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