Franklin Mini Messenger 2023-24

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    September 6, 2023

    Dear Franklin Families,
    At Franklin, we strive to provide the best possible education to our students, and enhance their education with various opportunities. In order to do that, we rely on generous contributions from parents like you.

    Each year, we ask families to contribute to our Santa Monica Education Foundation and the PTA. Without your support, our Franklin students’ education would look vastly different.

    I hope you will make a donation to both the Ed Foundation and the Franklin PTA.
    Please give at whatever level is meaningful to you. Your tax-deductible donations will help fund essential staff and enrichment programs for all Franklin students – programs that are only possible with your support.

    Thank you for being a part of this important annual tradition of enriching Franklin students’ academic and creative experiences. Let’s make the 2023-24 school year the best it can be! I thank you in advance.

    Eran Zeevi Principal

    Good evening Franklin families!

    We wanted to take a moment to update you regarding some safety information regarding COVID-19 exposures, heat protocols, and upcoming events.

    COVID is still around, unfortunately.  Our safety protocols have certainly become less strict as a district but a few key elements remain.  When a case is reported to us, we will continue to send COVID-19 exposure emails to any class/family that is affected. Please read the attachment for the updated information.

    The heat is on!  Please remember to send students to school in clothing that is lightweight and able to handle warmer temperatures.  Water bottles are highly recommended.  We are taking safety measures, such as offering a 'cool down room', during recess and PE classes are held indoors when necessary.  If the temperature becomes too hot, our school will pivot to an inclement weather schedule (typically on rainy days) where lunch will be held in the air-conditioned Cafetorium.

    Lastly, please remember that we have some shorter days ahead beginning tomorrow.  The dismissals are as follows:

    Tuesday 8/29: TK/K dismissal at 12:15, Grades 1-5 dismissal at 1:30

    * Volunteer Training in the Cafetorium 6-6:30 PM, BTSN TK-2 Admin Information session 6:30-7, Class Visits 7-8 PM

    • If you were a cleared volunteer last year, you DO NOT need to attend another training for 4 years.

    Wednesday 8/30: ALL grades dismiss at 1:30 for staff professional development

    Tuesday 9/5: TK/K dismissal at 12:15, Grades 1-5 dismissal at 1:30

    * Volunteer Training in the Cafetorium 6-6:30 PM, BTSN 3-5 Admin Information session 6:30-7, Class Visits 7-8 PM

    • If you were a cleared volunteer last year, you DO NOT need to attend another training for 4 years.

    As a reminder, Back to School Night (BTSN) is an event for adults only please.

    Thank you for your continued flexibility and support.  

    With Gratitude,

    Mrs. Hynding, Franklin Assistant Principal

    August 25, 2023

    Happy Friday Franklin families!

    As promised, the data confirmation process through the Franklin family portal has begun.  We are in the first year of implementation and there may be some bumps along the way, so please hang in there! Helpful reminders to keep in mind:

    • The AERIES parent portal can be accessed on our Franklin website as well as any other school website. There is an AERIES light blue button along the middle of the page found HERE.
    • Please enter the email that you used to enroll at Franklin.  A password reset can be accessed if needed along with a change of language in the upper right corner.
    • If you have another sibling, that can be viewed/added in the upper left once you have logged in successfully.  You will need a student ID number to add additional students.  Please ask the teacher for the student ID number if you are unsure what it is.

    If you are continuing to have difficulty logging into AERIES, please add to the document below so we can help you.  The document is:

    We will be running data confirmation reports next week.  Please complete this process as quickly as possible.  If you need support, please contact the front office or Administration.  

    Remember to breathe and not panic.  The first two days were very smooth and our Franklin Bolts seemed truly happy to return to school. We appreciate you all! Please enjoy the beautiful weather, each other, and the weekend.

    With Tremendous Gratitude,
    Mrs. Hynding, Assistant Principal

    August 20, 2023

    Welcome back Franklin families!

    We are thrilled to welcome everyone to the 2023-2024 school year. We hope you are staying dry during this wet Sunday!

    Franklin Elementary and SMMUSD have worked to digitize the compliance and document portions of the “First Day Packet.”  The Data Confirmation process is easy for you through Aeries Parent Portal in place of our previous process. This includes items like Emergency Cards, Parent Handbooks, and Policies and Authorizations. We have many important documents and plenty of information for your family within the online registration site, accessed via your Aeries Parent Portal. 


    You must complete data confirmation for each student.  Please be sure to read, review, and discuss all the materials with your student. We also need to gather information from you for emergency contacts and health documents. You may decide to print some of the documents for future reference.  For a tutorial on how to complete this process, please click here: English SPANISH

    • Enter Authorizations directly in Aeries (example: photo opt-out)
    • Enter and update emergency contacts
    • View and Download SMMUSD and Policy Documents
    • View and Download school-specific documents
    • View and Update Medical History
    • Aeries Parent Portal Resources: 
    • A much smaller First Day Packet will continue to be sent home on the first day of school. Please complete the packet and portal.

    In addition to the directions above, I have made an 11-minute tutorial to familiarize yourself with this new process HERE.

    You will be receiving the link to access the Parent Portal beginning Thursday, 8/24/23.

    Welcome Back.pdf

    Go Franklin Bolts! Woohoo!
    Mrs. Sheri Hynding, Franklin Assistant Principal

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