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