Folsom School News

February 2021

Greetings Folsom School Community!

Dear Folsom Families,

Folsom staff and students are off to great start to the new year! We continue to maintain the in-person hybrid learning model for our students. We currently have 82 percent of students in the hybrid learning model and 18 percent of students in the all-remote learning model.

A special recognition to our Folsom educators as they motivate students through fun, engaging lessons in person and virtually. The Folsom staff continues to work hard and stay focused on providing our students with personal learning opportunities.

The mark of a great teacher is one who can adapt to change when adversity hits – I am confident to say that this pandemic has shown the greatness from our teachers. I am inspired each and every day of how the Folsom staff is engaging our students from the classroom to home while never losing sight of being empathetic and kind. On behalf of the Folsom School-Community, thank you for your efforts and professionalism. Let’s continue working together to inspire and build a love for learning in our students.

Go Falcons!

Matthew Mazzoni, Ed.D.


Student Support Team Parent Survey

We invite you to complete the following survey for each child regarding your child's well-being during this unique school year. We value your opinions and perspectives. These responses will be collected by our student support team and will remain confidential. Your answers will help us provide appropriate mental health care resources to you and our students.

Please click on the link below to complete the survey.

February's Character Trait

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December Falcons of the Month

Valentine Candy Gram Fundraiser

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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



Writing can often be challenging for elementary students, and this is to be expected! While reading involves information intake, writing involves output, and that can be difficult, especially in the unique structure of this school year..

  • Focus on PROCESS, not PRODUCT!
    • If your child can brainstorm ideas, plan out her story, and orally rehearse their writing, this is just as important as what she is able to actually compose.
    • Celebrate the writing process, not just a finished product!

  • Oral Rehearsal and Planning
    • Have your child say his story aloud - not just what he plans to write about, but the actual words he will write. Rehearse more than once.
    • TIP--You might even record this rehearsal, so that your child can replay the story as he writes, pausing the recording to write each sentence.
    • TIP--Plan across pages by sketching at the top of each page or writing a “key word” to remember the plan. Then, if your child returns to the piece the next day, he will remember what he had planned to write on each page.

  • Spelling
    • For K-2 families, encourage invented (phonetic) spelling--
      • “stretch out the word to hear each of the sounds and write a letter for each sound.”
      • Focus on matching letters to sounds, not conventional spelling.
    • TIP: Personal Word Wall--If there are words your child asks how to spell repeatedly, you can add them to a blank word wall, which can include words just for your child!

  • Time/Frustration/Fatigue
    • Utilize a timer to try to write for 10 minutes, taking a break if needed. Then, build from there as appropriate for your child's age.
    • If your child is struggling on a particular day, consider substituting out the writing assignment for the day with a journal prompt or free writing, and be sure to contact his teacher regarding the need for additional support.
    • TIP: Encourage your child to track her own stamina using a timer and recording the number of minutes she was able to work on her writing piece, in order to encourage ownership and goal setting.

If writing is causing stress for you or your child, it’s time to stop and move on to the next activity.


Thank you so much for your support in ensuring that your child reads on a daily basis, whether this is on RAZ Kids, our school library book, or a book from your home library. Reading every day is critical to maintaining students’ reading volume (amount), reading stamina (length of time they are able to sustain independent reading) and reading engagement, which supports a love of reading! It is important that children have choice in what they read, and that they are able to learn about their interests through reading.

On the days that your child is home, please encourage him/her to find a cozy spot to read, one that is free from distractions. Additionally, your child should be aware of his/her reading stamina. It can be helpful to set a timer and track stamina on a chart, so that your child builds awareness and takes ownership over growing his/her stamina.

There is no better way to grow as a reader than reading!


Try using a chart to build awareness of stamina and set goals to read longer

and stronger!

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How am I feeling today as a reader? What can I do to improve my stamina?

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Nurse's Notes

If your child is sent home by the nurse, for having 2 or more COVID symptoms, they must have a note to return to school from their doctor or proof of a negative COVID test.

The cold weather months are here! Please remember to send students to school with their winter weather gear....coats, hat, gloves, etc.


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

Technology Tip

A link to Common Sense Media’s Parents' Ultimate Guide to Discord

Is Discord safe? How does it work? And what does it have to do with Fortnite? Here's everything you need to know about this popular chat app for gamers. By Frannie Ucciferri

See more technology tips and tricks here:

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.

Throughout the year, I have been posting "Coffee With The Counselor" video presentations. All of the Coffee with the Counselor video presentations can be accessed through the Counselor's Corner google classroom. Each student has been invited to the classroom but you can also join with the class code is e2qxryb (under your child's account). Below are video presentation topics that have been addressed. Stay tuned for more! 🙂

  • My Role as The School Counselor
  • Dealing with Anxiety (+ Positive Affirmations)
  • Building Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Homework Tips and Working from Home Strategies

Mrs. Sarah Doherty M.ED​

School Counselor / Anti-Bullying Specialist

Phone: (609) 561-8666 ext 123


Physical Education and Athletic Department

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

COVID-19: tips to stay healthy during the pandemic

Stay active: The gyms may not be open, however, there are lots of safe alternatives to getting physical activity without going against the preventive best practices

Diet and nutrition: Practicing self-discipline and avoiding “emotional eating” due to stress that may be related to the drastic changes surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic

Stay connected: Talking with loved ones while in isolation can help reduce the anxiety and instances of feeling down


· Go Noodle: Includes weekly activities on video as well as additional permanent videos. Also has an app with “video games” that require movement.

OPEN: Online Physical Education Network

· Play works: Play at Home.

· FIT Kids Home Fitness Program:



Medical/injuries notes are submitted to the office and

Mrs. Smith (school nurse).

Folsom Falcons Athletic Department


Ms. De Sordi

Physical Education Teacher/Athletic director

Mrs. Hetzel Awarded Municipal Alliance Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Michele Hetzel for earning the title of 2020 Municipal Alliance Volunteers of the Year for Atlantic County! Below is a snapshot of Mrs. Hetzel’s volunteer work in the Folsom School and Community. We cannot forget that Mrs. Hetzel is also the President of the Folsom Home & School and coordinates a number of other committees. Congratulations Mrs. Hetzel!

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Ms. Carrigan joins the Folsom Team!

Congratulations to Ms. Karlee Carrigan as the newly hired 1st grade special education teacher at Folsom. Prior to being hired in first grade, Ms. Carrigan was in the role of 5th grade long-term special education teacher from September to November. In addition, she has been a permanent substitute in the district the past few months. Ms. Carrigan will be a welcomed addition to the Folsom team.

Polar Bear Run/Walk for Autism Donation to Folsom School

Michael and Pamela Givens, the event organizers of the Annual Polar Bear Run/Walk for Autism in Sea Isle City, made a $2,000 donation in honor of the late Ben Bevan. Ben’s children attended Folsom School in the past and his youngest daughter, Avery, will be attending kindergarten next school year. Mr. Bevan was a valuable volunteer to the event for the past 12 years. The monetary donation is earmarked for our Special Education program at the wish of the Given’s family.

Dates to Remember


Academic Support 3:30-4:30 pm


Virtual Academic Support 6:30-7:30 pm


Virtual Academic Support 6:30-7:30 pm


The Bowl 2:35 pm


Academic Support 3:30-4:30 pm


Academic Support 3:30-4:30 pm


Virtual Academic Support 6:30-7:30 pm


Virtual Academic Support 6:30-7:30 pm


Falcons Spirit Day! Wear your Folsom Spirit Wear!

2nd Trimester Progress Reports on Parent Portal


School Closed President's Day


Academic Support 3:30-4:30 pm

Board of Education Meeting 6:00 pm


Virtual Academic Support 6:30-7:30 pm

Home and School Meeting (virtual)


Virtual Academic Support 6:30-7:30 pm


Academic Support 3:30-4:30 pm


Academic Support 3:30-4:30 pm


Virtual Academic Support 6:30-7:30 pm


Virtual Academic Support 6:30-7:30 pm

FAA Spring Registration

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Special Education Parent Advisory Group

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Child Care Assistance Information

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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.