Franklin Sherman Flash - June 10

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Jumping into Summer!

Jumping into Summer!

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Principal's Message

Dear Franklin Sherman Families,

As we say farewell for the summer, we are thrilled to have hired new staff members that come with wonderful experience from other FCPS schools or other schools.  We are proud to have a full staff for the 2024-25 school year!

The end of the year also brings a time to say goodbye to those moving away and off to new adventures. Sophie Hoffman- career switch; Sandra Donahoe- moving states; Gail Chambers-  transitioning to another FCPS school; Katie Robinson- career switch; Olvia Horne- transitioning to another FCPS school for a leadership position; Bushra Foukhouri- leaving the profession; Elmo Hempstead- transitioning to another FCPS school; Jamie Leitch- transitioning to another FCPS school for a leadership position.

We wish them the best of luck and thank them for their years as Pandas.

As this is the last Flash for the year, I just want to thank this community for their warm welcome to me as I became the Franklin Sherman principal. I hope everyone has a fantastic, restful summer.

Farris Thomas
Franklin Sherman ES


Important Dates

June  Caribbean American Heritage Month

June  LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

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



Order Your School Supply Kit for the 2024-25 School Year!

Purchase your child’s school supply kit by July 15 to ensure they are delivered to the school before the first day.

Cross school supplies off your to-do list today! You can also purchase supplies from the Grade level class lists yourself.  To view the supply lists please visit the Franklin Sherman ES Website

Our local vendor, Campus Survival Kits, offers a number of great benefits:

  • Kits come with everything our teachers have requested
  • Low prices and simple ordering
  • Personal supplies come in a Franklin Sherman drawstring backpack
  • Supplies are delivered directly to the classroom
  • Each purchase benefits the school: the more we order, the more free supplies we can receive
  • If you already have some items, you can just buy needed items "a la carte."

Please contact Alyssa Harry from our PTA with any questions.


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SOL Scores Posted in SIS ParentVUE

Families can find Standards of Learning (SOL) reports for spring testing in the SIS ParentVUE Documents section on or before the last day of school. Log in to your ParentVUE account to access the following:

  • For all students, the official SOL Score Report with overall and reporting category performance for all spring tests.
  • For grade 3-8 students, the SOL Growth Parent Report shows performance over time for state reading and math tests completed this school year.

Visit the FCPS website for additional information about spring assessment reporting practices and timelines.

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video walks through the steps. Find out more about SIS ParentVUE.


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Mathematics Independent Learning Options for Families

Summer enrichment opportunities can provide students access to review and support meaningful learning experiences aligned to course objectives. Required summer assignments are not allowed as they can pose barriers for students who are unable to complete them and create the perception that the rigor of a course is only accessible for those with conditions that support structured learning over the summer. 

The purpose of optional summer enrichment might be to:

  • Activate students’ background knowledge and skills;
  • Provide opportunity to review introductory topics/prerequisites for the course; or 
  • Create or enhance enthusiasm and interest in a subject or to serve as a springboard for future learning.

Summer enrichment activities should not be given to learn new material or fill large gaps as a result of the pandemic. Whenever possible, it is recommended to provide students with voice and choice in their learning. Linked below are options that can be shared with students and families.

Summer Learning Options Mathematics ES


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EoY Book Swap was an utter success!

Thank you to all the kids and families who brought books for swapping! Also, a big thanks to teachers who donated books for the 3-day event! We received a great amount of books and they have all found new homes now. The enthusiasm and eagerness of our kids around books were palpable. Again thank you all, have a great summer and keep reading!!!


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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:

  • End-of-Year Reminders
  • Summer Resources
  • Last Chance to Review Family Life Education Materials
  • Required Immunizations for Rising 7th and 12th Graders
  • Inova Back to School Pediatric Health Fairs
  • Summer Mental Wellness Resources
  • Enjoy Our School Grounds This Summer

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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End-of-Year Dance Party!

June 11, 6 - 8 pm

Order pizza by noon, Monday, 6/10!

Dust off your dancing shoes and kick up your heels as we celebrate the end of a fantastic school year! Bring a blanket or lawn chairs; order Listrani's pizza or bring your own dinner; and enjoy a picnic with family and Franklin Sherman friends on the lawn. We'll have a DJ to get the party started and a photo booth to commemorate the occasion. But we need your assistance to pull this off! Please sign up to help with set-up or clean up, distribute pizza, or assist with the photo booth. We can't wait to see you there!



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,


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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


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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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