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, wemoritz@rochester.k12.mn.us, 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 wemoritz@rochester.k12.mn.us)
§  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
Principal
Folwell Elementary School
328-3220
328-3224
Folwell: “TOGETHER WE WILL!”


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