136 Blackburn Road, Summit, NJ

Franklin Elementary PTO


Franklin Elementary PTO

Upcoming Events

Be a Part of the PTO Executive Board

nthingudoforchildrenThe PTO Executive Board has the following positions open for the 2017/2018 school year:

Vice President

Asst VP Communications

Asst Treasurer

Volunteer Coordinator

All positions are a two year term, as Assistants become Primary in the second year.  Don’t think you are “PTO” material?  Think again!! This dynamic group of parents and teachers work together to enrich the students’ experience at Franklin with exciting programs and opportunities.  If you are interested or for more information please contact Christie Engel, PTO Vice President (cbengel@gmail.com).

Musical Next Year?!

SHReKcastcrewDid you love SHReK The Musical J.R.?
Did your child love being in SHReK?
Would you love it if there was a musical again next year?! I would!

There is the opportunity for us to try and have musicals back to back years IF we can get a group of 6 parents together this spring who are committed to supporting the 3 outside professionals responsible for Directing, Production, Choreography, Costumes, Lighting and Sound. We all learned a lot about how to make the process run even smoother next year and have devised a plan that better manages the tasks at hand. A key piece of that plan though is starting soon so email me right now 🙂 (smccraith@hotmail.com) to help create an experience that isn’t just fun for everyone involved, but also:

  • Exposes our children to the arts
  • Brings students together and builds camaraderie
  • Helps develop skills beyond singing and acting like: public-speaking, confidence, teamwork, and more!

Looking forward to working with you,
Sheila Cheney, PTO President

Franklin Movie Night



Franklin Movie Night!

Friday March 31st

6:30-8:30 pm

Where: The Franklin Gym

Who: The event is free for all families!

What to Bring: A blanket or towel to sit on and feel free to wear pjs!

What to Eat: Popcorn and water will be available for sale. Or bring a nut-free snack of your own.

RSVP: Karen Lemme KarenLemme@yahoo.com

***All children must be accompanied by an adult*** 

Sponsored by the Franklin PTO 

Donate to Franklin Fair Silent Auction

moneyIn addition to priceless items like vacations, entertainment experiences, photography and sports memorabilia, The Franklin Fair Silent Auction Committee is also seeking monetary donations. Your generosity will help us purchase much needed gift cards and other goodies to make this year’s Auction even more successful than ever!
You may send in checks made out to the Franklin Elementary School PTO, which can be given to your child’s teacher or placed in the Silent Auction Box in the school’s entryway.
OR you can donate online here:

Outdoor Reading Garden Bench Dedications!

You might have noticed that this past fall six benches were installed by the Rose Garden near the 3rd grade door. These benches, generously donated by members of the Franklin Community, past and present, created our new Outdoor Reading Garden, a space where teachers can bring their students for outdoor lessons and where we as parents can relax before pick-up. We are excited to share that these benches now have inspiring and meaningful messages on them as their dedication plaques have been installed. In case the weather keeps you from reading them this week, here they are (with one more to come later this spring!)

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
~ Mahatma Gandi
Dedicated by The Sarkissian Clan (2016)


Today is a perfect day to learn something new!
– The Alberta Family


There is joy all around you.
You just need to find it.
– The Rolling Hills Crew


“Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go ahead and make your dreams come true.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
– The McCraiths


In Memory of Janet Savrin Noble
The Most Fabulous Mother
Loving Wife, Generous Friend
A Remarkable Woman

After School Enrichment & Crazy 8 Schedules!


The PTO is proud to provide the following classes for after school enrichment & Crazy 8’s math club.  Class size is limited to 14 children and will be first come, first serve.  

 All classes will run from 3:00pm-4:15pm.

Bug City (grades 1-2) Mondays: 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3

Shark Tank (grades 3-5) Mondays: 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3

Jewelry & Fashion Design (grades 1-5) Mondays: 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3

Cool Chemistry (grades 1-2) Tuesdays: 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4

Technology & Engineering Workshop (grades 3-5) Tuesdays: 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4

Crazy8sLogoCrazy 8’s

Crazy 8’s is a recreational after-school math club that helps kids enjoy the math behind their favorite activities!  With Crazy 8’s, kids will build glow-in-the-dark structures, crack secret spy codes and play games like Toilet Paper Olympics.  Crazy 8’s is an 8 week program and is run by our very own Franklin teachers.  

Wednesdays from 3:00pm-4:15pm

1st grade (Ms. Benet) Wednesdays: 3/1, 3/8, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3  (no class 3/15 & 4/12)

3rd  (Mrs. Breznak) & 4th grade (Ms. Sheehan)  Wednesdays: 3/1, 3/8, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3  (no class 3/15 & 4/12)

Thursdays from 3:00pm-4:15pm

2nd grade (Ms. Schwartz) Thursdays:  3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/20, 4/27  (no class 4/13)

5th grade  (Mrs. Rego) Thursdays:  CANCELLED


* Please pack an extra snack for your child on his/her enrichment day.  

Pomptonian Food Service March News

MenuDescriptionsDear Parents,

Iron is important in our daily diets. Without enough iron, the body makes fewer red blood cells. This means tissues and organs won’t get the oxygen they need. Foods like meat, beans, and dark green leafy vegetables are great sources of iron. Iron is also added to some foods, such as cereals. It is important to encourage healthy eating at home, but your school lunch also supports healthy eating. The menu is infused with iron rich foods, such as fresh grilled chicken breasts available daily, beans and dark green leafy vegetables on The Farm Stand, and a variety of salads featuring romaine lettuce.

This month’s Fruit and Vegetable of the Month are oranges and celery. Oranges are juicy and sweet and renowned for their concentration of vitamin C. Vitamin C, which is also vital for the proper function of a healthy immune system, is good for preventing colds and may be helpful in preventing recurrent ear infections. In addition to oranges’ phytonutrients, vitamin C, and fiber, they are a good source of thiamin, folate, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), potassium and calcium. Celery is an important food source of conventional antioxidant nutrients, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese. But its “claim to fame” in terms of antioxidant nutrients may very well be its phytonutrients. Many of these phytonutrients have been shown to provide anti-inflammatory benefits.

Pomptonian is pleased to be Summit’s food service provider, and we appreciate your comments and suggestions. You can reach us at Pomptonian@summit.k12.nj.us.

SEF’s Spring for Excellence

SEF annual logo

You’re invited to the Summit Educational Foundation’s annual fundraiser, Spring for Excellence, on Saturday, March 11 at the Elks Club for live music, great food, and a wonderful evening with Summit friends (this replaces our Casino Night event). Visit the event website at www.501auctions.com/sefexcellence for details and to buy tickets, raffle tickets, or bid in the Silent Auction! Don’t miss our great raffles: win Hamilton tickets, the 50/50 raffle, or the “Sparkle and Shine” raffle! Attendance not necessary to win any of the raffle prizes. We hope to see you!


schoola-logoTime to clean out the closets?  Don’t forget to donate all high end clothing to Schoola!  Simply click on the Schoola button located on the right hand side of our website and request a free mailing label.  Fill a box with “like new” clothes the can be resold for babies on up to adults and earn money for Franklin!

Franklin Fair Children’s Raffle & More

smileyDonate NOW to the Franklin Fair Children’s Raffle with just one click! Your monetary donation will be used to purchase those amazing baskets of prizes all of our kids love to win, making the Fair a huge success!
When you click on the link below, you will be asked to register for the Fair, enter credit card information, and then you will be prompted to donate an amount of your choice. The best part? You’ll already be registered when it comes time to buy Fair tickets and bid on Silent Auction items later.
On behalf of the Franklin Fair committee and the PTO, we greatly appreciate your generosity!

Big Bright Beautiful World of SHReK!

Since mid-November, over 90 4th and 5th graders had been diligently preparing to present “SHReK, The Musical, Jr.”.   The children rehearsed three times per week under the direction of Holly Raye. The children’s hard work payed off this past weekend as they performed to sold out crowds.  Franklin’s PTO hired Ms. Raye, a Broadway veteran, after a rigorous interview process this past Fall. Holly and her team, along with parent volunteers and a slew of super enthusiastic children  filled the gym with Ogre’s, Guards, Fiona’s, woodland creatures, fairytale creatures and whole bunch of fun!  It was a Big, Bright, Beautiful Shrek World! Take a look at more pictures under the Musical Tab on our Home page…

SHReK The Musical JR ticket sales

SHrekimage“SHReK The Musical JR” tickets are open to the public NOW!

Desktop link: http://www.franklinshrek.brownpapertickets.com/

Mobile Link: http://franklinshrek.brownpapertickets.com/

Tickets are $10 each and are available for Friday, February 10th @ 7pm, Saturday, February 11th @ 7pm, and Sunday, February 12th @ 2pm

You may trade tickets online by posting on the ticket sales website.

It’s going to be a “Big, Bright, Beautiful SHReK World” in the Franklin gym; you don’t want to miss it!

cover art: Callie Shroff

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