Folsom School News

February 2019

Dear Folsom Families,

It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Mrs. Lauren Schmidt and Mrs. Sarah Doherty as the Folsom Educators of the Year! As you can imagine, the selection process was a difficult one due to the number of Folsom Educators worthy of this distinct honor. I would like to thank all the parents and students that nominated a Folsom Educator for this prestigious award. All letters of recommendation were shared with each nominee.

A little about Mrs. Schmidt and Mrs. Doherty…

Mrs. Schmidt began her teaching career at Folsom in 2012. Prior to Folsom, Mrs. Schmidt taught general and instrumental music in Georgia. Mrs. Schmidt does an outstanding job teaching general music to students from grades PK-8 while also excelling as the band and chorus director. We are fortunate to have an educator of her ability level at Folsom. Mrs. Schmidt believes that music can provide students with an outlet, a challenge, a place to belong, and a cultural experience that should be a part of every education.

Mrs. Doherty is currently the school counselor and anti-bullying specialist at Folsom. Mrs. Doherty specializes in social and emotional development. Furthermore, Mrs. Doherty has a strength in building relationships with students. A colleague of Mrs. Doherty describes her by saying, “To the many students she works with daily she is an understanding listener, a shoulder to cry on, an outlet for emotions, and an ally when taking on the daily struggles of adolescent life.”

Mrs. Schmidt and Mrs. Doherty richly deserve the recognition and accolades for their excellence, enthusiasm, and focus on their professional practice.

Go Falcons,

Matt Mazzoni, Ed.D.


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Dates to Remember

It is hard to believe that February 1st marks the 91st day of the school year! The school year is halfway done, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves as we still have much more to learn at Folsom!

One of the upcoming events for our students is the popular Scripps Spelling Bee Competition. This is a time that students (grades 4-8) compete to see who the Spelling Champion at Folsom will be. The Spelling Bee Winner has the chance to compete at the regional level with the hopes of making the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championships in Washington, D.C.

Other exciting events planned at the school this month are as follows:

  • 1st The "Bowl" 2:00 pm
  • 4th 2nd Trimester Progress Reports
  • 6th Spelling Bee Grades 4-8 9:00 am
  • 6th 1st Grade Field Trip
  • 6th Cap and Gown measurements 8th Grade 1:00 pm
  • 8th Valentine's Day Dance Grades 6-8 6:30-8:3pm
  • 12th Hammonton High School Visit 8th Grade
  • 13th Talent Show 6:30 pm
  • 15th School Closed Teacher In- Service
  • 18th School Closed President's Day
  • 21st Chick-Fil-A Night 4:30-7:30 pm
  • 26th Board of Education Meeting 6:00 pm
  • 27th Club/Activity Photos
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National Geographic Bee Winners!

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

1st place J.P. Spilker 8th Grade

2nd place Adam Wahid 6th Grade

3rd place DJ Vinciguerra 7th Grade

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Give Kids A Smile Day is Friday, February 1st

On Friday, February 1, 2019 free dental care will be offered by over 100 participating dental offices in New Jersey. For more information about this program and how to make an appointment for your child please visit

Below are some offices available in our area:

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Northfield 609-645-5814

University of Dental Center at Galloway, Galloway 609-652-0501

CAMcare Health Corporation, Clememton 856-627-7701

Camden County College, Blackwood 856-227-7200

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Somerdale 856-566-6969


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

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.

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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:

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

Remember to check which day students have physical education.

*Students who are not prepared will sit out and receive a not prepared/no participation grade.

example: 3 unprepared/no participation will lower a grade 6 points (2 points each incident)

Students can wear sweatshirts and/sweatpants over uniforms for outside activities starting in November.

T-shirts $5.00 Shorts $11.00 (6th -8th graders)

Inside activities for December-February will consist of the Basketball unit and the pickle ball unit.


Reminder: Check which day students have physical education.

For Safety Purposes: proper attire (no dresses) and sneakers are needed for physical education class. Jackets and warm clothes are important for our outside activities

this time of year.

*students who are not prepared will sit out and receive a not prepared/no participation grade.

example: 3 unprepared/no participation will lower a grade 6 points (2 points each incident)

Inside activities for December-February.

Athletic Department:

Volleyball tryouts will begin the week of February 11th.

Sports Physicals must be completed before a student can participate in a sport. Physical forms can be found on the Folsom School website.

Hava a wonderful February and remember to stay active!

Ms. 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.