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

TODAY, Friday, March 2 – Dr. Seuss’s Birthday/Read Across America Day : Wear red, black, and white; celebrate Dr. Seuss and reading throughout the day.

Friday, 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.
Franklin Playground Volunteer Needed

Every day at Franklin's lunch and lunch recess, parents help staff the lunchroom and playground. About 50 parents cover all the shifts and serve as subs. But our schedule is currently short 1-2 volunteers. 

Can you help? We need either one weekly playground volunteer, or two who can do it every other week. The time for recess duty is 10:50-11:50.

Volunteering with the Franklin kiddos and staff is a gratifying experience. You get to see your child, get to know some of their friends and classmates, and get the satisfaction of knowing you're providing a super valuable service to our school community. If you can help on the  playground any day of the week, please email Sabrina Karl at Thanks for considering!
From Chris in the Franklin Gym
Cartoon of kids playing tag.
In the next two weeks we will continue our Dodging and Tagging unit in the Franklin gym. We will be stopping, starting, changing directions, faking, and going fast. It is really important that kids have their gym shoes for PE. Having the correct shoes will help them to improve their skills and likely avoid injury.

Advanced Learning
Advisory Committee meeting
The Advanced Learning (AL) department is hosting the next Advanced Learning Advisory Committee meeting at East High school on March 7. All  are welcome -- they would love your input! Dinner and child care provided. Please see the  attached flyer  for more information (in English, Spanish and Hmong).
Come Explore & Invent
Super Science Saturday on March 10 
Mark your calendars for Super Science Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m. to Noon at Randall!

Experience the Physics of Roller Derby with the Mad Rollin' Dolls! 
Launch a rocket with the West High Rocket Club.
Thrill to the Chemistry Show of SPICE!
Invent the Slide Whistle and the Self-inflating Handy Hat!
Experiment at Exploration Stations in Chemistry, Physics, Biotech and Engineering.

Plus, if you or your child would like to share your science at a hands-on Exploration Station, please contact Tom Zinnen at   or 608-265-2420.

See you on March 10!
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
6–7:30 p.m.

Where:  The Roman Candle Pizzeria – Come early to order food and socialize!
2636 Monroe St.
Presented by:  Heather vonOesen Dean
M.Ed., NBPT (MC-Gen), B.A. in Studio Art/Art History, ESOL and Gifted Endorsement
Celebrate and Learn African-American History all Year!
Since its inception, part of the discussion of Black History Month has been the need to teach African American History year-round. Read  this speech from 2003  given by then-MSAN Scholar Ariel Rogers, who asked, “Why stop the [Black History] celebration?”

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A quarter note
Franklin Concerts – Friday, April 6th

8 a.m. – Kindergarten
9 a.m. – 2nd Grade
10 a.m. – 1st Grade
Franklin 2017 Kindergarten Concert
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