Franklin Sherman Flash - June 13

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Dear Franklin Sherman Families,

Thank you for a great school year.  These last few weeks have been a wonderful return to our community celebrations and culminating activities.  While we continued to face a few challenges, we persevered and came together as a community.  We appreciate all of your support and flexibility.  

We'll be taking a summer break with the Flash.  Throughout the summer, we will send some updates to keep you posted as needed.  For now, mark your calendars for August 18th for our Open House.  Times and details will follow later this summer.

Finally, each year at this time we are faced with saying goodbye to a few of our community and staff members.  The following staff will not be returning to FSES for various reasons next year.  We wish them well and appreciate their many contributions to our school.

  • Cindy Merritt, Reading Specialist
  • Lindsay Lewis, Kindergarten
  • Brianna Shawhan, Third
  • Pauline Tran, Art
  • Dawn Adams, STEAM
  • Nikki Bohnert, Counselor
  • Jessica Pisani, Special Education
  • Martha Baier, Special Education

I look forward to introducing you to our new staff members later this summer. 

Enjoy your summer break!

 

Sincerely,

Kathleen Quigley

Principal

Contents   SY 2022-23 School Supplies Let’s talk about Summer Reading! School Health Services Survey Bullying Prevention and Intervention Information Do Your Part - VaxUP! Reminders Share Your Pictures Previous FLASH Newsletters  

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Important Dates

 

School Calendar:  2021-22

 

Franklin Sherman Honors Human Relations Award Winners

As a school, we would like to recognize a few staff, students and parents with our Human Relations Awards.  These recipients advocate for our school through activities and actions that promote diversity and inclusion. They promote effective communication throughout the school that foster positive relations with others.

We would like to honor these staff, students, and parents for their dedication and excellence in fostering positive relationships, diversity, and inclusion at Franklin Sherman.

 

Staff:

Cindy Merritt

Carol Clark

Jess Pisani

 

Parents:

Shreem Ramineni

Melissa Vayra

Adrienne Dreyfuss

 

Students:

Catarina Francisco Skamnelos

Lily Alqabany

Reid PostonO

Octavia Oberti

 

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SY 2022-23 School Supply Lists and Supply Kit Purchasing Information Posted

Get a head start on the 2022-23 school year by purchasing your child’s school supplies today!  Supply lists are posted on the Franklin Sherman ES website.

Ordering a supply kit from the PTA through local vendor, Campus Survival Kits, offers a number of great benefits:

  • The kits assemble all of the personal and community supplies our teachers have requested for each grade.
  • Don’t need everything offered in the full kit? You can choose to create your own kit and add items a la carte!
  • When ordering you have the flexibility to add headphones and/or laptop case to the kit.
    • Headphones - all grades must provide, should be wired, on-ear, mic. included and straight plug in jack (not elbow style)
    • Cases - grades 4-6 must provide, should be 11x15", cases issued by FSES (or another FCPS school) can be reused if they are still in good condition,  3-6 grade students should have brought them home from school at End of Year 2021-22
  • Low prices! 
  • Kits will be delivered directly to Franklin Sherman prior to the first day of school so that you don't have to send them in with your child.
  • Personal supplies come in a custom Franklin Sherman drawstring backpack.
  • Each purchase benefits the school: the more we order, we earn free refills on select items in January.

More information and a link to purchase available on the PTA Website.  Cross school supplies off your list today! Orders must be placed by the end of July to ensure they are delivered to the school in mid-August. Late orders, including orders for new students during the school year, may not arrive by the first day of school, and the ordering site will indicate when and where you can expect your kit to arrive.

 

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Let’s talk about Summer Reading!

The best way to combat summer slide is by continuing to read over the break. From June 10 to August 12, Fairfax County Public Library is running a Summer Reading Challenge. Register for OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES online or in person at your local branch and become eligible to win their raffle prize. In addition there are a host of various events happening there throughout the summer to keep you engaged. You will also find book recommendations for your age group from your favorite authors or preferred genres. Do not delay check out these resources and make summer fun!

Also check out this fun Summer Activity Board from Mrs. Essimi our Franklin Sherman Librarian.  Mark off as many of the activities as you can, submit your work, and be entered in grade-level drawings.  

Enjoy summer with a good book!!!

 

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School Health Services Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians and school staff members who interact with the school health rooms. This may include principals, school counselors, and main office staff members. The survey has been approved for distribution by the FCPS’ Internal Survey Advisory Committee.

Electronic versions of the survey forms may be accessed at:

School Health Services Survey – STAFF 2022: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KDDYRW3 approval #21230 

School staff and community responses to this short survey are due Friday, June 10, 2022.   

 

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Bullying Prevention and Intervention Information Video Posted

The FCPS Bullying Prevention and Intervention public website has been updated to include a parent video.  The video educates parents on what bullying is, per the SR&R, and what they can expect when a bullying allegation is reported to a school administrator.  The Student Safety and Wellness Office is available to collaborate with school counselors to provide virtual or in-person parent presentations at the request of schools.  The video is available at the link below.

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/bullying-prevention-and-intervention

 

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Do Your Part - VaxUP!

FCPS has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases recently as the county has transitioned to the medium community level. Schools continue to apply layered prevention strategies to maintain a healthy work and learning environment. However, each of us has a responsibility to do our part to help keep ourselves, our students, and our colleagues safe.

Easy ways to “Do Your Part” include: staying up to date on vaccinations and boosters, considering when and where to choose to mask up, practicing good hygiene, and monitoring symptoms daily. 

A single booster dose is now authorized for children ages 5-11, at least five months after completing a primary series with the Pfizer vaccine. Learn more about scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment or find a walk-in option on the Fairfax County Health Department’s website.

 

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Reminders   2022-23 Planning

Help us get an accurate estimate  student enrollment for next school year.  Enrollment can be difficult to predict and having an estimate that is as accurate as possible is important for many reasons including student teacher ratio and budget allocation.  Tell us about the enrollment intention of your child today by filling out this form and emailing it to our Registrar, Ann Rajabi.

All families should submit this form including those who will remain enrolled at Franklin Sherman and families with 6th Grade students who will be moving on to middle school.

  Virtual Book Fair

The Virtual Book Fair will remain open till the end of the school year.  Purchases benefit our FSES library.  Be sure to check out our teacher wish lists. What better way to thank your child's classroom teacher than with a book or two from her/his wish list. You may also purchase books or make a money donation to Homestretch, serving parents and children experiencing homelessness at this time in our community. 

 

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Thank You for Sharing Pictures

Please share your school related pictures with us.  Use the webform found here (this link is not compatible with iPhone uploads) or upload your pictures in the "Share School Related Pictures" album of the FSES All Parents Course in Schoology (iPhone compatible).  

Please follow FSES_Pandas on Twitter.  You can also tweet your pictures @FSES_Pandas.

Because of FCPS Policies in place for the 2021-2022 school year, we can only share new pictures where appropriate masking and social distancing practices are in evidence.

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Franklin Sherman Flash - May 23

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Dear Franklin Sherman Families,

We are in the last few weeks of school; and what busy weeks they will be!  We are looking forward to celebrating the year with many of our traditions:  our 6th grade musical, concerts and celebrations.  As we plan for these important milestones, we continue to do so with consideration for the health and safety of all participants.  In that spirit, you may notice some changes to participation or timing to allow for the greatest possible social distancing while still having community events.

As you know, COVID-19 cases have been increasing in Fairfax County and in schools. Here at Franklin Sherman, we have seen an increase in cases and continue to encourage everyone to take the steps they feel necessary to stay safe and healthy. 

Due to recent COVID-19 outbreaks in our school, we have postponed the 6th Grade Musical to June 7.  

Our Strings/Band/Chorus concert on June 1 will be scheduled to allow families to time their arrival based on the group/groups in which your child participates.  You will receive the schedule from our Music Team.

I appreciate the patience, support, and understanding you have shown throughout this school year as we adjust our response to the pandemic. Together, we have kept our students participating in learning and activities. I look forward to celebrating the end of the school year with everyone.

 

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Kathleen Quigley

Principal

Contents Library Books Due May 31 SCA Spirit Week May 31-June3 FCPS' Family Return to School Survey Is Coming Soon News From the PTA Reminders Share Your Pictures Previous FLASH Newsletters  

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Important Dates

May  Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May  Jewish American Heritage Month

May 27  Field Day and Family Picnic Lunch

June  LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

June 1  Chorus, Band, and Strings Concert

June 2  PTA meeting 7:30 p.m.

June 2-3  Lost and Found Spring Cleaning

June 3  End of School Dance Party

June 7  6th Grade Musical - Postponed from May 25 

June 7  Dining for Dollars

June 8-10  SCA Spirit Week

 

June 10  Kona Ice Truck at Dismissal

School Calendar:  2021-22

 

Field Day Rain Dates

With potential thunderstorms looming on Friday, we are working with our volunteers to schedule rain dates for Field Day.  We will make a decision Thursday afternoon if we need to reschedule.

If Field Day is cancelled, the School Picnic will be cancelled as well.  We send a separate News You Choose with information on Thursday.

Library Books Due May 31

Please help your child return all their library books by Tuesday, May 31.

If you have searched and are unable to locate a book, contact Ms. Essimi for next steps. Students can see their library account by going to the library catalog from the school website and logging on to their account. Thanks for your help.

 

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SCA Spirit Days June 8-10

 

Wednesday: PJ and stuffed Animal Day

Thursday: Fancy Thursday

Friday: Tropical Day

 

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FCPS' Family Return to School Survey Is Coming Soon

Now that FCPS has transitioned back to a more typical school experience, the school division is interested in hearing from parents/caregivers about how the school year has gone for their students. You will have an opportunity to provide your feedback on our Family Return to School Survey which will open Tuesday, May 31, and close Friday, June 10. 

The survey is being administered by the FCPS Office of Research and Strategic Improvement, which provides objective research and data-based information back to the school division’s leadership. The survey is part of the office’s continuing evaluation of the pandemic’s impact on our school division. We encourage all FCPS parents/caregivers to respond to the survey and share their experiences whether positive or negative. The information you and other families provide will be used, along with other data, to inform FCPS leadership about the return to five days a week of in-person instruction, and support FCPS’ efforts to make improvements that support schools, students, and staff. It will also be included in ESSER III reporting.

 

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News from the PTA End-of-School Dance Party

June 3 @ 6-8 p.m.

The PTA will host an outdoor dance party on Friday, June 3 from 6-8 p.m. We invite you to bring a blanket, chairs and lawn games of your choice. This event is weather permitting, so cross your fingers for sunshine. Parent supervision is required; this is not a drop off event.

There will be a DJ and Kona Ice onsite with snow cones for purchase. The PTA will take pre-orders for large pizzas from Papa John’s until June 2, pizzas will be available for pickup at the event beginning at 6 p.m.   Purchase a large pizza and four bottles of water for $12. Place your order here. All orders are due by noon on Thursday, June 2. Please also feel free to bring your own dinner.

The dance party will take place between the learning garden and the playground. All are welcome!

 

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Reminders 2022-23 Planning

Help us get an accurate estimate  student enrollment for next school year.  Enrollment can be difficult to predict and having an estimate that is as accurate as possible is important for many reasons including student teacher ratio and budget allocation.  Tell us about the enrollment intention of your child today by filling out this form and emailing it to our Registrar, Ann Rajabi.

All families should submit this form including those who will remain enrolled at Franklin Sherman and families with 6th Grade students who will be moving on to middle school.

  Virtual Book Fair

The Virtual Book Fair will remain open till the end of the school year.  Purchases benefit our FSES library.  Be sure to check out our teacher wish lists. What better way to thank your child's classroom teacher than with a book or two from her/his wish list. You may also purchase books or make a money donation to Homestretch, serving parents and children experiencing homelessness at this time in our community. 

 

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Thank You for Sharing Pictures with Us

Please share your school related pictures with us.  Use the webform found here (this link is not compatible with iPhone uploads) or upload your pictures in the "Share School Related Pictures" album of the FSES All Parents Course in Schoology (iPhone compatible).  

Please follow FSES_Pandas on Twitter.  You can also tweet your pictures @FSES_Pandas.

Because of FCPS Policies in place for the 2021-2022 school year, we can only share new pictures where appropriate masking and social distancing practices are in evidence.

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Franklin Sherman Flash - Last Chance: Lunch Selection for Field Day Family Picnic

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Our Field Day Family Picnic is on May 27 from 12-1 p.m

 

For your child's lunch on this day, you can either have your them bring their own lunch or choose from two boxed lunch options.  Deadline for submission of the Google form linked below is Monday, May 23 at 5 p.m.  If you miss this deadline, please ensure that you pack lunch for your child for this Friday, May 27.

You will need to fill out one form per child.

Lunch Selection Form for Field Day Family Picnic

 

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Franklin Sherman Flash - Lunch Selection for Field Day Family Picnic

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Our Family Field Day Family Picnic is on May 27 from 12-1 p.m

 

For your child's lunch on this day, you can either have your them bring their own lunch or choose from two boxed lunch options.  Deadline for submission of the Google form linked below is Monday, May 23 at 5 p.m.  If you miss this deadline, please ensure that you pack lunch for your child for May 27.

 

You will need to fill out one form per child.

 

Lunch Selection Form for Field Day Family Picnic

 

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Franklin Sherman Flash - Spring Fling Cancelled for Friday May 13

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    Due to the forecast of inclement weather the PTA has decided  to cancel the spring fling picnic for tomorrow evening.  All Franklin Sherman Pandas are hoping for fantastic weather for our end of year blow out dance party on Friday June 3rd!!!

 

 

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Franklin Sherman Flash - May 9

Franklin Sherman Weekly Newsletter3 months ago

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Dear Franklin Sherman Families,

We hope all of our moms out there had a great Mother's Day!  

This past week, our first grade authors demonstrated what it means to be subject matter experts with their nonfiction writing at Safari Day.  I was so impressed with their books which included many nonfiction text features.  Our young authors are amazing.

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) continues to monitor cases and report COVID-19 outbreaks, as outlined by the Virginia Department of Health. Currently, Fairfax County's Community Level remains low as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our layered prevention strategies are being implemented based on our COVID-19 Community Level, as recommended by the CDC.

However, FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and parents/legal guardians are reminded of the daily health screening requirement to check their students for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

We look forward to seeing your family at the PTA Spring Fling and Raffle on Friday.  

 

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Kathleen Quigley

Principal

Contents SOL Schedule Important Action Item for All Families Latest COVID-19 Update One of Our Own Performing with the Washington Opera Invitation to Wizard of Oz at Longfellow McLean Community Center Opens After School Program News From the PTA Reminders Share Your Pictures Previous FLASH Newsletters  

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Important Dates

May  Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May  Jewish American Heritage Month

May 3-19  SOL Tests

May 10  Dining for Dollars

May 13  Spring Fling

May 20  Kona Ice Truck

May 25  6th Grade Musical

May 27  Field Day and Family Picnic Lunch

June 1  Chorus, Band, and Strings Concert

June 3  End of School Dance Party

June 7  Dining for Dollars

School Calendar:  2021-22

 

SOL Schedule

May 12  4th and 5th Math

May 13  4th and 5th Math

May 17  3rd Math

May 18  3rd Math

May 19  5th Science and 6th Math

 

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Important Action Item for All Families

Help us get an accurate estimate  student enrollment for next school year.  Enrollment can be difficult to predict and having an estimate that is as accurate as possible is important for many reasons including student teacher ratio and budget allocation.  Tell us about the enrollment intention of your child today by filling out this form and emailing it to our Registrar, Ann Rajabi.

All families should submit this form including those who will remain enrolled at Franklin Sherman and families with 6th Grade students who will be moving on to middle school.

 

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Latest COVID-19 Update

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) continues to monitor cases and report COVID-19 outbreaks, as outlined by the Virginia Department of Health. Currently, Fairfax County's Community Level remains low as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our layered prevention strategies are being implemented based on our COVID-19 Community Level, as recommended by the CDC.

However, FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and parents/legal guardians are reminded of the daily health screening requirement to check their students for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

VaxUp

We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated or boosted as soon as they are eligible. COVID-19 vaccination keeps children safely in school and childcare settings, and also while participating in sports, playdates, extracurricular activities, and other group activities. Strong community vaccination rates help keep our schools safe for in-person learning. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, or to find a vaccine provider, visit the Fairfax County Health Department website.

Masking

As a reminder, students may return to school after five days of isolation if they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving. As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) individuals should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for five additional days (day six through day 10) after the end of the five day isolation period. If individuals are unable to wear a mask when around others, they should continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home. While not required, wearing a mask while indoors is still considered an important way to protect yourself and others. Families are encouraged to discuss mask wearing as an additional layered prevention strategy.

Additional recommendations to prevent COVID-19 are available online.

 

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One of Franklin Sherman's Own Performing with the Washington Opera

Third grader Coco will be singing in all eight performances of the opera Carmen by the Washington National Opera Company and performed at the Kennedy Center. She is one of 18 child singers who were cast, by audition who appear in Acts 1 and 4 of the opera as local town children.

 

 

This talented Franklin Sherman Panda was also recently honored in a Washington DC area string competition where she won 3rd place in the Beginner Violin category.  Congratulations Coco!

 

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Invitation to Wizard of Oz at Longfellow

From Longfellow

The Longfellow Theater Department would like to invite Franklin Sherman students to a free dress rehearsal performance of our production of The Wizard of Oz: Youth Edition on Wednesday, May 11th at 430 pm.

Students must provide their own transportation and be accompanied by an adult. Students will be invited to stay after the production if they wish, to take pictures with the characters, or ask questions about the Longfellow Theater program. For questions about this event, e-mail the director, Sarah Barry, at [email protected].

 

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McLean Community Center Opens After School Program to Rising 7th Graders

From MCC.

What we are doing is extending our After School Program to the rising 7th graders, free of charge, from May 16 - June 10 (last day of school year).  Our After School Program usually runs from 2:30-6pm, M-F, for 7th & up.

We will be extending our ASP to 7pm during this time period as an opportunity for rising 7th graders to experience what it would be like if they decided to enroll next year.  Our ASP has clubs, that range from cooking to gaming to fitness, etc.  These clubs are included within the ASP so there is no extra registration necessary.

Parents will need to fill out a Participation Contract & Registration Form, which can be obtained by coming into the Teen Center or contacting us via email.

After School Programs Website

 

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News from the PTA Rocco's Dining for Dollars Fundraiser

Tuesday, May 10 @ 4-9 p.m.

Help us raise money for FSES while getting a night off from cooking. Order dinner (online, via phone or in person) from Rocco's and they will donate 20% of FSES sales to the PTA. Every order makes a difference and it's such a simple way to raise money for the school. You must mention FSES in order for us to receive credit.

 

Spring Fling & Raffle

Friday, May 13 @ 6-8 p.m.

Bring your own chairs, dinner and lawn games, and join us on school grounds for some DJ music and fun. We'll have an ice cream truck where you can purchase after-dinner treats. We'll also have a raffle to win a Hangout Hideaway Clubhouse (~$1,000 value; pick up and assembly required). Raffle tickets will be 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. It's a free event and all are welcome.

  Supplies Needed for Spring "Green" Art Project

Ms. Adams has requested a few items to help complete the bottle cap art project. Please contact Adrienne Dreyfuss if you can donate one of these items:

  • Wood screws (1 inch - zinc plated if possible) - need lots of them
  • An electric screwdriver/drill to borrow

Colored and black plastic caps (no white or clear) can continue to be dropped off in the lobby or to Ms. Adams.

 

Fall Volunteers for Girls on the Run Needed

We'd really love to offer Girls on the Run at FSES as an after-school activity this fall but need one liaison and two coaches to do so (the liaison can also be a coach). Girls on the Run is a 10-week program for 3rd-6th grade girls. Lessons emphasize the important connection between physical and emotional health. The girls meet twice a week for 60-90 minutes, and the program culminates with the completion of a service project and a celebratory 5K. Coaches will undergo a background check and need to attend a new coach training and lesson demo. The liaison provides logistical support for the program. Please contact Adrienne Dreyfuss for more information.

 

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Reminders Meet Dr. Reid

On Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m., incoming superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall. Watch your email and upcoming issues of FCPS This Week for more details, including how to register. Dr. Reid will be hosting additional engagement sessions throughout the county after her official start date on July 1.

Dr. Reid held an in-person town hall May 3 that can be viewed on the FCPS YouTube Channel.

 

Virtual Book Fair

The Virtual Book Fair will remain open till the end of the school year.  Purchases benefit our FSES library.  Be sure to check out our teacher wish lists. What better way to thank your child's classroom teacher than with a book or two from her/his wishlist. You may also purchase books or make a money donation to Homestretch, serving parents and children experiencing homelessness at this time in our community. 

 

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Thank You for Sharing Pictures with Us

Please share your school related pictures with us.  Use the webform found here (this link is not compatible with iPhone uploads) or upload your pictures in the "Share School Related Pictures" album of the FSES All Parents Course in Schoology (iPhone compatible).  

Please follow FSES_Pandas on Twitter.  You can also tweet your pictures @FSES_Pandas.

Because of FCPS Policies in place for the 2021-2022 school year, we can only share new pictures where appropriate masking and social distancing practices are in evidence.

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Franklin Sherman Flash - May 2

Franklin Sherman Weekly Newsletter3 months 1 week ago

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Dear Franklin Sherman Families,

We are so grateful for the fabulous appreciation experiences you have planned for our staff this week!  Thank you for your unwavering support of our Franklin Sherman staff.

We are now in the process of planning for the 2022-2023 school year.  As a part of our planning, we welcome your input into class placements for your child or children for next year.  Please use this form to share information you would like our team to consider related to class placement by May 14, 2022.  Please do not request a specific teacher.  These forms are shared with grade level teachers and they will see all comments.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Kathleen Quigley

Principal

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Important Dates

May 2-6  Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3-19  SOL Tests

May 4  PTA General Meeting

May 10  Dining Fundraiser at Rocco's

May 13  Spring Fling

May 25  6th Grade Musical

May 27  Field Day and Family Picnic Lunch

June 1  Chorus, Band, and Strings Concert

June 3  End of School Dance Party

School Calendar:  2021-22

 

SOL Schedule

May 3  4th and 5th Reading

May 4  4th and 5th Reading  

May 5  3rd Reading

May 6  3rd Reading

May 10  6th Reading

May 12  4th and 5th Math

May 13  4th and 5th Math

May 17  3rd Math

May 18  3rd Math

May 19  5th Science and 6th Math

 

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Genius Hour in STEAM

Where passions come to life!

What is Genius Hour? It is inquiry-based, student-directed learning that will focus on Portrait of a Graduate skills.

Third through sixth grade will be working on Genius Hour projects in STEAM for the remainder of the school year. Please look for an information sheet coming home next week (information will also be posted in Schoology).

 

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Opportunities to Meet Dr. Reid

Over the next few months, there will be multiple opportunities for staff, families, and students to learn more about our incoming superintendent, Dr. Michelle Reid.  

Dr. Reid, is visiting FCPS next week to learn more about our schools and community. During her visit, there will be a special, in-person event for staff, families, and students on Tuesday, May 3, starting at 7 p.m. More details, including how to register and submit questions, has been shared with you through email via e-Notify. 

On Tuesday, May 17, Dr. Reid will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall, starting at 7 p.m. We will share details about this event in newsletters and directly via email.

 

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Latest COVID-19 Update

Since the start of the pandemic, Fairfax County Public Schools has regularly reviewed and adjusted our health and safety guidance in alignment with recommendations from local, state and national health experts.

As a result, FCPS will be changing current isolation procedures for students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Beginning May 1, 2022, your child may return to in-person instruction and activities, including athletics, when your child has met the following criteria:

  • Student has completed at least five days of isolation; AND 
  • Student is fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND
  • Student’s symptoms have improved or resolved
  • Student wears a well-fitting mask for 5 additional days (day six through day 10) after the end of the 5-day isolation period, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance

If students are unable to wear a mask when around others, they are to continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home.

Children who are in isolation will continue to have access to our StreamIn/CheckIn during this time. 

The new procedure aligns with the timeline recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD). It also follows improving vaccination rates in the Fairfax Health District, as well as a continued community level of low in Fairfax County.

We continue to balance the need for students to have a high-quality in-person learning experience with student and staff safety. By adhering to our layered prevention strategies and increasing vaccination rates, we are all doing our part to keep schools safe.

 

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News from the PTA Teacher Appreciation Week

The PTA has planned a number of events this week to show our teachers, staff and bus drivers how much we appreciate them, and we need parent help!

  • Tuesday, May 3 - PTA catered lunch
  • Wednesday, May 4 - We're stocking the staff lounge with snacks/drink contributions from families
  • Thursday, May 5 - PTA catered lunch
  • Friday, May 6 - Donated potluck breakfast, contribute a breakfast item to be enjoyed by our teachers and staff, items can be dropped off at the front office prior to May 6 if labeled for the staff breakfast, and hot/warm items need to be delivered between 6:30-7:30 a.m. on May 6 ready to eat/serve

It would be wonderful if all of our students could make a nice card/letter/piece of artwork for their classroom teacher(s) and any specials/staff that they interact with. These can be brought in on any day the week of May 2nd.

 

PTA General Meeting (Virtual)

Wednesday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.

Please join us for our 5th general PTA meeting this Wednesday. This virtual meeting will provide an update on our accomplishments so far and spring plans.

 

Supplies Needed for Spring "Green" Art Project

Ms. Adams has requested a few items to help complete the bottle cap art project. Please contact Adrienne Dreyfuss if you can donate one of these items:

  • Wood screws (1 inch - zinc plated if possible) - need lots of them
  • An electric screwdriver/drill to borrow

Colored and black plastic caps (no white or clear) can continue to be dropped off in the lobby or to Ms. Adams.

 

Fall Volunteers for Girls on the Run Needed

We'd really love to offer Girls on the Run at FSES as an after-school activity this fall but need one liaison and two coaches to do so (the liaison can also be a coach). Girls on the Run is a 10-week program for 3rd-6th grade girls. Lessons emphasize the important connection between physical and emotional health. The girls meet twice a week for 60-90 minutes, and the program culminates with the completion of a service project and a celebratory 5K. Coaches will undergo a background check and need to attend a new coach training and lesson demo. The liaison provides logistical support for the program. Please contact Adrienne Dreyfuss for more information.

 

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Reminders Virtual Book Fair

The Virtual Book Fair will remain open till the end of the school year.  Purchases benefit our FSES library.  Be sure to check out our teacher wish lists. What better way to thank your child's classroom teacher than with a book or two from her/his wishlist. You may also purchase books or make a money donation to Homestretch, serving parents and children experiencing homelessness at this time in our community. 

 

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Thank You for Sharing Your Pictures

Please share your school related pictures with us.  Use the webform found here (this link is not compatible with iPhone uploads) or upload your pictures in the "Share School Related Pictures" album of the FSES All Parents Course in Schoology (iPhone compatible).  

Please follow FSES_Pandas on Twitter.  You can also tweet your pictures @FSES_Pandas.

Because of FCPS Policies in place for the 2021-2022 school year, we can only share new pictures where appropriate masking and social distancing practices are in evidence.

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Franklin Sherman Flash - April 25

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Dear Franklin Sherman Families,

Can you believe it's time to start the process of planning for the 2022-2023 school year?  As a part of our planning, we welcome your input into class placements for your child or children for next year.  Please use this form to share information you would like our team to consider related to class placement.  Please do not request a specific teacher.  These forms are shared with grade level teachers and they will see all comments.

Please continue to monitor your child for potential signs of illness.  If your child does not feel well or presents with any COVID-like symptoms, please keep them at home and seek medical advice.  Children should be symptom free for 24 hours without medication before sending them back to school. If you have someone with Covid in the household, the CDC recommends that other household members wear masks. We have experienced an increase in Covid cases within the school and we appreciate your continued support to keep our Franklin Sherman community healthy!  

 

Sincerely,

Kathleen Quigley

Principal

Contents Substance Abuse Webinars News From the PTA Reminders Share Your Pictures Previous FLASH Newsletters  

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Important Dates

April  Arab American Heritage Month

April 28  Spring Picture Day

May 2-6  Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3-19  SOL Tests

May 4  PTA General Meeting

May 10  Dining Fundraiser at Rocco's

May 13  Spring Fling

May 25  6th Grade Musical

May 27  Field Day and Family Picnic Lunch

June 1  Chorus, Band, and Strings Concert

June 3  End of School Dance Party

School Calendar:  2021-22

 

Substance Abuse Webinars

Due to the rise in opioid overdoses in the Fairfax Health District (which is consistent with national and state trends), Fairfax County Public Schools has partnered with Fairfax County Government to provide educational webinars on youth substance use trends and supports. The free webinars are scheduled for April 20, April 26, and April 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Each of the three webinars will provide the same information. 

The topics to be covered include:

  • Most commonly used substances.
  • In-depth opioid information.
  • Reasons why youth use substances.
  • Ways parents can support their children.
  • Available FCPS and Fairfax County Resources.
  • Ways students, parents, and community members can connect with support providers.

Registration for the webinars is available online.

 

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News from the PTA Teacher Appreciation Week is Coming (May 2-6)


The PTA has planned a number of events next week to show our teachers, staff and bus drivers how much we appreciate them, and we need parent help!

  • Tuesday, May 3 - PTA catered lunch
  • Wednesday, May 4 - We're stocking the staff lounge with snacks/drink contributions from families, please sign up to bring an item and plan to drop it off in the front lobby by Friday, April 29
  • Thursday, May 5 - PTA catered lunch
  • Friday, May 6 - Donated potluck breakfast, contribute a breakfast item to be enjoyed by our teachers and staff, items can be dropped off at the front office prior to May 6 if labeled for the staff breakfast, and hot/warm items need to be delivered between 6:30-7:30 a.m. on May 6 ready to eat/serve

It would be wonderful if all of our students could make a nice card/letter/piece of artwork for their classroom teacher(s) and any specials/staff that they interact with. These can be brought in on any day the week of May 2nd.

 

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Longfellow - Rising 7th Grade Open House

Longfellow is excited welcome our newest Lancers to our Rising 7th Grade Open House on May 19 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm!

Visitors will be able to walk the halls of Longfellow and see how our classrooms are set up, check out the cafeteria, hear from some of our student organizations and more! Longfellow administrators and counselors will be on hand to answer questions. There will not be a large-group presentation; this is an ‘Open House’ style event in which students may come with their family at any time during the evening.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Madigan, Director of Student Services, at [email protected].

Reminders Tutor.com Live for Students

We are pleased to announce that students now have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Tutor.com is available 24/7, through online voice or text chat, and in your student’s preferred language. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their students out of accessing the service. You can learn more about Tutor.com on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students will be able to access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following instructional videos: elementary video and secondary video. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

This new service will help many FSES students complete assignments, better understand classroom lessons, and be successful.

 

AAP Spring Newsletter

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners. In the spring, local schools review data on all students to determine services for the start of the next school year. If you would like to learn more about school-based services, and the spring review please refer to the Spring Newsletter from the Advanced Academics Central Office.

 

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Thank You for Sharing Your Pictures

Please share your school related pictures with us.  Use the webform found here (this link is not compatible with iPhone uploads) or upload your pictures in the "Share School Related Pictures" album of the FSES All Parents Course in Schoology (iPhone compatible).  

Please follow FSES_Pandas on Twitter.  You can also tweet your pictures @FSES_Pandas.

Because of FCPS Policies in place for the 2021-2022 school year, we can only share new pictures where appropriate masking and social distancing practices are in evidence.

6633 Brawner St. McLean, VA 22101  | Main Office: 703.506.7900

Attendance: 703-506-7979 | Web | Twitter

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