August 22, 2022

CD Bulletin

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A MESSAGE FROM MRS. LAPLANT

August 22, 2022


Dear Country Dale Families,


Another summer has come and not quite gone but we are already preparing to start the 2022-2023 school year. This past week, we welcomed all of our new teachers to Franklin Public Schools and on the 23rd, the rest of our staff will be back in the building participating in a variety of training sessions and collaborating with their teams.


For those of you new to Country Dale, I am Shaunna LaPlant and I am privileged to be the principal at this amazing school. As I enter my 9th year as an administrator here, I’m reminded every day how lucky I am to be a part of this community. Country Dale might be one of the oldest buildings within FPS but I believe we have the best character!


Below this message you will find helpful information regarding upcoming school events, Franklin’s staggered start days and many other reminders about Country Dale and the systems we have in place to keep the school running smoothly. If you don’t find what you need here, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Enjoy the rest of these summer days!


Shaunna LaPlant- Country Dale Principal

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CATCH UP ON DISTRICT NEWS

Miss the last District Newsletter? Be sure to catch up on district happenings! You can access the archive of all District Newsletters here.

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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.

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The days that students do not attend during the first week are considered non-school days for those students. This means students will not be assigned any homework; they will have no school requirements on those days when they are not in session. In addition, for students in grades 5K through 8, if you have a blended family with two last names, you may send those students on the same day during the first week of school. If you have any needs or concerns, please call the Country Dale main office at (414) 529-8240.
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TEACHER ASSIGNMENTS OUT TODAY, MONDAY, AUGUST 22ND

Today, parents, guardians and students will be able to see student schedules and teacher assignments in PowerSchool around noon. Our buildings have been busy updating rosters where needed so if you saw any student schedules prior to this opening up on Monday, please do not consider them as final. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the final bits of scheduling!

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 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.

MEET OUR NEW STAFF AT COUNTRY DALE

We are so excited for you to meet our new staff at Country Dale. Please click here to view our "New Staff at Country " link!

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 2022-23

We encourage families to complete the free and reduced lunch application which is on our website here.
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PTO WELCOME

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 leahpalmer16@gmail.com or Katie Delemont at katherine.delemont@gmail.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!


We are in need of 2-3 parents to help with this event. Please contact Leah Palmer at leahpalmer16@gmail.com or Katie Delemont at katherine.delemont@gmail.com if you are able to help with this quick and easy event.

PTO DIRECTORY

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!

VOLUNTEER INTEREST

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!


2022-2023 Volunteer Interest Form

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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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