PTO Mid Year Updates and Important Dates for the second half of the year!
Dear Franklin Families, We hope you're keeping warm in this cold weather, and most of all, staying safe & healthy. We would like to share a brief update from the PTO board on our first half of the school year, along with a list of events to look forward to in the second half of the year!
The PTO helped build community in this year through our Halloween Bash, Parent Coffee Social, Family Picnic, Franklin Family Day at Franklin Park with FORJ, Directory Cover Artwork Contest, Teacher Appreciation Days, Franklin SEPAC Welcome Coffee, Virtual Book Fair, Decorated Feather Collection for our Franklin Turkey, Virtual Trivia Night, Principal Coffees, and PTO Meetings. Our Social Action Committee coordinated collections of food for the Centre Street Food Pantry and the City Wide Food Drive, along with over 250 coats for Coats For Kids, and gifts for the Holiday Gift Drive with Village Bank. We also partnered with Blue Ribbon BBQ and Ward 4 Restaurant for our "Dining for Dollars" fundraisers, and we had fundraisers for Franklin Spirit Wear, Cookie Dough, and IvyMath. All of these efforts so far have raised $11,146 for the PTO!
We also collected $14,718 in dues during the 2021-2022 school year. WOW!! Thank you so much to everyone who contributed! If you haven't paid your dues yet and would like to, please contribute online here. With dues and fundraising combined, we have raised $25,864 so far this year!
For some spending highlights so far this year, the PTO has spent $4,230 in Creative Arts & Sciences Programs, $4,000 towards teacher discretionary checks that help them buy the supplies that they need for the classroom, and $3,102 in grants to Franklin teachers ($6,000 awarded in November) for important resources such as books for the classroom, flexible seating, and new hockey goals for the gym. In addition, $1,823 went to staff appreciation events and $1,800 towards gift cards for Franklin families in need. We were able to support these grants and programs thanks to your participation in Dues and in PTO fundraising events. THANK YOU!
We have already started to plan some events for Franklin in the next few months! Please mark your calendars with the following dates in 2022:
Jan 24 - "Dine for a Cause" at Fiorella's Restaurant (11:30am - 9:00pm) - 15% back to the PTO! Details here
Jan 27 - Franklin FORJ MLK Jr. Book Discussion (7:30pm zoom) - details here
Feb 3 - Early Release Day (12:10pm dismissal)
Feb 3 - Franklin Building Committee & Community Meeting (6:00pm) - details here
Feb 11 - Principal Coffee with Superintendent David Fleishman and NPS School Committee Members (8:30am - 9:15pm) over zoom - details here
Feb 15 - Franklin Acts of Kindness Submissions Due by 8pm! Details here
Feb 21-25 - No School (Winter Vacation)
Mar 3 - Incoming New Kindergarten Parent Info Night (7:00pm) - Details here
Mar 9 - Teacher Appreciation Days - Sponsored by 2nd Grade - Details here
Mar 9-16 Franklin Online Auction - our biggest fundraiser of the year! Details here
Mar 24 - Early Release Day (12:10pm dismissal)
Mar 24 - PTO Meeting with Principal Chitty (7:00pm)
Apr 2 - Franklin Community Volunteer Event at Cradles to Crayons (10:00am - 12:00pm)
Apr 5 - Ruby Bridges CAS Program for 4th grade
Apr 9 - Live Auction / Trivia Night at Post 440 - evening event for staff/parents/caregivers
Apr 15 - No School (Good Friday)
Apr 18-22 - No School (Spring Vacation)
Apr 25 - Franklin Flocking Fundraiser begins
Apr 27 - Teacher Appreciation Days - Sponsored by 1st Grade - Details here
Apr 29 - Principal Coffee (8:30am)
More details on these events will be coming soon! Thank you so much for a great first half of the year and for your continued support of our school!
The 2021-2022 Franklin PTO Board Emilie Chang, Co-President Jessica Allen, Co-President Amy Horsman, Treasurer & SEPAC Nancy Maida, Secretary Tim Brenner, Board Member Kate Civetti, Board Member Helen Makadia, Board Member & CAS Christina Daly, CAS Siobhan Crosby, FORJ Jackie Savage-Borne, FORJ & Social Action Ranjani Paradise, Social Action Yael Mito, SEPAC Mark Chitty, Principal Stephanie Lefever, PTO Teacher Representative Erica Terk, PTO Teacher Representative