October 17, 2022
Last Wednesday was an interesting day in southeastern Wisconsin. While we were caught somewhat off guard with the tornado warning, our students and staff responded quickly and calmly in an unsettling situation. Some students were in the middle of lunch and indoor recess while 4K was packing up for the day but everyone made it to their tornado shelters in a timely and orderly fashion. I cannot say how impressed I was with how well our children reacted!
Have a wonderful week!
Shaunna LaPlant - Country Dale Principal
PICTURE RE-TAKE DAY OCT 20th
The photographer will return to Country Dale on Thursday, October 20, to take pictures of the students and staff that missed having their picture taken on picture day. They will also do retakes for any new students or students whose pictures did not turn out the first time. If your child needs a picture retake, the complete package needs to be in their hand at the time their photograph is taken. Picture packets came home two weeks ago. Parents also received an email with a photo proof to look at and view.
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE SIGN UP - FALL 2022
Dear Country Dale families,
We will be having Parent/Teacher Conferences for 4K through 5th grade on Wednesday, November 2 and Thursday, November 10 from 4:30-8:00 pm. We look forward to having you sign up for a 15-minute time slot on one of these dates.
While conferences are a great time to check in with teachers, please remember that the best communication with parents is communication at the “right time” for the “right reason.” Parents are encouraged to utilize all methods of communication available (i.e. checking PowerSchool, asking students to show what they are doing through Google Classroom, reviewing emails or updates from the teacher, checking child planners, etc) to be informed and active partners in their child’s educational experience.
When signing up for conferences, if you have multiple children in the school, we recommend that you complete this process early for the best chance at grouping your conference times together.
We request that parents who live in separate households schedule just one conference with each child’s teacher. By attending the conference together, we are able to share the same information with both parents at the same time. If this will not be possible for your family, please contact your child’s teacher.
Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Please use the student's name when signing up. Thank you!CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO SIGN UP FOR PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES
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ATTENDANCE & ABSENCE POLICY INFORMATION
We want to make sure everyone understands the current status of how absences are handled in Franklin Public Schools per our Board Policy 5100 around Student Attendance.
Per Board Policy, students can be excused for up to 10 days during the school year. Excused absences include if a child is sick or a parent reports a student out of school for any variety of reasons. As families near 10 cumulative absences, they can expect a communication from Franklin Public Schools outlining what occurs past 10 days of absence in a school calendar year.
When it comes to illness…
Please share any documentation from your child's health care provider if/when available so that our district nursing staff can plan for the child's timeline to return to school and that the child’s absences are coded appropriately.
If your child is not physically well enough for school for more than 10 days during the school year, please work with our district nursing staff to develop and implement a plan to meet the child’s health needs to ensure that the child is present as often as possible.
Unexcused absences are noted when there is no parent/guardian communication or documentation around a student absence. We must follow up on Unexcused Absences, and if habitual, this follow-up could lead to building-level staff and/or administration exploring truancy measures.
In addition, below is a copy of the communicable disease decision tree we shared with all families earlier in the year. Please continue to use this to help you and your family decide if your child is well enough to attend school. Thank you for your help and understanding related to absences.
CD KINDNESS WEEK OCT 24th - 27th
CD FOOD DRIVE - OCT 31st - NOV 11th
Important! Please click here for detailed information about our upcoming book fair including student eWallets, teacher eWallets, and more!
We still have about 15 volunteer slots to fill for the book fair. If you have never done it before, do not worry, we provide training instructions! The dates of the fair are Monday, October 24th - Thursday, October 27th, with setup on Friday, October 21st and tear down Friday, October 28th. Sign up at this link: Fall Book Fair Volunteers
TRUNK OR TREAT
Trunk or Treat is Thursday, October 27th from 6:30 pm until about 7:30 pm. We could use about 3-4 more trunks. Trunks do not have to be extremely detailed; check out Pinterest for ideas! The deadline to sign up is Friday, October 21st. Trunk or Treat sign-up link. Set-up begins at 6:00 pm.
- The BOOK FAIR will be open during Trunk or Treat pending having enough volunteers!
- We are also accepting CANDY DONATIONS for Trunk or Treat to help out our hosts! If you are able to donate a bag or two, please email Leah Palmer at email@example.com so we know what to expect. You can drop the candy off at the event or arrange a drop-off with the PTO.
Parents and caregivers, a huge THANK YOU to you for all of your hard work already this year! We are excited to have more events brought back, and while we realize that it is a very busy fall for us, it is amazing to see the smiles on our kids’ faces! We couldn’t do anything without your support!
Country Dale PTO
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING OPPORTUNITY
As part of the School-Based Mental Health Grant we received as a district, we are excited to offer a Fall and Spring opportunity to train parents, guardians and community members in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA). Our first training opportunity will occur on December 6th from 4:00-8:30 PM. During the YMHFA course, participants develop an understanding of the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in youth, the importance of early intervention, and how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Participants will engage in a 2-hour self-paced course followed by a 4.5-hour in-person session with a district trainer. If you are interested in engaging in this Fall training, please complete this form no later than November 4th. A confirmation email will be sent to finalize your enrollment in the course and the next steps. Please note this is the same course we offered last year, so please only sign up if you have not yet been certified.
BUY TICKETS NOW FOR “EDUCATE IN STYLE” STUDENT FASHION SHOW SUN, NOV 12th
The Franklin Education Foundation is proud to once again host the student fashion show! With almost 30 FHS sports, clubs and activities represented, you will not want to miss this fantastic event! Doors open at 6 pm at the Saber Center for the Arts for food, a silent auction, shopping and fun followed by 45 FHS students showcasing the latest fashions while raising funds for great causes! Half of all proceeds raised by the groups go toward supporting foundation grants, scholarships and student emergency funding. The group that raises the most funds keeps 100% of the proceeds for their group! You can read more details, book your tickets, and donate online to your favorite organization here or by clicking on the image below!
UPCOMING GIRL SCOUT EVENTS
The Girl Scouts of Southeast Wisconsin in partnership with the Franklin Community Education & Recreation department are hosting “Resilient. Ready. Strong” sessions this fall for students in 5K through 5th. The program is a great way to build inner strength so that children are ready for anything! Click the flier here or the image nearby to learn more and take advantage of the offerings on October 28th and November 19th!
FRANKLIN COMMUNITY YOUTH RACE FOR 4K-8TH GRADERS ON TUES, OCT 25th!
Attention http://tinyurl.com/fhsXCyouth 4K through 8th graders! The FHS cross country teams invite you to join us for a youth cross country race at Franklin High School on Tuesday, October 25th. The race begins on the high school upper fields. $5 entry fee, which includes a t-shirt. The race distance is 1 mile and awards will be given for the top two in each age. The registration/payment link is here: tinyurl.com/fhsXCyouth
FRANKLIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY "FALL FEST" SAT OCT 22nd
The Franklin Historical Society is hosting a "Fall Fest" on Saturday, October 22nd. Activities are listed on this attached flier. Activities will help children in the area to understand life in early Franklin. Come join us!
SPOOKFEST AT FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL ON SAT OCT 29th
The FHS Class of ‘25 and ‘26 are collaborating to host SpookFest, a Halloween-themed event for kids, that will take place on Saturday, October 29th from 1 pm to 3 pm in the Main Commons of Franklin High School. We will be offering Halloween-themed games, crafts, a Trick-or-Treat treasure hunt, a costume contest and more! Admission is $5 per child and adults are free with a registered child and you can register online using this link. Fall treats will also be on sale for an additional cost.
CITY OF FRANKLIN TRICK-OR-TREATING IS SUN OCT 30th
The city of Franklin has passed along that Trick-or-Treating for 2022 will officially be on Sunday, October 30th from 4 pm-7 pm. Please plan accordingly and safely for trick-or-treating and have fun!
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