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Franklin Elementary PTO


Franklin Elementary PTO

Upcoming Events

Only 2 More Franklin Fair Chair Volunteers Needed!

pokemongoWe have two people who have stepped up to help lead the Franklin Fair-thank you! Now we just need a team of people to hang (work) together on the Silent Auction. The more the merrier! It is not as daunting of a task as it seems; it is manageable and we will support you. So grab two friends, email me your interest smccraith@hotmail.com and help make the Franklin Fair the success it always has been! 

Welcome Back BBQ a Success

sheiladunkschwarzenbeckThank you to everyone who came to our 1st (hopefully annual) Welcome Back BBQ!  The weather was perfect as students, parents and teachers/faculty enjoyed Towne Deli BBQ fixings (YUM!) , music and entertainment by Worldbbq of Rock and the ever famous Dunk Tank.  Paul Fes Rocked out and kept the students entertained with hoola hoops, jump rope and many favorite dance songs.  Our fearless PTO President, Sheila Cheney, spent the better part of the evening getting dunked over and over again.  Kudos to Ms. Schwarzenbeck for volunteering too – kids ran from all corners of the field as she took up her position in the tank.  Big thanks again to all!

National Custodian Day

DSC_0980Next weekend is National Custodian Day. If you see Rodrigo or any of his team members this week, please take a moment to thank them! They all do a lot for Franklin behind the scenes to help it run smoothly, to keep it safe for our kids, and to make it even more beautiful. 

Box Tops Collection

Help Franklin Earn Money with Box Tops!

All Box Tops are due by end of day on Friday, October 21, 2016!

The class who submits the most, wins a



*CLEARLY LABEL your baggie/collection sheet with your child’s teacher/class!

*Clip Carefully: the expiration date and product code MUST be visible.

*Make sure they are NOT EXPIRED! They don’t count if they are!

*Separate Bonus Coupons from regular Boxtops. Please don’t tape Bonus coupons to collection sheets. Use a paperclip, or just put in a baggie.



Email me anytime with questions!

Donna Patel


Parents of 4th & 5th Graders

013B2DE2-000F8CAFOn the evening of January 5, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School will host a special Principal’s Coffee where we will invite parents of students in grades 4-8.  Our guest presenter for this Coffee will be Sgt. Tom Rich.  Sgt. Rich is a long time member of the Summit Police Department and also co-creator of the program, STOPit, which deals with social networks, texting, sexting, cyberbullying and other technology-related issues.   

Art in the Classroom Training

artWe’ll review procedures and a lesson plan for an artist.  Great training for parents who are new volunteers for art in the classroom! See you Friday, September 30th, at 8:30 am in the Cafeteria.

Early Morning Opportunities in FLIC & Ms. Stochaj’s Summer Reading Challenge Report


Here are student opportunites in FLIC in the mornings!

Monday Mornings in The Space: Create and Problem Solve

The Space is a part of our library where all learners are invited to create, solve

problems, dream. Each month there are challenges available at the end of their library

period. Monday mornings The Space is open for different activities. Some activities your

child must be signed up in order to participate and some activities your child can just

show up. On Monday, October 10th everyone is welcome to join us to create a


Tuesday Mornings in FLIC: Library Pages Grades 3-5

What is a Library Page? It is someone who wants to do one or more of the following:

adopt a shelf in FLIC to take care of it, help write a weekly school tweet, assist in

preparing for special school events that involve the library (author visits, Read Across

America Day, and so on), create book reviews to get other children excited about

reading. Library Pages will meet on Tuesday mornings in FLIC from 7:45 AM to 8:15

AM. It is not a club so attendance is not mandatory. If your child would like to participate

we will begin on Tuesday, September 27th. Learners should enter through the ‘sneaky’

door by the big field.

Click here to complete the form so I have your contact information:


Tuesdays in FLIC: Green Team Grade 5 (more…)

Note from the PTO President

thank-youWe have successfully made it through a full week of school! Yeah to us! Thank you to our “Back to School Popsicle People:” Susan Huffman, Vandana Rajiv, Suja Natarajan, Bulbul Bhattachanya, Paola Penarete, Line Barlow and Melissa Cooper, who braved the wicked heat to make the first day extra special for our kids. It was a pleasure seeing many of you at the 1st General PTO Meeting on the 2nd day of school. If you missed it, you can find the notes here: (insert link.) Also, you can always find up-to-date PTO news here and on our PTO Bulletin Board, outside the main office in the hallway. Thanks Michelle Goin for decorating it just in time for Back-to-School Night and thanks to all the Class Parents for making BTS Night go off without a hitch! The school year has started off strong and full of positive energy; an indicator of a great year to come! As always, please contact me (smccraith@hotmail.com) or anyone of the board with questions, suggestions, or concerns!

Franklin Fair is April 29th!

pokemongoThe fair is our biggest fundraiser…but it won’t be fun or a raiser of funds without you!

We need 6 volunteers to help get the ball rolling on the fair. You need not be intimidated as we have broken the fair down into manageable size leadership positions, all of which work together as a team: general logistics (2), silent auction (2), children’s raffle (1), and games(1)! And, our former chairpeople as well as the PTO Executive Board are here to support you and help you.

Email Betsy at elizabethflaim@yahoo.com sharing that you are ready to support Franklin in a fun way or email Rachel Callahan at rachelrcallahan@verizon.net with questions. 

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