Franklin Flier

January 31, 2020

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

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Dates to remember

Tuesday, February 4 BINGO for Books & Potluck

Friday, February 7 Talent show

Tuesday, February 11 Two hour late start & Pajama Day

Monday, February 17 & Tuesday, February 18 No School

Wednesday, February 19 NO ExCEL

Thursday, February 27 Science & Interest Fair

A new principal at Franklin?

Dear Franklin Families,

It is with mixed emotions that I tell you I will be leaving Franklin at the end of June to take the Director of Teaching & Learning position for the Mankato Area Public Schools. While I am excited to work with our schools across the district to achieve our mission of Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world, the change will mean that I leave the students, families and staff that are so dear to me.

In the coming weeks, the process will begin to identify the next principal for Franklin Elementary to lead the continued excellence for our students and families.

I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity to serve as your principal, and look forward to working with Franklin's new principal.

Forever a Falcon,


Remember when the picnic was cancelled?

Back on October 10 we planned to have our first Franklin Picnic, but needed to postpone due to weather.

We will be combining the yearly BINGO for Books event with the (indoor) picnic on Tuesday, February 4 from 5:30-7:00.


The evening will have food and games for the family.

  • Cafeteria- Food
  • Music Room- BINGO
  • Art Room- Make n Take
  • Hallway- Book exchange
  • Upper gym- Carnival games
  • Media Center- Trivia & Book Walk

The PTO has generously provided all beef hot dogs, buns, plates, napkins, forks, & condiments.

We ask that all families bring 3 items:

1. A dish to pass (& necessary serving utensils) Please bring these when you come, DO NOT send them to school

  • Last names beginning with A-R bring a side dish* to share with others.
  • Last names beginning with S-Z bring a dessert to share with others.

* Ideas for side dishes- Veggies & dip, cheese sticks, bag of chips, salad, fruit

2. Drinks for your family

3. Books to exchange


If possible, bring your dish to pass in a container that you do not need back, or label your items so you can find them when you pick them up at the end of the evening.

A free sub for earning a Golden Ticket?

These Franklin students were awarded a Golden Ticket for their outstanding behavior while they had a substitute teacher. Their ticket got them a sandwich of their choice, donated from Jersey Mike’s on Riverfront. They ate their sub with other winners from the month along with Mr. Olson.

When will school start & end next year?

For more information about this news release, contact Superintendent Paul Peterson at 507-387-1868.

Mankato-School start and end times for elementary, middle and high schools in Mankato Area Public Schools (MAPS) have been established for the 2020-2021 school year. New school times reflect the school district’s transition next year to a two-tiered busing system.

Beginning September 2020:

  • MAPS Preschool 8 a.m. morning start time
  • Elementary schools 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Bridges Community School 8:20 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
  • Middle schools 8:35 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
  • High schools 8:45 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

After the new system was approved by the School Board in December, district leaders began developing plans to address areas of concern shared during a community input phase. These included: before and after school child care, student supervision, and the impact on co-curricular departure times.

"Having start and end times finalized now provides families and staff a significant amount of lead time in preparing for the next school year," says Paul Peterson, superintendent of Mankato Area Public Schools. "The times reflect input received while the school district was studying the concept and also since the School Board took action. An 8 a.m. start time for elementary schools aligns nicely with several areas we knew we needed to address, especially related to child care and student supervision."

District officials have developed detailed plans to assist in transition to tiered busing and will communicate regularly with families and the community in advance of the change. "This is a great move for our students and families, and we are committed to providing timely information for a smooth transition," adds Peterson.

For more information contact Mankato Area Public Schools’ administrative offices at 507-387-1868.

Pajama Day

Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 10am

1000 North Broad Street

Mankato, MN

Want to help shape our Achievement & Integration Plan?

Mankato Area Public Schools has received an Achievement and Integration grant and is looking for parents of color to participate on an Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee will help guide and inform the activities in the plan. If you are interested in participating, or have questions about the committee, please contact Franklin Principal Travis Olson at 507.345.4287 or

Did you see the busing change for 2020-21?

After careful review and study about tiered busing in detail, the Mankato Area Public School Board approved this transportation model beginning in September for the 2020-2021 school year. Elementary students will be transported to schools first. As a result, they will start and dismiss early each school day. Middle and high school students will be transported on the second route so their school day will start and end later.

Through research, it’s been discovered there are many advantages to tiered busing:

• Research shows later start align with older students’ natural sleep cycles.

• Students spend less time on buses.

• Simplify—fewer transitions for students.

• Increased breakfast time for youth.

• Age-similar bus companions.

• Tiered busing is best fit to Mankato Area Public Schools’ size.

• Opens space for families who want to contract for busing.

• Routing options and flexibility.

• Positions district for future.

It’s an exciting opportunity to enhance school transportation for students and families. Activity directors and bus companies have been part of this process to ensure a smooth transition. Information and feedback learned from faculty and staff was very helpful. After-school care has also been taken into consideration. Furthermore, implementing tiered busing is a good fit for larger school districts and best positions Mankato Area Public Schools for continued growth.

To learn more, view detail reviewed by the Mankato Area Public School Board when making their decision. If there are questions, please feel free to contact Superintendent Paul Peterson at or 507.387.1868.

Have a pre-school aged child?

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Does your child want to enter the Science & Interest fair?

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What's new on Peachjar?

Check out all the flyers on the Peachjar site by clicking the link at the top of the page (or the peach icon next to this text). Make it a regular habit to check out the latest offerings from around our community. It's a great way to find programs for kids that keep them active and connected to other kids their age.
  • Community Ed & Recreation (CER) Winter Brochure
  • CER Winter Youth Brochure
  • Youth Enrichment League
  • Camp Intervention
  • Girls on the Run
  • Cheer America & Young American School
  • Volleyball
  • and more....
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Welcome to 2019-20 school year from Franklin Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). As a parent, legal guardian,or staff of students enrolled at Franklin Elementary School, you are a member!

Want to help shape the future of PTO?

Input is sought on what activities PTO should focus on next year. You are invited to complete a priorities form (insert link). Please return the form to the school office by February 3, if possible.

Join us at the February 11 PTO meeting as we prioritize what PTO will look like next year. The meeting starts at 6:30 in the Media Center. All are welcome to attend.

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What should we do with any Box Tops for Education we've collected?

As the Box Tops for Education program moves digital, PTO recognizes there aren't as many physical Box Tops on products. Please continue to clip and submit any physical Box Tops you see. However, we will no longer be holding classroom competitions. You can still return Box Tops to your child's teacher or put them in the collection bin diagonally across from the school office. If you want to move digital, please download the Box Tops application to your smart phone and scan eligible receipts within 14 days. It's surprisingly simple and Franklin receives a minimum of 10 cents per item. All the clipping and scanning adds up to almost $400 this year.

Do you have a fourth or fifth grader who loves writing or art?

PTO is sending a bus just of third graders to the Young Writers and Artists Conference on Wednesday, March 11. However, if you have a fourth or fifth grader who attended the conference in the past and would love to go this year, they can attend on either March 10 or March 11. You would need to register, transport and chaperone them, as they cannot go with our third graders, but they can still attend. All Franklin students can get the reduced registration cost of $19, since we are sending a bus. To get the discounted rate, select check as payment type and be sure to note student is a Franklin student with payment. The time at the conference would count as a student absence, but is an educationally enriching experience. Register at:

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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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