First I would like to say that many have expressed the school year is off to a great start! There is a great positive energy amongst us and I am thrilled with all of the plans that we have for this year. The implementation of the full school day has provided us with the opportunity to spend more time in each subject area.
There will be a High School Informational meeting on October 17th at 5pm for 7th and 8th grade parents in the auditorium. This will be a time for you to learn about the high school application process. Afterward you will have an opportunity to visit Catherine Cook’s High School Fair. They will have several selective enrollment and other high schools visiting to provide parents with information about their schools.
I will be hosting a 5th Grade Coffee with the Principal on October 25th at 9:30 in the auditorium. I look forward to engaging in discussion with you. We will be having our annual Halloween Parade on October 31st at 9:00. Originally it was scheduled for 9:30, but many of you expressed that the time be moved to accommodate those parents who drop off their children at 8:15. Halloween is always a great time at Franklin. Please check with your child’s teacher regarding snacks. Remember, we cannot serve homemade goodies. We also want to make sure we take precautions for our students with food allergies. No nut snacks please.
On half days our students will be served lunch early. There will not be recess on half days. There have been many calendar changes. I encourage you to review the memo I sent home with the new dates for student attendance and non-attendance days as well as changes to holidays. CPS has stated that if you have already pre-planned vacation over Winter Break and Spring Break, let your child’s teacher know ahead of time about your vacation plans and what days your child will be absent. These will be excused absences.
I know there have been some problems with the school bus. I am asking for your continued patience; however I am also asking that you voice your concerns to student transportation at CPS. Mr. Brizard, has resigned from the board therefore I have been reaching out to my Network Chief about this issue.
Margie D. Smagacz, NBCT