September 12, 2022
Dear Country Dale Families,
Thank you so much for your patience and understanding surrounding the ongoing issues with our buses. I can definitely relate to your frustrations and the strain this puts on your family before and after school. As many of you have already figured out since some routes have been cancelled and others are still experiencing delays, the lines for parent drop-off and pick-up are long and for this, we also appreciate your patience. Our staff continues to look for ways to provide an efficient and safe process but due to the sheer number of vehicles in the line, the process is a little longer than normal this time of year.
As a reminder, this week we will practice a lockdown drill and an evacuation to our safe haven. Please ensure that your child is wearing comfortable shoes. We will send a follow-up communication after each of these drills occurs.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!
Shaunna LaPlant - Country Dale Principal
As a reminder, the District Calendar and all building calendars can be found here.
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COUNTRY DALE PICTURE DAY THIS WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 14
When: Wednesday, September 14
Time: during the school day
School Pics is no longer sending home order forms for parents to fill out and return with their students. All orders will only be placed online.
Pictures can be ordered online. School & Sports Pics order link.
Use the drop-down menu to select "Country Dale". NO ACCESS KEY IS REQUIRED
Need a coupon code to save 10% off your order if it is placed prior to picture day? Fall100367
COUGAR CHASE ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7TH!
LOCAL BUSINESS SPONSORS for the COUGAR CHASE!
We are looking for local business sponsors that are connected to the Country Dale Family to help support this event. All sponsors get their name and logo on the back of the Cougar Chase shirts which go out to over 500 students and staff who will proudly wear them as walking billboards around town. If you have a business and are interested in being a sponsor please contact Debbie Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information below no later than Friday, September 16th:
IMPORTANT -- Sponsors must be finalized by Friday, September 16th!
1) An image of your business logo (to go on the shirts)
2) A little blurb advertising your business for the flyer all Country Dale families will receive. Please include your business name, website, contact info and a few lines describing your business.
3) T-shirt size you'd like. We'd love for you to see your business name on the t-shirt you helped purchase! What size would you like (anything from Child XS to Adult XXL)?
4) The amount you wish to donate. Donations can be accepted either by check or via PayPal. Minimum sponsor donations are $100, though to be fair sponsors that donate more get their logo larger and more prominent on the shirt.
WHAT IS THE COUGAR CHASE?
All students participate in this event during the school day. More information is here. The schedule is below:
9:15 - 10:00 - 4th grade
10:00 - 10:45 - 5th grade
10:45 - 11:30 - 4K AM classes
11:30 - 12:15 - Kindergarten
1:15 - 2:00 - 3rd grade
2:00 - 2:45 - 2nd grade
2:45 - 3:30 -1st grade and 4K PM classes
VOLUNTEER for the COUGAR CHASE!
Volunteers must complete a background check prior to the day of the event and we would need a commitment of half-day (AM - 9:15 to 12:15, PM 1:15 to 3:30) or full-day slots. Any interested volunteers can contact Dave Blask at email@example.com.
We can have spectators come watch this year! All spectators will need to complete a background check prior to the day of the event and will check in at the office on the day of the event.
ONLINE ABSENCE/ATTENDANCE FORM
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. If your child is out sick, the form will also collect information about the symptoms and sickness your child is experiencing so our nursing staff can respond with next steps. 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.
COUNTRY DALE PARENT DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURE
If you plan on dropping off or picking up your child from Country Dale, please read this important information regarding our procedure. Family name cards can be picked up during Open House or will be sent home with the youngest or only child. 4K students will be receiving their name cards during their "Getting to Know You Day". Please note the new information about groups according to student's last name. Click for Country Dale Parent Drop Off and Pick Up Procedure.
The PTO would like to welcome students back to school for the 2022-2023 school year! We are excited to share with you our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. Every parent is considered a member of the PTO, regardless of their ability to volunteer. All parents are encouraged to attend meetings and to choose an area to volunteer a few (or many) hours of their time throughout the school year. We need YOU!
Join us on 9/13 at 5:30 pm for our first meeting of the year in the Conference room at Country Dale. Our agenda will include the Cougar Chase and Trunk or Treat plans. Hope to see you there!
PTO BOARD POSITIONS
The PTO has a newly elected President, Leah Palmer. Leah has two children who attend Country Dale, Allison (4th) and Emily (1st).
Treasurer - Katie Delemont has 2 children who attend Country Dale, Colette (5th) and Gwen (1st)
Vice President - this role is available. The Vice President assists the President with duties throughout the year.
Secretary - this role is available. The Secretary records meeting minutes, writes monthly or bi-monthly emails to parents, assists with the directory and various other behind-the-scenes tasks. This position could easily be shared with another person.
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about the available roles or would be willing to serve on the board. Please contact Leah Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Katie Delemont at email@example.com
Want to know emails and phone numbers for birthday and playdate invites? Want to know when fun events like Trunk or Treat and Movie Night are? Join the PTO Directory with the A to Z Connect app and stay informed about how to connect to our Country Dale Family and support our school. Click the link or scan the QR code to sign up today!
Click on the form below to let us know how your family will be able to volunteer this year. It takes a village to make this a great community for our children, so please do what you can to join in. Every volunteer is needed and appreciated! Please note: there is a need for a LEAD volunteer on some of our larger events - if you are willing to take the lead, please let us know!
3-YEAR-OLD CHILD DEVELOPMENT DAYS COMING UP
Franklin Public Schools hosts screenings for 3-year-old children on language, cognition, social-emotional, adaptive, and physical development. This program combines a play-based observational screening of children with a “Child Fair” for parents to learn more about child and family-related services in our area. Click here or the accompanying flier to learn more and to register!
DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF SPANISH!
Did you know that early exposure to a foreign language makes the challenging transition to formal instruction in middle school much easier? AND the more exposure -- the greater the impact! Why not give your student this amazing advantage? Enroll in our NEW Futura Spanish classes this fall! It is not only educationally enriching, but also interactive, dynamic and FUN! Register your student today for a language learning adventure! www.FuturaAdventures.com
SABER MARCHING BAND INVITE SAT 9/17 @ FHS
Franklin High School is proud to host the SABER MARCHING BAND INVITE 2022 on Saturday, September 17th at Sullivan Stadium! Gates open at 4:30 pm and the event begins at 5:45 pm 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 color guard. 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. 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 https://www.franklineducationalfoundation.org/events
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 www.sabersgirlsbasketball.com (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
FORTE THEATRE PRESENTS: THE SOUND OF MUSIC
The hills are alive with the sound of music! Join Forte Theatre Company for their mainstage debut at the Saber Center - and one of the most beloved musicals of all time. In Austria, 1938, an exuberant young governess brings music and joy back to a broken family, only to face danger and intrigue as the Nazis gain power. With music and lyrics by Rodgers & Hammerstein, a cast of some of Milwaukee's top professional talent and FPS students playing some of the VonTrapp children, this is a theatrical experience not to be missed!
October 7th - 16th / Fri & Sat @ 7 pm, Sun @ 2 pm
Saber Center for the Performing Arts
CD AFTER SCHOOL THEATER CLASSES
Sing! Dance! Act! Join Character Kids for a fun-filled after-school theater class at Country Dale on Wednesdays from 4-5 pm. Our fall session runs from September 21st - November 9th (8 wks). Students will learn the basics of acting, singing and musical theater dance while having a lot of fun! Come play theater games, explore stage skills and learn a group song or scene from a popular Broadway musical. Parents are invited to a special performance on the last day of class. CLICK HERE for more info or to register!
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