Franklin e-Newsletter

Friday, November 3, 2017

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School Hours (M-Th, 7:50-2:50 & F, 7:50-1:20)

PTA Meeting-Monday 11/6 @ 11:00AM

Parent Volunteers Needed

In an attempt to engage families about the educational opportunities at Franklin we are looking for parent volunteers willing to sit in on a "Fishbowl Discussion" to talk about your experience as a parent as well as your child's. A Fishbowl Discussion is a group discussion format with the intent to get multiple points of view through generated discussion topics and equity of voice. The date for the event is Monday, November 20 from 6:30-8:00PM at Franklin. We will follow-up with more information for interested parents.

If interested please click on the link below:

Dance Marathon

Dance Information

Franklin will be hosting its eleventh dance marathon on Friday, November 10th, 2017 from 1:30-3:30 P.M. in the lower gym. It is open to ALL Franklin students and admission is only $5.00. For those new to Franklin, this is not your average middle school dance. No awkward slow dances, no waiting to be asked to dance, and no talent necessary! All students are expected to dance as fast as they can and as much as they can, with appropriate breaks for snacks of course!

Money Mash

The dance marathon Money Mash competition will start on Monday and run through Thursday, November 9th.

Prizes will be awarded to the home room with the highest positive total each day. Students in the home room with the highest POSITIVE total at the end of the competition on Thursday will receive a certificate for a free slice of pizza at the dance.

Each grade level has a winning home room, so pay attention to the announcements and the signs posted near homeroom doors to keep track of your home room’s progress. Start checking the sofa cushions for change and help your home room be a winner each day! Your efforts will help kids with an even bigger fight - beating cancer. So have some good fun and do some good at the same time.

Bake Sale

The Dance Marathon Bake Sale begins next week and we are in need of donated baked (or bought) items. Please ask your students to bring any form of the following items: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cupcakes, Little Debbie’s Snack Cakes, Pop, Water, Cheese Balls, Rice Krispy Treats, Oreos, Candy Bars, Pop Tarts, Doughnuts.

Days for bake sale:

  • Tuesday Nov. 7th (Basketball Concessions)
  • Thursday Nov. 9th (Basketball Concessions)

  • Friday Nov. 10th (During Dance Marathon 1:30-3:30)

Student Spotlight

This year we're again recognizing students who exemplify what it means to do your PARRT at Franklin. We call this feature our Spotlight Students. Twice a month teachers will select four students from their respective grade level. PARRT is the curriculum we use with our students to teach appropriate and expected behaviors in the school and positive relationships with their classmates. PARRT stands for:

P: Personal Best

A: Active Listening

R: Respect

R: Responsibility

T: Trustworthiness

6th Grade

Lydia Appleby-Sparrow, Trisiyah Hurt, Mark Nix, Grace Wolle

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7th Grade

Charlotte Ottemoeller, Ian Lucas, Emily Cline, Sam Lindwall

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8th Grade

Savannah Andrews, Alyssa Below, Luke Bradley, Slade White

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Lip Sync for Learning

This is a shameless plug for our Franklin team participating in this year's Lip Sync for Learning benefiting the Cedar Rapids Community School Foundation. This year middle schools are being represented feature the team, All About the Benjamins. We encourage you to follow the link to the website for more information and purchase the limited number of tickets available:

If you're unable to attend we could use your support in the People's Choice Award. You can vote for Franklin through the following link:

Other Information

1st Semester Mid-Term Grades

The end of the 1st Quarter was last Friday. We're in the midst of finalizing grades and will send mid-terms home with students next week. For those that attended conferences, much of the information will be the same. If you have any questions we encourage you to reach out directly to the teacher.

Mix It Up Day @ Lunch

On Wednesday, Franklin students took part in a national campaign known as Mix It Up @ Lunch. This day calls for students to get to know students outside of who they're friends with to encourage acceptance. Upon entering the cafeteria, students receiving a playing card signifying their lunch table. A huge thanks to Mrs. Dvorak and a group of 8th Grade students for helping initiate conversation starters at the table.

Waiting in the Morning

The colder weather has finally arrived. With the change in temperature we wanted to provide information about waiting in the morning. We encourage students to dress appropriately. Students will wait outside until the temperature goes below 25 degrees.

Upcoming Concerts

This week we have our Orchestra & Band Concerts. We encourage our families to review the concert etiquette that we also review with our students. The Orchestra Concert will be Monday, November 6 and Band on Tuesday, November 7. The Band Concert will be a jam-packed audience and we encourage you to allow plenty of time to find a parking spot and get to your seats. We'll need audience members to use all seats. Students will need to arrive no later than 6:45. The concert will conclude by 8:00PM. Students will report to the following areas:

  • 6th grade: Stage seats
  • 7th grade: Auditorium seats
  • 8th grade: Cafeteria seats

Facilities Master Planning

As you may know, a committee of staff, students, and community members is in the midst of developing a long-term plan for our facilities. That committee will present on the progress of their work during three upcoming public input sessions. The public will also have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on the committee’s progress.

Please consider attending one of the upcoming public input sessions from 6:00-8:00pm:

  • November 6 -- Jefferson HS (Band Room) 1243 20th St SW
  • November 8 -- Kennedy HS (Band Room) 4545 Wenig Rd NE
  • November 9 -- Washington HS (Cafeteria) 2205 Forest Dr SE

Tutoring Available

We are fortunate that a group of Washington students will be coming over to Franklin on Thursdays after school to work with students from 3:00-4:00PM. Tutoring began on Thursday, October 5. Students will receive a snack while there. If you're interested in attending the tutoring sessions please contact our main office or email me.

Hy-Vee Homeroom Receipt Challenge

We're approaching the Holiday season. This means many of you will be hosting family and friends for breakfast, brunches, lunches, and dinners. We would appreciate, if you shop at Hy-Vee, to save your receipts. At any time these receipts can be dropped off in the main office. Annually we are receive a monetary award based on the dollar amount of receipts we collect.

We will conduct another Homeroom Receipt Challenge. Save those receipts and contribute to your child's homeroom. The Challenge will be December 11-14.

Your help is great appreciated.

Friday Theme Days

One of our ways to create a sense of community and school spirit is Theme Fridays. Please see the picture below for the list of this year's themes. We love to see as many students participate as possible.
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Upcoming Events

Monday, November 6
  • PTA Meeting, 11:00AM in 300 Conference Room
  • Girls' Swimming @ Washington
  • Orchestra Concert, 7:00PM

Tuesday, November 7 (Election Day)

  • Boys' Basketball: 7th @ Roosevelt/8th @ Home
  • Band Concert, 7:00PM

Thursday, November 9

  • Boys' Basketball: 7th @ Home/8th @ McKinley

Friday, November 10

  • Dance Marathon, 1:30-3:30PM in Main Gym

Monday, November 13

  • Girls' Swimming @ Kennedy

Tuesday, November 14

  • Boys' Basketball: 7th @ Regis/8th @ Home

Thursday, November 16

  • Boys' Basketball: 7th @ Wilson/8th @ Home