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.