Franklin e-Newsletter

Monday, November 4, 2019

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Example of Great Parents

When I have people ask me what's the best thing about Franklin Middle School, my quick and easy response is, "Our families. Our students and parents are the best". This was apparent during our Parent-Teacher Conferences and the food donated during our staff dinner on Thursday, October 24. The selection and quality was AMAZING!!! Because of the number of volunteers who donated their time to set up/tear down and/or donate food, the PTA felt it was important to share the notes of appreciation received from Franklin Staff.

  • I just wanted to say thank you for such a wonderful meal that was provided at last week's meal. I can only imagine the time and effort it took to organize such a terrific meal and for that I am grateful.

  • Thank you so much for the amazing meal you provided for the teachers on Thursday evening of conferences! That night is a long one for teachers. It was so nice to come into the lounge and be greeted with not only a wide variety of delicious foods, but fun, colorful and creative decorations! It was just so very uplifting!! We had the chance to chat with our fellow colleagues and enjoy a wonderful meal in a relaxing atmosphere! Thank you for all your efforts! It was so very much appreciated!!

  • Thanks for the incredible dinner during conferences last week. The cheese, meat and olive selection made me feel as though I was back in Italy on vacation!

  • Thank you so much for the wonderful dinner the parents provided for our conference night. Everything was fabulous!

  • Thank you so much for the wonderful meal during Thursdays conference night, it was fantastic. It is so nice of you to provide us with all that you did, there was a wonderful variety to choose from and the food was delicious. I appreciate all the things that you do for both the staff and students throughout the year. Thanks again for the great meal and for giving your time and energy to make Franklin an even better place.

Thanks for your generosity and continuous support!

New Information

End of 1st Quarter/Progress Reports

The end of 1st Quarter was Friday, October 25. Students are now in their 2nd Quarter exploratory classes. Last Friday, progress reports were sent home with all students during their homeroom class. There may be some changes from the reports handed out during our fall parent-teacher conferences. Please sit down with your child to review the progress report and reach out to any teachers with questions.

Franklin Apparel Orders

The next store is open for Franklin apparel. Check out the attachment below for the available items. If you're ordering items as a holiday gift for your student, please email Mr. Ben Ethier and he will contact you when the order arrives.

Fall Musical: "Into the Woods"

Franklin Drama Club’s Fall Musical will be performed Thursday, November 7, and Friday, November 8, at 7 PM in the auditorium. “Into the Woods” is a Broadway musical that mixes up some of our most beloved fairy tales: Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red, Rapunzel, and more. Tickets are $5 cash at the door.

Yearbook Order

Yearbooks will be here in May- prepay online for yours today! Our 2019-2020 yearbooks will be in full color and arriving to Franklin mid-May 2020. You are now able to order/prepay online at The cost per yearbook is $15.00.

We will take cash or check payments in the Main Office starting in April 2020.

Hy-Vee Homeroom Receipt Challenge

As we approach the holiday season, there's a strong chance you might be visiting your local Hy-Vee Grocery, Gas, or Drug Store. Throughout the year, we welcome families to bring in Hy-Vee receipts from any Cedar Rapids or Marion store. We have a turn-in bin located in the main office.

During the year, we hold two homeroom challenges. Our first Hy-Vee Homeroom Receipt Challenge will be December 9-13. Stay tuned for more information.

Dance Marathon

Long before Iowa football fans began waving, or Carson King showed the world a better way to spend its spare money, Franklin Middle School students were giving their all to support kids with cancer. Our past thirteen dances have combined to raise over $70,000! Encourage your student to get involved and “Be the Light!” this year, as we have many ways for them to get involved listed below!

Why do we do this? It started years ago with some pen pal letters to a sick child and ballooned into a mini dance marathon. Unbeknownst to us our first year, we had a cancer survivor within our student body, who knew all too well the many dark days associated with cancer. Even harder to believe is the fact Franklin has had a cancer survivor or current cancer patient walking the halls every year since! So we continue to fight for our fellow students and for all the children being treated for life threatening illnesses at the University of Iowa. The funds we raise provide for summer camps, an annual Adventureland trip, crafts and activities at the hospital, improved facilities, wigs, holiday gifts, some family assistance and more!

Franklin’s fourteenth dance marathon will be held in the lower gym on Friday, December 6th from 1:30-3:30 P.M. It is open to ALL Franklin students and admission is just $5.00. This event is affiliated with the University of Iowa’s Dance Marathon and the Children’s Miracle Network. Funds raised help support pediatric cancer patients at the University of Iowa’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

This is a great opportunity to get your student to earn some extra dollars for a very good cause while completing some extra chores around the house for you!

Buy a T-Shirt

Cost is only $10 and forms are available in the main office. You will not only have your dance day attire, but you’ll be a walking reminder to “Be the Light!” for others all year long. T-shirts are blue this year, and forms are due back to the main office by noon on Monday, November 18th.

Money Mash

This coin battle between home rooms will have your children scrounging through the couch cushions for change! It is a math lesson on positive and negative numbers, as all COINS count positively. Paper money and checks count as negatives to lower the totals in rival home rooms. Winning homerooms at each grade level will receive doughnuts and juice during home room on dance day!

The game begins Thanksgiving week on Monday, November 25th. It will continue through Tuesday, November 26th and December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Grade level winners will be announced on Thursday, December 5th.

Bake Sales

Three bake sales will be held after school in the concession area near the gym. We will have a friendly competition this year to see which grade level donates the most for our sales! In addition to baked goods, 12 packs of pop, or

  • 6th Grade bake sale - Thursday, November 7th
  • 7th Grade bake sale -Thursday, November 14th
  • 8th Grade bake sale - Monday, November 25th

Spirit Dancers

Spirit dancers go beyond to collect extra donations for the cause! If you have friends and family who might sponsor you as a dancer for $25 or more, you will not only get into the dance free, you’ll receive a free slice of pizza and a drink, AND have a chance at winning a prize for your efforts. The top three fundraisers get to choose their prize and some lucky winners will get to put a pie in the face of a beloved staff member. Those pledge sheets can be found in the main office. Pick one up before the Thanksgiving break and ask your family members to sponsor you for a great cause!

PTA Updates


We currently have just under 50 members in our Franklin PTA. Families are encouraged to join at any time during the year. You'll find a link below to the electronic copy of the membership form. Even if you're not able to volunteer during the school year, we'd love to have you join as a member.

Concession Stand Help Needed

We are in need of help in order to have our concession stand open for all home

games. If you are interested in helping out-please contact me! Ideally we hold

concession stand open from 3:30-5:00/5:30. Arriving about 15-30 minutes early is

suggested. If you're able to help, please contact Mindi White through the contact information below:

Upcoming Home Dates

  • 11/5 Basketball: 8th at Home
  • 11/7 Basketball: 7th at Home
  • 11/12 Basketball: 8th at Home
  • 11/14 Basketball: 7th at Home
  • 11/19 Basketball: 8th at Home
  • 11/21 Basketball: 8th at Home
  • 11/25 Basketball: 7th at Home

Bolt Closet

We had a very successful first year of opening the Franklin Bolt Closet. For families new to Franklin, this closet provides new and gently used clothing, new socks and underwear and all personal hygiene care items for the underserved students who are part of the Franklin family. We protect the students’ privacy by only having the counseling and health center staff know who utilizes the closet. Monthly we will feature one item the closet is in need of.

For October/November, we are now accepting winter items such as new/lightly used hooded sweatshirts, stocking hats, gloves.

We also accept monetary donations and have volunteer shoppers for the Bolt Closet. Thank you for your support and helping to ensure every student comes to school clean, appropriately dressed and ready to learn!

Agenda & Budget Items

See the agenda and treasurer items from our October meeting. We welcome all parents to our PTA meetings. They take place the first Monday of every month from 11:00-12:00. Our next meeting is Monday, December 2. If you're not able to attend the meetings, we encourage you to get involved by helping with our concessions and other sign-ups. Stay tuned for future communication involving these.

Continuing Information

Student Tutoring

We're fortunate to have former Franklin students who come back to help our students in a variety of academic and organizational needs. Beginning Tuesday, September 10 Washington High School students will be available for drop-in tutoring sessions. This will run every Tuesday from 3:00-4:00PM. Students will be supervised by a Franklin Staff Member. Snacks will also be available for students.

See the video below that provides details about this opportunity.

Franklin Volunteer Tutoring Program

City Bus Transportation (Free)

Students — Ride the Bus on Us! All CRCSD, Kirkwood and Coe students can now ride the City bus free all year. High School and College students – just show a student ID to ride free. Elementary and middle school student do not need ID.

Infinite Campus

Thanks to all our families for all you've done as we've transitioned student information systems to Infinite Campus. A few reminders of items to complete:
  • Online verification should be completed thru the Parent Portal before December 1st.
  • Pay book fees ($56 full pay) through the Parent Portal or complete the educational benefits survey to see if you qualify for free or reduced fees.


Does this conversation sound familiar?

- Parent: "What'd you do today at school?"

- Student: "Nothing"

- Parent: "Is there anything I should know about going on at school?"

- Student: "Nope"

If this is occurring at your house, check out the two links below that will take you to ways we communicate announcements to students. These same announcements are read during the school day; both morning and afternoon.

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 4
  • PTA Meeting, 11:00AM in Room 300 Conference Room

Tuesday, November 5

  • Fall Musical "Into the Woods", School Matinee
  • Girls' Swimming @ Linn-Mar
  • Boys Basketball: 7th @ Excelsior/8th @ Home

Thursday, November 7

  • Boys' Basketball: 7th @ Home/8th @ McKinley
  • Fall Musical, "Into the Woods", 7:00PM in Auditorium

Friday, November 8

  • Fall Musical, "Into the Woods", 7:00PM in Auditorium

Monday, November 11

  • Girls' Swimming @ Washington High School

Tuesday, November 12

  • Boys' Basketball: 7th @ Harding/8th @ Home

Thursday, November 14

  • Boys' Basketball: 7th @ Home/8th @ Prairie Orange
  • Fall Band Concert