Friday, March 27, 2015

Music Programs Now Airing

The k/1 and the 2/3 music programs are currently being aired on the district station on Charter cable station 189 through April 4th. 

DVDs can also be purchased through the district website.

Contact Mr. Gresser ( if you have any questions!

April Falcon Flash

The April Falcon Flash is packed with information and important upcoming events at Folwell.  Click here to view the newsletter.

We will see you back in school on April 6th!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Falcon Tales

The PTSA invites each Folwell student to submit a piece of creative writing for Falcon Tales, our twenty first annual prose and poetry collection. The goal of this project is to showcase our students’ creative writing and to motivate students to write and to read. Each student and teacher will receive a bound copy of Falcon Tales at the end of the school year.

Each student may submit one piece of original writing with a limit of 300 words.

Students may choose their best creative writing work they have done in class this year, or they may write something entirely new.  Writing submissions and signed submission forms are due Monday, April 13th

Falcon Tales also provides students the opportunity to showcase their illustrative talents. Illustrations should be done during free time in your classroom or at home. If you are interested in submitting an illustration to Falcon Tales, please follow these guidelines:

·         Illustrations must be done in black marker on white paper that is 8 ½” by 11”.
·         Please erase all pencil marks!
·         Please put your name, grade, and teacher’s name on the back of the illustration.
·         Only one illustration per child is allowed, however the illustration can accompany a   submitted written work.
·         Illustrations should be turned in to your teacher by Monday, April 13th.

Questions? Contact Sue Schwartz,
Falcon Tales, Committee Co-Chair.

Falcon Tales Submission Form

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Last Day!

Folwell Elementary will once again be sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Channel One Food Shelf and Food Bank.  Folwell students and their families have been able to raise in excess of 7,000 pounds of food in recent years, so we are definitely looking to add to our impressive yearly totals with this year’s food drive!

Food drives are an excellent way to educate others about hunger in our community.  Almost half of the people who benefit from the food supplied by the food shelf are children and usage of the food shelf in Olmsted County has grown 100% in the last 10 years alone!

Our food drive has been extended to this coming Monday, March 23rd!!. 

Donations are especially needed in the following categories:

Rice and pasta
Baking needs
(oil, sugar, flour)
Canned or boxed
main dishes
Peanut butter
Canned soup
Canned fruit
Canned meat

We are very close to our goal of:
1,500 total items!

Students are asked to bring donations to their classroom each morning where they will be collected and counted by Student Council members. 

If you have any questions about this year’s food drive, please contact
Sarah Nelson, Student Council advisor, at

Please give what you are able during the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. Your generosity will help end hunger in our community!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Rochester Needs Your Help!

We are hoping families can find to support the Folwell Student Council's drive to support Channel One. March is one of the months during the calendar year where the state of MN actually collects data as to the amount of donations to drive annual funding. It would great if we could support this community effort and make a difference in the lives of people right here in Rochester. Folwell has a rich tradition regarding our annual food drives. Thank you to those who have already donated. If you haven't then here is an opportunity to give to a very worthwhile cause. Each morning, the student council gathers donated items from all the classrooms in the building and delivers them to the food bins where they are counted and recorded for their teacher's classroom.

Thank you for your efforts in helping your child participate in a great community service project under the leadership of the Folwell Student Council. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

National Poison Prevention Week

National Poison Prevention Week
March 15-21, 2015
Each year, approximately 2.4 million people – more than half under age 6 – swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some important tips to prevent and to treat exposures to poison.
To poison proof your home:
Most poisonings occur while parents or caregivers are home but not paying attention. The most dangerous potential poisons are medicines, cleaning products, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, pesticides, furniture polish, gasoline, kerosene and lamp oil. Be especially vigilant when there is a change in routine. Holidays, visits to and from grandparents’ homes, and other special events may bring greater risk of poisoning if the usual safeguards are defeated or not in place.

  • Store medicine, cleaners, paints/varnishes and pesticides in their original packaging in locked cabinets or containers, out of sight and reach of children.
  • Install a safety latch – that locks when you close the door – on child-accessible cabinets containing harmful products.
  • Purchase and keep all medicines in containers with safety caps. Discard unused medication.
  • Never refer to medicine as “candy” or another appealing name.
  • Check the label each time you give a child medicine to ensure proper dosage.
  • Never place poisonous products in food or drink containers.
  • Keep coal, wood or kerosene stoves in safe working order.
  • Maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
If your child is unconscious, not breathing, or having convulsions or seizures due to poison contact or ingestion, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.  If your child has come in contact with poison and has mild or no symptoms, call your poison control center at 1-800-222-1222
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics

Sponsored by Olmsted County Public Health Services

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Traffic Update

There was a lengthy discussion regarding the traffic concerns at Folwell during today's PTSA meeting. Currently, all traffic signs need to be followed. There are plans being discussed for the future, but at this time city parking signage must be followed. On days when we have special events at Folwell, we do inform the police department of possible conflicts and they will not write tickets. Repeat, there will be no tickets written when attending the music concerts.

Music Concerts

Reminder that we have two concerts left during the month of March. Grades 2/3 will be Monday, March 16, starting at 10:00. We ask that people attending enter through Door 2 and it will be unlocked starting at 9:30. Grades 4/5 concert will take place on Tuesday, March 24, starting at 2:00 and door 2 will be opened at 1:30 for entrance. All concerts are being recorded by RITS and will be aired on the District Channel at a later date. 

Got Food?

First Tee

Our students were treated to having two local golf professionals assisting Mr. Stanek with golf activities during their Physical Education classes this week. William "Watty" Watson is Head Golf Professional at Hadley Creek and is a certified First Tee Head Coach. Mike Manahan is the new Head Golf Professional at Northern Hills. The First Tee delivers very affordable opportunities for children to learn the game of golf while also demonstrating the 9 core values of the program: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. I am attaching their summer brochure for course offerings. Feel free to contact "Watty" with any questions. Contact information can be found on the brochure. They will also be present at the Folwell Carnival on Friday, May 8. Pictures and videos can be found on the Folwell Twitter account. #folwellfirsttee

Original Works

Hello Family: 

This is to let you know that our school has
teamed up with Original Works to offer a
very special program.

Your child will be creating his or her artwork
in school, using the regular art curriculum.  You
will then have the opportunity to order a variety
of great items you can use, all professionally
made and featuring your child’s very own artwork.

Includes many neat products under $10.00!

The Original Works program is a great way to:

Celebrate your child’s creativity.

Order gifts for birthdays, anniversaries,
holidays, or any special occasion.

Have treasured keepsakes that last a lifetime.

Look for complete details coming home soon.  Additional program and product information, as well as customer testimonials, can be found at

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Last Chance!

Spring Cleaning?

As you prepare to go through closets and make way for Spring clothing, Folwell Health Office is looking for donations of boys and girls pants and shorts. We prefer elastic waist, sweat-pant style but will gladly accept anything your child might be growing out of. Items can be given to Nurse Jackie in the Health Office. Thank you!

Monday, March 9, 2015

March 10th, PTSA Agenda

Please click below to view the meeting agenda for this week's PTSA meeting.  The meeting will take place from 9:15-10:15 in the conference room.

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Thank You!

Your fifth graders at Folwell thank you for your support in making the annual Staff vs. 5th Grade basketball game a huge success.  The 5th graders pulled off a 64-61 victory thanks to some clutch baskets at the end of the game.  A great time was had by all!

We are finalizing the numbers from the game, but it appears that we had one of our most highly attended and successful fundraiser games ever!  Your support of this game and our fifth graders helps to ensure that all students are able to attend our two-day trip to Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in May.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March Falcon Flash

The March Falcon Flash is packed with information and important upcoming events at Folwell.  Click here to view the newsletter!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Basketball Thursday Night!

Please read the information below regarding this coming Thursday's basketball game!  The game will be played by fifth graders, but everyone is invited to this exciting event.  With over 25 staff members participating, chances are you will see someone you know!

To help build excitement for the big event we will be allowing students to make signs during lunch over the next three days.

Thank you so much for supporting your fifth graders and their overnight field trip to Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in May!

Special Event - All Pro Dads

Please join us on Friday, March 13th, for another All Pro Dads event.  We are very fortunate to have Nick Mezacapa presenting at this meeting.  Some of you may have already heard him present and know how fantastic he is.  Please see a link to his website for bio and more  Please strongly consider attending and also invite another Folwell dad that you know has not attended previously.

RSVP to  
Enjoy the day!