As we enter the final week of school prior to Winter Break, I ask that we all embrace the idea of “Finishing STRONG”. Our students, staff, partners, and families have expended a great deal of energy into starting this school year off right, and I am proud and truly grateful. Undoubtedly these efforts have paid off; and a break is well deserved. However, with the end of the calendar year being in sight, I ask that we stay true to our values and dismiss for break on a high note.
In doing so let us be mindful of ways we can live our Franklin STRONG school wide values during this final week.
At Franklin, we Strive to be:
Thoughtful – We are considerate of all persons in our school community. We recognize that the holiday season encompasses more than what “mainstream” society typically portrays. Let us recognize the rich heritages and cultures within our school by being respectful of ALL. As a student shared, “Franklin is a truly diverse and inclusive school that respects the race, ability, sexual orientation, gender, and class of all students and staff.” Let us remember that some symbols, messages, and even greetings this time of year are not shared by all and may be considered offensive.
"We honor the diversity within our school community."
Respectful – This final week of school can be difficult for many individuals. The natural stress associated with this time of year can impact us physically, mentally and emotionally. As we look to part ways for a few weeks lets be sure to support one another while we are still together. A smile, an encouraging word, or a kind gesture might be all someone needs to help get them through the day.
"We interact positively and empathetically."
Organized – Although this is the last week of school, school still is in session. We are asking that students, staff, and parents continue to demonstrate the skills and behaviors that lead to academic achievement. Making sure our students get up in the morning, arrive on time, stay focused and complete assignments coupled with teachers creating a safe and welcoming classroom, writing an engaging lesson, and building academic plans for students over the break if necessary, are actions that will yield academic success for our students.
"We are present and on time to class."
Neighborly – One of the best gifts to share this week is the gift of ourselves. Whatever time or resources that we may have could be shared for the benefit of someone else. A simple check in, picking up litter, positively redirecting a friend or colleague, participating in tutorial, or attending an athletic event are a few of the many ways we can support one another.
"We help when we see a need."
Generous – We recognize that the Franklin Neighborhood is a shared space. We should appreciate and respect the citizens and businesses of this community who support our school by attending our events and contributing to our fundraisers by: respecting their property, driving at safe speeds, obeying traffic and parking signs, not participating in unsafe or unlawful behaviors on private property such as loitering, marijuana, tobacco, or alcohol use, vandalizing property, or using vulgar and/or offensive language in the parks, around children, or other public areas.
"We are socially aware of our school community and neighborhood."
Please be sure to have a conversation with your child on ways to finish Franklin STRONG.
Updates and Reminders
November 30th Incident and Investigation:
There has been no new information shared with me from the Portland Police Bureau since my last communication on Monday, December 3rd. If you or your student has any information regarding this event please contact the Portland Police Tip Hotline at (503) 823- 4357.
This week I’ve truly appreciated the conversations I’ve had with various families, students, staff, and neighbors regarding how we can work together to create a safer environment within our school and neighborhood. Remember the well-being of our community is a shared responsibility
Ways for students and families to help:
- “If you see something or hear something, say something” – Please reach out to an administrator or trusted staff member with information regarding any suspicious or unlawful events or actions pertaining to our students, school, or neighborhood.
- Safeoregon.com – Please use the SafeOregon website to report tips:
Call or text: (844) 472-3367 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Perimeter Doors – Please do not prop open any locked perimeter doors or open any doors for individuals who are not staff or students.
- Stay in Class – Please don’t skip class or take unnecessary or extended breaks during class periods. Increased hallway traffic and students cutting classes impedes our Campus Security Agent’s ability to focus on securing our perimeter and monitor zones within our building.
- Follow Safety Procedures – Please follow all district and building safety protocols and procedures.
Nutrition Services New Account Balance Notification
Starting the week of January 14, 2019, the Nutrition Services department will be utilizing School Messenger to notify families by phone and email about student meal account balances. Kitchen staff will continue to provide personal phone call reminders and/or paper letters home. If you have questions about student meal accounts or other information, please visit PPS Nutrition Services webpage www.pps.net/nutrition or call 503-916-3399.
Ethan Oliver: Grade 9
Recognized by Leanne Gabriel
Ethan will recieve credit at the Quaker Nation Student Store!
From the Student Climate Guide and Handbook
Each week we will focus on a particular aspect of the Student Climate Guide and Handbook to keep the lines of communication open in our community. Please take some time to review these focal points with your students as a concerted and intentional effort from us all provides clarity and reinforcement.
MORE FROM STUDENT SUPPORTS and SERVICES - SCHOOL NURSE
The School Nurse is a registered nurse (RN) and is a key person for keeping students safe and well. No appointments or special permission are needed for students to see the nurse. Students must follow the school’s rules about having passes to go to the nurse. The hours of the school’s nurse may vary. If the nurse is not available, staff trained in first aid can help children who become sick or injured at school.
The nurse will obtain necessary information (for example, a health history, medical diagnosis and treatment) to assist students with special medical and mental health needs at school. The nurse may use this information to manage the health condition of a student during the school day.
The nurse may:
- Talk with parents, students, or other health care providers.
- Request that you sign a release of information form to discuss your child’s health needs with the school staff and health care professionals
- Use questionnaires
- Review health records
- Assess a physical complaint (examples: listen to the heart, feel the skin, look in the ears)
MULTNOMAH COUNTY SCHOOL BASED HEALTH CLINIC
Multnomah County School Based health clinic is available to students and community. The telephone number is 503.988-3370; the fax number is 503.988-6120. More information at http://web.multoco.us/health/school-based-health-centers.
- Routine physical exams, including sports physicals
- Early detection, diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury
- Vision, dental and blood pressure screenings
- Mental health services
- Age-appropriate reproductive health
- Routine lab tests
- Prescription medications
- Health education, counseling and wellness promotion
- Fitness and nutrition education and counseling
- Referrals for healthcare services not provided at the clinics
School-based health centers are funded through third-party insurance, Medicaid, grants and public funds. Providing us with your insurance coverage information allows us to bill your insurance and reduces our need for public funding so we can provide service to as many students as possible. Families with no health insurance or who do not provide insurance information are referred to an eligibility specialist to see if they may qualify for the OR Health Plan or other insurance programs.
MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION AT SCHOOL
The school’s nurse provides consultation about medication administration that must occur at school. Only medication that is necessary to be given during the school day will be kept at school. Remember to ask your medical provider if your child’s medication can be given outside school hours. This is safer for your child and easier for you. By Oregon law, if medication must be given at school, you must:
- Provide written permission (forms are available at school). Any change to the medication will require the parent to update the medication form at the time of the change.
- Make sure all medication (prescription and over the counter) is in its original container and marked with the student’s name. (Ask the pharmacist for an extra bottle for school when getting prescriptions.)
- All medication must be delivered to school by the parent or responsible adult designated by the parent. Students may not keep medications with them unless they are age-appropriate for the responsibility, have been identified as a self-manager, have written parent permission, and are cleared by the principal to do so.
- Make sure the school has an adequate supply of all medications required by your child.
- Pick up the medication when it is no longer needed at school. All medication not picked up by the end of the year will be destroyed.