Franklin Center

The Bridge Newsletter

April 27th, 2023

The Spring Social is today! Join us in Franklin Center's Community Room and Gym for music, dancing, crafts, and snacks. All are welcome to stop by and socialize.

If you have not RSVP'd and want to join or have any other questions, please contact Audra Williams at [email protected] or Jackie Fallenstein at [email protected]

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!

Minds of All Kinds

Minds of All Kinds is just one month away! We have 250 of our 300 spots filled. Click the link below to RSVP and reserve your spot! The deadline to RSVP is May 1st.

This year's event is at the Golden Valley Country Club on Thursday, May 11, 2023 from 8:30-9:30 am. We can't wait to see you there!

Reserve Your Spot Today!


April 27th

Spring Social

May 1st

Minds of All Kinds RSVP Deadline

May 11th

Minds of All Kinds

May 12th

Coffee and Convos

May 19th

End of GSA Food Drive

May 22nd

End of Session Four Clubs

May 29th

Memorial Day- No School

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

2023-2024 Academic Calendar

Live Calendar

Franklin Academy's Family Corner

Classroom Highlight: Art

By Nancy Shelledy

Lower School students recently finished creating their Self Portrait Collages and explored texture using a variety of materials and processes. Students used felt and fleece to create their hair, markers misted with water or watercolor for the portrait backgrounds, and a combination of crayons, colored pencils, and construction paper for their eyes, noses, and mouths. Once completed, Lower Schoolers practiced sharing their artwork with their class and giving one another compliments.

Coffee and Convo

Franklin Center's Coffee and Convo events provide a fun way to get to know other parents or caregivers in our community. Held on the second Friday of each month after drop off (around 8am), parents and guests can stop in for coffee and breakfast treats (often made by our students in the culinary science class) to mingle and get to know one another better. Events are held in our beautiful community room at Franklin Center.

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

Community Outreach

Interested in activities for your child once school is over? Check out the link below for an array of resources in our community.

2023 Community Resources and Opportunities


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 [email protected] to change or add additional Owls' Nest services or if you have any questions.

Letters From Leaders

Kim Strandemo, Franklin Academy Principal

Hello Franklin Families! I am excited to share some exciting updates about Franklin Academy with you.

I would like to introduce our new staff members: Kristen, Tobias, Sena, Jazz, SueAnn, Scott, and Allie! We are so excited to be welcoming these new teachers and BTs as they settle into their new roles. We are ecstatic to be fully staffed in our classrooms and are looking forward to providing an elevated level of education for our students. 

We are unveiling a new organizational structure for the behavior department, which is now housed inside of therapy services. This new structure will allow for better allocation of staff resources to our students, and provide advancement opportunities within the department so we can train and develop the fantastic staff members that we already have. 

Turning from staff to student affairs, I was fortunate enough to join our middle school students as they visited the Hoċokata Ti Cultural Center in Shakopee. It was a great learning experience for our students, who got to learn about our region's rich indigenous culture and history. I am also happy to report that the MyHealth lessons in middle and high school are going very well, and we are grateful to be able to cover these important topics with our students. 

As always, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or comments!



Audra Williams and Kerry Brown

PTO Co-Chairs

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Kim Snow

Executive Director

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Kim Strandemo

Academy Principal

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