4th of July Parade

Show your Franklin Pride and join us at the Santa Monica 4th of July parade.  All schools in SMMUSD will be walking together – right behind the SAMOHI marching band.  Wear your logo wear or Franklin Friend or Rainbow T-shirt!  A true slice of local life, this beloved patriotic annual community celebration draws thousands of spectators along Main Street. The parade begins at 9:30 am.  Participants will meet near the Civic Center Parking lot.

Congratulations to the Newest Members of Franklin’s Site Governance Council!

Thank you to the six parents who have agreed to serve on Franklin’s Site Governance Council for the next term as members and alternates.  Congratulations to Candice Nulsen, Craig Zund, Katie Rosenfeld and Chris Knauf, who will be serving two-year terms, and to Stephen Bernard and Alexis Elsea, who will be serving as alternate members for the next school year.

The Site Governance Council is a group of parents, faculty, and staff whose primary function is to assist the Principal in formulating and approving the School Site Plan, which seeks to advance the academic achievement of all of Franklin’s students.  All meetings of the Site Governance Council are open to the public.  Thank you to all of the members of the Council for your hard work and for volunteering to serve.

 

Information about Franklin Elementary’s Two Speech/Language Pathologists (SLPs)

Franklin Elementary has two Speech/Language Pathologists (SLPs).  Shannon Bishop, MS, CCC-SLP is a graduate of the University of Redlands.  She has been working in SMMUSD for 17 years and has been the full time SLP at Franklin School for almost a decade.  Kyra Paliobagis Quinones, MS, CCC-SLP graduated from California State University Northridge (CSUN).  She did her student teaching at Franklin and has been working half time at Franklin for the past two years (we share her with SAMOHI).  These two SLPs work with the K-5 students on campus as well as area preschool students who require services.  Although frequently called “Speech Teacher”, they prefer to be called Speech/Language Pathologists or SLPs, for short, to call attention to the fact that they work on more than just speech and are not teachers in the traditional sense.  Speech encompasses articulation, phonology, stuttering, voice disorders and whatever affects the actual sounds of the words being said.  Language refers to syntax, morphology, pragmatic (social) language, semantics, and whatever affects the content of what is being said.  Being a pathologist means that we have the training to assess for and treat various communication disorders.  If you have any questions regarding speech/language or hearing, you can contact us at Franklin:  Shannon Bishop is at extension 62160; sbishop@smmusd.org and Kyra Paliobagis Quinones is at extension 62220; kpaliobagis@smmusd.org.

SITE GOVERNANCE COUNCIL PARENT ELECTION

The Franklin Elementary School Site Governance Council (SGC) is looking for parents to run for membership.  This year’s election is for five parent representatives, each serving a two-year term.  The purpose of the SGC is to review Franklin students’ academic achievement and consider ways to enhance academic success.  This is done through assisting the Administration in developing a Site Plan.

REPRESENTATION

The SGC consists of members of the staff (teachers, administration, and classified personnel) and parent representatives.  The term of service for parent members is two years, but terms are staggered to maintain continuity.  We actively encourage representation from all members of the Franklin parent body.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Members of the SGC attend monthly meetings that are generally conducted on a selected Monday every month at 3:15 p.m. in Room 3.  However, at the beginning of the school year, the Council typically meets at least twice a month.  These meetings are vital to the Council’s role and attendance is strongly encouraged.

ELIGIBILITY AND ELECTION

In order to be eligible for election, a candidate must have children at Franklin during the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 school years.

To add your name to the ballot, please submit a brief biography (5-6 lines only) via email to Craig Zund at craig@corprg.com by Monday, May 22.  If you do not have access to email and prefer to submit a written statement, you may submit it to the front office by the end of the day on Wednesday, May 22.

Ballots will be sent home with children the week of May 22nd and the election will be held May 29 – June 2.  There will be a box in the front office where you can turn in your ballots. The winners will be announced on Monday, June 5th.  

Parents, please consider participating in this vital group.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Deanna Sinfield; Craig Zund craig@corprg.com; or Christie Hagen at christy.hagen@gmail.com.

Friday, May 12 is Bike It / Walk It Day!

It’s Bike it Walk it Day, May 12, 2017!

The Franklin Green Team is excited to announce that Franklin will be participating in BIKE IT WALK IT DAY on May 12. Let’s all try to walk, bike, and scoot to school to enjoy the spring weather, get the blood pumping, get your body and mind ready for the day, and save a little CO2 from the atmosphere!  Parent volunteers will be counting all participants between 8:00 am – 8:40 am at the the Idaho & Montana (Kindergarten) gates as well as the office entrance.

Even if you can’t walk the whole way, consider parking a block or two away and walking a little bit. Even a very short walk gets your body moving and gives you and your children a moment in the sunshine together. It also lowers traffic congestion around the school, making it safer for everyone!

 

Open House is Coming on May 25!

Franklin’s Open House will be on May 25.  This is the time when you can see all of the fun things the kids have been working on this year, check out the second graders’ inventions, “buy” some interesting things from the third graders, and listen to presentations by the fourth and fifth graders.

The Open House runs from 6:30pm-8:00pm: 6:30-7:30 for K-2nd Grade; 7:00-8:00 for 3rd-5th Grade.

Join us at the CARNIVAL 2017 MEETING on Friday, May 26!

The entire Boo Crew is invited to our Carnival meeting on Friday, May 26 in Room 3 at 8:40am. This will be the last all-hands meeting prior to summer so please come to discuss all things Carnival!

CALLING ALL PARENTS AND SPELLCASTERS!! The Carnival Committee needs YOUR magic to make the next Carnival happen… We have few open spots on the Committee and various open volunteer roles…regardless of how much you can help, we’d LOVE for you to join the Boo Crew this year!

Check out our Carnival 2016.  Thank you Almanac…we could not have done it without our parents and fabulous sponsors!

SPRING POP-UP BOOK FAIR IS BACK!


Join us for the 2017 Franklin Spring Pop Up Book fair taking place in the MPR from May 24th-26th, including on the evening of Open House. Franklin book fairs always benefit our school via a percentage of our sales. Great time to stock up on summer books and fulfill your summer reading lists. Calling all book fair volunteers: Please sign up to help out at http://franklinbookfair.com/. Thank you for your support!

SPRING POP-UP BOOK FAIR SHOPPING HOURS
Wednesday May 24: 1:30-3pm
Thursday May 25: 8am-1pm AND 6:00 -8:30pm – shop during open house!
Friday May 26: 8:30-10:00am

Franklin Library – Special Parent/Child Event!

Come visit the Franklin library before drop-off this Friday, May 12th, for a special event. From 8.00am-8.25am, the library will be hosting its Spring Book Cafe. Grab a cup of coffee and a pastry, and enjoy reading a book with your children. Children must be accompanied by a parent to attend. One lucky child will win a Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood gift card ~ both parent and child must be present to win!

Please make sure you sign up for the event. Sign up is here: Spring Book Cafe.

To read more, click here: spring book cafe 2017

Local Luminaries Dance to Raise Funds for Our Schools at Sand & Sea Ball

Dancing! Music! Cocktails! All with our Superintendent, Dr. Ben Drati!
Inspired by the popular television hit, “Dancing with the Stars,” the 2nd annual Sand and Sea Ball features six local luminaries will compete for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.
This year’s dancers are:
  • Dr. Ben Drati, SMMUSD Superintendent
  • Evelyn Guerboian, Financial Officer of Atelier by Edward Avedis
  • Dr. Kimberly Petrick, Kaiser Permanente
  • Beth Hansler, National Sales Manager, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
  • Jacqueline A. Seabrooks, Santa Monica Chief of Police
  • Bill Walker, Santa Monica Fire Chief

Proceeds from the Ball will benefit the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation and will fund dance and arts programs in our Santa Monica-Malibu public schools.

Where: Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel – 1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

When: Sunday, May 21, 2017, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets on sale now at SandandSeaBall.com!

Information about Franklin Elementary’s Two Speech/Language Pathologists (SLPs)

Franklin Elementary has two Speech/Language Pathologists (SLPs).  Shannon Bishop, MS, CCC-SLP is a graduate of the University of Redlands.  She has been working in SMMUSD for 17 years and has been the full time SLP at Franklin School for almost a decade.  Kyra Paliobagis Quinones, MS, CCC-SLP graduated from California State University Northridge (CSUN).  She did her student teaching at Franklin and has been working half time at Franklin for the past two years (we share her with SAMOHI).  These two SLPs work with the K-5 students on campus as well as area preschool students who require services.  Although frequently called “Speech Teacher”, they prefer to be called Speech/Language Pathologists or SLPs, for short, to call attention to the fact that they work on more than just speech and are not teachers in the traditional sense.  Speech encompasses articulation, phonology, stuttering, voice disorders and whatever affects the actual sounds of the words being said.  Language refers to syntax, morphology, pragmatic (social) language, semantics, and whatever affects the content of what is being said.  Being a pathologist means that we have the training to assess for and treat various communication disorders.  If you have any questions regarding speech/language or hearing, you can contact us at Franklin:  Shannon Bishop is at extension 62160; sbishop@smmusd.org and Kyra Paliobagis Quinones is at extension 62220; kpaliobagis@smmusd.org.

SAFER STREETS: CALL TO ACTION

As a PTA, we want to make sure all of our students have a safe route to walk to and from school.  Currently, there is only one crosswalk located on Washington between 20th and 26th streets, and this crosswalk is not staffed by a crossing guard.  We would like the city to hear from our parents that we find these conditions hazardous.  Please read the attached  detailed instructions for how to contact our city.  If we all raise our voices together, we can make a difference for our children.
Please link to the following information as a PDF:
📝1. Copy the below message and email the City Traffic Engineer directly:
The new City Traffic Engineer, Henry Servin came to speak with the Northeast Neighbors group in March and provided his contact information. He asked that we email him directly with our concern about Washington Ave. and the 24th and 22nd Street crosswalks. He asked that we include the below information in our email. His address is: henry.servin@smgov.net
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Dear Mr. Servin,
I am writing to express my concern about the hazardous crosswalks on Washington Avenue, specifically those within the Franklin Elementary School Zone. I am a full time resident of Santa Monica with children who attend Franklin Elementary School. We walk to school regularly and have become increasingly concerned about the safety of the crosswalks at 24th and 22nd Streets, especially during the morning drop off hours. We’re requesting that you look into the issue immediately. You’ve asked that we include the below information in our emails to you:
  • WHEN – Weekday mornings prior to school start (7:45-9am)
  • WHAT – Drivers pass through crosswalks, reckless and excessive speed in a School Zone
  • WHERE – Washington Avenue and crosswalks to school on 24th and 22nd Street
  • RECOMMENDED SOLUTIONS – We are requesting an immediate review of the Washington Ave. intersections and crosswalks near Franklin Elementary (especially 22nd and 24th) for the necessary upgrades and critical enhancements such as:
    • Renewed reflective painting (24th and 22nd are faded and nearly invisible)
    • Addition of rapid flash beacons (for the stop signs)
    • In-road warning lights on the street
    • School Zone crossing paddle (like the one in the middle of the road on Idaho/ 24th)
    • Addition of a Crossing Guard
Thank you again for looking into this issue and for keeping our children safe.
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🖱2. Send a copy of the message via the SM Government Outreach (GO) system:
You will get an actual requisition number from them, which means they HAVE to respond to you directly. https://www.smgov.net/sm_go.aspx
📬3. Print and mail a copy of this letter to the City of Santa Monica directly:
City of Santa Monica
Traffic Management Division

Attn: Kim Jackson

1685 Main Street, Room 115
PO Box 2200
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2200
☎ 4. Call Rick Luna at the Santa Monica Police Department (Crossing Guards Division) 
Request that we get a crossing guard placed at Washington Ave. & 24th during the weekday morning drop off hours! His number: 310) 458-8466

A Big Thank You!

The 5th grade culmination team would like to send a HUGE THANK YOU to
Matt Mindlin and Melissa Walker – Scott for volunteering so much of
their time and talent to the memory book. They beautifully
photographed all the 5th graders and faculty and support staff and we
could not have made the book without them!
THANK YOU MATT AND MELISSA!   Léo’s dad, Matt Mandolin, mindlin2mac.com

May 8 – May 12 is STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK!

Let’s show the entire staff of Franklin School how much we appreciate all that they do for our children..
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the Art Cart will be set up to make cards, gifts, and art for the staff.  Make sure your kids visit the Art Cart this week!
On behalf of the children and parents of Franklin the PTA has arranged for the staff to feel how much they are cared the best form possible…food!
We will have a morning of bagels and coffee, a day with delicious fresh fruit, and on Thursday May 11 a gorgeous luncheon, generously provided by Bristol Farms, for the entire staff.  We want to make this a great event and are asking for some supplies, flowers, as well as any unused gift cards you may have to raffle off for the staff, please log onto signup genius for the Staff Appreciation Luncheon.
Date: 05/11/2017 (Thu.)
Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm PDT
Location: Cafetorium

Calling All Green Thumbs

Interested in learning about the Gardening and Beautification Committee?
We will be holding our first meeting on 5/12 directly after drop off at the lunch tables in the cafeteria. Please drop by and let us know how you would like to help.
If you are not able to be there but have access to landscapers, nurseries or general contractors that you think might be interested in donating their time and services to Franklin, please contact the PTA at franklinptapresidents@gmail.com.

Annual Water Balloon Drop – Wednesday May 10 at 1:30 pm on Franklin’s Front Lawn

Join us for this fun annual event, in which students design an apparatus to prevent a water balloon from bursting, when dropped from Ms. Flynn’s 2nd story window.  Bring your engineering and imagination (and a FILLED water balloon).  Water balloons will be provided in the front office.  Open to all.  For tips ad guidelines, please see http://franklinschoolpta.org/science-club.

Coming Soon — SAMOHI Orchestra 2017 Pops Concert

On April 28, “The Sammys” are paying tribute to some of the great Oscar, Tony, Grammy, and Emmy award winning musical scores including themes to “Chicago” and “Back to the Future.”  Samohi Orchestra will delight audiences of all ages as the talented Samohi musicians perform popular musical scores as movie clips and images of corresponding productions are projected above the stage.  Bring the whole family for cultural evening at Samohi’s Barnum hall.  Pre-concert pop-up Novel Cafe and desserts will be available. Buy your tickets now here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2795934.

Join us at CARNIVAL 2017 MEETING this Friday!

Carnival 2016 was truly amazing and we cannot thank you enough for all your hard work in making it such a success!!

Now get ready to join the Boo Crew at the Carnival Kick-off Meeting on Friday, April 21 in Room 3 at 8:40am.

The Carnival Committee needs YOUR help to make Carnival 2017 equally MAGICAL…

ALL PARENTS WELCOME!! 

We have few open spots on the Carnival Committee and various open volunteer roles…regardless of how much you can help we’d LOVE you to join the Boo Crew this year!