December 2019

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                                                                                                                                         

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Reminders from the office...

  • Winter Clothing:  Please make sure that your child brings a warm coat, hat, mittens, snow pants and boots to school each day for outside recess.  These items should come to school with your student even if you think they might be inside for the day.   Make sure that all items are marked with your child’s name. The district guideline is 10 degrees temperature and/or 0 degrees wind chill as acceptable for students to go outside. Anything BELOW these marks will warrant inside recess. The temperatures are checked throughout the day.

  • Morning Drop Off: The front door of school (Door #1) does not open for students in the morning until 7:40 am when the first bell rings.  Students should be entering school and going to the playground through Door #2 in the morning prior to 7:40 am.  ALSO, it is preferred that parents not walk with their students to the classrooms in the morning.  By this time of year, all students should be independent and able to get themselves ready for class.  Parents needing to talk with a teacher should e-mail the teacher to schedule a convenient time.

  • Attendance: Lately, we have had many students getting picked up "just a few minutes early".  Please note that this is not a good practice as your students gets marked absent even for just a few minutes.  These minutes add up, and the state only allows 10 excused absences per year.  In addition, when parents attend field trips that get back early and you choose to take your child home with you prior to 2:45 pm, that time is also considered an absence.



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 Holiday Shopping Faire

  Friday, December 6, 2019

5:00-7:00 pm

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The Franklin Holiday Shopping Faire is coming to town. . .The Franklin PTCO will hold its annual Holiday Shopping Faire on Friday, December 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Franklin School. Franklin students pay $3.00 cash for admission to the event, siblings and family are welcome to attend and enjoy activities for free. Franklin students are able to shop and wrap gifts for three loved ones. Parents/guardians are not allowed in the shopping area since the children are independently shopping for special gifts they will give. We do have volunteer “elves” to help those that need assistance.   

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We are now accepting items that are NEW or QUALITY- MADE to be used as gifts for the Holiday Faire. Items may include, but are not limited to; picture frames, funky socks, slippers, coffee mugs, stress balls, coloring books, jewelry, tools, decorations for the home, pet toys, candles, nail polish, toys for all ages, etc. Our little shoppers will be looking to pick out gifts for moms, dads, guardians, siblings, grandparents, and pets. Help us stock the faire! Items will be accepted through December 2nd.  A large box will be placed outside of the school office for your donations. 

If you have questions, would like to volunteer, or would like to make a monetary donation to the event please contact Mindy at 

Raffle Baskets for Holiday Faire

The PTCO is asking that each classroom donate items toward a themed basket that will be raffled off at the Holiday Faire on Friday, December 6. Each grade levels’ items will be combined to create a total of six awesome baskets, and one gift card tree. Items brought should relate to the theme assigned. 

Please send all raffle basket donations to school no later than Friday, November 22nd. 

KINDERGARTEN- SNOW MUCH FUN - Sledding, hot cocoa, mittens, skiing, snowballs, ice skating, etc.

FIRST GRADE- ARTS & CRAFTS - Stickers, card stock paper, markers, paint, slime materials, etc.  

SECOND GRADE - FOR THE HOME - Cleaning supplies, laundry soap, dish soap, paper products, toilet paper, etc.               

THIRD GRADE - BEDTIME STORIES - Books, cozy blanket, reading light, magazines, journal, bookmark, etc.  

FOURTH GRADE - SPORTS OF ALL SORTS - Basketball, football, golf, WI Team apparel, etc.   

FIFTH GRADE - FAMILY GAME/MOVIE NIGHT -Board games, snacks, dvds, popcorn, etc.     

Gift cards in dollar amounts between $5-20 graciously accepted towards a gift card tree raffle item! Please label all items “For Holiday Faire Raffle” upon sending items to school with your child. 

You are invited to attend...

Franklin's Holiday Shopping Faire

Friday, December 6

5:00-7:00 pm

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Please join us for games, photos with Santa, milk and cookies, and of course . . . a store for Franklin students to purchase gifts for loved ones! 

Each Franklin student that attends will pay $3 CASH at the door and will shop for, wrap, and take home 3 gifts. One raffle ticket will also be included per Franklin student, with additional raffle tickets available to purchase at the event (cash). 

In order for us to make sure everyone gets a chance to go through the store in an organized fashion we will again be asking that families attend at the times designated below.  Our busy little helpers will be restocking the tables throughout the evening so there will be no need to worry about the selection. 

Last names beginning with the letters:

A-G   5:00-5:30 pm

H-N  5:30-6:00 pm

0-R    6:00-6:30 pm

S-Z    6:15-6:45 pm

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Pizza Ranch Fundraiser - December 2

Please join Franklin families on Monday, December 2, at Pizza Ranch of Oshkosh from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.  Franklin School will receive 10% of the profits from food purchases that evening.  Please click here for the event flyer:  Pizza Ranch Fundraiser  Please click here to volunteer for this event:  Pizza Ranch Volunteer

Heavenly Hats

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The Franklin Student Council would like to thank you for your participation in our Heavenly Hats Day. We were able to raise $150.62 for the organization to help with the shipment of hats to patients who have lost their hair. Watch for more Student Council events throughout the year.  Thank you for your support.



Kiwanis Food Drive & Magic Show

Franklin Elementary School is now collecting food and hygiene items for the annual Mid-Morning Kiwanis Food Drive.   Our school goal is 1,350 canned/non-perishable food items or hygiene products.

Collections will run      November 20 to December 5

The Student Council is running a contest to see who can bring in the most items.  The contest will be between the Primary Wing (Grades KG-2) and the Intermediate Wing (Grades 3-5).  The Wing that brings in the most items will get a special treat from the Student Council.  Please turn items into your class’ collection box to ensure that they get counted.  Also, this year, Franklin students will get to see the Kiwanis Magic Show, which is a 20-minute presentation, on Wednesday, December 4, as a thank you for the donations.

All-School Field Trip

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Exciting news!  As a school, we made our goal of 150 class feathers.  Our special celebration for making our goal is going to the movies to see “Playmobil the Movie”!  All students and staff will be going on Thursday, December 19. Permission slips will be coming home with students for this event soon including the cost of attendance. 


 Wondering what to buy your child’s teacher? 

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We can help! 

Look for the “wishlist“ tree in front of the office.  Find the ornament with the teacher's name you want to buy for.  The ornament has some  suggestions of things that that teacher would like for their classroom. 

The "wishlist"  Tree is up now!


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Thank you so much for your support during our preparation and presentation of our Winter Concert 2019! Thank you for supporting your child's music education by practicing at home and attending the concert. I am so proud of the work that the students put in and the ownership they took of their concert. I am unbelievably proud to be their music teacher.

~Maralee Mindock                                                    Music Specialist, Franklin Elementary

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Monday, December 16

FLANNEL DAY -  Wear flannel for winter vibes 

Tuesday, December 17

FROZEN DAY -  Sparkle and shine be wearing your favorite winter colors 

Wednesday, December 18

WHITE OUT - Walk-in a winter wonderland by wearing white

Thursday, December 19

CANDY CANE DAY - Wear your favorite stripes

Friday, December 20

PAJAMA DAY - Wear your pajamas




Mrs. Tiedt’s Counselor Connection

December 2019

Pasta for Pennies

Beginning Monday, December 9th through Wednesday, December 18th bring in your loose change to donate to a special cause! 

Students will be given a donation box to collect loose change to be added to each  classroom box. If Franklin Elementary raises $750, (that’s about $2.00/student), the classroom that raises the most funds will win a pasta party from Olive Garden.  Let’s work together to help make a difference!

Donations can also be made online at: Franklin Elementary School Donation Page and will be counted toward your child’s classroom total. 

What’s Happening in Guidance?

In December we are focusing on Empathy and Critical Thinking! Working together to build a stronger school community. Students are asked to view situations through the eyes of another. We talk about putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes. And thinking before reacting to a situation.