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Seahawk Blitz joins the Muir Elementary Turkey Trot

It was all smiles and high fives at John Muir Elementary when the Seahawk Blitz joined students at the 17th Annual Turkey Trot. This event took place during lunch recesses and promotes the importance of physical fitness and activity.

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2017-2018 Principal's Corner

August 29, 2017

Dear Franklin Families,

Welcome back to another exciting year of school! I hope you and your family have had a great summer so far. We at Franklin are thrilled to have students and parents back in the building. Both Mr. Scott and I have been working all summer in preparation for the 2017-18 school year and we’re excited to bring you up to speed. Please read the following newsletter carefully for updates, as well as reminders.

WATCH DOGS

Thank you “TOP DOG” Riley Frazier for stepping up again this school year to lead our WATCH DOGS program! Thank you to all that signed up to be a WATCH DOG this past school year. We had around 75 volunteers last year and over 100 school days with a WATCH DOG. You make such a huge difference in our students’ lives. Please keep an eye out for WATCH DOGS info in September. Be sure to look for the WATCH DOGS booth at Fall Family Night to sign up. Thanks again!

Kindergarten Orientation

Kindergarten parents should have received information from the kindergarten team in regards to the evening of Wednesday, August 30th. We look forward to meeting with our kinder families in the Franklin commons at 6:00 p.m.

Meet & Greet

See you all at Meet & Greet – Thursday, August 31st 2:00-3:00 p.m. Looking forward to seeing all our wonderful Franklin students back in the building!

Welcome Back Tea

Our Welcome Back Tea event for Franklin Families will be on Monday, September 11th – 9:00 a.m. in the Franklin Commons!

Curriculum Night

Franklin Curriculum Night will be on the evening of Thursday, September 14th 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Specific details in regards to primary vs. intermediate times will be communicated through teacher newsletters. Please keep a close eye out for that information. There will be NO kindergarten curriculum night presentation as information will be covered at the orientation in August. Kinder parents are welcome to attend our all-Franklin community portion of the evening.

Fall Family Night

Fall family night is a great way to kick off a new school year. It’s a wonderful evening and it’s always my honor to take part in serving food to our community and greeting each of you. Thanks to our PTA for continually putting on such a fabulous evening for Franklin. This year our Fall Family Night will be on Thursday, September 28th – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on the school playground. As always, I’m looking forward to Saffron Hodgson’s BBQ and the new Hawaiian Dancing this year! See you at Fall Family Night!

PTA Fundraiser – Franklin Warrior Run

This year, our PTA will be putting on a “Franklin Warrior Run” fundraiser! Please keep an eye out for this event. The partnership between Franklin and the Franklin PTA is so important in providing our students with extension, enrichment, and other learning opportunities. I will work to further communicate the different ways our partnership works to serve students as our year progresses. Our Franklin Warrior Run Fundraiser will be on Wednesday, October 4th!

Dogs on Franklin Campus and District Property

I ask that you please comply with our district’s policy in regards to dogs on campus. If any Franklin staff member reminds you about the dog policy, I ask that you kindly walk your dog off Franklin’s property immediately. We need to ensure the safety of all students at Franklin. If a family continues to bring a dog(s) on campus after a reminder from Franklin Staff, a formal written notice will follow. The following policy and RCW is directly taken from our district’s website (link included):

In order to manage the risks associated with the presence of dogs on district property, the following restrictions applies to dogs on school grounds and in buildings:

  • No dogs are allowed on district property between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on any school day, except for bona fide service dogs. No dogs are permitted in district athletic stadiums at any time, except for bona fide service dogs.
  • At all other times dogs must be leashed and controlled by owners. Owner must clean up after their dogs and remove waste from district premises.

According to Washington State law (RCW 16.08.040), the owner of any dog that bites a person while that person is in a public place or lawfully in a private place is liable for any damages suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness. The dog owner is personally held strictly liable for the damage inflicted on any persons injured or harmed by the dog physically or emotionally in any manner.

Here is the link to the LWSD Dog Policy.

The City of Kirkland has informed us that they are continuing to monitor non-school hours at Franklin to help maintain a safe and clean environment for all community members. Fines will be handed out to violators of Washington State law. Please help us keep students and families safe by following our policies and laws. If you see offenders, the City has provided the following number for support. Please be sure to provide clear and specific information for our City workers. 425-864-3431 – Workers are answering this line up to 11:00 p.m.

Pre-Approved Absence Form

Thank you to all our families that turned in a pre-approved absence form last school year. In accordance with new State Law, it is important to provide prior notice to the school, as well as receive approval for the absence to be considered excused. Remember, this is NOT to approve the absence itself. It is to approve the absence status as excused, as opposed to unexcused absences that will result in formal written notices, as well as engagement from BECCA. Please click on the following link and carefully read page 12 (Tardy/Attendance District Policy), page 13 (Vacation Policy) and page 14 (Pre-Approved Absence Form):

Franklin Handbook Link

This year, our pre-excused absence form is electronic. Please click on the following link to submit a form.

Pre-excused Absence Form


Please remember to read the Franklin 2017-18 handbook and fill out the online acknowledgment form by September 15, 2017. Mr. Scott and I will be contacting families that have not submitted an acknowledgment form in late September.

Franklin Student Handbook

Handbook Acknowledgment Form

I have noticed we have a healthy number of students and families that ride their bikes to school over the past two years. This is so wonderful! I’d like to remind all students AND parents of the importance of bicycles being walked on AND off school grounds. This means dismounting immediately after leaving a City of Kirkland walkway and entering a school path or sidewalk. Last year there were a few near misses that could easily have resulted in serious injury. Please do the right thing, model safe behavior and help keep all our students safe.

New Staff

I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to our newest Franklin Staff members.

Welcome to Kathryn Fabiano and Pauline Linnell! Kathryn will be our K-2 teacher and Pauline will be our 3-5 teacher in our Learning Center Program at Franklin Elementary. I’d also like to welcome to Franklin, Kris Wood and Daisy Mahfooz. Kris and Daisy will be serving as Para-Educators supporting our students in our learning center. Welcome!

Coming back to Franklin after taking some time with family is our Occupational Therapist, Lina Bluteau! Joining the Franklin Specialist Team is Physical Therapist, Shelina Martinez! Welcome to Franklin!

Joining our Classified Staff and Franklin Team is Instructional Aide, Sushma Guruprasad. Welcome to Franklin!

With the addition of full-time school counselors at each of our elementary schools, I’d like to introduce and welcome, Marissa Stone. Please keep an eye out for information from Marissa in the coming weeks. Welcome to Franklin, Marissa!

Joining our Franklin Resource Room Team is our newest Special Education teacher, Heather Uberti! Heather Uberti will be teaming with Heather Murphy this school year supporting our Franklin students. Welcome!

Please welcome, Shawna Rothaus to the Franklin Team! She will be serving as our Safety Net Intervention Specialist.

After the 2016-17 school year came to an end, a wonderful opportunity came about for Mr. Andy Arena. As you know, he has served on the Lake Washington High School Football Team as an offensive coordinator for the past several seasons. Andy has a passion for teaching, coaching, and a genuine love of students. As difficult as the decision was for him to leave Franklin, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to become head coach of the Lake Washington High School Football Team, as well as a full-time high school P.E. teacher. We will miss Mr. Arena very much but we are all so happy for him and glad to know he is still in our district serving students and families. I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome our new P.E. teacher, Stacy Neuss! Stacy has worked in our district for the past few years in an itinerant role and when the opportunity presented itself, we were thrilled to have Stacy join our Franklin Team!

Welcome back to Franklin music specialist, Shawna Sandstrom! Shawna took a year off to spend time with her little one but is back full-time this school year. We are so excited to have her back in the music room!

I’d like to welcome two student teachers to the Franklin Team this school year. Working with Kaley Rugh in 5th grade will be, Bailey Nash. Baily is completing her coursework at Washington State University. Working with Emily Armstrong in 2nd grade will be, Jannah Horvath. Jannah is completing her coursework at Western Washington University. Welcome to Franklin! I’m proud to let you all know that Franklin teachers continue to be great mentors of our aspiring teachers.

Due to fluctuating enrollment numbers, we moved from five 1st grade classes to four. We are sadly saying goodbye to Sarah Getzinger who did her student teaching internship here at Franklin with Becky Kjolso. Sarah did a great job working with our students, staff, and community. She also filled in as a substitute teacher at the end of last school year as well. We are very fortunate to have hired her in our district and we’ll be seeing her teaching and serving our students at Rose Hill Elementary School!


September 27, 2017


Dear Franklin Families,

Welcome back to another exciting year of school! We at Franklin are thrilled to have students and parents back in the building. Both Mr. Scott and I have been working all summer in preparation for the 2017-18 school year and we’re excited to bring you up to speed. Please read the following newsletter carefully for updates, as well as reminders.

Fall Family Night

Thanks to our PTA for putting on a fabulous evening for Franklin. See you this Thursday, September 28th – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on the school playground. Looking forward to the food and community building.

WATCH DOGS

Thank you "TOP DOG" Riley Frazier and Stacy Neuss for stepping up this school year to lead our WATCH DOGS program! Be sure to look for the WATCH DOGS booth at Fall Family Night to sign up. Thanks again!

Message to Kindergarten Parents

Dear families with students in kindergarten. What an amazing few weeks! Bright eyes, smiles, and a desire to soak everything in! All our students and families come with different experiences and from different backgrounds. Franklin and LWSD is a diverse community that I’m proud to be a part of and serve. Students and families are learning about our community, how Franklin works, and how school itself works. One of the core values Franklin staff are committed to is ensuring that there is a strong partnership between school and home. An important component of forming a strong partnership between school and home is communication. If you are receiving emails and notes in regards to your child… it’s OK! It’s because we care and want to work with you to support our students. Partnering with parents, guardians, and families is important to us. I understand it can be scary, concerning, and possibly even upsetting to hear about struggles. Our goal is always to work together to support our student needs. Communication from a teacher is to inform you of their understanding and partner with you through a solution-oriented process. There may be times where Miss. Stone (school counselor), Mr. Scott (Associate Principal) and I are Cc’d on the email. I ask this of our teachers so that we can have a support system where all parties are aware of the needs and can support accordingly and as necessary. As the school year moves forward, it’ll be amazing to see the transformation and growth. Please continue to support our teachers as they are the key factor here at school for student success.

PTA Fundraiser – Franklin Warrior Run

This year, our PTA will be putting on a "Franklin Warrior Run" fundraiser! The partnership between Franklin and the Franklin PTA is so important in providing our students with extension, enrichment, and other learning opportunities. Our Franklin Warrior Run Fundraiser is on Wednesday, October 4th!

Franklin Social & Emotional Learning

At curriculum night, I shared with families the important and heavy work we are engaged in at Franklin around social and emotional learning for students. We are focused on the philosophy of growth mind-set and GRIT. Here’s a video I shared at curriculum night: GROWTH MINDSET & GRIT VIDEO

The Franklin Social & Emotional Learning Team (S.E.L.) is moving forward with scheduling our Skype Workshops with Kristine Mraz (26 Franklin Staff members attended Kristine’s workshop last school year thanks to PTA professional development funding). We anticipate scheduling 3 workshop sessions – February, March, and May. In the meantime, S.E.L. is working with Kristine via email to engage support in conducting book studies with meaningful reflection/discussions. Here are the books Franklin staff will soon be engaged in. I encourage you to take a look and read along with us.


Community Connection Meeting

I’m looking forward to our first community connection meeting of the 2017-18 school year. It will be on Monday, October 9th from 2:30-3:30 in our school library. Please stop on by if you have a moment. I will present an update in regards to our Social & Emotional Learning, Guidance Team, Student Support Team, Special Services, and an overview of Safety Drill at Franklin.

Attendance Matters

Check out what LWSD students are saying about school and the importance of attendance:

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

Thank you to all our families that turned in a pre-approved absence form last school year. In accordance with new State Law, it is important to provide prior notice to the school, as well as receive approval for the absence to be considered excused. Remember, this is NOT to approve the absence itself. It is to approve the absence status as excused, as opposed to unexcused absences that will result in formal written notices, as well as engagement from BECCA. Please click on the following link and carefully read page 12 (Tardy/Attendance District Policy), page 13 (Vacation Policy) and page 14 (Pre-Approved Absence Form):

Franklin Student Handbook

This year, our pre-excused absence form is electronic. Please click on the following link to submit a form.

Pre-excused Absence Form

Please remember to read the Franklin 2017-18 handbook and fill out the online acknowledgment form Mr. Scott and I will be contacting families that have not submitted an acknowledgment form in late September.

Handbook Acknowledgment Form