Sunday, September 20, 2015

Welcome Back to Fall 2015/ Who Has been Seen in the Garden?

The Learning Garden is overflowing with vegetables, flowers, students and teachers who are enjoying the warm September days in the garden. Follow the pictures below to see how we integrate the school garden into our fall curriculum and cafeteria. 

Mrs. Bacon's first grade class harvesting tomatoes
Kindergarteners love the garden!

Observations of nature

Mrs. Farmer's Kindergarten basking in garden fun
Mrs. Paradis, Mrs. Mowatt & Mrs. Duncan 
There is so much to explore.

Picking tomatoes with Mrs. Grover while 2nd Grade Art with Mrs. Taylor is in the upper slope.

2nd grade Art with Mrs. Taylor

Mrs. Clay with her beautiful pollinator bed

Sisters and sunflowers

Ms. Conley instructing students how to harvest carrots

Rare sighting of a Monarch butterfly visiting the Learning Garden

Thursday, June 4, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the Learning Garden!

It has been 2 years since a group of dedicated staff, students and parents constructed our learning garden. Over the past few weeks we have seen the garden "spring" back to life once again. Perennials are blooming and spreading across the upper slope. Vegetables and annual flowers have been planted in the raised beds. New art projects adorn the pergola, the fence and the sensory bed. Plants grown by students and donated by staff/parents were sold at the Wellness Fair Plant Sale. We encourage all staff and students to visit the garden before summer vacation and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Donations for the plant sale
Plant Sale to benefit school gardens

Mrs. Gredler's students learning about seeds

Mrs. Clay and students observing the garden

2nd grade garden art

In the garden we grow and learn

The pergola is a perfect place to work
3rd graders planting cucumbers

Selecting seeds to plant!

New Garden Art from Mrs. Taylors' After School Club

Pumpkin growing though the chair

Spring perennials

Sensory Bed rocks and returns to life!

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