Monday, December 21, 2015
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** NO SCHOOL 12/19 - 1/3 **
Happy Holidays from the Franklin Staff
Dismissing Your Student
8th Grade Ski Trip
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End of 1st Semester
As you review your child's grades the next couple weeks please be sure to contact teachers to develop a plan to support your child.
Draft of 2016-17 Calendar Released
The Cedar Rapids Community School District is inviting input from parents, staff, and community members regarding a draft of the 2016-2017 District calendar. There are many pieces that mirror the 2015-2016 calendar, including start and end dates; the Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks; and holidays.
The biggest change is in the frequency and time for professional learning. The committee studied the research on Professional Learning Communities and quality professional learning (which indicates that frequent and regular Professional Learning Community (PLC) and professional learning time is optimal), and is recommending a consistent weekly late start to the school day every Wednesday. The morning time would be used by teachers for professional learning and PLC work. Supervision at all of the elementary schools would be provided on Wednesday for families that wish to use this accommodation.
From a staff perspective we are excited about the opportunities we have for professional development and collaboration. This year's Wednesday early releases has been beneficial for our staff to purposefully plan and coordinate lesson plans. Next year's proposed calendar will provide us even more time to do similar endeavors and more, all for the purpose of helping our students.
One thing we try to do for our students is to provide snacks during the Assessments. This is made possible through the generous donations of our parents. There will be a sign-up for parents willing to donate items such as Gogurt, bananas, string cheese, and granola bars. We're also offering an incentive for students to be here on all testing days. Students will earn a soda during lunch. We'll be accepting soda donations as well. Stay tuned!
Receipts, Receipts, Receipts
We will be doing a classroom challenge with Hy-Vee receipts from January 11-15. If you wish to save the receipts until then please do so. Your help is great appreciated.
Concession Help Needed
Friends of Franklin
Girls' Basketball, 7th vs. Wilson, 8th @ Wilson
Friday, January 8
Boys' Swimming @ Coralville Rec. Center
Monday, January 11
Girls' Basketball, 7th vs. McKinley, 8th @ McKinley
PTA Meeting, 11:00AM in IMC Annex
Thursday, January 14
Girls' Basketball, 7th @ Roosevelt, 8th vs. Roosevelt
Friday, January 15
Boys' Swimming @ Linn-Mar
End of 1st Semester