Franklin Flier

April 13, 2017

Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world.

Our Core Values:
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Excellence
  • Adaptability
  • Responsibility
  • Engagement
  • Collaboration
District Calendar

Calendar for two hour late starts, days off, conferences, etc.

How will the East construction impact bus students?

East will be closing the west parking lot (Tennis Court Lot or Junior High Lot) to student and staff parking from 7:00 am - 4:00 pm as of Wednesday, April 12th.

The East staff have worked with Palmer and Yeager Bus Companies to develop a plan for bus exchange, student drop off, and student pick up that provides the safest possible conditions for students we will be moving the exchange zone to the parking lot on the west side of the building.

East will have extra staff on-site beginning on Monday, April 17th to make sure students will be able to find the right bus in a safe manner. See map below.

This will not change any times for our routes. All will run on the same schedules.

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When is kindergarten round up?

Kindergarten Round Up is April 20 at 4:30 and 6:00.

Families need only attend one of the times. If you have not received an invitation from us, please call Linda Gravley at (570) 345.4287.

How do families sign up children for athletic camps?

The various athletic camps (football, volleyball, boys and girls basketball, and baseball) will now all run through Community Ed. The catalog that was mailed out to home recently has all the information to sign up. If you did not receive this catalog, you can sign up online through Mankato Area Public Schools website. It is under the Departments tab and Community Ed

Thank you and go Cougars!

How can students decide if the news is real or fake?

Media Specialist Staci Waltman provided the poster below so that families can discuss the characteristics of news stories and how to make informed decisions about what they're reading/hearing/watching.
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Want to be more involved in your child’s school?

We are looking for a Minnesota Reading Corps tutor for the 2017-18 school year. You can work with PreK / K-3rd grade students every day, during the school day and help them become successful readers!

Reading Corps provides comprehensive training in strategies proven to help students build reading skills. Tutors are paid a living allowance and are eligible for up to $5,815 to pay tuition or repay student loans. Tutors 55 or older may gift the award to a child or grandchild. Tutors may be eligible for free health insurance and child care assistance.

Learn how you can get involved by visiting You can also help by telling a friend or family member (grandparents make great tutors, too!) about openings at our school and statewide! Positions start in August for the 2017-18 school year. Send questions to or call 866-859-2825.

Want to give a shout out?

We are inviting families to email Mr. Olson when their child(ren) have a successful experience outside of school. The celebration will then be included in the morning school wide announcement. Ideas of things that families might want announced: winning a soccer tournament, moving up to a new tae kwon do belt, participating in the regional science fair, etc. If you have something that you'd like us to recognize your child(ren) for, email

Child's Name

Child's Teacher

The Child's achievement

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What's new with PTO?

All Franklin families and staff are welcome to attend tonight's PTO Meeting from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Media Center. Nominations for next year's PTO Executive Members will be accepted at the meeting, with elections in May. Information about these positions was included in the Monday e-mail with the Bus Info @ East. Self-nominations are welcome.

If you see friends and family over this three-day weekend, it might be a great chance for your student to sell some Butter Braid pastries. Order forms went home last week and orders are due back to Franklin with money next Thursday (April 20). We make $5 from each Butter Braid sold and if we could make $4000 on this fundraiser, every Franklin teacher would start the school year with $100 for classroom expenses. Butter Braid pick-up will be Thursday, May 11 in the Auditorium from 3:00-6:00.

And don't forget that your student receives a ticket to enter into one of multiple prize drawings for each Butter Braid sold. Prizes include one-day family pass to the Children's Museum, fun bracelet set, solar car kit, and more. If you would rather make a donation to Franklin PTO, they are always accepted.

PTO is currently looking for parent volunteers to co-chair this special week. Do you have a few hours this month that you could volunteer to help plan this fun-filled week? More details on how all families can get involved shared by May 4.

If you would like to help organize this week, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Hilarie Tolifson at

Save the date for this family fun event! It's our version of a carnival with games, food, prizes, and so much more. We have over 150 volunteer shifts to fill at this event, so please consider donating 30 minutes of your time to ensure a successful and fun evening for all. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Hilarie Tolifson at or check the next Franklin Flier for more details.

Dates to Remember

Friday, April 14 No School

Thursday, April 20 Kindergarten Round Up 4:30 or 6:00

Friday, April 21 Music Concert K-2 at 9:30 & 1:30

Tuesday, May 9 Two Hour Late Start

Friday, May 19 Franklin Festival

Thursday, June 1 Last day of school for students

Breakfast & Lunch Menu

Link to the food service page with menus.

Franklin's MDE Report Card

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