Franklin Academy

January, 2019 Announcements

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Parent Calendar & K-5 Specials Schedule

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The Character Trait of the month of January is FAIRNESS for our elementary students, and our IB Learner Profile Attribute is OPEN-MINDED for our middle school students.

Nominated students that exhibit the character traits and attributes of the month will be recognized at our ceremony on Thursday January 31, 2018 at 8:45am-9:30am.

Families of students being recognized will be notified by invitation.

Elementary students playing by the rules, taking turns, sharing with others while being open-minded and listening to others are considered to be displaying the character trait of the month, FAIRNESS. These students think of others, making sure not to take advantage of anyone.

MYP students demonstrating the IB Learner Profile OPEN-MINDEDNESS, understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

january at a glance

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Our student Winter Break continues throughout the New Year; our offices will be closed on Tuesday January 1st, 2019 in respect of New Year's Day!

There will be no school for students until the academic quarter begins on Tuesday January 8 and classes will resume that day.

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You are invited to join in support of our middle school Bulldog athletes, as they strive for success during our 2018-2019 volleyball season!

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Families will receive their child's Q2 report card electronically on Wednesday January 9, 2019.

Please login to your family's PowerSchool account to see up to date quiz and test results for your child during the school year.

Students can redeem their Q2 Kite Cash at our Kite Cart on January 9th, during their scheduled visit with their class.

NJAHS Induction Ceremony

The National Junior Art Honor Society (NJAHS) was established by the National Art Education Association (NAEA) in 1989 to inspire and recognize students who have demonstrated passion and dedication through their art and community service. Participation in the NJAHS provides students, faculty, school, and community with invaluable benefits—including peer recognition, leadership growth opportunities, college and career preparation, recognition of the art program, and so much more.

In alignment with the NJAHS Constitution, the Franklin Academy NJAHS Chapter identifies our own operating procedures, traditions, and service priorities which highlight the value of the arts as an integral part of our school’s curriculum.

All MYP students that applied for the National Junior Arts Honor Society will be inducted during our very special event ceremony on January 15, 2019 at 6pm.

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Our club registration closed in December, and all registered club members will attend our clubs starting on Monday January 14, 2019. The last day for clubs in our 3rd quarter is Friday March 15.

K-5 students will be dismissed from the bus side as soon as the club ends at 4pm, and Grades 6-8 students will be dismissed at 5pm, unless otherwise stated by the club moderator. All communication from the club moderators will be received electronically.

If your child has a fee associated with their account, please make your payment via check or money-order made payable to Franklin Academy. Your child's full name, grade and the fee type should be included in the memo line ie late fee, id replacement etc.

Any electronic payments should be printed as confirmation of the fee being paid and submitted to the office, to be reflected in the student's account.

Required Signature Forms

For families newly registered at our school and whose child(ren) will be joining us, their completed required signature form packages should be returned to your child's homeroom teacher within 10 days of the student starting at our school.

Uniforms are required to be worn by all students and our dress code is enforced at our school. Please be sure to have your child in accordance with the guidelines outlined in our Parent-Student Handbook.

iUniforms provide our families with all Franklin Academy uniform items. Uniforms must be purchased from our vendor to ensure equity and safety.

To report an excused absence, please send an email to and include all of the following information:

• first and last name of the person reporting the absence
• student’s first and last name
• student's current grade level
• student's homeroom teacher
• the date of the absence
• the reason for the absence

Please refer to our Attendance Policy for a list of valid reasons and allow 72 hours for processing.

If the reason for the student's absence is not in the Attendance Policy, the absence will remain unexcused.


Students will not be released to individuals who do not have a valid FranklinPass sticker and a school-issued placard displayed on the vehicle dashboard. Without a FranklinPass, a person trying to pick up a student must bring a photo ID for verification and may be asked to park and visit the office before the student can be released.

Changes in student dismissal must be provided to the classroom teacher and the front office, in writing, by 12:00 pm the day the dismissal change is to take place. All email addresses can be found in the Faculty and Staff section of our website.

Health Concerns

Please inform the school if your child is out sick with a diagnosed communicable illness and keep your child home if they have flu-like symptoms such as, fever greater than 100, sore throat, cough, chills, body aches, etc. Students must also stay home if they are experiencing rashes, yellow eye drainage, or greenish-yellow phlegm from a cough or cold, diarrhea, etc.

If your child has any health conditions such as an allergic reaction to food, insect bites, etc or asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, seizures, sickle cell anemia, or any other health condition, the parent/guardian must share the information needed to care of your child(ren) safely at school.

Any updates and changes in health condition as they occur; medications and treatments needed must be documented on an Authorization for Medication/Treatment form.

The Mattress Fundraiser

Friends and family are invited to purchase mattresses, sheets, pillows, and other accessories at a discounted price during the one-day event at our school.

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Box Tops Due

Students can submit 25 Box Tops attached to the February Box Tops Collection sheet by Friday February 8, in order to be eligible for a dress down day Thursday February 14.