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From the Principal - February 14, 2022

Updated: Feb 28, 2022

Dear Franklin Families,

Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you prefer spring or winter, I hope all of you found what you were looking for in the weekend weather! I expect much energy and excitement in school today as students celebrate this fun holiday and look forward to vacation at the end of the week. Based on the forecast, I also anticipate it will be an Indoor Recess day with low wind chill values. Thank you for ensuring that your children are dressed appropriately for the weather when they head out to school each day.

Speaking of vacation and winter clothing, our “lost and found” barrels are very full, and we will be donating unclaimed items to a non-profit organization over vacation. If your children are missing a jacket, hat, glove, water bottle, hoodie, etc. please have them check the lost and found this coming week before the items are donated!

At All School Meeting on Wednesday, the Second Grade Team will lead us in celebrating the 100th Day of School (which is on Tuesday) and Black History Month, including a video created by many of our Franklin School students. This will be a moment of strong community-building in the middle of our school year as we look forward to the busy spring months ahead. I hope that all of you have much laughter and relaxation during the vacation week!

With Best Wishes,

Mark Chitty

Blue Zone Reminder: Please remember that the “Blue Zone” is a moving pick-up and drop-off lane during Arrival and Dismissal, and you cannot park an unattended car there during these times. If you need to park and walk up to the school either with or without your child, please park on a nearby neighborhood street rather than in the Blue Zone.

Kindergarten Registration: Please see the attached information below about Kindergarten Registration for the 2022-23 School Year.

Weekly COVID Case Numbers: During the week of 2/7, Franklin School recorded 3 COVID cases. Information on districtwide COVID cases and vaccination rates can be found on the Newton Health and Human Services website here: NPS COVID Case Count and Vaccination Rates.

Parent Coffee/PTO Evening Meeting Dates: This year, we have a mixture of morning Parent Coffees and evening PTO Meetings through which we hope to engage all of you in conversation about life and learning in our school community. Please join us on the following dates.

March 24th 7:00 p.m.

April 29th 8:30 a.m.

June 2nd 7:30 p.m.

Absences: If your child will be absent from school for any reason, please call the Student Absence Line at 617-559-9509 before 7:50. Also, please be sure that teachers have accurate information about dismissal routines for your child.

Early Release Dates: We will have dismissal at 12:10 p.m. on the following dates: March 24th and May 12th.

MCAS Dates: Please note the following dates as you are planning family vacations and appointments:


Grade 3: 3/28 and 3/29

Grade 4: 3/31 and 4/1

Grade 5: 4/4 and 4/5


Grade 3: 4/25 and 4/26

Grade 4: 4/28 and 4/29

Grade 5: 5/2 and 5/3


Grade 5: 5/5 and 5/6

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