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From the Principal - January 10, 2022

Updated: Jan 19

January 10, 2022

Dear Franklin Families,

I hope that all of you found moments of rest and enjoyment this weekend. In my family, we enjoyed lots of hot chocolate and returned to our favorite sledding hills. Winter is in full swing now with snow on the ground and bitter temperatures forecast for this coming week. Please make sure that your children come to school appropriately dressed for the season as we will head outside for recess on all but the coldest days.


The timing of the snow day was wonderful in the middle of this Covid surge and resulting absences for students and staff. We all hope that this dilemma will pass soon so that we can maintain our full focus on academic and social-emotional learning as we launch the second half of the school year. We are a couple of weeks away from Day 90, the school year’s mid-point, and teachers are working hard to prepare Progress Reports, which will be available online for families on Thursday, February 3rd.


On Thursday, January 20th, School Psychologist Dr. Toni Kelly will join us at our evening PTO meeting. We will talk about our team’s professional learning about a Culturally Responsive Approach to Trauma and other facets of Social-Emotional Learning and Support at Franklin School. We hope you can be with us on Zoom that evening!

With Best Wishes,

Mark Chitty

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

Kindergarten 2022 Press Release.pdf

Weekly COVID Case Numbers: During the week of January 3rd, Franklin School recorded 20 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.

Save the Date! Dr. David Fleishman, Superintendent of Schools, and members of the Newton School Committee will be visiting Franklin at the Parent Coffee on Friday, February 11th, 8:30-9:15 a.m., as a part of their annual tour of Newton schools. They look forward to speaking with members of the Franklin community.

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. We will meet on Zoom for the January and February gatherings and revisit the format for the spring times. Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Fleishman and members of the Newton School Committee will join us at the February 11th Parent Coffee.

January 20th 7:30 p.m.

https://newton-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/87492360452

Meeting ID: 874 9236 0452

Passcode: 999348

February 11th 8:30 a.m.

March 24th 7:30 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 a.m. 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: February 3rd, March 24th, and May 12th.

With best wishes,

Mark Chitty

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