Thursday, March 27, 2014

April Falcon Flash Newsletter

Click below to view the March school newsletter.  Have a great spring break.  See you on April 7th!

April Falcon Flash

School Library Month

April is School Library Month.  Click below for more info!

Library Month - Information

Student Health Update

Updated 3/26 - Click here for more information

Health staff have observed an increase of *influenza-like-illness* being reported at Folwell. During this time I would encourage extra hand-washing and sanitizing commonly used areas, when possible. Help to remind others the single most preventable way to stop the spread of contamination is to wash your hands. Most importantly, please keep your child home if he/she experiences any influenza-like symptoms.

* Influenza-like illness (ILI) is defined as a fever of 100.0°F or greater and cough or sore throat (in the absence of a known disease other than influenza). Obtained from Minnesota Department of Health.

Gretchen Gosh, R.N., LSN
Licensed School Nurse
Century, Folwell & Jefferson

Monday, March 24, 2014

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Dear Falcons,
Fifth Grade sincerely appreciated your presence at our basketball game!

The proceeds from the basketball game are going to the first overnight trip for many of us! This trip is to Eagle Bluff Learning Center come year’s end, and we’re eternally grateful for the money raised at the game for the trip. We had nearly 500 people in attendance. With the ticket proceeds alone, we raised over a thousand dollars. (Combined with Scrip orders and the used book sale, we raised over $50 per student!)

I, along with over 60 other 5th graders, am looking forward to a trip to the nature center with the no food waste challenge, various activities such as a night hike and frog catching, and especially the ropes course.  This is all in thanks to you Falcons who attended our 5th grade vs. Staff basketball game!

Your presence at our intense game was greatly appreciated, since your encouraging words and signs cheered us on in times where the staff withheld the ball, and urged us to start up chants encouraging those on the court to play hard. Whenever we were dripping perspiration or losing hope of winning, all we had to do was look at our faithful adult and younger Falcons to regain hope!

We thank you all for your presence, Falcons, and hope for the best for next year’s basketball game! I wonder if Staff will win for once…

                                                                             Amy (Folwell 5th Grader)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring Music Concerts

Mr. Gresser and the students have been working hard on preparing for the music concerts on Tuesday, March 25. 

Grades 1 & 2 will perform from 10:30-11:15 and grades 3-5 will perform from 2:00-3:00. It will take place in the gym. Families may enter the building through either door 1 by the office or door 2 from the staff parking lot. You do not need to sign in at the office on this day. I know the students are looking forward to sharing their talents with you. 

Both performances will be taped by RITS and in the near future will be aired on the district television channel. RITS will also provide the opportunity for ordering DVDs of each performance. This can be done by going to the following website and completing a Duplication Request Form @

We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Folwell Addition

Construction on two new kindergarten classrooms at Folwell Elementary will be starting soon!  Click below for more details and some important safety reminders.
Rochester Public Schools Construction Update

Sunday, March 16, 2014

National Poison Prevention Week

March 16-22 is National Poison Prevention Week.
Each year, approximately 2.4 million people – more than half under age 6 – swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some important tips to prevent and to treat exposures to poison.
To poison proof your home:
Most poisonings occur while parents or caregivers are home but not paying attention. The most dangerous potential poisons are medicines, cleaning products, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, pesticides, furniture polish, gasoline, kerosene and lamp oil. Be especially vigilant when there is a change in routine. Holidays, visits to and from grandparents’ homes, and other special events may bring greater risk of poisoning if the usual safeguards are defeated or not in place.
  • Store medicine, cleaners, paints/varnishes and pesticides in their original packaging in locked cabinets or containers, out of sight and reach of children.
  • Install a safety latch – that locks when you close the door – on child-accessible cabinets containing harmful products.
  • Purchase and keep all medicines in containers with safety caps. Discard unused medication.
  • Never refer to medicine as “candy” or another appealing name.
  • Check the label each time you give a child medicine to ensure proper dosage.
  • Never place poisonous products in food or drink containers.
  • Keep coal, wood or kerosene stoves in safe working order.
  • Maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
If your child is unconscious, not breathing, or having convulsions or seizures due to poison contact or ingestion, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. If your child has come in contact with poison, and has mild or no symptoms, call your poison control center at 1-800-222-1222
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics

Sponsored by Olmsted County Public Health Services

Monday, March 10, 2014

Want to Teach Reading Skills at Folwell?

Minnesota Reading Corps—the nation’s largest state AmeriCorps program—is looking to place one  K-3 Literacy Tutor at Folwell Elementary. Literacy Tutors are trained in research-based strategies to help children who are falling behind get back on track to read by the end of third grade.  Tutors provide one-on-one instruction to students in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade.

Literacy Tutors commit to 11 months of full-time or part-time service, building their career experience and networks, all while making a real impact on kids. As a tutor, you’ll earn a living allowance of approximately $500 biweekly (for full-time) / $250 biweekly (for part-time) and an education award of $5,645 (for full-time) /$2,822 (for part-time) to further your own education or pay off student loans.

Whether you’re looking to build career skills or simply help children in our community, we hope you’ll join us this August for a year of growth. For more information click here or go to More questions? Contact Lisa Klossner at or 507-216-5153.

One year. This year. Join Minnesota Reading Corps. Serve to grow.

Monday, March 3, 2014

March Falcon Flash

Click below to view the March school newsletter.  Stay warm!

"Daffodil Blooming Through The Snow" by Serge Bertasius Photography