Folsom School News

November 2020

ALL REMOTE for Election Day

This upcoming Tuesday, November 3rd will change from an in-person school day to an all-remote school day as per the New Jersey Executive Order 177. The Executive Order calls for the closing of all public schools to in-person schooling due to the Presidential election.

Your child’s teacher(s) will share with you the all-remote learning schedule in the upcoming days.

Teacher of the Year Nomination

Dear Folsom School Community,

It is that time of the school year to nominate a teacher or educational services professional who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference at Folsom School. The Governor’s Educator of the Year (GEOY) recognition program aims to recognize educators and encourage them to become champions for education and advocates for students and teachers.

Please take the time to recommend a staff member for the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program by clicking on the link below to fill out the nomination form. GEOY nomination forms will be accepted through November 27, 2020.

Each teacher or education services professionals shall exemplify one or more of

the qualities below:

• Serves as an exceptionally skilled and dedicated educator at Folsom;

• Inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn;

• Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside the classroom;

• Has the respect and admiration of students, parents, administrators and colleagues; and

• Plays an active role in the community as well as the school

Lastly, we thank you in advance for recognizing our teachers and educational services professionals by supporting this program. Go Falcons!


Matthew Mazzoni, Ed.D.


Dates to Remember


Election Day-Remote Learning for ALL students

5th & 6th

School Closed- NJEA Teachers Convention


Picture Make-Up and Cohort C Picture Day


Falcons Spirit Day! Wear your Folsom Spirit Wear!


Home & School Meeting (virtual) 6:00 pm


Board of Education Meeting 6:00 pm


12:45 pm Dismissal Thanksgiving Recess Begins

Lip Sync Battle (virtual) *link will be sent home to families to watch

26th & 27th

Thanksgiving Recess

School Choice Application

The Choice Application Process for the 2021-2022 school year is happening NOW!

If you currently have a Choice Student enrolled at Folsom School and would like to apply for a sibling in grades K-8 to attend Folsom School in the 2021-2022 school year, now is the time. The application Deadline is December 3, 2020.

Applications can be found on our website:

Free Breakfast and Lunch Program

We are excited to announce that ALL students are eligible for free breakfast and lunch through June 2021. We are encouraging ALL students to take advantage of this benefit as this greatly helps our cafeteria.

In addition to these meals being free while they are in school on their hybrid days, we will continue to have meals available for pickup on Wednesdays from 10 am – 2 pm. These meals will also be free for all students. The meals can be picked up outside the Cafeteria, by Door 14. There will be a sign indicating where to wait. We ask that everyone please stay in your car as the meals will be brought out to you. Students that are all remote will be able to pick up 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches each Wednesday. All other students participating in the hybrid option will be able to pick up 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches.

Again, all meals are free to ALL students through June 2021 and we encourage ALL families to take advantage of this benefit.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Debbie DeCicco at 609-561-8666 ext 119 or



Tuesday November 3rd-Students will follow the all remote schedule.

Please reach out to your child's classroom teacher if you have any questions.

Expectations for Hybrid/Remote learning. It is important that students are logging into their Google Meets each day during the scheduled time with their cameras on. The schedules have been sent out. If you have a question regarding the time your child should log on while working remotely from home, please email your child’s teacher. If you child is missing assignments, it is important that you follow up with the classroom teacher so arrangements can be made to submit the late work. In Math, student assignments may be assigned on a different platform other than Google Classroom.

Helpful Tips:

Students should:

  • Ask for help when needed
  • Submit completed work by the end of each day
  • Attend virtual lessons
  • Be prepared with materials needed for virtual learning lessons


  • Communicate regularly with teachers about student progress
  • Provide feedback (both struggles and successes)
  • Encourage students to complete tasks independently


  • We will continue to provide meaningful assignments that promote student achievement.
  • We will continue to communicate regularly with parents and provide opportunities for parent input and collaboration
  • Promote a positive classroom and school community both in school and virtually

Thank you for all you are doing to support the children during this time. “We are all in this together”.

Progress Reports are now available on the Parent Portal. Please check your students progress.

A Look inside the classroom

5th Grade Science

Students working with objects found outside their homes to determine if they “sink or swim”. Students tracked their data using Google Slides.

Michele L. Hetzel

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Nurse's Notes

Staying Healthy and Active


Virtual and At-Home Learning

As many schools are utilizing a hybrid schedule to start the new school year, it becomes increasingly important to continue to check in on your students' physical and emotional well-being.

Engaging in physical activity has been shown to have numerous benefits that are not just limited to physical health, but also impacting social-emotional and academic acuity.

Visit the link below for tips and suggestions to keep your students engaged during the remote learning days.


All Pre-K students need proof of a flu shot sent to the nurse before Wednesday, December 23, 2020 or they will not be able to return to school on January 4, 2021.

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.

Any new/changed health related information, especially medications should be reported to the Nurse.

Please forward all updated vaccination records and/or physicals ASAP to Nurse Smith. Even if you are 100% remote/Cohort C you still need proof of vaccinations and physicals as per the State of NJ.

Parent Portal COVID 19 screening tool, must be done the morning your child/ren are scheduled to come to school. If you do not complete the screening tool, a notification will be sent home.

Please keep your child home if they are not feeling well or are not themselves. Please contact the Nurse if you are unsure if your child should come to school.

Lisa Smith RN/CSN

School Nurse

Food Drive

Dear Folsom Parents,

It is once again that time of year for Folsom School’s Annual Food Drive, coordinated with the help of our School Council. All food collected will be organized into baskets and given to families in our own community that find themselves in need this holiday season. The Folsom School Food Drive has been able to help a number of families throughout the past several years, and we are hoping to do that again this year.

Please use the chart below and consider having your child bring in the appropriate food item. Students may begin to bring in food items on Monday, November 9th. All food items must be in by Friday, December 11, 2020. We hope to make this Food Drive another great success!

If you or someone you know is interested in donating a turkey, a gift card or a monetary donation, or you know someone in need of a holiday basket; please contact Carlie Grouser, Folsom School Social Worker at (609) 561-8666 ext. 171.

Thank you for your continued support and Happy Holidays!


Carlie Grouser

School Social Worker

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Technology Tip

Securly Parent App Update:

Folsom has enabled some new features on the Securly Web Filtering Parent App.

Be sure to log off the app and log back on in order to view these new features.

In addition to viewing your student(s) web activity and alerts;

  • Parents can toggle on / off access to the internet with on-click.
  • Parents can now block individual sites.
  • Parents can setup Online / Offline schedules for using the Folsom Chromebook. Set school nights, bed times, weekends or custom schedules.

Please note that this applies to Folsom issued Chromebooks while the device is not connection to the schools network.

Below is a link to Securly's video concerning the Parent Portal App.

For more information contact our Technology Coordinator Mr. Patrick Ward at

Counselor’s Corner

If you haven't already, please join the Counselor's Corner Google Classroom - where you will find resources to benefit both students and families. The class code is e2qxryb.

Dear Parents and/or Guardians:

Folsom Elementary School is preparing for the holiday season with our third annual community “Giving Tree.” The Folsom “Giving Tree” is a community service project which allows our students to understand the importance of giving back to our community. These are challenging times as many of our students come from families and communities hit hard by financial hardships and/or unexpected illnesses.

The “Giving Tree” leaves will be available virtually as of November 4th. Each leaf will contain the gender, age and size of a child in need from the Folsom Community. A leaf may also include a specific item to purchase. There will be no names or personal identifiers on the paper leaves. Folsom understands the importance of confidentiality and takes great strides to protect the privacy of our families. Please email if you’d like to donate or fill out the form below and send back.

Once you have finished shopping for your “leaf”, please return the unwrapped gift(s) with your name attached. Gifts should arrive at the main office by Friday, December 11th for a timely distribution before the Christmas holiday.

For each leaf and gift returned by your family, a snowflake will be hung on the wall as a representation of giving during this holiday season. Monetary donations and gift cards are accepted and are helpful to fulfill the wishes of older students. Thank you for your generosity during the season of giving. It is our hope to have an entire wall of snowflakes by Christmas.

Thank you for your support and participation in this community project.

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Physical Education and Athletic Department

“Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.”

Physical Education expectations:

  • Demonstrates skills and content taught.
  • Demonstrates positive participation, cooperation, sportsmanship, and progress in grade level specific activities.

ALL physical education classes will meet for 1 hr. on their specified cohort A/B day.

Cohort C will be remote on specified days & assignments are due that Friday. PE classes will be inside and/or outside. Be prepared for outside at all times.


Please be prepared for outside activities during PE & Recess. When we utilize the fields, the grass might be wet, students may bring in an extra pair of socks/shoes to change into if they feel it's necessary.


It is important for students to wear sneakers that cover the toes & heels for physical education class so they can participate safely in the activities. Dresses must wear shorts or tights underneath.


No uniforms are required until further notice!

Injuries or Medical Notes

Please hand all medical/injuries notes into our school nurse Ms. Smith.


Folsom Athletic Department

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

We’re looking to schedule a virtual parent/coaches meeting to explain procedures and expectations.

Ms. De Sordi

Physical Education Teacher/Athletic director

Atlantic County Library is OPEN

With the start of a new school year, and the need for access to online materials greater than ever, be assured that the Atlantic County Library System is available for families with programs and resources that go far beyond books.

A library card provides children and families of all ages the tools to succeed with access to technology, research and databases, early literacy programs, virtual homework assistance and more. Many may find that a library card is one of the most important school supplies.

Atlantic County library branches also offer free WiFi, mobile printing capability, copiers, scanners and fax machines as well as the use of computers in 30-minute intervals.

All nine branches are now open Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM – 5 PM, with curbside pickup available Monday through Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM. Patrons are asked to wear facemasks and observe social distancing and recommended health protocols. Please visit the link below to learn more about the Hammonton branch -

To sign up for a library card, residents can visit in-person or go online to obtain a temporary card for digital access only at: card.

Now is the perfect time for you and your children to explore all that the Atlantic County Library System has to offer.

Child Care Assistance Information

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Project Child Find

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Folsom School Apparel

Folsom Apparel will be available ALL YEAR NOW! Follow this link to place your orders. Orders will be delivered the 1st week of every month. Please see flyer below for more information.
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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.