Franklin Sherman Flash - April 8

Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Elementary School Community, 


I hope this message finds you well and ready for another exciting week ahead. Let's reflect on the past week's events, celebrate achievements, and look forward to upcoming happenings at Franklin Sherman Elementary.

School Events Recap:

  • Last week, our first-grade students embarked on a thrilling Safari Day, showcasing their twenty-first-century skills with enthusiasm and creativity. It was heartwarming for our young learners to engage in hands-on learning experiences and demonstrate their talents. It was also fantastic to have such a large turnout from the parents for this special event. 
  • The Kindergarten orientation was a tremendous success, with our future pandas eagerly exploring their new learning environment and getting acquainted with our school community. I am thrilled to welcome them aboard!

Celebrations and Highlights:

  • Let's celebrate the dedication and effort of our students, teachers, and staff who made the Safari Day and Kindergarten orientation memorable and enriching experiences for everyone involved. 
  • A special shoutout to our supportive families for encouraging and empowering our students to embrace learning opportunities and showcase their skills.

Upcoming Events:

  • Today, we are excited to witness a solar eclipse, providing a unique learning opportunity for our students. Grade level teachers have prepared engaging activities related to this celestial event and have notified you in their newsletters.  If you plan to opt your child out of participating, please email their teacher and myself  promptly.
  • Please note that there will be no school on Wednesday in observance of Eid-al-Fitr. We extend warm wishes to all families celebrating this joyous occasion.
  • Get ready for a night of fun and excitement at our PTA Bingo Night on Friday! Join us for a chance to bond with fellow families, and support our school community.

Important Reminders:

  • As we approach the end of the school year, please stay updated on important dates, activities, and announcements through our school newsletter. 
  • Your partnership and involvement play a vital role in creating a positive and thriving learning environment for our students. Thank you for your continued support!

Closing Thoughts:

As we look ahead to the upcoming events and opportunities for learning and connection, let's continue to nurture a culture of curiosity, collaboration, and kindness within our Franklin Sherman family. Wishing you all a wonderful week filled with joy, learning, and meaningful experiences.


Farris Thomas
Franklin Sherman Elementary School

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Important Dates

April  Month of the Military Child

April  National Arab American Heritage Month

April 10  Student Holiday - Eid al-Fitr

April 12  Bingo Night

April 13  Spring Garden Clean-Up

April 17  Purple Up Day

April 22  Earth Day

School Calendar:  2023-24



Solar Eclipse Safety Information

A solar eclipse is a rare and exciting astronomical phenomenon, and one that requires important safety reminders.

Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can permanently damage your eyes. At Franklin Sherman, the PTA has partnered with us to be able to purchase approved eyewear so that students can safely view the eclipse ONLY while wearing the eyewear. All students whose families opted out of going outside to view the eclipse will be engaged with alternative activities.  

Here are some important reminders:

  • Don't look at the sun without approved eyewear. This applies to students and staff, and we encourage you to reinforce it at home. 
  • Regular sunglasses are not good enough. We will be providing eyewear that has been approved for viewing.
  • Eclipse timing: The eclipse starts around 2:04 p.m., peaks at 3:20 p.m., and ends around 4:32 p.m. If you have concerns about your child walking or riding the bus home, please arrange for alternative transportation.

For more details, visit the FCPS Solar Eclipse webpage.


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Order a 2023-24 Yearbook Today

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Yearbooks are available now for pre-order now at  Use school code 25540.




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Online Registration for School Year 2024-25

We are excited to announce that Online Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open now. Both new students and those returning to FCPS from another district or school system can use our Online Registration system to register students entering Kindergarten through 12th grade for the upcoming academic year.

Welcome to Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Online Registration


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The Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award

Nominations are open for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.  The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors this award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families.  

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1, 2024.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium.

Full details and the nomination information form can be found at the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award website


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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:

  • Updated COVID Recommendations
  • Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read
  • Last Chance to Take the Family Engagement Survey! 
  • April Webinars and Events for Families

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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Bingo Night is Comming

Friday, April 12, 6-8 pm

Dust off your favorite good luck charms, and join us for a fun-filled evening of bingo with the Franklin Sherman community! Register by noon on Wednesday, 4/10, for a $20 Bingo Night Bundle--including pizza, 4 bottles of water, and bingo cards for your family--or $10 for bingo cards alone. (Select one of these options on the pull-down menu on the attached form.) Please note that, due to space limitations of this seated event, we can only accept the first 48 families to register. Parental supervision is required; this is not a drop-off event. Have questions? Want to help with this event? Contact Melissa Vayra: 646-467-3506. We can't wait to see you there!


Spring Garden Clean-Up

Saturday, April 13 at 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Calling all gardeners for the FSES Garden Club's biannual garden clean-up! Our goal this spring is to clean out any old growth that did not make it through the winter and do some planting in preparation for summer. We also will be spreading mulch around all the natural areas and cutting out some nice edging along the beds. Pizza and water are provided by the PTA! All you need to bring are gloves and a hat to keep off the sun. Contact Jon Parsons with questions: 334-714-3073.


Join the PTA

Annual PTA membership costs $20 per family and is due EACH school year.  Join here!


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Elementary Institute for the Arts

Students in all FCPS schools can enroll in the Elementary Institute for the Arts. IFTA is a weekly Arts enrichment program for students in rising 3rd through 6th grades during the month of July. Students take classes in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance every day. Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the Elementary Institute for the Arts website for more information or email



School Pictures Can Still be Purchased

Franklin Sherman's Your school's picture day season is over, but you can still order prints.

To view and order photos online :

Please visit:

When prompted for an online code, use your Student ID (your student may also recognize this as their lunch or library number). Families can email Please visit: for any questions about the ordering process.



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.



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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