Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Water Issue Update and Communication

Dear Folwell Families,

I am writing to provide an update on previous emails I sent you regarding water issues at Folwell Elementary.

We have been working with the District’s Health and Safety and Operations Departments to remediate and solve the water issue at Folwell.

Repairs and updates within the building are nearing completion.  Everything is looking great – clean, safe and healthy to maximize student learning opportunities!

The IEA (Institute for Environmental Assessment) continues to monitor the air quality in our building to ensure that our learning spaces are safe.

There will also be some additional projects and enhancements outside of our building. Phase two is set to begin the week of August 21.  Trees, shrubbery and electrical boxes will be removed along the north end of the building, on 6th Street and 15th Avenue. There will be digging on the northwest corner of the building to improve and replace drain tile.  Pipes will be installed to improve water flow.  The lawn and landscaping will be graded to improve drainage and direct it away from the building. An application will be applied to the outside of the building to prevent seepage. 

We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time.

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Wendy J. Moritz

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Important Kindergarten Dates 2017-18

Important Kindergarten Dates

August 17 or August 22: Pre-Kindergarten Screening – Your child will meet with a teacher for 10-15 minutes and perform various academic tasks in order to better understand your child’s needs and strengths. You and your child can arrive anytime between the hours of 9:00am and 1:00pm on one of those dates. A Skyward reminder will be sent to you in early August. There is no need to sign up beforehand. This screener is different than the Early Childhood Check-In screener offered at the Northrup building.

August 31: Meet the Teacher will be at 4:30-6:30 pm. 

September 5 or September 6: Kindergarten Orientation – Your child will attend one of these “mini-days” of your choice and spend time getting to know the teacher, new friends and expectations of kindergarten. The day will begin at 10:00am and finish at 1:30pm. Transportation will not be provided.

September 7: First Day of Kindergarten!
We look forward to meeting our future Folwell Falcons!

Who should I contact with questions?Charlotte Higgins
Office Manager at Folwell Elementary

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Application for Educational Benefits - Free and Reduced Priced Meals

Online Application


Families must reapply each year. ** 

  • Benefits begin after the application is processed and are not retroactive. 
  • SNS will notify you in writing whether your application is approved or denied.
  • Districts qualify for education funds based on the number of students eligible for free or reduced price meals each year.
Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Do I have to fill out the Application for Educational Benefits?
No. You should only complete the application if you want to apply for free or reduced price meals for your children (or to assist the school to qualify for additional educational funds and discounts).

2. Who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals?
Children in households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), and foster children are eligible for free school meals without reporting household income.  Children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals if their household income meets federal guidelines.
3. Do foster children qualify for free meals?
Yes, foster children who are the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals regardless of household income.

4. I get WIC. Can my children get free meals?
Possibly, households participating in WIC should complete an application.

5. May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?
Yes. You or your children do not have to be U.S. citizens for your children to qualify.
6. Who should I include as members of my household?
Include yourself and all other people living in the household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives or friends). Include a household member who is temporarily away, such as a college student.

7. Do I report my income before deductions (gross income)?
Yes.  Farm or other self-employment income should be reported as net income after business expenses. However, a business loss must be treated as zero income and cannot be subtracted from other income.

8. What if my income is not always the same?
List your typical income, including typical overtime.
9. How will the information I provide be kept?
Information you provide and your child's approval for meal benefits will be protected as private data.

10. Will the information I give be checked?
Yes. SNS may ask for income verification.

Friday, August 11, 2017



At the August 1, 2017 school board meeting, the board approved additional time for staff development in the 2017-2018 school year calendar with the purpose of continuing our focus on equity training. This change will convert the current half-day early dismissals to full days of staff development and students will not report to school. The following dates will be affected:

October 5, 2017

November 16, 2017

February 1, 2018

April 12, 2018

The updated district calendars, including special area (ABC) calendars, can be found on our website (www.rochester.k12.mn.us/calendars).