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2017-2018 Principal's Corner

June 2018

Dear Franklin Families,

This newsletter marks the end of another terrific school year. Thank you all so much for this great opportunity to serve our students and community. I wish you all a wonderful summer and hope to see you in the 2018-19 school year.

PTA:

Thank you again to our wonderful PTA for another fantastic year of support. We truly couldn’t do everything without you. Thank you to our Franklin community for your support of PTA. Special thanks to all our PTA and families that spoiled the Franklin staff during Staff Appreciation Week. The food, gifts, and recognition was incredible and we can’t thank you enough for your thoughtfulness and generosity. Thank you so much for another wonderful pancake breakfast! Such a fun way to start off a school day.

Another special thank you to our out-going PTA President, Emily Brown.  Thank you for two wonderful years of support and teamwork.  I appreciate your leadership, vision and friendship and look forward to working with you next year in your new PTA role.

WATCH DOGS:

Thanks to all our WATCH DOGS this year for your support. You really make a difference when you’re here. Our students and staff appreciate you so much. We hope you will consider signing up again for 2018-19. Special thanks to Riley Frazier and Stacy Neuss for coordinating and supporting our WATCH DOGS program. Great work everyone!

Extended Day:

The LWSD Extended Day Program serves many of our families before and after school. There is currently a waitlist for the program, and given the change in school start times, the waitlist has grown considerably. LWSD is very aware of the needs of our families and is committed to expanding the Extended Day Program at our school, with a goal of doubling the size of the program in the 2018-19 school year. As soon as the staff has been hired, the Extended Day Program will expand at our school. More information about the Extended Day Program can be found on the LWSD website here

2018-19 Building Schedule:

Please click on the link to review the 2018-19 school year building schedule. With the changing of school start times, adjustments were made.

2018-19 Franklin Elementary Building Schedule

Important Dates:

Kindergarten Round Up:  August 22 and 23

Kindergarten Orientation:  August 29, 6:00 PM

Meet and Greet (grades 1-5):  August 30, 2:00-3:00

First Day of School (grades 1-5):  September 4

First Day of School for Kindergarteners:  September 7

Welcome Back Tea:  September 7, 9:00-10:00

Curriculum Night:  September 13

Fall Family BBQ: September – exact date to be determined soon

 

Staffing Updates:

Staffing is quite dynamic this year. We say goodbye to Robin Miller, Heather Murphy, Tricia Vigna, and Chris Carter all who will be joining Ella Baker Elementary. We also say goodbye to Rita Date who will be moving to Arizona and will be teaching kindergarten. Life also brings other opportunities. Dawn Sundene and Kathy Nguyen will be joining the expanding Extended Day Program. Maddie Lind will be moving onto pursue her career path. Leann Clawson will be taking a one-year leave of absence to join her husband in Ireland. Emily Armstrong will also take a one-year leave of absence to stay home with her newborn son. Lori Neumann will be taking a year’s leave of absence to care for her granddaughter.  Thanks to each of you for making this school such a special place. For those of you leaving, we wish you the best. We look forward to connecting again with those of you who will be re-joining us in a year.

We also want to thank our long-term substitutes (all in second grade) who helped support our students, staff, and community. Thanks to Bailey Nash, Pat Vigeland, and Lauren Brink for your service and hard work. We greatly appreciate each of you.

I’m excited and thrilled to introduce our new Franklin Staff members to our great community! Please help me in supporting and welcoming them to our school!

Kindergarten:

Hi, my name is Kelsey Cobain. I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. I went to Gonzaga University for both my undergrad and graduate degrees. Go Zags! I am a karaoke and trivia enthusiast and in the winter months you can find me skiing up in the mountains. The thing that excites me most about teaching is getting to build relationships with my students.

 

Hello, my name is Morgan Leifer and I am so excited to be joining the Benjamin Franklin community! I feel incredibly lucky to teach and be a part of the learning, love, joy, and exploration that occurs every day in the classroom while instilling a life-long passion for education in all students. I grew up in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho and graduated from Whitworth University in Elementary Education. Some of my favorite things to do include spending time with family and friends, traveling, skiing, cooking, and reading.
I can't wait to spend this year together, learning and growing!

 

Resource Room:

My name is Jessica Bourget, and I will be a new resource room teacher at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School. I grew up in a small town in Maine, and since then I've moved across the country to pursue a career in teaching. I earned my Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of Washington and over the last two years I have worked as a Special Education resource room teacher in Seattle, where I did my student teaching as well. I'm looking forward to the new school year, learning and growing with the kids, and becoming a part of the Benjamin Franklin community!

 

1st Grade:

Hello! My name is Holly Nelson and I currently teach 1st grade at Wilder Elementary. This is my 4th year teaching in the LWSD.  I am so excited to be a part of the Franklin staff and community next year. Go Cougs!

 

 

5th Grade:

Hello, my name is Jen and I'm excited to join the Franklin Team! I'm currently teaching 5th grade at Horace Mann Elementary. This is my 12th year teaching. I went to college at the University of California Santa Barbara for Undergrad and National University for my Masters. If I wasn't a teacher, I would be an animal trainer at Sea World in San Diego, California! The best thing about teaching is getting goosebumps when I know I'm really getting through to my students!

 

 

4th Grade:

 

Hello! I’m Juliana Patrick. I grew up in Woodinville and love living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I attended Seattle Pacific University for both undergraduate and graduate studies. Go Falcons! I have been teaching for six years and am excited to be back in fourth grade this coming year. My favorite part of teaching is helping students grow in reading fluency and comprehension. I love reading, hiking, sailing and yoga. I'm looking forward to joining the Franklin team!

 

 

 

Learning Center:

 

Hi, my name is Sheetal Karva and I hail from the beautiful country India. I have been living in the US for the past three years. I just graduated with a Masters in Special Education from the University of Washington, Seattle. I am passionate about teaching and the feel incredibly lucky that I get to learn so much from my kids every single day! Some of my favorite things to do are reading, cooking, baking, and traveling. I am looking forward to joining the Franklin Team!

 

3rd Grade:

Hello! My name is Lauren Brink and I am very excited to be joining the 3rd grade team at Benjamin Franklin Elementary! I grew up in Spokane, WA, where I have spent the majority of my life. I recently decided to venture out of my home town and move to the Seattle area to pursue my teaching career. I graduated from Washington State University where I completed my student teaching in 2nd grade. In my free time I enjoy doing yoga, going on hikes, crafting, traveling to different areas, and spending time outside with my friends and family. I'm excited to be able to share my passion for reading, writing, and learning with the students and staff here at Benjamin Franklin! 

 

I will continue to hire for our open positions in the classrooms, as well as classified positions. This work will be happening over the summer. When I welcome the community back for our 2018-19 school year, I will be sure to update you.

Archived Principal Newsletters

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

 

 

 

December 2017

Dear Franklin Families,

Please read the following newsletter carefully for updates, as well as reminders.

English Language Learners Family Engagement Night

On Thursday, January 18th at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. we will host Franklin’s first ELL Family Engagement Night in the commons! All Franklin families are invited to attend this evening. The purpose of our evening together is to build a stronger school and home relationship and develop a deeper understanding of the Franklin school experience, as well as understanding school experiences of other cultures. Our goal is to form an even stronger partnership that continues to foster a positive connection in support of our students.

What might our evening look like? This will depend on the number of Franklin families that attend. I’d like to start by speaking about my experience as a student at Benjamin Franklin Elementary, as well as my experiences being a student of color. We’ll then break into small group discussions facilitated by Franklin staff who will help engage conversation around sharing education experiences, asking one another questions, and bringing questions to the large group.

We want to ensure everyone feels safe and comfortable. There is no pressure to share anything you’re not comfortable sharing. Come, listen and engage if you’d like.

Departing Staff

With the addition of two new elementary schools in the Redmond Learning Community, several staff members throughout the district have expressed interest and been selected to be a part of opening a new school. At Franklin, we will be saying goodbye to four staff members at the end of this year. Here is a brief group statement. We thank each of them for their service and will miss them.

To our Franklin families:

It is with mixed emotions that we write to say goodbye to you as we will be leaving at the end of this school year. We have the opportunity to be part of opening a new school in the Lake Washington School District. Each of us has treasured our time at Franklin and have created memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for making this such a wonderful place to work!

Robin Miller, Heather Murphy, Tricia Vigna, and Chris Carter

Franklin Apple Cup Challenge Food Drive

Thank you to our thoughtful and generous Franklin families for donating food and supplies to our local Hopelink food bank during our Apple Cup Challenge. We collectively donated over 600 pounds of food and supplies. The winners in the Franklin Apple Cup Challenge Food Drive were our University of Washington Husky supporters coming in at a little over 400 pounds of food and supplies. The staff did a great job decorating boxes as well. A big thank you to Sue Harvey who helped deliver the food and supplies to Hopelink. Thank you, Sue!

WATCH DOGS

Thank you to all our WATCH DOG volunteers that have signed up so far to support students and staff at Franklin! We appreciate you so much. If you are interested, please reach out to Riley Frazier and/or Stacy Neuss

PTA Support

Thank you to our fabulous PTA and Franklin community for all your support. The resources you have donated and the volunteer time spent in classrooms have been amazing. Thank you so very much!

Volunteer Reminder

Speaking of volunteering – Please do not bring younger siblings during volunteer hours. This can be a distraction to the learning environment, and can be an obstacle when working to engage in volunteering activities with Franklin students and staff. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Parking Lot Reminder

Please be sure to drive slowly and carefully on campus. We want to ensure all students, staff, and community members are safe. Failure to comply can and will result in police contact. Please do not drop off or pick up students until after you’ve passed the first crossing guard in the drop off/pick up lane. Please be sure to pull forward and far as possible and comply with staff member instructions/directions. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in supporting a safe parking lot environment.

Pre-Approved Absence Form

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

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

I hope you and your family enjoy a relaxing break and look forward to seeing your student in 2018!

 

March 2018

Dear Franklin Families,

Please read the following newsletter carefully for updates and reminders.

Community Connection Meeting:

On Monday, March 19th at 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. I will be holding Community Connection Meeting in the library. All Franklin families are invited to attend. The agenda for this meeting will be a presentation on:

  • A.L.I.C.E. trainings
  • A.L.I.C.E. drills/scenarios
  • A.L.I.C.E. resources for parents and community members www.alicetraining.com
  • Questions

A.L.I.C.E. (Alert – Lockdown – Inform – Counter – Evacuate)

Franklin School Spirit Day:

On Wednesday, March 14th all Franklin students, staff, and community members are encouraged to wear school gear or simply anything blue or yellow. We want to show our school pride and spirit, and celebrate the amazing school community we have here at Franklin Elementary. I hope you will join us in wearing our school colors!

Check in at the main office:

Please help keep our students and staff safe here at Franklin. Regardless of whether you’re here every day or once a year, please be sure to check in at the main office and get a visitor badge. If staff members see an adult not wearing (and displaying) their visitor badge, they are instructed to have the visitor check in at the main office immediately and/or the staff member will contact an administrator to address the concern. Please help us keep Franklin a safe place by checking in and back out again at the main office.

Students walking/biking to and from school:

Please be sure to speak with your children and have a plan.

  • What route(s) can you take to get home?
  • Does your child(ren) have friends/neighbors that they can walk home with in a group?
  • Can you create a “walking pool” schedule with other Franklin parents where you can take turns walking to and from school?
  • Have you spoken to your child(ren) about what to do in an emergency when walking to/from school?

Please contact me and Mr. Scott if there is any suspicious activity around our school, and in our neighborhoods where students walk/bike. We work closely with Kirkland Police Department to keep them informed and our Officers are highly responsive and supportive.

E.L. Family Night:

Thank you to all our families that attended our E.L Family Night. We spent the evening getting to better know one another and gaining a greater understanding of Franklin Elementary.Through feedback and discussion we ultimately forged a stronger partnership for our students. On Wednesday, March 14th, we’ve invited families to share with our staff their experiences in education from their country of origin. We hope that our efforts in seeking to understand one another results in greater success for all our students.

S.E.L (Social/Emotional/Learning) Update:

Our Franklin Staff concluded with our growth mind-set book studies in January. We had our first Skype workshop with author Kristi Mraz in February. Kristi provided our staff with further tools, resources, and “think abouts.” In preparation for our next Skype workshop, our SEL Team worked with staff to compile questions around implementation. We look forward to sharing this learning with students, parents, and our community soon.

Thank you to our Franklin PTA:

Thank you to our amazing Franklin PTA! We are so grateful for your fantastic support of staff and students here at our school. We can’t thank you enough for the partnership we have with you.

Parking Lot Safety:

I continue to receive emails and phone calls regarding unsafe driving in our parking lot. Please be sure to take extra precautions when entering the Franklin parking lot. I understand that the traffic can be difficult but nothing is more important than keeping students, staff, and community members safe. Please follow instructions from our parking lot staff. They have a very difficult job that they do incredibly well.

April 2018

 

Dear Franklin Families,

Please read the following newsletter carefully for updates and reminders.

Franklin CommUNITY Day:

On Friday, April 20th we will be celebrating CommUNITY Day at Franklin Elementary. Each grade level will encourage students to wear a color that represents a skill. Each classroom teacher will spend a short period of time focusing on their respective skill. Throughout the week, I will be making morning announcements going over the different community building skills through definitions and examples. Our hope is that focusing on these skills will continue to build the kind of caring community that we strive for at Franklin. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.

Grade

Shirt color

skill

Kinder

red

friendship

1st

orange

kindness

2nd

yellow

listening

3rd

green

empathy

4th

blue

problem solving

5th

purple

inclusion

SBA Update:

Parents of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students: Please be sure to click on the link below to check specific testing dates for your student. Please note that on the day of testing, if your child arrives at school after 9:15 a.m. they will not be able to take the test and will remain in the office until their class is finished testing. For questions regarding the SBA, please contact Associate Principal Ryan Scott: rscott@lwsd.org

https://franklin.lwsd.org/academics/state-testing

Parent Input Form:

Later next month, we will be working on student placement/class assignments for the 2018-19 school year. Please click on the link below and follow the instructions if you would like to provide input for your student(s). The link will expire on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 and there will be no exceptions made for late forms being submitted.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=P2fUH5bfIUaGOKHYjEyF16moaC_AjWxLm9jlESr0jXRUQ1hYOEFDU0JBM1hERE0zQUpVUlc1UzAwRy4u

S.E.L (Social/Emotional/Learning) Update:

Franklin Staff had our second Skype in session with author Kristi Mraz on Wednesday, March 28th. We focused on what a growth mindset philosophy looks and sounds like in a classroom. Our staff will be working on a vision/mission philosophy, 5 Franklin stances, grade level and building-wide language, as well as expectations for Franklin. Our third Skype session with Kristi will focus on the community and schoolwide engagement and partnership in the growth mindset. We look forward to implementing the growth mindset philosophy at Franklin in the coming school year. I will continue to keep you updated.

Check in at the main office:

Please help keep our students and staff safe here at Franklin. Regardless of whether you’re here every day or once a year, please be sure to check in at the main office, sign in and get a visitor badge. If staff members see an adult not wearing (and displaying) their visitor badge, they are instructed to have the visitor check in at the main office immediately and/or the staff member will contact an administrator to address the concern. Please help us keep Franklin a safe place by checking in and back out again at the main office.