Franklin Flier

December 16, 2016

Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world.

Our Core Values:
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Excellence
  • Adaptability
  • Responsibility
  • Engagement
  • Collaboration
District Calendar

Calendar for two hour late starts, days off, conferences, etc.

How might I talk with my child about their social media use?

Here is a link for a video created by Project for Teens. Project for Teens is a peer education group involving Mankato & Saint Peter high school students dedicated to promoting the well-being of their younger peers.

The video covers multiple topics, so please preview the video to decide what lessons you want your child to learn.

How do I give my child an opportunity to be creative?

Mrs. Waltman and up to 20 students will be working in the Maker Space after school on Thursdays from January 12 - February 16. Students will meet in the Maker Space (next to the media center) from 2:45 - 3:30 p.m. to explore what being creative looks and feels like.

Transportation will not be provided so make sure this is arranged before signing up.

If you are interested, complete this google form. Space is limited to the first 20 students so don't hesitate!

What has the school counselor's lessons been about?

During our recent classroom lessons, all students at Franklin learned about resolving conflicts and responding to bullying situations. We transformed into Super Problem Solvers and used our super powers to practice strategies for solving conflicts with other students. In Kindergarten and 1st grade this means asking the person to “please stop”, ignoring something that is bugging us or walking away and finding someone else to play with. In 2nd-5th grade we practiced talking through conflicts with each person sharing their side of the story, and finding a solution both agree to.

We have also reviewed our definition of bullying and practiced appropriate responses to a bullying situation.

At Franklin, we define bullying as mean behavior that:

  • happens over and over

  • is on purpose

  • involves power that is out of balance

Students in K-5 practiced using kindness to prevent bullying and in 1st-5th grade we also practiced being upstanders (bully busters).

This means when we know there is bullying happening we:

  • tell the person to stop

  • walk away and stay away from people who act like bullies

  • get help from a grown-up at school

Ask your student about what they have learned in their lessons with Mrs. Berg!

How does snow impact playground expectations?

To minimize the number of students who have wet pants and/or shoes, we are teaching the following expectations to our students:

Students who wear boots and snow pants can play anywhere on the playground.

Students who only wear boots, can play anywhere EXCEPT for the snow hill.

Students who do not have boots will need to remain on the blacktop and equipment.

Students will not be allowed on the snow hill before school as the large number of students here in the morning creates a potentially crowded situation on the hill. We will only allow students on the snow hill during recess.

What's the latest news from PTO?

Franklin Clothing: If you are looking for last-minute holiday gifts, Franklin apparel would look great on anyone, including adults. Order forms are in the school office and orders placed by Wednesday can be filled this week and sent home on Thursday. Please mark form "secret gift" if you want items sent home in packing that kids can't see through.

Box Tops for Education: The Box Tops Classroom Competition in October was a huge success raising $405.30 for Franklin. If you recall, classes competed based on amount of Box Tops submitted and percentage of participation. Three classes won the competition with Mrs. Blaschko and Mrs. Fries' Kindergarten classes tying with 100% participation and Mrs. Arndt's second grade class submitting $42 in Box Tops. These classes will be selecting theme days for the entire school.. In total, Franklin will receive a check for $682 this month for all Box Tops submitted since last May. Way to go Falcons!!!! Thanks to chairperson, Amy Thomas, for coordinating this successful drive.

Culver's Scoopie Night: Thank you to all the families that ventured out in the cold to help support Franklin's PTO as we raised over $270 that night for Franklin. Thank you also to Culver's (Madison Ave.) and the volunteers that helped in the dining room that night at Culver's. Your support is greatly appreciated and we hope you enjoyed the chance to eat out for a good cause.

January Events - mark your calendars to attend:

Monday, January 9: Eat Wings, Raise Funds for Franklin from 5-9 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings, Mankato

Thursday, January 12: PTO meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center

Have a safe and enjoyable Winter Break. See you in 2017!

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When do students have indoor recess/mornings?

To determine whether or not children are outside, we use this chart as a guideline. When the temperature gets close to the second blue field, we strongly consider keeping students indoors.

It is important that you send your child to school dressed to be outside for 20 minutes of recess.

Must haves

  1. Hats
  2. Gloves
  3. Winter jacket
  4. Boots

  1. Snow pants
  2. Scarf
  3. Face mask
  4. Other items your child may need to stay warm

When every child at Franklin has a hat, a pair of gloves, a winter coat and a pair of boots, that's 6 items per child times 465 children for a total of 2,790 pieces of clothing. Chances are high that things will get dropped, misplaced or mixed up with other students' clothing. Labeling your child's clothing helps greatly.

When will students take the winter DIBELS?

Students will take DIBELS on one of the following days: January 5, 6, 10. Each child will spend less than 5 minutes completing their DIBELS assessment.

The information from this assessment will inform the instructional decisions for your child. We are able to see if students are making or exceeding the growth we expect for them. We will be able to make adjustments to the instruction that students are receiving to ensure that we are meeting their individual needs.

If you have questions about your student's DIBELS assessment, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher.

How do I learn about weather related announcements?

To check information about school being delayed, dismissed early or cancelled, you can:

Call: The District Information Line at 386-4777. HINT: If you save it to your phone your kids can check it and not bother you at 6 am.

Watch: WCCO (Ch 4), KSTP (Ch 5), FOX (Ch 9), KARE (Ch 11), KEYC (Ch 12)

Listen: KMSU (89.7 FM), KXLP (94.1 FM), KDOG (96.7 FM), KEEZ (99.1 FM), KXAC (100.5 FM), KRRW (101.5), KYSM (103.5 FM), WCCO (830 AM), KTOE (1420 AM)

PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE TO SEE IF SCHOOL IS CANCELLED OR RELEASING EARLY. Our school phone lines tie up quickly when an early closing is announced so be sure you have your Snow Emergency Form current as we will follow the directions you have given us on that sheet.

District text messages with reminders and announcements. You can receive text messages to remind you about things such as two-hour late starts and inform you of weather related changes. Subscribe using this link.

Please remember that ACES, our after school childcare program, does not operate when we close due to inclement weather.

* When the weather causes school to start two hours late, breakfast will not be served.

Dates to Remember

Friday, December 23-January 2 Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)

Monday, January Eat Wings, Raise Funds at Buffalo Wild Wings 5-9 pm

Tuesday, January 10 Two Hour Late Start (10:10 SCHOOL STARTS)

Thursday, January 12 PTO Meeting at 6:30 in the media center

Franklin's MDE Report Card

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