Franklin Sherman Flash - May 20

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Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Elementary School Community,


Important Reminders

Please remember that there is no school next Monday, May 27th, in observance of Memorial Day.

On Tuesday, May 28th, we will be hosting our much-anticipated Field Day. We still have a few volunteer slots open, so please sign up through the PTA if you can help make this day special for our students.

As we look forward field day and end of year parties, I want to express my heartfelt thanks for your continued support and involvement in our school community. Together, we make Franklin Sherman a nurturing and vibrant place for our children to learn and grow.


Farris Thomas
Franklin Sherman Elementary School


Important Dates

May  Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May 27  Memorial Day Holiday

May 28  Field Day and Family Picnic (Rain Date May 29)

June 11  6th Grade Promotion

June 11  EoY Dance Party

June 12  Last Day of School 2 Hour Early Dismissal

School Calendar:  2023-24



Community Conversations

Dr. Michelle Reid has been hosting Community Conversations and Employee Conversations throughout the division since the fall of this school year. She is committed to getting to know our school communities. 

The dates for the final two Community Conversations are below. These events provide a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to connect with Dr. Reid, share concerns and ideas. She is there to listen and answer your questions. Your voice is important.

The community is invited to register for a time and place that is convenient for you to attend. Pre-registration is not required, but does help us plan.

Childcare and language interpretation services will be provided.

For more information please visit the FCPS website.


Upcoming Community Conversations:

May 16, 2024 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Poe Middle School
7000 Cindy Ln, Annandale, VA 22003


May 28, 2024 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Katherine Johnson Middle School
Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030


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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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Franklin Sherman Garden Needs 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,



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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