Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday, 10/21, Franklin HS Varsity Girls Soccer Team's SENIOR NIGHT!

No matter the weather, senior players will be announced onto the field at 6:25pm and the kick off will be at 6:30pm at the Franklin High School turf field (Pisini Field, Oak St, Franklin). 
The Franklin varsity girls soccer team is having a phenomenal season and is undefeated with a record of 12-0-2 (in league 11-0-2)! 
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers
Wet or dry, please come out to recognize the 9 seniors on the team this year and cheer on the varsity girls soccer team as they play Taunton HS. 
2015 Senior Varsity Girls:
Leah Benson #25Taylor Cogliano #2Lindsey Mastaj #10Erin Conley #5Julianne Pisani #22Nicole Ellin #11Jane Scafati #19Haley Frank #18Tracy Pisani - Team Manager
Thank you for your support! Go Panthers!

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Oct 21, 2014

Vision Statement
The Franklin Public Schools will foster within its students the knowledge and skills to find and achieve satisfaction in life as productive global citizens.

AGENDA
"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."


1. Routine Business

Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the October 7, 2014 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mr. Clement
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
Correspondence: none
Franklin Public schools - "the key to learning"
Franklin Public schools - "the key to learning"

2. Guests/Presentations

a. Davis Thayer Update – Evemarie McNeil
b. School Climate Survey – Summary – Maureen Sabolinski

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/10/school-committee-davis-thayer-update.html

3. Discussion Only Items

Policy – First Readings:
1. GBEBC – Gifts to Staff
2. GBI – Political Activities of Staff

4. Action Items

a. I recommend approval of the Budget Transfers as detailed.
b. I recommend moving the following policies to a second reading:
1. GBEBC – Gifts to Staff
2. GBI – Political Activities of Staff
c. I recommend approval of the recurring field trip for FHS students to New Hampshire on November 2, 2014 for US Senate Campaign events as detailed.
d. I recommend approval of the field trip for Parmenter students to travel to Providence, RI on April 16, 2015 as detailed.
e. I recommend approval of the recurring field trip to NY City for the 8th grade chorus students on May 9, 2015 as detailed.

5. Information Matters

Superintendent’s Report
School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
School Committee Liaison Reports

6. New Business

To discuss future business that may be brought before the School Committee.

7. Executive Session

Personnel Update

8. Adjourn


School Committee: Davis Thayer Update, School Climate Survey

Davis Thayer Elementary School will provide an update on their fitness initiatives at the School Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 7:00 PM.





spotlight on Davis Thayer Elementary School
spotlight on Davis Thayer Elementary School


Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski is scheduled to talk about the results of the survey conducted earlier this year. The survey was sent to school staff and to school parents.




The full agenda for the school committee meeting can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/10/franklin-ma-school-committee-agenda-oct_21.html

30 wooden Piggy Banks - an exhibit at the Norfolk Public Library


On view in the Library foyer for the month of October will be a special exhibit of over 30 wooden Piggy Banks designed and built by Peter Mulliken of Franklin from 1984 through 2014. 
Example of Peter Mullikan wooden piggy bank
Example of Peter Mullikan wooden piggy bank
Mr. Mulliken taught basic woodworking at the Dexter School in Brookline, MA for 41 years, retiring in 2012.

Peter designed a different bank each year for his "new" second grade class. The piggy banks represent the planning, design and execution of the major woodworking project for the second grade students (ages 6-8) at the prestigious private school from 1984 through 2012.

Project plans and drawings for some of the banks will be on display in addition to basic woodworking reference books Peter found helpful while teaching the students.

Parents, grandparents, teachers, scout and 4-H leaders (and kids!) should plan on stopping by to view this fun exhibit.
2nd example of Peter Mullikan wooden piggy bank 
2nd example of Peter Mullikan wooden piggy bank


Norfolk Public Library
Norfolk Public Library

For more information about the Norfolk Public Library, visit their webpage here
http://library.virtualnorfolk.org/

"We wanted to make the transition easier for him"

Milford Daily News reports on the efforts of Franklin firefighters coordinating with Tri-County students to build a ramp at Richie Elgar's home.
Elgar has put as much time into his rehabilitation as he did for his wrestling workouts. Last year, he was the state vocational wrestling champion, winning the Division 3 Central Sectional at 106 pounds. 
It’s not surprising, Carlucci said, given Elgar’s character. 
"Ritchie will be successful in whatever he does," he said. 
A fund set up to raise money for Elgar’s recovery has raised nearly $15,000. Those wishing to contribute can visit: www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/7245/ritchie-elgar-s-recovery-fund.

Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News (subscription maybe required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/article/20141021/NEWS/141029579/1994/NEWS


Related post
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/09/he-spent-first-few-weeks-in-hospital.html

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lincoln St - construction progress (photo essay)

On my 'tour de Franklin' cycling ride around town on Saturday, I made a few stops along Lincoln St to capture photos of the progress to share here.

good advice
good advice

flat stretch along Lincoln as mentioned during Town Council meeting Wednesday
flat stretch along Lincoln as mentioned during Town Council meeting Wednesday

timely ripples in the water
timely ripples in the water

sidewalk area was ground out to prepare for the epoxy coat to be added
sidewalk area was ground out to prepare for the epoxy coat to be added

epoxy coat being added
epoxy coat being added

the finished look
the finished look

the finished look - close up
the finished look - close up

Related articles:

The Town Council meeting last Wednesday
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/10/trick-or-treat-but-no-alchohol.html

The Milford Daily News write up of the Lincoln St discussion
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/10/they-came-in-and-really-hit-ground.html



Tour de Franklin - Saturday's 'reporting by cycling around'

Saturday's 'tour de Franklin' was done via bicycle. So much was happening I could not have walked around in time to catch it all. This was a variation on the theme of 'reporting by walking around'...

I started with the Ladybug 5K at the Kennedy School. Franklin Police had positioned the speed warning sign on Pond St. While stopped to take a couple of photos, it seemed to be an even split between cars meeting the speed limit and those exceeding the speed limit.




Next stop, the yard sale at Franklin Federated Church



Next stop the Library Book Sale




Next stop, not just one Boomer out on the Dean campus, there were two on Saturday




Out to DelCarte to capture some photos and a new video with more sunlight on the autumn colors




Heading out Daniels St, I passed the Hoffman Farm getting ready for hayrides to the pumpkin patch




What wasn't shared with Facebook along the ride you'll get to see first here.

On the Town Common, members of the Franklin Garden Club were caught in the act of their fall clean up. They graciously spent a minute or two away from their hard work to let me capture the photo.

members of the Franklin Garden Club fall cleaning on the flowers around the monuments
members of the Franklin Garden Club fall cleaning on the flowers around the monuments

The back door to the Guru Restaurant was open. I peeked in to catch a brief confirmation from the carpenter doing some work that Guru is planning to open again. The owner and menu would remain the same. He couldn't provide a timeline on when. So that is good news for those that miss the Indian fare served here.

the back door at Guru
the back door at Guru

The parking lot behind the Post Office is now paved and parking spot striped. The lot is privately owned and the spaces are to be rented/leased by the Post Office for their vehicles.

parking lot behind the Post Office downtown
parking lot behind the Post Office downtown

There will be additional photos (and the DelCarte video)  to share this week.

FYSA: Spring 2015 Soccer Registration is Open!


Spring 2015 soccer registration is open! 
Click here to register: http://www.franklinyouthsoccer.org/registration 

Registration cost is $65 per player (family max of $195).
Pee-Wee registration cost is $40. (uniform costs additional if needed)
Late fee of $30 will be assessed after NOVEMBER 15
 
The age groups stay the same from Fall to Spring (just as school grade stays the same).
High School Travel teams will also be formed for the spring season U16 and U18.
 
We will try to keep the spring schedule close to what the fall schedule currently is and as can be seen on our website. However, the schedule may change as we try to work with the town for field space and to limit conflicts with other sports like lacrosse. 
So please understand that we can not give you an exact time/day for games and practices until early spring. 
Please email if you have any questions: info@franklinyouthsoccer.org 
Don't forget to register before November 15th.


Franklin Youth Soccer Association, Inc
FYSA
Franklin Youth Soccer Association, Inc. - Registration
www.franklinyouthsoccer.org
FYSA

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ladybug 5K - Family fun at the Kennedy School (photo essay)

The Annual Ladybug 5K was held on Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 at the JF Kennedy Elementary School.

you could get your face painted
you could get your face painted

music was provided by Tyler Zajac
music was provided by Tyler Zajac

chalk was available to be creative
chalk was available to be creative

selection of items for the silent auction
selection of items for the silent auction

you could make a tie dye shirt
you could make a tie dye shirt

the trophy table
the trophy table

ladybug 5K t-shirts
ladybug 5K t-shirts
off to run at the start of the 5K
off to run at the start of the 5K

Additional photos of the race starters can be found on Flickr

The same set of photos is also available on Facebook here
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150437711099995.1073741883.173205529994&type=3

FHS All Night Party Organizational Meeting - Oct 23

All Night Party FHS Parent Information Meeting  
Please join us on Thursday October 23rd at 7PM at the Horace Mann School Cafeteria. 
The All Night Party Committee will provide information about this years' party and provide an explanation of the planning and preparations that are involved to hold the party.  
We are in need of many volunteers on various committees in order to have a successful party.  We hope to see you on October 23rd. 

From the All Night Party June 2014
From the All Night Party June 2014

one of the last view of what used to be the main corridor of the All Night Party
one of the last view of what used to be the main corridor of the All Night Party

Photos from the All Night Party June 2014 can be found here

Did you know it is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month?

The MA.Gov blog has information on the resources available for Down syndrome.
Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition.One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome according to the National Down Syndrome Society. The disease affects a child’s physical development, language, and cognitive skills. Massachusetts participates in Down Syndrome Awareness Month to raise awareness about those living with this condition as well as the services and support available.
National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Follow the link to read about the additional resources available.
http://blog.mass.gov/blog/health/national-down-syndrome-awareness-month/


Franklin is fortunate to be the home of the Horace Mann Educational Association (HMEA) which is also a key provider of services for those with Down syndrome, autism, and other developmental disabilities.

HMEA
HMEA