Franklin e-Newsletter

Friday, December 15, 2017

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Holiday Break: December 22-January 1

Happy Holidays from the Franklin Staff!

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VH1 Save the Music Grant

Franklin was fortunate to receive the VH1 Save the Music Foundation Keys+Kids Piano Grant. Last Friday, representatives from West Music came to present the awesome stuff you see below. Please read the description of the grant.

Pianos serve as the nucleus for many arts programs in schools. Regardless of the circumstance, a piano magically creates a sense of unity, bringing together students, teachers, parents and community members for school concerts and performances of all kinds.

In response to the growing need for high-quality, functional pianos, and to provide even more students with a safe and inclusive community to be outstanding through the arts, VH1 Save The Music Foundation created the Keys + Kids Piano Grant Program, available to all K-12 public schools with a full-time certified music teacher who teaches music as part of the regular school day. The grant consists of $10,000 worth of musical instruments; a Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid GP-500 Piano and 3 Casio WK-7600 Music Workstations.

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Snow Bucks

Our Snow Bucks' season is coming to an end. A big thanks to our Franklin Staff for donating all the items. Franklin Staff has been acknowledging students for following our PARRT expectations. Snow Bucks differ from our Bolt Bucks with the idea students will use the gifts to give as gifts to friends or families.

Each morning next week (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday), we will announce 10-15 names that will be able to choose their items from the display case. We will have students make their choices during period 2. We will post the names by the attendance office after they have been announced.

Students may choose up to two gifts if they have enough snow bucks to do so. Once their name has been chosen they cannot be chosen again. If they have extra snow bucks they should go ahead and place them in the box in order to be qualified for the Raffle Prizes on Thursday. (Must be present to win)

On Thursday we will choose names for students to WIN the Raffle Prizes on the top of the display case. These items are the stuff animals, slippers, trees and a virtual reality headset. Those names will come from all of the tickets in the box by the Bolt Store.

Activity Day-January 10

6th Grade-SkyZone

6th Grade students will go to SkyZone during our activity day. When we return from break students will receive information from their teachers that they can take home to parents. This has been a traditional trip for our students and they enjoy bouncing around for a couple hours. Due to the number of our students, they will go in two shifts. More information to come. Students will eat lunch here at school.

7th Grade-Westdale Bowling

7th Grade students will go to Westdale bowling during our activity day. When we return from break students will receive information from their teachers that they can take home to parents. Students will depart Franklin mid-morning. Students can either order a sack lunch from school, bring their own, or eat at bowling alley. More information to come. Students will eat lunch here at school.

8th Grade-Ski Trip to Sundown

8th Grade students will return to Sundown Mountain in Dubuque for our activity day. Students learned about the trip at an 8th Grade assembly on Thursday. Students were also given a packet of information they need to take home to families. I've also included a link to this message where you can view/download electronically. Students needing financial assistance should contact Mr. Brian Jeffords and he can go through options with you. We want all 8th Graders to attend. In the case of increment weather the trip will be made up on Wednesday, January 24.


Lux String Orchestra

Lux String Quartet is a Twin-Cities based ensemble, bringing a dynamic edge to performance and education since 2013. As avid recitalists, Lux maintains an active presence in a wide array of musical spheres, from concert halls and churches, to coffee shops and podcasts. Their concert series, "Lattes with Lux," established an enthusiastic fan base and is currently hosted by several local, independent coffee houses around the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. We were fortunate enough to host the Lux Quartet on Friday, December 8.

Eastern Iowa Arts Academy-Scholarships Available

Galen & Velda Griffin, parents of Eastern Iowa Arts Academy’s Executive Director,

David Griffin, have been avid supporters of music and the performing arts for over 60 years. Their dedication and support of music in the lives of their children, grandchildren and other youth, have left an influential impact on many individuals in communities across the state.

In August 2017, Galen Walter Griffin passed away at the age of 92, in Manchester, Iowa. Velda and her six children have established a yearly scholarship fund in Galen’s memory for youth who desire to build and enhance their musical ambitions. Each year, the “Galen & Velda Griffin Music Scholarship Fund” will award four $250.00 scholarships to students needing financial assistance for extended music opportunities at EIAA’s Music & Arts Studios.

Please click on the link for more information:

Sports Recap

Girls' Swimming

We had 43 girls out for swimming and swam at Washington HS. Our team was diverse from a few outstanding swimmers to some that knew nothing about swimming at all. It was great to watch them improve and increase their personal best times. We swam against McKinley, Harding, Roosevelt, Linn-Mar, and Iowa City middle schools and were 4 for 5. The City Meet was held at Linn-Mar Aquatic Center with 11 teams represented. Franklin came in 6th place.

Great job girls!

7th Grade Boys' Basketball

This year the Franklin seventh grade boys basketball season was a first for all. First year for the coach, and first time the boys could actually play basketball for their school. It was a season of ups and downs, finishing with a record of four wins and five losses. Starting off with a few players hurt in the beginning, the team got off to a slower start then what they wanted to. As the season went on the team started to blend together, and became more of a close knit team. Playing together and for each other, they soon built a cohesiveness to be able to challenge any opponent. The team finished out the season with a win on their home court over cross town rivals, the Taft Tigers. The student athletes said they enjoyed their first basketball season representing their school, and all were respectful when they were guest traveling to play at other schools. All the players said they look forward to continuing play in the off season to improve their and will be ready to play next year in eight grade.

8th Grade Boys' Basketball

The 8th grade Franklin Thunderbolts basketball team finished up there season on Thursday, November 30th. During the 8th grade season, the Franklin boys demonstrated a strong work ethic, determination and teamwork having improved seasons over a year ago. The 8th grade group competed in every contest and won several close games throughout the season. The A team finished with a mark of 7-2, the B team went 5-4 and the C team ended at 6-3.

Other Information

Waiting in the Morning

The colder weather has finally arrived. With the change in temperature we wanted to provide information about waiting in the morning. We encourage students to dress appropriately. Students will wait outside until the temperature goes below 25 degrees.

Friday Theme Days

One of our ways to create a sense of community and school spirit is Theme Fridays. Please see the picture below for the list of this year's themes. We love to see as many students participate as possible.
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Upcoming Events

Monday, December 18

  • Girls' Basketball: 7th @ Harding / 8th @ Home

Wednesday, December 20

  • Girls' Basketball: 7th @ Home / 8th @ Wilson

Friday, December 22 - Monday, January 1

  • Winter Break - NO SCHOOL