Saturday, January 16, 2021

Skylert Family Communication for Hybrid Transition

 

January 16, 2021

Dear Folwell Families:

As we prepare for the learning model pivot to hybrid, we want to make sure we have clarity in the next steps for you and your student.  Once again, on behalf of all staff at Folwell, we cannot thank you enough for your patience and support as we continue to navigate through this together! 

As always, please email me (wemoritz@rochesterschools.org) or call us at 328-3220 with questions. 

Having trouble reading this message on email?  It is also posted on our blog at www.folwell.info!

A reminder that there is no school on Monday, January 18, in observance of the Holiday commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Breakfast from Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Rochester NAACP and Diversity Council—Friday at 10:00 a.m.
"I have a Dream MLK Annual Celebration, VIRTUALLY! With Special Guest Justice Alan Page “Special Presentation for Rochester Public Schools
MORNING PROGRAM:

Welcome: Kathleen Harrington, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce
Reflections: Dee Sabol, Executive Director, Diversity Council
"Lift Every Voice & Sing:" Angie Porter
Keynote Interview: Alan Page, Former Chief Justice of Minnesota Supreme Court and Kesarin & Yasmin Ali, Rochester Community Initiative
Song: Bri Thompson
Poetry Contest: Diversity Council
Call to Action: Wale Elegede, President of Rochester NAACP
Closing Remarks: Kathleen Harrington, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce

To Access:
STEP 1: Type in
www.youtube.com/rochesterchamber into a web browser 
STEP 2: The first video available should be titled “2021 MLK We Have a Dream Breakfast” and have a small red “live” thumbnail (see below). Click on this video tile to view the event live stream.

 

K-2 FAMILIES PARTICIPATING IN THE NEXT LEARNING PHASE, HYBRID LEARNING MODEL

The Hybrid Model for K-2 students begins January 19, for Group 1, and January 21, for Group 2.  All students will be distance learning on Wednesday, January 20.  Please note that students remain in their original group 1 or group 2 schedule so please contact the office if you do not remember which group you are in. 

Students in Group 1 typically attend on Monday and Tuesday, with Distance Learning on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Students in Group 2 typically attend on Thursday and Friday, with Distance Learning on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

If your family elected to have your student in distance learning, you continue your learning on January 19, with your distance learning teacher.

Kindergarten and first grade students will enter and exit Door #2, on the southwest side of the building, near the parking lot.  Drop students at “load and go” and they will walk down the sidewalk to Door #2 with adults waiting to greet them! For drop off, remember that 15th Avenue is closed between 6th street and 7th street.  Please go to 12th Avenue, head south, then turn on 7th street, heading west towards the school.  Drop students off in the “load and go” area near the intersection of 15th Avenue and 7th Street, opposite corner of the bike rack.

Second grade students will enter and exit Door #1, the main door of the school.  For drop off, remember that 15th Avenue is closed between 6th street and 7th street.  Please go to 12th Avenue, head south, then turn on 7th street, heading west towards the school.  Drop students off in the “load and go” area near the intersection of 15th Avenue and 7th Street, opposite corner of the bike rack.

Students are also invited and encouraged to walk, bike or scoot to school with family permission!

If your family elected to have your student in distance learning, you continue your learning on January 19, with your distance learning teacher.

3-5 FAMILIES PARTICIPATING IN THE NEXT LEARNING PHASE, HYBRID LEARNING MODEL

The Hybrid Model for students in grades 3-5, begins February 1, for Group 1, and February, for Group 2.  note that students remain in their original group 1 or group 2 schedule so please contact the office if you do not remember which group you are in. 

Students in Group 1 typically attend on Monday and Tuesday, with Distance Learning on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Students in Group 2 typically attend on Thursday and Friday, with Distance Learning on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Third graders will enter and exit the building using Door #1.  Fourth and fifth graders will enter and exit the building using Door #6.  For drop off, remember that 15th Avenue is closed between 6th street and 7th street.  Please go to 12th Avenue, head south, then turn on 7th street, heading west towards the school.  Drop students off in the “load and go” area near the intersection of 15th Avenue and 7th Street, opposite corner of the bike rack.

Students are also invited and encouraged to walk, bike or scoot to school with family permission!

If your family elected to have your student in distance learning, you continue your learning with your distance learning teacher.

THERE IS NO SCHOOL ON JANUARY 22.

HYBRID FAMILIES: Upcoming Calendar

Monday, January 18 - No school (previously a no school day on district calendar)

Tuesday, January 19 - Group 1 in K-2 returns; group 2 learning at home; Grades 3-5 distance learning

Wednesday, January 20 - Group 1 and 2 learning at home; Grades 3-5 distance learning

Thursday, January 21 - Group 2 in K-2 returns; group 1 learning at home; Grades 3-5 distance learning

Friday, January 22 - No school (previously set as a district professional development day)

Monday, January 25 - Group 1 in K-2 in building; group 2 learning at home; Grades 3-5 distance learning

Tuesday, January 26 - Group 1 in K-2 in building; group 2 learning at home; Grades 3-5 distance learning

Wednesday, January 27 - Group 1 and 2 learning at home; Grades 3-5 distance learning

Thursday, January 28 - Group 2 in K-2 in building; group 1 learning at home; Grades 3-5 distance learning

Friday, January 29 - Group 2 in K-2 in building; group 1 learning at home; Grades 3-5 distance learning

Monday, February 1, Group 1 in K-5 in building; group 2 learning at home

Tuesday, February 2, Group 1 in K-5 in building; group 2 learning at home

Wednesday, February 3, Groups 1 and 2, K-5, learning at home

Thursday, February 4, Group 2 in K-5 in building, group 1 learning at home

Friday, February 5, Group 2 in K-5 in building, group 1 learning at home

A calendar has been posted on our blog at www.folwell.info!!

Start and End Times

Staff supervision for students begins at 8:50 a.m.  Students are not to arrive prior to that.  Students should be in the building by 9:10 and will be marked tardy if they are in the classroom later than 9:15 a.m. 

Our school day ends with a staggered dismissal.  At 2:20, walkers, bikers and scooters are dismissed.  At 2:25, students attending SACC can transition.  At 2:30, students who are riding a bus, a van, or getting picked up at “Load & Go,” are excused.

Winter gear/extra clothes reminder

When students are here, we will be going outside for recess on most days.  We utilize the guidelines of warmer than 0 degrees air temperature or warmer than -10 degree wind chill for heading outside.  When students are outside, they will be playing in designated areas by their classroom for Covid safety, to keep pods separate.  One group will play on the big toys, one group will play in the field, including sledding. 

Students will need boots and snow pants to play in the snow, in addition to coat, hat and mittens. If they do not have boots and snow pants on, they will play on the blacktop area.  If a student is in need of additional winter gear, please let us know.

Also, we have a very limited supply of extra clothes in our health office.  It is a great idea to send an extra mask, pair of socks, underwear and pants in your student’s backpack to have in case of emergency.

iPads coming back and forth

Your student will be bringing their iPad back and forth for learning each day.  We do not have additional iPads in the building for students that forget them at home.  Establish/re-establish a routine for bringing the iPad back to school each day.  A helpful hint is to set a reminder to charge it each night over night or to charge it when your student arrives at home/completes work for the day. 

Need tech support? Try the Family Help Desk: https://folwell.rochesterschools.org/sy2021/technology-support-for-families

Social distancing and other mitigation efforts

Drinking fountains are not available, however, filling stations are accessible to students.  Please have students bring a water bottle every day.

Students must wear a mask at school at all times.  This includes at physical education and on the playground.  Students will be allowed to take their mask off to eat and drink.  It is a good idea to pack an extra mask, as well, as masks may become wet or soiled throughout the day.

As families come to school to pick up or drop off students, it is expected that they have masks on as well. 

Social distancing of 6 feet will be maintained.  

We will not allow visitors into the building. 

You will notice staff wearing masks and face shields when students return.  This is an additional mitigation effort.  You may also hear your student talk about additional plastic barriers that are in some classrooms and sound amplification systems that staff have to help project their voices.  In the lunchroom, students will eat with their class.  On the playground, students will play with their class.

A Frequently Asked Question—Can our students bring in birthday treats? What about treats for Valentine’s day?

Students may not bring in treats for their birthday, for Valentine’s day, or for the class to eat under our current practices.  This is done for the safety of all.

Covid Safety! 

Please remember to continue to screen for Covid symptoms at home and contact us if you or someone else in your home has tested positive.

As always, please email me (wemoritz@rochesterschools.org) or call us at 328-3220 with questions. 

We are looking forward to seeing all of our students again soon!

Wishing you well!

Wendy J. Moritz

Principal

Folwell Elementary School

328-3220

328-3224

Folwell: “TOGETHER WE WILL!”

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Parent Education Consultation/Coaching - ages birth through grade 3

RPS is offering no-cost, in-person or video/phone Parent Education Consultation/Coaching available to parents of children ages birth through grade 3. Email Amy Baker at ambaker@rochesterschools.org to find out more or click below to sign up for a spot. If you have questions about this or other RPS or community resources, please contact Folwell's school social worker, Lindy Lange, 328-3219 or school counselor, Stephanie Evans Hanson, 328-3316. 


Free 45-minute mental well-being consultation

RPS is offering a free 45-minute well-being consultation for students. The consultation is provided by a trained mental health provider. (This person is not an RPS staff member.) Click on the link below to schedule your student's free consultation. If you have any questions about the service, feel free to connect with Folwell's school counselor 
Stephanie Evans Hanson/328-3316/stevanshanson@rochesterschools.org
 or Folwell's school social worker
Lindy Lange/328-3219/melange@rochesterschools.org
or visit Folwell's Emotional and Mental Well-Being Team webpage



 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

RPS Meal Kits - Pick up Wednesday and Friday!

All students are eligible to participate in the RPS Winter School Meal Program. If you want to participate, but do not have transportation to get these meals (if you don't have a way to get there or get back), please reach out to Follwell's school social worker, Lindy Lange/328-3219 or Folwell's school counselor, Stephanie Evans Hanson/328-3316.








 

Monday, January 4, 2021

Mid-Year Registration Google Form

 

Hello, Folwell Families!

 

Welcome back! We hope that you had a safe and healthy winter break!  We’re so excited to have our students back today in Distance Learning today! 

As was communicated prior to winter break, a proposed plan to changes in the elementary learning model will be brought to the school board tomorrow night (Tuesday, January 5).  It is important to note that you will see different grade levels returning at different times.  This comes from the recent announcement about elementary schools opening back up from Governor Walz. 

Here is the proposed plan:

January 14-15

No School/No distance learning for all elementary students

(Teacher planning days for future Full In-person Learning model change)

January 18

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – no school districtwide

Note: this is the earliest elementary return date allowed by the Governor’s announcements

January 19-29

 

·       Grades K-2 return to the Hybrid learning model and students will follow their previous Group 1, Group 2 schedules (dismissal time is 2:25, 2:30, 2:35 as it was previously)

·       Grades 3-5 will remain in Distance Learning

·       All students in Mrs. French, Mrs. Lutes and Mr. Ketchum return to 4-day a week schedule

·       Limited SACC begins for K-2 students on their in-person hybrid days; no SACC on Wednesday

·       There is no school for all students on Friday, January 22—this is a previously scheduled staff development day

February 1-12

·       Grades 3-5 return to the Hybrid learning model (2:25, 2:30, 2:35 dismissal time)

·       Grades K-2 continue in Hybrid learning model

·       Limited SACC for K-5 students on their in-person hybrid days; no SACC on Wednesdays

February 15

District Professional Development Day – no school districtwide

February 16-26

·       Grades K-2 move to a Full In-Person learning model (2:25, 2:30, 2:35 dismissal time remains)

·       Grades 3-5 remain in Hybrid learning model 

·       All students in Mrs. French, Mrs. Lutes and Mr. Ketchum move to 5-day a week schedule

·       Limited SACC for K-2 students each day and for 3-5 on their in-person hybrid days

March 1

·       Grades 3-5 move to a Full In-Person learning model

·       Grades K-2 continue in Full In-Person learning model

·       Dismissal time moves to 3:35 p.m.  

·       Limited SACC for K-5 students

 

When we transition from Distance Learning to the Hybrid Model, we will assume those who previously participated in the hybrid model will opt to return to hybrid model and those who opted in to Distance Learning will remain in that learning model unless you contact your school office to request a change. Students in kindergarten through second grade will transition from hybrid to full, In Person Learning Model on February 16.  Students in third-fifth grade will transition from hybrid to full, In Person Learning Model on March 1. 

Please call us with questions at 328-3220, email the principal, wemoritz@rochesterschools.org, or call me directly at 328-3224.  We will respond when school resumes the week of January 4, 2021.

There will also be question and answer sessions for families regarding the plan changes when we return from winter break.  These will be held via Google Meet.  Use Falconfamilies as the nickname for the Google Meet. 

Monday, January 4th at 4:00 p.m.  

Tuesday, January 5th at noon

Tuesday, January 5th at 7:00 p.m.

In order to help us prepare a full In-Person Learning Model, we are asking all families to complete the Google form, that is linked below, for each student that you have at Folwell, by the end of the school day on Wednesday, January 6.  

Mid-Year Registration Google form: https://forms.gle/gKBwpWrXZxhUs7uh8

Thank you,

 

Wendy J. Moritz

Principal

Folwell Elementary School

328-3220

328-3224

Folwell: “TOGETHER WE WILL!”

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

RPS Learning Model Proposed Plan

 

December 23, 2020

 

Hello, Folwell Families!   

 

The Rochester Public Schools COVID-19 Advisory Team met yesterday and is bringing a recommendation to the School Board on Tuesday, January 5. This information is subject to school board approval.  We felt it was important for you to have it as soon as possible.  We will be reaching out to you on Monday, January 4 with a mid-year registration form.  This form will help us plan for the upcoming learning models. It is important to note that you will see different grade levels returning at different times.  This comes from the recent announcement about elementary schools opening back up from Governor Walz.  Here is the proposed plan:

January 14-15

No School/No distance learning for all elementary students

(Teacher planning days for future Full In-person Learning model change)

January 18

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – no school districtwide

Note: this is the earliest elementary return date allowed by the Governor’s announcements

January 19-29

·       Grades K-2 return to the Hybrid learning model and students will follow their previous Group 1, Group 2 schedules

(dismissal time is 2:20, 2:25, 2:30 as it was previously)

·       Grades 3-5 will remain in Distance Learning

·       Limited SACC begins for K-2 students on their in-person hybrid days; no SACC on Wednesdays

February 1-12

·       Grades 3-5 return to the Hybrid learning model

(dismissal time is 2:20, 2:25, 2:30 as it was previously)

·       Grades K-2 continue in Hybrid learning model

·       Limited SACC for K-5 students on their in-person hybrid days; no SACC on Wednesdays

February 15

District Professional Development Day – no school districtwide

February 16-26

·       Grades K-2 move to a Full In-Person learning model

(dismissal time is 2:20, 2:25, 2:30 as it was previously)

·       Grades 3-5 remain in Hybrid learning model 

·       Limited SACC for K-2 students each day and for 3-5 on their in-person hybrid days

March 1

·       Grades 3-5 move to a Full In-Person learning model

·       Grades K-2 continue in Full In-Person learning model

·       Dismissal time moves to 3:35 p.m.  

·       Limited SACC for K-5 students

 

As a reminder, the Folwell office is closed during Winter Break. We will reopen on Monday, January 4 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Please call us with questions at 328-3220, email the principal, wemoritz@rochesterschools.org, or call me directly at 328-3224.  We will respond when school resumes the week of January 4, 2021.

There will also be question and answer sessions for families regarding the plan changes when we return from winter break.  These will be held via Google Meet.  Use Falconfamilies as the nickname for the Google Meet. 

Monday, January 4th at 4:00 p.m.  

Tuesday, January 5th at noon

Tuesday, January 5th at 7:00 p.m.

Have a safe and healthy winter break and a wonderful New Year. 

Wishing you well!

Wendy J. Moritz

Principal

Folwell Elementary School

328-3220

328-3224

Folwell: “TOGETHER WE WILL!”