The Franklin Flyer

September 2, 2022

Mark Your Calendars:

August 29 - September 9: MAP Testing (Grades 2-5)

September 1: Curriculum Night

September 5: Labor Day - No School

September 12 - 16: Safety Week

September 19: Picture Day

School Hours

School hours are from 8:50 AM - 3:30 PM. Please note that each Wednesday, students are dismissed at 2:40 PM for staff professional development activities. The doors to the school open for students each morning at 8:45 AM.

School Hours (M, T, Th, F): 8:50 am - 3:30 pm

Wednesday School Hours: 8:50 am - 2:40 pm

For those participating in half-day Kindergarten, the school hours for half-day Kindergarten students are below:

Kindergarten Hours (M, T, Th, F): A.M. - 8:50 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.

Kindergarten Wednesday: A.M. - 8:50 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.

Franklin Office Hours
School office hours are from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Remember that our student absence line (847) 318-4390 (ext 1) is available 24 hours a day.


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.


Please help keep our students and staff by providing space at the grade level doors at arrival and dismissal to allow for safe entry/exit and for staff to ensure that students reach their families safely.

The kiss & go is available until 8:50 AM in the circle drive for students to exit the car at arrival. Franklin supervisors are supporting students to get to their arrival spots with their class.

Franklin Website and Calendar

The website and Franklin’s school calendar are valuable resources to keep informed of important updates and events throughout the year. Also, the District 64 Overview Calendar can be found here to view the year at a glance.

Lunch Hours

At all elementary schools starting this school year, we will observe a new lunch schedule.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 11:35 am - 12:30 pm

Wednesday: 11:05 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch Reminders

Quest, our food service company, serves pre-order meals and beverages to our students who have placed orders. Students must use their My Meal Order account to purchase any food. Please see this flyer for more information from Quest.

Though we have Quest food choices during lunch, most Franklin students bring their lunch to school. We highly encourage waste-free lunches. To reduce waste, please consider the following as you pack your child’s lunch:

Please pack your child’s lunch in a reusable lunch box or bag (not paper or plastic bags).

Use reusable containers for sandwiches rather than foil, plastic wrap, etc.

Buy snacks in quantity (it’s usually less expensive) and transfer them to a reusable container.

Put drinks in a child-friendly thermos rather than sending throw-away juice boxes, etc.

Picture Day

Picture Day is September 19th. Picture Day flyers will be in backpack mail next week.

Safety Week

Safety Week will be at Franklin the week of September 12th. We will support our students through fire, tornado, bus evaluation, and lockdown drills.

The School Safety Drill Act requires that within the first 90 days of every academic year, we conduct at least one lockdown drill. This drill addresses and evaluates the preparedness of school personnel and students for situations where there is an active threat or an active shooter within a school building.

Please be assured that the lockdown drill does not include any simulations that mimic an actual school shooting incident. The lockdown drill is announced in advance to all school personnel and students before it begins. Local law enforcement may attend this event to share feedback and guidance with the building administration.

This year’s lockdown drill will take place on September 16th. If you do not want your child to participate in the lockdown drill, please email Kristin Williams by September 14th. If your child is exempted from the drill, we will provide your child with alternate instructions related to an active threat or active shooter event.

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


● Pizza Day ordering is open now through Friday, September 9th

● 1st PTA meeting of the year- Thursday, September 8th at 7pm

● Room Parent Sign up opens-Tuesday, September 13th

● Chess Club begins- Wednesday, September 14th

● Back to School Bash-Thursday, September 29th from 5-7


Please join us for the first meeting of the year where we will give details about everything the PTA has in store for the 22-23 school year! Mrs. Williams and Ms. Burke will also be a part of the meeting sharing important information about the school year and answering all of your questions. The meetings will continue to be over Zoom this year. Please use the link below.


Please see the info below with all the details on how to join the PTA! This is a great way to make sure you are always in the loop with what is going on at Franklin, and you have the choice to be as involved as your time allows in any PTA sponsored school event!

Joining the PTA ensures that you can take advantage of all PTA perks like access to our Facebook page, volunteering for events, Pizza Monday, and many other advantages that come along with being a member!

Thank you for joining and helping us make the year great! Our students and teachers really appreciate it!

The PTA Facebook page will be restricted to members only. Please join by September 12th.

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The PTA uses membership toolkit to manage our family directory, membership, and volunteer opportunities. It is also used to order pizza and pay fees for speciality activities. Our site is If interested, you can download an app for your phone to make management easy and convenient. Information on how to download the app to your phone is linked here: Membership App Directions


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 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:

● 5th grade promotion ceremony

● Lunch math club

● Grade level T-shirts

● Paint night

● International Fair

● Trunk or Treat

● Night of Stars

● Franklin Mascot

● Muffins with my VIP


Pizza Mondays is starting September 19th! We will continue using Spuntino's Pizza as our pizza provider. If you would like to order Pizza for your child(ren) to be served on Mondays starting September 19th, please register for the PTA on membership toolkit. Ordering for pizza is open now and will stay open until 9/9. Option for ordering will only be available for PTA Members, and can be found on 8/26 at We can't

accept late orders or make changes to your order after pizza day ordering closes on 9/9. Thank you for understanding!

Pizza day is broken into two "blocks." Block one will run from 9/19 - 12/19. Ordering for block two will open in November and will run from 1/9 - 6/5. When ordering you will have the option to select 1, 2, or 3 slices (prices below). There will also be an option for gluten free pizza, all pizza is cheese only. Please talk with your children about how much pizza they will need. Last year many families found their child wanted more pizza; however due to logistics with school and pizza company, changes in slice amount can't be changed until block two.

A few important things to note:

● Hot lunch ordered through my meal order will no longer be available on Monday’s starting September 19th. An email was sent from Lindsey Borchers. If you do not participate in the Monday Pizza lunch program, then you will need to pack a lunch.

● 2 kinds of pizza are offered- cheese and gluten free cheese. 1,2, or 3 slices can be ordered. Prices are the same for both cheese and gluten free.

● Drinks only for Monday’s can be ordered through my meal order.

● All sides must be packed from home.

● You must be a Franklin PTA member to sign up for Pizza day.

Pizza pricing

1 slice Block 1- $47.00

2 slices Block 1- $75.00

3 slices Block 1- $103

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Don't miss our on the biggest sale event of the year!! The Franklin Elementary School back-to-school spirit wear sale ends on September 7th! Choose from hundreds of designs and garments, all delivered to your home in days.

Save 30% on every single item in the store! This includes hoodies, tees, jackets and even polos! In addition, all orders over $60 will receive free shipping.

Shop Now!

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