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From the Principal:




October 2, 2017
Dear Franklin Families:
October is here, which means fall is in full swing!  Please remind your child to bring a light jacket for those cool days.   We are 6 weeks in having a WONDERful year, this being our first year having Wonders building wide.  Thank you for attending our Wonders informational session and Open House.  We had a great turn out!  It was also nice to see siblings who went through Franklin.  We hope you were able to get a better idea of your child’s academic day and the different things planned for the year.  We hope you took advantage of the internet log on session in the lab as well. 
Our K-1 grade levels will get their Chromebook carts this year!  They are currently being serviced and programmed.  Hopefully we will get them in the classrooms soon J
Thank you to Bethel Park’s best PTO, for hosting the snacks and planning the upcoming events.  Please be on the lookout for their communications via emails and forms (sent out on Wednesdays throughout the year).  Please send your email to benjaminfranklinpto@gmail.com to receive the most up to date information. 
Franklin News from the Office:
Teacher Duty-Teacher duty starts at 9:00, we ask that students be dropped off at 9:00, with the exception of those having breakfast (8:50).  If you drop your child off at the back door, make sure you are there by 9:10.  If you arrive after 9:10, please bring your child to the front entrance.
Personal items-Please label all items with your child’s name (jackets, lunch boxes…).  This does not exclude forms or payments.  Please note that we are not responsible for the loss or damage of personal items.  We encourage valuable items to be left at home.
Attendance-A quick reference form is attached.  Please be aware that you will receive a system generated call for all absences (excused, educational trips…).  You only need to call the office if your child should not be marked absent.
Fitness Testing Month-October is Fitness testing month.  It is important that your child wears a good, supportive athletic shoe that is tied properly on PE days.  Wearing the right foot wear helps prevent injury when they are tested in the one mile run/walk. 
Pumpkin Patch-An opportunity for families to decorate a pumpkin and help turn our lobby into a festive, awesome display of creativity! (optional, more info to follow)
Mad Science-If you are interested in registering your child for the “Crazy Chemworks” after school program, you can register at https://register.madscience.org/pittsburgh(refer to attached flyer-Ben Franklin is on page 2)
Here is a list of upcoming events so you can mark your calendars:
October 3                           Act 80/2 Hour Delay- K-AM  11:20-1:00, K-PM 2:00-3:40
 4 Grade Band Parent Open House @ HS 7 PM
October 5                           Parent Info Night (Gifted) @ William Penn (6:30-7:30)
October 6                           Franklin Friday
October 14                         BINGO Night (6:30-8:30 PM)
October 17, 18, 19          Scholastic Book Fair (students only)
October 19                         Chick-Fil-A (4:30-7 PM)
October 23, 24                 Pumpkin Patch drop-off (8:15-9:30 AM), more info to follow
October 25                         Sarris Candy Fundraiser begins
                                                Room 25-Pumpkin Chunkin, 9:30 (weather permitting)
October 26                         No School, Teacher Records Day
October 31                         Halloween Parade/Parties (refer to attached flyer)
***This is just a friendly reminder; the district has a wellness policy.  Due to food allergies; we ask that you refrain from sending in snacks for birthdays and holidays.
As always, I appreciate your continued support and I look forward to seeing you at our next function.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns or even to say, “Hi!”

With Warmest Regards,
Teresa Doumont















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