Franklin e-Newsletter

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New Fax Number: (319) 558-2640

No School Monday, September 3

Welcome Back

We've had a tremendous start to the year. The students have come to school excited and I hope they've shared some of their first days' stories with you. Our current enrollment is hovering around 640 students and we're fortunate with the qualities each brings with them to our building. On Friday, August 24 we held an all-school party to celebrate being back to school and to build community. A big thanks to our PTA who provided the music and snacks to our students. Our students did a wonderful job. We also saw quite a few amazing dance moves.
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Franklin Office Hours

During the school year, our Main Office hours will be 7:30-3:30. We need to encourage our students to take care of any communication prior to the office being closed. Most days, they will not have access to the phones in the main office after 3:30. If your child is staying after school for an activity or sport, please make plans with them prior to them leaving for the day.

Getting Messages to Your Child

We understand there are messages you may need to get to your child during the day. We ask for your help in the best way to do so. Our building cell phone policy says phones should be put away/off/silenced from 7:50-2:50. If you need to contact your child during the day, we ask you call the attendance office, 558-2162, and leave a message. Thanks for your help with this.

Handbook & Calendar

On Back to School Night we distributed this year's Handbook & Calendar. This contains a lot of important information about our building, staff contact information, calendars, and school/district policies. If you did not attend Back to School Night, and wish to have a handbook, you can pick one up in the main office. You can also access it electronically through our website at: http://franklin.cr.k12.ia.us/assets/23/6/Franklin_pta_cal_18_19.pdf

Tutoring Available

We're fortunate to have great students. Even when students leave, they still feel part of our bigger community. Last year, a group of former Franklin students that now attend Washington, came back to tutor our students. This will continue this year. On Tuesday, from 3:00-4:00, tutoring is available for our students. Tutoring will begin on September 11. We'll have between 5-10 students each week with one staff member supervising. If you're interested in your child attending tutoring please contact our Counseling Office at (319) 558-2258.

STEM Event

Check out the flyer below information about an opportunity for your child to experience a STEM Event on Thursday, September 27. This opportunity is available for 10 students from each grade level. Flyers can be picked up and returned to the main office.

Common Area Expectations

We believe it's important for our students to understand what it means to be successful throughout our building. This year, Franklin changed our language to the Guidelines for Success. Using this language, we use the acronym B-O-L-T-S. During the first week of the school year, all students went through our common areas and heard from our staff how they're successful in each of those areas. See the pictures below for some of these sessions. We've also included our matrix for all our common areas.
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Franklin Staff Work

We're excited to share some of the professional learning our staff will participate in this year. One of our major focus areas is the Intercultural Development Inventory. This work is being completed by all Teachers, Administrators, Support Staff, Paraeducators, and Secretaries. Please read the description below on what the IDI is.


The Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®) is the premier cross-cultural assessment of

intercultural competence that is used by thousands of individuals and organizations to build intercultural competence to achieve international and domestic diversity and inclusion goals and outcomes. IDI research in organizations and educational institutions confirms two central findings when using the IDI:

  • Interculturally competent behavior occurs at a level supported by the individual’s or group’s underlying orientation as assessed by the IDI.

  • Training and leadership development efforts at building intercultural competence are more successful when they are based on the individual’s or group’s underlying developmental orientation as assessed by the IDI.

In contrast to many “personal characteristic” instruments, the IDI is a cross-culturally valid, reliable, and generalizable measure of intercultural competence along the validated intercultural development continuum (adapted, based on IDI research, from the DMIS theory developed by Milton Bennett). Further, the IDI has been demonstrated, through research, to have high predictive validity to both bottom-line cross-cultural outcomes in organizations and intercultural goal accomplishments in education.

Bolt Closet

This year, in cooperation with our PTA, we're beginning the Bolt Closet. The Bolt Closet will provide students in need with a variety of different items. We encourage you to look at the flyer for items that can be provided to students and families. We're also accepting donations from families to help furnish the store. If you have items you're wanting to donate, they can be dropped off in the Attendance Office. If you have any questions about the pantry, please contact Ben Ethier, Engagement Specialist, at bethier@cr.k12.ia.us or (319) 558-1544.

Franklin Apparel Order

SHOW YOUR BOLT PRIDE!!! The window for our first apparel order closes on Wednesday, September 5. If you're interested in purchasing, please follow the link. We'll have several stores throughout the year.

Kingston Stadium Student Expectations

We believe in a safe, supportive, collaborative environment in all CRCSD spaces. We are proud to embrace that belief at Kingston Stadium. To ensure this environment, the following expectations have been adopted for students attending football games at Kingston Stadium. School rules apply in this space. Be Respectful, Be Safe, Be Responsible


  • Middle School and younger students must be accompanied by a paying adult
  • High School students must present an ID to enter (with $5 ticket or activity pass)
  • Students may not enter with backpacks and/or cinch sacks
  • Students must stay on their assigned side of the stadium

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 3 (NO SCHOOL-LABOR DAY)


Tuesday, September 4

  • Cross Country @ Noelridge Park


Thursday, September 6

  • Girls' Volleyball: 7th @ Home / 8th @ Iowa City Southeast
  • Boys' Tennis: @ Washington vs. Linn-Mar Oak Ridge


Monday, September 10
  • PTA Meeting, 11:00AM in 300 Conference Room
  • Girls' Volleyball: 7th @ Taft / 8th @ Home
  • Girls' Soccer: @ Home vs. Wilson


Tuesday, September 11

  • Boys' Football: 8th @ Regis/LaSalle
  • Boys' Tennis: @ Washington vs. McKinley


Thursday, September 13

  • Girls' Volleyball: 7th @ Home / 8th @ Wilson
  • Boys' Football: 7th @ Regis/LaSalle