October 17th, 2022
We will again be offering an option of Virtual or In-Person conferences for our November 3rd parent/teacher conferences. Conferences are meant to offer time for brief conversations regarding your student's progress. If you require a more lengthy discussion regarding your student or are unable to meet within the time and space available, please email or call the teacher and arrange a mutual time to meet. Every day is an opportunity to connect. Never hesitate to reach out.
CLICK HERE to schedule a conference appointment.
To continue with our mission to celebrate success throughout the school year, here are some photos of 6th grade students enjoying time with their peers and engaging in their learning.
Have a great week!
Happy Boss's Day To Ms. Rosienski!
Activity Night - November 18th!
Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door (no ticket pre-sales!)
This activity night is sponsored by Student Council and will be used as a fundraiser for Make-a-Wish! Activity nights offer a safe and fun event for Forest Park students to participate in a variety of things such as open gym, crafts, dancing and more. Concessions will also be sold at the event.
We are in need of parent volunteers to help supervise at activity night. If you are interested in volunteering, you must have a current background check on file. You can fill out the background check form here and this must be completed at least 1 week prior to activity night. Please email Mrs. Stiglitz to learn more about volunteering at activity night (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Athletics & Activities Updates - Wrestling & Boys Basketball Starting Soon!
Wrestling practice will start on Monday, October 31 for any 6th, 7th, or 8th grader interested in participating. In order to participate, you must be registered online and have a current physical form on file. Physical forms must be uploaded with your student's online registration (we do not accept paper copies in the office!). Wrestling is a no cut sport, therefore any student that wants to participate will be able to. Practices will be held in the FPMS gym from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. If you have any questions, please contact our head wrestling coach, Josh Larson, at email@example.com.
7th and 8th grade Boys Basketball tryouts will be held on Monday, November 7. In order to try out for basketball, you must be registered online and have a current physical form on file. Physical forms must be uploaded with your student's online registration (we do not accept paper copies in the office!). If you have any questions, please contact our basketball coaches:
Alex Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Morgan Rosencrants (email@example.com)
Tim Hogan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Matt Wood (email@example.com)
We have home basketball games for Girls Basketball this week Tuesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 20. They are the last games of the season, so come cheer on our basketball and poms teams!
Congratulations to all of our cross country runners who finished their season last week! The coaches have enjoyed watching you grow as runners and look forward to seeing you next year!
If your child is interested in joining Jazz Band, please have them join the Jazz Band Google Classroom using the code drn2kgu. All information about Jazz Band can be found on the Google Classroom page. If you have any questions, please contact our advisor, Chris Dunmire (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our athletic and activities coordinator, Karisa Stiglitz, at email@example.com
Picture Ordering Info and Re-take/Make-up Date
Pictures can be ordered online here: https://orders.schoolandsportpics.com/ordering. 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.
Picture re-take/make-up day is scheduled for Wednesday October 26th in the morning from 9am-11am.
PAWS - Dining For Dollars THIS Wednesday 10/19!
PAWS, Forest Park's parent group, hopes to see you at Culver's in Franklin for their next Dining For Dollars event on Wednesday 10/19! A portion of the sales will benefit our school. Here are all the details:
4220 W Oakwood Park
No Coupon Needed
PAWS receives 10% of the profits
Buy Tickets Now For "Educate In Style" Student Fashion Show Sunday 11/2
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 6pm at the Saber Center for the Arts for food, 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!
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Opportunity!
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 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.
Clinical Psychology Associates Services
We are proud to continue to partner with Clinical Psychology Associates (CPA) to offer on-site counseling services at Country Dale, Pleasant View, Forest Park and Franklin High School. For information about CPA’s services and therapists or to get started with an appointment, please visit our website.
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 a student nears 10 cumulative absences, families can expect communication from Franklin Public Schools to ensure that you are notified of the total number of absences and to outline 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.
Franklin Historical Society "Fall Fest" Saturday 10/22
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 Saturday 10/29
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 1pm to 3pm in the Main Commons of Franklin High School. We will be offering Halloween themed games, crafts, a Trick-or-Treat treasure hunt, 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.
Franklin Community Youth Race For 4K-8th Graders On Tues 10/25
Attention 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
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FPMS Afternoon Pickup Notes
Parents & Guardians - thank you for being flexible and responding to the changes we have made outside for afternoon pickup. We ask you to please review the diagram below, in particular to the “curb pickup site” where you will pick up your child(ren). When prompted to move forward, we ask that you please pull up as far as you can along the curb so we can load as many vehicles as possible along the curb. Please do not stop, even if you see your child waiting at an earlier spot. Children can walk to meet you. Please review the other notes below:
City Of Franklin Trick Or Treating Is Sunday 10/30!
The city of Franklin has passed along that Trick-or-Treating for 2022 will officially be on Sunday, October 30th from 4pm-7pm. Please plan accordingly and safely for trick-or-treating and have fun!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Handbook Updates
One Day Alternate Bus Pass
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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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.
Bernadette VanLith, 6th grade counselor
Ellen Montenero, 7th grade counselor
Mindy Greco, 8th grade counselor
All past newsletters are stored on our website here