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Upcoming Events:


4/27


Shakespeare & Co  Arts Enrichment Assemblies



5/1


ArtWeek: Art Turned Upside Down  (pre-registration required) 


5/4


Jeans & Pink to Benefit Susan G Komen




5/5




ArtWeek: Drumming Around the World


5/6


Screen Free Weekend: DelCarte Adventure



School Lunches


Because our lunches are pre-ordered, all lunch orders are due by the 20th of the prior month, our system will automatically shut down at 7pm on the 20th. 

Click here for Lunch Ordering instructions and login.

Arrival/Dismissal
 
Please be sure to review Arrival and Dismissal Procedures which are explained on this page of our website.  


Find Us on Facebook

Consider joining the BFCCPS Parents page on Facebook to connect with other members of the community.  Several grade level pages are also available. Stop on over and say hello! 



If you need this document translated, please contact the front office.

Ben's Buzz
 
 
Dear BFCCPS Community, 
 
Welcome back from vacation!  I hope you enjoyed your April vacation, and are ready for the final push as we finish the 2017/2018 academic year.  This is an incredibly busy time of year, with a lot of fun end of year activities.  Please make sure you read the Buzz each week so you can be aware of the activities that are happening.  
 
Congratulations to the winner of this Year's Yearbook Cover Art Contest.  Emma F.  in Grade Six will have her artwork featured on the front cover and will also win a free copy of this year's yearbook. The back cover will include artwork from Tanya A. (Gr. 7) , Isabelle M., Leah S. & Hailey M. (Gr. 6), and Sam G. (Gr.4)  Congratulations and thank you to everyone who submitted a piece for consideration.   
 
Have a great rest of the week, 
 
 




Mrs. Heather Zolnowski
Head of School
Fine and Performing Arts:  
You will find all the details of the 2018  Fine  and  Performing  Arts Week in this recent special edition of Ben's Buzz.  

You will find information about the upcoming Spring Concerts, our Annual Art Show, the Memorial Day Concert and much more.  Please be sure to review the upcoming dates and mark your calendars accordingly.



ArtWeek 2018:
 
We are thrilled to be participating in the upcoming ArtWeek festival happening April 27 - May 6. 

Hundreds of events will be presented across the Commonwealth during the 10-day creative festival. You will find a  complete listing of events at  artweekma.org.  

You will find details about the three ArtWeek programs running at BCCPS  this recent newsletter dedicated to ArtWeek.  There will be a total of   50 ArtWeek activities happening in Franklin alone! 

The culminating event of ArtWeek will be the Art+Music Family Concert  on May 6th. The Worcester Chamber Music Society will be coming to Franklin for a unique multi-media concert! In conjunction with the Franklin Public Schools, the Art + Music Family Concert will offer music of Mozart, Debussy, Haydn, and Ginastera. Artwork inspired by the pieces and created by Franklin's elementary students will be projected above the musicians in a presentation timed to the music. 


Announcements: 
 
PMC Kids Ride:

Join your friends from BFCCPS for this year's  PMC Kids Ride.  You can   register here and join the BFCCPS team. The event takes place on June 10th from 8 to noon at the Jefferson Elementary School.  Please email  Mrs. Ferdenzi with any questions. 

After School Art Club:

Can't get enough art? Mrs Sunday is offering After School Art Club for students in Grades 1-4 on seven Thursday afternoons starting on 4/26 for $70 and for students in Grade 5-8 on six Friday afternoons starting on 5/11 for $60. 

Please contact Mrs. Sunday for details. 

Screen Free Weekend:
 
We are very excited to share the details of our second ScreenFree Weekend for families. This weekend is designed to bring our community together and support the school mission

To kick off our ScreenFree festivities, we will hold Sustained Silent Reading for all students in the afternoon of Friday May 4th.  Friday night we encourage you to register for a Family Trivia Night, Saturday we will be hosting a service day at The Elisha Project and Sunday we hope you'll consider exploring nature at The DelCarte Conservation Area

You can read all the details in this special edition of Ben's Buzz devoted to Screen Free. 

BFCCPS Expansion: 
We are kicking off the first fundraiser for the BFCCPS Expansion!  We will be holding a Community Yard Sale and Vendor Fair on June 2nd. 

BFCCPS Staff and Families have the first opportunity to reserve a booth for the event.  As of April 30th we will open reservations to local vendors so reserve your booth  here



A PCO sponsored Arts Enrichment assembly is scheduled for Friday, April 27. Shakespeare & Co. will be presenting Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World to grades 5-8 at 10:05 AM.  They will also be conducting workshops with the 6 th and 7 th graders. ALL are encouraged and welcome to attend the performances in the O'Malley Auditorium.  



PCO Elections: 

We are looking for up to 5 Members-At-Large and a President-Elect for 2018-2019 School Year. The President-Elect will be a "President in Training" next year and would automatically assume the position of President the following year. It is important that the PCO Board have some continuity, especially as we prepare for the move to the new school building.  Our next General PCO meeting is scheduled for Monday May 14 at 7:00 in the BFCCPS Library.  All are welcome to come ask questions.

For more information regarding duties, please contact us at the board's general email address ( pco@bfccps.org ) and/or refer to the by-laws which are on the PCO section of the school website.  

Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon!
The BFCCPS PCO Board 


Summer Courses
 
The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School is pleased to announce the 2018 Summer Course Offerings! This years classes are offered by BFCCPS faculty and staff members and Susie Pallis from  Drama Kids.

The classes are divided by grade level and cover a multitude of topics across a variety of content areas. Classes will be held at BFCCPS' main building as well as the Red Brick School. A class description, date and time is listed for each class. With the exception of private music lessons and tutoring, courses are $100 per week for a half day session and full day classes are $200.

BFCCPS Also offers Summer Instrumental Lessons! The success of our band program relies on students taking instrumental lessons during the summer vacation to continue their personal growth and retention of instrumental musical skills achieved during the school year. This is also the perfect time for students to get one-on-one help with their Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band auditions, which occur the first week of school in the fall.


Community Announcements: 

If anyone is interested in helping the Franklin Garden Club to clean, turn soil on May 12th from 8am-Noon and to plant and mulch on May 19th from 8 to noon please contact Deb Schwab:  dschwab@bfccps.org OR Mary Anne Dean at the Franklin Garden Club:   maryannedean@comcast.net




A Notice from the Central Office: 

Visitors:   All visitors to the school are required to sign in at the Front Office and wear a Visitor's badge. Visitors must be escorted at all times.  Thank you for your help with this!
 
Parking & Parking Lot Safety: Parking is not allowed in marked reserved spots near the schools main entrance. These spots are reserved for the CCD program staff. 

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures:  Please adhere to the posted arrival and dismissal procedures which are posted  here our website.

Over the winter months, we ask that you do not park on Queen Street to walk in and pick up your children. The Queen Street entrance can be narrow at this time of year due to accumulated snow and or ice making this practice potentially unsafe for both drivers and walkers.  We ask that you please utilize the Express Lane procedures or arrive at Courtyard Dismissal (approximately 3:20) to secure a spot to park in the lot once the general traffic has cleared.

Absence and Dismissal Notification: If your child will be absent or tardy from school, Please contact Mrs. Tappin at  ltappin@bfccps.org or at  leave a voice message at the absent and tardy line 508-541-3434 and press 4.  Additionally, if you have to make any dismissal changes please email both your child(ren)'s homeroom teacher AND Mrs. Laura Tappin by email at  ltappin@bfccps.org by no later than 2 pm.

As a reminder, BFCCPS has an  extended absence policy which indicates that extended absences for non-medical reasons for more than 10 consecutive school days will not be approved and will result in dis-enrollment from BFCCPS unless caused by exceptional and unavoidable circumstances, such as a natural disaster, serious accident, or other situation deemed exceptional and unavoidable by the HOS.

Cold weather has arrived!  Please be sure to send your students daily with seasonally appropriateouterwear. We will continue to have outdoor courtyard, recess and dismissal whenever possible.