AUGUST 19, 2022

Franklin Public Schools Summer Update #2

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Gearing Up

The excitement is in the air for a new school year that’s about to begin. There are lots of moving ‘gears’ in the District at this time of year to gear up and get everything ready for the start of school.


Our custodial staff has been working to get the buildings ready and to wrap up summer projects. Food service is getting ready to best serve our students; please be sure to read below about changes to the food service offerings for this year so you are prepared. The transportation coordinator is working with First Student, our bus transportation provider, to shore up routes and scheduling. You can expect transportation information sent to you next week. Our office staff at each building is wrapping up scheduling and you can expect student schedules and teacher assignments to be online Monday in PowerSchool around noon.


This week has been very energetic in the district. Today marks the conclusion of our Kids Camp program run by the Community Education & Recreation Department. Thank you to all the staff that helped to program for our students during these summer months. New staff training was also this week and our new staff are very energized to be here and meet our students. Thank you to members of our Board of Education for helping to welcome the new staff to Franklin Public Schools. You can see some pictures from their training week below.

As we look into next week, we are excited to welcome back all district staff for the kickoff of our Back-To-School Professional Development Days on Tuesday. And the following week, schools open their doors on Thursday, September 1st and we will be fully into a new school year. Be sure to read below about how the staggered starts will operate for your child and your family and all the other updates pertaining to the start of school.


Have a great weekend and enjoy these last few days of summer with your families.


Annalee Bennin

FPS District Administrator

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As a reminder, the District Calendar and all building calendars can be found here.

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Staggered Start Information for The First Few Days of School

As a reminder, the first few days of school will include a staggered start for most grade levels. Please review the information below so you can best plan for your child(ren) and your family.

  • For 5K through 8th Grade, there will be a staggered start over the first two days of school on September 1st and 2nd similar to how we have done the last two school years. The staggered start provides opportunities, especially for our younger students, to work with teachers on these days to better understand school and classroom norms, technology expectations, safety protocols, lunch procedures, recess routines, bus arrival/departure processes, and more. The details of which students will attend which day are shown below.

  • At the High School level, 9th graders and students new to FHS in grades 10-12 will be the only students to report on Thursday, September 1st. On Friday, September 2nd, all students grades 9-12 will report to school.

  • 4K Students will have Get-To-Know-You Conferences on Thursday, September 1st and Friday, September 2nd where parents and their child can attend for a short meeting with the teacher. Then, 4K students will have a staggered start on Tuesday, September 6th (Last Names A-K) or Wednesday, September 7th (Last Names L-Z). Details about the conferences will be shared directly with 4K families from 4K teachers.


You can click the image below to see more details about how these days will be structured.

The days that students do not attend during the first week are considered non-school days for those students. This means students will not be assigned any homework; they will have no school requirements on those days when they are not in session. In addition, for students in grades 5K through 8, if you have a blended family with two last names, you may send those students on the same day during the first week of school. If you have any needs or concerns, please work with your school office staff.

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District Phone Maintenance

Today (Friday 8/19) we will be performing some phone maintenance within the district. The process is scheduled to begin around 11am and should be completed by late afternoon. During this window, there will be periods of time where the buildings will not be able to receive phone calls into the building. We make you aware of this in case you are trying to contact anyone at a school building by phone this afternoon.

Student Schedules Out On Mon 8/22

This coming Monday, August 22nd, parents, guardians and students will be able to see student schedules and teacher assignments in PowerSchool around noon. Our buildings have been busy updating rosters where needed so if you saw any student schedules prior to this opening up on Monday, please do not consider them as final. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the final bits of scheduling!

Back-To-School Items To Complete

Thank you to all our families that completed Back-To-School Online Check-In! Please don't forget there are other times on the Parent Checklist to complete during the month of August.


If you did not complete check-in by last week Friday, August 12th, please do so immediately in PowerSchool Parent Access. You will be asked to update your child's emergency contacts, medical information, and transportation needs. Once online check-in is complete, school fee payments and lunch payments may be made.


If you need further assistance after viewing the Parent Checklist, please contact your home school or the ECC District Office at 414-529-8220.

Elementary Open House Events

Our Elementary buildings are all holding their in-person open house events on Tuesday, August 30th from 5:30-7 pm. Teachers** will be available to meet and greet students and families.

**4K staff will not be in attendance at Open House and will be scheduling "Getting To Know" conference times with families that will occur during the first two days of school.


Please note that FHS Open House will occur on Thursday, September 8th and FPMS Open House will occur on Thursday, September 15th. Please check your building newsletters for more details.

New Leadership in Franklin Public Schools

Since our last summer update to families, we have hired two new leaders at the building levels. Welcome to Ashley Imperiale as the new Pleasant View Elementary Principal and Jordan Stephans the new Associate Principal at Forest Park Middle School. You can click on their images below to read their full announcement that went out to building families earlier this month.

Get Your Student Chromebook Ready For School!

Parents & Guardians...we need your help! Your student's Chromebook device needs to be ready for the first day of school. This document provides steps that should be followed to properly update the FPS Chromebook so it's ready to go! Please follow these steps prior to coming to school so the student doesn't encounter any issues. Thank you!

Busing Information

BUSING UPDATES

  • Watch your email next week for busing information for your child(ren).

  • Students with specialized accommodations will be contacted individually by our transportation coordinator.


SAFETY INFORMATION

Per the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Drivers must stop on the street or highway 20 feet or more from any school bus that has stopped and is flashing red warning lights.
  • This applies both to vehicles approaching from the rear and from the opposing lanes.​
  • All lanes of traffic must stop for the school bus, except in opposing lanes if the highway is divided with a center median.
  • No vehicle may proceed until the bus resumes motion and has turned off the red warning lights.
  • The stop arm on the bus is an added communication to other drivers, but the lack of an extended stop arm is not reason to pass a bus whose red lights are flashing.


Click here for more safety information.

Food Service Updates For 2022-23

POSSIBLE SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES

Periodically, due to some food items not being available, please be patient and check the online lunch menus regularly for changes. We are expected to change menus multiple times a week due to issues we are facing. We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing Franklin's students in a few weeks.


PLANNING FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES 2022-23

We want to remind families about what school lunch will look like for the 2022-23 school year. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that has been allowing students to receive free meals will no longer be offering this service for free next school year.


At the start of the 2022-23 school year, school lunches will no longer be free. Prices will remain the same as they were set for the 2020-21 school year.


We highly encourage families to continue to participate in the convenient, nutritious, and cost-friendly school meals. Our lunch webpage also contains our online lunch menus for all school buildings for the 2022-23 school year.


FREE & REDUCED PRICE MEALS FOR 2022-23

We encourage families to complete the free and reduced lunch application which is on our website here.

Saber "Gold Pass" On Sale!

Skip the line and save on tickets! Purchase your Gold Pass today and use the keychain card to get into all home athletics events during the 2022-23 school year (except WIAA playoff events). Click here to purchase online, then stop and pick up your keychain in the main office during the weekday from 8 am - 3 pm. Please enter the name and email of the person who will pick up the Gold Pass when ordering.

HS 18-21 Transition Services Program LAST CALL For Donations


Our 18-21 year old "Transition Services" program has acquired an apartment for the upcoming school year where they will teach students enrolled in the program the basics of home care, food preparation and the like. The problem is -- it's an EMPTY apartment and we are kindly looking for donations! See the flier below for the types of donations we are seeking. If you have items to donate, we ask that you please email the teacher in charge at grace.barr@franklin.k12.wi.us -- Emailing Ms. Barr will help her to coordinate collection. Thank you!

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LAST CHANCE! Franklin Educational Foundation Hosts "Back-To-School" Milkmen Celebration

The Franklin Educational Foundation is hosting the “Back To School Celebration” for Franklin Public Schools at this Sunday's, August 21st 1pm Milkmen game. We are inviting all students, teachers, families and community members to help us celebrate! The Franklin Educational Foundation will be the featured non-profit organization for this Sunday afternoon game. A portion of this game’s ticket sales, and other in-game fundraisers, will help fund the Foundation's student emergency fund, graduating senior scholarships, educator awards, and classroom grants.


The Foundation will also announce the seven winners of the 2022 "Excellent Teacher Awards" on the big screen at the game. So get a group together and let's celebrate our FPS's great teachers by enjoying a fun Sunday afternoon at the ballpark.


Buy your tickets online at: https://fevo.me/375Q2JS


To see more about the Franklin Educational Foundation happenings,
click here for their website!


UPCOMING EVENTS
"Back to School" Celebration @ Milkmen Game, Sun 8/21 @ 1pm

Fall Children's Consignment Sale on Sat 9/17 at Forest Park Middle School

and "Educate in Style" Student Fashion Show on Sun 11/13 in the FHS Commons.

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Quarterly Connect With A School Board Member Opportunities

Would you like to speak to a Franklin school board member in person? Two board members will be available 30 minutes before regular meetings to speak with community and family members informally four times during the 2022-23 school year. The first opportunity is before the next Board Meeting on Wednesday, September 14th. Board members can also be reached by email or phone.
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Members of the School Board of Education participated in the City of Franklin's National Night Out in early August. From Left to Right: Mike Spragg (President), Annalee Bennin (District Administrator), Alan Aleksandrowicz, Angie Bier (Vice President), and Ann Sepersky (Member).

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Fall Recreation Guide is LIVE!

The Community Education & Recreation Department Fall Guide is now online and available for viewing. Registration for fall programming begins on Monday, August 1st but you can view the guide now online here. Registration will take place at the Community Ed & Rec website at http://franklinwi.myrec.com

Kids Club 2022-23 Registration Open

Kids Club registration is still open for the 2022-23 school year. In order to have your child participate in Kids Club for the month of September, you must register the child(ren) by August 25th. For more information please see the Kids Club website by clicking here or contact Shana Gagliardo, Recreation Coordinator at shana.gagliardo@franklin.k12.wi.us if you have any questions.

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