February 6th, 2023
Forest Park Families,
In this week's Principal Message, I want to share more information regarding our 23/24 adjusted schedule. Students will experience either a 2 person or 4 person house structure. What exactly is a “house” system and what will my student experience? The key behind these structures are the interdisciplinary connections we look forward to engaging in.
2 Person House Structure: 1 Math/Science Teacher, 1 Reading/Global Studies & Writing Teacher, and 1 Cross Categorical Teacher.
4 Person House Structure : 1 Math Teacher, 1 Science Teacher, 1 Reading Teacher, 1 Global and Studies/Writing Teacher and 1 Cross Categorical Teacher.
- Cross Categorical Teachers
- Educational Assistants
- Teacher PLC’s
- Students will experience interdisciplinary experiences
- Accelerated Math sections
- Opportunities for students to experience mixed groupings with their peers
If you have questions about the house system, please contact Jenna Rosienski (email@example.com), Jordan Stephans (firstname.lastname@example.org) or John Brandes (email@example.com).
And don't forget! During the months of February and March, we want to honor our Forest Park teaching staff (certified and non-certified) by sending Appreciation Hearts. Please consider filling out a quick form (link below) with a positive message for us to deliver to your students' teacher(s). You can fill this form out as many times as you would like for as many teachers as you'd like! Administration will deliver your responses in the form of valentines to the teachers throughout the month(s). This is a great way to bring joy to our school and show some love to our incredible staff!
Thank you for your continued partnership,
UPCOMING FRANKLIN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION HAPPENINGS
The Franklin Educational Foundation is kicking off the new year with many upcoming opportunities for you to support staff, students and Franklin Public Schools as a whole. All of our fundraiser events directly give back to classrooms, student scholarships and educator grants. Click on any of the opportunities below to learn more about these upcoming events or visit our website here for the newest information.
Community Ed & Rec Planning
In case you missed last Thursday’s District Newsletter #11, please view it here. Included is a message from Superintendent Annalee Bennin about a Community Education & Recreation expansion project. Details are shared about preliminary planning for a building facility and fields addition to the west of the ECC District Office. Please view all the details and offer your feedback before the FPS School Board next discusses this issue on March 22nd.
WI Bus Driver Appreciation Week
Wisconsin Bus Driver Appreciation week begins Monday, February 13th and runs to Friday, February 17th! If you click on the attached picture, you can print off a copy and have your child(ren) color the page and hand this to your bus driver as a way of showing appreciation! We are very thankful for the bus drivers that show up every day to help safely transport our kids to and from school. Thank you!
BONUS POINTS: Snap a picture of your child giving the bus driver the color sheet and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may feature it in an upcoming newsletter!
Course Selection Timeline For 8th Graders
February 7-10 - FHS Counselors at FPMS: High School Counselors will work with all 8th graders in small groups and connect with each student individually to review and finalize their course selections for 9th grade. If you have a question regarding 8th grade course selections, please email our 8th grade counselor, Ms. Greco, at email@example.com.
FHS Hosts UW Varsity Band Run-Out Concert
We are very proud as a district to be one of the hosting sites for the University of Wisconsin Varsity Band Run-Out Concert series! The event will take place at the Franklin High School Saber Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 4th @ 2pm. Get your tickets online here! They will go fast!
FPS 2023-24 Open Enrollment Information
At the January 25, 2023 School Board Meeting, the FPS School Board approved (81) open enrollment seats for the 2023-24 school year. Online applications for open enrollment are accepted beginning Monday, February 6th through Friday, April 28, 2023 @ 4pm. For all other open enrollment information, please view our webpage here which includes the breakdown of open seats by grade level and directions to follow for those wishing to open enroll. For any questions, please contact Heidi Engel, FPS Auxiliary Service Coordinator by email or phone (414) 525-7634.
It's Getting Cold Out There!
Franklin Public Library Vday Cupcake Event For Teens
Click here or on the accompanying flyer for information about a teens (grades 6-12) cupcake event taking place at the Franklin Public Library on Saturday, February 11th.
Franklin Public Library Winter-Spring Teen Activities Booklet
Click here for the FPL Teen Winter-Spring Activity Booklet that offers plenty of volunteer opportunities and teen program information taking place at the Franklin Public Library now through May! Lots of great information and activities for your teens in grades 6-12!
Work With FPS!
Franklin Public Schools has a variety of positions available that you can view at the links below:
Certified Staff (teaching positions, administration roles, substitutes, nurses)
Support Staff (coaches, aides, custodial, food service, bus drivers, Rec Dept, Kids Club)
Franklin Lacrosse Gearing Up
Franklin Lacrosse Club is looking for 1st-8th grade girls and boys to join our Spring 2023 season. Indoor practices start in mid February at the Milwaukee Yard twice weekly until spring break. Outdoor practice and games begin in April with the season closing in early June. Check out our flyer for more information including a $25 off coupon code and register at www.franklinlacrosseclub.org/register
Calling all middle schoolers who like to create! Your Rec Department is offering monthly crafting classes after school from 3:30 - 4:30 PM one Tuesday a month. There is still time to register for the Macrame Key Chain class on February 21. For more information on upcoming crafting classes and to register please visit https://franklinwi.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29971
Athletics & Activities Updates
Our yearbook club is busy getting the yearbook ready! Yearbooks are currently on sale for the 2022-2023 school year! You can order your yearbook at jostens.com. You will also receive emails from Jostens with reminders to order a yearbook for your child! Yearbooks are $40.
If you have any questions about athletics or activities, please feel free to contact our athletic and activities coordinator, Karisa Stiglitz, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Drop-Off Reminder
Order A Forest Park Yearbook Now!
Registration For Next School Year Is Now Open!
Registration opens at noon on Monday, December 5th for the 2023-24 school year on our website here. Registration is for any new families to Franklin or new students looking to register for next year in 4K, 5K or up through 12th grade. If you have any friends or family in Franklin that plan to have children attend Franklin Public Schools next year, please pass this information along to them! Registering early helps to get all information in our system for planned communications.
Please note that any student that is already attending Franklin Public Schools DOES NOT need to register for next school year as a new student. This includes students already in Preschool Speech, Early Childhood, and 4K. All parents/guardians will be required to review your student’s data during our summer Back-To-School Online Check-In process. Any family who knows a student will not be returning for the next school year should notify your school’s main office staff.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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:
Student Handbook Updates
One Day Alternate Bus Pass
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.
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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.
Bernadette VanLith, 6th grade counselor
Ellen Montenero, 7th grade counselor
Mindy Greco, 8th grade counselor
All past newsletters are stored on our website here