Friday, May 1, 2015

April Wellness at FES

April saw lots of Wellness activities at FES. At the beginning of April the USDA paid a special visit to Falmouth Elementary (see below for more information). The Special Ed staff promoted information on Autism Awareness School wide. Daffodils planted by students last fall are blooming in the learning garden. During the last week of April all Kindergarten students spent time in the learning garden planting spinach in the raised beds and sprouting sunflower seeds. 

The USDA is producing an eight-minute video about the importance of healthy school lunches. The video will contain four segments, offering perspectives from children, parents, administrators and physicians. Kevin Concannon, Department of Agriculture Undersecretary, is impressed with Maine’s school lunch progress and recommended interviewing Dr. Victoria Rogers. Dr. Rogers, Director of Let’s Go!, is one of two physicians to address how healthy meals impact children.

Falmouth Elementary School was chosen as the backdrop for part of this video due to our success in implementing the new healthier meal standards and our increased student participation in school meals, which is contrary to the current national trend. Credit goes to the entire kitchen staff who are committed to making and serving delicious, healthy meals to our students.

Bruce Alexander, the Director of Communications for the USDA's Food and Nutrition Science Division was extremely impressed with the focus on nutrition that was on display throughout the entire school. It is an incredible testament to success through commitment and collaboration - a true team effort.

The USDA is visiting only one other school, in Little Rock, Arkansas, for this project. Kudos to Martha Poliquin(food service director), Kim Walker (kitchen manager) for their dedication to our students and for this amazing recognition!

Dr. Victoria Rogers of Let's Go eating lunch at FES

5th grader being interviewed for USDA film

Special Ed staff promoting Autism Awareness

Autism education throughout the school

Daffodils planted last fall by Garden Club

Planting in Kindergarten with Mrs. Guerra

Working with Erin, our garden manager

Sunday, March 29, 2015


We have had a fun time celebrating Nutrition Month at FES. Students have learned about Nutrition, 5-2-1-0 and My Plate in their classrooms, their specials and the cafeteria. This week our principals joined in the fun by doing a healthy PRINCIPAL RAP to "wrap up" nutrition month. The pictures below tell the continued story of March Madness /Nutrition Month at FES.

Mrs. Meserve's first graders decorating a "fruit tree"

Perfect My Plate!
Kindergarten students playing the My Plate game

My Plate placemats in the school cafeteria

Ms. Discullo-Carpenter teaching Mi Plato
Vegetale or Fruita ?

Mi Plato done by Spanish students grades 3-5


We’re your principals, ya, ya.
We’re your principals, ya.

I'm Mr. Manjourides
and I want you to eat these
foods that are good for you.
Green pepper and pineapple,
yummy juice like Snapple,
sandwiches and salads too!

We’re your principals, ya, ya.
We’re your principals, ya.

I'm Mr. Gleason
and I have a reason
for wanting you to exercise...
biking, running, skiing,
on the golf course teeing
your health it will maximize!

We’re your principals, ya, ya.
We’re your principals, ya.

I'm Mr. Flaherty
and yes, I'm a rarity
watching out for children everyday.
I want you to be healthy 
so go outside and play-
make healthy choices every single day!

We’re your principals, ya, ya.
We’re your principals, ya.

We are your principals 
and we are feeling good, 
we want you to be healthy in our ‘hood. 
Remember to eat well when you are on the go,
take care of your bodies with 5-2-1-0.

Sunday, March 15, 2015


We celebrate Nutrition Month school wide during March. As you enter our school you are greeted with giant fruits and vegetables that make you smile and encourage you to eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables daily. 

In the cafeteria we have new art displays done by students in Mrs. Taylor's and Mrs. Hall's art classes. First and second grade classes used large pieces of brown paper  from Ruth's Recyclables covered with  fruits and vegetables. The students used craypas for some and other classes decorated paper, just like Eric Carle then cut out and collaged the fruit/veggie shapes. Third, fourth and fifth graders participated in the two murals, "What's in your lunchbox? Student groups identified the five food groups and healthy fresh foods. 

Fourth  and fifth grades did the drawings, painted with tempera and enhanced the paintings with oil pastels and third graders cut and arranged the pieces with "What makes a good composition?" in mind.

Enjoy the pictures and check out the blog later in March to see the other ways we highlight Nutrition month at FES.

Front hallway display

Art Collage from 1st and 2nd grade students

What's in your lunchbox art created by students in grades 3-5

Mrs. Hughes K class learning about the skeleton and healthy foods

Mrs. Guerra's Kindergarten class learns about 5-2-1-0 Let's Go

Sunday, March 1, 2015


Dear Parents/ Guardians,

FES will be celebrating National National Nutrition Month school-wide. Each week we will focus on the 5-2-1-0 message through the announcements, our wellness blog and by sending health information handouts/links to teachers and parents. PE classes will learn about My Plate and Let’s Go 5-2-1-0. Specialists in music, library, art, computer, health and Spanish will integrate nutrition information in their classes. More information on healthy eating, interactive games, and children’s recipes are available at Let's Go and My Plate Kids.

Classroom teachers will share weekly information/ computer links with their parents so they can follow along at home. Thanks for joining us as we celebrate Nutrition Month.


Computer Activities:

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Winter Wonderland

During the past week our school has become a winter wonderland. 
We believe in the health benefits of being outside in the snow and celebrate winter at FES!

1st Grade Ice Skaters with Ms. Doe

Sledding with Activities Club

Nordic skiing with Community Programs

Snowshoeing in PE

Recess Fun

will we ever see the garden again?

Recess snow angels

Monday, November 17, 2014

Late Fall Garden Activities

Many teachers have integrated the Garden into their classroom during late October and early November.  Kindergarten art students (with Mrs. Taylor) learned about the artist Andy Goldsworthy. They created natural art collages with plants and flowers they picked in the garden. The second grade dahlia bed was "put to bed" by Mrs. Clay, her students and parent volunteers. Fourth graders from Mrs. Bianchi's class partnered with the preschool to harvest their garden, cook parsnip apple muffins and create beautiful art. The pictures below capture some of these creative learning experiences.
Digging up Dahlias

Learning about seeds

Art with Mrs. Taylor

Andy Goldsworthy creations

Mrs. Bianchi's front hall display

Fun in the Garden with Preschool and Mrs. Bianchi

Nick and Penny, Part 2

The challenge for Part 2  of the Great Pumpkin Contest was to estimate the number of seeds in each pumpkin. All classes submitted their numbers based on seed lessons. Some classrooms carved smaller pumpkins and counted the seeds to help them arrive at an estimate.  During the last week of October, the seeds for Nick and Penny were counted by first and second graders. Penny had 426 seeds, the closest estimate was Mr. Carter's class who guessed 416 seeds. Nick had 301 seeds; Mrs.Farmer and Ms. Wheeler's class both guessed 300.  Nick and Penny were carved and on display in the front hallway for Halloween.  Students were sad to say goodbye to Nick and Penny, but we all agreed it was a Great Pumpkin Contest!
2nd grade students counting pumpkin seeds
Mrs. Murphy dissecting Nick

Mrs. Farmer's students learning about seeds first hand!
Mrs. Farmers Kindergarten class

Mr. Carter's 5th grade class

Ms. Wheeler's 5th grade class