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The Ohio Weather is Back!!
February 7, 2011
The winter in Northeast Ohio continues to throw us curves. The first week of February was not any different. We had two snow days which brings us to a total of four days for the school year.
This is a busy month at Franklin. At our next PTO meeting, Dr. Giancola will be making an appearance. He will be reviewing the community survey that was conducted by Kent State. Also in February the monthly board meeting will be traveling to Franklin Elementary. The Coffee Talk will begin at 6:30. The Coffee Talk allows staff to highlight things that are taking place at Franklin. This year we have Mrs. Weitzel and our 3rd grade team presenting. Mrs. Weitzel will be sharing her experience with the hand held devices this school year. The 3rd grade team of Mr. Wollam, Mrs. Sues, Mrs. Typpo, Mrs. Oldham, and Ms. Oravec will be sharing their coteaching experience in math. The co-teaching allows the teachers to differentiate for all the students in third grade. Please join us at 6:30 in the library to hear more about both of these programs.
The board meeting will begin at 7:00. During the meeting we will be honoring our Friends of Kent City Schools. This year we will be honoring Girl Scout Troop 962. All of these girls attend Franklin Elementary and help us in many ways. They have worked with our recycling programs, composting program, planting flowers on our grounds, and many other things. They have been a big help. This presentation is at the beginning of the board meeting. Please come up and support our teachers.
In March we will have parent input cards available for next school year. These cards can be picked up in the office and must be returned to the office by Friday, April 1st. The teachers take a lot of time to carefully place students based on their personality, academics, learning styles, and peer relations. We do not place students in classrooms based on where their friends are being placed. If you have a request for placement, please make sure you describe what learning environment is best for your child. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
We are also looking at a couple of changes for the 2011-2012 school year. The first thing is the front entrance to Franklin and the recess doors. We have moved forward in keeping all the doors locked except for the main entrance during the school day. We did install a door bell system with a camera for us to be able to see the person entering the building. A more proactive approach may be needed because we are not able to control who comes into the building. We are looking into a buzzer system which would require each parent or visitor to be buzzed into the building during school hours. The doors would be unlocked during arrival and dismissal time. We would also move a camera down by the recess doors so that the office will be able to see the doors during the day. There would be no buzzer for the recess doors. We would also continue with our current procedures which require all parents and visitors to sign in at the office. This includes before, during and after school hours up until 4:00. We also are asking any parents who are picking up their child from an after school activity to remain by the office until their child is escorted down by the adult. We are currently looking at the amount of recess time and how it is spread out. The 15 minute recess time during the middle of the day is ending up being 20 – 30 minutes depending on the grade and weather. This interferes with classroom instruction time. I am contacting other area schools to see what they are doing. This may mean that we increase the lunch recess time a little and their eating time. Once again these are things we are looking at for the next school year. Please feel free to give me a call if you would like to share any thoughts or ideas.
Happy New Year!!
January 17, 2011
Welcome to a new year! I hope everyone had a relaxing break with family and friends. Sometimes it is good to get back into a routine and have a break from being on break. There is still a lot of school left.
Our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will be making their last big push towards taking the Ohio Achievement Test at the end of April.
Please make sure that your child is dressed for the weather. We decide if it is going to be outside or indoor recess before each recess. This means we may not go outside in the morning but the conditions may improve to allow us to go outside in the afternoon. These decisions are based on the conditions of the blacktop and the temperature with the wind chill. If the temperature is below 20 degrees the students will remain inside. When students go outside they must remain on the blacktop unless the students are wearing snow boots and snow pants.
Our PTO continues to be one of the best parent groups. They do so much for our Franklin Community. If you haven’t already, I would encourage you to attend one of the monthly meetings. We always need additional parents to help out or to share ideas.
Students in grades 1-5 will be involved with our benchmarking this month. All the students will take short assessment in the areas of math and reading. These results are compared to national norms of other students and allows us to make instructional decisions. If you have any questions about this process please contact our office and I would be glad to share the result with you.
End of the First Nine Weeks
November 13, 2010
The first nine week grading period has come to an end already. It feels like we just arrived at school. The students are doing a great job this school year. Your child’s report card will be coming home with him or her on Friday, November 5.
On Friday, October 29th, Franklin had their annual Halloween parade and celebrations. The day was a big hit as usual. I can not begin to thank the parents enough for their help with classroom parties. The costumes were great and the kids had a blast.
I would also like to remind all families that on Thursday, November 11th we will be holding our Veterans’ Day Assembly at 9:00. I would like to invite all the Franklin parents to attend. We would also like to encourage any veterans to also attend. We will be asking the veterans to sign in at the gym doors with their branch, years in the service, and rank. We will be doing a roll call during the assembly to honor these veterans.
Conferences are coming up at the end of November. As you look through the report card, please write down any questions you may have for your child’s teacher. You will want to have these questions with you during conferences. Each conference is scheduled for 20 minutes, therefore you will want to make sure that you get all of your questions answered. If the teacher has to end the conference before all of your questions are answered, please schedule another time to meet with the teacher. We try to stick to the scheduled times because some parents have their conferences scheduled back to back and we want to make sure they can get to the next conference on time. I will be in my office during the conference times. Please feel free to stop by to ask me any questions about the AIMSWEB data. Our specials teachers will not be at Franklin during both days of conferences because they have to travel to another building. Mrs. Grondin and Mrs. Tregoning will be at Franklin Monday evening and from 8:00 until 11:00 on Tuesday. Ms. Linder and Mrs. Vasbinder will be at Franklin on Tuesday from 12:00-8:00. If you haven’t had a chance to schedule conference times, please contact your child’s teacher.
We continue to hold our bullying assemblies at Franklin. Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Wise have done an outstanding job planning the assemblies based on the needs of our students. The assemblies have lasted about 30 minutes. They involve skits and audience participation. The students are learning how to use “I statements” to verbalize their feelings to another person. We are planning another assembly in November and then will continue after we come back from winter break.
I would like to remind parents not to drop their child off at the golf course and allow them to cross the parking lot alone. There is a lot of traffic going in and out of our parking lot. The students don’t always look when entering the parking lot and we don’t want to see anyone get hurt.
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