Friday, April 24
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With the 8th graders i showed them the picture on the right. Their 3-years I compared to a marathon. With the short amount of time the finish line is right in front of them. We're hoping the finish is strong.
Spring Concert Times Adjusted
- 6th Grade: Concert begins at 5:45 (Call Times: Vocal & Band 5:30, Orchestra 5:20)
- 7th Grade: Concert begins at 7:00 (Call Times: Vocal & Band 6:45, Orchestra 6:40)
- 8th Grade: Concert begins at 8:15 (Call Times: Vocal & Band 8:00, Orchestra 7:55)
We appreciate the support you've offered to these groups and hopefully the minor adjustments help that stress level of getting your students dropped off and being able to find a parking spot. Assuming the weather cooperates we will allow families to park on the lawn north of our northside parking lot.
PTA Meeting Re-scheduled
3rd Trimester Mid-Term
3rd Quarter PARRT Awards
This week we recognized 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who earned their PARRT Award for 3rd Quarter. Be sure to check out the grade level pictures below. Student's qualify for the PARRT Award with the following criteria:
- No grade lower than a C
- No office referrals
- Absent from school 2 or less days
- No missing work
- 3 or fewer late assignments
Follow the link to view this quarter's recipients. The list will be posted early next week: http://franklin.cr.k12.ia.us/academics/parrt-awards/
6th Grade Field Trip to Solid Waste Agency
Franklin sixth graders toured the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency on April 16th & 17th. It is one of the most valuable academic tours offered by our district. Students were introduced to the wonder of soil and how the A Ave. SW facility (Mount Trashmore) takes our yard waste/food scraps and turns it into compost which is FREE (up to one ton) to residents. Volunteers from Green Iowa AmeriCorps discussed the importance of using energy efficient light bulbs, conserving water with shorter showers, and having their parents arrange for an energy audit to help cut down monthly utility bills. But the true heart of the tour is when the director of education, Jason Evans, leads students through the newly constructed Resource Recovery Building, where people can drop off anything from household hazardous waste to old televisions to batteries or partially used paints and cleaners. There is the FREE room where residents can pick up paint, garden products, and many other products for FREE! The final stop is atop the current landfill where students learned that we throw away 550 tons every day. At this rate, the landfill will close in 24 years. For the size of our community, this landfill is one of, if not, the best in the nation.
A great summer project could be enlisting your children to clean out the basement, the garage, and the attic and heading out to the Solid Waste Agency. In one trip, they’ll take it out of your car and NOT into our landfill. After reading the thank you letters written by your sixth graders, it was clear to myself and Ms. Colbert that not only did they learn many new things, they also became highly motivated and inspired to make better decisions about reducing, re-using, and recycling in the future.
(See Pictures below)
Hy-Vee Cash for Students
Starting Tuesday April 21st and running thru Monday, April 27th, we will be having a friendly competition between 6th period classes. The current collection "year" for Hy-Vee receipts ends April 30, 2015. Receipts are valid if they are from a Cedar Rapids or Marion Hy-Vee Store or Gas Station. *Casey's gas station receipts, nor receipts from surrounding Hy-Vee Stores are valid for this program. Students are asked to scour their homes and turn in their receipts during their 6th period class.
For every $200 collected in receipts, Franklin receives $1. To date we have collected $129,000 in receipts for a total of $645. Last year we received a check from Hy-Vee for $1256.00 for the $251K in receipts we collected. The 6th period class to collect the most receipts during this week will receive a pizza party so start collecting!
8th Grade Class T-Shirts
8th Grade Celebration Party
Friday, June 5th, 1pm
550 27th Street Drive Southeast
Cedar Rapids, IA
An invitation will be going home with your student in May. The students will be asked to pay a small entrance fee with scholarships being available. The drinks and a snack will be provided by the Cedar Rapids Country Club but we are asking for cash donations from parents to help cover additional expenses. If you are able to provide a cash donation, it would be greatly appreciated. Any and all amounts are welcomed!! Checks should be made out toFranklin PTA and turned into the office by April 17th. Chaperones are also needed for the party.
To download the form please follow the link: