Sunday, October 30, 2016

LOTS of volunteer opportunities for November!

Hello Folwell Families!
We have some really fun activities coming up in the next few weeks! Please consider volunteering your time to make these events great for our kids!

Kids VOTE 11/4

Folwell School has partnered with Minnesota Civic Youth organization to provide our students the opportunity to ‘vote’ in the Kids Voting program. Official Student polling spots will be set up at Folwell School.  These polling spots will include voting booths, a ballot box, “I Voted” stickers, and more!  We will be able to see our Student results, as they compare to other Kids Voting sites across the nation, as well as how they compare to the general election this fall.  We will only be voting on President and Vice President.

We need parent volunteers to fill 2 hour shifts to help with the voting process.  Volunteers will help guide students through filling out the ballot in the "booth" and handing the ballot in to the "Ballot box."

Book Fair 11/7-11/10
Folwell’s annual Scholastic Book Fair will be up and running in the next couple of weeks.  Proceeds from all book sales will benefit our school media center.  The kids LOVE this exciting week, and we need volunteers to help with book sales!

Bingo Night 11/10
Come celebrate the final night of the Book Fair with Bingo Night, from 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm!  In order to make this big event a success, we need families to help in the kitchen, meal ticket sales and clean-up afterward.  This event is particularly special because everyone wins a prize, regardless of whether they win a Bingo.  Please also consider donating new or gently used items for Bingo Prizes.  Prizes can be delivered to a donation bin outside the school office.
Morning Movers 11/14/2016- 3/30/2017
Grab your sneakers!! Morning movers is BACK!   Morning Movers will run 8:40 am-9:00 am, Monday through Friday.  November 14- March 30, 2017.
Morning Movers is a FREE event sponsored by the PTSA to help get kids exercise, movement and fun before school starts.  Studies have shown that physical activity can improve concentration, mental alertness and overall academic performance.  Since starting this program last year, Folwell saw a huge improvement in academic success and test scores.  
Exercises will be led by Mr. Smiley, our P.E. teacher, as well as by community members, such as Zumba teachers from the RAC and others.
We need parent volunteers to help encourage participation and guide kids through the pre-planned exercises.  Come join the fun-- no athletic experience or fitness level needed!

Kids Build (11/15)

Folwell School is partnering with North Central States Regional Council of Carpenter and several area construction contractors to bring Kids Build Workshop to Folwell School.  This is an incredible new opportunity for Folwell School, and all students will get to participate at some point during the day on Tuesday, November 15.  


Volunteer professional carpenters will work with students to apply classroom learning to a hands-on experience. 


We need parent volunteers from each grade to help students through the building process.  Sign-up by grade is listed on the Folwell Blog page,  Please "Click to Volunteer."  You are welcome to volunteer for as many slots as you would like! 

Hearing and vision 11/17
Hearing and Vision screening for Folwell School will occur on 11/ 17 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.  We need a few parent volunteers to help shuttle kids to and from their classrooms.
As always, so sign up for these events, please visit the Folwell Blog site, and “Click to Volunteer.”  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!


Esther Krych

Folwell VIE Coordinator

Thursday, October 27, 2016



Joins us for FOLWELL ALL PRO DADS!  Students, you are welcome to bring your positive male role model, such as your dad, uncle, grandparent, family friend, older brother, someone important to you, for this fun morning festivity!  

Next APD is November 4th at 800am in the Folwell Gym.  Rochester Fire Fighter, Eric Fix, will be joining us to give the kids a great presentation.  Please join us and RSVP by November 2nd to IMPORTANT so we have a head count for food and drink.


Also, please remind your children to be saving their change for Brighter Tomorrows.  We want to make this fun and raise money for this great organization that helps kids (and their families) diagnosed with cancer.  TOGETHER - WE CAN MAKE CHANGE BY SAVING OUR CHANGE FOR BRIGHTER TOMORROWS. 


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Any questions, feel free to contact me.  Thank you!


Mark D. Ellingson
email: | ph: (507) 258-4640 |



Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Your friendly neighborhood PE teacher here.  Fit is a word that can sometimes carry some pretty intimidating notions.  The image of being fit is portrayed in some very different and sometimes distorted ways in the media and other very visible platforms.  This year at Folwell, I’d like to start a change in how our students view physical activity.  I believe that being fit is much more of mental state of well-being that benefits not just our lives, but the lives of those that we care about the most, our Family.


That being said, I’d like to start a monthly challenge to our Folwell community.  Let’s call it #FITwithFAMILY.  Each month, in an effort to inspire our students to get up and get active, I will post a challenge to our entire Folwell Family.  Each challenge will highlight an activity that any family can do with their loved ones, for free! I will highlight these challenges here at school with a tracker posted in the gym keeping an eye on the progress towards reaching our goal!  What better way to inspire our students to be active and healthy than enjoying it with our family!


What do you have to do?  Easy, get up and get moving with your family!  You can track your #FITwithFAMILY activity by sending me an email or picture or having your child tell me at school!  All things count!   


The theme for October will be Walking!  Set a family goal!  How far can you go!?!


Wednesday, October 19, 2016


If you know anyone who would be interested in a few hours before or after school please apply here:

Starting pay is $11.00 per hour and $15.32 for special needs assistants. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hello Folwell Falcons!  Just a reminder that our coupon book fundraiser is coming to an end Thursday, October 13.  This is the PTSA's main fundraiser for the school year, and the money raised supports both our students and teachers.  Let's finish up strong!!


Please have students return any money and unsold books Thursday, October 13.


Thank you for your support.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hello Folwell Families!

Hope you are enjoying these glorious fall days!  We have a few upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Running Club
We are in need of volunteers for Running Club Thursday and Friday of this week.  This is the final week of running club-- THANK YOU, Mrs. Timimi!

Fall Clean Up
Fall Clean Up will be Saturday, October 29, 2016 from​ 9 am-Noon, and we are in need of families to volunteer!  This is a great opportunity to get out in the fresh air and do some work with your kids!

Please start saving your old newspapers, and bring them with you to clean up.  Please also bring your rakes and gardening gloves.

Treats for Staff Appreciation
Please help us show our Folwell Staff just how much we appreciate their hard work, by bringing treats for them to share. Plan for 40 treats.  Food can be home made or store bought.  Please bring plates or cutlery if your item requires them. Don't worry about beverages.  Bring treats to the Folwell Office.  Please don't hesitate to contact me at, if you have any questions!

Volunteering for Mrs. Kohlmeyer
​Mrs. Kohlmeyer is looking for daily volunteers to come to the classroom from 1:30 pm to 2:30pm.   Volunteers will be reading with individual and small groups of students and playing games.  Both classroom parent and community volunteers are welcome!  This is currently planned to start on October 24, 2016.

If you are available to help with these events, please "Click to Volunteer" at to sign up for slots.

Thank-you for your help!

Esther Krych

Folwell ViE Coordinator

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Walk to School Day!

Join us in walking, biking or scooting to school on Wednesday, October 5, for "Walk to School Day." Local celebrities, students and parents will join us on this special day!

There were 97 students who walked, biked or scooted to school on Friday, September 30.  31 students rode the bus.  184 students got a ride.  

On Monday, there were 110 students who walked, biked or scooted to school!  There were 33 on the bus and 214 got a ride to school!

Folwell is unique in that two-thirds of our students live in the walk boundary.  Would it work for your family to walk, bike and scoot to and from school, in lieu of driving?

This WALK TO SCHOOL DAY event can help us continue to raise awareness for family fitness and safe routes to school for our students! 

Folwell Elementary  - where changes have been made to create a pedestrian zone in front of the school and city council supported traffic flow and parking changes to facilitate safer walking and biking to school.

Monday, October 3, 2016

2016-17 Parent/ Teacher Conferences Online Scheduling is OPEN!!!!


Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday October 13th and Tuesday October 18th from 4:00-8:00.  Parents will sign up online for a conference time.  Conferences will be held for 20 minutes each.  If you have more than one child please allow 20 minutes between each of your conferences in order to maximize the time allotted to your conference.  The link for the sign-up will available through Skyward Family Access. 

If you know your password for Family Access, follow this link to go directly to the login page. 


If you do not have your password for Family Access, click on the following link to input your email address or your Login as listed below, and then you will be sent an email and another link that can be used to reset your password.    

If you are having difficulty scheduling your conferences, please call the office at 328-3220 and someone will assist you. Additional information will also come from your child’s teacher!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

All Pro Dad’s is returning to Folwell Elementary for the 2016/2017 school year. 

Please join us for our first meeting on October 7th at 800am in the Folwell gym. 

Please register by October 5th at
Questions, contact Mark Ellingson at

Join us in walking, biking or scooting to school on Wednesday, October 5, for "Walk to School Day."

There were 97 students who walked, biked or scooted to school on Friday, September 30.  31 students rode the bus.  184 students got a ride.  This event can help us continue to raise awareness for family fitness and safe routes to school! 

Olmsted County Elementary schools will celebrate
International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Twenty Olmsted County schools will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk and Bike to School Day on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.
Students will be walking and biking to school along with parents, teachers, Mayor Brede, the RCTC football players, Ice Hawks Hockey team, Mayo Athletes who are Folwell Alum, TV and media personalities, Miss Minnesota, Slider from the Honkers, and more! 
The event will take place from 8:30 to 9:15 with kids and parents walking and biking from home to school.  Even students who typically ride the bus and are not able to walk to school will be able to be active before school as there will be fun playground activities, walking routes and some schools will have athletes on hand to play sports before school. 

Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of physical activity, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.  The public is asked to be aware of school zones, slow down for walkers and bikers near schools and refrain from distracted driving.
The event is being organized by Olmsted County Statewide Health Improvement Program.
Folwell Elementary - where changes have been made to create a pedestrian zone in front of the school and city council supported traffic flow and parking changes to facilitate safer walking and biking to school!
Folwell Elementary, 603 15th Avenue SW, Rochester MN 55902

For additional information, please visit these websites:
Walk to School Day in the USA                                                                
National Center for Safe Routes to School                  
International Walk to School Day