Wednesday Word - 5/31/23




  • Friday, 6/2 - ALL Library Books Due
  • Monday, 6/5 - Field Day
  • Monday, 6/5-Friday, 6/9 -  Book Fair Week
  • Tuesday, 6/6 - RAIN DATE Field Day
  • Wednesday, 6/7 - First Grade EOY Ceremonies
  • Thursday, 6/8 - Second Grade EOY Ceremonies
  • Friday, 6/9 - Kindergarten Grade EOY Ceremonies
  • Friday, 6/9 - FES PTA Luau, 5:30 pm-8:30pm
  • Monday, 6/12 -  Third Grade EOY Ceremonies
  • Tuesday, 6/13 - Fourth Grade EOY Ceremonies
  • Wednesday, 6/14 - Fifth Grade EOY Ceremonies
  • Thursday, 6/15 - Sixth Grade EOY Ceremony, 10:00 AM in the Gym
  • Friday, 6/16 - Talent Show  9:00 AM -11:00 AM
  • Friday, 6/16 - Last Day of School, 2 Hour Early Release



P.E. News


spirit week


Super Franconia World Spirit Week

There is still time to participate in Super Franconia World Spirit Week and celebrate our upcoming Field Day


Thursday 6/1 - Dress like your favorite video game character

 Friday 6/2 - What Team Are You?

  •  Wear RED for team Mario  
  • Wear GREEN for team Luigi
  • Wear PINK for team Peach  
  • Wear BLACK for team Bowser

 Monday 6/5 - FIELD DAY! Wear your field day shirt or Franconia Gear!  


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Field Day is Monday!


Super Franconia World

Gr K-2: Monday, June 5th, 2023 8:30 AM-Noon

Gr 3-6 Monday, June 5th, 2023 12:00-3:00PM

Rain Date (Same Times) June 6th


For Super Franconia Field Day on Monday, please make sure you wear light breathable athletic clothing, comfortable tennis shoes, and bring plenty of water.

If you are a parent volunteer who is bringing in popsicles or props could you please bring them in asap (this week) so we can get them ready for Monday. Thank you!

Looking forward to seeing you all next week at field day!!!


Here is our Super Franconia Field Day Signup form.  Please sign up for volunteer days for either one or both sessions and if you’d like to donate any materials or props for field day




Interested in being a Safety Patrol?

Safety Patrol Applications will be going home with the rising 4th, 5th and 6th graders today. Please make sure your student fills out their application with their first name, last name, and current homeroom teacher. Please ensure that the your child marks down their primary form of transportation home, what patrol spot they are applying for, and if they will be moving this summer. Next please have them attach a 1-2 page essay as to why they want to be a patrol and what they can bring to the Franconia Penguin Patrol family. Finally they need to sign their name, have a parent or guardian sign, their classroom teacher as well as a second staff member to be eligible for application. Thank you and looking forward to all the wonderful applications.




Summer Learning Update


 Summer Learning Program confirmation emails were sent out this morning. If you have registered your student and have not received confirmation please contact Mrs. Wright Space is still available, register today!




Franconia ES PTA After School Survey


The PTA is collecting anonymous feedback on your experience this year, and on the kinds of after school activities you would like to see at Franconia next year. This is an anonymous survey, so your name will not be requested and will not appear in the results. Please consider completing a survey to help make after school programming as strong as possible.  The link to the survey is:

Please reach out to Matt at with any questions.  




Defining "The Penguin Way"

We Need Your Help!


When Franconia’s mascot was the mustang, student behaviors were guided by the Mustang TROTS (truthful, respectful, own their choices, try their best, and stay safe). Now that we are the Franconia Penguins, we have a unique opportunity to restructure behavior expectations and refocus our students, staff, and community on what it means to be a Franconia Penguin. The Penguin Way will reflect our core values as a school and community.

Why do we need your help? Well, we want input from not only our staff, but our students and community as well! We want this new Penguin Way to be a collaboration between all stake holders in Franconia Elementary School. If you would like to be involved, please answer this survey which will ask you your opinion on our new collaborative effort. Your answers will be anonymous and will be taken into consideration while completing this task over the summer months. Thank you for your constant support! If you have further questions, please email Jillian Borsos (Committee Lead) at




Library News

Last Call for Library Books!

All Books Due 6/2


Due date for all library books is Friday, June 2nd.  Please take a moment to gather any books you may have forgotten and return them to the library.


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The Book Fair is Coming!

Sign up to Volunteer


The Book Fair is coming June 5th to June 9th!

It will be open to students during the school day.

Families may shop after school on Tuesday, June 6 until 6:15 and on Friday, June 9 during the Luau!


Volunteers sign up here:




End of Year Recognition Ceremonies Schedule and Procedures


Below are the guidelines for this year’s end-of-year ceremonies:

  • Parking will be available in the parking lot behind the building off Kathmoor Dr.
  • Visitors will enter and exit through the rear gym doors, located off the blacktop.
  • Ceremonies will last approximately 30-40 minutes.
  • Please do not bring food, drink, or gifts (no balloons, etc.) to the ceremony.
  • If you have other children at Franconia who you wish to attend their sibling’s EOY ceremony, please coordinate that with their teacher (you can find all staff email links in our online staff directory).
  • If you wish to take your child/children home with you at the conclusion of the ceremony, you will sign them out with a Franconia employee stationed at the exterior gym doors.


Please direct any questions to your child’s teacher.


Wednesday, 6/7 (first grade)

  • 9:15 - Bolden
  • 10:15 - Bonsall
  • 11:15 - King

Thursday, 6/8 (second grade)

  • 12:00 - Yortzidis
  • 12:45 - Octaviano
  • 1:30 -  Dennison
  • 2:15 - Webbs

Friday, 6/9 (kindergarten)

  • 9:15 - Allen
  • 10:15 - Channon
  • 11:15 - Tran

Monday, 6/12 (third grade)

  • 12:00 - Pina
  • 1:00 - Stump
  • 2:00 - Haffner/ Ms. Jo

Tuesday, 6/13 (fourth grade)

  • 12:30 - Blum
  • 1:30 - Yezefski
  • 2:30 - Rim

Wednesday, 6/14 (fifth grade)

  • 12:00 - Hodge
  • 12:45 - Pater
  • 1:30 - Dickerson   

Thursday, 6/15 (sixth grade)                                                    .

  • 10:00 - All sixth grade classes



Twain Parent Coffee

Thursday, June 1st at 9:00 am


Attention Parents of Rising 7th grade students:


There will be a Principal's Coffee for parents at Twain Middle in the cafeteria on Thursday, June 1st at 9:00am. The outcomes of the meeting will be an overview of what to expect in middle school, upcoming dates, and allow time for a Q & A.




FES PTA Summer Luau

Friday, June 9t5:30-8:30pm

Volunteers needed!


Are you ready for the BIGGEST end-of-year celebration Franconia Elementary has ever seen?!? Join us on Friday, June 9 from 5:30-8:30 in the back lot for FES Summer Luau! Free to all Franconia families!

Dunk your favorite teachers in our DUNK TANK!

Kids enjoy FREE Snow Cones by Capitol Snow (first come, first serve, max 300. Additional $3 each)

  • Face Paint!
  • Spin Art!
  • Polynesian Dancing
  • And more!


To make this event a success, we need YOUR help. Each classroom needs THREE parent volunteers. Make your class proud and volunteer today to send these Penguins into the summer with amazing new memories.



Counselor's Corner

Mindfulness at Franconia Update


At Franconia, we have the unique opportunity of creating a mindfulness lab using our  wellness ESSER funds. Mindfulness is all about being in the present moment. In the lab, we have created opportunities for students to be in the present moment by creating mindfulness centers. Students can explore different mindfulness centers such as reading, breathing, art, affirmations, games and mindful movement. This space has provided an opportunity for student wellness by causing students to relax mentally, emotionally and physically. Also in the lab, as special treat to our students, we have a comfort dog named Charlie who visits with classes in the lab!

Take a look at one of our spotlighted classes in the mindfulness lab:

 Students had fun participating in mindfulness centers in Mrs. Blum's Class!




Calling All New Kindergarteners!

Any families who have an incoming kindergartener for the 2023-24 school year are invited to sign up for an optional kindergarten summer assessment time in August. This will be a brief 20 minute visit with a kindergarten teacher to let us get to know their strengths before starting school. Families can sign up here- Kindergarten Summer Assessment Sign Up




Please remember to notify the school office of any of the following changes that come up for your child.

Notification should be made by 9:00am on the day of the change.

  • Absence
  • Late arrival
  • Planned early pick-up or mid-day appointment (pick-up and return)
    • If your child needs to be picked up unexpectedly, please call the office (703-822-2200) in advance of your arrival
    • This allows the office to contact your child’s teacher to prepare your child for their departure
    • For early pick-ups after 3:00pm, please park on Kathmoor as the school buses start to arrive for dismissal at that time and the front parking lot will be off limits
  • Changes in dismissal mode (

Below are the 3 options by which to notify the school office (choose one option):

Please do this IN ADDITION to contacting your child's teacher.  There could be times when the teacher is absent and, by also contacting the office, the information will be properly noted.

To email your child’s teacher, click HERE.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.





Recognize FCPS Employees

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care.

The start of the school year is a great time to acknowledge someone who has helped to make your child's return to school amazing.

Learn how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee for their great work.


FCPS Parent Resource Center

Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services

2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 105

Dunn Loring, VA


The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members.




Phone: 703-204-3941


Twitter: @prc_fcps






  • The PRC offers free, confidential in-person, videoconference, and phone consultations for families and FCPS staff.
  • Appointments are highly encouraged.
  • They can brainstorm strategies and possible solutions to help you address your concerns by drawing upon resources and support from FCPS, as well as community, state, and national centers.


  • The PRC maintains a list of current FCPS employees who hold a valid and current teaching license in VA and want to tutor after their contracted school day.
  • Contact the PRC at 703-204-3941 or for more information.


  • Come explore the library for families and staff, 8:00am-4:00pm
  • The library contains over 10,000 books, eBooks, DVDs, and CDs on topics related to parenting and educating all children, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.
  • Check out up to 6 items and keep them for 3 weeks.  Renewals are easy - just call or email us.
  • Find library resources to support your child with help from the Parent Resource Center staff.
  • Call us and we can have library materials ready for you to pick up.
  • Return library materials to us 24/7 in our book return or use the FCPS inter-office mail.  Contact us for details.



  • Register here -
  • Watch recorded webinars - https://bit.ly3rpPl3Q
    1. To turn videos into preferred languages, open a video - choose any video on YouTube and follow these directions to have closed-captioning in your preferred language:
    2. Click the CC button - make sure it is underlined in red.
    3. Click the settings button - it looks like a gear.
    4. Click subtitles.
    5. Click auto-translate.
    6. Choose a language.



Penguin Points

Click on a link for information

Franconia Elementary School website