AUGUST 25, 2020

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Welcome to a new school year! We are excited for all of our students to come back to school and are busy getting ready for their return. Below is some important information for you and your student(s) for back-to-school.

Our school office will be communicating with you regularly about events, activities and reminders! You do not need to sign up for our email list. You are automatically subscribed to receive all of our important school information.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Let me introduce myself!


Hello Ben Franklin Families,

Global pandemic aside, there isn’t a more exciting way to start the school year than as the interim principal of Ben Franklin Elementary School! I already know many of the students at Ben Franklin through my work as a Literacy System Specialist and as the 4K Coordinator. The first day of school is always my favorite day of the year, everyone is happy to be here, this year more than ever. Children and teachers are ready to be back together.


Just a little bit about me and my life outside of education. My husband, Tom and I have two adult daughters who work in the corporate world and in health care. Together, we all enjoy traveling, bicycling, reading, and being outdoors!


Parents, I am really looking forward to meeting you and working with you as we provide a safe learning environment for your children. Please reach out to me with your questions or concerns.


Most sincerely,


Mary Shannon

Interim Principal

mary.shannon@franklin.k12.wi.us

414-525-5002

NEW POSITIONS AT BEN FRANKLIN/DISTRICT:

We warmly welcome and/or congratulate . . .

  • Natalie Lipka - 5K In-Person, New to the district

  • Ruth Kim - 1st Grade In-Person - (from Country Dale)

  • Monica Ninneman -1st Grade In-Person, New to the district

  • Nicole Bayer - 4th Grade, In-Person

  • Kathy Lobins - Virtual 3rd/4th Cross-Categorical Teacher - (from Country Dale)

  • Kim Held - Virtual 3rd Grade (from Robinwood)

  • Anne McDermott - Virtual 3rd Grade (from Robinwood)

  • Paula Lewein - Virtual 3rd Grade at BF-(from Country Dale)

  • Mary Beth Paprocki - Virtual 4th at BF

  • Kim Hyatt - Virtual 4th (from Robinwood)

  • Kelli Rediske - Virtual 4th (from Pleasant View)

  • Rich Tobias - In-Person Music (From Pleasant View)

  • Lyndee Rynders - Virtual 3rd/4th Music (from Robinwood)

  • Tony Morrissey - Virtual 3rd Grade PE

  • Nick Campbell - Virtual 4th Grade PE

  • Jacqui Valens - Virtual 3rd/4th Grade Art (from Robinwood)


The following Ben Franklin Staff Members have relocated to another

elementary building to teach in-person or virtually this school year:

  • Amanda Boris (Mix) - Virtual 1st at SWG

  • Christina Steeves - Virtual 1st at SWG

  • Nicole Cassidy - Virtual K/1st Support at SWG


We wish all of our past and present staff a happy and healthy school year!

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BACK TO SCHOOL ONLINE CHECK IN

Thank you to all of our families who have completed Online Check-In this year! We appreciate your participation and cooperation with this new process. Checking-in helps us schedule students into classes and verifies we have all the correct information for your family. If you have not checked in yet, you need to call our office as soon as possible at 414-529-8270.

NEW TO BEN FRANKLIN? FORMS DUE TO THE OFFICE

Just a reminder that if you have any forms such as your child’s birth certificate, proof of residency or immunization records that need to be turned in, feel free to stop by the office prior to the start of school to drop those off. Please call first (414) 529-8270 to ensure that a staff member is available.

NEW PROTOCOLS FOR PARENT DROP OFF & PICK UP COMING SOON!

Information will be sent this week regarding Ben Franklin's new safety protocols and procedures for parent drop off and pick up. Please look for this in your email

MEDICATION FOR THE 20-21 SCHOOL YEAR

If your student will require ANY (over the counter or prescription) medication for the 20-21 school year, Please fill out the Request to Administer Medication form found on our district website and have it signed by your physician.


All medication can then be dropped off at school in its original container along with this form. Please feel free to drop off medication in the office starting August 24.

ATTENTION 4K & KINDERGARTEN PARENTS REGARDING BUS TRANSPORTATION HOME

4K & Kindergarten students will be picked up and dropped off with other elementary students at a designated stop. A parent or designee must assume responsibility for the child at the stop when dropped off.


If parents would like to designate a person other than themselves, they can send an email to Tricia.Geiger@franklin.k12.wi.us.


In regards to same day notification (this should only be done for emergencies), please call First Student Busing at 414-422-2020 so they can pass along the information to the bus driver.

ALL SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS ARE UPDATED

Thank you to all of you for your patience as we set up our Virtual Option and revisit some of our normal start of the year processes like school supplies. As of today, all school supply lists are updated.


One common question right now is, "Are school supplies the same for VIRTUAL students as they are for IN-PERSON students?"

  • For 4K-5th Virtual: We have trimmed down the in-person school supply list and linked up a "Virtual" supply list to each school's supply list document.
  • For 6-12 Virtual: We have listed the general supplies needed for each grade level and advise Virtual students to connect with the teacher(s) during the first few days of school to find out what is essential to have at home in the way of school supplies.

You can find links to all school supply lists on this page here.

BOYS INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT CUB SCOUTS

Pack 538 is hosting a Drive-by Outdoor Join Scouting Night at 6858 South Dory Drive, Franklin on the following dates:

  • Thursday, September 3rd from 4:30-6 PM (drop in any time)
  • Thursday, September 10th from 4:30-6 PM (drop in any time)

Parents and potential new scouts (boys who will be in grades Kindergarten (K5) through 5th Grade for School Year 2020-2021) are invited to attend, learn about Cub Scouts, and register.

Come meet current Scouts & Leaders to get your questions answered. Social distancing will be observed.

Contact Sadhana Bienzen, at 414-467-7947 or sbienzen@hotmail.com with questions. Visit www.troopwebhostcs.org/Pack538Franklin for more information.