Where Does the Fox Live?
As you must know by now, Franklin introduced the idea of Fox Dens to the school this month. The inspiration behind this initiative came from a school thousand of miles away. Last year, during our annual visit to our grandparents in Scotland, Cameron and I spent a whole day in school. Yes, my mother made me go to school during my summer vacation! We were welcomed into a class of 9 and 10 year olds, armed with a PowerPoint, ready to brag about our very own Franklin in hope we could inspire them to introduce the idea of F.A.M.E. night, a Film Festival or even Service Club! In return the students shared many wonderful things about their school. I was so excited about what I heard I wrote a letter to Ms. Sasso, at the beginning of the year, detailing some of the wonderful ideas they had. She too became excited and shared my letter with the Best Behavior Committee who all agreed that the idea of a House System could work for our school. For those of you who are familiar with Harry Potter, the House System is very much like the one at Hogwarts where students are sorted into one of four houses, Gryffindor. Slythern, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. The author of the Harry Potter series did in fact take her inspiration from the many school across the United Kingdom that have had House Systems in place for many, many years. Rather than houses, Franklin decided to have Dens, because that’s where a fox lives! It has been so exciting watching the Dens become a reality. Our first Den Days were a huge success. I am so proud to be part of this historic time at Franklin. Although I won’t be here to be part of the Dens I am excited to visit Franklin next year and find out how it is going.
Ailsa Munro | 5th Grade
Formed in 2018, Franklin’s Fox Den program strives to create a grade-wide culture of kindness and respect. When your little foxes arrive at Franklin, they will be sorted into one of five dens: Arctic Foxes, Swift Foxes, Fennec Foxes, Gray Foxes and Red Foxes. Each Franklin Fox will remain with the same den throughout their career at Franklin, allowing them the opportunity to develop cross-age and cross-grade friendships with members of their den. As our Fox Den program develops and evolves, denmates will work together to earn chips, which will be awarded to Foxes for performing acts of kindness and respect. Franklin Foxes will have the chance to earn special activities for their den, as they work together to earn chips, while creating a culture of kindness and respect! The program was the idea of Franklin student Ailisa Munro ’18. See her Franklin Times article below to learn a little more about the history of how the Fox Dens program came to Franklin.