Friday, January 31, 2014

Freezin' For a Reason

In an effort to support the Special Olympics, seven members of the
Folwell staff will be plunging into the frigid waters of Foster-Arend pond on:

Saturday, February 8, 2014!

During the week of January 31 - February 7, money will be collected in each classroom.  Student Council members will collect all forms of currency (coins, bills or checks made payable to the Special Olympics) each morning and a running total will be posted in the front foyer of the building. 
In order for all 8 teachers to plunge, we need to raise at least $600.00                        

Pledges can also be made online by visiting:
Pledges can be made to individual staff members, but each member of the team needs to raise at least $75.00 to jump, so we need to spread the wealth and make sure each teacher has at least that much!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Science Fair

Have you signed up for the science fair yet? It is not too late. The orange forms were sent home on January 9, but if you need an extra copy or have questions, please e mail Mrs. Robinson at

The science fair is a great opportunity for all students to study a topic of their interest and show their peers what they have discovered. The science fair will be held here at school during the day on February 21.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

We Need Your Used Books!

Do you have kids’ books just waiting for a new reader?  Wouldn’t it feel great to donate those books to a worthwhile cause? 
It’s a tradition to send our 5th grade students on a special class trip at the end of their Folwell years.  This year, they will be going to Eagle Bluff Learning Center for an overnight adventure.
In order to support the fundraising efforts for the class trip, the 5th grade students are seeking donations of used books, appropriate for kids.  We hope to collect the books by February 29th.  The used books will be sold at the annual Folwell Used Book Sale during the week of March 3-7.  Folwell kids and their families will have opportunities to purchase the used books throughout that week.  
All of the money raised will support the 5th grade class trip.

Please check your shelves and bring in any books for young people that you feel ready to donate!  There will be boxes in the Folwell main entrance ready for your contribution.  It’s a fundraiser we can all feel good about: reading, recycling, and really letting our 5th graders know how much we love them!

            Jennifer Spindler-Krage              287-3387

Disco Night

Don't forget, this Friday, January 31st, we will be celebrating Disco Night at Folwell! Join us in the Folwell gym from 7:00-8:00pm.  *This is in place of the January movie night.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

K-12 Book List

Your child has been introduced to a new reading program from the American Reading Company this year.  This program is often referred to at Folwell as the 100 Book Challenge or IRLA (Independent Reading Level Assessment) time.  

Teachers all over the district have worked to identify each child's reading level, represented by a color.  These colors, though not perfect, give an idea of each individual child's independent reading level.

By clicking below you will be taken to a PDF file that includes around 20 books at each color level, kindergarten through 12th grade.  This resource may be helpful for you while identifying books that would be a good fit for your child.

American Reading Company Book List

Start the Day Off Right

Everyone knows that breakfast starts the day out right—but can breakfast actually help children and teens learn better? Early evidence says YES! Hunger, even the short-term hunger that may be experienced if breakfast is missed, can decrease the attention span and ability to concentrate. Students who eat breakfast perform better academically and are more alert and willing to learn than those who miss breakfast. Eating breakfast also reduces behavioral problems, absenteeism, and visits to the school nurse office. Without this important meal, it is hard for students to eat enough throughout the day to obtain the nutrients they need to grow, learn, play, and stay healthy. Remember, children and teens learn from what they see-enjoy a healthy breakfast together!

-Olmsted County Public Health

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Don't Forget: Wellness Night Friday!

Folwell family wellness night on Friday January 17 from 6-8 pm will be a blast!  Here is more information on what activities we will have at family wellness night.

Have you heard about Destination Imagination?   Here is your chance!  There will be an activity for kids as well an information about it for you.  We are trying to put a group together from Folwell.   I am purposefully being vague about this.  I don't have sufficient words to describe what it really encompasses!  Just come--meet the representative and see if your child wants to join. 
Kelly the dietitian from HyVee will also be present.  She will show families how to use the NuVal system.  She will have an activity-- sorting foods according to the NuVal system from the lowest to the highest.  

Of course, we will have some of the popular stations from last year like Nintendo wii fit.  I admit, it's not something that excites me, but I know that there are some kids who really enjoy this, and that's okay.  We all have different ways of getting activity.  

For those kids who really love a challenge (or maybe breaking the no running in school rule) we are bringing back the Stair Step Challenge.  Basically, kids take a timer from the bottom of the stairs, climb up and down a set route and time themselves doing it.  They can race themselves again and again.  Or maybe they will challenge you to a race?  I wonder who is faster?

Another popular area is our building station.  I will have dixie cups and Citiblocs (these are thin 4 by in inch planks) for kids to build whatever they want.  I am also going to add some dominoes to this area this year.  Do you remember building a line of dominoes when you were a kid and then knocking the 1st one down and watching the others get knocked down?  Have your kids ever tried it?  This could be fun (or frustrating, if you accidentally knock it down before you are ready)!  

Lastly, for those who want more of a mental challenge we have a games and brainteaser area.  I will have games like mastermind, perplexus, Lonpos pyramid, Rush hour and several other games by Think Fun. There will also be a set of speed stacks.  Have you ever tried speed stacking?  These are cups that you build and take down in a certain way.  It builds hand-eye coordination, promotes academic learning and self-esteem.  There are even tournaments and competitions for speed stacks.  The speed stack record is less than 6 seconds.  I can do it in about 20 seconds.  How about you?  Look on youtube for some incredible examples of speed stacking.

Be well at Folwell!


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Wellness Night This Friday!

Folwell Wellness Night is this coming Friday January 17th, from 6-8 pm.

What is this exactly?  Basically, it is just a fun night for kids of all ages (including parents!) to run off some energy and work your mind and body.

We will have open gym time with basketball, scooters and finally I got these really huge 3 foot balloons (or so it's advertised) that I will let loose in the gym the last half hour.  I probably won't blow them up that big because I'm very squeamish about popping balloons, but if some brave parent wants to help me blow them up that big, I won't complain, as long as I'm not there!

Another cool station this year is make your own "Wreck this Journal."  Kids will pick a book cover (many different colors), put pre-printed pages together, sew the pages together, pick and glue a binder on, decorate the cover and wreck as wanted.  I'll have stickers, markers, crayons, etc. for kids to get started.  You will see in the book directions like--color outside of the lines, poke holes in this page, drip something on this page, just to name a few.  If you are not familiar with "Wreck This Journal," Google or find it on YouTube and you will find many examples.  Amazon sells the journal for $10, but your kids can make one free!

Also new this year-- kids can float balls on air using different sizes and weights of balls to see how they float.  They can also move the air to see if they can control the ball.  Downside of this--it will be noisy!  Bring your own ear plugs!  How does this work?--basically we will have shop vacs in a corner with balls.  The concentration of air coming out of the shop vac will float the ball.  Very simple, but very fun!

And of course, kids will get hungry with all the action at wellness night, so we will have a great snack for them.  Great Harvest Bread is generously donating slices of whole wheat bread for the event.  Yummy!

Hope to see you there!
Betty Kennel

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Folwell Science Fair

Folwell Families- Please look for the bright orange packet of information in your child’s Thursday folder today. It is full of information about the Folwell Science Fair taking place on February 21. The last page of the packet includes a sign-up sheet to get your child registered and also give parents a chance to volunteer. Sheets can be returned to Mrs. Robinson. Please do not miss the opportunity to take place in the 21st Annual Folwell Science Fair. Please refer all questions  to Mrs. Robinson at

Friday, January 3, 2014

Folwell Follies Auditions

It’s time to get your act together - Folwell Follies is almost here! Please review and fill out the audition form below. Your audition will be scheduled based on the information provided. All communication will be sent to the student act leader. Looking forward to the fun!

Dates to remember:
-Sign up due: January 8
-Auditions: January 16, 17 3:30-?
-Mandatory Dress Rehearsal: January 22 3:30-6pm
-Variety Show: January 23 – 2pm, 7pm
-All acts must be 1 minute 30 seconds, or less
-Acts must be age appropriate
-Students may participate in one solo or group act, but not both.
-Please have any accompaniment music on a CD

Click below for an audition sign up form.
Folwell Follies Audition Form

Thursday, January 2, 2014

No School - MONDAY

Rochester Public Schools will be closed on Monday, January 6th due to inclement weather; bitter cold temperatures. SACC will be open at Northrop Community Education Center from 8:30 am – 4 pm.