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