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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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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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  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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To view the  school supply lists click on the link for your grade: **Please order for the grade your child will be entering in 2015-2016** First Grade Supply List Second Grade Supply List Third Grade Supply List Fourth Grade Supply List Fifth Grade Supply List *Please note that the brand names listed were for the supply box kit orders and if purchasing supplies on your own brands are for guideline purposes only.
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Lost & Found – Please remind your kids to have a look through the Lost & Found racks before the end of the school year. Also, we will put the Lost & Found racks/bins outside the school entrance on Wednesday, June 3rd (Field Day) at the end of the day. Please take a moment time to look through the racks to identify any lost items. We plan to donate clothes left in Lost & Found at the end of the school year to the Junior League of Summit Thrift Shop on Deforest Avenue. Any questions, please contact Line Barlow (c:862.812.8806). Thanks.
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CHANGE OF DATE: GENERAL PTO MEETING IS NOW THURSDAY, MAY 28th Franklin Cafeteria, 8:15am Dear Parents, Due to the recent resignation of Dr.Gil and the need to go through the a process of selecting a new Principal, we have decided to change the date of the General PTO Meeting to Thursday. We are doing this as the Interim Director of Human Resources and the Superintendent would like to come and talk with the parents about our concerns. Unfortunately they can not make the Wednesday meeting and as we don’t wish to have you come to the school twice, we feel that the move to Thursday is the best option. We will still have time to vote in the new board and to celebrate our volunteers. We know that some of the first grade parents will not be able to attend (including two of the board members) as there is a trip to Fosterfields Farm on Thursday. We will take very good minutes and try to record the event if we can. We hope that a lot of you will be able to make this meeting. It is an excellent opportunity to establish open lines of communication with the District and […]
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*To volunteer to be a Parent Coach, click– SignUp Genius Parent Coach Volunteer *All parents are invited to the picnic and to volunteer or watch Field Day activities.
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Our very own–outstanding–Librarian, Loreli Stochaj, has been nominated for a BAMMY Award. She needs Franklin Parents and Staff to vote and help her win! “The Bammy Awards is a cross-discipline honor that identifies and acknowledges the extraordinary work being done across  the entire education field every day– from teachers, principals and superintendents, to school nurses, support staff, advocates, researchers, school custodians, early childhood specialists, education journalists, parents and students.  The Bammy Awards were created to help reverse the negative national narrative that dominates the education field. The Bammy Awards acknowledge that teachers can’t do it alone and don’t do it alone. The Awards aim to recognize the collaborative nature of education, to encourage respect in and across the various domains, to raise the profile and voices of the many undervalued and unrecognized people who are making a difference in the field and to elevate educators, education and the value of life-long learning in the public eye.” The honorees will be announced on June 30th. Those selected by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences to receive Bammy Awards will be honored at a red carpet event in September in Washington, D.C. To vote, please click this link:  Bammy Award Voting then click ‘VOTE’, ‘School Librarian’, ‘Loreli Stochaj’. You must Register to vote. Once registered, sign in and […]
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  Teacher Appreciation week is almost here— In celebration of our outstanding faculty and staff we will be decorating the copy room with students’ letters of appreciation. Please write a note, poem or draw a picture for your favorite classroom teacher, specials teacher or staff member. Please put your letters in the collection box marked “Teacher Appreciation Letters” outside the school office now until Friday, May 1st. Thank you for your participation! Franklin is so lucky to have such a wonderful faculty and staff. Let’s let them know it! Any questions, please contact: jennybirch (jennybirch@verizon.net) or Amy Wise (amywise@yahoo.com).
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  Thanks to the Franklin Parents’ donations, the PTO was able to fund so many wonderful things for our children. The PTO Executive Board would like to summarize all the things that have been funded this year with your financial support and the earnings from our fundraisers. This impressive list emphasizes the important role that your donations play in supporting our school: *Refrigerator for the teachers’ lounge ($800) *New rugs for each classroom ($2200) *$200 additional stipend for classroom library purchases ($5000) *Toe tokens for Mrs. Burr ($260) *Large book pouches ($135) *Copy/memo holders for 4th graders’ computers ($160) *Chair pockets ($1000) *Closet for Ms. Welence (($200) *Extra first aid supplies for nurse’s office ($240) *Indoor recess games ($1150) *Filtered water fountains (pending) *Cafeteria sound system ($1400) *Book baskets ($546) In addition to what was budgeted for: *Character Counts *Cultural Arts *FLIC speaker *4th and 5th grade agenda books *Time For Kids *Scholastic Science / Spin Magazine *Grounds Beautification *Teacher Stipends *Directory *Website *Recess equipment *Hospitality and teacher & staff appreciation  
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Author and Illustrator Peter Catalanotto Visited Franklin School For First and Second Graders On April 14th and 15th   Thanks to the PTO, all first and second graders were treated to a visit from author/illustrator Peter Catalanotto. Each child met with Peter twice. Peter is the author and illustrator of 16 books including Dylan’s Day Out and Matthew ABC. He has also illustrated 30 others including Mother to Tigers and Happy Birthday America. All four first grades first heard him talk about how he gets his ideas. He talked about Matthew ABC coming from his own kindergarten experience where there was another child named Peter in his class. He thought WHAT IF all the children in a class had the same name. All four second grades also heard him speak about where he gets his ideas. Peter shared that in his book Monkey and Robot the characters are based on his daughter and him.  The rest of his visit was filled by having two classes come together to brainstorm a story. He stressed that each story begins with a character who wants something, who then encounters a problem and tries to find a solution. The children worked to develop ideas […]
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Franklin Fair Chairs, Rachel Callahan & Christie Engel, with Mr. Gil at The Franklin Fair Thank you to all the parents who showed support for Franklin by coming out on Saturday to enjoy a fun day at the Franklin Fair. We thank you for your generous contributions both with your time and donations.  The beautiful weather was the perfect backdrop to the “Everything is Awesome” Fair.  A special thank you to Christie Engel and Rachel Callahan for their tremendous efforts in chairing the Fair and to all the committee chairs for making the 2015 Franklin Fair a wonderful experience for all. We are confident that this year’s Franklin Fair will allow the PTO to plan some outstanding activities for the students and will allow for some wonderful outdoor projects for next year. Thank you again to everyone,  Pat Acevedo and the Franklin PTO Executive Board
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