PTO Board response: Wisconsin State Journal article
Franklin Randall Community – we're hoping to bring your awareness to a Wisconsin State Journal article that ran on Oct. 22 regarding our parking fundraiser and our PTO budget and how that compares to other schools in Madison.

First and foremost, we want to thank our engaged and generous community that has volunteered and supported these efforts. As our budget demonstrates, we use the funds to support equity initiatives within our own school including funding Parent Empowerment Groups that have been and continue to be successful in engaging our minority and under-represented communities as well as other efforts to support the UNFUNDED and UNMET needs of our schools. It also allows us to provide enrichment opportunities like Future Problem Solvers, Math & Science Mornings, Chess Club, etc., and ensures that we have resources available to allow all students to participate in these efforts. The article does point out the disparities between our schools' budget vs others in our area. Approaching everything with an equity-focused mindset was established as the top priority for our Board last May. As such, we are considering ways we might be able to give back to other schools in our community – while being as equitable as possible in our approach and still meeting the needs of our wonderful neighborhood schools.

The PTO Board is formulating our position, but welcome specific thoughts/suggestions from our community. Please feel free to email  with your thoughts. We are also meeting with representatives from the School Board to better understand support allocation by school. We will allot some time for discussion on this at our upcoming Membership meeting on November 14 with a goal of having a formal recommendation for next year's budget treatment for vote at our membership meeting on February 13. It is important to note that while we are exploring our go-forward position on allocation of parking funds, all funds generated by our Fall Fundraiser efforts will go directly to supporting the needs of our schools. Thank you again for your ongoing tremendous engagement and generosity in supporting our neighborhood schools.

—PTO Board Officers
2017 Fall Fundraiser
Last year's Fall Fundraising Campaign was a huge success! Thank you to all of the families who helped us to exceed our goal.

Friday, October 20 marks the start of our 2017 Fall Fundraiser. Please look for a letter and self-addressed envelope in your child's Friday Folder for donation checks and instructions on how you can easily donate online. Please know that every dollar you have given to your PTO goes directly back into funding for our schools, students and teachers. We appreciate your support and feel lucky to have such an active and caring parent and community base.

Thank you for continuing to support and encourage our beloved public schools!
Grant Review Nov 2
The grant review committee will meet Thursday, November 2, 7–9 p.m. at  Barriques back room on Monroe Street . E-mail us to join at
—Sara Campbell, Sarah Sullivan, and Alan McMillan-co-chairs
Lip Sync for Schools Nov 3
Do you love our Adopt-a-School partners, M3 Insurance and UW Athletics and all the support they provide for Franklin and Randall schools? If so, please join me in attending  Lip Sync for Schools , an annual fundraiser for the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools (FMPS) November 3.  

FMPS is the organization that supports our Adopt-a-School partnerships, as well as provides school and classroom-based grants and manages school endowment funds for each of the 50 public schools in Madison. You can learn more about FMPS by visiting .  

Get your tickets today! Please contact Beth O'Callaghan , FMPS Board Member and Franklin, Randall (and Hamilton) parent, with any questions.
Marvelous Math Morning Nov 11
2, 4, 6, 8! Please save the date…for the PTO’s Marvelous Math Morning on Saturday, November 11, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm at Franklin School for all students, families, and friends of Franklin–Randall. Come explore the many fun hands on math activities and games. Bring the whole family to play and discover together!

Interested in helping out with Marvelous Math Morning? Share your game or activity, run a station on the day of the event, or help with set up or clean up. Please contact Mary Saecker (233-0996, for more information.
Vision & Hearing Screenings
Vision screens were done o n all 3 rd  and 5 th  graders October 5. We were fortunate enough to have student nurses from Madison College who helped us with the screens.

Vision screens are scheduled for all 4-year-old- and 5-year-old-Kindergartners on October 26. Hearing screens will be scheduled for all  4-year-old- and 5-year-old-Kindergartners in late October or early November.     
If your child doesn’t pass a screening, we’ll recheck them within a few weeks.  If your child doesn’t pass a second screen, then we’ll let you know by sending home a letter in the backpack or by calling you. If we don’t contact you, that means your child passed their screen.
5 de octubre -examen de vista: alumnos de 3ero. y 5to. Grado de la escuela Randall. 
La enfermera, Cindy Lovell junto con alumnos de la escuela de enfermería del Madison College harán los exámenes. 
26 de octubre - examen de vista: alumnos de Kinder de 5 de años y alumnos del Kinder de 4 año de la escuala Franklin.
octobre o noviembre - examen de oídos: alumnos de Kinder de 5 de años y alumnos del Kinder de 4 año de la escuala Franklin.
Si su hijo(a) no pasa el examen, se le pondrá otro en unas cuantas semanas. Si acaso no pasa esta segunda prueba, la enfermera le notificará y le hará recomendaciones por medio de una carta o por teléfono.  Si no recibe carta o llamada quiere decir que todo ha salido bien.
Si tiene preguntas o comentarios comuníquese a la escuela con la enfermera, Cindy al 204-2301 (Franklin) o 204-3305 (Randall) o con Yvonne 204-2263 o 204-3328.   ¡Gracias!
Twb kuaj qhov muag tiav rau cov kawm qib 3 thiab qib 5 thaum lub 10 hli ntuj hnub tim 5 lawm. Muaj hmoo uas muaj cov tub kawm kuaj mob tuaj hauv cov tsev qhia ntawv qib siab tuaj pab peb zaum no.
Peb tau teem caij kuaj qhov muag rau tag nrho cov muaj 4 xyoos thiab 5 xyoos kindergarten rau thaum lub 10 hli ntuj hnub tim 26.
Peb yov teem caij kuaj pob ntseg rau cov muaj 4 xyoos thiab 5 xyoos kindergarten rau thaum yov xaus lub 10 hli ntuj los yog lub 11 hlis xiab.
Yog koj me nyuam xeem tsis dhau ces peb yov rov muab nws xeem ntxiv dua li ntawm ob peb lub lim tiam tom qab. Yog koj me nyuam haj tsheem tsis dhau zaum ob thiab ces peb li yov sau ntawv los yog hu qhia koj paub. Yog koj tsis hnov peb hais los rau koj ces txhais tau tias koj me nyuam xeem dhau lawm.
Yog koj muaj lus nug thov hu tuaj rau kws tshuaj mob Nurse Lovell.
Franklin Elementary, hnub Tues & Thurs, 204-2301
Randall Elementary,hnub Mon & Fri, 204-3305 
Latino Parent Empowerment Meeting Report
The Latino parents are fired up and ready to take on the school year! We had excellent attendance at our October 12 meeting! A couple of the parents were sick and two others were not able to leave work. Nonetheless, we had 82% attendance! Even the mom who last year had a terrible car accident on her way to one of our Latino meetings, came in a wheelchair. Several of the dads helped carry her up the stairs to the LMC so she could participate because our newly installed elevator is not operating yet. We were all so glad to have her back with us!   Please see full notes from our meeting here .
Fall Regent Resale December 2
Save the Date: Saturday, December 2 at West High School - 30 Ash Street

Franklin/Randall PTO, West High PTSO, and the Regent Neighborhood will once again partner for a Resale on Saturday, December 2. Please contribute your time and clutter, and then shop the sale to benefit our great schools.

Drop off contributions under the overhang outside the West High Cafeteria Entrance located off the staff parking lot. Signs will guide you from Regent Street and Van Hise Ave. Drop-off is from 6:00 am - 6:00 pm Monday - Saturday, starting Monday, October 30.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Chloe Lauer . A SignUpGenius link is forthcoming. 
Hosting Community Recycling Fundraiser October 28
Randall Elementary and West High School are excited to share an opportunity for families to recycle old, used electronics. West Green Club, a group of 30 students at West High School committed to pursuing a carbon neutral and zero waste school, is hosting an electronics recycling event this  Saturday, October 28  from  8:00 am -3:00 pm in the Parking Lot of Randall Elementary School. Individuals can drop off any computer or computer-related equipment for recycling (unfortunately, no TVs or electrical appliances). West Green Club recommends a $5/item donation for those interested in helping fund a massive ongoing initiative to install 100 solar panels at West High School. 

A list of accepted electronics can be found at: .
Email  with any questions. We hope to see you there!
Donations of small size pants (best if elastic waist) to Franklin's health office would be greatly appreciated!
Donations to help the homeless
Help our Cub Scout Pack 302 with a community service project! The Pack is collecting personal care items for Scouts to assemble into care packages and distribute to homeless individuals this winter. Donations of travel size toiletries (no mouthwash or hand sanitizer), toothbrushes, new socks, and new or used hats and mittens can be placed in collection boxes at the Franklin and Randall offices through December 7. Thank you for your consideration! 
For more information see the Pack web site   or contact Jackie White with questions.
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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