March 2020

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


Reminders from the office...

  • Stuffed animals, toys, cards, and sports equipment from home are not allowed in school.  The only exception is when the classroom teacher has a specific day.  
  • Please make sure that your students are bringing their winter clothing to school every day.  All students should be wearing boots and snow pants to play outside.  If they do not have snow boots, they may not leave the black top area.  However, the blacktop has gotten quite wet and muddy as well.
  • Beginning later this month, ALL visitors to our school will need to sign in at the office with a driver's license or other ID.  If a parent is dropping something off for their child and not staying at school, they will need to leave the item(s) in the office or sign in, get a visitor badge, and then proceed to the classroom.
  • Just a reminder that the front doors of school do not open for guests until 7:40 am.  If you arrive at school before 7:40 am, you must remain outside until the bell rings.  If you need to come to the office prior to 7:40 am, please request access at the door.   



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Family Movie Night

The PTCO will host a Family Movie Night on Friday, March 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  They will be showing Frozen II.  Admission is free and concessions will be sold.  Remember, all students must be accompanied by an adult for the entire evening.  Please click on the following link to view the flyer:  Movie Night - EVENT CANCELLED


Festival Foods Card Fundraiser

The PTCO will be sending home Festival Food Cards with students.  Each card costs $20 and $10 of each will go toward the Playground Fund.  If your family would like to purchase the card, please put $20 in the envelope and return just the money back to school (keep the card).  If you do not want to purchase the card, simply send the card back to school.  Additional cards are available as well.  Here is the flyer that went home with students on this event:  Festival Food

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Enrollment Status for 2020/21  

Forms will be sent home this month to let us know if you will not be returning to Franklin for the 2020-21 school year.  In order for us to assess classroom needs, we need to be able to accurately project class sizes.  Please keep us informed if you are out of town. You may continue to use the Infinite Campus Parent Portal to update your family changes throughout the summer.  Thank you.


Classroom Assignments for 2020-21 School Year

Requests DUE May 1

The Oshkosh Area School District Policy #434 provides parents the opportunity to fill out a request form for a specific classroom for consideration at the building level based on an educational need for your child.  “Request for Specific Teacher or Class Assignment Forms” can be picked up in the school office or on the district webpage using the following link: Request for Specific Teacher or Class Form.  All request forms must be turned in to the school office by Friday, May 1.  A great deal of time and effort is put into creating balanced classrooms. All classroom requests will be reviewed; however, they may not be honored. Late forms will not be accepted. 


Youth Art Month Exhibit

Oshkosh Area School District K-12 Art Show

Congratulations to the following Franklin students whose artwork has been selected for the Oshkosh Gallery Walk, Youth Art Month Exhibit:

1. Luke Hart

2. Gabriella Dimas

3. Macy Pluchinsky

4. Genna Williams

5. Andrya Roth

The exhibit is at the ArtSpace Collective Gallery (7 Merritt Avenue, Oshkosh). An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 7th from 6:00-9:00 PM, during the downtown gallery walk. You may also view your artwork throughout the month of March during regular gallery hours:  ArtSpace Collective Gallery Hours for March 7-28, 2020, Wednesday, Thursday 5:00-8:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am-1:00 pm Sunday 1:00-4:00 pm.


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Art Exhibit

Congratulations to five Franklin students who had artwork on display at the North East Wisconsin Regional Youth Art Month Exhibit. The exhibit was held at the Neville Public Museum from Jan 7-Feb 9, 2020.

1. Riley Lecker

2. Brooklynn Knoll

3. Michael Geitman

4. Liam Cheever

5. Sophie Britz

Three of these student's artwork moved on to the State Youth Month Exhibit. The exhibit is from Feb 22-March 6,2020 at the State Capitol. The artwork is hanging in the Capitol Rotunda. 

These students are: Michael Geitman, Liam Cheever and Sophie Britz. Michael's artwork won the Milwaukee Art Museum Award for an Elementary Student and Sophie's Artwork won the NASCO Award for an Elementary Student.




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Summer School 2020

Dear OASD Families,

The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) is putting the final touches on an exciting summer school program for 2020. Online registration, through the Infinite Campus (IC) parent portal, will be available beginning March 2, 2020 and will be open through March 20, 2020. At this time, additional information is available in the following letter: OASD Summer School 2020 Parent Letter - 02.03.2020. This information is also available on the  OASD Summer School webpage

Stay tuned for more summer school news and updates in the coming weeks!


Building Security Changes

As part of our ongoing improvement in the area of school safety, the Oshkosh Area School District is going to be implementing a new method for all school visitors to our schools. A team made up of secretaries, administration and members of the EPCOT team have selected a program called "Raptor". The new door entry program is for school visitors who come to our school after the day has begun.

The "Raptor" program will replace all of the stickers and clipboards we currently use to sign in and sign out visitors. This new system is anticipated to go into effect this month.  Many school districts around us have already implemented this system. 

When a visitor comes to the school, they will need to scan their driver's license or other ID into a scanner. The program will check their ID against a national list of sex offenders. If they are granted access, a camera will take their picture and their name and picture are printed immediately onto a sticker for them to wear.  We also will be importing a list of adults who are not allowed to pick up select students at the school. The tech team will be compiling this list and download it to your Raptor System. 

Mrs. Tiedt’s Counselor Connection - March 2020

What’s Happening in Guidance?

This month we are continuing our conversations on communication, self-control, size of the problem, and problem solving. 


In March we will continue to focus on communication. Students will learn what things are within their control and those that are out of their control. This can help us to learn self-control. We need to Stop and Think before we act.  In order to make the right choice in solving a problem, we must first decide what size the problem is. Ask your child about the different sizes of problems. A small problem such as someone cutting in line, needs to be followed by a small reaction. Having a big reaction such as screaming and yelling, can make this  problem a big problem. Once we’ve decided the size of the problem, we can decide how to solve the problem.