December 2021

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

Jami R. Kohl, Principal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Rebecca Kleven, Secretary                                                                                                                                         

Franklin Staff Directory


Quick Reference/Notes...

  • DISTRICT HANDBOOK:  The OASD has put together a School Year Handbook for the 2020-21 School Year.  Please click on the following link to view this information:  OASD 2021-22 School Plan Handbook

  • VISITOR PROTOCOLS: Please refer to Section 4.1 of the District Handbook above in regards to entering the school building.  Parents will not be allowed to enter the school building for any reason, unless pre-approved by the building principal or designee.  Parents needing to drop off or pick up their child during school hours will need to call the office at 424-0078 (press "0") and then wait out in their car for a staff member to meet you.  Parents will not be allowed to enter the building to visit classrooms or the cafeteria without explicit permission from the building principal.

  • DECEMBER EARLY RELEASE: Wednesday, December 8, is an early release day.  All students dismiss at 12:30 pm.



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Calendar of Events

Community Happenings

Student Calendar

Parent Portal

Chromebook Help

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Winter Clothing

Students are now required to have boots and snow pants at school each day if they want to play on the grass or wood chip areas due to the increased chances of snow and precipitation.  Please make sure that your child's outdoor clothing is marked with their names.


Less than 50 degrees–students must wear a jacket.

50-59 degrees– jacket choice (Can’t come back in)

60 degrees and above– No jacket needed.


Less than 10 degrees or Zero Wind Chill or rain– students stay inside

10 degrees and above Zero Wind Chill– OUTSIDE 

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Kiwanis Food Drive and Magic Show

Thank you Franklin Families for your generous donations to the Kiwanis Food Drive to benefit local food pantries.  

As a "Thank You" for donating, Franklin students will enjoy a Magic Show put on by the Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis Club on Wednesday, December 1.


Media Center

In school students learn how to be safe, responsible and respectful digital citizens as they work on their Chromebooks.  Many may have access to devices online at home.  Please click on the link below to view the webpage Common Sense Media for useful tips on keeping kids safe online.

I hope you find this helpful.  If you ever have questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Ms. Rettig


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 Holiday Shopping Faire 

Friday, December 3rd 5:00-7:00 pm

Please join us for Christmas Craft Making, Face Painting, Meet Santa, Cookies and Milk, Raffle Baskets and of course . . . a store for Franklin students to purchase gifts for loved ones! 

Each Franklin student can pay $3 CASH at the door to shop for 3 gifts that will be wrapped.  In order for us to make sure everyone gets a chance to go through the store in an organized fashion we will again be asking that students shop at the designated times below.

Last names beginning with the letters:

A-K 5:00 pm

L-Z  5:45 pm

Masks are required for this event.  Also, shopping helpers and volunteers are needed for this event.  Please click on the following link to volunteer to help:  Volunteer Link

Policies and Procedures


Mid-Year Enrollment AND Withdrawal Period

The Oshkosh Area School District is pleased to announce a mid-year enrollment period for the District’s eAcademy, a fully online school for grades K-12. The mid-year enrollment period will take place November 29 through December 10, 2021, at 3 p.m., and will allow students to enroll IN or OUT of eAcademy for the 2021-22 second semester. For more information about enrolling/withdrawing from eAcademy for second semester please visit the eAcademy Website at: 

LEARN MORE! The Oshkosh Area School District eAcademy is a fully online school for grades K-12.  eAcademy is partnered with the Wisconsin eSchool Network, which is a collaborative network of online programs throughout the state of Wisconsin. The program has been developed in collaboration with online learning experts and is based on years of research and best practices for excellence in virtual learning. Students who participate in the OASD eAcademy enjoy all the benefits of being a OASD student, including earning an OASD diploma and participating in extracurriculars, while receiving a customized, student-centered education that meets individual educational and social needs. 

CONTACT US! If you are looking for additional information to further assist with your enrollment decision, feel free to reach out to the OASD eAcademy coaches / staff at each level:  

Kim Groth - Elementary -

Melissa Schiek - Elementary -

Jean Framke - Coach West HS -

Jennifer Thede - Coach North HS -

Julie Ruck, SPED Virtual Support Teacher -

Lisa Lieder - Program Coordinator -

Trina Anderson - Principal -



Mrs. Tiedt’s 

Parent Connection 

Dear Franklin Families:

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: or by phone at 920-424-0078 ext 1528. 

During this time, I am sharing Social Emotional Learning with the students and families on my Facebook page. Click here to join Mrs. Tiedt's School Counselor Connection on Facebook. I also have a Google classroom to reach out to third through fifth grade students and I have a topic in each of the Kindergarten through second grade Google Classrooms. Please remind your student to check out my classroom for mindfulness activities, read-a-louds and social emotional lessons each week. 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.

This is a stressful time for everyone. Remember we are here for you. Although we can’t all be together right now, we are here for you. If you need anything, check out this Oshkosh Area Community Resources link. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We are all in this together. We’ll get  through this.

Check below for what’s happening this month! 

Thinking of you all!  

Mrs. Tiedt 

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What’s Happening in Guidance?


What’s Happening in Guidance?

In December we are focusing on gratitude and resilience! During times like these it is hard to remember what we are grateful for. This is  a time when we must try to find those things that we appreciate and learn to be thankful for what we have and to be resilient. Resilience is the ability to overcome adversity in ways that maintain or promote our well-being.