Franklin Flier

September 20, 2019

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What's the Franklin Flier?

The Franklin Flier is the way in which important information about school is communicated to families. Every two weeks an email and text message are sent to families with the link to the new Franklin Flier.

We DO NOT send home regular paper communication, instead it is sent electronically in the Franklin Flier. The goal is to provide one place for families to go to be able to get general details about Franklin, time sensitive information about events, and grade level specific newsletters.

Please take a few minutes each time you receive the flier to look through the information that is included so that you stay informed.

Grade Level Team Monthly Newsletters

Quick links to...

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Can YOU help with the Walk-A-Thon?

We desperately need volunteers to help with Walk-A-Thon next week. If you are able to help on Friday, September 27, we would greatly appreciate it.

To volunteer:
Click this link to see our SignUp. You do not need to create an account, merely pick the job you’d like to help with.


Franklin Elementary PTO helps with community building at Franklin and financially supports 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 celebrations, movie nights, game night, and so much more.

If we can raise $11,000 from the Walk-A-Thon, Franklin will be financially set to cover all of the above expenses and more this year. As a PTO, we selected a Walk-A-Thon, as it not only creates a FUN community event with a health focus, but allows for PTO to earn the most money with the least financial impact on families compared to food and product sales (i.e., 100% of Walk-A-Thon funds are better than 40-50% from product sales). Plus it’s easier for families as it’s “one and done” — students' pledges are a flat donation and not based on laps/distance, so you can collect the money before the Walk-A-Thon and be done!


Parents and families are welcome to attend, walk, cheer, or volunteer. The Walk-A-Thon will take place on Friday, September 27 from 1:15-2:15. 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. At 2 p.m., students will begin crossing the finish line, so if you can't make it the whole time, 2 p.m. is a great time to stop by. As students finish, they will head to snack and water stations to relax, before regrouping as a whole school to celebrate our accomplishments. The top fundraiser in each class will get to turn Mrs. Berg and Mrs. Miller into human sundaes as part of this celebration.


If we raise $11,000, every student in the school will receive a free Scholastic book by the end of November and PTO will cover ALL costs associated with the roller skating curriculum in physical education. There are many other grade, class, and individual prizes for our students to earn including a movie viewing experience, visit from the Woot Woot Wagon, trophies, and more.

Pledge sheets with envelopes are due to classroom teachers on Tuesday. Donations also accepted online at, simply type Franklin Elementary under Find a Cause and donate securely through our organization page. In the dropdown list, we’re the Franklin Elementary located in Mankato, MN with the falcon logo. On the donation page, please select Add a dedication and list the Franklin student’s name in the dedication to help PTO track gifts.

Will you be at the Franklin Picnic on October 10?

The Franklin staff will be hosting a Family Picnic on Thursday, October 10 from 5:30-7:00 on the Franklin Playground.

It will be an opportunity for our Franklin community to get together to celebrate the start of the new school year.

The PTO has generously provided all beef hot dogs, buns, plates, napkins, forks, and condiments. We ask that all families who attend bring a side dish (last names beginning with A-R) or dessert (last names beginning with S-Z) to share with others. Please bring these when you come, DO NOT send them to school before the event.

Ideas for side dishes- Veggies & dip, cheese sticks, bag of chips, salad, fruit

Families will also need to bring their own beverages.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, October 10 at 5:30.

In the event of inclement weather, we will cancel the picnic.

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Why no bananas on Wednesdays?

We are asking that students & staff do not bring bananas, or other items with bananas in them, to school on Wednesdays. We have a staff member who works here on Wednesdays and is severely allergic to bananas.

Thank you for your help in this matter.

Dates to remember

Tuesday, September 24 Walk-A-Thon pledge sheets/$ due

Friday, September 27 Walk-A-Thon 1:15

Wednesday, October 2 Walk/Bike to school day

Tuesday, October 8 Two hour late start / Theme Day

Thursday, October 10 Picture Retakes

Thursday, October 10 Picnic 5:30-7:00

Friday, October 11 History Fest - 4th grade

Thursday, October 17-Friday, October 18 No school

Wednesday, October 23 Fall Box Tops due

Why the change to the breakfast procedure?

We will be trying out a change to the students' breakfast routine so that we can:

  1. Feed kids
  2. Get them to class as soon as possible
  3. Reduce the mess made by food in hallways and classrooms

Beginning Monday, we are going to try the following plan for the next 3-4 weeks and then evaluate it.

  • 7:40- 8:00 bell Breakfast menu items eaten in the cafeteria
  • 8:00 bell - 8:10 bell Bag breakfast from the cafeteria brought to class
  • After 8:10 bell Tardy pass and a breakfast from the office brought to class

Please contact Mr. Olson if you have questions about the plan.

What's new on Peachjar?

Check out all the flyers on the Peachjar site by clicking the link at the top of the page. 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.
  • Tennis
  • Symphony
  • Camp Oz grief camp
  • BW3 Night
  • Basketball camps
  • Soccer camp
  • Family yoga
  • Pack the stands
  • and more....

What does the Franklin staff do in the summer?

Franklin Staff Back to School Video 2019
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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 volunteer to help at Franklin?

Please complete the PTO volunteer form (linked here). You'll be contacted about ways to help throughout the year.

How do I order school photos?

Photos are available for ordering a few days after picture day. To order, go to and use event code: FE6219. You can preview, personalize, and pay. Photos will be mailed directly to your home. Buy only the photos you want, when you want. Photos will be available all year, if finances are tight this month. More information is available on the handout you received at entrance conferences.

For families with limited internet access, PTO plans to have a computer available at the family picnic on Oct. 10.

What other Franklin events are planned?

For the most comprehensive list of events scheduled this year, check out Franklin's events calendar! (

If you use Facebook, be sure to join the Franklin Elementary PTO group! ( You'll be the first to know new things as they happen, can ask questions, and even win prizes by interacting.

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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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