3rd Annual Backpack Giveaway at Catholic Charities Tompkins/Tioga

Catholic Charities Tompkins/Tioga will hold their 3rd Annual Backpack Giveaway this coming Monday, August 29, from 10 AM until 1 PM at their office at 324 W Buffalo St in Ithaca. Backpacks and school supplies will be available for elementary, middle and high school children on a first come, first served basis.

Adults must bring the child or a recent report card in order to be eligible for the giveaway.

For more information, see their Facebook event page or contact Catholic Charities directly.

A Thank-You Note From United Way of Tompkins County

Supply Lists + Calendar For 2016-2017 School Year

Fall Creek Elementary School has posted supply lists for the upcoming school year, if you’d like to get started on your back-to-school shopping early. View the lists for each grade here.

You can also see this year’s ICSD academic calendar on the district’s website, to get a head start on planning for holidays and breaks.

Happy summer!

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A farewell note from Ms. N

Dear Fall Creek Elementary School Families,

It has been a complete delight to teach Music to the talented, humorous, kind children at Fall Creek Elementary! I’ve loved being a part of this warm, lively community over the past several years.

As you may already know, however, the General Music position at Fall Creek is a part-time one. I have just received Board of Ed approval for my request to return to a full-time General Music position. I’ll be teaching Music at Northeast Elementary School — another great community! — starting next September.

Thank you for your support of the Music program in Ithaca, and especially at Fall Creek. I have loved teaching here — this is a wonderful community, and it has been a joy to be a part of your children’s musical journeys over the past several years. They are such terrific kids!

With appreciation,

Karla Notarianni (“Ms. N”)
Fall Creek General Music & Level One Strings Teacher

Wednesday Program lineup

Well, we’re all out of Fridays for this school year — so WEDNESDAY Program will be held tomorrow at 8:05 AM in the school gym. Parents, caregivers, and other members of our community are always invited, and anyone can sign up to present or perform.

Here’s the lineup:

• Sing to those with summer birthdays between 6/22 - 9/8.
• 3rd grader Zoe will sing a song.
• Kindergarteners Violet and Kaylee will perform a gymnastics routine.
• 5th grader Nyah will perform a dance.
• Positivity Brigade

See you there!

Friday Program lineup

Friday Program will be held tomorrow as usual at 8:05 AM in the school gym. Parents, caregivers, and other members of our community are always invited, and anyone can sign up to present or perform.

Here’s the lineup:

• 5th grader Destiny will host the program
• Birthdays 6/17 - Tuesday 6/21 (There will be a Wednesday Program next week to sing for those with summer birthdays)
• 1st grader Hope will jump rope
• 3rd grader Elijah will play a song on the piano.
• 1st grader Jayden will demonstrate a curious scientific effect.
• Positivity Brigade

See you there!

"Rainbows and Sundaes" June 22!!

Fall Creek’s Positivity Brigade annual “Rainbows and Sundaes” will be held on Wednesday June 22 (aka the LAST day of school!).

Each grade level will wear a specific color of the rainbow…..


**If you have an extra shirt in your child’s grade color, please bring it along to lend to any kids who may not have one already. (And don’t feel obliged to buy a shirt - drop Sheila a note, and we will make sure your child is covered!) 



The entire school will make sundaes on the playground (weather permitting) or in the foyer (rain plan) after their lunch time. They will eat their sundaes on the playground or in their classrooms, depending on the weather. We will have vegan alternatives.
In previous years, our wonderful fifth graders helped scoop but it’s always helpful to have an adult or two “supervise” the scooping and ensure the forward momentum of the sundae makers…
if you can help, please let Sheila know at 274-2359 or

End of Year Playground Party - This Saturday

REMINDER: Join us for the End of Year Playground Party


on Saturday, June 18th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm


at the Fall Creek Elementary School (Back) Playground


Please Bring a Nut-Free Dish to Pass


Frozen Treats will be served