May 2, 2022
FPS TEXT MESSAGE TEST @ 4:30PM TUESDAY
As we shared last week, this coming Tuesday sometime around 4:30 pm or shortly after, we will send a test text message to our parents and guardians so we can begin using the text message feature of our messaging system. This will only be used for time-sensitive situations (school is called off, an alert related to a bus incident, a building situation to keep families informed about, upcoming event details, etc). Parents and guardians will receive a message from this service that explains steps to take should you choose to opt-out. Since this is our first time using this feature, we anticipate that some parents or guardians may not receive the message for various reasons so we will follow up with a phone call and email with the next steps to follow if you do not receive the message. That phone call and email will come to parents and guardians around 5:30 pm on Tuesday. Thank you for your patience as we work through adding this new feature.
Note for staff: We are still working to add staff contact information for this feature.
FRANKLIN SABER ROBOTICS LEGO LEAGUE INFO NIGHT FOR PREK-8TH GRADERS
Hot off their recent trip to the FIRST Robotics World Championship in Texas, the Saber Robotics team would like to hold an informational session to share about the FIRST Lego League which is a great way to get involved with robotics in the future. This parent and student informational session will be held on Wednesday, May 11th in the Franklin High School Library from 7 pm to 8 pm. If you have a child in the PreK through 8th grade that is interested in legos, click here to read more about this meeting and plan to attend!
CASES ON THE UPTICK: We have been experiencing more positive COVID-19 cases this week amongst students and staff across the district. This is consistent with what is being seen in and around the community. We ask families to please be diligent in keeping your children home when they are experiencing symptoms or are sick. Please continue to report any symptoms or sickness through the online absence reporting form process.
TESTING CHANGES: Walk-in on-site testing through FPS is no longer available for students and their family members. Students and their family members who are at home and need access to testing are recommended to visit a community testing site. For more information, please visit the Summit Clinical Labs website or the DHS Community Testing page here. Students who are present at school and in need of access to testing can be tested in their building through the ongoing partnership between FPS and Summit Clinical Labs. For more information about testing, click here.
As shared in this update from the March 11th Newsletter, we will resume publishing dashboard updates if the Milwaukee County rating moves to high.
5th GRADE FAMILIES - UPCOMING VISIT TO FOREST PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL
We are excited to have the 5th-grade students come to Forest Park Middle School in May for a transition program. During this time, students will hear information about athletics and activities, practice reading a schedule, practice opening a locker, and receive a tour of the building. 5th graders will be at the middle school from about 9:30 am -11 am on Wednesday, May 18th.
SABER CENTER COMMUNITY FEEDBACK
The Saber Center for the Performing Arts will be opening up to more community-focused events and activities and Franklin Public Schools is seeking feedback from the community on what types of events are desired at the Saber Center for the Performing Arts. To access our Saber Center Feedback Survey, you can click/tap the associated QR code, scan the code with your mobile device or go to tinyurl.com/scfdbk in your browser. If you know community members that are not parents in the school district (and do not directly receive our newsletters), please pass them the survey so they can offer feedback too! The survey will also be included in our OPENING DOORS insert in the City Newsletter that goes out to all city mailboxes around May 20th. The survey will close at the end of May. Thank you for taking the time to offer feedback that will impact the programming we can offer to the community.
KID'S CAMP SUMMER OFFERINGS
The Community Education & Recreation Department will once again be offering Kids Camp this summer for children who have completed 5K through those entering 6th grade. Click here or on the image to view all details. Registration opened on Wednesday, April 13th.
If your child is enrolled in FPS Summer Learning and wants to attend Kids Camp, there is a bus to Ben Franklin for Camp after FPS Summer Learning ends around noon. Kids Camp is also offered on Fridays if you are looking for options for your child since there is no FPS Summer Learning on Fridays.
FRANKLIN CULTURE FEST IS BACK!
We have not been able to hold a Culture Fest since early 2020, but we are gearing up for the return of Franklin Culture Fest! See the ad below for all details and click the image if you want to sign up to help showcase your culture!
UW MILWAUKEE OFFERS 2-WEEK SUMMER EXPLORATION CAMP
FRANKLIN HEALTH DEPARTMENT BIKE RODEO!
The City of Franklin Health Department is hosting a “Bike Rodeo” on Saturday, June 4 from 9 am-11:15 am by appointment only (allow one hour). Participants will receive a free helmet, a free bike safety check, a certificate of completion, a free bike license (Franklin residents only) and get to ride through an obstacle course! Online registration for this event opened Monday, April 25th. Make sure you have a Franklin Community & Education Recreation Department account created for recreation programming signups. Visit https://franklinwi.myrec.com to create an account if you don’t have one yet. Click on the attached flyer for more information about how to register
SPRING/SUMMER REC GUIDE IS OUT!
The Community Education & Recreation Guide for Spring/Summer is available online! Click here for the Spring/Summer guide. Registration opened online Monday, April 25th at the registration website here! Make sure you already have an account created to help your registration process to run smoothly.
FRANKLIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS HIRING
JUNIOR SABER VOLLEYBALL REGISTRATION BEGINNING SOON
Junior Saber Volleyball will return this fall with registration opening up May 1st. Junior Saber Volleyball offers those athletes entering 5th-8th grades in the fall of 2022 (2022-2023 school year) the opportunity to learn the sport of volleyball and compete against other schools in the area. The program runs from mid-August until the end of October.
FRANKLIN SPRING SPRINT 2 MILE RUN/WALK
Click the accompanying flyer for all details and click here for registration for this event taking place on Saturday, May 14th.
REGISTRATION FOR 22-23 IS NOW OPEN FOR NEW FAMILIES!
Our registration is now open for next school year for new families to the district and next year’s 4K. You can find all the necessary details on our website here. Please note that students already enrolled in our schools do not have to have a new registration completed. You may utilize the “Create Account” and “Forgot Password” buttons on the registration page to complete your registration or gain access if you have created an account in the past. Please help us share that registration is open with any new families to the area or those with younger children that would be entering 4K or 5K!
YOUTH FOOTBALL REGISTRATION IS OPEN THROUGH MAY 31st
Youth Football Registration Is Open Through May 31st.
Registration is open for the next season of Franklin Sabers Youth Football. Please register for the grade level your child will be in for the 22-23 school year.
2nd Through 5th Grade for Fall 22-23 register at http://franklinjuniorfootball.com
COUNTRY DALE LOST AND FOUND
Parent, please label your child's belongings so when items are misplaced we can return the items directly to the student. If you are missing items please click on the Lost and Found link and review the items currently here. If you see an item that is your child's, ask your child to come to the NEW Lost and Found area. We have relocated the Lost and Found to the short hallway by room 6.
Early Dismissal, Appointments and Changes to Regular Dismissal Schedule
Students may be excused during school hours for medical and dental appointments. Any early dismissal or late arrivals should be submitted using THIS FORM. Only emergency situations should be handled over the telephone. Thank you.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE UPCOMING CD PTO EVENTS AND NEWS!
- May PTO Meeting -Dinner is on us! Join us on May 10th at 5:30 pm in the Country Dale Library for Dominos Pizza and learn about how you can help make our school amazing. Meet some new families, volunteer for an event, just come and say hi! Hope to see you there!
- Amazon Smile - You shop at Amazon anyway – have that shopping support Country Dale too! Start your shopping at: smile.amazon.com, pick your charity Country Dale Elementary PTO, and then whenever you shop use smile.amazon.com. It's that easy! Thank you for supporting our school.
- Teacher Appreciation - May 2nd-6th is Teacher Appreciation week. Let's make it special for our Country Dale Staff! If you are interested in helping plan food or gifts, please email email@example.com otherwise watch the newsletter for more ways to show our teachers how much you care.
- If you haven't already, please join our Facebook page and group for more frequent updates and events!
ARE YOU READY TO TAKE A MORE ACTIVE ROLE IN THE PTO?
We will have two positions opening up at the end of this year and are looking for individuals who would like to serve a 2-year term! Our president and secretary positions are up for re-election this year. Below are brief descriptions of what each office entails. We have a great community at Country Dale making board positions less time-intensive than you would assume. If you’d like to chat with the sitting board members, please feel free to reach out to Jen Johnsen (President) or Katie Pallen (Secretary) to see what their experiences have been. Anyone who has an interest in running for a position can contact a board member via email, in person, or through the messenger chat features in our Facebook groups.
The President shall preside at all meetings, serve as ex-officio member of all committees, coordinate the work of the officers and committees to promote the organization’s objectives, arrange for an independent audit of the financial records of the organization, and perform such other duties as may be assigned by the organization.
The Secretary shall record the minutes of the membership meetings and perform such other duties as may be assigned.
The election of officers is held yearly in May. No member shall be nominated without his or her consent. The new Executive Board will be voted on and announced at the May PTO meeting on Tuesday, May 10th at 5:30 pm in Room 3 at Country Dale.
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