Franklin e-Newsletter

Friday, September 22, 2017

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

No School-Monday, October 2

All-School Cookout

On Friday our students and staff enjoyed the beautiful weather and the camaraderie of their friends with our all-school cookout. Big thanks to Mr. Ethier for manning the grill and cooking up the hot dogs and hamburgers for everyone. Also, a big thanks to Mr. Haynes for all his help setting up and tearing down. This was a great time for our students and we look forward to the next one in the spring.
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Fall Conferences

We appreciate the opportunity to visit and collaborate with families. When there's a strong relationship between school and home, students flourish. Coming up in October are our first round of Conferences. With the new families we have to Franklin we want to communicate the structure of how we do conferences. First, conferences are scheduled for Monday, October 16 and Thursday, October 26 from 3:00-8:15PM. Each family can sign up for 2-12 minute slots with a teacher. The sign-up is completed electronically or by calling the main office for support. We ask that students attend the conferences along with their family.

During the first week of October, families will receive a letter through US Mail with the sign-up instructions. Please don't hesitate to contact us if there's any way we can help.

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. This begins on Thursday, October 5. This will take place in our IMC from 3:00-4:00. Students will receive a snack while there. If you're interested in attending the tutoring sessions please contact our main office or email me.

Box Tops & Receipts

We would appreciate your support in our collection of Box Tops for Education and Hy-Vee Receipts. There are collection bins in our main office and can be dropped off at any time. Later in the year we will hold Homeroom competitions for the receipts. Annually, we have amazing support for our families that comes back to benefit our students.

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. Every month teachers will select six 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

Aleesandra Brown, Gabrielle DeGraft-Moffat, Ahmed Elsheikh, Joslynn Ovel

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7th Grade

Kaleigh Keeney, Austin Lukan, Keonte McCune, Chacidee Yates

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8th Grade

Lucas Corrigan, Samantha Gehrke, Laci McHenry, Colton Staudacher

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Classroom Practices

In the past couple weeks our students and staff have worked to establish a structured set of Classroom Practices for what Students Expect from other Students and what they Expect from their Teachers. In our building's work around restorative practices and establishing and maintaining a sense of community we have put together our Top 5.

The first part of the process took place a couple weeks ago with homerooms generating a list for each of the two areas. Next, our staff took these lists to create an agreed upon list that took what their students voiced to a workable list with common themes. Finally, students last week voted electronically at lunch to put together our final list. I encourage you to visit with your child about these and we'll visit them as an entire building early in October.

What do students expect of each other?

  1. Respectful
  2. Safe
  3. Kind
  4. Polite
  5. Willingness to Learn

What do students expect of their teachers/staff?

  1. Fun
  2. Patient
  3. Understanding
  4. Engage Students
  5. Encouraging & Flexible

Survey Data

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K-Navigator-Survey Attached

When students move from elementary to middle school, parents often start thinking about high school graduation and life thereafter. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of the information out there, or to feel frustrated after fruitless attempts to get your child interested in potential colleges or careers.

The vision of the Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) – Every Learner:Future Ready - is intended to get students thinking about their futures and to ensure they achieve college and career readiness and lifelong success.

To do this, we need your help! Your answers to the short survey linked below will help our teachers, school counselors, other district representatives, and Kuder, an Iowa-based career guidance expert, build online tools and resources that you and your student can use to explore future careers, plan college experiences, and build the best future.

Click here or the link below to begin or use the QR code below to access the survey.

Tardy Policy

We emphasize students being here everyday and on time for all the classes. We want to partner with families to take away any barriers that exist for students to be on time every morning for their 1st Period class. Please see the information below regarding our policy for late arrivals to school in the morning.

  • Students must have a pass from the Attendance office if tardy to first hour.
  • Students may accumulate 3 tardies without receiving consequences.
  • Upon receiving the 4th tardy and up to 9 tardies, students will be required to serve a lunch detention in the Student Success Center.
  • When a student accumulates 10 or more tardies, during a quarter, they will then be required to make the time up after school on Friday afternoons in the Student Support Center.
    • 10-15 cumulative tardies will be for 1 hour
    • 16-or more cumulative tardies will be for 2 hours
  • Tardy counts will reset each quarter.

Please let us know if we can help support your families.

Magazine Sales

This week we began our annual fundraiser, The Magazine Sales. This week all our students attended a kickoff assembly informing them of how the magazine sales work and how the work they do directly impacts activities here at Franklin. We have two turn-in days: Wednesday, September 27 & Wednesday, October 4.

Be on the lookout for a special e-Newsletter with information for this year's Magazine Sales. This is the sole fundraiser we do to raise money that goes into our Activities Account. The growing need still exists for a healthy school budget. This is made increasingly more difficult with the continued decline in the state's funding of schools. Funds from our fundraising program are used in a variety of ways. Here are just a few examples of the ways our monies are being put to use for your students:

  • Art Club: (Supplies)
  • Science Olympiads: (Supplies, Team entries for contests, other related expenses)
  • Bolt Buddies: (Supplies related to the activities done by this group)
  • Drama/Musical: (Supplies, equipment, and other cost related to performance expenses)
  • Jazz Band: (Contest fees, equipment not covered under district funding, additional music, extra travel expenses)
  • Chamber Orchestra: (Contest fees, equipment not covered under district funding, additional music, travel expenses)
  • Illumination: (Contest fees, equipment not covered under district funding, additional music, travel expenses, uniforms)
  • Technology Purchases (Project Lead the Way supplies, PE, resources to assist in classroom throughout the building)
  • Student Council: (Workshop expenses, registration fees, community service projects)
  • Assemblies: (Special presentations from outside groups for all grade levels)
  • Grade Level: (Allocations for awards and all grade/team activities)
  • PBIS: (Building wide rewards, supplies, materials)
  • Year Book: (Printing and supplies related to publication)
  • Curriculum: (Materials that go above and beyond the standard curriculum used or for extensions of classwork)
  • Athletic teams: (Replacement of uniforms, equipment, and materials)
  • Library: (Supplies and materials above and beyond the supported district budget)

Follow the link to our website for a one-stop-shop for all magazine-related information:

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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6th Grade Debut Concert

The 6th Grade Debut Band Concert scheduled for Monday, October 9 has been rescheduled to begin at 6:30PM. The time has been changed to accommodate the Metro Marching Band Classic scheduled the same evening. This is a short concert and will conclude by 7:00PM.

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 25
  • Volleyball: 7th @ Regis/8th @ Home
  • Girls' Soccer: @ Excelsior
  • 7th Football: vs. South East Jr. High

Tuesday, September 26

  • Boys' Tennis: @ McKinley
  • 8th Football: @ Harding
  • Cross Country: @ University of Iowa

Wednesday, September 27

  • Magazine Turn-In #1

Thursday, September 28

  • Girls' Soccer: @ Roosevelt
  • Volleyball: 7th @ Wilson/8th @ Home
  • 7th Football: vs. McKinley

Monday, October 2

No School

Tuesday, October 3

  • Boys' Tennis: @ Washington vs. Oak Ridge
  • 8th Football: vs. Northwest Jr. High
  • Cross Country: @ West Delaware
  • Girls' Soccer: @ Oak Ridge
  • Volleyball: 7th @ Harding/8th @ Home

Wednesday, October 4

  • Magazine Turn-in #2

Thursday, October 5

  • Volleyball: 7th @ Home / 8th @ Prairie
  • Boys' Tennis: @ Washington vs. Taft
  • Girls' Soccer: vs. Harding

Friday, September 22

  • All-School Cookout During Lunch: This will take the place of the student's lunch. They will have the choice of hamburger or hot dog.

Franklin Blood Drive

Thursday, Oct. 26th, 3-7pm

300 20th Street Northeast

Cedar Rapids, IA

Please contact Kathy Dvorak at or by (319) 558-2452.