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September 21, 2018

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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).

Get yours now as we have limited inventory.


Thursday, Sep. 27th, 1:15-2:30pm

1000 North Broad Street

Mankato, MN

Families are welcome to attend, walk, cheer, or volunteer. As students will walk along the ALPS trail/sidewalks circling the school. Check in at the office if you plan to join the fun.

What's the ALPS Program?


The ALPS program is designed to increase opportunities for children to walk and ride their bike to school, increase activity before school, and at recess.

The benefits of having students exercise will help students have better focus in the classroom, increase brain stimulation, decrease behavior issues, and to encourage healthy habits for our students.

We will be having a school-wide ALPS competition starting on Sept. 24 & ending Nov. 16.

Each day classrooms will tally the activities they complete and 3 (K-1, 2-3, 4-5) classrooms will be crowned winners at the end of the competition. Winning classrooms will receive a banner to hang outside their classroom and an ALPS t-shirt for each student in the winning class.

Have a 3rd, 4th or 5th grader who loves science or nature?

Franklin PTO is coordinating a bus to transport students to the Science and Nature Conference held during the school day on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. This conference gives students hands-on sessions to delve deeper into science topics that interest them with sessions facilitated by science educators and museum staff from across Minnesota. It is coordinated by South Central Service Cooperative. This conference is completely optional for students in grades 3, 4, or 5. Franklin students will have a reduced registration fee, because we are coordinating a bus. For more information on the conference visit See picture below for Franklin details.

Over 35 Franklin students have already signed up to attend the Science and Nature Conference next month, but there's still room on the bus for more students.

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Willing to help out 5-10 days/year?

Franklin is looking for a reliable person to be Health Assistant Angie's substitute.

There are 5-10 days each year that Angie is called away from Franklin, and we are looking for someone who will be available to be on call to substitute as the Health Assistant.

Duties include general first aide and distribution of scheduled medications. Substitute works under the direction of school nurse Kim Peterson.

Training will be provided, nursing experience/licensure preferred.

Interested candidates should contact Angie Weir at or 507.345.4287 ext 1.

Who is Ryan Jacobson?

Ryan Jacobson is the author of the Adam Thelen biography (see image to the left). Ryan will be at Franklin on Friday, October 5 as a visiting author. More details to come.

College/Career Wear Tuesdays

Tuesday, Sep. 25th, 9pm

1000 North Broad Street

Mankato, MN

Each non-two hour late start Tuesday, students & staff are encouraged to wear clothing that shows college and/or career options for students.

On late start Tuesdays, students & staff are encouraged to participate in the PTO's Theme Days.

When is vision and hear screening?

Vision and Hearing Screen Date for Franklin: Tuesday October 30

Each fall Health Services conduct Vision and Hearing screenings for students. Students in grades 1, 3, 4,& 5 will have a vision screening and students in grades 1, 2, 3, 5 will have a hearing screening. Teachers or parents are always welcome to ask for screenings to be performed on specific students if there is a concern.

Impaired vision or hearing in children can contribute to the development of learning problems which may be prevented or alleviated through early identification and intervention.

Children with impaired vision often are not aware of their impairment; therefore, they do not complain or seek help. If they have always seen things in a blurred or distorted way, they accept the imperfect image without question. Children learn speech and language from listening to other people talk. If a hearing loss exists, a child does not get the full benefit of language learning experiences. With prompt referral and follow-up, children have an opportunity to receive appropriate, timely care and services, which lead to better health and educational outcomes.

If your child does not pass the vision and hearing, the parent will be notified with a referral letter. We, in Health Services, follow up on our referrals so we appreciate parents letting us know when the referral exam was completed and the results.

What can we learn from the Emperor Moth?

Originally posted in September 2017.

The emperor moth, with its wide wingspan, is the most majestic of all the moths. Its wide wings span out majestically when it flies. Before it can become a full-grown moth, it has to be a pupa in a cocoon.

One day ​a woman​ found a cocoon of an emperor moth. She​ took it home ​to observe the moth come out of the cocoon. Soon, a small opening appeared in the cocoon. She​ sat and watched the moth for several hours as the moth struggled to force the body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther. It seemed to be stuck but kept struggling and pushing. The woman​ decided to help the moth, so ​she​ took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The moth then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. She​ expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. She​ waited and waited for the little moth to become the majestic moth it was born to become and fly gloriously away in freedom.

Nothing happened! In fact, the little moth spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly. What ​the woman did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the moth to get through the tiny opening was the way of forcing fluid from the body of the moth into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. Freedom and flight would only come after the struggle. By depriving the moth of a struggle,

​she deprived the moth of health and it became entirely dependent upon ​the woman

for its very survival.

Why does an automated system answer the school number?

To ensure that callers get connected with the correct people, we use a system which gives a choice of the health assistant/attendance line (press 1) or secretary (press 0).

Throughout the day, the health assistant and secretaries are helping students/adults who are in the office, on the phone, or out in the building assisting students/staff. If you do not reach us in person, please leave a voicemail so that we can assist you as needed.

*If you miss a call from Franklin, check your voicemail before calling us. We won't know where to direct your call unless you have a voicemail which tells you who called.

Looking for ways to support you as a parent?

Please register to attend Mankato Area Public Schools' Family Academy on September 24, 2018 held at Lincoln Community Center. Family Academy workshops give families tips, tools and strategies to help their children succeed in school. Food and childcare will be provided. Click here for current session descriptions. Register online or call 507-387-5501 with questions or for assistance or see the flier below.
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What is the latest on next week’s Walk-A-Thon?


At this year's Walk-A-Thon, we'll show that colors brighten our school. Each grade will wear a separate color.

Kindergarten Blue

First Purple

Second Green

Third Red

Fourth Orange

Fifth Yellow


This weekend is the last chance for students to raise money before next week’s big event. Based on pledges and money submitted this week, it looks like we could be a little short of our $11,000 goal, so any last-minute donations will really make a difference. Please participate if your finances allow and know this will be our only PTO fundraiser of the year. It’s our “one and done” pledge!

Besides cash and checks payable to Franklin Elementary PTO, friends and family can donate securely online at:…/Franklin-Elementary-Mankato

Once you click on the donate button be sure to check the box “Add a dedication” and add the student’s name in the dedication line on the next screen. If someone forgets to add a dedication, we’re following up to identify which student to credit with the donation. The wording on the website is a slight change from the directions on the bottom of the yellow pledge sheet.


Pledge forms and money are due on Tuesday, September 25. To help us keep track of everything, please:

1) Be sure student’s name is on the yellow pledge sheet and collection envelope.

2) List any online pledges you know of on the yellow pledge sheet.

3) Fold the yellow form in half and put in the collection envelope.

4) Seal the collection envelope, so nothing falls out.

5) Return the collection envelope to classroom teachers by Tuesday, Sept. 25.

If you have any questions about Walk-A-Thon donations, please contact PTO Treasurer Amy Thomas or 507-995-9448.


We could use more help staffing next week's Walk-A-Thon. If you're available to volunteer:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Tracy Ball at to be manually signed up without an email.


Walk-A-Thon will take place on Thursday, September 27. Students will start heading out to the playground around 1 p.m. with the fire truck sounding the start of Walk-A-Thon at 1:15. Students will start their final lap around 2 p.m. Parents and families are welcome to attend, walk, cheer, or volunteer. As students will walk along the ALPS trail/sidewalks circling the school, please do not park on the grass at the edge of the playground. Check in at the office if you plan to join the fun. All students will get to participate at the Walk-A-Thon whether they collect donations or not, so please don’t feel obligated to donate if your finances are tight right now. If the Walk-A-Thon gets rained out on Thursday, we’ll do it on Friday.


Walk-A-Thon is PTO’s only FUNdraiser of the year. Yes, it’s FUN and it raises funds to support the extra costs of our students’ education. Items funded by PTO include: classroom supplies (over $100 per teacher), reading programs and author visits, Science Fair ribbons, playground balls for recess, busing and entrance fees for field trips, staff appreciation, movie and game nights, and more. If we raise $11,000 from the Walk-A-Thon, Franklin PTO will be financially set to cover all of these expenses and more this year.

Want to know what else is planned for the fall and hear from teachers?

Our next PTO meeting is on Tuesday, October 2 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Franklin Media Center. The kindergarten team and Counselor Mrs. Berg will be in attendance and talking about their curriculum and roles at Franklin. The agenda includes discussing school pictures, Walk-A-Thon, Franklin clothing, as well as upcoming activities: Festival, Box Tops for Education, Scholastic Book Fair and Potluck. Plus over $3500 in funding requests will be discussed and voted upon. Free child care provided in the adjacent Maker's Space.

Franklin Festival

Friday, Oct. 12th, 5:30-7:30pm

1000 North Broad Street

Mankato, MN

Play games, eat food, see friends and teachers & explore Franklin Elementary! Rain or shine. More details will come home with students in early October.

Know someone who would be a good Franklin employee?

Franklin Elementary continues to look for quality candidates to work with our students. We have paraprofessional openings in:

  • Special Education (6.25 hrs/day at $12.36/hr) for more details use this link
  • Playground (1.75 hrs/day at $12.36/hr) for more details use this link

The SpEd paras positions are 5 days/week, and the playground position is T/W/Th.

If you would like additional information, you can contact Principal Travis Olson at to learn more.

How can families reach the bus companies?

Students who are on a bus in the morning to school ride on Palmer buses. The Palmer offices can be reached 507.386.0210.

Students who are on a bus immediately after school ride on Palmer buses. The Palmer offices can be reached 507.386.0210.

Students who are on a bus after ExCEL ride on Yaeger buses. The Yaeger offices can be reached at 507.345.5470.

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

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Dates to remember

Tuesday, September 25 Walk-A-Thon pledge sheets/money due

Thursday, September 27 Walk-A-Thon, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, October 9 Two hour late start & Theme Day

Wednesday, October 10 Walk/Bike to school day

Friday, October 12 Franklin Festival 5:30-7:30

Thursday, October 18-Friday, October 19 No school

Tuesday, October 23 Science and Nature Conference

Wednesday, October 24 Fall Box Tops due

Tuesday, October 30 Vision & Hearing

Thursday, November 1 PTO Woot Woot Wagon

Friday, November 2 No school

Tuesday, November 6 PTO Meeting at 6:30

Thursday, November 8 Parent, Student & Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, November 13 Parent, Student & Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, November 13 Two hour late start & Theme day

Thursday, November 15 Parent, Student & Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, November 20-Friday, November 23 No school

Tuesday, December 11 Two hour late start

Monday, December 24-January 1 No school

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