Folsom School News

October 2019

Dear Folsom Families:

I hope this newsletter finds all of our school families off to a fantastic first month of school! We are preparing for a number of fun and engaging activities for our students in the month of October! The events kick-off with Fire Prevention Day on Tuesday, October 1st and concludes with the Annual Fall Festival Parade on Thursday, October 31st. Below are the specifics to the Fall Festival Parade:

Parent/Guardians of PK-4th grade students are invited to Folsom Elementary School for the Annual Fall Festival Parade on Thursday, October 31st starting at 2 pm. This year, the children (Grades Pre-K to 4th) will parade around on the blacktop near the ball fields. Parking will be available for parents/guardians in the front of the school and down the side of the driveway.

Fall Festival Day is an exciting time for students to dress up as popular characters, celebrities, or role models. As in past years, to promote the positive and fun aspects of this season and downplay the morbid and/or frightening aspects, we need your cooperation. Please avoid scary and violent costumes for the Fall Festival Parade – some young students become frightened at those sights. Costumes which include toy guns and/or knives will not be permitted.

Students are to bring their costumes to school as they will change into them prior to the parade.

Parents wishing to attend the post parade celebration in their child’s classroom must enter through the main entrance and sign in upon arrival. Celebrations will take place in the individual classrooms. Sign out sheets will be in the individual classrooms.

Lastly, students in grades 5-8 will enjoy a “spirited” activity in the Gym, courtesy of our PBSIS committee beginning at 1:45 pm. This is for STUDENTS ONLY.

Go Falcons!

Dr. Mazzoni

Tom Coverly: The Illusionist is Coming!!

We are proud to announce that Tom Coverly: The Illusionist will present at Folsom School on Friday, October 4th during the day for students and staff followed by a FREE Family Night event starting at 6 pm. Tom Coverly is a professional comedian, illusionist and motivational speaker. Tom has performed for millions around the world headlining several tours. He is the most requested motivational entertainer in the nation. Tom has been seen on TV (NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX) and heard on numerous radio stations around the country sharing his story.

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October's Character Trait Is...

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Dates to Remember


Fire Prevention Day! Grades PK-4 Please wear red to school.


8th Grade High School Fair


Family Night-Illusionist Tom Coverly from SJ Youth Alliance 6:00 pm


Home & School Hoagie Fundraiser at Stoc Up *see flyer below*


Dress like your favorite Disney/Pixar character.


Wear your favorite team's jersey/shirt.

Student Assembly-Ned Show 2:30 pm


Superhero day...wear your favorite superhero clothes...t-shirt, pants, socks, etc....


Pajama Day...wear your pajama pants and shirts (dress code still applies)

Parent Curriculum Meeting Grades 1 & 2 6:30-7:30 (information will be sent home with students from homeroom teachers)


School Closed Teacher In Service


School Closed Columbus Day


Picture Make-up Day/Club and Activity Photos

Home & School Meeting 6:00 pm

STOKES Parent Meeting 6:30 pm


Dance 6:30-8:30 pm (Grades 6-8)


1st Trimester Progress Reports on Parent Portal


12:45 pm Dismissal Parent/Teacher Conferences 1:30 - 3:30 pm


Wear Red today for Red Ribbon Week!

12:45 pm Dismissal Parent/Teacher Conferences 6:00 - 8:00 pm


12:45 pm Dismissal Parent/Teacher Conferences 6:00 - 8:00 pm


Trunk or Treat 5:00-7:00 pm *see flyer below*


Board of Education Meeting 6:00 pm


Fall Festival Parade (Grades K-4) 2:00 pm

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:


Did you know the MAP Student Progress Report will help you accurately understand what concepts your child has mastered and identify areas of strength as well as areas your child may need more support? A letter with a copy of your child’s MAP information will be mailed home. This report will give your child’s current test information as well as all historical data while attending Folsom School District.

For more information on this report please click the link below:

What does the Student Progress Report look like?

Michele L. Hetzel

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

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Child Study Team

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

  • October 22, 2019
  • 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

Lip Sync Contest

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Folsom Home & School Hoagie Sale

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Physical Education and Athletic Department

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

Students in grades K-8 will be graded this year using the following Progress Indicators:

(4) Exceeds Standard, (3) Meets Standard,

(2) Progressing towards Standard, (1) Below Standard in the two following areas:

  1. Demonstrates skills and content taught
  2. Demonstrates responsible behaviors



It is important for students to wear rubber soled shoes (sneakers) that cover the toes and heels for physical education class so they can participate safely in the activities. If girls wear dresses, they must wear shorts or tights underneath.

MIDDLE SCHOOL (6th, 7th and 8th):

PE Uniforms $11 shorts $5 t-shirt

Uniforms are on order and will be handed out as soon as the physical education department receives them within the next week.

It is part of the physical education standards to be prepared with appropriate PE uniform attire. This encourages responsibility, accountability, and along with learning about proper hygiene after working out/play.

ALL physical education classes will meet for 1 hour on their specified day (Day 1 through 6). Classes will be inside and/or outside. During cool weather, they should bring jackets to wear.

Have a “fit” and “fun” school year.

N. DeSordi

Health and Physical education teacher

Folsom Trunk or Treat

Presented by

Folsom Home and School Association

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019

Time: 5:00-7:00 pm (arrive by 5:00 pm for set-up)

Place: Folsom School Parking Lot

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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.

Flu symptoms: Sudden fever, feeling weak or overly tired, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, chills, body aches, vomiting and/or diarrhea.

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.

Below are some Halloween Safety tips......

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Counselor’s Corner

Week of Respect:

In New Jersey, the first Monday in October of each year is designated as “Week of Respect.” In recognition of the importance of social and emotional learning and character education the week is intended to create further awareness of character development within the school community. If you would like more information or resources on Respect Week, please take a look at the following link:

NJDOE School Climate and Culture

The Week of Respect is held this year October 7th-11th

Folsom’s Week of Respect theme this year is - “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”

Spirit Days:

Monday 10-7: Like Woody and Buzz say, you’ve got a friend in me! Dress like your favorite Disney/Pixar character.

Tuesday 10-8: Team up against bullying – wear your favorite team’s jersey/shirt.

Wednesday 10-9: Being a good friend makes you a hero! Superhero day!

Thursday 10-10: Put bullying to bed – wear pajamas!

Friday 10-11: No School



School Violence Week:

N.J.S.A. 18A:36-5.1 requires that the week beginning with the third Monday in October of each year (October 15-19 in 2018) be designated as School Violence Awareness Week in New Jersey. The New Jersey Department of Education has developed Guidance for School Violence Awareness Week to help school districts, charter schools, renaissance school projects and approved private schools for students with disabilities comply with the requirements. While the New Jersey Legislature has set aside both weeks to highlight these very important issues, it is a school district’s clear, consistent message throughout the school year about positive school climate and student behavioral expectations that will help reduce violence and create safe and supportive learning environments for all students and staff.

School Violence Week is held this year October 21st – 25th

Red Ribbon Week:

Theme: Send a Message, Stay Drug Free

Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States. It began as a tribute to fallen DEA special agent E. Camerena in 1985. According to the United States DEA, Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s largest and longest-running drug awareness and prevention program.

Red Ribbon Week is held this year October 23rd – 31st


Technology Tip

Did you download our Parent Portal app? If not click on the picture of the app to download the link to your phone.

The Portal is where you will find progress report, report cards, attendance records and make payments to your lunch or S.A.C.C. accounts.

Please remember to log into the Parent Portal for important Back to School information and to make sure your students emergency contact information is up to date and correct.

If you are having trouble logging into the parent portal or need any assistance with the portal please contact Mr. Ward.

Folsom Borough Environmental Commission

The single most littered plastic in the ocean is cigarette butts. Two million butts are littered every single minute and 1 in 10 reaches a body of water. Yes they are made of plastic: cellulose acetate. Cigarette butts can be recycled! to learn more go to

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.