Dates to Remember
  • March 3, Community Coffee & Chat 2.30-3.30pm
  • March 10, LEAP Day, No School
  • March 22, No early release, School ends at 3.30pm
  • March 23, Science Fair 6.30-8pm
  • March 23, PTA General Membership Meeting 7.30pm
  • April 3-7, Spring Break, No School
  • April 12, No early release, School ends at 3.30pm
  • April 20, International Night 6.30-8pm
  • May 1-5, Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 3, No early release, School ends at 3.30pm
  • May 18, PTA General Membership Meeting 6-6.30pm
  • May 25, Volunteer Tea 9-10am
  • May 29, Memorial Day, No School
For more dates and events, check out the Franklin El Peach Jar.
Join Us: 
Join the Ben Franklin PTA
Contact Us:
Emily Brown
Maryam Hakimian
Liz Kane
Special Events:
Alison McElroy & Aarti Mutagi
Wise Chou & Jennifer Imhof Karel
Afterschool Activities:
Jill Pierson
Health & Wellness:
Monica Rodriguez & Lindsay Sckorohod
Siri Pannell & Sharon Dawson
Dave Griner

Weekly Update

Spring after-school classes opening for registration

Registration will begin on March 6 for Spring after-school classes. We are offering Drawing, Little Coder (coding for our younger students), Coding with Kids, Soccer, Chess and Spanish. We have moved to an online platform with 6crickets. Registration AND payment will both be taken online through 6crickets. Click here to see specific class information and for registration. Click here to see a walk-through of the 6crickets registration process.

Do you have any old kids’ bikes, scooters or pogo sticks lying around? 
As you begin your spring cleaning over the next couple of months, please think about donating these items to the school for PE. Mr Arena is happy to accept Razor Scooters, small bikes, glide bikes (balance bikes), bike helmets, pogo sticks, small trampolines, soccer cones, pool noodles, clipboards and rubber balls. We cannot accept any bike helmets containing mold and all equipment must be newer than 10 years old. Any piece of equipment Mr Arena cannot use will be passed on to Goodwill. You can drop off your donation in the PE room.

Let's support our Principal!
Mr Cho has the honor of presenting to the Lake Washington School Board on Monday, March 13th at 7pm.  Many of our students' art will be on display and he will have the opportunity to boast and brag about our amazing students, staff and community. Several staff members will be there and we'd love Franklin families to join as well, in support of our great school. The meeting will be held at the LWSD Resource Center located at 16250 NE 74th St, Redmond, WA 98052 (near Redmond Town Center). We hope to see you there!

Science Fair is coming soon
The Ben Franklin PTA Science Fair is on Thursday March 23. The objective of the Science Fair is to have fun while exploring multiple aspects of science in a hands-on way. To help facilitate this, the PTA is once again happy to provide tri-fold display boards to any Ben Franklin student who would like to participate. Students should see their teachers for display boards and general Science Fair Guidelines. Entry Forms are posted on the Science Fair page of the PTA website. Students should also check with their teachers for more specific guidelines and timelines, if participation is required for their class. We will need parent volunteers on the day of the event to help before, during and after the fair to help make it a success. If you'd like to help out with this year's event, please contact Prasidha Raja at

Sharpen the Claw Volunteers
Calling all Volunteers! We have an amazing opportunity for you to share your talent with our school. For three Fridays in the month of May (12th, 19th, 26th) we will be Sharpening Our Claw. Every Spring we put on three sessions of Sharpen the Claw where students spend time in a class they chose practicing Habit 7: Balance is Best. These classes teach students new and exciting skills such as yoga, movie making, crochet, computers, drawing, Lego etc. In order to have the best Sharpen the Claw ever we need your help. We are looking for VOLUNTEERS to teach a class or help a teacher in their class. Please click here to sign up and help us learn new skills!  

Cultural Outreach Program
Franklin's cultural diversity is one of our greatest assets and we want to find a way to make our community more inclusive and welcoming. We are currently forming a Cultural Outreach Program at Franklin. Our goal is to have a Cultural Liaison representing each one of our diverse cultures. Each Liaison will answer questions, provide information and help our diverse families feel welcome and more a part of our Franklin family. We are in the beginning stages of planning this program. We feel it will be extremely beneficial to many of the families in our Franklin community. If you have interest in being one of our Cultural Liaisons, or have ideas of how you would like to see us run this program, please contact Emily Brown

School News

Franklin Community Coffee & Chat - This Friday
Please join Principal Mr Cho and Franklin PTA President Emily Brown onFriday, March 3rd in the Franklin library for our first “Community Coffee & Chat”. We hope that this is the first of many community meetings that we host here at Franklin.

  • Who: Principal, PTA President and all current and prospective Franklin parents
  • What: Community Coffee & Chat
  • When: Friday, March 3, 2017 2.30-3.30pm
  • Where: Franklin Library
  • Why: To build a stronger relationship within our Franklin community (home & school)

National Classified Appreciation Week
March 6-9 is National Classified Appreciation Week. Check classroom newsletters for ways you and your children can say thank you to our custodians (Theng and Sophon), our fabulous kitchen wizard Dulce (can you imagine prepping, cooking and serving close to 200 lunches each day, all by yourself? Not to mention doing the dishes!) and the extended day team, as well as our incredible IAs and Para-Educators. They work very hard, often behind the scenes, to support students and keep our school running smoothly.

Spare clothes?
Are your children getting too big for their britches? The Franklin Health Room could really use some additions to our collection of loaner clothes for when kids get wet and muddy at school. Here’s our wish list:
Boys or Girls shoes, size 1 and larger
Girls pants, all sizes needed but particularly sizes 5-8
Girls socks, all sizes
Thanks for thinking of us the next time you clean out your closets.

Volunteer to help Mason
Ben Franklin Elementary and Kirkland Hopelink are proud to partner thisMarch 14th from 5-7pm to collect volunteer hours for our Sparrow, Mason Gordon. There are only 16 available spots for this event so act fast! If you are unable to sign-up for this event to help, there are many different ways your child can help collect volunteer hours on their own including picking up garbage at a local park, helping to carry in groceries for a neighbor, not getting paid to watch someone’s pet or child, or mowing a lawn. There are many ways kids can help kids! Please be sure your child picks up a Sparrow voucher in the front office, fills out the front and back of the voucher and returns it to school to get credit for their volunteer time. We will be collecting hours all year long to reach our goal of 433 hours. Thank you all so much for your support in helping our Sparrow, Mason Gordon and his family. For more information you can visit:
Hopelink Volunteer Link for March 14th 5-7pm: For any questions, please contact

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