Franklin Academy Pembroke Pines
A Great Start to 2018-2019!
A Message from Principal Diaz
Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year at the Greatest School on Earth! There is a lot of excitement in our building these days. Between Kindergarten KickStart, Meet and Greet, and Open House coming soon we have already had an eventful August!
We want to make this the best year yet at Franklin Academy - Pembroke Pines, so please do not hesitate to let us know how we can better serve your child.
Again, welcome back. We are looking forward to a fantastic year!
Franklin Academy - Pembroke Pines Campus Website
Our website has a new look! There are so many improvements to look at and use! We hope you enjoy the user-friendly and easy navigation tools. Please explore all tabs and their pages to access up-to-date information for you and your family. You can even add our calendar information to your own Google, Outlook or iCalendar, as well as download any forms that you may need.
Please join us for this year's Open House to learn about our educational program, curriculum information, school-wide expectations and how to support your child's academic journey. For parents with students in grade 3 and our Middle Years Programme (grades 6-8), Open House will start in the cafeteria with a general session led by members of the school leadership team. Important information regarding third grade promotion requirements and IB requirements for MYP students will be communicated. We look forward to seeing you at Open House!
Tardy Reporting Begins This Week!
We hope the first two weeks of school have afforded our parents an opportunity to become acclimated to new morning traffic patterns now that school is back in session. Effective Thursday, August 30th, tardy reporting begins.
Students who arrive after the tardy bell are required to be escorted to the main office by a parent in order to be signed in. Students in grades K-5 should be in class for instruction by 7:30 am and MYP students should be in class by 8:30 am. Elementary students may be dropped off to school beginning at 6:50 am and MYP students may be dropped off beginning at 8:00 am.
Support our PTO! Your contribution and support is much appreciated as you join us for the 2018-2019 school year! Our PTO has many fun and exciting opportunities for you to participate in and for our students to enjoy, while raising needed funds to enhance our school program. We appreciate your support, dedication and loyalty to Franklin Academy.
To begin with, your child can have four (4) Dress Down Days, when you purchase a Spirit Stick for only $15! You can purchase your child’s field day shirt now! All checks and money-orders should be made payable to Franklin Academy PTO. Online payments cannot be accepted for PTO fundraisers.
National School Lunch Program
Franklin Academy participates in the National School Lunch Program. Free or reduced meal benefits will be available for those families that meet the guidelines outlined in the program. Please complete your application online today.
Families must create an account online and can deposit funds into their child’s lunch account in order for them to purchase breakfast and/or lunch in the campus cafeteria. Lunch payments can no longer be made via the school website - please update your records accordingly to avoid potential issues with your child's lunch account.
Families are provided with a windshield sticker through our custom-built FranklinPass dismissal system. For car pickup, you need to place the windshield sticker on the top, left portion of your windshield on the driver’s side. As vehicles approach the scanning station, the windshield sticker will be automatically scanned and your child’s name will be displayed in his/her classroom to notify the teacher that you have arrived on campus. You will proceed to your assigned stacking lane and your child will exit the building for dismissal, via the curbside at the west gate.
Without a FranklinPass, a person trying to pick up a student must bring a photo ID for verification and may be asked to park and visit the office before the student can be released. Thank you for your adherence to this policy and your cooperation in keeping our students safe.
AfterSchool Connections Dismissal
Any child enrolled in our AfterSchool Connections program must be signed-out from the main lobby area from an AfterSchool Connections representative only. Those enrolled students cannot be released through the carline. Parents are expected to park and pick up their child(ren) from the after care counselor. We appreciate your understanding and support of this policy.
The PowerSchool Parent Portal can be accessed via a web browser or with the free PowerSchool app for mobile devices. Please visit https://ps.franklin-academy.org to login to your child’s account to change your preferences, see your child’s grades, email your child’s teacher(s), as well as numerous other useful features. If you do not have access to your account, please contact the school and we will assist you.
Service Hour Application
Effective with the 2018-2019 school year, all volunteers must complete a one-time volunteer application in order to perform service hours in fulfillment of the Parent Service Hour requirement. Once the application is approved, you will receive an email with instructions on next steps, including a link to set up your volunteer portal password. All information will remain confidential. If you have any questions regarding your service hour obligation, please do not hesitate to contact your Service Hour Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After School Clubs
Registration for after school clubs began last week and will remain open until 8:00 pm on Friday, August 31st. Please be advised that club registration and payment must be completed concurrently using the Wufoo registration link and payment system. Seats will be released unless the payment is made at the time of online registration.
As a reminder, students with outstanding financial obligations and those with restrictions due to non-completion of parent service hours for the 2017-2018 school year are not eligible to participate in clubs.
IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)
All MYP students have a requirement to complete at least one (1) service experience per quarter. This can be done as direct service by volunteering or by researching and completing an essay on a community issue. Once completed, each student must complete a reflection form and submit it to his or her Individuals and Societies teacher by the end of the quarter. Service opportunities are advertised on our Service bulletin board in the main hallway. Student service hours do not count as parent service hours, even if a parent is required to accompany their child while they volunteer. This is a great opportunity to get your child out in the community making a difference!
School Safety Announcements and Updates
Code Red Drills
Franklin Academy maintains a comprehensive School Safety Plan. Code Red Drills have been mandated for all public schools by the State of Florida to ensure the safety of our students and staff. These Code Red Drills will be implemented on a monthly basis, similar to fire drills. The date of the drills will not be pre-announced due to potential security and attendance issues.
Instead, our school will send families a message via text and/or e-mail prior to the drill to alert our families that it is only a drill. Our school will then send a second message to families notifying you that the drill is completed. Please do not contact your child during the Code Red Drills as it is important for all students to learn the safety procedures in case of an emergency. Additionally, please refrain from calling the school during a Code Red Drill as office personnel will not be available to provide telephone assistance. Trained police officers will be on campus to support students and faculty during Code Red Drills, as needed.
Telephone assistance for our families is offered from 7am-4pm daily, with the exception of our Summer/Holiday hours (7am-3pm, Monday thru Friday). Families are welcome to visit our campus between 8:45am and 1:45pm to return uniforms, assign FranklinPass or Carpool, pick up student placards and receive in-person assistance. We appreciate your cooperation and adherence to our school policies.
Student Identification Requirements
Our school safety plan requires that all students have an ID badge. ID badges are issued to all students attending our campus. For K-5 students, the ID card should be attached to your child’s backpack. For MYP students, their ID card must be worn around their neck with an appropriate lanyard at all times. Replacement/lost IDs may be purchased at the second floor office.
Franklin Academy is a mandatory uniform school and our dress code is strictly enforced. Uniforms must be purchased from our approved vendor, iuniforms, to ensure equity and safety. Torn or tattered clothing is prohibited. All clothing should be labeled with the student’s name. Parents of students in Kindergarten or First Grade are encouraged to keep an extra set of clothes in a labeled Ziploc bag with the classroom teacher in case of an emergency. Please purchase your child's uniform online.
Parent Input on Teacher Evaluations FS 1012.34 (2c): Parents may provide input for a teacher's evaluation, as appropriate, by sending an email to the principal by May 15, 2019.