Measure I Comes to Franklin

Remember Measure I, that enormous school bond we helped pass in 2015? Well, Franklin’s turn is finally coming! We’re starting our two-year period of planning and construction—approximately $3 million for improvements! And we need YOUR input to make sure we do it right. Franklin needs interested parents and teachers to look at what was initially […]

Pick a Middle School…Any Middle School

We here in Alameda have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to middle schools. It’s wonderful to have so many options, but the process of choosing the “right” school can be overwhelming. Of course, there’s no “right” school, and there’s no right way to pick that school. Ultimately, your criteria will reflect the needs […]

The Next Big PTA Thing

The beginning of the year is a perfect time to look at what we’ve accomplished for Franklin Elementary in the last two years, and to start thinking about what we can tackle next.                   2014-15: Media Center Renovation Two years ago, it was a sad state of affairs […]

What You Don’t Know About the Book Fair

Aaaaaargh! It’s a pirate theme this year at the Scholastic Book Fair, the pop-up bookstore that invaded the Franklin library last week. We asked the Franklin Media Center’s Ben Lundholm (better known as Mr. L.) for the inside scoop on why we do the Book Fair. He gave us six ways the Scholastic Book Fair benefits our kids: “We […]

Volunteers Needed!

The Franklin Walk-a-Thon is just a month away! We need volunteers to fill water cups, punch lap cards, and more. The Scholastic Book Fair—a week-long, pop-up bookstore right at school—is right after that. Sign up to shelve books, work the register, or clean up. Spooktacular is Franklin’s biggest party for kids. Volunteers are needed to […]

Introducing…Ms. Cohen!

When Franklin Elementary needed a new teacher for the 4th grade, she turned out to be just about in our own backyard! Eva Cohen has lived in Alameda, blocks from Franklin Elementary, for almost 15 years. Ms. Cohen had been a fifth grade teacher in Richmond since she got her credential, and when she saw that […]

Save Our Schools: Measure B1

By now you’re probably bored to tears by all the talk about Measure B1. But this is SO important to the future of Franklin and every student in AUSD that I couldn’t drop the newsletter without a short overview about what it is, and what you can do to help. What it is B1 continues […]

Mark Your Calendars for May and June!

So close to the end, yet so busy! Get these dates on your calendar now so you don’t miss a thing! Thursday, May 26—Open House and Art Show, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3—Volunteer thank you tea, 8:30 a.m. Tuesday–Thursday, June 14–16—Minimum days Kindergarten: 11:40 a.m. dismissal Grades 1–5: 12:30 p.m. dismissal Class […]