October 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 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


Hello Franklin families and staff,

Happy Fall, y’all! As the weather starts dipping down, leaves start changing colors, and football is back in season, it’s that time of year when we start seeing an increase of cold and flu-like symptoms. We want to help you remain HEALTHY and strong to check off ALL of the adventures on your Fall Bucket List. (See below if you need bucket list ideas!) The number one way to prevent the spread of illness is with good hand washing!  Below are some other ways we can help minimize the spread of illness in our schools:

  • Teaching and reminding good hand washing to our students/ children

  • Teaching and reminding to cover coughs and sneezes (in your elbow...NOT hands)

  • Utilize a mask IF comfortable, but not required(to protect yourself or others) 

  • Sanitizing common and high touch surfaces in your classroom and home routinely

  • Stay home if you have a fever, vomiting/ diarrhea, severe cough, or generally feeling unwell 

  • Get plenty of rest and water

Hand Washing Topic is a great link to utilize to help remind ourselves and students/children of good hand washing etiquette! With your help, we can work to keep ourselves and others healthy!

CDC Video (no sound with video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d914EnpU4Fo&feature=emb_rel_pause

Fall Family Bucket List Inspiration:

Family Fall Bucket List


Have a wonderful and healthy changing of the seasons! 



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Calendar of Events

Community Happenings

Student Calendar

Parent Portal

Franklin Facebook Page

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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 7:45 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



Below you will find a link for our Franklin apparel order. You will notice that this year we have expanded our order to include more options and colors. Our sale began on Monday, September 25th and goes until Friday, October 6th. All orders must be placed online and payments made online. You can select shipping or pick up. If you select shipping you will be charged for shipping. If you select, pick up your items will be delivered to your child's classroom. There is no shipping charge if you select pick up.


Oshkosh West Homecoming Parade    

Friday, September 29, 2023 @ 5:30 pm

Franklin students are once again invited to participate in the Oshkosh West Homecoming Parade on Friday, September 29, 2023 at 5:30 pm.  Please arrive by 5:00 pm in the West High School Parking Lot  Homecoming Parade Flyer


Franklin PTO Halloween Costume Dance Party

Friday, November 3, 2023

5:00 to 6:30 pm

Please click on the following link to view the flyer below more closely:  Halloween Dance Party Flyer


Halloween Festivities

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Your child may choose to wear fall colors or bring an appropriate costume to put on for an afternoon party.  To promote a festive environment at Franklin School, we ask that students wear costumes that are of a non-violent nature.  Please be aware that costumes may not include weapons per school board policy 443.51.  In addition, students may NOT wear any masks.  Costumes not suitable for our environment will be asked to remove them.   

There will be a parade outside of the school building (weather permitting) that parents are welcome to attend beginning at 1:50 pm.  If the parade is cancelled, parents will be notified by 1:00 pm via email/text.  Please keep costumes simple as parents and adult visitors will not be permitted into the school building to assist with costumes or visit classrooms.

As always, learning and safety are our primary concerns. With your help and cooperation, our school family can complete our important schoolwork and have a little seasonal fun too!


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Lunch/Recess Schedule 2023-24


Lunch 11:00-11:30 am/Recess 11:30-11:45 am

Grade 1:

Lunch 11:20-11:50 am/Recess 11:50-12:05 pm

Grade 2:

Lunch 11:15-11:45 am/Recess 11:45-12:00 pm

Grade 3:

Lunch 11:30-12:00 pm/Recess 12:00-12:15 pm

Grade 4:

Lunch 11:25-11:55 am/Recess 11:55-12:10 pm

Grade 5:

Lunch 12:00-12:30 pm/Recess 12:30-12:45 pm



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. 



Media Center News

October Edition of Common Sense Media has some great infomation on Safety, Privacy and Security for kids online:  Common Sense Media

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Hello from the Art Room!

Art is off to a great start in the Franklin Art Room!  Your artists have been hard at work creating masterpieces for our Art to Remember program!  Please read  the attached brochure for all the information!  Art to Remember

Thank you,

Mrs. Mueller, Art Teacher

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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.  


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Franklin Winter Concert

For  students in

Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2 

Monday, November 13, 2023

6:00 pm

Alberta Kimball Auditorium

Please save the date for Monday, November 13, as students in kindergarten, first and second grades will be performing a winter concert at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium at West High School.  More details will be provided prior to the event.

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NEWS from the world of Physical Education


Franklin's 1st through 5th graders have been going outside every possible chance to enjoy the weather.  It's been great, and the kids have not needed to change into inside only gym shoes--unless they have on open-toed shoes or crocks.  As we get further into the school year, gym shoes will be required for inside usage.  Students that do NOT have gym shoes at school will be required to use a loaner pair to participate in gym class.  Thank you to all who have already sent shoes to school.  If you have not, please do so as soon as possible before the weather turns. 

Thank You!

Mr. Andy Roloff, Physical Education Teacher


Mrs. Tiedt’s 

Parent Connection 

Dear Franklin Family,

I’ve created a mailbox for you to reach me by clicking on the following link: Mrs. Tiedt's Parent Referral Mailbox. You may also reach me via email: nicole.tiedt@oshkosh.k12.wi.us or by phone at 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. 

Check below to see what’s happening this month in guidance! 


Wishing you well, 

 Nicole Tiedt  


October 2023 

Counselor Connection

What’s Happening during Counselor Connection time this month?

This month we will be learning about self-regulation and how to keep our bodies safe and calm.                    

Sometimes our emotions get overwhelming and it becomes difficult for us to control our emotions. In October we will be learning about our brain and how our brain and our body work together to help keep us safe. Here’s a short video that can help us to understand how this works:  Why do we lose control of our emotions?

Coping Strategies are the skills and activities we use to help us regulate our emotions. We will be talking about what strategies we can use when we are feeling these emotions. Every person has their own coping strategies that work best for them. This just makes sense because each of us are unique! What works for one person, may not always work for another!




Families Families:

 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!


Attendance Works

Please click on the following link to view this Attendance Works Flyer on building Habits of Good Attendance Early:  Attendance Works

First page of the PDF file: Attendance-BuildtheHabitofGoodAttendanceEarly



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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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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:

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.


National School Board Appreciation Week

October 1 to October 7

Thank you to the Oshkosh School District Board of Education for all you do for our community, staff, and students.