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.



Thursday, September 14, 2017

BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC!!

Hello Folwell Families!

We have two great events on Monday, September 18, from 5:00-700 pm-- please mark your calendars!

Back to School Picnic 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Our annual Back to School Picnic is next week, Monday September 18 at 5:00 pm.
Please join us on the playground for this fun, relaxed event, to see old friends and bond with new classmates.  This is a great way to meet parents of your child's classmates as well!

Please bring your own picnic dinner (no nut products please, to help keep our children with nut allergy safe!), picnic blanket/ chairs if you would like.  PTSA will provide lemonade and water to drink.

We are grateful to two of our Folwell Girl Scout Troops for providing face painting and nut-free baked goods!

PTSA Meeting 6:00-7:00 pm
Please stay for our first PTSA meeting of the year.  The PTSA meeting will be held in the Media Center, on Monday, September 18 from 6:00-7:00 pm.  We are looking forward to a full year of great activities, and are excited to share those with you!

SACC will provide FREE childcare to all for anyone who would like it during the meeting.

The agenda for Monday evening is as follows:
Folwell PTSA
September 18, 2017 6-7 pm

“To Support our Students, Teachers, and Parents”

AGENDA:

1.    Call to Order

2.            Welcome and Introductions

3.            PTSA Purpose and Goals for the Year

4.            “Safe Walking Routes to School” a discussion with Julie Hatch, Olmsted County Public Health

5.            Treasurer’s Report

6.            Principal’s Report

7.            Comments

Hope to see you on Monday evening, for both the picnic and the PTSA meeting to follow!

Please don't hesitate to reply with any questions or concerns.

Esther Krych
Folwell VIE Coordinator


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

PTSA Running Club!!

PTSA Running club reminders!

Running club is off to a great start! We have more than one hundred children running so far! Here are a few reminders to parents and children:

1. Please ensure you have submitted your permission slip.
2. Kids may run or walk!
3. Cones or parent volunteers direct children in a loop around the playground.
4. Let's remind our kids (and ourselves!) not to play on the playground equipment during running club. After all, it is running club! 
5. At the end of running club, kindergarten children line up in one location and are escorted into the building by 5th graders to ensure that they reach their classrooms safely.
6. Kids, remember to put your cards in the basket at the end of each running session for the daily raffle draw!


We look forward to seeing kids (and any parents who wish to help out) in the mornings!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Volunteer Opportunities at Folwell




Hello Folwell Families!!

Hope the first week of school has gone smoothly for all your children!  


1.Fall running club is back in action, and will start on MondaySeptember 11.  Running Club will go from 8:40 am- 9:00 am.  This is a great way for kids to move their bodies and get their brains ready for action, before school starts.  Volunteers are needed to help supervise children, as they run laps outside.

2. Fall Grounds Clean-Up is scheduled for October 28, from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm.  We are looking for volunteers to help clear weeds, rake leaves, etc. This is a great Saturday morning event to do together as a family!



3. Please consider thanking our Folwell Staff for all their hard work, by signing up to bring Treats for staff appreciation.  There are available dates through the entire school year.

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



** A quick reminder: all volunteers must be approved through the school district. To sign up as a volunteer, please visit: 



Esther Krych
Folwell ViE Coordinator

Thursday, September 7, 2017

PTSA: Running Club permission came home today!

PTSA

Folwell​ ​Fall​ ​Running​ ​Club​ ​2017
WHAT:​ ​​Folwell​ ​Fall​ ​Running​ ​Club
WHO:​ ​​All​ ​Students,​ ​Kindergarten​ ​through​ ​Fifth​ ​Grade
WHEN:​ ​​ ​​8:40​ ​-​ ​9​ ​a.m.,​​ ​​Monday​ ​-​ ​Friday,​ ​September​ ​12​ ​–​ ​October​ ​14
WHERE:​ ​​Folwell​ ​Playground WHY:​ ​​Fun​ ​and​ ​fitness

Running​ ​Club​ ​is​ ​a​ ​FREE​ ​event​ ​sponsored​ ​by​ ​the​ ​PTSA.​ ​​ ​Students​ ​run or​ ​walk​ ​laps​ ​around​ ​the​ ​playground​ ​(6​ ​laps​ ​=​ ​1​ ​mile).​ ​The​ ​purpose​ ​is​ ​to teach​ ​students​ ​to​ ​set​ ​goals,​ ​to​ ​improve​ ​fitness,​ ​and​ ​to​ ​prepare​ ​for​ ​a​ ​day​ ​of​ ​learning.​ ​Teachers report​ ​that​ ​those​ ​students​ ​who​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​running​ ​club​ ​come​ ​to​ ​class​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​learn. 

Everyone​ ​is​ ​welcome!​ ​You​ ​can​ ​show​ ​up​ ​once​ ​or​ ​as​ ​many​ ​times​ ​as​ ​you​ ​like. Each​ ​morning​ ​there​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​$5​ ​gift​ ​card​ ​drawing​ ​for​ ​students​ ​in​ ​attendance.  In​ ​case​ ​of​ ​rain,​ ​supervised​ ​exercises​ ​and​ ​games​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​in​ ​the​ ​cafeteria.

Remember​ ​to​ ​wear​ ​running​ ​shoes.  No​ ​open-toed​ ​shoes​ ​will​ ​be​ ​allowed. 

All​ ​students​ ​must​ ​have​ ​a​ ​parent’s​ ​signature​ ​to​ ​participate.​ ​​ ​Fill​ ​out​ ​the​ ​bottom​ ​portion​ ​of this​ ​page​ ​and​ ​return​ ​it​ ​to​ ​school​ ​by​ ​Friday,​ ​September​ ​8​th. 

We​ ​will​ ​be​ ​looking​ ​for​ ​volunteers​ ​to​ ​help​ ​supervise​ ​the​ ​students​ ​running.​ ​​ ​Please​ ​look​ ​for​ ​an email​ ​to​ ​sign-up​ ​to​ ​volunteer. 

Folwell​ ​Running​ ​Club​ ​Coordinators
Mary​ ​McKie​ ​(mckie.mary@gmail.com) 
Esther​ ​Krych​ ​(folwellvie.@gmail.com
Katie​ ​Van​ ​Buren​ ​(kjvanburen@gmail.com)



Yes_______,​ ​I​ ​give​ ​my​ ​child(ren)​ ​permission​ ​to​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​running​ ​club.
 Child(ren)​ ​Name(s)____________________Grade/Teacher______________ ____________________________________Grade/Teacher_____________ ____________________________________Grade/Teacher_____________
 Parent​ ​Signature_______________________________________________



Please​ ​Return​ ​by​ ​MONDAY,​ ​SEPTEMBER​ ​11,​ ​2017

Chaperoning Field Trips and Volunteering at Folwell






Volunteering at Folwell Elementary School



At Folwell School, we have an outstanding staff, great kids and parents, and MANY opportunities to get involved as often as you would like!



GETTING STARTED:

All Rochester Public Schools volunteers must complete the online Volunteers in Education (ViE) application prior to volunteering.  This application can be found on the Rochester Public Schools ViE website: http://www.rochester.k12.mn.us/departments/family_and_community_engagement/volunteers_in_education__vie_

                                                                                                                                 

Here, you can register for both classroom and field trip volunteering. (If you click on Field Trip, you will automatically be saved as a site/classroom volunteer as well.)  Site volunteers do not need to reapply once they are entered into the system.  Field trip volunteers will need to reapply every 3 school years.  Once you receive notification of your approval, you may start to sign up for volunteer opportunities.



HOW TO SIGN UP FOR AN EVENT:

To sign up for a volunteer opportunity, please visit the Folwell blog site (http://www.folwell.info), and find the “Click to Volunteer!” tab on the upper bar.  You will be directed to all available Folwell volunteer opportunities, and can sign up for as much as you would like.



Classroom volunteer requests and field trip chaperone needs will be initiated by your child’s teacher.  Some teachers start using volunteers during the first week of school; some wait until October or November, and some only occasionally request volunteers-- every teacher is different.



COMMUNICATION:

Upcoming volunteer opportunities are sent via the Folwell Blog.  Blog posts are available on the main page of the Folwell blog website (www.folwell.info).

To follow the Folwell blog and receive updates by email,  you can sign up on the Folwell Blog site (http://www.folwell.info).



Please feel free to email with any questions or concerns!  FolwellVIE@gmail.com

Esther Krych

Folwell Volunteers in Education Coordinator


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Folwell Traffic

Remember to PLEASE review the Folwell Traffic Plan if you plan on dropping off students during arrival, or picking them up for dismissal, starting next week when school begins.

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. 

We also ask that you talk with your student about the plan for the end of the day.  Will you be parking and walking up to meet them?  Will they be riding the bus?  Will you pick them up at "Load and Go?"

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!