December 14th 2020

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A reminder from our guidance department!


As we mentioned last week, our guidance counselors are starting preparations for helping our students pick and register for classes for the 21-22 school year!


6th & 7th Grade Families: We are excited to begin planning for next school year. A large part of this process is course selection which will occur late January to early February. The school counselors will be providing all current 6th and 7th grade students information in order to review the selection process. Encore elective options will be discussed in detail at this time. Students will begin to choose encore electives that are appropriate for their interests and future planning. Students will have a course selection sheet to help in planning. Students will be asked to share this preliminary selection sheet detailing their choices and discuss it with their families. Families will then register for courses online through PowerSchool. Stay tuned for more information regarding the online registration process.


8th Grade Families: In the month of January, 8th grade students will be introduced to the high school course selection book. Mrs. Montenero, the 8th grade school counselor, will preview possible courses students may select during their 4 years in high school. In late January, the high school counselors will deliver a virtual lesson to our 8th grade students. They will continue to work with students both in large and small groups to discuss four year planning and to help with course selection for their Freshman year. More information will be shared during Freshman Preview Night on January 25th. Stay tuned for more information regarding the online registration process.


If you have any questions for your student's guidance counselor, you can find their contact information at the bottom of each weekly bulletin.

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This will be the last weekly bulletin of 2020! Please look for our next weekly bulletin on January 4th, 2021.

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Picture Ordering Information & Picture Retakes/Makeups


ORDERING INFORMATION: Your student received an order form to take home with them at the time of their photo being taken. You can also order photos online here: https://orders.schoolandsportpics.com/ordering. Use the drop down menu to select your school.


RETAKE/MAKEUPS: We have scheduled our retake/makeup day for Thursday January 28th. In person students will have photos taken in the afternoon during their school day. Virtual students can come between 4-5pm to have their photo taken.

PAWS Dining For Dollars


Enjoy some delicious pizza while supporting our school! The next Dining For Dollars event is THIS Wednesday December 16th at Domino's on 76th street (414-425-1511). No coupon needed! A portion of the day's sales will go back to Forest Park's parent group, PAWS. Thank you for supporting our school!

Snow/Cold Days Information

As shared in last Friday’s District Newsletter here, Franklin Public Schools will treat Snow/Cold Days as “No School Days” this year. When a decision is made to cancel school due to inclement weather, we will work to notify families before 6am. The following are the ways we communicate the closing and where you can expect to see information:


  • Parents and Staff will be sent an email and phone call alert.

  • Students will be sent an email at their @franklinsabers.org account (4K, 5K, & up through 12th grade)

  • Closing information will be posted to our district and school webpages (in the “News” feeds).

  • Closing information will be posted to our district social media channels (be sure to like or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram if you don’t already!).

  • Closing information will be shared with local media so that our information is included in the weather updates that occur on local news.

Staff Shout Outs!

We continue to be impressed with the dedication, professionalism, and perseverance our entire Forest Park staff is showing this year to provide positive learning experiences for our students. We wanted to provide families a way to share positive experiences and/or recognize Forest Park staff! If you would like to recognize a staff member, please take a moment to fill out this Google Form. Administration will then share the positive comments with the staff member. Thank you for helping us continue to recognize and acknowledge our staff for everything they do for the students of Forest Park.

Forensics informational meeting TONIGHT!

Sign up for Forensics is open! Register your student HERE.


Parent and student information night will take place in the form of a virtual meeting TONIGHT Monday, December 14th @ 6:30pm. Please find the Google Meet information below:


meet.google.com/orf-edni-jrg


‪(US) +1 508-534-8353‬ PIN: ‪226 653 147‬#


Click here for important dates: 20-21 Important Forensics Dates.


Forensics advisors:

Sunaina Talwar - sunaina.talwar@franklin.k12.wi.us

Kim Maas - kimberly.maas@franklin.k12.wi.us

Athletics Updates

7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball online registration is NOW OPEN.


Registration will stay open until the first day of tryouts and practice the week of Monday, January 4th. The $25 athletic and activity fee will be assessed in January after the sport and club is underway. Directions for registration can be found below. The number of students signed up will result in the decision if cuts need to be made. If cuts need to be made the rosters will include 12-15 students per team. If we do not have enough athletes to support two teams at a particular grade level, one team may be offered instead. You must complete the online registration and a valid physical on file prior to tryouts. Students that do not have a valid physical on file will not be allowed to tryout/participate.


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (1/4/21-1/6/21)


~~7th grade - 3:30pm - 4:45pm

~~8th grade - 4:45pm - 6:00pm


Coaches:


8th Grade Coach Gold - Tom Volkomer tvolkomer@yahoo.com


8th Grade Coach Black - Scott Witkowiak scottwitko@gmail.com


7th Grade Coach Gold - Matt Wood matthew.wood@franklin.k12.wi.us


7th Grade Coach Black - Alex Smith alexander.smith@franklin.k12.wi.us




Start Dates For Upcoming Athletics


January 4th - 7th & 8th Boys Basketball

  • Registration is open NOW


February 15th - 7th & 8th Girls Volleyball

  • Registration opens Monday, January 11th


Home athletic events allow a maximum of 2 spectators per student. Facial coverings required inside of the building. Thank you to parents for observing these guidelines. All events have a 3:45pm start time, girls basketball plays back to back. At this time, no spectators are allowed at away athletic events.


***In the event that Forest Park Middle School transitions to virtual learning there will be no athletics or activities during this time frame.



The winter and spring season registrations will take place approximately 30 days prior to the start of the activity or season. Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, and Girls Volleyball have new start and end dates and can be found at the co-curricular website. Please recognize that all sports practices and scheduled events this school year are tentative and will likely change frequently. Forest Park Middle School and the Junior SEC Conference will likely have strict limitations for fan attendance (or no fan attendance) for all sports and activities. Fees for fall sports will be added to your student's PowerSchool account 2-4 weeks after the sport or activity has begun. Registration for other extracurricular activities will be communicated out approximately 30 days prior to the start of the activity.




What you need to register your student online:


1) Read the registration website closely (link below).


2) Many of the questions you may have are already answered in the information sheet or on our website.


3) Your student(s) ID number (6 digits).


4) You need the ID number for every student in your household that you will be registering.

Students will need to be registered individually.


5) A photocopy of your student’s WIAA Physical Exam Form for athletics/sports ONLY (not needed when signing up for activities/clubs). Use the WIAA Physical Exam Form if scheduling a physical exam appointment. Updated physicals must be completed by a physician every 2 years. If you are unable to schedule an updated physical exam, please use the extension form linked here. If taking a photo from your phone, please make sure the entire exam form is clear and signatures/dates are visible. ***All athletic participation must include an uploaded physical form, alternate year card, or extension form that is uploaded during registration.


6) Medical and Insurance Information. Please have your student’s medical and insurance information available to enter into the form.


7) Review all forms and agreements linked in the registration process including:


Athletics and Activities Code of Conduct (enforced year round)

WIAA Rules of Eligibility

Concussion Management Agreement

Athletic and Activity Emergency Information Form

Alternate/Parent Transportation Agreement


All families will need to create an account first by clicking “I don’t have an account.”


Use this helpful information sheet as you proceed with registration.


Ready to begin?


Register for 2020 Forest Park Middle School Fall Activities Here.




Questions? We can help!


Betsy Halat - FPMS Building Secretary

betsy.halat@franklin.k12.wi.us


Jordan Stephans, FPMS Athletics and Activities Coordinator

jordan.stephans@franklin.k12.wi.us

Winter Athletics & Activities FAQ

As shared in the District Newsletter on Friday, we are entering the “winter season” for our High School and Middle School athletics and activities. We want our parents and students to be aware of how we plan to handle athletics and activities. Please see this newly created section of our Reopening Doors Frequently Asked Questions where we have laid out common questions and answers we have collected from the fall season and updated for the winter season.


Community Ed & Rec Winter Guide

The Community Ed & Recreation Department Winter Guide is now online! Check out all the programming we are offering! Registration is now open. Head to our website here where you can click on the Registration Guide to view our offerings OR jump right to the Registration Site to sign up! Please help us to share and pass this on to others!


Franklin Little League Registration

Come one, come all! Let's play some ball! We hope to see you on our fields this summer!

Registration for our upcoming 2021 baseball/softball/Challenger divisions open up on December 15th! Please click the link for more details.

http://www.franklinll.org/site/

Registration For 20-21 Is Now Open!


Our registration is now open for next school year for new families to the district and next year’s 4K. You can find all necessary details on our website here. Please note that students already enrolled in our schools do not have to have a new registration complete. 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! Thank you!

Winter is here!

Please remember to please be sure that your child is dressed for the weather. Students are able to drop their winter coats in their locker in the morning and get them before lunch to wear outside. All students will continue to go outside for recess even as the weather gets colder. The decision to have an outdoor or indoor recess is based on both the wind speed and temperature. Students do not go outdoors if it is raining or if the temperature falls below 0 degrees wind chill. Please encourage your students to dress appropriately as they will continue to go outside for recess.

Stopping By Forest Park?

We kindly ask that you do not enter our building unless absolutely necessary. We are able to do most things over the phone or with curbside pick-up.


If you come to pick up your student during the school day, we ask that you 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).


Please remember to use THIS FORM for ANY attendance related notifications including students leaving early, arriving late or full day absences. Please do not send notes with your student to notify us of these changes.


If you need to pick up (or drop off) items for your virtual or quarantine student, please call our main office at 414-529-8250 and give us the name of your student so we can gather the items and bring them out to your car.


If your student forgot something at home and you are bringing the item to school for them, we ask that you use our cart in the vestibule and tag the item using the post it notes and pen located on the cart. We will then get the item delivered to your student as soon as possible!

WE ARE LOOKING FOR BUS DRIVERS


Franklin Public Schools is seeking Bus Drivers. Details are below along with the link to apply on WECAN.


  • Approximately 25-35 hours per week (shifts could include morning, afternoon, both morning & afternoon split or potential job share).

  • Charter work available evenings and weekends but not required.

  • Competitive wage plus benefits including paid training, sick days and paid holidays.


Qualifications: Valid CDL w/school bus & passenger endorsement. District is willing to train qualified applicants.


Please apply at WECAN and this link: https://wecan.education.wisc.edu/#/Vacancy/93281

or contact Tricia Geiger at 414-525-7634 with any questions.

Lost And Found Items

We have lots of items in our lost and found that need to be claimed. We can only hold onto items for a limited time, so please send your student to the lost and found to find their missing item as soon as possible. The lost and found is located near the gym.

Order Your Yearbook NOW!

Do you want a keepsake of your 2020 - 2021 school year? If so, order a Yearbook today!


Visit jostensyearbooks.com to order. Enter Forest Park Middle School, and click on 2021 Yearbook.


Please email our yearbook advisor, Karisa Stiglitz, with any questions: karisa.stiglitz@franklin.k12.wi.us.

CHECK OUT THE FOREST PARK FACEBOOK PAGE

The Forest Park Middle School Facebook Page is now being updated regularly and you can head there to see the newest spirit wear photos from this week. Be sure to LIKE or FOLLOW the page so you get notified about updates!

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.

GUIDANCE COUNSELORS


Mindy Greco, 6th grade counselor

melinda.greco@franklin.k12.wi.us


Bernadette VanLith, 7th grade counselor

bernadette.vanlith@franklin.k12.wi.us


Ellen Montenero, 8th grade counselor

ellen.montenero@franklin.k12.wi.us

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