Franklin Sherman Flash - May 28

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Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Elementary School Community,

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day. With twelve days left, we are jam packed with lots of fun activities. This week we have field day and our schoolwide picnic. Tomorrow is our spring concert at McLean HS.

We also have our final spirit week created by our 6th grade students:
Wednesday: Jersey day
Thursday: PJ & Stuff Animal Day
Friday: Freaky Friday- dress up as a teacher/adult

I hope to see you at the Family Fun Picnic today from 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

 

Farris Thomas
Principal
Franklin Sherman Elementary School

 

Important Dates

May  Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May 28  Field Day and Family Picnic

June 3-4  EoY Book Swap

June 3-4  Lost and Found Clear Out

June 11  6th Grade Promotion

June 11  EoY Dance Party

June 12  Last Day of School 2 Hour Early Dismissal

August 19  First Day of School for SY 2024-25

School Calendar:  2023-24

 

Contents Lost and Found Clean Up

Your Stuff Misses YOU TOO!

Monday and Tuesday June 3 & 4 the Lost and Found is OPEN and will be in the school main lobby from 9 a.m. till 4:30 p.m.

Parents are welcome to swing by the school on these two days to claim any missing item(s) from their household.

All unclaimed belongings will be donated to the McLean Baptist Church, Share Clothing Room after June 4.

 

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End of Year Book Swap 

As the end of the school year is approaching and you start cleaning up, put aside any gently used books that you do not need anymore. If they still have a lot of life in them, they will make their next owner happy! So don’t keep them around! Bring them to our End of the Year Book Swap!

On Monday and Tuesday June 3rd and 4th, bring any books you wish to swap in the library. There, from the book swap table, you will exchange them with the same number of books that you brought. If you do not have any books to swap at the moment, don’t let that stop you. Come by the library and get a book! We have a lot of books for your summer reading!!

It is fun! You can replenish your bookshelf without spending money! 

Come one, come many! And bring your used and unused books for swapping!

For more information, contact our librarian Rosalie Essimi, [email protected]

 

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It’s Registration Time!

It is especially important that we register our new Kindergarten Pandas for next school year.  Please pass the news on to friends and neighbors who have a Kindergarten aged child who should register for the 2024-25 school year.

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.

Please find more information and New Student Registration for all grades at the Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Online Registration Website.

 

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News from FCPS

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Remember to Check Your Student’s Lunch Balance!
  • Student Testing Results Coming Soon
  • Support Your Child’s Success in SIS ParentVUE
  • Open Your Home to an International Student and Enjoy a Free Week of IFTA 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving this weekly newsletter, please sign up today

 

Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

 

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News from Our PTA Registration is Open for Summer Athletic Camps at Langley HS

Langley High is hosting several athletic camps this summer, including Football, Girls' Lacrosse, Softball, Girls' Basketball, Boys' Basketball, and Volleyball (wait list). See the links below for more information and to register!

All camps but boys' basketball;
https://www.langleyboosters.org/product-category/camps/

Boys' basketball:
https://langleyathletics.org/page/3175

If you have questions, please contact Geoff Noto, Director of Student Activities, Langley High School, 703-287-2750, @langleysports, [email protected].

 

  Join the PTA

Annual PTA membership costs $20 per family and is due EACH school year.  Join here!

 

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Reminders Franklin Sherman Garden Needs Your Help

We need to trim the butterfly bushes, weed the beds, mulch to keep weeds down, move some native plants, remove invasive ones etc… 

This is not a one day or a one person job. The Green Panda needs you! Join us on Wednesdays, from 4:15 to 5:00 as we begin working on maintaining our learning garden. If you can spare 10 or 15 minutes, come pull a few invasive weeds!

Our pollinators will thank you for it!!

For more information, contact Rosalie Essimi, [email protected]

 

 

Longfellow MS Jump Start Registration Now Open!

Jump Start registration is now open on myschoolbucks. Choose between session 1 – August 5-6 or session 2 – August 7-8. 

Hours are 8:30a.m. – 12:00p.m. Look forward to learning about Longfellow with school tours, ice breakers, scavenger hunts, team building and more. If you have any questions, contact Lavina Gangwani-Colaco at [email protected].

 

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FCPS Cares Program

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS and specifically Franklin Sherman.

FCPS Cares Program

 

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Spirit Week May 28-31

As a way to celebrate the last few weeks of their time at Franklin Sherman, the 6th Grade students have organized a spirit week for next week.  All Pandas are invited to participate!

Monday - No School for Memorial Day Holiday

Tuesday - Class Colors (also corresponds with Field Day)

Wednesday - Jersey Day

Thursday - PJ and Stuffed Animal Day

Friday - Students Dress Like Adults

 

Class Colors for Spirit Day and Field Day on Tuesday, May 28

Kindergarten - Green

1st Grade - Yellow

2nd Grade - Red

3rd Grade - Navy

4th Grade - Purple

5th Grade - Mint Green (light green) 

6th Grade - Black

Multi Grade Classrooms - Tie-Dye

 

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Franklin Sherman Flash - May 20

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Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Elementary School Community,

 

Important Reminders

Please remember that there is no school next Monday, May 27th, in observance of Memorial Day.

On Tuesday, May 28th, we will be hosting our much-anticipated Field Day. We still have a few volunteer slots open, so please sign up through the PTA if you can help make this day special for our students.

As we look forward field day and end of year parties, I want to express my heartfelt thanks for your continued support and involvement in our school community. Together, we make Franklin Sherman a nurturing and vibrant place for our children to learn and grow.

 

Farris Thomas
Principal
Franklin Sherman Elementary School

 

Important Dates

May  Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May 27  Memorial Day Holiday

May 28  Field Day and Family Picnic (Rain Date May 29)

June 11  6th Grade Promotion

June 11  EoY Dance Party

June 12  Last Day of School 2 Hour Early Dismissal

School Calendar:  2023-24

 

Contents Community Conversations

Dr. Michelle Reid has been hosting Community Conversations and Employee Conversations throughout the division since the fall of this school year. She is committed to getting to know our school communities. 

The dates for the final two Community Conversations are below. These events provide a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to connect with Dr. Reid, share concerns and ideas. She is there to listen and answer your questions. Your voice is important.

The community is invited to register for a time and place that is convenient for you to attend. Pre-registration is not required, but does help us plan.

Childcare and language interpretation services will be provided.

For more information please visit the FCPS website.

 

Upcoming Community Conversations:

May 16, 2024 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Poe Middle School
7000 Cindy Ln, Annandale, VA 22003
REGISTER  HERE

 

May 28, 2024 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Katherine Johnson Middle School
Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
REGISTER  HERE

 

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It’s Registration Time!

It is especially important that we register our new Kindergarten Pandas for next school year.  Please pass the news on to friends and neighbors who have a Kindergarten aged child who should register for the 2024-25 school year.

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.

Please find more information and New Student Registration for all grades at the Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Online Registration Website.

 

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News from FCPS

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • May Webinars and Events for Families
  • Resources for Families New to FCPS
  • Green Teams Connect Schools and the Environment
  • Save the Date for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza
  • FCPS Ombuds Office Provides Confidential Guidance

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving this weekly newsletter, please sign up today

 

Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

 

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News from Our PTA PTA Meeting

May 16, 6:30-7:30 pm

Join us for our final meeting of the school year, when we will vote on our slate of PTA Board candidates for 2024-25:

If you are interested in serving as an officer or helping with the PTA next year in any way, please contact Sarah Bloom or Adrienne Dreyfuss.

Free babysitting (with pizza!) provided in the gym for children 3 and older during the meeting.

 

Join the PTA

Annual PTA membership costs $20 per family and is due EACH school year.  Join here!

 

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Reminders Franklin Sherman Garden Needs Your Help

We need to trim the butterfly bushes, weed the beds, mulch to keep weeds down, move some native plants, remove invasive ones etc… 

This is not a one day or a one person job. The Green Panda needs you! Join us on Wednesdays, from 4:15 to 5:00 as we begin working on maintaining our learning garden. If you can spare 10 or 15 minutes, come pull a few invasive weeds!

Our pollinators will thank you for it!!

For more information, contact Rosalie Essimi, [email protected]

 

 

Longfellow MS Jump Start Registration Now Open!

Jump Start registration is now open on myschoolbucks. Choose between session 1 – August 5-6 or session 2 – August 7-8. 

Hours are 8:30a.m. – 12:00p.m. Look forward to learning about Longfellow with school tours, ice breakers, scavenger hunts, team building and more. If you have any questions, contact Lavina Gangwani-Colaco at [email protected].

 

 

Non-profit Distribution of Fliers

Review Regulation 1367 on Distribution of Fliers

FCPS offers the opportunity for nonprofit organizations to make their materials available, through local schools, to students and parents. Fliers will be sent home in student’s backpacks. Fliers, sorted into 15 groups of 25, need to be at the school by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday before the below date.

May 17, 2024

 

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FCPS Cares Program

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS and specifically Franklin Sherman.

FCPS Cares Program

 

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Franklin Sherman Flash - May 13

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Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Elementary School Community,

I am thrilled to share some wonderful highlights from our school community from the previous week:

Celebrations and Highlights:

Last week was a bustling one at Franklin Sherman Elementary! Our students showed their knowledge and skills during the Reading SOL, and we couldn't be prouder of their hard work. Alongside academics, we also gathered for a special assembly that brought joy and excitement to all our students. Thank you to the PTA for sponsoring Jim Basketball Jones. The kids LOVED it! 

A heartfelt thank you to our dedicated staff members who put in extra effort to ensure our students felt supported and prepared for their assessments. We're immensely grateful for their commitment to our students' success. 

Additionally, a big shoutout to our incredible PTA for their generosity in providing delicious food and treats for our staff appreciation event. Your kindness truly made a difference!

Upcoming Events:

This week, we have more opportunities for academic achievement with the Science and Math SOL exams. We encourage all students to approach these assessments with confidence and determination.

Looking ahead, mark your calendars for our upcoming PTA meeting scheduled for the 16th. It's a fantastic opportunity to stay informed, connect with other parents, and contribute to the enriching experiences we provide for our students.

Closing Thoughts:

As we navigate through these busy weeks, let's continue to support and uplift one another. Together, we create a nurturing environment where every child can thrive. Thank you for your ongoing partnership and commitment to Franklin Sherman Elementary.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead filled with learning, laughter, and memorable moments.

 

Farris Thomas
Principal
Franklin Sherman Elementary School

 

Important Dates

May  Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May 14  Grade 5 Science SOL

May 14  Grade 1 Mt. Vernon Field Trip

May 16  Math SOL for Grades 3-6

May 16  Final PTA Meeting of the School Year

May 27  Memorial Day Holiday

May 28  Field Day and Family Picnic

June 11  EoY Dance Party

June 12  Last Day of School 2 Hour Early Dismissal

School Calendar:  2023-24

 

Contents Help needed with the garden!

Our beautiful garden is in need of your help! We need to trim the butterfly bushes, weed the beds, mulch to keep weeds down, move some native plants, remove invasive ones etc… 

This is not a one day or a one person job. The Green Panda needs you! Join us on Wednesdays, from 4:15 to 5:00 as we begin working on maintaining our learning garden. If you can spare 10 or 15 minutes, come pull a few invasive weeds!

Our pollinators will thank you for it!!

For more information, contact Rosalie Essimi, [email protected]

 

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It’s Registration Time!

It is especially important that we register our new Kindergarten Pandas for next school year.  Please pass the news on to friends and neighbors who have a Kindergarten aged child who should register for the 2024-25 school year.

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.

Please find more information and New Student Registration for all grades at the Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Online Registration Website.

 

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News from FCPS

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • May Webinars and Events for Families
  • Resources for Families New to FCPS
  • Green Teams Connect Schools and the Environment
  • Save the Date for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza
  • FCPS Ombuds Office Provides Confidential Guidance

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving this weekly newsletter, please sign up today

 

Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

 

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News from Our PTA PTA Meeting

May 16, 6:30-7:30 pm

Join us for our final meeting of the school year, when we will vote on our slate of PTA Board candidates for 2024-25:

If you are interested in serving as an officer or helping with the PTA next year in any way, please contact Sarah Bloom or Adrienne Dreyfuss.

Free babysitting (with pizza!) provided in the gym for children 3 and older during the meeting.

 

Join the PTA

Annual PTA membership costs $20 per family and is due EACH school year.  Join here!

 

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Reminders Longfellow MS Jump Start Registration Now Open!

Jump Start registration is now open on myschoolbucks. Choose between session 1 – August 5-6 or session 2 – August 7-8. 

Hours are 8:30a.m. – 12:00p.m. Look forward to learning about Longfellow with school tours, ice breakers, scavenger hunts, team building and more. If you have any questions, contact Lavina Gangwani-Colaco at [email protected].

 

 

Non-profit Distribution of Fliers

Review Regulation 1367 on Distribution of Fliers

FCPS offers the opportunity for nonprofit organizations to make their materials available, through local schools, to students and parents. Fliers will be sent home in student’s backpacks. Fliers, sorted into 15 groups of 25, need to be at the school by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday before the below date.

May 17, 2024

 

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FCPS Cares Program

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS and specifically Franklin Sherman.

FCPS Cares Program

 

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Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Elementary School Community,

I hope this message finds you well and filled with the same excitement and gratitude that I have as we celebrate Staff Appreciation Week here at Franklin Sherman.  This week is dedicated to honoring the incredible dedication, hard work, and passion that our teachers and staff bring to our school community each and every day.

Our teachers play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our children. They not only educate but inspire, guide, and nurture our students to reach their full potential. It is through their unwavering commitment and tireless efforts that our school continues to thrive.

I encourage each and every one of you to take a moment this week to celebrate and appreciate your child's teacher. A simple note of thanks or a small treat can go a long way in showing them how much they are valued and appreciated.

Additionally, I am thrilled to share that our Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is going above and beyond to spoil our staff this week. They have organized a stocked lounge this week and a potluck breakfast on Friday to show our teachers and staff just how much they mean to us. I encourage you to reach out to the PTA and sign up to help make this event a success. Your contributions, no matter how big or small, will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our school.

 

Class Placements for 24-25: 

Each spring, we begin the essential task of determining class placements for the next school year.  The school staff works collaboratively to create classroom assignments.  It is the task of the grade level teachers, specialists, and administration to determine distribution of students to optimally create classroom groupings. 

As parents, you can assist us in determining class placement by sharing your insights about your child with respect to academic and behavioral information using this form. Please note that we do not accept requests for specific teachers for the upcoming grade placement.  This includes hints that reference specific teachers. We cannot guarantee multiple friend requests nor exceptions for other students with whom there may be a conflict.

 

Farris Thomas
Principal
Franklin Sherman Elementary School

 

Important Dates

May  Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May 6-10  Staff Appreciation Week

May 7  Reading SOL for Grades 3-6

May 9 School Assembly 

May 14  Grade 5 Science SOL

May 14  Grade 1 Mt. Vernon Field Trip

May 16  Math SOL for Grades 3-6

May 16  Final PTA Meeting of the School Year

May 27  Memorial Day Holiday

May 28  Field Day and Family Picnic

June 11  EoY Dance Party

June 12  Last Day of School 2 Hour Early Dismissal

School Calendar:  2023-24

 

Contents It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Please pass the news on to friends and neighbors who have a Kindergarten aged child who should register for the 2024-25 school year.

Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.

 

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Multi Language Learners Parent Coffee

Franklin Sherman is having an end-of-year Multi-Language Learners Parent Coffee on Friday May 10th from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in the library.  Please join us for coffee, breakfast treats and conversation.  The topics to be discussed will be information on strategies to support your student’s academic and mental growth over the summer. Look out for the flyer this week and we hope to see you there!

 

Please RSVP by emailing Nadeen Zoorba, [email protected]

 

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Let's Finish the School Year Strong!

Student attendance at school is important all year long, up to the last day of school. Attendance has an effect on student performance and on school accreditation. See how to:

  • Check your child’s attendance record
  • Help your student stay engaged at school
  • Report future absences
  • Understand the FCPS school calendar

Learn more about attendance resources.

 

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Required Immunizations for Rising 7th and 12th Graders

Immunizations are required for all students entering 7th and 12th grades this fall. Visit the FCPS immunization webpage to learn about the required vaccines.  Caregivers should ask their private healthcare provider or the health department to review their student's immunization record to ensure that their student has received these required immunizations. 

It is important to schedule immunizations early in the summer, as seventh-grade students must submit documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines before they begin school in August. Twelfth-grade students must submit documentation of the Meningococcal vaccine.

 

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Online Registration for School Year 2024-25

We are excited to announce that Online Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open now. Both new students and those returning to FCPS from another district or school system can use our Online Registration system to register students entering Kindergarten through 12th grade for the upcoming academic year.

Welcome to Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Online Registration

 

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News from FCPS

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • May Webinars and Events for Families
  • Resources for Families New to FCPS
  • Green Teams Connect Schools and the Environment
  • Save the Date for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza
  • FCPS Ombuds Office Provides Confidential Guidance

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving this weekly newsletter, please sign up today

 

Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

 

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News from Our PTA PTA Meeting

May 16, 6:30-7:30 pm

Join us for our final meeting of the school year, when we will vote on our slate of PTA Board candidates for 2024-25:

If you are interested in serving as an officer or helping with the PTA next year in any way, please contact Sarah Bloom or Adrienne Dreyfuss.

Free babysitting (with pizza!) provided in the gym for children 3 and older during the meeting.

 

Join the PTA

Annual PTA membership costs $20 per family and is due EACH school year.  Join here!

 

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Reminders The Green Panda

Spring is here! The trees are in bloom, the bulbs are out, and the birds are back! Did you notice our school garden? It needs your loving care: mulching, weeding, and planting.

Your child can be part of this by joining the FSES ECO Club: The Green Panda. The Green Panda meets every Wednesday from 4:15 to 5:00 in the library. We talk about the FCPS Get2Green program and learn about trees in our school grounds, native plants, rain barrels, composting, recycling, gardening, food waste etc.  In short, The Green Panda is focused on learning and acting toward stewardship of our environment while we are having fun in the outdoors!!!

If your child would like to join, have them pick up a permission slip from Mrs. Essimi, in the library.

For questions or additional information, please contact our librarian, Mrs. Essimi ([email protected]) or our counselor, Mr. Nielsen ([email protected]).

 

  Longfellow MS Jump Start Registration Now Open!

Jump Start registration is now open on myschoolbucks. Choose between session 1 – August 5-6 or session 2 – August 7-8. 

Hours are 8:30a.m. – 12:00p.m. Look forward to learning about Longfellow with school tours, ice breakers, scavenger hunts, team building and more. If you have any questions, contact Lavina Gangwani-Colaco at [email protected].

 

 

FCPS Rec-PAC 2024

Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children), operated by Fairfax County Park Authority, is a six week structured recreation program with emphasis on leisure skills designed for elementary school children.

Participants will have an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of activities such as: fun and fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, storytelling, sports festivals, talent shows and supervised play sessions. Each location has a ratio of 1 staff person to 18 participants.

  • Rec-PAC takes place June 24 to August 1.
  • Register anytime before June 14.
  • Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit scholarship applications for the Rec-PAC program now.
  • C.I.T. registration will open in April.
DOWNLOAD REC-PAC BROCHURE

 

 

Non-profit Distribution of Fliers

Review Regulation 1367 on Distribution of Fliers

FCPS offers the opportunity for nonprofit organizations to make their materials available, through local schools, to students and parents. Fliers will be sent home in student’s backpacks. Fliers, sorted into 15 groups of 25, need to be at the school by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday before the below date.

May 17, 2024

 

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FCPS Cares Program

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS and specifically Franklin Sherman.

FCPS Cares Program

 

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Franklin Sherman Flash - April 29

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Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Elementary School Community,

 

Spring is in full bloom, and so is the energy at Franklin Sherman! This past week was a whirlwind of learning, fun, and appreciation. We celebrated Earth Day by participating in exciting classroom activities about our planet. We also had a jam packed week with Earth Day spirit week. It was great to see so many unified color days and a fun animal print to end our week. The 5th grade also got to enjoy their field trip to the National History Museum. 

Celebrating Kindness:

Congratulations to our April Panda Kindness winners! These students consistently demonstrate empathy and compassion towards their peers, making Franklin Sherman a more welcoming place for everyone. It is also wonderful to watch students cheer on their peers! 

Staff Appreciation:

Did you know that last week's staff meeting had a delicious twist? We enjoyed a catered breakfast from Campus Survival Kits, the same company many of you utilize when purchasing school supplies. Based on the number of parents that purchased through Campus Survival Kits, the school earns points and we cashed in our rewards for a delicious breakfast last week.

Upcoming Events:

Teacher Work Day: Just a friendly reminder that next Friday, May 3rd, is a designated teacher work day. Students will enjoy a well-deserved break while our educators participate in professional development opportunities.

Mark Your Calendars!

Get ready to shower our amazing teachers with love and appreciation! The week of May 6th marks our annual Staff Appreciation Week. Please check the PTA email to find ways you can help in showing your appreciation and gratitude for the staff here. 

Class Placements for 24-25: 

Each spring, we begin the essential task of determining class placements for the next school year.  The school staff works collaboratively to create classroom assignments.  It is the task of the grade level teachers, specialists, and administration to determine distribution of students to optimally create classroom groupings. 

As parents, you can assist us in determining class placement by sharing your insights about your child with respect to academic and behavioral information using this form. Please note that we do not accept requests for specific teachers for the upcoming grade placement.  This includes hints that reference specific teachers. We cannot guarantee multiple friend requests nor exceptions for other students with whom there may be a conflict.

 

Farris Thomas
Principal
Franklin Sherman Elementary School

 

Important Dates

May  Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May 3  Student Holiday

May 6-10  Staff Appreciation Week

May 7  Reading SOL for Grades 3-6

May 9 School Assembly 

May 14  Grade 5 Science SOL

May 14  Grade 1 Mt. Vernon Field Trip

May 16  Math SOL for Grades 3-6

May 27  Memorial Day Holiday

School Calendar:  2023-24

 

Contents It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Please pass the news on to friends and neighbors who have a Kindergarten aged child who should register for the 2024-25 school year.

Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.

 

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Multi Language Learners Parent Coffee

Franklin Sherman is having an end-of-year Multi-Language Learners Parent Coffee on Friday May 10th from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in the library.  Please join us for coffee, breakfast treats and conversation.  The topics to be discussed will be information on strategies to support your student’s academic and mental growth over the summer. Look out for the flyer this week and we hope to see you there!

 

Please RSVP by emailing Nadeen Zoorba, [email protected]

 

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The Green Panda

Spring is here! The trees are in bloom, the bulbs are out, and the birds are back! Did you notice our school garden? It needs your loving care: mulching, weeding, and planting.

Your child can be part of this by joining the FSES ECO Club: The Green Panda. The Green Panda meets every Wednesday from 4:15 to 5:00 in the library. We talk about the FCPS Get2Green program and learn about trees in our school grounds, native plants, rain barrels, composting, recycling, gardening, food waste etc.  In short, The Green Panda is focused on learning and acting toward stewardship of our environment while we are having fun in the outdoors!!!

If your child would like to join, have them pick up a permission slip from Mrs. Essimi, in the library.

 

For questions or additional information, please contact our librarian, Mrs. Essimi ([email protected]) or our counselor, Mr. Nielsen ([email protected]).

 

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SEL Screener Results Posting Soon

FCPS students in grades 3-12 took the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during March, providing updated information on skills such as achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. 

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available for families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail. 

Get more information about the screener on the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s teacher.

 

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Online Registration for School Year 2024-25

We are excited to announce that Online Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open now. Both new students and those returning to FCPS from another district or school system can use our Online Registration system to register students entering Kindergarten through 12th grade for the upcoming academic year.

Welcome to Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Online Registration

 

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News From Longfellow MS Spring Open House – April 30, 2024

We cordially invite all our Rising 7th & New FCPS families to our Spring Open House on Tuesday, April 30th from 6:30-7:30p.m. During this time, you will have an opportunity to tour LMS and ask any questions you may have to prepare for the 23-24 school year. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Jump Start Registration Now Open!

Jump Start registration is now open on myschoolbucks. Choose between session 1 – August 5-6 or session 2 – August 7-8. 

Hours are 8:30a.m. – 12:00p.m. Look forward to learning about Longfellow with school tours, ice breakers, scavenger hunts, team building and more. If you have any questions, contact Lavina Gangwani-Colaco at [email protected].

 

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News from FCPS

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Weigh in on School Health Services
  • Community Forums on Middle School Start Times
  • Register Your Five-Year-Old for Kindergarten
  • Before- and After-School Care
  • The Importance of Play
  • Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today

 

Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

 

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News from Our PTA PTA Meeting

May 16, 6:30-7:30 pm

Join us for our final meeting of the school year, when we will vote on our slate of PTA Board candidates for 2024-25:

If you are interested in serving as an officer or helping with the PTA next year in any way, please contact Sarah Bloom or Adrienne Dreyfuss.

Free babysitting (with pizza!) provided in the gym for children 3 and older during the meeting.

 

Join the PTA

Annual PTA membership costs $20 per family and is due EACH school year.  Join here!

 

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Reminders The Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award

Nominations are open for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.  The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors this award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families.  

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1, 2024.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium.

Full details and the nomination information form can be found at the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award website

 

 

Elementary Institute for the Arts

Students in all FCPS schools can enroll in the Elementary Institute for the Arts. IFTA is a weekly Arts enrichment program for students in rising 3rd through 6th grades during the month of July. Students take classes in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance every day. Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the Elementary Institute for the Arts website for more information or email [email protected].

 

 

School Pictures Can Still be Purchased

Franklin Sherman's Your school's picture day season is over, but you can still order prints.

To view and order photos online :

Please visit: vosphoto.com/underclass

When prompted for an online code, use your Student ID (your student may also recognize this as their lunch or library number). Families can email Please visit: vosphoto.com/underclass for any questions about the ordering process.

 

 

FCPS Rec-PAC 2024

Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children), operated by Fairfax County Park Authority, is a six week structured recreation program with emphasis on leisure skills designed for elementary school children.

Participants will have an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of activities such as: fun and fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, storytelling, sports festivals, talent shows and supervised play sessions. Each location has a ratio of 1 staff person to 18 participants.

  • Rec-PAC takes place June 24 to August 1.
  • Register anytime before June 14.
  • Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit scholarship applications for the Rec-PAC program now.
  • C.I.T. registration will open in April.
DOWNLOAD REC-PAC BROCHURE

 

 

Non-profit Distribution of Fliers

Review Regulation 1367 on Distribution of Fliers

FCPS offers the opportunity for nonprofit organizations to make their materials available, through local schools, to students and parents. Fliers will be sent home in student’s backpacks. Fliers, sorted into 15 groups of 25, need to be at the school by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday before the below date.

May 17, 2024

 

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FCPS Cares Program

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS and specifically Franklin Sherman.

FCPS Cares Program

 

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Franklin Sherman Flash Archive and Translation Available On Our Website

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Franklin Sherman Flash - April 22

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Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Elementary School Community,

School Events Recap:

  • We kicked off last week with a delightful Staff Bake-Off, where our talented staff members showcased their baking skills. Congratulations to the winners: Ms. Mastakas, Ms. Shelley, and Ms. Eaton! Your delicious treats brought smiles to everyone's faces.
  • Another highlight of the week was the fulfillment of the grant applied for by Mr. Ralston through Dominion Electric. The Dominion team worked tirelessly to refurbish our outdoor classroom, including the wooden benches and podium. We are grateful for their support in creating a vibrant learning environment for our students.

Celebrations and Highlights:

  • We had several staff members attend a FCPS Portrait of a Graduate Presentation of Learning exhibition this week so we can continue to grow this work at FS next year. 

Upcoming Events:

  • Mark your calendars for the School Assembly on May 9th! We are thrilled to welcome Jim Basketball Jones, who will present to all grades on ways to stay motivated and maintain a positive outlook on life. It promises to be an inspiring and uplifting experience for our students.
  • Get ready for Earth Week celebrations this week with a Spirit Week!
  • Each spring, we begin the essential task of determining class placements for the next school year.  The school staff works collaboratively to create classroom assignments.  It is the task of the grade level teachers, specialists, and administration to determine distribution of students to optimally create classroom groupings. 

As parents, you can assist us in determining class placement by sharing your insights about your child with respect to academic and behavioral information using this form. Please note that we do not accept requests for specific teachers for the upcoming grade placement.  This includes hints that reference specific teachers. We cannot guarantee multiple friend requests nor exceptions for other students with whom there may be a conflict.

 

Farris Thomas
Principal
Franklin Sherman Elementary School

 

Important Dates

April  Month of the Military Child

April  National Arab American Heritage Month

April 22  Earth Day

April 22-23  Lost and Found Clean Up

April 25  5th Grade Natural History Museum Field Trip

April 22-26  Earth Week Spirit Week

May 3  Student Holiday

May 6-10  Staff Appreciation Week

May 7  Reading SOL for Grades 3-6

May 14  Grade 5 Science SOL

May 14  Grade 1 Mt. Vernon Field Trip

May 16  Math SOL for Grades 3-6

School Calendar:  2023-24

 

Contents Spirit Week- FCPS Earth Week 2024

It’s been feeling like spring recently, so it’s time to start thinking about FCPS Earth Week! Get2Green is hosting FCPS Earth Week April 22-26, 2024. The themes for Earth Week are:

  • Monday, April 22 - wear green for Earth Day
  • Tuesday, April 23 - wear blue for Watershed Day
  • Wednesday, April 24 - wear white for Zero Waste Day
  • Thursday, April 25 - wear red for Climate Change Day

 

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The Green Panda

Spring is here! The trees are in bloom, the bulbs are out, and the birds are back! Did you notice our school garden? It needs your loving care: mulching, weeding, and planting.

Your child can be part of this by joining the FSES ECO Club: The Green Panda. The Green Panda meets every Wednesday from 4:15 to 5:00 in the library. We talk about the FCPS Get2Green program and learn about trees in our school grounds, native plants, rain barrels, composting, recycling, gardening, food waste etc.  In short, The Green Panda is focused on learning and acting toward stewardship of our environment while we are having fun in the outdoors!!!

If your child would like to join, have them pick up a permission slip from Mrs. Essimi, in the library.

 

For questions or additional information, please contact our librarian, Mrs. Essimi ([email protected]) or our counselor, Mr. Nielsen ([email protected]).

 

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Lost and Found Clean Up

Your Stuff Misses YOU TOO!

Monday, April 22nd, and Tuesday, April 23rd the Lost and Found is OPEN and will be in the school main lobby from 9 a.m till 4:30 p.m.

Parents are welcome to swing by the school on these two days to claim any missing item(s) from their household.

All unclaimed belongings will be donated to the McLean Baptist Church, Share Clothing Room after April 23.

 

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SEL Screener Results Posting Soon

FCPS students in grades 3-12 took the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during March, providing updated information on skills such as achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. 

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available for families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail. 

Get more information about the screener on the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s teacher.

 

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Online Registration for School Year 2024-25

We are excited to announce that Online Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open now. Both new students and those returning to FCPS from another district or school system can use our Online Registration system to register students entering Kindergarten through 12th grade for the upcoming academic year.

Welcome to Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Online Registration

 

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News From Longfellow MS Spring Open House – April 30, 2024

We cordially invite all our Rising 7th & New FCPS families to our Spring Open House on Tuesday, April 30th from 6:30-7:30p.m. During this time, you will have an opportunity to tour LMS and ask any questions you may have to prepare for the 23-24 school year. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Jump Start Registration Now Open!

Jump Start registration is now open on myschoolbucks. Choose between session 1 – August 5-6 or session 2 – August 7-8. 

Hours are 8:30a.m. – 12:00p.m. Look forward to learning about Longfellow with school tours, ice breakers, scavenger hunts, team building and more. If you have any questions, contact Lavina Gangwani-Colaco at [email protected].

 

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News from FCPS

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • School Health Services Satisfaction Survey
  • Family Summit Designed to Enhance Safety, Security, Inclusion
  • April Webinars and Events for Families
  • FCPS is One of the Best Communities for Music Education
  • Apply for Early Learning for Children Six Weeks to Four Years Old
  • Earth Day Festival

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today

 

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News from Our PTA PTA Meeting

May 16, 6:30-7:30 pm

 

Join the PTA

Annual PTA membership costs $20 per family and is due EACH school year.  Join here!

 

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Reminders The Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award

Nominations are open for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.  The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors this award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families.  

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1, 2024.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium.

Full details and the nomination information form can be found at the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award website

 

 

Elementary Institute for the Arts

Students in all FCPS schools can enroll in the Elementary Institute for the Arts. IFTA is a weekly Arts enrichment program for students in rising 3rd through 6th grades during the month of July. Students take classes in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance every day. Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the Elementary Institute for the Arts website for more information or email [email protected].

 

 

School Pictures Can Still be Purchased

Franklin Sherman's Your school's picture day season is over, but you can still order prints.

To view and order photos online :

Please visit: vosphoto.com/underclass

When prompted for an online code, use your Student ID (your student may also recognize this as their lunch or library number). Families can email Please visit: vosphoto.com/underclass for any questions about the ordering process.

 

 

FCPS Rec-PAC 2024

Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children), operated by Fairfax County Park Authority, is a six week structured recreation program with emphasis on leisure skills designed for elementary school children.

Participants will have an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of activities such as: fun and fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, storytelling, sports festivals, talent shows and supervised play sessions. Each location has a ratio of 1 staff person to 18 participants.

  • Rec-PAC takes place June 24 to August 1.
  • Register anytime before June 14.
  • Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit scholarship applications for the Rec-PAC program now.
  • C.I.T. registration will open in April.
DOWNLOAD REC-PAC BROCHURE

 

 

Non-profit Distribution of Fliers

Review Regulation 1367 on Distribution of Fliers

FCPS offers the opportunity for nonprofit organizations to make their materials available, through local schools, to students and parents. Fliers will be sent home in student’s backpacks. Fliers, sorted into 15 groups of 25, need to be at the school by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday before the below date.

May 17, 2024

 

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FCPS Cares Program

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS and specifically Franklin Sherman.

FCPS Cares Program

 

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Franklin Sherman Flash Archive and Translation Available On Our Website

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

Attendance: 703-506-7979 | Web | Twitter

Franklin Sherman Flash - April 15

Franklin Sherman Weekly Newsletter1 month 2 weeks ago

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Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Elementary School Community, 

 

We finally had a week of fantastic weather and just in time for the eclipse! I hope everyone has been able to spend some quality time soaking in the sunshine to help us refresh for the spring and final quarter this year. Since joining in the winter months, it has been such a joy to walk the property and see the students smiling during recess and also having staff take advantage of the many areas to let students enjoy the great weather and read outside. 

School Events Recap:

  • We had an awe-inspiring experience as our students witnessed a solar eclipse this week. It was a fantastic opportunity for all students to go outside and marvel at the wonders of the universe. It was great to see so many parents come to help participate in this event as well. I loved seeing the creative way the Kindergarten teachers had the students create solar shields with paper plates. The students were so engaged and excited to watch such a unique opportunity. 
  • Wednesday was a special day for many families as they celebrated Eid, spending quality time with loved ones and cherishing cherished traditions. We extend warm wishes to all families who observed this meaningful occasion.
  • Thank you to the PTA for another week of successful events to include Bingo Night and the garden clean up on Saturday. As we interview candidates for next year, we always love to share how involved our PTA and parent community is and the wonderful partnership we have created to ensure student success and support to our staff. 

Upcoming Events:

  • Mark your calendars for the SOL assessment dates:
    • May 7: Reading SOL for Grades 3-5
    • May 9: Student Assembly
    • May 14: Science SOL for Grade 5
    • May 16: Math SOL for Grades 3-6
  • Stay tuned for more details about our end-of-year activities, including Field Day, classroom parties, and the exciting assembly for all students.

Important Reminders:

  • As we approach the end of the school year, please ensure that students are well-rested, prepared, and ready to excel in their assessments and end-of-year activities.
  • Continue to stay updated on important announcements, dates, and school events.

Farris Thomas
Principal
Franklin Sherman Elementary School

 

Important Dates

April  Month of the Military Child

April  National Arab American Heritage Month

April 13  Spring Garden Clean-Up

April 17  Purple Up Day

April 19  Spring Picture Day

April 21  Yearbook Orders Due

April 22  Earth Day

May 7  Reading SOL for Grades 3-6

May 14  Grade 5 Science SOL

May 16  Math SOL for Grades 3-6

School Calendar:  2023-24

 

Contents Spirit Week- FCPS Earth Week 2024

It’s been feeling like spring recently, so it’s time to start thinking about FCPS Earth Week! Get2Green is hosting FCPS Earth Week April 22-26, 2024. The themes for Earth Week are:

  • Monday, April 22 - wear green for Earth Day
  • Tuesday, April 23 - wear blue for Watershed Day
  • Wednesday, April 24 - wear white for Zero Waste Day
  • Thursday, April 25 - wear red for Climate Change Day

 

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2023-24 Yearbook--Deadline Extended!

 

Place your order by Sunday, April 21, to ensure your student(s) have one reserved!

The search feature won’t find your student, so “Add a Name” to type their first and last name.

This is the final day to order!  No extras are available for sale once delivered to our school.

www.yearbookordercenter.com    Code 25540

 

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Online Registration for School Year 2024-25

We are excited to announce that Online Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open now. Both new students and those returning to FCPS from another district or school system can use our Online Registration system to register students entering Kindergarten through 12th grade for the upcoming academic year.

Welcome to Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Online Registration

 

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News From Longfellow MS Spring Open House – April 30, 2024

We cordially invite all our Rising 7th & New FCPS families to our Spring Open House on Tuesday, April 30th from 6:30-7:30p.m. During this time, you will have an opportunity to tour LMS and ask any questions you may have to prepare for the 23-24 school year. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Jump Start Registration Now Open!

Jump Start registration is now open on myschoolbucks. Choose between session 1 – August 5-6 or session 2 – August 7-8. 

Hours are 8:30a.m. – 12:00p.m. Look forward to learning about Longfellow with school tours, ice breakers, scavenger hunts, team building and more. If you have any questions, contact Lavina Gangwani-Colaco at [email protected].

 

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News from FCPS

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Honoring Military Kids
  • Family Summit Designed to Enhance Safety, Security, Inclusion
  • April Webinars and Events for Families
  • Apply for Early Learning for Children Six Weeks to Four Years Old
  • Earth Day Festival

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today

 

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News from Our PTA PTA Meeting

May 16, 6:30-7:30 pm

 

Join the PTA

Annual PTA membership costs $20 per family and is due EACH school year.  Join here!

 

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Reminders The Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award

Nominations are open for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.  The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors this award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families.  

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1, 2024.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium.

Full details and the nomination information form can be found at the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award website

 

 

Elementary Institute for the Arts

Students in all FCPS schools can enroll in the Elementary Institute for the Arts. IFTA is a weekly Arts enrichment program for students in rising 3rd through 6th grades during the month of July. Students take classes in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance every day. Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the Elementary Institute for the Arts website for more information or email [email protected].

 

 

School Pictures Can Still be Purchased

Franklin Sherman's Your school's picture day season is over, but you can still order prints.

To view and order photos online :

Please visit: vosphoto.com/underclass

When prompted for an online code, use your Student ID (your student may also recognize this as their lunch or library number). Families can email Please visit: vosphoto.com/underclass for any questions about the ordering process.

 

 

FCPS Rec-PAC 2024

Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children), operated by Fairfax County Park Authority, is a six week structured recreation program with emphasis on leisure skills designed for elementary school children.

Participants will have an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of activities such as: fun and fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, storytelling, sports festivals, talent shows and supervised play sessions. Each location has a ratio of 1 staff person to 18 participants.

  • Rec-PAC takes place June 24 to August 1.
  • Register anytime before June 14.
  • Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit scholarship applications for the Rec-PAC program now.
  • C.I.T. registration will open in April.
DOWNLOAD REC-PAC BROCHURE

 

 

Non-profit Distribution of Fliers

Review Regulation 1367 on Distribution of Fliers

FCPS offers the opportunity for nonprofit organizations to make their materials available, through local schools, to students and parents. Fliers will be sent home in student’s backpacks. Fliers, sorted into 15 groups of 25, need to be at the school by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday before the below date.

May 17, 2024

 

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FCPS Cares Program

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS and specifically Franklin Sherman.

FCPS Cares Program

 

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Franklin Sherman Flash Archive and Translation Available On Our Website

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

Attendance: 703-506-7979 | Web | Twitter

Franklin Sherman Flash - April 8

Franklin Sherman Weekly Newsletter1 month 3 weeks ago

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Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Elementary School Community, 

 

I hope this message finds you well and ready for another exciting week ahead. Let's reflect on the past week's events, celebrate achievements, and look forward to upcoming happenings at Franklin Sherman Elementary.

School Events Recap:

  • Last week, our first-grade students embarked on a thrilling Safari Day, showcasing their twenty-first-century skills with enthusiasm and creativity. It was heartwarming for our young learners to engage in hands-on learning experiences and demonstrate their talents. It was also fantastic to have such a large turnout from the parents for this special event. 
  • The Kindergarten orientation was a tremendous success, with our future pandas eagerly exploring their new learning environment and getting acquainted with our school community. I am thrilled to welcome them aboard!

Celebrations and Highlights:

  • Let's celebrate the dedication and effort of our students, teachers, and staff who made the Safari Day and Kindergarten orientation memorable and enriching experiences for everyone involved. 
  • A special shoutout to our supportive families for encouraging and empowering our students to embrace learning opportunities and showcase their skills.

Upcoming Events:

  • Today, we are excited to witness a solar eclipse, providing a unique learning opportunity for our students. Grade level teachers have prepared engaging activities related to this celestial event and have notified you in their newsletters.  If you plan to opt your child out of participating, please email their teacher and myself  promptly.
  • Please note that there will be no school on Wednesday in observance of Eid-al-Fitr. We extend warm wishes to all families celebrating this joyous occasion.
  • Get ready for a night of fun and excitement at our PTA Bingo Night on Friday! Join us for a chance to bond with fellow families, and support our school community.

Important Reminders:

  • As we approach the end of the school year, please stay updated on important dates, activities, and announcements through our school newsletter. 
  • Your partnership and involvement play a vital role in creating a positive and thriving learning environment for our students. Thank you for your continued support!

Closing Thoughts:

As we look ahead to the upcoming events and opportunities for learning and connection, let's continue to nurture a culture of curiosity, collaboration, and kindness within our Franklin Sherman family. Wishing you all a wonderful week filled with joy, learning, and meaningful experiences.

 

Farris Thomas
Principal
Franklin Sherman Elementary School

Important Dates

April  Month of the Military Child

April  National Arab American Heritage Month

April 10  Student Holiday - Eid al-Fitr

April 12  Bingo Night

April 13  Spring Garden Clean-Up

April 17  Purple Up Day

April 22  Earth Day

School Calendar:  2023-24

 

Contents Solar Eclipse Safety Information

A solar eclipse is a rare and exciting astronomical phenomenon, and one that requires important safety reminders.

Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can permanently damage your eyes. At Franklin Sherman, the PTA has partnered with us to be able to purchase approved eyewear so that students can safely view the eclipse ONLY while wearing the eyewear. All students whose families opted out of going outside to view the eclipse will be engaged with alternative activities.  

Here are some important reminders:

  • Don't look at the sun without approved eyewear. This applies to students and staff, and we encourage you to reinforce it at home. 
  • Regular sunglasses are not good enough. We will be providing eyewear that has been approved for viewing.
  • Eclipse timing: The eclipse starts around 2:04 p.m., peaks at 3:20 p.m., and ends around 4:32 p.m. If you have concerns about your child walking or riding the bus home, please arrange for alternative transportation.

For more details, visit the FCPS Solar Eclipse webpage.

 

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Order a 2023-24 Yearbook Today

 

Yearbooks are available now for pre-order now at http://www.yearbookordercenter.com.  Use school code 25540.

 

PLEASE ORDER YOUR STUDENT’S YEARBOOK BY MONDAY, APRIL 15.

 

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Online Registration for School Year 2024-25

We are excited to announce that Online Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open now. Both new students and those returning to FCPS from another district or school system can use our Online Registration system to register students entering Kindergarten through 12th grade for the upcoming academic year.

Welcome to Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Online Registration

 

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The Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award

Nominations are open for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.  The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors this award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families.  

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1, 2024.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium.

Full details and the nomination information form can be found at the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award website

 

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News from FCPS

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Updated COVID Recommendations
  • Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read
  • Last Chance to Take the Family Engagement Survey! 
  • April Webinars and Events for Families

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today

 

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News from Our PTA Bingo Night is Comming

Friday, April 12, 6-8 pm

Dust off your favorite good luck charms, and join us for a fun-filled evening of bingo with the Franklin Sherman community! Register by noon on Wednesday, 4/10, for a $20 Bingo Night Bundle--including pizza, 4 bottles of water, and bingo cards for your family--or $10 for bingo cards alone. (Select one of these options on the pull-down menu on the attached form.) Please note that, due to space limitations of this seated event, we can only accept the first 48 families to register. Parental supervision is required; this is not a drop-off event. Have questions? Want to help with this event? Contact Melissa Vayra: 646-467-3506. We can't wait to see you there!

 

Spring Garden Clean-Up

Saturday, April 13 at 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Calling all gardeners for the FSES Garden Club's biannual garden clean-up! Our goal this spring is to clean out any old growth that did not make it through the winter and do some planting in preparation for summer. We also will be spreading mulch around all the natural areas and cutting out some nice edging along the beds. Pizza and water are provided by the PTA! All you need to bring are gloves and a hat to keep off the sun. Contact Jon Parsons with questions: 334-714-3073.

  Join the PTA

Annual PTA membership costs $20 per family and is due EACH school year.  Join here!

 

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Reminders Elementary Institute for the Arts

Students in all FCPS schools can enroll in the Elementary Institute for the Arts. IFTA is a weekly Arts enrichment program for students in rising 3rd through 6th grades during the month of July. Students take classes in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance every day. Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the Elementary Institute for the Arts website for more information or email [email protected].

 

 

School Pictures Can Still be Purchased

Franklin Sherman's Your school's picture day season is over, but you can still order prints.

To view and order photos online :

Please visit: vosphoto.com/underclass

When prompted for an online code, use your Student ID (your student may also recognize this as their lunch or library number). Families can email Please visit: vosphoto.com/underclass for any questions about the ordering process.

 

 

FCPS Rec-PAC 2024

Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children), operated by Fairfax County Park Authority, is a six week structured recreation program with emphasis on leisure skills designed for elementary school children.

Participants will have an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of activities such as: fun and fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, storytelling, sports festivals, talent shows and supervised play sessions. Each location has a ratio of 1 staff person to 18 participants.

  • Rec-PAC takes place June 24 to August 1.
  • Register anytime before June 14.
  • Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit scholarship applications for the Rec-PAC program now.
  • C.I.T. registration will open in April.
DOWNLOAD REC-PAC BROCHURE

 

 

Non-profit Distribution of Fliers

Review Regulation 1367 on Distribution of Fliers

FCPS offers the opportunity for nonprofit organizations to make their materials available, through local schools, to students and parents. Fliers will be sent home in student’s backpacks. Fliers, sorted into 15 groups of 25, need to be at the school by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday before the below date.

May 17, 2024

 

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FCPS Cares Program

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS and specifically Franklin Sherman.

FCPS Cares Program

 

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Franklin Sherman Flash - April 1

Franklin Sherman Weekly Newsletter1 month 4 weeks ago

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Welcome back to our weekly newsletter! I hope everyone had a rejuvenating Spring Break and is ready for an exciting time ahead at Franklin Sherman Elementary. Let's dive into the key events and important updates for the upcoming week:

Upcoming School Events:

  • Tomorrow we have our fantastic Kindergarten orientation session from 1:45 to 3:00 PM. We cannot wait to meet our newest Pandas!!  A warm welcome to all our incoming Kindergarten students!
  • Looking ahead, mark your calendars for April 8th as we will be witnessing a rare celestial event, a solar eclipse. It's a great opportunity for our students to learn about astronomy and witness the wonders of the universe. Please read below for more details on the event. 

 

 

 

 

 

April 1-2  Student Holidays

April 2  Kindergarten Open House

April 10  Student Holiday - Eid al-Fitr

April 12  Bingo Night

April 13  Spring Garden Clean-Up

School Calendar:  2023-24

 

Contents Kindergarten Open House

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Please tell your friends and neighbors who will have a Kinder next year, but may not already have a student at FSES and may not receive our  newsletter.

‼️

On Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 1:45 p.m. we will hold an open house and registration event for students who will enter Kindergarten in the 2024-25 school year.  Students and parents will be able to participate in six engaging activities around our school while touring the locations that our Kindergartens visit daily and meeting many of the staff members they will work with next year. 

Stay tuned to the Franklin Sherman FLASH Newsletter for additional opportunities to visit the school and prepare for SY 2024-25.

 

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April 8 Solar Eclipse Safety Information

In preparation for the Solar Eclipse next Monday, we have purchased safe viewing glasses for all our students and staff.  We partnered with the PTA to purchase these glasses and consulted with the FCPS Safety and Security Office to ensure we were purchasing glasses that meet safety specifications.

The eclipse will begin around 2:04 p.m. and end at 4:32 p.m. with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m. As the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information.

 

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Order a 2024-25 Yearbook Today 2024 First-Class Awards – Nominations Open

Yearbooks are available now for pre-order now at http://www.yearbookordercenter.com.  Use school code 25540.

 

PLEASE ORDER YOUR STUDENT’S YEARBOOK BY MONDAY, APRIL 15.

 

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First-Class Awards are presented each year to individuals who support, design, and/or implement inclusion activities that result in positive outcomes for students. The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is seeking nominations for the First-Class Awards. This is a great opportunity for the community to recognize and celebrate the inclusion efforts of educators, administrators, and students who demonstrate inclusion of students with disabilities in all facets of education. 

Nominees should demonstrate the following skills/criteria:

  • Modelling excellence in their role relative to special education
  • Positive impact that benefits disabled and non-disabled students alike
  • Commitment to creating an inclusive environment and mindset

There are six award categories with up to twelve awarded.

  1. Elementary: Teacher, Administrator, Student and School Support Staff (instructional assistant (IA), office staff, librarian, bus driver, cafeteria worker, etc.)
  2. Middle, High School & Secondary: Teacher, Administrator, Student and School Support Staff (IA, office staff, librarian, bus driver, cafeteria worker, etc.)
  3. Central Office: Any FCPS central office staff member (superintendent, assistant superintendent, executive principal, director, coordinator, specialist, resource teacher, administrative support, etc.)
  4. Specialty Program Staff: Anyone assigned to a public day school, alternative school, home based instruction, or other FCPS educational program not clearly defined as an elementary, middle, high, or secondary school
  5. Specialist: Professional staff categorized as related service providers (speech language pathologist, counselor, occupational therapist, physical therapist, itinerant, etc.)
  6. Community Partner: Any person or organization not employed by FCPS which contributes to excellence in special education

Please complete this form to nominate an administrator, a staff member, or a student who has made an exceptional contribution to inclusive practices in Fairfax County Public Schools.

 

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News from FCPS

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Updated COVID Recommendations
  • Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read
  • Last Chance to Take the Family Engagement Survey! 
  • April Webinars and Events for Families

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today

 

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Reminders Elementary Institute for the Arts

Students in all FCPS schools can enroll in the Elementary Institute for the Arts. IFTA is a weekly Arts enrichment program for students in rising 3rd through 6th grades during the month of July. Students take classes in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance every day. Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the Elementary Institute for the Arts website for more information or email [email protected].

 

 

School Pictures Can Still be Purchased

Franklin Sherman's Your school's picture day season is over, but you can still order prints.

To view and order photos online :

Please visit: vosphoto.com/underclass

When prompted for an online code, use your Student ID (your student may also recognize this as their lunch or library number). Families can email Please visit: vosphoto.com/underclass for any questions about the ordering process.

 

 

FCPS Rec-PAC 2024

Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children), operated by Fairfax County Park Authority, is a six week structured recreation program with emphasis on leisure skills designed for elementary school children.

Participants will have an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of activities such as: fun and fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, storytelling, sports festivals, talent shows and supervised play sessions. Each location has a ratio of 1 staff person to 18 participants.

  • Rec-PAC takes place June 24 to August 1.
  • Register anytime before June 14.
  • Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit scholarship applications for the Rec-PAC program now.
  • C.I.T. registration will open in April.
DOWNLOAD REC-PAC BROCHURE

 

 

Important Forms for SY 2024-25

The Survey of Preschool Children form (IT-112) should be submitted if you have a child who will be entering kindergarten this fall, please complete this form and email it to Ann Rajabi by March 31.

 

 

Non-profit Distribution of Fliers

Review Regulation 1367 on Distribution of Fliers

FCPS offers the opportunity for nonprofit organizations to make their materials available, through local schools, to students and parents. Fliers will be sent home in student’s backpacks. Fliers, sorted into 15 groups of 25, need to be at the school by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday before the below date.

May 17, 2024

 

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FCPS Cares Program

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS and specifically Franklin Sherman.

FCPS Cares Program

 

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Franklin Sherman Flash Archive and Translation Available On Our Website

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

Attendance: 703-506-7979 | Web | Twitter

Franklin Sherman Flash - March 22

Franklin Sherman Weekly Newsletter2 months 1 week ago

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Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you well and ready for a fantastic spring break week ahead! Here's a recap of some exciting events that took place this week:

School Events Recap:

  • Our 6th graders had an enriching visit to Longfellow Middle School, getting a glimpse of what lies ahead in their educational journey.
  • The 4th graders enjoyed a memorable trip to the Kennedy Center, where they were immersed in the world of arts and culture.
  • Let's give a round of applause to the March Kindness winners who were given their certificate on Friday by the Positive Pandas. Mr. Ralston and I love recognizing and encouraging compassion and empathy within our school community.
  • A special shoutout to Ms. Nevills for her dedication and hard work in putting together an outstanding musical production. Thank you for inspiring our students with your passion for the arts! 

As we approach Spring Break, please remember that there will be no school during this time. It's a perfect opportunity for our students to rest, recharge, and spend quality time with loved ones.

With the warmer weather upon us, we kindly remind everyone that animals are not allowed on school property, except for service animals as per Regulation 2125. This policy is in place to ensure the health and safety of all students, staff, and visitors. We have been working to get additional signage on our property to remind community members to not bring pets on property in particular during school hours. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

I wish all of our Franklin Sherman families a wonderful and relaxing Spring Break filled with joy and memorable moments. I look forward to welcoming everyone back refreshed and energized for the remainder of the school year.

 

Farris Thomas
Principal
Franklin Sherman Elementary School

 

April 1-2  Student Holidays

April 2  Kindergarten Open House

April 10  Student Holiday - Eid al-Fitr

April 12  Bingo Night

April 13  Spring Garden Clean-Up

School Calendar:  2023-24

 

Contents Kindergarten Open House

‼️

Please tell your friends and neighbors who will have a Kinder next year, but may not already have a student at FSES and may not receive our  newsletter.

‼️

On Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 1:45 p.m. we will hold an open house and registration event for students who will enter Kindergarten in the 2024-25 school year.  Students and parents will be able to participate in six engaging activities around our school while touring the locations that our Kindergartens visit daily and meeting many of the staff members they will work with next year. 

Stay tuned to the Franklin Sherman FLASH Newsletter for additional opportunities to visit the school and prepare for SY 2024-25.

 

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Student Portrait Photo Ordering Is Still Open

Franklin Sherman's Your school's picture day season is over, but you can still order prints.

To view and order photos online :

Please visit: vosphoto.com/underclass

When prompted for an online code, use your Student ID (your student may also recognize this as their lunch or library number). Families can email Please visit: vosphoto.com/underclass for any questions about the ordering process.

 

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Elementary Institute for the Arts

Students in all FCPS schools can enroll in the Elementary Institute for the Arts. IFTA is a weekly Arts enrichment program for students in rising 3rd through 6th grades during the month of July. Students take classes in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance every day. Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the Elementary Institute for the Arts website for more information or email [email protected].

 

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2024 First-Class Awards – Nominations Open

First-Class Awards are presented each year to individuals who support, design, and/or implement inclusion activities that result in positive outcomes for students. The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is seeking nominations for the First-Class Awards. This is a great opportunity for the community to recognize and celebrate the inclusion efforts of educators, administrators, and students who demonstrate inclusion of students with disabilities in all facets of education. 

Nominees should demonstrate the following skills/criteria:

  • Modelling excellence in their role relative to special education
  • Positive impact that benefits disabled and non-disabled students alike
  • Commitment to creating an inclusive environment and mindset

There are six award categories with up to twelve awarded.

  1. Elementary: Teacher, Administrator, Student and School Support Staff (instructional assistant (IA), office staff, librarian, bus driver, cafeteria worker, etc.)
  2. Middle, High School & Secondary: Teacher, Administrator, Student and School Support Staff (IA, office staff, librarian, bus driver, cafeteria worker, etc.)
  3. Central Office: Any FCPS central office staff member (superintendent, assistant superintendent, executive principal, director, coordinator, specialist, resource teacher, administrative support, etc.)
  4. Specialty Program Staff: Anyone assigned to a public day school, alternative school, home based instruction, or other FCPS educational program not clearly defined as an elementary, middle, high, or secondary school
  5. Specialist: Professional staff categorized as related service providers (speech language pathologist, counselor, occupational therapist, physical therapist, itinerant, etc.)
  6. Community Partner: Any person or organization not employed by FCPS which contributes to excellence in special education

Please complete this form to nominate an administrator, a staff member, or a student who has made an exceptional contribution to inclusive practices in Fairfax County Public Schools.

 

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April 8 Solar Eclipse Resources and Safety Reminders

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, 2024 and will be viewable, depending on weather, in the Fairfax County area. In our area, the eclipse will begin around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m. This timing overlaps with some dismissal times and it is crucial that schools reiterate the importance of safe viewing practices.  

There has been an update to the original Solar Eclipse guidance that was shared previously with schools. Schools should continue to encourage indirect viewing (solar projectors, pinhole projectors, watching the NASA livestream).  Direct viewing with ISO 12312-2 approved glasses is also a safe option.  It is important that any glasses used have this specific label on them. The use of sunglasses or other dark eye coverings are not approved.

We continue to encourage schools to inform their communities of proper eye safety during the eclipse. Please see references on the Solar Eclipse Resources FCPS website link.

 

 

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News from FCPS

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Updated COVID Recommendations
  • Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read
  • Last Chance to Take the Family Engagement Survey! 
  • April Webinars and Events for Families

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today

 

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Reminders FCPS Rec-PAC 2024

Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children), operated by Fairfax County Park Authority, is a six week structured recreation program with emphasis on leisure skills designed for elementary school children.

Participants will have an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of activities such as: fun and fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, storytelling, sports festivals, talent shows and supervised play sessions. Each location has a ratio of 1 staff person to 18 participants.

  • Rec-PAC takes place June 24 to August 1.
  • Register anytime before June 14.
  • Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit scholarship applications for the Rec-PAC program now.
  • C.I.T. registration will open in April.
DOWNLOAD REC-PAC BROCHURE

 

 

Important Forms for SY 2024-25

The Survey of Preschool Children form (IT-112) should be submitted if you have a child who will be entering kindergarten this fall, please complete this form and email it to Ann Rajabi by March 31.

 

 

Non-profit Distribution of Fliers

Review Regulation 1367 on Distribution of Fliers

FCPS offers the opportunity for nonprofit organizations to make their materials available, through local schools, to students and parents. Fliers will be sent home in student’s backpacks. Fliers, sorted into 15 groups of 25, need to be at the school by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday before the below date.

May 17, 2024

 

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FCPS Cares Program

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS and specifically Franklin Sherman.

FCPS Cares Program

 

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Franklin Sherman Flash Archive and Translation Available On Our Website

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Franklin Sherman Flash - March 18

Franklin Sherman Weekly Newsletter2 months 1 week ago

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Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Elementary School Community, 

 

I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to share some exciting updates and highlights from this past week. 

Firstly, I want to extend a huge thank you to our incredible Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) for organizing and hosting an amazing Pi Night. The event was a tremendous success, and we are incredibly grateful for our strong and supportive PTA members who worked tirelessly to make Pi Night such a memorable experience for everyone involved. It was truly heartwarming to witness the creativity and enthusiasm displayed at the various stations, from the large dice activities to the engaging workouts and the adorable panda plates, among others. I am thrilled to announce that the winner of the Pi memorization contest managed to recall an impressive 72 digits of Pi! This was such a great new tradition for us at Franklin Sherman and as always I welcome new ideas that bring our school community together. 

Additionally, this week we had the pleasure of showcasing our students' artistic talents at the McLean Art Show. The dedication and hard work that our students put into their artwork were evident in the stunning pieces that were on display. It was a joy to see our students' creativity and artistic expression come to life, and I want to commend all the participants for their outstanding contributions to the art show. Thank you also to Ms. Eaton for inspiring our students' creativity! 

As we continue to celebrate our students' achievements and foster a vibrant learning environment at Franklin Sherman, I want to express my gratitude to our entire school community for your ongoing support and dedication. As we approach spring break, we will end this week with Mr. Ralston and myself dressed as the Positive Pandas and handing out this month's kindness recognition. 

Thank you once again for your partnership, and I hope you all have a wonderful school week and restful spring break.

 

 

Farris Thomas
Principal
Franklin Sherman Elementary School

 

March  Women's History Month

March  Equity in Education Month

March  Celebrating Arts in Our Schools Month

March 21  6th Grade Musical Performances

March 22  End of Q3

March 25-29  Spring Break

April 1-2  Student Holidays

April 2  Kindergarten Open House

April 10  Student Holiday - Eid al-Fitr

April 12  Bingo Night

April 13  Spring Garden Clean-Up

School Calendar:  2023-24

 

Contents Pirates! The Musical - 6th Grade Performance

Yo, Ho, Ho! Come see the 6th graders perform in Pirates! The Musical on Thursday, March 21. FSES students will see the performance during the school day. Parents and community members are invited to the performance at 6 p.m. on the 21st.

Break a leg, sixth grade!🎉🎉🎉 

 

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Kinder Open House - April 2

‼️

Please tell your friends and neighbors who will have a Kinder next year, but may not already have a student at FSES and may not receive our  newsletter.

‼️

On Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 1:45 p.m. we will hold an open house and registration event for students who will enter Kindergarten in the 2024-25 school year.  Students and parents will be able to participate in six engaging activities around our school while touring the locations that our Kindergartens visit daily and meeting many of the staff members they will work with next year. 

Stayed tuned to the Franklin Sherman FLASH Newsletter for additional opportunities to visit the school and prepare for SY 2024-25.

 

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Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

After spring break we will be eager to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday, April 3, after two teacher work days. Student attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources.

 

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News from FCPS

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Fairfax County’s Funding of the FCPS Budget
  • Literacy Development for Multilingual Learners
  • Measles Is Preventable

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today

 

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News from Our PTA After-School Activities are Back! 

Registration closes this Wednesday, March 20, and space is limited, so register today!  Only 3 more days to register!

Would your child love to play chess or soccer, explore karate or LEGO robotics, learn Mandarin or dabble in the Messiest Art Class Ever? If so, you're in luck; Baroody is offering classes immediately after school at Franklin Sherman, Tuesday through Thursday, beginning April 9. Miss Pam also is returning on Thursdays with her very popular Young at Art class, which begins on April 4. Space is limited, so register today! If you are not already a member of the PTA, you must first join the PTA in order for your child to participate. 

  Join the PTA

Annual PTA membership costs $20 per family and is due EACH school year.  Join here!

 

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Reminders FCPS Rec-PAC 2024

Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children), operated by Fairfax County Park Authority, is a six week structured recreation program with emphasis on leisure skills designed for elementary school children.

Participants will have an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of activities such as: fun and fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, storytelling, sports festivals, talent shows and supervised play sessions. Each location has a ratio of 1 staff person to 18 participants.

  • Rec-PAC takes place June 24 to August 1.
  • Register anytime before June 14.
  • Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit scholarship applications for the Rec-PAC program now.
  • C.I.T. registration will open in April.
DOWNLOAD REC-PAC BROCHURE

 

 

Important Forms for SY 2024-25

The Survey of Preschool Children form (IT-112) should be submitted if you have a child who will be entering kindergarten this fall, please complete this form and email it to Ann Rajabi by March 31.

 

 

Non-profit Distribution of Fliers

Review Regulation 1367 on Distribution of Fliers

FCPS offers the opportunity for nonprofit organizations to make their materials available, through local schools, to students and parents. Fliers will be sent home in student’s backpacks. Fliers, sorted into 15 groups of 25, need to be at the school by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday before the below date.

May 17, 2024

 

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FCPS Cares Program

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS and specifically Franklin Sherman.

FCPS Cares Program

 

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Franklin Sherman Flash Archive and Translation Available On Our Website

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

Attendance: 703-506-7979 | Web | Twitter

Franklin Sherman Flash - Special Edition

Franklin Sherman Weekly Newsletter2 months 2 weeks ago

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Kindergarten Open House April 2

 

Please tell your neighbors who have children that will enter Kindergarten in the 2024-25 school year.

 

On Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 1:45 p.m. we will hold an orientation and registration event for students who will enter Kindergarten in the 2024-25 school year.  Students and parents will be able to participate in six engaging activities around our school while touring the locations that our students visit daily.  They will also meet the Kindergarten team and many of the other staff members the students will get to know next year. 

Don't forget to let us know your child will join us as a Kinder Panda next year! The Survey of Preschool Children form (IT-112) should be submitted if you have a child who will be entering kindergarten next fall, please complete this form and email it to Ann Rajabi by March 31Official registration for the 2024-25 school year will open online on April 2.

Stayed tuned to the Franklin Sherman FLASH Newsletter for additional opportunities to visit the school and prepare for SY 2024-25.

 

 

Franklin Sherman Flash Archive and Translation Available On Our Website

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Franklin Sherman Flash - March 11

Franklin Sherman Weekly Newsletter2 months 2 weeks ago

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Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Elementary School Community, 

 

This week we had an amazing guest speaker, Stuart Gibbs. Thank you, Ms. Essimi Menye, our wonderful librarian, who worked with surrounding librarians to bring in Mr. Gibbs. Mr. Gibbs has written the Spy Camp novel series among others. The students really enjoyed hearing his thought process for writing these books and he was able to answer their questions. 

It is hard to believe we are just two weeks away from spring break. I wanted to take this time to give shoutouts to our amazing specialists and I invited some of them to share the work they are doing in the classroom currently and prior to spring break. 

In Art, Ms. Eaton is preparing for the McLean Pyramid Art Show that takes place March 13-30 at the McLean Community Center. She has selected artwork by one to two students per class to be featured in the show. All are welcome to see the creativity and talent on display by neighboring elementary, middle and McLean high school. Art classes are also currently work on: K Stamping paper to be woven on paper looms, 1 Painting our Slab Dishes, 2 Finishing up our Duck Architecture, 3 Printing our Emotion Faces, 4 Painting Time Travel Landscapes, 5 Paper Mache to be exhibited at the Tephra Institute at Reston Town Center, and 6th  Initiating our Micrography Portraits 

In music class this past month, students enhanced their music learning in MILAs – Musical Independent Learning Activities (centers or stations). Students work with their assigned groups doing different activities at each center – recorder, xylophone, music history, music literacy, and music composition.

In PE, students are finishing up the chasing, fleeing, & dodging unit for the upper grades and the lower grades are finishing up the cooperative games unit. The next unit will be 4 weeks of striking with a bat. Tee ball for the lower grades and soft ball for the upper.

We also had another great turnout this past Thursday for our PTA meeting. Ms. Stoermann was the guest speaker who presented on AAP. She explained the process, what FCPS offers, what AAP looks like at Franklin Sherman, and answered parent questions. If you do have any questions, please feel free to reach out to her as she is a wealth of knowledge and loves empowering our community to know more about AAP at Franklin Sherman.

 

Farris Thomas
Principal
Franklin Sherman Elementary School

 

Important Dates

March  Women's History Month

March  Equity in Education Month

March  Celebrating Arts in Our Schools Month

March 14  Pi Night

March 21  6th Grade Musical Performances

March 22  End of Q3

March 25-29  Spring Break

April 1-2  Student Holidays

April 2  Kindergarten and 1st Grade Orientation

April 10  Student Holiday - Eid al-Fitr

April 12  Bingo Night

April 13  Spring Garden Clean-Up

School Calendar:  2023-24

 

Contents Kinder Orientation- April 2 Kindergarten and 1st Grade Orientation Event

On Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 1:45 p.m. we will hold an orientation and registration event for students who will enter Kindergarten and 1st Grade in the 2024-25 school year.  Parents and students will get to meet the teachers and other staff members as well as enjoy a tour of the school.  

Stayed tuned to the Franklin Sherman FLASH Newsletter for additional opportunities to visit the school and prepare for SY 2024-25.

 

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Thank You Book Fair Volunteers!

The book fair was a great success!! Thank you so much to all the parents who volunteered at the fair. Your help allowed us to pull it off without a hitch. Thanks especially to those who stayed longer than the hours they signed up for to help us set up and pack up the fair.  Thank you for the bottom of our hearts!

Now that the live on-site book fair is closed, don't forget families can still shop online until June. All the proceeds go to our school.  Don't forget to check out our teachers’ wish lists while browsing the online bookfair.

 

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Please Complete the FCPS Family Engagement Survey

Parents/caregivers received the FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey Sunday, March 3, from independent research firm K12 Insight. Please participate — your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve practices to best support our students.

Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and our school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and an increased likelihood of graduating high school. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be available in 10 languages.

Please visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information. Your voice matters!

Fill out the survey today!

 

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Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

This year, spring break is March 25-29. We will be eager to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday, April 3, after two teacher work days. Student attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources.

 

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Lightspeed Classroom Management

As part of our commitment to creating a safe and focused learning environment for our students, our school is using a classroom management tool that will help teachers better connect with student devices during classes. We are continuing to expand our use over the coming weeks. This tool will provide teachers with a number of helpful features:

  • Easily view student screens in real time from the teacher console to see which students may need guidance or support.
  • Focus student attention on a particular website on their device to minimize distractions.
  • Pause student access to the internet to focus on other classroom tasks.

We believe this classroom management tool will allow us to maximize class time to support your student’s learning while at school. Please note that student devices will not be monitored outside of school hours. The regular filters remain in place on school devices, but once they are home, teachers cannot monitor students. As parents, we would like to encourage you to sign up for your own Lightspeed reports, which will allow you to see how your child is spending time on the computer during and after school hours.

 

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News from FCPS

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Take the Family Engagement Survey! 
  • New Regulation on Meditation and Reflection Spaces
  • Solar Eclipse Resources
  • Browse Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today

 

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News from Our PTA Pi Night is Almost Here!

3/14, 6 - 7:30 pm

Join us Thursday evening as we celebrate the mathematical constant π--and indulge in delicious pies! Activities include a Math Maze, Pi Memorization contest, Math Trivia game, Pi Crafts, Explore Pi hands-on activities, and, of course, delicious PIE!

No Pi Night celebration would be complete without eating pies! We encourage all families to bring a pie--homemade or store-bought; no peanuts, please!--for our pie walk (similar to a cakewalk). Sign up to bring a pie.

And for those who can't imagine celebrating Pi Night without pizza, we've got you covered! Order your own pizza pie for Pi Night  by TOMORROW, March 12, at noonPizza will be available for pre-order only; we will NOT have extra pizza for sale at the event.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to celebrate the beauty of mathematics and the deliciousness of pie! We look forward to seeing you on March 14 for this very special event!

 

After-School Activities are Back! 

Registration opens TODAY at 10 am!

Would your child love to play chess or soccer, explore karate or LEGO robotics, learn Mandarin or dabble in the Messiest Art Class Ever? If so, you're in luck; Baroody is offering classes immediately after school at Franklin Sherman, Tuesday through Thursday, beginning April 9. Miss Pam also is returning on Thursdays with her very popular Young at Art class, which begins on April 4. Space is limited, so register today! If you are not already a member of the PTA, you must first join the PTA in order for your child to participate. 

  Join the PTA Board

Work with other dedicated parents to foster our strong school community; bring much-needed resources to support Franklin Sherman; and offer enriching programs, events, and activities for our students and families.

The following positions are available for the 2024-25 school year:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • VP, Fundraising
  • VP, Programs
  • Secretary

We also are seeking help with Web design, social media, philanthropy, Food Bus, and dine-out fundraisers. If you can help in any of these areas, we would greatly appreciate your support. We have experienced current and former Board members who can answer questions and help get you settled into your role, in whatever capacity you would like to serve. Please reach out to Melissa Vayra at [email protected] if you can help.

 

Join the PTA

Annual PTA membership costs $20 per family and is due EACH school year.  Join here!

 

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Reminders FCPS Rec-PAC 2024

Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children), operated by Fairfax County Park Authority, is a six week structured recreation program with emphasis on leisure skills designed for elementary school children.

Participants will have an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of activities such as: fun and fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, storytelling, sports festivals, talent shows and supervised play sessions. Each location has a ratio of 1 staff person to 18 participants.

  • Rec-PAC takes place June 24 to August 1.
  • Registration for Rec-PAC 2024 opens on March 12! Register anytime from March 12 to June 14.
  • Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit scholarship applications for the Rec-PAC program now.
  • C.I.T. registration will open in April.
DOWNLOAD REC-PAC BROCHURE

 

 

Important Forms for SY 2024-25

The Survey of Preschool Children form (IT-112)should be submitted if you have a child who will be entering kindergarten this fall, please complete this form and email it to Ann Rajabi by March 31.

 

 

Non-profit Distribution of Fliers

Review Regulation 1367 on Distribution of Fliers

FCPS offers the opportunity for nonprofit organizations to make their materials available, through local schools, to students and parents. Fliers will be sent home in student’s backpacks. Fliers, sorted into 15 groups of 25, need to be at the school by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday before the below date.

May 17, 2024

 

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FCPS Cares Program

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS and specifically Franklin Sherman.

FCPS Cares Program

 

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Franklin Sherman Flash - March 4

Franklin Sherman Weekly Newsletter2 months 3 weeks ago

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Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Elementary School Community, 

 

In our last week of February, we welcomed several visitors into our building to include Dr. Menuey (region 2 Executive Principal), Ms. Vroman (Region 2 Assistant Superintendent), and Dr. Reid (Superintendent).   Each offered lots of positive feedback about the high level of student engagement and the exciting, rigorous lessons being provided to students. Dr. Reid was able to join a math and language arts class- both of which she commented on how wonderful our learning environments are and how proud she is of the dedicated staff to ensure students have a nurturing, welcoming environment. 

Mr. Ralston and I finished celebrating our kindness winners for the month of February and awarded our upper grade students during the morning meetings. I also enjoyed joining students during lunch to discuss how mustard and pretzels are a delicious snack! This was up for debate from the table but I tried to win them over. I also joined 5th grade classes as they practiced their Socratic seminar skills. The students did a fantastic job using quotations from their reading to argue their cases.

This week we had a lot of fun as a staff celebrating Leap Year. Mr. Ralston and I hid little frogs throughout the building for staff to find. Ms. Elston and Ms. Michalski were our winners! I heard some staff asked students to help them which created a very fun, competitive activity. We also had our monthly staff meeting on Friday which included fun, interactive ways for us to unite as a staff and as always we thank the PTA who help fund breakfast for staff each month. 

I rounded out the week with a very well attended parent coffee where we discussed current topics to include the boundary change, recess, and many other items on the communities’ mind. I encourage you to join us this Thursday for our PTA meeting in the cafeteria. Before the event, the book fair will be open so it could be a great night to come to the building to purchase books and listen to Christy Stoermann, our advanced academic teacher, who will be our guest speaker. She will touch upon what AAP looks like at Franklin Sherman and answer any pressing questions. As I discussed at the coffee, Franklin Sherman, similar to the other McLean pyramid schools, offers a phenomenal AAP program. I hope to see you Thursday at 6:30.

 

Farris Thomas
Principal
Franklin Sherman Elementary School

 

Important Dates

March  Women's History Month

March  Equity in Education Month

March  Celebrating Arts in Our Schools Month

March 5  Student Holiday

March 7  PTA Meeting

March 10  Daylight Savings Begins - Spring Forward

March 14  Pi Night

March 22  End of Q3

March 25-29  Spring Break

School Calendar:  2023-24

 

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The Book Fair is Here!

The book fair will be open all week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The fair will be open all day on Tuesday as well even though it is a student holiday.  This would be a great day for families to visit the fair together. The release date for the new Stuart Gibbs graphic novel, Evil Spy School Graphic Novel, is tomorrow and we will have it here at our book fair! Come and get a copy for your child. They will be among the first people to hold it in their hands. 

Thursday evening will be Family Book Fair Night and we will be open until 6:00PM

When at the fair, be sure to check our teachers’ wish lists to purchase an item for their classroom library. 

Bookworm central, our book fair vendor, is offering the ewallet option of payment for your child’s purchases. Please click on this link to set up an account. There is a short tutorial to explain how it works.

Registration to the ewallet

Also, as in the year prior, the virtual book fair is ongoing. The site will stay up until the end of the school year. All proceeds go to our school. While there, do not forget to check your child’s teacher’s wish list.

Franklin Sherman Virtual Bookstore

 

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Please Complete the FCPS Family Engagement Survey

Parents/caregivers received the FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey Sunday, March 3, from independent research firm K12 Insight. Please participate — your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve practices to best support our students.

Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and our school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and an increased likelihood of graduating high school. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be available in 10 languages.

Please visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information. Your voice matters!

Fill out the survey today!

 

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FCPS Rec-PAC 2024

Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children), operated by Fairfax County Park Authority, is a six week structured recreation program with emphasis on leisure skills designed for elementary school children.

Participants will have an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of activities such as: fun and fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, storytelling, sports festivals, talent shows and supervised play sessions. Each location has a ratio of 1 staff person to 18 participants.

  • Rec-PAC takes place June 24 to August 1.
  • Registration for Rec-PAC 2024 opens on March 12! Register anytime from March 12 to June 14.
  • Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit scholarship applications for the Rec-PAC program now.
  • C.I.T. registration will open in April.
DOWNLOAD REC-PAC BROCHURE

 

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News from FCPS

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Where FCPS Funding Comes From
  • Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools
  • School Board Exploring Middle School Start Times

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today

 

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News from Our PTA Pi Night is Coming: 3/14

6 - 7:30 pm at Franklin Sherman

We are thrilled to invite you to Franklin Sherman's Pi Night celebration to honor the mathematical constant π--and indulge in some delicious pies! We have an exciting line-up of activities that we hope will inspire and entertain both math enthusiasts and pie lovers alike, including:

  • Math Maze
  • Pi Memorization Contest
  • Math Trivia
  • Pi Crafts
  • Explore Pi

No Pi Night celebration would be complete without eating pies! We encourage all families to bring a pie--homemade or store-bought; no peanuts, please!--for our pie walk (similar to a cakewalk). Sign up to bring a pie.

And for those who can't imagine celebrating Pi Night without pizza, we've got you covered! Order your own pizza pie for Pi Night.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to celebrate the beauty of mathematics and the deliciousness of pie! We look forward to seeing you on March 14 for this very special event!

 

Join the PTA Board

Work with other dedicated parents to foster our strong school community; bring much-needed resources to support Franklin Sherman; and offer enriching programs, events, and activities for our students and families.

The following positions are available for the 2024-25 school year:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • VP, Fundraising
  • VP, Programs
  • Secretary

We also are seeking help with Web design, social media, philanthropy, Food Bus, and dine-out fundraisers. If you can help in any of these areas, we would greatly appreciate your support. We have experienced current and former Board members who can answer questions and help get you settled into your role, in whatever capacity you would like to serve. Please reach out to Melissa Vayra at [email protected] if you can help.

 

Join the PTA

Annual PTA membership costs $20 per family and is due EACH school year.  Join here!

 

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Reminders Important Forms for SY 2024-25

If you will be moving out of the area or transferring to another school, please complete the Student’s Intention for the Next School Year form (IT-110) for 2024-25 and email to Ann Rajabi by March 1. We need this information to plan for staffing for the new school year. This form should also be completed for rising 7th graders if they will not be attending an FCPS middle school.

The Survey of Preschool Children form (IT-112)should be submitted if you have a child who will be entering kindergarten this fall, please complete this form and email it to Ann Rajabi by March 31.

  Non-profit Distribution of Fliers

Review Regulation 1367 on Distribution of Fliers

FCPS offers the opportunity for nonprofit organizations to make their materials available, through local schools, to students and parents. Fliers will be sent home in student’s backpacks. Fliers, sorted into 15 groups of 25, need to be at the school by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday before the below date.

May 17, 2024

 

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FCPS Cares Program

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS and specifically Franklin Sherman.

FCPS Cares Program

 

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Franklin Sherman Flash - February 26

Franklin Sherman Weekly Newsletter3 months ago

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Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Elementary School Community, 

 

This week Mr. Ralston and I started a new tradition of celebrating students for being kind to one another as we dressed up in our panda onesies. Staff have been asked each month to nominate students who have gone above and beyond to show kindness and we joined each grade level's morning meetings to deliver certificates this past Friday and today. 

 As a school, we want to make sure to nurture a culture of kindness and empathy among our students and staff. From classroom discussions and read-alouds, to interactive projects and service opportunities, we aim to inspire our young learners to embrace kindness as a way of life. 

We encourage you to join us in this journey by engaging in conversations about kindness at home and reinforcing the values of empathy and compassion with your children. Random Acts of Kindness at Home

Whether it is a simple act of kindness toward a classmate, a heartfelt note of appreciation, or a thoughtful gesture toward a neighbor, every action, no matter how small, contributes to creating a more compassionate and inclusive community. Together, we play a crucial role in shaping the values and character of the next generation. 

Thank you for your partnership in this work and I look forward to seeing more community members this week at the principal’s coffee Feb. 29 9:30-10.

Farris Thomas
Principal
Franklin Sherman Elementary School

 

Important Dates

February  Black History Month

February 29  Principals Coffee

March 5  Student Holiday

March 7  PTA Meeting

March 10  Daylight Savings Begins - Spring Forward

March 14  Pi Night

March 22  End of Q3

March 25-29  Spring Break

School Calendar:  2023-24

 

Contents

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The Book Fair is Near

Franklin Sherman will host its Book Fair from Friday, March 1 through Friday, March 8. We need many parent volunteers to help make this a successful event. 

Please use this link to sign up to volunteer as many hours as you can.  Make sure to read the appointment descriptions to sign up for during school hours, after school hours on March 7, or the set up or close out of the event.

Students will be able to browse and shop during school hours. Friday, March
2nd will be for browsing and Monday-Friday for purchasing.

Tuesday, March 5th, is a student holiday but the book fair will be open all day for your convenience. Families are welcome to come make their purchases all day, from 8:30 to 4.

Also, as we did in the past, we will keep the book fair open for Family Night on Thursday, March 7th from the end of the school day until 6:00 p.m. 

As usual you are welcome to send in cash or check for payment with your
child. But if you are going to use an electronic payment system, we
recommend that you set up an e-wallet in advance.

Registration Link for E-Wallet

E-wallet Set-up Guide

 

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Author Visit March 7

Stuart Gibbs, the author of the Bestselling series Spy School is coming to Franklin Sherman on March 7, 2024. He is a very prolific writer and his style is described as “fun and fast-paced”.

Gibbs is hugely appealing to our youth. He has several other series published such as The Fun Jungle , Once Upon a Tim, The Last Musketeer, The Moon Base Alpha and The Charlie Thorne Series. In that same week, his third graphic novel, Evil Spy School, will be released.

Students will be able to preorder these and have them autographed by Mr. Gibbs when he is here. Please look for more information coming soon with details for pre-purchasing his books.

In the meantime, please encourage your children to read as many of his books as they can. Also, have them visit his official website to learn more about him. They can prepare their questions and put them in the envelope provided to them in the classroom.

As we get closer to the event, we will share more information as needed. 

 

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Pictures from Around Franklin Sherman Red White and Pink Day

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Positive Panda Awards

 

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News from FCPS

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3
  • Share Your Thoughts on Schoology
  • Upcoming Webinars and Events for Families
  • School Board to Adopt Fiscal Year 2025 Advertised Budget

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today

 

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News from Our PTA Pi Night is Coming: 3/14

6 - 7:30 pm at Franklin Sherman

We are thrilled to invite you to Franklin Sherman's Pi Night celebration to honor the mathematical constant π--and indulge in some delicious pies! We have an exciting line-up of activities that we hope will inspire and entertain both math enthusiasts and pie lovers alike, including:

  • Math Maze
  • Pi Memorization Contest
  • Math Trivia
  • Pi Crafts
  • Explore Pi

No Pi Night celebration would be complete without eating pies! We encourage all families to bring a pie--homemade or store-bought; no peanuts, please!--for our pie walk (similar to a cakewalk). Sign up to bring a pie.

And for those who can't imagine celebrating Pi Night without pizza, we've got you covered! As the date approaches, we'll provide a link to allow you to place your order for pizza pie.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to celebrate the beauty of mathematics and the deliciousness of pie! We look forward to seeing you on March 14 for this very special event!

 

Join the PTA Board

Work with other dedicated parents to foster our strong school community; bring much-needed resources to support Franklin Sherman; and offer enriching programs, events, and activities for our students and families.

The following positions are available for the 2024-25 school year:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • VP, Fundraising
  • VP, Programs
  • Secretary

We also are seeking help with Web design, social media, philanthropy, Food Bus, and dine-out fundraisers. If you can help in any of these areas, we would greatly appreciate your support. We have experienced current and former Board members who can answer questions and help get you settled into your role, in whatever capacity you would like to serve. Please reach out to Melissa Vayra at [email protected] if you can help.

 

Join the PTA

Annual PTA membership costs $20 per family and is due EACH school year.  Join here!

 

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Reminders Important Forms for SY 2024-25

If you will be moving out of the area or transferring to another school, please complete the Student’s Intention for the Next School Year form (IT-110) for 2024-25 and email to Ann Rajabi by March 1. We need this information to plan for staffing for the new school year. This form should also be completed for rising 7th graders if they will not be attending an FCPS middle school.

The Survey of Preschool Children form (IT-112)should be submitted if you have a child who will be entering kindergarten this fall, please complete this form and email it to Ann Rajabi by March 31.

  Non-profit Distribution of Fliers

Review Regulation 1367 on Distribution of Fliers

FCPS offers the opportunity for nonprofit organizations to make their materials available, through local schools, to students and parents. Fliers will be sent home in student’s backpacks. Fliers, sorted into 15 groups of 25, need to be at the school by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday before the below date.

May 17, 2024

 

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FCPS Cares Program

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS and specifically Franklin Sherman.

FCPS Cares Program

 

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Franklin Sherman Flash Archive and Translation Available On Our Website

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

Attendance: 703-506-7979 | Web | Twitter

Franklin Sherman Flash - February 20

Franklin Sherman Weekly Newsletter3 months 1 week ago

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Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Elementary School Community, 

 

What a great last week filled with spirit, a two-hour delay, and so many great engaging lessons. I loved walking the halls and seeing the pjs, Valentine’s colors, and the Franklin Sherman spirit day. Staff had some great outfits as well. I am not sure anyone can top Mrs. Stedham’s hair for crazy hair day!! I also stopped by several classrooms to see some project based learning and interactive language arts lessons. This is such a wonderful staff who really goes above and beyond to create engaging lessons.

We also brought back our staff chili cook off this week. It was a tough competition but Mr. Ralston took home 1st, Ms. Stoermann 2nd, and 3rd place went to Mrs. Borders. Feel free to reach out and ask them for their delicious recipes! Mr. Ralston won over the crowd with his secret ingredient of chocolate! 

I will be holding a principal coffee on February 29th from 9:30-10 a.m. If you plan to attend and have a question or comment you’d like to make sure I cover, please let me know by completing this short form:

 

Principal's Coffee

 

Farris Thomas
Principal
Franklin Sherman Elementary School

 

Important Dates

February  Black History Month

February 21  Yearbook Club Photo Day

February 29  Principals Coffee

March 5  Student Holiday

March 7  PTA Meeting

March 10  Daylight Savings Begins - Spring Forward

March 14  Pi Night

March 22  End of Q3

March 25-29  Spring Break

School Calendar:  2023-24

 

Contents

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Kindergarten Registration: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3…

There’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

 

💻 Try Online Registration

Parents may register their children online for kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn how to begin the online registration process

When registering, parents will create (or log in to an existing) SIS ParentVUE account. Please note that passwords should be more than 12 characters long. If you have an existing account and your password is shorter, please update it when you log in.

 

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Important Forms for SY 2024-25

If you will be moving out of the area or transferring to another school, please complete the Student’s Intention for the Next School Year form (IT-110) for 2024-25 and email to Ann Rajabi by March 1. We need this information to plan for staffing for the new school year. This form should also be completed for rising 7th graders if they will not be attending an FCPS middle school.

The Survey of Preschool Children form (IT-112)should be submitted if you have a child who will be entering kindergarten this fall, please complete this form and email it to Ann Rajabi by March 31.

 

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Author Visit March 7

Stuart Gibbs, the author of the Bestselling series Spy School is coming to Franklin Sherman on March 7, 2024. He is a very prolific writer and his style is described as “fun and fast-paced”.

Gibbs is hugely appealing to our youth. He has several other series published such as The Fun Jungle , Once Upon a Tim, The Last Musketeer, The Moon Base Alpha and The Charlie Thorne Series. In that same week, his third graphic novel, Evil Spy School, will be released.

Students will be able to preorder these and have them autographed by Mr. Gibbs when he is here. Please look for more information coming soon with details for pre-purchasing his books.

In the meantime, please encourage your children to read as many of his books as they can. Also, have them visit his official website to learn more about him. They can prepare their questions and put them in the envelope provided to them in the classroom.

As we get closer to the event, we will share more information as needed. 

 

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Pictures from Around Franklin Sherman Go Green for Panda Pride Day

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Wacky Hair Day

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News from FCPS

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Fiscal Year 2025 Proposed Budget
  • Register for Superintendent Community Conversations
  • Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today

 

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News from Our PTA Pi Night is Coming: 3/14 (of course!)

6 - 7:30 pm at Franklin Sherman

We are thrilled to invite you to Franklin Sherman's Pi Night celebration to honor the mathematical constant π--and indulge in some delicious pies! We have an exciting line-up of activities that we hope will inspire and entertain both math enthusiasts and pie lovers alike, including:

• Math Maze 
• Pi Memorization Contest
• Math Trivia
• Pi Crafts
• Explore Pi
• Of course, pies! Including Pizza pies!

Don't miss out on the opportunity to celebrate the beauty of mathematics and the deliciousness of pie! We look forward to seeing you on March 14 for this very special event!

 

Join the PTA Board

Work with other dedicated parents to foster our strong school community; bring much-needed resources to support Franklin Sherman; and offer enriching programs, events, and activities for our students and families.

The following positions are available for the 2024-25 school year:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • VP, Fundraising
  • VP, Programs
  • Secretary

We also are seeking help with Web design, social media, philanthropy, Food Bus, and dine-out fundraisers. If you can help in any of these areas, we would greatly appreciate your support. We have experienced current and former Board members who can answer questions and help get you settled into your role, in whatever capacity you would like to serve. Please reach out to Melissa Vayra at [email protected] if you can help.

 

Join the PTA

Annual PTA membership costs $20 per family and is due EACH school year.  Join here!

 

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Reminders Non-profit Distribution of Fliers

Review Regulation 1367 on Distribution of Fliers

FCPS offers the opportunity for nonprofit organizations to make their materials available, through local schools, to students and parents. Fliers will be sent home in student’s backpacks. Fliers, sorted into 15 groups of 25, need to be at the school by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday before the below date.

May 17, 2024

 

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FCPS Cares Program

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS and specifically Franklin Sherman.

FCPS Cares Program

 

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Franklin Sherman Flash Archive and Translation Available On Our Website

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Franklin Sherman Flash - February 12

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Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Elementary School Community, 

 

I have been continuing my morning meeting visits this past week in 4th and 6th grade. I saw a “no talk toss” in 4th and watched the 6th graders attempt another tossing game where both focused on the importance of building relationships with one another and silently or loudly cheering each other on. I also joined a 6th grade class where students were given an opportunity to create slide decks to share with the class. I love the idea of building leadership within the students and allowing them the chance to lead their peers. It was to no surprise that Taylor Swift lyrics made their way into the presentation but I think I won some cool points for knowing the song. 

Thursday night was the PTA meeting where it was fantastic to have another opportunity to get to meet more of the community members. As many of you noted in your survey to me when I first began, Franklin Sherman is an intimate, caring, and welcoming community. It was great to be able to discuss current issues such as the boundary change and adding back in fun events such as spirit week. 

There are many students and staff in pajamas today. It’s great to see so much spirit! Please encourage your student to dress to impress this week with our week of spirit days. 

 

Farris Thomas
Principal
Franklin Sherman Elementary School

 

Important Dates

February  Black History Month

February 12-16  Spirit Week

February 19  Presidents Day Holiday

February 21  Yearbook Club Photo Day

February 29  Principals Coffee

School Calendar:  2023-24

 

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Spirit Week

It's Spirit Week at Franklin Sherman!! All students are invited to participate during the week of February 12-16.

  • Monday,  - Pajama Day
  • Tuesday - College Day
  • Wednesday - Red, White, and Pink!
  • Thursday - Wacky Hair & Socks Day
  • Friday - Can't Hide Our Panda Pride Day - Go Green!

 

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Student's Intention Form for the Next School Year

The information on this form is important because staffing is based on enrollment and state regulations require that we determine the educational intentions of students leaving FCPS.

 

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Author Visit March 7

Stuart Gibbs, the author of the Bestselling series Spy School is coming to Franklin Sherman on March 7, 2024. He is a very prolific writer and his style is described as “fun and fast-paced”.

Gibbs is hugely appealing to our youth. He has several other series published such as The Fun Jungle , Once Upon a Tim, The Last Musketeer, The Moon Base Alpha and The Charlie Thorne Series. In that same week, his third graphic novel, Evil Spy School, will be released.

Students will be able to preorder these and have them autographed by Mr. Gibbs when he is here. Please look for more information coming soon with details for pre-purchasing his books.

In the meantime, please encourage your children to read as many of his books as they can. Also, have them visit his official website to learn more about him. They can prepare their questions and put them in the envelope provided to them in the classroom.

As we get closer to the event, we will share more information as needed. 

 

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Pictures from Around Franklin Sherman 100th Day of School

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News from FCPS

FCPS NewsIn case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Summer Camp and Learning Opportunities
  • Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools
  • Check Schoology for Teacher-Referred Tutoring

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today

 

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News from Our PTA Join the PTA Board

Work with other dedicated parents to foster our strong school community; bring much-needed resources to support Franklin Sherman; and offer enriching programs, events, and activities for our students and families.

The following positions are available for the 2024-25 school year:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • VP, Fundraising
  • VP, Programs
  • Secretary

We also are seeking help with Web design, social media, philanthropy, Food Bus, and dine-out fundraisers. If you can help in any of these areas, we would greatly appreciate your support. We have experienced current and former Board members who can answer questions and help get you settled into your role, in whatever capacity you would like to serve. Please reach out to Melissa Vayra at [email protected] if you can help.

 

Join the PTA

Annual PTA membership costs $20 per family and is due EACH school year.  Join here!

 

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Reminders New Student Registration is Open for the 2024-2025 School Year

Registration is available online or you can pick-up paperwork in our front office.

Required documents for registration:

  • Proof of residency: A deed, lease agreement
  • Proof of birth: Original birth certificate
  • Health documentation: A certificate of physical examination including required screenings completed within the last 12 months prior to starting school by a US licensed physician.

 

  Kent Gardens Boundary Update

As previously communicated, FCPS made its recommendation for a boundary adjustment to address the overcrowding issue at Kent Gardens and  recommended "Scenario B".  Scenario B reassigns an estimated 380 students among five elementary schools. A map of affected homes can be found here (scroll to Scenario B).

  • Rising Kindergarten and 1st-grade students will be reassigned to attend the newly assigned school for the 2024-25 school year.
  • Rising 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th-grade students have the option to attend the newly assigned school or remain at their prior assigned school for the 2024-25 school year and until they matriculate to middle school.

The adopted phasing plan allows students/caregivers the option to remain at their current school or change schools now, addressing the different perspectives voiced in public feedback. It also considers the needs of older elementary school students who were in school during COVID, and another change may be stressful. The phasing plan allows continuity for students enrolled in the French Immersion program at Kent Gardens, which starts at first grade. 

Students that are involved in phasing over the next several years will be provided bus transportation to their elementary school.  Please understand that with a current shortage of bus drivers in our area and the requirement of additional bus runs to accommodate phasing, your patience will be required as all of these new runs are established.  We need those that are involved in the affected neighborhoods to fill out the form indicating which school your child will attend by the February deadline so our transportation staff has maximum planning time.

The McLean Elementary Boundary Webpage will continue to be updated with important news going forward. 

 

 

Message From Longfellow MS

It was so nice meeting many of our rising 7th graders, parents, & guardians during curriculum night!  We hope that you were able to learn about the curriculum, course offerings, and connect with staff & students. If you were unable to attend, no worries!  You can access all our presentations on the LMS Academic Advising website!

Please be on the lookout for future programs and activities to ensure a smooth transition for all rising 7th grade students!

Thank you and we look forward to fostering healthy partnerships with every one of you.

 

 

Non-profit Distribution of Fliers

Review Regulation 1367 on Distribution of Fliers

FCPS offers the opportunity for nonprofit organizations to make their materials available, through local schools, to students and parents. Fliers will be sent home in student’s backpacks. Fliers, sorted into 15 groups of 25, need to be at the school by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday before the below date.

May 17, 2024

 

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FCPS Cares Program

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS and specifically Franklin Sherman.

FCPS Cares Program

 

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Franklin Sherman Flash Archive and Translation Available On Our Website

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

Attendance: 703-506-7979 | Web | Twitter

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