Franklin Center

The Bridge Newsletter

April 13th, 2023

Spring Social

Save the date for this year's Spring Social on Thursday, April 27th from 6:30- 8:00 pm. Join us in Franklin Center's Community Room and Gym for music, dancing, crafts, and snacks. On behalf of the PTO, all are welcome for a fun evening! Please RSVP by Friday, April 21st.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Audra Williams at or

Jackie Fallenstein at

RSVP Today!

Minds of All Kinds

Minds of All Kinds is just one month away! We have 150 of our 300 spots filled. Click the link below to RSVP and reserve your spot! This year's event is at the Golden Valley Country Club on Thursday, May 11th, 2023 from 8:30- 9:30 am. We can't wait to see you there!

Reserve Your Spot Today!


April 14th

Coffee and Convos

April 26th

Yearbook Forms Due

April 27th

Spring Social


Minds of All Kinds

View the 20222023 Year at a Glance Calendar on our Parents' Page

2023-2024 Academic Calendar

Live Calendar

Franklin Academy's Family Corner

GSA Food Drive

The Franklin GSA is having a food drive to help feed families in need. We are partnering with PRISM, an organization devoted to building healthy, stable lives across the Twin Cities Metro. If you would like to support the food drive with a donation, we are accepting the following items: rice, dry beans, pasta, pasts sauce, peanut butter, jelly tuna, soup, meal helpers, canned veggies, canned fruit, cereal, juice, baby food, crackers, nuts, dried fruit, applesauce, and condiments.

Donations can be dropped off at the front desk anytime between now and May 19th. Thank you!

Coffee and Convos

Join us tomorrow, April 14th, for a special guest and a chance to meet our new staff at Coffee and Convos. Gabby Fitzgerald from MyHealth will be returning to Franklin Center to field questions and talk about the upcoming curriculum of Sex Education and Puberty. Stop in our beautiful community room at Franklin Center (around 8:00 am) for coffee, conversation, and breakfast treats (often made by our students in the culinary science class). We hope to see you there!

Yearbook Form

If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook for the 2022- 2023 school year, click here. Yearbook order forms and payment are due to the front office by Wednesday, April 26th. Please make checks payable to Franklin Center.

If you have any questions, reach out to Mikki Lucci at or Kelly Crampton at

Classroom Highlight: Minnehaha Falls

By Anita Haas

Minnehaha has been learning about maps and communities. We made our own map following a key and designed buildings for our very own community. After building our community, we then played on our "map" with cars and trucks.

Tuition Management Login Conversion

Dear Franklin Families,

Beginning on March 27th, 2023, logging into Blackbaud Tuition Management will require a Blackbaud ID (BBID) account. This is a more secure login method and will further protect your personal information by providing enhanced password protection for your account. Blackbaud ID also allows you to enhance security with multi-factor authentication through text messages or mobile authenticators.

The first time you log into on or after March 27th, you'll sign in with your current username and password. A new screen will appear prompting you to choose between two options:

  • Create Blackbaud ID: select if you do not have a Blackbaud ID and need to create one.
  • Social Sign In: users with Google or Apple ID's can use their existing account information to now access their Tuition Management Account.
  • Sign In: select to sign in with your existing Blackbaud ID.

Make your selection and follow the steps on the screen to link your new or existing Blackbaud ID to your Tuition Management account. If you have any further questions, click here.

Introduction to Technical College

Capstone is excited to announce that we will be partnering with Hennepin Tech (Brooklyn Park) this July to offer a for- credit course hands- on exploring the different course offerings at Hennepin Tech. This class is open to all current Academy High School students. Transportation will be provided to and from Franklin Center and a Capstone staff member will be in the classroom as support staff.

Please contact Mike Faeth for additional details. A 6th grade math and reading level is recommended, though not required. Registration is open on your Blackbaud account. Spots are limited!

Camp Franklin

Camp Franklin 2023 registration is now open! The dates for Camp Franklin 2023 are:

  • Session 1: 6/12- 6/30
  • Session 2: 7/10- 7/28
  • Session 3: 7/31- 8/4

Please see the brochure linked below for camp offerings. To register, log into your BlackBaud account.

Camp Franklin Brochure

Franklin Enrichment

Enrichment Update

We are saddened to announce that Amber Trapp, our Enrichment Program Manager, is moving on to a new position at another district. Her last day will be Friday, April 14th. Amber’s responsibilities are being handled by Franklin Center’s leadership teams until we can hire a new Enrichment Program Manager. We thank Amber for the time she has spent here and all of the hard work she has put in.


The final session of the school year, Session Four, has begun! In case you missed it, cancelled clubs include: Monday: Magic (LS) Club; Tuesday: GoSolar! Kidz Solar Robot, and Machines; Wednesday: Government Club; Thursday: MNProv Club, Friday: Yoga (MS/HS) Club and Cricket Club. Please see the attached flyers for more information on Session Four Clubs.

Session Four Club Flyer

Owls' Nest 

Owls' Nest, our before and after school program, is available for an additional fee during the following hours: 7:00-8:00 am and 3:10-5:00 pm. Please reach out to Allison Barosko at to change or add additional Owls' Nest services or if you have any questions.

Letters From Leaders

Paul Gloudemans, Admissions

Prior to the 2022-23 school year concluding in 7 weeks, I would like to say thank you to those families that have made the decision to reenroll their child at Franklin Academy for the 2023-24 school year. We value your trust and commitment to us in continuing to serve your child. For those families whose child is graduating this year, congratulations! We hope our school and organization have helped prepare them for the next chapter in their lives. And for those families who have decided to pursue other school options for your child, we hope your experience with Franklin Center has been a positive one. Please know that we are always open to honest feedback, and would love to hear about your experience.

On that note, we will be sending out our annual parent survey by the end of May. Your feedback is important to us and your candid responses will be greatly appreciated. We will use this information to review our school in our quest for continual improvements for our students and parents. We hope all parents/guardians will share their input with us.

Finally, for those who are reenrolling their child for next school year, a reminder that you will be seeing a $1000 deposit charge in your Blackbaud Tuition Management account for the 2023-24 school year. This $1,000 deposit guarantees your child’s enrollment and will go towards the new yearly tuition.

Have a great Spring!


Audra Williams and Kerry Brown

PTO Co-Chairs

Kim Snow

Executive Director

Kim Strandemo

Academy Principal