Monday, June 19, 2017

June Garden Days

These beautiful late spring days have been enjoyed by many students in the learning garden, the hoop house center, and on some of the trails behind the elementary school. Check out the pictures below to follow our June garden and wellness fun at FES. 

4th Graders planting their garden with Ms. MacKinnon

Planting with Farmer J 
Mrs. Hartnett's 5th grade buddies

5th graders helping their K garden buddies

Mrs. Story using the new raised bed built by Graham Bernier, Eagle Scout at FHS

Helping Farmer J. plant at the Hoop house Learning Center
Enjoying a nature walk with Ms. Doe

Learning about Seeds!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Pint Size Hero Blood Drive

We ended the month of March with a Pint Size Hero Blood Drive at FES. The drive was held on an Early Release conference afternoon. The Red Cross collected 40 pints of blood. Children were able to watch their parents donate blood and learned about the importance of blood donation. Thanks to the staff, parents and students who donated blood or volunteered to help give the gift of life. 

Snacks at the canteen

A future blood donor cheering on his Dad

Food service director is a happy donor

Parent donation 

Blood drives are exhausting!

High School students volunteered at child care
Power Red Donation 

Red Cross Style

Certificates for students who got donors

School Nurses at Registration

Monday, March 13, 2017

Week One Nutrition Month

Letter from K student about hoop house fun!
During week one we focused on the 5 of 5210 Let's Go. Throughout the school kids learned about the importance of eating 5 or more fruits and vegetables daily. Redy, the Let's Go Mascot was all around school encouraging kids to eat fruits and vegetables. Teachers encouraged healthy snacks and many students went to the hoop house to learn about growing vegetables. The pictures below show how we celebrate March Nutrition Month at FES!

K students went to the hoop house during PE to learn about growing vegetables

Mrs. Mosca and Farmer Justing helping students plant vegetable seeds

School nurses and students setting up Nutrition display

Front Lobby Display

Mrs. Guerra's students make a fruit smoothie

Taste testing!

Redy the 5210 Let's Go Mascot comes to FES.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March Nutrition Month 2017


Dear Parents/ Guardians,
Once again FES will be celebrating National Nutrition Month school-wide. We have been recognized by Let’s Go as a Gold Site School for committing to excellence in healthy eating and active living for children and families. During the month of March we will focus on the 5-2-1-0 message through the morning announcements, our wellness blog and by sending health information handouts/links to teachers and parents. Specialists in PE, music, library, art, computer, health and Spanish will integrate nutrition information in their classes. Our front hallway will be decorated with Giant Fruits and Vegetables to set the theme as you walk into school.

K-4 students will participate in Read Maine Agriculture  during the week of March 20. The 2017 book ”What’s in the Garden” is by award winning children’s author, Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Chris Arbo. The interactive rhyme and riddle format will lead to many discussions of fruits and vegetables grown in our state from apples to pumpkins. We are fortunate in Falmouth to have a very active Farm to School program. You can follow our garden program on  Falmouth School Garden Facebook Page .

More information on healthy eating, interactive games, and children’s recipes are available at Let's Go , My Plate Kids and Eat Right for Kids We hope you join us at home to celebrate Nutrition Month.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Great Pumpkin Contest, year 3!

For the third year in a row we grew pumpkins in the learning garden and sponsored the Roly-Poly pumpkin contest. Classes were encouraged to visit the garden and estimate the weight and seed count for Roly and Poly.

Teachers used math, science and writing lessons to determine their class estimate.
This year Roly weighed 16.6 pounds and had a record 948 seeds! Poly was our smaller pumpkin
at 8.6 pounds with 303 seeds. See the pictures below for more information on classroom activities
and winning estimates.

Pumpkin books on display in the library
Mrs. Bacon's class estimated 8.5 pounds for Poly
Mrs. Walsh's class estimated 16.5 pounds for Roly
Classroom Estimates on Display

Counting Roly's seeds  with Mrs. Bacon

Pumpkin Seed Recipe

Mr. Olins class counted seeds by 10s and 100s

Counting pumpkin seeds in Mr. Olins class was a big job!

Mrs. Meserves' class estimated 303 seeds for Poly
Mrs. Tierney's class estimated 720 seeds for Roly.

Finding Roly and Poly
We love pumpkins!