2017-2018 PTO Grants
This year with the help of our fall fundraiser the Franklin-Randall PTO Grant committee awarded 10 grants (5 at Franklin and 5 at Randall) for a total of $6,530. Over the next few weeks we will highlight the grants and how they are impacting your child's classroom. As always thank you for all of your support during our Fall Fundraiser and throughout the year!

Grant Spotlight:
Kindergarten Educational Games-Sarah Daines 
With this grant the class received educational games that they use every day. These games help with social oral language development, especially with ELL Students. It has also helped the class learn about sharing, taking turns and with their visual language development. 
Thank you from the class!
From the Equity and Inclusion Committee
Equity and Inclusion symbol depicting six differently colored figures with extended arms to form a circle.
Congrats to Franklin/Randall as two new Welcoming Schools! This fall, Franklin and Randall will adopt the Welcoming Schools Program.

What is Welcoming Schools?
Welcoming Schools is a national professional development program that provides resources and training to staff to help create safe, inclusive learning environments where all people are seen, valued, respected.

Parents were able to learn more at this week's PTO meeting. You can learn more about the program at www.welcomingschools.org .

MMSD is working to have every school adopt the program in the coming years and is serving as a national model. You can learn more about local efforts and resources here: 
Football Parking Fundraiser Update
Since last fall, the PTO board has been discussing options for improving our financial support for student and family needs both within the Franklin/Randall community as well as the wider Madison school district. At the March PTO meeting, we asked members to select between several options for doing so. We had an excellent response rate! Most members selected an option in which, starting this fall, two football game days would be staffed by volunteers from other schools rather than Franklin/Randall PTO volunteers. The PTO will also  refocus next year's budget with equity and student needs as top priorities. Big thanks to everyone who spoke, thought, reflected and participated in this important process! 
Snack Survey Results
​​  ​​ Twenty-nine classroom teachers & 227 parents/guardians (a little more families from Franklin than from Randall) completed snack surveys - THANKS to those who did! Classroom snack policies varied with the two most common being “students bring their own snack” (this was also the most preferred policy by families) and “each week, a different student brings snack for the whole class." 

Prominent themes included:
  • Teachers strongly prefer to remain in control of snack
  • Expensive for families to bring in snack for classroom for a whole week
  • Many parents/guardians offered to donate money or snacks to a common pool for students that don’t have snacks
  • Many teachers & families wish had more fresh fruits or veggies for snacks but can be hard for families to bring in & storage in is difficult in classrooms; processed foods are easy & cheap but less nutritious
  • There are issues with some children with food allergies feeling excluded by group snack
  • There were mixed opinions about having snack: some think it’s a good idea, others think there shouldn’t be snack, and others think it should be phased out as kids get older.

Based on these results, MMSD policies, and national recommendations, the Franklin-Randall Wellness Council will draft guidelines/suggestions for snacks at our schools; snack choices will  not  be taken away from teachers.

Please let Nurse Lovell (204-2301 or 204-3305) know if you have any comments or questions about the survey data, or if would like any more information.
Franklin-Randall Gallery Night

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 .
Wellness Committee Update
The Franklin/Randall Wellness Committee has been sprucing up the shed at Franklin and organizing equipment for use at Randall. Thank you to those families who donated gently used toys - those are now available at Franklin and will soon be at Randall. We've identified another need. The Franklin Playground is looking for  donations of gently used Rubbermaid type containers  to transport our equipment to the playground each day. We're looking for two sizes:

  • 26"long x 8" wide x 20" deep to hold balls and sand toys - doesn't have to be this exact size; lidless is fine too
  • Size of a small toaster with a HANDLE to hold chalk; empty plastic ice cream container with handle would also work

Simply drop items near the cardboard box found inside the Health Office at Franklin. Thank you for allowing us to put your unused items to good use!!
Spring Resale Fundraiser
SAVE THE DATE!

The Franklin/Randall PTO and West HS PTSO Spring Resale will be Saturday, May 12 at West High School. Three things make this a great fundraiser: donations, volunteers, and shoppers. More information regarding all three coming soon!

Questions - contact Chloe Lauer,  cmlauer@gmail.com
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!
Be a Crossing Guard for the 2018-19 School Year
As a Crossing Guard, you will be providing a great service as a friendly face and kind presence to students each morning and afternoon.  Click here for more information.

Como un guardia de cruce, brinda un gran servicio a su comunidad. Haga clic aquí para mas información.
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