December PTA Newsletter

I know many of you are in the midst of holiday and/or end-of-year madness. Take a deep breath, have a hot beverage, and relax—we have information to soothe your middle school worries, keep your kids busy over the break, and let you turn online shopping into a boost for Franklin.

We here at the Franklin PTA wish all of you a happy, peaceful winter break!

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Making the Middle School Decision
We have a dizzying array of tuition-free middle school options here in Alameda, but how do you pick the right one for your child? You could start by asking last year’s fifth-grade parents about their experiences. Get their advice here.
Book destinations Library Wall Quotes—We Need Your Vote!
If you’ve been by the Media Center lately, you’ve seen the new layout coming together. We’ve got new books, new table configurations, and a reading nook complete with beanbag chairs. Next up: Wall décor. We need your vote!
images-4 The Every Student Succeeds Act
Last week, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act. This bipartisan bill tosses out some of the problematic aspects of No Child Left Behind. How will it affect our kids? Maybe not much. This article from The Atlantic gives the scoop.
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What To Do Over the Winter Break
Are you staying in town for the winter break? Wondering what you can do with the kids over this two-week stretch? Sarah’s Science and 510Families has compiled a list of activities around the Bay Area—and some are even free!

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We want helping our school and our community to be easy and fun. Easy: Uploading photos for the yearbook. Fun: Shopping online while raising money for Franklin (at no cost to you!). Find out more about how you can help.