Franklin Flier

October 7, 2016

Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world.

Our Core Values:
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Excellence
  • Adaptability
  • Responsibility
  • Engagement
  • Collaboration

Have you seen what's happening at Franklin?

What's the 'Franklin Family Fun Night'?

On October 13 from 6:00-7:30, students and their families are invited to come to Franklin to participate in fun activities, talk with school staff, check out the school and purchase ice cream bars. This evening will replace the traditional Open House.

Families choose which activities they want to participate in then will rotate to another activity. The activities are run by our teachers and staff.


6:00-6:15 Activity

6:15-6:20 Rotate

6:20-6:35 Activity

6:35-6:40 Rotate

6:40-6:55 Activity

6:55-7:00 Rotate

7:00-7:15 Activity

7:15-7:20 Rotate

7:20-7:35 Activity

You can join and leave the schedule as it works for your family.

Activities include things such as math games, Kahoot, Minute to Win It, playground games, MakerSpace, and MANY more.

Ice cream bars will be sold on the playground for $0.50 each.

Kindness in Chalk?

On Thursday, October 13th all Franklin students will be participating in the national Kindness in Chalk movement as one way to celebrate October as Bullying Prevention Month. This movement was started by a Minnesota mom three years ago as an effort to spread kindness to kids by kids on school playgrounds across the country. We are very excited to participate this year as our classrooms pair up and work together to fill our playground with messages of kindness and acceptance. Families visiting for Franklin Family Fun Night on the 13th will get to see our beautiful work! For more information check out the Kindness in Chalk website here. A huge thank you to the Franklin PTO for supporting this activity by purchasing chalk for our classrooms!

Why do all students take the DIBELs assessment in the fall/winter/spring?

DIBELs (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) is a quick assessment (3-5 minutes/child) used to check reading skills from kindergarten to sixth grade. DIBELS were designed to help teachers monitor children's reading growth in order to provide appropriate instruction and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties.


  1. if a child is reading words accurately, but slowly, the teacher can provide extra practice re-reading stories to improve reading fluency.
  2. A child who's scores indicate reading skills above their grade level will need opportunities to read more challenging text.

Teachers review scores on DIBELS measures for all the students in a class to make decisions about how to prepare their day-to-day reading lessons.

What's new with the PTO?

Thank you for all your support of Franklin's PTO so far this year!!! We had a great PTO meeting last night. You're invited to attend next month on Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m..

Fall Cherrydale Fundraiser Wrap-Up: GREAT JOB!

There were 167 students who sold at least one item for the fundraiser. We get 40%-50% of each item sold, so we raised over $8,850 for Franklin! The exact amount raised will be displayed at order pick-up on Monday, October 24 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium (use E. Layfayette door)

Box Tops for Education: Prepare to turn in Box Tops!

As we announced last spring, we're holding a Box Tops for Education classroom competition where the winning classes get to select a school-wide theme day! The BTFE competition kicks off next week and wraps up by the end of October!! More details will go home next week, but start gathering your Box Tops for Education. Last year, we raised over $2,150 for Franklin!

Hy-Vee Kash4Kids Program: Save your Hy-Vee Receipts!

This year's Kash4Kids Program started on September 1, so keep your Hy-Vee receipts from either Mankato store and turn them in to the collection bin across from the school office. We get $1 for each $150 spent at Hy-Vee, which earned Franklin over $511 last year!

See you at the Franklin Family Fun Night next Thursday! We'll be selling Franklin clothing and answering your PTO questions. Plus we have a prize drawing, so stop by and say "hi."

What Box Tops does the PTO collect?

Click here to watch a short video.

What's a MakerSpace?

Mrs. Waltman shares this definition:

A MakerSpace is a collaborative work space inside a school facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools. ... They provide hands on learning, help with critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence.

Families who are able to attend the Family Fun Night will have the opportunity to check out the MakerSpace.

How come I can't find my child's sweatshirt / hat / lunchbox / shirt / sweater?

Check the Franklin Lost & Found located in the hallway leading from Door #1. Items that are left on the playground, in the halls or throughout the building are placed in the Lost & Found.

Can you help us on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday?

We are looking to hire someone to work from 11:00-1:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday on the playground. We are looking for someone who is a good fit to supervise and support our students when they are on the playground. If you, or someone you know, is a good fit for this position please email Travis Olson at to learn more.

Dates to Remember

Monday, October 10 Vision & Hearing Screenings for selected grades

Tuesday, October 11 Two Hour Late Start (10:10 SCHOOL STARTS)

Thursday, October 13 Family Fun Night (formerly Open House) 6:00-7:30

Monday, October 24 PTO fundraiser order pick up 3:00-6:00

Thursday, October 20 - Friday, October 21 MEA Break (NO SCHOOL)

Tuesday, November 1 Open Door sealant program (details to come)

Tuesday, November 8 Two Hour Late Start (10:10 SCHOOL STARTS)

Thursday, November 10 PTO Meeting at 6:30 in the media center

Friday, November 11 Teacher Prep Day (NO SCHOOL)

Thursday, November 17 Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences (3:30-8:00)

Monday, November 21 Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences (3:30-8:00)

Tuesday, November 22 Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences (8:00-1:00)

Tuesday, November 22-Friday, November 25 Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL)

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