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Madison Metropolitan School District

2023-24 Kindergarten Orientation


Exterior of Franlin Elementary school

Welcome! Meet the Teachers

Franklin Schedule

  • Start: 7:40 AM
  • Monday Early Release Dismissal: 1:15 PM
  • Dismissal: 2:40 PM

Arrival, Dismissal, and Meals

Kindergarten Classrooms

Kindergarten students working in a classroom
Franklin students listing in a classroom
Kindergarten classroom full of students at Franklin
kindergarten classroom ready for learning
Empty kindergarten classroom at franklin
looking into a gender neutral bathroom
A gender neutral bathroom at Franklin


Franklin students standing in front of lockers

Lockers and Materials

  • Materials list will be finalized and sent out, as well as posted on the website by the beginning of summer
  • As you gather supplies know that many materials will be shared with everyone
  • Please make sure your child has a big enough backpack for their materials!
  • Toys do not come to Franklin School

Supporting Your Kindergartener

  • 5 year olds need 10 to 13 hours of sleep each night. 

  • Practice responsibility and independence. You may practice:

    • Opening lunches, eating with utensils

    • Cleaning up spills

    • Shoes, zippers, buttons, snow pants, mittens, and boots

    • Managing their own materials and items

  • Be on time! Children who are tardy often

    • Struggle to start their day

    • Cause mix-ups with lunch counts

    • Are losing opportunity for social and academic growth

  • Keep toys and valuables at home. Dress your kiddo ready for school and ready for the weather


  • In typical school years, Franklin offers many ways for you to volunteer! For example:  
    • Sort books

    • At lunch and recess 

    • In your child’s classroom as the year progresses

    • Field Trips

  • MMSD asks for volunteers to get a background check prior to volunteering through their website. It is an extensive process so you may want to begin now.

After School Programs

Wisconsin Youth Company


Black Belt America

University Avenue Discover Center

We will compile more information about after school care in our area. We are hearing many things are full already.

Franklin-Randall PTO Logo

Franklin-Randall PTO

K Playdates!

The PTO is hosting kindergarten playdates at Franklin!

  • Tues., August 15, 5:30-7 p.m.*

  • Sat., August 19, 10-11 a.m.

  • Weds., August 23, 10:30a.m. - 4 p.m.*

  • Sun., August 27, 3-4 p.m.

*During the starred times, students and families can get a tour of Franklin school!

The Franklin/Randall PTO supports programs and projects that enhance Franklin and Randall Schools, families and the community.

  • Visit the Franklin-Randall PTO website (
  • Sign up for the PTO listserv (go to and enter our email under the PTO email list)
  • Read the Franklin-Randall Newsletter (sent via email on Fridays)
  • Join the Friends of Franklin/Randall Elementary School Facebook page
  • Attend quarterly PTO membership meetings to learn about important issues affecting our kids and schools
  • Sign up to help with PTO sponsored school events: Glow Ball, Science Day, Winter Carnival, and more

When Will I Find Out Who My Child's Teacher Is?

We will send an email to families on Friday, August 25th sharing information about initial class placements and other back to school information.  This data allows for adjustments to be made due to enrollment changes, staffing changes and aligns with Randall’s class placement. 

When Can I See The School?

We will host a ‘Franklin Fly In’ on Tuesday August 29th where your kindergartener can come meet staff, see their classroom, and the school! 

We will also host an open house in the Fall for families and students and Ready, Set, Goal conferences.

The first day of school for 4k and Kindergarten is Friday September 1st. We begin at 7:40 a.m. 


Keep an eye out for emails from Diane Kopan, our school secretary. The Franklin-Randall PTO may send out information on play dates as well. We will have opportunities to meet the teacher before school in August.

Stay Connected!

Follow us on any or all of the platforms below!

Facebook Page

YouTube Page

Friends of Franklin/Randall Facebook Page

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Franklin staff in front of the school

Thank You!
We can't wait to meet and welcome your future falcons!