136 Blackburn Road, Summit, NJ

Franklin Elementary PTO


Franklin Elementary PTO

Upcoming Events

Please volunteer to be a Class Parent for the 2017-18 school year!

Back to School
Sign-ups are available NOW through June 30th


Being a Class Parent is a fun and rewarding way to help your child and their classmates and

support our school’s teachers. Responsibilities include:

 Organizing back to school night and a beginning of the year parent social

 Collecting and managing class dues and arranging for teacher gifts

 Planning class parties

 Working with your class to staff Franklin Fair volunteer slots

 Contributing to the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon in the Spring and

 Serving as a teacher-parent liaison as needed.

We are thankful for all parent volunteers and will make as many placements as we can based

on the priorities you give us on the form, but assignments are on a first come, first serve basis,


There can be gaps in coverage for some classes (we look for 3 Class Parents per class) so

even if you are on the fence or want to volunteer only if there is a need in your child’s class

please sign up and indicate that you’re “willing.” We’ll hold your name in reserve.

We’ll be in touch with assignments only after the classrooms are announced which is in the

beginning of September.

Have more questions? Please contact your Class Parent Coordinators

Maureen Leuenberger Leuenbergers@gmail.com

Erica Malik edefurmalik@gmail.com

917.856.9295 703.930.2670

Looking Back on 2016-2017 in FLIC Thank you for a great year

mcj038257400001-300x300Here are some things to celebrate from the past year. Loreli Stochaj, School Librarian Number of books checked out: 29,200 YEAH!!!

Morning Clubs: Green Team, Library Pages, Techies, Gardeners, Maker Madness, Paper Challenges Lunch Time Clubs:

Battle of the Books, Coding, Animal Research, Book Clubs, Bee Bots

Two Author Visits: Todd Parr (Thanks to a tweet! that won his visit)

Audrey Vernick (thank you PTO)

Hour of Code Maker Week Book Fair Two Book Swaps!

Remember Me Donations – this year we received 75 books from very generous families

New BIG glorious rug for all students to enjoy- thank you PTO.

Two book carts to be used when classes share resources- thank you PTO.

*SEF Grant Related Activities in FLIC: Battle of the Books, Bee Bots, STEAM in the Library using Ozobots and Squishy Circuits

Looking forward to 2017-2018…. just so you can start thinking! Battle of the Books for grades 4 and 5-

Thanks to the SEF Coding with Bee Bots and Ozobots

Making connections between books and singing- Thanks to the SEF

And Much Much More!

Det. Tarentino Bake Sale

Bake SaleThank you to our generous Franklin community who baked, bought, and volunteered at the bake sale in honor of Detective Tarentino.  The sale was a huge success raising $2,608!!!  But wait, we didn’t stop there.  With a table full of leftovers, we brought them into town and continued the bake sale outside of Starbucks…. raising an additional $1,134.  That makes our grand total donation to the PAL Tarentino family fund = $3,742.  A big thank you to Katie Darcy, Jenny Birch and Sheila Cheney who organized the bake sale at Franklin.  A special thank you to Jessica O’Neill, Melissa Cooper, Alejandra Armijo, Katie Darcy, Line Barlow and Christie Engel who helped extend the bake sale into town.  In the true spirit of Officer Matt we shared the remaining baked goods with the police station, the fire house and the senior housing center.

Letter from the outgoing PTO President

franklinlogoDear Franklin Families,

I want to take a moment to thank you for having me as your PTO President this past year! I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know so many more of you and seeing all that the PTO achieved this year thanks to your generosity in volunteer time and donations. This year together the PTO and Franklin Community (teachers included!) made the following happen:

– New Falcon Footprints walkways and front yard landscaping (bye, bye mud!)

– New Swing sets which added both more color and swings to our playground; New “Franklin” branded benches forthcoming too!

– New gym mats to replace the very old ones currently hanging on the walls; New “Franklin” branded mat underneath the stage to bring school spirit -coming end of this summer

– Hiring of outside company to help with incredible SHReK the Musical JR!

– Emojis invasion for the incredibly successful Franklin Fair which sets us up for a fantastic 2017-2018 school year

– Painting of the colorful US Map and games on the blacktop

– 4 Assemblies, 2 Authors Visits and monthly Art in the Classroom

– Purchase of American Flags for all classrooms, New Book Bags for students, and other items for classrooms

– Fun Community Building School Events: 1st Back to School BBQ, Book Fair, Holiday Shop, Movie Night

– After-school Enrichment classes, Crazy 8’s, and Chess Club

– Revamped, feature rich website with online payments and sign ups

– Teacher Appreciation Week complete with 10 minute massages for teachers

– Start of our amazing Artist in Residence Mosaic project

– And soo much more! 

It truly was a great year and I thank all of you for helping to make these events and projects happen! I especially want to thank the Executive PTO Board, all of who went above and beyond and then some to enhance the experience at Franklin for our kids. Thank you so much Christie Engel, Kim Leonard, Rachel Callahan, Betsy Flaim, Laura Henry and Paula Rush. Thank you also to Mrs. Mirrione, Mrs. Watson, Ms. Albanese, Ms. Napoles, and Mr. Rodrigo and team for supporting our PTO initiatives and helping to make them a success!

I wish you all a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you at Franklin next year! I have four grades covered so chances are I’ll bump into ya!


Sheila Cheney 


Bake Sale Friday to Honor Detective Matthew Tarentino

Franklin WB LogoThe entire Summit community has been devastated by the untimely passing of Detective Matthew Tarentino.  Franklin School is hosting a bake sale this Friday, June 9 at 3:00pm on the front lawn to show our love and support to the Tarentino family.  100% of proceeds will go to the fund created by the Summit PAL. LINK

We need bakers/buyers to donate treats and others to donate time to make this bake sale a success.Please sign up using the sign up genius link – SIGN UP GENIUS LINK

All goods can be dropped off at school between 2:15 and 2:45 on Friday or earlier on the porch at 52 Blackburn Place. Please send your kids to school with money on Friday to purchase baked items after school.

Thank you for your support and thank you Detective Tarentino for your honor, commitment, selflessness and for being an amazing role model for our children.

DARE Graduation- 5th Graders

ALL 5th Graders—  DARE Graduation – May 30th 7:00 in the High School Auditorium. We ask that the following day (5/31) all students wear their DARE shirts or bring their DARE shirts to school. The students have a tradition of signing each others shirts on the day after graduation.  Stay with your children and listen to an inspirational speaker and watch your child graduate.

PTO Purchases New Swing sets

One swingsetof the biggest wishes we heard as a PTO Board this year and years past was, “more swings please!” We are so excited that careful budgeting and successful fundraisers, thanks to your generous support, allowed the PTO to make the “more swings” wish come true in a big, bright and beautiful way. These new Franklin colored blue and yellow swing sets completely replaced the existing ones allowing us to have more swings in total. Yay! Thanks to Mrs. Mirrione, Rodrigo and Angelo Palumbo for their contributions in making this great addition to our school happen.

Last PTO Mtg June 2, 8:30am

franklin-logo-transparent-400Please join us on Friday, June 2nd at 8:30am in the cafeteria for the final PTO meeting of the year.  We want to thank and celebrate all our volunteers with some breakfast treats and a surprise giveaway.   The incoming PTO Executive Board slate will be voted on.
PTO Executive Board Proposed Slate for 2017/2018
President – Christie Engel
Vice President – Melissa Madden
VP Communications – Rachel Callahan
Asst VP Communications – Renata Estupinan
Treasurer – Paula Rush
Asst Treasurer – Caroline Heyer
Volunteer Coordinator – Isabel Ribeiro
We hope to see you all there!

Spring Box Top Contest

images-1Help Franklin Earn Money with Box Tops! All Box Tops are due by end of day on Friday, June 2, 2017!
The CLASS that submits the most in EACH GRADE wins a POPSICLE PARTY! Remember…. *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! To see a full list of participating products, visit www.boxtops4education.com. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING US COLLECT FREE MONEY FOR FRANKLIN! Email me anytime with questions! Donna Patel dgp212@gmail.com
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