PTA General Membership Meeting - 9am tomorrow - Thursday May 31, prior to Volunteer Tea
After you drop your kiddos at school tomorrowMay 31 and you're waiting for the Volunteer Tea to begin, please join us outside by the picnic tables for our final PTA meeting this school year. We will vote on the 2018-19 Budget and Executive Board. We will be finished in time to attend the Volunteer Tea at 9.30am.

Let us say "Thank you" at the Volunteer Morning Tea onThursday, May 31
You're invited to the Volunteer Tea tomorrowMay 31 at 9.30am. All volunteers are invited to a special Tea in the Commons hosted by the Ben Franklin staff. Wonderful refreshments will be served. The PTA will also be presenting special awards. Please join us to celebrate each other!

Pancake Breakfast - Friday, June 8, 7.30-8.30am
Our Annual School Pancake Breakfast is coming up Friday, June 8 from 7.30-8.30am. DADS - we need you to throw on your aprons, help mix up batter and cook up some pancakes and sausages. If anyone can help volunteer for the breakfast please register here. Thanks so much!

Franklin Field Day - Tuesday, June 12
Please help us by volunteering at our annual Field Day on Tuesday, June 12. It's a day of fun and frivolity to finish up the school year. Please sign up here.

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 tomorrow on May 31 at 9am to vote on the nominees.

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 atnomcom@mybenfranklinpta.org
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 health@mybenfranklinpta.org.

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 www.schooltoolbox.com
2.  Enter 98033 as the zip code to find "Benjamin Franklin Elementary, Kirkland, WA"
3.  Select a box based on the grade your child will enter in the fall
4.  You can checkout without creating an account
5.  Be sure to click "Place My Order" before exiting the site 

School News
Book Fair Coming to Franklin Library - June 6-8
Come get books for summer reading and support our Library. Check out ourBook 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
13 Reasons Why...To Have a Conversation with Your Child June 4
Youth Eastside Services is holding an upcoming event "13 Reasons Why...To Have a Conversation with Your Child".
This is a free, educational event for parents that will facilitate a conversation around the second season of Netflix's 13 Reasons Why and offer parents resources to engage with their child on the topics of suicide, depression, and anxiety; and how our community and schools are responding to the increased risk. 
There will be four panelists: YES counselor Michelle Brode, Megan Kennedy from the University of Washington, who has been developing a comprehensive suicide prevention plan, Matt Gillingham, Director of Student Services at Lake Washington School District, and Renee Jones and Cailyn Griffith from the Crisis Clinic.
The event is on Monday, June 4, 6-7.30pm at the YES offices in Bellevue (right in Crossroads Park.) Please RSVP.