Franklin Sherman Flash - February 12

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
Franklin Sherman Elementary School


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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




Spirit Week

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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

Pictures of 2nd graders on 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

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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 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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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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