Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Kickoff to Kindergarten Open House

Click on the links below for information regarding Rochester Public School's Kickoff to Kindergarten.  The event is taking place from 4:30-7:00 at Mayo High School on Thursday, November 12th.

Kick off to Kindergarten Information

Kick off to Kindergarten (Espanol)
Kickoff to Kindergarten (Somali)
Kickoff to Kindergarten (Arabic)

Monday, October 26, 2015

All Pro Dads

Rochester Police Dept K9 Unit Demonstration
Folwell-All pro dads
November 6, 2015
8:00-8:45 am

Taking place in the Folwell Elementary cafeteria/gymnasium
Check out our chapter webpage where you can rsvp for all pro dads days:

For questions please contact Mark Ellingson at

Operation Cold Kidz

Christmas Anonymous

Christmas Anonymous is asking for your help again this year in gathering items to help make many children happier and healthier.  These items are to be brought to school by Monday, November 30th.  Your principals will designate a place for the items.  They will be picked up by truck on Tuesday, December 1st.

The items you may bring from home with your parents’ permission are:

Cans of food – (no glass jars) Huge Need Area This Year!!!
Snow boots in good condition
Skates in good condition
Games which have all the parts
Toys that are usable
Books in good condition
Warm winter coats, jackets and snow pants (new and used)
(These are the only clothing items we can accept).
Christmas wrapping paper

Who will receive these gifts???
Many families in Rochester have needs due to many reasons.  These families need our help.  Your gift will help someone understand that you care for him or her.
Thank you for making others happy through your joy of giving.

This informational note is for both students and parents.  Together you may decide what you will bring to school for this special holiday collection.
Dennis Greseth, Kris Davidson, Jeff Block
Christmas Anonymous in Elementary Schools
Parents:  If you wish to donate money, please send to: P.O. Box 791
                                                                                       Rochester, MN 55903

Friday, October 23, 2015

Fall Parade

Its that time of year again.  Our annual Folwell Fall Parade will take place this coming Friday, October 30th, at 2:45.  There have been some small changes made to the event this year.  Please click here for more details!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Lights on After School!

Please click below for information about an exciting opportunity that the Folwell's SACC program is offering in the Folwell gymnasium tomorrow after school!

Light on After School Information

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Safety Drills

October 19, 2015

Dear Folwell Families, 

Rochester Public Schools strive to make our schools safe and welcoming environments.  In collaboration with The School Safety Network, we are updating and practicing our safe schools procedures.  Folwell Elementary, along with other elementary schools in the District and SACC, have installed the school buzzer system. This limits access to our school building in addition to having video monitoring and door alarms on every door. We also continue to practice the state mandated fire, tornado, lockdown and evacuation plans.

Rochester Public Schools has been proactive in training staff in crisis response.  As a school, we will practice a lockdown and talk about what to do in the event of an emergency situation.  We know that every situation may need a specific response; therefore, students will be discussing with their classroom teacher hiding, running and barricading.  Although these are very difficult conversations, it is our priority to be preventative and prepared.  Below are ‘talking points’ that classroom teachers will use following the drill. Be assured that your child’s safety is our utmost concern.

Please speak with your child after the practice about school safety, the same as when talking about safety in the home and in the community.  Emphasize to your child that schools are safe. If you need assistance in speaking with your child about school safety the following resources may be beneficial.

You are also welcome to contact me with any questions or concerns. 

Thank you,

Wendy J. Moritz, Principal

Candy Drive

For Operation Hometown Gratitude

Folwell SACC is NOW collecting Halloween candy to send
overseas to the troops through Operation Hometown Gratitude,
as well as, give to underprivileged children in Rochester. Please
feel free to bring in your candy from NOW until Nov.3rd. If you have
any questions about this community service project, please feel 
free to talk with a SACC staff.

Athletic Event Guidelines

In partnership with our high schools, we are sharing communication in regards to expectations at District-Wide Extra Curricular Events.  We are so proud of our Folwell Falcons and the spirit that they show every day, here at Folwell, with S.O.A.R. The intent is to highlight common expectations for all District spectators.  Thank you for your support!


Dear Families:
We are reaching out to you to partner regarding our athletic events. We want to ensure that our athletic events are a fun and safe experience for all.
Please review the following guidelines with your child:
1. All middle school and elementary students attending games must be accompanied by their own parent or guardian.
2. Students are expected to sit at events in student assigned areas or stay with their parent or guardian.
3. All high school students must show student ID upon entry.
4. No food or beverages are allowed to be brought into athletic events.
5. No backpacks are allowed at athletic events.
6. If students are not meeting behavioral expectations by being respectful, responsible and safe, they will be asked to leave the event
Please remember that when students are attending school sponsored events they must adhere to the Code of Student Conduct (Policy #506). If students fail to adhere to the Code of Student Conduct they could be subject to in-school consequences regarding their actions.

Fall Cleanup

Folwell Families - you are invited to come out & help spruce up the "yard" & Learning Garden! We are having a fall clean up day on Sat., Oct. 24th from 9-12. If you can't be there the entire time, feel free to stop by as available!

We are also in need of garden tools that day - volunteers, thanks for bringing a few...a couple wheelbarrows would be especially useful. In addition, if you have newspaper to contribute, we will be using that for weed control.

Light refreshments provided. This is a great opportunity to practice community service with your children & fill a need for our school!

You can sign up by clicking here or feel free to just show up that day!

Folwell PTSA

Friedell Highly Gifted Information

Click below for information regarding the Friedell Middle School highly gifted program.

Friedell Program Information

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Monday, September 21st, PTSA Minutes

View the Tuesday, May 12th, PTSA meeting minutes by clicking below.

Monday, September 21st, PTSA Meeting Minutes

Running Club

We have enjoyed a wonderful season of fall running club.  The weather has been amazing and it is so fun to see so many students out running or walking every morning before school.

Just a reminder:

 This is our last week of running club.  Friday Oct. 9th is our final day.

Many thanks to all our fabulous volunteers who came out to support, supervise and keep track of all our running club students.  We couldn’t do it without the extra hands and eyes our parents and volunteers bring to running club every day.  Thank you for keeping running club safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Running club will return in the spring, April 25th weather permitting. We will begin training for the Med City Marathon and will be keeping track of laps.   Daily 5$ gift card drawings and weekly 25$ drawings will provide extra incentive to come out on those cold, wet, spring mornings.  Look for a registration form after spring break.

Enjoy a fabulous school year, and a fun, safe winter.  We look forward to seeing everyone again in April!!

Thank you
Sarah Lichty & Colleen Timimi

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fundraiser Books

This is it – the last weekend to sell the PTSA coupon booklets!  

There is a special surprise for top selling classes!  Mrs. Martinson’s class and Mrs. Lewis’ class are in the lead and tied as of today!!

TUESDAY, October 6, is the last day!! 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Winter Outerwear Ends Tomorrow!

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 28-October 2.  

Contact Sarah Nelson, Student Council advisor, with any questions!    or 507-328-3220

All Pro Dads Tomorrow!

Check out the link below for information about the upcoming All Pro Dad event at Folwell.  The first meeting is on Friday, October 2nd at 8:00am.  Please RSVP @ by September 30th so we can get a food count.

Please click here for more information or contact Mark Ellingson at