Interested in education advocacy? Volunteer NOW for an All-Expense Paid trip to Sacramento!


Head to the annual California PTA Legislation Conference March 13-14, 2017! This is a great opportunity to hear from extraordinary speakers in government about education policy, advocacy and funding in our state — where it’s been and where it’s going — and to meet with our elected officials in small groups. See draft agenda below. 

PTA has a budget for one volunteer’s trip and any PTA member can attend on their own. If you are interested in going or want more info, contact Franklin Legislative Advocacy Chair Katy Henrikson at or 310-666-3927 asap and by Tuesday, March 7.

Register here – registration for the event ends March 9!    

Would You Like to Be on the 2017-2018 PTA Executive Board?


The Franklin PTA Nominating Committee is looking for parents to run for open positions on the 2017-2018 PTA Executive Board. (See attached document here for job descriptions) This board is comprised of elected and appointed parent volunteers as well as a faculty representative. We are looking for parents interested and able to commit to at least a one-year term and encourage all members of the parent body to submit. In order to be eligible for election, a candidate must have at least one child at Franklin during the 2017-2018 school year
In addition to what is outlined in the job descriptions, membership on the PTA Executive board entails attending two(2) monthly meetings; a dedicated meeting for board members only and the General PTA meeting. These meetings are vital to the Executive Board’s role so attendance is very important.
If you would like to be considered please submit an email with the position(s) you are interested in along with your preferred contact information, and please feel free to include a brief (5-6 lines max) summary of why you would like to be considered including any relevant experience and/or qualifications. 
Submission should be sent via email to If you do not have access to email and prefer to submit by paper, please leave your submission in the “Nomination Committee” drop box in the front office. The DEADLINE for all submissions is Friday, March 10th
This year’s election will take place during the April 25th General PTA meeting. Please note submission does not guarantee a spot on the board.

Greg Coote Concert For The Arts, Mar. 11 , 7pm at Samohi’s Barnum Hall

Join us in person to see Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Richard Page of Mr. Mister, Amy Holland, VENICE…Great music for a great cause! Support the arts in our schools!

Congratulations to Malibu High School student Joshua Park, who designed this year’s concert poster! Thank you to Carla Bowman-Smith, MHS Digital Design teacher, for leading the poster project.

Cynthia Fox of 100.3 The Sound returns as our charming emcee. This evening will be unforgettable and proceeds benefit arts programs at every school in our district next year!

Get your tickets here today!  All proceeds benefit arts education in our schools!

Library Poetry Party POSTPONED – Important Update

Last week we invited Franklin students to join us this week in a library poetry event to create poems for possible inclusion in this year’s Young American Poetry Digest. The event has been postponed, due to the districtwide restrictions of extracurricular activities as a precaution against spread of illness.

We hope to reschedule it but in the meantime:

  • Students are encouraged to work on their poems at home.
  • The library will be open as usual during recess and students are welcome to visit and work on their poems.
  • The deadline for submitting entries to Mr. Tse has been extended to Friday, March 10.

What is this about? Franklin students have been invited to submit poems for possible inclusion in this year’s Young American Poetry Digest. Any poetry format is encouraged, although haiku poems are this year’s focus. Poems must be 80 words or fewer. For more details and to access the permission form, see Young American Poetry Digest flyer & form. Please print at home or collect from the library.




The Concert for the Arts is Back!

SMMEF is once again presenting an evening of extraordinary music!

What: Greg Coote Concert For The Arts
When: March 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School
Featuring: Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers (with special guest Amy Holland), “Weird Al” Yankovic, Richard Page of Mr. Mister, VENICE…and our talented high school student musicians!

Tickets and Information: or 310-396-4557

Watch these videos from past concerts! David Crosby (2011) and Billy Idol (2009)

All proceeds benefit arts education in our schools!



$25,000 Match – Donate by January 31!

With just FIVE DAYS left in the Education Foundation’s pledge campaign, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows is offering a $25,000 match for donations to the Ed Foundation through Tuesday, January 31!

Donate online now and help us meet this match and have twice the impact.  Our students need you to donate or pledge by January 31. 

In February, the Board of Education will decide on funding for instructional assistants, arts, STEM and other enrichment programs for next year based on the amount donated by January 31.

Thank you for supporting our children! And thank you, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, for being a dedicated community partner!


Making music and drama at Franklin – P.S. Arts!

In the first part of this school year our students had a fabulous time creating visual art. Now they’re making music and drama with our Spring P.S. Arts program! Grades K-2 are enjoying 15 weeks of music with teaching artists Amber Carroll and Kelly Adams. Grades 3-5 are being immersed in the world of theater with teaching artists Goreti Da Silva and Kristy Pace.

For more information about P.S. Arts, click here.  The P.S. Arts program at Franklin is paid for by your generous donation to the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation. Thank you so much for your support!

$2500 Flash Match – today only!

Flash MatchThe Ed Foundation is continuing the month-long celebration of new donations for our students…

It’s Music Monday! Green Brooms Music Academy is offering a $2,500 match for donations to the Ed Foundation today! And, everyone who donates by 11:59pm tonight will be entered in a drawing for 4 reserved tickets to Stairway of the Stars, SMMUSD’s annual musical extravaganza.

Donate online now and help us meet this match and have twice the impact.
Our students need you to donate or pledge by January 31. 

In February, the Board of Education will decide on funding for instructional assistants, arts, STEM and more for next year, based on the amount donated to the Ed Foundation by January 31.

Thank you!

Recycling Week 2017! It’s All About Our Trash!

Franklin’s Green Team is excited to present our new sorting stations which will be rolled out on Friday during the morning assembly.  The stations include a liquids bucket, recycling, landfill and compost bins.  The new stations are color coded and clearly marked.  Franklin wants to help the district comply with California’s recycling law (AB 1826) which requires us to sort our trash.
This year’s Recycling Week lineup includes:
  • The City of Santa Monica’s Resource and Recovery department will present ‘Squirmy Wormy’, a vermicomposting workshop on Tuesday.
  • reDiscover Center of Culver City will be on campus Tuesday and Thursday.  This environmental nonprofit promotes resource conservation, creativity and community engagement.  These events are sponsored by the City of Santa Monica.
  • Felix Boulton, a Franklin 5th grader and Grades of Green Youth Corps member, is hosting a lunch area cleanup at 3pm on Thursday.  Please join him, snacks provided!
  • Grades of Green is back to help our students sort their lunchtime waste on Friday and will present an assembly to K & 1st grade students with Franklin’s Youth Corps members.
  • A tour of Santa Monica Community Recycling Center, 2411 Delaware Ave., SM 90404. 310-453-9677 on Friday the 27th at 3:30pm.  The tour will last one hour and is limited to 40 people.  No sign up.  It is outdoors.  Wear closed toe shoes.  Bring items you would like to recycle and those you wonder about like: bubble wrap, juice boxes, batteries and plastics without recycling labels.
 If you have any questions, please email Lisa Piper at


Can You Feel the Progress?

There are new red pole wraps around the basketball poles on the playground! Coming soon, two new bulletin boards we’ve ordered for the front and back gates!  New shades will be installed on the kindergarten patios soon! PTA-approved teacher grants are going to be rolling out soon, including new iPads, a Lego Robotics program, and STEM-based classroom experiments. (Ask your teacher about how they are using their grant!) Also, be on the lookout for more information regarding our *newGardening Committee and Multi-Cultural Committee in the next month. Exciting things are happening – your dollars (and PTA elbow grease) at work! 


Baby, it’s COLD outside – and Pali Camp is almost here!

cold weather clothesOur 5th graders leave for Pali Camp in one week, and temperatures are expected to be at or below freezing, especially in the evenings.  Lots of Santa Monica 5th graders don’t typically have the appropriate winter apparel in their wardrobe – that’s where YOU come in!

We would love to provide our 5th graders with some winter wear (either loaned or donated), mostly in boys or girls size 7 through adult small.  Jackets, sweaters, vests, snowpants, gloves, scarves, boots or anything else warm would help!  Students have been letting Ms. Sinfield know what their needs are, so if you can reach in your closet and bring us whatever you can by Friday morning at the latest, Ms. Sinfield can match up your clothes with the appropriate student. Simply drop it off at the front office, and we can keep track of it for you. Thank you so much!


Come Chat with Ms. Sinfield!

snacks with sinfieldAre you a parent with a burning question? Is there something you have always wanted to ask about Franklin School? Do you know everything there is to know about SMMEF? Well, this Friday, January 27th @ 9:15am in the Cafetorium you will have your chance to ask! Please join our beloved principal for “Snacks with Sinfield” (our version of coffee with the principal). Please come join us!


Reminder Pennies for Patients is Back!

penniesFranklin Families participate each year in Pennies for Patients to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! Last year the Franklin community raised over $3,000 (that’s 300,000 pennies!) Let’s see if we can beat that number! Running this year from Jan. 23rd through Feb. 3rd, the PTA asks that you encourage your kids to collect spare change (or more) in honor of children battling cancer.

On Monday, January 23rd every child will receive a collection container and information about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Pennies for Patients campaign in their backpacks. Please review the material with your child(ren) and give them your own two cents. You can also donate online by visiting this website and clicking on “Donate to a Participating School.” Please bring collection containers to your teacher in the classroom by Friday, February 3rd. Email Dana Kotler at if you have any questions. Thank you for helping with this worthy cause!

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

It’s Workout Wednesday!

Workout WednesdayThe Ed Foundation is continuing the month-long celebration of new donations for our students!

Anyone who donates today will be entered to win a one-month subscription to Yogis Anonymous, for unlimited in-studio yoga classes, and a Manduka yoga mat, Yogitoes mat towel and mat carrier bag. Total prize valued at over $270! (The subscription is non-transferable and for new clients only.) Thank you to Yogis Anonymous, the Downtown Santa Monica studio owned by SMMUSD parents Ally Hamilton and Dorian Cheah, for this generous donation!

In February, the Board of Education will decide on funding for instructional assistants, arts, STEM and more for next year, based on the amount donated to the Ed Foundation by January 31.

Donate by 11:59 pm tonight at to make a difference for our children and to have a chance to win. Thank you!

Important Message from District Nurse


  • Lice: Please periodically check your child’s scalp for lice. Remind them not to share: hats, helmets, hair accessories, brushes etc. Lice nits are very small, white and stay stuck to the hair strand. The main symptom for lice is scalp itching. Lice is common & treatment is available over the counter at your local drug store. Please alert the Health Office if you see lice.
  • Fever/Vomiting/Diarrhea: Please keep them home for 24 hours after vomiting/fever has subsided. This helps them to recover & keeps the school healthy!
  • Temporary Assistive Devices: In order to keep everyone safe at school, we need a clearance note from Physicians for students with any type of assistive device: brace, splint, wrap, crutches, wheelchair etc. This allows us to alert the PE coaches, teachers & staff so they can modify as needed for your child. A student using assistive devices without a form on file will be sent home.

The Doctor Note needs to specify:
1. What they are wearing/using
2. Physical activity restrictions if any
3. Time frame/expiration

  • Medication Authorization Form: We must have a current Medication Authorization Form on file in the Health Office if your child is needing to take any medication at school (prescription, over the counter, cough drops & homeopathic). This form needs to be completed by both Parent & Physician for the current school year.
  • Students are not allowed to bring medication to school without the proper paperwork & notifying the School Nurse. All forms are available in the Health Office. Please stop by if you have any questions!

Thank you,
Priscilla C. Guzman, RN, BSN School Nurse

Franklin 310-828-2814 X 62-209

Last Chance to Make a Difference!

PTA Content ImageYou make the difference between a good education and a GREAT education!

In February, the Board of Education will decide on funding for instructional assistants, arts, STEM and other enrichment programs, for next year, based on the amount donated by January 31.  Every dollar you donate will make a difference.

Donate or pledge by January 31!

Give at or use the envelopes at your school’s office. Thank you!

Volunteer NOW for an All-Expense Paid trip to Sacramento!

capitolHead to the annual “Sacramento Safari” with the 33rd District PTA February 21-23, 2017! The Sacramento Safari is a great opportunity to hear from extraordinary speakers in government about education policy, advocacy and funding in our state — where it’s been and where it’s going. Past Safaris have included attendance at legislative General Sessions, small-group meetings with your legislators, and amazing opportunities to learn and be trained as an advocate.

There is a mandatory meeting for all attendees this coming Sunday, January 15, from 10 – 1:30 pm in Redondo Beach.  PTA budgets funds to send a representative from each unit and Franklin PTA is actively seeking a volunteer to attend this year. If you are interested, please contact PTA President Megan Histand, or Legislative Advocacy Chair Katy Henrikson, tel. 310-666-3927 by this TUESDAY (tomorrow) 8 pm.

Join Team Franklin in the “Home Run for Kids”

Home Run For KidsOn Sunday, February 12, 2017, Upward Bound House will present the 5th Annual Home Run For Kids in Brentwood. There will be a 10k, 5k and a Kiddie K fun run for the little ones. The event expects to draw over 1,500 participants from over 35 schools and is open to the entire community, with all proceeds benefiting Upward Bound House in Santa Monica. This will be a morning of exercise, food, and fun!  Bring the whole family out for the morning! The race course is both stroller and dog friendly. Run or walk, enjoy the entertainment and expo. We are hoping a large number of the Franklin Community will come out to join Team Franklin!
You can learn more about the event and register online at, see the attached flyer or ask Franklin parent Jamie Tierney (  For more information about Upward Bound House or to find out how you can help, please contact

MANY THANKS for a Successful Holiday Book Fair!


Holiday Book Fair has wrapped up another year and enormous thanks go out to the Franklin community!  To the staff and administration for their help in coordinating, to teachers & parents for supporting, to our kids for their enthusiasm,  and above all to all the amazing volunteers to gave their time, energy and money to make it happen!!  We’d also like to thank our author, Eric DelaBarre for his wonderful presentations and for all of his help during the week.
With great appreciation from your Book Fair Chairs,
Kelli Haas & Jessica Levin

Happy Holidays from SMMEF!


Best wishes for holiday cheer and a happy new year!  From arts and STEM to instructional assistants and wellness, donors to the Education Foundation make dreams possible every day. Thank you!

Haven’t donated yet? This holiday season is the perfect time to make your tax-deductible gift! Donate by December 31 and you will be entered in a drawing to win a weekend stay for two at The Beverly Hilton! Donate at or drop off your contribution at Franklin’s office before Winter Break.

¡Deseándole alegría en la temporada de fiesta y un feliz año nuevo! Desde las artes y STEM hasta asistentes de instrucción y bienestar, los donantes a la Fundación de Educación hacen los sueños una realidad todos los días. ¡Gracias!

¿No ha donado todavía? ¡Esta temporada de fiestas es el momento perfecto para hacer su regalo deducible de impuestos! ¡Done para el 31 de diciembre y le inscribiremos en un sorteo para ganar una estancia de fin de semana para dos en el hotel Beverly Hilton! Haga una donación en o deje su contribución en la oficina de Franklin.


547bf1_0729ef26d7c449bc97cf19f4c367513dIs your child missing a sweatshirt, hat or lunch item? Please check the lost and found (located in the hall by Room 3) to see if any items there belong to you! Many items ended up there after Carnival. ALL items not picked up before THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22 will be DONATED to charity.

Announcing Franklin Elementary School Library’s Book Café – Tuesday, December 13th 7:30am-8:15am

bookcafeCome enjoy your morning cup of joe at school! We’re creating a gathering place called the Book Café where kids can share what they’re reading with their parents while enjoying a light morning refreshment. Kids can bring a favorite book or we’ll have plenty there! We hope you’ll sign up to enjoy this special time set aside just for you, your child and the love of reading! Sign up early – space is limited. Sign up here!