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Letter from the Head for the Day
Thursday, November 5, 2015

Hello. My name is Ronan and I am in 3rd grade. Today I was Head of School for the day. I had an amazing day. It has been so fun. I felt like I was a grown-up and was the boss of everything. My day started with shaking students’ hands at the front door when they arrived at school.

Welcoming our new Board Members
Friday, October 16, 2015

The year is in full swing, and we have been busy!

Parent Nights for all three divisions brought interested and excited parents to EFS to learn more about their children’s teachers, classrooms, and curricula.

The seventh and eighth graders completed their incredible outdoor education trips to Letchworth and Camp Pathfinder, where they bonded and challenged themselves and each other to step outside their comfort zones.  

The Fall Festival was a huge success, bringing hundreds of people out to the school grounds for fun and friendship. Thank you to the many parent volunteers who made it so special, especially Jamie Saperston, who once again gave her time and talents to bring our great community closer together.

Multiple Perspectives
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

“Who are you?”

That question got asked—and answered—in myriad ways as teachers and staff took part in a workshop with renowned educational consultant Derrick Gay that aimed to increase understanding of the complex ways that our sense of identity affects our interactions with and interpretations of each other.

Understanding identity is just the first step in defining “diversity,” an often misconstrued term that entails inclusivity just as much as it does difference. Mr. Gay emphasizes that diversity is not something that can be expressed as a percentage or a label that applies to certain people and not others. Rather, diversity is inherent within every group, and we are best served by learning to recognize this diversity, welcome it, support it, and build upon it as an asset.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The word tinker means to work with something in an uncertain or experimental manner. It’s exactly the kind of thing most young children want to do naturally, only to be told, “Don’t touch that.”

Well Played
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Chess might just be the perfect afterschool activity. It’s challenging but relaxing, educational and enjoyable—especially when you’re playing with friends.

Mr. Deyell's Class Day Address
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

This week marks the end of a journey and the start of another. Tomorrow night, you officially leave the nurturing nest that is Elmwood Franklin School. You should be excited about the next chapter in your lives—it will be harrowing and exciting, fun and frustrating, but rest assured, you will be prepared.

We encourage you to return to the nest as often as you wish. You will always have a home at EFS. You will always be an Eagle.

Lesson Learned
Thursday, June 4, 2015

It’s a Thursday morning in Ms. Wagstaff’s science classroom, and there’s a guest speaker—a real expert in the field—teaching the sixth graders about climate change. He starts by sharing a self-produced video on the topic and then presents a slideshow before leading a discussion and an activity, which invites students to brainstorm a list of renewable energy sources and challenged them to come up with a new one.

Researcher? Science journalist? Teacher? In a way, all of the above—the guest speaker was an EFS eighth grader completing part of his IDEA project.

Going for the Gold
Thursday, June 4, 2015

Cinco de Mayo was a day of celebration for Spanish students, who enjoyed a Mexican fiesta at lunch, complete with Mexican food, music, and treats. Fueling the celebration was the fact that EFS students—in both Spanish and French—took top spots in national language contests earlier this spring. In the national French contest, Anne Najdzionek earned a gold medal, missing only one item on the entire contest, putting her in first place in WNY and second place in the nation. Sam Miserendino earned a gold medal in Spanish for scoring within the 95th percentile nationally.

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