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October 5, 2018

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Pajama Day

Tuesday, Oct. 9th, 8am

1000 North Broad Street

Mankato, MN

Mrs. Sandhurst’s fourth graders selected this month’s theme as part of their prize for being the classroom to raise the most money for Walk-A-Thon. Students and staff are invited to wear pajamas to school on Tuesday.

Would you be willing to help the Florence victims?

With Hurricane Florence devastating many areas in the North Carolina region, we have an opportunity to help those who were affected. Former Franklin teacher, Jen Marquis, and her husband Bryce live in New Burn, North Carolina. Bryce is currently a principal in a nearby rural community that experienced great flooding and many students lost clothing and school supplies.

Please consider the opportunity to assist these students by donating clothing items for boys and girls in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Items should be either new or in like new condition, cleaned, free of stains, and free or tears. Mr. Marquis stated that the kids are primarily in need of pants and shorts as well as shirts. Monetary donations to assist with shipping the items are also being accepted.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Nagel at Your child can bring the donations to Franklin Elementary and give them to their teacher. Items will be collected and mailed by Friday, October 12.

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

Franklin Festival

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

1000 North Broad Street

Mankato, MN

Franklin Festival is a week away and you don’t want to miss this fun event. Plan to attend this fun Franklin tradition on Friday, Oct. 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. It’s a chance to play games, eat food, see friends and teachers and explore Franklin Elementary! Youth (ages 3 and up) can enjoy unlimited game play with prizes (as prizes last) by purchasing $5 wristbands. Food and drinks will be available to purchase from Grandpa’s Concessions. Event held rain or shine.

Volunteers desperately needed to staff games and activities. We are looking for volunteers (adults and students in fifth grade or higher) to help with one 30-minute shift. Thanks so much for your support!

To sign up for a spot or spots, go to: Review the options and select the spot(s) you would like. You do NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Note: does not share your email address with anyone.

Families needing assistance covering wristband costs should talk to their child’s classroom
teacher, as wristband scholarships are available. Be sure to return wristband forms by Tuesday if you want to purchase wristbands in advance.

Look for a PeachJar flier next week with more Festival details.

Is your child in need of a dental screening?

Franklin has chosen to participate in the Open Door Health Center dental health program which includes application of fluoride varnish and sealants. A healthy mouth is an important part of overall health and wellness, and a healthy child is more ready to learn. There is no cost to participate in this program.

If you choose to participate, Open Door Health Center’s dental team will screen your child’s teeth to check for possible dental problems and apply a fluoride varnish. Your child will receive a toothbrush and teeth cleaning instructions. If your child is age 6 to 9 years old and it is determined during the screening process that your child needs sealants, we will be able to provide those services during this time. You will receive a report on the care provided and be notified if follow-up is recommended. The fluoride varnish and sealants, along with brushing and flossing, will help prevent cavities. This screening does not take the place of regular dental checkups by a dentist.

To allow your children to receive these services at their school, a parent or guardian must fill out the consent form by clicking this link to sign up and also complete the screening questions. Please call our School Dental Outreach Department at Open Door Heath Center at 507.388.2120 ext. 5654 if you have any questions or email

Bike/Walk to School Day

Wednesday, Oct. 10th, 7:45am

1000 North Broad Street

Mankato, MN

Students and families are encouraged to walk/bike to school and to walk the ALPS trail before school and during recess.

Did you know...?

That your child may have lost one of the items in the 30 second video clip below. Visit the Lost & Found to claim your item(s).

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.

Interested in 'International Day of the Girl'?

This event is hosted by the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota on Oct 11th from 4-7pm. There is no charge for students or families.

ExCEL Begins

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 2:45-4pm

1000 North Broad Street

Mankato, MN

ExCEL will be on Tuesdays & Wednesdays this year.

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.

College/Career Wear or Theme Tuesdays

Tuesday, Oct. 9th, 10:15am

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.

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What happened at last week’s Walk-A-Thon?

Franklin PTO held our second annual Walk-A-Thon last Thursday with much success. The students, staff, and parents in attendance had a blast walking to raise $11,133.76 for the school. Mankato Public Safety firefighters started the event off with the fire truck horn. Minnesota State University’s Stomper, the Mankato MoonDogs’ Muttnik, and Franklin’s own Freddie cheered on students as did parents sporting pom poms, cow bells, and race signs. Local media attended and Franklin even made the KEYC news on Thursday night and the Mankato Free Press on Friday morning. Thank you to everyone who donated to Franklin and to all the volunteers, students, and staff who made Walk-A-Thon such a successful and fun event.

Since we reached our $11,000 goal, PTO has the money necessary to fund educational enrichment experiences like author visits, theatre performances, and field trips, as well as classroom supplies and equipment, events for Franklin families, and staff appreciation celebrations. As prizes for exceeding the fundraising goal, students (and teachers) sprayed Mr. Olson with silly string after the Walk-A-Thon. Additionally, PTO will cover ALL costs with the roller skating curriculum in Physical Education and every Franklin student receives a Scholastic Book to take home next week.

What is Franklin Friday and how do I get Franklin Wear?

Franklin Friday was implemented last year as a community-building activity. We are proud to say that it is continuing this school year! Students and staff are encouraged, certainly not required, to wear Falcon Wear or school colors (blue or yellow) on Fridays. It's an easy and fun activity for the students to participate in and show their school spirit! Order forms for Falcon Wear are available in the PTO Facebook group, by email (contact Hilarie Tolifson at or in the office. Falcon Wear will also be available for purchase at events throughout the year starting at Franklin Festival next Friday, October 12.

How can I turn trash into cash for Franklin?

Franklin has what can be considered "Trash into Cash" programs, where we ask families to collect items that some might call trash and we submit them for money. At Franklin we collect Box Tops for Education, Milk Moola (Kwik Trip) lids/bags, and receipts from Mankato's two Hy-Vee stores. If you shop at or purchase any of these products, please consider saving them and submitting them to Franklin. We never expect families to change their buying habits, merely submit these items if they do purchase them. More information on Box Tops for Education and the Fall Box Tops Classroom Competition goes home in the next few days.

Have you returned your PTO Volunteer Form?

If you haven’t returned the PTO volunteer form distributed at entrance conferences, it’s not too late. Please turn it into the school office or your child’s classroom teacher. If you misplaced your volunteer form, please e-mail Tracy Ball at notifying her that you’d like to volunteer and she’ll add you to the list. Donating even an hour of your time this year really makes a big difference to your child’s educational experience.

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

It’s not too late to sign interested students up to attend the Science and Nature Conference and limited scholarship funds are available to help cover the conference registration costs (contact classroom teacher). Over 60 Franklin students will be riding a bus 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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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.

Dates to remember

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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