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From the Principal - January 23, 2022

Updated: Jan 31

Dear Franklin Families,


I hope that all of you enjoyed the weekend! It was wonderful to see many of you at our January PTO Meeting last Thursday evening, when we talked about Social-Emotional Learning at Franklin with School Psychologist Dr. Toni Kelly. For those of you who were not able to attend, I have attached the slides that were the basis for our conversation.

PTO SEL Slideshow 1-20-22.pdf


Progress Reports will be available in Aspen for all families on Thursday, February 10th. Students’ current performance levels in a variety of academic and social objectives are reported in reference to our grade-level benchmarks. In areas where students are meeting expectations for this time of year, they receive a “3.” “4” indicates performance significantly beyond grade-level benchmarks. “2” and “1” indicate varying degrees of required growth toward benchmarks.


During these next four school weeks before February Vacation, I look forward to continuing the rich learning experiences in our school as we watch our community’s COVID numbers decline and dream of the greater opportunities for community gatherings and volunteer involvement in the school that will hopefully come our way in the spring. It is an honor and privilege to be your principal.

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 1/18, Franklin School recorded 8 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. Interpretation for this meeting can be available. Please complete this Google form at least three days before the meeting if you require interpretation: https://forms.gle/daA8qQjm61BJDocD7.

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.

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. 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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