May 9, 2022
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM MRS LAPLANT
Monday, May 9, 2022
Dear Country Dale Families,
We work every day to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff at Country Dale. This includes conducting regular safety drills. As indicated in our District and School Safety Plans and the Wisconsin State Statutes, the school safety drills currently include practicing for fire, security issues (lockdown/hold/evacuation) and severe weather/tornado. New this year, we will be practicing for reunification following an evacuation.
Each school in the district has a designated location, referred to as a “Safe Haven,” to which staff would evacuate students in the event of a hazard in their school. In the fall, Country Dale students and staff practiced evacuating to our Safe Haven but now we would like to practice what we would do if we were not able to return to school from our Safe Haven. In order to make this drill manageable for the first time conducting it, we are only practicing with the students and staff in our 4th grade classrooms at Country Dale.
The Reunification Drill will take place during the morning of Thursday, May 19th. For the purpose of this drill, we have partnered with the Franklin Police and Fire Departments. Please know that students and the community should be prepared to see school buses and emergency vehicles at and around Country Dale during the time of the drill. We encourage you to discuss this information with your child(ren) to help them understand the importance of the procedures we have in place.
If you have questions or concerns regarding this drill, please contact me.
Shaunna LaPlant, Principal
Country Dale Elementary School
THANK YOU TO THE COUNTRY DALE PTO
FPS TEXT MESSAGE FOLLOW-UP
As shared earlier this week, on Tuesday, we sent an opt-in text message to all parents and guardians. This message came from number 67587 and stated:
Franklin Public School District alerts. Reply Y 2 confirm, HELP 4 info. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq varies. schoolmessenger.com/txt
We apologize if this message came across as confusing or sent up any flags where you would think this might be spam. As the text message states, in order to opt-in to receive messages from Franklin Public Schools, please reply to that message with a Y for ‘yes.’ Upon replying to the text message with Y, you will receive a confirmation. You can learn more about this service at schoolmessenger.com/txt Please note that text messages from FPS will come from 67587.
IF YOU NEED HELP: If you did not receive this initial message last Tuesday afternoon, please fill out this form to provide us with some information so we can look into this. Also, if you choose to reply with STOP to this or any future FPS text messages, you will not receive any messages from FPS going forward. If you did this by mistake, please communicate this to us using the same form here.
SUPT SEARCH UPDATE
Our Board of Education continues to make progress on the hiring of the next Superintendent. Please see the newest update in the Superintendent Search process that was posted to our website here on Friday.
STUDENT AND FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM LAUNCHED
As we communicated with all families last Monday, Franklin Public Schools has entered a partnership with Advocate Aurora Health Care to provide counseling options for students and families on a variety of topics. The well-being of our students and families is paramount in helping us to be a better community. The Student and Family Assistance Program (SFAP) is operating now and is available to all students and members of their households within our district AT NO COST and offers up to (4) free one-hour sessions with a licensed counselor per issue on a variety of topics related to mental health. Please click here to read our original communication that contains the phone number to begin your services, a flier with more information and an informational video.
FRANKLIN SABER ROBOTICS LEGO LEAGUE INFO NIGHT FOR PREK-8TH GRADERS
Hot off their recent trip to the FIRST Robotics World Championship in Texas, the Saber Robotics team would like to hold an informational session to share about the FIRST Lego League which is a great way to get involved with robotics in the future. This parent and student informational session will be held on Wednesday, May 11th in the Franklin High School Library from 7 pm to 8 pm. If you have a child in the PreK through 8th grade that is interested in legos, click here to read more about this meeting and plan to attend!
5th GRADE ACTIVITY NIGHT FRIDAY, MAY 20TH
5th Grade Activity Night is on Friday, May 20 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Forest Park Middle School!
Admission is $5, and there will be many fun activities such as basketball, volleyball, arts and crafts, an inflatable obstacle course, dancing, and more! Concessions will also be sold throughout the night.
We are also looking for parent volunteers to help at this event. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Karisa Stiglitz at email@example.com.
5th GRADE FAMILIES - UPCOMING VISIT TO FOREST PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL
We are excited to have the 5th-grade students come to Forest Park Middle School in May for a transition program. During this time, students will hear information about athletics and activities, practice reading a schedule, practice opening a locker, and receive a tour of the building. 5th graders will be at the middle school from about 9:30 am -11 am on Wednesday, May 18th.
CASES ON THE UPTICK: We have been experiencing more positive COVID-19 cases this week amongst students and staff across the district. This is consistent with what is being seen in and around the community. We ask families to please be diligent in keeping your children home when they are experiencing symptoms or are sick. Please continue to report any symptoms or sickness through the online absence reporting form process.
TESTING CHANGES: Walk-in on-site testing through FPS is no longer available for students and their family members. Students and their family members who are at home and need access to testing are recommended to visit a community testing site. For more information, please visit the Summit Clinical Labs website or the DHS Community Testing page here. Students who are present at school and in need of access to testing can be tested in their building through the ongoing partnership between FPS and Summit Clinical Labs. For more information about testing, click here.
As shared in this update from the March 11th Newsletter, we will resume publishing dashboard updates if the Milwaukee County rating moves to high.
SABER CENTER COMMUNITY FEEDBACK
The Saber Center for the Performing Arts will be opening up to more community-focused events and activities and Franklin Public Schools is seeking feedback from the community on what types of events are desired at the Saber Center for the Performing Arts. To access our Saber Center Feedback Survey, you can click/tap the associated QR code, scan the code with your mobile device or go to tinyurl.com/scfdbk in your browser. If you know community members that are not parents in the school district (and do not directly receive our newsletters), please pass them the survey so they can offer feedback too! The survey will also be included in our OPENING DOORS insert in the City Newsletter that goes out to all city mailboxes around May 20th. The survey will close at the end of May. Thank you for taking the time to offer feedback that will impact the programming we can offer to the community.
KID'S CAMP SUMMER OFFERINGS
The Community Education & Recreation Department will once again be offering Kids Camp this summer for children who have completed 5K through those entering 6th grade. Click here or on the image to view all details. Registration opened on Wednesday, April 13th.
If your child is enrolled in FPS Summer Learning and wants to attend Kids Camp, there is a bus to Ben Franklin for Camp after FPS Summer Learning ends around noon. Kids Camp is also offered on Fridays if you are looking for options for your child since there is no FPS Summer Learning on Fridays.
FRANKLIN CULTURE FEST IS BACK!
We have not been able to hold a Culture Fest since early 2020, but we are gearing up for the return of Franklin Culture Fest! See the ad below for all details and click the image if you want to sign up to help showcase your culture!
UW MILWAUKEE OFFERS 2-WEEK SUMMER EXPLORATION CAMP
FRANKLIN HEALTH DEPARTMENT BIKE RODEO!
The City of Franklin Health Department is hosting a “Bike Rodeo” on Saturday, June 4 from 9 am-11:15 am by appointment only (allow one hour). Participants will receive a free helmet, a free bike safety check, a certificate of completion, a free bike license (Franklin residents only) and get to ride through an obstacle course! Online registration for this event opened Monday, April 25th. Make sure you have a Franklin Community & Education Recreation Department account created for recreation programming signups. Visit https://franklinwi.myrec.com to create an account if you don’t have one yet. Click on the attached flyer for more information about how to register
SPRING/SUMMER REC GUIDE IS OUT!
The Community Education & Recreation Guide for Spring/Summer is available online! Click here for the Spring/Summer guide. Registration opened online Monday, April 25th at the registration website here! Make sure you already have an account created to help your registration process to run smoothly.
22-23 SPANISH OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
The Community Education & Recreation Department is again partnering with Futura Adventures to offer Spanish course opportunities this fall. Currently, “Early Bird Registration” is going on if you’d like to take advantage and sign your child up before June 1st.
Discover the Magic of SPANISH! Registration is now open for 2022/23!
Register by 6/1 to take $15 off your tuition during our early bird event!
Linked here is the 22/23 Early Bird Registration Flier
REC SOCCER PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM THIS SUMMER
The Community Education & Recreation Department is proud to partner with Challenger Sports to offer soccer opportunities for our youth ages 3-14 this summer. Challenger Sports runs over 3,500 professionally staffed summer camps and year-round coaching programs for players of all ages and abilities. In addition to helping develop your child’s core soccer skills and understanding of the game, Challenger's camp philosophy encourages children to: become independent learners; to develop socially; and to better understand the meaning of respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and leadership. Our innovative curriculum will engage, educate and entertain your child and will make this one of their most treasured soccer memories. Click here to register
SUMMER YOUTH MUSICAL - FROZEN JR AUDITIONS
Forte Theatre Company is holding auditions for their summer youth musical production, Frozen Jr! Based on the 2018 Broadway musical, this enchanting show will bring Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life on the Saber Center stage!
Auditions: May 24th & 25th, 4-6 pm (please sign up for one 15 min time slot)
Audition location: FHS Choir Room
Callbacks: Thursday, May 26th, 4-8 pm
Rehearsals: June 28th thru July 28th
Performances: August 5th - 7th at the FHS Saber CenterMore info at www.fortetheatrecompany.org/youth-musical-summer-2022
UMPS BOWLING FUNDRAISER EVENT
Saturday, May 21, 2022, the Franklin United Music Parents organization (UMPS) is hosing a 9 Pin Tap Bowling Fundraiser at Root River. $15 per bowler gets you 3 games plus your bowling shoe rental. Cash prizes and a 50/50 raffle are also part of the event. The registration deadline is this coming Sunday, May 15th. Go to this link for all details or if you want to volunteer to help.
FRANKLIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS HIRING
FRANKLIN SPRING SPRINT 2 MILE RUN/WALK
Click the accompanying flyer for all details and click here for registration for this event taking place on Saturday, May 14th.
REGISTRATION FOR 22-23 IS NOW OPEN FOR NEW FAMILIES!
Our registration is now open for next school year for new families to the district and next year’s 4K. You can find all the necessary details on our website here. Please note that students already enrolled in our schools do not have to have a new registration completed. You may utilize the “Create Account” and “Forgot Password” buttons on the registration page to complete your registration or gain access if you have created an account in the past. Please help us share that registration is open with any new families to the area or those with younger children that would be entering 4K or 5K!
YOUTH FOOTBALL REGISTRATION IS OPEN THROUGH MAY 31st
Youth Football Registration Is Open Through May 31st.
Registration is open for the next season of Franklin Sabers Youth Football. Please register for the grade level your child will be in for the 22-23 school year.
2nd Through 5th Grade for Fall 22-23 register at http://franklinjuniorfootball.com
COUNTRY DALE LOST AND FOUND
Parent, please label your child's belongings so when items are misplaced we can return the items directly to the student. If you are missing items please click on the Lost and Found link and review the items currently here. If you see an item that is your child's, ask your child to come to the NEW Lost and Found area. We have relocated the Lost and Found to the short hallway by room 6.
Early Dismissal, Appointments and Changes to Regular Dismissal Schedule
Students may be excused during school hours for medical and dental appointments. Any early dismissal or late arrivals should be submitted using THIS FORM. Only emergency situations should be handled over the telephone. Thank you.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE UPCOMING CD PTO EVENTS AND NEWS!
- May PTO Meeting -Dinner is on us! Join us on May 10th at 5:30 pm in the Country Dale Library for Dominos Pizza and learn about how you can help make our school amazing. Meet some new families, volunteer for an event, just come and say hi! Hope to see you there!
- Amazon Smile - You shop at Amazon anyway – have that shopping support Country Dale too! Start your shopping at: smile.amazon.com, pick your charity Country Dale Elementary PTO, and then whenever you shop use smile.amazon.com. It's that easy! Thank you for supporting our school.
- If you haven't already, please join our Facebook page and group for more frequent updates and events!
ARE YOU READY TO TAKE A MORE ACTIVE ROLE IN THE PTO?
We will have two positions opening up at the end of this year and are looking for individuals who would like to serve a 2-year term! Our president and secretary positions are up for re-election this year. Below are brief descriptions of what each office entails. We have a great community at Country Dale making board positions less time-intensive than you would assume. If you’d like to chat with the sitting board members, please feel free to reach out to Jen Johnsen (President) or Katie Pallen (Secretary) to see what their experiences have been. Anyone who has an interest in running for a position can contact a board member via email, in person, or through the messenger chat features in our Facebook groups.
The President shall preside at all meetings, serve as ex-officio member of all committees, coordinate the work of the officers and committees to promote the organization’s objectives, arrange for an independent audit of the financial records of the organization, and perform such other duties as may be assigned by the organization.
The Secretary shall record the minutes of the membership meetings and perform such other duties as may be assigned.
The election of officers is held yearly in May. No member shall be nominated without his or her consent. The new Executive Board will be voted on and announced at the May PTO meeting on Tuesday, May 10th at 5:30 pm in Room 3 at Country Dale.
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