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Complex Interactions with Simple Machines
Friday, March 20, 2015

A Rube Goldberg machine is a contraption designed to perform a single simple task in a complex, crazy way—which makes it a perfect endeavor for children, who sometimes seem to have a natural talent for complicating things!

Sixth graders recently took part in a weeklong STEAM project, during which they forewent most of their regular classes to work in small groups to build their own Rube Goldberg machines.

Reinventing the Wheel
Friday, March 20, 2015

In Reggio Emilia, Italy, the Remida Center is a place that collects cast-off materials—often the byproducts of industrial production—for re-use by community members. Rather than piling up in landfills, the materials get put to good use in the creations of artists, in the designs of inventors and tinkerers, and in the work and play of students and teachers.

The Prep department at Elmwood Franklin is sponsoring its own Remida Project, a two-week campaign for odds and ends from our parent community’s homes and businesses.

Letter from the Head
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Only a little more than a week to go until spring break! Before we turn our attention to vacations and palm trees, I wanted to make two very special announcements.

First, Tom Jordan, our Director of Technology, will be retiring at the end of this year. Tom has worked at EFS for 35 years and was instrumental in establishing our incredible Outdoor Education program.

Hot Topic
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bettina Martinez-Hackert, PhD, a volcanologist, professor, and EFS mom, offered a unique opportunity to an audience of EFS parents and students to “ask anything about volcanoes that they could possibly think of” during a Parent Council Speaker Series event on February 9. She was joined by her husband Jorge Bajo, a geographer and lecturer.

No Bones about It
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Why did the moose cross the road? To get to Elmwood Franklin! Educators from Earth Spirit recently brought in the cleaned bones of a moose that had been found as road kill in Algonquin Park in Canada—and although it was a juvenile moose, it had likely once weighed as much as 2000 lbs. and stood up to seven feet tall.

Thinking Cap
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
When EFS eighth graders visited the New Era Cap Company to learn about the creative process behind the company’s super popular line of caps and headwear, the field trip went way beyond just seeing and hearing—students worked in groups directly with the company’s team of designers to actually create their own custom caps. Started in 1920
Update from the Board President and the Head of School
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

As we reach the mid-point of the school year, we wanted to take this opportunity to update you on some of the things we’ve accomplished, some of the things we’re working on, and some of the things we’re excited about.

Chess Mates
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

On Wednesday afternoons after school, retired chess master and EFS dad Dr. Leonid Khinkis leads a group of second graders in a noble pursuit: the game of chess. His course, which is running weekly from November to April, is provided free of charge to a limited number of students. Each week, students are instructed in the rules and strategies of game play and then put that learning into practice through matches that they play, record, and analyze.

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