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Monthly Archives: September 2015

First grade girls:  Come join the Daisies! We are forming a new Girl Scout Daisy troop for first grade girls.  What could be better than having fun while secretly building character and confidence!?  Read all about it here: Daisies Welcome Flyer If you and your daughter are interested, please contact the troop leaders, Sara Barbato and/or Mica Sylvester at troop45324@gmail.com with your names, class, and full contact info by Friday, Oct 2 (i.e., THIS WEEK!).  Interested families will learn more at an organizational meeting in early/mid-October.
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Friday, October 2nd is National Custodians Day.  This is a great time to stop Rodrigo or one of his peers to say “Thank You” for all your hard work!  They have been working extra hard through the Franklin construction to keep our school clean!
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Lauren Tarshis Visits Franklin School – written by Maya 3S, Lauren 5WA, and Urmi 5WA, and Ms. Stochaj (librarian) Lauren Tarshis is the author of I survived  series and she visited Franklin on November 12, 2015. Did you know Lauren is also Maya and Akira’s aunt and they go to Franklin School? Right now she lives in Connecticut  with her family. She likes yoga and spending time with her family. She couldn’t read for a very long time because the words confused her. She thought she would never become an author but she did.   Prior to Lauren coming to Franklin School third graders did research about her. The fourth and fifth graders researched an historical event. Then working in groups wrote a proposal to Lauren about whether or not the topic would make a good I Survived book. Several proposals from each grade were given to Lauren.   Lauren Tarshis talked about and read her amazing new book “The Hindenburg Disaster.” The first pulse quickening chapter of the book was read aloud to us by Lauren. She followed that up with her fascinating life story on how she became a success. She never thought she would become an author, because of […]
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Calling all fifth graders!  Would you like to tweet about school happenings?  Would you like to be a book blogger?  Come to FLIC on Tuesdays at 7:45 AM with Ms. Stochaj to join our group.  You can enter through the door by the big field.  Hope to see you there!
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This Thursday, October 1st, is School Picture Day!  Please make sure your children come dressed for their class & individual photos!  All students will be photographed on the same day. Order forms should be returned on Oct 1st or placed online. Packages start as low as $13!  Family Plan: pay for 2 packages and any additional children photographed are free (includes siblings at SMS)! For anyone wishing to have sibling photos taken after school, please email Betsy McCeney bmcceney@gmail.com by Wednesday at 3pm.   Even if siblings are coming from another school, pictures will be taken at Franklin beginning at 3:10.
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The first annual free S.T.E.A.M. Carnival will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10am to 2pm at Brayton School.  Activities for K-5 students will be available in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
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Just like summer, the first few weeks of school have flown by!  I want to take a moment to thank Jessica Shin, Stacie Collins and Stephanie Beardsley for providing relief from the anxiety of the first day of school and the unseasonable heat by supplying refreshing ice pops for all the kids and their siblings!  Thank you ladies!  Thank you, too, to Stephanie Meisiles and Lisa Betz for welcoming all the new families to Franklin at this year’s New Family Playdate.  There were also many hands making this year’s back-to-school night a relaxing and informative evening.  Thank you Jen Hoffman, Betsy Flaim, Lisa Betz, Jen Sexton, Rachel Callahan, and Kim Leonard.  I apologize if I have inadvertently overlooked anyone! As you can see, it takes volunteers to create and execute the many great events we have at Franklin.  Please consider volunteering!  Contact Betsy Flaim (elizabethflaim@yahoo.com) if you have an interest in assisting with Kids Stuff Coupon books (light involvement) or the Franklin Fair or would be interested in co-chairing the Summit Education Fund Casino Night at the Elk’s Club (March). October will be a busy month and will, in all likelihood, go as quickly as September.  October 1 is Picture […]
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  The Board of Education recognized newly-tenured staff at the Board meeting on Thursday, September 17. Board President Katherine Kalin addressed the staff and said, “the status of tenure is not casually dispensed in the Summit Public Schools. Only after a careful process and evaluation by administrators, department supervisors, and principals is a staff member recommended for tenure. Those we are honoring tonight have successfully come through that process by demonstrating the skill, commitment, and professionalism that makes our staff second to none.” Twenty-two staff members received tenure this year. Congratulations Franklin teachers:  Dr. Chestnut, Mrs. Welence, Mrs. Watson, & Ms. Bass!  
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Are you an artist? Would you like to see your artwork hanging in FLIC? We are looking to decorate FLIC with student artwork. The artwork should include the word READ or a quote about reading or books. (Here is a source for quotes: http://www.libraryspot.com/quotations.htm) The paper must be either 8 in X 10 in OR 11 in by 14 in and can be held either way. Ten pieces of art will be displayed each month.
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Have you ever wondered who your child sits with at lunch?  Why the lunch comes home half eaten? Or do you just want to spend a little more time at Franklin? Whatever the case, we invite you to come help out with lunch duty.  The commitment is not much, just an hour  approximately every 6-8 weeks.  It’s also flexible.  We work with your schedule – you pick the dates. If you are new to this volunteer position, you must attend a short training session (date/time TBD.) For more information or to volunteer please contact: Michelle Wallach (mwallach1@gmail.com)
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  Save the Date for Franklin Family Fun Night! Join us for an old-fashioned hoedown as we dance the night away and kick off the school year! When: Friday, October 2nd from 6:30 – 8:00 pm Where:  Franklin Gym and Cafeteria How much:  $20 per family (pay at the door) What else:  Food and drinks will be served Music by Summit Soundz DJ Siblings and parents welcome! Sponsored by the PTO Come dressed in your best hoedown attire! Questions? Contact Jenny Wimsatt (jennywimsatt@gmail.com)
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Please click the link below to read an important message from the principal regarding Back to School Night. Principal’s Message: Back to School Night 2015
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F.L.I.C. (Franklin Library and Information Center) News F.L.I.C. Summer Reading Challenge Forms due by the morning of Friday, September 18, 2015. There will be one winner for grades 2-4 and one winner for grade 5.  Lost the paper? Just write your list on any piece of paper and make sure to include your name and class.
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Franklin Library and Information Center (F.L.I.C.) Book Care Books are used by everyone in our school. It is expected that children take good care of the books they borrow from the library. Things to keep in mind include reading books with clean and dry hands, turning pages slowly, and always using bookmarks. If a book is returned damaged it will need to be replaced.   Book Borrowing Each week children are allowed to take out three items from the library. Exceptions are made when children are working on special projects. Books are to be brought book every week for return and/ or renewal. Please help your child find a special place in your home to keep our books safe. It is your child’s responsibility to return or renew the books every week! If a child has misplaced his/her library book and is in the process of looking for it, please do not pay for the book right away until you have received a notice with instructions for payment. Please do write us a note but continue to look for the missing book, and contact the library when you think it is really “lost.” Selection Policy 
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