SEPTEMBER 2, 2022

Franklin District Bi-Weekly Newsletter | 2022-23 #1

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Living Our Mantra

Better place to learn has been seen in action this week! While we celebrated being a better place to work the last few weeks as we welcomed back staff and laughed, learned and prepared together, it all culminates this week as our learners return! Pictures are worth a thousand words, and we hope you enjoy our photographic journal in this newsletter of your child(ren)’s first day of school. Also, thank you to our 4K parents for spending this week meeting your educators and exploring your child’s home away from home. The smiles and energy have been infectious.

We are part of a better community and that has also been tested and proven again this week. Our PTO/A’s at the buildings have offered treats for families and staff, carefully placed “Welcome Back” signs, and offered support through small gratitudes that do not go unnoticed. Our Noon Lions Club sponsored “Kids in Klassrooms” and fulfilled wish lists for a variety of educators so they can provide engaging tools for their learners.

Part of a better community has also been demonstrated by many of you as you have pivoted quickly to help transport your child(ren), neighbors and/or friends to school. The shortage of bus drivers is no surprise to anyone in the state or nation, however, how it hit our community on short notice was a surprise for us all. We are fortunate to have a team of families that are helping transport. Our internal team continues to work diligently to process the ongoing updates we are receiving from our bus vendor on driver shortages or illness. We know such news is not ideal to receive as a family. Please know it is also very difficult for us to deliver. When you receive such communications, please know that we have exhausted all options, that we understand the hardship it may put your family and our staff under, and that we will not stop trying to find solutions. We sincerely thank you for your grace and patience. Please be aware that a bus cancellation can occur at any time. As a cautionary practice, we are encouraging all families to have a backup transportation plan in place for your child(ren).


Please enjoy what looks to be a beautiful, long holiday weekend ahead. Make memories, they stay with us forever! We are eager and excited to continue to greet your child(ren) next week!


With gratitude,

Annalee Bennin

FPS District Administrator

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As a reminder, the District Calendar and all building calendars can be found here.

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4K Staggered Start on Tues 9/6 & Wed 9/7

As we look to next week, just a reminder that 4K has a staggered start on Tues 9/6 & Wed 9/7. Please review the information below so you can best plan for your child(ren) and your family.

  • 4K students will have a staggered start on Tuesday, September 6th (Last Names A-K) or Wednesday, September 7th (Last Names L-Z). If you have any needs or concerns, please work with your school office staff.


You can click the image below to see more details about how these days are structured.

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Busing Memo To Review

Please review this bus memo that outlines what occurred this week in regards to FPS experiencing canceled and significantly delayed routes. This document also provides details on what to expect as we roll into next week. We are asking all families to please have a backup transportation plan for your family as we continue to navigate this bus driver shortage.

REMINDER: Food Service Updates For 2022-23

POSSIBLE SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES

Periodically, due to some food items not being available, please be patient and check the online lunch menus regularly for changes. We are expected to change menus multiple times a week due to issues we are facing. We appreciate your patience.


PLANNING FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES 2022-23

We want to remind families about what school lunch will look like for the 2022-23 school year. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that has been allowing students to receive free meals will no longer be offering this service for free next school year.


At the start of the 2022-23 school year, school lunches will no longer be free. Prices will remain the same as they were set for the 2020-21 school year.


We highly encourage families to continue to participate in the convenient, nutritious, and cost-friendly school meals. Our lunch webpage also contains our online lunch menus for all school buildings for the 2022-23 school year.


FREE & REDUCED PRICE MEALS FOR 2022-23

We encourage families to complete the free and reduced lunch application which is on our website here.

Saber "Gold Pass" On Sale!

Skip the line and save on tickets! Purchase your Gold Pass today and use the keychain card to get into all home athletics events during the 2022-23 school year (except WIAA playoff events). Click here to purchase online, then stop and pick up your keychain in the main office during the weekday from 8 am - 3 pm. Please enter the name and email of the person who will pick up the Gold Pass when ordering.

Saber Marching Band Invite Sat 9/17 @ FHS

Franklin High School is proud to host the SABER MARCHING BAND INVITE 2022 on Saturday, September 17th at Sullivan Stadium! Gates open at 4:30pm and the event begins at 5:45pm with a performance of the National Anthem by the Forest Park Middle School bands. You can view the schedule, parking information and all other details here. There are 7 bands scheduled to perform at the event. Bands will be judged in the areas of music performance, visual performance, music general effect, visual general effect, percussion, and colorguard. Individual class placement awards will be given to all participating bands. Concessions will be open and FHS will be selling student shout-outs and 50/50 raffle tickets at a booth by the home stands. Come spend Saturday night under the lights and enjoy local high school bands performing!


Online Absence/Attendance Form

As a reminder, when reporting a student absent for any reason, please communicate this using the online absence/attendance form here. This is a NEW form this year so if you bookmarked or made a shortcut to the old form from last year, please update. If your child is out sick, the form will also collect information about the symptoms and sickness your child is experiencing so our nursing staff can respond with next steps. Thank you for taking the time to complete this form as it really helps to streamline our processes. The form is located on our website under Parent/Student Info as well as a big button on each school’s home page.


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FEF Fall Children's Consignment Sale on Sept. 17th!

It's back! The Foundation's semi-annual children's consignment sale will be held on Sept 17th at Forest Park Middle School. There are still spots available for consigners and plenty of volunteer opportunities for students needing hours (did we mention we provide pizza and subs for our volunteers??) AND, the best part is all DONATED items that are not sold during the sale go toward Milwaukee-area nonprofits and charities that serve children. For more information concerning the sale, go to our website at https://www.franklineducationalfoundation.org/events


To see more about the Franklin Educational Foundation happenings,
click here for their website!

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Quarterly Connect With A School Board Member Opportunities

Would you like to speak to a Franklin school board member in person? Two board members will be available 30 minutes before regular meetings to speak with community and family members informally four times during the 2022-23 school year. The first opportunity is before the next Board Meeting on Wednesday, September 14th. Board members can also be reached by email or phone.
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Fall Recreation Guide is LIVE!

The Community Education & Recreation Department Fall Guide is now online and available for viewing. Registration for fall programming begins on Monday, August 1st but you can view the guide now online here. Registration will take place at the Community Ed & Rec website at http://franklinwi.myrec.com
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