The Tiger Times

The Monthly Franklin Family Newsletter - January 2021

Happy New Year!

Dear Franklin Families,


Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful two weeks with your children and beautiful holidays, despite all of the challenges of this time.


We're optimistic that better things are coming in the new year. The Franklin teachers and staff have returned with renewed hope and commitment to make distanced learning as successful as possible in the coming months. We will all continue to partner and get through this together in 2021!


Due to the heightened Covid concerns right now, we are postponing the January Materials Distribution originally scheduled for this week. We sincerely hope to be able to distribute materials for students later in the month!


On a more positive note, we are excited to share that we will have a virtual Franklin Spirit Week from 1/25-1/29! Just as during in-person school, there will be themes for each day of the week, and students will get to be silly and have fun dressing up. On the final day of Spirit Week (1/29) we will come together for our January Friday Assemblies. Lots more details coming soon!


And, for those of you who signed your children up for Afternoon Enrichment Clubs (hooray!) - you will be notified by club leaders with links and information you need by the end of this week.


If you have any questions or concerns, as always, please reach out to us!


Happy New Year to everyone, and please stay safe.


In partnership,

Ms. Lai & Ms. Sufrin

Franklin Students Met Oakland's District 2 Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas During December Assembly!

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Upcoming Dates

Please note important dates coming up in January:

(Further Details and Zoom Links to be shared via Talking Points and School Messenger)


January 12 - School Site Council Meeting


January 13 - Franklin Family Meeting


January 12 & 14 - Franklin TK / Kindergarten Virtual Tours


January 18 - No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)


January 22 - Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Oratorical Festival


January 25-29 - Franklin Spirit Week (organized by Student Council)


January 29 - Franklin Friday Assemblies


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February at-a-Glance:

February 1-5 - Virtual Scholastic Book Fair!

February 15 - No School (Presidents' Day)

February19 - No School (Professional Development Day for Teachers)

We're Back - This Week is Week A!

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!)

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 December 1-18. Congratulations!


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

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

Ms. Douglas: Mithu, Jin Quan, Raphael, Jian Hao , Amy, Angel, Thomas, Daisy, Jayden, Janely, Andy, Yancy

Mr. Grosse: Adam, Henry, Amari, Bill, Chuan Zheng, Jordan, Christan, Alex, Tri

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

Ms. Lam: Johan, , Ryan, Keionna, Ivy, Marichard, Brenden

Ms. Look: Quan, Shequi, Alex, Saena, Joanna, Zoey, Ken, Elysse-Kate, Kelly, Landon, Sayed, Yu, Adrian, Leo

Mr. Lowenstein: Angelyn, Kayan, Jefferson, Viggo

Ms. Luu: Kaleb, Timote, My, Phyu Zin

Ms. Ojeda: Saniya, Caden, Jeffrey, Kristin, Kevin

Ms. Prospato: Ali, Kyle, Alexis, Eva, Phat, Patrick, Queenie, Karyi

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

Mr. Silver: Rian, Michael, Steven, Goldwin, Emmanuel, Evelyn

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

Ms. Willis: Jody, Thuvaraka, Ellen, Raiam, Nathan, Jaylin, Janeth, Adriana, Joan, Yamsuf, Brisly, Nhan, David

Ms. Willow: Wen Xi, Chelsea, Daniel

Mrs. Yeager: Thuy Vy, Wesley, Ricky, Melanie, Christopher, Quinhong, Hla

Mr. Zaro: Olivia, Nathan, Kimra, Minh, Kayla, Joaquin, Aubry

Thank you to all who shared the amazing "thank you" videos!!! The Franklin team's hearts were very full!

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Spotlight on Franklin Teachers!

Each month we will get to know a few teachers. Meet our first grade team this month:

Ms. Chang

I want to teach my students how~

to live this life on earth,

to face its struggles and strife

and to know and share their worth,

not just the lesson in a book,

or how the rivers flow,

but to choose the proper path

wherever they may go,

to understand eternal truth

and know right from wrong,

and gather all the beauty of

a flower and a song.

I hope to do my part

in building character and confidence

and happiness of heart.

(adapted from poem by J. Metcalf)

Know any families of incoming kindergarteners interested in learning more about Franklin for the 2021-2022 school year?

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Attention Fifth Grade Families!

The Application for 2021-2022 Middle School Enrollment is OPEN NOW.

Please apply TODAY!!!

All Franklin 5th grade students must apply for a middle school ASAP.

To explore Oakland schools go to oaklandfinder.org

And to learn more, click HERE

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: https://forms.gle/zT6QcdDQqKSr398H9

Check SeeSaw and Google Classroom for Your Child's Independent Assignments!

Please help your child get the FULL education they deserve right now by making sure they are doing their assignments on Seesaw (TK-2) or Google Classroom (3-5).


Teachers assign math work, writing assignments, reading activities, and more. Students should be completing these during their "asynchronous" blocks on their weekly schedule.


Teachers check student assignments daily and provide feedback so students can see their successes and growth every week!

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!

Paws & Pages story session! EVERY Wednesday!

Wednesday, Jan. 6th, 2:30pm

This is an online event.

This fun, family-friendly online reading will feature a new story read each week, followed by a virtual Pet Encounter!


You can enjoy the story, “meet” one of the adoptable pets, and post questions for an animal care specialists.


Register here. It's FREE!

Tigers Around Town!

We hope your children are enjoying wearing their red tiger t-shirts!


If you were unable to get to our December distribution, you can still pick up your child's t-shirt at the next distribution - dates to be announced soon.

Help your child learn how to type on the computer!

Check out Typing Club for keyboarding practice!


All you need to do is create a free account or use your child's existing account.

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