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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Thank you to Ms. Stochaj for winning a visit from children’s author Todd Parr.  The kids had a blast learning the ins and outs of creating a book.  THANK YOU MS. STOCHAJ!
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Franklin’s production of SHReK The Musical JR. kicks off this week with a “pep rally” on Friday November 4 at 3pm in the Gym for students and their parents.  We will be welcoming the professional creative team of Holly, Simon and Anneliese who we have hired to direct our musical.  Holly and her team introduce us to SHReK and answer any questions that you may have.  All students who are interested in participating in the production (cast or crew) are encouraged to attend. The production packet including registration forms was distributed in last week’s Wednesday folders.  The packet includes all key information for both parents and students so please review it thoroughly.  Registration forms and fees are due no later than Wednesday, November 9th.  You may also bring them to the meeting on Friday to the Shrek “pep rally,” which will be a fun event to kick-off the musical season.
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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.
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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 this Tuesday and Wednesday!  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
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  Go to https://smile.amazon.com and set Franklin Elementary School PTO (select the one in Summit, NJ) as the organization 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”.
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Turkey 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
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Just a Reminder 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!
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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.
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Click here for more information on Parents Night out at the Y
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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
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We 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!  
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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.
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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 […]
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We 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 […]
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Students gathered around during recess to show their appreciation for our Franklin custodians, Rodrigo and Adrian.  No matter what the request, Rodrigo and Adrian are one step ahead in keeping our school safe, clean and beautiful.  The PTO presented the poster along with a small gift on behalf of all parents.  THANK YOU!!  
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