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Raise the Paddle Locker Room Initiative
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

At this year's Auction, we asked parents, corporation members, alumni, and friends of Elmwood Franklin to raise their paddle to support our much needed locker room renovation.

 
Letter from the Head
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

As I mentioned in an earlier communication, our Director of Technology Tom Jordan is retiring at the end of this year after 36 years of service to EFS. Tom has been a huge asset to our school and our community. We will certainly miss him.

Cheryl Colpoys has been named our new Director of Technology and she will assume the reigns on July 1.  We are thrilled to have Cheryl in this role.  She has worked closely with Tom and our teachers for many years to ensure that our technology program remains cutting edge. However, even with all of Cheryl’s many talents (and there are many!), she cannot run our technology department alone.

 
Letter from the Head
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

It’s (gulp) down the stretch they come! I can’t believe May is upon us and before we blink we will be putting the wraps on another academic year.

My wife Maria and I want to take this opportunity to thank the many, many parents and teachers who volunteered their time and resources to make this past weekend’s Cirque auction such a huge success. The feedback was very positive, as was the energy at the event itself. It was so nice to see so many members of our community having such a great time in support of our school.

 
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.

 
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