PTA Replay: 10 Things You Missed at the February PTA Meeting

  1. The redwood tree: Our beloved old redwood tree was removed in about 5 days, much faster than the oak, which took about
    4 months. You’ll notice two logs beside the old tree stump. Cori Lucas and Connie Carvalho are working with wood carvers and the district to create some sort of carved falcon or a bench, so we can have a memorial of our old redwood tree.
  2. Morning drop-off: Franklin is looking for a Drop-Off Coordinator for the 2017-18 school year. Read more about this essential safety position, and contact Heather Little at if you’re interested.
  3. Treasurer’s Report: If you have burning questions about exactly where the PTA spends its money, you can see the entire list of all checks signed by the PTA since July 2016. Just email
  4. Chromebook update: At long last, Franklin is purchasing 176 more Chromebooks and seven more Chromebook charging carts. The new computers will go first to AUSD for labeling, then come to us, providing a Chromebook for every first through fifth grader in the school. They should be in by the end of February.
  5. Commercial: Thanks to our impressive new paint job, a commercial may be filmed outside of the school. This is good news, as it brings money for the district (though not for Franklin specifically).
  6. Measure I money for Franklin: The two-year period of planning and construction for Franklin’s share of the 2015 Measure I bond money (approximately $3 million) is about to begin. The school needs interested parents and teachers to figure out where the money goes. Read here for more information, or contact Principal Fetterly at if you’d like to be part of the future of Franklin!
  7. Franklin Heritage Night: Amazing parent volunteer Athena Xenakis has stepped up to take on Franklin’s Heritage Night, and it’s going to be fantastic. There will be raffle prizes, an international potluck dinner, live performances, and art projects. We need volunteers, but mostly we need YOU! Let us know you’re coming and sign up to bring a dish. Heritage Night is Monday, February 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lum Elementary School auditorium (so it’s perfect in rain or shine).
  8. Ms. McMahon: Franklin Reading Specialist Karen McMahon broke her arm this week. She was scheduled for surgery on Tuesday. The Spotlight sends good wishes for a speedy recovery!
  9. Franklin’s 2017 Auction: VP of Fundraising Melanie Anderson reminded the PTA that the auction is fast approaching! The Superheroes and Villains party will be Saturday, April 22, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Alameda Officers’ Club.Melanie is looking for volunteers to check in and check out, and  to set up and take down. We also need Visa Gift Card donations for live auction items, and businesses willing to sponsor VIP tables for $500. If you’re willing to donate, or know any businesses that are, contact Melanie at
  10. Volunteers: Franklin Elementary runs on its parent volunteers. We need volunteers for the auction, the fifth-grade graduation, next year’s morning drop-off coordination, and to be Nancy’s PTA co-president next year. See the Volunteers Needed article this month to find an exciting position for you!
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