Prep II students are celebrating 100 days of learning, friendship, and memorable experiences on the 100th day of school!
Prep II students made their shirts for today featuring 100 items of their choice!
While Elmwood Franklin School first graders are enjoying the perks of childhood—singing songs, playing outside, drawing with crayons—they’re also learning some impressive things—story structure, prepositional phrases, vowel diphthongs, place value, fact families, fractions, geography, economic systems, and much, much, more. One of the teachers leading their learning is Judy Jurnack, who began teaching at Elmwood Franklin School in 1979 and has since welcomed more than 1,000 students into her classroom.
All About Judy Jurnack
Place of birth: Buffalo
Education: BS in elementary education, Daemen College
Years at EFS: 39
What she loves about first grade: “The kids! They are so curious and eager to learn. It's fun to see the progress they make by the end of each year. Also, I love the hugs.”
What she values most about her job: Judy says it’s the great kids, supportive parents, and amazing colleagues.
What challenges her: “Having to let go of a class in June. You really do get attached to them! Having said that, it's exciting to start fresh each September. Not many occupations can boast that!”
On her own memories of first grade: “Ironically, I have very negative memories of first grade! In fact, my mother had to have several conferences with my teacher, Mrs. Mroz, to talk about my tearfulness. Maybe that's why I've wanted to be a first grade teacher as long as I can remember—to help kids learn and be happy!”
If Judy weren’t a teacher, she’d probably be a: sports writer or commentator
Hobbies: reading, sports (especially the Sabres and Bills!) home decorating, day trips
Favorite book: Judy particularly loves mysteries by Patricia Cornwell, Jeffrey Deaver, Vince Flynn, and others.
A few things you may not know about Judy: Her first job was working in the Dutch Shoppe at Fantasy Island, wearing wooden shoes and all. She’s an animal lover despite having been thrown by a horse and knocked over by a 400 lb. pig while visiting a friend's farm. And she started college intending to become an English teacher after being told there would be more job opportunities, but switched nearly at the last minute to pursue her dream of being an elementary school teacher! “It took an extra year of college to complete my program,” she notes, “but thank goodness I listened to my heart!”
EFS families celebrated World Read Aloud Day by reading together at home. Thanks for sharing your photos (and books) with us!
"Be the Change"
Saturday, March 3
9 a.m. - 12 noon in the Johnston Theatre
Please contact Cheryl Colpoys at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for the event so that we can plan accordingly.
This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.
What is TEDxElmwoodFranklinSchool?
TEDxElmwoodFranklinSchool is a self-organized event that brings people together to share a TED-like experience dedicated to spreading ideas that matter throughout the world. TEDxElmwoodFranklinSchool will feature presentations by EFS alumni and community members.
This event is open to EFS students, parents, alumni and friends of Elmwood Franklin.
Why should my child and I attend?
The fourth graders' study of immigration culminated in the production of "Journey to America," a collection of monologues and poems written and performed by the students chronicling the immigrant experience.
The fourth graders used first-hand accounts and primary source documents including interviews, journals, and letters to understand the immigrant experience throughout history starting with the perspective of Native Americans to immigrants today. This past November, the fourth graders visited Lafayette International High School to speak with 30 students—immigrants and refugees from Tanzania, Egypt, Nepal, Bangladesh, Syria, Congo, Afghanistan, and more—about their experiences moving to the United States. This play is the result of the students’ studies and research and shares the stories of immigrants from all over the world during different time periods—their reasons for coming, their expectations, their experiences, and what they have gained and left behind.
This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 80+ Elmwood Franklin School students and parents gave back to the community by participating in our second annual Day of Service to benefit Meals on Wheels. Students from preschool to eighth grade and their parents delivered meals to homebound seniors and disabled individuals in the Buffalo area in the Meals on Wheels program.
Thank you to Meals on Wheels for WNY for this opportunity to live our mission and to Buffalo Seminary and Nichols School for the use of their buses.
A letter from the Head for the Day
Dear Elmwood Franklin School Community,
My name is Christian, I am a third grader, and today I was Head for the Day! My day began shaking hands at the front of the school with Mr. Deyell. It was super cold and I was freezing, but the hot chocolate warmed me up. From there, we went to greet the Lower School teachers in their classrooms and asked them, “Do you need anything?” Most wanted raises and couple of them asked for some new technology for their classroom. I gave them everything they wanted. Then I had lunch with my friends in the Head's office. We ate French toast sticks, tater tots, sausages, chocolate milk, and worms and dirt. I had a stomach ache afterwards! Then we visited the Upper School classes and gave more raises to teachers.
I'm not gonna lie, Mr. Deyell's job is hard. The Head of School has to make sure everything is good and running well. But I fired him anyway!
Christian, Class of 2023
Head for the Day
Dear Elmwood Franklin School Community,
My name is Parker and I am Head of School for the day! I declared today Pajama Day as most of you know. I began the day shaking every student's hand and some parents, too! The weather was snowy and it was fun. After two cups of hot chocolate, Mr. Deyell and I went to the morning assembly, where we learned about each class's service learning project. These included food drives, pull tab collecting, and a winter clothes drive. After that, we visited every classroom to see if the teachers needed anything. Most teachers wanted a BIG raise and I gave a few hugs, too. We had a wonderful lunch that I designed. It was pasta with marinara sauce, breadsticks, corn, chicken noodle soup and cherry Jello!
Head of the School is a very complex job. It takes hard work and leadership. My advice is to work hard, choose fairly, and help other people.
Parker, Class of 2023
Head for the Day
The Confucius Classroom at Elmwood Franklin School, dedicated to promoting closer cultural ties between students at EFS and their counterparts in China, was honored last night during a ceremony held in the Johnston Theatre. The Confucius Classroom celebration included student and teacher performances, a demonstration by Gold Summit Martial Arts Institute, a presentation by the UB Confucius Institute, and an authentic Chinese meal for attendees.
The Confucius Classroom program is administered by the UB Confucius Institute and offers annual funding, materials, and guest teachers from China to help schools build strong and sustainable Chinese language programs.
The Confucius Classroom at Elmwood Franklin School is a resource for children to study all aspects of Chinese life and is led by two guest teachers from China, who teach Mandarin language and culture to more than 40 students in Prep II through eighth grade.
Today, seventh grade art students led fourth graders on a tour of the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Our nationally recognized Junior Docent Program, spearheaded by art teacher Amy Hartman, brings EFS seventh graders into the Burchfield Penney to train and serve as skilled tour guides. Now in its seventh year, this partnership provides EFS seventh graders special training on the gallery’s mission, history, and collections, as well as how to research, interpret, and lead discourse about works of art.
More than 140 seventh grade students have been trained as junior docents over the past seven years. Amy Hartman reflects on the program’s success, “Facilitating dialogue about a work of art requires these students to develop questions which engage both themselves and the tour participants in meaning making. Learning to ask big questions and engage in communication across generations builds life skills. The relationships built over multiple visits greatly impacts everyone involved in this wonderful program."