March 20th, 2023
Forest Park Families,
As Ramadan approaches, FPMS wants to make sure we are meeting the needs of our students who might need accommodations during this time. Please feel free to fill out this Ramadan form so that we can make those accommodations.
Conferences Update: We look forward to seeing you either in person or virtually at conferences this Thursday March 23rd from 4:00-7:00 PM. Click HERE for more info on how to sign up.
And...don't forget to complete an Appreciation Heart for one of our staff members! Please consider filling out a quick form (link below) with a positive message for us to deliver to your students' teacher(s) or another staff member at Forest Park. You can fill this form out as many times as you would like for as many teachers/staff members as you'd like! This is a great way to bring joy to our school and show some gratitude to our incredible staff! Appreciation Hearts Form
Below is a photo of Mrs. Baas’s class celebrating their win of the Friday Morning Name That Tune Game on Friday 3/17. Way to go!
Forte Theatre Presents: Into The Woods
Journey into the woods with Forte Theatre Company's upcoming professional mainstage production. Performed at the beautiful Saber Center for the Performing Arts, you'll get to enjoy Milwaukee's top professional talent...right in your own backyard!
A childless baker and his wife endeavor to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, where they encounter Rapunzel (and her witchly "mother"), Cinderella, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters, and they all must learn the responsibility that comes with getting what you want. One of Sondheim’s most popular works, Into the Woods is a Broadway classic you won’t want to miss!
Friday, April 14 @ 7 pm
Saturday, April 15 @ 7 pm
Sunday, April 16 @ 2 pm
Friday, April 21 @ 7 pm
Saturday, April 22 @ 7 pm
Sunday, April 23 @ 2 pm
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS ($20-$30)
Running time approx. 2.5 hours w/ intermission.
Join Forte Youth Productions for a Theatre Workshop at Forest Park! Students will focus on acting, vocal production and theatre skills through improvisation, theatre games, and scene work. Parents are invited to attend a special showcase at the end of the session. New and returning students are welcome.
Wednesdays, 3:15 - 4:30 pm
April 12 - May 31 (8 weeks)
$100 / 8 weeks
Location: Choir Room
Instructor: Randall Dodge
This workshop is limited to 20 students to ensure personalized attention. Register today!
Forte Theatre Company is the first professional theatre company in Milwaukee's Southwest suburbs, as well as the sister organization of Character Kids. Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-366-3634.
23-24 Registration Open For NEW Families!
Registration for the 2023-24 school year is open on our website here. Registration is for any new families to Franklin or new students looking to register for next year in 4K, 5K or up through 12th grade. If you have any friends or family in Franklin that plan to have children attend Franklin Public Schools next year, please pass this information along to them! Registering early helps to get all information in our system for planned communications. Any family who knows a student will not be returning for the next school year should notify your school’s main office staff.
OPEN ENROLLMENT: At the January 25, 2023 School Board Meeting, the FPS School Board approved (81) open enrollment seats for the 2023-24 school year. Online applications for open enrollment are accepted beginning Monday, February 6th through Friday, April 28, 2023 @ 4pm. For all other open enrollment information, please view our webpage here which includes the breakdown of open seats by grade level and directions to follow for those wishing to open enroll. For any questions, please contact Heidi Engel, FPS Auxiliary Service Coordinator by email or phone (414) 525-7634.
Inspiring Hope & Suicide Prevention
Parents, Guardians, Community Members & Students from Franklin Public Schools, the School District of Greenfield and Whitnall School District are invited to this free suicide prevention event. This event will have a resource fair with community resources from national and local organizations to discuss mental health, suicide prevention, and overall well-being. It will also include “My Ascension” documentary viewing, and panel discussion centered around suicide prevention at the Saber Center for the Performing Arts (Franklin High School) on Tuesday, April 18th beginning at 5:30pm. Click here or on the flyer below to see a trailer “My Ascension” for the documentary that will be viewed and more information is available at www.myascension.us. For more information regarding suicide prevention please click here.
Franklin Health Department Seeking Parent Feedback
The City of Franklin Health Department conducts a survey every few years about citizen desires for improvement within the city. We are following up on information from the last survey that shows parents are interested in social connection. We are collaborating with the Parent Network to create an event where families can share a meal while the children have supervised play so parents can discuss a variety of topics and connect.
Please take a minute to fill out the survey below. The survey asks your interest in participating in a Parent Cafés, best available time, and topic interested in. Your input is invaluable. Any participation is appreciated. Click here or on the image below to complete this minute-long survey.
Profile Of A Graduate Session On Tues 3/21
As we shared in our District Newsletter a few weeks ago, The Franklin Public Schools Profile of a Graduate work represents our commitment to the development and growth of each student in the college, career, and life-ready skills they will need to be successful. The Profile of a Graduate provides transparency to all community stakeholders regarding the skills they can expect to see from every Franklin Public School graduate and promotes collective ownership of each student’s success. Finally, the profile will be used to drive change within our district through the alignment of beliefs, programming, and experiences that help students grow in these skills and dispositions.
Gathering input from our stakeholders is underway as part of our Profile of a Graduate district work including:
Spring 2022: Family survey feedback, team meetings to develop plan
January 2023: Survey feedback from grade 6-12 students, overview meetings with staff at each school building, small group meetings with high school students.
February 2023: Key Communicators Meeting : Share with about 50 internal and external stakeholders.
If you would like to get involved, we are holding an additional Profile of a Graduate parent/guardian stakeholder meeting this Tuesday, March 21, 2023 from 4:30-5:30pm at the ECC District Office.Please contact Jessica Moe if you have any questions or would like to participate.
2023 Franklin Youth Football Registration
Franklin Youth Football serves students in grades 5th through 8th for the 2023-24 school year. Just recently, 5th grade was added to FYF’s umbrella, and we are excited to provide our incoming 5th graders with the ability to play teams in surrounding communities!
Registration is now open. For information about our program, you can view our website here. Please click this registration link when you are ready to register. Registration will be open until June 12th.
We look forward to a great upcoming season.
Athletics & Activities Updates - Track Sign Up
Track and Field will start on Monday, April 3. All athletes must be registered and have a current physical form uploaded to their online registration before practice starts (NO paper copies of physicals will be accepted in the office!). There will be an informational meeting after school on Wednesday, March 22 from 3:25 - 3:45 pm in the commons. Any student interested in joining Track and Field should attend this meeting. Parents are also welcome to attend. More information regarding the season will be sent out to those who are registered. If you have any questions, please email Karisa Stiglitz at email@example.com.
Reminder: Community Ed & Rec Planning
As shared recently, the FPS School Board is seeking feedback on a current plan to expand the Community Education & Recreation Department facilities. Details including preliminary plans are at our website at tinyurl.com/fpsrecplan. Please view all the details and offer your feedback before the FPS School Board next discusses this issue on March 22nd.
FPS 2023-24 Open Enrollment Information
At the January 25, 2023 School Board Meeting, the FPS School Board approved (81) open enrollment seats for the 2023-24 school year. Online applications for open enrollment are accepted beginning Monday, February 6th through Friday, April 28, 2023 @ 4pm. For all other open enrollment information, please view our webpage here which includes the breakdown of open seats by grade level and directions to follow for those wishing to open enroll. For any questions, please contact Heidi Engel, FPS Auxiliary Service Coordinator by email or phone (414) 525-7634.
Franklin Public Library Winter-Spring Teen Activities Booklet
Click here for the FPL Teen Winter-Spring Activity Booklet that offers plenty of volunteer opportunities and teen program information taking place at the Franklin Public Library now through May! Lots of great information and activities for your teens in grades 6-12!
Work With FPS!
Franklin Public Schools has a variety of positions available that you can view at the links below:
Certified Staff (teaching positions, administration roles, substitutes, nurses)
Support Staff (coaches, aides, custodial, food service, bus drivers, Rec Dept, Kids Club)
Parent Drop-Off Reminder
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Clinical Psychology Associates Services
We are proud to continue to partner with Clinical Psychology Associates (CPA) to offer on-site counseling services at Country Dale, Pleasant View, Forest Park and Franklin High School. For information about CPA’s services and therapists or to get started with an appointment, please visit our website.
How To Report Your Student Absent
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. 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.
This form will require you to enter your child’s six-digit student ID number and birthdate before you can report your child absent. Student specific medical information collected by the form will remain confidential and only be shared within the health and nursing services team.
Please remember to use our attendance form for ANY attendance related notification including students leaving early, arriving late or full day absences.
If you have any attendance related questions, please contact our attendance secretary, Sadie, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendance & Absence Policy Information
We want to make sure everyone understands the current status of how absences are handled in Franklin Public Schools per our Board Policy 5100 around Student Attendance.
Per Board Policy, students can be excused for up to 10 days during the school year. Excused absences include if a child is sick or a parent reports a student out of school for any variety of reasons. As a student nears 10 cumulative absences, families can expect communication from Franklin Public Schools to ensure that you are notified of the total number of absences and to outline what occurs past 10 days of absence in a school calendar year.
When it comes to illness…
Please share any documentation from your child's health care provider if/when available so that our district nursing staff can plan for the child's timeline to return to school and that the child’s absences are coded appropriately.
If your child is not physically well enough for school for more than 10 days during the school year, please work with our district nursing staff to develop and implement a plan to meet the child’s health needs to ensure that the child is present as often as possible.
Unexcused absences are noted when there is no parent/guardian communication or documentation around a student absence. We must follow up on Unexcused Absences, and if habitual, this follow up could lead to building level staff and/or administration exploring truancy measures.
In addition, below is a copy of the communicable disease decision tree we shared with all families earlier in the year. Please continue to use this to help you and your family decide if your child is well enough to attend school. Thank you for your help and understanding related to absences.
FPMS Afternoon Pickup Notes
Parents & Guardians - thank you for being flexible and responding to the changes we have made outside for afternoon pickup. We ask you to please review the diagram below, in particular to the “curb pickup site” where you will pick up your child(ren). When prompted to move forward, we ask that you please pull up as far as you can along the curb so we can load as many vehicles as possible along the curb. Please do not stop, even if you see your child waiting at an earlier spot. Children can walk to meet you. Please review the other notes below:
Student Handbook Updates
One Day Alternate Bus Pass
If your student will be riding an alternate bus home with a friend, please complete THIS FORM by 11am on the on the date of this change. The bus company requires consent from both parents/guardians; in other words, one parent/guardian for each student must submit this form in order for us to make this change happen. Staff in the school office will then complete the appropriate paperwork for each student to take with them on the bus.
Forms that are not completed by 11am on the date of the change run the risk of not being processed in time for dismissal. Bus drivers will not allow extra riders on a bus without proof of both parent and school approval.
If you have any questions, please call the Forest Park office at 414-529-8250.
Early Dismissals & Late Arrivals
If you come to pick up your student during the school day, we ask that you do not enter our building but instead pull up into the circle driveway outside of our main office. Your student will be watching for you and we will send them out to your car when they see that you have arrived. If you are waiting longer than a few minutes for your student, you may call our main office to check in (414-529-8250).
If you are dropping your student off late for any reason, you do not need to come into the school with your student. Please pull into our circle driveway outside of the main office where your student can enter and check in. We will give your student a pass to class and update their attendance at that time.
Please remember to use the absence reporting form on our website for ANY attendance related notification including students leaving early, arriving late or full day absences. Please do not send notes with your student to notify us of these changes.
Dropping Something Off For Your Student?
If you are dropping off a forgotten item for your student (lunch, Chromebook, etc.), please use our drop off cart located inside the main entrance near the office. To limit the amount of traffic in/out of our main office, we ask that you leave the item(s) on the cart and clearly label the item(s) with your student's first and last name. Post it notes and pens are provided on the cart.
In an effort to reduce the amount of interruptions to students and teachers in the classroom, most items will be delivered to students during their 3rd hour class unless the item is clearly needed right away (for example, the student's Chromebook). If an item is dropped off after 3rd hour, we will get the item to the student as soon as possible.
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Catch Up On District News
Please be sure to read the newest District Newsletter that comes out now every Friday. You can access all the issues here.
Bernadette VanLith, 6th grade counselor
Ellen Montenero, 7th grade counselor
Mindy Greco, 8th grade counselor
All past newsletters are stored on our website here