Folsom School News

January 2019

Dear Folsom Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed this holiday season with family and friends! December is always a special month with the celebration of holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah coupled with the New Year just around the corner. On a personal note, December was special for our family as my wife, Kate, and I welcomed the birth of our second child Alexandria on December 7th. Now, it’s time to pack up the holiday ornaments and take down the bright lights as we begin the month of January.

January 1st signifies a new beginning for all of us. New Year’s Day is symbolic in many ways; it’s the first day of the year and the first day of hitting our new goal(s). It has been a long-standing tradition in our country to make a New Year’s resolution such as to improve physical and or mental well-being. Sadly, a significant number of people fail to achieve their New Year’s resolution. Maybe it’s the cold and darkness during the winter months that prevent us from achieving our goals. However, this year will be different!

It is fitting that January’s character trait is GRIT. Psychologist Angela Duckworth is the leading voice in grit research. Dr. Duckworth defines grit as a combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal. Below is an excerpt from a New York Times interview with Dr. Duckworth:

How does one develop grit?

You cannot will yourself to be interested in something you’re not interested in. But you can actively discover and deepen your interest. So once you’ve fostered an interest, then, and only then, can you do the kind of difficult, effortful and sometimes frustrating practice that truly makes you better. Another thing is really maintaining a sense of hope or resilience, even when there are setbacks.

How can parents foster grit in their children?

The parenting style that is good for grit is also the parenting style good for most other things: Be really, really demanding, and be very, very supportive. By this I don’t mean material things; I mean emotional support. If parents are warm and loving, the kids tend to feel loved. Respect, or what the parenting literature calls “autonomy support,” is also essential. That’s when parents allow their kids to make their own decisions just as soon as they are capable.

In closing, I wish you the best in reaching the goals you have set forth for 2019. On behalf of the staff, we look forward to working closely with your child to ensure he or she is reaching their short and long-term academic, social, and emotional goals.

Be Gritty,

Matt Mazzoni, Ed.D.


January's character trait is....

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Dates to Remember

  • 1st New Year's Day Happy 2019!! School Closed Winter Recess
  • 2nd School Closed Winter Recess
  • 3rd School Open
  • 3rd Board of Education Reorganization Meeting 5:30 pm
  • 16th Geography Bee Grades 3-8 9:00 am
  • 17th Meatballs & Math Informational Dinner 5:30 pm
  • 21st School Closed Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • 22nd Board of Education Meeting 6:30 pm
  • 29th Kindergarten Field Trip
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It's time to order your Yearbook!

Online orders can be made at

School code: 10868019

Order deadline: 4/5/2019

Yearbooks are $25

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 21, 2018 or they will not be able to return to school on January 3, 2019.

Technology Tip

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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

Middle School:

Uniforms need to be worn to participate in physical education class.

Remember to check which day students have physical education.

*Students who are not prepared will sit out and receive a not prepared/no participation grade.

example: 3 unprepared/no participation will lower a grade 6 points (2 points each incident)

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

T-shirts $5.00 Shorts $11.00 (6th -8th graders)

Inside activities for December-February will consist of the Basketball unit and the pickle ball unit.


Reminder: Check which day students have physical education.

For Safety Purposes: proper attire (no dresses) and sneakers are needed for physical education class. Jackets and warm clothes are important for our outside activities

this time of year.

*students who are not prepared will sit out and receive a not prepared/no participation grade.

example: 3 unprepared/no participation will lower a grade 6 points (2 points each incident)

Inside activities for December-February.

Athletic Department:

Congratulations to the Folsom Falcons Cross Country Teams.

Both the Boys & Girls teams won their divisions and are CHAMPIONS for 2018!

Sports Physicals must be completed before a student can participate in a sport. Physical forms can be found on the Folsom School website.

Hava a wonderful January and remember to stay active!

Ms. DeSordi

Physical Education Teacher/Athletic Director

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.