Wednesday, November 27, 2013

December Falcon Flash

Click on the link below to access the December school newsletter.  Have a great Thanksgiving!
December Falcon Flash

Friday, November 22, 2013

School Safety Network

Rochester Public Schools, in conjunction with The Educator’s School Safety Network, are presenting two community awareness sessions aimed at providing parents and community members with appropriate information about safety measures undertaken at Rochester Public Schools.

Click here for Additional Information

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Movie Night - Friday!

Join us for Folwell movie night this Friday, November 22nd, at 6:30 pm.
Admission is just 2 BOX TOPS per person.  Popcorn, candy and pop will be available for purchase.  All students must be accompanied by an adult!

For more information click below:
Folwell Movie Night Information

Family Enrichment Night

Learn to empower your kids to succeed in school!
Join us for Family Enrichment Night at Folwell Elementary on Thursday, December 12th, from 6-8 p.m. in the Folwell cafeteria.
  • SmartKids training for parents
  • FREE meal for the whole family!
  • Children's games and activities
  • Interpreters
  • Transportation
  • Prizes
  • New skills and friendships.
For more information or to sign up, click the link below!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Ski Club

It's not too late to sign up for ski club!  Attached to this email are all of the forms that you need!  You can print them, fill them out and mail them to the community education office at Northrop.  The deadline for sign up is December 13th.  The first ski date is January 3rd.

Ski Club Registration Form
Coffee Mill Rental Form
Coffee Mill Liability Waiver
School District Image Release Form
Ski Club T-Shirt Order Form

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Welcome Mrs. Laura Schulte!

I would like to share that the Grade 2 LTS position has been filled. Mrs. Laura Schulte has accepted the position and will begin on Monday. We had already arranged for Mrs. Bev Lehman to sub in the classroom on Monday and Tuesday. Both, Mrs. Lehman and Mrs. Schulte will be in the classroom together for two days. On Wednesday, Mrs. Schulte will then assume the classroom on her own. I will introduce her to the students on Monday morning.

Mrs. Schulte comes to us with 15 years of experience in the classroom, 13 of which were in the Rochester Catholic Schools. She loves students and is anxious to begin sharing her excitement of learning with the students.

We will also be planning an evening after school where parents will have the opportunity to meet Mrs. Schulte. It will take place during the week of December 2. We will provide specific date and time for this meeting by the end of next week.

Thank you for your patience and support as we work together to assist the students during this transitional period of time.

Todd Kieffer

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Got Food?

The Channel One Food Drive ends Friday (11/15)!

As of today, Thursday 11/14, we have only received 466 food item donations! In order to reach our goal of 1,498 items and earn a Salad Dressing day, we need just over 1,000 items, so please clean out those cabinets!

Donations are especially
needed in the following areas:
Rice and Pasta
Canned Fruit
Canned Meat and Peanut Butter
Canned or Boxed Main Dishes

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Winter Expectations

With snowflakes in the air, it is a good time to provide a review of our Snow Expectations at Folwell for our students.
  1. Keep snow on the ground so students stay safe.
  2. Stay on sidewalks when coming to school in the morning and when leaving after school. Students are asked to not play on any snow hills at this time.
  3. Be careful on the ice. Students are not allowed to run and then slide across ice patches on the playground.
  4. Wear winter jacket, snow pants and boots to play in the snow and on the equipment. Students who do not have boots and snow pants will need to stay on the pavement.
  5. Students are allowed to make forts, however, there is no guarantee that it will be there the following day.

If any families have winter outer wear in decent shape and no longer have uses for it in your home then please consider donating it to Folwell Elementary. Our supply for winter clothing is limited at this time. Folwell and families in need of these necessities will greatly appreciate your generosity.

Folwell Movie Night

This year’s first Movie Night at Folwell is less than 2 weeks away, Friday, November 22.
We would like your opinion on which movie to watch!
Please sign into the link below and vote for the movie you would like to see.

The most popular movie will be announced this Friday, 11/15.

 Take the Survey!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Looking for Destination Imagination Volunteers!

Destination Imagination (DI) is an educational program where student teams (grades K-5) solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions during tournaments. DI is a challenge and process-based program. In working to solve our Challenges, our teams learn important life skills like time management, collaboration, conflict resolution, and creative and critical thinking.  

Each team needs an adult to facilitate their team (You may also consider co-coaching.). Training is provided.  If you are interested in helping to facilitate a team or would like additional information about volunteering, please contact Janna Ellingson: or Anne Colby:

If you have specific questions about what this program entails, visit the Minnesota Destination Imagination website:  or  You can also contact the school district contact, Cynthia Martenson:

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

25th Anniversary GATEway Science Fair

Calling all students in grades 3-6, GATEway is proud to announce the 25th Annual GATEway Science Fair.  This is a great chance to be a scientist!  There are three ways to get involved:  1) Register for the fair, 2) Sign-up for a Free Workshop, 3) Help design the 2014 Science Fair T-shirt. 

To begin, the GATEway Science Fair will be held Sat. Feb. 22, 2014 from 12:30 to 4:30 PM in the Gonda Building of the Mayo Clinic. You can register now at  and start thinking about project ideas.  You can also find more information about  the GATEway Science Fair at

If you need a little help getting started or are curious about how to put a science project together, then sign up for one of our free “How-To” Workshops. You'll learn what a science fair project is and get ideas for one of your own. You will also learn how to prepare the display board and get tips on how to explain it to reviewers at the science fair. Scientists will be on hand to demonstrate some sample experiments and help you get started.

Our “How-To” Workshops are free, but pre-registration is required. Workshops are open to students in grades 3-6 and their parents and will be held in the RCTC Heintz Center in the Commons. Choose between two available times: Tues., Dec. 3, 2013, 6:30-8:00 PM, or Sat. Dec. 7, 2013, 1:00-2:30 PM. Sign up online at and click on “Science Fair” in the left hand column and look for the “Workshops” link in the left column.  Science Fair Workshops are co-sponsored by RCTC Community & Youth Programs, in collaboration with Mayo Research Fellows’ Association and the Century High School STEM Society.

Last but not least, to commemorate our 25th anniversary, we are having a contest to create the 2014 Science Fair T-shirt design.  We are looking for ideas in the form of a description, a sketch, or actual artwork.  Please check in the Science Fair link of our website at for more details.  Entry deadline is Wed. Nov 20, 2013.

Contact with questions.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

November Falcon Flash

The November Falcon Flash is packed with information and important upcoming events at Folwell.  Click the link to view the PDF.

November Falcon Flash