Sunday, October 20, 2019

FO Student Council


Folwell Student Council 

Halloween Costume 


Winter Outerwear Drive 

Throughout the month of October, we will be collecting new and gently used costumes and winter gear to be made available to RPS students and distributed to local nonprofit organizations in the community.

Items needed include:
ü Halloween costumes
ü Winter coats (children’s sizes small – adult medium)
ü Snow pants (children’s sizes small – adult medium)
ü Winter boots and gloves

Donations can be dropped off in the bins outside of the office from
Tuesday, October 8 – Friday, October 25.
If your child is in need of a costume or winter gear, please notify the office.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

We want you! Would you volunteer?

Volunteer Request

A new volunteer opportunity has come up, please let us know if you are willing to help our Folwell students and staff with this event! 


Movie Night Volunteers
Wednesday 16th October 2019

Movie Night - Wednesday October 16th 

The PTSA would appreciate volunteers to help out at the concession stand.
If you are willing to help or have any questions you can email us at or signup online at and “Click to Volunteer” or at

Feel free to contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jessica Draper, with any questions!

— Folwell PTSA

Monday, October 14, 2019

Tuesday: Positive T-Shirt day!


Positive T-Shirt day!

Wear a shirt with a kind message
one that makes you feel good about you!


This newsletter contains
  • Free Movie Night and October PTSA Meeting
  • Conferences
  • Volunteer Needs
  • Upcoming Events
  • Playground Fundraising
  • Open positions 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Folwell Lost and Found

Lost and Found

Has your child lost a glove? A hat? A lunchbox? Their coat, boots or shoes? This is but a sample of what is currently in the school's Lost and Found.
Items that are left and found on campus are placed in the lost and found located near the music/art room.
The school receptionist keeps smaller items, such as money or jewelry.
If a lost item has a name on it, it will be returned to the child's classroom.
Please label your child's belongings -- it's the best way to be sure it gets returned quickly.
If your child has lost something this year, please have them check the bin soon.
Lost and Found items are removed and donated to local organizations at the end of each trimester.

**Here is a photo of our Lost and Found that you can present to your children so they know what it looks like**

Monday, October 7, 2019

Folwell Student Council

Folwell Student Council 

Halloween Costume 


Winter Outerwear Drive 

Throughout the month of October, we will be collecting new and gently used costumes and winter gear to be made available to RPS students and distributed to local nonprofit organizations in the community.

Items needed include:
ü Halloween costumes
ü Winter coats (children’s sizes small – adult medium)
ü Snow pants (children’s sizes small – adult medium)
ü Winter boots and gloves

Donations can be dropped off in the bins outside of the office from
Tuesday, October 8 – Friday, October 25.
If your child is in need of a costume or winter gear, please notify the office.

PTSA Update 10.7.19

Here is this week's update from PTSA:

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Picture Day Volunteers Needed!

Picture Day is Thursday, 10/3, at Folwell.

Volunteers are needed to assist the photographers with checking students in and may walk students back and forth to class.  

Folwell is a positive environment and this experience could be fun as you greet children and help out the school!  

Register here: 

Friday, September 27, 2019

Notes from the Folwell Falcon Morning Announcements today, 9.27.19!

Falcons S.O.A.R.!! 

Here at Folwell we want everyone to feel welcome and that they belong.  We know we're welcome when people smile at us and greet us with friendly words!  We know we belong when we're included and invited to play at recess!  We know we belong when we notice the ways we're all the same and accept the ways we're different! This week, take time to greet others with a smile and invite them to play!

S - Safety
Safe actions keep everyone's bodies from being hurt.  When we act in safe ways, we keep our hands to ourselves and don't use them to touch others in hurtful ways.  When we use safe words, we make sure nobody's feelings are hurt.  Safe words are kind and respectful! 

O - Own Your Behavior
One way is to be responsible.  This helps make our school a place where everyone can learn.  When we're responsible, we can be trusted to do the right thing.  We help others.  We clean up our messes  We admit when we make mistakes or do the wrong thing. 

A - Always Learning
Another way to be responsible is when we focus on our school work.

R - Respectful
Being respectful helps everyone feel welcome and safe.  When we act respectfully, we listen carefully to each other, help each other, and try to understand how someone feels.  When we speak respectfully, we use friendly words and say please and thank you.  We don't call other people names. 

Thanks for your hard work, Falcons!  
You matter and YOU make a difference! 

Modified from 2015 Committee for Children, Second Step Principal Toolkit 

Second Step Program - Social Emotional Learning

Dear Family, 
We want your child to be as successful as possible at school. Success in school is not just about reading and math. It is also about knowing how to learn and how to get along with others. We will be using the Second Step program in your child’s classroom to teach these critical skills. 

The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:
1. Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.
2. Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings. Students also 
learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion.
3. Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong 
feelings, such as anxiety or anger.
4. Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way. 

Your child will be learning a lot this year—and he or she will need your help! Throughout the year, your child will be bringing home Home Links that go with several of the Second Step lessons. Home Links are simple, fun activities for you and your child to complete together. They are a great way for you to understand what your child is learning and for your child to show you what he or she knows. 

If you have any questions about the Second Step program, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information. Thank you for supporting your child in learning the skills that lead to success in school and in life. 

Second Step: Skills for Social and Academic Success © 2011 Committee for Children

Monday, September 16, 2019

PTSA Weekly Updates

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Monday, September 9, 2019

News from your Folwell Elementary PTSA!

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

School Safety

Minnesota State Statutes and Rochester Public School District policies guide our crisis preparedness and response.  Each site develops a crisis plan each year.  We will have fire drills, lock down and active threat safety drills, as well as a tornado drill throughout the year.

When staff talk with students about the safety drills, we talk about how the emergencies almost never happen in school, but, just in case, we practice what to do if there is an emergency.  We remind students that this keeps us safe!

We will have safety drills and practice for emergencies over the next few weeks.  We wanted to inform you of the conversations that we have at school in case children are talking about these drills at home.  Please let us know if you or your children have questions or concerns about these safety drills.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Welcome to Step Into Learning, 2019-2020

 Dear Folwell Families:

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year! We are so excited to see our returning students and families and eager to meet our new students and families. This mantra, “Together We Will” points us towards our mission, vision and collective commitments so that all children at Folwell learn at the highest levels! Our talented and innovative staff work together in Professional Learning Communities and serve on committees to directly impact the direction of our school to support our students! When families and educators are communicating and working together in a partnership for our students, they will achieve success at high levels. “Together we will!”

Thank you for signing up for the Folwell STEP INTO LEARNING event on Tuesday, 9/3, or Wednesday, 9/4, at Folwell Elementary School. STEP INTO LEARNING provides each family an individualized 30 minute meeting and conference time with your student’s teacher prior to the first day of school. Bring your school supplies with you, too! The first day of school will be Thursday, September 5.

For the STEP INTO LEARNING event, you are invited to enter the building through any of the entrances, and as a family you can determine the order in which you’d like to complete the passport to get your student set up for the school year at Folwell. Please plan on arriving early for your appointment or staying after your appointment to take care of additional school business. A passport for the event will be provided to guide you through the process to set up other school related supports such as:
*Meet the Principal, Folwell Special Area and Support Staff – we can’t wait to see you!
*Set up lunch accounts and apply for free and reduced price lunch benefits with Student Nutrition Services staff
*Find out about RPS School Aged Child Care and talk with staff
*Register for PTSA and learn events, playground fundraising and volunteer opportunities
*Register to volunteer in classrooms and fieldtrips by completing Raptor registration
*Visit with the nursing staff, drop off medication and emergency health care plan information. All Health forms are available on the District website at:
*Please also make sure your Skyward profile is up to date with accurate emails, cell phones and emergency contacts. You can do that online before you come!

Families are asked to bring school supplies, your signed copy of the student handbook acknowledgement, medications if necessary, an ID to register as a visitor and volunteer, and money for PTSA donations and spirit wear!

If you have not, yet, signed up, there are times still available through Skyward Family Access for a 30 minute meeting and conference time on either Tuesday, September 3rd, between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. or Wednesday, September 4th, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. If you need assistance, please contact the office at 328-3220.

Folwell is a wonderful learning community! Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help and support you!

WELCOME - we are so glad you are here!

Wendy J. Moritz
Folwell Elementary School


Our mission is to INSPIRE, CHALLENGE, and EMPOWER all students with the knowledge and skills required to reach their full potential, to contribute to future generations, and to become involved members of a global community.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Volunteering - Step Into Learning

Step into Learning
Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

The PTSA table at Step into Learning is where parents can join PTSA, learn how to get involved in activities, donate money to the teachers fund, & purchase spirit wear. If you can spare a couple hours, please sign up to take a shift at this table! This will be a great opportunity to connect with other parents and help our teachers get the funds they need.

Click below to sign up
Step into Learning signup 

Feel free to contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jessica Draper, with any questions! 

— Folwell PTSA

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Folwell Elementary School Playground

Folwell Elementary School Playground

A collaborative message from Folwell staff, RPS departments and Folwell PTSA...

In the spring of 2018, Rochester Public Schools (RPS) departments began working with the Folwell PTSA to discuss replacing a portion of the playground.  The equipment had been repaired several times and parts were no longer available.  PTSA agreed to support the replacement of the equipment and set out to select new products and raise funds.  This was a collaboration with RPS Department of Health and Safety, RPS Department of Finance, PTSA and myself as building principal. 

The PTSA Executive Board devoted a lot of time an effort to work with vendors, collaborate with District partners, communicate with the Folwell community and creatively raise funds.  We are so grateful for all the donations and contributions from our families and friends of Folwell.  Although the fundraising efforts were very successful, goals were not met in time to put in new equipment for the 19-20 school year.  Plans were made to initiate the project in the early summer of 2020. 

In the middle of July, a tree fell on the equipment that was going to be replaced.  Again, the collaboration resumed in order to determine our next steps, the possibilities and the timelines. Questions were asked and ideas were generated.  Updated bids were requested with hopes of an early installation.  However, unfortunately, a fall installation isn’t possible.  There is no way to predict whether or not the ideal temperatures would be sustained for the project this fall.  Temperatures need to be at forty degrees or warmer for a specific length of time in order to install the fall protection appropriately and to avoid premature damage.  There are also questions of safety having our students play near an active work site.  With all stakeholders represented during the discussion, it was determined that new equipment would be installed in June of 2020. 

While this will change the look of the playground for this year, other ideas have been generated to support students and keep them active during this time of transition.  

Friday, August 16, 2019

Folwell PTSA Playground Social!

A reminder to join us on 
Monday, 8/19, from 9-11 a.m. 
for the 
Folwell PTSA Playground Social!

Friday, August 9, 2019

PTSA Folwell Playground Social! August 19! Join us!

PTSA Folwell Playground Social!
Come and Play!
August 19, 9-11 am

On August 19, from 9-11am, our Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) will be hosting a “Playground Social.” This is an opportunity to come and play at the playground play with friends and meet other families.  There are some refreshments available, as well.  Teachers and staff from Folwell may be visiting, as well!  Please join us! 

Would you be interested in helping out with some simple set-up and clean up?  We’d like to have one family from each grade level to help out.  Please consider helping out with this event and you can sign-up here: 

Also, from 9-1pm and 4-6 pm on that same day, the kindergarten team and support staff will be asking kindergarten students to come in for a pre-kindergarten screener.  A letter has been sent out with more information, as well. 

If you have any questions about either of these events, please call the Folwell Office at 328-3220.

See you soon!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Step Into Learning

For the 2019-2020 school year, Step Into Learning replaces the traditional “Meet the Teacher” day.
Step Into Learning provides each family an individualized 30 minute meeting and conference time with your student’s teacher. 
The first two days of the school year, September 3 & 4, will be for these family meetings.  There will not be school on those days.  
The first day of school for all students will be Thursday, September 5, at Folwell.  
Families will receive a link to sign-up for the Step Into Learning meetings via Skyward email during the week of August 12.  

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

All Pro Dads Kickball/Ice Cream Social!

Well another year has gone by

and it’s time for the annual 

All Pro Dads 

Kickball/Ice Cream Social! 

Join us on the Folwell playground 

at 6:00 PM 

on Friday, May 24th

The kickball starts at 6:00, and ice cream starts after a few games. 

Come out and join the fun!

Thank you!

Monday, May 20, 2019

PTSA Weekly Update 5.20.19

Click here for the latest PTSA News!

Monday, May 13, 2019

PTSA Newsletter Link 5.13.19

Here's this week's PTSA newsletter!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Summer Activities 2018-19

Below is a list of summer activities, camps and free stuff to do, put together by Folwell’s school social worker, Lindy Lange, 328-3243. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

PTSA Newsletter 4.22.19

Have you seen the latest PTSA Newsletter?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Placement of students for the 2019-20 School Year

The placement of students into classrooms is an important process.  It is the belief of the Rochester School District and the Folwell Professional Learning Community that children receive the most benefit from their educational experience within a balanced setting representative of the greater community in which they live.  Placement teams, consisting of classroom teachers, administrators and other appropriate staff members, make placements that will maximize the intellectual, psychological and social development of each child and of classroom groups.

We believe our professional staff members are most familiar with each child in the classroom setting and are in the best position to recommend individual student/teacher placements. By using the following practices, Folwell staff seek to consider individual needs of the student, provide balanced classrooms, and insure all our children are being given equal consideration in the placement process.

A placement team, considers each child’s educational needs, as well as psychological and social needs.  The number of children, such as boys and girls by teacher, as well as the representation of total community in each class are considered when building class communities.   The team will make a recommendation as to the placement of each child, within a given grade level, for the subsequent school year.  The placement teams will consist of the sending and receiving classroom teachers and may include administration and other professional staff. ‘

If you feel there are specific individual needs and would like this information taken into consideration when making classroom placements,  please contact the office manager to request a meeting with Wendy J. Moritz, building principal before May 4, 2019.  

Placement of your child will be done through a caring and professional process and shared next fall.

Thank you!