The Franklin Flyer

October 28, 2022

Mark Your Calendars:

October 29: PTA Trunk or Treat

October 31: Halloween Celebrations

November 4: PTA Donuts with my VIP

November 8: No School

November 21-25: No School - Thanksgiving Break

December 2: Trimester 1 Report Cards Sent Home

December 12 - 16: Winter MAP Testing

December 23 - January 6: Winter Break

January 9: School Resumes


Please remember to call in or email absences by 8:45 AM. You can call our student absence line (847) 318-4390 (ext 1) is available 24 hours a day or email Mrs. Linda Berleth at

If the absence is illness related, please also make sure to include Franklin's nurse, Mrs. Queta Karstens, at

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COVID-19 Tracker

You can view the current Franklin COVID-19 cases on the Franklin COVID-19 Dashboard found here. The dashboard is updated at the end of the day, Monday through Friday.

COVID-19 Franklin Dashboard

COVID-19 2022-2023 Guidelines


We will celebrate Halloween on Monday, October 31st. Please review the information below to ensure a fun and stress-free celebration!


  • Students should arrive at school dressed in their costumes.

  • Costumes should be appropriate for school with no overly bloody or scary images.

  • Students should be able to independently go to the bathroom or participate in class activities in their costumes throughout the day.

  • They should not have any weapons (knives, swords, guns).

  • If your child’s costume has a mask, we ask that the mask is not brought to school.


  • The parade will begin at 3:10 p.m. on Monday (weather permitting).

  • If you are viewing the parade, please keep the parade route clear so students can walk through the parade route safely.

  • The parade route will start with students exiting 4A (Kindergarten & 2nd Grade) walking through the blacktop and alongside the sidewalk on the west side of the building to Manor. The parade will take a right at Manor & enter the school at the circle drive. See the parade route map below.

Parent Party Volunteers:

  • Only parents assigned to help with classroom parties will be allowed in the building.

  • Parents volunteers must bring a driver’s license or state-issued identification to enter the building.

  • Feel free to stop by this week to run your identification through the system if you have not visited before. This will allow us to minimize the lines before the party.

  • No younger siblings are allowed to attend the party.

We look forward to having fun and safe Halloween celebrations with our students!

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Devices at Franklin

In the Student-Parent handbook, it states that all communication devices (e.g. phones, smart watch, GPS tracker, etc.) must be kept in the students locker during the school day. Cell Phones and electronic devices will be asked to be powered off and kept in students' lockers. Please refrain from calling students during school hours. If you need to speak to your student or have an urgent message, please call the Franklin office. We can support you in reaching your child.

Emergency Contacts

Please take a moment to go into the Parent Portal to ensure your child's emergency contacts are up to date. Make sure to add any additional family/friends that have permission to pick your child up from school entered into your Parent Portal account.

Arrival: Circle Drive Kiss & Go

Please follow the circle drive driving directions. We ask all families to turn right into the circle drive and turn right exiting the circle drive. There should be no left-hand turns in or out of the circle drive to support the follow of traffic.

Please do not drop students off before 8:40 am, until you see a supervisor with a neon vest. The Kiss & Ride times are 8:40 am - 8:50 am. The supervisor must leave promptly at 8:50 am for the start of the school day. Parent(s)/guardian(s) must sign their student(s) in at the office starting at 8:50 am.

Arrival and Dismissal Parking

To be good neighbors and keep all community members safe, we ask that families do not park in front or block our neighbors' driveways. In addition, we ask that families do not park in the Franklin parking lot. The parking lot is intended for staff and Franklin buses.

We also ask families leaving Franklin at dismissal to remain on the sidewalks and no not walk through the parking lot. This helps ensure student and community safety. Thank you for your cooperation.

Morning Bus

A reminder to all of our morning bus riders to arrive at your stop 10 minutes prior to the designated bus arrival time. Buses may arrive up to 10 minutes early from the designated bus pickup time.

Changes to Pick-Up or Traveling Parents

If there will be a new adult/guardian picking up your students, please make sure that the person is listed in the Parent Portal as someone with school pickup permission. Please make sure to notify the classroom teacher and office if there are any changes for students if a parent is traveling and the student is staying with someone different.

Anyone Entering Franklin

All parents/guardians/visitors to Franklin must have a valid state ID or driver’s license. These will be entered into the Raptor identification system. This process only takes a short time to complete. Once you have clearance, a visitor pass will be printed and attached to a lanyard that you must wear throughout the building. The office will hold your ID until you return to the office and return the lanyard that was given to you. We request that you please be patient with staff as we proceed with this district-mandated safety procedure.

Student-Parent Handbook
Franklin Elementary School, along with all District 64 schools, operates following policies and practices that have been reviewed and implemented by the District 64 Board of Education. Please review the D64 Student-Parent Handbook before the start of the school year.

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Chess-Ed is excited to return to Franklin to provide lunchtime chess instruction this Winter.

The 10-week program runs from 11/30/22 to 2/22/23 and takes place on Wednesdays

from 11:05 am to 12:00 pm (during lunch). The program is open to students in all grades

and of all chess abilities (including those in full-day and half-day Kindergarten).

Professional instruction will include the basics for beginner and novice players and build

with opening theory, middle game planning, and end game combinations for continuing and

advanced students. Playing chess improves memory, uses analytical and critical thinking

skills, teaches problem solving, responsibility, sportsmanship, social skills and more! The

benefits of chess last a lifetime!

To register, please go to Register by

11/16/22 to take advantage of lowest available fee. For more information about the

program, please refer to the program flyer. Chess-Ed is looking forward to working with

your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Winter!

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PTA Updates


Please join us for some spooky fun on Saturday, October 29th at Trunk or Treat!! This event

is weather permitting only and will not have a rain date. Also if you can, we are accepting

candy donations at the main office. We have lots of trick or treaters and could really use

your help making sure everyone gets lots of treats! Thank you for your support!

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Halloween parties are on Monday, October 31st, and will be held in the classroom.

● 1st-5th grade is from 2:00-3:00

● Kindergarten is from 10:30-11:30

Food and candy is not allowed. If your child would like to bring a noneditable treat to share

with the class, they may do so, but it is not required. The parties will be planned by room

parents and party helpers, and if extra details are needed, they will reach out separately.


When: November 4th

Where: Franklin school gym

Time: 8:00am-8:40am

On the morning of Friday, November 4th, the doors located by the circle drive will open at

8 am to welcome in students and their VIP. We are asking for only one VIP per household to

attend the event. After the event, students may exit to their lines from Door 5 inside the

gym so parents and students will not need to walk all the way around if they would like to

line up together.

The donuts are from Spunky Dunkers, and we will have gluten-free and nut free available.

Coffee and juice will also be served.


Please share your photos!

Franklin’s 2022/23 Yearbook is underway! You can directly upload photos from school events directly to folders in the TreeRing app or from your computer. It's super simple!

Sharing Yearbook Photos

We are looking for pictures from the first day of school and the back to school bash.

10% off of Yearbooks has been extended until October 31s

Click here for a direct link for Franklin School!


Our 2023 holiday sale is coming up and will run from early November through early

December. There will be some exciting new product lines, including the introduction of

digital gift cards!

More details to come soon about the sale!

Don’t forget the Franklin Spiritwear shop is always open! It’s that time of year to add some

Franklin hoodies to your wardrobe:) Take a look at the amazing selection!

Spiritwear Store Link:

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Already an Amazon shopper? Did you know you can shop through and register yourself as a charity with Benjamin Franklin Elementary PTA. This will earn 0.5% back to the PTA for eligible purchases. This is such an easy way to help earn savings for Franklin!


It only takes a few seconds to download to Box Tops for education app and help our school earn some savings! Earn 10 cents per box top directly for our school. Our yearly goal is $1000.

Don't forget to scan your receipts for digital clips as well.

If you've been shopping online watch this short video on how you can still earn money for Frnaklin school through Box Tops. The video will walk you step by step in submitting digital receipts.