Tuesday, September 30, 2014

All Pro Dad's Days

This school-based program brings dads together with their kids at their child’s school. Dads gather monthly with their children and other dads to discuss topics relevant to school-age children and to take part in fun bonding activities.
ALL PRO DAD’S DAYS will take place at Folwell Elementary School in the cafeteria/gym.

Fri, Oct 10 2014             8:00am-9:00am
Fri, Nov 14 2014            8:00am-9:00am
Fri, Dec 12 2014            8:00am-9:00am
Fri, Feb 13 2015            8:00am-9:00am
Fri, Mar 13 2015            8:00am-9:00am
Fri, Apr 10 2015             8:00am-9:00am

Fri, May 8 2015             8:00am-9:00am

Not Dad?
That’s ok! ALL PRO DAD is open to any male who has a special child in their life. Step-dads, grandfathers, uncles and godfathers are all welcome to take part in ALL PRO DAD’S DAY.

Come to our first ALL PRO DAD’S DAY on Friday, Oct 10th at 8 a.m.


Contact Mark Ellingson at

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hallway Heroes

We are proud to announce that Mrs. Strain's 1st grade classroom is this week's Hallway Heroes!

Friday, September 26, 2014

October Falcon Flash

The October Falcon Flash is packed with information and important upcoming events at Folwell. Happy Fall!

Click here to view the newsletter!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Winter OuterWear Drive

If it's not going to fit this winter, how about passing it on to someone that it will fit just fine?

As you clean out your closets, donate to the Winter OuterWear Community Drive.

Drop off your new/gently used winter coats, snow pants, boots, mittens/gloves, hats and scarves at school during the week of September 29-October 3.

Click here for more information!

Monday, September 22, 2014

School Snacks - Make a Healthy Choice!

With all of the activities that are taking place at school, there is no doubt your child’s appetites will increase.  Sending snacks to school with your child is a great idea but make sure they have nutritional value. 

Here are some healthy snack ideas:

·         Cut up fresh fruit (apples, oranges, grapes, etc.)
·         Fruit cups
·         Dried fruit
·         Carrot sticks
·         Celery sticks with peanut butter
·         Low fat granola bars
·         Small cereal boxes
·         Cheese (string, cubed, etc.)
·         Yogurt with a spoon or Gogurt
·         Trail Mix

Be sure to package snacks properly to avoid any undue messes. Healthy Snacks fuel successful learning!

-Olmsted County Public Health-

Hallway Heroes

Folwell staff and students are hard at work practicing school expectations to create a safe and productive learning environment for all students. Each week our para professionals identify a classroom they have noticed walking through the hallways exhibiting these expectations. This week we are proud to announce Mrs. Larson's 4th Grade Classroom!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Weekend Event

Are you looking for a fantastic event to attend this weekend?  The 15th Annual Celebration of Minnesota Children's Authors and Illustrators event is taking place in Red Wing, Minnesota on Saturday, September 20th, from 12-5.  The event is free and will feature activities and appearances from many well-known Minnesota authors and illustrators.

For more information click here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Folwell Influenza Clinic

Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center nursing staff will be offering the influenza vaccination (both injectable and mist) to our students in the next several weeks.  This is a fast, easy and convenient way to keep our children, our school and our community healthy throughout the year.  Registration is required.  This year’s vaccination clinic will be held on September 22nd 2014.   Additional information can be found on our main website along with the link to the on-line registration form.  Help keep our school healthy -- vaccinate your kids against influenza.

How do I sign my child up? Registration is required.  If you would like your child to participate in this clinic, please go to: http://www.semnic.org/schoolfluclinics.aspx

to complete the registration form electronically.  Online forms must be completed at least two business days prior to the scheduled clinic date.  Paper registration forms are also available in the school’s main office and must be completed at least two business days prior to the scheduled clinic date. Children will not receive the vaccination without the completed form approved/signed by their parent or guardian.

Stay and Play

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:  Thursday, September 18th from 3:35-4:30p.m.
                  (Rain date is Tuesday, September 23rd 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 Liz Kraichely for additional information at elizabkraich@yahoo.com

Sunday, September 7, 2014

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September 8th, PTSA Meeting Agenda

Please click below to view the meeting agenda for Monday's PTSA meeting.

Monday, September 8, 2014 PTSA Meeting Agenda

How Was School Today?

From the Huffington Post...
Click here to read the entire article.

"25 Ways to Ask Your Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today?'"
by Liz Evans

1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)
2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.
3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)
4. Where is the coolest place at the school?
5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)
6. If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?
7. How did you help somebody today?
8. How did somebody help you today?
9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.
10. When were you the happiest today?
11. When were you bored today?
12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed someone up, who would you want them to take?
13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you've never played with before?
14. Tell me something good that happened today.
15. What word did your teacher say most today?
16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?
17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?
18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?
19. Where do you play the most at recess?
20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?
21. What was your favorite part of lunch?
22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?
23. Is there anyone in your class who needs a time-out?
24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?
25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Food Alergies

Dear Families,
This year we welcome several students to our classrooms with food allergies. We invite your help and cooperation to help them stay safe.
We have students who are allergic to various different foods or food groups.  Reactions range from mild to life threatening.  There are several practices that will be in place to help prevent allergic reactions:
1. Students will wash their hands upon frequently throughout the school day.
2. All rooms will be designated as “allergy aware” spaces.  There will be no classroom projects with peanut butter or peanut shells.  Please do not send any of these projects into the classroom with your child.
3. Parents who will send a lunch from home for their child are free to pack the foods of their choice.  It is our hope that families CHOOSE not to send foods containing peanut butter or nuts.  
4. There will be special days and occasions that students may want to bring a snack to share.  Please call (507) 328-3226 for “allergy safe” suggestions. Or, consider sending/donating a book or game to the class in your child’s name.
We look forward to working together with you to have a wonderful 2014-2015 school year!

Todd Kieffer Gretchen Gosh, RN Jackie Rude, LPN
Principal                 Licensed School Nurse Health Office Nurse

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Running Club

2014 Fall Running Club

Running Club begins Monday, September 8th and runs until Friday October 10th.

We meet everyday before school on the playground at 8:45 until first bell.   In the event the playground is too wet or muddy, we do run around the block across from Folwell meeting on the corner of 7th St. and 15th Ave.   There will be no running club in the event of inclement weather. 

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 7th 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.   Students should enter the playground via the gate on the 6th street side.

All students must have a parent’s signature to participate.  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 return forms by Friday September 5th.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED.  Please sign up via Volunteer Spot by clicking here.

Please contact Sarah Lichty (sflichty@q.com) if you have any questions.  

Traffic Flow

  • Each year we need to take some time to explain flow of traffic before and after school. If you will be providing transportation to Folwell for your children then we ask that you follow these expectations to ensure the safety of everyone.
  • Students are only to be dropped off on the southbound side of 15th Ave. in front of Folwell. This street becomes very busy and we do not want any child trying to cross the street before or after school.
  • It is also important that once your child has been dropped off that you continue to drive on and free up space for vehicles coming behind you. We have had problems with cars waiting to turn onto 15th Ave. to Folwell and then stopping traffic at the corner of 6th St and 15th Ave. This is also a very busy intersection before and after school.
  • We ask that no vehicles drive on the northbound side of 15th Ave. so that we allow maximum room for traffic to continue flowing. We also ask that you pull up as far as you can to drop off your children on the southbound side of 15th Ave. This, too, will help alleviate congestion immensely.
  • Both before and after school we ask that all cars use 7th St to 14th Ave. when departing from Folwell.