It is hard to believe we have completed the first 12 weeks of school already! November is a month full of activities and we welcome everyone to attend.

Our Scholastic Book Fair will be open in the media center from Nov. 6-10 during school hours and on Nov. 7 for Family Night, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. We will be serving dinner in the cafeteria and having make/ take literacy stations set up for all families. The book fair will be open in the media center for anyone wishing to purchase books from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

All veterans and their families are invited to attend Franklin County School’s annual Veterans’ Day program on Monday, Nov. 13, in the high school gym beginning at 10:30 a.m., with a luncheon to follow in the media center. Please join us in celebrating and honoring the courage and sacrifice members of our community have offered to keep us all free.

All parents, guardians and families are invited to join their student for a delicious Thanksgiving lunch in the cafeteria on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for $3.50 per plate.

We had two challenges in October for our students, one to collect 2,000 box tops (the total collected was 500.) and the other an attendance challenge, with the elementary classroom winner Mrs. Smith’s third grade class. The overall grade level with the best attendance is 10th grade. Congratulations! The attendance challenge will continue through the semester and prizes will be awarded.

The attendance rate is important because students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school consistently. It's difficult for the teacher and the class to build their skills and progress if students are frequently absent. Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success, both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school. Just missing two days of school per month, excused or not, means a child is less likely to graduate from high school. Promoting school attendance will help our students, your children, to be more successful in life, please join us in ensuring that students are in school.

The challenge for November is for each student to bring in at least one canned food item from Nov. 1-17. The class with the most canned food will win a popcorn-and-movie party or a pizza party! Thank you to all Franklin County School families and community members for all of your support. Have a wonderful November and a Happy Thanksgiving.

Jill Rudd is the principal of the Franklin County School.