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Franklin Elementary PTO


Franklin Elementary PTO

Upcoming Events

PTO General Meeting-Concussion Management

PTO General Meeting 
Join us in the cafeteria on Friday, December 1st at 8:30am for a discussion about concussions with Overlook Medical Center’s Jessica Springstead, EdD, ATC.  She’ll cover topics such as:
1.  What is a concussion?
2.  What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion?
3.  Dispelling common myths about concussions.
4.  What role does neurocognitive testing play in concussion management?
5.  What does return to learn/life mean when you have a concussion?
6.  What does return play entail when you have a concussion?


Especially useful information for Parent Coaches! Younger siblings welcome to attend.  Coffee and refreshments will be served. 

Book Fair Postponed

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Book Fair will need to be postponed. The company had an unfortunate flood which caused damage to its merchandise. They are eager to reschedule, as much as we are, and will be in touch with us soon. More information will be forthcoming once it is rescheduled. Thank you for your understanding.

Holiday Surprise Shop

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~ Holiday Surprise Shop ~

Thursday, December 7th and Friday, December 8th


The Holiday Surprise Shop is coming soon! This is an annual fundraiser where our kids have the opportunity to shop during the school day for 3 holiday gifts for someone special.  The Holiday Surprise Shop is stocked full with an array of gifts that range in price from $3 to $8 per gift.  Students are invited to bring their chore money to buy gifts so please have them bring in no more than $24, in an envelope on the day their class is scheduled to shop (see Class Schedule below).  For financial assistance, please see Marta.


Students and parents are all invited at the end of the second shopping day on Friday, December 8th at 3pm to return after school to buy additional gifts from the leftover inventory.  This is a lot of fun for the kids and parents so please come by and support Franklin in this fundraiser!


Also, we are looking for volunteers to help wrap and collect money from the students.  Additionally, we are looking for a few parents to help set up and cleanup.  If you are interested in volunteering, please look for a link in Sunday’s email blast or visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a44ada92fa3f85-holiday1



LOCATION :  FLIC  (Thank you Ms Stochaj!)



Thursday, Dec 7                                                                Friday, Dec 8


8:30    5W                                                      8:30    1M

9:00    4C                                                       9:00    4A

9:30    1C                                                       9:30    3M

10:00 2W                                                      10:00  3A

10:30 5R                                                       10:30  5PK

11:0 2SL                                                      11:00  4CR

12:45  4D                                                     12:45  2A

1:15    3S                                                        1:15    5L

1:45   2S                                                        1:45    3SH

2:15    1S



FRIDAY 3pm Open Shopping!


Surprise Shop Co-Chairs: Kristin Pustylnik, Meredith Wu and Isabel Ribeiro


John Marshall Weatherman Assembly

The PTO sponsored John Marshall Weatherman assembly was a huge hit with students in every grade last week.  Mr. Marshall shared his passion for weather and science.  He discussed current events with the students and was very impressed they could name all three major hurricanes that occurred this year.  Not only was this a weather assembly but a STEM/STEAM experience with the children learning about green screen technology.  


Mosaic Project

Mosaic Project 
Franklin’s Artist in Residence program is complete!  Every child at the school had a hand in creating this beautiful mosaic that now transforms our schools’ entryway into a brighter, happier space.  It’s an amazing work of art that we can all be proud of!  A big thank you to artist Joshua Winer for guiding our students through the mosaic process along with help from our talented art teachers Ms. Bass and Mr. Mendez.  The PTO would also like to thank parent Amalia Gomez-Micone, for her support and personal fundraising and SEF for the generous grant.
Parents are encouraged to view the mosaic during the week of parent teacher conferences (Nov 6-8) as well as Parent Visitation Day on Nov 7th.

Turkey Trot


Dear Teachers and Parents,

This year’s Turkey Trot (walk-a-thon) is scheduled for Wednesday November 8, 2017. This year, students will walk/jog as a grade level during their scheduled special period, rather than as an entire school. Teachers are welcomed to join in the fun! Please remind your children to wear sneakers for this special day!

Students who wish to donate food can bring in their non-perishable item on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, November 6th- 8th. All food donations should be labeled with the student’s name and class and then delivered to the cafeteria first thing in the morning or during scheduled PE times.  Students should place their food donations on the table with their grade level posted on it, for example – Grade 1 places their food on Table 1, Grade 2 on Table 2, Grade 3 on Table 3 etc., the grade who donates the most food will be awarded an extra PE class!

This year all food will be donated to St. Teresa’s and will support families in need for Thanksgiving and into the New Year! Please consider sending in item(s) from the list below!

Looking forward to another successful event,

Mrs. Laura Burr

Turkey Trot Schedule:

Period 1 – Grade 3 (8:30 – 9:04)

Period 2 – Grade 2 (9:04 – 9:38)

Period 3 – Grade 4 (9:38 – 10:12)

Period 6 – Grade 1 (11:20 – 11:54)

Period 7 – Grade 5 (11:54 – 12:28)

Non-perishable Suggestions:

Cereal Rice

Yams Soup

Stuffing Cookies

Peanut Butter


Canned Fruit/Vegetables

Cranberry Sauce

Instant Potatoes


Musical Registration Forms Due MONDAY

Musical Registration Forms Due October 30th


4th and 5th Grade Families…

In case you missed it, the Beauty and the Beast JR. Informational Packet for details on the Workshop, Auditions, Callbacks, Rehearsals, the Show, Parent Commitment, our New Rehearsal Policy and How to Register can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1paxwM6Xw_cVQC45HHq35FI5ac4nIMdS87VZ7fbdITfQ/edit?usp=sharing

Forms and Fees are due OCTOBER 30th. 

Please make sure to fill out all of the necessary forms (as explained in the packet) and pay all of the relevant fees. 

*** If your child is doing the Workshop AND Cast/Crew you must complete both the Workshop Form and the relevant Cast/Crew Form ***

If you have difficulties opening the files, please contact FranklinElementaryMusical@gmail.com 

Looking forward to a Beauty-full experience,

Your Musical Team

Franklin Fair Committee Chair Volunteers Needed!

The Franklin Fair is Saturday, April 28th and we still need some help to make the magic happen!

We are looking for a few parents to help Chair/Co-Chair two important Committees: FOOD & REDEMPTION. We encourage parents to sign up for Committees with friends – it’s much more fun that way!

The Food Committee works with local restaurants like Starbucks, Batavia, Tito’s Burritos and more to secure food for sale the day of the Fair. These places are all too willing to help, so it’s just a matter of making phone calls, a trip to Costco and setting up the day of the Fair.

The Redemption Committee secures those fun little prizes all the kids LOVE to win after playing the Fair Games. If you like shopping Oriental Trading, etc, this is the job for you. Requires some time to place orders after major holidays (to hit the sales!) and set up the day of the Fair.

We hope you will consider signing up to help organize this amazing Franklin event — it is the PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year!

Questions? Please contact Franklin Fair co-chairs, Melissa Madden (melissamaddenfamily@gmail.com) and Maggie Greene (mrmccart@yahoo.com)

Remember Me Books


Have a Birthday, Student-of-the-Week or other Milestone?

Recognize and honor your child – and benefit the library at the same time – with a ‘Remember Me! Book.’

Each book adds to the permanent collection and comes with a personalized bookplate; class-wide, library-time recognition; and your child’s picture on the wall of honor!! Great for birthdays or any milestone celebration!  Kids love it!

Get started at Amazon by clicking on this link: FLIC Wish list.  As an added bonus, books purchased through this link will earn money for the Franklin PTO through our Amazon Affiliate program!  Books will be sent through Amazon directly to the school – just remember to use “Gift Options” to write a message for your dedication.

Questions?  Want to know more about the program?

Contact: Ms. Stochaj (lstochaj@summit.k12.nj.us) or Mrs. Priscu (npriscu@summit.k12.nj.us)


Phil Bildner Visit

Author, Phil Bildner, to Visit Franklin on November 29th

Thanks to our amazing and generous PTO author Phil Bildner will be coming to Franklin School on November 29th. All children will get to hear him speak. With 11 picture books, 9 chapter books, and 2 YA novels Phil now writes full time. In Library we are getting to know Phil and his books. You can do this also by going to his website: https://philbildner.com/

Phil will also be signing copies of his books. Check out the book trailers on his website. Order forms for books were sent home in the Wednesday folder or click here for another one. ALL order forms are due November 1, 2017.

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