March 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

Jami R. Kohl, Principal
Rebecca Kleven, Secretary

Franklin Staff Directory



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



WI Forward Exams

It's hard to believe we are at this point in the school year, but soon your children will be taking the WI Forward Exams.
Please note the following testing dates as it pertains to your child(ren):
  • 3rd Grade:  April 17 - April 23
  • 4th Grade:  April 4 - April 16
  • 5th Grade:  March 19 - April 5
How you can help your child be successful during testing days?
  • A good night's sleep
  • Breakfast
  • Avoid scheduling appointments for your child during their testing times. 
More details will be sent home and teachers will be communicating with you as well for those with students in 3rd-5th grade.
Thank you for your help in preparing your children for this testing!

Family Night - Thurs., 3/14

Click HERE for details!





Help our students to finish strong this year!

Coloring Clipart

It's only half way through the school year and classrooms are in need of additional supplies.

Please consider helping to replenish your child's classroom with any of these items:






KleenexTHANK YOU for your continued support of our teachers & school!



Upcoming Events

3/04, Monday
Yearbook order deadline 
3/8, Friday
Professional Development - no school for students.
3/14, Thursday
Family Night
3/19, Tuesday
WI Forward Exams start (Grade 5)
Franklin Events Calendar                  
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

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

March 8th 
April 12th
May 10th


Mark your calendars!

The Franklin Spring Concert for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade students will be Thursday, April 11th at 6:00pm at Alberta Kimball Auditorium at Oshkosh West High School. All performers should arrive by 5:40pm to use the bathroom and find their assigned seats at the back of the auditorium. Thank you to all families for your support of our music program on this very special day!


Mark your calendar!
Starting March 6, families may begin registering their child(ren) for Summer School 2024. 
This year's OASD Summer School course guide is now available. Please read the following update to learn more and check out the available courses: 

PLEASE take a moment to read the following information concerning our school traffic.  

Franklin School Traffic Plan




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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:


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  (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.



 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!

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: 



Read to a DogA "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!

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.
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


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