September 12th 2022

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Hello, families!

We have had a very exciting first week at FPMS! Please see below some of the important dates coming up this week:

Open House at FPMS:

This Thursday September 15th


Teachers will be in their classrooms to visit with students and their families and talk about the upcoming year. The office will be open if families want to pay student fees (cash or check only!).

MAP Testing:

This Wednesday, September 14th & Thursday, September 15th during class

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, students will participate in the fall administration of the Measure of Academic Progress assessment (MAP). As the assessment is administered on the student’s chromebook, please make sure they bring it to school each day fully charged. Students are encouraged to get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast. Students should be provided 120 minutes to complete the assessment; however, students have unlimited time to complete the assessment. Below is an approximate testing schedule for each day.

6th Grade: 1st and 2nd hour

7th Grade: 1st and 2nd hour

8th Grade: 3rd and 4th hour

Celebrating Success: This year we are highlighting moments of success and celebration, both for our students and staff! Check out these first days of school photos of our amazing staff.

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Open House: This Thursday September 15th

As mentioned above, students and families are invited to Forest Park's Open House THIS Thursday 9/15 from 4pm-7pm. This is a great time to visit with teachers, tour the building and stop in the office to pay student fees. We will have no formal presentations from teachers during Open House.

PAWS Dining For Dollars - THIS Wednesday!

Forest Park's parent group, PAWS, will be hosting their first Dining For Dollars event on Wednesday 9/14! Enjoy some delicious pizza at Domino's on 76th street (414-425-1511) while supporting our school! No coupon needed! A portion of the day's sales will go back to Forest Park.

Many Activities Are Open For Sign Ups Starting TODAY!

Information for all of our activities at FPMS have been updated on the Activities Website. Be sure to visit this page to learn more about what activities we offer at FPMS and when they start. If you have any questions about a certain activity/ club, please contact the advisor for that club.

Art Club Sign Ups are now open! Please use the following links to sign up for Art Club. Art Club is limited to the first 30 students that sign up in grades 6, 7, and 8. If you have any questions about this, please contact Mai McCarthy,

6th Grade Sign Up Link

7th Grade Sign Up Link

8th Grade Sign Up Link

Outdoor Club Sign Ups are now open! Please use the following links to sign up for Outdoor Club. Outdoor Club is limited to the first 20 students that sign up in grades 7 and 8. If you have any questions about this, please contact Craig Adams,

7th Grade Sign Up Link

8th Grade Sign Up Link

Drama Club auditions are on September 21! If your child is interested in being in our school play, please visit the Drama Club Website for more information on how to sign up, dates of practices and performances, and other general information. If your child is interested in tech crew, an informational meeting will be held on October 26. If you have any questions, please contact our Drama Club Advisor, Erika Navin, at

Good luck to our Cross Country athletes this week as they participate in their first meets of the season! Good luck, Wildcats!

If your child is interested in participating in any sports this school year, you can register them at any time. Please visit this site to register your child and upload a current physical form.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our athletic and activities coordinator, Karisa Stiglitz, at

Franklin Youth Girls Basketball Tryouts Sept 12-15

Franklin Youth Girls Basketball tryouts for the 2022-23 season will take place September 12th-15th. The schedule and locations for 4th-8th grade girls tryouts can be found here.

Please save time by registering in advance at (tab for Youth > Tryouts) or you can register at the door the night of your tryout. For questions regarding tryouts or the youth girls’ program, please send an email to

Student Handbook Updates

As we shared last week, we have made a few changes to our student handbook that we wanted to share with parents and students. Please click HERE to view the handbook addendum.

How To Report Your Student Absent

As a reminder, when reporting a student absent for any reason, please communicate this using the online absence/attendance form here. This is a NEW form this year so if you bookmarked or made a shortcut to the old form from last year, please update. Thank you for taking the time to complete this form as it really helps to streamline our processes. The form is located on our website under Parent/Student Info as well as a big button on each school’s home page.

This form will require you to enter your child’s six-digit student ID number and birthdate before you can report your child absent. Student specific medical information collected by the form will remain confidential and only be shared within the health and nursing services team.

Please remember to use our attendance form for ANY attendance related notification including students leaving early, arriving late or full day absences.

If you have any attendance related questions, please contact our attendance secretary, Sadie, at

Forte Theatre Presents: The Sound Of Music


The hills are alive with the sound of music! Join Forte Theatre Company for their mainstage debut at the Saber Center - and one of the most beloved musicals of all time. In Austria, 1938, an exuberant young governess brings music and joy back to a broken family, only to face danger and intrigue as the Nazis gain power. With music and lyrics by Rodgers & Hammerstein, a cast of some of Milwaukee's top professional talent and FPS students playing some of the VonTrapp children, this is a theatrical experience not to be missed!

October 7th - 16th / Fri & Sat @ 7 pm, Sun @ 2 pm

Saber Center for the Performing Arts

Click here for more info & tickets

3 Year Old Child Development Days Coming Up

Franklin Public Schools hosts screenings for 3-year-old children on language, cognition, social-emotional, adaptive, and physical development. This program combines a play-based observational screening of children with a “Child Fair” for parents to learn more about child and family-related services in our area. Click here or the accompanying flier to learn more and to register!

One Day Alternate Bus Pass

Students are allowed to ride an alternate bus home with a friend if proper permission from parents/guardians has been completed and the school has approved of this request.

If your student will be riding an alternate bus home with a friend, please complete THIS FORM by 11am on the on the date of this change. The bus company requires consent from both parents/guardians; in other words, one parent/guardian for each student must submit this form in order for us to make this change happen. Staff in the school office will then complete the appropriate paperwork for each student to take with them on the bus.

Forms that are not completed by 11am on the date of the change run the risk of not being processed in time for dismissal. Bus drivers will not allow extra riders on a bus without proof of both parent and school approval.

If you have any questions, please call the Forest Park office at 414-529-8250.

Picture Day - September 28th

We will be having our school picture day on September 28th. Pictures can be ordered online here: Use the drop down menu to select your school name. Use this coupon code to save 10% off of your order if placed prior to picture day: Fall100371

If you have questions regarding picture order, please contact School and Sport Pics at 262-780-2901.

Early Dismissals & Late Arrivals

If you come to pick up your student during the school day, we ask that you do not enter our building but instead pull up into the circle driveway outside of our main office. Your student will be watching for you and we will send them out to your car when they see that you have arrived. If you are waiting longer than a few minutes for your student, you may call our main office to check in (414-529-8250).

If you are dropping your student off late for any reason, you do not need to come into the school with your student. Please pull into our circle driveway outside of the main office where your student can enter and check in. We will give your student a pass to class and update their attendance at that time.

Please remember to use the absence reporting form on our website for ANY attendance related notification including students leaving early, arriving late or full day absences. Please do not send notes with your student to notify us of these changes.

Dropping Something Off For Your Student?

If you are dropping off a forgotten item for your student (lunch, Chromebook, etc.), please use our drop off cart located inside the main entrance near the office. To limit the amount of traffic in/out of our main office, we ask that you leave the item(s) on the cart and clearly label the item(s) with your student's first and last name. Post it notes and pens are provided on the cart.

In an effort to reduce the amount of interruptions to students and teachers in the classroom, most items will be delivered to students during their 3rd hour class unless the item is clearly needed right away (for example, the student's Chromebook). If an item is dropped off after 3rd hour, we will get the item to the student as soon as possible.

Saber Marching Band Invite Saturday 9/17 at FHS

Franklin High School is proud to host the SABER MARCHING BAND INVITE 2022 on Saturday, September 17th at Sullivan Stadium! Gates open at 4:30pm and the event begins at 5:45pm with a performance of the National Anthem by the Forest Park Middle School bands. You can view the schedule, parking information and all other details here. There are 7 bands scheduled to perform at the event. Bands will be judged in the areas of music performance, visual performance, music general effect, visual general effect, percussion, and colorguard. Individual class placement awards will be given to all participating bands. Concessions will be open and FHS will be selling student shout-outs and 50/50 raffle tickets at a booth by the home stands. Come spend Saturday night under the lights and enjoy local high school bands performing!

FEF Fall Children's Consignment Sale On Sept 17th

It's back! The Foundation's semi-annual children's consignment sale will be held on Sept 17th at Forest Park Middle School. There are still spots available for consignors and plenty of volunteer opportunities for students needing hours (did we mention we provide pizza and subs for our volunteers??) AND, the best part is all DONATED items that are not sold during the sale go toward Milwaukee-area nonprofits and charities that serve children. For more information concerning the sale and all of our upcoming events, go to our website at

FHS Dance Youth Football Clinic for K-6

Register your Kindergarten through 6th Grade child for a FUN night with the Franklin High School Dance Team! Your child will learn a pom routine from the State Champion Franklin Varsity Dance Team and perform at halftime during the Franklin Varsity Football game on Friday, September 23rd. For all details, requirements and to register, please click here.

News From Food Service

In the cafeteria this year we will have: 3 Lunch Lines, 1 Milk Only Line, 1 Salad Line ( Not Opening until November) and 1 Snack Line (Opening Tuesday September 6th)

We would like to remind all parents that lunches this year are no longer free this year. At FPMS each lunch is $3.00 and individual milk purchases are $.45.

If you need assistance paying for your child's school lunches, a link to the free and reduced application can be found on the Franklin Public Schools website under the lunch tab. Please note the following school board policy:

"Students will be allowed two (2) emergency meals. After this, they will receive a cheese sandwich, fruit, vegetable and milk until their account is positive."

The cheese sandwich meal will be charged to the students account like any other meal.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by phone or email. Diane Kaczkowski 414-367-1566 or

School Supply Lists

School supply lists for 6th, 7th and 8th graders can be found on our website HERE.

Check Out the Forest Park Facebook Page!

The Forest Park Middle School Facebook Page is now being updated regularly and you can head there to see the newest spirit wear photos from this week. Be sure to LIKE or FOLLOW the page so you get notified about updates!

Catch Up On District News

Please be sure to read the newest District Newsletter that comes out now every Friday. You can access all the issues here.

Guidance Counselors

Bernadette VanLith, 6th grade counselor

Ellen Montenero, 7th grade counselor

Mindy Greco, 8th grade counselor