Folsom School News

January 2023

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Educators of the Year

It is with great pleasure that we recognize Mrs. Robin Falco and Mrs. Lisa Smith as the Folsom Educators of the Year! As you can imagine, the selection process was a difficult one due to the number of Folsom Educators worthy of this distinct honor. I would like to thank all the parents, staff, and students that nominated a Folsom Educator for this prestigious award. All letters of recommendation were shared with each nominee.

School Bond Referendum

Preliminary results show that voters approved Folsom School District’s bond referendum! Look for more details in the coming weeks by visiting our referendum website, folsomschool.org/vote. Thank you to everyone who took time to learn about the plan, share information with others, and vote! We are excited to take the next steps to provide our students, staff and community with the upgrades they deserve! Strong schools and strong communities go together. That has never been a truer statement than it is today. Thank you, again.

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Falcons of the Month

January-Grit

Honor and Merit Roll

Congratulations to our Honor and Merit Roll recipients for Trimester 1. Certificates will be handed out in January.

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PBSIS

Folsom School implements our Positive Behavior Supports in School (PBSIS) to educate students on the expectations and motivate students to follow those expectations.


Our Motto is SOAR: safe choices, on task, act responsibly, respect self and others.


Students earn a SOAR ticket when caught meeting those expectations. Tickets are put into homeroom buckets and monthly winners (three students and the three staff members who have awarded those SOAR tickets) are drawn and presented with a gift card prize.


We keep a SOAR tub, in which all tickets are dumped each month. When the tub is filled halfway and fully, a schoolwide event will take place. Students can check the schoolwide progress on our SOAR bulletin board.


Our positive behavior incentives are specifically focusing on hallway, restroom, cafe/recess, classroom and bus expectations.


The PBSIS team continually tracks data to gain knowledge on how to better service our student populations, or our school environment, to ensure expectations are being met.

We run many events throughout the year, Fall Festival, Holiday Sing-A-Long, The Super Bowl, Testing Pep Rally/Minute to Win It, and End of Year Celebration.

Our holiday and end of the year events are the largest financially, due to SOAR Ticket cash in and giveaways. The students really love this tradition and work very hard to earn their SOAR tickets to cash in.


PBSIS also helps support our families in need throughout the year. If a family's situation changes, or an emergency arises - PBSIS funds are used to immediately benefit our students.

The Giving Tree started five years ago and continues to be our most cherished community event. Items that were not purchased or donated are sponsored by PBSIS.

We fundraise throughout the year with pretzel sales at school events, and end of year Falcon Grams for 8th graders.


We have always been so appreciative of the support that we receive. A special THANK YOU to the Folsom Home & School Association, who continue to support us and we have formed a great partnership with. Also, thank you to Mrs. Christine Esposito and Mrs. Jaime Snyder, for your personal donations to our prizes for our students.


If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our PBSIS program, please contact Mrs. Sarah Doherty or Ms. Kristin Santilli.

Dates to Remember

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School Closed Winter Break


3

School Reopens

Board of Education Reorganization Meeting 6:00 pm


16

School Closed-Martin Luther King Jr. Day


25

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

Noon Year's Eve Celebration

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Classroom Highlights

Our students in 1D finished their American symbols unit in Social Studies last week by creating replicas of the American flag.
Students in 1C had a "Glow Day" for reaching their classroom goals. We reviewed all that we have learned so far as 1st graders with some glow-in-the-dark centers!

Congratulations to our November PBSIS SOAR Drawing Winners!! These students were nominated by their teachers for making Safe choices , staying On task, Acting responsibly and Respecting self and others. Each student received a $5 gift card to Dunkin.

The winners are:

Harry Watson - Grade 1 (nominated by Mrs. Carter)

Havynn Rocco - Grade 5 (nominated by Ms. Santilli)

Jude Meers - Grade 8 (nominated by Mrs. Hathaway)

We are so proud of our Folsom Family! School wide we collected 220 pajamas for families in need. The pajamas were shared between a local head start program and our school’s giving tree. In addition to the PJs, 220 books will be donated by Scholastic. Thank you to all those who participated.

4th grade is currently working on an integrated social studies, writing, and reading project. We have read the book, "The Scarlet Stockings Spy" which focuses on the Revolutionary War. In the book, the main character creates a clothesline code to relay information to her brother who is fighting in the war. After the story ended, students started working in groups to create their own clothesline that would convey a code based on what they know about the American Revolution. Students are currently working with their group to create a story about their clothesline code. We are looking forward to hearing their stories!

3rd grade participated in a Grinch Day!

Winter Concert

Christmas Spirit Week

Home & School Dance

Nurses Notes

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

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