October 31, 2022
Dear Country Dale Families,
In lieu of the recent events at Forest Park Middle School as well as other schools across the country, I feel compelled to take a moment to assure you that safety is our number one priority in Franklin. Our district spent last week processing, refining and reflecting on our safety procedures and we devoted time on our professional development day in order to review our crisis response plan with staff. These are not easy conversations to have but they are necessary in order for us to be as prepared as possible for any emergency situation.
As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions.
Shaunna LaPlant - Country Dale Principal
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE SIGN UP - FALL 2022
Dear Country Dale families,
We will be having Parent/Teacher Conferences for 4K through 5th grade on Wednesday, November 2 and Thursday, November 10 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.
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's name when signing up. Thank you!CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO SIGN UP FOR PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES
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CD FOOD DRIVE - OCT 31st - NOV 11th
YOUR CHILD’S EMERGENCY CONTACTS
After the lockdown incident at Franklin High School last week, we examined and reviewed how quickly the messages were getting to families after we sent them. The time for messages to move from us to parents during that incident experienced a small lag. After reviewing this with our messaging provider, we learned of a more efficient way to send messages out during emergencies. As Monday came around and FPMS went into lockdown, evacuation and reunification, the district emergency broadcasts that went out not only went to listed parents/guardians, but also to any “emergency contacts” that are associated with your child(ren) as listed in PowerSchool. Sending these as emergency-level messages allows for emails and phone calls to go out quickly through the system.
We share this with you so you understand that there may be times when your emergency contacts will receive information from us in situations like this. Please share this knowledge with your emergency contacts so they are in the know. We always work to identify ourselves as “Franklin Public Schools” when sending messages. If you wish to change your emergency contacts, you can connect with the main office staff at your child’s school.
VISIT THE LOST AND FOUND DURING PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE NIGHT
PTO NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
COUGAR CHASE RESULTS
This year's Cougar Chase raised $11,081.28! Thank you to all of our generous families and sponsors, these funds will go towards a new playground for our youngest students at the school.
And speaking of our sponsors, please take a moment to learn more about our 2022 Cougar Chase sponsors. Each one is connected to the Country Dale community in some way. Learn more about all of our generous sponsors here.
We are already looking forward to next year!
The Fall Book Fair wrapped up this past week at the Thursday evening Trunk or Treat. Thank you to all those that purchased so many books and other items! It’s such an exciting time for the kids to pick out and purchase their books. Also thanks to those who donated books to the classrooms…. your teachers appreciate it and so do your kids!
TRUNK OR TREAT
The trunk or treat was a huge success! All of the costumes were Bootiful and the volunteer trunks were Spooktacular! Thank you for all of the candy donations and trunks that make this awesome event possible!
THANK YOU volunteers for all of your help so far this year! You have all given so much of your time with the Cougar Chase, Trunk or Treat AND Fall Book Fair (phew!) and it’s only October! We couldn’t make these fun events for our kids possible without your constant support. We appreciate you!
Reminder to be sure that you are a registered volunteer for any events that you help with during school hours. https://www.franklin.k12.wi.us/community/volunteer
Upcoming November Events
11/8/2022 - PTO Meeting @ 5:30 Come join us at the PTO meeting! 5:30 in the Art Room. All parents and ideas are welcome!
11/18/2022 - Family Olympics @ 6:30 Save the Date! More information to come
CD AFTER SCHOOL THEATER CLASS
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING OPPORTUNITY
As part of the School-Based Mental Health Grant we received as a district, we are excited to offer a Fall and Spring opportunity to train parents, guardians and community members in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA). Our first training opportunity will occur on December 6th from 4:00-8:30 PM. During the YMHFA course, participants develop an understanding of the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in youth, the importance of early intervention, and how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Participants will engage in a 2-hour self-paced course followed by a 4.5-hour in-person session with a district trainer. If you are interested in engaging in this Fall training, please complete this form no later than November 4th. A confirmation email will be sent to finalize your enrollment in the course and the next steps. Please note this is the same course we offered last year, so please only sign up if you have not yet been certified.
BUY TICKETS NOW FOR “EDUCATE IN STYLE” STUDENT FASHION SHOW SUN, NOV 12th
The Franklin Education Foundation is proud to once again host the student fashion show! With almost 30 FHS sports, clubs and activities represented, you will not want to miss this fantastic event! Doors open at 6 pm at the Saber Center for the Arts for food, a silent auction, shopping and fun followed by 45 FHS students showcasing the latest fashions while raising funds for great causes! Half of all proceeds raised by the groups go toward supporting foundation grants, scholarships and student emergency funding. The group that raises the most funds keeps 100% of the proceeds for their group! You can read more details, book your tickets, and donate online to your favorite organization here or by clicking on the image below!
FRANKLIN LACROSSE CLUB HOSTS “PICK UP & PLAY” EVENT TUES, NOV 8th
Kids 14 and younger can come experience a FREE introductory lacrosse clinic as a chance to “pick up and play.” This is taking place at the Milwaukee Yard in Oak Creek on Tuesday, November 8th. Click the flyer for more info and visit here to register.
UPCOMING GIRL SCOUT EVENT SAT, NOV 19TH
The Girl Scouts of Southeast Wisconsin in partnership with the Franklin Community Education & Recreation department are hosting “Resilient. Ready. Strong” sessions this fall for students in 5K through 5th. The program is a great way to build inner strength so that children are ready for anything! Click the flier here or the image nearby to learn more and take advantage of the offerings on November 19th!
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