Folsom School News

December 2021

Greetings Folsom School Community!


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Student Council led by Mrs. Wendt will continue to spread cheer with our Annual Door Decorating Contest and the Christmas Spirit Week from December 13th through the 17th. Students will have the chance to wear their “ugly sweater” and show off their crazy hat/socks all in the same week! Here is an outline of the week’s activities:


Monday, December 13th is “Home Alone” (Red & Green)

Tuesday, December 14th is “The Grinch” (Christmas Sock Day)

Wednesday, December 15th is “Polar Express” (Pajama Day)

Thursday, December 16th is “Elf” (Hat Day)

Friday, December 17th is “Charlie Brown” (Ugly Sweater Day)


Folsom is continuing our mission to support the local community through a number of service projects. Ms. Grouser, Mrs. Wendt, and student council members are hosting our Annual Food Drive. We are asking for students and their families to support the drive by bringing in a food item (please see below for more info). The food drive ends this week!


Next, Folsom School is continuing with the 4th Annual Giving Tree initiative. Our mission is to provide a lending hand to those in our school community that could use the support during Christmas. A special thank you to Mrs. Doherty, Mrs. Petersen, and the Folsom Support Service Team for taking the lead in the initiative and to all the families that donated during the holiday season! You can learn more about how you can get involved in the Giving Tree initiative below.


On Wednesday, December 1st, Folsom School is excited to host a special assembly featuring motivational speaker Devin Wyman. Devin Wyman is a former professional football player whom was drafted in the 6th round (206th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. Mr. Wyman played in 15 games with 4 starts over two seasons with New England. Mr. Wyman will share his personal story with our students with the message of strength and determination to reach our goals.


Lastly, the Home and School Association is hosting a Junior Christmas Dance, “A Night in Whoville” on Friday, December 10th from 6 – 8 pm at the school. The dance is for families with children between the grades of PK through fourth. Please see the flyer below to learn more about this holiday dance. We hope to see you out enjoying the night with the family!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Matthew Mazzoni, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Falcon of the Month

October-Respect

Dates to Remember

1

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


2

1st Trimester Ends

Holiday Food Drive Ends

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

Folsom Borough Tree Lighting 7:00 pm


3

School Closed-Teacher In-Service


6

2nd Trimester Begins

Candy Cane Fundraiser Begins


10

Candy Cane Fundraiser Ends

8th Grade Science Fair

Report Cards Available on Parent Portal

Jr. Christmas Dance 6:00-8:00 pm Gym


Christmas Spirit Week Begins!

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"Home Alone Day" Students and Staff wear Red and Green


14

"The Grinch Day" Students and Staff wear Christmas Socks


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"Polar Express Day" Students and Staff wear Pajamas


16

"Elf Day" Students and Staff wear Festive Holiday Hats


17

"Charlie Brown Day" Students and Staff wear Ugly Sweaters


21

Board of Education Meeting 6:00 pm


23

12:45 pm Dismissal Winter Break Begins


Winter Break-Dec. 24th thru Jan. 2nd. School Reopens on Monday, Jan. 3rd!

Curriculum

Classroom Highlights

Grade 5


Students completed their narrative writing unit. They celebrated by sharing their writing pieces with their classmates and staff members. The students worked on writing skills and practiced on public speaking.

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In Social Studies the students are focusing on Native Americans. Each student constructed a diorama and presented a live museum walk through for classmates and staff members.

Grade 1


Students celebrated the 50th day of school on November 17, 2021. The celebration began with students dressing up in 50’s attire participating in themed activities throughout the school day.

Candy Cane Fundraiser

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Christmas Spirit Week

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Junior Christmas Dance

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Holiday Food Drive

Dear Folsom Parents,


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 8, 2021. All food items must be in by Friday, December 3, 2021. We hope to make this Food Drive another great success!


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

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Nurses Notes

Covid-19 Vaccination

Please notify Nurse Smith if your student has received the Covid-19 Vaccine. It will help her keep student shot records accurate.

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.



Watch for Symptoms:

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*Any sibling of a student who is ill and being COVID-19 tested MUST stay home until the COVID test comes back. PLEASE email Nurse Smith at any time of day or night to ask any questions.



Lisa Smith RN/CSN

School Nurse

Counselor’s Corner

Folsom Elementary School is preparing for the holiday season with our fourth 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 Mrs. Petersen at APetersen@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.


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 Mrs. Doherty at SDoherty@folsomschool.org or 609-561-8666 ext 123.

Athletic Department

Congratulations to the Boys Cross Country Team for winning the Division 4 championship. The Girls Team finished the season strong with a convincing win as well. Congratulations to both teams and what a phenomenal job all season.


On another note, Boys and Girls Basketball will be starting their Try-outs on December 6. Only students who have a completed physical turned in to and approved by the nurse will be able to try-out. Students will compete in their first game against Hammonton on December 20. Details are still being finalized!


Good luck to anyone trying out for the basketball team this season!


Go Falcons!


Tony Burton

Athletic Director

Technology Tip


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School Health Specialist

grat·i·tude

/ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/

noun

the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.


The hustle and bustle of December can leave us exhausted, drained, stressed and fatigued. Most of us have a tendency to be overindulgent during this season. Whether we are overspending, overcommitting or overeating, we are simply “spent” and weary by the month’s end. This year I would like to challenge us all to maintain a different mindset as we embark upon the most wonderful time of the year. I would like to encourage you to write down all of the things that you are grateful for. You can make a list or even tell a story of how your heart has been touched by gratitude.


Let December be the month that we have a gratitude attitude for all that we are and for all that we have! If you wish to complete the google form to share your thoughts, you will be entered to win a journal and pen set from AtlantiCare.

May your season be merry and bright!


In good health,

Kristi L. Schleyer

Family Partner

School Health Specialist

Folsom School Apparel

Store Window Dates:

· December 1 – February 18

· March 1 – May 13


https://verticalprintdesign.printavo.com/merch/folsom-elementary-spirit-wear


Any questions please reach out to Jesseca Smith (jsmith@folsomschool.org)

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

Folsom Environmental Commission

Join us in making a difference for our SECOND season!


66% of our nation’s toys are plastic! Millions of tons of plastic toys end up in landfills. That includes Buzz Lightyear and Mr. Potato Head. It is our goal, with your help, to reduce the amount of plastics in our landfills while giving children in our community a brighter and more cheerful Holiday Season.


· When you donate a much needed lightly used toy, you are providing so much more than the toy itself!


· Toys provide motivation and a medium to learn. They help children develop motor skills. They bring joy and laughter.


· As our children grow older they learn to share and there is no better time to share than the Holidays coming up. Will you join us?


Here are some tips to follow:

1. Toys must be plastic.

2. CLEAN – wipe them down inspect them to insure they are like new!

3. NO missing parts.

4. Include batteries that work

5. No toys that fit through a toilet paper roll

6. Have baggies and masking tape on hand to attach loose pieces to the toy.


DATES for drop off: Monday, November 15th thru Tuesday, December 7th


Location: Bring the lightly used and cleaned toys to Borough Hall and drop them off in a bin either in the lobby or outside the front door. During open hours only!!!


We will then have toys available to pick up at Borough Hall lawn on Saturday, DEC. 11th !


PLEASE help us REDUCE plastics in landfills and GIVE a child a joyous Holiday Season. It would be a great family project finding some slightly used plastic toys, CLEANING them, and then ….Just drop them in the bin.


Together we can do something bigger than just recycling!!