How does it make you feel? What does it make you think of? These were the questions asked of seventh graders on their recent visit to Eleven Twenty Projects with their art and English teachers. The students used the gallery’s current exhibition of 2D and 3D wall hangings and sculptures by Dennis Maher as inspiration for creative writing. They were asked to connect their emotions and imaginations to the works they viewed and discussed. The students then wrote poems from those prompts.
We are so proud to announce that Elmwood Franklin School is being recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in WNY for the third year in a row! Our amazing community is a huge part of what makes EFS such a great place to be, so thank you! Look for the feature in an upcoming issue of Buffalo Business First.
The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute recognized EFS seventh grader Morgan Shaver for excellence in Chinese language learning during the 2017 Chinese New Year Celebration at UB. She was among thirteen local students who received awards from the Confucius Institute. Following the ceremony, Morgan and her family joined the audience of about 1,500 for a colorful program of traditional and contemporary performances to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Rooster, including a performance by Elmwood Franklin’s Mandarin teacher Mrs. Wei (Shirley) Huang, who played the ehru, a traditional Chinese two-stringed instrument.
Speakers and performers wanted!
Elmwood Franklin is excited to announce that we will be hosting TEDxElmwoodFranklinSchool on Saturday, March 4, 2017. This event is an independently organized TED event for the students of Elmwood Franklin School.
We are currently seeking speakers and performers for TEDxElmwoodFranklinSchool, which will be held in The Johnston Theatre and has the theme “Thinking Beyond.” We are looking for presenters who will motivate and inspire our students to think beyond themselves.
If you have something to share and would like to participate, please e-mail Cheryl Colpoys at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message on Facebook.
100+ Elmwood Franklin School students and parents participated in this year's MLK Day of Service by delivering meals for Meals on Wheels for WNY. Students and parents met at EFS for orientation in The Johnston Theatre led by Lauren Gousey, a representative from Meals on Wheels, before boarding one of eight 14-passenger buses to pick up meals and route assignments. Then EFS students from preschool to eighth grade and their parents delivered meals and smiles to homebound seniors and disabled individuals in the Buffalo area.
Thank you to Meals on Wheels for WNY for this opportunity to live our mission and to Canisius High School, Buffalo Seminary, and Nichols School for the use of their buses.
Dear Elmwood Franklin Community,
I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and share some incredible news. Assistant Head of School and Head of Upper School Rosemarie Beres will be retiring at the end of this academic year, her 40th at EFS. Rosemarie, or RB as she is better known to our community, is an institution. She began her career at EFS in 1977 as Director of the Learning Lab, a program she created. She added the titles of Director of Studies, Curriculum Coordinator, and finally Assistant Head, a position she has held for the last 35 years. RB has served ten different heads of school in her time at EFS, all of them well.
While we are excited for her as she begins a new chapter in her life and appreciative beyond words for all of her contributions to the EFS community in her 40 years here, we will also be left with a huge hole to fill. Personally, I cannot think of anyone better to help guide me through my first three years at EFS. She has been an invaluable resource and personal support for me and many others—faculty, students, and parents—and we are forever indebted to her.
We are currently making plans to celebrate RB at the conclusion of the school year for her accomplishments and service to EFS. Save the date, Sunday, June 11. The entire community is invited to this celebration. More details will be given in the coming weeks. For now, please join me in offering our congratulations and thanks to our beloved RB.
Andrew D. Deyell
Head of School
EFS librarian Joan Good and EFS mom and Bookfair co-chair Alyssa Hunt dropped off nearly 1,000 books to John Mika at The Teacher's Desk. These books were collected by families during the school's annual book swap and from the EFS library. The Teacher’s Desk provides teachers free books, school supplies, and resources to benefit students in need.
Elmwood Franklin is excited to welcome back 19 alumni this summer as counselors and counselors-in-training!
Pictured here are Janie Wyckoff '14, Mackenzie Lenahan '14, Elissa Lipke '11, Addie Truax '11, Lindsay Acker '12, Amit Gulati '12, Katie Henry '08, Caroline Pierce '05, Joelle Cianciosa '12, Rachel Piazza '10, Peter Najdzionek '12, and Tomas Waz '12.
Eighth grader Dana Nigrin scored a perfect score on the National French Contest and received first place and a platinum award for her achievement! Our eighth grade students competed at the high school level against 21,791 students nationwide. Fellow eighth graders Michael McClure and Jack Stube received gold awards, Leo Biehl received a silver award, Evan Popat and Isabella Warner received bronze awards, and Kendra Johnson received an honorable mention. Félicitations!
There is a sizable group of alumni and students who are making a family tradition out of an Elmwood Franklin education. This group makes up a valuable resource for Elmwood Franklin’s future. Not only are their families shaped by the school, but the school is inevitably shaped by their families.
Five alumni in the Class of 2016 are either the second or third generation in their family to graduate from Elmwood Franklin School.