Franklin Family News

Volume 2 - Issue 7 - November Recap/December Preview 2021

From the Desk of Principal Anderson

Happy Holidays Everyone,

December 1st and it is 71 degrees outside! Lunch supervision outside is actually pleasant!

Just lots of little notes for everyone…

1. Thank you to everyone who attended Turkey Bingo! Every family went home with a turkey or a ham! Most went home with all the other dinner fixings and lots of donated clothing. I would like to thank the Franklin staff who donated food and money to make this event happen. If you did not attend, try to come next year-it is a great night of fun for the entire family.

2. Please take time to read and weigh in on the district discussion of a balanced calendar for next year. In brief, school would go longer in June and in August, allowing for longer breaks at the quarters so that students will be able to access additional learning. For details and to view the three calendar options, click on this link:

3. Midterm grades will be going in next week. Parents are encouraged to check student grades on Skyward. Middle school students are developing organizational skills to handle several subjects and teachers. It is challenging for them and they need to stay under parents’ watchful eyes. If you need to meet with a teacher, feel free to email them directly. We value the partnership. Your student should be able to connect you to any of their teachers by email and/or to their grades.

4. Fall concerts are next week. We look forward to our nights of music. On Tuesday, Dec. 7th, the choirs will sing and the orchestra plays. On Thursday, Dec 9th, the band plays. Concerts start at 630. Parents, please help us follow district and state mandates: You are required to wear a mask while in our school.

5. Our sidewalk sale returns on Dec 16th. We do not accept cash, only bolts-which have been earned by your student throughout this school year. There are lots of opportunities for kids to win bolts-encourage your student to accumulate! We have several very nice, potential Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers….watch for further information and save the night….A heads up-last spring we completely sold out in an hour…with over 600 people attending…don’t be late!

6. Winter break starts December 18th.

Take care and hope to see you at one of our many events!

Principal Anderson

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Franklin Families, we are excited to be able to host our second Bolt Sale on Thursday, December 16th at 5:30PM. The sale will last until all items are gone, so it is first come, first serve. At our one this past spring, all items were gone in just under an hour. For those of you who were at the Bolt Sidewalk Sale this past spring, it is the same idea. Students will be able to bring their bolts that they have earned for demonstrating the Franklin Way and use them as "cash" to purchase items at the sale.

The items range from household items such as air filters for the furnace, to bicycles, to a recliner and several other items. Families please encourage your students to demonstrate the Franklin Way, "Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe", to earn Bolts over the next couple weeks to use at the sale.

Bolts from this year and last year that students have will be honored at the sale, however Bolts that were of a 5 point value from this past year will only be a 1 point value at the sale.

Please be sure to wear masks and to maintain social distance while at the sale. We look forward to seeing you on the 16th. Below is a preview of just a few of the items.

6th Graders Celebrating this Beautiful December Weather

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Join Us For an Evening of Beautiful Music

Franklin Holiday Concert

Thursday, Dec. 9th, 6:30pm

Franklin Middle School

Join us for an evening of wonderful holiday music as the Franklin Middle School Bands, Orchestra, and Choir perform. Please wear masks to the event and practice social distancing when possible.

Mask Reminders From the Nurse

Parents and students, please remember it is a district safety requirement that all students and staff wear masks while at school, regardless of vaccination status. Proper mask wearing is to have the mouth and nose covered. Please help us ensure that your student is wearing their mask properly. Please see the images below of what proper masking is and is not. Thank you for your help and support in keeping all of our students, their families, and our staff safe.
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Civil Rights and Equity

Yakima School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator (Students): Title IX – Dr. Marcus Pimpleton, Executive Director for Racial and Educational Justice, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7014,;

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator (Students): ADA/Section 504 – Omar Santoy, Director of Student Services, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7221,;

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator (Non-Students): Title IX/ADA – Robert Noe, Chief Legal Counsel, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7039,

Individuals with disabilities who require assistance or special arrangements to attend a program or activity sponsored by the Yakima School District should contact one of the ADA Coordinators 24 hours in advance of the event to inquire about reasonable accommodation. Deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, and/or speech impaired individuals may access Washington

Relay Services by calling 7-1-1- or 1-800-833-6388.