Saturday, November 19, 2022

Lifelong Community Learning: Winter/Spring Registration Opens Dec 1, 2022

Registration for Winter/Springs classes will open at Lifelong Community Learning on December 1. We hope you can join us. There’s a lot going on.

Lifelong Learning is the community education branch of Franklin Public Schools, and provides educational experiences for Franklin residents, and those from surrounding towns, from elementary school through retirement.

Adult participants can choose from a very interesting variety of options this winter and spring, including Arts & Crafts, Lifestyle & Culture, Exercise & Wellness, Team Sports, Workshops & Special Events, and Online Learning. Some of the exercise and sports choices are Badminton and Badminton for Teens, LaBlast Dance Fitness, Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga, Volleyball, and Ladies Hiking.  New this year: Basketball for Men Over 45 along with much more.      

If you are looking for language options, once again we have Beginner Spanish for adults, American Sign Language (ASL), and English as a Second Language (ESL) both for adults.

For children, Lifelong Community Learning’s ever popular Kids’ Corner program is once again offering Kids’ Cooking classes. In these 1-hour classes, students will gain kitchen skills like searing, sautéing, folding, and more. They will create 1 -2 dishes per week depending on complexity and timing. You will want to check this out, there is so much more to see and do at Kids’ Corner. It’s where fun and learning meet after school.

Visit for full course details and to register.  You may also call Lifelong Community Learning at 508-613-1480.

Lifelong Community Learning: Winter/Spring Registration Opens Dec 1, 2022
Lifelong Community Learning: Winter/Spring Registration Opens Dec 1, 2022

Franklin School Committee: Agenda for Nov 22, 2022 meeting

Franklin School Committee
November 22, 2022 - 7:00 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers 

Call to Order  -  Ms. Spencer
Pledge of Allegiance
Moment of Silence

I. Routine Business
A. Review of Agenda
B. Payment of Bills TBD
C. Payroll TBD
D. FHS Student Representative Comments
E. Superintendent’s Report

II. Guests/Presentations
A. District Assessment Presentation - Dr. Rogers, Mr. Fraizer

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. Superintendent’s Proposed Goals
I recommend approval of the Superintendent’s Goals as discussed.
B. Policy - First Reading
I recommend moving the following policies to a second reading as discussed:
● KF-E3 - Facilities Fee Schedule
● JLCCD - Managing Life-Threatening Food Allergies in the Education Setting
● JLCCD-E - Protocol & Guidelines for Management of Life-Threatening Food Allergies in FPS

IV. Discussion Only Items
A. None

V. Information Matters
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
B. School Committee Liaison Reports

VI. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from the November 8, 2022 School Committee meeting as detailed.
B. Recurring Field Trip - HMMS
I recommend approval of the request of Mallori Polucha to take HMMS 7th Grade Science students to Colt’s State Park in Bristol, RI on May 30 & 31, 2023 for a Save the Bay program as detailed.
C. Districtwide Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $800.00 from VFJ Renovations for in house enrichment as detailed.
D. Keller Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $2,488.65 from O’Connor Portraiture for supplemental supplies as detailed.
E. Drum Set Donation
I recommend acceptance of the donation of a drum set, valued at approximately $1,000.00, from Mr. Faenza to the Franklin Music Department as detailed.

VII. Citizen’s Comments

VIII. New Business
To discuss any future agenda items

IX. Executive Session
Approval of Executive Session minutes from October 25, 2022 and November 8, 2022
School Committee meetings as detailed.

X. Adjournment

Agenda document with remote connection info ->

Meeting packet (documents released for this meeting) (note not all docs are released before the meeting) ->

Franklin School Committee: Agenda for Nov 22, 2022 meeting
Franklin School Committee: Agenda for Nov 22, 2022 meeting

The Zajac Brothers Band - Thanksgiving Eve at THE BLACK BOX

The night that comes once a year is finally here! Always a busy night in Franklin night-life; Thanksgiving Eve is a time where everyone gets together and celebrates what they are grateful for.

Add The Zajac Brother’s Band to your list of stops for the occasion and join us 8-11 for a night of music and celebration at THE BLACK BOX. Rock & roll, blues, funk and jam will get you grooving the night away with this talented band!

Presale: $15 - Door: $20 - VIP: $45

Tickets available online or by calling the box office

The Zajac Brothers Band - Thanksgiving Eve at THE BLACK BOX
The Zajac Brothers Band - Thanksgiving Eve at THE BLACK BOX

Governor-elect Healey announces transition committee chairs

"Ten days after her historic win, Governor-elect Maura Healey announced 15 committee co-chairs will join her transition team as she prepares to take office in January.

The Cambridge Democrat, who won the Nov. 8 election by a landslide, announced Friday a transition team that includes former state transportation leaders, community advocates, business and nonprofit leaders, and a former White House official.

She had previously announced that Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, the lieutenant governor-elect, will chair the transition. The team had also launched a website to solicit applications from those who wish to serve in the administration as well as offer the public a chance to weigh in on what an incoming Healey administration should prioritize."
Continue reading the Boston Globe article (subscription maybe required)

CommonWealth Magazine coverage ->

Pre-Negotiations Committee Strategy Meeting - Executive Session - Dec 8

Franklin School Committee
Negotiations Sub Committee
December 8, 2022 - 3:30-5:00 PM

Remote Participation via Zoom:

Meeting of the Negotiating Sub-Committee for the ESP/LPN, Cafeteria,
Secretaries & Van Driver Units

1. Call to Order

2. Executive Session
a. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a)(3) to discuss strategy with respect to collective
bargaining with the ESP/LPN, Cafeteria, Secretaries & Van Drivers units as an
open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the
School Committee and the chair so declares.
3. Adjournment

Note: since the meeting is mainly an "executive session", not much use in attending. Sharing to help comply with open meeting legalese.

Pre-Negotiations Committee Strategy Meeting - Executive Session - Dec 8
Pre-Negotiations Committee Strategy Meeting - Executive Session - Dec 8

Networking Your Way to a New Job - Dec 6

Topic: Networking Your Way to a New Job

Where: Zoom/Virtual

When:  Tuesday December 6 @ 12:30 pm  [1 hr session]

To register: 

Call the Natick Service Council's Brack Career Center; 508-655-1791 

OR use your phone and scan the QR code in the attached flyer


Ed Lawrence
Certified Interview Coach
Authorized DISC Administrator
Member, CPRW Certification Committee

Networking Your Way to a New Job - Dec 6
Networking Your Way to a New Job - Dec 6

The Town of Franklin awarded $11K from Sustainable Materials Recovery Program

The Town of Franklin gains $11K from this grant program: 

"On America Recycles Day, Nov. 15, the Baker-Polito administration announced $4.2 million in grant funding to 270 municipalities and regional solid waste districts across the Commonwealth.

The grants, made available through the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program and approved by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, will help communities maximize their recycling, composting and waste reduction programs.

“One of the most effective measures we can take to reduce the waste stream in communities across the Commonwealth is to support and encourage recycling, diversion, and reuse of waste materials,” said Gov. Charlie Baker.

This year, 265 communities qualified for the Recycling Dividends Program and will receive payments ranging from $245 to $110,500 for a total of $3.37 million."
Continue reading the Mass Municipal Assoc (MMA) article online 

Details on the program can be found online ->

The full listing of grant award recipients

Sustainable Materials Recovery Program
Sustainable Materials Recovery Program

Friday, November 18, 2022

Franklin's Event Outlook: Nov 18, 2022 to Nov 24, 2022

Theater, theater, and theater. The Dean College shows are sold out but the FHS performances of Cinderella and the FPAC performances of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time have tickets for sale this weekend.

Winter Farmers Market opens this Saturday, join the Deep Dive into the school district's work on diversity, equity, and inclusion that is scheduled for the Library Saturday morning or stop by the Library book & bag sale also schedule for today and Saturday.

Friday, November 18

12:00pm - Library Book Sale (Franklin Public Library)

5:00pm - FHS Red Cross Club: Movie Night -> Monster's Inc (Franklin High School)

5:30pm - Patrick Durkin (67 Degrees Brewery)

6:00pm - Jess Ward (live music) (La Cantina Winery)

7:00pm - Cinderella (Broadway Version)  (Franklin High School)

7:30pm - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  (FPAC - THE BLACK BOX)

7:30pm - All Shook Up (sold out)   (Dean College)

Saturday, November 19

9:00am - Library Book Sale  (Franklin Public Library)

10:00am - Winter Farmers Market (Fairmount Fruit Farm)

10:00am - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

10:00am - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Deep Dive

11:00am - Yoga in the Taproom (67 Degrees Brewery)

1:00pm - Library Bag Sale (books by the bag)  (Franklin Public Library)

2:00pm - All Shook Up (sold out)   (Dean College)

3:00pm - Trolley Dogs Food Truck  (La Cantina Winery)

4:00pm - AK Cody (live music) (La Cantina Winery)

5:30pm - Jennifer Teft (67 Degrees Brewery)

7:00pm - Cinderella (Broadway Version)  (Franklin High School)

7:30pm - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (FPAC - THE BLACK BOX)

7:30pm - All Shook Up (sold out)   (Dean College)

Sunday, November 20

1:00pm - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

2:00pm - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (FPAC - THE BLACK BOX)

2:00pm - All Shook Up (sold out)   (Dean College)

7:00pm - Interfaith Thanksgiving Service (Franklin Federated Church)

Thursday, November 24 - Thanksgiving Day

8:00am - Turkey Trot - 5K walk/run (Church of Latter Day Saints - benefits Franklin Food Pantry)


The Franklin Art Association Art Gallery remains open during business hours at Escape into Fiction (Main St, Franklin)

Find the full Community event calendar

The Cultural calendar displays only the cultural events

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:

The Town meeting calendar is found
The School district calendar is found 

Community Calendar
Community Calendar

First Winter Farmers Market this season opens on Saturday, Nov 19 at 10 AM

The first of the series of Winter Farmers Markets open on Saturday, Nov 19 at Fairmount Fruit Farms. Located at 887 Lincoln St, the market is open from 10 AM to 2 PM. The market runs approximately twice a month on Saturday.

Check out the listing of vendors ->

Check out more info about Fairmount Fruit Farm online ->

Conversation with Franklin's Health Director Cathleen Liberty - 11/08/22 (audio)

FM #880 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 880 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Franklin's Health Director Cathleen Liberty  November 8, 2022. We had our conversation via virtual conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

The recording runs about 36 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Cathleen. Audio file ->


Metacomet Health page ->

Health Dept page

Health Dept - COVID reporting dashboard -> 

Board of Health page

Sign up for Health alerts via Regroup -> 

The Topic podcast -> 


We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial. 

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit  or 

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

"Finding the Light" in Franklin from Nov 27 to Dec 18

"Greetings art lovers!  
Beginning on holiday weekend, Nov 27- December 18, I will leave a piece of art at an undisclosed location for the Franklin community members to find. 
This collection is called "Finding the Light" and it is part 2 of last year’s kick off. 
I created this series during my Artist in Residence role for Natick 2021. I had just lost my father. This prompted me to imagine how many others are coping through pain and loss around the holiday season, sparking the need to share "light".   
In that same spirit, I mean for it to be uplifting, bring hope, joy and giving around the holidays.  
Come to this page for clues and an image to help you find it easily. The clues may be released early each week, but the art will be placed on Sunday mornings. "
Shared from Amy Adams Facebook page 

Find the clues online ->

"Finding the Light" in Franklin from Nov 27 to Dec 18
"Finding the Light" in Franklin from Nov 27 to Dec 18

Christmas Fair returns to St John’s Episcopal Church - Dec 3

Load up the family on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 AM - 2 PM (new end time) for a cookie walk, children’s activities, refreshments, a silent auction, raffle items, and fresh wreaths. 

Fun for all ages!

St John’s Episcopal Church, 237 Pleasant Street, Franklin

For more information:
Call 508-528-2387 Email
Like us on Facebook  and Twitter
See our website at  

Christmas Fair returns to St John’s Episcopal Church
Christmas Fair returns to St John’s Episcopal Church

Franklin Public Schools: District Newsletter - November 2022

Franklin Public Schools

District Newsletter

November 2022

22-23 School Calendar

Nov. 23 -25 Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 7 - Early Release Day

Access the 22-23 School Calendar 

We're Back in Action!

We are excited to welcome families from across the district and the greater Franklin Community to attend our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Deep Dives event!

Join us as we dive deeper into the Climate and Culture findings from our 21-22 Equity Audit and look towards the development of our Equity Action Plan throughout the 2022-2023 year. During this session, community members will be able to engage with District Adminstration to discuss questions, concerns, experiences, and solutions. The event will be held at the Franklin Public Library meeting room (School Street entrance) on Saturday, 11/19 from 10am - 11:30am.

You can review our D.E.I. Presentation to the School Committee here.

Art of Rangolis During Diwali

Oak Street teachers Ms. Kinney teamed up with Mrs. Parikh to help share the history of Diwali with their classrooms. Students were able to learn more about how many other people from around the world as well as their peers, celebrate this holiday. Students even designed their very own Rangolis, which is an Indian art form typically displayed at entryways to welcome prosperity and blessings. This was a wonderful way for students to learn more about their friends.

Clock is Ticking to See Cinderella

Franklin High School Theatre Company delivered a fantastic performance of Cinderella (Broadway Version) on Friday, November 11th. Audiences have two additional opportunity to experience this magical performance with shows...

Saturday, November 18th at 7pm

Sunday, November 19th at 7pm

Be sure to grab your ticket before this horse drawn carriage bids farewell!

Kindergarten Technology Win!

Our Digital Learning Integrationists work to educate our FPS community on how to effectively utilize the variety of digital tools. Recently, our DLI's streamlined a way to assist our educators and kindergarteners during instances of digital enrichment. Logging into a Chromebook can be difficult for our kindergarten kiddos who are still learning their lowercase letters and digital skills. When it's time to sign into these Chromebooks using their logins, it can be a challenge to get a classroom to login quickly. DLI's and IT techs developed a system which allows kindergarteners to login using their own unique QR code while these young learners begin to develop the important skill of being able to enter user and password information independently. Now login is a breeze for these students and they get right to the planned digital activity. What was once a task that took 20-30 minutes to master, is now accomplished in under 3 minutes! The confidence in the faces of these young learners and their teachers show how much of a game changer this system is!

Wednesday, November 16th was National Education Support Professionals Day! Our ESP's give their all to keep our schools running efficiently. We couldn't do it without our team of passionate and dedicated ESP's. Thank you for all that you do!

Inclement Weather Procedure

The FPS Inclement Weather Procedure outlines the decision making process for school cancellation or delays in response to weather related incidents. Families are encouraged to review the procedure as we enter the start of the winter season.

View the procedure here.

From the School Committee

Redistricting Analysis

As part of the Redistricting Analysis that is being done in collaboration with the Franklin School Committee, we established a Redistricting Advisory Group of 60 individuals composed of FPS parents/ guardians, educators, administrators. This group will meet with our redistricting consultant App Geo, through May 2023 to provide input, feedback, and local context on proposed scenarios to potential updates to attendance boundaries within Franklin. The initial meeting was held on Tuesday, November 15th.

The results and recommendations will be presented at the conclusion to the School Committee in the Spring of 2023. Any recommendations that may be approved by the School Committee will not go into effect during the 2022-2023 school year. The School Committee will continue to engage the public prior to reaching a final decision on any boundary adjustments.

We encourage folks to review the materials from the November 15th meeting here. You can learn more about the Redistricting Advisory Committee here.

Please join us for our next School Committee meeting on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022 at 7pm.

Were thankful for the support of our FPS Families, Faculty Staff and Franklin Community!

Franklin Public Schools

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