Franklin Read-a-Thon and Cozy Clothes Day - April 13
On Friday, April 13, Franklin students will be participating in an all school Read-a-Thon. Kindergarten through second grade children will read or be read to all day. By participating in the Read-a-Thon Day, all Franklin students  earn  2 free tickets to a Madison Mallards Baseball game. One ticket is for the child and the other one is for a parent to accompany the child to the game. The tickets are good for an evening game on Tuesday, June 19 - Franklin Family Fun Night. (If your child is absent on Friday, April 13, s/he can still earn 2 free tickets by reading every day in his/her classroom).

In addition to the Read-a-Thon activities, children are ask to wear  cozy, comfy clothes  like hooded sweatshirts, sweat pants, leggings, warm and fuzzy sweaters, scarves, etc. We want everyone to read, relax, and cuddle up with a good book.

More information will be sent home next week about purchasing additional tickets at $8 apiece so that other family members may also attend the June 19 Franklin Family Fun Night. In order to get the FREE tickets, families  must  send in the completed order form. Form will be sent home later.
Reminder: Check for Lice and Nits
Please periodically check your student's head and hair for lice and nits. It is especially important to check after breaks, when children are more likely to have had sleepovers or visit relatives. Students then return to school, and are identified with lice. The school is not usually the cause of the infestation, but rather the location of identification. Listed below are some common questions:
  • How do I check my child for nits and lice? See recommendations from the CDC website for diagnosing head lice.
  • What do I do if I find nits and lice? If you find lice or nits (the small eggs which lice lay on hair) on your child, please let the Health Office staff know. That way, the staff can check other close contacts of your child at school (such as children who sit close to your child, play often with your child, or with whom they share a locker). This gives us a better chance to prevent more spreading. We do not share your child's name with other children or families. 
  • How do I treat head lice? Call you school health office, call your healthcare provider or go to the CDC website and see treatment for head lice.
  • How do we prevent the spread of head lice? Although nothing can ensure that your child will not be exposed to head lice, there are a few things that can reduce your child’s chances of getting head lice. Your child should:
  • Avoid head-to-head (hair to hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, or camp)
  • Not share items such as hats, scarves, coats, hair ribbons, combs, brushes or towels.
  • Who can I go to in the school for advice about head lice?  School nurses are expert at identifying and treating head lice and we welcome any questions.

Consistent with national recommendations, we no longer routinely send home letters if a student in your child’s classroom has lice. Sending home letters has been found to not help find more cases of lice, and can violate a student’s privacy and contribute to bullying.

Please know that we track cases of lice at school and if there is a trend in a certain classroom, we will then send home letters. The good news is that lice is not a bigger problem than usual at Franklin or Randall. The best advice, though, is to periodically check your child, and if you see them itching more than usual or if you have any concerns, let us know & we're happy to check them.
Claim lost items at Franklin
by April 20!
Franklin’s lost and found is overflowing with many items, most notably hats and mittens. Please come by Franklin this week and take a look. Volunteers will straighten as needed but we ask that you carefully look through all items to claim your child’s belongings. All unclaimed items will be donated at the end of the day, Friday, April 20. Thank you!
Our wonderful art teachers need your help for Gallery Night to run smoothly. They need 10-12 volunteers to help with setting up, cleaning up, and labeling artwork (you would be assigned to only one of these tasks). If you are willing to help out, please directly contact Ms. Marissa .
Staff Appreciation Meals
Let your love shine through by contributing to our annual staff appreciation luncheons.
There are just a few more volunteer spots to fill for our upcoming staff appreciation meals at Randall and Franklin. Please consider contributing to this fun event. Randall's dinner is coming up next Thursday evening! Thank you to all who have already signed up!

For more info, please contact Beth Ross,
Randall:  Thursday, April 12 at 4:30 p.m. (please note that this is an evening event)
Franklin:  Monday, April 30 at 1 p.m.

Two free events and a TED talk:
From the Equity and Inclusion Committee
Equity and Inclusion symbol depicting six differently colored figures with extended arms to form a circle.
The  100 Black Men of Madison    African American History Challenge Bowl will be held Saturday, April 7 from 8-11 am  at the MMSD Doyle Administration Building (545 West Dayton Street). In its 24th consecutive year, the AAHCB is open to all MMSD Middle School Students with the goal of encouraging pride, self-worth and an appreciation of the African American legacy and culture. An enriching event, whether you watch or participate.   Register here 

The  Badger Rock Neighborhood Center monthly CommUNITY Dinner will be held on Friday, April 13 from 5:30-7:00 pm  at 501 East Badger Road .  Free meal, activities for kids and the chance to meet new people.

Watch this  TED talk   by Novelist Chimamanda Adichie  as she tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.  
5-2-1-0 Challenge Results are In!
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 5-2-1-0 Challenge!!  Students (with the help of supportive families and teachers) and staff earned points over the last 2 weeks by making healthy eating and activity choices.  
Franklin results:
  • Amy Turkowski's 1st grade class came in the lead with 7887 points.
  • The winning staff team was the "Thunder Squat and the Swollen Glutes"     
Randall results:
  • Sue Fiengold's 3rd grade class came in the lead with 8791 points
  • The winning staff team was "Living the Dream"     
Thanks to:
  • Inner Fire YogaMovin’ ShoesWingra Boats, and Monroe St Arts Center for donating prizes for the staff teams’ 5210 Challenge.
  • Metcalfe’s Market for giving us a discount of fruit kabobs for the classes with the highest number of points at each school.
This 5-2-1-0 Challenge wouldn’t be possible without supportive principals and families, engaging teachers, eager students, and LOTS of volunteers.   Special thanks to :
  • Parent volunteers who helped with bulletin boards, counted handouts, tallied points, and/or solicited prizes.
  • Nurse assistants Terri & Katherine for doing a little bit of everything to help this work
  • The Franklin-Randall Wellness Council for purchasing water bottles for every student.
  • Healthy Kids Collaborative of Dane County for the use of their 5210 logo (on our water bottles.
Good job everybody!  Keep exercising and making good nutrition choices!

Felicitaciones a todos los que participaron en el evento de ejercicio y buena nutrición llamado 5-2-1-0 Challenge / Reto. Durante dos semanas, los alumnos, con la ayuda de padres y maestros, juntaron puntos por comer comida nutritiva y hacer ejercicio.  

Las resultas de FRANKLIN : 7887 (la clase de Amy Turkowski!)
Equipo del personal que obtuvo la mayor cantidad de puntos: "Thunder Squat and the Swollen Glutes."     
Las resultas de RANDALL 8791 (la clase de Sue Fiengold!)
Equipo del personal que obtuvo la mayor cantidad de puntos: "Vivir el sueño.

GRACIAS a Metcalfe’s Market, Inner Fire Yoga, Movin’ Shoes, Wingra Boats, y el Monroe St Art Center.
Este reto no hubiera sido posible sin el apoyo de nuestros directores, familias, dedicados maestros, entusiasmados alumnos y MUCHOS voluntarios. Gracias a:
  • Padres voluntarios que contaron puntos, solicitaron premios y coordinaron su distribucion.
  • Asistentes de enfermería Terri and Katherine por hacer un poco de todo para ayudar a este trabajo
  • Personal de Franklin-Randall Wellness Council y Healthy Kids Collaborative of Dane County
¡Adios a todos! ¡Sigan haciendo ejercicio y comiendo bien! 
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