The Beginners in our three-year-old program put their knowledge of one-to-one correspondence and counting to good use when they discovered five little pumpkins in their classroom!
Get to know our new teachers at EFS!
Along with more than 60 new students, Elmwood Franklin School welcomed two new faculty members this year: Kym Harris (left), Prep I teacher, and Qian Pieri (right), Mandarin teacher. Check out the video below to learn more about our new educators.
Elmwood Franklin School will proudly welcome alumna Lauren Gioia ’90 as the graduation speaker at the Class of 2018 commencement ceremony this June.
Lauren joined Sotheby's in 1998 and has been in the art market ever since. She was appointed Director of Sotheby’s Press Office, Americas in 2010, and in 2015, Lauren was promoted to Sotheby's Worldwide Director of Communications. During her tenure, Lauren has been responsible for the promotion of numerous historic auctions, including the sales of Edvard Munch’s The Scream, The Magna Carta, and The Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection.
As Worldwide Director of Communications, Lauren oversees a network of more than 20 international press officers operating in more than ten countries and travels extensively to support Sotheby’s auctions, events, and initiatives. Lauren's responsibilities include all corporate communications connected to Sotheby’s obligations as a public company, as well as the execution of Sotheby’s social media strategy.
A graduate of Elmwood Franklin School and Nichols School, Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Connecting students with the wider world, Dr. Veetai Li, a pediatric neurosurgeon, and Dr. Lorna Fitzpatrick, a pediatric hematologist-oncologist, spoke to students about pediatric medical care in Kenya during an all-school assembly this week. For many years, the doctors have been traveling to Kijabe, Kenya to provide care to children in the local hospital. This summer, Hannon Levy, the brother of eighth grader Lauren ’18, will be joining the team on their annual trip.
To support the work of Dr. Li, Dr. Fitzpatrick, and Hannon, the entire school community participated in a dress-down day and collectively donated $1,385.52 to help fund medical care for the children at Kijabe Hospital.
This fall, Hannon will return to EFS to share his experience with our students.
Led by Upper School math teacher Claire Barry, sixth grade teams participating in the SIFMA Foundation's Stock Market Game placed second and third in the fall regional competition of middle school students. The Stock Market Game is an online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students in the world of economics, investing, and personal finance.
For the game, students make hypothetical investments totaling $100,000 in real stocks over a 10-week period. Successful teams must work together to make financial decisions, learn how to read and interpret statistics, and monitor the performance of their portfolios. The top three money-making teams are awarded medals.
Elmwood Franklin sixth graders Ian, Petros, and Bryan placed second, finishing with a final equity of $116,567.29, and Katherine and Ella placed third, finishing with a final equity of $115,794.89—both teams outperforming the S&P! Our students also placed sixth, seventh, and eighth out of 152 teams in their division.
Ian, Petros, and Bryan noted that one of the best experiences of playing the game was researching stocks and identifying trends. The students took a big chance investing in Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD). They said they had a hunch it was going to grow, and it did! By the time they were ready to sell, BWLD increased from $104 to $150 a share and their investment paid off! In the end, the students earned $16,567 dollars in a little over two months. Although, Ian reflected on their experience, “[I would] probably not be as successful with real money, because I would be too nervous!”
“The Stock Market Game helps my students build a fundamental understanding of investing through real-world math and economics,” shared Mrs. Barry. “Students need to work together to build and manage a hypothetical investment portfolio based on actual, dynamic markets. They analyze and make decisions, explore the consequences of their choices, and seek new ways to strategize for success. It is an engaging way to develop critical problem-solving and money-management skills that will benefit them now and in the future—and they have so much fun playing!”
The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute recognized EFS eighth grader Angela for excellence in Chinese language learning during the 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration at UB!
Angela '18 was among thirteen local students who received awards from the Confucius Institute for dedicated study, excellence in Chinese language proficiency, and enthusiasm for Chinese culture. Following the ceremony, Angela 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 Dog, including songs performed by Prep II, First Grade, and Second Grade Mandarin students.
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?