Franklin Sherman Flash - April 15

Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Elementary School Community, 


We finally had a week of fantastic weather and just in time for the eclipse! I hope everyone has been able to spend some quality time soaking in the sunshine to help us refresh for the spring and final quarter this year. Since joining in the winter months, it has been such a joy to walk the property and see the students smiling during recess and also having staff take advantage of the many areas to let students enjoy the great weather and read outside. 

School Events Recap:

  • We had an awe-inspiring experience as our students witnessed a solar eclipse this week. It was a fantastic opportunity for all students to go outside and marvel at the wonders of the universe. It was great to see so many parents come to help participate in this event as well. I loved seeing the creative way the Kindergarten teachers had the students create solar shields with paper plates. The students were so engaged and excited to watch such a unique opportunity. 
  • Wednesday was a special day for many families as they celebrated Eid, spending quality time with loved ones and cherishing cherished traditions. We extend warm wishes to all families who observed this meaningful occasion.
  • Thank you to the PTA for another week of successful events to include Bingo Night and the garden clean up on Saturday. As we interview candidates for next year, we always love to share how involved our PTA and parent community is and the wonderful partnership we have created to ensure student success and support to our staff. 

Upcoming Events:

  • Mark your calendars for the SOL assessment dates:
    • May 7: Reading SOL for Grades 3-5
    • May 9: Student Assembly
    • May 14: Science SOL for Grade 5
    • May 16: Math SOL for Grades 3-6
  • Stay tuned for more details about our end-of-year activities, including Field Day, classroom parties, and the exciting assembly for all students.

Important Reminders:

  • As we approach the end of the school year, please ensure that students are well-rested, prepared, and ready to excel in their assessments and end-of-year activities.
  • Continue to stay updated on important announcements, dates, and school events.

Farris Thomas
Franklin Sherman Elementary School


Important Dates

April  Month of the Military Child

April  National Arab American Heritage Month

April 13  Spring Garden Clean-Up

April 17  Purple Up Day

April 19  Spring Picture Day

April 21  Yearbook Orders Due

April 22  Earth Day

May 7  Reading SOL for Grades 3-6

May 14  Grade 5 Science SOL

May 16  Math SOL for Grades 3-6

School Calendar:  2023-24



Spirit Week- FCPS Earth Week 2024


It’s been feeling like spring recently, so it’s time to start thinking about FCPS Earth Week! Get2Green is hosting FCPS Earth Week April 22-26, 2024. The themes for Earth Week are:

  • Monday, April 22 - wear green for Earth Day
  • Tuesday, April 23 - wear blue for Watershed Day
  • Wednesday, April 24 - wear white for Zero Waste Day
  • Thursday, April 25 - wear red for Climate Change Day


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2023-24 Yearbook--Deadline Extended!

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Place your order by Sunday, April 21, to ensure your student(s) have one reserved!

The search feature won’t find your student, so “Add a Name” to type their first and last name.

This is the final day to order!  No extras are available for sale once delivered to our 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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News From Longfellow MS

Spring Open House – April 30, 2024

We cordially invite all our Rising 7th & New FCPS families to our Spring Open House on Tuesday, April 30th from 6:30-7:30p.m. During this time, you will have an opportunity to tour LMS and ask any questions you may have to prepare for the 23-24 school year. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Jump Start Registration Now Open!

Jump Start registration is now open on myschoolbucks. Choose between session 1 – August 5-6 or session 2 – August 7-8. 

Hours are 8:30a.m. – 12:00p.m. Look forward to learning about Longfellow with school tours, ice breakers, scavenger hunts, team building and more. If you have any questions, contact Lavina Gangwani-Colaco at


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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:

  • Honoring Military Kids
  • Family Summit Designed to Enhance Safety, Security, Inclusion
  • April Webinars and Events for Families
  • Apply for Early Learning for Children Six Weeks to Four Years Old
  • Earth Day Festival

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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PTA Meeting

May 16, 6:30-7:30 pm


Join the PTA

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


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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



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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