Saturday, February 27, 2021

Franklin Public Schools: School Committee Legislative Forum - March 2

School Committee Legislative Forum
Virtual Meeting (Link in agenda)
Tuesday, Mar 2, 2021 - 6:30 PM

Note: While the agenda doc says "Legislative Forum" (which is not very compelling or insightful), from the planning sessions that I did report on, I do recall that there would be some presentation outlining the issues the District faces, with an opportunity for questions and answers, along with time for the legislative delegation to make a statement and answer questions. 
School Committee Legislative Forum - March 2
School Committee Legislative Forum - March 2

FM #474 - Finance Committee Mtg - 02/24/21 (audio)

FM #474 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 474 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Town of Franklin, MA Finance Committee meeting held on Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021. 

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: the Finance Committee members and key guests were in the Council Chambers; the remainder, along with the public, were remote via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

  • Quick overview of the ambulance rates and rationale behind them from Chief McLaughlin
  • Overview of the recent truck purchase process and the life cycle of trucks on the front line, in reserve and eventual disposition as surplus
  • Great overview of the debt and borrowing status for Franklin, heard previously at the Town Council meeting but great info on exclusions and non-excluded debt and how it is fiscally planned for and managed; the Town has a great credit rating which confirms the overall fiscal prudence shown by the Town
  • Discussion on future topics including adding two sessions to the budget hearing cycle (now four meetings instead of two)
Links to the meeting agenda and my notes are included in the show notes. The recording runs about 77 minutes, so let’s listen to the Finance Committee meeting of Feb 24, 2021.  Audio file =



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FM #474 - Finance Committee Mtg - 02/24/21 (audio)
FM #474 - Finance Committee Mtg - 02/24/21 (audio)

Franklin Senior Center: Email Blast - Feb 26, 2021

Hello Everyone!

Mars landing Feb. 18, 2021!

Staying Connected

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Introduction to Palette Knife Painting Classes  Put down the brush and pick up a palette knife! For 4, 1 1/2 hour sessions, we will focus on the techniques of using only a palette knife to paint oil paintings. Palette knife painting offers a unique look--thick texture, pure colors, and expressive style. No turpentine or other solvents needed. 4 week class on Tuesdays at 2pm (March 9, 16, 23, 30) Ann Gorbett is an award winning artist who paints exclusively with a palette knife. The thick, painterly, yet highly detailed strokes of color are trademarks of her style.  This will be held via zoom and space is limited.  You must register to attend.  Email or call the franklin senior center to register.  Art kits with all supplies will be available for pick up to registered participants.  A fee of $20 total for all 4 classes is being charged to defray the cost of materials. If you cannot afford this please ask about our available scholarship.  Space is limited so sign up today!


How to declutter your home.  12 decluttering tips 

Do you know all the pressure points in your hands?  You can release stress, stimulate circulation and even improve self esteem! 

4 exercises to test how fast your brain is 


15 of the most rare and interesting musical instruments 

The Revenge: Timo Boll vs. KUKA robot 

Life is a Dream - Grandmaster JinBodhi Healing Series Singing Bowls 

Just for Fun

St. Paul's Church on Nantucket and the incredible Tiffany windows

Final St Paul's ( 


The evolution of dance- from the 1950's through 2019 

NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Mission - real time tracker 


Art Linkletter - Kids say the darndest things 

Carol Burnett Show bloopers 

Jeanne Robertson - Sizzle Reel (slightly off color jokes from a clean humorist) 

Kindness Matters

10 random acts of kindness caught on camera 

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*Monday at 11am - Page Turners Book Club via zoom call the senior center to register

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*Tuesday at 1pm - Audio book Group- email 

*Wednesday At 1pm - Fireside chat with the Staff of the Senior Center - hear about upcoming events at the Senior Center, new menu items, ask questions and provide your input. Via zoom

*Wednesday At 1pm - Writers Group - email to join

*Thursday at 10am - Discussion Group - email to attend

*Thursday  at 1pm - Tele Bingo call the Senior Center to play 508-520-4945

*Friday at 11am - Sunshine Zoom - for members with memory loss - 1 hour of socialization,

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Franklin Public Schools: District Newsletter - March 2021

District Newsletter
Early Release dates:
March 3rd and 31st
Classroom - Based Pool Testing Information

Tuesday, March 2nd at 6:30 pm

The Franklin School Committee welcomes our State Legislators, Senate President Karen Spilka, Senator Becca Rausch, and Representative Jeff Roy to update the community on a variety of topics relevant to education.
The Forum will be available via Zoom. Please click on the invitation to find out more and to access the meeting link. We hope you will join us!

After nearly a year and a half of study, the Franklin School Committee voted at its February 9, 2021 meeting to close the Davis Thayer Elementary School beginning with the 2021-2022 school year. This has been a very emotional decision as this involves the retirement of a beloved second home to so many families, students, and faculty and staff both during current times as well as historically. The school was built in 1924 and has served so many generations of Franklin students. The decision was made based on reduced enrollment, educational adequacy of an aging building, and financial efficiency. Notably, there has been a significant enrollment decline. This is not a result of students leaving Franklin for other choices. The decrease in enrollment is a trend that is happening in many regions, especially in the Northeast/Massachusetts. 

The main focus at this time is to plan and implement a transition for Davis Thayer students to the Keller Elementary School, being sure to attend to their social-emotional and academic needs. The Facilities Analysis Subcommittee recommended that the School Committee begin to examine space utilization across all of the district's schools as the architect's report highlighted some needs, particularly at our "stand-alone" schools (Kennedy and Parmenter) as well as some potential opportunities which include redistricting.  

More background information can be found on our website:

FPS is now taking registration for incoming Kindergarten students. Although registration is ongoing, we are asking families to register their child(ren) by March 1st if possible. This will be helpful in determining class sections and staffing.

All information is available on our website via the links below:

If so, pop into the Digital Learning Integrationists Q & A session on Wednesday, March 3rd. They will be happy to answer your questions.
Hearts of Kindness Display

Many of our FPS students created beautiful Hearts of Kindness as part of the display on the Town Common. The hearts contain messages about the importance of being kind to others and share acts of kindness that the students have performed.
Thank you to our students and teachers for helping to create this uplifting display! If you have not yet seen it, take a drive or walk by the Franklin Town Common and enjoy the messages and scenery.
Franklin Public Schools

Town of Franklin | 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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