Message From The Principal
Great things are happening at Franklin Avenue School. As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I am very grateful to be working with such wonderful children, dedicated faculty and staff, and supportive parents. Our focus continues to be 21st century skills: critical thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration, and communication.
In classrooms, teachers are encouraging 21st century skills in all of the disciplines that are studied. In kindergarten, students are applying critical thinking and collaboration as they work in the block center building structures to house animals and creatures, which they subsequently sort to fit in different areas. In first grade, students explored the concept of light and dark as they drew a scene in the dark, with just a flashlight and natural light; as a follow up lesson, students will analyze drawings and make hypotheses on how the drawings were affected by students’ location in the classroom. In second grade, students investigated the absorbency of two different paper towels, determining which one would be better to use for soaking up a large spill or scrubbing a stain. In third grade, students used their critical thinking skills to make predictions from their Just Right books which they supported with evidence from the texts. In fourth grade, students drew symbolic representations of Native American life which they then transferred into a stamp by using the carving machine in the makerspace. They used these designs for the wampum belts that they created with sewing machines. From the classroom to the makerspace, Franklin Avenue Stars are very engaged in their learning here at school.
I hope you and your families enjoy a peaceful Thanksgiving holiday. As always, please feel free to contact me by phone, by email, and, of course, in person.