Franklin e-Newsletter

Monday, October 7, 2019

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"Breaking Down Cultural Barriers"

We're excited to offer an opportunity to our Franklin Staff & Families (as well as other Cedar Rapids Community Members) to take part in a learning session titled, "Breaking Down Cultural Barriers". Part of our CRCSD Strategic Plan is an Intercultural Mindset. The Franklin Staff has used the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) as part of our professional learning to learn about ourselves and areas of growth. During the session, led by Hilario Benzon from the National Education Association of Human and Civil Rights Department, will lead us through the following topics:

  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • What are Microaggressions?
  • What are Stereotypes?

Light snacks and beverages will be provided in addition to free child care. We hope you can come join us.

Breaking Down Cultural Barriers

Thursday, Oct. 17th, 6-7:30pm

1650 Matterhorn Drive Northeast

Cedar Rapids, IA

Come be a part of a conversation to establish a common language and discuss approaches to use when conversations become difficult. Presented by Hilario Benzon from the National Education Association Human and Civil Rights Department. We will discuss the topics of:

  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • What are Microaggressions?
  • What are Stereotypes?

Open House Summary

Thanks to those families who attended our first annual Franklin Open House on Tuesday, September 17. Our goal is to make this an annual event. With that said, we appreciate your feedback on how we can improve to get an even better turnout. Please take a couple minutes to fill out the brief form below.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences are right around the corner. During the week of October 7, families will receive a letter through US Mail inviting them to conferences along with instructions to sign-up for times to visit with their students/families. Families will have the capability to sign-up for 2-10 minute conferences. The dates for conferences are:

  • Wednesday, October 23 from 3:00-6:00PM
  • Thursday, October 24 from 3:00-8:00PM

Be on the lookout for the letter. We hope to see you.

Winter Sports

As we wind down one sports' season, we begin another. See the information below for information about the upcoming seasons.

  • Girls Swimming: Coach Mercedes Hayes (Practice begins Wednesday, October 9)
  • Boys' Basketball: 7th: Coach Ben Ethier/8th: Coach Scott Brune (Practice begins Thursday, October 17)

Students will need an updated physical and all signed forms before being allowed to practice. If a student participated in a fall sport, all forms will transfer over to their next coach/sport.

Fundraiser Updates

We'd like to thank all the families who participated in this year's fundraiser, especially as we worked through the glitches at the beginning. We are working on the final outcome for money raised, but wanted to communicate out a couple important dates for upcoming events related to the fundraiser.

  • Tuesday, October 15: Day of Awesomeness @ Franklin from 1:00-2:30
  • Tuesday, October 22: Franklin Night @ SkyZone from 5:00-9:00PM. Students who turned in their golden ticket received a free hour.

Week of Wow WInners

PTA Updates

Next Meeting: Monday, October 14 from 11:00-12:00

Bolt Closet

We had a very successful first year of opening the Franklin Bolt Closet. For families new to Franklin, this closet provides new and gently used clothing, new socks and underwear and all personal hygiene care items for the underserved students who are part of the Franklin family. We protect the students’ privacy by only having the counseling and health center staff know who utilizes the closet. Monthly we will feature one item the closet is in need of.

For September, we are accepting NEW socks and NEW underwear in both child and adults sizes.

We also accept monetary donations and have volunteer shoppers for the Bolt Closet. Thank you for your support and helping to ensure every student comes to school clean, appropriately dressed and ready to learn!

Agenda & Budget Items

See the agenda from our September meeting in addition to our budget. We welcome all parents to our PTA meetings. They take place the first Monday of every month from 11:00-12:00. If you're not able to attend the meetings, we encourage you to get involved by helping with our concessions and other sign-ups. Stay tuned for future communication involving these.

Continuing Information

Student Tutoring

We're fortunate to have former Franklin students who come back to help our students in a variety of academic and organizational needs. Beginning Tuesday, September 10 Washington High School students will be available for drop-in tutoring sessions. This will run every Tuesday from 3:00-4:00PM. Students will be supervised by a Franklin Staff Member. Snacks will also be available for students.

See the video below that provides details about this opportunity.

Franklin Volunteer Tutoring Program

City Bus Transportation (Free)

Students — Ride the Bus on Us! All CRCSD, Kirkwood and Coe students can now ride the City bus free all year. High School and College students – just show a student ID to ride free. Elementary and middle school student do not need ID.

Infinite Campus

Thanks to all our families for all you've done as we've transitioned student information systems to Infinite Campus. A few reminders of items to complete:
  • Complete online verification as soon as possible.
  • Pay book fees ($56 full pay) through the Parent Portal or complete the educational benefits survey to see if you qualify for free or reduced fees.


Does this conversation sound familiar?

- Parent: "What'd you do today at school?"

- Student: "Nothing"

- Parent: "Is there anything I should know about going on at school?"

- Student: "Nope"

If this is occurring at your house, check out the two links below that will take you to ways we communicate announcements to students. These same announcements are read during the school day; both morning and afternoon.

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 7 (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

Tuesday, October 8

  • Tuesday Tutoring, 3:00-4:00PM
  • Girls Soccer vs. Prairie
  • Cross Country @ Cherry Hill Park
  • Boys' Tennis vs. Roosevelt @ Washington
  • 8th Grade Football vs. McKinley

Thursday, October 10

  • 7th Grade Football @ McKinley

Friday, October 11

  • School-wide Lockdown Drill

Monday, October 14

  • PTA Meeting, 11:00-12:00 in 300 Conference Room

Tuesday, October 15

  • Fundraiser "Day of Awesomeness" from 1:00-2:30
  • Tuesday Tutoring, 3:00-4:00

Thursday, October 17

  • Breaking Down Cultural Barriers @ Mt. Mercy (See info above)

Friday, October 18

  • Bus Safety Evacuation Drills