Franklin Center

The Bridge Newsletter

December 8th, 2022

Holiday Party!

Join us for Danny and Steve's 2nd Annual Holiday Open House! Franklin Center parents Danny Della Lana and Steve Hall invite all Franklin Center parents, caregivers, board members, and staff to celebrate the season on Friday, December 9 from 6-9 pm at their home, 1920 Pillsbury Avenue South in Minneapolis.

You may park on the street in front of their home, or at the parking lot located next door at 204 W Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

Questions? Contact Maureen at [email protected].

Annual Fund

Next Thursday, December 15th is Franklin Center's day of giving, celebrating 19 years since we were founded as a nonprofit. To celebrate 19 years of important work, a supporter has generously donated a $19,000 matching grant! For the rest of December, we have TWO matching grants! Gifts will be tripled for everyone, up to $19,000! Donate today, and celebrate 19 years with us!

Triple Your Gift Today!

Calendar Updates

There have been a number of updates to the 2022/23 calendar. A new PDF calendar is linked here. The new live calendar on our website is also up to date, and can be found at this link!


December 9th

Coffee and Convos

December 9th

Holiday Party

December 16th

No School

No Therapy Services

December 19-23

No School

Activity Days

December 19-30

Winter Break

No School

View the 2022-2023 Year at a Glance Calendar on our Parents' Page

Live Calendar

Franklin Academy's Family Corner

Coffee and Convos

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. Come join us!

Special Person's Day

A huge thank you to all who attended Special Person's Day. It was a pleasure to see so many faces and to be able to share our new space together. Together, we raised $701.00 for the Golden Valley Fire Relief Association.

Classroom Highlight: Highschool Economics

By Kelly Crampton

In Economics, students have been working through several Microeconomics units in the first part of the school year. We have just finished a unit on Market Structures. Throughout this unit, students spent time learning about the four main market structures and identifying real world examples of those. Recently, students participated in a game of Oligopoly. In this game, students took on the role of a firm and competed against other students' firms by either choosing to advertise or price drop. Each round, students were able to see how the decisions of other firms impacted their own success as a business. After winter break, we will be moving into Macroeconomics. 

No School on December 16th

Franklin’s Board of Trustees has approved closing both the Academy and Therapy Services on Friday, December 16th. This was previously scheduled as a half day, but the Board took the opportunity to say thank you to the dedicated staff by giving them a full day off prior to the break. There will be no Activity Days or Owls’ Nest on Friday, 12/16, but we will reopen for Activity Days and Therapy services on Monday, December 19. The rest of the holiday schedule remains the same.

Student Reunion Basketball Tip-Off is Back!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 7th, from 5:30-7:00 pm! You won't want to miss the basketball game, pizza, games, and a chance to hang out at Franklin Center's brand-new campus! All former and current students, clients, participants, families, and staff are invited! Not interested in playing basketball? No worries! Come and cheer on your peers and enjoy other games and delicious pizza in the community room!

RSVP Today!

Sick Policy

It's that time of the year again. With flu season among us, many parents question whether their child's symptoms are enough to keep them home from school. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, they should not attend school in-person regardless of vaccination status:

  • Fever (100 or more)
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

For more information follow this link to view our Sick Policy.

Franklin Enrichment

Owls' Nest 

Owls' Nest is provided before and after school during the following hours:

7:00 am-8:00 am, 3:10 pm-5:00 pm. Also, just a reminder, with winter weather and it getting darker earlier, please call (952) 737-6922, to have your student released from Owls' Nest.


Session Three clubs will begin the week of January 30, 2023. Registration will open for Session Three clubs on Friday, December 23, 2022.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Amber Trapp, Enrichment Program Manager, at [email protected] or (952) 737-6925.

LS/MS/HS Third Session Clubs

Activity Days

Activity Days are scheduled for the week of December 19th, 2022. Each day Science from Scientists will assist in providing programming ranging from cryptography to coding. To register, log into your Blackbaud account. For Activity Days, Owls' Nest is available for an additional fee and the hours are from 7:00-8:00 am and 3:10-5:00 pm.

Special Olympics Bowling

On Wednesday, December 7th, Franklin Center and Breck School participated in the Special Olympics Bowling Tournament.

Letters From Leaders

Kim Strandemo, Franklin Academy Principal

A huge thank you to the Franklin Academy Community for the job well done during last month's accreditation visit with MNSAA. The massive project would not have gone as well as it did without everyone’s participation and hard work.

We kicked off the process with the leadership teams and half of the Board of Directors welcoming the team to our campus for a tour and a get-to-know-you dinner. We learned a little bit about them and their job on campus for their two days and they learned all about us. The next morning we had the other half of the board and the teachers for a welcome breakfast. Over the next day and a half, the students did a great job welcoming the MNSAA team into their classrooms. Thank you to the parents, for talking with them during driveline, and teachers, BTs, and leadership staff who were open and honest with where our school is during their one-on-one interviews. Everything went so well that the team leader came to me the second morning and asked to move up our final meeting as the visit went so well that they finished early. In all the years that the team leader had been doing these visits, we ranked right there at the top!

What we learned from the visit is that we were spot on with what we need to work on in the next few years. Our Franklin Academy Strategic Plan is comprehensive and matches the work in our self-study. There were no surprises, which is exactly what we wanted. We know what we need to do; now it’s time to get to work and work toward our goals. I am so grateful to be surrounded by such talent and hard work. Attached here you will find the highlights of the visit and the recommendations they have for us.

In the handbook, the months are incorrect for when we send out our WIPPs. “The Whole Learning Individual Program Plans (WIPP) are issued in November and June” should read "February and June." Sorry for any confusion that this may have caused. We will make sure it gets corrected in the next handbook.

Attention all 11th and 12th grade families: If you are interested in signing your child up to take the ACT this Spring, please reach out to Mikki Lucci at [email protected]

I hope to see many of you at tomorrow’s Coffee and Convo or the gathering at Danny and Steve’s. If I don’t get to see you before the holidays, please have a blessed break and I will see you back here in 2023!

Happy Holidays!

Audra Williams and Kerry Brown

PTO Co-Chairs

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Kim Snow

Interim Executive Director

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Kim Strandemo

Academy Principal

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