Franklin Spirit Days are Here!
When:  The last day of each week in March

Today, March 9 – Backwards Day: Students can wear their clothes backwards. They can simply turn around their shirt or sweatshirt. No backwards pants, please. Teachers may do special backwards activities throughout the day.

Thursday, 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.
Super Science Saturday - Tomorrow!
Open to Franklin & Randall students, families, teachers, and friends!
  • Experience the Physics of Roller Derby with the Mad Rollin' Dolls! 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 in the Gym
  • Thrill to the Chemistry Show of SPICE! 9:30, 10:30, 11:30 in the Cafetorium
  • Find Out Why “Plants Are Spectacular" with Johanna Oosterwyk of UW-Madison’s DC Smith Greenhouse, 9:45, 10:45 and 11:35 in the LMC
  • Make & Launch a Rocket with the West High Rocket Club: all morning in the second floor north hallway
  • Invent the Slide Whistle and the Self-inflating Handy Hat!
  • Experiment at a Dozen Exploration Stations in Chemistry, Physics, Biotech and Engineering.

Randall's Lost and Found: While you are attending Super Science Saturday, please check out our tables of lost and found items, located outside the office.  
5210 Challenge Point Sheet - Due Monday!
Please remind your child (or children) to give their teacher their completed 5210 Challenge point sheet on Monday, March 12.   

If your child (or children) aren't doing the 5210 Challenge, it's not too late for them to start! They could participate during the next week of the Challenge. 

To see short videos that explain the 5210 Challenge, the 5210 concept, and Mindful Minutes, go to your school's website (Library Portal > Subjects > Wellness), or here for Franklin or for here for Randall. Let Nurse Lovell (608-204-2301, 608-204-3305) know if you have any questions. Have fun, and be healthy! 
Baseball and Girls Softball: Registration deadline Sunday!
Have a daughter or son age 7-16? Softball and baseball are great spring/summer activities, teaching  ​not just ​ athletic skills, ​ but also  team-building and character development. 

West Madison Little League , with its wonderfully green and  family-friendly​  space, is  ​finalizing its spring   teams now  ​, with  registration due by Sunday, March 11 ​  . Practices will begin in April, and the game schedule will run through mid July  ​, with s cholarships available to qualifying families. To learn more or register, visit  www.wmll.org ​​
Franklin/Randall Parent Workshop Series:
Developing Minds to Think Creatively
TOPIC: Failure and Accomplishment
GOAL:   This workshop series was created to help parents analyze and develop formal and informal learning experiences to increase the opportunities for creative thinking in their children. Research has shown that creative thinking improves cognitive function, emotional health, social connection, and sense of belonging to a community.

March 12, 2018 from 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Where:  The Roman Candle Pizzeria, 2636 Monroe St.
Come early to order food and socialize!

Presented by:  Heather vonOesen Dean
M.Ed., NBPT (MC-Gen), B.A. in Studio Art/Art History, ESOL and Gifted Endorsement
Latino Parent Meeting Report
February 22
See here for the full notes from our Latino Parent Meeting on February 22. Despite freezing rain, we had a purposeful meeting!

Saba Baig, new Immigration Attorney from Catholic Multicultural Center joined us to inform parents on DACA’s newly released update. Saba answered questions and invited parents to make an appointment with her to discuss matters further. We had a number of general announcements and ended the meeting with a BIG shout out for their participation at the Franklin/Randall Winter Carnival, and their support to of our PTO and schools!
Health & Wellness Committee Update

Do you or someone you know have gently used outdoor toys you would be willing to donate to the Franklin & Randall playgrounds? The Franklin/Randall Health & Wellness Committee is looking to gather the following for student use on the playground: sand toys (buckets & shovels), kid size snow shovels, sidewalk chalk, rubber kickballs, athletic cones. Simply drop items in the cardboard box found inside the Health Office at Franklin or Randall. Thank you!

Each student at Franklin and Randall received a BPA free, plastic water bottle from the Franklin-Randall Wellness Council. If your child brings their water bottle home, here are some instructions: 
  • Wash the bottle and cap (with warm, soapy water) before using it. 
  • Hand wash only (dishwasher may damage). 
  • Do not microwave. 
  • Do not overfill. 
  • Do not fill with hot liquids. 

Encourage your child(ren) to drink more water,
especially during the 5210 Challenge! 
Volunteer Needed for Supply Box Program
The SchoolKidz supply box program gives parents the option to purchase grade-specific supply kits online at a great price. A volunteer (or two) is needed to help coordinate it for Randall this year. Staples does most of the work- you will help make sure that the supply lists are accurate. Please contact Russell Pietz (he will guide you through the process)!
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.
Support the PTO while you shop!
Franklin-Randall Amazon Smile link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-0572517