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September 7, 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 for sale in the office for $13 beginning September 17. Checks should be made out to Franklin Elementary.

When can parents come into the school to pick up their child after school?

Parents/families are asked to wait outside until the kindergarten students are walked to the bus (around 2:35). This allows the hallways to stay clear so that students can pass through, and helps keep the building secure for the safety of our students.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

What's AVID Elementary?

This year Franklin will begin using a program called AVID Elementary. AVID stands for

  • Advancement
  • Via
  • Individual
  • Determination

The focus is to instill in students a Growth Mindset. Students with a Growth Mindset believe that they can learn more or become smarter if they work hard and persevere. They view challenges and failures as opportunities to improve their learning and skills, not as an indication they cannot do something. As a result of the Growth Mindset, AVID students succeed in following their dreams and fulfilling their aspirations enabling them to be college and career ready.

AVID Elementary takes a systemic approach through the use of WICOR and an explicit focus on high expectations, rigor, and developing a college readiness culture.

WICOR stands for:

  • Writing
  • Inquiry
  • Collaboration
  • Organization
  • Reading

These strategies are used throughout the year to engage students and increase their achievement.

Some things you may notice include the presence of college pennants in the hallways, student planners, and the 3 ring binder. As the school year continues, the inclusion of AVID strategies will increase as we work these practices into our classrooms.

How can parents help with traffic?

When dropping off your students, or picking them up at the beginning of the day, we ask that you use the idea of STOP, DROP & ROLL.

  1. Stop the car
  2. Drop your child off (or pick them up)
  3. Roll on to allow others to do the same for their child

The goal is to limit the amount of time that any one car is stopped in front of the school so we can maximize the opportunity for others to drop off or pick up students.

If you want your child to wait in the car with you, or you need to leave your car to be able to go into the building, please use the parking spaces along Adams street.

To reduce the number of cars in front of the building, talk with you child about picking them up along Lime street, or on Broad Street where it intersects with Lime. These are often unused areas and can be very convenient.

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.

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.

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Who are the Franklin teachers this year?

Kindergarten: Ann Weber*, Jen Blaschko, Amy Delaney, Michelle Dehnke, Ashley Fries

First Grade: Amy Baer*, Miranda Hoffmann, Melanie Hayes, Danielle Yungerberg

Second Grade: Kristin Landgraff*, Beth Arndt, Amber Blasl, Dawn Dahline

Third Grade: Tania Fugazzi, Salena Gahler, Katie Soine

Fourth Grade: Drea Brown*, Betty Alders, Michaela Hansen, Megan Sandhurst

Fifth Grade: Rose Heim*, Mallory Howk, Mandi Kopischke, Mike Nagel

K-3 Intervention: Lexy Wenzel*

English Learners: Vesna Bozhinoska, Jodi McBride

Special Education: Jenni Haug, Lisa Kindred, Lisa Kuiper, Marlene Stein-Greiner, Kayla Steinberg, Jen Stenzel

Phy Ed: Dianne Johns, Amanda Kroehler

Art: Rachael Wick

Music: Jonathan Shevy

Media: Katie Botten

Counselor: Jen Berg

Continuous Improvement Coach: Tabatha Miller

Why should you talk to your student about School Board Policy 501, section III, sub A3?

School Board Policy 501 describes how schools keep a safe environment free of weapons. Outlined in the policy are the obvious things that outside of school students are not allowed to use or only with adult supervision, but it also covers items that fit into the category of toys.

No person shall possess... look-alike guns; toy guns; and any object that is a facsimile of a real weapon.

There is the potential for a problem if a student places a toy gun or rubber knife in the pocket of their coat or backpack and then brings it to school. It can be a confusing situation for students as something they have permission to use outside of school is forbidden at school.

Please take a few minutes to talk with your child about the importance of never bringing any of the items outlined in the policy to school.

To read the full policy, use this link.

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 #MAPSready?

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How can I be involved at Franklin?

Besides volunteering in the classroom, Franklin’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) has numerous ways to help:

Attend PTO Meetings

PTO meetings are a great way to learn what is happening at Franklin, meet other parents and get to know Franklin staff better, and offer input on school-wide events or decisions. Our first PTO meeting is next Tuesday, September 11 from 6:30-7:30 in the Media Center. All parents are welcome to attend. Free child care will be provided in the Makers Space adjacent to the Media Center. Please enter the building through door #1.

Volunteer at PTO events and on PTO committees

Inside your child’s blue folder that you received at entrance conferences was a PTO volunteer form. If you’d like to help with any PTO activities this year, please complete and return the form to your child’s teacher. Many hands make light work and the work of our volunteers is very much appreciated.

How do I buy Franklin clothing?

PTO offers Franklin t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and performance apparel in youth and adult sizes. This fall, Franklin clothing will be available to purchase on Thursday, September 13 before and after school, during October’s Franklin Festival, and during parent-teacher conferences in November. On Sept. 13, Franklin apparel will be available for at least 30 minutes before school starts and again after school. A table will be located near the school office/Door #1. PTO accepts checks and cash for clothing purchases.

When are school photos?

All Franklin students and staff will get their photographs taken on Friday, September 14 at school. Three Lifetouch photographers will be in the Auditorium taking individual photos. Information and order forms went home at entrance conferences. If you would like to purchase photos, complete and return the order form with payment on picture day or go to and enter Picture Day ID: MI168077Y0 to order online. Photos will go home in backpacks approximately 3 weeks after picture day and retakes will be available on October 30.

What is the September Theme Day?

On Tuesday, September 18 students, teachers and staff are invited to dress up for Rainbow Day. Franklin has monthly school-wide theme days on the District’s late-start Tuesday. Theme days are a great school spirit builder and serve as fun class prizes with 5 classes winning the chance to pick a theme throughout the year.

What is Walk-A-Thon and why is it important to Franklin?

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.

Walk-A-Thon will take place on Thursday, September 27 from 1:15-2:15 (or the next afternoon, if raining). Parents and families are welcome to attend, walk, cheer, or volunteer. Grades will be staggered across the school grounds and walk along the ALPS trail/sidewalks circling the school. Students can walk/jog as much or little as they like, as there will be grade rest areas.

Fundraising information for Walk-A-Thon went home in backpacks today. 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.

By the middle of next week, additional fundraising resources will be available on the PTO’s webpage (, including a letter that students can send to family and friends outside of the Mankato area. Secure online giving should be active by early next week as well through GiveMN at

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 11 PTO meeting at 6:30

Friday, September 14 School Pictures

Tuesday, September 18 Two hour late start

Tuesday, September 18 Theme day- Rainbow Day

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 Picture Re-takes

Thursday, November 1 PTO Woot Woot Wagon

Friday, November 2 No school

Tuesday, November 6 PTO Meeting at 6:30

Tuesday, November 13 Two hour late start

Tuesday, November 13 Theme day

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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