Franklin Sherman Flash - March 18

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
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



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.


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

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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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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.



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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