Franklin Sherman Flash - February 20

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
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




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

Pictures of Students and Staff Showing Their Panda Pride and Wearing Green for Go Green Day


Wacky Hair Day

Images from 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

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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 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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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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