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 email@example.com 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."
Elmwood Franklin School will proudly welcome alumna Liz Lewin ’01 as the graduation speaker at the Class of 2017 commencement ceremony this June.
Liz re-joined the WKBW Channel 7 Eyewitness News team in June 2016 as a multimedia journalist/reporter. She had previously freelanced at the station before taking a job in Boston. Liz has a background in public speaking and in the past worked as a communication specialist in the City of Buffalo with the Mayor's Office of Communications.
A graduate of Elmwood Franklin School and Buffalo Seminary, Liz earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media Studies from Fordham University in New York City. Liz attended Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications where she studied broadcast journalism and is currently enrolled in the Multidisciplinary Studies program at Buffalo State College.
This morning, we celebrated our volunteers and all of their hard work and dedication. During the breakfast, we also recognized our Unsung Heroes. The Unsung Hero Award pays special honor to those who work tirelessly for our school without fanfare, fulfilling important roles but not always getting the recognition they deserve. This year we honored two such individuals.
Maggie Schultz has volunteered in the library at least once or twice a week, processing books and assisting students. Maggie is a warm-hearted and endearing volunteer and grandmother, who has worked often without recognition. Joan Good affectionately refers to her as “the library ninja.” She comes in and works quietly in the background, often unseen. Sometimes the only way we know that she has been in is by the HUGE stack of stamped and processed books on the carts ready to be shelved. Maggie’s devotion to the library and the students is inspiring, and we are so very thankful for her hard work and dedication.
Party on New Amsterdam, Auction 2017, was true to title in that it was a PARTY! Auction chairs Chad and Kimisha set the vision, but Stephanie Kroth made it a reality. She is energetic and passionate—a creative individual who is a true team player. Stephanie spent countless hours with her committee in her basement, gluing and drilling cardboard and wood and hula hoops and tinsel! She would share pictures throughout the year, but it wasn’t until she was 20 feet up on a cherry picker in the gym that we truly understood her awesomeness. Stephanie also volunteers as a member of the Parent Council Executive Committee and has been a lifelong Elmwood Franklin community member, graduating from here in 1990. We are honored to present the Unsung Hero award to Stephanie.
We thank them both, and all our volunteers, for their many contributions—they are appreciated!