Thursday, April 27, 2017

Folwell Carnival still neds LOTS of volunteers!


Hello Folwell Families!

Folwell Carnival still needs LOTS of volunteers! Available slots include:

- Set-Up Crew
- Concession Set-up
- Ticket Sales
- Concession Sales
- Face Painting
- Learning Garden Help
- Pizza Sales
- Raffle Ticket Sales
- Slime Station
- Inflatables
- Water Balloon launcher
- Clean Up Crew


To sign up, please visit the Folwell Blog site at and "Click to Volunteer."  If you have trouble signing up, don't hesitate to email, and I can give you a hand.

Please consider volunteering!

Thank you,

Esther Krych
Folwell VIE Coordinator

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

PTSA Chairs Needed for 2017-18

PTSA is in need of volunteers to help co-chair the following programs for next year.  These are all great ways to get involved at Folwell, and take an active role in ensuring that our school is vibrant and thriving.  Everything is more fun with a buddy, so feel free to phone a friend, and lend a hand together! :) 

1. Running Club co-chairs
 - Running Club occurs during the fall and spring. We are seeking 2 volunteers, to help make sure that Running Club continues for next year.  The kids loves this program!  Mrs. Timimi has Running Club organized like a well-oiled machine, and will make sure your hand-off is as seamless as possible!

2. Fundraising Chair/ co-chairs
 - We are seeking 1-2 volunteers, to help oversee and coordinate Folwell School's various fundraising opportunities.  

3. Carnival committee co-chairs
 - We are seeking 2 volunteers, to help coordinate the Folwell Carnival for next year.  The Carnival committee has things super-organized already, so you won't be starting from scratch, unless you want to!

4. Identity Fair co-chairs
 - We are seeking 1-2 volunteers to help coordinate the Folwell Identity fair for next year.  Since this was our first year with Identity Day, this is a great opportunity to shape a new program to inspire and encourage our kids.

5. Young Author Young Artist co-chairs
 - We are seeking 1-2 volunteers to help coordinate and support the Young Author/ Young Artist (YAYA) program for our 3rd-5th graders.  This program is run through the Southeast Service Cooperative, and allows students the opportunity to learn from and work with authors, poets, illustrators, artists, journalists, bookmakers, and others.  The YAYA workshop happens once a year, in the Spring.

5. Volunteers in Education co-chair 
- We are seeking a VIE co-chair, to join PTSA as an upcoming VIE coordinator.  For next year, this would be a relaxed position-  primarily shadowing and "learning the ropes." 

If any of these opportunities sounds exciting for you, and you would like more information, please email  I will connect you with the current program lead. 

Thanks for  considering!

Esther Krych
VIE Coordinator

Carnival Donations Needed!

We need toy donations for the Carnival Raffle Baskets.  Toys should be new, inexpensive and fun!

Some suggestions to get you started:
- Outdoor items
- Craft kits
- Art supplies
- Popular themes (Star wars, Pokemon, Super Heroes, Princess, etc)
- Lego items
- Games
- Trading cards
- Popular Books
- Backpack charms
- Sports theme wear or items 
- Gift cards

The sky is the limit! Be creative and have fun with this opportunity to make someone's day!

Donations are due by the end of school, Friday, April 28.  Please have your child deliver items directly to their classroom.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to shoot me an email:

Many thanks for your generosity!

Esther Krych
Folwell VIE Coordinator

Thursday, April 20, 2017

All Pro Dads Disco and PTSA Meeting

REMINDER – All Pro Dads disco this Friday from 630pm-800pm in the Folwell gym.  All are welcome! 
Please RSVP by 04/20 to
The PTSA meeting will happen during the event!

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Need an add'l volunteer: Usborne Book Fair

Hello Folwell Families!

We need your help!  Mrs. Brady, who is running Usborne book fair, is short on volunteer power!

Priority need: we need volunteers for Friday morning and during All Pro Dad's Disco night.

Secondary need: we need volunteers for afternoon slots (3-4 pm and 4-5 pm) for all remaining days of the week.

To sign up, please visit and "Click to Volunteer."

Thanks for considering!

Esther Krych
VIE Coordinator

Hello Folwell families!

Quick reminder: PTSA meeting in the Art Room at 6pm on Friday 4/21, to start just before the All Pro Dad's disco night!

Come join the fun, and dance the night away!

Esther Krych
Folwell VIE Coordinator

Monday, April 17, 2017

Volunteer Opportunities

Hello Folwell Families!

Thank you to you all for carving out time from your busy days, to make special events happen for our kids!

Usborne Book Fair
We are in great need of volunteers for the Usborne book fair.  The fair opens this afternoon, and we desperately need volunteers.  Greatest need today is for the two afternoon shifts TODAY (3-4 pm and 4-5 pm).  All week long, there are several openings to help with the book fair.  If you are available to help, please consider signing up! :)

Bananas for MCA testing
We have three testing days still in need of a volunteer to bring bananas and mints.  Open days include April 24, 25 and 26.

Running Club
Thanks to all the volunteers for running club this week! Keep it up! Your presence keeps our kids motivated, safe and happy! There still lots of slots this spring.

Folwell Carnival

Planning for Folwell Carnival (on May 5) is in full swing.  We need lots of volunteers! Please check the Carnival sign up, to see which event might be a good fit for you! :)

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

Esther Krych
Folwell VIE Coordinator


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Instead of an ALL PRO DAD's morning meeting, we will be having
a disco
from 630pm-800pm ,
Friday, April 21,
in the FOLWELL gym

Anthony Brown, Folwell dad, has graciously agreed to be the DJ and will be cooking up the hits for the kids.  Thank you, Anthony! 

Please come for music, games, concessions (all proceeds to benefit Brighter Tomorrows) and good family fun!  This is not just for dads - ALL ARE WELCOME!

There will be a PTSA meeting in the art/ music room during part of the festivities, as well!


Remind your children to keep gathering their spare change for Brighter Tomorrows.  They are doing awesome!  Currently, they have raised approximately $300 for this great organization that serves children battling cancer.  Let’s keep this going!


Please RSVP by 04/20 to so we know how many supplies to get.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.  Have a great weekend!

Mark D. Ellingson

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Volunteers Needed: Usborne Book Fair

Hello Folwell Families!

The Usborne Book Fair Fundraiser is coming next week, 4/17-4/21!  We need volunteers to cover book sales in the mornings and after school.

The Usborne Book Fair will also run from 6- 8:30pm on Friday, April 21, during the All Pro Dad's Disco Night/ PTSA meeting event.  We need volunteers during this time, as well!

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

Thanks for considering!

Esther Krych
Folwell VIE Coordinator

PTSA and All Pro Dad's DISCO!!

PTSA and All Pro Dad's DISCO!!

Join All-Pro Dads for a sweet dance party on
Friday, April 21,
6:30-8:30 p.m. at Folwell! 

The PTSA Meeting will take place during that time, as well! 

This takes the place of this week's meeting,
There is NO meeting on Friday, April 14. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Carnival Volunteers Needed!

Hello Folwell Families!

Planning for Folwell Carnival is in full swing, and WE NEED YOU!  Please consider picking up a shift (or two!), to help make the carnival a great success!

Volunteers are needed for:

Before and After

* Set-up

* Ticket Sales

* Concessions set-up
* Clean-up Crew

Carnival Stations
* Inflatables Station

* Slime Station

* Face Painting

* Hair Color Station

* Water Balloon Launcher

* Raffle Ticket Sales

* Concession Sales

* Pizza Sales

This is a great opportunity to loop in spouses, grandparents, neighbors, older siblings...etc.  Feel free to share this great event, and invite someone to join the fun!

All volunteers do need to complete the online application:  Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have a volunteer in mind, who needs help getting the application completed-- the process is quick and easy :)

As always, to sign up, please visit the Folwell Blog site at and "Click to Volunteer."

Have a great evening!

Esther Krych
Folwell VIE Coordinator

PS- the Running Club sign up did not link earlier this morning.  I apologize!  All should be fixed, and ready for your sign-ups!

Brain Food

A quick reminder- MCA testing will continue through April.  Mrs. Moritz has asked that families bring Bananas and Mints as "brain food," to help each of our kids do their very best!

Please drop off your receipt at the PTSA treasurer box, if you would like to be reimbursed for your purchase.

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

Thank you for your generosity!

Esther Krych
Folwell VIE Coordinator

Spring Running Club

Running Club will meet at the back playground, Monday through Friday, starting April 17 and ending on May 26.  Volunteers are needed on the playground from 8:40 until 9:00 a.m.

Volunteers are needed for the following jobs: 
* supervise students on one of the four corners of the playground
* place tally marks on students' note cards as they complete each lap
Hope to see you there!  Younger siblings are welcome, under parent supervision.

To sign up, go to the top of this page and click the "Click to Volunteer" button.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Join Us at Folwell: Adult Crossing Guards Needed!

We, Rochester Public Schools,
are seeking assistance
with the dismissal of students at
Folwell Elementary School. 
We are in need of an adult crossing guard
for after school dismissal,
beginning April 10.