Folsom School News

June 2022

Message from Dr. Mazzoni

Dear Folsom Families,


We are in the final days of the 2021-2022 school year! On behalf of the Folsom Staff, thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning and contributing to the successes at Folsom School. The Folsom staff and students did a tremendous job this year 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 look forward to the start of next school year!


The Folsom staff will wave good-bye to students on June 13th and then quickly transition in the planning and preparing for the summer learning program and the upcoming school year. We also want to make sure our families are prepared for September 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 2022-2023 school year calendar under the same tab.


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


Folsom’s Field Day will be held on Wednesday, June 8th starting at 9:00 am. (rain date is Thursday, June 9th). Parents are also invited to attend this year’s field day – we ask that parents watch and cheer on their child’s class throughout the day. In addition to the games, students will be treated to a B-B-Q lunch. Parents are able to purchase the B-B-Q lunch for $5 a person. Parents attending the event need to sign-in at the entrance table located near the PK playground. Lunch bracelets can be purchased at that time too. Lastly, the event will conclude with the Collings Lakes Fire Department cooling off the students with their spray tanker!


Below are some of reminders in preparing your child for Field Day:

  • Dress your child(ren) in proper clothing suitable for the temperature
  • Please apply sunblock before students arrive to school
  • Students will receive field day shirt the morning of field day
  • No Jewelry or dresses
  • Shorts are permitted and are appropriate for school attire
  • Hats, sun block, sun glasses, etc. should be labeled with your child’s name
  • Sneakers and socks are required - NO flip flops
  • Water will be available on field and at the nurse’s station. We ask that students do not bring soda, energy drinks, or high sugar fluids to the event as they dehydrate the body
  • Sling bags can be carried by students the day of the event



Respectfully,


Matthew Mazzoni, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Curriculum & Classroom Highlights

Summer Learning

Another school year is ending and the long days of summer lie ahead. Even though leisure time activities start to take precedence over academic endeavors, I would like to encourage you to keep reading high on your child’s list of summer activities. It really is true that readers are leaders. Just like other skills your children are learning, such as how to hit a baseball or play the piano, reading needs to be practiced every day to maintain and strengthen skills. There is an extensive body of research that tells us that academic achievement is directly related to how much time children spend reading outside of school.


Math activities will also be provided by each classroom teacher. The purpose of the summer math practice is to provide students an opportunity to stay engaged in mathematics over the summer and reinforce the necessary skills for the upcoming school year. The summer math packets and Think Stretch books will be collected the first week of school.

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Folsom school will be providing students in Kindergarten and First grade a Think Stretch book before summer break. Think Stretch effectively combats the key issues in summer learning loss with ready-to-use learning materials that provide clear direction for parents. In addition to the book, the Think Stretch website offers additional activities for children and families to explore: https://thinkstretch.com/activities/.

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2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade

Students in second, third and fourth grade will be receiving a summer reading book. Second grade will be reading Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli. Third and fourth graders will read Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary. Each classroom will review and begin reading the book prior to summer break. More information will be sent home from the classroom teachers.

Middle School

Our middle school students will all be receiving a copy of Tesla’s Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman. The English Language Arts teachers will distribute the books and review expectations with the students. There will be a Google Classroom set up for your child to utilize online resources (audio book, packet information, etc.).
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2022-2023 School Calendar

  • September 6th-1st Day of School for Students
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Falcons of the Month

April-Humility

Dates to Remember


2

Kindergarten Moving Up 10:00 am

8th Grade Field Trip


3

8th Grade Awards Ceremony 10:00 am

Donuts and Poetry with Dad-2nd Grade 2:15 pm

3rd Grade Field Trip


7

Pre-K Carnival 10:30 am

Trimester 3 Ends


8

12:45 pm Dismissal

Field Day


9

12:45 pm Dismissal


10

School Pizza Party!

12:45 pm Dismissal

8th Grade Graduation 7:00 pm


13

Last Day of School-12:45 pm Dismissal

Report Cards available on the parent portal

Nurses Notes

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End of the year Nurse’s office reminders:


  • PK- Remember to turn in up-to-date shot record with the nurse as your child turns 5 years old.


  • 5th grader’s- Remember to turn in up-to-date shot record with the nurse as your child turns 11 years old.


  • Please continue to email Nurse Smith to inform her if your child has received the COVID 19 vaccine or booster doses.



  • All medications must be picked up by an adult by the last day of school 6/13/22.


  • 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.


  • Forward all updated vaccination records and/or physicals ASAP to Nurse Smith.


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


  • When calling your child out sick, please state their symptoms on the message.


  • Email Nurse Smith Lsmith@folsomschool.org with any illness questions or reporting rather than leaving a message on her voicemail.



Please contact Nurse Smith if you have any questions.


Lisa Smith RN/CSN

School Nurse

Counselor’s Corner

We have been working hard on social emotional learning this school year! It’s important to practice the skills we have learned about throughout the year, so we can continue to grow when we come back next school year.


In order to do this, your child needs your help! Please use these calendars below to review or practice one social skill per day with your child. Sign your initials in the box for each day that your child completes and return it to school when your child returns for the next school year. Your child will receive a reward based off how many days they complete!


If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your support! Have a great summer!

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Mrs. Sarah Doherty M.ED​

School Counselor / Anti-Bullying Specialist

Email: SDoherty@folsomschool.org

Athletic Department

With the softball season coming to a close , I just want to thank all of the coaches and student athletes for their hard work and dedication this year. It was a great year for all of the sports teams and we look forward to the continued success in the following school year.


For those students interested in playing sports in the upcoming 2022-2023 school year, make sure you get your physical paperwork filled out. The paperwork can be found on the school website.


Have a Great Summer!


Tony Burton

Athletic Director

6th Grade English/Social Studies

Technology Tip


Click link for technology tips and tricks: https://www.smore.com/f2p50

School Health Specialist

That’s a wrap!


Congratulations on surviving our first full school year! We have all faced so many challenges over the last few years, but we all pushed through and have climbed the highest mountain. Kudos to all!!


I am excited to look ahead to see what summer will bring. Here is a list of fun activities that can bring some summer fun!


1. Summer Bops- Discover new music and make your own family summer playlist. Considering introducing your kids to your favorite beats.


2. Refresh recipes and local fare- We live in the best place in the world…The Garden State! Explore https://findjerseyfresh.com/ and see all the delicious fruits and veggies that Jersey has to offer. There are many local pick your own farms. Find the here:

https://www.pickyourown.org/NJ.htm


3. Plan some fun summer activities. Need some help? Check it out: https://pittsburgh.momcollective.com/parenting-perspectives/ultimate-list-100-fun-summer-activities-kids/


4. Movie Marathon- Watch new movies and old classics! We purchased an outdoor projector and screen a couple of years ago. It is so fun to watch a movie outside, have snacks and enjoy life!


I want to wish you and your families a fun and enjoyable summer! Please feel free to reach out to me anytime during the summer, whether you want to just say hi or if you need any assistance.

In good health,


Kristi Schleyer

Family Partner

School Health Specialist

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Free Breakfast and Lunch Program

We would like to encourage ALL students to take advantage of the free breakfast and lunch being offered at the school now through June 2022.

Again, all meals are free to ALL students through June 2022 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 ddecicco@folsomschool.org.

School Age Child Care (SACC)

SACC is Folsom's before school and after school child care program.


Should you wish to enroll your children in the Folsom's SACC program please complete the Folsom SACC Program Parent Agreement and the Monthly Reservation Calendar.


The monthly reservation calendar is due by the 15th of the previous month.


Be sure to return the forms to the Folsom Main office to confirm SACC days for your child’s before and after school care.


SACC begins on the first day of school and ends on the last day of the school year.


There is NO REGISTRATION FEE.


Any family eligible for free or reduced lunch may have their SACC Program fees paid by NJ Kid Care Program.


Please see the links below for more information:

Click here for the: Folsom SACC Program Parent Agreement & Pricing Plan