Wednesday, December 20, 2017

A note from Kelly Leadens, Licensed School Nurse

From the Health Office

Winter is officially here, which means it is a busy time in the Folwell Health Office!  I wanted to remind all parents of a few things.

If your child is sick, please keep them home for the day.  Staying home and resting will help fight sickness and children will get better more quickly.  This also helps the other students stay well.  Please remember the district guidelines about when a child is to stay home.

A child should stay home with severe coughs, colds, or sore throats, temperature over 100 degrees, vomiting or diarrhea, or other signs of acute illness that will prevent them from participating in school activities.  Children may return to school when they are free of symptoms for 24 hours (without the use of medication) and feel well enough to participate throughout the school day. 

If your child requires frequent cough drops or over-the-counter medicine throughout the school day, we do require a medication authorization form to be completed by parents.  Elementary students are not allowed to carry medications and they will have to be housed in the health office.  The authorization in available under the Student Health section of the RPS website, or you can always call the health office and we will be happy to send one home with your child.  An adult should bring medication in to the health office as we cannot have students transporting medications.

As the weather gets colder and winter break approaches, I also wanted to briefly touch on lice at school.  Lice is not a problem at Folwell and we want to ensure that it stays that wayJ.  There are a few things that you, as parents, can do to help keep this nuisance out of the school and out of your home.  Please regularly check your children’s heads, especially after sleepovers with family or friends.  Remind your children not to share hats with other students.  It is handy to teach kids to put hats and mittens in the sleeve on their coats to prevent transmission and also to keep from losing hats and mittens.  If you do find lice, please treat your child before sending them to school and notify the school health office.  The health staff monitors cases and can help with treatment, so please do let the health office know.

Lastly, when calling your child in sick, please share symptoms that they are experiencing (stomach, fever, sore throat, headache, etc.).  We watch these symptoms closely to monitor for trends and work with Public Health to assist should we notice concerning trends.    

If you EVER have questions or concerns, never hesitate to call or email me!

Have a safe and healthy winter break and we look forward to seeing you back in January!

Kelly Leadens, Licensed School Nurse
507-328-4157



Sunday, December 17, 2017

PTSA Meeting - Please join us!

Monday, December 18,  7 pm in the Media Center
All Welcome! 

Special Topics of Discussion for this month include:
Folwell Staff Wishlist Grants

Safe Walking Routes to School 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Folwell Spirit Week December 18-22!!

Next week is Spirit Week at Folwell!
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To celebrate a wonderful 2017, the Folwell Student Council will be sponsoring Spirit Week (December 18-22)!  Each day of the week will have a different theme and all students are encouraged to participate.  The theme days are as follows:

            Monday, 12/18 – Hat and/or Crazy Hair Day
          Tuesday, 12/19 – Color Day (K-red, 1-orange, 2-yellow, 3-green, 4-blue, 5-purple)
          Wednesday, 12/20 – Spots and Stripes Day (wear spotted or striped clothing)
            Thursday, 12/21 – Salad Dressing Day
Ranch (cowboy/western), Caesar (togas and sandals), Thousand Island (Caribbean/Hawaiian), Blue Cheese (blue), French (berets and fashionable clothes), House Dressing (school colors), etc.
            Friday, 12/22 – Spirit Day!  Wear your Folwell (red and white) gear!



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

ALL PRO DADS HOLIDAY BREAKFAST, Friday, December 8, 8:00 a.m.

The date has been set for this year’s All Pro Dads Holiday Breakfast! 

It will be this Friday, December 8th, 2017 at 8:00 AM in the Folwell gym! 

Once again Chef Pasquale, courtesy of Pasquale’s Neighborhood Pizza, will be providing a wonderfully delicious omelet meal, and he will be assisted by his two sous chefs: Eric Alleckson & Troy Lindloff! 

Come join us for food, music, & holiday cheer! 

And don’t forget about the Jelly Bean Guess contest, where the winner gets the giant jar of Jelly Belly jelly beans along with a $50 gift card to Chuck E. Cheese!! 

Information about the event can be found on the Folwell All Pro Dads website

We look forward to seeing you there!


NO MORNING MOVERS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8!

Morning Movers is going GREAT!

We continue to have 80-100 kids participate each morning, and it’s really fun!

There will be NO MORNING MOVERS ON FRIDAY, DEC 8!

All ProDads will be using the gym for their activity - Join us for that activity! 

We’ll see you again on Monday at MORNING MOVERS, at 8:40!!


Thank you. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Help WANTED - we need you!

Adult Crossing Guard
Description:
WORK DAY: Monday – Friday (School Days Only); see details below
SALARY: $13.50 per shift

Morning and/or afternoon positions available at several locations and schools throughout Rochester.  Morning positions work approximately 8:30a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Afternoon positions work approximately from 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.   

Job Summary:
To provide for the safe movement of children to and from school when crossing public roadways and intersections by observing gaps in the traffic and leading the children across the roadway or intersection.  Crossing guards are not to engage in traffic direction or control.

Job Scope:
Works approximately 1.5 hours per shift,  Monday through Friday, during the public school year (September through early June). Specific hours to be worked will be set by the Transportation Office at the Edison Building.

Principle Duties and Assignments:
1. Assists children on their way to and from school in safely crossing roadways and intersections.
2. Watch for gaps in traffic and walk children across the roadway or intersection while holding a "stop" sign in such a manner as to be visible to approaching vehicles.
                        
Other Aspects of the Job:
Must have the ability to follow oral and written instructions. Must have the ability to deal effectively and courteously with associates and the general public, be in physical condition that will permit adequate job performance and the ability to work in all type of weather conditions. 

Required Dispositions: 
·         In addition, the specific skills/educational qualifications for this include:
·         Believes that all students can attain high levels of learning.
·         Takes responsibility for the learning of our students and his/her own performance.
·         Possesses the knowledge and skills to build effective educational experiences that benefit all students.
·         Applies the principles of Efficacy, SDIS, and Language through the use of quality tools and processes.
·         Functions as an effective member of the educational/school team.
·         Won't shy away from today's educational challenges.
·         Utilizes effective interpersonal skills.
·         Has a proven track record of success.
·         Works with great integrity


To Apply, please contact Express Employment Professionals at 507-285-1616

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Seeking volunteers for yearbook!

Hello Folwell Families!


We are looking for 1-2 volunteers who could help out with Yearbook this year at Folwell!

We have a group of 5th Grade students that have applied for the committee and will be our student photographers and creative designers! We just need a few volunteers that would be willing to assist us in putting it all together.

If you're interested or would like more information please contact Mei-Ling Huie at 
meilingkz@aol.com

Folwell Traffic

PLEASE review the Folwell Traffic Plan if you plan on dropping off students during arrival, or picking them up for dismissal.  Recently there have been several vehicles not following the Folwell Traffic Plan causing concerns for safety. 
A FO Traffic Plan was distributed to each student in the Family Folders on Thursday, during Meet the Teacher Open House.  

Here is a link to the FO Traffic Plan video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMLmmzAfftM&t=20s 

A reminder that for safety, we ask that you do NOT drop students off on the corner of 15th Avenue and 6th Street and we request that you do not pick them up there, either. 

A reminder that for safety, we ask that you do not park headed the opposite direction of traffic.  If you feel the need to park and walk to school, consider the legal parking areas north of the intersection at 14th Ave and 7th Street.  There is parking available and you can walk one block west to meet students at school.  

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

We appreciate your patience as we all work together to keep our students and families safe!  It takes all of us working together!  


Sunday, November 26, 2017

As we celebrated our students with Identity Day and enjoyed a Thanksgiving vacation, I reflected on what a wonderful community we are a part of!

I am so thankful for our students!  Each student created something using a little part of their heart and soul!  They did amazing work!  Our students are creative, joyful and their possibilities are endless!  They work so hard to show kindness and grit!  Their talents and their passions are a beautiful part of our school every day and their efforts on their Identity Day showcase items were phenomenal!

I am so thankful for our families!  At home they are supporting their children!  They talk about S.O.A.R., they read books together, they bring them places and add experiences to their lives.  They volunteer at our school and attend our events.  Our families provide support for our activities through volunteering and donating.  The recent “Give to the Max” fundraiser is a huge celebration and we are so appreciative!  THANK YOU! The partnership and cooperation we feel with our families is very special!

I am so thankful for our staff!  Staff work together to share ideas, encourage one another and lift each other up when there are challenges. There are so many things that happen every day as we build connections with students and ask questions to take their learning deeper than simply rote memorization. This takes talent, effort, commitment and empathy on the part of each and every staff member.  The risks they take in providing engaging instructions for our students are admirable!

Thank you to each and every one of you for the positive energy and commitment that you bring to our wonderful Folwell Elementary Community! 


Together We Will! 

Wendy J. Moritz
Principal

Friday, November 17, 2017

THANK YOU - Give To the Max Fall Fundraiser totals are in!!

Hello Folwell Families!

THANK YOU for your overwhelming support during our Give To the Max Fall Fundraiser.  With your generosity, our school raised $9,485!  We are beyond grateful.

With this money, in addition to replacing lost and missing books for the library and funding cultural arts field trips, we can now ALSO offer to increase the amount we are able to give teachers for their classroom funds, and more easily support classroom needs, as they arise!

Our next PTSA meeting is 11/20, as a drop-in event during Identity Day.   Please stop by for some refreshments!

Your passion and dedication to Folwell made this fundraiser a smash success.  THANK YOU!

Folwell PTSA


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

GIVE TO THE MAX DAY TODAY, THURSDAY, 11/16


Hello Folwell Families!

Our PTSA Fall Fundraiser ends TODAY, with Give To The Max Day, November 16.

We are at $4840 of our $6000 goal!  We are humbled at your overwhelming generosity.  THANK YOU to all the families who have donated hard-earned money to make this fundraiser a success.

Your donation to Folwell PTSA allows us to support numerous student and teacher-led initiatives at school-- not only planned events, but also opportunities that come up during the year.  PTSA funds have already helped purchase equipment for Morning Movers, iPads for 5th graders, owl pellets for 3rd graders, Kindergarten Memory Books, and field trips and plays for all grades K- 5.

This year, we have additional special requests from our library to fund $1000 to replace books that have been lost or damaged.  We also hope to fund classroom field trips for teachers who have requested a cultural arts trip in Spring 2018.

For those of you who choose to give on Give To The Max Day, November 16th, not only does your donation benefit the Folwell PTSA but our school is automatically entered into a contest to receive prize incentives.


To donate, please visit the Folwell Blog Site at www.folwell.info, and click the "Donate Now" icon at the upper right corner of the blog homepage.

Our Folwell Fall Fundraiser Give To The Max page can also be found at: https://givemn.org/fundraiser/folwell-ptsa-fall-fundraiser59d79776a4ab4

As always, please feel welcome to share this message with anyone who might be interested in supporting our Folwell students! Donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Thank you to all of you again.  Your spirit makes Folwell shine as an example of an inclusive, welcoming and supportive community.

Yours in gratitude,
Folwell PTSA

Monday, November 13, 2017

PTSA GIVE TO THE MAX!

Hello Folwell Famillies!

This weekend, we passed our halfway mark for our Fall PTSA Fundraiser!! We are at just over $3000 of our $6000 goal.  THANK YOU to those of you who have already donated!

Our fundraiser runs through this Thursday, November 16... we have only 5 more days to reach our $6000 goal.  We need your help to make it happen!

This year, in lieu of a traditional sales fundraiser, PTSA is taking advantage of Give to the Max Day MN, as our Fall Fundraiser.


Donations may be given online, through Give to the Max, a fundraising effort, to support non-profits and schools in Minnesota. Donations may be given at any time.

If you donate on Give To The Max Day, November 16th, not only does your donation benefit the Folwell PTSA but our school is automatically entered into a contest to receive prize incentives.

PTSA funds are vital in supporting students, teachers and extracurricular programming for our school.

A few fun facts for you:
$125 is spent supporting our Running Club.  Gift card prizes help keep our kids active and motivated to move.
$150 is used to make our 5th grade recognition a celebration .
$400 was spent on Identity Fair posters.  Each student in the school gets a poster board to express themselves.
$500 is spent yearly on bus transportation to field trips.
$525 to get Music on Wheels to make a "rockin' recess" at the end of the year .
$600 is spent on the printing of Falcon Tales.  Every child in school receives one of these fun and entertaining books written and illustrated by them!  


To donate, please visit the Folwell Blog Site at www.folwell.info, and click the "Donate Now" icon at the upper right corner of the blog homepage.

Our Folwell Give To The Max page can also be found at: https://givemn.org/fundraiser/folwell-ptsa-fall-fundraiser59d79776a4ab4

Please feel welcome to share this message with anyone who might be interested in supporting our Folwell students!

Thank you for your 100% tax-deductible donation!
Folwell PTSA

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

PTSA Fundraiser: Give to the Max

Hello Folwell Families!

Thanks to all of you who have contributed to our PTSA Fall Fundraiser! We are at $625 of our $6000 goal.  Our fundraiser is 1 week away from being done, and we need your help!

PTSA funds are incredibly important for classroom support.  Please see below for notes from our teachers on how they use PTSA money for their classroom activities:
We used PTSA funds to purchase additional equipment for our Morning Movers program.   Around 100 kids participate in a daily exercise program, before school, during second and third quarter. (WJM)

PTSA funds allowed our fifth graders to experience 1-1 learning with the iPads that the PTSA helped purchase.  Our fifth graders have used these tools to research, create, and collaborate in ways that we never could before.

PTSA funds have helped fund owl pellets in 3rd grade in order for students to dissect with a partner, rather than a group of 6.  This science experiment helps bring our CIA novel, Poppy, to life and science habitats lessons too!!!!

PTSA funds has helped fund field trips and Children’s Theatre plays in the past.  The PTSA funds our 3rd grade downtown field trip to the Government Center to meet the mayor, eat at Victoria’s and check out a book at the public library.  This experience correlates with our social studies curriculum in order to help students understand government, our community, and Rochester history.  


PTSA has provided funds for numerous classroom materials and activities, including all the materials (binder, sheet protectors, pictures) for a personalized Memory Book that each Kindergarten student can take home at the end of the year! It’s such a wonderful keepsake!

As a reminder, donations are tax-deductible, and donations may be given at any time, so please don't forget!

To donate, please visit the Folwell Blog Site at www.folwell.info, and click the "Donate Now" icon
at the upper right corner of the blog homepage.


Our Folwell Give To The Max page can also be found at: https://givemn.org/fundraiser/folwell-ptsa-fall-fundraiser59d79776a4ab4

Please feel welcome to share this message with anyone who might be interested in supporting our Folwell students!

Thank you!
Folwell PTSA

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Holiday Assistance

Families in need of holiday assistance are encouraged to call the Salvation Army, starting Monday, Nov. 13. Approved applicants can participate in the Salvation Army’s Toy & Joy Shop on Dec. 20 or Dec. 21. At the Toy & Joy Shop parents can shop for new toys, books, and stocking stuffers for their infant, preschool and school-aged children at no cost to the family. Please note, there are eligibility requirements and families may only participate in one of the following programs (Salvation Army Toy & Joy Shop, Christmas Anonymous, St. Francis’ Angel Tree Program, the YMCA’s program, or the JSSVP Adopt A Family program). Registration is required by calling, 288-3663. Contact Folwell’s School Social Worker, Lindy Lange, with questions, 328-3243. 

·         Families who are interested in the Salvation Army’s Toy & Joy Shop may also be interested in the Salvation Army’s Children’s Shopping Trip. Open to students who are 8 or 9 years old, call the Salvation Army starting Monday, Nov. 13. Eligible students receive a gift certificate and shop, on Wednesday, Dec. 6, with a volunteer to purchase Christmas gifts for their family at ShopKo. Contact Folwell’s School Social Worker, Lindy Lange, with questions, 328-3243.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Bingo Night

Folwell's annual Family Bingo Night is November 9, from 6-7 pm in the gymnasium.  Doors open at 5:30 pm.  

November 9 marks the end of the first quarter, and we will celebrate with pizza and great big bingo fun!
Volunteers are needed for Meal Tickets at the door, pizza servers in the kitchen, and clean-up crew.  Please lend a hand and join the fun for this long-standing Folwell tradition.

Coming soon: there will be a bin in the lobby for prize donations (new or gently used items are appreciated).


To sign up, please visit the Folwell Blog site at www.folwell.info and "Click to Volunteer."  This event is a great opportunity for older siblings, grandparents, etc so please spread the word!  As a reminder, any new volunteer does need to complete the online volunteer application form (http://www.rochester.k12.mn.us/departments/family_and_community_engagement/volunteers_in_education__vie_).

Book Fair

Folwell's annual Scholastic Book Fair will run after school this year on November 7, 8 and 9.  We need a few volunteers to help with book purchases.

The book fair will run from 3:30-5:00 pm on November 7 and 8, 9, in addition to a bit later on November 9, since it's Family Bingo Night.


To sign up, please visit the Folwell Blog site at www.folwell.info and "Click to Volunteer."  This event is a great opportunity for older siblings, grandparents, etc so please spread the word!  As a reminder, any new volunteer does need to complete the online volunteer application form (http://www.rochester.k12.mn.us/departments/family_and_community_engagement/volunteers_in_education__vie_).


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

All Pro Dads Coming up Friday, 11/3!


FOLWELL FUNDRAISER - GIVE TO THE MAX!


Hello Folwell Families!

Folwell PTSA's Fall Give To The Max fundraiser starts on 11/1/2017.

As a reminder, this year's fundraiser is in lieu of a traditional door-to-door fundraiser. Instead, we are simply asking our Folwell community to give any amount that feels comfortable. Your donation supports Folwell PTSA, and allows us to support our students, teachers and school community!


Donations may be given online, through Give to the Max, a fundraising effort, to support non-profits and schools in Minnesota. Donations may be given at any time, and if you donate on Give To The Max Day, November 16th, not only does your donation benefit the Folwell PTSA but our school is automatically entered into a contest to receive prize incentives!

Golden ticket prize incentives of $1000 will be awarded through a random drawing of all donations transacted during the previous hour. Additionally, one Super-Sized Golden Ticket of $10,000 will be awarded, drawn randomly from all donations made through GiveMN.org between 12:00am CST November 1, 2017 and 11:59pm CST on November 16, 2017.

To donate, please visit the Folwell Blog Site at www.folwell.info, and click the "Donate Now" icon
at the upper right corner of the blog homepage.


Our Folwell Give To The Max page can also be found at: https://givemn.org/fundraiser/folwell-ptsa-fall-fundraiser59d79776a4ab4

Please feel welcome to share this message with anyone who might be interested in supporting our Folwell students!

Thank you!
Folwell PTSA

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Give to the Max

This year, in lieu of a traditional door-to-door fundraiser, we are simply asking you, our Folwell community, to give any amount you feel comfortable giving. Your donation supports Folwell PTSA, and allows us to support our students, teachers and school community! Our fundraising goal this year is $6,000.

Donations may be given online, through Give to the Max. Give to the Max MN is a fundraising effort, to support non-profits and schools in Minnesota. Donations may be given at any time, and if you donate on Give To The Max Day, November 16th, not only does your donation benefit the Folwell PTSA but our school is automatically entered into a contest to receive prize incentives!

Golden ticket prize incentives of $1000 will be awarded through a random drawing of all donations transacted during the previous hour. Additionally, one Super-Sized Golden Ticket of $10,000 will be awarded, drawn randomly from all donations made through GiveMN.org between 12:00am CST November 1, 2017 and 11:59pm CST on November 16, 2017.


Our Folwell Give To The Max page is: https://givemn.org/fundraiser/folwell-ptsa-fall-fundraiser59d79776a4ab4

This is a great opportunity to share with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and family friends who love to support your children! Please spread the word, and s
tay tuned for more Give to the Max Day information and fun Folwell Facts, as the day approaches!


Thank you for supporting our school!

Folwell PTSA 
Food For Friends is sponsored by Channel One, Fowell Elementary and Christ United Methodist Church. The goal of the program is to help provide food for students over the weekend. If you are interested, your child is eligible to take home a Food For Friends backpack each week. The backpack will have a variety of food, including: peanut butter, juice, bread, crackers and fruit. If you are interested in participating call or email Lindy Lange, Fowell’s school social worker, at 328-3243 or melange@rochester.k12.mn.us.


If your child is in need of winter outerwear, call or email Lindy Lange, Folwell’s school social worker, at 328-3243 or melange@rochester.k12.mn.us. Winter Outerwear Vouchers are available and may be used at either Rochester Salvation Army location, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fall Cleanup

Hello Folwell Families!

Fall Clean Up is just around the corner, on Saturday on October 28, from 9am- Noon.  Don't forget to mark your calendars!

We will be planting new plants in

These new trees and shrubs will grow with our kids--  come lend a hand, and join in this special event!

To sign up, please visit the Folwell Blog site at www.folwell.info and "Click to Volunteer."

Esther Krych
Folwell VIE Coordinator
front of school.  This is a fantastic opportunity for families to work together, and for your kids to experience the pride of a job well done.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Morning Movers

Hello Folwell Families!

The Morning Movers sign-up is ready for action!

Morning Movers is based in the gym, and will run from November 7 through March 29, from 8:40- 9:00 am.  We need three volunteers each morning .   Volunteers will assist Mr. Smiley with his planned games and activities for the kids.

To sign up, please visit the Folwell Blog site at www.folwell.info and "Click to Volunteer."

Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and amazing support already this fall!!

Esther Krych
Folwell VIE Coordinator

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Student Council 
Halloween Costume Drive  
We will be collecting new and gently used costumes to be distributed to kids in need at Folwell and in the community just in time for Halloween!

Donations can be dropped off in the bins outside of the office from
Thursday, October 12 – Monday, October 23.



If your child is in need of a Halloween costume, please notify the office.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SCRIP Gift Card Purchases due Friday, Oct 13

Hello Folwell Families!

A quick reminder...SCRIP gift card purchases are due by Friday, October 13.

Please consider this easy way to purchase holiday gifts, and support our 5th graders at the same time!  The profit from this fundraiser goes in direct support of the 5th grade trip to Eagle Bluff Learning Center.

Thank you for your generosity!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email folwellvie@gmail.com.

Folwell PTSA

Monday, October 2, 2017

Picture Day - Volunteers Needed!

Hello Folwell Families!

Tomorrow is Picture Day, and Mrs. Moritz has requested a few of volunteers to help direct kids to and from class.  If you have availability, please consider lending a hand!

To sign up, please visit the Folwell Blog Site at www.folwell.info and "Click to Volunteer."

Thank you!

Esther Krych
Folwell VIE Coordinator

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Morning Arrival and Breakfast Routine at Folwell

With the increased opportunities for clubs and activities in the morning, and an increased emphasis on more students eating breakfast, the morning arrival routine can be amended to be more warm, welcoming and inclusive for students.  By getting breakfast and heading to classrooms we increase the opportunity to build community and relationships while reducing transitions.  Improvements in this routine are student-centered and improve equity.
*Starting on Monday, 10/2, breakfast will be served later, beginning at 8:55, and students will “grab and go” breakfast and eat in the classroom.  This is a common practice throughout our District.  Proper adjustments have been made for supervision and school cleaning routines to ensure safety for students.
*Please still plan to arrive between 8:50 and 9 AM to be on time for school.
*Students line up in their assigned areas outside.  Upon entering the building, students enter the building and either grab their breakfast and go to the classroom, or go directly to the classroom.

*First grade students will now line up for arrival at Door #2, with kindergarten students.
*Running Club and Morning Movers will still begin at 8:40.  At the end of the activities, students enter the building and either grab their breakfast and go to the classroom, or go directly to the classroom.

*Students discussed these changes with their classroom teachers on Friday.

Breakfast is FREE for all kindergarten students, as well as for students who are eligible for free or reduced price lunch!

ANY student can purchase breakfast, using their assigned lunch number! Breakfast is $1.25

The breakfast menu is here:

Long-range facility committee and building capacity

At a recent school board meeting, an update was provided by the long-range facility planning committee.  This school board committee is comprised of three school board members, two cabinet members, and the Superintendent. They have been reviewing the capacity of our facilities, enrollment growth, and the impact of both to our district. Four years ago, the district studied our boundaries and the projected growth of our city through the use of a consultant. We knew we would be facing higher enrollments and capacity concerns within a window of four to five years.

Capacity for our district is based on the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) guidelines of students per square foot of space. We have learned that according to the MDE Formula, Folwell is one of those schools. 

The Post-Bulletin was interested in the committee update that was provide in early September 2017, and they will be publishing a story this weekend on this topic. A photographer visited our school on Friday.  As a District, we think this will be the start of a bigger conversation in which we will be engaging our community, parents, students, and staff.  RPS is very early in our research of building capacity and we look forward to working more in depth with the long-range planning committee after the district receives the October 2, 2017 enrollment counts. 

At Folwell, we’ll continue to follow our mantra of “Together We Will” to collaborate and be intentional and purposeful in the uses of space in our building. 

Please continue to watch the blog for important information and updates on this topic and others. 

Information provided by Heather Nessler, Executive Director of Communications, Marketing and Technology
Revisions by Wendy J. Moritz, Principal 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

2017-18 Elementary Gifted Services Timeline Grades 2 - 5

2017-18 Elementary Gifted Services Timeline Grades 2 - 5

It is also posted on the Office of Student Advancement Website under Important Dates at http://www.rochester.k12.mn.us/departments/curriculum___instruction/gifted_services/elementary/ 



Grades 2 and 4

·   Families of new-to-district second and fourth graders should contact their gifted specialist if they wish to have their child assessed for gifted services.
·   October 3:  Elementary Parent Informational Meeting 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Kellogg Auditorium
·   January 29 – March 2, 2018:  CogAT administered to all grade 2 and 4 students.
·   Week of March 26, 2018:  Students notified of qualification for gifted services for following year.  Students who qualify for gifted services will begin classes in Fall 2018.
·   April 18, 2018:  Last day for Grade 2 and 4 students who did not qualify on the CogAT to request portfolio to qualify for gifted services for the 2018-19 academic year
·   April 19 – May 10, 2018:  Portfolios completed at school under supervision of gifted specialists
·   Week of May 14, 2018: Portfolios evaluated by a panel of gifted specialists
·   Week of May 29, 2018:  Portfolio qualification/non-qualification results communicated to families. 

Grade 3


·   Families of new-to-district third graders should contact their gifted specialist if they wish to have their child assessed for gifted services.
·   October 3:  Elementary Parent Informational Meeting 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Kellogg Auditorium
·   April 18, 2018:  Last day for Grade 2 and 4 students who did not qualify on the CogAT to request portfolio to qualify for gifted services for the 2018-19 academic year
·   April 19 – May 10, 2018:  Portfolios completed at school under supervision of gifted specialists
·   Week of May 14, 2018: Portfolios evaluated by a panel of gifted specialists
·   Week of May 29, 2018:  Portfolio qualification/non-qualification results communicated to families. 


Grade 5

·   Families of new-to-district fifth graders should contact their gifted specialist if they wish to have their child assessed for gifted services.
·   October 3:  Elementary Parent Informational Meeting 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Kellogg Auditorium
·   October 13:  Highly Gifted Middle School Program portfolio requests due
·   Oct. 16– Nov. 30, 2017  Portfolios completed at school under supervision of a gifted specialist
·   November 14:  Fifth Grade Open House for Highly Gifted Middle School Program.  6:30 – 8:00 at Friedell Middle School
·   Week of December 4, 2017:  Highly Gifted portfolios evaluated by a panel of gifted specialists 
·   Week of December 11, 2017:  All portfolio qualification/non-qualification results communicated to families.  Students who qualify for the Highly Gifted Middle School Program will be emailed an application. 
·   December 2017:  Students self-select middle school math courses for Grade 6 or Pre-Algebra (Single accelerated)
·   January 16, 2018:  Applications for Highly Gifted Middle School Program are due
·   January 18, 2018:  Middle school and RAMP meeting for parents and staff 6:30-8:00 PM in the Kellogg Middle School auditorium
·   Week of January 29th, 2018:  Families notified of status for Highly Gifted Middle School Program
·   Week of May 7, 2018:  Families are notified of Linear Algebra (Double Accelerated) middle school math placement by email

Dental Clinic - A note from our school social worker

A note from our school social worker, Lindy Lange:

Children’s Dental Health Services is collaborating with Folwell Elementary to provide preventative dental care services to students.  Folwell will host the Dental Clinic October 10, 2017.  Services include oral hygiene instruction, dental clings, fluoride varnish, sealants, exams, and x-rays.  The program is reserved for children who are eligible for the free/reduced school lunch program.
Forms were sent home today in student folders on Thursday, September 21.  Forms must be returned by Friday, September 29, 2017. 
If you need additional an additional form sent home or if you have questions, please contact Kelly Leadens, LSN at keleadens@rochester.k12.mn.us or Lindy Lange, social worker at mélange@rochester.k12.mn.us



Saturday, September 16, 2017

A note from our school social worker, Lindy Lange....

A note from our school social worker, Lindy Lange....

Food For Friends is sponsored by Channel One, Fowell Elementary and Christ United Methodist Church. The goal of the program is to help provide food for students over the weekend. If you are interested, your child is eligible to take home a Food For Friends backpack each week. The backpack will have a variety of food, including: peanut butter, juice, bread, crackers and fruit. If you are interested in participating call or email Lindy Lange, Fowell’s school social worker, at 328-3243 or melange@rochester.k12.mn.us.

If your child is in need of winter outerwear, call or email Lindy Lange, Folwell’s school social worker, at 328-3243 or melange@rochester.k12.mn.us. Winter Outerwear Vouchers are available and may be used at either Rochester Salvation Army location, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.