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Franklin Elementary PTO


Franklin Elementary PTO

Upcoming Events

After School Enrichment

After School Winter Enrichment 2018

The Franklin PTO is excited to present our six week After School Winter Enrichment program. You’ll find an interesting mix of STEM, art and fitness classes for all grade levels in the below flyer.
Like prior years the program will run after school at Franklin from 3pm – 4:15pm. Unlike prior years we will NOT require parent chaperones in the classrooms. You may notice a slight increase in price from last year and this is because the enrichment company will be providing a daily chaperone to help with attendance and dismissal. We hope you find this a welcome change.
Registration will take place on the company’s website www.alphabestexplorations.com starting on Monday, January 29th at 8pm. Class sizes are limited and will fill up quickly.

Franklin Elementary Enrichment Schedule


Financial Aid is available.  Please contact Marty in the main office by Friday, 1/26 to enroll.

Please contact Michelle Andrews (michelleandrews67@yahoo.com), Enrichment Coordinator or myself (cbengel@gmail.com) with any questions.
Christie Engel
PTO President

Book Fair January 31 & February 1 (Sign Up Link Included)


Wednesday and Thursday

January 31st & February 1st

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Class schedule:

WED: 8:30 4CH, 9:00 5W, 9:30 3A, 10:00 5P/K, 10:30 3M, 11:00 3S, 1:00 4D, 1:30 2S, 2:00 5R, 2:30 4A

THURS: 8:30 2W, 9:00 3SH, 9:30 2SL, 10:00 1C, 10:30 2A, 11:00 4CR, 1:00 1M, 1:30 1S, 2:00 5L

Evening Session Wednesday

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Book Fair is the perfect opportunity to encourage your child’s love of reading—just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Don’t forget to check out our teachers’ wish lists! You are encouraged to come and shop with your children.

Thank you for your support!


Advertisement Space for Musical Program

Advertisement Space Available in Musical Program 

If you have a business that you would like to promote within the greater Franklin Community, please consider placing an ad in the playbill for this year’s musical, Beauty and the Beast JR.

Over 500 programs will be distributed at three sold out shows over the February 9th weekend providing a fabulous opportunity to showcase your business.

Full Page Black & White – $250 –7 ½” H x 4 ½” W

Half Page Black & White – $150 –3 5/8” H x 4 ½ W

Please submit artwork absolutely no later than Friday, January 26th by emailing Sheila at FranklinElementaryMusical@gmail.com

Design Formats for Submission

– Ads with Special Fonts and Pictures must be submitted as JPEGS.

– Ads with text only (standard fonts) must be submitted as Word Document or Google Doc.

Thank you for your support!

Story Pirates-Cultural Arts Assembly

Story Pirates

The PTO sponsored assembly by the Story Pirates on Friday afternoon was a perfect way to end a snowy week.  The performers acted out plays written by students in 4th, 3rd, 5th and even a kindergartner at others schools in the NY/NJ area.  Thanks to an SEF grant, the Story Pirates will come back to Franklin to work with our 2nd graders on writing their own stories.  This will culminate in another Story Pirates performance where they act out the plays written by our very own students.

Beauty & The Beast Poster Contest

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. Poster Contest

            Attention 4th and 5th Grade Students!

Your artistic talents are needed to design the poster for the Franklin School musical! Designs are due Monday, January 22nd (no exceptions).

Drawing Details:

1 Must be on white 8.5×11 paper, vertical positioning ONLY, leaving a BLANK one inch border around all four edges

2 Design can be anything you think represents the show but MUST include the  title exactly as follows: Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR.

3 Design must include at the top, above artwork: Franklin Elementary School presents

4 Design must include somewhere the dates: February 9th, 10th, & 11th


 *   Can use markers or colored pencils  (artwork will be printed in color)

We will choose one lucky winner and turn your artwork into our publicity poster and playbill cover!!!  Here is the logo for inspiration:


Please submit all designs directly in the “Beauty and the Beast” Poster box in the front lobby by January 22nd.  Questions?  Contact Michelle Goin mgoin@earthlink.net


FLIC Winter Sign Ups

F.L.I.C. Sign Ups Winter 2018

Monday Morning Makers: Grades 2-3

Join Ms. Stochaj before school in The Space to take the Mystery Bag Challenge. Each child will receive a challenge and a bag of items. The child must then build something to meet the challenge. Click here to sign up.


Monday Lunch: Grade 4-5 Battle of the Books

This is already in progress.


Tuesday Morning: Tech Team Grades 4-5

Does your child like working with technology such as coding, making iMovies, playing around with circuits, and so on? Our Technology Team will meet on Tuesdays in FLIC from 7:45 AM until 8:15 AM. This is not a club so weekly attendance is not required but I like to have your email just in case I need to cancel. It is an open time to try new things. PLEASE SIGN UP AGAIN even if your child participated in the Fall!  Click here to sign up.


Tuesday Lunch: Grade 2 Researchers

Would your child like to become an expert? Each child will work as part of a team or alone to research. We will use PebbleGo Animals, Biography, Science, or Social Studies as the starting point of our research.

Click here to sign up.


Wednesday Morning: Kindness Crew Grades 3-5

This is already in progress. We will gladly accept new members. Click here to sign up.


Wednesday Morning: Recycling Team (aka Green Team) Grade 5

This is already in progress.


Wednesday Lunch:  Grade 1 Animal Researchers

Would your child like to be an animal expert? Each child will work as part of a team or alone to research an animal that is in PebbleGo. Click here to sign up.


Friday Lunch: Franklin Falconwriters Grade 5

This is already in progress. BUT watch for news about when we will start the next group for 4th graders.


Chess Club Registration


Franklin School Chess Club Starts January 11

Registration opens Sunday, December 10 at 9 pm


We are excited to announce that the Franklin School Chess Club is back by popular demand!

We are working with a new vendor that runs an educational-based program and provides three instructors to work with small groups of children based on experience level. This means children newer to chess will learn the basics more quickly and children with experience will be able to work at the more advanced level they love.  Each session will include a 15-minute lesson, a 15-minute group puzzle to apply the lesson, and 30 minutes of play.

The club will run for 14 sessions, meeting in FLIC on Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:15 pm from January 11 – April 19, 2018. (Plus a Snow Day Make-Up Session on April 24 if needed)

The registration fee is $175 and covers instruction, participation in local tournaments, a Franklin Chess Club t-shirt to wear at tournaments, and an end of year celebration. If financial assistance is needed, please contact Marta Napoles at mnapoles@summit.k12.nj.us by December 8.

Before registering your child, please note the following details:

  • There will be no meeting on April 12 due to spring break.
  • Children must bring a nut-free snack to each meeting.
  • In order to participate, a parent, guardian or childcare provider of the student MUST attend at least one meeting to assist.

The club is open to all students in grades 1st through 5th – but there are only 24 spots so register quickly as the club has filled almost immediately in years past!

Registration begins at 9 pm on Sunday, December 10 through My School Anywhere.  A link will be available on the PTO web site or you may go directly to www.myschoolanywhere.com.  Please register and pay by going to the “Our Store” section and purchasing chess club registration.  A Sign-Up form will be sent to those that are registered and paid the week of December 11th.

Please contact Chess Club Co-Chairs Angie Farid, Ashleigh Koss or Maureen Leuenberger with any questions. Let’s play!

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)


Author Phil Bildner Questions for Parents

Author Phil Bildner Rocked Franklin School

I would like to thank the PTO for their generous support of his visit to our school.

Ms. Stochaj, School Librarian


Here are a few questions to ask your children about his visit.

Grades 1 and 2

  1. Who are the characters in his books named after? (his friends and family)
  2. What do good writers need to do a lot? (read)
  3. What is something that Phil talked about that you found interesting?

Grades 3, 4, and 5

  1. Why do writers do so many drafts of a book? (the first draft is never the final draft)
  2. Where does he take his journal and how many journals does he have? (everywhere and all of them since second grade)
  3. What can you remember what changed on any of the covers of his books? (reminder: think Rip and Red character placement)
  4. What is something that Phil talked about that stuck with you?

Two more things that he said that I think are important:

Real writing takes place during the rewriting.

UR never 2 old 4 picture books!


A Letter from our PTO President

I hope you all enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving with your families and loved ones this week.  As we enter the season of giving and being thankful, I’d like to say how extremely grateful I am to be a part of the Franklin community.  So many of you have stepped up to volunteer your time and energy into making our school a special place.  We’ve had a strong start to the school year with our children enjoying the following PTO sponsored activities:

  • Back to School Popsicles
  • Welcome Back BBQ
  • Golf and Tennis Enrichment
  • Mosaic Artist in Residence
  • John Marshall Weatherman Assembly

 And that’s just the start!  The end of this month will see an Author’s Visit with Phil Bildner and the installation of the new gym mats.  We were sorry to have to cancel the Book Fair, but the committee chairs are working hard at rescheduling and will announce the new dates soon.  We’re looking forward to our festive Holiday Shop on Dec 7 & 8 where the students get an opportunity to purchase presents for family members.

 The musical will start auditions and rehearsals for Beauty & the Beast in December and we’re excited to see all our talented performers both on stage and crew.  The Playground Committee is working in conjunction with the BOE to finalize a design and we hope to share that with you in the coming months.  I’m also excited to announce that the Chess Club will be coming back this January, so watch for information in our weekly email blast.

 Also coming in January/February is a cultural arts assembly with the Storey Pirates, an author’s visit with Dan Gutman, the musical performances, and the start of our after school enrichment program.

 I’d like to personally invite you all to our next General PTO Meeting this Friday, December 1st at 8:30am.  We have a guest speaker from Overlook’s Medical Center discussing a topic we’re all concerned about: Concussions.  I hope to see many of you parents there!

 Warmest wishes to you and your families this Holiday season,

Christie Engel

PTO President


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. 
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