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An Open Letter to Parents, Guardians, and the Franklin Elementary Community

Dear Franklin Falcon Families,

Welcome Back to the 2020 – 2021 school year!   What a unique opportunity we have in working with students and families this year either by remote learning or in the classrooms.   As we plan for a beginning like no other, our focus will still be to ensure that:

  • Every child, every day is feeling safe and protected.
  • Every child, every day is finding a way to feel connected with staff and students. 
  • Every child, every day is being challenged by new learnings and experiences.

Spring of 2020 has challenged staff and students to find a new normal for learning, connected us in new ways and required our students to be champions from afar.  What I have most learned through this process is how much I appreciate the expertise our teachers bring to Franklin Elementary, the ways in which our students continue to work hard to grow and overall, appreciation for the little things in life – giving a high five, a hug or being able to laugh out loud with many people around.  What I MOST appreciate about Franklin Elementary is how even under circumstances we have never experienced we are still a learning and caring community.  A re-entry plan to school is being drafted by staff and will be shared soon as to what it will look like in order to meet the requirements of COVID – 19 in the building.  

Normal is such a simple word and it is our goal at Franklin Elementary to not only find our new normal, but to use this time as a learning experience that will forever impact the learning environment.  Staff will continue creating new types of learning experiences for students and much of what is learned will continue to be used in the future.  Our fall may not be “normal,” but our learning will not only continue, but it will thrive.  We can’t wait to move on to the next phase of learning under Covid-19 and we know, all returning and new students to Franklin Elementary will be welcomed with open arms (from 6 feet away) to our community – we will continue to grow!       

Franklin Elementary is a small school with many resources, which we know is why many of you entrust us with the education of your children. Our staff prides itself in ensuring that our students have as many, if not more, educational opportunities as students in much larger schools throughout the district.  We are committed to maintaining the highest standards so that there will be no shortage of opportunities for your student to feel challenged on a daily basis with high quality instruction and have a wide variety of options to get connected to their school and fellow students.  Champions come in all shapes and sizes, and at any point in time. There will be champions by your student every day, with relationships built over time, but some champions just appear when you need them the most. It is our mission to make sure every child knows that when they need a champion, we will provide. 

Stay strong, healthy and safe Franklin Falcon families!    I can’t wait for the learning to occur either in school or at home!

Always,

Becky Coy, Principal
RebeccaCoy@USD475.org
485-717-4380 xt. 4384

Franklin Elementary