Franklin Center

The Bridge Newsletter

March 30th, 2023

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, and snacks. On behalf of the PTO, all are welcome for a fun evening!

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Audra Williams at [email protected] or

Jackie Fallenstein at [email protected]

RSVP Today!

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 [email protected] or Kelly Crampton at [email protected]

Minds of All Kinds

Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 11, 2023, 8:30- 9:30 AM at the Golden Valley Country Club!

This year's featured speaker is Franklin Center parent Emma Nadler, author of the memoir: The Unlikely Village of Eden, available this April.

Join us to hear Emma's powerful story and the transformational work happening at Franklin Center!

RSVP Here!


March 31st

Professional Development Day- No School

March 31st

Activity Day

April 3- 7th

Spring Break-

No School

April 3- 7th

Activity Day

April 14th

Coffee and Convos

April 26th

Yearbook Forms Due

April 27th

Spring Social

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

2023-2024 Academic Calendar

Live Calendar

Franklin Academy's Family Corner


Franklin Center has a number of sponsorship opportunities available to show your support for our amazing community. To learn more, or if you want to share an idea for a sponsor, please contact Maureen at [email protected].

Deadline to be included in printed materials is April 10th.

Classroom Highlight: Middle School Life Skills

By Kade Drechsler

Chippewa River, Pigeon River, and Temperance River have been experiencing some of the joyous tasks of adulthood in Middle School Life Skills class including cooking, meal planning, and grocery shopping. It's no surprise that the highlight of class is when we make food in the kitchen! Our agreed upon expectation is that if you don't clean, you don't cook, so all students have been working diligently to clean up after our cooking sessions as well.

Focusing on functional recipes and skills, students have made several recipes they can recreate independently without needing to use the stove or oven. We are incorporating some recipes that use the stove and oven as well so that students are able to increase their skill and comfort level with those appliances. Recently, students have begun working on planning meals for a week and determining the total cost of food for that week.

Knowing that some students have limited diets and/or sensory aversions to some foods, I collaborated with Ali Bicek, an amazing occupational therapist (OT) from Capernaum to discuss less negative ways to talk about food. Tips to try include describing food by it's shape, color, smell (strong, sweet, sour), size, taste (spicy, sweet, sour, flavorful, bland), temperature, and texture (crunchy, soft, wet, bumpy). We practice this in class and it has helped students be more adventurous with making the food, even if they aren’t ready to try tasting it yet.

Tuition Statements for Taxes

Do you need a record of tuition paid in 2022 for your taxes? Statements are now available in your Blackbaud Tuition Management Account. Once you've logged in, click on the link "Student Year End Statement", located to the right of the "Make a Payment" box. If you have trouble accessing your statement, please call Tuition Management Customer Service at 888-868-8828 or use the Chat feature accessible from your account.

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 or Amber Trapp 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

Activity Days

Fun collaborations are planned for the upcoming Activity Days: Friday, March 31st, 2023 and the week of Spring Break, April 3- 7th, 2023. On Friday, March 31st, 2023, Atomic Adam returns with High Touch High Tech Science to discuss geology. Then, on Monday, April 3, 2023, students will have a chance to get outdoors and try their hand at geocaching with Carver County Parks. Tuesday, April 4th, will bring a virtual visit from Science from Scientists with a discussion and activities focused on cryptography. On Wednesday, April 5th, students will visit Mill City Museum and on Thursday, April 6th, students will visit REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory .Our final Activity Day of the 2022-2023 school year, on  Friday, April 7 will feature fun activities on the Franklin Center campus. See the attached flyer for more information.

To register, log into your BlackBaud account. For Activity Days, Owls' Nest is available for an additional fee 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


The final session of the school year, Session Four, is scheduled to begin the week of April 10, 2023. Registration is open and will occur via BlackBaud. Cancellation of clubs notification will occur, during Spring Break, on Friday, April 7, 2023. Clubs currently at risk of being cancelled are: Monday: Yoga (LS) Club and Magic (LS) Club; Tuesday: GoSolar! Kidz Solar Robot, and Machines, MS/HS Chess Club and Karate Club; Wednesday: Government Club; Thursday: MNProv Club, Friday: Yoga (MS/HS) Club and Ballet (LS) Club. Please see the attached flyers for information regarding what clubs will be offered during Session Four.

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 Amber Trapp, Enrichment Program Manager, 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 regarding Franklin Academy with you.

I would like to again congratulate Minnehaha Falls teacher Anita Haas on winning MINNDEPENDENT’s 2023 Honor Teacher award. This prestigious award recognizes exceptional teachers who have a passion for students and education. Anita is certainly deserving of such an accolade; we are grateful to have such high-quality faculty members here in the academy.

Speaking of faculty, I am excited to announce that we have a number of new staff members joining us in the academy! This month, we have brought on two new Behavior Therapists- one one each in Middle School and High School, a new High School Math Teacher, and a School-Based Substitute Teacher. In a time of nation-wide educator shortages, we are thrilled to be adding these exceptional individuals to our team.

Just in case you missed it, we are happy to announce that we are partnering with Hennepin Technical College! Transportation will be provided to and from Franklin Center and a staff member will be in the classroom as support staff. Students will be able to enroll in a for-credit class which will demonstrate to them the options available at Hennepin Tech. The course is open to High School and Capstone students, a 6th grade or higher math and reading level is recommended.

Finally, over this coming break the renovations to the library will begin. We are looking forward to being able to make this space as beautiful and functional as the rest of our building. 

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



P.S. If you have not yet voted Franklin Center for MN’s Best (in the education - private school category), you can do so here!

Audra Williams and Kerry Brown

PTO Co-Chairs

[email protected]

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Kim Snow

Executive Director

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Kim Strandemo

Academy Principal

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