Franklin e-Newsletter

Friday, October 6, 2017

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School Hours (M-Th, 7:50-2:50 & F, 7:50-1:20)

Conferences 10/16 & 10/26

Principal's Message

It's becoming increasingly difficult to turn on the news given the nature of the stories taking place in our country and around the world. The work we do as educators at Franklin is to instill a message of understanding, acceptance, and compassion of other cultures, religions, ethnicities, and orientations. It's unfortunate that the "real world" is showing our students, and your children, a different story. Without us being at your dinner table or your living room we're unsure of how we can be a support system for your child. Please know that we will continue to work with all our students on living the message of being "welcoming". We want to partner with you and create messages of hope through the way our students act towards one another. Please join us in this journey and let us know when and how we can help.

Click Below for All the Great Stories

During the week of September 25-29 Franklin was featured on our district website's "Our Stories". Please click on the link below to view some tremendous stories featuring our staff and students and the great work going on at Franklin.

Franklin Apparel

We're excited to offer apparel orders to our Franklin students and families. Check our new inventory of t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, shorts, and more. All orders are paid for online and will be delivered to your home. Our first order's window will close on October 10 and we'll reopen the next window October 16.

Follow the link to the online order form:

From our Counselors

Since the effects of middle school bullying may last well after the bullying ends and even into adulthood, prevention is very important. There is a wide variety of prevention techniques and strategies that our counseling department would like to share with you. Parents play an important role in helping their children decide what might work best for them. Here’s how recommends parents can help their children prevent bullying.

1. Talk to children about what bullying is, be sure they understand it’s unacceptable, and encourage them to:

  • Report the bullying to a teacher, parent, or trusted adult.
  • Use safety strategies, such as staying near adults or with groups of students.
  • Help others who are being bullied.

2. Encourage your children to talk about their day at school. Some children may be embarrassed to admit that they are being bullied. Following are some questions that you can ask your children to get the conversation going and uncover a potential bullying issue:

  • What was one good thing that happened today? Any bad things?
  • Who do you sit with at lunch? What do you talk about?
  • What is it like to ride the school bus? Anything out of the ordinary happen on today’s bus ride?
  • What are you good at? What do you like best about yourself?

3. Encourage children to do what they love. Being involved in activities they enjoy help children make friends and become part of groups that protect them from bullying.

4. Treat others with kindness and respect, so children learn appropriate, non-bullying behavior by example

Fall Conferences

We appreciate the opportunity to visit and collaborate with families. When there's a strong relationship between school and home, students flourish. Coming up in October are our first round of Conferences. With the new families we have to Franklin we want to communicate the structure of how we do conferences. First, conferences are scheduled for Monday, October 16 and Thursday, October 26 from 3:00-8:15PM. Each family can sign up for 2-12 minute slots with a teacher. The sign-up is completed electronically or by calling the main office for support. We ask that students attend the conferences along with their family. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need help signing up.

PTA Meeting-October 9

The first PTA meeting of the 2017-18 school year was held on Monday, September 11. Thanks to all the parents that were able to attend. We're very excited about the work ahead for the year and encourage you attend. Our meetings are scheduled the first Monday of every month at 11:00AM. However, our meeting for October is scheduled for Monday, October 9 at 6:00PM. Please join us. Below are the officers for the year:

  • President: Rafael Jacobo
  • Vice-President: Dorea Burkamper
  • Secretary: Charu Chawla
  • Treasurer: Dawn Herkelman

6th Grade Debut Concert

The 6th Grade Debut Band Concert scheduled for Monday, October 9 has been rescheduled to begin at 6:30PM. The time has been changed to accommodate the Metro Marching Band Classic scheduled the same evening. This is a short concert and will conclude by 7:00PM.

Tutoring Available

We are fortunate that a group of Washington students will be coming over to Franklin on Thursdays after school to work with students from 3:00-4:00PM. Tutoring began on Thursday, October 5. Students will receive a snack while there. If you're interested in attending the tutoring sessions please contact our main office or email me.

Upcoming Sports' Season

We're in the final days of the first fall sports' season. Our tennis, volleyball, soccer, and football teams have been very competitive and we appreciate the time, effort, and sportsmanship they've put into their season. We want students to be involved. Please see below the upcoming seasons and their coaches:

  • Girls' Swimming: Mereces Hayes
  • Boys' Basketball: TBA

A reminder that all athletes who wish to participate in an extra-curricular sport need to have an updated physical in addition to a signed concussion form.

Box Tops & Receipts

We would appreciate your support in our collection of Box Tops for Education and Hy-Vee Receipts. There are collection bins in our main office and can be dropped off at any time. Later in the year we will hold Homeroom competitions for the receipts. Annually, we have amazing support for our families that comes back to benefit our students.

Student Spotlight

This year we're again recognizing students who exemplify what it means to do your PARRT at Franklin. We call this feature our Spotlight Students. Every month teachers will select six students from their respective grade level. PARRT is the curriculum we use with our students to teach appropriate and expected behaviors in the school and positive relationships with their classmates. PARRT stands for:

P: Personal Best

A: Active Listening

R: Respect

R: Responsibility

T: Trustworthiness

6th Grade

Shayla Bissel, Lily Finazzo, Angel Hernandez, Josiah Wickum

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7th Grade

Grace Jasper, Gabe Miller, Annaleise Tone, Jordan Twitty

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8th Grade

Jessica Cline, Oriana Huguet, Vivian Lin, Hannah Snitkey

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Friday Theme Days

One of our ways to create a sense of community and school spirit is Theme Fridays. Please see the picture below for the list of this year's themes. We love to see as many students participate as possible.
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Upcoming Events

Monday, October 9
  • Boys' Basketball Sign-up During Lunch
  • Girls' Swimming Begins
  • Tennis: vs. Regis
  • 8th Football: @ Roosevelt
  • PTA Meeting, 6:00PM in 300 Conference Room
  • 6th Grade Debut Concert @ 6:30PM in Auditorium

Tuesday, October 10

  • 7th Football: @ Regis

Thursday, October 12

  • 8th Football: vs. McKinley @ Kingston

Monday, October 16

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:00-8:30PM

Thursday, October 19

  • Fall Play, 7:00PM in Auditorium

Friday, October 20

  • Fall Play, 7:00PM in Auditorium

Franklin Blood Drive

Thursday, Oct. 26th, 3-7pm

300 20th Street Northeast

Cedar Rapids, IA

Please contact Kathy Dvorak at or by (319) 558-2452.