September 25, 2020
Have You Found the Specials Page in Seesaw?
Ms. Brown made an awesome video with step-by-step instructions to help students find the Specials Page in Asynchronous Wednesdays! 

Take a look, and please reach out to Ms. Marissa ( if you have any questions. 
Join the Randall Scratch Club - Virtual Edition!
For students in 4th and 5th grade, the popular Scratch Club has switched to Zoom for this semester. This PTO-sponsored club is taught by UW Computer Science students who share their love for computer programming with the kids using the Scratch programming language. It is coordinated and facilitated by a parent volunteer, Lisa Grueneberg (

Scratch Club will be held via Zoom on Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. starting October 7th. 

For more information and to sign up, click here. The registration deadline is Friday, October 4th at 8am.
Class Coordinators Still Needed
Thank you to everyone who has signed up, but we still need your help!

Most classes still need one or two volunteers. The main roles are:

  1. Develop “Parent Buddies” or a Caregiver Meet-up Forum.
  2. Facilitate Social Connection Outside of Classroom Time.
  3. Act as Another Source of Support for Caregivers.
  4. Help to Create a More Equitable Classroom Community.

This will be done through relationships, emails, Zoom, texts, and, potentially, in-person get togethers. Students and caregivers will have support through virtual learning.

Please consider signing up, especially if your child's teacher is listed below. The following classes do not have Class Coordinators yet:
4K - morning

Loken, Pelletier

1st Grade
Boyle, Danz, Rasmussen
2nd Grade
Elmore, Entringer, Lodewyk, Schrager

3rd Grade
Ackley-Fay, Cote, Spiegel

4th Grade
Atwell, Czech, Dongarra, Vyas
All other classes would still greatly benefit from the help of a second Class Coordinator (except for Dominquez's kindergarten class, Turkowski's 1st grade class, Graham's 2nd grade class, and Kampa's 5th grade class - these already have two interested Class Coordinators!). Thank you so much for considering.

Do you see the value in the program, but just can't take it on? We get it. Maybe there's another caregiver in your child's life who can - Grandma? Grandpa? Auntie? Uncle? Nanny? Godparent? We welcome any of the special people in your child's life. Thank you!

For more information please click here.

Please contact if you would like to volunteer or if you have any questions.
So You Want to Talk About Race - Book Discussion
Join the Equity and Inclusion Committee in its first book discussion - So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (paper copy, ebook, and audiobook all available).

All are welcome, including people of all races, those that haven't finished (or started) the book, and people at every place on their journey to anti-racism.

The discussion will take place on Zoom at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday September 29th. Registration appreciated, but not required. Click here to get to the Zoom meeting. Please email Karen at with questions or to register. See you there!
Madison West High Area Collaborative Update
I'm so proud of the work the Franklin-Randall community has done to raise money for the Collaborative and I'm proud to say, the Franklin-Randall PTO voted to continue support for the Collaborative through 2020. Initially the Collaborative's goal was to provide relief through summer and the F-R PTO made that commitment also. As the financial effects of the pandemic continue, the goals of the Collaborative and the F-R PTO have expanded.

Our PTO PayPal account will remain available for rent assistance donations through at least the end of 2020. The Collaborative is also in need of drivers for food deliveries. Check out their new website for more information!

The Collaborative, which grew out of an effort initiated by the Thoreau Elementary PTO, recently shared some exciting news. From least to greatest: T-shirts in support of the Collaborative are now available, the Collaborative has a new website, and the Collaborative recently received a donation of $50,000 to help with rent assistance and another $50,000 to be shared with non-rent Collaborative needs and the Thoreau PTO Childcare Scholarship Fund!

We hope you will join us in continuing to support our families through the Collaborative!
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Goals of the Franklin-Randall Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) include helping children, parents, teachers and schools build a strong and positive school community.