November 21st, 2022

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Hello, Forest Park families!

Student Council would like to thank everyone who attended activity night on Friday! We had just under 400 kids attend and were able to raise a significant amount of money for our Make-a-Wish fundraiser! THANK YOU!

We are still looking for parent volunteers to be our Forest Park Crossing Guard! Duties include reporting to Forest Hill avenue around 7:25 AM and crossing students until 7:45 AM, Monday-Friday. We are more than happy to work with your schedule if you are only interested/available in helping out a few days a week. If you are interested in helping out in any capacity, please reach out to me directly at or 414-525-7501.

We hope everyone has a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

-Ms. Rosienski

PAWS Dining For Dollars - TODAY 11/21

The next PAWS Dining For Dollars event will be held TODAY Monday 11/21 at Jersey Mike's subs in Franklin (6531 S. 27th Street). Visit the store or order on the app using promo code PAWSD4D and 20% goes back to Forest Park. Thank you for supporting our parent group!

Mark Your Calendars For The FPMS Drama Club Performance on Dec. 9th!

FPMS Drama Club presents:

Happily Ever Before, by Tracy Wells

Friday, December 9 @ 7:00

Saber Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets are on sale now using this link

The fairytale villains have had enough! For too long the Evil Queen, Wicked Stepmother, and Dark Fairy have been pushed into the shadows while princesses like Snow White, Cinderella, and Briar Rose get their happily-ever-afters. So, the scoundrels set out to change things.

With the help of the sinister Rumpelstiltskin, the mischief-makers use their magic to travel back in time, planning to change the destinies of each of their princesses and send them down a new path that doesn’t end so happily. But as the villains set their plan in motion, a classic cast of fairytale extras — including the Big Bad Wolf, Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks, and Robin Hood — unwittingly change the princesses’ stories and the course of the villains’ plans.

Want To Feast On Some eBooks Over Thanksgiving Break?

Feast on some eBooks from our school library over Thanksgiving break - there are hundreds to choose from. We have a smorgasbord of ebooks including readalongs, picture books, chapter books, audiobooks, magazines, non-fiction and a collection of always available graphic novels. You can access them from any internet connected device.

  • Access our catalog here

  • Or go directly to the SORA ebook collection here

  • Students K-12 and staff can access our eBooks by using the address above, selecting their school, and clicking SORA under the Learning Resources. Students should use their district login and password (First.last and Sabers####, K-1 students please use your Sabers## password). Full directions for accessing eBooks in Sora are located here. See staff in the library if you have any questions. Happy reading!

State Report Cards Released

Last Tuesday, November 15th, the Wisconsin Department of Instruction released its 2021-22 state report card for every publicly funded district and school in the state. Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no state or district report cards were issued for the 2019-20 school year.

Overall, there are no changes to the methods used to determine the priority areas, scoring, or rating cut scores for the 2021-22 Wisconsin Department of Instruction report cards. As a reminder, last year’s report card (issued November 2021) should be considered a NEW BASELINE SCORE, and should not be compared to earlier versions of the state report card.

We are proud to share that the 2021-22 State Report Card for Franklin Public Schools shows that we again received an accountability ranking of Exceeds Expectations. This high rating supports the hard work and dedication of our students, families, and staff through very turbulent and unprecedented times over these last few years. Some of the highlights from the 2021-22 report card release include:

  • Four schools (Country Dale, Pleasant View, Southwood Glen, and Franklin High School) received ratings of “Significantly Exceeds Expectations” (5-star). FHS raised their rating from last year’s “Exceeds Expectations” (4-star) to “Significantly Exceeds Expectations” (5-star).

  • Two schools (Ben Franklin and Robinwood) received ratings of “Exceeds Expectations (4-star).

  • Forest Park Middle School received a rating of “Meets Expectations” (3-star).

  • Franklin Alternative Youth Program (House of Correction) was ranked as “Satisfactory Progress,” as the program does not receive an overall star rating.

Click here for the FPS District 2021-22 Report Card

Click here for the Forest Park Middle School 2021-22 Report Card

For more details and to view the FPS district and school report cards, please visit this page here.

Lost & Found Items

Our lost and found is overflowing with items waiting to be claimed by their owner! From jackets, hats and sweatshirts, to water bottles, lunch boxes and pencil cases, we have an abundance of student items that need to be reunited with their family. Students can check the lost and found at anytime during the school day, and parents are allowed to check the lost and found before or after school. The lost and found is located near the gym near the event entrance.

It's Getting Cold Out There!

Just a reminder to please be sure that your child is dressed for the weather. All students will continue to go outside for recess if they choose to, even as the weather gets colder. Students do not go outdoors if it is raining or if the temperature falls below 0 degrees wind chill. Please encourage your students to dress appropriately if they will be choosing to be outside for their recess.

Athletics & Activities Updates - Pop Singers starting soon!

Do you like to sing and perform? If so, join Pop Singers! Pop Singers will meet for the first time on Wednesday, November 30 after school from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room D108. Anyone can join pop singers regardless of ability! If you have any questions, please email our advisor, Mackenzie Phillips (

Mark your calendars for our Drama Club’s production of Happily Ever After on Friday, December 9 at 7:00 pm in the Saber Center. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased using this link. We hope to see you at this performance!

Yearbooks are currently on sale for the 2022-2023 school year! You can order your yearbook at to place your order. You will also receive emails from Jostens with reminders to order a yearbook for your child! Yearbooks are $35.

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

Order A Forest Park Yearbook Now!

If you would like to buy a yearbook for this school year, please visit to place your order. You will also receive emails from Jostens with reminders to order a yearbook for your child. Yearbooks are $40.

Did your Student Lose Their Student ID?

Students can purchase a new student ID by bringing $5 (cash only!) to the main office. Student IDs take approximately one week to get printed/shipped to us from the photography company. Once we receive the replacement we will get the new ID to your student.

Clinical Psychology Associates Services

We are proud to continue to partner with Clinical Psychology Associates (CPA) to offer on-site counseling services at Country Dale, Pleasant View, Forest Park and Franklin High School. For information about CPA’s services and therapists or to get started with an appointment, please visit our website.

Attendance & Absence Policy Information

We want to make sure everyone understands the current status of how absences are handled in Franklin Public Schools per our Board Policy 5100 around Student Attendance.

Per Board Policy, students can be excused for up to 10 days during the school year. Excused absences include if a child is sick or a parent reports a student out of school for any variety of reasons. As a student nears 10 cumulative absences, families can expect communication from Franklin Public Schools to ensure that you are notified of the total number of absences and to outline what occurs past 10 days of absence in a school calendar year.

When it comes to illness…

  • Please share any documentation from your child's health care provider if/when available so that our district nursing staff can plan for the child's timeline to return to school and that the child’s absences are coded appropriately.

  • If your child is not physically well enough for school for more than 10 days during the school year, please work with our district nursing staff to develop and implement a plan to meet the child’s health needs to ensure that the child is present as often as possible.

Unexcused absences are noted when there is no parent/guardian communication or documentation around a student absence. We must follow up on Unexcused Absences, and if habitual, this follow up could lead to building level staff and/or administration exploring truancy measures.

In addition, below is a copy of the communicable disease decision tree we shared with all families earlier in the year. Please continue to use this to help you and your family decide if your child is well enough to attend school. Thank you for your help and understanding related to absences.

FPMS Afternoon Pickup Notes

Parents & Guardians - thank you for being flexible and responding to the changes we have made outside for afternoon pickup. We ask you to please review the diagram below, in particular to the “curb pickup site” where you will pick up your child(ren). When prompted to move forward, we ask that you please pull up as far as you can along the curb so we can load as many vehicles as possible along the curb. Please do not stop, even if you see your child waiting at an earlier spot. Children can walk to meet you. Please review the other notes below:

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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

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.

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.

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.

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

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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