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Franklin Elementary PTO


Franklin Elementary PTO

Upcoming Events

FLIC is Collecting

images-10In order to prepare for some upcoming projects, Franklin Library and Information Center needs the following items: used gift cards, toilet paper rolls, and egg cartons. Please send them in with your child.
Did you know that FLIC collects used ink cartridges. We recycle them and earn money for books. Please send them to FLIC in a plastic bag. Thanks.

SEF’s Spring for Excellence

SEF annual logoYou’re invited to the Summit Educational Foundation’s annual fundraiser, Spring for Excellence, on Saturday, March 11(this replaces our Casino Night event). All proceeds will support educational programs in all nine Summit public schools. Visit the event website at www.501auctions.com/sefexcellence for details and to purchase tickets! Even if you can’t attend, please consider supporting the 50/50 raffle, or “register” so that you can bid in our Silent Auction—you need not be present to win! Visit www.sefnj.org for more information about all that SEF is doing to help our schools.

Pomptonian Food Service

logo-1Dear Parents,

February 17 is a single session day, there will be no lunch service, and schools are closed February 20-21 for Winter Recess and Presidents’ Day. Presidents’ Day dates back to 1800. Following President George Washington’s death in 1799, his February birthday became a perennial day of remembrance. While Washington’s Birthday was an unofficial observance for most of the 1800s, it was not until the late 1870s that it became Presidents’ Day, a federal holiday, and the date was moved. Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present. Adventurous students at Franklin Elementary School can enjoy our Sushi Promotion February 27. Our traveling sushi chef will prepare Vegetable Rolls, California Rolls, and Philadelphia Rolls. None of the rolls served are raw, so even hesitant students often choose to participate. Our sushi chef can answer any questions the students may have about the rolls and their preparation. Each piece costs $.75. Sushi is served with a choice of wasabi, ginger, soy sauce, and CHOP STICKS. Keep an eye out for Sushi Day in Jefferson, Lincoln, and Washington schools this April. 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.

Afterschool Enrichment and Crazy 8’s Coming Soon!

After School enrich C 9_09The PTO is excited to share that Afterschool Enrichment is no longer every other year! Beginning the week of February 28th, we will be offering a late winter program that includes Crazy 8’s and several other fun classes like Science in Bubbles. Classes will last 6 to 8 weeks and will be open to all grades. Watch for details about registration in our weekly Sunday email blasts as classes will be limited to 14 participants and will be first come, first serve. We are excited to bring these classes to Franklin Students, and have finalized many of the details, but we need a few parents to help us finalize logistics and make sure these programs can be a success! Please email Christie Engel (cbengel@gmail.com) or Sheila Cheney (smccraith@hotmail.com) to volunteer! Crazy8sLogo

Astrograss Assembly

Franklin Students enjoyed the Astrograss Assembly last week.  Ask your child about it!Astrograss

Nando Assembly coming Jan. 27th

nandoNando the Healthy Hero Assembly

      Coming soon…

We look forward to an exciting interactive assembly generously sponsored by our PTO, Nando the Healthy Hero, on Friday, January 27th. Local authors/illustrators, Michael Fernandez and Kristi Drude, will talk about how they blended health, physical, and general education to create a children’s book series that promotes healthy eating habits, quality family time, and imagination. One of their stories will come to life as student audience volunteers will be invited on stage to take on characters’ roles!

Check out their website: http://nandothehealthyhero.wixsite.com/nando5

If you would like to order any of their books, please turn over for the order form. Each book will be signed by both authors. Forms with a check made out to the Franklin PTO are due by Monday, January 16th.

FLIC Book Swap

book-swapFLIC BOOK SWAP Want to swap a good book for one you have not read? It’s easy. Look through your books. Bring in to FLIC up to 5 gently used books and take up to 5 new reads home. Gently used books should be brought to FLIC during the week of January 9, 2017. The FLIC mid-year Book Swap will take place on Friday, January 13, 2017. Every reader who brings in books will get to come to the Book Swap.

Mobile Fingerprint Unit

Unknown-5All volunteers/chaperones in Summit Public Schools must be fingerprinted. Summit Public Schools will be hosting a mobile fingerprint unit for our parent volunteers in February and March.  Fingerprint appointments will start being accepted as early as Tuesday, January 3, 2017, sign up ASAP as the appointments tend to fill quickly.  Please review procedures here- Mobile Fingerprint Unit

Teacher & Staff Luncheon bring Holiday cheer to Franklin

teacher-luncheonOn behalf of all Franklin Parents, the Executive PTO Board held a luncheon for Teachers & Staff  thanking them for all they do for our children throughout the year.  The lunch was held in the new Teacher Development and conference/break room on the first floor.  The room provided a clean and bright environment for the festivities.

Congrats! Ms. Schwarzenbek

schwarzenbeckSummit High School Field Hockey Head Honcho, (& Franklin’s own), Jennifer Schwarzenbek, was recently presented with the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Field Hockey Award by the NJSIAA Honor Awards Committee.

The honor is in recognition of Schwarzenbek’s service in the field of interscholastic athletics and her dedication to the student athletes of New Jersey.

“As I look back on my career as a player and coach, I am reminded every day of how much I love the game of field hockey and hope I have instilled this love to my high school players and the youth just starting out,” said Schwarzenbek.

Summit High School Principal Stacy Grimaldi, Athletic Director Patrick Scarpello and Junior Varsity Field Hockey coach Rachel Killeen all attended the event to celebrate and support Schwarzenbek, who enjoyed a highly-decorated high school and collegiate playing career, is a two-time Union County Coach of the Year, led The Maroon & White to North 2, Group 3 Sectional Championships in 2009, 2014 and 2015, and was the catalyst for the Summit Youth Field Hockey program, which she began in 2014.

We think she’s Tops at Franklin too!

(Copied from www.tapinto.net)

PJ Drive!!

pajamasFranklin School’s Student Council is teaming up with Scholastic to bring nighttime comfort to children in need!

Please consider donating a book or a pair of pajamas.  


–  Pajamas and books need to be NEW please

–  Pajamas need to be a complete set (top & bottom) or   

     Nightgown placed in a plastic bag

–  All sizes welcome: infant – 18yrs old

–  Drop off site and date:  Bins by the office no later than December 14th please

Any questions, feel free to ask Mrs. Alfone or Mrs. Polles

Pajama Program, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, provides new pajamas and new books to children in need. What makes for a good night? For most children, bedtime is a time of comfort, love and security. A time when children crave intimacy with their moms and dads, a few minutes of bonding and sharing in a safe, secure environment. But for the millions of children living in poverty in America, a good night is a luxury they do not often experience.

FLIC Wish List

readathon-467-95-115-80-cHave 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?
or Mrs. Priscu (npriscu@summit.k12.nj.us)
Thank you to the following families for donating a Remember Me Book 


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