Folsom School News

March 2019

Dear Folsom Families,

The Folsom Board of Education approved the services of the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office to provide class III special law enforcement officers at the school for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year. The New Jersey State Police (NJSP) supports Folsom in this agreement and will continue to work closely with our school community and the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office.

Below is background of what a class III officer is and what their duties will be at Folsom.

A class III officer must be a retired law enforcement officer, less than 65 years of age, who previously served as a fully-trained, full-time police officer in New Jersey. The officer must have served as a full-time officer within three years of appointment as a class III officer. Furthermore, the officer must also be physically capable of performing the functions of the position and possess a New Jersey Police Training Commission basic police officer certification or New Jersey State Police Academy certification. Lastly, the class III officer must also complete the training course for school resource officers (SRO) within 1 year of being hired.

The primary duties of the class III officer are, but not limited to, the following:

  • To protect lives and property for the citizens and school students.
  • To act as a liaison resource to the superintendent in investigating criminal law violations occurring in the school or on school property.
  • To formulate educational crime prevention programs to reduce the opportunity for crimes against persons and property in the school.
  • To participate in school activities and events when invited and feasible.
  • To be aware at all times of the responsibility to improve the image of the uniformed law enforcement officer in the eyes of the students and the community.

The secondary duties of the class III officer at Folsom are, but not limited to, the following:

  • Member of the School Safety Team at Folsom.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of the School Safety Plan (i.e. – emergency drills).
  • Encourage individual and small group discussions about law enforcement related matters with students, faculty and parents.
  • Confer with the superintendent to develop plans and strategies to prevent and/or minimize dangerous situations on or near school property or involving students at school-related activities.

The class III officer must refrain completely from functioning as a school disciplinarian.The officer is not to be involved with the enforcement of disciplinary infractions that do not constitute violations of the law.

Two class III officers will be hired to work two shifts per week; one shift at 24 hours a week and the other at 16 hours per week. The officers will alternate the hours worked each week at Folsom. Furthermore, officer coverage will be provided for the entire duration of the school day.

The class III officer’s desk will be located in the vestibule of the school. Additionally, the officer will have specific job duties during the school day to ensure visibility and that safety measures are met.

The goal is for the class III officers to start their duties at Folsom by the end of this school year. I will update school-community members on the progress and a start date once that is established. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you need further clarification or have questions.

Go Falcons!

Matt Mazzoni, Ed.D.

March's character trait is....

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Dates to Remember

  • 4th-8th Scholastic Book Fair sponsored by Home & School
  • *6th Family Reading Night 5:30-7:30 pm (date changed)*
  • 15th 12:45 Dismissal Teacher In Service Day
  • 15th 2nd Trimester Ends
  • 19th Board of Education Meeting 6:00 pm
  • 20th SEPAG Meeting 6:30 pm at Warren E. Sooy Elementary School
  • 20th Pre-K Round Up
  • 21st Pre-K Round Up
  • 22nd Invention Fair 7th Grade
  • 23rd Drama Rehearsal 9:00-3:00 pm
  • 25th Report Cards available on Parent Portal
  • 27th Volunteer/Retiree Luncheon 12:00 pm
  • 27th 12:45 Dismissal Parent-Teacher Conferences 1:30-3:30 pm
  • 28th 12:45 Dismissal Parent-Teacher Conferences 6:00-8:00 pm
  • 28th 8th Grade Parent Meeting 5:30 pm
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Dear Parents and Families:

Did you know? Reading just 20 minutes a day exposes your child to about 1.8 million words per year. Reading helps students develop a stronger vocabulary, and in addition, students who read for pleasure average higher grades in English, mathematics, science, and history!

Encourage your child to read books for fun by attending our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Allow your child to choose the books they want to read! It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.

Mark your calendar!

Book Fair dates: March 4-March 8

Special activities: Family Reading Night: Wednesday, March 6th from 5:30-7:30 PM

Book Fair Schedule

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Family Reading Night

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Falcon Club Service Project

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Spelling Bee Winners!

Congratulations to all Students who participated. The winner will now advance to the NJ preliminary round to qualify for the National Spelling Bee!

1st place Adam Wahid 6th Grade

2nd place Zachary Camardo 5th Grade

3rd place Adrianna Insua 6th Grade

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It's time to order your Yearbook!

Online orders can be made at

School code: 10868019

Order deadline: 4/5/2019

Yearbooks are $25

Nurse Notes

March is Brain Injury Awareness month and March 13, 2019 Brain Injury Awareness Day will be celebrated on Capitol Hill.

The theme for 2018-2020 is #ChangeYourMind. This platform provides education to the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families. Please use the link below for facts about brain injury today.


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.

Flu symptoms: Sudden fever, feeling weak or overly tired, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, chills, body aches, vomiting and/or diarrhea.

Counselor’s Corner

The best way to teach patience is to practice patience.

Easier said than done, right?

The truth is that some people are naturally more patient than others. While some people seem to breeze through stressful events and long waits, others have difficulty in the same situations. For some people, learning to be patient requires more practice and, well, patience! Children are no different. All children have different temperaments, and some children are naturally more patient than others.

Most children, however, do not enjoy long waits in line at the grocery store, slow dinners at fancy restaurants, or sitting in traffic.

The most effective way to determine how best to teach your child the art of patience is to observe him and try to pinpoint his triggers.

Do puzzles cause frustration?
Is turn-taking difficult?
Does your child always seem to seek perfection?
Is practicing a new skill difficult?

Pinpointing the specific triggers will help you know where to begin. For example, if puzzles frustrate your child because he can’t get started, you can help him learn to group the corner pieces, outside pieces, match colors, etc.

Three things that will contribute to impatience include: Nagging, rushing, and sarcasm. Please avoid these.

Below are 5 tips to help you teach your child to be more patient:

Model patience: Being patient doesn’t mean just being able to wait; it means being able to wait calmly (eye rolling, sighs, and whining do not count). It can be difficult to remain patient when you’re trying to get the kids to school and no one has shoes on, or when you’re late for an important appointment. This is exactly when you need to remain calm. Use humor and games to keep kids moving along, laugh when something doesn’t go according to plan, and problem-solve out loud when something becomes stressful. When I start verbalizing my potential problem solving strategies, the kids start chiming in with me. Just the other day I walked in on Liam talking his way through a puzzle. It works.

Use reflective listening: It’s hard to wait in line all morning, especially when you would rather be playing. Acknowledge the struggle and help your child verbalize her feelings. Be sure to use a calm voice, make eye contact, and keep your body posture stress-free. Sometimes kids just need to feel heard, and a little help verbalizing those frustrations in a calm manner.

Timers: How many times have you caught yourself responding to a request with “in a minute”? Minutes are meaningless to young children, made more meaningless by the fact that we say “in a minute,” but don’t actually follow through. Children need to learn about delayed gratification. The next time your child asks for something when you are busy doing something else, try saying “I’m setting the timer for 2 minutes. I just have to do a few dishes but I will be right over when the timer goes off”. Often, they will have solved the problem independently before you get there. If not, they will learn that they are capable of waiting for two minutes. **Timers are also great for teaching sharing. I prefer the old fashion sand timers, as it allows them to visualize time ticking away.

Teach coping skills: Sometimes you just have to wait. Just this morning, we had a very long wait at Panera. We passed the time playing our favorite game, “what’s your favorite____?” Making a game of waiting can pass the time quickly. I Spy, rhyming, silly stories, counting shapes, and two truths and one story are all fun verbal games to play while waiting. If you know you will have a wait at a doctor’s office or somewhere else, bring a busy binder that includes coloring pages, crayons and markers, stickers, etc. And lap pads for long car rides are a must.

Activities that require patience: One of the downsides of battery-operated lifestyles and a heavy focus on technology is that kids are over-exposed to instant gratification. Choose projects and activities that require time and patience, such as planting, mosaics (with paper), and pottery, and slower-moving games like Yahtzee Jr., Chutes & Ladders, and checkers. Planting projects are great because they learn to care for their seeds every day. They have to show great patience and diligence to help those seeds grow!

Author: Katie Hurley

Sarah M. Doherty M.ED

Folsom School District

School Counselor / ABS

(609) 561-8666 ext 123

"We can't direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails." - Thomas S. Monson

Technology Tip

Effective Web Searches:

Searching the internet can result in too many results or too few results.

Make use of Quotes and Phrases when searching the internet.

Example search Google for : Folsom School District returns 7 million results. (too many)

Example search Google for : “Folsom School District” returns 3,980 results. (still too many)

Example search Google for "Folsom School District Folsom Borough" returns 1 ( too few)

Example search Google for "Folsom School District""Folsom Borough" returns 201 results. (Just right)

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 education uniforms are available to 6th, 7th, and 8th grades $16.00 ($11 shorts/$5 t-shirt).

Uniforms need to be worn to participate in physical education class.


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:

Folsom Falcons Volleyball season is on its way! First game is Home Feb 27th 3:45!


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

Have a wonderful March & 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.