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Monthly Archives: June 2016

It takes a lot of helping hands to make every event happen at Franklin School. Please consider volunteering for one or more of the following PTO Committees. Fill out this Google Form or contact Betsy Flaim at elizabethflaim@yahoo.com or 917-612-2016 with any questions or to indicate interest.  “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”~Elizabeth Andrew  
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Looking Back at 2015-2016 Total Circulations: 29,080 Volunteers who help each week to check out  and shelve books: 16 amazing parents Opened The Space- a corner of the library where we can all create- established monthly challenges Morning Clubs: Decorate the Space, Getting to Know Ben Franklin, Make a Bookmark, Paper Challenges, Gardeners, Scratch, Lego Mindstorms, Tuesday Morning Group- Tweets, iMovie, Recycle Team Lunch Clubs: 2nd grade Book Club, 3rd Grade Book Club- twice, Interview Club, Postcard Club, iMovie, Scratch, Poetry Writing, Animal Research, Honoring Franklin Hosted 2 Author Visits: (Thanks to our very generous PTO) grades 1 and 2 Daniel Kirk, grades 3-5 Lauren Tarshis, SEF Grant Materials being used this year: Lego Mindstorms, Bee Bots, Playaways, Growing Station Hour of Code for the entire school Grades 1 and 2 participated in awarding the Irma Black Award for the best picture book Grades 3 and 4 participated in awarding the the Cook Prize which honors the best science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) picture book Coordinated the Dictionary Project with the New Providence- Summit Rotary Club for grade 3 Read Across America- helped organized guests from the community to come read to each class School Library Month Reading Challenge […]
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Come train with the Summit High’s Varsity Boys Soccer Coaching Staff and Varsity Players! The Hilltopper Boys Soccer Camp is coordinated by Ashley Sularz (SHS Varsity Boys Soccer Coach), the HS Coaching staff, and the Summit High School Varsity Boys Soccer Team. Who: Boys entering 3rd-8th Grades When: Monday, August 29th through Wednesday, August 31st 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Where: Wilson Fields, Corner of Oakley & Springfield (Behind the Primary Center / Board of Ed. offices) Cost: $100 for 3 days or $40 a day (All proceeds benefit the SHS Boys Soccer Program) SHS Boys Soccer Camp Form
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Dear Franklin Families, The end of our school year is right around the bend! Important events and information are as follows: Authors’ Teas: Our first and second grade teachers have planned these events to share highlights of students’ “published” works as young writers. We look forward to these celebrations with you. Teacher of the Year Recognition: Ms. Stochaj will be honored this Wednesday evening at 6:30 at SHS with a reception followed by formal Board of Education recognition. We hope that you can join us. Parent Volunteers Requested: We are very fortunate to continue to receive generous support from Central Office administration! Please email me if you are interested in either or both of these exciting enhancements: We have just received approval for a new gathering space that will serve as a Professional Development Center, Parent Meeting space, and Staff Lounge! A room will be fully renovated to suit these multipurpose needs and I welcome parents to join my staff committee, as decorating decisions need to be made prior to the end of this school year. Our first meeting will be this Wednesday at 3:00. We have also received approval for our play area blacktop to be repaved over the […]
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June 13, 2016 Dear Franklin Families, The end of our school year is right around the bend! Important events and information are as follows: Authors’ Teas: Our first and second grade teachers have planned these events to share highlights of students’ “published” works as young writers. We look forward to these celebrations with you. Teacher of the Year Recognition: Ms. Stochaj will be honored this Wednesday evening at 6:30 at SHS with a reception followed by formal Board of Education recognition. We hope that you can join us. Parent Volunteers Requested: We are very fortunate to continue to receive generous support from Central Office administration! Please email me if you are interested in either or both of these exciting enhancements: We have just received approval for a new gathering space that will serve as a Professional Development Center, Parent Meeting space, and Staff Lounge! A room will be fully renovated to suit these multipurpose needs and I welcome parents to join my staff committee, as decorating decisions need to be made prior to the end of this school year. Our first meeting will be this Wednesday at 3:00. We have also received approval for our play area blacktop to be […]
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It’s Musical Time!  Please join us this Friday, June 17th at 8:30 am in the cafeteria for an exciting update on next year’s musical as well as next steps, such as getting volunteers for the Musical Committee. All those interested in being a part of this memorable event but can not attend, please email Sheila at smccraith@hotmail.com 
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PTO Survey for a Successful 2016-2017 School Year Help us, Help You! We want to make next year as wonderful as possible from a PTO perspective;  help us do so by taking this brief survey to let us know what you want us to do (or don’t do!)  Thank you and have a great summer! http://goo.gl/forms/1h3tiyo45uhSZBht2
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Congratulations to the Franklin Chess Club! Our top 10 chess players attended the Summit Elementary Chess Tournament held at Lincoln Hubbard last week. There were over 40 participants from 4 elementary schools.  Our students gave a great fight against the other schools and placed 3rd! Tournament Results: 1st place Lincoln, 2nd place Washington, 3rd place Franklin, 4th place Brayton Over all a great tournament experience!!! Is your child interested in joining our chess club?  Our Grand Master Errol Singh will be offering chess lessons at the Library over the summer to get them prepared for next year! Thursdays (10 weeks) from 4:30-5:30; Fridays (10 weeks) from 3:30-4:30; Sundays (TBA) Please contact him directly to sign up: errol.singh@gmail.com or 908-205-1044
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This week during library for grades 1-4 the Stochaj Summer Reading Challenge was explained. For grades 1-3, I challenge our readers to read 10 books. For grade 4, I challenge our readers to read 4 books from 4 different genres. Attached you will find the sheets that were given to each reader just in case it gets lost. I also told all of the children that their list could just be on a piece of paper. List are due in September! Please have your child turn it into me by Friday, September 16th. Happy reading! Ms. Stochaj Librarian 1st-3rd Grade Reading Challenge 4th Grade Reading Challenge
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This is a reminder to please pick up your child’s medication currently held in the Health Office prior to the end of the school year. EpiPens and inhalers should remain in the health office and be picked up as close to the last day of school as possible.  Schools are not permitted to give medication to students to carry home and the school is required by law to destroy any medication not claimed at the end of the school year.  All remaining medication will be discarded by10 am on June 22nd. Please note that new EpiPen and inhaler forms/doctor orders are required at the start of each school year.  Please return completed paperwork to Franklin School PRIOR to the first day of school. EpiPen forms, medication administration forms and asthma treatment plans are located on the district website, www.summit.k12.nj.us under the “resources” tab. Please do not hesitate to call with any questions or concerns. Have a safe and healthy summer! Ann Zanelli, RN, CPNP, CSN Franklin School Nurse
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Dear Summit Families, As many of you are aware, Ecuador is going through very difficult times due to the recent earthquakes over the past month. The effects of these earthquakes have stretched worldwide, even reaching families of our own community. The Hispanic Parent Association of LCJSMS together with the LCJSMS PTO and Spanish teacher, Tim Margiotta, have decided to coordinate a community effort to aid those affected by these disasters. In particular, we will lend financial support to the non-profit organization, Mission Santa Maria (www.MissionSantaMaria.com), that in the last month has received more than 45 orphans from the areas hit by the quakes. In addition, we will join forces with St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Summit to send needed items to Ecuador at the end of this month. We ask for your help and participation. To make a monetary donation, please donate online or submit cash or a check written to Mission Santa Maria or the LCJSMS PTO and deliver to any school main office (put Mission Santa Maria fundraiser in the memo). If you would like to contribute items, the attached flyer lists the items needed and the details of the drop-off. The fundraiser will run Monday, […]
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It takes a lot of helping hands to make every event happen at Franklin School. Please consider volunteering for one or more of the following PTO Committees. Fill out this Google Form or contact Betsy Flaim at elizabethflaim@yahoo.com or 917-612-2016 with any questions or to indicate interest.  “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”~Elizabeth Andrew Fall Events – Need Volunteers Now!  •   Back to School Pops – On the first Friday once school begins, we welcome all Franklin kids back to school with popsicles after school. 2-3 volunteers needed to help purchase and distribute popsicles as well as clean up. •   Family Fun Night – Plan a super fun night for Franklin families to kick off the year on a good note! Event takes place in early fall each year; past activities have included a DJ and dancing with pizza and drinks. 2-3 Coordinators needed.  •   PTO Membership Chair – We need (1) parent to manage the collection of PTO annual contributions. These contributions are key to making our programing happen.  Other Opportunities: •   Franklin Fair – Franklin Fair is our biggest fundraiser of the year and is held every spring (March or April) with activities, games, prizes, food and entertainment. There are 4 main committees that all work together as one […]
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In honor of the Summer Olympics each class will be representing a country for Field Day. Please try to have you child wear the colors of their country on Wednesday! 1M Greece 3P Jamaica 1C Portugal 4S Italy 1S England 4C USA 2Sl Canada 4R Spain 2S New Zealand 4D Ethiopia 2W Sweden 5W South Africa 3S Ireland 5L Brazil 3A France 5Wa Columbia 3M China 5F/A Venezuela
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June 6, 2016 Dear Franklin Families, The end of our school year is right around the bend! Important information is as follows: Field Day: Please take a moment to read the attached letter:      https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KVpVIrU1BGg6P2S-m-zqlH6Smimc84E0arGDnR6Dpps/edit?usp=sharing Fifth grade moving up ceremony: Please take a moment to read the attached letter:       https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Mo6k1DlTbrJZ20hnXGk4aZOBItFNVKrzoHDQzdxpqDs/edit?usp=sharing Despite my brief update, there are many grade level and school-wide events nearly every day between now and the end of the school year, so please be sure to check the PTO calendar and weekly newsletters from your child’s teacher to stay informed. We look forward to celebrating the end of a wonderful year of learning and fun with your children and families!      Have a wonderful week,      Mrs. Mirrione
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Thanks to everyone who participated in the Spring Boxtops Contest!  Ms. McCue’s 1st grade class brought in the most Boxtops (326) and won the ICE CREAM PARTY! Second place went to Ms. Mallory’s class with 307 and third place to Ms. Watson’s class with 282.  Most importantly, as a school community, we raised an additional $351.80 for Franklin, making the 2015-2016 grand total a whopping $1059.90!!! Thank you for taking the time to clip those Boxtops. As you can see, it really adds up! Continue clipping throughout the summer as there will be a new contest starting in September!  Happy Summer everyone! Rebecca Levington Boxtops Coordinator for Franklin rgardyn@hotmail.com
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