Franklin Flier

November 4, 2019

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

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Dates to remember

Monday, November 4 Read Out, 6-7 p.m.

Monday, November 11 Stuff-a-truck donations begin

Tuesday, November 12 Late Start/Throwback/Decade Dress Up

Wednesday, November 13 Dine Out Night @ Chipotle(Madison Ave)

Thursday, November 14 3:30 Fall Conference Night/Book Fair

Monday, November 18 3:30 Fall Conference Night/Book Fair

Wednesday, November 20 Grade 5 goes to the Guthrie

Thursday, November 21 3:30 Fall Conference/Book Fair

Tuesday, Nov 26 - Friday, Nov 29 No School - Thanksgiving break

Monday, December 2 Talent show information distributed

December 9-13 Talent show sign up

Monday January 13 & Tuesday, January 14 Auditions

Friday, February 7 Talent show

Theme Day: Throwback / Decade Dress Up Day

Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 8am

1000 North Broad Street

Mankato, MN

Students can choose to dress up from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s. :)

Thanks to the Box Top winning class- Mrs. Kopischke's 5th graders for selecting our theme day.

Will you don your cape & tights?

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Can your family make a donation to the Stuff-a-Truck food drive?

Franklin will again be participating in the Echo Food Shelf Stuff-A-Truck food drive. We will collect food from Monday, November 11 through Friday, November 15. Donations will go to the Echo Food shelf for distribution to families in need. Thanks in advance for your participation

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 2.

Sign up for auditions the week of December 9-13

Auditions January 13-14

Talent show February 7

Are you missing a.....

sweatshirt, jacket, hat, gloves, etc? Remind your child to check the Lost & Found located in the hallway on the way to the cafeteria.

Did you receive these two letters in your email?

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When do students have indoor recess/mornings?

To determine whether or not children are outside, we use the chart below as a guideline. When the temperature gets close to the second blue field, we strongly consider keeping students indoors. Anything in the 30, 10, or 5 minute sections are automatically 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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Joining your child for lunch?

Students and staff enjoy when parents join us for lunch. When you come to school, please stop in the office to get a visitor's pass. Our lunch system will not allow adults to charge a lunch to a student account, so visitors will need to bring $3.85. Please be prepared to write a check, or have the exact change to pay for your meal.

Can you assist us with playground supervision?

We are looking to hire people who will be a good fit to supervise and support our students when they are on the playground.

Supervision is 11:15-1:00 and $12.36/hr. We have some flexibility in scheduling if candidates are not available every day. If you, or someone you know, is a good fit for this position please email Travis Olson at to learn more.

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.
  • Franklin Read Out
  • Building Readers
  • Franklin Clothing Orders
  • Wrestling
  • Chess
  • Drama Kids
  • 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!

How can I help at the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair?

Volunteers are needed to operate the cash register, help shoppers and make popcorn at the Scholastic Book Fair during conferences on Nov. 14, 18, and 21. This can be a fun parent-child volunteer experience, if you’d like to bring a helper. Or help setup or take down the Book Fair and see how the magic happens.

1) Click this link to see our SignUp:
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 and does not share your email.

Want to show our staff some potluck love?

On conference days, teachers and staff work 14 hours straight, so PTO likes to have warm food available for their supper. To signup to bring a potluck item or to help setup or cleanup, volunteer at:

(You will NOT need to register an account or create a password on and does not share your email.)

Join Us at the November PTO Meeting

Franklin PTO will meet in the Media Center from 6:30-7:30 on Tuesday, Nov. 12. All parents and staff are invited to attend. We will discuss upcoming events and review funding requests. Your voice matters, so come share it at our meeting. If you need child care, please email Tracy Ball at

Want a reason not to cook?

Join other Franklin families and take a night off from cooking at Dining Out Night at Chipotle and support Franklin.

Wednesday, Nov. 13

4-8 p.m.

Chipotle on Madison (1851 E Madison)

Please show image (on paper or phone) or tell cashier at checkout that you’re there for fundraiser.

Can’t go? Promote event with friends and family. Franklin receives a portion of sales.

Want to share your Thoughts on School Pictures?

PTO already needs to book a school photography company for next year. Check your emails for a PeachJar announcement next week with a survey about school photographers and your experience with Jostens.

Who won the BTFE Classroom Competiton?

Thanks to everyone who submitted Box Tops in October. We submitted around $200 in Box Tops. Mrs. Kopischke’s fifth grade submitted over $37 in Box Tops and will get to pick the November school-wide theme day. Mrs. Soine’s third grade had the most student participation and will pick the December theme day.

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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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