April 2023

Oshkosh Area School District ― “Building Community Through Education”   

Franklin Elementary School            

1401 West 5th Avenue, Oshkosh, WI  54902    Phone: 920.424.0078 │Fax: 920.424.7581 oshkosh.k12.wi.us

Jami R. Kohl, Principal                                                                                                                                                            jami.kohl@oshkosh.k12.wi.us                                                                                   

Rebecca Kleven, Secretary                                                                                                                                                rebecca.kleven@oshkosh.k12.wi.us   

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May 3, 2023


Returning Student Enrollment for the 2023-24 School Year

Hello, OASD Families - The Oshkosh Area School District's required Annual Student Update (Enrollment) for returning K-12 students and for new 4K students will take place March 31 - September 1, 2023. Please read the following update for more information and action steps: OASD Update 03.16.23 - Returning Student Enrollment for 2023-24 Opens March 31


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Thursday, April 13, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

Alberta Kimball Auditorium

All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will present a Spring Concert on Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 6pm at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium at West High School.  Students need to arrive by 5:40pm. Our concert theme is "You've Got a Friend in Me!" Please email me if you have questions:  


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Greetings from the Library!

It's March Madness time! Enjoy interacting with our picks for this year. Have fun discussing which book should move on in the bracket and ultimately choosing a winner as a family!

2023 March Reading Madness

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Emmy Daniels, Media Specialist


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Hello from the Art Room!

Please join our community in celebrating art made by our local elementary students.  Art Fest is an exhibition of works by Oshkosh Public School Kindergarten-5th grade students.  The exhibit is open for viewing in the Lower Level of the Oshkosh Public Library during regular library hours from April 7- April 26.  Reception will be April 16, 2:00-5:00.  

Franklin students who have art on display will receive a certificate at school.

Thank you!

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Dear Franklin Family,

I’ve created a mailbox for you to reach me by clicking on the following link: Mrs. Tiedt's Parent Referral Mailbox. You may also reach me via email: nicole.tiedt@oshkosh.k12.wi.us or by phone at 920-424-0078 ext 1528. 

I am in each classroom every other week teaching guidance lessons. Please ask your student about the website that I’ve created for them as well. Click here to check out Mrs. Tiedt's Counselor Connection Website.

This is a stressful time for everyone. Remember we are here for you. If you need anything, check out this Oshkosh Area Community Resources link

If your family is experiencing difficulty at home, I would like to provide additional support at school. I understand that you are not always able to share details and that’s okay. If your child is coming to school after a difficult night, morning, or weekend, please call me and just tell me to “Handle with Care.” Nothing else needs to be said or asked. This will let me know that your child may need extra time, patience, or help throughout the day. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We are all in this together. We’ll get through this.

Check below to see what’s happening this month in guidance! 

Wishing you well, 

Nicole Tiedt  


April 2023 


What’s Happening in Guidance?

In April a protective behaviors classroom lesson will be presented in your child’s classroom that includes information about child sexual abuse. Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students will learn they can say “NO” to confusing or uncomfortable touch, discuss strategies of self-protection, and learn they could never be at fault in cases of abuse.  They also will be encouraged to identify adults who they trust when they need help or protection. Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will be encouraged to identify parents or other trusted adults they can talk to about relationships or if they are being teased, bullied or abused. Students will also be taught how to communicate assertively about how one is being treated and/or about what one needs. They will learn and practice refusal skills (clear "no" statement, walk away, repeat refusal) and most importantly learn they could never be at fault in cases of abuse. 

Safety can sometimes be difficult to talk about with children. We sometimes might be worried that talking about it might be more harmful than helpful. However, research shows that giving them the tools and having those open conversations can be helpful in the long run. Many times our kids might not share with us in concern of getting in trouble. If we keep the lines of communication open, we open the door for them to come to us. We encourage you to continue this conversation at home. 



I can give my child frequent hugs, kisses, smiles and eye contact

  • I can reinforce child protective behaviors like their right to “Say No”, “Try to Get Away” and “Tell a Grown Up Who They Trust.”

  • I can tell my child that nobody has the right to touch them or to have them touch another person in any way that makes them feel unsafe or confused.  They have the right to say no to anyone in these circumstances- no matter who that person is.  They also have the right to tell an adult they trust, no matter what.

  • I can let my child know that they can follow their instincts or red flags- if they are uncomfortable in any situation or with a certain person, they can ask for help or to not be left alone with that person.

  • I can let my child know that grown-ups are not always right and can also make mistakes.

  • I can let my child know that grown-ups are responsible for their own choices and mistakes- grown-up choices are never a child’s fault.

  • I can play “what if” games for all safety situations, including child abuse prevention (i.e. “what if….you lose a parent in a store, someone asks you to get into a car, someone asks you to touch their private parts, etc”).

  • I can become better acquainted with the adults my child spends time with (i.e. club leaders, neighbors, day care workers, babysitters, etc.).

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Franklin PTO Scholastic Book Fair - BOGO

Franklin's PTO will host a Scholastic Book Fair  the week of April 24th.  This will be a Buy One Get One Sale.  Book Fair Details

Breakfast/Lunch Menus

Please click on the following link to view the lunch menus each month:

Food Service Information and Menus

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Change of Clothing

Our younger students are strongly encouraged to keep a change of clothing in their backpack in the event they soil their clothes due to recess activities, lunch spills or health issues.  Due to space limitations, we do not keep extra clothing at school to accommodate these needs.  Parents/Guardians will be called to bring needed clothing.  In addition, parents of students who have ongoing bathroom accidents may need to be called to assist their student, if necessary.

Outdoor Recess/Personal Property at School

Franklin students will be going outside for recess, weather permitting.  Students are expected to participate in outdoor recess with their classmates and should come to school prepared to go outside with the proper clothing, shoes, etc. 

A doctor's note is required if your child will need to stay in for a length of time longer than 3-5 days.  Please keep in mind that toys, phones, electronic games, and sporting goods should be kept at home as we do not want to risk loss or damage to your personal property.

Professional Development Days

(Note:  There will no longer be Early Dismissal Days for Professional Development)

As indicated on the School Calendar at the link above, there will no school on the following dates due to Teacher Professional Development.  Please look carefully at the student calendar for all other days off as well.  The Profesional Development dates are  as follows:    Friday, May 12th 


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Birthday Treats/Invitations/and Books

Treats:  Edible birthday treats are not allowed per district policy. Students are allowed to bring a small, tangible birthday treat such as pencils, stickers, glowsticks, etc. 

Invitations:  Classroom teachers may not distribute birthday invitations to students unless they are going to an entire class.   If you are inviting kids from another class, that whole entire class would need to be invited too.  We prefer that birthday invitations get handled outside of school.

Birthday Books:  Each year our Franklin PTO raises money to purchase books that are kept in the Principal's office.  Students are invited to the Principal's office on their birthday to pick out a book to keep and take home.  Students with summer month birthdays are also included in this activity during the last months of school.

Classroom Assignments for 2023-24 School Year

Requests DUE by Friday, May 5

The Oshkosh Area School District Policy #434 provides parents the opportunity to fill out a request form for a specific classroom for consideration at the building level based on an educational need for your child.  “Request for Specific Teacher or Class Assignment Forms” can be picked up in the school office or on the district webpage using the following link: Request for Specific Teacher or Class Form All request forms must be turned in to the school office by Friday, May 5.  A great deal of time and effort is put into creating balanced classrooms. All classroom requests will be reviewed; however, they may not be honored. Late forms will not be accepted. 


Running Club is Back!


Students in Grade 3-5 will have the opportunity to join Running Club this spring. Please be on the lookout for a flyer and permission slip coming home with students in early April.

First page of the PDF file: 2023-24TeacherStudentSchoolCalendar_PUBLIC_FINAL_32923