The Franklin Flyer

October 21, 2022

Mark Your Calendars:

October 24: Picture Day Retake

October 29: PTA Trunk or Treat

October 31: Halloween Celebrations

November 4: PTA Donuts with my VIP

November 8: No School

November 21-25: No School - Thanksgiving Break

December 2: Trimester 1 Report Cards Sent Home

December 12 - 16: Winter MAP Testing

December 23 - January 6: Winter Break

January 9: School Resumes


Please remember to call in or email absences by 8:45 AM. You can call our student absence line (847) 318-4390 (ext 1) is available 24 hours a day or email Mrs. Linda Berleth at

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COVID-19 Tracker

You can view the current Franklin COVID-19 cases on the Franklin COVID-19 Dashboard found here. The dashboard is updated at the end of the day, Monday through Friday.

COVID-19 Franklin Dashboard

COVID-19 2022-2023 Guidelines

Red Ribbon Week

Theme: - Celebrate Life. Live Drug Free. The theme is a reminder that people across the country make significant daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live Drug-Free. We want to encourage children, families, and communities to live healthy, safe, and drug-free lives. Here at Franklin, we stand up for what we believe in and say no to drugs. Remember to be kind and always say no to drugs!

Monday, October 24, 2022 – “Follow Your Dreams and Don't Do Drugs” - Wear your pajamas

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 – “I’m REaDy to say NO to Drugs - Wear Red

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 – “Team Up Against Drugs” - Wear your favorite sports gear or your favorite team’s colors

Thursday, October 27, 2022 – “Say Boo to Drugs” - Wear black and orange

Friday, October 28, 2022 – “Be All You Can Be-Drug Free”- Wear Franklin gear


Students are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to school on October 31st. We ask that all students are able to independently go to the bathroom in their costumes. As a reminder, no masks, weapons, or props are allowed at school.

The Franklin Halloween parade will start at 3:10 pm. The parade route will be shared with the community in the coming weeks.

Devices at Franklin

In the Student-Parent handbook, it states that all communication devices (e.g. phones, smart watch, GPS tracker, etc.) must be kept in the students locker during the school day. Cell Phones and electronic devices will be asked to be powered off and kept in students' lockers. Please refrain from calling students during school hours. If you need to speak to your student or have an urgent message, please call the Franklin office. We can support you in reaching your child.

Emergency Contacts

Please take a moment to go into the Parent Portal to ensure your child's emergency contacts are up to date. Make sure to add any additional family/friends that have permission to pick your child up from school entered into your Parent Portal account.

Lost & Found

The lost & found will be placed outside in the circle drive at arrival and dismissal next week. Please take a moment to look through the lost & found to locate any missing items.

Picture Retake

If you would like your child to participate in picture day retake, please send the original prints back to school with your child on 10/24. The originals are needed to retake the pictures with Color Portraits.

Arrival: Circle Drive Kiss & Go

Please follow the circle drive driving directions. We ask all families to turn right into the circle drive and turn right exiting the circle drive. There should be no left-hand turns in or out of the circle drive to support the follow of traffic.

Please do not drop students off before 8:40 am, until you see a supervisor with a neon vest. The Kiss & Ride times are 8:40 am - 8:50 am. The supervisor must leave promptly at 8:50 am for the start of the school day. Parent(s)/guardian(s) must sign their student(s) in at the office starting at 8:50 am.

Arrival and Dismissal Parking

To be good neighbors and keep all community members safe, we ask that families do not park in front or block our neighbors' driveways. In addition, we ask that families do not park in the Franklin parking lot. The parking lot is intended for staff and Franklin buses.

We also ask families leaving Franklin at dismissal to remain on the sidewalks and no not walk through the parking lot. This helps ensure student and community safety. Thank you for your cooperation.

Morning Bus

A reminder to all of our morning bus riders to arrive at your stop 10 minutes prior to the designated bus arrival time. Buses may arrive up to 10 minutes early from the designated bus pickup time.

Changes to Pick-Up or Traveling Parents

If there will be a new adult/guardian picking up your students, please make sure that the person is listed in the Parent Portal as someone with school pickup permission. Please make sure to notify the classroom teacher and office if there are any changes for students if a parent is traveling and the student is staying with someone different.

Visiting Franklin

All visitors to Franklin must have a valid state ID or driver’s license. These will be entered into the Raptor identification system. This process only takes a short time to complete. Once you have clearance, a visitor pass will be printed and attached to a lanyard that you must wear throughout the building. The office will hold your ID until you return to the office and return the lanyard that was given to you. We request that you please be patient with staff as we proceed with this district-mandated safety procedure.

Student-Parent Handbook
Franklin Elementary School, along with all District 64 schools, operates following policies and practices that have been reviewed and implemented by the District 64 Board of Education. Please review the D64 Student-Parent Handbook before the start of the school year.

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PTA Updates


We would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to Deanna Barrett and Alycia White for planning and

organizing another extremely successful Raise Craze event!! We exceeded all of our goals

, and it was so wonderful to see all the acts of kindness happening during those 2 weeks!

This is our only large fundraiser of the year and Deanna and Alycia make it look easy when

really it involves tons of planning and lots of dedication! Also, a big thanks to everyone that

volunteered to help with all the extra Raise Craze events throughout the 2 weeks!


Please join us for some spooky fun on Saturday, October 29th at Trunk or Treat!! This event

is weather permitting only and will not have a rain date. Also if you can, we are accepting

candy donations at the main office. We have lots of trick or treaters and could really use

your help making sure everyone gets lots of treats! Thank you for your support!

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Halloween parties are on Monday, October 31st, and will be held in the classroom.

● 1st-5th grade is from 2:00-3:00

● Kindergarten is from 10:30-11:30

Food and candy is not allowed. If your child would like to bring a noneditable treat to share

with the class, they may do so, but it is not required. The parties will be planned by room

parents and party helpers, and if extra details are needed, they will reach out separately.


When: November 4th

Where: Franklin school gym

Time: 8:00am-8:40am

On the morning of Friday, November 4th, the doors located by the circle drive will open at

8 am to welcome in students and their VIP. We are asking for only one VIP per household to

attend the event. After the event, students may exit to their lines from Door 5 inside the

gym so parents and students will not need to walk all the way around if they would like to

line up together.

The donuts are from Spunky Dunkers, and we will have gluten-free and nut free available.

Coffee and juice will also be served.


The PTA has big plans this year! In order to carry out all the fun events and activities, we

need volunteers. Once parents have registered for the PTA, a list of volunteer opportunities

will be posted on the membership toolkit. Please consider helping chair an event. If volunteers are not found, we will have to cancel the event. Thank you to all that have already signed up to volunteer! We really appreciate it!

The 2 upcoming events that we still need help with are:

Donuts with my VIP on November 4th - We are in need of volunteers to help hand out the delicious donuts to all of our special VIP's and students.

Trunk or Treat on October 29th- We are in need of decorated trunks that will pass out goodies.

Here are the current open volunteer opportunities:

● Lunch Math Club

● Paint night

● International Fair

● Night of Stars

● Franklin Mascot

● Muffins with my VIP

● 4th and 5th grade volleyball coaches


We really need your help! There are several open spots for head room parents. This is a Franklin tradition that brings so much fun to the classroom and aside from the kids loving anything planned by a room parent, a room parent helps the class families to show their appreciation for all of the amazing teachers and staff at Franklin! Please consider signing up!!

The following classes still have open spots for head room parents:

Vukmakaj Head Room Parent (Need 2)

Majeski Head Room Parent (Need 2)

Belmonte Head Room Parent (Need 2)

Pater Head Room Parent (Need 2)

Questions? Email our room parent coordinators at


Please share your photos!

Franklin’s 2022/23 Yearbook is underway! You can directly upload photos from school events directly to folders in the TreeRing app or from your computer. It's super simple!

Sharing Yearbook Photos

We are looking for pictures from the first day of school and the back to school bash.

10% off of Yearbooks has been extended until October 31s

Click here for a direct link for Franklin School!


Don't forget the Franklin Sprirtwear shop is always open! It's that time of year to add some Franklin hoodies to your wardrobe! Take a look at the amazing selection!

Spiritwear Store Link:

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Already an Amazon shopper? Did you know you can shop through and register yourself as a charity with Benjamin Franklin Elementary PTA. This will earn 0.5% back to the PTA for eligible purchases. This is such an easy way to help earn savings for Franklin!


It only takes a few seconds to download to Box Tops for education app and help our school earn some savings! Earn 10 cents per box top directly for our school. Our yearly goal is $1000.

Don't forget to scan your receipts for digital clips as well.

If you've been shopping online watch this short video on how you can still earn money for Frnaklin school through Box Tops. The video will walk you step by step in submitting digital receipts.