Elmwood Franklin School

Elmwood Franklin School


Wonderful segment on the news! Way to go EFS! Looks like Camp HOMEyahsa was a success!
Dark Rooms, Solid Light: Seventh and eighth grade students immersed themselves in the light installations of Anthony McCall at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The artist’s first solo museum exhibition in North America is open through November 3!


Canisius is offering three tutoring sessions to help 8th grade boys prepare for the Entrance and Scholarship Exam.
Details: canisiushigh.org/examcourse
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All are invited to participate in the 5th Annual Buffalo Mini Maker Faire! Show us what you have been creating! We love science, technology, engineering, arts, performance, math, and innovation!

The Facts:
What is Maker Faire? … As a celebration of the Maker Movement, it’s a family-friendly all ages showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. It brings together curious people who enjoy learning and love sharing what they can do. Faire gathers together adult and child tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. It is an amazing show and tell!

When? Saturday, May 12th, 2018 from 10am-6pm.

What does it cost? To have a booth and share your passion is free. If you intend to sell your wares or promote, then there is a $50 table fee. Note- We also hope that vendors will have an interesting display that is either interactive, offers a hands-on activity of some sort, or that teaches others about the craft.

How much are tickets to attend the Faire? Presale tickets are available for $5. Day of are $10. There are also free ticketing options such as come in a costume and bring canned food to support the Food Bank of WNY.

There are also many opportunities to get involved and volunteer the day of the event if you are interested. The Buffalo Mini Maker Faire “Call For Makers” is NOW OPEN!

Visit http://buffalo.makerfaire.com/call-for-makers/ today and complete your application! We are actively seeking creative people of all ages who want to share their energy, talents, projects, workshops, performances, or expositions. We are especially interested in exhibits that are interactive, highlight the process of making things or that you or your children took pride in making! We invite artists, musicians, speakers, students, teachers, business leaders, comedians and community members of all ages and backgrounds to inspire others with what they can do! There is no fee to apply. All applications will be reviewed by a panel of jurors, and accepted makers will be notified within a day or two.

The 5th Annual Buffalo Mini Maker Faire will be held on Saturday, May 12th from 10am-6pm. The Buffalo Mini Maker Faire is fortunate to have the Park School of Buffalo as its host this year. This venue is the perfect “country fair” setting in Snyder, NY with Park’s beautiful thirty-four acre campus – formerly a farm – which includes three soccer fields, two gymnasiums, six classroom buildings, a theater, dining hall, pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse all while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York.


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Interested in music?
Canisius is offering a music workshop this summer open to boys entering grade 6, 7 or 8 in the fall. The workshop will take place in the new CHS Center for the Arts.
Details: http://bit.ly/2G756HL
Come learn about Girl Scouts and sign up at this event. RSVP by emailing or calling the number listed on the bottom of the flyer. See you there! 💚

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Don’t want to wait to join? Call 1.888.837.6410 and register today! 😀

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Good Morning fellow EFS Alumni and parents,

I hope you would consider attending an extremely unique pARTy and fundraiser for Vanessa Glushefski to support her campaign for Erie County Comptroller.

Join the candidate on a bus tour to three different contemporary art galleries while enjoying a progressive food and wine experience at each location!

Just to let you know ..many kids were upset by no recess yesterday. Recess is important..maybe have a double recess day very soon?
Yesterday was the bitter sweet celebration for our leader Rosemarie Beres. (I'm very sorry I could not be there)
Thanks, Gracias, Merci to the leader, to the to the colleague, to the counselor and to the friend, you were to me during my 24 years at Elmwood Franklin.
Cheers/Salud to your new "life adventures" RB!!!!!

Elmwood Franklin School prepares children to lead thriving lives. Elmwood Franklin School is the oldest independent school in Western New York with a preschool through eighth grade configuration.

The faculty, parents and board remain committed to its elementary school tradition. The Elmwood School was founded in 1889 as a kindergarten. In 1895, it was incorporated as an independent, not-for-profit school. The Elmwood School prided itself on developing a wholesome curriculum that considered the child's total needs. The Franklin School, established in 1891, was connected to the Department of

Operating as usual

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 10/26/2022

Our thanks to the Anne Frank Center, USA for sharing their performance of "Letters From Anne and Martin" with our fourth grade and Upper School students and faculty. This unique production is drawn entirely from the texts of Anne Frank's diary and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail. Before and after the performance, the students engaged in Q&A sessions, discussing the parallels between Anne's and Martin's lives and experiences and how we can learn from their example to promote constructive ideas to confront intolerance and discrimination today.


Dear Mr. President. Inspired by their classmate Sadie, who wrote to the president over the summer, our third grade students worked collaboratively to create a list of ideas they believe will make a positive change for our world. The students will compose a letter and share their ideas with President Biden.

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 10/25/2022

From the classroom to the farm: Our Prep I students traveled to Greg's U-Pick Farm in Clarence Center to learn about and experience agriculture and animals through hands-on activities and fun!

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 10/25/2022

Gourd vibes only! Our first graders spent yesterday learning all about pumpkins through fiction and non-fiction interactive read-alouds. The students researched the pumpkin life cycle, practiced drawing pumpkins, experienced what the inside of a pumpkin looks and feels like, and ventured out on a pumpkin hunt in the neighborhood, tallying all the pumpkins they could find!

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 10/25/2022

Third graders were welcomed at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum's Onöhsagwë:de' Cultural Center to experience the Seneca Nation's rich history and learn how they have persevered over challenges and how they honor their culture and heritage.

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 10/21/2022

Pumpkins and painting and planes, oh my! While parents and guardians conference with teachers, students are enjoying crafts and activities in the library with our Horizons staff.

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 10/20/2022

This week, our eighth grade students guided their Upper School peers through the exhibition "Let Me Be Myself - The Life Story of Anne Frank". To prepare to present and lead these conversations with the younger students, eighth graders spent two full days training with members of the Anne Frank Center, USA.


Big ideas! Fourth graders were invited to see world-class entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges during the 43North qualifying rounds.

Thank you to 43North for sharing this unique introduction to entrepreneurship with our fourth-grade students. As part of their final social studies project this year, students will pitch their own original business plans to a panel of potential "investors" here at EFS.


Join school psychologist Mary Logan and faculty member Kym Harris for a conversation on nurturing happy, resilient kids. Mary and Kym will share how the development of a child’s sense of self strengthens their social-emotional skills (persistence, self-regulation, empathy) and thus their overall wellness and success. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP at https://forms.gle/UZGNDJGNqZF7TPtj8.

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 10/15/2022

Ms. Good channeled the spirits of Bingo players past to entertain students at this year’s 4/5/6 Pizza Bingo!

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 10/15/2022

Thank you to Travis Stafford and fellow members of the Seneca Nation, who joined us for an all-school assembly to share their cultural traditions, beliefs, and values with our community. Students had an opportunity to perform dances, listen to the Seneca language, and view contemporary basketry, beadwork, clothing, art and more being passed on to keep Seneca culture strong for future generations.

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 10/13/2022

Learning through messy play: Prep I students in Ms. Harris's class dressed in full-body rain suits to make a splash in the mud, engaging their senses as they ran, stomped, kicked, swam, and laughed through the puddles.

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 10/12/2022

Eighth grade students are spending two days training as guides with members of the Anne Frank Center, USA Team for the exhibition "Let Me Be Myself - The Life Story of Anne Frank." This exhibition connects Anne Frank's story with the present and explores past and contemporary stories of discrimination and exclusion. The students are immersed in learning and understanding the content, how it relates to young people today, and how to present and lead conversations with visitors and peers.


We invite you to join us for our open house tomorrow, October 13, at 8:45 a.m.—walk our halls, step inside our classrooms, browse our students’ work, and see our teachers and students in action—and discover the difference of an Elmwood Franklin School education.

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 10/07/2022

The Book Fairy is Back! Every month, Head of Lower School Sarah Duddy '90 transforms into the Book Fairy to deliver a new book to the Prep and Lower School classroom libraries. This month's selection was "Read Island" by Nicole Magistro, a young children's rhyming story about the power of reading and the adventures children can go on through books. Our classroom libraries are an essential tool in our literacy instruction, making books readily accessible for the students to read independently throughout the day.

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 10/04/2022

An apple a day: Prep II students enjoyed fall’s bounty on their apple picking excursion to Becker Farms. Besides perfecting the proper picking technique (there actually is one), the kids learned about the farm, its animals, and apples in general.

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 10/02/2022

Elmwood Franklin School families celebrated the fall breeze and autumn leaves with crafts, games, activities, and sweet treats this weekend! Thank you to our Fall Fest volunteers and our event chairs, Susan Burke, Denise Calvaneso, and Marlana White!

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Mystery creates wonder! Second grade students received three clues under their classroom door to help guess today's mystery readers. The Mystery Reader Program brings special guests—parents, grandparents, siblings, and other teachers—into the classroom each week to introduce the students to new books. Today's mystery readers were Ava '24 and EFS second grade parent Sara C., who read family favorites "How Full is Your Bucket" and "The Biggest Pumpkin Ever"!

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 09/28/2022

Prep students had a special visit from the Buffalo Fire Dept. Truck 13 today! The students learned all about the truck and equipment and the sights and sounds they can expect when the firefighters work to save people. Before they headed back, the students watched as the firefighters deployed the truck's stabilizers and fully extended the ladder and bucket!

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During today's Lower School assembly, students were joined by a very special guest—Buffalo's Poet Laureate, Jillian Hanesworth! Jillian connected with EFS after seeing our first-grade students' project inspired by her poem "Choose Love" on social media. Today, Jillian spoke to students about her poem and the message of love and kindness she hopes to spread and answered questions from the children, including how she became a poet, what it means to be a poet laureate, and what inspires her. Thank you, Jillian, for spending time with our students and sharing your vision with us. Buffalo Bills

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Today our third grade welcomed EFS parent Sephra Rahabi-Vigna, who shared the customs and traditions of Rosh Hashanah with the students. Dr. Rahabi-Vigna brought the children activities, books, and a special treat of apples and honey to enjoy while they learned about the Jewish New Year festival. Thank you to the Vigna family!


Fall Fest kicks off next weekend with a Chiavetta’s BBQ chicken dinner! Pre-order your meals today and save. Dinner pick up is from 3-6 pm by the gym entrance. https://elmwoodfranklin.ejoinme.org/MyPages/EFSChiavettasChickenDinnerOrder/tabid/973462/Default.aspx

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 09/23/2022

Give a cheer for Elmwood Franklin School! Today was our annual Blue-Gray picnic, where fifth graders joined their team for the first time as we kicked off this year's competition for the Blue-Gray Cup!

The Blue-Gray competition has been going strong for over 70 years and is a highlight of our students' year, inspiring school spirit, building character, bonding friendships, and teaching everyone how much fun a little healthy competition can be.


Score Report: Yesterday, our 5/6 soccer team defeated Nardin 8-1. It was a shutout for our 7/8 soccer team vs. Nardin, with a final score of 7-0, and our 5/6 baseball team lost their game against St. Greg's 5-1. Go Eagles!

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 09/22/2022

He is inspired by Johnny Cash, loves helping students find their voice, and writes and directs a murder mystery on the Arcade and Attica Railroad! Get to know our music and chorus teacher Matt Bannister, who joined EFS this year.


Inspired by the NPR program and podcast, This I Believe, Upper School English teacher Mary Lou Hutton challenged the Class of 2023 to spend part of their summer exploring and writing about a personal belief. Throughout the year, eighth grade students will share what they truly believe in with their peers during an Upper School assembly.

Yesterday, we heard from Morgan '23, who endeavored to learn more about a local student who died in 1923 after seeing a memorial for them. Here is what Morgan believes...

"The next time you see a memorial with a name that isn't recognizable as someone from mainstream pop culture, try to take a little time and look them up. See what their story is. Make connections from their life to yours. And finally, educate someone on that person because obscure figures deserve remembrance."

Our eighth graders have wholly embraced this project, and their voices and perspectives are strong, insightful, and passionate.

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Ready to rise to the challenge, third-grade students worked to complete a series of six robotics and coding challenges using Cubelets in tech class.

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Can pigs fly? Our first grade students will enjoy special theme days all year long, and today was "Pig Day"! The students learned all about pigs, made farm dioramas complete with clay pigs, read "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" in Spanish, and then enjoyed "Pigs Aplenty, Pugs Galore" in their library class.


Our 5/6 baseball team stepped up to the plate and won today's game by a score of 4 to 3. Let's go, Eagles!

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 09/20/2022

Inspired by Poet Jillian Hanesworth’s poem, “Choose Love,” first grade students listened to the poem and responded to Lower School Head Sarah Duddy's challenge to choose love this school year. They shared their interpretation of the poem's message and pledged to choose kindness, compassion, and love in their peer relationships.

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 09/16/2022

Seventh-grade students have been adventuring through Letchworth State Park as part of our Outdoor Education program. The students are learning about the area's plants and animals, whitewater rafting, lighting no-match fires, hiking, constructing shelters, and cheering each other on along the way!

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 09/16/2022

Eighth grade students are returning tomorrow after their week-long excursion to Camp Pathfinder in Algonquin Park as part of our Outdoor Education program. It has been an incredible start to their final year together at EFS.

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 09/13/2022

Our eighth graders arrived at Camp Pathfinder in Algonquin Park for a week full of hiking, canoeing, swimming, tower jumping, team building, and, most importantly, developing lifelong friendships.

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 09/09/2022

Head of School Ryan Kimmet visited Prep II today, sharing his love of music, spreading joy, and getting to know the students. This was Dr. Kimmet's first "gig" as he makes his way around the building this fall, connecting with students through song.


Spotted on Campus: Maya Simmons '14 was back at EFS today, visiting with Spanish language teacher Tammy Bingel. Maya is back in Buffalo after graduating from Howard University with her B.A. in African American Studies, minoring in Spanish and English. Congratulations and welcome home, Maya!


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Spotted on campus: It didn’t take long for graduates of the Class of 2022 to head back to EFS, and we are thrilled to catch up and see them thrive as they start their high school journey. Today we welcomed Kaitlyn ‘22, Devin ‘22, Giselle ‘22, and Haleigh ‘22. All four have started the year on sports teams, making the JV soccer, JV volleyball, or varsity tennis teams. Way to go, Eagles!

Photos from Elmwood Franklin School's post 09/02/2022

Students at every grade level are enjoying the flexible learning spaces and inviting furniture in our Library Media Center!


Let's Band Together: This year's full cadet band met with Mrs. Cheri Truax for their first class—all 69 members! 🎶🎺🥁


Social Butterflies: when their classmates brought in newly hatched Monarch butterflies, our Prep I and third-grade students embraced this opportunity to learn about the lifecycle of a butterfly before releasing the Monarchs into the wild! Fun fact: you can distinguish between male and female Monarchs by the markings on their chrysalides.

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