Monday, September 30, 2013

Walk to School Day

Walk to School Day will be Wednesday, October 9 before school. Rumor has it we may even have Sparty in attendance supporting the students who participate at Running Club and the students who will be walking to school that day. It is always a great opportunity to embrace the importance of healthy living and especially for students to see adults modeling its importance.


Please remember to follow the basic transportation rules when dropping off in the morning and picking up at the end of the day. We  do not want any students crossing the street to enter a car. We request that cars only park on the West side of 15th Ave when dropping off and picking up children. We also ask that cars are not left unattended on in front of Folwell on 15th Ave. Traffic needs to continue to flow so students can be dropped off and picked up in an efficient manner. If you need to stop into the school in the morning then you need to park on 7th St or behind the school and walk up to Door #1. We also ask you for your patience when proceeding so our 5th grade patrol members and the people they are crossing remain safe.

Fall Conferences

Conferences are fast approaching. The majority of them will take place on October 10 and 15 from 4:00-8:00. Due to some grade levels having larger classes they may need to take place on an alternative date and time. We do schedule multiple student families together so your conferences will take place one after the other. Look for information to be coming home soon with your child. We do provide daycare in the media center from 4:00-8:00 on the 10th and 15th.

We Need Your Help!

Folwell is interested in old Halloween outfits that your children have outgrown. Please feel free to donate these costumes to Folwell Elementary. Costumes can be brought to the office of the school nurse. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Flu Shots Monday!

Reminder...Our School Influenza Vaccination Clinic will be helped on Monday, September 30th, from 1-3 pm.  Registration is required and can be found below.  Parents can also pick up a paper form at the school health office

Folwell has partnered with Olmsted County Public Health, Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center to provide a collaborative School-Located influenza Immunization Clinic. This is a fast, easy and convenient way to keep our children, our school and our community healthy throughout the year.

Sign up by clicking on the following link:

Why should I get my child vaccinated?

Influenza (“Flu”) is a contagious disease that can cause severe illness, absence from work and school and even death.  Getting vaccinated can protect your child and you from getting influenza and avoid spreading it to others. Influenza viruses are always changing, so the Centers for Disease Control, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Practitioners now recommend annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and older. Both flu mist and shots will be available based on student medical need.

How do I pay?

Your health insurance will be billed by your provider, as indicated on the registration form. If your family does not have health insurance, you child can still receive the vaccine, but you will be billed $21.22. This fee may be waived as necessary.

How do I sign my child up?

Registration is required. If you would like your child to participate in this clinic, please go the Folwell’s main website to complete the registration form electronically. Online forms must be completed and signed by parent or guardian.  Paper registration forms are also available in the school’s main office.

Where can I get more information?  Please check out these links:


Contact the school nurse: Bev Tuohy RN, 328-3226 or

Monday, September 23, 2013

We Need Your Help!

Throughout the school year, various clothing items are needed for students because they get wet or lost or have been forgotten, etc. When these needs arise, the nurse would like to e-mail a group of families who would be willing to check around their home for any of these items (that have been gently used and you are no longer using) and bring them to the Folwell Health Office. Wouldn't that be awesome? If you are interested in being on this list, please e-mail Kerrie Bonacci at Thank you so much! Have a wonderful day!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fall Calendar

Keep up with what is going at Folwell over the next few months by taking a look at the Folwell PTSA-At-A-Glance  calendar.

Running Club Expectations

We are wrapping up our second week of running club. It is exciting to see so many students out running/walking before school. We are averaging about 100 kids participating in running club each morning.  Thank you, to the many volunteers/parents who help to keep kids safe and running club operating smoothly.  With 100 kids every morning, extra parents/volunteers are always appreciated. 

As we head into our 3rd week, registrations are slowing down and a review of running club expectations seems in order.   If your child is participating in running club please review the following expectations with them.

1.      Everyone is welcome at running club, we all help to make it a safe and welcoming activity
2.      Check in with a volunteer to have your attendance recorded
3.      Follow the designated route
4.      Keep hands and feet to yourself
5.      Do not run carrying anything: backpacks, sticks, food, toys, electronics etc.
6.      Collect your backpack, jackets, water bottles etc. before heading into school 

When the playground is too muddy we will run around the block across the street.  Please check in at the corner of 15th Avenue and 7th Street.  Always cross the street at this corner with an adult or crossing guard.  Stay on the sidewalk while running and out of neighbors’ yards.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Sarah Lichty

Monday, September 16, 2013

Literacy Tutor

September 2013
Dear Folwell Parents and Staff,
            My name is Marisa Kadlec and I want to take a moment to introduce myself, as I will be serving as the literacy tutor for Minnesota Reading Corps.  For those of you who are not familiar with Minnesota Reading Corps, it is a statewide initiative to help every child in Minnesota become a successful reader.  Minnesota Reading Corps Elementary Literacy Tutors serve as one-on-one tutors and provide research-based interventions to help students become proficient readers by the 3rd grade.

To read the rest of Marisa Kadlec's letter, please click on the link below.
Marisa Kadlec Introduction Letter

Spirit Wear

Get your Spiritwear!! Just a reminder!! Please Turn in your Spiritwear forms by 23rd of September. Forms will be included in the Thursday Folder. If you have any questions contact Joanna Hadad or  Jen Alleckson .  Thank You!!!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Junior Great Books

The Junior Great Books program offers students an opportunity to read and discuss stories and poetry in small groups with grade level peers and an adult facilitator. Through "shared inquiry," young readers reach their own interpretations of literature. There are not right or wrong answers. Students are encouraged to support their opinions with passages from the texts they read. In many studies, the JBG methods have proven to significantly develop children's critical thinking skills. Lunch Bunch Book Club uses the JGD book series. JGB is FREE for Folwell students and is sponsered by the PTSA. 

For more information click below.
Junior Great Books Info.

Our program needs your help!  If you are interested in learning more about how you can volunteer to with a lunch group, please click below.
Volunteering Lunch Bunch

Looking for Your Help!

If you or anyone you know is a graphic designer that would be interested in donating your time and talents to the Folwell blog, please let us know!  We are interested in creating a banner for the blog that matches the theme and school colors of Folwell.  This would replace our current banner and potentially be used to help motivate other Folwell families to sign up and follow the blog.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Mr. Olson @

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Stay and Play Night

What:     Play, visit, and enjoy a snack

Who:     All Folwell students and families are invited.  Children must bring adult supervision!  No RSVP necessary, just join us if you can.

Where: Folwell Playground

When:  Wednesday, September 18th from 3:35-4:30p.m.

                  (Rain date is Thursday, September 19th from 3:35-4:30 p.m. Please check the Folwell website under “The Blog” if the weather looks uncertain!)

Why:     To Welcome everyone back to school and enjoy a beautiful afternoon together!

Free event hosted by the PTSA Welcome Committee.  Please contact Michele Bleskan for additional information: or 281-7965.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fall Running Club

Running Club begins Monday, September 9th and runs until Friday October 11th.
We meet everyday before school on the playground at 8:45 until first bell. 
Running Club is a FREE event sponsored by the PTSA.  Students run or walk laps around the playground (6 laps = 1 mile).  The goal is to teach students to set goals and to improve fitness.  Teachers report that those students who participate in running club come to class ready to learn.

Everyone is welcome. You can show up once or as many times as you like. At the end of each week there will be a drawing for those students who have attended all 5 days of the week.   We will not keep track of laps.  This is for fun or you can use this time to prepare for the Kevin Langlie Memorial One Mile Fun Run on October 8th at Century High School (informational flyer will be forthcoming).

Remember to wear running shoes.  No open toed shoes will be allowed.  Also, do not drop your children off in the parking lot unless accompanied to the playground by an adult.   There will be no running club if inclement weather.
All students must have a parent’s signature to participate.  BRIGHT ORANGE registration forms went home in the folders on Meet the Teacher Night.  Extra forms can be found in the cabinet in front of the main office.
Please contact Sarah Lichty ( if you have any questions. 
We are in need of volunteers.
We will meet everyday before school on the playground at 8:45 and run until first bell.  Volunteers help keep track of attendance, supervise and help to make running club a safe and welcoming place for everyone.  
In the event of rain or inclement weather running club will be canceled.  Please click on the link below to sign up to volunteer.  If all the slots are full, know that extra volunteers are always welcome.  

Sunday, September 1, 2013


The flow of traffic around Folwell can be very hectic before and after school. We do ask you to follow a few important rules.

  1. When dropping students off in the morning, you cannot park on 15th Ave and walk your child into the building. Parked cars slows down the traffic and at times can even block traffic on 6th Street.
  2. When dropping off students, we also ask that you pull down closer to the main entrance to FO. This provides a much safer environment for our crossing guard and students.
  3. Absolutely no parking is allowed on the East side of 15th Avenue when dropping off or picking up students. Students are not allowed to cross the traffic.
  4. If there is a need to come into the building when dropping off your child then you need to park behind the school or along 7th Street.

Security Buzzer

We have installed a new buzzer system, as did all the schools in Rochester.  The purpose of this system  is for the safety of our children.

Everyone in the district will now have to be buzzed into the school during school hours. You can find the buzzer for door 1 on the south side of the door. This is the only door visitors will be allowed to enter during the school day.

  • Once you are buzzed in you must report to the office.
  • Everyone visiting a school building is required by the district to sign in to the building ( wear a name tag) no matter the length of your stay.  This is for your safety.  We need to know who is in the building in case of fire or an emergency. 
  • When you are done in the building you must stop by the office to sign out.
  • This also includes VIE. Volunteers will report to the office to sign in instead of signing in outside the office in the hallway.

There may be times when an office personnel will not be immediately available to answer the buzzer request so we ask for your patience in advance. The number one priority for installing the buzzers is safety of students.