Four-Year-Old Kindergarten



Mark Your Calendars! The First Official Day of 4k is Thursday, September 5th!

If you were unable to attend the Parent Preview Night on May 23rd, you can view the Presentation and FAQ at your convenience. Below are links to additional information that was provided to attendees.

Kids Club Flyer 4K
4K School Supplies List
Alternate Transportation Form 

Over the summer, look for the following items to be emailed to you:

  • 2019-20 4K School Year Calendar
  • Sign Up for Meet Your Teacher Night on Aug. 22nd
  • Sign Up for Get To Know You Conference, Sept. 3rd & 4th

Tours and classroom visits will be offered on August 22nd at Meet Your Teacher Night.

Still need to register your child for four-year-old kindergarten? Just click on the 2019-2020 4K Registration link and follow the directions. For more information regarding registration requirements, click here.

If you registered your child for 4K and have received your confirmation letter with your child's session assignment, please click on the 4K Assignment Confirmation link to accept or decline your child's placement. If you did not get your preferred session, you will have the option to request to be added to the waitlist. 

2019-2020 4K School Supply List

Please label the following required items with your child's name:

  • Large zippered backpack (should be large enough to hold a 9x12 folder and a library book)
  • 2 plastic pocket folders with fasteners, please note colors below:
    • a.m. students; 1 red folder and 1 blue folder
    • p.m. students; 1 yellow folder and 1 green folder
  • A complete change of clothes in a labeled, gallon-ziploc bag (please be sure each clothing article is also labeled)

The following class supply items do not need to be labeled:

  • 1 pack of large glue sticks
  • 1 pack of small glue sticks
  • 1 box of thin, washable markers, 10-12 count
  • 1 box of Pip Squeak markers, regular
  • 1 box of thin black dry-erase markers
  • 1 box of sandwich-size Ziploc bags
  • 1 box of tissue
  • A refill pack of baby wipes
  • An art smock (an old t-shirt works well)


  • 1 box of gallon-size Ziploc bags
  • 1 roll of paper towel
  • 1 pump bottle of hand sanitizer


  • 1 container of disinfecting wipes
  • 1 box of 1.5 gallon Ziploc bags
  • 1 pump bottle of liquid soap 

4K Schedule

The 4K program will run for 2 hours, 45 minutes Monday through Friday. 4K students will follow the district student calendar

Morning Session

9:10 - 11:55 Ben Franklin
  Country Dale
  Southwood Glen
8:30 - 11:15 Pleasant View

Afternoon Session

1:10 - 3:55 Ben Franklin
  Country Dale
  Southwood Glen
12:30 - 3:15 Pleasant View

Learning in 4K

4K Class Size
Typically 4K classrooms in the Franklin Public School District will have 17 – 24 children with two staff. 

The literacy component of an FPS 4K curriculum will be based in Reading and Writing Workshop from Teachers College at Columbia University. The Reading and Writing Workshop Model is a structured time for the teaching and learning of literacy instruction. The primary focus of the Workshop Model is to differentiate instruction to accommodate the learning needs of all students while fostering a love of reading and writing in a literacy-rich environment.

Within the literacy workshop, children will experience the following:

●      Listen and respond to communications with others.

●      Follow directions of increasing complexity.

●      Use vocalizations and spoken language to communicate.
        Language Form (Syntax: rule system for combining 
        words, phrases, and sentences, includes parts of
        speech, word order, and sentence structure)

●      Use vocalizations and spoken language to communicate.
        Language Content (Semantics: rule system for
        establishing the meaning of words, individually and in

●      Use vocalizations and spoken language to communicate.
        Language Function (Pragmatics: rules governing the use
        of language in context)

●      Develop an ability to detect, manipulate, or analyze the
        auditory parts of spoken language.

●      Understand that the alphabet represents the sounds of
        spoken language and the letters of the written language.

●      Show appreciation of books and understands how
        print works.

●      Use writing to represent thoughts or ideas.

Mathematics and Science
The purpose of 4K mathematics and science instruction in FPS is to build high levels of mathematical skills, processes, and problem-solving necessary to meet the challenge of a K-12 academic experience. The math and science curriculum will utilize hands-on, concrete experiences to teach concepts such as classification, pattern recognition, numeral recognition, number concept development, estimation, hypothesizing, and exploration.

Within the math and science curriculum, children will experience the following:

●      Use multi-sensory abilities to process information.

●      Understand new meanings as memory increases.

●      Apply problem-solving skills.

●      Demonstrate an understanding of numbers and counting.

●      Understand number operations and relationships.

●      Explore, recognize, and describe, shapes and spatial

●      Use the attributes of objects for comparison and

●      Understand the concept of measurement.

●      Use observation to gather information.

●      Use tools to gather information, compare observed
        objects and seek answers to questions through active

●      Hypothesizes and makes predictions.

●      Form explanations based on trial and error, observations,
        and explorations.

Social/Emotional Learning and Play
The social and emotional development of 4K students is equally important as their academic preparation. Kindergarten instructors in FPS have cited the variance in developmental readiness of students' social and emotional readiness for full-day kindergarten. Our 4K program offers a rigorous academic and social/emotional experience in order to prepare students for 5K and beyond. The 4K program will teach students how to function positively in a group setting and foster social growth through peer interaction skills and the building of self-esteem.

Within the social/emotional and play curriculum, children will learn to do the following:

●      Express a wide range of emotions.

●      Understand and respond to others’ emotions.

●      Develop positive self-esteem.

●      Demonstrate self-awareness.

●      Demonstrate attachment, trust, and autonomy.

●      Engage in social interaction and plays with others.

●      Demonstrate an understanding of rules and social

●      Engage in social problem-solving behavior and learn to
        resolve conflict.

●      Display curiosity, risk-taking, and willingness to engage in
        new experiences.

●      Engage in meaningful learning through attempting,
        repeating, experimenting, refining, and elaborating on 
        experiences and activities.

●      Exhibit persistence and flexibility.

●      Engage in imaginative play and inventive thinking
        through interactions with people, materials, and the

●      Express self creatively through music, movement, and

●      Learn within the context of his/her family and culture.

●      Use various styles of learning including verbal/linguistic,
        bodily/kinesthetic, visual/spatial, interpersonal, and

Child Care Locations and District Transportation

Please click on your school below to see which daycare locations are within its transportation boundaries.

The Franklin Public Schools transportation service will pick students up and drop them off at their designated* corner bus stop or a daycare location within the school boundaries in the morning and at the end of the school day. To have your child picked up and dropped off at different locations, please fill out the Alternate Bus Route form.

4K and 5K students sit toward the front of the school bus in the morning and at the end of the school day. Students are personally escorted off the buses and to their classrooms by an adult they know and trust.

At midday, 4K students will be dropped off or picked up in front of their home except when multiple students live in the same area and can be met by parents/guardians as a group at their designated* corner bus stop. If you have questions, please contact Mary Jo Herrmann at (414)525-7634.

*Bus route schedules and designated stops are determined during mid-August and will be sent via- email to all families. After this date, only minor adjustments may be made to the route.

Kids Club

Franklin's Community Education & Recreation Dept. offers before and after school care. Registration for the 2019-20 school year will begin in April, 2019. More information is available here.

Children attending a.m. kindergarten will be eligible for before school care through kids club.

Children attending p.m. kindergarten will be eligible for after school care through kids club.

For information regarding child care options, please view the Child Care Locations tab.

Elementary School Boundaries

School assignment is based on student residence. The elementary school boundaries can be found here.

Franklin Public Schools follows the open enrollment guidelines set forth by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.


2019-2020 Registration
Children who will be four years old on or before September 1st, 2019 and live within the Franklin School District are eligible to enroll for 4 year-old Kindergarten in the 2019-2020 school year.

Registration for new families is a two-step process:

1. Online Registration: Starting December 3rd, 2018, the district registration system (InfoSnap) will be available for new families to set up an account. This step can be made simple by having the following information available when you enroll your child:

  • Important addresses and phone numbers
  • Email addresses
  • Student health information
  • Emergency contact information

2. Visit the Education & Community Center:

Kindergarten Round-Up
January 28th & 29th
12:30 to 6:00 p.m.
8255 Forest Hill Avenue

Please bring the following required documents with you:

1. Proof of Residency (One item from each of the sections
    below is required)

Section A: Current Property Tax Statement, Recent Signed and Dated Closing Statement for Home Purchase or Current Signed and Dated Resident Lease (must include landlord’s name, address and phone number along with your information and an effective date.) If it is a month-to-month lease, you must be able to provide a September lease.

Section B: Current Month’s Utility Bill (Gas/Electric only), Health Insurance Statement, FoodShare/Quest Benefit Statement, Medicaid/BadgerCare Benefit Statement, W-2, Social Security or other country, state or federal benefit statement.

A driver’s license will not be accepted as proof
of residency.

2. Birth Certificate (original, no copies )
3. Student Immunization Record

Other Required Documentation (if applicable)

  • Child Placement Court Documentation 
  • Verification of Legal Custody 
  • Verification of Living Arrangements 
  • Education Passport - Out of Home Care 

The fee to enroll students for 4K in the 2019-20 school year is $34. Families will receive a class supply list from their child's teacher in late summer.

If you have additional questions, please contact Mary Jo Herrmann at (414) 525-7634.

Approved 4K Proposal Summary

An overview of the District recommendation regarding the implementation of a 4K program was presented to the Board of Education and community members in attendance at the October 24th Board meeting. The proposal was approved

Play is the Way! Franklin Public Schools champions the teaching philosophy set forth by the Department of Public Instruction. Watch this important video produced by DPI about how kindergartners learn best.