September 20, 2021
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE SIGN UP - FALL 2021
Dear Country Dale families,
We will be having Parent/Teacher Conferences for 4K through 5th grade on Thursday, October 14th and Tuesday, October 19th from 4:30-8:00 pm. We look forward to having you sign up for a 15-minute time slot on one of these dates.
While conferences are a great time to check in with teachers, please remember that the best communication with parents is communication at the “right time” for the “right reason.” Parents are encouraged to utilize all methods of communication available (i.e. checking PowerSchool, asking students to show what they are doing through Google Classroom, reviewing emails or updates from the teacher, checking child planners, etc) to be informed and active partners in their child’s educational experience.
When signing up for conferences, if you have multiple children in the school, we recommend that you complete this process early for the best chance at grouping your conference times together.
This year, families will have the option for the Parent/Teacher Conferences to be held virtually or in person. If you would like to meet virtually, please add the word VIRTUAL after your Student’s name when you sign up for your child’s conference.
We request that parents who live in separate households schedule just one conference with each child’s teacher. By attending the conference together, we are able to share the same information with both parents at the same time. If this will not be possible for your family, please contact your child’s teacher.
Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Please use the student name when signing up. Thank you!
FRANKLIN FUN RUN IS COMING!
Next week, Wednesday, September 22nd, our very own Franklin High School Cross Country Team will be bringing back the annual Franklin Fun Run. This 1.1-mile race is open to any Franklin children 8th grade or younger. The run will be hosted at the Franklin High School Soccer Fields. Registration will occur before the run. Races will begin at 5:15 pm with the girl's race, followed by boys at 5:40 pm and awards at 6:00 pm. Awards to the top 2 girls and boys in each of these divisions:
Kindergarten and under
Any questions, please contact Mrs. Challen at email@example.com
COME JOIN LEGO LEAGUE AT COUNTRY DALE
We are excited to announce Lego League at Country Dale Elementary. This is a STEM program run by volunteers for students in grades 3-5 that are interested in learning science, programming, and building lego models. The theme for this year from Lego Inspires is "CARGO Connect." Click here for more general information.
There is a cost per group involved with Lego League that is based on the number of participants. The estimated cost will be approximately $80.00 for a group of 7 children. The price could be more, as we move forward into the competition portion. Meetings will be conducted at Country Dale Elementary school, tentatively on Wednesdays from 6-7 pm.
If your child is interested in joining, please text/email Om Prakash at (510) 565-0590 or firstname.lastname@example.org before Thursday, September 30, 2021. More information will be shared once we finalize the number of students enrolled.
GOOGLE UPDATES RESTRICTIONS FOR 4K-12 ACCOUNTS
As of September 1, Google changed their access to some of their Google services for all 4K-12 education Google accounts. Students in FPS started to see the effects of these new restrictions this week. Google has implemented these restrictions to protect student privacy and security and to restrict content designated as over 18.
The new restrictions enforce Google's Safe Search feature and limit YouTube access to videos categorized for education and appropriate for under 18. More details from Google can be found here.
LUNCH MENU UPDATES & SWAPPED ITEMS
EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMUNITY PLAYGROUP
FRANKLIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS HIRING
VISITORS AND VOLUNTEERS IN SCHOOL
In regards to visitors or volunteers, any person entering any school building during the school day when children are present for school is required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. Masks should be worn at all times when in the building, and the visitor/volunteer should limit direct contact with others and maintain social distance (6 feet or more) when able.
Visitors and volunteers who are outdoors during the school day where students are present are required to wear a mask unless they have been vaccinated. Visitors or volunteers in the building after school, in locations where students are not present, are not required to wear a mask.
Bus Driver Shortage: Please review this document that we shared on August 31 with all families to make you aware of how a bus driver shortage could impact our bus routes and how we will communicate this with you in the event we can not secure a driver for your child’s route.
Bus Riders Wear Masks: Any individual on a school bus (or any public transportation) is federally required to wear a mask. Please make sure your student has a mask before heading to the bus. Even if students are choosing not to wear a mask while at school, a mask must be worn on the bus at all times. Thank you.
Need a Bus Change or Addition? If you have any additions or changes needed for the busing of your child, please use this Bus Change or Addition Form.
SWING BACK INTO SPANISH
AFTER SCHOOL THEATRE CLASSES
Sing! Dance! Act! Join Character Kids for a fun-filled theatre class at Country Dale on Wednesdays, 4-5 pm, starting September 22nd! Students will learn the basics of acting, singing, and musical theatre dance through theatre games, skill-building exercises, and work on a group song or scene. Parents are invited to a special performance on the last day of class! Focus is put on developing imagination, social skills, and a positive self-image through the performing arts. Click HERE for more info or to register.
COUNTRY DALE PTO DIRECTORY AND VOLUNTEER SIGN UP
We are looking for volunteers! Please take a moment to review the Volunteer Interest Form and complete it if you are interested in helping out with the various events around our school this year. Any questions, please reach out to any member of the PTO.