Franklin e-Newsletter

Monday, December 2, 2019

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Principal's Message

This marks the time of year where we give thanks. With the upcoming holiday break, I'd like to take this time to give thanks to our amazing families that entrust us with your students. We've had a wonderful start to the year and we're excited about the busy days ahead. With us nearly one semester in, our students and staff have hit their stride. We'll continue to work diligently to providing an atmosphere where students feel welcome, safe, and able to learn...all the while taking time to have fun along the way. Thanks again for all you do. May your upcoming holiday break be filled with peace, love, and relaxation.

New Information

2018-19 ISASP Reports

The long-awaited Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) reports will be mailed out in the middle of December to all Cedar Rapids Community School District families. The changes to the new assessment forced the long delay in getting reports back to the buildings. Our district office will be mailing all reports out. Each mailing will be accompanied with a letter providing background to the reports in addition to information in understanding your student's scores.

Yearbook Order

Yearbooks will be here in May- prepay online for yours today! Our 2019-2020 yearbooks will be in full color and arriving to Franklin mid-May 2020. You are now able to order/prepay online at The cost per yearbook is $15.00.

We will take cash or check payments in the Main Office starting in April 2020.

Lost & Found

The lost and found has grown exponentially. We'll have a table set up outside the attendance office next week. We encourage students to look through the items on the table and retrieve any items that are theirs. Any items left after the upcoming holiday break will be laundered and placed in the Franklin Bolt Closet.

Hy-Vee Homeroom Receipt Challenge

As we approach the holiday season, there's a strong chance you might be visiting your local Hy-Vee Grocery, Gas, or Drug Store. Throughout the year, we welcome families to bring in Hy-Vee receipts from any Cedar Rapids or Marion store. We have a turn-in bin located in the main office.

During the year, we hold two homeroom challenges. Our first Hy-Vee Homeroom Receipt Challenge will be December 9-13. Stay tuned for more information.

Homeroom Student Surveys

One of the activities we ask students to complete during Homeroom time on Fridays are quarterly surveys. We use these opportunities to share data with students in addition to getting feedback on how the school is operating from their lens. After our Foundations' Team tabulates the data we will share again with students. The video below was shown on November 8.
Franklin Homeroom Video 11 8 19

Dance Marathon

Long before Iowa football fans began waving, or Carson King showed the world a better way to spend its spare money, Franklin Middle School students were giving their all to support kids with cancer. Our past thirteen dances have combined to raise over $70,000! Encourage your student to get involved and “Be the Light!” this year, as we have many ways for them to get involved listed below!

Why do we do this? It started years ago with some pen pal letters to a sick child and ballooned into a mini dance marathon. Unbeknownst to us our first year, we had a cancer survivor within our student body, who knew all too well the many dark days associated with cancer. Even harder to believe is the fact Franklin has had a cancer survivor or current cancer patient walking the halls every year since! So we continue to fight for our fellow students and for all the children being treated for life threatening illnesses at the University of Iowa. The funds we raise provide for summer camps, an annual Adventureland trip, crafts and activities at the hospital, improved facilities, wigs, holiday gifts, some family assistance and more!

Franklin’s fourteenth dance marathon will be held in the lower gym on Friday, December 6th from 1:30-3:30 P.M. It is open to ALL Franklin students and admission is just $5.00. This event is affiliated with the University of Iowa’s Dance Marathon and the Children’s Miracle Network. Funds raised help support pediatric cancer patients at the University of Iowa’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

This is a great opportunity to get your student to earn some extra dollars for a very good cause while completing some extra chores around the house for you!

Money Mash

This coin battle between home rooms will have your children scrounging through the couch cushions for change! It is a math lesson on positive and negative numbers, as all COINS count positively. Paper money and checks count as negatives to lower the totals in rival home rooms. Winning homerooms at each grade level will receive doughnuts and juice during home room on dance day!

The game begins Thanksgiving week on Monday, November 25th. It will continue through Tuesday, November 26th and December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Grade level winners will be announced on Thursday, December 5th.

Bake Sales

Three bake sales will be held after school in the concession area near the gym. We will have a friendly competition this year to see which grade level donates the most for our sales! In addition to baked goods, 12 packs of pop, or

  • 6th Grade bake sale - Thursday, November 7th
  • 7th Grade bake sale -Thursday, November 14th
  • 8th Grade bake sale - Monday, November 25th

Spirit Dancers

Spirit dancers go beyond to collect extra donations for the cause! If you have friends and family who might sponsor you as a dancer for $25 or more, you will not only get into the dance free, you’ll receive a free slice of pizza and a drink, AND have a chance at winning a prize for your efforts. The top three fundraisers get to choose their prize and some lucky winners will get to put a pie in the face of a beloved staff member. Those pledge sheets can be found in the main office. Pick one up before the Thanksgiving break and ask your family members to sponsor you for a great cause!

Spotlight Students

This year we have revamped our Spotlight Students. The Spotlight Award is our way to recognize the amazing things our students are doing in and out of the classroom. Staff members use the Franklin's Guidelines for Success as the criteria to select students.

The Guidelines for Success are:

B: Be Responsible

O: Opt to do Personal Best

L: Lead with Integrity

T: Treat People & Property with Respect

S: Strive to be Safe & Orderly

On Friday, November 22, students were recognized with a group photo, awarded their certificate, and provided a small treat for all their hard work.

6th Grade

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Anja Wennerstrom, Chase Law, Holly Larson, Charlie Young, Brayden Swearinger, Tasha Downs, Deangelo Mason, Jack Espe, Audrey Pruett, Logan Haines, Noah Van Meter, Kiah Willis, Megan Kane-Kirby, Emma Grantham, Jack Gillaspie, Rolondo Ballew-Batte, Hailey Becker

7th Grade

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Matthew Roettger, Aiden Holven-Rice, Bridget Buchheit, Vivian Tarvestad, Riley Kollath, Emily Tattershall, Ayva Kemper, Zayvion Greenwood, Prestley Kristjanson, Kaleea Pledge, Ava Swyers, Sabrina Ritchie, Brooke Rouw, Areon Boyd, Devon Richmond, Louis Melerine, Jacques Ferguson, Maksim Wehrman, Lili Eilers, Tashara White, Dynistie Ellis, Laila Tate

8th Grade

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Shayla Bissell, Izzabella Pechman, Katie Coppess, Elizabeth "Lizzy" Hawkes, Shaylee Spicer, Mikell Orr, Lilli Marchbanks, Isaiah Wells, Lennon Valentine, Brooke Dunkel, Amari Jacobo, JQuan Plummer, Liviana Vong, Gabrielle DeGraft-Moffat, Karly Hajek, Jayden Webb, Annika Perez

PTA Updates

Franklin Facebook Page

Did you know Franklin PTA has a Facebook page? Check out the link below and be sure to "Follow" the page to keep you updated on all Franklin PTA events.


We currently have just under 50 members in our Franklin PTA. Families are encouraged to join at any time during the year. You'll find a link below to the electronic copy of the membership form. Even if you're not able to volunteer during the school year, we'd love to have you join as a member.

Bolt Closet

We had a very successful first year of opening the Franklin Bolt Closet. For families new to Franklin, this closet provides new and gently used clothing, new socks and underwear and all personal hygiene care items for the underserved students who are part of the Franklin family. We protect the students’ privacy by only having the counseling and health center staff know who utilizes the closet. Monthly we will feature one item the closet is in need of.

For October/November, we are now accepting winter items such as new/lightly used hooded sweatshirts, stocking hats, gloves.

We also accept monetary donations and have volunteer shoppers for the Bolt Closet. Thank you for your support and helping to ensure every student comes to school clean, appropriately dressed and ready to learn!

Agenda & Budget Items

See the agenda and treasurer items from our October meeting. We welcome all parents to our PTA meetings. They take place the first Monday of every month from 11:00-12:00. Our next meeting is Monday, December 2. If you're not able to attend the meetings, we encourage you to get involved by helping with our concessions and other sign-ups. Stay tuned for future communication involving these.

Continuing Information

Student Tutoring

We're fortunate to have former Franklin students who come back to help our students in a variety of academic and organizational needs. Beginning Tuesday, September 10 Washington High School students will be available for drop-in tutoring sessions. This will run every Tuesday from 3:00-4:00PM. Students will be supervised by a Franklin Staff Member. Snacks will also be available for students.

See the video below that provides details about this opportunity.

Franklin Volunteer Tutoring Program

City Bus Transportation (Free)

Students — Ride the Bus on Us! All CRCSD, Kirkwood and Coe students can now ride the City bus free all year. High School and College students – just show a student ID to ride free. Elementary and middle school student do not need ID.


Does this conversation sound familiar?

- Parent: "What'd you do today at school?"

- Student: "Nothing"

- Parent: "Is there anything I should know about going on at school?"

- Student: "Nope"

If this is occurring at your house, check out the two links below that will take you to ways we communicate announcements to students. These same announcements are read during the school day; both morning and afternoon.

Upcoming Events

Week of December 2-6

  • Girls' Basketball & Boys' Swimming Begin Practice

Monday, December 2

  • PTA Meeting, 11:00AM in Room 300 Conference Room

Friday, December 6

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