136 Blackburn Road, Summit, NJ

Franklin Elementary PTO


Franklin Elementary PTO

Upcoming Events

Musical Registration Packets Available This Week!

1421100584-shrek_the_musical_jr_tickets_Attention 4th and 5th Grade Parents! If your child is interested in being a part of the Shrek Musical Production, make sure to look for the Registration Packet in this week’s Wednesday folder. The packet will include all key information for both parents and students so please review it thoroughly. Packets due by Friday, November 4th! Bring them that Friday at 3:15 to the Shrek “pep rally,” which will be a fun event to kick-off the musical season.

Book Fair


Franklin School Book Fair

Tuesday, Nov. 1st 8:30am – 4:00pm AND 7 pm – 8:30pm

Wednesday, Nov. 2nd 8:30am – 2:30pm

Our annual Book Fair is in two weeks!  During two days in November, FLIC is transformed into a bookshop stocked with a wide selection of books to appeal to all grades through elementary school, and a smaller selection of books for other ages. All children have an opportunity to purchase books at scheduled class times (see below for class times). 

If your schedule doesn’t permit you to attend during the day, please come to our evening session or support this fundraiser by sending money in with your child for their classroom visit.  There is no spending limit.

Our teachers will be creating a ‘wish list’ of those books that they would be very grateful to receive for their class library should parents want to make a book donation.

So just for this month, hold off making your book purchases on-line, and support the PTO by spending your money at our Book Fair instead

If you have any questions about volunteering, contact Jenny Birch at jennybirch@verizon.net or Jamie Kessel at jamiezk22@gmail.com

Class Visit Schedule

Support Franklin – Shop Amazon!

  Go to https://smile.amazon.com and set Franklin Elementary School PTO (select the one in Summit, NJ) as the orgaamazonsmilenization you want to support and .5% of your eligible purchases will come to us.  Bookmark https://smile.amazon.com on your “Favorites” and shop as normal each time you open the site.  You can still go through the Amazon link on our Franklin website to earn an even higher percentage for our school, but Smile is an easy way to “set it and forget it”.

Turkey Trot is Back!

turkeyTurkey Trot 2016 Fun Run/Walk

Date: 11/4/16

Time: 2:05 – 2:45 during school

Location: Franklin School Soccer Field – weather permitting

Entrance Fee: A non-perishable food (please clearly place your name on it)

Franklin’s Annual “Turkey Trot” will be held on Friday 11/4/15 at 2:05 pm – weather permitting.  The purpose of this event is to promote healthy lifestyles, alleviate stress for students and teachers, and also do a good deed for our community.  Students, who wish to participate in the Turkey Trot, will bring in a non-perishable food beginning on November 1, 2016 as their “entrance fee”. Students should place their name on their donation and give their non-perishable food to their classroom teacher, who will check off the students’ name on the class list. The food collected will be donated to the Junior League of Summit and distributed to families in need over Thanksgiving.

Mrs. Burr

Dress in Bright Colors for Todd Parr Visit

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Todd Parr will be visiting all students in grades 1-3 on Monday, October 24th! The children know that he uses bright colors in his books. Maybe your child will want to dress in bright colors for him!



There’s a colorful new addition to the Franklin blacktop!  Last week a dedicated group of parents spent the day painting a large USA Map behind the school.  The map can be used for numerous recess games and learning opportunities as the children can jump from state to state.  Ask your child if they’ve seen it!  We’d like to thank Adrian Tricker (and his sons), Paula Rush, Glyne Chapman (and his daughter), Christie Engel, Monica Fienemann, Sheila Cheney, and our 8th grade volunteers for all their hard work to make this possible.

Building a Coping Toolbox:

Helping Your Child Manage Everyday Worries, Stress, and Anxiety

Open to ALL Primary and Elementary parents/guardians


Co-facilitated by:

Elena Jeffries, Ph.D. & Brian Kaufman, Psy.D.

from Positive Developments Associates in Psychology, Millburn, NJ

Wednesday, November 2nd

8:45 – 10:00 a.m. 

in the Lincoln-Hubbard School Library

Sponsored by the Elementary School Counseling Department

For questions, please call your respective School Counselor

Mr. Jeff Lambert (273-1333 X 6437) @ L-H & Franklin

Ms. Andrea Sadow (908-273-0817 X 6556) @ Washington, WPC, JPC

Mr. Nicholas Santangelo (273-3807 X 6361) @ Brayton & Jeffers

Frankin Institute “Hot and Cold”

img_0512img_0519img_0523We had Dave from the Franklin Institute in Friday.  He showed us gas, matter and more!  We learned about Hot vs Cold!  We had so much fun!



Melissa Madden and Maggie Greene are heading up this year’s Franklin Fair, but they still need just a few parents to spearhead TWO key committees to make the Fair a huge success! You don’t need to do it alone…find a friend and have some fun.
The first meeting won’t be until after the holidays, so you don’t need to even think about it until 2017!
Silent Auction: We need one or two parents to help us secure the goods that we all love to bid on and that help us reach our fundraising goals. We will help you, but we need your leadership to make it happen.
Children’s Raffle: It’s the most popular part of the Fair for all the kids! We need a motivated set of parents (one is fine, but two is better!) to help purchase the Raffle items and get them ready for the Fair.
Contact Melissa (melissamaddenfamily@gmail.com) or Maggie (mrmccart@yahoo.com) if you are interested. They can give you more details and help you find another parent to help if you need.

Mornings in FLIC

Monday Morning in The Space On Monday, October 17th (this is a new date)

Any child is welcome to come to FLIC to make a bookmark. There is no sign up they just need to show up.

Tuesday Mornings in FLIC: Library Pages Grades 3-5 Looking for more children to join us.

What is a Library Page? It is someone who wants to do one or more of the following: adopt a shelf in FLIC to take care of it, help write a weekly school tweet, assist in preparing for special school events that involve the library (author visits, Read Across America Day, and so on), create book reviews to get other children excited about reading. Library Pages will meet on Tuesday mornings in FLIC from 7:45 AM to 8:15 AM. It is not a club so attendance is not mandatory. If your child would like to participate we will begin on Tuesday, September 27th. Learners should enter through the ‘sneaky’ door by the big field. Click here to complete the form so I have your contact information: https://goo.gl/forms/bEArycmtnzHg5Bg93

Friday in FLIC: Tech Mornings Grade 5 Looking for more children to join us.

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 Fridays in FLIC from 7:45 AM until 8:15 AM. This is not a club so weekly attendance is not required. It is an open time to try new things. Each learner is expected to have a focus. This will be developed with Ms. Stochaj. We will start Tech Team Friday, September 30th. Learners should enter through the ‘sneaky’ door by the big field. Click here to complete the form so I have your contact information: https://goo.gl/forms/cEIR52ZSkwoiL9Gx


2nd Grade Bee Bots Click Here

Chess Club 2016-2017 Starts 10/27

chessclubWe are excited to announce that the Franklin School Chess Club is back by popular demand with Master Chess Player Errol Sing returning as the instructor.

The club will meet on Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:00 beginning October 27th and continuing until end of May. That’s at least 24 sessions of professional instruction and time bonding with other schoolmates! Registration fee is $150 and covers instruction, participation in tournaments, a Franklin Chess Club t-shirt to wear at tournaments, and pizza party at the end of the year. If financial assistance is needed, please contact Sheila at smccraith@hotmail.com. Before registering your child, please note the following details:

  • There will be no meetings on 11/10, 11/14, 12/29 and 4/13. Snow days will not be made up.
  • 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 sign up quickly as last year the club filled almost immediately!  Please use the following form to register your child and then pay the registration fee by going to www.myschoolanywhere.com and “purchasing” chess club registration in the store.

Registration form: https://goo.gl/forms/tux1E9PAnWhibZXd2

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