Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Folwell Distance Learning Information

March 31, 2020

Hello, Folwell Families! 

After a rainy, windy weekend, it is fantastic to see the sun!  Hoping that you and your family are able to enjoy the weather and find new ways to enjoy time together during Rochester Public Schools Spring Break!  Spring Break is March 30-April 3. We will not be sending out resources during this time so that families and staff are able to rest and rejuvenate while we cope with the changes and the impact on our lives; especially as we prepare for the upcoming adventure of distance learning.

We have all had to adjust to many changes within our community, our schools and our homes.  Folwell staff have been learning new things together in order to support our students, their families and one another.  We have creatively found ways to intentionally provide great learning opportunities for our students as they learn with new platforms and applications.  We have also empathized and planned with our families in mind as well all work together to support our ongoing student learning. 
We wanted to give you a quick overview of what you can expect when distance learning instruction begins on Monday, April 6. 

Folwell Elementary School has committed to a school-wide, web-based platform in an effort to make things consistent and manageable for our families.  We’ll be using Google Classroom. We have worked with families of our staff members to attempt to access the programs from a variety of devices in our homes to ensure that barriers to access are removed.  We know that in addition to iPads, tablets, Chromebooks, laptops, computer desktops and cell phones, families can access content through SMART TVs and game systems, such as Xbox. In addition with each lesson, we will share a menu of ways that students can respond, either through Google Classroom, email, phone calls, etc.  Staff will provide choices for students to share learning.

Google Classroom allows for support staff, such as interventionists and special education staff, to serve as a co-instructor of each class.  This allows them to collaborate with staff members, modify materials that the classroom teacher has provided, and post individual assignments and support to the student profile in a confidential matter.

Your children’s classroom teachers will send you login information on Monday, April 6.  Please review the information and help your child get logged in to the programs that they will be utilizing.  They are already familiar with many of the tools that will be used. Your child’s teacher will be checking in with you on Monday to make sure that you are able to access the information.  The initial learning will be related to accessing the materials needed for future learning. 

Here is an online tutorial that we found to guide you.  It was created by another teacher in another district, but, is very helpful and simplifies how to get up and running: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Iowi-gmbys

We know that families have varying work schedules and our teachers understand that your children may not be keeping their regular school hours.  We ask that you find a time each day that works for your children to engage in the activities provided by teachers. Attendance will be taken, by Folwell staff, based on your children’s interactions with their teachers each day.

Our teachers and staff are prepared to help guide you through distance learning.  As always, please reach out with questions you may have along the way. 

Please let our Folwell students know that we love them, care about them, believe in them and miss them VERY much!

Wishing you well –

Wendy J. Moritz
Folwell Elementary School

(This message was also sent out via Skyward)

Monday, March 30, 2020

Spring Break Meals

Folwell families –

As we head into spring break, the Folwell staff want to make sure you’re aware of three resources:

·         The Rochester Public Schools (RPS) Covid 19 webpage includes helpful updates and resource information for families.
·         The Channel One Covid 19 webpage includes helpful information on where families can access local food (both prepared meals and food items).
·         Rochester Public Schools will continue its free pick up meal service program for students over spring break (both breakfast and lunch). The details are included below and can also be found here, Will RPS provide meals for students during the Covid 19 closure?

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Resources during this difficult time!

Dear Folwell families - This is a difficult time for our Folwell families. In an effort to help families who may be in need of information on local food resources (both food items and prepared meals), below is information on two categories of food resources: general community food resources and RPS food resources. Please note that there may be changes to these resources (i.e. a new resource may be added, a current resource may cease to be offered). I encourage you to go online to verify information.

1.       Families looking for local food resources can visit Channel One Food Bank’s Covid-19 Response webpage for information on where you and your student can access food (both food items and prepared meals). It includes up-to-date links/information on:

·       WIC
·       Post Bulletin’s CovidHelp (a list of organizations and restaurants providing free meals and food)
·       Channel One Food Shelf (how and where to access food items)

2.       RPS will be offering TWO free meal service programs, Pick-up and Grab-and-Go. Below are details on when and how to retrieve meals via the meal program. Meals will be available at ALL the listed locations from 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM, March 23 - March 26. Meals will consist of a cold lunch with breakfast included for the next day. Lunches are intended to be eaten immediately or should be stored in the refrigerator within 2 hours. Please discard any leftovers within three days. Cold foods should be kept cold (milk & cheese < 41 degrees).  (You should have received information on these two programs via Skyward, too.)

Thank you.

Lindy Lange, Licensed School Social Worker, MSW, LGSW
Folwell Elementary (Monday – Thursday)/Hoover Early Learning School (Friday)


Monday, March 2, 2020

RPS Middle Schools are collaborating to offer an event to support staff and parents - ANXIETY

Anxiety is Treatable - it's Okay to Say

Save the date. RPS Middle Schools are collaborating to offer an event to support staff and parents in understanding our students. We have seen growing needs in Social and Emotional learning, along with anxiety being a factor for our students and staff.

This Indi Flix Original documentary will help jumpstart the conversation. After the film, we will have members from RPS facilitating a conversation in how we can best deal with this subject, as well as a way to support people with anxiety.
Staff who attend are eligible for CEUs (PDExpress - PD 1033 ANGST: Anxiety is treatable and it's okay to say).

Kellogg Middle School Auditorium • March 23, 2020 • 6 PM • Free Event