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January 3, 2020

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

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Dates to remember

Tuesday, January 7 ExCEL resumes

Tuesday, January 14 Two Hour Late Start

Tuesday, January 14 Theme Day

Monday January 13 & Tuesday, January 14 Auditions

Monday, January 20 No School

Monday, January 27 No School

Thursday, January 23 MSUM Play

Friday, February 7 Talent show

Thursday, February 27 Science & Interest Fair

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Career Day

Tuesday, Jan. 14th, 10am

1000 North Broad Street

Mankato, MN

Dress like the career that you want to have when you grow up.

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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Did you see our amazing students perform?

3rd Grade Franklin Winter Concert 2019
4th Grade Franklin Winter Concert 2019
5th Grade Franklin Winter Concert 2019

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

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How do families learn about weather cancellations?

To check information about school being delayed, dismissed early or cancelled, you can:

Call: The District Information Line at 386-4777. HINT: If you save it to your phone your kids can check it and not bother you at 6 am.

Watch: WCCO (Ch 4), KSTP (Ch 5), FOX (Ch 9), KARE (Ch 11), KEYC (Ch 12)

Listen: KMSU (89.7 FM), KXLP (94.1 FM), KDOG (96.7 FM), KEEZ (99.1 FM), KXAC (100.5 FM), KRRW (101.5), KYSM (103.5 FM), WCCO (830 AM), KTOE (1420 AM)

PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE TO SEE IF SCHOOL IS CANCELLED OR RELEASING EARLY. Our school phone lines tie up quickly when an early closing is announced so be sure you have your Snow Emergency Form current as we will follow the directions you have given us on that sheet.

District text messages with reminders and announcements. You can receive text messages to remind you about things such as two-hour late starts and inform you of weather related changes. Subscribe using this link.

Please remember that ACES, our after school childcare program, does not operate when we close due to inclement weather.

* When the weather causes school to start two hours late, breakfast will not be served.

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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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
  • Building Readers fliers (English & Spanish)
  • Softball/Baseball Camps
  • Basketball
  • 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!

What will Franklin PTO look like in 2020-21?

Join us at the January 14 PTO meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center as we discuss what events and leadership roles are essential for next year's PTO. We're going to have interactive voting of some type, so everyone can share their opinions.

Tracy Ball has been the PTO president for the past three years, but she will be leaving Franklin PTO when her son goes to Prairie Winds next year. PTO needs parents who are willing to volunteer in leadership roles next year. Leadership roles in PTO can be incredibly rewarding as you get to know students, teachers and parents better and recognize the positive impact your actions make at Franklin. Please join us at the January meeting or contact Mr. Olson or Tracy Ball (, if you would like more information on how you can help PTO next year.

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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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