The Tiger Times

The Monthly Franklin Family Newsletter - February 2021

Dear Franklin Families,

Happy February! January was a challenging month for many in our community. We are so relieved to see Covid rates declining again, and we hope that February will bring news of returned health and safety for all.

In that spirit, we are also thrilled to share that we can once again host a Materials Distribution - on February 11th - as well as a Food Distribution, which will include huge amounts of food supplies for Franklin families. Please pre-register here for the food distribution so we know how many families to expect. We look forward to seeing you on the 11th in a safe way.

February also brings with it our school's focus on Black History Month learning - to elevate Black voices and history in ways that we strive to do all year, but with greater focus this month - and on the celebration of Lunar New Year, a beloved holiday for so many of our Franklin families. We look forward to celebrating together. More details below!

In recognition of your important role as "reading teachers," this month we are excited to announce the Franklin Reading Awards! Nominations will come from YOU, families, when your child 1) reads to family members, or 2) reads for 20 days straight. Again, more details below. :)

As always, thank you for your amazing partnership with our teachers and staff, as distance learning continues. We are so proud of the ways in which all members of the Franklin community are working together to make this challenging year as best as possible for our children.

If you have any questions or concerns or feedback, we are always eager to hear from you. Please email us at at any time!

With love and gratitude,

Ms. Lai & Ms. Sufrin

See you on February 11th for Materials and Food Distribution!

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Please note important dates coming up in February:

February 3 - Franklin Monthly Family Meeting, 7:30-8:30PM

February 9 - School Site Council (SSC), 4-5PM

February 11 - Materials and Food Distribution!

Materials 8:30-4:30PM

Food 11-1PM

  • Student packets and learning materials will be distributed from the front of the Franklin school building.
  • Several weeks worth of food supplies, provided by TRYBE, will be distributed to families' in a drive-by fashion, so that food can be loaded directly into cars. More specific directions coming soon.
  • Please complete this pre-registration form for food distribution!

February 15 - No School (Presidents' Day)

February 16 - Franklin Family Lunar New Year Celebration!

February 19 - No School (Professional Development Day for Teachers)

February 22-26 - Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

February 26 - Franklin School Assemblies

  • Celebrating Black History Month and Lunar New Year


March at-a-Glance:

3/3 - Family Meeting

3/9 - SSC

3/19 - Report Cards Shared with Families

3/26 - Assemblies

3/29 - No School (In honor of Cesar Chavez)

See you on February 16th for our Lunar New Year Event!

We look forward to celebrating Lunar New Year together, as the Franklin community, with a variety of virtual activities.

There will be a holiday raffle for all who attend, as well!

Tuesday Evening, 2/16 @ 6-7PM

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Know any families interested in joining Franklin? Applications DUE Feb 5th! Contact for more information!

Nominate Your Child for a Franklin Reading Award!

In the month of February, if your child:

*Reads to a Family Member 5 TIMES


*Reads EVERY DAY for 20 Days Straight*

(Weekday & Weekend Days)

Please click here to nominate your child for an award

and share a “reading photo” for their certificate!


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Franklin's i-Ready Honor Roll!

These 1st-5th graders have spent an average of at least 45 minutes a week on i-Ready from January 4-29. Congratulations!

Ms. Chang: Long, Ken, Kami, Samuel, Mason, Miles, Ellie, Susan, Lam Truc. Sonel, Ta'Zaun

Mr. Cuthrell: Micah, Nerthshiga, Winnie, Nazaret, Jayden, Christal

Ms. Douglas: Mithu, Jin Quan, Raphael, Jian Hao , Amy, Angel, Jayden, Janely, Yancy, Adrienne, Tony, Lisa

Mr. Grosse: Adam, Henry, Amari, Bill, Chuan Zheng, Jordan, Christan, Alex, Tri, Mia, Johnathan, Austin, Lydia, Lyric, Sammi, Muhammed

Mr. Hill: Mason, Angie, Tayleah, Lina, Winson, Dinora, Jordan

Ms. Lam: Johan, Keionna, Ivy, Sofia, Mikel

Ms. Look: Quan, Shi Qui, Alex, Saena, Ken, Kelly, Yu, Leo, Sayed

Mr. Lowenstein: Angelyn, Viggo, Sydney, Ines, Alexnico

Ms. Luu: Kaleb, Timote, Phyu Zin, Paris, Ngoc, Mohammed

Ms. Ojeda: Jeffrey, Kenneth, Kevin, jenny

Ms. Prospato: Ali, Kyle, Eva, Queenie, Karyi, Vinh, Juliette

Ms. Simons: Alex, Jia Seng, Aryam, Tyler, Audree, Peilin, Christina, Jessica, Sunny, Ryan, Zi Xin, Kyle, Cheng, Danny, Alannah, Tonalli, Mikayla, Jaxson, Manica, Hailey, Wisely, Quang, Sadia,Xian

Mr. Silver: Rian, Michael, Steven, Goldwin, Emmanuel, Evelyn, Zumari, Brianna, Shaumiya, Anna,

Mr. Trujillo: Lincoln, Izabella, Nhan, Jason, Cassidy, Khalim, Ru Gui, Yanni, Jaymie, Jacob, Arielle, Dorathy, Yan Fa, Kelly, Brooklyn, Yilin, Xuan Xi, Jackie, Jenny, Deborah, Khalil, Shuyi, Khiem, Jaylin, Ivy

Ms. Willis: Jody, Thuvaraka, Ellen, Raiam, Nathan, Jaylin, Janeth, Brisly, Nhan, Giada, Ibraheem

Ms. Willow: Kelly, Donnie, Martell, Amy

Mrs. Yeager: Thuy Vy, Wesley, Ricky, Melanie, Christopher, Quinhong, Hla, Dashaun, Eh, Evelyn, Jacky, Jeremiah

Mr. Zaro: Nathan, Kimra, Aubry

Spotlight on Franklin Teachers!

Each month we will get to know a few teachers. This month meet our fourth grade team:

So Proud of our Oratorical Performers and Congratulations to the Students who will be Representing Franklin at the District Competition!

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Prop 39 - Possible Co-Location of American Indian Middle School at Franklin

We have been notified by the Office of Charter Schools that OUSD has made a preliminary offer to American Indian Charter School to co-locate at Franklin for the 2021-2022 school year. Though we do not think there is a significant chance we will have to share our space next year, we need to remain vigilant. If the charter school has not withdrawn their request by late February, we will hold a community meeting in early March to answer any questions or to hear any concerns.

Please click one of the following links for the Office of Charter School letter to families:





Read-Aloud Videos to Celebrate Black History Month

OUSD is excited to celebrate the annual African American Read-In Week virtually with special guest read aloud videos for students to enjoy at home during distance learning:

Enjoy Read-Aloud Videos!

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We are working hard to keep kids reading and raise critical funds for our school with our Scholastic Online-Only

Book Fair from February 22-March 7.

The Fair will connect your kids to notable books and inspiring characters — helping them become lifelong

readers. And you’ll love the new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives — directly from the interactive booklist.

Plus, enjoy these special online shopping features:

• Access to over 6,000 products

• All orders ship direct to home

• FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*

• All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with online shopping:

Assessment Corner:


We will be testing all our multilingual students on their English proficiency starting on February 8th. The testing examiners will contact you or your child's teacher for testing appointments. Please read here for more testing information.

iReady Standards Mastery Tests (Grades 3-5)

Your child will be taking a Mastery Test this month in both Reading and Math. Please make sure they take their time and try their best!

Have you visited SORA yet?

Reading just 20 minutes a day exposes your child to 1.8 million words a year! Make reading part of your routine. Click on the Sora app through Clever or visit to check out ebooks and audiobooks with one click. Explore these video tutorials to get started or email Ms. Khattab at if you have any questions.

Check out the Black History Month Virtual Library! All books are linked and available for check out on SORA.

To help offset their schools’ paper use, these Oakland students will plant a tree in your yard!

The high school seniors calculated how many new trees would help address the carbon impacts of the million sheets of paper their schools use each year:

Read more here & Request a tree by February 20 here.

Glasses for Oakland kids

Now open Monday - Friday 9-5 pm

Call Youth Heart Health Center Optometry at 510-879-1557

Flyer link!

Free virtual tutoring by college students through IMPACT:

They provide personalized tutoring-all free of charge for students. Learn more about what they offer to see how they can help your child succeed!

Apply Now

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The ESL Citizenship class will prepare adult ESL students to take the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization interview and test. The Session will focus on American Geography, Symbols and Holidays.



2020-2021 School Calendar

Here is the FRANKLIN CALENDAR for this school year!

WEEK A - Highlighted in Green

WEEK B - Highlighted in Yellow

(Enrichment classes take place every other week - check your child's Week A / Week B schedule to know when they have each class!)

Do you want your student to get extra tutoring?

Fill out this form to arrange for a virtual tutor for your child, through our partner organization Harbor House:

Meals for Oakland Kids

All children in Oakland - 18 years old and younger - and students in OUSD's Young Adult Program can receive free meals. Click here for more info!

Do you recognize this actress?

  • Join beloved icon Julie Andrews for story time! Check out Julie’s Library, a literacy podcast where she reads children’s books alongside her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton. Every story comes to life with music, sound and activities.
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Want to help raise funds for Franklin?

Franklin Donations: Please help support Franklin students and families by sharing this link with your friends, family, and coworkers! The funds go directly to our students and it is the easiest way to help get our students the resources they need and deserve.

OUSD Family Central Website

Check out OUSD's district website for help with

  • Home Learning
  • Chromebooks
  • Internet
  • Food
  • Health
  • Other Assistance