It's award time 
Each year our PTA awards our outstanding volunteers with our Golden Acorn, Golden Eagle and Rising Star awards. We also award one Franklin staff member the Educator of the Year award. All awards are given at the Volunteer Tea on May 31 but we need your nominations! It only takes a couple minutes to nominate someone. Please click here to make your nominations by May 18.

PTA Board Nominees for 2018-19
The nomination committee has finalized the slate for the 2018-2019 school year and is happy to present the following nominees:
President - Siri Pannell
Secretary - Maryam Hakimian
Co-Treasurers - Jane Kucur and Emily Sorensen
Co-VPs of Education - Sreeprasidha Raja and Aarti Mutagi
Co-VPs of Health & Wellness - Susan Cockrell and Alex Geddes
Co-VPs of Communication - Caroline Speirs and Tamara Joyce
Co-VPs of Fundraising - Missy Britton-Simmons and Emily Brown
Co-VPs of Special Events - Saffron Hodgson and Kari Lusso
Co-VPs of After School Enrichment - Audria Stubna and Gabrielle Wagner
All PTA members are invited to join the General Membership Meeting being held on May 31 at 9am to vote on the nominees. The meeting will be held at the covered picnic tables by the playground.

Would you like to get more involved?
The PTA is currently filling positions for next year. If you are interested in any of the below positions, or just finding out more information about them, please contact our Nominating Committee
OPEN POSITIONS for 2018-2019
Art Docent Lead
Cultural Liaison Lead
Bulletin Board Chairperson
Reader Board Chairperson
Volunteer Coordinator
Yearbook Chairperson
Running Club Chairperson
Spirit Wear Chairperson
Walk-to-School Week Chairperson

5th Grade Gardening Club looking for parent volunteers
Several 5th grade students have formed a gardening club and are looking for parent volunteers to work with them during their 2.20pm recess on Mondays and Fridays until the end of the school year. The goal is to improve the Franklin Garden area for fellow and future students to enjoy. You must be an approved volunteer to participate. To volunteer, please email

You can now order your School Supplies for the 2018-19 school year
Our PTA is offering the option to order next year's school supplies online through School Toolbox. They will be delivered to the school in time for Meet & Greet in August. All supplies are name brand and offered at a 10% discount with no cost for shipping. Supplies will come assembled in a kit with your child's name on it. All orders are due by Friday, June 22. This is an optional service; you may continue to purchase your supplies independently if you prefer.
Step-by-step ordering instructions:
1.  Go to
2.  Click on "Find Boxes Now" under Let's Get Started
3.  Find "Benjamin Franklin Elementary, Kirkland, WA"
4.  Select a box based on the grade your child will enter in the fall
5.  You can checkout without creating an account
6.  Be sure to click "Place My Order" before exiting the site

School News
We need your help
We are looking for parents to be extra eyes and ears at recess and lunch during our SBA testing days. If you help at recess you get the bonus of wearing a stylish orange safety vest and carrying a walkie talkie! The dates are May 18, 22, 23, 29 and 30. The times are 10.20-10.50am11.30am-12.30pm, or 12pm-1pm. Any of these dates and times you are available will be greatly appreciated. Please contact Lori Neumann

Book Fair Coming to Franklin Library - June 6-8
Come get books for summer reading and support our Library. Check out our Book Fair website to:

  • See Book Fair sale hours
  • Discover Online Ordering Information (May 30-June 8)
  • Sign up for volunteering

See you at the book fair!

We need some spare pants for the Health Room
The health room is running low on pants for the younger grades. We would love pants that your kids have outgrown – sizes 4-7 only. Please don’t send in jeggings or skinny pants.

Community News
Jump rope community show
Hotdog USA is celebrating 38 years as a competitive jump rope team with a Community Show on Saturday, May 19 featuring some students from Ben Franklin. They will perform an exciting show complete with music, jump rope tricks and national and world champions jumpers. Join in the fun on Saturday, May 19 from 6.30-8pm at Kamiakin Middle School, 14111 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland.