Morse Street School
Dates to Remember
Thanksgiving Food Drive November 18-22, Delivering November 25
Castine Candle Sale November 18 – December 2
Thanksgiving Break (no school) November 27-29
MSS Dine and Dance December 6, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
The Hour of Code December 9-13
PTC Meeting December 13, 9am
A NOTE FROM MR. AMBROSE
November is an exciting time of year at Morse Street School. The students are so enthusiastic about the approaching holiday season. Not only is there excitement at school, but I am also seeing it at home. My kindergarten son, David, is constantly asking me “When is Thanksgiving?” or “I can’t wait for pumpkin pie!” There is nothing like the joy of having young children around us during the holiday season.
What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than to share with others in our community? Morse Street will be having a Thanksgiving Food Drive from November 18-25. We will be delivering the food to Freeport Community Services on Monday, November 25th, right after school. There is more information in the newsletter on this project and please look for the orange and green flyer in your child’s take-home folder sometime next week.
The cooler weather is settling in, and the students are clearly excited about the possibility of a snowstorm. Please be sure to send your children with hats, mittens, warm jackets and boots every day since it can be very cold out at recess.
As you know, this is a very busy time of the year for staff. The teachers are assessing student learning, teaching, and meeting with parents in conferences. The progress we are making this year with the writing process has been evident in a variety of ways. We have been discussing student writing in conversations, in meetings, and at professional development days in an effort to support student learning. The best part is that the kids love to write! They think of an idea, draw pictures and then write at their ability level. The stories are wonderful and give us so much insight into their perspectives and point of view.
We are looking forward to enjoying the Kinderconcert coming up on December 3rd. Please see the flyer in your child’s folder. If you can join us, it would be great - the cost is only $3 per person.
As always, if you have any questions please let me know.
A NOTE FROM OUR NURSE
Flu Clinic is on Tuesday the 19th from 3:00-6:30 at the FHS cafe.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness.
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
• Fever or feeling feverish/chills
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Intense Muscle or body aches
• Fatigue (very tired)
• Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in
children than adults.
Prevent illness by staying away from people who are ill. Stay home or keep children home if they are ill. Wash hands often, get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated, and eat nutritious foods.
On Asthma and Injuries
If your child suffers from asthma, a cold and cold weather can exacerbate it. Please make sure that your child has an up to date asthma plan, and the appropriate medications in the nurse’s office. Also if your child comes to school with a new cast please let us know how the incident happened and what they can and cannot do because of the injury.
Morse Street School CommunitY Thanksgiving Food Drive
In the spirit of giving, service, and community, students and staff will gather food for FCS Thanksgiving Baskets again this year. We will focus on fresh fruits and vegetables. This was the focus last year and it was much appreciated. Children can make a connection to our 5210 goals for being healthy: 5 fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less screen time, 1 hour physical activity, and 0 sugary drinks daily.
When: Non-perishable items can be brought to school throughout the week, November 18-22. Friday, November 22 or Monday, November 25 would be the best days to bring fresh foods. We will deliver food to FCS on Monday, November 25th right after school. If you would like to help deliver food to FCS when picking up your child on the 25th, contact Beth Markelon (firstname.lastname@example.org). This is a great way for children to be actively involved in community service.
Suggestions: Apples, oranges, cranberries, raisins, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, celery, onions, carrots, nuts, cheese, wheat crackers, rolls…seasonal napkins, candles….
Also, we just received word that Freeport Community Services lost about 50 turkeys and many packages of frozen vegetables when the FCS Food Pantry freezer broke down. Along with our Food Drive for non-perishable and fresh food items, we would like to provide FCS with some turkeys. We welcome donations of money or turkeys for our food drive effort. Please send money to the school office as soon as possible and bring in turkeys on the afternoon of Nov. 25th, as we have limited storage space here at school.
Thank you for helping to make this a successful Morse Street School community project.
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
Attached to the newsletter is a fun way to collect Box Tops for Education! Every Box Top you collect is worth 10 cents for Morse Street School! Thanks!
PTC NEWS – CASTINE CANDLE SALE
Be on the lookout for your Castine Candle sale information which will be coming home with your child next week in their folder. Castine Candles make great gifts and our school has the opportunity to make a lot of money to support our children.
Attention Girl Basketball Players! We are still accepting registrations for our Rec league this winter. If you are an older 7 year old, a 5th grader not playing travel basketball, or anything in between, this is the league for you! We will be forming teams shortly, so sign up soon!!! Coaches needed - email Anthony Johnson at email@example.com
RCE Rec Basketball
Every effort will be made to form gender specific teams, pending participant numbers. Unfortunately we cannot honor all team/coach requests. Program includes a team shirt, end of season trophy, and a ticket to a Maine Red Claws game on Tuesday, 12/31 at 1:00 pm. Teams will be formed and begin practicing in late November. Games begin on December 7.
Click here to register or call Recreation & Community Education at 865-6171.
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