Folsom School News

November 2019

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 until November 29, 2019.

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.


November's Character Trait Is...

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Dates to Remember


Lip Sync Rehearsal 3:30-5:00 pm


STOKES Trip 6th grade students


STOKES Trip 6th grade students


STOKES Trip 6th grade students


School Closed-NJEA Teachers Convention


School Closed-NJEA Teachers Convention


Veterans Day Assembly 9:30 am


Lip Sync Rehearsal 3:30-5:00 pm


Home & School Cookie Fundraiser Money Due!


Folsom Home & School Meeting 6:00 pm


Lip Sync Dress Rehearsal 3:30-5:00 pm


Falcon Friday! Students and Staff wear your blue Folsom T-shirt!

Kindergarten Field Trip-DiDonato's

Lip Sync Show 6:30 pm


Board of Education Meeting 6:00 pm


12:45 Dismissal-Thanksgiving Recess

Kindergarten Feast 11:00 am


School Closed-Thanksgiving Recess


School Closed-Thanksgiving Recess

Choice Applications

The Choice Application Process for the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 school year, now is the time. The application Deadline is December 3, 2019.

Applications can be found on our website:


Reading with your Child

There is no more important activity for preparing your child to succeed as a reader than reading aloud together. Fill your story times with a variety of books. Be consistent, be patient, and watch the magic work.

It's no secret that activities at home are an important supplement to the classroom, but there's more to it than that. There are things that parents can give children at home that the classrooms cannot give.

Start young and stay with it

At just a few months of age, an infant can look at pictures, listen to your voice, and point to objects on cardboard pages. Guide your child by pointing to the pictures, and say the names of the various objects. By drawing attention to pictures and associating the words with both pictures and the real-world objects, your child will learn the importance of language.

Children learn to love the sound of language before they even notice the existence of printed words on a page. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. When the rhythm and melody of language become a part of a child's life, learning to read will be as natural as learning to walk and talk.

Even after children learn to read by themselves, it's still important for you to read aloud together. By reading stories that are on their interest level, but beyond their reading level, you can stretch young readers' understanding and motivate them to improve their skills.

It's part of life

Although the life of a parent is often hectic, you should try to read with your child at least once a day at a regularly scheduled time. But don't be discouraged if you skip a day or don't always keep to your schedule. Just read to your child as often as you possibly can.

If you have more than one child, try to spend some time reading alone with each child, especially if they're more than 2 years apart. However, it's also fine to read to children at different stages and ages at the same time. Most children enjoy listening to many types of stories. When stories are complex, children can still get the idea and can be encouraged to ask questions. When stories are easy or familiar, youngsters enjoy these "old friends" and may even help in the reading.

Taking the time to read with your children on a regular basis sends an important message: Reading is worthwhile.

One more time

You may go through a period when your child favors one book and wants it read night after night. It is not unusual for children to favor a particular story, and this can be boring for parents. Keep in mind, however, that a favorite story may speak to your child's interests or emotional needs. Be patient. Continue to expose your children to a wealth of books and eventually they will be ready for more stories.

Talking about stories

It's often a good idea to talk about a story you are reading, but you need not feel compelled to talk about every story. Good stories will encourage a love for reading, with or without conversation. And sometimes children need time to think about stories they have read. A day or so later, don't be surprised if your child mentions something from a story you've read together.

Remember when you were very young

It will help, however, if we open our eyes to some things adult readers tend to take for granted. It's easier to be patient when we remember how much children do not know. Here are a few concepts we adults know so well we forget sometimes we ever learned them.

  • There's a difference between words and pictures. Point to the print as you read aloud.
  • Words on a page have meaning, and that is what we learn to read.
  • Words go across the page from left to right. Follow with your finger as you read.
  • Words on a page are made up of letters and are separated by a space.
  • Each letter has at least two forms: one for capital letters and one for small letters.
  • These are examples of hieroglyphics.
  • Imagine how you would feel if you were trying to interpret a book full of such symbols. That's how young readers feel. But, a little patience (maybe by turning it into a puzzle you can solve together) is certain to build confidence.

Advertise the joy of reading!

Our goal is to motivate children to want to read so they will practice reading independently and, thus, become fluent readers. That happens when children enjoy reading. We parents can do for reading what fast food chains do for hamburgers? ADVERTISE! And we advertise by reading great stories and poems to children.

We can help our children find the tools they need to succeed in life. Having access to information through the printed word is an absolute necessity. Knowledge is power, and books are full of it. But reading is more than just a practical tool. Through books we can enrich our minds; we can also relax and enjoy some precious leisure moments.

With your help, your children can begin a lifelong relationship with the printed word, so they grow into adults who read easily and frequently whether for business, knowledge, or pleasure.

Link to article:

School Psychologist

Find Your Focus—School Psychology Awareness Week

At Folsom School, we want our kids to reach their potential and develop skills to thrive in school and in life. This year National School Psychology Awareness Week is from November 11-15, the theme of which is “Find Your Focus.” Finding one’s focus" can mean a variety of things from paying attention, to being able to see an idea more clearly, to identifying an area of interest, or to being persistent or determined in one’s effort. Focusing can help us set goals, identify action steps, communicate need, and engage in discussions to help create the connections necessary for students to develop critical academic and social emotional skills. School psychologists, along with other school personnel, work with students every day to help them find their focus—identify strengths and interests, develop persistence, see ideas and situations more clearly, and attend to important information in academic and social settings, and we believe families can do the same.

Help Kids Find Their Focus at Home

There are many ways families can help children find their focus. As parents and caregivers, you can:

1. Talk to your kids about their strengths and interests. What do they think they are good at? What activities are they interested in? What career path do they want to follow? Emphasize that learning and growing require trying new things and that success comes from small steps to a long-term goal

2. Help your children develop positive relationships with peers and adults, and model respectful, caring behaviors with others.

3. Encourage goal setting and mapping out a plan for achieving the goals. Talk with your children about steps they have taken, what worked and what didn’t, and what they might do next.

4. Praise attempts, as well as success, and make sure that you focus on the effort or hard work put into the success. Emphasize the importance of deliberate practice that talent is developed over time through skillful practice.

5. Create an environment at home that allows your children to explore building (playing with blocks, helping with projects, and more), drawing (crayons, finger paints, paper), and music (on the radio, with children’s instruments, or through formal training through school or community resources). This may help to identify special interests.

6. Help your child work through setbacks, or lack of self-confidence, by helping to identify negative thoughts that may suggest concerns about his or her ability to be successful. As a parent, you can help children see what the small steps are and how persisting and overcoming obstacles is a part of succeeding. Help your child realize that setbacks are not permanent or all-encompassing.

7. Seek out support systems available in the community to help your children learn new skills and thrive, such as tutoring or mentoring programs. Encourage your children to participate in community activities that may help them to develop positive behaviors, such as being grateful. In particular, volunteer activities may encourage the development of positive behaviors. Consider participating in community events yourself as a role model.

8. Encourage your children to participate in school and community activities that may help them to develop positive behaviors, such as being grateful. In particular, volunteer activities may encourage the development of positive behaviors. Consider participating in community and school events yourself as role a model.

About School Psychologists

School psychologists are members of school staff who support students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to teach. School psychologists apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally by providing direct support to students, such as individualized learning and behavioral assessments to identify students’ strengths and needs, academic and behavioral interventions, counseling, and social skills training. We also consult with teachers, families, and other educators to improve support strategies and school-wide practices and policies. We are in a unique position to ensure students’ success every day, including both small and big accomplishments. More information is available at

Physical Education and Athletic Department

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

Middle School:

Physical education uniforms are in and have been distributed to all middle school students.

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

*Students who are not prepared will sit out.

(Receive a not prepared/ no participation grade. 5 unprepared, no participation, or low participation will lower grade 6 pts (2 pts. each).

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

Uniform T-shirts $5.00 Uniform Shorts $11.00 (6th, 7th, and 8th graders)

Elementary K-5:

Reminder: check which day students have physical education so they are appropriately dressed.

For safety purposes:

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

*Students who are not prepared will receive an unprepared for that class period.

5 unprepared, no participation, or low participation will lower grade for that appropriate standard.

Jackets and warm clothes are important for our outside activities this time of year.

Athletic Department:

Folsom basketball boys and girls coach/students meeting will be announced soon.

Permission slips and try out schedule will be handed out 2 weeks prior to the dates.

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

After teams have been chosen we will be scheduling a parent/coaches meeting to explain procedures and expectations.

Have a wonderful November & Stay active.

N. DeSordi

Health and Physical education teacher

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.

Reminders: All Pre-K students need proof of a flu shot sent to the nurse before Friday, December 20, 2019 or they will not be able to return to school on January 2, 2020.

We are in the middle of Flu Season. Flu symptoms: Sudden fever, feeling weak or overly tired, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, chills, body aches, vomiting and/or diarrhea. Protect yourself and your loved ones, learn what you can do to prevent the flu. Visit

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and November 14th is World Diabetes Day. Please visit the American Diabetes Association for more info.

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. Please visit the Epilepsy Foundation to learn more about Seizure first aid and join this great cause. awareness/national-epilepsy-awareness-month

November 21st is the Great American Smoke out. Get involved with the American Cancer Society.

Counselor’s Corner

Teaching our kids to say "thank you" is important, but truly instilling a sense of gratitude in them is another matter entirely. Gratitude goes beyond good manners -- it's a mindset and a lifestyle.

A recent Wall Street Journal article about raising kids with gratitude acknowledged a growing interest in the area of gratitude in the younger generation. The piece cited studies showing that kids who count their blessings reap concrete benefits, including greater life satisfaction and a better attitude about school. Sounds good, right?

So how can we help our kids learn to live gratefully? Gratitude starts at home, and here are 10 tips to help you start growing an attitude of gratitude in your own household:

1. Name your blessings.
Have a moment of thanks each day when everyone shares something they're thankful for. Whether the list includes a favorite toy, a particularly good piano lesson or a birthday card from Nana, this daily tradition can help develop a positive frame of mind. Older kids might even prefer to keep a gratitude journal and write down a few things they were thankful for each day before going to bed.

Sometimes when my kids have been particularly blue or negative, I've had them send me a nightly email with three things they're grateful for. It's been a successful solution every time, and realizing the good in their lives results in a quick and significant shift of attitude.

2. Be a grateful parent.

What an invaluable exercise it is to tell our kids why we're grateful to have them! It goes without saying that we love our kids, and that we're thankful beyond words for their love, their smiles, their hugs and so much more. When we tell them what makes them special to us, their self-esteem is boosted for the right reasons (not because they have the latest smartphone or because they're dressed fashionably). Plus, our example shows them that gratitude extends well beyond material things.

3. Resist the urge to shower them with too much "stuff."
The old adage "all things in moderation" is a useful guideline here. Of course we to want to give our kids the best, and this isn't to suggest that we refuse to buy them anything but the bare essentials. But buying kids whatever they want, whenever they want, dilutes the gratitude impulse and it can mean that they don't learn to value or respect their possessions. They wind up having so much stuff, they don't appreciate each toy or game or device, as they keep setting their sights on what's shinier and newer.

4. Have them pitch in when they want something.
If your kids get an allowance or earn money at a job, have them participate in buying some of the things they want. When kids themselves take the time to save up, they have an ownership stake in the purchase and gain an understanding of the value of a dollar by working toward what they want. It also teaches restraint and encourages kids to appreciate what they have, as well as giving them a more realistic perspective on what you and others do for them.

5. Keep thank-you notes on hand.
Sadly, sending handwritten thank-you notes seems to be a dying art. But it's actually a perfect way to encourage kids to express gratitude -- and as an added bonus, it can make the recipient's day. Of course it's more than appropriate for kids to send notes when they receive gifts, but we can also encourage them to thank teachers at the end of the school year, Little League coaches, ballet teachers, kind pediatricians, helpful librarians, families who host them for overnights or parties. There are loads of opportunities throughout the year for kids to recognize and thank those who have done something special for them, and it's a habit that if they start young, they'll naturally carry throughout life. It's important that kids compose and handwrite the notes themselves, and we as parents can set the example by making sure to write thank-you notes on a variety of occasions.

6. Set a good example by saying "thank you" sincerely and often.
The values our kids embrace as they get older aren't those we nag them into learning, but the ones they see us living out. There are countless opportunities every day for us to model gratitude for our kids -- for example, thanking the waitress who serves your food, the cashier who rings you up at the grocery store, the teller at the bank who cashes your check. When our kids see us expressing sincere thanks all the time, they'll be more inclined to do so as well.

7. Encourage them to give back.
The old saying "it's better to give than to receive" has stuck around for a reason. It really does feel great to help someone else out. Depending on their ages, kids can rake leaves for an elderly neighbor, say, or volunteer at a nursing home a few hours a week. You might even make service a family activity. When kids give their time and energy to help others, they're less likely to take things like health, home and family for granted.

8. Insist on politeness and respect all around.
When we teach our children to treat others with dignity and respect, they'll be more likely to appreciate the ways in which those folks contribute to and improve their lives. By the same token, they'll be less likely to take assistance and kindness for granted, and more likely to give it the value it deserves. It's crucial for us as parents to model for our children the importance of treating all people with respect. Sometimes we put more emphasis on showing respect for bosses, spiritual leaders and other high-profile people, while forgetting to extend the same courtesy to others. We need to model for our kids the importance of treating everyone with respect.

9. Look for teachable moments.
Sure, we all take the opportunity to have periodic conversations about values with our children -- but the key is to keep our eyes open for situations that eloquently illustrate our point. We need to seize those moments and be prepared to use them as the powerful teaching aids that they are. When kids can connect the concept of gratitude to a real-life situation, the lesson we're teaching will be much more likely to stick.

10. Find the silver lining.
It's human nature to see the glass half-empty from time to time -- and children are no exception. When kids complain or gripe, it can be helpful to try to find a response that looks on the bright(er) side. It's called an "attitude of gratitude" for a reason -- it's about perspective more than circumstance. Sometimes it's tempting to wallow lingeringly in self-pity. But as parents we need to remember that it's more productive to teach our kids to be resilient and refocus them on the positives they may be overlooking.

One of my most memorable lessons in having a grateful perspective came from a salmon slicer at Zabar's in New York City. I casually asked how he'd been, and his response stopped me in my tracks.

"Blessed," he said. "I go home to a warm bed. There's food on my table. I have running water and I can take a hot shower. I am blessed."

How powerful is that?! Just imagine how different life would be if we all adopted this attitude and passed it on to our children as well.

Mrs. Sarah Doherty M.ED​

School Counselor / Anti-Bullying Specialist

Phone: (609) 561-8666 ext 123


Article by: Andrea Reiser, Contributor

Happiness Coach

Technology Tip

Authenticator Apps Protect Your Online Accounts

Both Google and Microsoft provide free authenticator apps.

Authenticator apps install on your mobile device.

Authenticator apps generates a code that expires after about 30 seconds or prompt you to OK a logon. The app is tied to your online account.

It can handle more than one online account, so you need to only use one authenticator app.

Authenticator Apps can be used along with other online accounts; such as, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to name a few.

Look to set up you online account with 2 Factor Authentication (2FA)

Setup your online accounts to use the Authenticator App with the 2FA

For more information on the Google Authenticator App:

Android or iOS:

For more information on the Microsoft Authenticator App:

PCWorld provides information on other Authenticator Apps:

Child Study Team

SEPAG meetings will be held on the following dates at Warren E. Sooy Media Center, Hammonton, NJ @ 6:30 PM.

  • December 4, 2019
  • February 12, 2020
  • May 6, 2020

Are you aware of any children who may have physical, mental, language or emotional problems? Folsom School can help - Project Child Find is a service of the New Jersey State Department of Education to help identify unserved children with special needs birth to 21 years of age. Please call the Child Study Team for further information at 609-561-8666 Ext. 118

Folsom Borough Environmental Commission

The Folsom Environmental Commission is part of ANJEC, the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions.

The Commission:

  • Promotes long term environmental planning within the Borough
  • Inventory and plan and preserve Open Space
  • Can report to ANJEC
  • Addresses aquifer recharge, conservation easement, impervious surface limits, and stream corridor protection

You do not need a background in science to join, just an interest in the environment of our community. Meetings are currently scheduled to be held on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Borough Hall. 7:00 pm

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.