August/September 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

Jami R. Kohl, Principal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Rebecca Kleven, Secretary                                                                                                                                         

Franklin Staff Directory


Quick Reference/Notes...

  • REGISTER FOR SCHOOL:  Please make sure that you have completed the annual online registration for your student(s), which can be accessed through your parent portal account at the following link:  Parent Portal   If you are unable to login to your parent portal, please contact the school office to request that your portal account be reset.  Please note that if your child is new to the Oshkosh Area School District, you do not have to complete the annual registration but should contact the school office to obtain a Parent Portal account for future use.  Students that do not register will NOT be in the school yearbook.

  • KINDERGARTEN STAGGERED START:  Just a reminder that the Oshkosh School District is implementing a staggered start for all kindergarten students.  Half of our kindergarten students will begin on September 1 and half will begin on September 5.  All kindergarten students will attend on September 6 and thereafter.  Emails were sent to all families letting them know your child's start date.  If you cannot find this information, please contact the school office or stop by when you come for conferences.

  • PRACTICE SELF-SUFFICIENCY: Please work with your kids on being as self-sufficient as possible.   We really need kids to be able to zip and button their coats/clothing, tie their shoes, open food containers, etc.  Practicing with your kids would be very helpful so that adults are not needing to provide ongoing hands-on assistance.

  • FRANKLIN SCHOOL LUNCH/RECESS SCHEDULE: The daily student lunch/recess schedule is not finalized at this time.  As soon as it is available, it will be shared with families.



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Classroom Assignments & Get To Know You Conferences (GTKY)

Your child's classroom teacher assignment was sent to you via email on August 16, 2023.

Get to Know You Conferences will be held on Thursday, August 24 and Wednesday, August 30, from 3:15 pm to 6:00 pm. by appointment.  Please enter the school through the Main Entrance (Door #1).  We believe that this time to share information is one of the most important ways we can work together as a team to make your child's educational experiences successful. All conferences will be held in your child's classroom limited to 15 minutes per student and only one conference per student. During this conference time, you will be able to meet your teacher, bring your school supplies, and get acquainted with your classroom individually.  

To schedule a conference, we ask that you login to PTC Fast to create an account to schedule a Get To Know You Conference with your child's teacher on either August 24 or August 30.

NOTE: Due to possible gliches in the system, if you are an OASD employee please do not use your OASD email address; use your personal email address.  

To schedule a conference, please click on the following link:  PTC Fast   If you are unable to use the PTC Fast System, please call the Franklin School Office at 920-424-0078 to schedule an appointment over the phone.   If you are unable to attend this event, you may contact the classroom teacher directly to see if they are able to accommodate an alternative date/time. Families that do not attend a Get To Know You Conference should plan to send your child's school supplies along with them on the first day of school.   

School Attendance

If your child is going to be absent or late for school for any reason, please contact the office at 424-0078 (Press "0" for the Operator).  You may leave a message on the voice mail system to report the absence.  If you email the teacher, please also email the office.  Absences are considered "unexcused" if we do not hear from a parent/guardian.  Students who are absent from school more than 10 minutes of any part of the day without a proper excuse shall be recorded as unexcused.  A student who is absent less than 10 minutes of a day shall be recorded as tardy.  The time a student enters or leaves the building will be documented, and the system will calculate the absence accordingly and uniformly across the district.  Please keep this in mind as you schedule appointments for your children.  It is always best to schedule appointments during non-school hours.  Students are expected to be in class from 7:45 to 2:45 daily.

The District's attendance policy aligns with State DPI attendance policies.  To view the Oshkosh School District's attendance policy, please click on the following link:  OASD Board Policies  You will need to click on the Icon to the upper right that says "POLICIES" then click on the button that indicated "5000 Students" then select 5200 Attendance.

Calling the School

When you call the main school office number of 920-424-0078, you have the option to leave a message directly for a teacher without going through the office.  You can reach the teacher's voicemail by keying in their last name or using the voicemail extensions on the Staff Directory link at the top of the newsletter.  Teachers will be checking these messages before the end of each day. 

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Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! Here are some reminders to help make this school year off to a great start:

  • All students are required to have an updated immunization record or immunization waiver on file with the school health office. If you need an immunization waiver form, please click on the link for access: Immunization Waiver 23-24

  • Medication Forms and Emergency Action Plans (Allergy, Asthma, and Seizure) need to be completed each school year and handed into the health office during open house or first week of school. Please click the following link if you are in need of a form: OASD Health Services

  • Reminder that all medications must be brought to the health office in their original containers by a parent/guardian AND a medication form must be completed by a parent/guardian and signed by a physician. 

  • Please make sure your contact information is up to date in Infinite Campus so that we can reach you in case of an emergency. 

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me by email at: 

Let’s make it a great year,

Mikaila Peterson, RN, School Nurse




Franklin PTO Meeting

Monday, September 11, 6:00 pm at Franklin Elementary


Winter Concert for Grade


Monday, November 13, 6:00 pm at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium





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School Supplies List 

Supplies may be brought to school during Get To Know You Conferences or on the first day or school.  Please click on the following  link to view this year's School Supply List:

Supply List 2023-24 


School Times and Morning Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures


Franklin school hours for this school year are 7:45 am to 2:45 pm


Students that ride the bus will get dropped off at the Main Entrance (Door #1) in the circle drive.  The circle drive in front of school is for SCHOOL BUSES ONLY and vehicles with a valid disabled parking permit.  Vehicles with a disabled parking permit MUST pull in the disabled parking stalls.  This area is not a drop off or pick up site for students.  When buses arrive at school, students remain on the bus until 7:30 am, which is when the school doors open and students can come directly in and proceed to their classrooms.


Franklin students will come directly into the building and go directly into their classrooms beginning at 7:30 am. (or as close to 7:40 am as possible.  Classes begin promptly at 7:45 am).  We will have staff positioned at the following school doors: #1, #2, #3, and #4 to let students into the school building.  These are also the doors where students will be exiting at the end of the school day.  Please refer to the school map at the following link: School Map 

If your child is getting dropped off for school or picked up from school in your personal vehicle, the preferred drop off/pick up location is on Mason Street (Door #3) on the east side of Franklin and Meadow Street on the north side. (Door #1 or #2) 

At promptly 7:45 am, all of the doors will lock and door supervisors will be at their work stations.  Students that arrive and find their normal door locked will need to go to the main entrance at the front of school to Door #1 for the office staff to let them in and modify their attendance.  

For safety reasons,  students may not play on the equipment or with each other before or after school.  They need to come directly into the school building at 7:30 am.  If you need care before 7:30 am or after 2:55 pm, please sign up for the YMCA Before/After School Care Programs. 

Please talk with your child about these procedures and where you plan to meet them after school.

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YMCA Before School and After School Care Program

The Oshkosh YMCA will offer Before School and After School Care Programs at Franklin School during the 2023-24 School Year.  Registration is online using the link below.

The Before School Program runs from 6:10 am to 7:30 am.  The After School Care Program runs from 2:45 pm to 6:00 pm.   For more details and to register, please clink on the following link: 

Kids Club Before and After School Care Program


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Kobussen Busing

The Oshkosh Area School District uses Kobussen Busing Company as its provider for transporting students.  

Preregistration for busing is online through the parent portal when you register your child for school.  Your child's bussing information will be on the parent portal under the transportation tab as soon as the routes are established.  For information on busing, please contact Kobussen directly at 920-424-7575 or click on the link below:  


If you child is taking a bus to a friend's home, and they do not actively ride that bus, you must send a note with your child to give to the bus driver authorizing them to ride the bus and to get off at that friend's home.  Please contact Kobussen directly if you have specific questions about guest riders.

Franklin Staff

We would like to welcome new staff this year at Franklin.  For a full list of staff, please click on the Staff Directory link above:

  • Jennifer Dahms - Cross-Categorical Assistant
  • Mikaila Peterson - School Nurse
  • Heather Swenson - Grade 2 Teacher
  • Alyah Tesch - Grade 4 Teacher  

School Safety Protocols for Visitors and Student Pick Up

All exit/entrance doors to Franklin Elementary School are locked at all times and are monitored by staff during arrival and dismissal times.  ALL VISITORS must enter school using the Main Entrance (Door #1).  There is a button to press to ring the office where we will communicate with you prior to admittance into the office.  Once in the office, you will need a visitor badge to enter the building past the office.

Students coming and going during the school day for appointments must check out/in through the office by the main entrance (Door #1).  Please communicate that with your students if you know you will be picking them up early for an appointment.  You will need to pick them up at the Main Entrance (Door #1).     If you have someone that is not listed in Infinite Campus as an Emergency Contact picking up your child, you must contact the school prior.


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Tri-County Dental Clinic

Franklin will be participating in the Free Dental Care Program through the Tri-County Dental Clinic again this year.  If your Preschool, kindergarten and/or elementary school child(ren) are eligible for Free or reduced cost hot lunch, or have a Forward card from Medicaid (Badger Care) and DO NOT have private dental insurance, they can receive free dental care on the mobile unit.

Registration forms for the free program will be sent home with students the first week of school.  Please turn all forms into the school office only if you wish for your child to have dental services.  

Food Services / Links

School Breakfast/Lunch

All Franklin students will receive a breakfast and lunch at school each day for the 2023-24 school year at NO CHARGE.  This is a result of the district's implementing the Community Eligibility Provision while participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.  Your students will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit a meal application.  Please note that families that wish to receive additional benefits that the program provides such as free snack milk, dental care, field trip costs, waived instructional fees, etc., you must still complete the application as noted below.  Breakfast is served in the classroom beginning at 7:45 am.

Recess Milk

Recess milk is a snack milk taken by students during the school day.  The cost for recess milk is $.40 per milk.  (There is no charge for recess milk if you qualify for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program)  Teachers will be charging student accounts for milk daily.  Please make sure that your child's teacher is aware if your child will not be taking milk so the account does not get charged.

Sack Lunch Milk

Students that choose to bring a sack lunch from home may purchase a milk at the cost of $.40.  This amount will be deducted from your child's account.  Daily payments for sack lunch milk will not be accepted.  Please note that if you qualify for the free and reduced lunch program, you do not receive free milk with your sack lunch.  In addition, please note that there are no microwaves on site for students to use at lunch time.

Free and Reduced Lunch Program

All Franklin students will be able to receive free breakfast and lunch each day; however, to be eligible for additional benefits such as waived fees, dental services, and free snack milk, you must apply for the program.  All households were notified in August about applying for the free or reduced lunch program.   A new application must be completed each year to be eligible for the lunch program.  In addition, you can apply online for the program right in your Parent Portal.     

If you have questions, please contact the Food Services Department at West High School 424-4936.

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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Picture Days

Thursday, October 5     Thursday, November 9  (Retakes)

Network Photography is planning to take school pictures at Franklin on Thursday, October 5, beginning at 8:00 am.  All students present on October 5 will have their picture taken. 

November 9 will be a retake day for any retakes and students not present on October 5.  

All pictures will be ordered online using the following link:

Network Photography Picture Ordering Link

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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:

September 22nd

October 13th

November 10th

December 8th

February 9th

March 8th 

April 12th

May 10th


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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.


Love and Logic

Please click on the following link to view information about upcoming parent classes on Love and Logic:  Love and Logic