WELCOME TO THE FRANKLIN FALCONS 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR!
On behalf of the Franklin PTA, welcome to a new start of the school year. We are not sure yet what the beginning of school will look like as we await news from D64, but we want to officially welcome our Falcons as we start preparing for the first day of school and all of the volunteer opportunities that come with it.
Franklin School PTA is a 100% volunteer based organization optimizing the education experience of our students in partnership with parents and staff.
Every year, Franklin parents give generously of their time, money, and talent to fund and staff PTA programs that provide academic, enrichment, and community-building programs. We support author visits, assemblies, fun seasonal events, enrichment clubs, and much more.
An annual membership is $10 per parent or faculty member, or $20 for two parents, and is available for purchase in the Store. Your membership is good through August 1st, 2020 - July 31, 2021. We continually update PTA members with weekly emails.
Login to your account to purchase your membership, or if you are a new family to Franklin (WELCOME!) please register for a new account on Membership Toolkit. YOU CAN PURCHASE YOUR MEMBERSHIP STARTING AUGUST 1ST.
If you have any questions about the PTA and how to get involved, please email email@example.com.
Join us in our Facebook group to stay updated about school announcements as we hear them before the first day of school on August 27th!
NOTE: Room parent signups will open on September 14, 2020 at 7am on Membership Toolkit. **YOU MUST BE A MEMBER OF THE PTA TO SIGNUP. PURCHASE YOUR MEMBERSHIP PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 14th SIGNUP DATE!
Please visit FranklinPTA.MembershipToolkit.com for all volunteer opportunities and to signup for the show! We are extremely grateful for all of our parent volunteers and we couldn't put on this show without you.
TO SIGNUP FOR THE SHOW - you must pay $10 per student. Visit the store to pay your student's fee.
GOOGLE FORM - We need one form per group filled out. CLICK HERE to see all info needed and rules. THANK YOU!
TOP 9 THINGS TO KNOW THIS WEEK:
THANKS for the fun first annual Franklin Movie Night! A great turnout as we got cozy and watched Toy Story 4. Thank you to our custodians for helping us with this event.
Pizza Monday Starts this Monday! January 13th
Pizza Monday starts this Monday. All those that ordered pizza will get their cards from their teachers that has the number of slices they ordered. Bring those to the gym for lunch to hand to our pizza volunteers! Don't forget to pack a drink and side for your kiddos.
Thank you to our weekly volunteers who serve pizza and Co-Chairs who have worked hard to organize.
Congrats to our Franklin Spelling Bee Winners!
District 64 Spelling Bee - January 21st @ Franklin - 4-6pm
Congratulations to our Franklin Spelling Bee Winners! They will compete in the district-wide spelling bee. This is hosted at Franklin Elementary on January 21st from 4-6pm in the auditorium.
Congrats Kaelyn Yager, Ayesha Hakeem, Chase Braccioforte, and Shane Condon!
D64 Student Services Coffee Chat @ Franklin
Do you have a questions about District 64's student services? Are there any concerns you want to tell us about?
Beginning in January, Dr. Lea Anne Frost, District 64’s Director of Student Services, will host a monthly coffee for parents to express their concerns, ask questions, or discuss any matters related to the Student Services Department. The first coffee will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 16 at the Franklin School conference room, 2401 Manor Lane, Park Ridge. Please feel free to attend all or part of this meeting.
More coffees will follow with schedules to vary between morning and afternoon. Watch the D64 website and email announcements for future coffees.
Please join us on Thursday, January 16th @ 7pm for the next PTA Meeting. All are welcome and it will be hosted in the Franklin LRC.
We are looking for PTA Board members for next year! This is a fun way to be involved with the school and help plan events throughout the year.
If you're interested in more info, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and attend the next meeting for more info. Thank you!
K-2 Social - January 24th 6:30-7:30pm
All K-2 students are welcome to attend the Franklin K-2 Social on Friday, January 24th. This is a fun FREE EVENT in the Franklin gym with a DJ dance for the kids, snacks and fun. Parents must supervise their children. This is not a drop-off event.
WE ARE IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS to help with setup and cleanup. Please visit Membership Toolkit to sign up.
ENTER THE YEARBOOK COVER CONTEST!
Yearbook Cover Contest entries are due on January 24th. Please don't forget to put your name, grade and teacher on the back.
SEND US PICTURES FOR THE YEARBOOK! We are in need of more Holiday Sing pictures. Please send your pictures to FranklinYearbook@gmail.com.
Purchase your yearbooks and edit your custom pages BY MARCH 28th!
Send in your 5th Grade Baby Pictures & Note!
Sweetheart Dance Tickets - February 21st
Tickets now on sale in the Membership Toolkit Store.
SAVE THE DATE - Annual Franklin Skates & Bball party
One of our most popular events of the year! The Franklin Skates and Bball party is on Friday, May 1st. Free event for all Franklin families hosted at the Mt. Prospect Central Community Center. Rollerskating and Basketball, fun for all! Rollerblade rental is free or you can bring your own. Don't forget your helmet. Snacks and drinks provided.
Congrats to the Box Tops Class winners!
We just ended our second Box Tops collection contest and we earned a total of $148.90 for 1,489 total clips, which is comprised of 430 clipped Box Tops and 1,059 Box Tops scanned via the app.
Congratulations to our winners!
The top three classroom winners for a special privilege are:
Emerson / Lincoln Queen of Hearts Drawings are back!
Emerson and Lincoln Middle Schools are hosting a Queen of Hearts fundraiser! Help support their schools by purchasing a ticket for the weekly Tuesday drawing. The current jackpot is over $9,800 with the next drawing happening on January 14th! Click here for more details.
TOP 6 THINGS TO KNOW THIS WEEK:
Enter through the circle drive prior to your child's sing time. Note that we will be starting on time for each grade level and to plan on staying for the full hour during each section so that we're not interrupting the performances.
Example - if your child is in Kindergarten singing at 9am - the performance will include K & 1st grade and be done at 10am. Those parents can then leave the gym unless their child is in the following performances. Seats are first come first serve.
The 2020 Sweetheart Dance will be on Friday, February 21st! Tickets are now available to purchase in the Membership Toolkit Store.
This Friday, December 20th is the last day of school before WINTER BREAK! We hope you all have a fun and safe holiday. NO SCHOOL December 22 - January 3rd. School resumes on Monday, January 6th
Each week we will keep families updated on the top things to know each week so you can be informed for what is happening at school and news/updates from the PTA-related activities.
TOP 6 TO KNOW THIS WEEK:
Holiday Gift Collection
Give to your child’s classroom teacher
NOW OPEN at the PTA Store on Membership Toolkit
Deadline to Contribute to you child’s class gift: Friday, 12/13/19
The Franklin PTA Head Room Parents are once again coordinating a holiday gift for their class. We do this for two reasons – first, to recognize our teacher’s great work and second, to make your holiday shopping a little simpler.
We are collecting contributions online via the PTA Store on Membership Toolkit. You do not need to be a PTA member to contribute - any family can use the PTA Store. Room Parents will not be sending home a letter asking for cash/check contributions. In recent years, the PTA has moved to an online collection to avoid money getting misplaced by students and to ease the burden we place on teachers.
Gift Amounts: As always, we are suggesting contributions of $10 per family; however, we would welcome your participation at any level. This year, a few classes have co-teachers. For these classes, families may want to increase their contribution to $10-$20 per family for both teachers.
The gift will be given to the teacher before the holiday break. Participation is optional.
Once the online collections close on Friday, 12/13, the PTA will inform Head Room Parents how much in total they have to spend on the classroom gift. The PTA will not share how much each family contributed, only the total collected. Head Room Parents will purchase the gift for the class. Head Room Parents will also be given the parent’s email to communicate to them what was purchased with the money collected.
If you’d like to give to any additional Franklin staff members, please do so individually. PTA will again be organizing an All Staff gift at the end of the year (May) for Teacher Appreciation Week.
ANY QUESTIONS? PLEASE CONTACT FRANKLIN PTA HEAD ROOM PARENT COORDINATOR:
MAUREEN HARTWIG - Maureen.Hartwig@gmail.com