Franklin Sherman Flash - February 26

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
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




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

Images of Students Wearing Red White and Pink for Our Spirit Week Celebration


Positive Panda Awards

Pictures of our administrators giving positive panda awards for the month of February.


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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

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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 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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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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