Friday, June 19, 2020

A few important dates to note....

Welcome! We are so excited to have you and your student join us next fall! Folwell is an amazing community of learners and we’re eager to have you join us as Folwell Falcons!

When we are at Folwell for our learning,  a typical school day includes breakfast, a morning meeting to build relationships and community within the classroom, whole group and small group instruction and practice reading and math, read a louds, silent reading time, and snack.  Social Studies and Science are integrated within the other learning opportunities.  Support staff provide services in special education, speech, reading, English Languge and Gifted and Talented Education.  There are also special areas taught by other teachers. These include Physical Education, Music, Media and Art. Students also go to the cafeteria for lunch and then have recess outside. We utilize “SOAR” as the guide to our school expectations: Safety, Own Your Behavior, Always Learning and Respectful.

Through Distance Learning, teachers have worked together to identify the prioritized educational standards for students. Lessons are presented using Google Classroom and Seesaw. Students watch videos, share their learning in different and virtual ways, as well as connect with Google Meets. There are a few Google Meets for the entire class throughout the week and then there are individualized opportunities each week, as well. Students utilize home computers and devices, or the school can also provide them with a Chromebook or an iPad.

Whether we are physically at school or in our virtual spaces, it is our priority and commitment to continue cultivating relationships with students and families. We will continue to plan for next fall with your student and family’s best interests in mind. We will communicate updates from both the District and school level as we get closer to the fall.

Folwell utilizes a FaceBook page to share announcements and celebrations about our school. You can find us at We encourage you to “like” us and begin to share with your student as a way to help them get to know things about their new learning environment. We also use a blog as our school wide newsletter. We encourage you to go to the blog and enter your email address so that you receive updates. You can access this at When school begins, you will receive newsletters from your child’s teacher.

Please mark your calendar with some important dates. Folwell kicks off the school year with “Step Into Learning.” This is an opportunity for families to have an individual conference with the teacher. You will receive communication in August with instructions and links to sign up for a time on either August 31 or September 1. Finally, the first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year will be September 2!!

As you know this is uncharted territory for our Folwell Families, Rochester Public Schools, and our entire state. We have heard from the Minnesota Department of Education that additional guidance and decisions on how school will run in the fall will be announced the week of July 27.  We are proud of our school and staff efforts with Distance Learning and equally proud of the partnership with our families. We will work hard to build relationships with your family and your student as we embark on this journey!

Once again, welcome to Folwell! We use a mantra, “Together We Will.” We know that with your partnership we’ll continue to do great things!

Please feel free to call or email if you have questions.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Free Summer Meals - Announcing Programming for Summer 2020

Free Summer Meals - Announcing Programming for Summer 2020
Dear RPS Families & Community Members:
Rochester Public Schools participates in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  Meals are served free of charge to all children 18 years old and younger. Meals will consist of a lunch with breakfast included for the next day. Please see the attached meal flyer, and read below. 
Beginning June 10, Grab and Go Drive/Walk-up locations will offer meals from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM weekdays through August 21. There will not be meal service on July 3. These locations are:
  • Mayo High School
  • John Marshall High School 
  • Riverside Elementary School 
  • Elton Hills Elementary School 
Beginning June 15, Mobile Meal locations will offer meals weekdays through August 21. There will not be meal service on July 3. Times for the mobile site vary, please see the website or attached graphic for more information on times.
These locations are:
  • Meadow Park 
  • Oak Terrace / Parkside 
  • Andover Apartments SE
  • Jefferson Elementary 
  • Empowerment Center
  • Evangel United Methodist Church
In order to ensure the safety of volunteers and residents, those picking up food at the grab and go sites will need to practice social distancing protocols at the drive-through events.
  • Vehicles will pull up to the designated drive through location
  • Drivers MUST remain in their vehicle
  • Drivers will open their trunk remotely and the meals will be placed in the trunk. If placing the meals in the trunk is not an option, the meals will be placed in the back seat of the vehicle.

Para asistencia en español, por favor marque al 328-4241.
Za pomoc na bosanskom jeziku pozovite 328-4243
"إذا رغبت في الحصول على هذه المعلومات باللغة العربية يرجي الإتصال بقسم الترجمة علي الرقم 4246-328"
Haddii aad jeclaan lahayd in aad hesho macluumaadkaan oo ku qoran Soomaali, fadlan la soo xiriir waaxda EL(bartaha ingariiska) 328 4247.
Rochester Public Schools     

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Folwell Family Listening Posts for Students and Families

Dear Folwell Families,
Earlier this week we shared a message with you acknowledging our mourning of the death of George Floyd and the unrest in our nation.  The message was also to affirm you and your family that we love you, care about and we are here for you.
Our Folwell Staff wants to remind you that we are here for you and your families.  We love and care about you and your families!  All are welcome here!  You are respected here!  You are supported here!  Folwell: “Together We Will!”
Please remember that if you want to talk with someone, you can call my office, 328-3224, email me,, or call our school resource line to work with our counselor, Stephanie Evans Hanson, or our school social worker, Lindy Lange, at 328-4971.
At Folwell we use the acronym S.O.A.R. with our students and I am truly astonished as to how often this connects to life, too.  We are A – Always Learning and during these unprecedented times, we want to look for new ways to talk through things that are happening around us. 
Tomorrow night, Wednesday, June 3, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., we will be hosting a Google Meet Listening Post, inviting all of our students.  Students of color are also invited to an additional Google Meet Listening Post from 7:30-8:30pm.  We want to offer a safe space to respectfully listen to how all of our students and families are feeling.  

       6:30-7:30 p.m. Listening post for all Folwell Students and Families
             Google Meet Link:
                  To join by phone, dial +1 941-451-2721 and enter this PIN: 897 935 051#
       7:30-8:30 p.m. Listening post for Folwell Students and Families of Color
                  Google Meet Link:
To join by phone, dial +1 301-857-3211 and enter this PIN: 427 744 312#
This is critical work and there may be mistakes along the way as we start here together, to open the door to conversations to grow and make our school community even better.
Please join us! 
Wendy J. Moritz, Principal
Folwell Elementary School
328-3220, 328-3224


Saturday, May 30, 2020

A special message and end of the year details...

Dear Folwell Families -

What a spring this has been! Our lives have changed and we have made constant adjustments as a result of the safety measures around the virus, Covid-19.    Now, more recent current events may be conjuring up many other emotions.  Coupled with wrapping up school and questions about the fall, it can feel stressful and overwhelming at times. 

Rochester Public Schools Superintendent Michael Munoz shared this message yesterday:

“The Rochester Public Schools community is mourning the horrific death of George Floyd. His life mattered and we grieve this untimely death.  It is heart wrenching to be physically distanced from our staff and our students during this difficult time.  We know you’re hurting.  But despite the distance, we want you, our staff, students, and community to know you are loved, supported and you matter.  We value inclusivity, where everyone can participate and reach their full potential.  Race should never predict life or death.
We are committed to the well-being of all of our students and staff.  For positive change to occur, we must all be advocates for racial justice.  We stand with our neighbors in the Twin Cities.  Please take care of yourself, and your neighbors.”

Our Folwell Staff wants to remind you that we are here for you and your families.  We love and care about you and your families!  All are welcome here!  You are respected here!  You are supported here!  Folwell: “Together We Will!”

Please remember that if you want to talk with someone, you can call my office, 328-3224, email me,, or call our school resource line to work with our counselor, Stephanie Evans Hanson, or our school social worker, Lindy Lange, at 328-4971.

Here are some additional reminders for the upcoming week:
As shared last week, this week’s learning activities will include other learning areas and will be shared in the Google Classroom Streams of your child’s classroom teacher.  They will be posted by me and will include videos and links.
          -6/1 Make Your Own Adventure Monday
          -6/2 Trivia Tuesday
          -6/3 Well-Being Wednesday
      • 5th grade recognition is happening virtually on Wed, June 3, 1:30!

          -6/4 Field Day – Special Areas
          -6/5 Farewell Friday
·       Personal property pick up and school district property delivery
o   Families with students whose last names begin with letters A-Q are asked to come through between 9:00 a.m. and noon.
o   Families with students whose last names begin with letters R-Z are asked to come after the Falcon Farewell from 1:30-3:30.
(Families who are unable to come on Friday, June 5 are welcome to come on Thursday afternoon, June 4, from 1:00-3:00 or Monday, June 8, from 9:00-11:00.  If these times do not work for you, please contact the principal at
§  Falcon Farewell at 1:00 - Families will drive through “load and go” while staff are on the sidewalks waving! 
For the Personal property pick up and school district property delivery, materials to return may include library books, Action 100 books, classroom books, math reference books, manipulatives, iPads, chrome books and chargers you may have borrowed, etc.  Some families have said they have gifts to drop off for staff and this would be the time as well to drop them off with the other materials. 
For Personal property pick up and school district property delivery, use the “load and go” traffic pattern.  Queue up on 12th Avenue heading south and drive west on 7th street toward Folwell School.  Continue down the hill in to the Folwell Parking Lot. 
Please put a sign in a front window of your car with your child’s last names.  This will help move things along.  Staff will be coming to your car to get materials and to bring things back to you. You will not need to come inside of the building. 
If you choose to walk or bike, we ask that you follow social distancing protocols which is to remain six feet from others. Masks are strongly encouraged.
For the Falcon Farewell at 1:00, families will drive through “load and go” while staff are on the sidewalks waving and wishing you well as we transition in to summer!  Queue up on 12th Avenue heading south and drive west on 7th street toward Folwell School.   We’d love to see you one more time for the 2020 school year for smiles and air hugs!
In order to ensure the safety of our students and staff, those picking up personal belongings or materials are reminded to follow social distancing protocols which is to remain six feet from others. Masks are strongly encouraged during our pick-up events. If you are sick, or are experiencing any symptoms of illness such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc. please stay home and contact your school’s principal to make other arrangements.

Please let us know if you have any questions or need further assistance.

Take care, Falcons!

Wendy J. Moritz
Folwell Elementary School

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

RPS Summer Programming

Dear RPS Families,

We have a few updates on summer programming and access to the Edison Administration

All summer school services will be offered through Distance Learning (DL). School
administrators have been working with RPS families and students on registration for
summer school. School administrators will also work with students on their technology

High School Credit Recovery
Two sessions will be offered.
● Session 1 is June 15 - July 2
● Session 2 is July 7 - 24

General Summer School, English Learner (EL) and Extended School Year (ESY)
● July 6 - 24 are student contact days for ESY.
● July 7 - 24 are student contact days for general summer school and EL.
● Teachers will share school routines and schedules with students and parents prior
to the start of the program.

Summer in Community Education will be a blend of face-to-face and online programming,
aligned with MDE/MDH guidance for health and safety. To explore our Community
Education offerings, visit
● Adult Enrichment – online and in-person classes; tours suspended pending
venue/bus availability
● Adult Literacy at Hawthorne – blend of online and in-person classes, GED
testing, program intake, and technology support
● Adults with Exceptional Abilities – limited summer opportunities
● Early Childhood – in-person preschool in small groups; no early childhood
screening allowed at this time
● Facility Rentals – no building rentals in the month of June; will determine
July/August before the end of June
● PreK/Youth Enrichment – online and in-person classes in small groups
● School-Age Child Care – in-person in small groups at Ben Franklin, Jefferson, and
Washington elementary schools. To register for SACC, visit

Meal services from any child 18 and under will be offered weekdays beginning on June
● Drive/Walk-Up meal service 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM at four sites: Mayo and John Marshall
High Schools, Elton Hills and Riverside Elementary Schools
● Mobile meal service at several other community sites.
● Meal service times and locations will be posted on

Beginning on June 1, the Edison Administrative Building will be open for staff and public visitors
weekdays from 8 AM - 4:45 PM and will be following social distancing guidelines.

Visitors are encouraged to make appointments before arriving at District offices. To do so,
please use one of the following phone numbers found below. Due to the volume of calls, you
may need to leave a message. We will do our best to return calls as soon as possible.

● Business Services & Payroll 328.4210
● Communications & Marketing 328.4500
● Community Education 328.4000 (at Northrop)
● Curriculum and Instruction 328.4301
● English Learners 328.4240
● Elementary and Secondary Education 328.4300
● Human Resources 328.4251
● Insurance Services 328.4280
● Registration and Records 328.4200
● Student Advancement 328.4275
● Student Nutrition Services 328.4218
● Student Services 328.4310
● Superintendent’s Office 328.4256
● Transportation 328.4260

Before entering our buildings, visitors will be required to “buzz” into a receptionist, where they
will be greeted and given further directions. Visitors should enter through Door #10.
Visitors are encouraged to wear a cloth or disposable mask while they are in our buildings
based on the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Signs will indicate
waiting areas outside of common spaces to ensure social distancing.

At this time, school building hours vary. Your school will be communicating a material pick-up
and drop-off plan before the end of the school year.

We will continue to communicate with our families throughout the coming weeks and months
with RPS updates. We miss all of our students very much. Please be safe.

Michael Munoz

Thursday, May 21, 2020


Hello, Musicians!

We need YOUR help!! 

Make a VIDEO of yourself (and brothers/sisters!!) singing our Folwell school song! 

THEN, send to MR. SMILEY ( who will mix our voices so we can sing together one last time before the end of the school year! How cool is THAT?!!! WOWEE!!! I know we can do this!!! (Even if you only know PART of it—that’s fine! Do your best and we can mix it in with everyone else’s voice.)

If you don’t remember all the words—no problem! Here's the link to to a YouTube with ALL the words to the Folwell school song!!

We're super EXCITED for this one!!!

Have fun, Falcons!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Need Groceries? One box of food for you and your family!

Need groceries? 

Channel One is teaming up with City of Rochester, MN GovernmentCradle 2 Career, and Family Service Rochester to reach families in need.

On Friday, May 15, from 12:30 to 1:30, local families can pick up one free thirty-pound box of food along with fruits, vegetables at meats at the following locations:

Empowerment Center - 40th Street NW
Cook Park - 722 7th St NW
Boys & Girls Club of Rochester - 1026 E Center Street
Bear Creek Park - 1237 Marion Rd SE
This is a drive-through event, and patrons must stay in their cars.
Need groceries?
¿Necesita alimentos?
Ma u baahan tahay raashin?

Thursday, May 7, 2020

A Message About Summer and 2020-2021 School Year SACC

A Message About Summer and 2020-2021 School Year SACC
Rochester Public Schools

Our daily activities have changed a lot recently, and SACC is no different. In mid-March, Governor Walz directed districts to pause with regular programming, to allow school-day childcare for emergency workers only for the remainder of the school year.

As summer approaches, we hope to return to some level of regular programming to meet the needs of all our SACC families. This means we are going to move ahead with SACC Registration, beginning May 6, for Summer 2020 and School Year 2020-2021. We realize that some of these plans are still likely to change, as we are awaiting summer guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education.
Here are the details, as of May 5: 
  • Care will be available at Ben Franklin, Jefferson, and Washington Elementary Schools this summer.
  • Summer registrations will be accepted as follows: 
    • Phase One, starting May 6, will be for contracts for four (4) or five (5) days of care per week and/or at least forty (40) days scheduled June 10-August 17.  
    • Phase Two, starting on or about May 18, will be for contracts for least three (3) days of care per week and/or thirty (30) days scheduled June 10-August 17, as long as space remains available.
    • If program space remains available, a final phase will allow any size contract.
  • At this time, we are planning to have a limited number of children per site and per room. 
  • Fees for the 2020-2021 Summer and School Year as Follows: 
    • $74 - Registration Fee
    • $33 - Scheduled Full Day for Summer
    • $38 - Drop in Rate for Summer
SACC will follow the safety guidelines recommended by the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If there are changes to these guidelines for summer care, we will reflect those changes in our program.
The current guidelines are as follows:
  • Hand washing before and after each activity rotation
  • Temperature checks for all staff and participants as they enter into the building
  • Sanitizing our equipment before and after daily use
  • Staff will wear masks while inside buildings and while outside when social distancing is difficult
  • Limited group sizes of ten or fewer participants, with consistent staff members where possible.
  • Any staff or participant will be sent home if they exhibit vomiting, a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or more, or other symptoms of infection
  • Per CDC guidance, any staff or participant will be sent home if they exhibit symptoms of coronavirus, including cough or shortness of breath or at least two of these symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.
If you have any questions please reach out to the SACC Main Office, you can email or call us at (507) 328-4040 between the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8

It's Teacher Appreciation Week.

Our Folwell teachers work so hard all year to help our students achieve their best. Currently they are working extra hard in a difficult situation to ensure online learning is a success.  Next week is teacher appreciation week but this year we can't show our appreciation in the usual ways.  We are hoping to make a video to send to our teachers to show them just how amazing we think they are.

We need you to make a short video of your child sending a message to their teacher. We aren't looking for Hollywood level production quality, a short movie captured on phone, ipad, computer or whatever you have available will be great.  Please aim to get these to us by Sunday evening.

Once your video is complete please email it to or upload it to this shared google folder

Thanks for your help!

Monday, April 13, 2020


• Gage Elementary, John Adams Middle School, and Mayo High School will serve Grab-And-Go Meals on April 13 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM.
• There will be no school bus meal delivery on Monday, April 13, due to the weather.
• Normal meal service will resume on Tuesday, April 14. Visit for more info. on meal service.
• Emergency Child Care will be open the regular hours of 6:30 AM to 6 PM at Franklin, Gage, Jefferson, and Sunset Terrace Elementary Schools.

• Grab-and-Go meal service will be available for pick-up from 11 AM to 12:30 PM at Gage Elementary, John Adams Middle School, and Mayo High School.
• There will be no school bus meal delivery on Monday, April 13, due to the weather. SNS staff assigned to Franklin, Gage, Jefferson, Sunset, John Adams, and Mayo should report as scheduled. Other SNS staff will not report unless directed otherwise by their supervisor.
• Emergency Child Care will be open on Monday, April 13, as scheduled, 6:30AM to 6 PM, at Franklin, Gage, Jefferson, and Sunset Elementary Schools. All care staff should report as scheduled.
• All other staff will report as normal per their current “distance learning” and “stay at home” guidance. This is NOT a district inclement weather day.
• RPS Maintenance staff will be prioritizing clearing and cleaning the meal and childcare service parking lots and sidewalks first.
• RPS Maintenance staff that are scheduled to work tomorrow will still report as assigned.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Folwell Distance Learning Information

March 31, 2020

Hello, Folwell Families! 

After a rainy, windy weekend, it is fantastic to see the sun!  Hoping that you and your family are able to enjoy the weather and find new ways to enjoy time together during Rochester Public Schools Spring Break!  Spring Break is March 30-April 3. We will not be sending out resources during this time so that families and staff are able to rest and rejuvenate while we cope with the changes and the impact on our lives; especially as we prepare for the upcoming adventure of distance learning.

We have all had to adjust to many changes within our community, our schools and our homes.  Folwell staff have been learning new things together in order to support our students, their families and one another.  We have creatively found ways to intentionally provide great learning opportunities for our students as they learn with new platforms and applications.  We have also empathized and planned with our families in mind as well all work together to support our ongoing student learning. 
We wanted to give you a quick overview of what you can expect when distance learning instruction begins on Monday, April 6. 

Folwell Elementary School has committed to a school-wide, web-based platform in an effort to make things consistent and manageable for our families.  We’ll be using Google Classroom. We have worked with families of our staff members to attempt to access the programs from a variety of devices in our homes to ensure that barriers to access are removed.  We know that in addition to iPads, tablets, Chromebooks, laptops, computer desktops and cell phones, families can access content through SMART TVs and game systems, such as Xbox. In addition with each lesson, we will share a menu of ways that students can respond, either through Google Classroom, email, phone calls, etc.  Staff will provide choices for students to share learning.

Google Classroom allows for support staff, such as interventionists and special education staff, to serve as a co-instructor of each class.  This allows them to collaborate with staff members, modify materials that the classroom teacher has provided, and post individual assignments and support to the student profile in a confidential matter.

Your children’s classroom teachers will send you login information on Monday, April 6.  Please review the information and help your child get logged in to the programs that they will be utilizing.  They are already familiar with many of the tools that will be used. Your child’s teacher will be checking in with you on Monday to make sure that you are able to access the information.  The initial learning will be related to accessing the materials needed for future learning. 

Here is an online tutorial that we found to guide you.  It was created by another teacher in another district, but, is very helpful and simplifies how to get up and running:

We know that families have varying work schedules and our teachers understand that your children may not be keeping their regular school hours.  We ask that you find a time each day that works for your children to engage in the activities provided by teachers. Attendance will be taken, by Folwell staff, based on your children’s interactions with their teachers each day.

Our teachers and staff are prepared to help guide you through distance learning.  As always, please reach out with questions you may have along the way. 

Please let our Folwell students know that we love them, care about them, believe in them and miss them VERY much!

Wishing you well –

Wendy J. Moritz
Folwell Elementary School

(This message was also sent out via Skyward)

Monday, March 30, 2020

Spring Break Meals

Folwell families –

As we head into spring break, the Folwell staff want to make sure you’re aware of three resources:

·         The Rochester Public Schools (RPS) Covid 19 webpage includes helpful updates and resource information for families.
·         The Channel One Covid 19 webpage includes helpful information on where families can access local food (both prepared meals and food items).
·         Rochester Public Schools will continue its free pick up meal service program for students over spring break (both breakfast and lunch). The details are included below and can also be found here, Will RPS provide meals for students during the Covid 19 closure?