September 6th 2022

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Welcome Back! I am so excited to be back in the swing of the school year! Last week, our staff engaged in a welcoming activity which we shared about our own experiences as middle school students. Staff brought a photo of themselves from middle school as part of this activity. This was a great reminder to all of us about the important work we do each and every day with our students.


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Student Handbook Updates

We have made a few changes to our student handbook that we wanted to share with parents and students. Please click HERE to view the handbook addendum.

Busing Updates

In case you missed it in the Friday District newsletter, please review this bus memo that outlines what occurred last week in regards to FPS experiencing canceled and significantly delayed routes. This document also provides details on what to expect as we roll into this week. We are asking all families to please have a backup transportation plan for your family as we continue to navigate this bus driver shortage.

News From Food Service

In the cafeteria this year we will have: 3 Lunch Lines, 1 Milk Only Line, 1 Salad Line ( Not Opening until November) and 1 Snack Line (Opening Tuesday September 6th)

We would like to remind all parents that lunches this year are no longer free this year. At FPMS each lunch is $3.00 and individual milk purchases are $.45.

If you need assistance paying for your child's school lunches, a link to the free and reduced application can be found on the Franklin Public Schools website under the lunch tab. Please note the following school board policy:

"Students will be allowed two (2) emergency meals. After this, they will receive a cheese sandwich, fruit, vegetable and milk until their account is positive."

The cheese sandwich meal will be charged to the students account like any other meal.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by phone or email. Diane Kaczkowski 414-367-1566 or

How To Report Your Student Absent

As a reminder, when reporting a student absent for any reason, please communicate this using the online absence/attendance form here. This is a NEW form this year so if you bookmarked or made a shortcut to the old form from last year, please update. Thank you for taking the time to complete this form as it really helps to streamline our processes. The form is located on our website under Parent/Student Info as well as a big button on each school’s home page.

This form will require you to enter your child’s six-digit student ID number and birthdate before you can report your child absent. Student specific medical information collected by the form will remain confidential and only be shared within the health and nursing services team.

Please remember to use our attendance form for ANY attendance related notification including students leaving early, arriving late or full day absences.

If you have any attendance related questions, please contact our attendance secretary, Sadie, at

Forest Park Athletics & Activities - Important UPDATES

Information for all of our activities at FPMS have been updated on the Activities Website. Be sure to visit this page to learn more about what activities we offer at FPMS and when they start. If you have any questions about a certain activity/ club, please contact the advisor for that club.

Drama Club auditions are on September 21! If your child is interested in being in our school play, please visit the Drama Club Website for more information on how to sign up, dates of practices and performances, and other general information. If your child is interested in tech crew, an informational meeting will be held on October 26. If you have any questions, please contact our Drama Club Advisor, Erika Navin, at

Art Club will require students to sign up prior to the first meeting. Art Club is limited to 30 students per grade level. Sign up is on a first come basis and the links to sign up will go live on Monday, September 12 at noon. When signing up, please make sure to use the correct grade level link and include the student name in the comments section. Links to sign up for Art Club will be shared in the Weekly Bulletin and on our FPMS Activities webpage. If you have any questions about this, please contact Mai McCarthy,

Currently, Outdoor Club is only offered to our 7th and 8th graders. Outdoor Club will also require students to sign up prior to the first meeting. Outdoor Club is limited to 20 students per grade level. Sign up is on a first come basis and the links to sign up will go live on Monday, September 12 at noon. When signing up, please make sure to use the correct grade level link and include the student name in the comments section. Links to sign up for Outdoor Club will be shared in the Weekly Bulletin and on our FPMS Activities webpage. If you have any questions about this, please contact Craig Adams,

Applications for Student Council and Yearbook are now open! Please have your child read through each application letter before applying for either of these clubs. Applications will be open until Friday, September 9 at 3:00 pm. You can also find the application links on the Athletics and Activities website.

Student Council Application

Yearbook Application

If your child is interested in participating in any sports this school year, you can register them at any time. Please visit this site to register your child and upload a current physical form.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our athletic and activities coordinator, Karisa Stiglitz, at

One Day Alternate Bus Pass

Students are allowed to ride an alternate bus home with a friend if proper permission from parents/guardians has been completed and the school has approved of this request.

If your student will be riding an alternate bus home with a friend, please complete THIS FORM by 11am on the on the date of this change. The bus company requires consent from both parents/guardians; in other words, one parent/guardian for each student must submit this form in order for us to make this change happen. Staff in the school office will then complete the appropriate paperwork for each student to take with them on the bus.

Forms that are not completed by 11am on the date of the change run the risk of not being processed in time for dismissal. Bus drivers will not allow extra riders on a bus without proof of both parent and school approval.

If you have any questions, please call the Forest Park office at 414-529-8250.

Picture Day - September 28th

We will be having our school picture day on September 28th. Pictures can be ordered online here: Use the drop down menu to select your school name. Use this coupon code to save 10% off of your order if placed prior to picture day: Fall100371

If you have questions regarding picture order, please contact School and Sport Pics at 262-780-2901.

PAWS Dining For Dollars

Forest Park's parent group, PAWS, will be hosting their first Dining For Dollars event on Wednesday 9/14! Enjoy some delicious pizza at Domino's on 76th street (414-425-1511) while supporting our school! No coupon needed! A portion of the day's sales will go back to Forest Park.

Morning Drop Off And Parent Pick Up Traffic

The following video provides a visual of the traffic pattern we use for our morning drop off and afternoon parent pick up. This is the same pattern we used last year.

We appreciate your support in making drop-off and pick-up as efficient as possible!

Early Dismissals & Late Arrivals

If you come to pick up your student during the school day, we ask that you do not enter our building but instead pull up into the circle driveway outside of our main office. Your student will be watching for you and we will send them out to your car when they see that you have arrived. If you are waiting longer than a few minutes for your student, you may call our main office to check in (414-529-8250).

If you are dropping your student off late for any reason, you do not need to come into the school with your student. Please pull into our circle driveway outside of the main office where your student can enter and check in. We will give your student a pass to class and update their attendance at that time.

Please remember to use the absence reporting form on our website for ANY attendance related notification including students leaving early, arriving late or full day absences. Please do not send notes with your student to notify us of these changes.

Dropping Something Off For Your Student?

If you are dropping off a forgotten item for your student (lunch, Chromebook, etc.), please use our drop off cart located inside the main entrance near the office. To limit the amount of traffic in/out of our main office, we ask that you leave the item(s) on the cart and clearly label the item(s) with your student's first and last name. Post it notes and pens are provided on the cart.

In an effort to reduce the amount of interruptions to students and teachers in the classroom, most items will be delivered to students during their 3rd hour class unless the item is clearly needed right away (for example, the student's Chromebook). If an item is dropped off after 3rd hour, we will get the item to the student as soon as possible.

Metal Parts, Machines & Electronics Recycling Drive This Saturday @ FHS!

The FHS Saber Robotics Team is hosting a “Metal Parts, Machines & Electronics” Recycling Drive this coming Saturday in the Franklin High School parking lot from 8am-12pm. Please click here or on the image to view all the details of what you can bring to recycle! No TV’s or Monitors please!

Saber Marching Band Invite Saturday 9/17 at FHS

Franklin High School is proud to host the SABER MARCHING BAND INVITE 2022 on Saturday, September 17th at Sullivan Stadium! Gates open at 4:30pm and the event begins at 5:45pm with a performance of the National Anthem by the Forest Park Middle School bands. You can view the schedule, parking information and all other details here. There are 7 bands scheduled to perform at the event. Bands will be judged in the areas of music performance, visual performance, music general effect, visual general effect, percussion, and colorguard. Individual class placement awards will be given to all participating bands. Concessions will be open and FHS will be selling student shout-outs and 50/50 raffle tickets at a booth by the home stands. Come spend Saturday night under the lights and enjoy local high school bands performing!

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 consignors 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 and all of our upcoming events, go to our website at

Franklin Youth Girls Basketball Tryouts Sept 12-15

Franklin Youth Girls Basketball tryouts for the 2022-23 season will take place September 12th-15th. The schedule and locations for 4th-8th grade girls tryouts can be found here.

Please save time by registering in advance at (tab for Youth > Tryouts) or you can register at the door the night of your tryout. For questions regarding tryouts or the youth girls’ program, please send an email to

Franklin Youth Boys Basketball Tryouts Sept 11-15

Franklin Youth Boys Basketball tryouts for the 2022-23 season will take place September 11th-15th. New to the program this season -- we will be adding a 3rd grade tryout that will only meet for one tryout session. The schedule and locations for 3rd-8th grade girls tryouts can be found here. Teams will be posted the afternoon of Friday, September 16th.

Players will be expected at both tryout dates. Pre-registration for tryouts is mandatory and registration will close at 10 p.m. on Thursday, September 8th. The link for online registration is:

Franklin Boys Youth Basketball Tryout Registration.

FHS Dance Youth Football Clinic for K-6

Register your Kindergarten through 6th Grade child for a FUN night with the Franklin High School Dance Team! Your child will learn a pom routine from the State Champion Franklin Varsity Dance Team and perform at halftime during the Franklin Varsity Football game on Friday, September 23rd. For all details, requirements and to register, please click here.

Open House: Thursday September 15th

Students and families are invited to Forest Park's Open House on Thursday 9/15 from 4pm-7pm. This is a great time to visit with teachers, tour the building and stop in the office to pay student fees. We will have no formal presentations from teachers during Open House.

School Supply Lists

School supply lists for 6th, 7th and 8th graders can be found on our website HERE.

Check Out the Forest Park Facebook Page!

The Forest Park Middle School Facebook Page is now being updated regularly and you can head there to see the newest spirit wear photos from this week. Be sure to LIKE or FOLLOW the page so you get notified about updates!

Catch Up On District News

Please be sure to read the newest District Newsletter that comes out now every Friday. You can access all the issues here.

Guidance Counselors

Bernadette VanLith, 6th grade counselor

Ellen Montenero, 7th grade counselor

Mindy Greco, 8th grade counselor