March 13th, 2023
Forest Park Families,
Ramadan begins Thursday, March 23rd, and lasts until Saturday, April 22nd. Here is some background information that is good to review related to how we can best serve our students during this time of celebration for them:
Here at FPMS, we want to make sure we are meeting the needs of our students who might need accommodations during this time. Please feel free to fill out this Ramadan form so that we can make those accommodations.
Conferences Update: We look forward to seeing you either in person or virtually at conferences on March 23rd from 4:00-7:00 PM. A review of the sign up process can be found HERE.
And...don't forget to complete an Appreciation Heart for one of our staff members! Please consider filling out a quick form (link below) with a positive message for us to deliver to your students' teacher(s) or another staff member at Forest Park. You can fill this form out as many times as you would like for as many teachers/staff members as you'd like! This is a great way to bring joy to our school and show some gratitude to our incredible staff!
FHS Saber Theater Presents: "Anything Goes!" --- THIS WEEKEND!
It's delightful, delicious and de-lovely! This comedic musical features dancing, singing, and madcap antics aboard the S.S. American bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy Number 13, "Moonface" Martin, aid Billy in his quest to win Hope. After disguises, ploys, confessions, mistaken identities, and marriage proposals, all done to the fantastic music of Cole Porter, how will everything work out? Who knows? Anything Goes!
Thurs, March 16 @ 6:00
Fri, March 17 & Sat, March 18 @ 7:00
Sun, March 19 @ 2:00
Tickets available by clicking on the image to the left!
2023 Franklin Youth Football Registration
Franklin Youth Football serves students in grades 5th through 8th for the 2023-24 school year. Just recently, 5th grade was added to FYF’s umbrella, and we are excited to provide our incoming 5th graders with the ability to play teams in surrounding communities!
Registration is now open. For information about our program, you can view our website here. Please click this registration link when you are ready to register. Registration will be open until June 12th.
We look forward to a great upcoming season.
Athletics & Activities Updates - Track Sign Up
Track and Field will start on Monday, April 3. All athletes must be registered and have a current physical form uploaded to their online registration before practice starts (NO paper copies of physicals will be accepted in the office!). There will be an informational meeting after school on Wednesday, March 22 from 3:25 - 3:45 pm in the commons. Any student interested in joining Track and Field should attend this meeting. Parents are also welcome to attend. More information regarding the season will be sent out to those who are registered. If you have any questions, please email Karisa Stiglitz at email@example.com.
Southbrook Church Easter Egg Hunt!
Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 19th for the annual Southbrook Church Easter Egg Hunt for all children ages 2-12. The event will take place at Southbrook Church (11010 W. St. Martins Rd. in Franklin, WI). We will have activities for children with emotional, physical, and mental needs throughout the event. We are asking for advance registration online here so we prepare accordingly and have enough goodies for everyone. We also have an event on our Facebook page at this link if you’d like to help share about this great event with friends and neighbors!
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Opportunity
As part of the School-Based Mental Health Grant we receive as a district, we are excited to offer another opportunity to train parents, guardians and community members in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA). Our next training opportunity will occur on Friday, April 14th from 11:30 AM-4:00 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 Wednesday, March 15th. A confirmation email will be sent to finalize your enrollment in the course and next steps. Please note this is the same course that we have offered within the last year, so please only sign up if you have not yet been certified.
Franklin Little League Updates
It may be FREEZING outside, but we're dreaming of sunny skies and green grass...aren't you?! Registration for the 2023 season is now open - head to www.franklinll.org to register.
Sign up here if you are interested in training to be an umpire (must be 12 by May 1, 2023. We’re also running Winter clinics in partnership with the Rec Department- sign up here)
Reminder: Community Ed & Rec Planning
As shared recently, the FPS School Board is seeking feedback on a current plan to expand the Community Education & Recreation Department facilities. Details including preliminary plans are at our website at tinyurl.com/fpsrecplan. Please view all the details and offer your feedback before the FPS School Board next discusses this issue on March 22nd.
FPS 2023-24 Open Enrollment Information
At the January 25, 2023 School Board Meeting, the FPS School Board approved (81) open enrollment seats for the 2023-24 school year. Online applications for open enrollment are accepted beginning Monday, February 6th through Friday, April 28, 2023 @ 4pm. For all other open enrollment information, please view our webpage here which includes the breakdown of open seats by grade level and directions to follow for those wishing to open enroll. For any questions, please contact Heidi Engel, FPS Auxiliary Service Coordinator by email or phone (414) 525-7634.
Franklin Public Library Winter-Spring Teen Activities Booklet
Click here for the FPL Teen Winter-Spring Activity Booklet that offers plenty of volunteer opportunities and teen program information taking place at the Franklin Public Library now through May! Lots of great information and activities for your teens in grades 6-12!
Work With FPS!
Franklin Public Schools has a variety of positions available that you can view at the links below:
Certified Staff (teaching positions, administration roles, substitutes, nurses)
Support Staff (coaches, aides, custodial, food service, bus drivers, Rec Dept, Kids Club)
Parent Drop-Off Reminder
Order A Forest Park Yearbook Now!
Registration For Next School Year Is Now Open!
Registration opens at noon on Monday, December 5th for the 2023-24 school year on our website here. Registration is for any new families to Franklin or new students looking to register for next year in 4K, 5K or up through 12th grade. If you have any friends or family in Franklin that plan to have children attend Franklin Public Schools next year, please pass this information along to them! Registering early helps to get all information in our system for planned communications.
Please note that any student that is already attending Franklin Public Schools DOES NOT need to register for next school year as a new student. This includes students already in Preschool Speech, Early Childhood, and 4K. All parents/guardians will be required to review your student’s data during our summer Back-To-School Online Check-In process. Any family who knows a student will not be returning for the next school year should notify your school’s main office staff.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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