JULY 21, 2022

Franklin Public Schools Summer Update #1

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Summer Update Message From Annalee Bennin

Please click on the video below to see a 2.5 minute video message from our new District Administrator, Annalee Bennin. In the video, she shares a little about herself and the items parents should be informed about as we approach the beginning of the school year.
FPS Summer Update from Annalee Bennin
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As a reminder, the District Calendar and all building calendars can be found here.

All of our calendars are able to be subscribed to! Follow the steps at the top of the District Calendar for how to subscribe.

Back-To-School Online Check-In Opens Wed, August 3rd @ Noon!

As shared earlier this week, our "Back-To-School Online Check-In" process will open for all families to complete per child on Wednesday, August 3rd at noon. Please see this communication and this parent checklist for details so you can be ready to complete information for your child. As shared in these materials, please complete check-in for your child(ren) between Wednesday, August 3rd and Friday, August 12th.

Start of School Year Planning

As a reminder, the first few days of school will include a staggered start for most grade levels. Please review the information below so you can best plan for your child(ren) and your family.

  • For 5K through 8th Grade, we are doing a staggered start over the first two days of school on September 1st and 2nd similar to how we have done the last two school years. The staggered start provides opportunities, especially for our younger students, to work with teachers on these days to better understand school and classroom norms, technology expectations, safety protocols, lunch procedures, recess routines, bus arrival/departure processes, and more. The details of which students will attend which day are shown below.

  • At the High School level, 9th graders and students new to FHS in grades 10-12 will be the only students to report on Thursday, September 1st. On Friday, September 2nd, all students grades 9-12 will report to school.

  • 4K Students will have Get-To-Know-You Conferences on Thursday, September 1st and Friday, September 2nd where parents and their child can attend for a short meeting with the teacher. Then, 4K students will have a staggered start on Tuesday, September 6th or Wednesday, September 7th. Details about the conferences and staggered start will be shared during August.

You can click the image below to see more details about how these days will be structured.

The days that students do not attend during the first week are considered non-school days for those students. This means students will not be assigned any homework; they will have no school requirements on those days when they are not in session. In addition, for students in grades 5K through 8, if you have a blended family with two last names, you may send those students on the same day during the first week of school. School office staff returns to the buildings beginning August 1st so please inform them of any special circumstances after that date. More information about the start of the school year will come from the school buildings as school newsletters start going out to families in late August.

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Summer Learning Wraps Up!

Throughout this Summer Update newsletter, you'll see pictures from our summer learning programs. Summer Learning wraps up today (Thurs 7/21) and our popular programming was attended by more students this summer than last summer! Thank you to all the staff that put on summer programming for our students!

New Leadership in FPS

In early July, some new faces began their Franklin Public Schools leadership tenure. Annalee Bennin (District Administrator/Superintendent), Andy Chromy (Assistant Superintendent of Business & Operations) and Bob Blessington (Director of Teaching & Learning) all began their respective roles with Franklin Public Schools. Welcome to our new district-level leaders! The associated picture is from the first cabinet meeting in early July.

Left to Right: Chad Kafka (Communications Specialist), Bob Blessington (Director of Teaching & Learning), Andy Chromy (Asst. Supt of Business Operations), Christine Cody (Director of Student Services), Annalee Bennin (District Administrator), Laura Lancour (Director of Human Resources), and Jessica Moe (Asst. Supt of Continuous Improvement).

In addition, at the school building level, we have been proud to announce new leaders lately. Click on the images below to see the formal announcements that went to building families for some of our new principals and associate principals.

Get Your Tickets Now! Franklin Educational Foundation Hosts "Back-To-School" Milkmen Celebration

The Franklin Educational Foundation is hosting the “Back To School Celebration” for Franklin Public Schools at the Sunday, August 21st 1pm Milkmen game. We are inviting all students, teachers, families and community members to help us celebrate! The Franklin Educational Foundation will be the featured non-profit organization for this Sunday afternoon game. A portion of this game’s ticket sales, and other in-game fundraisers, will help fund the Foundation's student emergency fund, graduating senior scholarships, educator awards, and classroom grants.

The Foundation will also announce the seven winners of the 2022 "Excellent Teacher Awards" on the big screen at the game. So get a group together and let's celebrate our FPS's great teachers by enjoying a fun Sunday afternoon at the ballpark.

Buy your tickets online at: https://fevo.me/375Q2JS

ECC District Office Summer Hours

Please note the ECC District Office is operating under summer hours and is open 7am to 3:30pm on weekdays. Beginning August 1st, our school building main offices will re-open and secretaries will be on hand to help with any school specific needs.

Immunization Requirements for 6th Graders & 5K Kindergarteners

Incoming 5K Kindergarteners
  • To protect children from diseases that are preventable by immunization, Wisconsin law requires all students to show that they have received the required immunizations or have a signed waiver. Please see this document for more information and click here to read more about Wisconsin immunization requirements.
  • Please contact your health care provider for questions regarding immunizations and your child’s health.

Incoming 6th graders
  • The Student Immunization Law requires that all students entering the 6th grade receive a dose of the Tdap vaccine. To remain compliant with the law, you must provide the month, day, and year that your child received the required immunization on the attached Student Immunization Record, or select one of the waiver options (health, religious or personal conviction) prior to October 14, 2022 and return the form to your child's school. If you have any questions about how to obtain the required immunizations, please email nurses@franklin.k12.wi.us

FPS Mental Health Services Available During The Summer

As a reminder, these services continue to be available for students and families throughout the summer:

  • The Student and Family Assistance Program (SFAP) through Advocate Aurora Health Care. Please click here to read more information about these services, along with a flier with more information and an informational video.

  • Clinical Psychology Associates - our partnership with CPA, which you can read more about here, continues through the summer. To ask questions or begin the process of accessing the clinics throughout the summer, please contact Clinical Psychology Associates by calling or texting 262-975-0012.

We are so thankful to be able to offer these services to our families and students and encourage you to utilize them when needed.

Food Service Updates For Summer & 2022-23


If you are looking for summer meal options for your children, please check the “Summer Food Service Program Outreach” section of our Lunch webpage here.


As the 2022-23 school year approaches, we want to remind families about what school lunch will look like for the 2022-23 school year. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that has been allowing students to receive free meals will no longer be offering this service for free next school year.

At the start of the 2022-23 school year, school lunches will no longer be free. Prices will remain the same as they were set for the 2020-21 school year.

We highly encourage families to continue to participate in the convenient, nutritious, and cost-friendly school meals. Our lunch webpage also contains our online lunch menus for all school buildings for the 2022-23 school year.


We encourage families to complete the free and reduced lunch application. The application can be completed online after August 1st, 2022. To find the application, we will have a link on our website here.

COVID-19 Updates

  • Everyone 6 months of age and older is now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccination. The WI Dept of Health Services is recommending everyone eligible receive a vaccine. You do not need an ID or insurance to get a vaccine.

  • For children under 5, check eligibility with the vaccination location before scheduling your vaccine.

HS 18-21 Transition Services Program Seeking Donations

Our 18-21 year old "Transition Services" program has acquired an apartment for the upcoming school year where they will teach students enrolled in the program the basics of home care, food preparation and the like. The problem is -- it's an EMPTY apartment and we are kindly looking for donations! See the flier below for the types of donations we are seeking. If you have items to donate, we ask that you please email the teacher in charge at grace.barr@franklin.k12.wi.us -- Emailing Ms. Barr will help her to coordinate collection. Thank you!

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Franklin Educational Foundation Golf Outing A Success!

In late June, community members, school staff, and local business owners partook in the annual TEE UP FOR EDUCATION golf outing at Oakwood Park Golf Course in Franklin. Fees from the registrations, luncheon, on-site activities and raffles benefit funding of scholarships, the emergency student funds and classroom grants. Thank you to the Foundation for holding this great event, to all of the local businesses for their sponsorship, and to participants for partaking in the activities and raffles. Click here to view an album of pictures from the event.

To see more about the Franklin Educational Foundation happenings,
click here for their website!

"Back to School" Celebration @ Milkmen Game, Sun 8/21 @ 1pm

Fall Children's Consignment Sale on Sat 9/17 at Forest Park Middle School

and "Educate in Style" Student Fashion Show on Sun 11/13 in the FHS Commons.

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Connect With A School Board Member

Would you like to speak to a Franklin school board member in person? Two board members will be available 30 minutes before regular meetings to speak with community and family members informally. Board members can also be reached by email or phone.
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Members of the School Board of Education participated in the 4th of July parade for the City of Franklin. From Left to Right: Annalee Bennin (District Administrator), Ann Sepersky (Member), Mike Spragg (President), Linda Witkowski (Member), Debbie Larson (Clerk), and Maqsood Khan (Member).

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Fall Recreation Guide is LIVE!

The Community Education & Recreation Department Fall Guide is now online and available for viewing. Registration for fall programming begins on Monday, August 1st but you can view the guide now online here. Registration will take place at the Community Ed & Rec website at http://franklinwi.myrec.com

Forte Youth Productions Presents Frozen Jr!

Do you want to build a snowman? Come cool off this summer with Forte Theatre Company's youth musical production of Frozen Jr! Join Anna, Elsa, and all of your favorite characters from Arendelle as they come to life onstage at the Saber Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin! This heartwarming stage adaptation features a fantastic cast of 10-18 years olds from throughout the Greater Milwaukee Area. With its empowering message of love and understanding, Frozen Jr is sure to melt your heart!

Friday, August 5 @ 7 pm

Saturday, August 6 @ 7 pm

Sunday, August 7 @ 2 pm

Tickets $12-$15


Kids Club 2022-23 Registration Open

Kids Club registration is still open for the 2022-23 school year. In order to have your child participate in Kids Club for the month of September, you must register the child(ren) by August 25th. For more information please see the Kids Club website by clicking here or contact Shana Gagliardo, Recreation Coordinator at shana.gagliardo@franklin.k12.wi.us if you have any questions.

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