Franklin Sherman Flash - May 6

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Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Elementary School Community,

I hope this message finds you well and filled with the same excitement and gratitude that I have as we celebrate Staff Appreciation Week here at Franklin Sherman.  This week is dedicated to honoring the incredible dedication, hard work, and passion that our teachers and staff bring to our school community each and every day.

Our teachers play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our children. They not only educate but inspire, guide, and nurture our students to reach their full potential. It is through their unwavering commitment and tireless efforts that our school continues to thrive.

I encourage each and every one of you to take a moment this week to celebrate and appreciate your child's teacher. A simple note of thanks or a small treat can go a long way in showing them how much they are valued and appreciated.

Additionally, I am thrilled to share that our Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is going above and beyond to spoil our staff this week. They have organized a stocked lounge this week and a potluck breakfast on Friday to show our teachers and staff just how much they mean to us. I encourage you to reach out to the PTA and sign up to help make this event a success. Your contributions, no matter how big or small, will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our school.


Class Placements for 24-25: 

Each spring, we begin the essential task of determining class placements for the next school year.  The school staff works collaboratively to create classroom assignments.  It is the task of the grade level teachers, specialists, and administration to determine distribution of students to optimally create classroom groupings. 

As parents, you can assist us in determining class placement by sharing your insights about your child with respect to academic and behavioral information using this form. Please note that we do not accept requests for specific teachers for the upcoming grade placement.  This includes hints that reference specific teachers. We cannot guarantee multiple friend requests nor exceptions for other students with whom there may be a conflict.


Farris Thomas
Franklin Sherman Elementary School


Important Dates

May  Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May 6-10  Staff Appreciation Week

May 7  Reading SOL for Grades 3-6

May 9 School Assembly 

May 14  Grade 5 Science SOL

May 14  Grade 1 Mt. Vernon Field Trip

May 16  Math SOL for Grades 3-6

May 16  Final PTA Meeting of the School Year

May 27  Memorial Day Holiday

May 28  Field Day and Family Picnic

June 11  EoY Dance Party

June 12  Last Day of School 2 Hour Early Dismissal

School Calendar:  2023-24



It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Please pass the news on to friends and neighbors who have a Kindergarten aged child who should register for the 2024-25 school year.

Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.


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Multi Language Learners Parent Coffee

Franklin Sherman is having an end-of-year Multi-Language Learners Parent Coffee on Friday May 10th from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in the library.  Please join us for coffee, breakfast treats and conversation.  The topics to be discussed will be information on strategies to support your student’s academic and mental growth over the summer. Look out for the flyer this week and we hope to see you there!


Please RSVP by emailing Nadeen Zoorba,


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Let's Finish the School Year Strong!

Student attendance at school is important all year long, up to the last day of school. Attendance has an effect on student performance and on school accreditation. See how to:

  • Check your child’s attendance record
  • Help your student stay engaged at school
  • Report future absences
  • Understand the FCPS school calendar

Learn more about attendance resources.


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Required Immunizations for Rising 7th and 12th Graders

Immunizations are required for all students entering 7th and 12th grades this fall. Visit the FCPS immunization webpage to learn about the required vaccines.  Caregivers should ask their private healthcare provider or the health department to review their student's immunization record to ensure that their student has received these required immunizations. 

It is important to schedule immunizations early in the summer, as seventh-grade students must submit documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines before they begin school in August. Twelfth-grade students must submit documentation of the Meningococcal vaccine.


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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 FCPS

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • May Webinars and Events for Families
  • Resources for Families New to FCPS
  • Green Teams Connect Schools and the Environment
  • Save the Date for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza
  • FCPS Ombuds Office Provides Confidential Guidance

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving this weekly newsletter, please sign up today


Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.


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News from Our PTA

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PTA Meeting

May 16, 6:30-7:30 pm

Join us for our final meeting of the school year, when we will vote on our slate of PTA Board candidates for 2024-25:

If you are interested in serving as an officer or helping with the PTA next year in any way, please contact Sarah Bloom or Adrienne Dreyfuss.

Free babysitting (with pizza!) provided in the gym for children 3 and older during the meeting.


Join the PTA

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


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The Green Panda

Spring is here! The trees are in bloom, the bulbs are out, and the birds are back! Did you notice our school garden? It needs your loving care: mulching, weeding, and planting.

Your child can be part of this by joining the FSES ECO Club: The Green Panda. The Green Panda meets every Wednesday from 4:15 to 5:00 in the library. We talk about the FCPS Get2Green program and learn about trees in our school grounds, native plants, rain barrels, composting, recycling, gardening, food waste etc.  In short, The Green Panda is focused on learning and acting toward stewardship of our environment while we are having fun in the outdoors!!!

If your child would like to join, have them pick up a permission slip from Mrs. Essimi, in the library.

For questions or additional information, please contact our librarian, Mrs. Essimi ( or our counselor, Mr. Nielsen (



Longfellow MS 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



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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