The Franklin Flyer

September 23, 2022

Mark Your Calendars:

October 10: No School

October 11, 13, 18: Fall Conferences

October 20: Camp Duncan (5th Grade Only)

October 24: Picture Day Retake

October 31: Halloween

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

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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

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.

Devices at Franklin

The Student-Parent handbook, states that all communication devices (e.g. phones, smart watches, GPS trackers, etc.) must be kept in the student's 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.

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.

Visiting Franklin

All 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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PTA Updates


  • Room parent zoom meeting - Tuesday, September 27th 7:30 pm
  • Late registration for Chess club - September 9th - September 28th
  • Back to School Bash - Thursday, September 29th from 5-7
  • Raise Craze kick off - Monday, October 3rd
  • PTA Zoom meeting - Thursday, October 6th
  • Truck or Treat - Saturday, October 29th
  • Halloween Classroom Parties - Monday, October 31st


The PTA has big plans this year! In order to carry out all the fun events and activities, we

need volunteers. Once parents have registered for the PTA, a list of volunteer opportunities

will be posted on the membership toolkit. Please consider helping chair an event. If volunteers are not found we will have to cancel the event.

Thank you to all that have already signed up to volunteer! We really appreciate it!

Here are the current open volunteer opportunities:

● Back to School Bash

● Raise Craze

● Lunch Math Club

● Grade level T-shirts

● Paint night

● International Fair

● Night of Stars

● Franklin Mascot

● Muffins with my VIP

● 4th and 5th grade volleyball coaches


We are still in need of room parents for various grades and classes! Sign up at

Thank you in advance for signing up to help! We are excited to bring back this Franklin tradition in person this year!

  • Only PTA members can volunteer to be a room parent. It is not too late to sign up for the PTA!
  • Each parent can only be a head parent for one child due to parties happening at the same time for all classes.
  • Head room parents are in charge of planning all classroom parties and organizing/purchasing a gift for the holidays and teacher appreciation week for their homeroom teacher. The gift collection for these gifts will be done via membershiptoolkit by the PTA board.
  • Parents may sign up to help at Halloween or Valentine's Day parties for two different children, as long as you volunteer at a different party per child. You can not sign up to volunteer at both parties for the same child. If you want to do both parties for the same child, please sign up as head room parent.
  • A mandatory Zoom meeting for all head room parents will be held in September 27th at 7:30 pm.

The following classes still have open spots for head room parents. Please consider signing up to ensure your child and their class has an extra special year!

Rouaskis - 1

Dahilig - 1

Hastings - 1

Mabrito - 1

Crawford - 2

Lally - 1

Weller - 2

Horwitz - 1

Vukmarkaj - 2

Majeski - 2

Ullrich - 2

Wiese - 1

Kennedy - 1

Schumacher - 2

LoPresti - 1

Pater - 2

Belmonte - 2

Thompson - 1

Sutter - 1

There are also lots of open spots for holiday party helpers! Questions? Email our room parent coordinators at


Raise Craze is around the corner! Our biggest fundraising event of the year! Students will be learning soon about ways they can spread kindness around them, and information will be coming home soon about how students can fundraise. To make the event successful the Raise Craze committee is looking for more volunteers to help with the following:

Bernie's Book Collection: Help sort books to be donated to Bernie's Book (Weeks of 10/3-10/14).

Chalk the Walk Volunteer: Supervise students after school while spreading kindness via chalk around the school on 10/7.

Trash Pick Up Supervisor: Help with the PTA sponsored trash pick up around Franklin and Northwest Park after school on 10/12.

Uncle Pete Sack Lunch Collector: Arrive before school on 10/13 to help collect sack lunches and sort after.

Head over to to sign up! Thank you to everyone that already volunteered!

Any questions regarding Raise Craze can be sent to Deanna Barrett and Alycia White at

Raise Craze Info


The Back to School Bash is around the corner and we are still in need of volunteer to help make this event a ton of fun for the students! All we need is 1 hour of your time. Thank you in advance for volunteering to help!!

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Buy now and save 10% on your yearbook copy! Purchase by September 30th.

Yearbook Sale

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

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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.