The Franklin PTA Welcomes You
Welcome back to the 2021-22 school year! We're so glad you're here. What an amazing year it is going to be!
The Ben Franklin PTA is looking forward to continuing to support the Franklin community this year. We have lots of ways that you can get involved - join the PTA, volunteer your time, donate funds, and sign up to our mailing list and Facebook page to stay informed about what the PTA is up to and opportunities for you to help.
The next General Membership meeting will be held on May 25 at 6:30pm. All members of the school community are welcome. Two big items on the agenda will be approving next year's budget and the election of board members for the 2022-23 year. See below for the Nominating Committee report ahead of the meeting.
Nominations for all positions, including those with a nominee listed, can be made in person at the general membership meeting. Please check out our open positions and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions - we'd love to hear from you! More information about the available positions can be found here: https://www.mybenfranklinpta.org/PTABoard.html
SAVE THE DATE FOR Franklin Elementary Virtual Talent Show
Wednesday, May 25th, 2022, at 9:30 am
The PTA is proud to sponsor the Franklin Elementary Talent Show. The talent show aims to help kids build their confidence through dancing, singing, playing musical instruments, magic show, gymnastics, hula hooping, comedy, martial arts or “think outside stage” 2 minutes cooking, bike stunt (with helmet) whatever creative skills they would like to share!
Permission slip and flyer coming soon after Spring break!
Questions? Please email Priya Santhana Vannan at email@example.com
Please support the Virtual Book Fair
Unfortunately we were still not able to organize an in-person bookfair this year, but we have the next best thing... A VIRTUAL BOOKFAIR with Third Place Books!!!
- What: Support our school by shopping online at Half Price Books. 20% of pretax sales from all book fair orders will come back to our school library!
- When: Monday April 11th (8am) to Friday April 15th (midnight).
- Where: Shop online at Third Place Books https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/book-fair/ben-franklin?coupon=BFEBF
- How: BE SURE TO ENTER THE COUPON CODE BFEBF
- Why: to raise money for our librarian to buy even more books for our students and staff to borrow from the library
Our hallways are looking fabulous thanks to the hard work of our talented Fundraising VP Heather Vandenberg, has also taken on the responsibility of decorating our Display Boards.
Thank you everyone! the Ninja Warrior run was a great success!
What a wonderful day it was! Great job Franklin students, volunteering, fundraising and rocking the Ninja Warrior Run.
Thanks to your generous donations, we smashed our fundraising goal of $40,000, reaching $48,000 in donations and will hopefully receive even more in corporate matching donations.
Thanks everyone who participated, donated, and helped this event to be a great success. Our budget is now fully funded and the PTA will be able to support the school and our community in so many ways. Stay tuned here for updates on how your donations are being used to help our students and staff and make our school even greater than it already is!
2021 - 2022 PTA Chair Positions Available
The PTA is looking for people to chair events and activities next year. PTA activities are all volunteer-led, and if we can't find enough volunteers, some of your favorite activities may not run. These are not board positions so no meetings ;) You can work on them in your own time, with a friend/s to share the workload, and we can connect you with people who've done the role in the past for guidance. If any of these sound interesting, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information:
- Enrichment clubs (chess, lego, etc)
- Emergency preparation
- Family And Community Engagement (FACE)
Ben Franklin PTA Anti-Racism Statement
The Ben Franklin PTA echoes the work of the Lake Washington PTSA to stand in solidarity with our families of Asian descent against the recent rising tide of anti-Asian racism and violence. We stand in solidarity with our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) families and students against the rise in attacks, crimes, and rhetoric against BIPOC communities in our country.
Ben Franklin Elementary PTA will actively support anti-racist policies, programs, and practices to build strong and inclusive communities. We commit to taking a conscious and active role in dismantling systemic and institutional racism by raising awareness through education and advocacy, working with school staff and outside organizations, and supporting our community so that all children feel safe and welcome. [Adapted from the LWPTSA Council Anti-Racism Statement]
The Franklin PTA is looking for a Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Chair for the 2021-22 school year. Please contact Emily at email@example.com if you are interested in this role. You will not be on your own, you will be able to join a group of FACE chairs from across our school district, to learn from each other and share ideas.