August 5, 2021
Dear Families of Future Folwell Kindergartners,
Welcome! We are so excited to have you and your student join us this fall! Folwell is an amazing community of learners and we’re eager to have you join us as Folwell Falcons!
At Folwell there are three kindergarten classrooms. It is our priority and commitment to continue cultivating relationships with students and families. A typical school day includes a morning meeting to build relationships and community within the classroom, centers to differentiate for different student skills in both reading and math, read alouds, silent reading time, coloring and free choice time to play. 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.
Please mark your calendar with some important dates. Families and students will be asked to participate in a brief assessment on Tuesday, August 17, with times available during the day, as well as the evening. Your child will meet with a teacher for 10-15 minutes and perform various academic tasks in order to better understand your child’s needs and strengths. You and your child can arrive anytime between the hours of 9:00am and 11:30am or 4:00pm and 6:00pm. There is no need to sign up beforehand. This screener is different than the Early Childhood Check-In screener offered at the Northrup building.
Click HERE for a letter from our kindergarten team with more details.
Also, 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 30 or 31. Finally, the first day of kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year is September 1!
Folwell utilizes a FaceBook page to share announcements and celebrations about our school. You can find us at facebook.com/folwellelementaryschool. 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 www.folwell.info. When school begins, you will receive newsletters from your child’s teacher.
For more information, here is our District website for kindergarten: https://www.rochesterschools.org/academics/kindergarten
Here is a Folwell video about kindergarten: https://youtu.be/hUeCv7yepA8
Here is a link to a wakelet: https://wakelet.com/i/invite?code=7556a7c
A wakelet is a content platform that will allow us to share videos of staff, students and families; links to important resources; and references to important information. We can communicate updates from both the District and school level.
Our Folwell mantra is “Together We Will.” We are here to help and support you! Our office is open from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. during the week. Please call us, email or stop by if you have any questions as we prepare for the journey ahead. We are looking forward to partnering with you! Again, welcome to Folwell - ALL ARE WELCOME HERE!
Wendy J. Moritz
Folwell Elementary School
Folwell: “TOGETHER WE WILL!”
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.