December 2022

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


Lost and Found - December

Franklin's Lost and Found for December already has many jackets, boots and hats.  Please remind your students to check this area for any items that may have been misplaced.  The Lost and Found is located across from the Music Room.  We recommend that you label your student's clothing with a name or initials so that it can be easily identified.




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Calendar of Events

Community Happenings

Student Calendar

Parent Portal

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Franklin School Facebook Page

Franklin PTO Facebook Page


Kiwanis Food Drive

November 28-December 5

Franklin will be collecting food and hygiene items for the annual Mid-Morning Kiwanis Food Drive.  Any canned and/or non-perishable food items or hygiene products that you can donate would be greatly appreciated.  Collection dates will be from Monday, November 28 through Monday, December 5, 2022.  

PTO Holiday Shopping Fair

The PTO will be hosting a Holiday Shopping Fair for students on Friday, December 2, as detailed above.  They are looking for donations for this event.  Please click on the following link to view the flyer for donations up close:  Donations for Holiday Fair Flyer


PTO Holiday Shopping Fair

Friday, December 2

5:00 to 7:00 pm

The Franklin PTO will host a Holiday Shopping Fair on Friday, December 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, which will includes a shopping fair, face painting, milk and cookies, and meeting Santa.  Please click on the following link for the Holiday Fair Flyer and Details:  Holiday Fair Flyer


Media Center News

Franklin Families:

For December, I would like to share with you another link from Common Sense Media, which has some great family tips:  Common Sense Media





Mrs. Tiedt’s 

Parent Connection 

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: 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. 

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


Wishing you well, 

 Nicole Tiedt  

What’s Happening in Guidance?

During the month of December we will be focusing on Growth Mindset and Mindfulness. You might be asking, 

What does Mindfulness Mean?

Mindfulness means being aware of what is happening around you right now at the present moment. Being mindful can help you to notice the little details happening around you. Being mindful can also help you to think about your words and actions before they happen. Learning how to adjust and cope will help us to get through any difficult situation in a healthy and powerful way. Remembering to take our deep breaths, breathing in through our nose, like we are smelling a flower and out through our mouths like we are blowing out a candle.





Parent/Teacher Conferences


First Semester Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, January 26,  2023, from 4:00 to 7:15 pm and also on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, from 4:00 to 7:15 pm for all students.  More information will come out for these conferences in January.  We will be using PTC Fast for setting up these conferences.  

Personal Items from Home

Please remind your students that they are not allowed to bring toys, sports equipment, or other personal items to school.   


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, December 9th

Monday, January 16th

Friday, February 10th

Monday, February 20th

Friday, March 10th

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.


Pets on School Property

Parents picking up their children after school must stay on the sidewalk with their pets and not come onto school property.  The district  does allow service animals and therapy animals.  Please refer to the District Policy for full details: 

Book:  Policy Manual

Section: 8000 Operations


Code: po8390

Status: Active

Adopted: November 18, 2015

Last Revised: November 18, 2020


Link to Board Policy