Folsom School News

May 2019

Dear Folsom School Community:

The Folsom staff and students are excited for the Annual International Day on Friday, May 31st starting at 9:30 am. A committee was developed this winter to identify the strengths of International Day along with areas that need to be addressed. The overall goal of International Day is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed to become active, informed citizens and contributing members of global communities. We are committed to breaking down stereotypes through the learning of diverse cultures. We also understand that this learning goal needs to occur in all aspects of the school day. Teachers are encouraged to develop lessons in their specific content area that celebrate cultural diversity and global awareness.

First and foremost, the community and parent Involvement in International Day will continue to be an important aspect of the event. We will continue with having parents and extended family at the student performances in the gymnasium. Parents and family are to enter the school through the sports entrance. School personnel will take grade level pictures of student performers to share out with parents. This will be in place of the group picture in the back of the gymnasium in order to reduce the congestion in the gymnasium after student performances.

Immediate family members will be able to head back to their child’s classroom once the entire show is completed. Classroom parties are for immediate family members (i.e. – parents/guardians) as classroom space is limited. Your child’s teacher will use Sign-Up Genius to identify parents/guardians attending the classroom activity/party. Parents are able to sign out their child from classrooms rather than through the main office.

Another important aspect to International Day is maintaining the long-standing tradition of grade levels being assigned a country. The committee solidified countries for each grade level that will give students a chance to experience different cultures throughout their years at Folsom. Here is a breakdown of the grade levels and countries:

8th - USA

7th - China

6th - Mexico

5th - Japan

4th - Greece

3rd - Italy

2nd - Scotland

1st - Egypt

K - India

PK – Nigeria

Food is a feature of just about every International Day and will continue at Folsom. In addition to the classroom celebrations, the committee has invited the Folsom Cafeteria to join in on the excitement. The cafeteria will feature specially designed international lunches during the week leading up to International Day! Please take a close look at the May lunch menu that features food from around the world!

Lastly, I want to thank the International Day committee members for their involvement in planning out this year’s International Day. There are many aspects of the day from the classroom activities to grade level performers that make this event a part of Folsom’s strong tradition. We look forward to seeing everyone at Folsom on Friday, May 31st starting at 9:30 am.


Matthew Mazzoni, Ed.D.


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Dates to Remember

  • 1st 3rd grade field trip
  • 2nd Home & School Meeting 6:30 pm Library
  • 3rd 5th grade field trip
  • 3rd FEF Designer Bag BINGO 7:00 pm Gym
  • 4th Falcon Club Mother's Day Painting and Planting Event 10:00 am to noon
  • 7th Teacher Appreciation Day
  • 7th S.O.A.R. Breakfast grades K-4 8:45 am
  • 8th S.O.A.R. Breakfast grades 5-8 8:45 am
  • 9th 8th grade field trip
  • 10th 2nd grade field trip
  • 10th JDRF walk 2:00 pm
  • 15th Yellow Day! See flyer below
  • 16th Career Day grades 6-8
  • 17th 8th grade Graduation Pictures
  • 17th 8th grade Dinner Cruise (bus leaves 5:15)
  • 20th NJSLA-S Science Assessment grades 5-8
  • 21st NJSLA-S Science Assessment grades 5-8
  • 22nd Sports Awards 2:00 pm grades 4-8
  • 23rd 1st grade field trip
  • 23rd End of the Year Dance 3:15-5:00 pm grades 5-8
  • 24th 12:45 Dismissal Teacher In-service
  • 24th Band Field Trip-High Notes Festival Great Adventure
  • 27th School Closed Memorial Day
  • 28th NJSLA-S Science Assessment Make-up day
  • 28th 4th grade field trip
  • 28th 3rd grade field trip
  • 28th Board of Education Meeting 6:00 pm Library
  • 29th Pre-K field trip
  • 30th Assembly 1:00 pm
  • 31st 12:45 pm Dismissal-International Day
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Revised 2018-2019 Folsom District Calendar

Please note the following end of year changes due to the snow day in February:

  • June 12th - changed to a full day of school.
  • June 13th - Field day.
  • June 18th - Last day of school.
  • June 18th - 8th Grade Graduation 7:00 pm.

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Curriculum News

“Financial responsibility is an important acquired and learned life skill that is a necessary part of our educational curriculum”, Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver of New Jersey stated while signing the bill that requires New Jersey schools to teach students how to effectively mange their personal finances and set them up for a successful life.

In Folsom School District we adopted the Junior Achievement curriculum for grades 6 & 7. This curriculum teaches our students how to manage their money, learning about finances and making decisions that will prevent them from making a costly mistake. Students understand the difference between credit and debit, taking out a loan, working within a budget and how to invest.

Our sixth graders recently visited Junior Achievement headquarters in Edison, New Jersey. The students were assigned jobs for the day within BizTown. Some of the jobs were: bank teller, CEO of a company, mayor of the town, town treasurer, working for Chick fil-A, graphic shop retailer and many more. To learn more about this curriculum please visit this link:

Michele L. Hetzel M.Ed.

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Nurse Notes


No medication of any kind including over the counter drugs can be dispensed at the school without a Dr.'s prescription. All medication must be brought to school by a parent. Parents must sign a permission form before medicine can be dispensed.

JDRF Walk May 10th

Folsom School will host its annual JDRF walk on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm. Help support our Folsom Family and collect donations in person or online from now until May 10th. Information packets will be sent home with students. Please return the fundraising collection envelope by Friday, May 10th.

Counselor’s Corner

If someone shows kindness, caring, and a willingness to help others, they're showing compassion. This is a word for a very positive emotion that has to do with being thoughtful and decent.

1. Start with Yourself.

The best way to learn how to be compassionate toward others is to be compassionate with yourself. Praise yourself for your successes (even things as little as making your bed in the morning) and forgive yourself for your mistakes. Focus on your strengths and positive qualities.

2. Communicate Verbally and Non-verbally.

Make eye contact, keep your body turned toward the person speaking, and listen quietly. You might also practice active listening, which involves paraphrasing what you’ve just heard, and ask open-ended questions to send the message that you’re ready to hear more.

3. Touch (if appropriate).

A gentle touch goes a long way. To be sure touch is welcome, ask first. Try “Would you like a hug?” or “May I touch your shoulder?” Gentle touch assists in balancing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. A soft touch to the hand or shoulder during the conversation helps demonstrate your genuine care and concern.

4. Encourage Others.

When we praise and encourage others we can sometimes kick-start a positive spiral of behavior in that person. Positive reinforcement is always helpful to a person who is thinking they are either stuck or will never get out of the circumstances they are in at that moment.

5. Express Yourself.

Don’t assume that because you’re dealing with someone else’s strong emotions, your own emotions have no place in the interaction. Match your facial expressions to your felt emotions to let another person know you understand what they are going through. A sincere smile often works wonders. It is also okay to show sadness by crying or to laugh without reservation. A good laugh can be incredibly healing.

6. Show Kindness.

Give your kindness away without expecting anything back. Kindness is contagious. The person you are being kind to benefits through your help and you’ll feel good for having helped someone. The world is made better through your kindness.

7. Respect Privacy.

Be attentive to someone’s personal privacy. Protect their dignity. Shut the door, pull the curtain, and don’t gossip. Remember that sometimes people just need to go for a walk or see a movie with a friend. Be ready to listen when they want to talk, but also offer a different kind of interaction if they don’t want to talk about the hard stuff.

8. Learn How To Advocate.

An advocate is a person who speaks up for and defends the rights of another person by helping them communicate their needs in a challenging situation (such as a hospital visit). To effectively advocate, you must actively listen to what your friend needs and communicate in an assertive and respectful manner to help them take advantage of resources in your community.

9. Volunteer.

Cultivate compassion through volunteer service. Volunteering connects you to others, giving you the opportunity to make new friends and increase your social skills. Spending time helping people is good for your body, mind, and soul.

10. Consider Your Words.

Think before you speak. At its heart, compassion is about paying attention to the present moment with a loving attitude. Simple things like turning off your cell phone during a personal encounter or sending a thank-you note after someone has you over for dinner can go a long way.

Compassion arises through empathy and is characterized by actions. The simple act of showing compassion can make a world of difference in someone’s day (and in yours!). You don’t need to wait for a crisis to practice compassion, either. Try smiling at a stranger today.

Laurie Squillaci

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Parents Need to Know:

Physical Education and Athletic Department

"Physical Fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body. It is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity."

~John F. Kennedy

Middle School:

Remember to check which day students have physical education for dressing out into uniform and succeed in 100% participation.

Physical fitness has begun! Please be prepared for outside activities.


Reminder: check which day students have physical education.

For safety purposes:

Proper attire (no dresses) and sneakers are needed for physical education class.

*Students who are not prepared (w/o sneakers) will have to sit out, safety for themselves and others are a priority. (Students will receive a not prepared/no participation grade).

Athletic Department:

The Softball Team season has begun. The 1st game is May 1st!

Please make sure all SPORT PHYSICALS are completed, forms can be found on the Folsom school website.

Have a wonderful May & Stay active.

Ms.N. DeSordi

Physical education teacher/Athletic director

Things to Remember

All personal items need to be labeled with your students name. Unidentified items not picked up will be donated.

A Driver License or Photo ID is needed when entering the school.

When sending payments in with your child, PLEASE send it in an envelope labeled with your child's name, homeroom teacher, and what the payment is for. CASH should never be sent in for Cafeteria payments. Visit the Parent Portal to make on line payments for lunch.

Anytime you are changing your child's dismissal routine, please send in a note.