News for the week of Jan 16, 2017

Posted Friday, January 13, 2017

Dear Franklin Parents and Guardians:

Welcome back and Happy New Year!  I hope you all enjoyed the winter break.  

Mon Jan. 16

Tues Jan 17

Wed Jan 18

Thurs Jan 19

Fri Jan 20



Crazy Weather/Crazy Sock Day!

3:50 p.m. Title 1 Parent Info meeting in LRC

8:00 a.m. Title 1 parent info meeting in LRC

11:40 Chess club

7:00 p.m. Parents of 4th and 5th grade students can preview movies show to 4th (girls) and 5th graders for health curriculum at Field School

11:40 a.m. Coding Club

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Parent orientation for parents of 5th graders 6th grade next year @ Emerson.  Students can attend.

Emerson Open House


Crazy Weather/Crazy Sock Day! Tuesday, Jan. 17th.  Our weather is due to turn COLD again over the weekend.  The staff thought it would be a fun idea to have a crazy sock day on Tuesday to get the students excited to come back to school on Tuesday after the long holiday weekend.

Title 1 Math Tutoring Parent Meeting:  If your child attends (or will start attending) our title 1 math tutoring program you are invited to attend an informational meeting on the program this Tuesday at 3:50 p.m. or Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. in our LRC.

TRAFFIC SAFETY at drop off and pick up.  With the cold weather we have many more parents driving their children to school.  Please follow the traffic signs and do NOT make U turns on Manor street.  Parents can NOT pull into the staff parking lot OR the Circle Driveway.  Small children walk across the parking lot and the circle drive (as well as the bus) and it is UNSAFE to have cars breaking our rules and pulling in those areas.  Please be patient when dropping off and picking up your child(ren) at school and take the time to follow the rules so we can ensure the safety of your children.

Our students in grades 2 -5 took the winter Measurement for Academic Progress (MAP) test before break.  We will be sending these results home via US mail next Friday, Jan. 20th. Teachers use the winter MAP results to plan for instruction. Our students will continue to grow as they are introduced to new topics in the coming months. While we track student growth over the course of the school year, we will look more closely at growth after we administer the spring MAP. You will also receive those results in May.

For students in Kindergarten and 1st grade we completed our AIMs web benchmark testing.  This testing gives us a progress update on how our students are doing with early literacy and mathematics skills.  This data helps us identify students who may need extra support and to plan for future instruction.  

The Franklin Spelling Bee Thurs. Jan. 12th.  The top three spellers were Annabelle Izzi (3rd gr), Nathan Kapetanou (4th gr) , Mary Keller (5th gr) and  our alternate is Matthew Herdzik (4th gr). The top three spellers will move on to the District Spelling Bee which will take place on Jan. 30th at Roosevelt School at 4:00 p.m.

Our students participated in a school wide election in November and voted the Falcon as the new Franklin mascot.  On Jan. 20th Franklin will replace the guitar with our new mascot the Falcon.  This month our school wide focus is on Following Directions. The two classes that earn the most golden slips during the month of Jan. for following directions will be awarded a stuffed falcon to keep in their classrooms for the remainder of the year.  The falcons will remain in the classrooms for the remainder of the year and can be used as incentives for good behavior, for example, the teacher can let the falcon sit on the desks/table of the student/students who are following directions, on task, etc.  Each month two classrooms will win a stuffed falcon for earning the most golden slips for our school wide focus.  

For the month of December, our school wide focus was Be Responsible.  Our classroom winners for the month of December were Mrs. Schuetz 2nd grade, Mr. Rasmussen 3rd grade, and Mrs. Majeski 3rd grade.  These classrooms will have the golden guitars in their classrooms for the month of January.  As the year proceeds, we will slowly transition more from Franklin Rocks to Franklin Falcons. Our new motto is, “Together we will soar to new heights.”



Dr. Claire Kowalczyk


News for the week of Nov. 7, 2016

Posted Monday, November 07, 2016


Mon. Nov. 7

Tues. Nov. 8

Wed. Nov. 9

Thurs. Nov. 10

Fri. Nov. 11

Franklin Election!

NO SCHOOL for Students

Teacher Institute Day

Early Release 2:40 p.m.


8:55 a.m. Veteran’s Day event

No PTA HOT lunch today.



Our voting polls are closed and the final Franklin Election votes are in.  The students and staff have elected the FALCON as the NEW FRANKLIN MASCOT!!!  The Falcon received approximately 71% of the votes and the Fox received 28%.


Students and staff also elected Hillary Rodham Clinton as the next president of the United States. Clinton received 64% or our votes and Trump received 36%.


Lastly, students in all grade levels voted for their favorite book.  The results are as follows:

Kdg - Pete the Cat

1st - Elephant and Piggy Let’s Go for a Drive

2nd - Diary of a Whimpy Kid

3rd - How to be Cool in Third Grade

4th - Frindle

5th - City of Ember - won by less than 1% margin


Subject: Science Olympiad- Registration Open!

Dear Parents of Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Students:

Science Olympiad will be held this year on February 4 - please join us for this morning filled with science and engineering challenges in an Olympic-style format! The deadline for your child to sign up is THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11. Please go to this link to sign up your child and to learn more details about this 31st Annual District 64 Science Olympiad.


News for the Week of Oct. 24, 2016

Posted Sunday, October 23, 2016


Mon Oct 24

Tues Oct 25

Wed Oct 26

Thurs Oct 27

Fri Oct 28

RED RIBBON WEEK - all week

Pumpkin Contest Drop Off Before School


7:00 p.m. BOE meeting




6:30-8:00 p.m. PTA Halloween Social in the gym

*Parents MUST accompany their children

Wear Your Costumes :)

WEAR PJs to School


RED Ribbon Week -

Mon - “Our school rocks bully and drug free” day

Tues - “Don’t let drugs mix you up” day

Wed - “Team up against drugs” day

Thurs - “Wild about being drug free” day

Fri - “Follow your dreams, don’t do drugs” day

Franklin Pumpkin Decorating Contest:

Parents, don't forget to preregister your pumpkin for this year's contest!
This year the drop off is THIS Monday, October 24th before school.
All of the information can be found here:
Pre-registration link:Registration Link:
We can't wait to see all of the creative pumpkins!


All students were shown this video this week explaining our lunchroom and recess expectations.  Please watch the video so you are aware of the lunchroom/recess expectations.

We implemented these expectations/procedures this past Monday and we have already seen a huge improvement in lunchroom behavior.  

PTA sponsored Halloween Social Thurs Night:

You're invited to our annual PTA FRANKLINSTEIN FEST! This year, we've decided to celebrate our Kindness Walk success with a costume party in the gym from 6:30pm - 8:00pm on THURSDAY, 10/27 (to avoid World Series games... Go Cubs!)


  • We're taking it down a notch: No food, crafts, or classrooms are being used

  • This is an open gym event featuring DJ Jules (from our Kindness Walk)

  • COSTUMES ARE ENCOURAGED! No weapons allowed.


  • BEST PART? IT'S FREE! This event will be fully sponsored by PTA.

Looking forward to a spooktacular time!


Franklin students will have a HALLOWEEN PARADE (weather permitting) and parties on Mon. Oct. 31st.  The ALL SCHOOL parade will take place outside at 3:10 p.m.  Children will change into their costumes at 2:00 and then we will start our classroom parties.  Kindergarten students can wear their costumes to school.  Children will Classroom parties will be held from 2:10/2:15-3:00.  Our parade route will have students exiting the building through the circle driveway doors (Door 3), walking the perimeter of the school across the playground and entering the school at Door 9 (5th grade door).  Our AM KDG students will follow the same route.  They will parade at 8:55 a.m.  Parents and families are welcome to stand outside on the blacktop and watch the parade.  IF IT IS RAINING HEAVILY the parade will be cancelled.  The parties will still take place.  STRICT costume guidelines:  NO weapons with costumes and no masks or hoods covering faces.  Children will change into their costumes BEFORE the classroom parties.  Students do not wear costumes or face makeup to school (EXCEPT KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS).  AM KDG students are welcome to come back to school to join the all school parade at 3:10.  PM KDG students wear their costumes to school. All parents are welcome to line our playground and watch the parade.  Children will enter the building to get their backpacks and will come back outside to be dismissed at 3:30 p.m.  

Franklin Students are Voting for a new Franklin Mascot

This week all students will participate in the primary election vote of four candidates for a new school mascot : Bulldog, Badger, Falcon and Fox. After the primary we will take eliminate two candidates for mascot and determine the final two candidates for the election.

On Nov. 7th all of our students will vote for one candidate for a new school mascot as well as place their vote for the U.S. Presidential Election.  Results will be shared on Nov. 9th.   

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Parents,

It is time to encourage your student to participate in the 31st annual District 64 Science Olympiad, to be held at Emerson Middle School on Saturday, February 4, 2017.  This year, sign ups are online.  

Also new this year are video clips that explain each of the five science and engineering challenge events.  I encourage you to watch them with your child.  To view the videos or to sign up your child for one of the events, just click on the links below:

Please remember that the deadline to sign up is Friday, November 11, 2016.  I hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity with your child.


News for the Week of Oct. 17, 2016

Posted Friday, October 14, 2016


Mon Oct 17

Tues Oct 18

Wed Oct 19

Thurs Oct 20

Fri Oct 21

5th Graders Leave for Camp Duncan at 8:30-8:45 a.m. from parking lot of First Baptist Church Potter & NW HWY

Franklin Fit Night

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. gym

5th Graders return from Camp Duncan 1:30-2:00 p.m.


7:00-8:30 p.m. PTA meeting in the library


Math Club is returning again to Franklin this year! This PTA Sponsored, volunteer run club is free and open to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Students will work on solving challenging math problems and also play fun games. Math Club takes place once a month in the LRC during the lunch hour. Students are responsible for bringing their peanut-free lunch to LRC. The club meets on the first Tuesday of almost every month during the lunch hour (11:40 to 12:40).

For more information on exact dates and to register by Friday, 10/28, please visit the PTA website:

Franklin Lunchroom/Recess Expectations

This upcoming week we will be reviewing our lunchroom and recess expectations with our students and putting some additional practices in place to ensure that all students can have an enjoyable and safe lunch/recess.  Next week, I will send a link to a video we will be sharing with students that teach our lunch/recess expectations.

SAVE THE DATE for the 10th Annual D64 ELF Casino Night!

Casino Night

"A Night of Good Fortune"

Saturday, January 28th @ Café La Cave 6:30 pm -  11:30 pm

Proceeds support innovative and imaginative education programming for D64 schools.  If you would like to learn more about ELF visit us on Facebook, District 64 Elementary Learning Foundation or at