Franklin Center

The Bridge Newsletter

January 19th, 2023

Welcome Reception for New Executive Director!

We are excited to celebrate the announcement of Kim Snow as Franklin Center's new Executive Director! Join us TODAY from 4:00-5:30 pm for an open meet and greet at our campus. Appetizers and drinks will be served. Click here to RSVP!

Please note: Owl's Nest will be available at no charge for those attending.

Tuition Assistance

We are now accepting tuition assistance applications through Blackbaud for the 2023-24 school year. Please note: Since Blackbaud Financial Management is a new module for us this year, those who submit an application should sign up as a "new user" and use Franklin Academy instead of a school code.

The deadline for applications is Friday, Feb 17, 2023. You will be asked to submit income and tax information for 2022, so we encourage you to file your 2022 taxes at your earliest convenience. Incomplete applications or those not containing verifying documents may not be considered.

For technical questions regarding the Blackbaud online application, please contact: 1 (800) 360-8027 or [email protected]

Annual Fund

Donate today and help us reach our goal! Every dollar makes a difference:

Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

Franklin's own GSA has begun meeting! Student-led and staff-advised, GSA is an opportunity for high school students to build community around issues impacting them. Learn more here.

Questions? Feel free to email [email protected]


January 19th

Welcome Reception for New Executive Director

January 26th

Annual Parent Meeting CANCELLED

January 30th

Session three clubs begin

February 10th

Coffee and Convos

February 17th

No School

No Activity Day

February 20- 24th

Mid-Winter Break: No School

February 21- 24th

Activity Day

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

Live Calendar

Franklin Academy's Family Corner

Capstone Program Information Night

Interested in learning more about the Capstone Program? We will host our virtual webinar on Tuesday, February 28th at 7pm. Topics will include: changes to programming options, scheduling, external partnerships, tuition, and more. Non-Franklin families are invited.

Register Here!

Classroom Highlight: Pigeon River

By John Gabriel

Pigeon River has been getting back in the habit of school after the long break, and has been absolutely rocking it! The students have been researching various towns and cities in Minnesota to find and report on their origins and population breakdowns. They are doing a fine job of understanding the progression of our state and navigating through its geography and history. They have also been expressing themselves creatively by adding drawings to our Welcome Board each week, showing impressive talent and imagination.

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.

Book Club

The Franklin Center Book Club recently celebrated the holiday season with a lovely lunch and cookie exchange at the home of Beth Malloy. Do you love to read? Join us! The club is open to all Franklin Center parents and caregivers.

For more information, contact Maureen at [email protected].

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. As a reminder, with winter weather and it getting darker earlier, please call (952)-737-6922 to have your student released from Owls' Nest.

Owls' Nest tuition billing occurs via Blackbaud or SmartTuition and is completed on the 1st of the month for the previous month, i.e. January 1st, 2023 for December 2022.


Session Three clubs registration has begun and clubs will begin meeting the week of January 30th, 2023. The deadline to register is Friday, January 20th, 2023. If clubs are cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified on Friday, January 20th, 2023 by 10 am. Clubs with waiting lists are: MS/HS Minecraft Club (Mondays) and LS Music and Movement Club (Wednesdays). Clubs that currently have low enrollment include: MS/HS Musical Exploration (Monday), LS Yoga (Tuesday), LS GoSolar! (Tuesday, MS/HS Chess Club (Tuesday), MS/HS KidsCreate 3D Design Club (Tuesday), MS/HS Snow Shoeing (Wednesday), MNProv (Thursday), and LS Ballet (Friday).

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 February 21-24th, 2023. 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.

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

Activity Day Flyer

Letters From Leaders

Amber Trapp, Enrichment Program Manager

With warmer weather approaching and snow melting, you might be starting to think about summer plans. For some students, summer means a change in routine and a break from school. At Franklin Center we understand the value of a consistent summertime routine. That is what Camp Franklin offers. Camp Franklin provides all students in grades K-12 with a friendly, welcoming,and fun atmosphere where they can explore activities that are both familiar and unfamiliar. Camp Franklin includes academic and social programs and begins the week of June 12th, 2023.

Registration and more information will be available in February 2023. We look forward to sharing the summer with you.

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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