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PRINCIPAL NOTES - NOVEMBER 11

DATES TO REMEMBER

No School (Veteran’s Day) - November 11th - THANK YOU to all of our Veterans in the Falmouth Community!
Early Release - Wednesday, November 16th. FES students dismissed at noon. 
No School for Thanksgiving Break - November 23-25

Here is the newly updated 2022-2023 Falmouth School Calendar

The Falmouth Elementary School day begins at 8:50am and dismissal begins at 3:05pm. Students need to be signed in by parents when arriving after 8:50. Please come into the vestibule to sign your child/children in. Thank you for your attention to this safety matter.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FES Unified Arts

Hi FES community! The link below will take you to the FES Unified Arts newsletter. Each of the unified arts teachers have created a page to provide you with information regarding student learning in each of our classrooms during the fall trimester. We have truly enjoyed working with your students over the last two months and look forward to the remainder of the school year. Read the UA Newsletter.

Reminders from the Nurse’s Office

Medications at School

Please remember that per district policy, any medication, including drops, creams, over-the-counter medications, and prescriptions, must be distributed from the nurses’ office.  In order for nurses to legally administer medication at school, we require the following: 

  • Medication must be in its original container and dropped off by family/caregivers. Students may only transport inhalers or EpiPens.
  • A doctor’s order (even for drops, creams, and over-the-counter orals) signed by both a doctor and family/caregivers must be provided to nurses.
  • Medications (such as antibiotics) that are short term, no more than 15 consecutive days, with a clearly labeled prescription on the original container, may be administered by nurses if necessary during the school day.    
  • Nurses must hear from family/caregivers noting the reason for the medication and times/days it should be administered. 

For more details, see the district policy JLCD: Administration of Medication to Students.   

Absence Due to Illness

Nurses are still monitoring all absences due to illness. When you mark your student “absent” in Pick Up Patrol, please note specific symptoms so that we can determine if they will need a COVID test to return to school.  

Head Lice

With students returning to group activities, sports, playdates, and sleepovers we have been made aware of a few cases of head lice. Although they may be a nuisance, head lice don't cause serious illness or carry any diseases. Severe itching of the scalp may indicate the presence of lice and nits.  We are encouraging all family/caregivers to check their children for signs and symptoms of head lice. Please contact your student’s PCP if you have questions regarding treatment. 

Supporting the Falmouth Food Pantry ~ November Food/Necessity Drive

Slips were sent home in students' backpacks with a note from Dotty Blanchette, President of the Falmouth Food Pantry, about the food/necessity drive at FES. Each grade level will be collecting a particular item. For all those who wish to participate, items should be sent in with your student by Friday, November 18th.
Kindergarten: crackers
First Grade: granola bars
Second Grade: pasta (no spaghetti)
Third Grade: bars of soap
Fourth Grade: cereal
Fifth Grade: toothpaste

SCHOOL COMMUNITY NEWS

Falmouth Elementary School PTO

Annual Campaign Drive Success

We have reached our Annual Campaign goal of $14,000! On behalf of the entire FES PTO, thank you to all of our supporters! You are truly making a difference at Falmouth Elementary School. ❤️ As promised, thanks to a generous donation from Rainbow Toys, each classroom in the school will receive a LEGO® set! (Stay tuned!)

Visit the Community Bulletin Board for youth sports and other community events. 

CONTACTS

Stacy White, Principal (K-2)
Ryan Patrie, Principal (3-5)  
Karen Walker, Assistant Principal (K-2)  
Chelsea Hunnewell, Assistant Principal (3-5)  

FES Main Number: 207-781-3988
FES Nurse Direct Line: 207-347-3152
District Transportation: 207-321-0030
FES Website: fes.falmouthschools.org

PLEASE NOTE: If you have items for the notes please email Dee Langley, Administrative Assistant (3-5) by 10am on Thursday for the notes that will now be going out on Friday afternoon. Items for the Community Bulletin Board should be sent to Helen Hogeback, Assistant to the Superintendent.