August 29, 2022
Dear Country Dale Families,
We are just a few days away from opening our doors to start another new school year. Our staff has already been hard at work preparing for our students throughout the month of August. Many have participated in a variety of trainings, professional development and various collaborative work sessions in order to grow our school.
Last week, student schedules and teachers were made visible in PowerSchool. With the announcement of these class placements comes excitement and possibly some level of worry. We fully understand this and want to create the best learning environment we can for every student therefore we ask that you trust our expertise and all the careful planning in which student placements were made at the end of last school year. Keeping that in mind, we do not take requests for specific teachers. Thank you for trusting us to do what is best for your child and our entire school.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at Open House!
Shaunna LaPlant - Country Dale Principal
COUNTRY DALE OPEN HOUSE TUESDAY, AUGUST 30TH
Country Dale will be holding their in-person open house events on Tuesday, August 30th from 5:30-7 pm. Teachers** will be available to meet and greet students and families. Please bring your child's school supplies with you for drop off in the classroom.
**4K staff will not be in attendance at Open House and will be scheduling "Getting To Know" conference times with families that will occur during the first two days of school.
START OF SCHOOL YEAR PLANNING
As a reminder, the first few days of school will include a staggered start for most grade levels. Please review the information below so you can best plan for your child(ren) and your family.
4K Students will have Get-To-Know-You Conferences on Thursday, September 1st and Friday, September 2nd where parents and their child can attend for a short meeting with the teacher. Then, 4K students will have a staggered start on Tuesday, September 6th (Last Names A-K) or Wednesday, September 7th (Last Names L-Z). Details about the conferences will be shared directly with 4K families from 4K teachers.
For 5K through 8th Grade, there will be a staggered start over the first two days of school on September 1st and 2nd similar to how we have done the last two school years. The staggered start provides opportunities, especially for our younger students, to work with teachers on these days to better understand school and classroom norms, technology expectations, safety protocols, lunch procedures, recess routines, bus arrival/departure processes, and more. The details of which students will attend on which day are shown below.
COUNTRY DALE PARENT DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURE
If you plan on dropping off or picking up your child from Country Dale, please read this important information regarding our procedure. Family name cards can be picked up during Open House or will be sent home with the youngest or only child. 4K students will be receiving their name cards during their "Getting to Know You Day". Please note the new information about groups according to student's last name. Click for Country Dale Parent Drop Off and Pick Up Procedure.
FPS RESPONSE TO COMMUNICABLE DISEASE (INCLUDING COVID-19)
As we head into the new school year, we want to make families aware of how we will continue to manage our prevention efforts surrounding diseases that can spread among individuals in a school setting. Please refer to the decision tree below (and linked here) for how to handle illness with your children and you can also refer to this health services document that details how we will approach communicable disease in our schools. As with any communicable disease, you will receive guidance from our nursing services staff on how long your child should be excluded from school based on their symptoms of illness or diagnosis as applicable.
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ATTENDANCE LINK COMING SOON!
We are in the process of updating the Attendance Form for the 2022-23 school year.
After Wednesday, August 31st, please check the FPS website or your School website under "Parents and Students." Click the Absence Reporting Form, for the new attendance link. At this time you can begin to enter any attendance information. Thank you for your patience while we construct this new form and link.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL ITEMS TO COMPLETE
Thank you to all our families that completed Back-To-School Online Check-In! Please don't forget there are other times on the Parent Checklist to complete during the month of August.
If you did not complete check-in by last week Friday, August 12th, please do so immediately in PowerSchool Parent Access. You will be asked to update your child's emergency contacts, medical information, and transportation needs. Once online check-in is complete, school fee payments and lunch payments may be made.
If you have any forms such as your child’s birth certificate, proof of residency or immunization records that need to be turned in, feel free to stop by the office prior to the start of school to drop those off. Please call first, 414-529-8240 to ensure that a staff member is available.
If you need further assistance, please call the Country Dale main office at 414-529-8240.
COUNTRY DALE SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST
COUNTRY DALE PICTURE DAY-WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 14
When: Wednesday, September 14
Time: during the school day
School Pics is no longer sending home order forms for parents to fill out and return with their students. All orders will only be placed online.
Pictures can be ordered online. School & Sports Pics order link.
Use the drop-down menu to select "Country Dale". NO ACCESS KEY IS REQUIRED
Need a coupon code to save 10% off your order if it is placed prior to picture day? Fall100367
ATTENTION 4K & KINDERGARTEN PARENTS REGARDING BUS TRANSPORTATION HOME
4K & Kindergarten students will be picked up and dropped off with other elementary students at a designated stop. A parent or designee must assume responsibility for the child at the stop when dropped off.
If parents would like to designate a person other than themselves, they can send an email to Tricia.Geiger@franklin.k12.wi.us.
In regards to same-day notification (this should only be done for emergencies), please call First Student Busing at 414-422-2020 so they can pass along the information to the bus driver.
MEDICATIONS FOR THE 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR
If your student will require ANY (over-the-counter or prescription) medication for the 2022-23 school year, please fill out the Request to Administer Medication form and have it signed by your physician.
All medication can then be dropped off at school in its original container along with this form. Please feel free to drop off medication in the office starting today!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING SCHOOL LUNCH
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 and look forward to seeing Franklin's students in a few weeks.
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 2022-23We encourage families to complete the free and reduced lunch application which is on our website here.
The PTO would like to welcome students back to school for the 2022-2023 school year! We are excited to share with you our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. Every parent is considered a member of the PTO, regardless of their ability to volunteer. All parents are encouraged to attend meetings and to choose an area to volunteer a few (or many) hours of their time throughout the school year. We need YOU!
Join us on 9/13 at 5:30 pm for our first meeting of the year in the Conference room at Country Dale. Our agenda will include the Cougar Chase and Trunk or Treat plans. Hope to see you there!
PTO BOARD POSITIONS
The PTO has a newly elected President, Leah Palmer. Leah has two children who attend Country Dale, Allison (4th) and Emily (1st).
Treasurer - Katie Delemont has 2 children who attend Country Dale, Colette (5th) and Gwen (1st)
Vice President - this role is available. The Vice President assists the President with duties throughout the year.
Secretary - this role is available. The Secretary records meeting minutes, writes monthly or bi-monthly emails to parents, assists with the directory and various other behind-the-scenes tasks. This position could easily be shared with another person.
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about the available roles or would be willing to serve on the board. Please contact Leah Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Katie Delemont at email@example.com
BOO-HOO YAHOO SEPTEMBER 1ST & 2ND
5K families please join us on Thursday, September 1 or Friday, September 2 from 8:30 am to 9:00 am in the MPR to send your little one off for the first day of school! We will provide coffee, donuts, tissues, and an opportunity for one last hug before they start off on their school adventures! Click here for more information.
We are in need of 2-3 parents to help with this event. Please contact Leah Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Katie Delemont at email@example.com if you are able to help with this quick and easy event.
Want to know emails and phone numbers for birthday and playdate invites? Want to know when fun events like Trunk or Treat and Movie Night are? Join the PTO Directory with the A to Z Connect app and stay informed about how to connect to our Country Dale Family and support our school. Click the link or scan the QR code to sign up today!
Click on the form below to let us know how your family will be able to volunteer this year. It takes a village to make this a great community for our children, so please do what you can to join in. Every volunteer is needed and appreciated! Please note: there is a need for a LEAD volunteer on some of our larger events - if you are willing to take the lead, please let us know!
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 consignors 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 and all of our upcoming events, go to our website at https://www.franklineducationalfoundation.org/events
3-YEAR-OLD PLAYGROUPS FORMING
Learning is Child’s Play is an inclusive playgroup for 3-year-olds to promote sharing, turn-taking, and friendship skills facilitated by the Franklin Public School Early Childhood Staff at Ben Franklin Elementary. The program runs from September 12, 2022 to May 26, 2023. Click on the flier for more details and how to sign up. Please pass this to anyone you know in the community that has a 3-year-old as the registration deadline is this Friday, September 2nd
FRANKLIN YOUTH GIRLS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS SEPT 12-15
Franklin Youth Girls Basketball tryouts for the 2022-23 season will take place September 12th-15th. The schedule and locations for 4th-8th grade girls tryouts can be found here.
Please save time by registering in advance at www.sabersgirlsbasketball.com (tab for Youth > Tryouts) or you can register at the door the night of your tryout. For questions regarding tryouts or the youth girls’ program, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRANKLIN YOUTH BOYS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS SEPT 11-15
Franklin Youth Boys Basketball tryouts for the 2022-23 season will take place September 11th-15th. New to the program this season -- we will be adding a 3rd-grade tryout that will only meet for one tryout session. The schedule and locations for 3rd-8th grade girls' tryouts can be found here. Teams will be posted on the afternoon of Friday, September 16th.
Players will be expected at both tryout dates. Pre-registration for tryouts is mandatory and registration will close at 10 p.m. on Thursday, September 8th. The link for online registration is:Franklin Boys Youth Basketball Tryout Registration.
CD AFTER SCHOOL THEATER CLASSES
Sing! Dance! Act! Join Character Kids for a fun-filled after-school theater class at Country Dale on Wednesdays from 4-5 pm. Our fall session runs from September 21st - November 9th (8 wks). Students will learn the basics of acting, singing and musical theater dance while having a lot of fun! Come play theater games, explore stage skills and learn a group song or scene from a popular Broadway musical. Parents are invited to a special performance on the last day of class. CLICK HERE for more info or to register!
FHS YOUTH CHEER FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL CLINIC
Register your 1st through 8th grader now for our one-night youth cheerleading clinic on Thurs 9/8 so your child can perform at the Friday 9/9 Football game! Learn cheers, dances, jumps, tumbling & stunts with your Franklin High School Cheerleaders on Thursday to then cheer & perform at halftime of the Franklin Varsity football game on Friday night. Click the flier at the side for more details and for all details, requirements and to register, please click here.
FHS DANCE YOUTH FOOTBALL CLINIC FOR K-6
Register your Kindergarten through 6th Grade child for a FUN night with the Franklin High School Dance Team! Your child will learn a pom routine from the State Champion Franklin Varsity Dance Team and perform at halftime during the Franklin Varsity Football game on Friday, September 23rd. For all details, requirements and to register, please click here.
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