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Letter from the Head: Celebrating the season
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy holidays to one and all! We have a lot to celebrate this holiday season—a successful Book Fair, a heart-warming Grandparents’ Day, an impressive Thanksgiving Program, a joyous Upper School Fall Concert, a hilarious 7th/8th grade play, and an adorable Nutcracker performance. But we are not done yet!

 
Reggio at Elmwood Franklin featured in WNY Family Magazine
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cyndi Burnett, a professor of creative studies, was at home getting her children ready for school one morning, when a beam of early winter sunlight came in through a window. Dr. Burnett said she was surprised — and impressed — as her daughter Emily, 3, initiated “a very high-level discussion about how light and shadow work.” The preschool program that Emily had been attending since fall followed a project-based curriculum built upon thematic units, and the class had studied the phenomenon of light. “This was a month after the unit was over, but what she learned was still very prominent in her thinking,” said Dr. Burnett. “I don’t think this was an observation she would have made or a conversation we would have had otherwise. I could see how Reggio Emilia was shaping her thinking.”

 
Giving Tuesday
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Our students learn the value of giving throughout the year! Today is #GivingTuesday—show your support for Elmwood Franklin by making a gift! https://elmwoodfranklin.ejoinme.org/MyPages/RecurringDonations/tabid/247501/Default.aspx

 
Letter from the Head for the Day
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Yesterday, I was Head of School for the day. I liked being Head for the day. I picked pajama day for the whole school. Pajamas are comfy to wear to school. I shook hands in the morning. I liked shaking my friends' hands. I got to sit at Mr. Deyell's desk. I felt like a grown-up. I ate lunch in Mr. Deyell's office with my friends. It was my favorite school lunch. I called my brother into the Head's office. I told him to dance like a ballerina. When I came back to school on Thursday, Mr. Deyell said that I was fired!

 
Word Art
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

How does it make you feel? What does it make you think of? These were the questions asked of fifth graders on their two recent visits to the Albright-Knox, as they took part in a program that uses the gallery’s famous art works as inspiration for creative writing.

 
Get with the Programming
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

To get a robot to do your bidding (and isn’t that everyone’s dream?) you must speak its language—code.

Coding is built on concepts that start simple but can get increasingly complex to accomplish a variety of functions. At EFS, assistant director of technology Cheryl Colpoys is implementing basic programming into this year’s technology curriculum from grades 1 through 8. Students are learning the terminology and concepts that programmers use, such as looping, conditional statements, functions and debugging.

 
Go Figure!
Monday, November 10, 2014

EFS students excelled in the St. Francis High School Math Bowl on Wednesday, November 5, with our volunteer teams bringing home both the first and second place trophies. In addition, seventh grader Michael McClure was awarded the first place individual trophy.

 
Letter from the Head: Our Great Community
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

One of the strengths of EFS is its strong sense of community. This was on display recently at our Fall Family Picnic.  So many parents and staff worked so very hard to make that day fun and memorable for our students, parents, alumni, and other community members. A special thanks to Jamie Saperston for putting it all together. Due to a poor weather forecast, there was some trepidation about the turnout, but our families showed us just how much they love being together. Several hundred members of our community spent that day at our petting zoo, riding ponies, picking apples and pumpkins, drinking cider, having fun, and enjoying each other’s company and conversation. It was a great reminder of how special EFS really is.

 
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