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!

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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).
http://www.education.com/science-fair/elementary-school/
www.ehow.com – type in science projects or experiments
www.sciencekids.com
http://www.all-science-fair-projects.com/
http://www.ipl.org/div/projectguide/
http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_scientific_method.shtml
http://chemistry.about.com/od/sciencefairprojects/a/scienceposter.htm

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!