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Franklin Students Are Inventors!

Franklin students in grades 4,5,6 all participated in the annual Invention Convention. Click on the story for pictures!

Board of Education Member Appreciation Month
It is Board of Education Member Appreciation Month. Stratford Board Members, WE salute you for your efforts on behalf of all students, and appreciate your volunteer investment of time and effort for the good of Stratford's youth. THANK YOU!
Franklin 6th Graders are officially published authors!

Emily Canizalez, David Garcia, Hannah Wishart, Melanie Fajardo, Summer Williams, and Symone Good (Aniyah Roman not pictured) all were had their stories published in a book called, "Spooky Sagas" by winning a writing contest.

Rock Your Socks

Nichols Elementary School's PPS Department and the Diversity Committee is holding a, "Rock Your Socks," event to mark World Downs Syndrome Day, Thursday, March 21. Staff and students are asked to wear blue and yellow and/or their craziest socks.

Helmet Safety Awareness for Students

"Use your head...protect your noggin and wear a helmet" was the message from Matt and Ray of Rayzor's Edge Tree Services. Helmets were donated to Johnson House students who bike to school. Their generosity is truly appreciated.

Treat Others "Like Gold"

Johnson House 3rd-grade students want us to treat everyone with politeness and kindness, not because they are nice, but because you are. "Be kind and treat others "Like Gold" is just one way we can practice kindness."


BOOKS! BOOKS! BOOKS! We are raising money to purchase books for our students. Each year Nichols School families participate in a program called One School One Book. We purchase a book for each family and adult staff member at school, but we need more money for our growing community in order to keep this program going. We will also use the money for a family reading night in which we plan several literacy activities that tie into the book we are reading. It's a fun night that the students and families look forward to each year. Click on the link below to access our Read-a-thon website.


Franklin Parent Helps out!

We have the most amazing parent community here at Franklin. Here we have a father grabbing his snowblower and shovel and cleaning out a path for our students! We are so thankful for a community of parents that are always willing to lend a hand!

Read Across Johnson House

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Johnson House students "Stop, Drop, and Read" across the entire school in honor of Read Across America. Click for more photos.

SHS Buy-A-Brick

Have a part of Stratford High School History while supporting the Class of 2019. This is a great way to have a lasting memory of the original Stratford High School.

Franklin hosts the Sodexo Fine Dining Program

Sodexo hosted a fine dining and food etiquette program. The students learned proper table manners, how to set a table and enjoyed a delicious gourmet meal.Click for pictures!

"Say Something Kind" Week, February 25 - March 1

Nichols' staff and students are letting their kindness show for, "Say Something Kind" Week., February 25 - March 1. Monday is, "Make a New Friend Day," Tuesday is, "Tell a Friend You Care Day," Wednesday is "Wear Your School Spirit Day," Thursday is "Thank You Day," and Friday is, "Flash Your Smile Friday." Everyone is encouraged to play with new friends, celebrate friends' favorite traits, show school spirit, thank a special someone, and smile big at everyone they see!

Franklin Mobile Dental Clinic

The Mobile Dental Clinic is offering services right outside of our school, and their availability is dependent upon students who sign up. Please click HERE for the flyer.

One School, One Book

Charlotte's Web, the timeless story of love and friendship has been chosen as this year's One School, One Book. Please click on the link below to be redirected to the OSOB page with its reading schedule, trivia questions and guest readers.



Nichols Elementary is excited to participate in Global School Play Day this Wednesday, February 6th! Over 400,000 students from 70 Nations are register to stop everything and play. This grassroots effort is to bring awareness to the importance of unstructured play for the healthy development of our children.


SAVE THE DATE: FEBRUARY 26 - Code, calculate, design and discover a new era of innovation! Join us on Tuesday, February 26 from 6 pm – 7:30 pm for a free night of space themed fun at our First Nichols Family STEAM night. There will be hands-on activities for the entire family and raffle prizes. (Snow date is February 28.)

Gingerbread people

For students in Mrs. Cook's Kindergarten class, America is a giant gingerbread house.

Nichols' Kindergartners participated in a gingerbread people exchange that has brought them over 30 gingerbread people decorated with details of their hometowns and states from around the country.

The gingerbread people were hung up in the hallway where a Gingerbread PowerPoint presentation played nearby.

Students decorated their Connecticut gingerbread man with a UCONN hat, holding a PEZ dispenser in one hand and a Wiffle Ball in the other. There was a cheeseburger in his stomach. Other details included the state flag, state flower (Mountain Laurel) and state bird (American Robin).

I Am Peace

Congratulations to Nichols School teachers Jennifer Cusmano and Michele Willett, recipients of a BEST mini-grant funded by the Judy O'Brien-Sheridan Scholarship Fund. Cusmano and Willett will purchase the book, I Am Peace by Susan Verde for each classroom in the school. Students and their teachers will be able to discuss the importance of deep breathing, meditation, and other strategies for coping with anger, stress or anxiety after reading the book.

Franklin's Winterfest Concert 2018

Franklin students in Grades K-6 each performed 2 songs in this year's Winterfest Concert. Please click to watch the entire concert!

Franklin's Holiday Fair 2018

Franklin students were able to "shop" for family members in our annual holiday Shop. Click for pictures!

Franklin 6th Graders are chosen for publication!

Franklin 6th Grade students Summer Williams, David Garcia, Melanie Fajardo, Emily Canizalez, Aniyah Roman, Hannah Wishart, and Symone Good were chosen by Young Writers to be published for their Spooky Sagas Writing Contest winning entries.

Breakfast With Santa

Students at Nichols Elementary School recently enjoyed a Breakfast With Santa. This annual event, sponsored by the NES PTA, occurred on Saturday, December 8. A fun and festive time was had by all.

Former NFL Player Speaks To Students

Former NFL player, Mark Harrison, recently visited students at Nichols Elementary School for an all-school assembly. Harrison grew up in Stratford and played football at Bunnell H.S. He went on to play college football at Rutgers before being drafted by the Chicago Bears. He also played for the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. Harrison's son, Jordan, is a student at Nichols. His message to students touched on anti-bullying, setting goals, and doing well in school. He also talked about his new flag football league, FlagU starting in the Spring, 2019.

Painting for Peace at Johnson House School
Painting for Peace in Ferguson
Johnson House School celebrated the book and heartfelt message of the Miss Soto's Literacy Legacy book, Painting for Peace in Ferguson. Inspired by the beautiful art messages in the book, each student shared a "peaceful" message and decorated their own leaf to be displayed on the Johnson House tree mural.
Bunnell S.T.A.G.E. Presents
12 Angry Jurors
December 6th, 7th and 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets will be on sale at the door.
Students/Seniors: $7.00
Adults: $10.00