News You Can Use 10/14/2021 News You Can Use Attachments

Did you know Franktown Elementary is on Facebook and Twitter?  There we share and post FES class happenings, school wide events, important dates and Ponderosa feeder information!  Like our FB page at..., follow us on Twitter at @franktownelem and we now have a YouTube channel.

Red Ribbon WeekFranktown Red Ribbon Week!

Monday October 25th- Pajamas Day! Best Day Ever!

Tuesday October 26th- Favorite Sports Team- Jersey, T-shirt, or Sweatshirt

Wednesday October 27th- Superhero Day- Themed T-shirt or Cape

Thursday, October 28th- Western Day- Cowboy or Cowgirl

Friday, October 29th- Red Out Day! As much red as you can wear!


See attached flyer!

Picture ProofsSchool Picture Proofs!

We sent home school picture proofs October 1 and October 14. All orders are due October 29th. This is an online process. Picture Retake Day is October 26th. If you do not like your picture, please send your student to school with the proof sheet on the 26th for a retake.


Fall Parties and Parade- Fall parties will be on  October 29, and they will look different this year, due to the recent changes in mask requirements. Per school district guidelines, masks are required, regardless of vaccination status - unless otherwise exempted.

2:45 pm - 3:10pm:  Change into costumes and have fall treats- Limited Volunteers are welcome (established by teacher prior to event)

3:10 pm - 3:25pm: Franktown Fall Parade (all families are welcome to watch outside as the students stroll around the building)

Parents are welcome to take their kids home after the parade. Parents will need to sign your child out on a sign out sheet placed on a table at the front of the building while your child grabs their take home items from the classroom. All students must exit from the front office area. Thank you!

3:25 pm: Remaining students back in the classroom for an end of day fall video or fall activity - same Volunteers welcome if needed.

Original ArtworksWe have exciting news!

This year's Original Works Art Program will continue to be all online to make ordering easy for you. Here is how it will work:

          The students have worked hard on creating artwork for the Original Works program. I mailed all of their artwork to Original Works on Oct 7th. Original Works will create a custom SCHOOL GALLERY for us that will include all of the student’s artwork. A customized brochure is created for each artwork submitted. Original Works will be shipping the brochures to the school for me to distribute home. You can follow the instructions and place your order. All the orders are processed together, sorted, packed, and sent to the school for distribution.

          The products will arrive in plenty of time for the holidays as long as you place your order by the order deadline date of November 17th.

The School Gallery will be open on November 3rd. I will send the customized brochures home as soon as I receive them. Please be on the lookout for them in Thursday's Folder.
          I think you will love this new way of viewing the artwork from the whole school and I hope you will enjoy the ease of placing your order.

**Notes: If you don't see your student artwork in the School Gallery or have a customized brochure, this means that your student did not finish their artwork in time to be sent to Original Works to process. Please contact me if you're interested in ordering, we will have to do a manual order.**
          Thank you as always for your support of the art program at Franktown Elementary! Please feel free to contact me with any questions at 

Lost and FoundWOW! We have lost and found!  If you child lost it, I bet we have it. Please check out our Facebook feed for a picture of what we have. In addition, we will also display it outside on October 29th, during our fall parties.

Borrowed ClothesBorrowed clothes from the Health Room?

If by chance, your child came home in a different outfit one day after school sponsored by the health room. Would you please make sure you wash it and return it to the school as soon as possible. We have a very limited supply.

TIP: If all Kindergarten and 1st grade families would please put a change of clothes in your child’s backpack for emergencies (accidents) that would be very helpful.

Reading Resources
Douglas County School District
Elementary Reading Programs Under Consideration in DCSD

Last year, in order to prepare to meet the new requirements of the READ Act, DCSD selected three core reading programs to pilot in some of our elementary schools. The three programs were selected from the approved list of core resources from the Colorado Department of Education following a thorough review process, and these programs were formally approved by the DCSD Board of Education in the spring of 2021.

The three core reading programs selected were:

  • Benchmark Advance
  • Benchmark Workshop
  • McGraw Hill: Wonders

Currently, 12 of DCSD’s elementary schools are piloting these programs for the fall semester 2021.



OCTOBER 15, 2021 Sign Up Genius Here


4TH & 5TH GRADE 7PM - 8:30PM







CoGatDear Parents/Guardians,


DCSD is committed to implementing equitable practices to increase access to advanced/gifted learning opportunities. Based on state and national recommendations and requirements, we implement Universal Screening for students in 2nd grade (February) and 5th or 6th grade--a student's final year of elementary school (November).


5th/6th Grade Universal Screen

As part of this process, ALL students in 5th grade not identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of Nov. 10-12.  This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates.  These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  


If your child missed their regular universal CogAT screening last year, they will be assessed during this window.  This would pertain to students currently in 3rd and possibly 6th or 7th grade (depending on the last grade in elementary).


If your child is already identified for gifted programming, they will not participate in this universal screen testing. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with information about this process. 


Gifted Identification Referral Testing 

  • If your child is in grades 3 or 4 and you believe he/she needs evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, you may refer your child for testing by initiating the Gifted Identification Process.  
  • NOTE: Requesting this assessment automatically initiates the process to evaluate for Gifted Identification. 
  • Please request CogAT testing for your child by completing the Referral for Gifted Identification linked HERE
  • Upon receipt of this form the Gifted Education Facilitator will connect with you to discuss next steps in the gifted identification process.

Our Fall Box Tops contest began Monday, October 4 and will continue through Friday, October 29. Please clip any Box Tops you can still find on product packaging and send them in. A collection envelope will be in every classroom. Prizes will be awarded to the class and the individual student collecting the most. Therefore, your student’s name and class should be on every bag or envelope turned in.


The Box Tops program has been moving to digital. Now, those earned during your shopping visit are identified and credited by scanning the store receipt. The receipt should be scanned within fourteen days of purchase to credit your Box Tops immediately to our school account. The Box Tops mobile app used for scanning is available from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or their site


This contest is to collect the physical Box Tops you have. An example of one is on top in the following image. The lower image indicates your receipt should be scanned using the app and is not a physical Box Top.

Pictures If you've captured amazing moments of your kids at the Ice Cream Social, Pancake Breakfast, Fun Run, Homecoming dress up days or parade, please upload them to our TreeRing page or send them to Tawnya Toland at

Food ClusterColorado Food Cluster. We are excited to let you know about a FREE fully prepared meal service we are offering through our organization to support our community and, more specifically, our youth. 



We deliver FREE meal kits that include tasty and nutritious, ready to heat & eat meals and snacks to families' doors to attend to the needs of thousands of families that are having a hard time during this current public health crisis. 


In this email, you will find all the most relevant details about how we make this service free and accessible to our families.


Participants Requirements 

Any youth 18 years and younger are eligible - and families can enroll multiple students in each household, so they each receive their own kit.




How do Families Sign Up?

Use this form to sign students up:  - available in English & Spanish. 

  • Generally, it takes 1-2 weeks from sign up until the first meal delivery.


What to Expect? 

Youth will receive a weekly delivery of 7 meals & snacks, including milk and fruit!


Delivered Weekly for Free

Meal-Kits, which include 7 days worth of free, nutritious meals, snacks, and a scannable  QR code with interactive educational activities for the whole family to enjoy. 


Ready to Enjoy

Chef-cooked meals that are ready to heat in the microwave and enjoy - allowing families to spend more valuable time together. 

Mini & Junior Mustangs Unite!

Come help PHS Spirit cheer on the Mustangs Football and join us in a special halftime performance. $60 included t-shirt, hair accessory, pom poms, snacks and dinner.

PHSTrick or Treat Street

PHS Trick or Treat Street

October 28 from 4-6 pm MASK ARE REQUIRED

Participate in fun activities and games like sticker fun, decorating phone frames, fishing for candy, and trick or treat stations.

Drop in at Ponderosa High School anytime between 4-6 pm for a safe fun time!

Admission is a “Canned Food” donation towards Parker Task Force or Monetary Donations are accepted. See attached flyer.


Here is an opportunity to influence improvements to HWY 83. Yes, I am hopeful we will be able to influence improvements for our school intersection.



DCSD Community Events

Falcon Football & Flyovers THIS Saturday! (Flyer attached)

Link to purchase tickets:

More Rapids and Buffs, Avalanche and a REALLY COOL holiday experience from DCPA!

Great opportunities at DCSD DISCOUNTED PRICES!!

FB Posts also attached for your convenience. Ticket links are:




DCPA - Camp Christmas (Promo Code: DCSDFUND):

ClockSchool Hours!!! 

9:05 am to 3:55 pm is our school day.  Please make sure you have your student dropped by 9:05 at the latest, or they will be tardy. Thanks! 

Birthday TreatsDoes your student have a birthday coming up? Here is what you need to know about treats in class.

**We are still following Covid protocols on Birthday Treats in the classroom. They must be individually wrapped and store bought.**

Thank you and Happy Birthday! 


Express Check In "Express Check In” is open again!

If you were unable to complete your express check in process before school began, please do so now.  It allows you to update health information, pay fees, update personal information and transportation. Click here to go to the link!


 Science Matters

Slimeology - Enrollment NOW Open!


Enrolling NOW!

Our next club is Slimeology

  • In-Person
  • Before or After School
  • Hands on Science Fun


Car Pool LaNeCar Students: AM drop off procedures: Pull along the curb and let students out, please use the entire length of the curbOr Park in parking spot and walk your children from the parking lot using the crosswalk. Please do not allow your children to walk from a parking spot into school without you present.  PM pick up procedures: Pull along the curb as far forward or north as possible. If there is not enough room at the curb, form a line and wait to pull forward. Load your children from the curbside only. Please do not use the second lane of through traffic to load your children, only load them from the curb allowing traffic to continue to pass. Or Park in a parking spot and walk to the sidewalk and take your child back to the car with you using the crosswalk.


Order YearbookYearbooks are on sale now. 

Purchase now to get 5%off through October only.

Order at 

Our school code is 101282565829318

Contact Tawnya Toland at


Mark you Calendar

Mark Your Calendars for Up Coming Events:    

PTO Family Event- October 15th

No School Fall Break October 18th – 22nd, 2021

PHS Trick or Treat Street- October 28th 4-6 pm

No School November 1st – Professional Development Teachers

No School November 22 - 26: Thanksgiving Break

No School December 17th-January 3rd, 2022: Winter Break