Franklin/Randall Parent Workshop Series
Developing Minds to Think Creatively
All Kinds of Minds: Neuroconstructs of the Brain and How Children Learn
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.
January 8, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 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
Fall Fundraising Update
We are almost to our Fall Fundraising goal, but need about 80 more families to help us raise an additional $4,000.

Our Specials programs such as Music and Art depend on PTO funding to offer students musical instruction and empowering performances as well as the great Franklin-Randall Gallery Night. These are only two examples of how Specials are enriching our students year after year. Learn more about the Franklin Specials program January 20 from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.!

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to make sure these programs continue and evolve. Checks can be made out to “Franklin-Randall PTO” and returned in your child’s Friday Folder or a simple way to make a donation is online.

We thank you so much for your support!

With gratitude,
Amanda Veith, Fundraising Chair
Megan Spicer, Co-President
Karen Dreyfuss, Co-President
Glow Ball Dance - January 13
A falcon and a raccoon dancing under a disco ball.
Saturday, January 13
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Franklin Gym

This year's Glow Ball will feature a DJ, snacks, glow bracelets, and lots of dancing. A hip-hop dance teacher is scheduled to join us for part of the evening! Admission will be free with snacks ($.50), bracelets ($1), and custom fleece hats ($10) available for purchase to help raise funds for our PTO. 

The event relies on volunteers to help decorate, monitor halls, make popcorn, etc. And a few more volunteers are needed. Visit here for volunteer details and to sign up . Most shifts are scheduled to span only part of the evening so everyone has a chance to enjoy the fun with their kids.
Equity & Inclusion Committee - January 16
Please join the Equity and Inclusion Committee on
Tuesday, January 16 at 6:30 pm in the Franklin LMC.
Book Fair Volunteers Needed - January 19-20
The book fair will be coming to Franklin during our Special Morning on Saturday, January 20. If you would be willing and able to help either set up the book fair on Friday, January 19 or work the register the following morning, please fill out this form  
Join​ ​us​ ​at​ ​Franklin​ ​for​ ​a​ ​SPECIAL​ ​Morning​!
Saturday, January 20
Explore the special places at Franklin School 9:00 - Noon! This event is hosted by Franklin Specials teachers, and feature their areas in the school. Join us for coffee, hot cocoa, and fun.

Schedule​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Gym: 
9:00-9:20: Mexican Folkloric Dance
10:00-10:20: RJ the Magician
11:00-11:20: Zumba with Trish

Drop in at anytime to tinker​, create​, browse, play & move!
Franklin/Randall Wellness Council
Please consider joining the Franklin / Randall Wellness Council.  This is a variation and continuation of the PTO Franklin & Randall Wellness Committee.  

Research shows that healthy kids have higher attendance rates, higher test scores and behave better in class. School staff who are well have reduced stress, better morale, and provide positive role-modeling of healthy behaviors for students.   

My hope is to have some families (parents/guardians AND interested students are welcome!) and staff members involved. Our first meeting will be in January (date and time to be determined based on when is best for interested folks).  

We'll take a quick look at what is being done on national, Dane County and district levels regarding Wellness. Then we'll focus on Franklin and Randall - what's been accomplished, what's currently in place, and what do we want to work on?

The meeting will last no more than 1 hour.   If interested, please let me know (  or 204-2301 or 204-3305). 

Let's work together to help make our schools a healthier place to best support the wellness of students and staff!
- Nurse Lovell  (a.k.a. Cindy)
Lice Check Reminder
A reminder from Nurse Lovell: Periodically check your student's head and hair for lice and nits. It is especially important to check after breaks such as the beginning of the school year or after winter or spring break ( when children are more likely to have had sleepovers or visit relatives). Students then return to school, and are identified with lice. School is not usually the cause of the infestation, but rather the location of identification.
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. W e 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.
Winter Carnival Donations
The Winter Carnival is in need of donations to be used as prizes for games. We are looking for small items: erasers, pencils, small toys, books, stickers, tattoos, etc. There will be a boxes at each of the school's offices labeled Donations for Carnival. If you have questions please email Justine . Your help is much appreciated! 
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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