Wednesday, December 23, 2020

RPS Learning Model Proposed Plan


December 23, 2020


Hello, Folwell Families!   


The Rochester Public Schools COVID-19 Advisory Team met yesterday and is bringing a recommendation to the School Board on Tuesday, January 5. This information is subject to school board approval.  We felt it was important for you to have it as soon as possible.  We will be reaching out to you on Monday, January 4 with a mid-year registration form.  This form will help us plan for the upcoming learning models. It is important to note that you will see different grade levels returning at different times.  This comes from the recent announcement about elementary schools opening back up from Governor Walz.  Here is the proposed plan:

January 14-15

No School/No distance learning for all elementary students

(Teacher planning days for future Full In-person Learning model change)

January 18

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – no school districtwide

Note: this is the earliest elementary return date allowed by the Governor’s announcements

January 19-29

·       Grades K-2 return to the Hybrid learning model and students will follow their previous Group 1, Group 2 schedules

(dismissal time is 2:20, 2:25, 2:30 as it was previously)

·       Grades 3-5 will remain in Distance Learning

·       Limited SACC begins for K-2 students on their in-person hybrid days; no SACC on Wednesdays

February 1-12

·       Grades 3-5 return to the Hybrid learning model

(dismissal time is 2:20, 2:25, 2:30 as it was previously)

·       Grades K-2 continue in Hybrid learning model

·       Limited SACC for K-5 students on their in-person hybrid days; no SACC on Wednesdays

February 15

District Professional Development Day – no school districtwide

February 16-26

·       Grades K-2 move to a Full In-Person learning model

(dismissal time is 2:20, 2:25, 2:30 as it was previously)

·       Grades 3-5 remain in Hybrid learning model 

·       Limited SACC for K-2 students each day and for 3-5 on their in-person hybrid days

March 1

·       Grades 3-5 move to a Full In-Person learning model

·       Grades K-2 continue in Full In-Person learning model

·       Dismissal time moves to 3:35 p.m.  

·       Limited SACC for K-5 students


As a reminder, the Folwell office is closed during Winter Break. We will reopen on Monday, January 4 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Please call us with questions at 328-3220, email the principal,, or call me directly at 328-3224.  We will respond when school resumes the week of January 4, 2021.

There will also be question and answer sessions for families regarding the plan changes when we return from winter break.  These will be held via Google Meet.  Use Falconfamilies as the nickname for the Google Meet. 

Monday, January 4th at 4:00 p.m.  

Tuesday, January 5th at noon

Tuesday, January 5th at 7:00 p.m.

Have a safe and healthy winter break and a wonderful New Year. 

Wishing you well!

Wendy J. Moritz


Folwell Elementary School




Monday, November 30, 2020

Child and Youth Mental Health Screening Tools

Online screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether your symptoms might indicate a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable.


Sometimes it can be hard to know if the symptoms are a normal part of childhood or adolescence. Using one of the screening tools below can help you decide whether you need to seek out additional help.

* I am a teen worried about myself

* I am worried about my child.

Please note:

Online screening tools are meant to be a quick snapshot of your mental health. If your results indicate you may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, consider sharing your results with someone. A mental health provider (such as a school counselor/Stephanie Evans Hanson/328-3316), school social worker/Lindy Lange/328-3219), doctor or a therapist) can talk with you about the results and talk options for how to feel better.

You can schedule a free consultation with a therapist at this link.

If you are in need of immediate assistance, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

Providing screening tools does not indicate a professional relationship and disclaims any liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, from the use and application of these screens.

Free winter gear for families

We know that winter gear can be a big expense for families. Folwell and RPS have (limited amounts of) coats, snow pants, boots, gloves and hats available for families. If your child does not have winter gear and you need help getting them winter gear, please reach out to Folwell's school social worker, Lindy Lange ( or Folwell's school counselor, Stephanie Evans Hanson (

Low-cost internet service

There are local low-cost internet options available in and around Rochester. They cost about  $20/month. Prices vary. Most require a copy of the family's free and reduced price lunch letter. If you have other questions, please reach out to Folwell's school counselor, Stephanie Evans Hanson/328-3316 or Follwell's school social worker, Lindy Lange/328-3219.


Spectrum Low-Cost Application 


AT & T:!/ 





Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Channel One Prepared Meals Program

Free dinner meals for ALL children and adults at multiple sites in and around Rochester. No registration or signup, just show up! Details on the flyer below. Call Channel One with questions, 287-2350. Please reach out to Folwell's school counselor, Stephanie Evans Hanson/328-3316 or Folwell's school social worker, Lindy Lange/328-3219, if you have difficulty accessing these meals. 


Monday, November 16, 2020

Housing, Transportation and Energy Assistance - Three Rivers CARES Fund

Call 316-0610 or visit Three Rivers for more information on the Three Rivers Cares Fund: housing assistance, energy assistance, transportation assistance. If you have questions about these or other RPS/community resources, please reach out to Follwell's school social worker, Lindy Lange/328-3219 or Folwell's school counselor, Stephanie Evans Hanson/328-3316.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Second Step Family Access

Second Step lessons have started in your student’s Google Classroom. Every week (except for shortened weeks) from now until the end of the year, your student will have social emotional learning (SEL) and skill building using this curriculum. As of now, these lessons will be provided virtually, being posted on Wednesdays in the Counseling/Second Step topic area. 

For more information and access to some of the Second Step material, see the links below:

*Note: If you create your own account, you must use your personal e-mail, not your student's school e-mail.

Click here if your student is in Kindergarten

Click here if your student is in 1st Grade

Click here if your student is in 2nd Grade

Click here if your student is in 3rd Grade

Click here if your student is in 4th Grade

Click here if your student is in 5th Grade

 Thank you for empowering and supporting your student’s social/emotional growth!

Stephanie Evans Hanson, School Counselor

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Free Winter Coat!

 Please note that the Salvation Army will be hosting a free winter outerwear giveaway on Friday, October 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 120 1st Ave., NE.


Sunday, September 13, 2020

PTSA Update!



Sunday, August 30, 2020

Complete school information online!


Dear Folwell Families!

We are excited to see you at our Step Into Learning Family conferences next week! 

Please join us by entering school at Doors #1 and #2.  

Masks are required. 

A reminder to leave school supplies at home for this event, and send with students on their first day of school. 

In the spirit of safety, we are asking your cooperation in completing school information preparation online.  This will decrease the amount of time on campus. 

  • Update contact information and permissions on Skyward.  
    • Please complete one form for each individual child
    • Click HERE for district tutorials.  
  • Complete this form to prepare for inclement weather and early dismissals. 
    • Please complete one form for each individual child
    • Click HERE for the form.
  • If you are interested in additional resources and supports at school, 
    • Click HERE.  This request includes school supplies, food resources and winter gear, for example. 

You are also  welcome to bring your device to a Folwell Tech Team to set up tools for Distance Learning.  

Thank you for your efforts to help us prepare for this school year by completing forms electronically ahead of time! 

Wendy J. Moritz


Folwell Elementary School




Saturday, August 15, 2020

Folwell Elementary 2020-2021 School Supply List

 It has come to our attention that the links on the websites are not working for the Folwell School Supply list.  We are working on getting that fixed! 

In the mean time, here it is for your convenience!  

  • Please label lunch boxes, coats, sweatshirts, etc…with your child’s name.


2 LARGE glue sticks

3 boxes of 24 regular crayons

1 box of thick washable markers

1 box of thin washable markers

1 box of 12 colored pencils

1 pack of dry erase markers (thin black)

1 Blunt Scissors

1 Pencil Box

12 - #2 sharpened solid yellow pencils

Wish List: tissues, resealable plastic bags (gallon size), community snacks, ream of paper


2 boxes 64 crayons

2 -4 count packs dry erase markers-wide tip - black

36 sharpened pencils

1 purple plastic folder 

1 composition journal

2 boxes tissues

1 pair of scissors

6 glue sticks

1 - 8 ½ x 5 ½ plastic closeable storage box/pencil box

2 - anti -bacterial wipes

Headphones/earbuds in a resealable plastic bag (please label)

*****Please put supplies in a bag with your child's name on it

Wish list: copy paper, resealable plastic bags gallon or sandwich size 


36 yellow sharpened pencils 

4 plastic folders (blue, green, red, yellow) 

1 thin black dry erase markers 

1 large pink eraser

2 fine tip black markers  

1 box crayons 

1 box thin or thick markers 

1 bottle white glue 

4 glue sticks 


2 boxes of tissues

Small headphones in a resealable plastic bag (please label) (Try to avoid earbuds, they get very tangled.)

Wish List: resealable quart or gallon size bags, reams of paper, cleaning wipes



48 sharpened yellow pencils - #2 

2 thin dry erase markers 

24 or 48 Crayons 

1 package of thick markers

1 package of thin markers

1 package of colored pencils 

2 composition notebooks wide ruled NOT spiral bound- 2 different colors 

2 two-pocket folders (red and green)

1 pair scissors 

4 glue sticks (standard size)

2 boxes of tissues

1 package of sticky notes

Small headphones or earbuds in a resealable plastic bag (please label)

slider plastic storage quart or gallon size

Wish List: ream of paper, cleaning wipes, extra tissue boxes


4- 2 pocket plastic folders 1 wide lined notebook

3 wide lined composition notebooks

1 Package of 3” sticky -notes

24 sharpened #2 pencils

12 in ruler (inches and centimeters)

Colored pencils sharpened

2 glue sticks

2 pink erasers

4-5 black dry erase markers


Small headphones or earbuds in a resealable plastic bag (please label)

Wish List: tissues, reams of paper, resealable plastic sandwich size bags,


3 pkg yellow #2 pencils SHARPENED

3 wide-lined spiral one-subject notebooks (1 red, 1 blue and 1 green)

3 two-pocket folders (1 red, 1 blue, 1 green)


Colored pencils

6 Dry erase markers (thin/black)

1 package of markers

1 pencil box/bag

1 large glue stick

2 packages of sticky- notes 

Headphones/earbuds with a standard headphone jack (NO Bluetooth)

Wish list: tissues, a ream of paper, resealable plastic bags (any size)

Monday, August 10, 2020

Folwell Family Survey Letter for "Return to Learn Model" 2020-21

 Hello, Folwell Families! 

Rochester Public Schools sent out communication on Friday announcing the proposal for the Return to Learn Model to begin the 2020-21 school year: 

  • Most elementary students (Pre K - grade 5) and Lincoln K-8 students will receive face-to-face instruction two days per week and distance learning three days per week. 

  • Most secondary students (grades 6 - 12) will participate in distance learning five days per week. There will be opportunities for secondary students to receive in-person support by appointment, in areas such as academics, technology, and mental health.

Rochester Public Schools are also asking each family to fill out a brief technology, meals and child care needs assessment. This was sent out on Friday.  Families should complete an assessment for each child enrolled at RPS. For example, if you have two children enrolled, you would fill out the form for child one, and submit. Then, you would complete the form for child two. Click to complete the NEEDS ASSESSMENT, if you have not already done so.  Families are asked to complete both of these forms by 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 13. 

In addition, Folwell is also preparing for students to return for the first day of school on Wednesday, September 2 for Group A and Thursday, September 3 for Group B.  To help finalize class lists, we ask that you complete this BRIEF FOLWELL SURVEY  to share the intention for each child for returning to school for the 2020-21 school year..  Families are asked to also complete this second form by 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 13. 

Again, here are the links for your convenience: 

As always, you can email me at with questions, concerns, or ideas.  You can also leave a voicemail at 328-3224.

Wishing you well - 

Wendy J. Moritz


Folwell Elementary School




Our mission is to INSPIRE, CHALLENGE, and EMPOWER all students with the knowledge and skills required to reach their full potential, to contribute to future generations, and to become involved members of a global community.


Friday, June 19, 2020

A few important dates to note....

Welcome! We are so excited to have you and your student join us next fall! Folwell is an amazing community of learners and we’re eager to have you join us as Folwell Falcons!

When we are at Folwell for our learning,  a typical school day includes breakfast, a morning meeting to build relationships and community within the classroom, whole group and small group instruction and practice reading and math, read a louds, silent reading time, and snack.  Social Studies and Science are integrated within the other learning opportunities.  Support staff provide services in special education, speech, reading, English Languge and Gifted and Talented Education.  There are also special areas taught by other teachers. These include Physical Education, Music, Media and Art. Students also go to the cafeteria for lunch and then have recess outside. We utilize “SOAR” as the guide to our school expectations: Safety, Own Your Behavior, Always Learning and Respectful.

Through Distance Learning, teachers have worked together to identify the prioritized educational standards for students. Lessons are presented using Google Classroom and Seesaw. Students watch videos, share their learning in different and virtual ways, as well as connect with Google Meets. There are a few Google Meets for the entire class throughout the week and then there are individualized opportunities each week, as well. Students utilize home computers and devices, or the school can also provide them with a Chromebook or an iPad.

Whether we are physically at school or in our virtual spaces, it is our priority and commitment to continue cultivating relationships with students and families. We will continue to plan for next fall with your student and family’s best interests in mind. We will communicate updates from both the District and school level as we get closer to the fall.

Folwell utilizes a FaceBook page to share announcements and celebrations about our school. You can find us at We encourage you to “like” us and begin to share with your student as a way to help them get to know things about their new learning environment. We also use a blog as our school wide newsletter. We encourage you to go to the blog and enter your email address so that you receive updates. You can access this at When school begins, you will receive newsletters from your child’s teacher.

Please mark your calendar with some important dates. Folwell kicks off the school year with “Step Into Learning.” This is an opportunity for families to have an individual conference with the teacher. You will receive communication in August with instructions and links to sign up for a time on either August 31 or September 1. Finally, the first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year will be September 2!!

As you know this is uncharted territory for our Folwell Families, Rochester Public Schools, and our entire state. We have heard from the Minnesota Department of Education that additional guidance and decisions on how school will run in the fall will be announced the week of July 27.  We are proud of our school and staff efforts with Distance Learning and equally proud of the partnership with our families. We will work hard to build relationships with your family and your student as we embark on this journey!

Once again, welcome to Folwell! We use a mantra, “Together We Will.” We know that with your partnership we’ll continue to do great things!

Please feel free to call or email if you have questions.