Saturday, June 19, 2021

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Meeting - Agenda - June 22, 2021

Franklin School Committee 
June 22, 2021
Municipal Building – Council Chambers and Zoom 
7:00 P.M.

Call to Order 
Pledge of Allegiance 
Moment of Silence

I. Routine Business
A. Review of Agenda
B. Citizen’s Comments
In the spirit of open communication, “the Committee will hold a public participation segment (also called Citizen’s Comments) about matters not related to an agenda item at the beginning of each regular School Committee meeting. The Committee will listen to, but not respond to any comment made…. A Committee member may add an agenda item to a future meeting as a result of a citizen comment…. The Committee will hear public comments related to an agenda item when the Chair deems appropriate during the Committee meeting. Topics for discussion during the meeting must be limited to those items listed on the Committee meeting agenda for that evening…. ” - from Policy BEDH

C. FHS Student Representative Comments
D. Superintendent’s Report

II. Guests/Presentations
A. VLA Highlights – Ed Kaufman

B. DIP #1 Social Emotional Wellbeing – Sara Ahern, Lucas Giguere, Paula Marano

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. Policy - First Reading
I recommend moving the following policy to a second reading at the next meeting as discussed:
JFAA-R - School Admission/Residency

IV. Discussion Only Items
A. Reopening Schools Status Update – June 18, 2020-2021

V. Information Matters
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports (e.g. Ad Hoc Supt. Evaluation, Ad Hoc Facilities Analysis, Budget, Community Relations/Public Schools Advocacy, Policy, Transportation)
B. School Committee Liaison Reports (e.g. Joint PCC, Substance Abuse Task Force, School Wellness Advisory Council, Franklin Racial & Social Justice Task Force)

VI. New Business
A. To discuss any future agenda items

VII. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from the June 8, 2021 School Committee meeting as detailed.
B. Transfers
I recommend approval of the budget transfers as detailed.
C. FHS Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $20.00 from the Blackband Giving Fund for supplemental supplies at FHS as detailed.
D. Approval of Executive Session Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from the Executive Session of the June 8, 2021 School Committee Meeting as detailed to be released.
E. Parmenter Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $75.00 from the Parmenter PCC for a field trip as detailed.

VIII. Payment of Bills Dr. Bergen

IX. Payroll Atty. Pond-Pfeffer
X. Adjournment 

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Meeting - Agenda - June 22, 2021
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Meeting - Agenda - June 22, 2021

FM #567: Finance Committee "unequivocally" approves Maple Hill purchase plan (audio)

FM #567 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 567 in the series. 

This session shares the Franklin, MA Finance Committee meeting held on June 16, 2021.

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: members of the Finance Committee, Town Administration personnel, and some members of the public were in the Council Chambers, the remainder were remote via the Zoom conference bridge.

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda including documents released for this agenda and to my notes from the meeting. 

The meeting recording runs almost 1 hour so let’s listen to the Finance Committee of June 16

Audio file =


Meeting agenda

Right of first refusal summary 

My meeting notes 


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FHS spring sports playoff results for Friday

From we share the FHS spring sports playoff results:
* Softball - D1 South = #23 Franklin, 6 @ #10 Hopkinton, 18 – Final

* Girls Tennis - D1 South = #14 Franklin, 0 @ #3 Wellesley, 5 – Final

* D1 South Outdoor track results (some events were scheduled for Friday)
MIAA South I Track & Field Championship - 6/18/2021 to 6/20/2021        
                              Hingham High School                              

Girls 2 Mile Run
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H#
  1 Bates, Ella                8 Weymouth              11:25.21   2 
 12 Loukota, Vivienne          9 Franklin              12:39.89   1 

Girls 4x800 Meter Relay
    School                                               Finals 
  1 Newton South                                        9:37.03  
  8 Franklin                                           10:13.53  

Boys 1 Mile Run
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H#
  1 Joyce, Jay                11 Marshfield             4:21.40   2 
  5 Calitri, Nicholas         12 Franklin               4:24.67   2 

Boys 4x800 Meter Relay
    School                                               Finals  H#
  1 Marshfield                                          8:12.39   2 
  9 Franklin                                            8:43.23   2 

For all the track results for D1 South Friday

For all the MIAA track results

For other spring sports playoff results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Franklin Senior Center: Email blast June 18, 2021

Hello Everyone!

Wishing all of the wonderful Fathers out there a very special day!  To those who we have lost your memories live on in our hearts forever. 

Staying Connected

Link to the Senior Center -

Link to the Senior Center Calendar 

Link to Franklin Matters - and 

Link to the Town's webpage -

Link to Mass.Gov COVID - 

We still have a few spaces open for Stampin' Up! On June 25th at 1:30 - Register to join Barbara Lash in making fun crafts!


Relax, stretch and meditate with Paul Eugene 

10 minute walking workout 


As One 

Expectance - Anna Sophia Nord CLASSICAL 

Whale Songs in the South Pacific with Ellen Garland a humpback whale specialist 

Just for Fun

Juji the 450 pound dog! 

20 seemingly impossible moments in sports!


Anacapa Ocean - Channel Islands - Live cam 


Can Dad's answer questions about their kids? 

Timpanogos choir sing the William Tell Overture 

Kindness Matters

Woman and octopus are friends 

Nubby the 2 legged Boxer will steal your heart 

Upcoming Events email to attend unless noted otherwise.


10:00- Asian Mah Jong

1:00- American Mah Jong

1:00- Chair Volleyball

1:15- Movie Matinee

6:00- Cribbage


9:00- Cribbage

9:30- Busy Bees

9:30- Low Impact w/ Shirley Mae

10:00- Chair w/ Judith (ZOOM)

11:00- Cardio, Strength & Balance

11:00- Summer BBQ

1:00- Bingo

1:00- Cribbage Instruction

1:00 Quilting

1:00 Low Vision Support (Phone)

1:00 Mindful Movements

1:30 Drumming Connection

5:30 Name That Tune (Zoom)


 8:30- 12:00- Wellness RN 

9:45- Chair Yoga

10:00- Knitting

10:00- Scrabble

11:00- Zumba

1:00- Chair Volleyball

1:00- Line Dancing

1:00- Senior Scribblers

1:00- Stroke Education

4:00- Alzheimer's Caregivers support group


9:00- Cribbage

9:30- Busy Bees

9:30- Low Impact w/ Shirley Mae

10:00- Discussion Group

12:30- Painting Space

1:00- Bingo


10:00- Woodcarving

11:00 Sunshine Club (ZOOM)

12:00 T.O.P. S

1:00- Pokeno

Attached you will find Donna's Fun filled activity sheet

Looking forward to seeing you at our Kick Off to Summer BBQ on the 22nd!


Ariel Doggett

Virtual Program Coordinator
Respite Coordinator
Supportive Day Coordinator

"We rise by lifting others" - Robert Ingersoll
There is no act of kindness too small

Franklin Food Pantry News - June 2021


Relieving hunger. Nourishing lives.

"I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June." Lucy Maud Montgomery

Tina's Take

What's going on at the Pantry??

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Happy June! The days are growing longer, the sun is finally coming out and we are seeing the light at the end of a very long tunnel. This year certainly brought out the best in our community and we are so grateful to all of you for your support. Through all of the storms, cloudy days and now sunshine, The Pantry has been there for our neighbors and will continue to serve our community.

During the past year we changed the way we served our neighbors without changing what we did: providing healthy food and support. Learn what happened at The Pantry during the Covid-19 Pandemic:

What changed?

When our doors had to physically close to our neighbors, we rapidly switched to a twice a week curbside pick-up. Our neighbors received a choice of three proteins, fresh produce, (often from Franklin's own community gardens,) dairy, a bag of shelf stable goods and a special bag of food designed just for kids.

  • Instead of monthly scheduled times, neighbors could come weekly.
  • We added new programs such as Home Delivery and kids bags for families. 
  • We developed new supply chain methods, providing over 30% more fruits and vegetables to our neighbors despite discontinuation of many partner programs. 
  • We reinvented roles for our volunteers such as filling bags, calling neighbors, delivering to homes and contactless distribution, keeping volunteers safe.
  • We shifted our larger fundraisers to virtual events, including a reimagined Party for The Pantry, an online Empty Bowls event and auction as well as a virtual Turkey Trot.

What stayed the same?

  • We continued to see the spirit of our community shine through in support of our neighbors - your generosity was unparalleled!
  • We still connected with our neighbors to not only provide food but to offer support or just share a friendly face (even if it was masked).
  • We delivered weekend backpacks to 57 Franklin school children weekly to give them meals and snacks over the weekend.
  • We purchased a new building at 138 East Central Street, but for now we are staying at our current location while we finalize plans and launch our Capital Campaign.
  • We held our annual Thanksgiving and December holiday distribution serving over 200 hundred families for each.
  • We undertook strategic visioning and shifted staff and Board members into positions that capitalized on their expertise while addressing the changing needs of our community. While there may be different titles with the names, the same dedicated people are running The Pantry and working hard for our neighbors.
  • The need for The Pantry did not change – it grew. Compared to 2019, we served 18% more households, with a 36% increase in number of children served.

While we don't always know what will happen, this year taught us one thing: the need for compassion will never change. Thank you for sharing your compassion at unprecedented levels this year. We are honored to work with you every day to assist our neighbors. 

Have a wonderful summer!

Tina Powderly

Executive Director, Franklin Food Pantry


Empty Bowls!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our reimagined Empty Bowls event on June 10 at the Franklin High School. This event was the product of months of work by the FHS Empty Bowls club led by Brenna Johnson. Club members created one of kind ceramic bowls to symbolize that somewhere, someone's bowl is empty. Thank you to our sponsors: Grove Street Auto Repair, QRGA and Times Up, Inc. for their support of this event. Club members, alumni and community members also made beautiful unique items for the online auction. The auction is still open and is running until June 21. Take a look and bid today!

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Community Gardens

Thanks to Jen Kuse and her 17 volunteers, our neighbors receive bags of freshly picked organic vegetables straight from our community gardens! Already this year our neighbors have had fresh butter lettuce, swiss chard, romaine, spinach, chives and more. We can't wait to see what comes next! Thank you to everyone who makes this program a success including the Franklin Federated Church, New England Chapel, Kim Mu Chow for their bed donations and to NETA for having a volunteer day to clean up the butterfly garden. 

Bid on the auction! 

Annual Appeal

Watch your mailboxes because this year's annual appeal is on its way to you. The annual appeal highlights the many ways the community helped us during the Pandemic, and more importantly introduces you to some of the neighbors you helped. Visit our website to read the full annual appeal or make a donation.

Donate to our Annual Appeal

Holiday Distribution

We are very excited to add an extra holiday distribution this year to help our neighbors celebrate July 4th!  Neighbors will receive a bag full of items for a traditional cookout and fun goodies sure to add a smile. Special thanks to Shaw's, The Daddario/Jardine family and MRN for their donations to the bags. 

Project Envoy

After launching their successful restaurant program, Project Envoy returns this summer to the Franklin Farmers Market. Look for their table sharing facts about food insecurity, The Franklin Food Pantry and recipes for cooking with fresh vegetables. They will also collect donations that go directly to The Franklin Food Pantry. Project Envoy is made up of members from The Interfaith Council Food Security Team representing: St. Mary's Parish, St. John's Episcopal, Temple Etz Chaim, the First Universalist Society in Franklin, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, and the Franklin Federated Church.

Our facility is generously donated by Rockland Trust. We are located at 43 West Central Street, Franklin MA, on Route 140 in the Rockland Trust parking lot, across the street from the fire station.

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Franklin Food Panty | 43 WEST CENTRAL STREET, Franklin, MA 02038

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