AUGUST 26, 2022

Franklin Public Schools Summer Update #3

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Building Excitement

The excitement is in the air…around the district and the community! While the beauty of summer still abounds we are also less than a week away from welcoming our learners back to our schools. Thank you to all of you that kicked off the school year at the Milkman game with us last Sunday. What a wonderful turnout of families, educators, PTA/Os, with the Franklin Educational Foundation as our host. Seymour the Saber was quite the celebrity as he posed for pictures. We continue to strive to be part of a better community in Franklin.

This week we welcomed all of our staff back as we ‘geared’ up for the school year. The smiles and hugs as colleagues came back together were heartwarming and reminded all of us that Franklin Public Schools is a better place to work. Our educators, cooks, custodians, administrative assistants, educational assistants, administrators and technology specialists are dedicated to creating an amazing environment that welcomes your child(ren) each day. We know this is an honor that we do not take lightly. We strive to create classrooms, schools, and athletic fields where all our students actively engage in their learning within a better place to learn. Thank you for trusting your child(ren) to us each day.

You will find in this newsletter a reminder of our staggered start to the school year on Thursday, September 1st and Friday, September 2nd, our updated protocol for reporting your child’s absence to school, and upcoming events. Most importantly, enjoy the remaining time before school begins. Take the opportunity to make new memories with family and friends. Know that we are here to greet you and your child(ren) on the first day and every day. Let’s make this school year great! Remember we are a team working together to ensure your child has what they need to succeed. Please, reach out to your educators and administrators if you need anything.


Annalee Bennin

FPS District Administrator

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As a reminder, the District Calendar and all building calendars can be found here.

All of our calendars are able to be subscribed to! Follow the steps at the top of the District Calendar for how to subscribe.

Staggered Start Information for The First Few Days of School

As a reminder, the first few days of school will include a staggered start for most grade levels. Please review the information below so you can best plan for your child(ren) and your family.

  • For 5K through 8th Grade, there will be a staggered start over the first two days of school on September 1st and 2nd similar to how we have done the last two school years. The staggered start provides opportunities, especially for our younger students, to work with teachers on these days to better understand school and classroom norms, technology expectations, safety protocols, lunch procedures, recess routines, bus arrival/departure processes, and more. The details of which students will attend which day are shown below.

  • At the High School level, 9th graders and students new to FHS in grades 10-12 will be the only students to report on Thursday, September 1st. On Friday, September 2nd, all students grades 9-12 will report to school.

  • 4K Students will have Get-To-Know-You Conferences on Thursday, September 1st and Friday, September 2nd where parents and their child can attend for a short meeting with the teacher. Then, 4K students will have a staggered start on Tuesday, September 6th (Last Names A-K) or Wednesday, September 7th (Last Names L-Z). Details about the conferences will be shared directly with 4K families from 4K teachers.


You can click the image below to see more details about how these days will be structured.

The days that students do not attend during the first week are considered non-school days for those students. This means students will not be assigned any homework; they will have no school requirements on those days when they are not in session. In addition, for students in grades 5K through 8, if you have a blended family with two last names, you may send those students on the same day during the first week of school. If you have any needs or concerns, please work with your school office staff.

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FPS Response to Communicable Disease (Including COVID-19)

As we head into the new school year, we want to make families aware of how we will continue to manage our prevention efforts surrounding diseases that can spread among individuals in a school setting. Please refer to the decision tree below (and linked here) for how to handle illness with your children and you can also refer to this health services document that details how we will approach communicable disease in our schools. As with any communicable disease, you will receive guidance from our nursing services staff on how long your child should be excluded from school based on their symptoms of illness or diagnosis as applicable.


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"Learning Is Child's Play" Playgroup For 3-Year-Olds

Learning is Child’s Play is an inclusive playgroup for 3-year-olds to promote sharing, turn-taking, and friendship skills facilitated by the Franklin Public School Early Childhood Staff at Ben Franklin Elementary. The program runs from September 12, 2022 to May 26, 2023. Click on the flier for more details and how to sign up. Please pass this to anyone you know in the community that has a 3-year-old as the registration deadline is next Friday, September 2nd!

LAST CALL! Back-To-School Items To Complete

Thank you to all our families that completed Back-To-School Online Check-In! Please don't forget there are other times on the Parent Checklist to complete during the month of August.


If you have not yet completed check-in, please do so immediately in PowerSchool Parent Access. You will be asked to update your child's emergency contacts, medical information, and transportation needs. Once online check-in is complete, school fee payments and lunch payments may be made.


If you need further assistance after viewing the Parent Checklist, please contact your home school or the ECC District Office at 414-529-8220.

Elementary Open House Events

Our Elementary buildings are all holding their in-person open house events this coming Tuesday, August 30th from 5:30-7 pm. Teachers** will be available to meet and greet students and families. **4K staff will not be in attendance at Open House and will be scheduling "Getting To Know" conference times with families that will occur during the first two days of school.


Please note that FHS Open House will occur on Thursday, September 8th and FPMS Open House will occur on Thursday, September 15th. Please check your building newsletters for more details.

REMINDER: Get Your Student Chromebook Ready For School!

Parents & Guardians...we need your help! Your student's Chromebook device needs to be ready for the first day of school. This document provides steps that should be followed to properly update the FPS Chromebook so it's ready to go! Please follow these steps prior to coming to school so the student doesn't encounter any issues. Thank you!

Busing Updates

  • Busing information was sent out this past Wednesday.

  • Students with specialized accommodations will be contacted individually by our transportation coordinator.

  • If your busing needs change please submit any requests using the Bus Route Change or Addition Form. No email requests will be accepted.

  • It could take up to ten (10) business days to process requests due to the high number received at the beginning of the school year. A confirmation email will be sent upon completion of the request. Please note, if you have already submitted a request, you do not need to submit another request.


Please remember that during the first few weeks of school, it is not uncommon for bus routes to run late as everyone gets used to the new routine. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

REMINDER: Food Service Updates For 2022-23

POSSIBLE SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES

Periodically, due to some food items not being available, please be patient and check the online lunch menus regularly for changes. We are expected to change menus multiple times a week due to issues we are facing. We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing Franklin's students in a few weeks.


PLANNING FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES 2022-23

We want to remind families about what school lunch will look like for the 2022-23 school year. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that has been allowing students to receive free meals will no longer be offering this service for free next school year.


At the start of the 2022-23 school year, school lunches will no longer be free. Prices will remain the same as they were set for the 2020-21 school year.


We highly encourage families to continue to participate in the convenient, nutritious, and cost-friendly school meals. Our lunch webpage also contains our online lunch menus for all school buildings for the 2022-23 school year.


FREE & REDUCED PRICE MEALS FOR 2022-23

We encourage families to complete the free and reduced lunch application which is on our website here.

Saber "Gold Pass" On Sale!

Skip the line and save on tickets! Purchase your Gold Pass today and use the keychain card to get into all home athletics events during the 2022-23 school year (except WIAA playoff events). Click here to purchase online, then stop and pick up your keychain in the main office during the weekday from 8 am - 3 pm. Please enter the name and email of the person who will pick up the Gold Pass when ordering.

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FEF Fall Children's Consignment Sale on Sept. 17th!

It's back! The Foundation's semi-annual children's consignment sale will be held on Sept 17th at Forest Park Middle School. There are still spots available for consigners and plenty of volunteer opportunities for students needing hours (did we mention we provide pizza and subs for our volunteers??) AND, the best part is all DONATED items that are not sold during the sale go toward Milwaukee-area nonprofits and charities that serve children. For more information concerning the sale, go to our website at https://www.franklineducationalfoundation.org/events


To see more about the Franklin Educational Foundation happenings,
click here for their website!

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Quarterly Connect With A School Board Member Opportunities

Would you like to speak to a Franklin school board member in person? Two board members will be available 30 minutes before regular meetings to speak with community and family members informally four times during the 2022-23 school year. The first opportunity is before the next Board Meeting on Wednesday, September 14th. Board members can also be reached by email or phone.
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Fall Recreation Guide is LIVE!

The Community Education & Recreation Department Fall Guide is now online and available for viewing. Registration for fall programming begins on Monday, August 1st but you can view the guide now online here. Registration will take place at the Community Ed & Rec website at http://franklinwi.myrec.com
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