Tuesday, December 23, 2014

December Falcon Flash

The December Falcon Flash is packed with information and important upcoming events at Folwell.  Have a great winter break!   We will see you back in class on Monday, January 5th!

Click here to view the newsletter!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sipping, Snacking and Tooth Decay

Many parents across the country will issue a common refrain at dinnertime tonight: ―You’d better eat that-it’s good for you!  There’s another old favorite in the parental arsenal of dietary admonitions: 
―Don’t eat that-it’ll rot your teeth!  Now more than ever, kids are faced with a bewildering array of food choices – from fresh produce to sugar-laden processed convenience meals and snack foods.  What children eat and when they eat it may affect not only their general health but also their oral health. 

When sugar is consumed over and over again in large, often hidden amounts, the harmful effect on teeth can be dramatic.  Sugar on teeth provides food for bacteria, which produce acid.  The acid in turn can eat away the enamel on teeth. 

Reduce your children’s risk of tooth decay: 
- Sugary foods and drinks should be consumed with meals.  Saliva production increases during meals and helps neutralize acid production and rinse food particles from the mouth. 

- Limit between-meal snacks.  If kids crave a snack, offer them nutritious foods.

- If your kids chew gum, make it sugarless – Chewing sugarless gum after eating can increase saliva flow and help wash out food and decay-producing acid. 

- Monitor beverage consumption – Instead of soft drinks all day, children should also choose water and low-fat milk. 

- Help your children develop good brushing and flossing habits.  

- Schedule regular dental visits. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Drop-In Science

Dear Parents,
The Folwell Elementary Science Fair may seem far away (February 26th), but we know supporting our children to create a hands-on science experience can take some thinking, planning, and time.
The PTSA acknowledges the difficulty in working alone on science projects, without the exchange of ideas. We want to help motivate students and parents to have a positive learning experience and fun with science! Siblings may work together on the same project, and both will present at each of their grade levels.

Therefore, Drop-In Science Sessions will be available during lunch to assist students with their projects. Parent volunteers will be available during these times to brainstorm ideas, clarify main question, help design the process, and analyze results. Sorry, the actual experiment / data collection has to be done outside of these designated times.
Drop-In Science Sessions (Library, 11:30-1:30)
Friday December 12th
Friday January 9th
Friday February 6th
February 26th Folwell’s Science Fair
Don’t get caught off-guard this year. Start your fun science project now!

Here are some more science links (in addition to the ones provided in the orange flyer).
www.ehow.com – type in science projects or experiments

Thursday, December 4, 2014

All Pro Dads

Check out the poster below for information about the upcoming All Pro Dad event at Folwell.  We would love to see you for a free breakfast and great time on Friday, December 12th, at 8:00!  Click the link to RSVP!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Folwell on Twitter!

Do you Follow Folwell on Twitter?  Click the link below to see what is going on at Folwell Elementary!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cold Weather Policy

Folwell Cold Weather/Recess Policy
The following criteria is used for determining whether or not students are outside for recess:
  • Windchill of 0 degrees or above students will be outside for the normal recess.
  • Windchill of -1 to -9 degrees students will be outside for 10 minutes of recess
  • Windchill of -10 degrees or colder students will be inside for recess.
*School patrol will follow this same policy.  When there is a windchill of -1 to -9, school patrol will be available from 9:00-9:10am and 3:35-3:45pm instead of their normal 8:50 and 3:30 times.  There is no school patrol when wind chills are -10 or colder.

Before school, students will be outside unless the windchill is less than -10.  In the event that the temperature is less than -10, students will enter the building and line up in the gymnasium.

Make sure to have the Winter outerwear prepared for your children and follow the daily forecast so they are prepared to be safe for the conditions we experience in MN.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Folwell Night at Mayo Basketball

Next Saturday, November 22nd, is Folwell Night at the Mayo High School boy's basketball game.  All students wearing Folwell clothing receive free admission with a paid adult.  We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Movie Night

Movie night at Folwell

Friday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 (Doors open at 6:00)
We will be showing ELF!

Don’t forget to bring your favorite pillow and blanket for comfort. Snacks will be available for purchase.

Admission: FOOD DRIVE COLLECTION - please bring any non-perishable food item as we remember those who struggle to put food on their tables.

Friday, October 31, 2014

November Falcon Flash

The November Falcon Flash is packed with information and important upcoming events at Folwell.  Have a great weekend!

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Book Fair

Just a reminder, the Scholastic Book Fair takes place next week.  The book fair starts Monday, November 3rd, and will run through Thursday evening, which is also Bingo Night!

Classrooms typically preview the fair early in the week and students have the ability to purchase books before and after school, during lunch, and at other breaks throughout the day.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bingo Night

Join Folwell families and friends for one of our favorite traditions.

  • Thursday, November 6th
  • Pizza starts at 5:30pm
  • First bingo numbers called at 6:15pm.  Will go until approximately 7:15pm or until all of the prizes are gone.
  • Bingo is free! Pizza dinner is $4 and includes pizza, cookie and a drink.

We need prizes!  Parents - please donate new or clean and gently used toys/books/games. A drop off box is located near the Folwell front office starting Wednesday.  Thank you for your generosity!

Tickets will be sold at the door, but if you would like to prepay or wish to help out at bingo night, please complete the form below and send it along with payment to your child’s teacher.

Support the Folwell PTSA by also shopping at the book fair or purchasing scrip and spirit wear that evening.   Scrip proceeds go towards funding a portion of the 5th grade Eagle Bluff trip.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Cleanup

  • Please come out & help Folwell's Learning Garden and grounds continue to look wonderful! Volunteers of all ages can help us spread mulch, weed and do other yard maintenance work at Folwell. Come for 1, 2 or 3 hours ~ The whole family is welcome!
  • Sturdy, weather appropriate clothes and work gloves will make your efforts more comfortable. 
  • If you have tools you can bring that's great, if not come and we'll have them for you and your family!
    • Tools that would be helpful if you can bring them:
    • Garden rakes and shovels (for moving mulch)
    • Old newspaper (to spread below the mulch to help prevent weeds)
    •  Trimming clippers
    •  Wheelbarrow

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Running Club

Fall Running Club has come to an end.  We had a great 5 weeks, missing only 5 days due to weather.  Overall the weather really cooperated and we were able to spend most of our mornings running on the playground.

We averaged about 90 students outside running or walking each morning.  I have so enjoyed getting to know many of our new younger students as well as welcoming back many of our running club regulars.  We have had five gift card winners this fall, earning gift cards for attending running club every day of the week.  Congratulations!

Thank you to all the volunteers who joined me in the mornings to check students in, keep them safe, and encourage them to keep moving.  Your time is valuable and I am so appreciative that you chose to give some of it to running club.  Running Club can’t happen without your support.  I’d like to give a special thank you to Marie Lindloff for organizing volunteers and communicating needs and schedule changes so promptly and effectively.

Running Club will be back this spring!  Look for registration forms after Spring Break.  We will begin on Monday, April 20, 2015 training for the Med City  Kids Marathon the weekend of May 23/24.  Look for daily 5$ gift card drawings and weekly 25$ gift card drawings as incentive.

I hope everyone has a great fall and winter.  Stay warm and keep moving!  See you in April.

Sarah Lichty
Running Club Coordinator

Monday, October 13, 2014

October 14th, PTSA Agenda

Please click below to view the meeting agenda for Tuesday's PTSA meeting.  The meeting will take place from 9:15-10:15 in the Folwell conference room.

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

All Pro Dad's Days

This school-based program brings dads together with their kids at their child’s school. Dads gather monthly with their children and other dads to discuss topics relevant to school-age children and to take part in fun bonding activities.
ALL PRO DAD’S DAYS will take place at Folwell Elementary School in the cafeteria/gym.

Fri, Oct 10 2014             8:00am-9:00am
Fri, Nov 14 2014            8:00am-9:00am
Fri, Dec 12 2014            8:00am-9:00am
Fri, Feb 13 2015            8:00am-9:00am
Fri, Mar 13 2015            8:00am-9:00am
Fri, Apr 10 2015             8:00am-9:00am

Fri, May 8 2015             8:00am-9:00am

Not Dad?
That’s ok! ALL PRO DAD is open to any male who has a special child in their life. Step-dads, grandfathers, uncles and godfathers are all welcome to take part in ALL PRO DAD’S DAY.

Come to our first ALL PRO DAD’S DAY on Friday, Oct 10th at 8 a.m.


Contact Mark Ellingson at

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hallway Heroes

We are proud to announce that Mrs. Strain's 1st grade classroom is this week's Hallway Heroes!

Friday, September 26, 2014

October Falcon Flash

The October Falcon Flash is packed with information and important upcoming events at Folwell. Happy Fall!

Click here to view the newsletter!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Winter OuterWear Drive

If it's not going to fit this winter, how about passing it on to someone that it will fit just fine?

As you clean out your closets, donate to the Winter OuterWear Community Drive.

Drop off your new/gently used winter coats, snow pants, boots, mittens/gloves, hats and scarves at school during the week of September 29-October 3.

Click here for more information!

Monday, September 22, 2014

School Snacks - Make a Healthy Choice!

With all of the activities that are taking place at school, there is no doubt your child’s appetites will increase.  Sending snacks to school with your child is a great idea but make sure they have nutritional value. 

Here are some healthy snack ideas:

·         Cut up fresh fruit (apples, oranges, grapes, etc.)
·         Fruit cups
·         Dried fruit
·         Carrot sticks
·         Celery sticks with peanut butter
·         Low fat granola bars
·         Small cereal boxes
·         Cheese (string, cubed, etc.)
·         Yogurt with a spoon or Gogurt
·         Trail Mix

Be sure to package snacks properly to avoid any undue messes. Healthy Snacks fuel successful learning!

-Olmsted County Public Health-

Hallway Heroes

Folwell staff and students are hard at work practicing school expectations to create a safe and productive learning environment for all students. Each week our para professionals identify a classroom they have noticed walking through the hallways exhibiting these expectations. This week we are proud to announce Mrs. Larson's 4th Grade Classroom!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Weekend Event

Are you looking for a fantastic event to attend this weekend?  The 15th Annual Celebration of Minnesota Children's Authors and Illustrators event is taking place in Red Wing, Minnesota on Saturday, September 20th, from 12-5.  The event is free and will feature activities and appearances from many well-known Minnesota authors and illustrators.

For more information click here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Folwell Influenza Clinic

Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center nursing staff will be offering the influenza vaccination (both injectable and mist) to our students in the next several weeks.  This is a fast, easy and convenient way to keep our children, our school and our community healthy throughout the year.  Registration is required.  This year’s vaccination clinic will be held on September 22nd 2014.   Additional information can be found on our main website along with the link to the on-line registration form.  Help keep our school healthy -- vaccinate your kids against influenza.

How do I sign my child up? Registration is required.  If you would like your child to participate in this clinic, please go to: http://www.semnic.org/schoolfluclinics.aspx

to complete the registration form electronically.  Online forms must be completed at least two business days prior to the scheduled clinic date.  Paper registration forms are also available in the school’s main office and must be completed at least two business days prior to the scheduled clinic date. Children will not receive the vaccination without the completed form approved/signed by their parent or guardian.

Stay and Play

What:     Play, visit, and enjoy a snack

Who:     All Folwell students and families are invited.  Children must bring adult supervision!  No RSVP necessary, just join us if you can.

Where: Folwell Playground

When:  Thursday, September 18th from 3:35-4:30p.m.
                  (Rain date is Tuesday, September 23rd from 3:35-4:30 p.m. Please check the Folwell website under “The Blog” if the weather looks uncertain!)

Why:    To Welcome everyone back to school and enjoy a beautiful afternoon together!

Free event hosted by the PTSA Welcome Committee.  Please contact Liz Kraichely for additional information at elizabkraich@yahoo.com

Sunday, September 7, 2014

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September 8th, PTSA Meeting Agenda

Please click below to view the meeting agenda for Monday's PTSA meeting.

Monday, September 8, 2014 PTSA Meeting Agenda

How Was School Today?

From the Huffington Post...
Click here to read the entire article.

"25 Ways to Ask Your Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today?'"
by Liz Evans

1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)
2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.
3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)
4. Where is the coolest place at the school?
5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)
6. If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?
7. How did you help somebody today?
8. How did somebody help you today?
9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.
10. When were you the happiest today?
11. When were you bored today?
12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed someone up, who would you want them to take?
13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you've never played with before?
14. Tell me something good that happened today.
15. What word did your teacher say most today?
16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?
17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?
18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?
19. Where do you play the most at recess?
20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?
21. What was your favorite part of lunch?
22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?
23. Is there anyone in your class who needs a time-out?
24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?
25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Food Alergies

Dear Families,
This year we welcome several students to our classrooms with food allergies. We invite your help and cooperation to help them stay safe.
We have students who are allergic to various different foods or food groups.  Reactions range from mild to life threatening.  There are several practices that will be in place to help prevent allergic reactions:
1. Students will wash their hands upon frequently throughout the school day.
2. All rooms will be designated as “allergy aware” spaces.  There will be no classroom projects with peanut butter or peanut shells.  Please do not send any of these projects into the classroom with your child.
3. Parents who will send a lunch from home for their child are free to pack the foods of their choice.  It is our hope that families CHOOSE not to send foods containing peanut butter or nuts.  
4. There will be special days and occasions that students may want to bring a snack to share.  Please call (507) 328-3226 for “allergy safe” suggestions. Or, consider sending/donating a book or game to the class in your child’s name.
We look forward to working together with you to have a wonderful 2014-2015 school year!

Todd Kieffer Gretchen Gosh, RN Jackie Rude, LPN
Principal                 Licensed School Nurse Health Office Nurse

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Running Club

2014 Fall Running Club

Running Club begins Monday, September 8th and runs until Friday October 10th.

We meet everyday before school on the playground at 8:45 until first bell.   In the event the playground is too wet or muddy, we do run around the block across from Folwell meeting on the corner of 7th St. and 15th Ave.   There will be no running club in the event of inclement weather. 

Running Club is a FREE event sponsored by the PTSA.  Students run or walk laps around the playground (6 laps = 1 mile).  The goal is to teach students to set goals and to improve fitness.  Teachers report that those students who participate in running club come to class ready to learn.

Everyone is welcome. You can show up once or as many times as you like. At the end of each week there will be a drawing for those students who have attended all 5 days of the week.   We will not keep track of laps.  This is for fun or you can use this time to prepare for the Kevin Langlie Memorial One Mile Fun Run on October 7th at Century High School (informational flyer will be forthcoming).

Remember to wear running shoes.  No open toed shoes will be allowed.  Also, do not drop your children off in the parking lot unless accompanied to the playground by an adult.   Students should enter the playground via the gate on the 6th street side.

All students must have a parent’s signature to participate.  ORANGE registration forms went home in the folders on Meet the Teacher Night.  Extra forms can be found in the cabinet in front of the main office.   Please return forms by Friday September 5th.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED.  Please sign up via Volunteer Spot by clicking here.

Please contact Sarah Lichty (sflichty@q.com) if you have any questions.  

Traffic Flow

  • Each year we need to take some time to explain flow of traffic before and after school. If you will be providing transportation to Folwell for your children then we ask that you follow these expectations to ensure the safety of everyone.
  • Students are only to be dropped off on the southbound side of 15th Ave. in front of Folwell. This street becomes very busy and we do not want any child trying to cross the street before or after school.
  • It is also important that once your child has been dropped off that you continue to drive on and free up space for vehicles coming behind you. We have had problems with cars waiting to turn onto 15th Ave. to Folwell and then stopping traffic at the corner of 6th St and 15th Ave. This is also a very busy intersection before and after school.
  • We ask that no vehicles drive on the northbound side of 15th Ave. so that we allow maximum room for traffic to continue flowing. We also ask that you pull up as far as you can to drop off your children on the southbound side of 15th Ave. This, too, will help alleviate congestion immensely.
  • Both before and after school we ask that all cars use 7th St to 14th Ave. when departing from Folwell.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Folwell Spirit Wear

New this year at Folwell Elementary, you can order your Folwell spirit wear at our on-line Under Armour store! Customize your attire with color, logo and size. Adult and youth options available!  Shipping is directly to your home. Deadline is September 11th.  Another opportunity to order will be in November, in time for Christmas.

We Need You!

Looking to get more involved at Folwell? Parent involvement can make a difference in your child's education & now it's simpler than ever. New volunteers follow this link to complete the online application process - http://www.rochester.k12.mn.us/page/3430. Applications will also be located outside the main office. Returning volunteers can watch for Volunteer Spot requests or contact Marie Lindloff for available opportunities (folwellvie@gmail.com). PTSA is also currently looking for people willing to head up Walking School Bus, Science Fair & Folwell Carnival. Bring a friend along, or even a few - many hands make light work!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

PTSA Direct Donations

Donate directly to the Folwell PTSA and become a member with razoo.com! Once on the Razoo website just type Folwell in the search box and follow the easy directions. You can print a receipt of your transaction when you are finished!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Meet the Teacher

Meet the teacher is right around the corner.  We look forward to meeting you this coming Thursday, August 28th.  K-1 will have an open house format and grades 2-5 will have presentations in classrooms will take place at 5:00 and again at 5:45.

Door #3 (Gym) will be open at 4:30.  All other doors will be locked.  If possible, bring funds to cover fees related to grade levels and PTSA.

Our goal is to create a stress-free environment for students and families to become acquainted with the classroom teacher and the many opportunities available at Folwell.

For more information, click here.

Friday, July 25, 2014

School Supply Time!

We hope you are having a great summer.  If you have been out shopping lately, you probably have noticed that school supplies are everywhere!  Get a jump on getting prepared for September by clicking the link below.  We look forward to seeing you at meet the teacher on Thursday, August 28th, from 4:30-6:30.

2014-15 Folwell School Supplies

If you'd like assistance in getting school supplies for your child, click below for more information about Olmsted County's Running Start for Schools program.

United Way's Running Start for Schools

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Thank You!

Another fantastic year at Folwell is about to come to a close.  

We would like to thank those who helped during spring events:

  • Sarah Lichty, who led running club
  • Betty Kennel, who managed a very successful carnival
  • Nikki Anglin who coordinated track and field day
  • Amy Crockett,  Sue Schwartz, and Tracy Auger, who put out another memorable edition of Falcon Tales
  • Marie Lindloff, who organized the Young Authors, Young Writer's field trip
  • Kimberly VanBrunt, who helped publish the Folwell Yearbook.
We would also like to thank all of the parent volunteers who helped staff these events, and all events throughout the year.  Folwell is a unique place, and involvement and dedication from the families makes it so.  It has been a pleasure working with all of you, and we hope you have a restful, fun filled summer. 

Janna and Anne

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Learning Garden Volunteering

Please consider volunteering in the Learning Garden this summer! Every class planted flowers and/or veggies in the Learning Garden this spring and now we need families to sign-up to water the 7 raised beds in the back of Folwell. To sign-up for a week of watering please click here and add your name and contact information to the list. Hoses and a water tap key are provided.

Thanks for considering this opportunity to help keep the Learning Garden thriving and healthy and to keep the kids engaged in their planting!

Angela Gupta,
Learning Garden Committee Chair

Friday, May 30, 2014

The PTSA Thanks You!

Folwell School PTSA would like thank everyone for making the school carnival a great success.  It was amazing how everyone came together to make this a wonderful evening.  Many thanks to the countless volunteers who made this possible:  Folwell staff and teachers, parents at Folwell School, cub scouts, girl scouts, past students from Folwell and Mayo High School students. 

The Folwell school carnival generated more than $5000 in income. 

Folwell School PTSA would like to thank the following organizations, businesses, authors, and families for their generous donations to the carnival.  Please let these businesses and organizations know that their donations are appreciated by supporting them with your purchasing power or saying a “thank you “ to them the next time you stop by their place of business.

Authors--Dinah Bucholz, Gordon Korman, Tomie dePaola, Robert Munsch
Highlights Magazine
Zoobooks Magazine
Shedd Aquarium
Museum of Science and Industry
Adler Planetarium
Timbavati Wildlife Park
Chula Vista Resort
Lost Island Waterpark
Wild Mountain
Coldstone Ice Cream
Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo
Great Lakes Aquarium
William A. Irvin Steamer
Hennepin Theatre Trust
Minnesota Orchestra
Radisson Hotel Waterpark of America
Kwik Trip
Red Box
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Minnesota Zoo
Inta Juice
Dairy Queen
Carroll’s Cup/Corn
Edible Arrangements
Disney World
Nascar Sports Grill
Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery
Rochester Art Center
Alixis Bailly Vineyard
Trader Joe’s
Crossings Art Center
Canadian Honker
Quarry Hill Nature Center
Bread Baker
Rochester Athletic Club
Rochester Area Family YMCA
Janet Lang Dance Studio
Hampton Inn Rochester
Papa Johns Pizza
Rochester Cycling and Fitness
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Home Depot
Soccer World
JETS Gymnastics
Critical Thinking Company
Oriental Trading Company
Toppers Pizza
Rochester Park and Rec Center
Children’s Museum of Rochester
Silver Lake Boat & Bike Rental
Colonial Lanes
Zumbrota Golf Club
Oak Summit Golf Course
Hubble House
Rochester Tennis Connection
Wehrenberg Theatres
Great Clips
Fareway Foods
Cousin Subs
Zumbro River Café
Gingerbread House
Brueggers Bagels
City Looks
Fantastic Sams
St. Paul Toy Company
Harney & Sons
Andy’s Liquors
People’s Co-op
Sekapps Orchard
Pelican Bay
Chuck E Cheese
ABC Toy Zone
Y’all Ball
Minnesota Timberwolves
Super Spinner
National Eagle Center
Honkers Baseball
HuHot Mongolian Grill
Ichi Tokyo
Minnesota Twins
Peace Coffee
Minnesota Wild
BB’s Pizzeria
Rochester Trolley
First Tee of Rochester
Healing Touch Massage
Zzest Market & Café
Pot Belly
Jen Alleckson
Rena Geibel
Lori Bransford
Angela Gupta
Andrew Johnsrud
Pasquale Presa
Jean Fox
Julie Buccholtz
Michele Bleskan
Karen Holleman
Tracey McGuire
Pam Pennington
Mr. Olson
Ron Fritsch
Pam Sinicrope

And anyone we may have forgotten!