Folsom School News

June 2019

Dear Folsom Families:

We are in the final days of the 2018-2019 school year! On behalf of the Folsom Staff, thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning and having pride for Folsom School. As a staff, we will continue to emphasize teaching and learning while creating a school environment where students learn through fun and engaging experiences. We wish you and your family an enjoyable summer and will be looking forward to the start of next school year!

The Folsom Staff will wave good-bye to students on June 18th and then quickly transition in the planning and preparing for the upcoming school year. We also want to make sure our families are prepared for the next school year by providing resources that can be found on the school website. The class supply list for the upcoming school year can be accessed under the Parents tab. Secondly, you will also find the 2019-2020 school year calendar under the same tab.

Once again, thank you for a wonderful school year and we wish everyone an enjoyable summer!


Matthew Mazzoni, Ed.D.


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Dates to Remember

  • 3rd 8th grade awards ceremony 1:45 pm (grades 6-8)
  • 5th Kindergarten Moving Up! 1:30 pm
  • 6th Spring Concert & Art Show 6:30 pm
  • 7th Field trip 7th grade
  • 7th 3rd Trimester Ends
  • 11th South Jersey Industries Junior Achievement Day (grades 6-8)
  • 12th St. Baldrick's Day Assembly 2:00 pm
  • 13th 12:45 Dismissal
  • 13th Field Day!
  • 14th 12:45 Dismissal
  • 14th "One Book" Assembly (grades 5-7) 9:00 am
  • 17th 12:45 Dismissal
  • 18th 12:45 Dismissal LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!
  • 18th Graduation 7:00 pm
  • 25th Board of Education Meeting 6:00 pm

Revised June 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.

2019-2020 Folsom District Calendar

September 5th is the 1st day of the 2019-2020 School Year!

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Drug Alliance Youth Summer Camp

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Curriculum News

We hope that you will support your student this summer with the Thinkstretch Summer Learning Program (Grades K-4). Research out of Johns Hopkins University shows all students lose up to 2.6 months of learning if they do not actively engage in summer learning activities. Folsom is making a commitment to “Stop Summer Brain Drain!”

There are 8 weeks of lessons in each workbook. The lessons focus on Language Arts and Math. Students will receive a bronze medal for completing 4 lessons, silver medal for completing 6 lessons and a gold medal for completing 8 lessons!

Summer Reading and Math Packet

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park is this year Summer Reading book for grades 5-7. There will be a Kick off Assembly on June 14th at 9:00 am to introduce the book to the students.

Middle school students will also be receiving a Math packet to be completed over the summer and turned in on the 1st day of school in September.

If you need any further information please contact:

Michele L. Hetzel M.Ed.

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

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

Field day will be June 13th, 2019 please see letter below that provides some information & procedures.

Folsom Falcons Softball season ended this year with a 9-2 record.

Cross Country Team 2019-2020

Cross Country for Girls and Boys in grades 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th will begin within a week of the new school year. If interested, please work on endurance for a 1.5 mile course over the summer. There will be a meeting in June for those interested.

Any questions please email: or

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

Have a fun and a fit summer. Ms. DeSordi

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Nurse Notes

Summer Sun Safety Tips

When kids are outdoors, it's important to protect their skin to prevent melanoma and skin damage from too much sun exposure.

Here's how to help kids enjoy fun in the sun safely.

Why Is Sun Protection Important?

We all need some sun exposure. When skin is exposed to the sun, our bodies make vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones. It only takes a little time in the sun for most people to get the vitamin D they need (and most vitamin D needs should be met with a healthy diet and/or supplements).

Too much unprotected exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and skin cancer. Even people in their twenties can develop skin cancer.

How Do Sunburns Happen?

The sun radiates light to the earth, and part of that light consists of invisible UV rays. When these rays reach the skin, they cause tanning, burning, and other skin damage.

UVA rays cause skin aging and wrinkling and contribute to skin cancer, such as melanoma (the most dangerous form of skin cancer). UVA rays pass easily through the ozone layer, so they make up the majority of our sun exposure.

UVB rays are also dangerous, causing sunburns, cataracts (clouding of the eye lens), and effects on the immune system. They also contribute to skin cancer, and melanoma is thought to be associated with severe UVB sunburns before age 20.

UV rays react with a chemical called melanin that's found in skin. A sunburn develops when the amount of UV exposure is greater than what can be protected against by the skin's melanin. The risk of damage increases with the amount and intensity of exposure. A tan is itself a sign of skin damage and does not help protect the skin.

Who Needs Sun Protection?

Every child needs sun protection. The lighter someone's natural skin color, the less melanin it has to absorb UV rays and protect itself. The darker a person's natural skin color, the more melanin it has. But both dark- and light-skinned kids need protection from UV rays because any tanning or burning causes skin damage.

Here are the key ways to protect kids' skin:

Use Sunscreen

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that all kids — regardless of their skin tone — wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Whatever sunscreen you choose, make sure it's broad-spectrum (protects against both UVA and UVB rays) and, if kids are in or near water, is labeled water-resistant. Apply a generous amount and re-apply often.

Avoid the Strongest Rays of the Day

Try to stay in the shade when the sun is at its strongest (usually from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the northern hemisphere). If kids are in the sun during this time, apply and reapply sunscreen — even if they're just playing in the backyard. Most sun damage happens from exposure during day-to-day activities, not from being at the beach. Remember that even on cloudy, cool, or overcast days, UV rays reach the earth. This "invisible sun" can cause unexpected sunburn and skin damage.

Cover Up

One of the best ways to protect skin is to cover up. To make sure clothes offer enough protection, put your hand inside garments to make sure you can't see it through them.

Babies have thinner skin and underdeveloped melanin, so their skin burns easily. The best protection for babies under 6 months of age is shade, so they should be kept out of the sun whenever possible. If your baby must be in the sun, dress him or her in clothing that covers the body, including hats with wide brims to shadow the face. If your baby is younger than 6 months old and still has small areas of skin (like the face) exposed, you can use a tiny amount of SPF 15 sunscreen on those areas.

Even older kids need to escape the sun. For outdoor events, bring along a wide umbrella or a pop-up tent to play in. If it's not too hot outside and won't make kids even more uncomfortable, have them wear light long-sleeved shirts and/or long pants.

Wear Sunglasses

Sun exposure damages the eyes as well as the skin. Even 1 day in the sun can lead to a burned cornea (the outer clear membrane layer of the eye). Sun exposure over time can cause cataracts (clouding of the eye lens, which leads to blurred vision) later in life. The best way to protect eyes is to wear sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection.

Let kids pick their own pair — many options are fun, with multicolored frames or cartoon characters.

Double-Check Medicines

Some medicines make skin more sensitive to UV rays. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if any prescription (especially antibiotics and acne medicines) and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines your kids take can increase sun sensitivity. If so, take extra sun precautions. The best protection is simply covering up or staying indoors; even sunscreen can't always protect skin from sun sensitivity.

What if My Child Gets a Sunburn?

When kids get sunburned, they usually have pain and a sensation of heat — symptoms that tend to get worse several hours after sun exposure. Some also get chills. Because the sun has dried their skin, it can become itchy and tight. Sunburned skin begins to peel about a week after the sunburn. Encourage your child not to scratch or peel off loose skin because skin underneath the sunburn is at risk for infection.

To treat a sunburn:

Have your child take a cool (not cold) bath, or gently apply cool, wet compresses to the skin to help ease pain and heat.

Apply pure aloe vera gel (available in most drugstores) to any sunburned areas.

Give your child an anti-inflammatory medicine like ibuprofen or use acetaminophen to ease the pain and itching. (Do not give aspirin to children or teens.) Over-the-counter diphenhydramine also may help reduce itching and swelling.

Apply moisturizing cream to rehydrate the skin and treat itching. For the more seriously sunburned areas in kids over 2 years old, apply a thin layer of 1% hydrocortisone cream to help with pain. (Do not use petroleum-based products, because they prevent excess heat and sweat from escaping. Also, avoid first-aid products that contain benzocaine, which may cause skin irritation or allergy.)

If the sunburn is severe and blisters develop, call your doctor. Tell your child not to scratch, pop, or squeeze the blisters, which can get infected and cause scarring.

Keep your child out of the sun until the sunburn is healed. Any further sun exposure will only make the burn worse and increase pain.

What Else Should I Know?

The intensity of the sun's rays depends upon the time of year, as well as the altitude and latitude of your location. UV rays are strongest during summer. If you travel to a foreign country during its summer season, pack or buy the strongest sun protection you can find.

Extra protection is also a must near the equator, where the sun is strongest, and at high altitudes, where the air and cloud cover are thinner. Even during winter months, if your family goes skiing in the mountains, be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen; UV rays reflect off both snow and water, increasing the risk of sunburn.

And be a good role model by always using sunscreen, wearing sunglasses, and limiting your time in the sun. You'll reduce your risk of sun damage and teach your kids good sun sense.

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Counselor’s Corner

Take advantage of the long, lazy days of summer to boost your child’s social emotional skills so they’ll be better prepared for school in the fall.

What does a child need at school to succeed, but has nothing to do with reading, writing or arithmetic?

The answer: social emotional skills.

Sometimes called soft skills or 21st century skills, social emotional skills are built on the principles of understanding another person’s perspective, managing emotions and behaviors, and solving problems, which all contribute to success in school and in life.

When children are focused, they are better able to learn. Most schools incorporate social emotional programming into their curriculum, but parents and families can get involved too, especially during the summer months.


From getting along with others to identifying feelings, summer is the perfect time to practice social emotional skills in a safe, relaxed environment. By modeling critical skills, attitudes, and behaviors at home, kids will be better prepared to handle situations at school the following year.

Working on social emotional skills with your child doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, you can make it really fun by coming up with engaging activities.


By using specific games, songs, and even crafts, you can leverage social emotional learning time at home without making it a “big deal.” Here are some activities geared toward building social emotional skills:

Puppet play: Use puppets to act out emotions, such as frustrations or fears. Use words to talk through a situation – pretend or real. Play games like charades and act out feelings by using facial expressions and body movements. This will help your child recognize his own feelings and identify the feelings of others.

Sing: Katie Greene, Director of School Age Programming, from the Beverly Children’s Learning Center suggests singing the ageless classic, “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” but each time, choose a new feeling (eg., angry). Ask your child to think about something she does when feeling that way. If your child can’t think of something, make a suggestion, such as, “I noticed when you were angry at your brother, you took a deep breath.” Then demonstrate the angry motion in the song, for example, “if you’re angry and you know it, take a breath.” This activity encourages a healthy way for your child to identify and manage her emotions.

Sharing and caring: Learning to share, taking turns, and resolving conflicts are all important skills to have when building friendships. Help your child practice these skills by giving him a fun, safe space to play with other kids. It may be tempting to catch up on texts or chat with other parents during playtime, but resist the temptation and observe what’s going on. Provide guidance if a conflict arises. For example, in a calm voice say, “You hit Rooshi because he tried to take the truck. He started to cry because it hurt and he was sad and mad.” Then work together to find a solution to the problem.

Treasure chest: Spend time with your child decorating a special box or container. Ask her to fill it with things that make her happy, such as a sticker with a unicorn, a small lego figure, a rock or shell, etc. When your child gets angry or frustrated encourage her to take out her special treasure chest and look through the items in a quiet place. Make the preparation and decoration into a fun activity. This tool gives your child a comfort zone to escape and calm down when she is angry or upset. She can change the items in the treasure chest over time.

Whether you’re teaching your child how to identify emotions or fair ways to play, a little guidance at home can pave the way for lifelong success.

- Emily Sandahl

Technology Tip

8th Graders will receive instructions on how to download their Folsom Google Drive as their accounts will be disabled.

6th, 7th and 8th Graders Chromebooks and charging cables will be collect the last week of school.

Thank you,

Patrick Ward

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.