Franklin Spirit Days are Here!
Kid'€™s shirt which reads Dream big. Play hard. Reach high. Hit the sky.
When:  The last day of each week in March

Today, March 15 Wear-a-Word Day:  Students can wear clothes with words or letters on them. Teachers can also help students participate by helping them make a necklace with a word card on it or by putting tape on their shirt with a word on it. Be creative — the more words the better.

Friday, March 23 Secret Theme Day:  Classrooms will decide what theme they would like to have for the day. Other classrooms will try to guess the class theme. Your child’s classroom teacher will communicate the secret theme to you as the day approaches.
Safety and Security – Franklin and Randall
The safety and security of our students and staff is a top priority for Franklin and Randall Elementary Schools. As partnered schools, we'd like to share a summary of the ongoing measures we take to ensure safety. Please let John or Sylla know if you have any questions. Follow this link for the  Safety and Security Document .
From the Equity and Inclusion Committee
Equity and Inclusion symbol depicting six differently colored figures with extended arms to form a circle.
The next Equity and Inclusion Meeting is Tuesday, March 20th , 6:30 p.m. at Franklin Elementary. All are welcome.

The 2018 Madison Women’s Leadership Luncheon, hosted by Wisconsin LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, will take place March 27 from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., at Johnny Delmonico’s Steakhouse ( 130 S Pinckney St. ). The keynote speaker is Ashley Brundage, Inclusion Consultant and Vice President at PNC Financial Services Group. While being a transgender woman herself, she has worked tirelessly to promote awareness and acceptance of gender identity and expression within the community. This event, following Ashley’s example, helps to also promote awareness and acceptance for the LGBTQ community. Ticket info can be found  here
Staff Appreciation Meals
Let your love shine through by contributing to our annual staff appreciation luncheons. There are a variety of ways you can help including a donation of a fruit or green salad, dessert, flowers/plant or by helping with set-up and clean up. Dinner includes donated pizzas from Roman Candle and sandwiches from Barriques.  

For more info, please contact Beth Ross,
Randall:  Thursday, April 12 at 4:30 p.m. (please note that this is an evening event)
Franklin:  Monday, April 30 at 1 p.m.
Save the date for the Franklin Flash Dash
Friday, May 11th, 8–11 a.m. 
Freddy Falcon in his Fun Run running shirt.
What is the Franklin Flash Dash?
  • A K–2 event on Friday, May 11th, 2018 in which students and staff participate.
  • A new approach to fundraising where students are encouraged to get pledges and run laps to raise money. 

What are the goals of the Franklin Flash Dash?
  • Proceeds from this year’s Flash Dash will benefit the unified arts programs at Franklin (P.E., Music, Art, Library/REACH) which touch all students at our school.

What do students do for the Franklin Flash Dash?
  • Use the online pledge system and/or the pledge envelope to collect sponsors.
  • Run/walk a looped track on the school blacktop.

What do parents/guardians do for the Franklin Flash Dash?
  • Help your student get sponsors before the Franklin Flash Dash and collect pledges after the race.
  • If possible, volunteer the day of the Franklin Flash Dash.

​Look for more information in Friday Folders coming home soon.  
Save the Date for Super Science Saturday — 2019!
The 2019 Edition of Super Science Saturday
is Set for March 9, 2019 at Randall

To help organize Super Science Saturday for next spring, or to reserve a space for your Exploration Station or Science Spectacular, please contact Tom Zinnen at

Thanks to all these volunteers who contributed their time & talents to invite Franklin & Randall Students and Families to come explore & invent at Super Science Saturday on March 10, 2018 at Randall.

Science Spectaculars!

  • Build & Launch a Rocket! West High Rocketry, Chris Hager. 
  • Mad Rollin’ Dolls Present “The Physics of Roller Derby.”  Elizabeth Holden
  • “The SPICE Hows? & Wows! Chemistry Show” by Students Participating in Chemistry Education (SPICE)
  • “Plants Are Spectacular!” by Johanna Oosterwyk, UW–Madison Horticulture Department

Exploration Stations
  • Body Parts, Mark Micek
  • Scientist Puzzle Challenge, Tina Lynch 
  • Reptiles & Amphibians, Eric Roscoe
  • Finding the Fastest Way Around Town, Jim Luedtke
  • Clouds & Condensation, Leah Luedtke and Stephanie Breiby
  • Invent the DNA Necklace, Todd Breiby
  • Testing Slime, Inga Velten and Grainne O’Connell
  • Electrophoresis, Rob O’Connell and Eamonn O’Connell
  • Badge-making Station, Kristen Velyvis
  • Invent the Shaken Drum, Claire Zinnen 
  • Invent the Self-inflating Handy Hat, Will Zinnen and Hawthorne Breiby
  • Biology Outreach Club 1, Kirstan Gimse
  • Biology Outreach Club 2, Kirstan Gimse
  • Batteries & Energy Storage, Sarah Guillot
  • Mad Rollin’ Dolls, Elizabeth Holden
  • Inventing the Future, Zack Robbins, Wisconsin Science Museum
  • Using $200 Micropipettes to Measure & Move Liquids, Raj Grewal
  • Extracting DNA Glop from Wheat Germ, Raymond Neal

Special thanks to Shari Joslin, David Gunderson, Richard Neustadter, Paul Nuestadter, and to the Franklin-Randall PTO!
Interested in Girl Scouts?
A number of parents have expressed their first grade daughters' interest in joining or forming a Girl Scout Troop. If your daughter is not currently in a troop but is interested—first grade or otherwise—please contact Megan Pollock (phone 800.236.2710 ext. 1144), New Membership Development Specialist at Girl Scouts of Wisconsin–Badgerland.
Goals of the Franklin-Randall Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) include helping children, parents, teachers and schools build a strong and positive school community.
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