Folsom School News

November 2022

Teacher of the Year Nominations

Please remember to 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 through Wednesday, November 9, 2022.


https://forms.gle/VCzwBqG4m6cWWXjn9

veterans day

Please dress students in RED, WHITE & BLUE

On Veterans Day, we pause to honor and remember the men and women who have served during war and peace, defending our country and the American way of life. Folsom School would like to take this opportunity to celebrate and honor the bravery and sacrifices of all our Veterans.


On Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 9:15 am we invite the school community to join us in honoring our Veterans with student performances and guest speakers at our Veterans Day Assembly to be held in the gym.


If you or a family member (including grandparents) are a veteran and would like to join us for the assembly, please email Mrs. McConaghy at jmcconaghy@folsomschool.org with your family members name, branch, rank and years of service by Friday, November 4th.


Veterans are invited into the school at 8:45 am for a continental breakfast.

School Choice

The Choice Application Process for the 2023-2024 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 2023-2024 school year, now is the time. The application Deadline is November 30, 2022.


Applications can be found on our website: www.folsomschool.org

Holiday Food Drive

It is once again that time of year for Folsom School’s Annual Food Drive, coordinated with the assistance of Folsom’s Student Council. All food collected will be organized and placed into baskets for community families in need this holiday season. The Folsom School Food Drive has helped a number of families throughout the past several years, and we are hoping to continue that tradition this year.


Please use the chart below to have your child bring in the appropriate donation food item. Students may begin to bring in food items on Monday, November 14, 2022. All food items must be in by Friday, December 2, 2022. We hope to make this Food Drive another great success!

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If you or someone you know is interested in donating a turkey, a gift card or a monetary donation, or you know someone in need of a holiday basket; please contact Carlie Grouser, Folsom School Social Worker at (609) 561-8666 ext. 171.


Thank you for your continued support and Happy Holidays!


Sincerely,

Carlie Grouser, School Social Worker

Giving Tree

Folsom Elementary School is preparing for the holiday season with our fifth annual community “Giving Tree.” The Folsom “Giving Tree” is a community service project, which allows our students to understand the importance of giving back to our community. These are challenging times as many of our students come from families and communities hit hard by financial hardships and/or unexpected illnesses.


A list of items needed for purchase/donation will be available virtually. If you would like to contribute, please email Ms. Amorelli at DAmorelli@folsomschool.org to sign up to purchase/donate items.


If preferred, you are welcome to make a monetary donation by check. Please make the check payable to Folsom School Activity Fund. Please include "Giving Tree" in the notes section. All items purchased and all monetary donations benefit our Folsom community directly. If you would like to nominate a family in need or have any further questions, please reach out to Ms. Amorelli DAmorelli@folsomschool.org or 609-561-8666 ext. 118.

2nd Grade's Pajama Drive

Pajama Drive Details

When: Collection would begin November 1st and conclude November 22nd (whole school pajama day on November 23rd)


Who: All Folsom School Students


Goal: As a school we will set a collection goal, when the goal is reached a school wide pajama day will be held. We are asking that each homeroom also set a goal and track their pajama collection. Mrs. Cavallaro will be giving each participating homeroom a certificate.

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Falcon of the Month

November-Thankful

S.O.A.R.-October Winners

Safe. On-task. Act responsibility. Respect to self and others.

dates to remember

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4th Grade Field Trip


9

Veterans Day Assembly 9:15 am


10

School Closed-Teachers Convention


11

School Closed-Teachers Convention


15

6th Grade Field Trip


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6th Grade Field Trip

Home & School Meeting 6:30-7:30 pm Library


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6th Grade Field Trip

Lip Sync Battle Dress Rehearsal 3:15-5:00 pm gym


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Lip Sync Battle 6:30 pm


21

Kindergarten Field Trip


22

Board of Education Meeting 6:00 pm


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12:45 pm Dismissal

3rd Grade Mugs & Muffins 9:00 am

Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast 11:15 am


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School Closed-Thanksgiving Break


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School Closed-Thanksgiving Break


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12:45 pm Dismissal Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences 1:30-3:30 pm


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12:45 pm Dismissal Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:30-7:30 pm

Classroom Highlights

5th grade

Reading- This week we were introduced to new vocabulary words used in our novel, Wonder. We continued to read about Auggie and the challenges he faces as someone who is not considered to be “ordinary”.

Writing- We continued to work on elaborating on important parts of our small moments by adding flashbacks and flash forwards, adding sensory details, and ensuring our stories have every element of a 5th grade writer.

Math- This week in math the students learned how to solve problems using the order of operations (PEMDAS).

Science- The students worked to complete a lab this week separating mixtures. They started with a mixture of items and used a balance to find the total mass, then used different methods to separate them, and finally added all of the measurements back together to see if they had the same amount they started with. I included some pictures of their hard work.

Students in 3rd grade worked cooperatively to complete a hands-on science lab where they experimented with various surfaces to see how texture impacts the amount of friction and distance a car travels.


3rd grade writers celebrated the completion of their personal narrative unit with a publishing party! Students in 4th and 5th grade were invited to not only read their work but provide third grade with feedback. Our authors received compliment cards from their guests. We look forward to partnering with our friends in 4th grade soon to read their personal narratives!

2nd grade’s creative pumpkin characters are on display in the hallway. It’s wonderful to see some of our favorite characters come to life!

4th Grade did a lesson on mindfulness. Miss Emily, the health specialist from AtlantiCare had a taste testing session where students used their five senses. They further went on to remember mindfulness in their responses to what they tasted and differentiated between appropriate responses and not appropriate responses when given something that you may not like. The students enjoyed Miss Emily's lesson... and the taste testing, of course!

8th graders at work in photography class

We have blasted off in Computer Science and the students are working on all things Space. This choice project has students either working on Creating their Own Planet, 3D design and printing of a rocket, or using approved materials to design and build bottle rockets which will be launched soon!

Pictures of our 3rd graders working hard during our PACER fitness challenge.

This year's first LEGO Club is off to a great start! We had to add an extra day for the overwhelming response! Folsom School is building future engineers not only through our classroom lessons in STEM but also through experiences and clubs like this one!

1st grade students were very excited to add cool color watercolor paint to their spider webs that explored the idea of radial design.


Students in 1DS started their morning off with some Trick Word Boot Camp.

Folsom Educational Foundation

The Folsom Educational Foundation hosted its first directed painting event of the year. Third grade students were invited to participate and follow Mrs. Hoyer as she painted an owl for Halloween. Another event will be held in the spring for grades 4 & 5.

Anti-Bullying Poster Contest

During the Week of Respect, sixth through eighth grade students had the opportunity to participate in an Anti-Bullying PSA Poster Contest sponsored by AtlantiCare. Students were asked to create a poster promoting respect, while incorporating a superhero element. Students worked hard during their personal social development class. Ms. Emily presented mini blue tooth speakers to our first and second place winners, and gift cards to our finalists.


First Place - Nicholas Caromano (7th grade)

Second Place - Willow DeLeon and Talia Sanfilippo (8th grade)

Finalists:

Colin Saunders (7th grade)

Gabriel Dagotdot (7th grade)

Zoe O'Rourke and Kailynn Stettler (8th grade)

nurses notes

How Sleep Affects Learning

Of course everyone knows children need to sleep and a child who is tired is much harder to manage than a child who is well rested. However, the link between adequate sleep and school success is incredible. Here are a few reasons why you should make sleep a priority in your home.


1. Restore, Rebuild, Rejuvenate!!! Sleep is the time when our bodies reset. Think of it as if you were a phone and your battery was below 30%!!!!! Your body needs time to restore itself, rebuild muscle and rejuvenate cells so you will have energy for the activities of the next day.


2. Sorting, Storing and Filing!!! Our brains are complicated, but the research shows us that while we are sleeping our brains are working. It is busy sorting, storing and filing away our memories, information and experiences from that day. And to be successful in school and in life we need to remember stuff.


3. Cranky, Irritable, and Grumpy!!! We have all seen that child in the store crying and whining, and the parents looking like a small monster has taken over their child’s body! We may have very well been that parent!!! Looking back on that day, I’m guessing there was a missed nap, late night or early up very close to that freak out. Lack of sleep makes it very hard to manage our emotions, which can lead to a temper tantrum in the store, school or even work.


4. Focus, Focus, Focus!!! When you are tired you are unable to stay focused, process information, critically think, and store or retrieve information. All things needed to be able to learn in school.

Reminders:

  • 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.





Lisa Smith RN/CSN

School Nurse

AtlantiCare Healthy Schools Program

Technology Tip


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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