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.