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From the Principal - November 22, 2021

Dear Franklin Families,


I wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving with your friends and family. Whether you are traveling far or staying close to home, gathering with many or celebrating with a few, I hope that this will be a season of joy and laughter. I am grateful for the opportunity to be your principal and to share life in this dynamic learning community with all of you. I hope to see many of you on Wednesday morning during our Friendship Walk. We invite families to be spectators along the route! Please see the map below, with thanks to PTO Co-president Emilie Chang. Also, please send in your child’s permission slip if you have not already done so!


Franklin Friendship Walk Map

Understanding our Differences: Understanding Our Differences is a non-profit organization founded in Newton in 1978 that works in partnership with the Newton Public Schools to teach elementary school students about disabilities. The curriculum fosters inclusion of people with disabilities in our schools and in our community. Students in 3rd grade will learn about: Blindness/Low Vision and Deafness/Hard of Hearing. Students in 4th grade will learn about Physical Disabilities and Chronic Medical Conditions (or Learning Disabilities). Students in 5th grade will learn about Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. To learn more about UOD CLICK HERE.

Weekly COVID Case Numbers: This week, Franklin School recorded one COVID case. 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. We will meet in-person when feasible and rely on virtual meetings when necessary. We will let you know the format for each meeting as the date approaches.

January 20th 7:30 p.m.

February 18th 8:30 a.m.

March 24th 7:30 p.m.

April 29th 8:30 a.m.

June 2nd 7:30 p.m.

CAP Parent Meeting – Nov 23 at 8:45am via Zoom

Second and Fifth Graders will attend CAP (Child Assault Prevention) workshops during December. CAP is an empowerment program teaching that all children have the right to be SAFE, STRONG and FREE. Your permission is requested for your child to participate. If you have any questions, please join this CAP Parent meeting for a detailed description of the children’s presentation.


Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86790079279?pwd=eTFSYXVYZnRNUCt5cnRRRm9GbDB5dz09


Passcode: 127753 Meeting ID: 867 9007 9279


One tap mobile: +16465588656,,86790079279#,,,,*127753#

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: December 9th, February 3rd, March 24th, and May 12th.

With best Thanksgiving wishes,

Mark Chitty

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