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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Chief Robert Weck, Summit PBA Local #55 and members of the Summit Police Department are excited to announce their 2nd annual food and household goods collection. The event is scheduled to begin Monday May 23rd and will conclude on Monday June 13th. The Summit Police Department will be partnering with the non-profit organization Family Promise (Union County) to be a recipient of the items collected. In addition to Family Promise, by the suggestion of Geleen Donovan, Executive Director of Family Promise- Union County, the Summit Police Department will also be teaming up with the Junior League of Summit to benefit from the items collected. The Junior League of Summit has been supportive of a handful of families right here in our own community who struggle to supply meals for their loved ones during the summer months. Drop off bin located in the Franklin Main Lobby.
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All parents are invited to come view the school wide Art Show in the cafeteria on Wednesday June 1st and Thursday June 2nd. Parents in Grades 1-3 may come after school on Wed or Thurs. Parents in Grades 4-5 will see it the evening of their child’s Spring Concert. We are so proud of each child’s artistic creations!
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FRANKLIN FIELD DAY IS WEDNESDAY JUNE 15!  We need parent volunteers for field day! Please note that Field Day 2016 is going to be a different format than prior years.  This year, there will be an Olympics theme and the children will be participating in games similar to those that are in the Olympics.  Just like the Olympics, each class will be assigned a country to compete for and will wear those country’s colors.  First Grade and Second Grade will do the same 10 stations, as always, and similarly, Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade will rotate through the same 10 stations.  However, parent volunteers (2 at each station) will remain at the same station throughout the afternoon. They will not rotate and thus, will only need to learn how to do one game. At the conclusion of field day activities, ice pops will be distributed and then the teachers will face the 5th graders in the annual Teacher v. Students volleyball game.  All younger grades will remain outside to watch and cheer on the game. The schedule for Field Day is below: Parent Volunteers Sign In (on soccer field) 10:45 – 11:00 Parent Volunteer Orientation (on soccer field) 11:00 – […]
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Please volunteer to be a Class Parent for the 2016/17 school year today!  Sign-ups are available NOW through June 30.   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, so GO TO THE LINK TODAY! 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 […]
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Please click below to read the June 2016 Newsletter: Parent Newsletter June 2016
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Congratulations to the Union County Teachers of the Year. They were honored this morning at a breakfast at Kean University. The teachers will be recognized at the Board of Education meeting on Thursday, June 9th at SHS. JPC/WPC: Suzanne Shire Brayton: Courtney Kaczynski Franklin: Loreli Stochaj Jefferson: Janet Gibney Lincoln-Hubbard: Carole Stubeck Washington: Pamela Kinney LCJSMS: Daniel King SHS: Lili Arkin
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I want to thank all of you who came to the meeting on Wednesday night and voted in the Executive Board for the 2016-2017 school year. The complete board is: Sheila Cheney, President Christie Engel, Vice-President Kim Leonard, Communications Vice President Rachel Callahan, Assistant Communications Vice President Laura Henry, Treasurer Paula Rush, Assistant Treasurer Betsy Flaim, Volunteer Coordinator  We are all very much looking forward to another great year at Franklin Elementary School, filled with the many activities and assemblies that make the experience at Franklin so special! It will be an especially exciting year as our children will have access to the new outdoor Reading Garden and the opportunity to participate in the school musical. A formal kick-off meeting for the musical will be announced shortly; stay tuned! As a board, we are currently brainstorming our hopes, ideas and goals for next year, and look to share them with you before the year ends. In the meanwhile, if you have any hopes or ideas for the PTO, please feel free to email them to me at smccraith@hotmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!  I also want to thank Superintendent Chang for joining us. Three highlights from his state […]
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Please help us gather next year’s school supplies for the approximately 500 children in need in the Summit Public schools. We are collecting NEW: 1”, 2”, 3” Binders 3-hole Pencil Cases Subject Dividers 2-Pocket Folders Marble Composition Books Loose Leaf Paper (wide and college ruled) Spiral Notebooks (wide and college ruled) 8-Pack Colored Pencils or Thin Markers 3×5 Lined Note Cards #2 Pencils and Erasers Blue, Black & Red Pens Highlighters Glue Sticks Look for Collection Bins by your School Office, at the entrances to St. Teresa’s Church and Memorial Hall, and at 36 Woodland Avenue in Summit. Questions? Email us at ccssummit@gmail.com. Thank you! Sponsored by Bridges and Christ Church Society
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Order your 2016-2017 School Supply Kits here! The PTO is excited to once again offer the opportunity for Franklin families to order their school supplies through the School Kits program. This program not only creates savings for us by ordering in bulk, but also (more so?!) saves us all the time and energy that come with shopping for these supplies ourselves! Go to www.shopttkits.com and enter the number 21280 to order your child’s kit. Remember to select the grade that your child will be in for the 2016-2017 school year. Once you have selected the appropriate grade, you will see the complete list created by the teachers for that grade. Orders are due by June 24th. Kits will be delivered directly to Franklin and the PTO will distribute all kits directly to your child’s classroom for the 1st day of school.  *A small portion of the savings will go to the PTO, in lieu of other small fundraisers, to help us streamline our fundraising efforts.  School Kits Letter
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Ready… set… run!  TOT TROT 2016 is here!  Come join the fun at Memorial Field on Sunday, June 5th from 11-2. Children of all ages will enjoy the festivities – games, petting zoo, trackless train, moon bounces, food and more! Registration is Now Open for ages 2 to 10 to run in the Fun Run Races! Two ways to register, pay and play: Print the registration form and mail it along with your check (all details within the attached registration form) or Complete registration form at www.sjfclub.org and pay on-line!   New this year – compete to win a free registration: Lois Schneider Realtor is sponsoring an art contest and the winners from each category will get a free registration! Pick up and drop off your entry at Lois Schneider Realtor (431 Springfield Ave, Summit) between now and May 21 for a chance to win a free registration for Tot Trot and special recognition at the event.  There will be three winners, one each from the following age categories- 3 and under, 4-6, 7-10.  Submissions must be received by 5pm on 5/21. Proceeds to benefit The Brooke Healey Foundation (www. brookehealey.com )
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So much has been happening at Franklin this spring!  Now that all the declining trees have been removed, the front of Franklin looks great!  Arbor Day saw two beautiful new trees planted: a magnolia tree in the peace garden and a flowering silverbell in the grass nearby. With the generosity of the BOE and four Franklin families, we have ordered 6 benches to create our new “Outdoor Reading Circle”.  Classes will able to spend time outdoors with the placement of these benches.  Rodrigo and his team spent many hours refinishing our three old wooden benches which will be returned to their home in the Peace Garden. The 5th Grade Girl Scouts have also been helping – they spent time this weekend repainting the recess basketball court lines.  The blacktop looks great with bright white lines clearly marking the space again.  They also helped organize the purchase of a picnic table for the recess area with contributions from the 1st, 2nd and 4th grade Franklin girl scout troops.
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It’s The Final Countdown! All Boxtops are due by end of day on Friday, May 27, 2016!  The class who submits the most, wins an ***ICE CREAM PARTY! *** Remember…. *CLEARLY 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! They don’t count if they are!  *Separate Bonus Coupons from regular Boxtops. Please don’t tape Bonus coupons to collection sheets. Use a paperclip, or just put in a baggie.  THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING US COLLECT FREE MONEY FOR FRANKLIN!  Email me anytime with questions! Rebecca Levington rgardyn@hotmail.com
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Thank you to Amy Wise and Jenny Birch who made the teachers feel special all week with fabulous raffle prizes and tasty treats each and every day, ending in a wonderful luncheon on Friday.  And a big thank you to their excellent team of helpers Joyce Yao, Jill Howard, Katie Gaffney, Kathy DePhillips, Amy Malik, Bethann Harvey, and Jenny Hoffman.
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2nd grade registration still OPEN!  1st grade clinic is FULL. Dates:  May 16, 19 & 20 (Monday, Thursday, Friday) 1st Grade Clinic:  Second Recess (right after lunch) 2nd Grade Clinic: Third Recess (right after lunch) Come try it out!  Open to boys and girls, at school, during recess.  No experience required!    Sign up online https://goo.gl/VKYptq Questions?  Anna (& Christie) Engel  cbengel@gmail.com * Brought to you Girl Scout Troop 41121, Franklin School, 5th Grade * * Earning the Girl Scout Bronze Award 2016 *
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On Thursday, May 19th, all the lost and found items that haven’t been claimed so far will be brought outside during dismissal for a last chance to be claimed before they are donated to the Junior League of Summit.  We will be located in the front lawn of the school from 3-3:30pm. If you have any questions please email Isabel Ribeiro at isabel.ribeirony@gmail.com
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