October 31st, 2022
Good afternoon, Families!
Thank you!! I wanted to extend my gratitude and appreciation to all parents and families during our evacuation and reunification last week. While there was a lot to learn from the process, we are so thankful everyone was safe.
Parent/teacher conferences: Forest Park's parent/teacher conferences are this Thursday Nov. 3rd from 4pm-7pm. Conferences are done by appointment only using the link below. Both in person and virtual options are available.
Conferences are meant to offer time for brief conversations regarding your student's progress. If you require a more lengthy discussion regarding your student or are unable to meet within the time and space available, please email or call the teacher and arrange a mutual time to meet.
CLICK HERE to schedule your conferences.
Crossing guards needed! We are looking for a parent volunteer to be our Forest Park Crossing Guard. Duties include reporting to Forest Hill avenue around 7:25 AM and crossing students until 7:45 AM, Monday-Friday. We are more than happy to work with your schedule if you are only interested/available in helping out a few days a week.
Have a great week!
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 the emails and phone calls to go out quicker through the system.
We share this with you so you understand that there may be times where 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.
FPMS Band Concert Date Switch
Concert Date Switch! Due to the 7th and 8th Grade Band Concert currently falling on Tuesday 11/8, the same day as the midterm elections, we are moving the concert date to Thursday 11/10 at 7pm. We feel this will give families more flexibility in being able to vote and attend the band concert. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, November 10th at 7pm at the Saber Center for the Performing Arts at Franklin High School.
Activity Night - November 18th!
Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door (no ticket pre-sales!)
Parent volunteers are needed!
This activity night is sponsored by Student Council and will be used as a fundraiser for Make-a-Wish! Activity nights offer a safe and fun event for Forest Park students to participate in a variety of things such as open gym, crafts, dancing and more. Concessions will also be sold at the event.
We are in need of parent volunteers to help supervise at activity night. If you are interested in volunteering, you must have a current background check on file. You can fill out the background check form here and this must be completed at least 1 week prior to activity night. Please email Mrs. Stiglitz to learn more about volunteering at activity night (email@example.com).
Athletics & Activities Updates - Wrestling & Boys Basketball Start Soon!
Wrestling practice will start today Monday, October 31 for any 6th, 7th, or 8th grader interested in participating. In order to participate, you must be registered online and have a current physical form on file. Physical forms must be uploaded with your student's online registration (we do not accept paper copies in the office!). Wrestling is a no cut sport, therefore any student that wants to participate will be able to. Practices will be held in the FPMS gym from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. If you have any questions, please contact our head wrestling coach, Josh Larson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7th and 8th grade Boys Basketball tryouts will be held on Monday, November 7. In order to try out for basketball, you must be registered online and have a current physical form on file. Physical forms must be uploaded with your student's online registration (we do not accept paper copies in the office!). If you have any questions, please contact our basketball coaches:
Alex Smith (email@example.com)
Morgan Rosencrants (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tim Hogan (email@example.com)
Matt Wood (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Information for all of our activities at FPMS have been updated on the Activities Website. Be sure to visit this page to learn more about what activities we offer at FPMS and when they start. If you have any questions about a certain activity/ club, please contact the advisor for that club.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our athletic and activities coordinator, Karisa Stiglitz, at email@example.com
Buy Tickets Now For "Educate In Style" Student Fashion Show Sunday 11/12
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 6pm at the Saber Center for the Arts for food, 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!
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Opportunity!
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 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.
Clinical Psychology Associates Services
We are proud to continue to partner with Clinical Psychology Associates (CPA) to offer on-site counseling services at Country Dale, Pleasant View, Forest Park and Franklin High School. For information about CPA’s services and therapists or to get started with an appointment, please visit our website.
Attendance & Absence Policy Information
We want to make sure everyone understands the current status of how absences are handled in Franklin Public Schools per our Board Policy 5100 around Student Attendance.
Per Board Policy, students can be excused for up to 10 days during the school year. Excused absences include if a child is sick or a parent reports a student out of school for any variety of reasons. As a student nears 10 cumulative absences, families can expect communication from Franklin Public Schools to ensure that you are notified of the total number of absences and to outline what occurs past 10 days of absence in a school calendar year.
When it comes to illness…
Please share any documentation from your child's health care provider if/when available so that our district nursing staff can plan for the child's timeline to return to school and that the child’s absences are coded appropriately.
If your child is not physically well enough for school for more than 10 days during the school year, please work with our district nursing staff to develop and implement a plan to meet the child’s health needs to ensure that the child is present as often as possible.
Unexcused absences are noted when there is no parent/guardian communication or documentation around a student absence. We must follow up on Unexcused Absences, and if habitual, this follow up could lead to building level staff and/or administration exploring truancy measures.
In addition, below is a copy of the communicable disease decision tree we shared with all families earlier in the year. Please continue to use this to help you and your family decide if your child is well enough to attend school. Thank you for your help and understanding related to absences.
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FPMS Afternoon Pickup Notes
Parents & Guardians - thank you for being flexible and responding to the changes we have made outside for afternoon pickup. We ask you to please review the diagram below, in particular to the “curb pickup site” where you will pick up your child(ren). When prompted to move forward, we ask that you please pull up as far as you can along the curb so we can load as many vehicles as possible along the curb. Please do not stop, even if you see your child waiting at an earlier spot. Children can walk to meet you. Please review the other notes below:
How To Report Your Student Absent
As a reminder, when reporting a student absent for any reason, please communicate this using the online absence/attendance form here. This is a NEW form this year so if you bookmarked or made a shortcut to the old form from last year, please update. Thank you for taking the time to complete this form as it really helps to streamline our processes. The form is located on our website under Parent/Student Info as well as a big button on each school’s home page.
This form will require you to enter your child’s six-digit student ID number and birthdate before you can report your child absent. Student specific medical information collected by the form will remain confidential and only be shared within the health and nursing services team.
Please remember to use our attendance form for ANY attendance related notification including students leaving early, arriving late or full day absences.
If you have any attendance related questions, please contact our attendance secretary, Sadie, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Franklin LaCrosse Club Hosts "Pick Up & Play" Event 11/8
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 flier for more info and visit here to register.
Student Handbook Updates
One Day Alternate Bus Pass
If your student will be riding an alternate bus home with a friend, please complete THIS FORM by 11am on the on the date of this change. The bus company requires consent from both parents/guardians; in other words, one parent/guardian for each student must submit this form in order for us to make this change happen. Staff in the school office will then complete the appropriate paperwork for each student to take with them on the bus.
Forms that are not completed by 11am on the date of the change run the risk of not being processed in time for dismissal. Bus drivers will not allow extra riders on a bus without proof of both parent and school approval.
If you have any questions, please call the Forest Park office at 414-529-8250.
Early Dismissals & Late Arrivals
If you come to pick up your student during the school day, we ask that you do not enter our building but instead 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).
If you are dropping your student off late for any reason, you do not need to come into the school with your student. Please pull into our circle driveway outside of the main office where your student can enter and check in. We will give your student a pass to class and update their attendance at that time.
Please remember to use the absence reporting form on our website for ANY attendance related notification including students leaving early, arriving late or full day absences. Please do not send notes with your student to notify us of these changes.
Dropping Something Off For Your Student?
If you are dropping off a forgotten item for your student (lunch, Chromebook, etc.), please use our drop off cart located inside the main entrance near the office. To limit the amount of traffic in/out of our main office, we ask that you leave the item(s) on the cart and clearly label the item(s) with your student's first and last name. Post it notes and pens are provided on the cart.
In an effort to reduce the amount of interruptions to students and teachers in the classroom, most items will be delivered to students during their 3rd hour class unless the item is clearly needed right away (for example, the student's Chromebook). If an item is dropped off after 3rd hour, we will get the item to the student as soon as possible.
News From Food Service
In the cafeteria this year we will have: 3 Lunch Lines, 1 Milk Only Line, 1 Salad Line ( Not Opening until November) and 1 Snack Line (Opening Tuesday September 6th)
We would like to remind all parents that lunches this year are no longer free this year. At FPMS each lunch is $3.00 and individual milk purchases are $.45.
If you need assistance paying for your child's school lunches, a link to the free and reduced application can be found on the Franklin Public Schools website under the lunch tab. Please note the following school board policy:
"Students will be allowed two (2) emergency meals. After this, they will receive a cheese sandwich, fruit, vegetable and milk until their account is positive."
The cheese sandwich meal will be charged to the students account like any other meal.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by phone or email. Diane Kaczkowski 414-367-1566 or email@example.com
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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.
Bernadette VanLith, 6th grade counselor
Ellen Montenero, 7th grade counselor
Mindy Greco, 8th grade counselor
All past newsletters are stored on our website here