Franklin Sherman Flash - May 28

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pictures from our spring concert rehearsals

Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Elementary School Community,


I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day. With twelve days left, we are jam packed with lots of fun activities. This week we have field day and our schoolwide picnic. Tomorrow is our spring concert at McLean HS.

We also have our final spirit week created by our 6th grade students:
Wednesday: Jersey day
Thursday: PJ & Stuff Animal Day
Friday: Freaky Friday- dress up as a teacher/adult

I hope to see you at the Family Fun Picnic today from 12:00 -1:00 p.m.


Farris Thomas
Franklin Sherman Elementary School


Important Dates

May  Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May 28  Field Day and Family Picnic

June 3-4  EoY Book Swap

June 3-4  Lost and Found Clear Out

June 11  6th Grade Promotion

June 11  EoY Dance Party

June 12  Last Day of School 2 Hour Early Dismissal

August 19  First Day of School for SY 2024-25

School Calendar:  2023-24



Lost and Found Clean Up

Your Stuff Misses YOU TOO!

Monday and Tuesday June 3 & 4 the Lost and Found is OPEN and will be in the school main lobby from 9 a.m. till 4:30 p.m.

Parents are welcome to swing by the school on these two days to claim any missing item(s) from their household.

All unclaimed belongings will be donated to the McLean Baptist Church, Share Clothing Room after June 4.


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End of Year Book Swap 

As the end of the school year is approaching and you start cleaning up, put aside any gently used books that you do not need anymore. If they still have a lot of life in them, they will make their next owner happy! So don’t keep them around! Bring them to our End of the Year Book Swap!

On Monday and Tuesday June 3rd and 4th, bring any books you wish to swap in the library. There, from the book swap table, you will exchange them with the same number of books that you brought. If you do not have any books to swap at the moment, don’t let that stop you. Come by the library and get a book! We have a lot of books for your summer reading!!

It is fun! You can replenish your bookshelf without spending money! 

Come one, come many! And bring your used and unused books for swapping!

For more information, contact our librarian 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:

  • Remember to Check Your Student’s Lunch Balance!
  • Student Testing Results Coming Soon
  • Support Your Child’s Success in SIS ParentVUE
  • Open Your Home to an International Student and Enjoy a Free Week of IFTA 

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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Registration is Open for Summer Athletic Camps at Langley HS

Langley High is hosting several athletic camps this summer, including Football, Girls' Lacrosse, Softball, Girls' Basketball, Boys' Basketball, and Volleyball (wait list). See the links below for more information and to register!

All camps but boys' basketball;

Boys' basketball:

If you have questions, please contact Geoff Noto, Director of Student Activities, Langley High School, 703-287-2750, @langleysports,



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


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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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