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Please see the letter below for a very important update on transportation on Monday! - Give to a classroom! - Go

Student Transportation Plan

In our best efforts to ensure your child's safety and transportation needs, we are asking parents to fill out a Student Transportation Plan for each child.  This form will be distributed during Bring Your Parent to School Day.  If you are unable to attend that day, please print this form out and return it with your child on the first day of school.  It is imperative that this form is returned fully completed on Monday, August 31st.
Student Transportation Plan.pdf
Transportation Update- 8/26/15

As you know, the School District of Philadelphia provides our school busing service. We were informed yesterday that due to changes with their computer systems, they are not mailing letters to your home with your child’s transportation information until after the school year begins. We share your frustration with this decision and asked them to provide the information to us so we could disseminate it to you. We received the information today, turned it into a letter, and placed the letters in the mail today. We also gave a copy of the letter to your child’s homeroom teacher that you can pick up during this week's Bring Your Parent to School Day events.

Bring Your Parent to School Day will be held for students in Grade 5-8 tomorrow, Thursday August 27th beginning at 9:00 AM, and for students in Grades 1-4 on Friday, August 28th beginning at 9:00 AM. If we receive updated information on transportation prior to the start of school on Monday, we will follow up with an all-call and information on the school website.

We thank you for your cooperation and look forward to a great school year!

Summer Update Letter
August 10, 2015

Dear Franklin Towne Students and Parents,

We hope that you are enjoying your well-earned summer vacation!  As we enter the last few weeks of summer, we wanted to reach out with a few things for you to keep in mind as you begin making your plans for the new school year:

·        Bring Your Parent to School Day: Bring Your Parent to School Day will be held on Thursday, August 27th for students in Grades 5-8 and Friday, August 28th for students in Grades 1-4.  Both days begin at 9:00 AM and we strongly encourage our students and parents attend to meet their teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about some of the exciting changes for the new school year.

·        Opening Days of School: School begins for students in Grades 1-8 on Monday, August 31st with a regular schedule (8:30-3:15).

·        Kindergarten Information: If you are a Kindergarten family and you have not received an invitation to meet your teacher during the opening week of school, please contact Mr. Munizza at 215-289-3389 to receive the time for your appointment.  The Kindergarten meetings are mandatory for students and at least one parent or guardian.  The first full day of Kindergarten is Tuesday, September 8th.

·        Transportation: Please keep an eye on the mail for your bus information from the School District of Philadelphia.  Letters should be sent out in the next few days.  We do have a new school bus company this year.  Contact information for the bus company will be shared in future newsletters and posted to the school website.

·        Summer Learning Packet: Summer Learning Packets are posted on the school website.  These packets are optional but strongly encouraged.  Students with fully completed packets on the first day of school will receive rewards at the beginning of the year.  No late or partially completed packets will be accepted.

·        Supply Lists: Supply Lists are also posted to the school website.  Please be sure students arrive on the first day of schools with all supplies required by their teachers.

·        Free & Reduced Lunch Application: Free & Reduced Lunch forms can now be completed electronically through our school website.  If you have questions, please contact Maryanne Gasparo at 215-289-3389.

·        After School Program: Our After School Program is now full.  Thank you for your support!  The After School Program begins Tuesday, September 8th.

·        Mark your Calendar: School is closed Friday September 4th, Monday, September 7th, and Friday, September 25th.

We hope that this information provides you with all the details you need to start another fantastic year at Franklin Towne.  Please enjoy the rest of your summer days.  We have big plans for the 2015-2016 school year!



Mr. Todd DuPell

End of Year Achievements

While we are always proud of ALL our children, we want to take the opportunity to congratulate the following  FTCE students for receiving special awards this year!

End of Year Awards:
2014-15 End of Year Awards.pdf

4th Quarter Honor Roll:
2014-15 Honor Roll MP4.pdf

Summer Resources

Summer Learning Packets

Below are links to the Summer Learning Packets.  We strongly encourage students to complete these packets to practice skills that will be necessary for them to understand in the new school year.  Students who complete the entire packet will be rewarded for their work!

Summer Learning Packets are due on Monday, August 31st- No Exceptions!

Students Entering 1st Grade.pdf
Students Entering 2nd Grade.pdf
Students Entering 3rd Grade.pdf
Students Entering 4th Grade.pdf
Students Entering 5th Grade.pdf
Students Entering 6th Grade.pdf
Students Entering 7th Grade.pdf
Students Entering 8th Grade.pdf

Educational Games and Activities

Below is a list of educational Internet games and activities that can also be used to sharpen skills for next year!

School Calendar

Mon, Aug 31 - Thu, Sep 3
Kindergarten Meetings
Monday, August 31
School Resumes
Regular Schedule- Grades 1-8
Friday, September 4
School Closed
Monday, September 7
Labor Day
School Closed
Tuesday, September 8
Kindergarten Begins
Drop off begins at 8:45
Friday, September 25
Faculty Professional Development
No School for Students
Monday, October 12
Columbus Day
School Closed
Friday, October 16
Faculty Professional Development
No School for Students

Lunch Program

Click below for September's Menus!
September 2015 Menus.pdf
More Choices - Healthy Alternatives

Set up your child's prepaid meal account:

Managed by The Nutrition Group

Breakfast and Lunch are served daily.


Franklin Towne Charter Elementary School's mission is to establish a happy and nurturing environment that both promotes and cultivates a positive learning experience for our children. By involving staff, students, and parents we plan to create a challenging and supportive school where our students can learn and grow.


Today, 8/29/2015
High: 84 Low: 68
Partly sunny
3% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 8/30/2015
High: 90 Low: 72
Partly sunny
4% chance of precipitation.

Low-Cost Internet

Comcast Internet Essentials

If your child receives free or reduced school lunch, as part of The National School Lunch Program, you may qualify for the low cost Comcast Internet Essential program.

Please call 1-855-846-8376 for more details or visit