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From the Principal - October 26, 2021

Dear Franklin Families,


I hope that all of you are staying as dry as possible with all of this wet weather! We have been practicing our routines for indoor lunch and recess after a long stretch of clear weather allowed us to be outdoors. Parent-Teacher Conferences begin this week, and we look forward to sharing news about your child’s growth toward grade-level academic standards and social-emotional expectations.


We are keeping an eye on the forecast as we look toward our Halloween Bash this weekend. Many thanks to PTO Presidents Jessica Allen and Emilie Chang and the many volunteers who are working to plan this fun annual event! Later this week, they will be making a final call on whether the event will be on Saturday or Sunday.

Health Update: Please see this attachment from Nurse Julia: Daily Health Self-Assessment Reminder for Parents.docx

Weekly COVID Case Numbers: This week, Franklin School recorded no 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. We will meet in-person when feasible and rely on virtual meetings when necessary. At this point, in-person meetings will need to be outdoors, so we expect to be limited by weather or lack of daylight as we move farther into the fall. We will let you know the format for each meeting as the date approaches.

November 19th 8:30 a.m.

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.

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 dismiss at 12:10 p.m. on the following dates: November 2nd, December 9th, February 3rd, March 24th, and May 12th. November 2nd will be an afternoon for Parent-Teacher Conferences.

With best wishes,

Mark Chitty

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