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Third Grade Travel Agents
Friday, November 20, 2015

Learning about each state in a year-long third grade study makes ‘traveling’ around the United States easy, fun, and exciting! As part of our State of the Week project, third grade students become travel agents for a day. After gathering facts through research, students deliver a presentation to their classmates, encouraging them to visit the State of the Week! Presentations always include a visual element that may be in poster, video or keynote format.

Why read 20 minutes every day?
Friday, November 13, 2015

In the lives of very busy children and families, it can be hard to find the time to read. Why is it so important?

Reading for 20 minutes helps children learn new information, become better readers, practice reading strategies, build confidence, expand their vocabularies, and become better writers.

Mathematicians Play Games
Friday, November 6, 2015

Classroom games are about more than following the rules, playing nice, and trying to beat your opponent. Math games are an important resource for learning in our Prep and Lower School program. Like most games, the math games our students play are engaging and fun, but they also provide a meaningful opportunity for the application of math skills and build students' confidence as young mathematicians.

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.

Fall in Love with Reading
Friday, October 23, 2015

It's a rainy fall day. The leaves have begun to change color, and it's definitely sweater weather. You curl up in a cozy chair with a cup of tea or a pumpkin spice latte. You open your book and escape from the world for just a few moments...

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.

Budding Mathletes
Friday, October 16, 2015

This past Wednesday, students participated in a fast-paced online competition called World Maths Day. Teachers and students agree that it's the most fun, popular, and effective way to practice math facts. Students compete with other students across the room—and across the globe!—in 60-second game rounds, designed specifically for their age level, that test the accuracy and speed of their mental math skills.

“You’re the leaders of the Lower School!”
Friday, October 9, 2015

This is a phrase that our fourth graders hear regularly at Elmwood Franklin. They are the “big kids,” the oldest students in Lower School, and while this status affords many privileges, it also requires great responsibility. All of the younger students, including the Beginners, look up to the fourth graders. They watch the way they behave and they listen to the way they talk—and they often emulate it. In this way, the fourth graders serve as role models, and therefore they must learn to demonstrate positive leadership qualities.

So what does it mean to be a leader? The fourth grade aims to find their own answers to that question in a creatively designed course on leadership that will continue throughout the year. The weekly class encourages fourth graders to consider traditional and non-traditional definitions of leadership and to actively build their own leadership skills in a variety of ways.

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