February 15, 2019
Upcoming 5-2-1-0 Challenge
March 4-17
Please consider helping! It’s not too time consuming and it helps me a LOT.
More info about the 5-2-1-0 Challenge will be in upcoming newsletters.

  • Excel-savvy: Input points earned by students & staff into Excel spreadsheet (Google doc) after each week of Challenge. **The more volunteers we have for this, the better.** 
  • Fruit Prep: Prepare and deliver fruit kabob snacks to 1-2 winning classes at Franklin & Randall (could be reimbursed by Wellness Council)
  • One-time Helper: Put up a bulletin board (everything’s ready to go) at Franklin & Randall
  • Good at Counting:Count handouts needed for each class at Franklin and/or Randall before the Challenge.  

If you’re interested in helping, please let me know what you’d like to do ( clovell@madison.k12.wi.us ) and I’ll give you more information.

THANKS for considering!                                   
“Nurse Lovell” (Cindy), School Nurse at Franklin & Randall
Randall BookShare - Last Call for Books!
Illustration of a girl sitting on a stack of books, reading a book.
Randall will again be hosting a BookShare from Feb 25-27 where all Randall students will be invited to choose a few free books. Our goal is to collect 1,400 books, and we need your help.  We need gently used books that appeal to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.

You can drop off your books in the Randall Library, between now and February 21st.  

Questions? Please stop by the Randall Library or contact Michelle Reis, Randall Library Media Technology Specialist, at 608-204-3310. Thanks for supporting our community of readers.
4K/5K Enrollment Day
Monday, March 4 from 2:00 - 6:00 pm. - Franklin Elementary
Who needs to enroll: 
  • Incoming or new to the district, 4-year-olds (4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2019).
  • New to the district 5-year-old students (5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2019).
  • Children currently receiving early childhood special education services with MMSD that are turning 4 on or before Sept. 1, 2019 and attending 4k.

Online 4K/5K enrollment start date:  Families can begin enrollment online at  mmsd.org/4K  (for 4-year-olds) or  mmsd.org/kinder  (for 5-year-olds) on Feb. 25.

Who enrolls in August (5K): 
  • Current 4K students attending MMSD 4K at an Elementary School or Early Care and Education (ECE) centers.
  • Children currently receiving early childhood special education services that are turning 5 on or before Sept 1, 2019.
Franklin Movie Night is Next Friday
Mark your calendars for FRANKLIN  MOVIE  NIGHT on Friday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m., in the  Franklin School Gym - the movie shown will be Mulan. All Franklin and Randall families are welcome and encouraged to attend! 

Doors will be open at 6:15pm. Come in pajamas if you like. Bring sleeping bags, blankets, and pillows, and cuddle up on the gym mats. Parents must stay at the event with their children - this is not a drop-off event. The whole family is more than welcome to attend! 

Popcorn and cider will be served!

This event is FREE thanks to the PTO.

If you have any questions, or if you’d be willing to help out that evening (we are looking for 2-3 more volunteers to help set up, make popcorn, serve cider, or clean up), please call, text, or email Bryn Martyna at 650-714-9544 or  bryn.martyna@gmail.com.
I Am Jazz And Friends
School & Community Readings
The National “I Am Jazz” School and Community Readings are an annual event hosted by HRC’s Welcoming Schools in recognition of the first “I Am Jazz” reading in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Click here for more background (y en espanol).

Randall's art teacher, Mx. Hemmerich, will be doing the reading at Alicia Ashman library, just one of the many readings across Madison that evening.
Donate Native Plants to Randall's Garden
Randall Elementary School is looking to expand its native plant garden, in order to provide wildlife habitat, a natural space at school, and learning opportunities for students.

You're invited to donate plants to the Randall garden through the Plant Dane Native Plant Program through March 19. Visit the Plant Dane  donation page  and select “Randall Elementary School” to donate. Plants are $2.25 each and must be ordered in multiples of 4. Friends and family members are also welcome to donate!

Thanks for spreading the word and helping to expand the Randall garden! 
~The Randall Garden Committee
Photo of the garden area at Randall Elementary School.
Franklin Health Office Needs
New or gently used donations of:

Snowpants sizes 6-10, Winter Boots in size 13, and Pajamas sizes 4T-10
Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action
At Franklin and Randall School last week we practiced   Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action.  Our intention for the week was to bring together community members, teachers, parents, students, and union members to put forth a vision for a school system and community that truly values Black lives. We called on all of our colleagues, administrators, students, families, and community members to partner with us as we engaged in the National Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action Feb 4-8, 2019. We committed to analyzing and challenging both our personal and systemic or institutional racialized beliefs and practices. This work is urgent and long overdue. The week was one of action embedded in the lifelong work of creating a society and school system where all of our students, staff, and families experience respect, equity, and justice.

Staff read books from the recommend resources provided by Madison Teachers Inc. Staff also wore the Black Lives Matter at School shirts throughout the week. Staff at grades K-2 are embracing the Week of Action National Demands and the Guiding Principles of the Week of Action especially Unapologetically Black. 
Randall Art Project
Art teacher, Mx. Hemmerich, and their students have been working hard this action week. Throughout the week, students made a grid, sketched, and then painted portraits of   Marley Dias  and  KING NAHH .

MMSD News posted to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter about the project. Check out the links below. (You may need to scroll a bit or do a keyword search to find the posts.)
Winter Carnival
The Winter Carnival is a wonderful Franklin-Randall tradition, a fundraiser full of food, fun and friends. This PTO event will take place at Randall on  March 2, 2019 from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. and is open to ALL Franklin and Randall families.
Volunteers are needed for the Winter Carnival on March 2. We need help with set-up, event stations and clean-up. Most assignments take place during the carnival, with plenty of opportunity for volunteers to enjoy the event with their student(s).  
Sign up here: 

Making candles at the Franklin-Randall Winter Carnival.
Se necesitan voluntarios para el Carnaval de Invierno el 2 de marzo. Necesitamos ayuda con la instalación, estaciones de eventos y limpieza. La mayoría de las tareas se llevan a cabo durante el carnaval, con muchas oportunidades para que los voluntarios disfruten el evento con sus estudiantes.
The Winter Carnival is in need of donations to be used as prizes for games. We are looking for small items: erasers, pencils, small toys, books, stickers, tattoos, etc. There will be a box at each of the school's offices labeled Donations for Carnival. If you have questions  please email Justine at  jhazins@gmail.com Your help is greatly appreciated! 

El Carnaval de Invierno necesita donaciones para ser usados como premios para juegos. Estamos buscando artículos pequeños: gomas de borrar, lápices, juguetes pequeños, libros, pegatinas, tatuajes, etc. Habrá una caja en cada una de las oficinas de la escuela con el nombre de Donaciones para el Carnaval. Si tiene alguna pregunta, envíe un correo electrónico a Justine a jhazins@gmail.com
From Chris in the Franklin Gym
Chris in the Franklin gym would like to remind parents & students that gym shoes are essential for Physical Education class. With all the snow and ice we are starting to see boots of various shapes and sizes show up in the gym! The kids do a lot of running, changing directions and other activities in PE where appropriate shoes... (not winter boots)... help us to be more successful. If your student wears winter boots to school... please pack gym shoes in their backpack or keep a pair in their locker. 

On a related note... if your child outgrows their current gym shoes, we'd be happy to recycle gently used shoes into our "extras" rack... shoes we use for kids who forget theirs. Please send them to Franklin in a bag and drop them off in the gym. We don't need anything larger than 2.

Next week we start our 5 week Health and Fitness Unit - looking at the heart, lungs, blood, bones, muscles and the food we eat.
Super Science Saturday
Box Tops for Education
Our final submission for this school year is right around the corner! 
Please have all Box Tops in by Friday, February 22. 

Each Box Top you clip and bring in represents 10¢ for our school. There is a collection box in both the Franklin and Randall offices, or you can just send them in with your student.
Thank you for your support. 
Goals of the Franklin-Randall Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) include helping children, parents, teachers and schools build a strong and positive school community.
Support the PTO while you shop!
Franklin-Randall Amazon Smile link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-0572517