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

Dr. Burch (Formerly Dr. Johnakin-Putnam)


Virtual Principal’s Coffee and Conversations

Each month, Falmouth Elementary School will hold a VIRTUAL principal's coffee for our family community. Our goal is to take a half-hour to facilitate connections and conversations that help us work together to support Falmouth students in their learning and growth. There will be a theme each month to combine our efforts to help our students thrive at home and at school.


The theme for November is Report Cards, Assessment, RtI, OH MY! SCPS uses a standards-based report card format which may not be understood by some families. Join Dr. Burch on Thursday, November 4th at 1:00 p.m. to learn more!


The Google Meet Code for this event is meet.google.com/suc-ozxg-mrv

Questions for our Artist-in-Residence

We are so pleased to have Tanya Green, from Green T Studios, in our building for the next several months. Mrs. Green is at FES creating a mural as a part of the School Historic Mural Grant program. This program was established to promote local history within Stafford County Public Schools. FES' application was chosen as a recipient and Mrs. Green is painting The Rappahannock River Connects Falmouth's Past, Present and Future in our main hallway. Mrs. Green is providing updates to the students as to the artistic process and students are first-hand witnesses to the progress of the mural. We wanted to give students, classes and families the opportunity to participate in the process by asking inquisitive questions about the mural and/or being an artist. We encourage you to submit any questions you may have and Mrs. Green will be answering questions during Friday morning announcements. Click here to submit your question.
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*** Important Dates ***

November 2 - Election Day/No school

November 4 - Salad Dressing Day - Dress like you are French, Italian, from an island or live on a ranch

November 11 - Veterans' Day/No school

November 12 - No School

November 18 - Falmouth Rocks! Day - Dress like a rock Star

November 24, 25, 26 - Thanksgiving Break/No school


December 2 - Super Hero Day - Dress like a super hero

December 20-31 - Winter Break/No school


January 3 - Professional Day/No school for students

January 17 - MLK Jr. Day/No school


February 18 - No School

February 21 - Presidents' Day/No school


March 11 - Professional Day/No school for Students

March 14-18 - Spring Break/No school


April 15 & 18 - Holiday/No school


May 25 - Early Release - All grades/Last day of school

Annual Holiday Food Basket Program

The American Legion Stafford Post 290’s Annual Holiday Food Basket Program was started nearly seven decades ago and is made possible by the generosity of students, families, and staff.


Our school will be collecting nonperishable donations from Tuesday, November 16 to Wednesday, December 15 and anything you could donate would be greatly appreciated.

News from the Clinic

Please click here for news from Nurse Anna.

PE News

Please click here to read the PE News.


Miss Pfahler

Mr. Emerson (Mr. E)


PE Teachers

Math Specialist

Please click here for our latest news.


Elaine Smetts, Math Specialist

Counselors' Corner

It’s hard to believe it is already November! The changing leaves are here and the time to express thankfulness and gratitude is upon us.


FES is excited to celebrate two upcoming events that support the values we teach to our students! Firstly, we will do a school-wide event of making cards to give to the Fredericksburg Food Bank. These cards will be placed in boxes of food to be delivered to the elderly during holiday time.


Secondly, FES is partnering with the American Legion Stafford Post 290 by collecting for their Annual Holiday Food Basket Program. All collected food will be dispersed to SERVE, Social Services and Head Start. If you are a family in need of food, please contact Ami Brown (1,3,5) brownas@staffordschools.net or Jenny Crane (K,2,4) cranejl@staffordschools.net. Also, feel free to reach out via 540-373-7458.


Let’s remember to reinforce an Attitude of Gratitude with the 5 following steps:

1. Start by cultivating your own gratitude practice

2. Verbalize gratitude as part of an everyday conversation

3. Discover gratitude even for the small things

4. Encourage downtime for reflection

5. Acknowledge the reality of your child’s emotional experience


Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Crane, Counselors

Reading Specialist

Please click here for our latest news.


Mrs. Hall, Reading Specialist

Art Room News

In October, Kindergarten and First grade learned how to use texture and shapes in their art. We’ve made texture pumpkins and shape monsters and closed out by learning how to draw a cute bird ready for fall.


Second and Third graders were extra busy in October. We learned about mosaics and Egyptian art. They worked hard to create a mosaic Egyptian collar like the pharaohs wore using shapes, patterns and mosaic concepts. We took a break to close out the month with a fun learn-to-draw video.


Fourth and Fifth graders started using a new medium which was oil pastels. We learned about blending using crayons and making an origami dragon eye and how to do the same using the oil pastels. We are preparing to begin our oil pastel project for November. They also had a fun and silly break from their hard work and created a crazy Frankenstein drawing.


I hope that they are bringing home their projects for you to see and enjoy.


Mrs. Holliday

ITRT News

Hello FES Families,


We all know that internet safety is an important topic, particularly for students and families. Children spend more time than ever before online and need to know how to stay safe and keep their personal information private. For this month I have included a list of five tips for students and some additional resources for families:

  1. Don’t give out personal information to others

  2. Never send pictures to Strangers

  3. Keep passwords private (except for parents)

  4. Don’t download anything without permission

  5. Tell an adult if you get a mean or strange message


Resources:

https://www.missingkids.org/NetSmartz

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/net-safety.html



Mr. Dupont, FES ITRT