Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Second Step Begins!

 Dear Family, 

We want your child to be successful in school and that means encouraging their whole development. While excelling in academic classes is important, children also need skills to take on new learning challenges, make good decisions, manage strong emotions, and get along with others.

This week, we began Second Step Elementary, a research based social-emotional learning program designed to improve student’s social-emotional skills. Second Step skills and concepts are designed to help children both in and out of school. Four units will cover the following:

Growth Mindset and Goal Setting: Children learn how to pay attention and manage distractions, and apply goal setting strategies to their social and academic lives.

Emotion Management: Children learn how to identify and label emotions and use emotion management strategies- including stress management for older students- to calm strong feelings.

Empathy and Kindness: Children learn how to recognize kindness and act kindly, have empathy for others and take others’ perspectives, and recognize kind acts and empathy as important elements of building and maintaining relationships.

Problem-Solving: Children learn how to identify and state a problem, recognize if a problem is an accident, and use the STEP problem-solving process:

S: Say the problem

T: Think of solutions

E: Explore the outcomes

P: Pick a solution

You’ll receive weekly communication from your child’s teacher to help you reinforce Second Step language, skills, and goals at home. If you have any questions about Second Step Elementary please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, or school counselor, Stephanie Evans Hanson (

Thank you for your support as we work to build a safe and supportive school community!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Physical Education Welcome Letter



My name is Mr. Thome and I am one of the Physical Education teachers at Folwell.  I am excited to be back with the students again after the summer break, and I am proud to be a part of your child’s education!


The Rochester Elementary Physical Education (PE) program provides emphasis on health, physical fitness, and development of the skills, and habits necessary for a lifetime of health-related and recreational activities.  This program also provides enjoyment, challenge, and social interaction through a variety of activities.  The students will receive a physical education report card each trimester that reflects their progress.


Students are expected to wear safe, athletic shoes and clothes appropriate for active participation.  We will be running, jumping, kicking, etc. Sandals, boots, crocs, heels, platforms, etc…are unsafe and should not be worn during physical education class.  Please do not feel you must buy an expensive pair of shoes for class.  All I ask is that the shoes you provide for your child are comfortable and designed for athletic activities.

You will find the ABC calendar on this link below, which can help them to remember what days to bring their shoes to school for their PE time.


In PE class I expect all students to come prepared, (please work on tying shoes J) be respectful listeners, use safe body control, be positive toward others, and to try their best.  Our goal in PE is to be physically active, improve motor skills, cooperate with others, and have fun!  I want students to understand that fitness can be fun, and can lead to a better lifestyle.


Also, if you have any health or social concerns regarding your child, please send a letter or feel free to contact me at  The health and safety of your child is very important to me. I also want to ensure you that our PE department will strictly follow all the cleaning and social distancing guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other sicknesses as well.





Clint Thome

Physical Education Teacher     
Folwell Elementary