February 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   

Franklin Staff Directory


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Calendar of Events

Community Happenings

Student Calendar

Parent Portal

Chromebook Help

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Lost and Found - February


Franklin's Lost and Found for February 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 items are currently on tables outside of the office.  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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Franklin Families:

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


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Hello from the Art Room!

Students are busy creating wonderful artwork!  Look for news in the future about the Library and Masonic Temple art shows.

The art room is in need of STYROFOAM egg cartons and gallon ice cream pails.  

Thank you!

Mrs. Rebecca Mueller, Art Teacher

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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: 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. 

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


February 2023 

What’s Happening in Guidance?

Franklin Kindness Challenge

During the month of February we are going to focus on random acts of kindness. Friday, February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. We would like to challenge Franklin Elementary students to complete a 28 day Kindness Challenge during the month of February. Each student will be receiving a copy of a 28 day challenge sheet for the month of February! Once you complete an act of kindness, you can color in the square on the sheet. Anyone that brings in their sheet completely colored in at the end of the month will win a small prize. Please return the sheet to Mrs. Tiedt for your prize. Remember, there are 28 acts of kindness on your sheet, so you will have until the end of February to complete the challenge. This is an average of 1 act of kindness each day. I can’t wait to see how many of you can complete this challenge! Good luck everyone! 

February 6th - 10th is National School Counseling Week! 

In honor of this week, here are some fun facts about School Counselors and what we do: Our role has evolved throughout the years now including counseling strategies and focusing on all students’ social and emotional growth. School Counselors have national standards from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model to teach. These standards we teach fall into three main categories: personal/social, academic, and career readiness. School Counselors follow ethical guidelines in all the work we do. One of the biggest ethical considerations we must abide by is confidentiality. We must respect the privacy of the students and families we serve. Here is an idea of what a School Counselor Does.


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, 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.