Why we're here

We're lucky enough to live in a great school district with great teachers, administrators, and familiies committed to equity, excellence and connectedness in public education.

Our Mission

The purpose of our PTO is to:

  • Facilitate communication and cooperation among parents, guardians, teachers, administrators, and staff in order to benefit all children of the Franklin School;

  • Support the efforts of the Principal, faculty, and School Council in providing an optimal educational experience for all students;

  • Help to develop a close connection between Franklin families and faculty; and

  • Promote and encourage the support of public school education in the city of Newton.

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PTO Board

We welcome volunteer interest in the PTO Board. To inquire about joining, email us.

2021-2022 Franklin PTO Board

  • Emilie Chang, Co-President

  • Jessica Allen, Co-President

  • Amy Horsman, Treasurer

  • Nancy Maida, Secretary

  • Board Members:

    • Tim Brenner

    • Kate Civetti

    • Helen Makadia



If you are a parent, guardian or teacher of a Franklin student, you are automatically a member of the Franklin PTO!

Every year, one of two Co-Presidents begins a two year term. allowing us to overlap leadership and keep our organization going strong.   
We welcome parent volunteers for one event at a time or for leadership in any of our committees.  If you are ever interested in learning more about joining or nominating yourself or a peer, please let us know. We appreciate and respect diversity of all kinds in our community and we want to have YOUR voice involved!

2021-2022 PTO Committee Chairs

FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice)

Jackie Savage-Borne and Siobhan Crosby

Creative Arts & Sciences (CAS)

Chris Daly and Helen Makadia

Understanding Our Differences (UOD)

Marybeth Morris

Auction Committee

Kay Lee

Social Action Committee

Jackie Savage-Borne and Ranjani Paradise

Halloween Bash Committee

Amy Jarry, Emilie Chang, Jessica Allen, Kelley Torcasio

Book Fair Committee

Allison Brown

Franklin Flocking Committee - Head Flocker

Jay Civetti

SEPAC Representatives

Yael Mito and Amy Horsman

Kindergarten Welcoming Committee

Kate Civetti and Sarah Harris

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The PTO Board consists volunteers who help plan, organize and fundraise to support the community-building activities we love. Members listed below, include: (2) Co-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, and 5-7 Board Members.

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Part of Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ), a district-wide group focused on racial justice. FORJ Franklin aims to generate curiosity, appreciation, dialogue, and understanding about differences in our community and society and work together for racial equity

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The social action committee connects Franklin families to service and donation opportunities to enrich our neighbors in need. It is a gift to help others. Activities include: food, clothing, book, and other donation drives, as well as volunteering.

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Through virtual and in-person get togethers, the Kindergarten Committee connects incoming Franklin Falcons with each other so that very first day of school, you might see a familiar face.



Our Creative Arts & Sciences program is fully funded by the PTO. We can't do without parent participation and support. The annual auction features hundreds of great products and experiences for a great cause. Plus, it's fun!

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The Franklin PTO supports community events like Picture Day, the Halloween Bash, Multicultural Night, Art Contests, Color Day, School picnics (September and June), Mystery Dinners and much more. We really rely on parents to make these events special.

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