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!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Running Club Update

We finally had a full week of running club.  I am so impressed with the number of serious runners we have out there.  Some students are logging 2-3 miles every morning and are such an encouragement and inspiration to their fellow classmates. 

Just a reminder the Med city Kids Marathon is coming up on May 24th @11:00 am.    Paper and online registration is due this Friday May 16th.  There will be a one day in person registration on May 22 from 4-7pm at “A  Child’s Kingdom”.  There will be NO registration the day of the event.  
 Please visit for more details.  

Here are some fun running club totals so far:
Students participating in Running Club have logged 1221 miles. 

Mrs. Carlson’s Kindergarten classes = 29 miles
Mrs. Nelson’s Kindergarten class = 74 miles
Mrs. Lewis 1st grade class = 95 miles
Mrs. Kohlmeyer’s 1st grade class = 95 miles
Mrs. Strain’s 1st grade class = 111 miles
Mrs. Mueller’s 2nd grade class = 117 miles
Mrs. Schulte’s 2nd grade class = 89 miles
Mrs. Fix’s 3rd grade class = 118 miles
Mrs. Lanza’s 3rd grade class = 115 miles
Mrs. Larson’s 4th grade class = 112 miles
Mrs. LeVan’s 4th grade class = 52 miles
Mr. Olson’s 5th grade class = 102 miles
Mrs. Nelson’s 5th grade class = 127 miles

There are volunteer spots available this week, especially needed on Wednesday.  Please consider sticking around and helping out.  

Thanks so much and I look forward to seeing all my running club friends in the morning!
Sarah Lichty

Friday, May 9, 2014

Final Silent Auction Post

If you get a chance, be sure to thank all of the members of the Folwell family that helped make this silent auction such a big success!

One of the best items we receive for the Folwell Silent Auction, are items donated by Folwell families and staff.  We really appreciate all the thoughtful donations that these families and staff give to the silent auction. Please be sure to check these items out and more in the gym on Friday.  There were many more items I did not get to list.  Hope to see you tomorrow! 

Folwell 5th Grade Fingerprint Masterpiece signed & finger printed by all 5th grade students
This will be a great keepsake for your graduating 5th grader.  Art teacher Mrs. Amstutz helped the kids create this wonderful piece.

One Word Art by Tracey McGuire.  Choose one word any size and Tracey will make your one-of-a-kind art piece.
Words by Tracey captures the essence of creative photography at its core. Through the lens of my camera, she reveals elements of objects that represent letters of the alphabet. By positioning those images together, you can create one-of-a-kind art through words and phrases.  Her alphabet of images is collected from her hometown of Rochester, Minnesota. 
4x6 inch black and white or sepia prints of these images are placed in clip frames and mounted on black poplar boards. She does  all of her own photography and framing personally.

It may be Spring in Minnesota, but We're still Frozen basket donated by Rena Geibel
This basket to be used just in case spring never arrives!  Of course we still could get a little snow still (hope not!)  This basket contains the Frozen movie DVD, snowman crafts, S'more making ingredients, candle, hand warmers and ice pack.

2 garden scarecrows, a garden witch and garden butterfly made by Ron our crossing guard and grandparent of Olivia and Emma Ott.
Ron is very creative and has come up with these awesome pieces for your yard.  

Walk in the Woods with Angie Gupta
Ever wondered what the woods look like through the eyes of a forester? Or how to identify trees, what attracts wildlife or why anyone might harvest trees? Join Extension Forester, Angie Gupta for a walk in the woods  for up to 12 people at Quarry Hill Nature Center for about an hour. Date and specific time to be determined by participant availability. Everyone welcome. Come prepared to hike, talk and enjoy the forest!

Penelope and Olive Johnsrud's dad is offering a batch of his Thai Red Chicken Curry (feeds 6-8).  They will either deliver the curry to you or you can go to their house to learn how to make it. Yummy!

Enhance your existing garden or get some new ideas in an hour-long consultation with Jean Fox, Folwell mom and excellent gardener.

COOKING CLASS FOR 6 KIDS  with Pasquale Presa, Executive Chef at the Kahler Hotel and Folwell dad
He will inspire your budding chefs with a class for kids only.  Send your kids to this class then have them cook dinner for you!

Michele Bleskan will bake a delicious gluten-free chocolate layer cake for you to enjoy.  Just contact her to arrange a date for it, then sit back and enjoy a lovely dessert!

Gluten Free Goodie Basket  by Pam Sinicrope
Contains food items, cookbook and  NARS gluten free lipstick
Deceptively Delicious  Gluten Free, Dairy Free Brownies By Jen Alleckson
One strawberry rhubarb pie made by Jean Fox 



Library Book Bag Made by Julie Buccholtz with children's books & game inside

Striped Bag made by Lori Bransford
Cynthia Rowley iced tea glasses, Trader Joes Strawberry Lemonade, Salt Water Taffy

Souper Supper by Julie Buccholtz 
4 Microwavable potholders with soup bowls 3 boxes of Trader Joes assorted soups, crackers/chips

Thursday, May 8, 2014

See You Tomorrow Night!

Bidding at the Folwell Silent Auction is easy.  These items will be located in the gym.  Just sign in at the registration desk, pick up a bidding number and you are ready to go!  Silent auction will end at 7:45 pm.  Winning bids will be highlighted.  Take your winning bid sheet (not your item) to the cashier.  Cash or check is preferred.  We will also take credit cards (percentage will go toward a credit card fee though). After payment, items you have won will be brought to you.  If you unable to stay for the ending of the auction, no problem.  We will call you afterwards and hold the item for you.

The items featured today are for those who enjoy cultural arts.  Whether it is music, art or fine dining (I used the term a bit loosely here); I think you will find something to please you.

Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery—Winemaker’s Tour
Up for auction is a certificate that entitles a group of 4-8 people to attend one Winemaker’s Tour at Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery.  You’ll enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the winery production area, have an opportunity to learn from and speak with the winemaker about their unique winemaking process, and possibly taste a delicious wine still in production. 
 The following dates are available for the tour:
            Monday, September 1, 2014
            Monday, October 6, 2014
            Monday, November 3, 2014
            Monday, December 1, 2014
All tour times start at 6 pm.  For more information on the winery go to 

Alexis Bailly Vineyard, Hastings MN
3 certificates for Wine Tasting for two and souvenir wine glass
Retail Value for each certificate is $20
Calling all wine lovers!  Alexis Bailly Vineyard has been growing wines in Minnesota for over 40 years. This Vineyard has the distinction of being the first vineyard from MN to commercially sell its wine made from 100% MN grapes.  If you want to try their wine without going to the vineyard, most of the liquor stores in Rochester do carry their wines or you can order them online. For more information go to

Hennepin Theatre Trust
2 Tickets to Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (runs from June 6-June 29)
Value of tickets $54
With a name like that, I would say that this would be something to watch WITHOUT kids!  BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON audaciously redefines America’s seventh president, the man who invented the Democratic Party and doubled the size of our nation, with a raucous blend of outrageous comedy, anarchic theatricality and an infectious rock score.  An exhilarating and white-knuckled look at one of our nation’s founding rock stars, this wildly entertaining musical recreates and reinvents the life of Andrew Jackson.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Dinner & show pass for 2 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings
Value $ $132
Wow!  Dinner and a show; what an enjoyable way to spend an evening.  Chanhassen Dinner Theaters opened in 1968 and has had over 10 million guests. The theatre is dedicated to providing high quality musicals.  Currently showing through August is The Little Mermaid.  Need a little more advance planning?  No worries.  These tickets are good for 18 months.  To look at their shows, menus and more go to

Rochester Art Center
One year complimentary family membership
Do your kids love art?  This might just be what you are looking for.  The Rochester Art Center has fabulous summer camps.  With this membership you get a $50 discount off of their all day camps and $20 off of their 4-6 yr old camps.  Of course with membership you also get free admission, complimentary tickets to opening receptions and free admission to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum as well.  To learn more about their summer art camps visit their website at

Gift certificate for one seat at a concert at Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota, MN
Crossings is where you will find inspiring and unusual art exhibits. You will also find opportunities to learn everything from writing and painting to yoga and Spanish.  Stay in to the evening and you will be amazed by the regular musical concerts performed by a wide variety of artists, from folk to jazz to classical, both local and those of international renown.  Whether you are artistically undernourished or simply seek to escape from the mundane world, Crossings is your destination.  Check out their website for a list of upcoming concerts,  

Mother’s Day Teatime basket, Harney & Sons
Value $84
Harney & Sons makes one of my favorite teas—Hot Cinnamon Sunset.  They have generously donated a box full of goodies for Mother’s day.  Included in this box is their Mother’s Bouquet Tea along with a white teapot with 2 floral cups and plate.  To enjoy with your tea there are also mint shortbreads and milk chocolate hazelnut speckled truffle eggs.  No need to panic if you don’t get this box.  You can also buy this online at  And if you just want the tea---I buy mine at Target.

2 tickets to the Minnesota Orchestera for Mozart:  The Three Final Symphonies for June 7, 2014 at 8 pm

From the Minnesota Orchestra home page--Here in a single concert are three of the most amazing works of art ever created.  Mozart wrote his final symphonies in quick order, in a rush of expression, and no one has ever learned exactly why or for whom he composed them.  Each one is perfectly formed, and each also creates its own world, from the buoyant joy of Symphony No. 39, to the dark and visionary energy of No. 40, and then, finally, the grand summing up of No. 41.

6 bottles of wine from Andy’s Liquor, value of $80

8” birthday cake from Daube’s bakery
$20 gift card from Hubbell House
$10 gift card to Zumbro Rive Café
Flapdoodle basket
$20 gift card Brueggers bagel
$20 gift card Itchi Tokyo
Bag of groceries, Trader Joe’s
Basket of goodies—Potbellies
Basket of goodies—Zzest
$10 gift card to Cinnabon
2, gift passes for 1 large pizza, 30 tokens, 4 drinks (plus chucky cheese bag and novelties) from Chucky cheese
2,$25 gift certificates to Cousins Subs
2, $10 gift cards to Carroll’s Corn or Carroll’s Frozen Yogurt
3 gift certificates for 1 large-1 topping pizza, Toppers Pizza 
Sekapp Orchards--$20 gift certificate, dried Indian corn, Jar of salsa, honey, banana butter, and raspberry chipotle barbecue sauce
2, $10 gift cards to Inta Juice
$10 Canadian Honker gift certificate
$25 gift card to HuHot Mongolian grill

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Even More Silent Auction Items!

Calling all sports fans!  Whether you love to watch sports or participate in them or just love being active  these items will be sure to please you.  Look for these items at the silent auction, Friday May 9th.

Rochester Athletic Club
One Month’s Dues for Membership of Choice.  Processing Fee waived for new Member.
Value $68.88-$412.20
Whether you are a current member of Rochester Athletic Club or have never been here before, you will benefit from this certificate.  Current members can use the certificate to credit their dues for a month while non-members can use theirs to start a membership or just try us out.  Look at all they have to offer at

Rochester Area Family YMCA
3 Month Family or Adult Membership, Value $352
Pool Party for up to 10 people, Value $120

The Rochester Area Family YMCA has generously donated a 3 month membership.  In addition because Folwell is their neighbor, they are also donating a Pool Party for up to 10 people.  Look at their website for more information.  They have good variety of summer camps for kids. Thank you Rochester YMCA for being such great supporters of Folwell School!
Janet Lang Dance Studio
Gift Certificate for one nine-week session
Calling all dancers!  This is a great way to dance your way through summer.  Janet Lang offers the following classes:  mommy and me, creative movement, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, ballet and hip hop.  They even offer classes just for adults.

40” Y’all Ball
Value $69.99
I first saw these balls at ABC Toy Zone. They are soft inflatable balls that are incredibly bouncy. The one up for auction inflates up to 40” and seems to be made out of fabric.  They do have a website,, although it is not a very user-friendly site.  Check them out at ABC Toy Zone.  And if you don’t happen to be the lucky winner of this item, then you know where you can buy a Y’all Ball!

Super Spinner Swing
Value $59.99
This looks like an awesome swing.  It can twist and spin like a tire swing and can be mounted to a tree or swing set.  It can be adjusted to any height, has a concave seat that cradles kids inside (less chance of falling out) and can hold up to 125 lbs.  Check out the website at

Autographed picture of Aly Raisman
This is a 5x7 autographed picture. Alexandra Rose "Aly" Raisman is an American artistic gymnast. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she was captain of the gold medal-winning US women's gymnastics team, and individually won a gold medal on the floor and a bronze medal on the balance beam. A must have for the gymnast in your household.

Tony Oliva signed print, Minnesota Twins Baseball
Calling all Twins baseball fans. Tony Oliva is a big part of Twins history. He was a right fielder and designated hitter and spent his entire 15-year baseball career for the Minnesota Twins. The Twins retired his number, 6, in 1991.

Silver Lake Boat and Bike Rental
2, $25 gift certificates
This is a great place to go for summer fun.  Enjoy Silver Lake using canoes, kayaks or paddle boats.  My kids and I use their paddleboats every year.  They love to paddle as fast as they can.  It is tiring work!  No worries though--they also come with a motor. In addition you can rent their tandem bikes and peddle go karts for a nice ride around the Silver Lake trails.  The peddle go karts look fun.  That is what we are going to try next.

Minnesota Wild Hockey Club--short sleeved t-shirt, hat and foam hockey puck with the MN Wild logo.

Rochester Cycling--2 gift certificates for Bicycle Tune ups

Rochester Park & Rec Dept—4 swimming passes to Soldiers Field, 4 golf passes, 4 Rec Center passes

JETS--5 open gym passes

Rochester Tennis Connection--1.5 hours of court time and a can of balls

Oak Summit Golf Course--2, one 18 hole green fee pass

Colonial Lanes--10 bowling coupons

Minnesota Timberwolves—t-shirt, mini basketball and bobblehead

Soccerworld--2, 1 month free session to Turf Tykes or Kinderkics
Zumbrota Golf Club--Certificate for one Foursome for 18 holes

Dick Sporting Goods--$20 gift certificate

Outdoor Action: Xploderz Face Off 2 pack - water guns, glow in the dark football, Big Bang Rocket, soccer ball & more

Saturday, May 3, 2014

More Carnival Auction Items

Folwell School PTSA has some great items for you to bid on Friday, May 9th.  Looking for day trips during the summer?  Want to go to a water park?  Or maybe you are making vacation plans? We have some great passes and discounts. Don't miss these wonderful items at the silent auction!

Nascar Sports Grille, Orlando FL
$50 gift certificate
This might seem like an odd item to have here; advertising a restaurant from Orlando Florida.  Why would anyone be interested?  Well—we do have 4 Disney Hopper passes that will be auctioned off with this item.  Does that perk your interest a bit now?  From looking at their website, the sports grille seems to be quite an entertaining sort of place equipped with NASCAR simulators, plasma TV’s, games and even a retail store.  This restaurant is not for the faint of heart!

Walt Disney World, Florida
4, One-Day Park Hopper Passes
Valued at $496
Planning a vacation to Disney World in the next 2 years?  You have got to bid for these then.  Your kids will love you for it.  These tickets can be used at the following theme parks:  Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or the Animal Kingdom.  These tickets expire within 2 years.

Lost Island Water Park in Waterloo, IA
2, Buy 1 get 1 free passes
Looking for something different?  Tired of going to Wisconsin Dells?  What is great about Lost Island is that it is closer than going to Wisconsin Dells.  By Google standards it should only take you 2 hours and 12 minutes. They have 9 major water slides, a lazy river, a
wave pool, water area with basketball, volleyball and log walk.  Also lots of slides for little ones and a tree house.  Outside the water park are go-carts, arcade, zip-line and mini-golf.  Who could ask for more?  For more information go to their website at

Water Park of America, by Mall of America
2 all day water park tickets
Value $71.90

Wild Mountain, Taylor Falls MN
2 Superday passes
Value $71.90

Chula Vista Water Park, Wisconsin Dells
4 Complimentary Chula Vista Water park Passes
Value at $119.80

Calling all water park fans!  Chula Vista has both an indoor and outdoor area.  They have 80,000 square-feet of indoor fun and boasts the fastest indoor water coaster , the Flyan Mayan.  Or maybe you just want to drift in the lazy river or play with the kids in the activity pool.  Enjoy the outside area in their wave pool, sport pool or kiddie river area.

Timbavati Wildlife Park, Wisconsin Dells
One child complimentary pass, $7
One adult complimentary pass, $10
When you are done playing in the water at Chula Vista, enjoy a close encounter with giraffe, zebra kangaroo and many more amazing animals the the Timbavati Wildlife Park.  Visit the animal nursery.  The park has Wildlife shows, camel rides, pig races a safari train and even go karts.  More info at

Timber Falls Adventure Park
2 free all day passes
Value $39.98
Next stop--Timber Falls Adventure Park.  Go on the Log Flume (coaster with 2 vertical drops landing in WATER!), bumper boats and the “hellcat” rollercoaster which claims to be one of the tallest, longest and fastest coaster in town.  Don’t like rides—no problem.  Timber Falls also has 4 different 18-hole mini golf courses with shade.

Great Lakes Aquarium, Duluth
4 General admission passes
Value $66

Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth is a freshwater aquarium featuring animals and habitats found in the Great Lakes Basin.  They want to help people connect to, value and protect the world’s waters.  They have over 15 exhibits for you to explore.  This would be a great place to stop on your North Shore Trip.  Look at for more information.

4 admissions to the William A. Irvin Steamer in Duluth MN
Value $40
I admit I had to look this up myself to learn more about this steamer.  These tickets would be a great gift for history or ship lovers. This is an old ship that carried iron ore to different Great Lakes ports for 40 years. The Irvin was retired in 1978 and is docked along the waterfront of Lake Superior. Website:

Reptile & Amphibian Discover Zoo, Owatonna
Family Four pass
Value $38
Visit one of the nation’s largest reptile attractions featuring over 150 different kinds of reptiles and amphibians, including frogs, salamanders, lizards, turtles, tortoises, snakes and crocodiles.  Find out more information at

National Eagle Center, Wabasha MN
2 admission passes and small stuffed eagle
Value $25
Looking for a day trip?  Try the National Eagle Center, located in Wabasha.  Learn all about eagles.  The NEC has live eagle programs and eagle nest cams.  You can even sign up for a scheduled field trip.  Go to their website, for more information.

Minnesota Zoo
1 zoo admission and parking passes
Value $43
Have 2 sets of these for you to bid on.

Adler Planetarium, Chicago
4 general admission passes
Value $66
Adler Planetarium is America’s first planetarium.  Enjoy the many exhibits like learning about sundials, how cultures have tried to understand the universe to cyberspace exploration.  Or take in a show and learn more about our solar system, universe and cosmos.

Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
4 general passes
Value $72
The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science center in the western hemisphere.  It home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on experiences designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity.

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago
4 general passes
Value $32
The Shedd Aquarium has a lot to offer.  They have 32,500 animals that live there!  With aquatic shows, a polar play zone and their 360 degree underwater exhibits there is something always something to look at.

May/June Falcon Flash

The May & June Falcon Flash is packed with information and important end-of-the year events at Folwell.  Click the link to view the PDF.

Laugh for Learning

Learn about & support projects with compelling student needs:
Youth Frontiers Courage Retreat, Friedell MS
Inspire Students with Photography, Friedell MS
Project Lead the Way Science Pilot, Lincoln K-8
Newcomer’s Field Trips, Willow Creek MS,
Publishing with a Purpose, Pinewood ES
Garden Project, Bamber Valley ES
RPSF Annual Project Grants, 535 School District-wide

Rochester Public School Foundation is an all-volunteer organization that encourages community and business involvement in Rochester Public Schools to advance and inspire student learning. RPSF has awarded over 270 grants, greater than $500K, to provide more than 100,000 students unique learning opportunities. As tax dollars mainly cover the 535 School District’s fixed overhead, few dollars remain to innovate teaching and enrich student learning experiences. RPSF relies on the benevolence of individuals and businesses to carry out its mission. If interested, look at RPSF’s website to view past funded projects, awards and student scholarships.

 The link to Eventbright for ticket purchase is found at

Many thanks for your consideration of this request,
Jim Thompson
RPSF Board Director, Treasurer

Friday, May 2, 2014

Folwell Staff Appreciation

Folwell Staff Appreciation Week is May 5-9

During the week, please remember to THANK our wonderful Folwell staff...
Write a note
Send a email
Draw a picture
Just say THANKS

We want to show our gratitude to our awesome staff for teaching and encouraging our kids. 
Thank you!
Folwell Staff Appreciation Committee

PS - If you'd like to send a Folwell staff member to the major league baseball all star game, go to

Bake Sale for Eagle Bluff Trips

NEW this year at the Folwell Carnival: there will be a bake sale to raise money for upcoming 5th Grade Eagle Bluff trips…and we need your help!  We need YOU to bake cookies, cakes, pies and breads and other delicious items and bring them to the Carnival. 

Bake your goodies, package them up (large items can be whole or split, cookies can be in packages of ½ dozen or a dozen), and bring them to the bake sale table right before or at the beginning of the Carnival.  We will price the items and start selling them. 

PLEASE NOTE: we have many students with allergies, so please do not include peanuts or tree nuts (pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios and so on) in your creations. We won’t be able to sell items that contain nuts.

It would be helpful to potential customers if you can stick a label with the name of your goodies and a brief indication of what they contain on the package.

If you have any questions, please contact Betty Kennel at or Kaya Garcia at   THANK YOU!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

School Carnival Trolley Routes

To alleviate parking congestion at school, Folwell PTSA has planned a fun way to get to the carnival. Take a trolley!  There will be 2 trolley routes.  Please see schedules below for pick up and drop off times to and from Folwell School.  There is no cost to ride the trolley. 

Folwell Drive Trolley – West of Hwy 52 – 5:00pm to 8:40pm
Route: 6th St SW to Folwell Dr. SW, left on Walden Lane, right on 18th Ave SW, right onto 11th street SW which turns into 21st Ave SW, right on Folwell Dr. SW, back to school. Stops will be anywhere along that route. Wait on the sidewalk, wave to the driver as he gets near.

Pickup Times on Route: Every 20 minutes

Departure Times from Folwell: Every 20 minutes

Edison Building Trolley – East of Hwy 52 – 5:00pm to 8:45pm
Pickup Times at Edison: Every 15 minutes

Departure Times from Folwell: Every 15 minutes


Silent Auction Item Preview

The Folwell Carnival is coming up fast!  Friday, May 9th is almost here!  Are you ready to bid on some great items in the silent auction?  Today we are highlighting some of the great books, magazines and learning items available.  

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
Signed by Dinah Bucholz
Value of book without signature, $19.95
Are you a fan of Harry Potter?  Then you have got to have this hardcover cookbook.  It contains over 150 recipes and lists exactly where they come from in the series.  There are recipes for treacle fudge, jam tarts and bangers and mash just to name a few.  This book was kindly donated by the author.  If you are not the high bidder of the book, you can buy it on Amazon where it is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Gordon Korman signed book , The Hypnotists
Value of book $16.99, signed Mesmerizingly yours—Gordon Korman
 Calling all book lovers!  This is one of Gordon Korman’s latest books about an ordinary kid with extraordinary powers.  He has also written some of the books in the 39 Clues, as well as the Swindle Series just to name a few!  His books are always highly rated on Amazon.  Thanks Gordon for taking the time to sign and send a book! 

Robert Munsch signed book, 50 Below Zero
Retail value of book without signature, $6.95
Robert Munsch is a much beloved author in my house.  The kids really enjoy his funny and outrageous stories.  One of the classic books he has written is “Love You Forever” and “Paper Bag Princess.”  If you have never read one of his books, here is a great chance to get one.

Tomie dePaola signed books
Hey Diddle Diddle & other Mother Goose Rhymes
Guess Who’s Coming to Santa’s for Dinner?
Estimated retail value of books without signature, $5.95 each
Tomie dePaola is a well-known children’s author and has written many books including Strega Nona, The Knight and the Dragon and Pancakes for Breakfast just to name a few.  These signed books would make a wonderful keepsake for your family.

Signed 8x10 print, "Friends" by Eric Carle

Are you a fan of Eric Carle?  Then you have got to bid on this "cute" picture.

Zoobooks, one year magazine subscription
Value $29.95
This looks like a great magazine for kids interested in wildlife.  What you are bidding on is a code for a free one-year subscription redeemable on their website. There are 3 magazines to choose from:  Zoobies for ages 0-3, Zootles for ages 3-6 and Zoobooks for ages 6 and up.  Look at their website for more information,

2 certificates for downloadable products at Critical Thinking Company, either software or eBooks
Value varies depending on what you choose
Are you looking for summer enrichment activities?  Look no further.  The Critical Thinking Company has great products.  I have bought math books from them before—and the level of moaning and groaning from my kids was extreme, a sure sign that these were good books!  Seriously though, these books are more than just “activity review” books.  Check out what they have at  We will also have several catalogs at the silent auction for you to browse or take. This is a Folwell mom approved product.  You won’t be sorry!

Highlight Magazine
This magazine has generously donated 2, 1-year subscriptions, plus $10 cash coupons to be used on their website.  In addition there are also 6 copies of Highlight magazines with activities to keep your kids busy throughout the summer.  Look at their website for more information.

7-inch tablet PC with Android Operating System
Donated by LearningRX
Value of $110

Our very own LearningRX of Rochester has generously donated this tablet.  In addition, they will have a have a table at our carnival, so you will have a chance to learn more about them.  I did visit with them because I was not familiar with their services, and came away very impressed with what they have to offer. This is what they say, "LearningRx of Rochester has worked with nearly 400 clients ages 5-95 since opening in 2010.  LearningRx brain training takes advantage of neuroplasticity by engaging a clients in specially designed exercises to promote rapid strengthening and growth of neuronal connections.  Cognitive abilities--such as memory, attention, sensory processing, and reasoning—can be increased with proper training. This, in turn, increases immediate and future brain function, which produces more accurate recall, quicker processing, and easier learning and engagement with the world."  

More auction highlights to come……

If you have any questions regarding the carnival, please contact me, Betty Kennel at

May Public Health Newsletter

Lots of good sunscreens are available for kids, including formulations for sensitive skin, brands with fun scents like watermelon, long-lasting waterproof and sweat-proof versions, and easy-application varieties in spray bottles.
What matters most in a sunscreen is the degree of protection from UV rays it provides.  When faced with the overwhelming sea of sunscreen choices at drugstores, concentrate on the SPF (sun protection factor) numbers on the labels.
For kids age 6 months and older, select SPF of 30 or higher to prevent both sunburn and tanning.  Choose a sunscreen that states on the label that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays (referred to as "broad-spectrum" sunscreen).  In general, sunscreens provide better protections against UVB rays than UVA rays, making signs of skin aging a risk even with consistent use of sunscreen.
For sunscreen to do its job, it must be applied correctly.  Be sure to:
·         Apply sunscreen whenever kids will be in the sun.
·         Apply sunscreen about 15 to 30 minutes before kids go outside so that a good layer of protection can form.  Don't forget about lips, hands, ears, feet, shoulders, and behind the neck.  Lift up bathing suit straps and apply sunscreen underneath them (in case the straps shift as a child moves).
·         Don't try to stretch out a bottle of sunscreen; apply it generously.
·         Reapply sunscreen often, approximately every 2 hours, as recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology.  Reapply after a child has been sweating or swimming.

·         Apply a waterproof sunscreen if kids will be around water or swimming.  Water reflects and intensifies the sun's rays, so kids need protection that lasts. Waterproof sunscreens may last up to 80 minutes in the water, and some are also sweat- and rub-proof. But regardless of the waterproof label, be sure to reapply sunscreen when kids come out of the water.

~Olmsted County Public Health