Fall 2018 Specials Update

Spanish ~

Our first quarter in Spanish class has been filled with endless activities for students to explore Hispanic and Latin American culture, giving them the chance to celebrate their own heritage while appreciating the uniqueness of others. They’ve learned popular songs in Spanish such as “La Cucaracha” and “Vivir mi Vida”, they’ve earned to make “Papel Picado” , paper maracas, Spanish “Abanicos”, and made flags Spanish of peaking countries. They’ve also been learning all about days of the week, months of the year, and seasons in Spanish.

We’re excited to start a new quarter and to use previously learned concepts, and to learn more about seasons, weather, telling time, likes and dislikes, etc. Please keep encouraging your child to practice and home and share with you what they’ve learned!

Thank you! Hasta pronto.

Mrs. Vallavanti


Students working.

Final product!

Art ~

Students have been working on a variety of projects since the beginning of the year!

Square 1 Projects:

IMG_4957Kindergarten Van Gogh Sunflowers


First Grade “The Scream” Replicas


Second Grade Keith Harring-Inspired Designs


Third Grade Andy Warhol Soup Cans

IMG_5151Fourth Grade Robert Indiana Pop Letters


Fifth Grade Roy Lichtenstein-Inspired Comic Art

Really looking forward to sharing the projects from the rest of the semester next update!

Artfully yours, Ms. Deacon

Storybook Parade 2018 ~

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” Specials Edition!

IMG_5716L to R: Susan Heffley, Fregley, Holly, Greg Heffley, Manny, Rowley, Rodrick HeffleyIMG_5728Really (L to R): Mrs. Swann, Mrs. Soto, Mrs. Vallavanti, Mr. Rosado, Mrs. Villanueva, Ms. Deacon, Coach Sasso

That’s all for now from the Greatest School on Earth’s Greatest Specials Team!!


Welcome Back! 2018-2019 Quarter 1 Specials Update

Greetings, Franklin Families!

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at our Franklin Academy Pembroke Pines K-8 campus! We are so excited to be your Elementary Specials teachers again this year and have great things in store to make this school year extra “special”! Here’s a short synopsis of what’s going on the first quarter in specials:


We can’t wait to dive into our fun & exciting Specials subjects this year!


Coach Sasso, Mrs. Vallavanti, Mrs. Soto, Ms. Deacon, Mrs. Swann & Mr. Rosado


We start off our school year off with the first art fundraiser of the year: Square 1 Art! Each grade level will be introduced to an artist, art inspiration and project to have fun with and express their creativity!

  • Kindergarten – The art of Vincent van Gogh’s flowers
  • First Grade – “The Scream” by Edvard Munch
  • Second Grade – The art of Keith Haring
  • Third Grade – Andy Warhol & pop art
  • Fourth Grade – Robert Indiana’s “LOVE” sculpture
  • Fifth Grade – Roy Lichtenstein & comic book pop art

Students will receive FREE stickers of their artwork. Additional items can be ordered with the artwork made by your student printed on them once they receive their stickers & catalog complete with inventory and prices. These orderable treasures make great holiday gifts and remember that our school receives a percentage of the order back to the art department!! Thank you in advance for supporting our school & arts programs! We have many other exciting projects & activities planned this year such as: 

Experimenting with different art materials & techniques, a family art night and our end-of-the-year Multicultural Art & Talent Show complete with an Art Scavenger Hunt! Here are a few photos from last year’s show.

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Hello, Musical Franklin Family!

Your awesome students still have their loving music teacher, she just has a new name which is Mrs. Soto. This quarter all grades will be working on:

  • steady beat
  • rhythm
  • meters

Third grade will be using recorders in 2nd quarter. If you haven’t purchased your recorder, Franklin will be selling recorders for $8. Please e-mail me for further details.

I am so excited to be back in the music room for a great first year as Mrs. Soto!


Mrs. Soto

~ P.E.

Greetings, all! I am so very excited to hit the ground running this year into P.E. We have new games and new friends to play them with!

Please make sure to mark your P.E. days on your calendar and to dress in our PE uniform and proper athletic performance shoes.

Please, note that hard sole shoes and sandals are NEVER allowed in P.E. class. Come prepared and ready to play! Can’t wait to see you outside!

Coach Sasso


Welcome to the new school year!

Students will attend Media classes every six days.  The Media Center is open from 7:05-7:25 AM, every day, for students to check out books, take AR quizzes & use resources.  

Book Fair is coming!  


Come discover popular books from publishers around the world! Visit our Enchanted Forest Book Fair the week of: Sept. 24 – 28th from 8am – 1:30pm (students will attend during their Media Class time).


Remember how much you loved the Scholastic Book Fair? Make new memories with your child at our Enchanted Forest-themed book fair! Family Night is Sep. 26th from 6pm – 8pm #mybookfair Be sure to download the @ScholasticBookFairs app, which makes finding the right book easy.


See you at the Book Fair!

Mrs. Swann


Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I will be your returning chess teacher, Mr. Rosado. This is my 2nd year teaching and I have been playing Chess for the past 7 years.

All new students will begin by learning each of the pieces, their function and how to utilize them in a game. For all returning students, they will continue to learn strategies and procedures to beat their opponents as well as have the opportunity to compete in several of our chess tournaments throughout the school year.

Looking forward to an amazing school year and lots of great chess matches,

Mr. Rosado



To begin, students have been learning the alphabet in Spanish, the letter sounds, and developing their phonemic awareness in Spanish.

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year from September 15 through October 15. So, this quarter, students will also be learning about the geography, the cultures and contributions of the Hispanic world. They will be exposed to a variety of activities that involve students in creating glossaries, reading and writing folktales, dancing, singing, and doing arts and crafts that are popular in Hispanic cultures.

Please, encourage your child to tell you the new words and songs they have learned in class. It will be a lot of fun! Plan on attending Franklin’s first annual Hispanic Heritage event on Tuesday, October 16th at 6 PM at our Franklin Academy PP K-8 campus!!

See you there!

Mrs. Vallavanti

January Update

Happy New Year, Franklin Families! Here is what we’ve been up to in Elementary Specials in the year 2018!

Art Update:

5th Grade – Japanese Tea & Sushi Trays glazed

4th Grade – Neon Peace Rocks (to be part of our blacklight installation for the end of the year Art & Multicultural Show)

3rd Grade – Book Art Poetry

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1st Grade – Chilly Winter Penguins


Kindergarten – Melty The Snowman


Media Update:

jan media update

Centers – Researching, “What will your class name the most influential event in history?”

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Centers – Building a virtual path for our Dash robot.


December Update

Greetings, Franklin Families!

When we look back at the year 2017 we can’t help but remember all of the learning, challenges and fun that was had. The Elementary Specials team would like to thank our school, families and students for all of the holiday cheer, support and well wishes that we received. Your thoughts, enthusiasm and excitement are truly a blessing. As we begin the 2018 school year we would like to wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy New Year. Here are a few highlights from our last month of 2017:

P.E. – Jingle Jog 2017

Our 2nd annual Jingle Jog was quite a success! There was plenty of jingling, jogging, dancing, walking, talking and prizes! Mr. Young (DJ Young) came out to give his time and talent with good music and entertainment for the 2nd year in a row! The students had a jolly ol’ time and celebrated the season in great form! A special visit from Billy the Marlin and our Marlins representatives made this Jingle Jog extra special with holiday goodies which were met with extra smiles, laughter and holiday cheer.


DJ Young & Billy the Marlin!


Billy saying Hi…Five!


Coach Sasso & some Special Holiday Helpers!

As a friendly reminder, Field Day is quickly approaching! The schedule is as follows with the notice that dates and times are subject to change due to weather, ect.



K & 1st – Art Snow Globes


2nd – Tint Or Shade Ice Cream Cones


3rd – Matisse Mixed Media Fish Bowls


4th – Photography & Printmaking Portraits


5th – Preparing to Glaze Japanese Sushi & Tea Trays



This quarter students have been learning how to greet, introduce themselves and others, exchange basic information about themselves and say goodbye in Spanish.
To show what they’ve learned in class, our second and third grade students created their very own Comic Strip in Spanish! Their work showcased not only what they’ve learned but their creativity and imagination. These are some samples. Enjoy!

Happy New Year from the Elementary Specials Team 2017-2018 !



November Update

Happy Holiday Season, Franklin Families!

We have so much to be thankful for; here is a November update on what we’ve been learning in Elementary Specials classes this past month!


K – Art Hats

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1 – Colorful Printmaking Candy Machines


2 – Kneaded Eraser & Ink Printmaking

Nov 2nd

3 – Learning About Colors & Mixed Media

Nov 3rd

4 – Colorful Clay Fall Leaves!

Nov 4th

5 – Japanese-Inspired Sushi & Tea Trays

Nov 5th


In P.E. the past few weeks we have been having great fun and extraordinary leg workouts with our scooter play! The students enjoyed chasing each other on scooters, playing “Elves & Reindeers” and “Pioneers & Turkeys”! This activity isolates the quadriceps and hamstring muscles. It also helps the students socially as they have a team to report to and rules to follow.

Our 2nd annual Jingle Jog will be held December 22nd during Elementary Specials. This is an exciting chance for our students to come together by grade levels to celebrate the Holiday Season! We will be celebrating with music and exercise as we walk, jog and run to the sounds of the season!

PE scooters


Please, remember to purchase a composition notebook for Spanish if you have not already done so. Students need the notebook to fully participate in class and there will be a grade conducted for the Spanish Notebook Check soon. Thank you!

October Update

Happy Fall, Franklin Families!

As the weather cools down we are settling into Quarter 2 with lots of new and exciting learning opportunities in our Elementary Specials classes! Here are a few updates:


Hola! This quarter students are going to learn how to recognize and use common greetings and farewells at the appropriate time of day,  when to use the “tú” form versus the “usted” form, how to ask and respond to simple questions about someone’s feelings and identity, and how to introduce themselves and others. They’ll also learn to identify family members and their relationships. Students will learn through songs, games and lesson activities.

maracas dia de los muertos deocations


Happy Fall to all! We have been working on Fall/Season-inspired artwork in all classes. Additionally, Square 1 Art is underway! Students should have received their free stickers and art catalog of different items available for purchase. Thank you for supporting the arts and our school! Any orders placed by the deadline will be available by the holidays. =) Here are some examples from each grade level:

K – Art Apples

art apples kindergarten

1 – October Puppets

october puppets 1st grade

2 – Autumn Trees Painting Techniques

fall trees 2nd grade

3 – Fall Symmetry

symmetry 3rd grade

4 – Clay Fall Leaves

clay leaves 4th grade

5 – Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skulls



Scholastic Book Fair was an amazing turnout.  Thank you so much to our Franklin families for their support and enthusiasm for the Wild West evening. barn

From Pirate Ship to Barn, the Scholastic Book Fair at Franklin is a success!

All Kindergarten students, teachers and administrators gathered on October  19th in the Franklin cafeteria to enjoy a reading of Quackers.  From JumpStart.org, the book is described as, “This year’s Read for the Record book is Quackers, by Liz Wong, a delightful story about a kitten who grows up believing he’s a duck, until the day he meets another kitten.  What follows is a sweet tale about understanding, acceptance, and learning that it’s ok to be whoever you want to be. “


The Story Book Parade was a huge success. From Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Marry Poppins, our students shined as their favorite book characters.  Thank you to our families for their support in cheering on our very famous students.  Our Franklin teachers shined too with story book themed team costumes.

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Happy October from all of your Elementary Specials teachers!

We are definitely a ‘Special’ box of crayons!!! =)

specials crayon pic

Sincerely (Left to Right)

Coach Sasso (Red), Mrs. Swann (Green), Mrs. Vallavanti (Blue), Ms. Rosado (Pink), Ms. Rivera (Orange), Ms. Deacon (Purple)

September Update

Greetings, Franklin Families!

What an exciting September it has been so far! We are happy to be back in school after a long hurricane hiatus. We are so glad all are okay as we get back into the swing of things and return to learning! Here are some updates from our Special Area Subjects:

MEDIA: TONIGHT from 6-8 PM is Family Night for our annual Scholastic Book Fair!! Come dressed up in your best Western gear and get ready to round up some books! Students can also purchase books the rest of the week Monday-Thursday from 7:30 AM – 3 PM. Credit cards and debit cards are accepted on Family Night, otherwise Franklin Academy is a no cash school. Please send a check or money order payable to Franklin Academy if students will be purchasing books the rest of the week.Wild-West-Book-Fair-300x256SPANISH: Hola! Each year from September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. To help students learn about the cultures and contributions of people of Hispanic heritage, we will be talking about the different Spanish speaking countries over the next few weeks and doing some fun learning activities in the classroom. Students’ work will be displayed in the cafeteria during our Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration that will take place on October 18. More information will be posted as it becomes available. Stay tuned!papel-picado-8

ART: We are coming to the conclusion of our first project and art fundraiser of the year: Square 1 Art!! Pictured below are some sneak-peeks of what each grade level is doing as their artist-inspiration project! Students will receive FREE stickers of their artwork and a catalog of products that can be ordered with their artwork printed on them. Orders can be made via card on the Square 1 website or checks sent in with your child to Franklin Academy. The artwork will take some time to arrive to the Square 1 company, where they will scan and print your child’s stickers and then send back to Franklin Academy and distributed. Your child should receive their stickers and catalog at school at the end of October. These make great gifts and should arrive just in time for holidays!

Square 1 K
Kindergarten (Artist Inspiration: Claude Monet)
Square 1 1
1st Grade (Artist Inspiration: Vincent Van Gogh)
Square 1 2
2nd Grade (Artist Inspiration: Henri Rousseau)
Square 1 3
3rd Grade (Artist Inspiration: Georgia O’Keeffe)
Square 1 4
4th Grade (Artist Inspiration Salvador Dali)
Square 1 5
5th Grade (Artist Inspiration Romero Britto)

Wishing you a happy rest of September and Hispanic Heritage month!


The Franklin Academy Pembroke Pines Specials Team