Sunday, March 22, 2020

Resources during this difficult time!

Dear Folwell families - This is a difficult time for our Folwell families. In an effort to help families who may be in need of information on local food resources (both food items and prepared meals), below is information on two categories of food resources: general community food resources and RPS food resources. Please note that there may be changes to these resources (i.e. a new resource may be added, a current resource may cease to be offered). I encourage you to go online to verify information.

1.       Families looking for local food resources can visit Channel One Food Bank’s Covid-19 Response webpage for information on where you and your student can access food (both food items and prepared meals). It includes up-to-date links/information on:

·       WIC
·       Post Bulletin’s CovidHelp (a list of organizations and restaurants providing free meals and food)
·       Channel One Food Shelf (how and where to access food items)

2.       RPS will be offering TWO free meal service programs, Pick-up and Grab-and-Go. Below are details on when and how to retrieve meals via the meal program. Meals will be available at ALL the listed locations from 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM, March 23 - March 26. Meals will consist of a cold lunch with breakfast included for the next day. Lunches are intended to be eaten immediately or should be stored in the refrigerator within 2 hours. Please discard any leftovers within three days. Cold foods should be kept cold (milk & cheese < 41 degrees).  (You should have received information on these two programs via Skyward, too.)

Thank you.

Lindy Lange, Licensed School Social Worker, MSW, LGSW
Folwell Elementary (Monday – Thursday)/Hoover Early Learning School (Friday)


Monday, March 2, 2020

RPS Middle Schools are collaborating to offer an event to support staff and parents - ANXIETY

Anxiety is Treatable - it's Okay to Say

Save the date. RPS Middle Schools are collaborating to offer an event to support staff and parents in understanding our students. We have seen growing needs in Social and Emotional learning, along with anxiety being a factor for our students and staff.

This Indi Flix Original documentary will help jumpstart the conversation. After the film, we will have members from RPS facilitating a conversation in how we can best deal with this subject, as well as a way to support people with anxiety.
Staff who attend are eligible for CEUs (PDExpress - PD 1033 ANGST: Anxiety is treatable and it's okay to say).

Kellogg Middle School Auditorium • March 23, 2020 • 6 PM • Free Event

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Box Tops for Education

Box Tops for Education
Where have all the box tops gone? Remember when cereal, and Chex Mix and Annie's Mac and Cheese had little rectangles you had to cut out in order to earn cash for Folwell? Those are disappearing. . .and with them, dollars for Folwell. That is, unless. . .  we get more people using the Box Tops App and scanning their grocery receipts. We could even earn MORE money this way because of bonuses companies offer through the app. For example, last week Chec Mix was on sale at HyVee 10/$10. For every 2 bags you purchased on a receipt (and scanned on the app) Folwell would get 50 cents! When you sign up for the app you can also designate where your funds go.

Traditional "clip and submit" boxtops continue to come in. Watch your child's Thursday folder for a sheet to collect the box tops on--as well as info on how to use the app. This year Mrs. Coffing's class has brought in more box tops than any one else. Mrs. Lanza had more in December-January and Mrs. Huddleston had more in November. A popcorn party will arrive in those classrooms soon.

On March 16 I'll check online to see which classroom has the most online submissions. On St Patrick's Day, they will get a pot of gold!

All funds from Box Tops help support our 5th grade trip to Eagle Bluff. Let's all work together to raise some funds!

Monday, February 24, 2020

A note from FO School Social Worker...

The following information is provided by Folwell’s school social worker, Lindy Lange. 

Call or email her if you have any questions: 328-3219/

  • On Wednesday, Feb. 26, Rochester Center for Children will be joined by Beth Honecker and Polly Owens ARC. They will be walking parents through the IEP process to better prepare parents for IEP meetings. The presentation for parents, childcare, and sibling groups will both start at 6:00pm and end at 7:30pm. If you are interested, they offer a meal before the presentation at no cost to families thanks to a generous donation from Sam’s Club. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm and is open to all families. Please RSVP to or by calling 507-424-3234.

  • See the following visual for 4 tips for growing your student's social-emotional learning capacity at home. 

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Read-a-thon February 24-February 28

Mon Feb 24, 2020 – Fri Feb 28, 2020

Last week you should have received your read-a-thon packet.This packet included information regarding the schedule of the read-a-thon week, a pledge form and a form to log the hours your child reads. If you need another copy of any of these documents please follow the links below.

The playground committee have been hard at work and will be finalising the playground design shortly.  Depending on how much money we raise during the read-a-thon we could be able to add extra pieces of exciting equipment like a hexagonal climber or an extra slide or set of monkey bars. If we receive a significant number of donations we may be able to consider installing a large sunshade. Please give generously if you are able.

Please return your reading tally each morning so we can track all the amazing reading happening at Folwell!

Links to important forms
Read-a-thon information sheet
Read-a-thon log form
Read-a-thon pledge sheet
Read-a-thon Schedule

Monday Feb 24 = Mystery Reader Day/ Letter “R” dress-up Day(kids can dress as anything that begins with “R” for Read)

Tuesday Feb 25 = International Story Day/ Read my T-shirt Day

Wednesday Feb 26 = Guest Author(Terri DeGezelle Michels)Visit for Grades 3-5/ Favorite Book Character day dress-up day (kids encouraged to dress as their favorite book character)

Thursday Feb 27 = Folwell Spirit Day (Spirit wear or wear Red)

Friday Feb 28 = PJ Day

Monday March 2 = Spirit Assembly & announcements of our Read-a-Thon success!

Wednesday March 4 = All sponsor money is due (but can be turned in earlier)
Volunteers Needed
Can you spare a few minutes after drop off to help tally up the logged reading minutes for the previous day?

Sign up via the link below

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Folwell Elementary School night at the Mayo Boys BBall Game!!

Friday, February 7th is Folwell Elementary School night at the Mayo High School Boys Basketball game.  

All Folwell students get in free with a paid adult.  

Just mention that you are a Folwell student at the ticket desk and wear your Folwell Spirit Wear!

The Junior Varsity game starts at 6:00PM and the 
Varsity game starts at 7:30PM.  

Go Spartans!

Friday, January 31, 2020

Folwell Follies

Folwell Follies is a program to showcase some of the many talents that we have at our school.  Facilitated by PTSA, students audition and practice before their final performances for their school and families.  You are invited to join us on Friday, January 1st, at 1:30 or 6 p.m., at Folwell Elementary School.  

If you plan to attend the Folwell Follies Event during the day, please note that parking will be a challenge. Parking is available south of the school, on 15th Ave, or East of 14th Ave on 7th St .  There may be some spots available in the parking lot at the back of the school.  If you park on 7th St, between 14th and 15th Ave, this is the “load and go” zone, and if cars are still parked by student dismissal, they may be ticketed. 

All visitors, please enter Door #2, at the back of the building, near the gym. You will be asked to sign in and wear a visitor badge. 

Doors will open at 1:00. 

In the event that you will be bringing your child or children home with you following the performance, you will have an opportunity to sign them out prior to the event. 

After the program, students will be dismissed to their classrooms.  We ask that families remain in the cafeteria.  Your child or children will return to the cafeteria and you may exit the building using Door #2. 

Thank you for your cooperation and support!

Wendy J. Moritz

Folwell Elementary School