February 2024

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




PLEASE take a moment to read the following information concerning our school traffic.  
Franklin School Traffic Plan



Looking for great parenting tips and support?  Please check out this link!

OASD Love & Logic - Feb 2024





Yearbook Order 23-24

All orders are due by March 4, 2024
This is the only way to order
a yearbook for your child!
Extra copies will not be ordered
for sale after the deadline!
Cost is $12.25 per book

Professional   Development Days

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 Professional Development dates are  as follow
  • February 9th
  • March 8th 
  • April 12th
  • May 10th

February 1st, 2024 through February 12th, 2024 we will be having a Ring Pop saleValentine Balloons to help raise money for our PBIS incentive prizes. The cost of the Ring Pop is $1.00 and will be delivered to the student with a message of their choice.

All Ring Pops will be delivered on Wednesday, February 14th. If you are interested in ordering a ring pop to be delivered to a student, please complete the bottom portion of the link belowAll forms and money must be returned by Monday, February 12th. If you would like to donate to someone without a ring pop please note that on the message!

Valentine Ring Pop Sale



A "Pawsitive" Reading

Experience for Kids!

Calling all young readers! The Oshkosh Public Library is once again inviting children in grades 4K-5 to spend time reading to registered therapy dogs. The opportunity is part of the library’s READ to a Dog program (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) which takes place on Mondays from 4 - 5:15 p.m. beginning February 3 through April 27. 
Families may reserve a 15-minute session by calling the Children's Desk at 920.236.5208. LEARN MORE!
Reading aloud to a trained reading dog is a great way for children to practice their skills in a relaxed, non-judgmental environment. The dogs are eager to hear some good stories and non-fiction!

Upcoming Events

2/01, Monday
Valentine Ring Pop Sale starts!
2/9, Friday
Professional Development - no school for students.
2/12, Monday
LAST DAY - Valentine Ring Pop Sale Forms and money due!
2/14, Wednesday
Valentine's Day
               2/29, Thursday
               EAA Field Trip - Grade 2
(rescheduled from January)
Community Happenings
Student Calendar
Parent Portal
Franklin Facebook Page

Breakfast/Lunch Menus

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

Food Service Info. & Menus




Any students interested in signing up for the league?  CLICK HERE to learn more about the organization and how to register your child!


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For Resident Requests to attend a school WITHIN the Oshkosh Area School District
Out-of-Attendance-Area School Applications to Attend Another School IN the Oshkosh District
Due by Friday, February 23, 2024
for the 2024-25 school year 


The Oshkosh Area School District allows parents of resident students to request attendance at a school other than their home school in the district.  All requests will be handled administratively following district policy, including compliance with W.I.A.A. rules, when appropriate.  Out-of-Attendance Area application forms with district guidelines are available on the school district website at the following link:  https://www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/families/enrollment


Parents requesting a K-12 out-of-attendance area school for their child must submit an application by February 23, 2024.  The district will notify parents via e-mail in spring as to whether their request is approved or denied.  Any requests received after the deadline may be held for review until after district-wide registration is completed in August 2024.
For Requests to attend a school OUTSIDE the Oshkosh Area School District

Public School Open Enrollment to Other School Districts Applications due by 4:00 p.m. on April 30, 2024

Wisconsin’s inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they live. 
Students in 4-year-old Kindergarten to Grade 12 may apply to participate in open enrollment.   Parents should call their resident school districts to find out if their preschool-aged children qualify for open enrollment.  
The open enrollment application period for the 2024-25 school year is from February 5 - April 30, 2024.  Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.  
     Parents may apply in one of two ways:
  • On-line (recommended) at https://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment.  (Accessible as of February 5, 2024)
  • Although on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Student Information Services Manager at 215 South Eagle Street and must be delivered (hand-delivery is recommended) to the nonresident school district.


What’s Happening in Guidance?

Franklin Kindness Challenge

During the month of February we are going to focus on random acts of kindness. Saturday 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!





Feb. 5th-9th 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. Click here to see  what a School Counselor Does.

Counselor logo


I’ve created a mailbox for you to reach me by clicking on the following link: Mrs. Tiedt's Parent Referral Mailbox.
Please feel free to email or phone!
(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.

School Counselor Week



 We are excited to announce an improved field trip process for families. Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, all field trip permission slips will be electronic and we are moving to cashless payments for field trips. This is a new process for our entire district and is meant to streamline and improve our service to families. 

Additional information will be shared by teachers as they plan for field trips. However, we want to highlight the following features: 

  • Our new online field trip process must be completed via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. 

  • All online transaction fees have been waived, including payments made by credit card, debit card, and checking/savings account. 

  • If a field trip is sponsored by the district, the cost of the trip is waived for families who are eligible and approved to receive free and reduced priced meals. (This will be communicated to impacted families.)

Our school secretary will be available to assist families as needed and if a parent/guardian is unable to complete the online field trip process, we can provide support in-person or over the phone. 

We look forward to providing your child(ren) with enriching field trip experiences that contribute to their educational journey. We appreciate your continued partnership and engagement!


Clothes pieces

Lost and Found

Please click on the following link to view a short slideshow of some of the items in our lost and found.

Link to Lost and Found


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.

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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.

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 P

Book:  Policy Manual
Section: 8000 Operations
Code: po8390
Status: Active
Adopted: November 18, 2015
Last Revised: November 18, 2020
Link to Board Policy for full details: 



Balloons - Free images on PixabayBirthday 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