Our students in grades 6-8 participate in a double length period Classical Enrichment Block each Monday. The students have a spectacular assortment of electives to choose from including Comic Art with Mr. Herholtz, The Criminal Justice System with Dr. Kelly, and Debate with Mr. Callahan.  This semester, in a class titled Art Explorers, a group of seventh and eighth grade students under the supervision of Ms. Wolfe and Mrs. Katinas, is working together to creatively plan, design, and execute two incredible murals. I recently had the opportunity to meet with the two student groups and had them present their visions to me.  The central image in one mural recreates the waterfalls that students visit during the annual 7th Grade Quebec trip, memories and experiences from their journey here at BFCCPS are written into the falls.

Art Explorers Collage

The second mural can be found inside the Art Room, this particular mural brings the journey of the “road less traveled” to life. The students shared with me that the yellow school bus depicts our school community and that while the path can at times be difficult, the students recognize just how you can learn along the way.  Their design will build the Four Pillars into the road signs along the journey. It was wonderful to see their pride and ownership of the products, thank you to Ms. Wolfe and Mrs. Katinas for working with the students to bring their visions to life! Over the remaining three class periods the students will complete both murals. I hope that you’ll have the chance to check them out in person, perhaps during the upcoming Technology Pillar Night!

Food Pantry Donations

I wanted to thank Mrs. Schwab, Mitchell F., and Owen N. for all the work they have done to support the Franklin Food Pantry as they work to complete their Capstone projects.  Owen and Mitchell worked with Mrs. Schwab to verify the expiration dates on all the donations, and also tracked the amount collected by each homeroom. You may not already know, but this amazing duo, with much assistance from Mrs. Schwab, also provided the Franklin Food Pantry with fresh vegetables grown here in the school’s Community Garden. The team’s dedication to the project included re-building the garden beds in the last few weeks to have them ready for spring planting.  We’d also like to thank all of the families that participated in the drive, in total over 540 pieces of food were collected, weighing in at 488 pounds. Congratulations and many thanks to Mrs. Jumes’ class who donated the most, with 80 pieces!

Students in grade five presented their French Fair projects this Wednesday morning.  Madame Canning has worked with the students over the last several weeks as they researched French history and culture. The fifth graders eagerly presented their projects today to students in grades Kindergarten through Grade Four, as well as to their families and younger siblings too. Presentation topics included French Chateaux, The Louvre Museum, Mont St Michel, French Food, French Fashion, the French Revolution, French Art, and more…

All projects included a visual display as well as a creative way to present the information to younger students such as a working drawbridge, a variety of PowerPoint presentations, Lego models, trivia games, and even a puppet show.

French Fair Grid

Volunteers from the Parent Community Organization have organized a Family YMCA Night for this Saturday evening from 6:30-9pm, and we hope to see you there!  The cost will be $5 per person with a $20 per family max. The event promises to be fun for the whole family featuring use of the YMCA Pool as well as studio classes including Yoga, Zumba & Hip Hop, relay races on the track and closing out the evening with a Parent and Faculty versus Student Dodge-ball games. We hope that everyone will bring a snack to share, however please remember that like all other school events the snacks must be nut-free.  If you have any questions about the event please email Mrs. Fiorillo at nfiorillo@ hotmail.com or Mrs. Duchak at duchaks06@yahoo.com.

Our Technology Pillar Night will be held on Thursday evening, I kindly ask that you visit THIS page on the school website and complete the form to let us know if you’ll be able to join us.

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