Franklin Sherman Flash - May 13

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Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Elementary School Community,

I am thrilled to share some wonderful highlights from our school community from the previous week:

Celebrations and Highlights:

Last week was a bustling one at Franklin Sherman Elementary! Our students showed their knowledge and skills during the Reading SOL, and we couldn't be prouder of their hard work. Alongside academics, we also gathered for a special assembly that brought joy and excitement to all our students. Thank you to the PTA for sponsoring Jim Basketball Jones. The kids LOVED it! 

A heartfelt thank you to our dedicated staff members who put in extra effort to ensure our students felt supported and prepared for their assessments. We're immensely grateful for their commitment to our students' success. 

Additionally, a big shoutout to our incredible PTA for their generosity in providing delicious food and treats for our staff appreciation event. Your kindness truly made a difference!

Upcoming Events:

This week, we have more opportunities for academic achievement with the Science and Math SOL exams. We encourage all students to approach these assessments with confidence and determination.

Looking ahead, mark your calendars for our upcoming PTA meeting scheduled for the 16th. It's a fantastic opportunity to stay informed, connect with other parents, and contribute to the enriching experiences we provide for our students.

Closing Thoughts:

As we navigate through these busy weeks, let's continue to support and uplift one another. Together, we create a nurturing environment where every child can thrive. Thank you for your ongoing partnership and commitment to Franklin Sherman Elementary.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead filled with learning, laughter, and memorable moments.


Farris Thomas
Franklin Sherman Elementary School



Important Dates

May  Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May Physical Fitness and Sports Month

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



Help needed with the garden!

Image of Franklin Sherman garden.

Our beautiful garden is in need of your help! We need to trim the butterfly bushes, weed the beds, mulch to keep weeds down, move some native plants, remove invasive ones etc… 

This is not a one day or a one person job. The Green Panda needs you! Join us on Wednesdays, from 4:15 to 5:00 as we begin working on maintaining our learning garden. If you can spare 10 or 15 minutes, come pull a few invasive weeds!

Our pollinators will thank you for it!!

For more information, contact Rosalie Essimi,


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It’s Registration Time!

It is especially important that we register our new Kindergarten Pandas for next school year.  Please pass the news on to friends and neighbors who have a Kindergarten aged child who should register for the 2024-25 school year.

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.

Please find more information and New Student Registration for all grades at the Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Online Registration 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:

  • 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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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



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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