Message from the Principal
September 6, 2019
Today, we officially celebrate the end of the first week of the 2019-2020 school year! Our students had a great first week of school. I hope your children had a wonderful experience meeting their teachers and classmates. Over the course of the week, I had the opportunity to visit each classroom, meet your children, and participate in learning with them. I also spent time getting to know students at morning drop-off, lunch, recess, and pick-up. Please follow us on Facebook or Instagram to view pictures from the first week of school. To follow us on Facebook, click here or search “Franklin Avenue Elementary School”, to follow us on Instagram, please search “Franklin_ave_sch”.
If you have not already done so, please click here to complete the Early Dismissal Action Plan. The Early Dismissal Action Plan will be used in the event of an early dismissal due to inclement weather or emergency. It is important that we have this information as soon as possible.
Additionally, as we have just begun the school year, I wanted to share information regarding lunch and snacks. To reduce the risk of exposure to the students in our school who have peanut/tree nut allergies, the following safety guidelines are in effect in your children’s classrooms. If exposed to peanuts/tree nuts, allergic children may develop a range of reactions from mild to life-threatening. The greatest potential for exposure at school is through ingestion or contact with peanut or nut products. We are, therefore, designating our classrooms as peanut safe and ask that you assist us in keeping all Franklin Avenue students from food-related harm.
Please do not send in any foods that contain peanuts or tree nuts for snack time, which takes place in the classrooms. Read the nutrition labels to ensure that the product you are sending in for snack does not contain peanuts or tree nuts. The following website is updated monthly and may help you and your child to choose safe and enjoyable foods, though fruits and vegetables are always the best options.
Here are some important reminders to reduce the risk of exposure to allergens:
- Remind your child that he/she may not share food or snacks.
- If your child brings a snack to school containing peanut butter or other nuts, he/she will be asked to eat at a different table away from classmates who have allergies. Your child will be asked to thoroughly clean his/her hands when finished eating. This will help to maintain safety in the classroom.
- If your child has eaten peanut butter or nuts before coming to school, please make sure that his/her hands are washed with soap and water (water alone or wipes do not suffice.)
- We will not do any classroom projects that involve peanut butter or peanut shells. Please do not send any projects done at home containing these.
- Class parties are a special time for children; our class parents are working diligently with parents of students with allergies to ensure food safety at those at well.
- I trust that you understand how deeply important it is to respect and adhere to these guidelines. We appreciate your assistance in providing all students with a safe learning environment. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our school nurse, Mrs. Burke, or myself.
Reminders for upcoming events in September:
- Thursday, September 12th - Picture Day
- Friday, September 13th - Franklin Avenue Family Picnic at 5:30 p.m. (Rain Date: Monday, September 16th)
- Wednesday, September 18th - Back-to-School Night at 6:30 p.m.
- Monday, September 23rd - Class Parent Orientation Meeting at 7:00 p.m. and PTA Chairperson Orientation Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call or come to the school. I am eager to meet you at Back-to-School Night and look forward to a great year.
Kristin E. Talleyrand