Franklin 5th Graders Enjoyed Their Cool-mination!

Thanks to the hard work by Franklin PTA Culmination Co-Chairs Kara Boccella and Melissa Varo, with a little help from Mother Nature, our amazing 5th graders and their biggest fans enjoyed a memorable ceremony of epic proportions! Proud parents were dazzled by the dancing, blown away by the backflipping, and speechless about the singing throughout the entire performance. Touching moments included a tribute to each and every teacher that has shaped our 5th graders at Franklin, a poignant speech by our beloved principal Deanna Sinfield, and the many solo performances by talented singers and musicians.

We will miss each and every one of our 133 outgoing fifth graders, but we know in our hearts that they are ready to ignite the light! Good luck in middle school!

PTA Website Help Needed!

A webmaster (from web and master), also called a web architect, web developer, site author, website administrator, website coordinator, or website publisher is a person responsible for maintaining one or many websites.

The Franklin PTA is in search of one of these! We have but one website that we have nearly finished revamping (you’re going to love it!) but now need help with the somewhat technical issues that remain before we can make it live! Since time is of the essence (less than three months until the new school term begins!), and the current staff of parents (two of us) who are working on the website are long on desire but short on time, we are waving the white flag and asking for help from our parents. Experience desired!

Please contact our volunteer coordinator Alison at today! Thank you!

The Franklin PTA Needs You!

Hot off the presses! Help Wanted ads for many of our open positions have been posted for the 2017-18 School Year! The positions include Chairs, Lead Volunteers, and Committee Members. Check out the bulletin board across from Room 3 for details. Please contact John Jericiau, PTA President-Elect if you are interested. Thank you!

The PTA is a 100% volunteer organization and we rely on each and every parent’s participation! Please get involved and everyone wins (most importantly our children!)

  • PTA Membership
  • SMMEF Liaison
  • Science Club
  • 5th Grade Culmination
  • Library Volunteer
  • Back to School Picnic
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Green Team
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Online Directory
  • Box Tops for Education
  • Gardening & Beautification
  • Carnival
  • Parent Tours
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Logowear & T-shirts



Fundraiser at Margo’s May 15th for Our 5th Grade Culmination!

Margo’s on Montana has teamed up with the Franklin PTA 5th Grade Culmination Committee to raise funds!  We need a great turnout from 5-10pm and Margo’s is thrilled to partner with the Franklin PTA and our community…they’ve even created a specialty cocktail for the evening (with 100% of proceeds going to our culmination initiative.)  This is a special Mother’s Day fundraiser specifically for 5th Grade culmination. They are requesting reservations for the evening so they can be prepared, so call and make your reservations SOON! Please check out this FLYER for details! See you there!

She’s Back! Parent Ed with Susan Stone!

Friday, April 28th – 8:30 am to 10:00am in Room 3
Back by popular demand, we are excited to have Susan Stone back at Franklin to speak on Love and Limits – “They Just Won’t LISTEN!”
Susan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in practice for more than 30 years.
Come and hear her practical tips that can be implemented right away!
Click HERE for more information!

Pizza with a Purpose

The Franklin PTA Culmination Committee is at it again with another FUN – raiser! On Thursday, March 2nd, the Franklin community will converge onto California Pizza Kitchen at 201 Wilshire Blvd, who will generously donate 20% of all revenue back to the Franklin PTA! This is a great time to take out the family, celebrate a special event, or order to-go at one of our favorite local venues. You can even have CPK delivered to your home that day (but it must be ordered directly from CPK, not GrubHub, etc)  Please remember to bring your flyer with you to the restaurant – rules prohibit the PTA from distributing it at the restaurant!

Enjoy your day at CPK!  And thanks for supporting our 5th grade culmination!

Click HERE for printable flyer!

Pennies and Pennies and More Pennies for Patients!

A big THANK YOU to all who took part in this year’s Pennies for Patients campaign!  As a result of reaching into purses and wallets and piggy banks, we were able to donate a grand total of $3732.61 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which surpassed our total donation from last year!  A special shout out to Dana Kotler, our own Franklin PTA 4th Vice President, for spearheading the campaign.

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.



Bake Sale Raises Lots of Dough!

Congratulations to the Franklin PTA Culmination Committee, who raised over $900 in this past weekend’s Montana $1 Bake Sale to raise funds for our 5th grader’s June 7th gala!  Parents and kids alike gave up their Sunday morning by donating baked goods and/or their time in order to produce a yummy and spectacular community event!

Culmination is Franklin’s 5th grade graduation ceremony, held every June on the big yard for family members, followed closely by a celebration on the front yard for the kids to reflect on their years at Franklin (in this case, “reflect” means eat and be merry!)  The Franklin PTA as well as the parents of fifth graders contribute to the Culmination Fund every year, but additional funds raised (such as the proceeds from the bake sale) help to make the celebration that much more special!  Thank you for your help!

We Are Family!

On the day before Thanksgiving, Franklin Mom Dana Hagooli was hit in the head by a football while at Tongva Park. Some high school kids were playing nearby and the ball hit her head and caused a traumatic brain injury. She has since gone deaf in one ear, has continuous extreme vertigo, has trouble with sensory integration, and has a very acute case of tinnitus (loud continuous screaming in her head.) She is still in a very fragile state and ambulation continues to be a difficult task. Although she has shown some improvement, she continues to have a long road ahead of her.

Many in the Franklin community have already helped her and her family out a great deal. Dana and her family are so thankful for the meals and love! It has helped Dana and her husband Oscar and their FOUR children in ways you cannot imagine. Since Dana is still struggling at this time, a meal train that was established in November will be extended. Sign up here if you wish: .  And if you see her three oldest kids on campus – Mia (Mrs. Maeder), Coby (Mrs. Threlkeld), Noah (Mrs. Badt) –  be sure to give them a special hello or high-five.

The Franklin PTA considers each and every parent, guardian, and child in the Franklin community a member of the Franklin family.  A special PTA fund has been set aside called Franklin Cares, whereby members of our Franklin family can discreetly receive assistance in times of severe hardship.  The Franklin community replenishes this fund with a modest annual donation ($5) requested in the beginning of each school year in the first day packets.  Thank you so much for your continued support of this program.

Support is Available for Parents of Students with Disabilities

If a parent of a student with an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) wishes to speak with another parent of a student with disabilities, SMMUSD parents of students with disabilities have volunteered to provide support and guidance. This support may especially be helpful to parents of students whose children are newly identified. If interested in speaking with another parent, please write or call the contact at the district office:

Ms. Stacy Sullivan
Administrative Assistant
Special Education Director
Phone: 310-450-8388

She will match you with a parent to contact who has had
similar experiences.

Extra Logowear is Coming Soon!

Blame it on the rain!  We were ready to sell the remaining batch of T – shirts, sweatshirts, and more, but rescheduled last Friday’s sale due to the rain, and today Mother Nature continues to be uncooperative!  Please check Thursday’s blast for an updated sale date. As a reminder,  most pieces are available in limited sizes and tend to sell out quickly! Bring your cash, checkbook, or credit card!


We will also have Gift Cards available for sale!  Valentine’s Day is now literally right around the corner!

We’re Selling Dough to Raise Some Dough!

To raise funds for our 5th Grade Culmination on June 7th, the Franklin PTA Culmination Committee is happy to present:

Montana Bake Sale!

Date: Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Time: 8:30am – 1:30pm

Location: Corner of Montana & 15th (in front of Whole Foods)

Please come and help us support our 5th graders while enjoying some fresh baked goods!  

Interested in donating some baked goods for our cause or covering a shift at the sale?  Sign up at!/showRSVPSignUp/20F0D4CAFA82DA2FE3-montana

Last Minute Holiday Shoppers! Buy Some Gift Cards!

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Your PTA has a wide selection of gift cards for purchase, and we are making them available this week!  Look for the Gift Card Table on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (December 20-22) at the gates at drop off and pick up, and have your cash or credit card ready!  Here is a sample of what we have:





And we have more!  Buy for teachers and staff!  Spread some cheer!  Happy Holidays!

Logowear Orders Have Arrived!

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If you have ordered Franklin Logowear, your order is here! To make it easy for you to get your orders this year, we have extended hours this week for pickup.

The address to claim your orders: 931 Yale Street
(2 minute drive from Franklin … east on Montana, then south on Yale)

The hours that you can claim your orders:

Monday : 4pm – 7pm
Tuesday: 8am – 1:00pm
Wednesday: 8am – 9:30am AND 12pm – 7pm
Thursday: 12pm – 7pm

Can’t get to that address this week?

Ask a friend!

No friends?

Then email us by Thursday for help!

Logo Where?

Franklin Families! The Logowear Sale continues, and the PTA wants to help you find the right items for you and your family. Here’s how: We are extending the sale through the upcoming short week before Thanksgiving to give you more time. PLUS we are making samples available to see, touch, and hold up to your kid(s) for the next few days.

Unisex Thermal - coordinates with youth thermal.

Unisex Thermal – coordinates with youth thermal.

Thursday afternoon (pick up) Idaho gate
Friday morning (drop off) Montana gate
Monday morning (drop off) Idaho Valet gate AND the Cafetorium
Monday afternoon (pick up) Idaho West gate
Tuesday morning (drop off) Montana gate AND the Cafetorium

See the entire catalog and complete your purchases by visiting the Franklin LogoWear Shop.  Once we end this sale next week, you will not be able to purchase Franklin Logowear until next year! These items make great gifts for grandparents, friends, and even teachers, so buy them now! Don’t get left out in the cold (okay, “cold” is a stretch, but you know what we mean).