Franklin/Randall PEG Picnic - TONIGHT
Brittingham Park Shelter, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Come dance the night away to Mr. Moffit’s band “The N’achos,” try out Hmong Jump Rope game, enjoy a delicious meal with your friends and families!  

Please bring a dish to pass (with serving utensil) and a blanket to sit on. Paper goods/utensils and beverages will be provided. 
2017-2018 PTO Grants
This year with the help of our fall fundraiser the Franklin-Randall PTO Grant committee awarded 10 grants (5 at Franklin and 5 at Randall) for a total of $6,530. Over the next few weeks we will highlight the grants and how they are impacting your child's classroom. As always, thank you for all of your support during our Fall Fundraiser and throughout the year!
Grant Spotlight:
Gymnastics Mats for PE
by Chris Rumbelow, Franklin

Sometimes PE has double classes with up to 45 students at one time. With this grant we purchased more mats which allows only having 2 students per mat and keeping the students safer.
Looking Ahead...
Volunteers needed for Equity Snack Pantries Next School Year
During the 2018-19 school year, the Franklin-Randall Wellness Council will oversee designated areas at each of our schools to keep healthy, non-perishable snacks (and sometimes fresh fruits or veggies) for students who cannot afford to bring their own. The Wellness Council is asking for at least four volunteers to help the pantries run smoothly:

1) Coordinator : Contact person to oversee the pantries 
  • Let staff & families know who you are & contact info
  • Make sure staff know what pantry is & where
  • Teachers contact you when snacks running low or if ?s
2) Purchaser (member of a low-cost club such as Costco)
  • Make about 2 trips a year to purchase snacks & deliver to Franklin and Randall
  • Funds for snacks are a line item in PTO budget
3) Maintainer : Check on snacks periodically 
  • Organize
  • Look for patterns (what runs out first)
4) Fresh Foodie : Determine & oversee procedure for donations of fresh fruits/veggies   

If you would be interested in helping with the Equity Food Pantries, please contact Nurse Lovell  ( , 204-2301, or 2014-3304).  Ideally the Equity Snack Pantries will be ready and functional by the first week of school in the fall. Thanks for considering!
Items Needed for Randall Health Office
Randall Health Office is in need of a few items for next year. Keep us in mind if you are cleaning out closets! We would like  Where's Waldo and Calvin and Hobbs books, athletic pants and leggings and a small microwave. 

 Thank you, Terri Jaye
Wellness Council End-of-Year Summary
Over 20 individuals, including staff, families, and representatives from community agencies (M3 Insurance, Bayview, Boys & Girls Club on Taft St) expressed interest in the Wellness Council. There were 2 meetings this school year.

With the extra work of several staff members and wonderful volunteers, accomplishments included:
  • Water bottles (with 5-2-1-0 logo) given to every student
  • New health posters for schools, and shared with Bayview and Boys & Girls Club
  • New & donated recess equipment obtained and organized
  • Storage units purchased for Randall’s recess equipment (before this there was no central storage area for recess equipment since the playground is a city park; equipment used during recess was from teachers or children who brought items to school)
  • 5-2-1-0 Challenge (over half of the Franklin & Randall students participated)
  • Mindfulness Minutes by staff videotaped & posted on school websites
  • Snack survey developed, distributed to staff & families, and results analyzed
  • Snack guidelines written - approved by principals; will be presented to staff before next school year and then shared with families
  • Closer to meeting goals from Alliance for a Healthier Generation (national organization with researched recommendations on how to achieve a healthier school) related to “food and beverages served and offered to standards, including snacks…” and to “prohibit using food as reward or punishment….”

Money to do the above came from the  PTO budget for the Wellness Council , and from an  award  from the Healthy Kids Collaborative. 

There may not be any Wellness Council meetings next year. Although support for the Wellness Council is present, attendance at meetings this year was minimal. Nurse Lovell will continue to work on goals consistent with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and will keep staff and families informed via newsletters. Volunteers will be requested for specific projects.

The focus next school year will be on coordinating the “Equity Snack Pantry.”  Each school will have a supply of healthy snacks that teachers can access for students whose family / guardians cannot afford to purchase snacks. The idea and running of the snack pantry originated with Yvonne Wullschleger, Spanish Bilingual Resource Specialist. We thank her for her hard work and dedication to help all students! Many volunteers will be needed next school year to continue this healthy plan that promotes equity for all students.

If you have any questions, please ask Nurse Lovell ( , 204-2301, or 2014-3304). 

THANKS to all of volunteers who made this year healthier!
Thanks to all the Randall Friday Popcorn Poppers!
Thank you Beth Ross, Diane Dalby, Emily Balsley, Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli, Anthony Cerulli, Jenny Pilling, Karen Dreyfuss, Margaret Berg, Sara Campbell and Sojin Chi for taking the time this school year to pop popcorn for all the Randall students! The kids greatly appreciate the popcorn tradition so thanks for making it possible!

Please contact Darcy Lee at  if you are interested in popping popcorn next school year.
Randall Garden News

Randall Garden will get new raised beds! Some Eagle Scouts are working on a leadership project and have generously agreed to rebuild our rotting beds. Hopefully, the kids at Randall will have more opportunities planting projects next year. 

Please let me know if you would like Joe Pye Weed or Branched Coneflower (rudbeckia triloba). We have an abundant supply in the garden. The garden committee hopes to clean the space and make room for some different types of flowers. Please let us know if you have flowers to share. 

Thank  Pam Wittenwyler if you see her. She cleaned the front beds, spread mulch and filled the large pots with beautiful flowers at the front entrance.

Please let me know if you want to join the garden committee. We plan to schedule regular spruce-up days and beautify the space for more outdoor learning opportunities. 

Terri Jaye
Celebrate Unity in Madison at Weekend Events
After celebrating the diversity of our Franklin-Randall community at  tonight’s PEG picnic , head to the  Parks & Trails Unite Festival on Saturday  at Lake Farm County Park and McDaniel Park from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm. This FREE community event will encourage unity and celebrate our amazing parks and trails and the community connections that they provide. Activities include kayaking/paddleboarding, archery, geocaching, pop up photoshoot, live music, tree climbing, circus activities, disc golf, science exploration and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. More details here

On  Sunday at 10:30 a.m., join the Madtown Unity Ride , a family-friendly community bicycle ride to celebrate the unity and diversity of Madison. The MadTown Unity Ride will start on the Southside with the aim to connect neighborhood residents to the Ride the Drive event. Please bring bike and helmet. Details here
End-of-Year Reminders
PTO Reimbursements

Don't forget that all reimbursement requests for the 17/18 school year must be received by June 12th! To expedite payment, please completely fill out the Expense Reimbursement Form, which can be found on the Finances page of the PTO website:

If you aren't sure which PTO Account to charge, you can reference the budget categories in the 2017-18 Final Budget (also linked from the Finances page).
Any other questions?
Contact Assistant Treasurer, Chris Benish at .
Franklin Lost & Found

If your child attends Franklin or After School at Franklin please check the lost and found for your child’s items before the last day of school. Anything left behind on the last day will be donated. 
Earn Cash for Your Child's School, All Summer Long!

This summer, look for Box Tops products as you prepare for picnics, reunions and celebrations.

  • No expired Box Tops
  • No Labels for Education
  • At least one of the expiration dates must remain intact after cutting
Summer Musicals in Shorewood Hills
Does your child have music in her/his soul? Is he/she dramatic? If so, then you should consider having them involved in Shorewood Summer Drama. We have two sessions, three-weeks apiece, with three classes divided by grade level (K - 12). Everyone sings, dances and acts to their ability level and performs in two shows at the end of the session. Older kids have the option of doing a 5-week session, which will perform “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” 

To talk to a parent whose children have participated in Shorewood Drama for 10 years: I've had three kids participate and every single experience has been a gem. They grow confidence and have a blast. Lynn is a wonder in positive energy and enthusiasm that draws all the kids in. My 14-year-old who participates in the 5-week musical enjoys this theater group the most out of the several area groups with which she has acted. Happy to share more information if desired -- Sarah Kissel at

If you are interested, please contact Lynn Hallie Najem at or 608-244-0425 for further information and/or a registration form.
Girl Scout Summer Programs
Join Girl Scouts, the premier leadership organization for girls. We have many exciting opportunities to participate in this summer!
We are offering an innovative Introduction to Girl Scouts summer program for girls entering Kindergarten and 1 st grade in the Fall.
Also, check out our amazing summer camp programs for girls in grades K-12. We have a wide variety of programs based on her interests:
We offer financial assistance for our summer programs. If you have any questions feel free to contact Megan Pollock, New Membership Development Specialist, at (608) 237-1144 or via email at

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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