Franklin Academy Pembroke Pines
A Great Start to 2019-2020!
A Message from Principal Diaz
Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year! For the eighth consecutive year in a row, we are an A-rated school! Franklin Academy - Pembroke Pines K-8 is also designated as a High Performing Charter School and a Florida School of Excellence by the Florida Department of Education. There is a lot of excitement in our building these days. Between Kindergarten KickStart prior to the first official day of school, our Meet and Greet events and Open House coming soon, we have already had an eventful August!
We want to make this the best year yet at Franklin Academy - Pembroke Pines K-8, so please do not hesitate to let us know how we can better serve your child.
Again, welcome back. We are looking forward to a fantastic year!
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Please join us for this year's Open House to learn about our educational program, curriculum information, school-wide expectations and how to support your child's academic journey. Session begin at the published start time. For parents with students in 3rd grade, there will be an important parent information session led by members of the School Leadership Team immediately after the classroom session. Important information regarding third grade promotion requirements for 3rd grade students will be communicated. We look forward to seeing you at our Open House events!
September Parent Calendar
Tardy Reporting Begins This Week!
We hope the first weeks of school have afforded our parents an opportunity to become acclimated to new morning traffic patterns now that school is back in session. Effective Wednesday, August 28, all students that arrive late will be reported as tardy in their attendance record. Elementary students may be dropped off to school beginning at 6:50 am and MYP students may be dropped off beginning at 8:00 am.
Students arriving after the tardy bell are required to be escorted to the main office by a parent to be signed in. Students in grades K-5 should be in class for instruction by 7:30 am and MYP students should be in class by 8:30 am.
PowerSchool Parent Portal
The PowerSchool Parent Portal can be accessed via a web browser or with the free PowerSchool app for mobile devices. Please visit https://ps.franklin-academy.org to login to your child’s account to change your preferences, see your child’s grades, email your child’s teacher(s), as well as numerous other useful features. If you do not have access to your account, please contact the school and we will assist you.
Service Hour Application
All volunteers must complete a one-time volunteer application in order to perform service hours in fulfillment of the Parent Service Hour requirement. Once the application is approved, you will receive an email with instructions on next steps, including a link to set up your volunteer portal password. All information will remain confidential.
Support our PTO! Your contribution and support is much appreciated as you join us for the 2019-2020 school year! Our PTO has many fun and exciting opportunities for you to participate in and for our students to enjoy, while raising needed funds to enhance our school program. We appreciate your support, dedication and loyalty to Franklin Academy.
Click on the link to visit your Field Day T-shirt Order form. You may also want to purchase a shirt for yourself to show your support at Field Day and other school events!
Get Your Spirit Stick for Dress Down Days!
After School Clubs
Registration for after school clubs ends soon. Please be advised that club registration must be completed online and payment via check on money-order ONLY must be sent along with the printed registration form no later than 48 hours after registering your child for a club. Seats will be released unless the payment is received within this timeframe.
As a reminder, students with outstanding financial obligations and those with restrictions due to non-completion of parent service hours for the 2018-2019 school year are not eligible to participate in clubs.
Families are provided with a windshield sticker through our custom-built FranklinPass dismissal system. For car pickup, you need to place the windshield sticker on the top, left portion of your windshield on the driver’s side. As vehicles approach the scanning station, the windshield sticker will be automatically scanned and your child’s name will be displayed in his/her classroom to notify the teacher that you have arrived on campus. You will proceed to your assigned stacking lane and your child will exit the building for dismissal, via the curbside at the west gate.
Without a FranklinPass, a person trying to pick up a student must bring a photo ID for verification and may be asked to park and visit the office before the student can be released. Thank you for your adherence to this policy and your cooperation in keeping our students safe.
AfterSchool Connections Dismissal
Any child enrolled in the AfterSchool Connections program must be signed-out from the main lobby area from an AfterSchool Connections representative only. Enrolled students cannot be released through the carline. Parents are expected to park and pick up their child(ren) from the after care counselor. We appreciate your understanding and support of this policy.
Click on the link to view more information about the Afterschool-Connections program
IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)
All MYP students have a requirement to complete at least one (1) service experience per quarter. This can be done as direct service by volunteering or by researching and completing an essay on a community issue. Once completed, each student must complete a reflection form and submit it to his or her Individuals and Societies teacher by the end of the quarter. Student service hours do not count as parent service hours, even if a parent is required to accompany their child while they volunteer. This is a great opportunity to get your child out in the community making a difference!
School Safety Announcements and Updates
FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials.
Anti-Bullying Student Training (K-8)
- What bullying is;
- Who is involved in bullying; and
- How they can be upstanding bystanders to stop it.
Parents and school staff can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe environment, and being part of a school-wide prevention strategy. Parents may complete the following module to better understand bullying and how to respond
Dating Violence Policy Student Training (6-8)
SBBC Dating Violence Policy 5010 mandates that all students in grades 6-12 receive instruction on the Dating Violence Policy. This year, all MYP students will complete a Dating Violence course through their Language & Literature class. Through this course students will learn:
- Characteristics of healthy and unhealthy teen relationships
- Early warning signs and factors that may increase a teen’s risk for dating violence
- Statistics, examples, and consequences of teen dating violence
- Ways to promote healthy relationships and prevent unhealthy and violent ones
Parents are encouraged to participate in this 60-minute, interactive online training designed to help them understand the risk factors and warning signs associated with teen dating violence.
Code Red Drills
Franklin Academy maintains a comprehensive School Safety Plan. Code Red Drills have been mandated for all public schools by the State of Florida to ensure the safety of our students and staff. These Code Red Drills will be implemented on a monthly basis, similar to fire drills. The date of the drills will not be pre-announced due to potential security and attendance issues.
Instead, our school will send families a message via text and/or e-mail prior to the drill to alert our families that it is only a drill. Our school will then send a second message to families notifying you that the drill is completed. Please do not contact your child during the Code Red Drills as it is important for all students to learn the safety procedures in case of an emergency. Additionally, please refrain from calling the school during a Code Red Drill as office personnel will not be available to provide telephone assistance. Trained police officers will be on campus to support students and faculty during Code Red Drills, as needed.
National School Lunch Program
Franklin Academy participates in the National School Lunch Program. Free or reduced meal benefits will be available for those families that meet the guidelines outlined in the program. Please complete your application online today.
Click on the link to access information about SLA management's Online Lunch System
Yearbooks Are On Sale
2019-2020 Yearbooks are for sale for $35 and can be purchased online at www.JostensYearbooks.com or by calling 1-877-767-5217. This special price is valid for a limited time and limited quantities are available - reserve your copy today!
Telephone assistance for our families is offered from 7am-4pm daily during the regular school year. Families are welcome to visit our campus between 8:45 am and 1:45 pm to return uniforms, assign FranklinPass or Carpool, pick up student placards and receive in-person assistance. We appreciate your cooperation and adherence to our school policies.
Franklin Academy is a mandatory uniform school and our dress code is strictly enforced. Uniforms must be purchased from our approved vendor, iuniforms, to ensure equity and safety. Torn or tattered clothing is prohibited. All clothing should be labeled with the student’s name. Parents of students in Kindergarten or First Grade are encouraged to keep an extra set of clothes in a labeled Ziploc bag with the classroom teacher in case of an emergency. Please purchase your child's uniform online.
Parent Input on Teacher Evaluations FS 1012.34 (2c): Parents may provide input for a teacher's evaluation, as appropriate, by sending an email to the principal by May 14, 2020.