March Flyer Family Update

Franklin Elementary STEAM Magnet School Newsletter

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Our School Vision

Weaving science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics into daily instruction using hands on learning and exploration! Our vision: All students grow to become critical thinkers, problem solvers and confident global citizens who positively impact our world. Franklin Elementary STEAM Magnet-Home of Innovators, Scholars and Leaders!

Message from Mrs. Wood

Dear Franklin Elementary Families,

Our Franklin PTA is still looking for parents to fill the following Board Positions for the 23-24 school year:

- Secretary
- Auditor

If you are interested, please contact or nominating committee chair, Wyatt Buttrose at or (619) 549-9928.

It's hard to believe that we only have two weeks left prior to Spring Break. Time is just zipping by!

Just a reminder that Parent Conferences are next week with minimum day schedule Tuesday through Friday beginning March 21st, 2023.

23-24 Primetime Registration is now open!

Please read the important information below.


Melissa Roy-Wood

Franklin Elementary STEAM Magnet School

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Book Cover Madness

Families, get ready for… Book Cover Madness 2023, presented by the PTA!

Classrooms will be voting between Monday, March 13 through Thursday, March 23 to crown the Best Book Cover at Franklin! Be sure to talk to YOUR student about which cover they voted for, and take this opportunity to learn more about the kinds of books, comics, or magazines your student likes to read!

You can follow along with the daily game on the PTA's Facebook ( or Instagram page (@FranklinSDPTA).


Spring report card conferences are just around the corner! They are scheduled for the week of March 20th with minimum days on Tuesday through Friday. All families are invited to have a conference with their child's teacher; however, they are only required for students who are not yet meeting grade level standards and/or for whom the teacher has concerns, and they are optional for students who are at/above grade level standards and for whom the teacher does not have concerns. Your child's teacher will reach out to you to schedule a conference. Please contact them with any questions.

Reminder - Minimum Days are March 21st-24th (Tuesday through Friday) for Parent Conferences and the following week is Spring Break. School will resume on April 3, 2023.


A paper copy of applications for the our District's Summer Academic Program were sent home this week with students. Extra applications can be picked up in the front office.

The registration period is from February 6, 2023, to April 14, 2023

There are also offerings of Summer Enrichment (ex. Sports, Music, and STEAM Camps) and the enrollment for that process is coming soon.

For more information on all Summer Programs can be found here:

Please Bookmark this Page for Future Reference

Summer School - Summer Academic Program Applications are in the Front Office

About the Survey - California Parent Survey

Your school needs you to complete this online survey to learn more about your opinions about it. This survey is an opportunity to communicate your perceptions about your child’s school. This letter explains the survey and, at the bottom of the page, provides your URL and access instructions. If you have any questions about this survey, contact Melissa Roy-Wood,

The purpose of this survey is to obtain parent perceptions about the school.

Your participation is voluntary. It is also very important.

The information you provide will help guide district and school efforts to promote safety, enhance learning supports, and improve student achievement.

● This is an anonymous survey. It is designed so that no one can be identified from the data. You do not have to respond to any questions that you feel could be used to identify you. Simply skip any such questions.

● All questions apply to this school only.

● The results are for the use of your district. The California Department of Education and WestEd will preserve data confidentiality and refer any data requests to the district.


If you have more than one child at this school, you will only need to complete one survey for this school. Please fill out just one survey about the school using your oldest child as a reference.

Access the survey using the following URL:

Parent Survey:

Thank you for taking this important survey!

Link to California Parent Survey

Link Updated:

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The SDUSD VAPA department has great opportunities for your fourth and fifth grade musicians. Students may audition for honor band or honor orchestra. They may also participate in an all-call recorder, ukulele, band, and/or orchestra group without an audition. Here's the link to register.

Morning Drop Off Reminder

A friendly reminder that school begins at 7:50 a.m. and gates will close promptly at the start of school.

Families can drop off as early as 7:30 a.m. —please drop off early or park in the neighborhood and walk to campus before 7:45 to avoid the traffic.

Students arriving after 7:50 need to check into the office for a late slip.

Thank you for your understanding.

San Diego Unified School District is excited to announce a variety of summer learning opportunities, so you can create the best summer experience. The window to enroll in the Summer Academic Program, Extended School Year (ESY), and PrimeTime Summer is now open.Participation in summer programs is not required, however, we encourage families to take advantage of these fun and educational summer enrichment opportunities available only to current San Diego Unified students. The summer learning opportunities are no cost to San Diego Unified families.
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School Site Council (SSC)

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - SSC: School Site Council 2:30-3:00 p.m. - Vote to Approve 23-24 Budget

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - Friends of Franklin Foundation Meeting 6:30-8:00 p.m.

For More information, contact:

* Coffee with the Cops - Wednesday, March 22, 2023 7:50-8:35 in the school auditroium.

* Friday, April 7, 2023 Franklin Flyer Rally - Joint Use Field @ 7:50

* Friday, April 7, 2023 - PTA General Meeting Immediately Following the Flyer Rally in the Auditorium

Hoover Cluster Council - Dates

* Monday, April 3, 2023 4:00-6:00 p.m. via Zoom

**Open Meetings - Families are welcomed to attend.

Hoover Cluster Future Meeting Dates: April 3, 2023 - June 5, 2023

Next Family Wednesday, May 31, 2022. is at 7:50 a.m. in the auditorium and classroom visits are from 8:20-8:40 a.m.

Site Governance Team (SGT) Agenda / Minutes. *No Meeting on 3/14/23

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 3:00-3:30 p.m. - SGT: Site Governance Team

  • In Person - Front Office

    • All are welcome to attend the meeting!


      2023: 5/9

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About Our School Committees & Education Partner Groups:

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Press Release Youth and Social Pow Wow

Youth & Social Pow Wow in Old Town San Diego

You are invited to attend a celebration of Rich Ancestral Historyof the next generation learning traditions, cultural dances and songs as varies Native Tribes gather together at the San Diego Unified School District’s Native American Education Program’s Youth and Social Pow Wow, on Saturday, March 18, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Old Town San Diego at the Harold J. Ballard Parent Center located at 2375 Congress St. San Diego, CA 92110. A full day event to come learn traditions, history, cultural dances and songs to support and empower Native Youth.

Parents as Partners Workshops

San Diego Unified School District's Family Engagement office is holding virtual Parents as Partners Workshops that will focus on How to Help Support Your Child's Reading and Writing . Interpretation will be available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali and Tagalog. English Flyer and Spanish Flyer.

Supporting Your Child's Reading from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • May 3, 2023

Supporting Your Chid's Writing from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • May 10, 2023

Zoom Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 810 3382 5809

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Volunteer Opportunities at Franklin

Volunteer Opportunity #1- After School Botball Program - 1 ½ hour immediately after school on Mondays

Franklin Elementary needs your help to keep this fun and valuable robotics club operating into the future. Now is the time if you would like to help. Your child can either participate in the course or spend Time in the STEAM room while you are helping. Please contact Dorothy Ee at school (619 344 3000) or Charles Rightmyer (619 204 3704, text to start).

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Volunteer Opportunity #2- Parents at Lunch & Lunch Recess

- We need parents for 1.5 hour shifts to be games leaders at recess. Shifts can be done once a month or once a week. Our biggest need is on Fridays 11:30-1:00.

- Fridays from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. is our biggest need.

- Play your favorite recess game or bring a game of your own.

- Games can include Soccer, Basketball, Four Square, Wall Ball, or a game that you'd like to teach.

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Volunteer Opportunity #3- Morning Drop-Off

We need parent volunteers as gate monitors to welcome students at the morning drop off gate 7:30-7:50

Gate 1: Meade Ave - Run/Walk Club

*Greet students at the entrance gate. *Supervise students in Run/Walk Club 7:30-7:45

Gate 3: Copeland Ave.

*Greet students at entrance gate. *Supervise student transition from gate area to field 7:30-7:45 or to class 7:45-7:50.

Double Doors: Outside of Front Office

*Greet students at front entrance of school. *Supervise student transition from gate area to field 7:30-7:45 or to class 7:45-7:50.

Our Botball After School Program REALLY Needs Your Help! Read More Below

Dear Franklin Elementary School parents,

Most of you know that Franklin Elementary supports a successful and popular after school robotics course called Botball. This program is the starting step in a chain of courses extending through middle school and into high school. At the high school level, opportunities exist to join a competitive robotics club that participates in First Technical Challenge (FTC) contest events. Students who complete this chain of courses have an opportunity to become expert computer programmers by the end of their high school career. Clubs and their team members who score well at national FTC challenges are awarded significant financial support towards STEM oriented college degrees.

Currently, 16 Franklin students are participating in this 2022-2023 year long program and another 18 students are on wait list should another course open on another day of the week. Unfortunately, adding an additional course is quite unlikely without support from one or two parents who can provide help as a teacher and/or aide. Typically, most students occasionally need individual help with understanding and troubleshooting their code. A teacher without an aide has a difficult time satisfying this need while making progress with the remainder of the class.

Next school year, Charles Rightmyer who currently provides support to 4th grade teacher Dorothy Ee, will retire from this Franklin program. So, Franklin Elementary needs your help if you can afford to assist once per week for an approximate 1 ½ hour immediately after school on Mondays. While participation in robotics involves some mechanical and computer programming skills, most any parent can rapidly develop that the skills needed at the elementary school level. The entire course is quite intuitive and entirely scripted with PowerPoint charts. The best way to obtain the needed skills is to initially spend about 2 hours with Mr. Rightmyer, and then simply absorb the more subtle troubleshooting skills along with the students. Normally, you should expect to become fully capable of teaching the entire Botball course within a couple months of participation.

Franklin Elementary needs your help to keep this fun and valuable robotics club operating into the future. Now is the time if you would like to help. Your child can either participate in the course or spend Time in the STEAM room while you are helping. Please contact Dorothy Ee at school (619 344 3000) or Charles Rightmyer (619 204 3704, text to start) if you would like to talk further about this opportunity.

Our Botball Program Needs Your Help!

Choice Enrollment

Even though the choice enrollment window has closed--families who are still interested in attending Franklin this coming fall who live outside of the school boundaries, can still complete a choice enrollment application.

If you know anyone interested in attending Franklin for the 23-24 school year next year, that live outside of our neighborhood, please have them call or stop by the office to sign up for a school tour and receive information for enrolling at our school through the Choice Office.

Choice Enrollment - San Diego Unified School District

Drop-Off & Pick-Up Reminders

A Reminder to all Families at Drop Off and Pick Up to be mindful of pedestrians.

Families, in order to have less congestion during morning drop off, our arrival window is from 7:30-7:45 a.m. Families can drop off their children at the entrance gate as early as 7:30 a.m. for them to walk directly to the field for Jog/Walking Club.

At 7:45 a.m., students walk directly to their classrooms as school begins at 7:50 a.m.

If you are dropping off or picking up your child(ren) by vehicle, here are some important procedures that will keep our entire community safe and happy:

Drivers… Please DO

  • use the loading zone and wait your turn
  • continue to pull all the way forward
  • be a good neighbor and citizen
  • have your child use the crosswalk to cross the street
  • Note: Cars can drop off at Gates 1 & 3 --we ask that parents stay in their car and keep moving forward.

Drivers… Please DON’T

  • swoop into the loading zone, cutting off cars that have been waiting in line
  • park or wait in red zones, driveways
  • have your children to cross the street between car
  • wait in front of your child’s gate - keep moving forward
  • stop to talk to teachers/parents
  • double park
  • make illegal u-turns in the middle of the street

Thank You!

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Hoover Cluster Council Folder

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