Franklin Flier

December 14, 2018

Integrity * Respect * Excellence * Adaptability * Responsibility * Engagement * Collaboration

Dates to remember

Thursday, December 20 Deadline for Talent Show Auditions

Monday, December 24-January 1 No school

Thursday, January 3-Friday, January 4 Talent show auditions

Monday, January 7 Winter DIBELs testing (K-5)

Tuesday, January 8 Two Hour Late Start

Tuesday, January 8 ExCEL begins

Friday, January 11 PTO Movie Night (6:30 pm)

Monday, January 21 No school for students

Thursday, January 24 MSUM Theater play performance

Friday, January 25 Talent Show

Wednesday, January 30 4th grade Science Museum visit by BEMIS

Friday, February 1 Make up date for Talent Show (if needed)

Tuesday, February 5 PTO meeting @ 6:30 in media center

Tuesday, February 12 Two Hour Late Start

Friday, February 15 PTO game night (6:00 pm)

Tuesday, February 19 Box Tops due

Tuesday, February 26 Spring Pictures

Thursday, February 28 Franklin's Science/Interest Fair

Friday, March 1 PTO Movie Night (6:30 pm)

December Newsletters

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Have a student who likes to perform?

Franklin will again be hosting a talent show in February. Last year we had great performances that included solo and group acts dancing, magic, singing, playing piano, gymnastics, telling jokes, and more. Check out the video above.

Acts should be between 30 seconds and 4 minutes in length, school appropriate, and entertaining.

We are only able to take 10-15 acts, so the auditions are very competitive and we are not able to have all interested students participate. Students who were selected for last year's talent show had spent many hours practicing to ensure that their audition was successful. If your student is planning to participate in the auditions, please help them to find the time to practice in advance of their audition.

All students will attend the talent show and only the parents of the performers will be invited to attend. Our auditorium will not hold more people than this, so we will video record the performance for others to see.


Information sent home with students the week of December 10-14.

Sign up for auditions the week of December 17-20

Auditions January 3-4

How did Franklin Families help others?

Thank you for helping us with the Stuff-A-Truck food drive. Mankato schools and local Hy-Vee stores collected food for ECHO during the month of November. The schools collected 9,071 pounds of food and personal care items, and Franklin contributed 200 pounds to the collection.

ECHO was able to distribute food to 1,823 households and 1,100 families received Thanksgiving Baskets during the month of November. Out of the 9,500 individuals served, over 3,500 were children.

Thank you for helping in the fight to address food insecurity in our community and surrounding area.

Want to watch the Franklin Winter concert?

Has your child checked the Lost & Found?

We have over 80 items in our lost in found, so roughly 1 out of every 5 children has something in there.

Students rarely recognize that they are missing something until they see it in the Lost & Found.

Remind your child to stop by and look at the items.

Have a student interested in the Makerspace?

Dash Robots & Lego Movie App Grades K & 1 (10 Students)

January 8th, 15th, and 22nd (2:45-4:00)

  • In addition to learning how to use the Lego Movie app to create their very own movies, students will learn how to program Dash using basic coding through the Blockly & Path apps, To register your child, please email:

Calling All Coders Grades 2 & 3 (20 students)

February 5th, 12th, & 19th (2:45-4:00)

  • Students will work with Ozobots, Edisons, Dashes, K-Nex, LightBot, and Scratch Jr. along with other Makerspace building materials to become familiar with coding. Several stations will be set up weekly for students to explore and share knowledge with each other. To register your child, please email:

Tinkercad & 3D Printing Grades 4 & 5 (15 students)

March 5th, 12th, & 19th (2:45-4:00)

  • Students will work with an easy to use 3D CAD design tool that lets them create designs by dragging and dropping shapes as well as the newly added Codeblocks. Students will design only during the sessions, and printing will occur outside of class due to time constraints. To register your child, please email:

Wanna show Franklin pride with your morning coffee?

Franklin has ordered 20oz stainless steel tumblers with clear lids that work with hot or cold beverages. These will be available in the office for $13. We can accept cash or checks (made out to Franklin Elementary).

Only about one dozen remain. Stop in the office to get yours.

How can you learn about weather cancellations?

To check information about school being delayed, dismissed early or cancelled, you can:

Call: The District Information Line at 386-4777. HINT: If you save it to your phone your kids can check it and not bother you at 6 am.

Watch: WCCO (Ch 4), KSTP (Ch 5), FOX (Ch 9), KARE (Ch 11), KEYC (Ch 12)

Listen: KMSU (89.7 FM), KXLP (94.1 FM), KDOG (96.7 FM), KEEZ (99.1 FM), KXAC (100.5 FM), KRRW (101.5), KYSM (103.5 FM), WCCO (830 AM), KTOE (1420 AM)

PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE TO SEE IF SCHOOL IS CANCELLED OR RELEASING EARLY. Our school phone lines tie up quickly when an early closing is announced so be sure you have your Snow Emergency Form current as we will follow the directions you have given us on that sheet.

District text messages with reminders and announcements. You can receive text messages to remind you about things such as two-hour late starts and inform you of weather related changes. Subscribe using this link.

Please remember that ACES, our after school childcare program, does not operate when we close due to inclement weather.

* When the weather causes school to start two hours late, breakfast will not be served.

Want to support Franklin's Climb to Feed Kids team?

10 Franklin staff members will be participating in the 2019 CLIMB 2 FEED KIDS event on Sunday January 6th at Bresnan Area. CLIMB 2 FEED KIDS is a team-based arena climb to benefit the BackPack Food Program of Greater Mankato. 50 teams of up to 10 members each will fundraise $1000 to participate. Teams are required to complete 10 full laps of the entire arena going up and down every staircase for an approximate total of 768 steps per lap.

The BackPack Food Program provides packs of child-friendly food to elementary students to sustain them on the weekends and school breaks. 40% of the student population in Blue Earth County receives free and reduced lunch and breakfast. The BackPack Food Programs helps keep these students fueled on the weekends. It serves 15 elementary schools and 2 middle schools in the area.

If you would like to help this great organization consider donating to your Franklin CLIMB 2 FEED team! Donations can be brought to the Franklin Office or be made online. Checks can be made out to the BackPack Food Program.

Families are also welcome to come cheer on the Franklin Team at 9:00 AM on the Sunday January 6th!

When do students have indoor recess/mornings?

To determine whether or not children are outside, we use this chart as a guideline. When the temperature gets close to the second blue field, we strongly consider keeping students indoors.

It is important that you send your child to school dressed to be outside for 20 minutes of recess.

Must haves

  1. Hats
  2. Gloves
  3. Winter jacket
  4. Boots

  1. Snow pants
  2. Scarf
  3. Face mask
  4. Other items your child may need to stay warm

When every child at Franklin has a hat, a pair of gloves, a winter coat and a pair of boots, that's 6 items per child times 465 children for a total of 2,790 pieces of clothing. Chances are high that things will get dropped, misplaced or mixed up with other students' clothing. Labeling your child's clothing helps greatly.

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What family events are happening in 2019?

As we end 2018, PTO hopes that all our Franklin families enjoy the magic and fun of winter break. Here are some 2019 events to add to your calendar for more family fun at Franklin.

Jan. 11 - Movie Night @ Franklin

Feb. 15 - Game Night (students only)

Mar. 1 - Movie Night @ Franklin

May 2 - Ice Cream Social

See you in 2019!

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

Please include:

Child's Name

Child's Teacher

The Child's achievement

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