Franklin e-Newsletter

Friday, April 24

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Principal's Message

We are winding down the school year. It's hard to believe that May is a short week away and if history holds true, May will fly by. This week during the PARRT Assemblies there were two separate messages delivered to the students. To 6th and 7th graders, in addition to the 5th graders that visited on their elementary days, the message of Surround Yourself by Positive People was delivered. I discussed this is hard to do, but an attribute that will go a long ways to keeping them safe, respected, and out of trouble.

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

We understand some of the difficulty that comes along with parking at our all-school concerts. We have attempted to provide more time as families transition in and out of the building for concerts. Please be advised to the change in performance times. We will provide several reminders to students and families prior to the concerts on Monday, June 1.

  • 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

May's PTA Meeting has been re-scheduled for Monday, May 11. We meet in the IMC Annex from 11:00-12:00. We welcome all new and returning members.

3rd Trimester Mid-Term

The mid-way point for 3rd Trimester is today. We will be printing grade reports next week and will be sending them home with students. I will send an email out to parents letting them know when they go home so you can review them with your child. As always, you can check your student's process at anytime by logging into Powerschool.

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:

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 students received order forms for the 8th grade class t-shirt. The picture on the left is the front of the shirt while the back will have the entire class list. Order forms are due back Tuesday, April 28 and can be turned into the main office. Follow the link to the order form:

8th Grade Celebration Party

Friday, June 5th, 1pm

550 27th Street Drive Southeast

Cedar Rapids, IA

It has been the tradition at Franklin Middle School for the 8th grade class to have an end of year celebration party. The party is hosted by parents and held at a location close to Franklin Middle School. This year the 8th Grade Celebration Party will be held at the Cedar Rapids Country Club on the last day of school (June 5th) from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. (with a rain date of Monday, June 8th).

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: