Ben's Buzz
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Welcome Back Everyone,

We are so excited to kick ff the 2018-2019 School Year! Today's issue of Ben's Buzz has a variety of upcoming events and announcements for your review. We encourage you to use the School Website, Ben's Buzz and teacher/faculty pages as your primary resources for school year information.

Our first Parent Pillar Night will be held on September 5th titled "Teaching our Children to Be Good Digital Citizens." The event has been coordinated by Mrs. McCoy in conjunction with the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office. We believe that in this digital age, this topic is of value to all BFCCPS parents, no matter how old your child(ren) are. Because these evenings are so important to assist you as your role as the Primary Educator, we will offer babysitting services for children ages five and up in the art room. This service is available for $10 per family and all proceeds benefit the Grade 7 Quebec Trip. Please RSVP using this form so that we can gauge attendance for the evening.

All parents are invited to attend the upcoming Curriculum Nights! This is the best way to meet your student’s teachers and learn more about what to expect during the 2018-2019 school year. Grade Five through Eight should plan to join us on September 26th from 6:30 to 9pm. Kindergarten through Grade Four should plan to join us on September 27th from 6:30 to 9pm. We hope you can join us!

Thank you for your attention to these important updates.

Mr. Perna
Head of School
Upcoming Events
Please be sure to check the school calendar for upcoming school closures, early release days, assemblies and events.
School Closing Reminders
Please take note of upcoming school closures:

No School - August 31
No School - September 3
No School - September 10
No School - September 19
Upcoming Events
Parent Pillar Night - Teaching Our Children to Be Good Digital Citizens
Save the date for our first Parent Pillar Night of the year: Teaching our Children to be Good Digital Citizens. Special guest Dr. Elizabeth Kandel Englander will join us courtesy of the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office. You can read more about the presentation here on our website .

Because these nights are so important, we have arranged babysitting services in the Art Room for children ages 5 and up. This service is offered for $10 per family and proceeds benefit the upcoming Quebec Trip for Grade Seven.
High School Fair
8th Grade students and their parents are invited to join us for the High School Fair. Save the date of September 17th from 7 - 8:30 pm. More details will be sent by email soon! Contact Mrs. McCoy with any questions.
Curriculum Nights
All parents are invited to attend the upcoming Curriculum Nights! This is the best way to meet your student’s teachers and learn more about what to expect during the 2018-2019 school year. We hope you can join us!

Grade Five through Eight should plan to join us on September 26th from 6:30 to 9pm
Kindergarten through Grade Four should plan to join us on September 27th from 6:30 to 9pm
DC Parent Meeting - To Be Rescheduled
The previously announced DC Meeting for 8th Grade students and their parents is being rescheduled. We will send a new date as soon as possible.
Order Your Family's Personalized Brick!
We invite all BFCCPS Families to honor their students and alumni with a personalized brick to be installed in the courtyard at our new home at 500 Financial Park Drive. Personalized bricks are priced at $100 per brick.

The brick sale is the first major campaign for the fundraising for our gymnasium and playground, and we need your help . Orders for personalized bricks will be accepted through September 1, 2018. The online ordering system is now available, please click below to place your order online.

We hope this brick sale not only helps us meet our fundraising goals, but also provides an opportunity for your family to display your contribution and commitment to our school throughout this journey and as we move into our new home.
Lunches with Mrs. Zolnowski and Mr. Perna
Students in Grades K-8 are invited to join either Mrs. Zolnowski or Mr. Perna for lunch. Appointments can be made using the Sign Up Genius forms linked below. Each lunch reservation allows the student and two guests to attend lunch during their regularly scheduled lunch period with either Mrs. Zolnowski or Mr. Perna.

We ask that you only reserve one lunch appointment per student with either the Executive Director or the Head of School so that the largest number of students can participate.

Homework Club Registration
Homework Club is for students in grades 3-8 for students who would like support or need questions answered and/or assistance in order to complete homework and projects. Homework Club runs from 3:20-4:15pm and begins the week of September 17, 2018.

For students in grades 3-4, the program will run one day a week (Thursdays).
For students in grades 5-8, the program will run three days a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays). 

Registration is now open; space availability is limited to the first 25 students who register each day.
BFCCPS Band and Chorus
We are happy to announce some exciting changes to the BFCCPS choral program , beginning this year. The following is important information regarding these opportunities. Please contact Ms. Sprusansky with any questions about Chorus.

Junior Choir will be comprised of grades 5 & 6. They will rehearse on Monday and Friday mornings from 7:30am - 8:45am (6th grades leaves for homeroom at 8:10) and perform two concerts a year. The first rehearsal will be Friday, September 7th.

Concert Choir will be comprised of grades 7 & 8. They will rehearse on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30am- 8:10am, perform two concerts a year, and perform for adjudication at Six Flags. The first rehearsal will be Tuesday, September 4th.

These changes will allow our music programs to grow along with our school’s population, provide more opportunities for students to be involved in music, and help to better transition students through our music curriculum.

Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble rehearse before school twice a week throughout the year (Wednesday/Friday for Symphonic Band and Tuesday/Thursday for Wind Ensemble). The seating auditions will take place on Wednesday, 8/29 for Grades 7 & 8, and Tuesday, 9/4 for Grades 5 & 6. Come to the stage at the beginning of gym class. Once you have played your piece, you can return to class. If you've misplaced your audition music it can be found here . Please contact Mr. Heater with any questions about Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble at BFCCPS
Help Wanted - Substitute Teachers Needed
Looking for energetic, enthusiastic, adults who have experience working with students in a school setting. Opportunities across all grade levels K-8 and in all subject areas. Bachelors degree preferred. 

Please reach out to Dr. Levering for more information or to schedule an interview.
Help Wanted - Room Parents Needed
Room parents are needed, two per homeroom for Kindergarten through Grade Four. Two per grade are needed for Grades Five, Six, Seven and Eight. If you were Room Parent last year and would like to move up with your child, please let Mrs. Schwab know. Thank you! Please contact Mrs. Deb Schwab at: , if you're able to assist.  
Grade Seven Clothing Drive Fundraiser
It’s time to clean out your closets, go through your drawers, replace those curtains, and worn out towels/sheets–  and DONATE IT ALL! Clothing will be collected from Sept. 11th - Oct. 3rd.

Help us meet our minimum requirement of 225 bags (that’s 225 kitchen size trash bags full) by asking friends and neighbors to provide donations as well. Please visit this page on the website for or click here for a flyer with more information.
Intramural Basketball
BFCCPS is coordinating an intramural basketball program for students in grades 5-8 at Downtown Sports on Cottage Street in Franklin. The program will begin October 1st and run for 8 weeks. Please stay tuned for more information in the next few weeks!
Parent Community Organization
The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School Parent Community Organization (PCO) is an all-volunteer parent organization that supports our school by organizing and funding educational and social programs that enrich student experiences and foster a sense of community among all families and staff. You can learn more about the PCO here on our website.
Volunteers Needed:
A variety of co-chairs are needed for upcoming PCO Programs. We encourage you to visit the following form and let the PCO know where you can provide support during the 2018-2019 school year.
Capstone Corner
As part of our Capstone Project you will see a number of Grade Eight students scheduling donation drives, dine out nights, after school activities and more. Over the coming weeks we hope you will peruse the various announcements and see if your family will be able to support any of these projects. If you’re not familiar with the Capstone Project, we invite you to learn more   here on our website .
Aradha G will be at the Franklin Farmers Market on 8/31 from noon to 6pm. Learn more about his fundraiser for GiveWater to support one of the most important aspects of human life - access to safe and clean drinking water. He is committed to raise funds to support at least five families access clean drinking water. All the money raised will be donated to, who is a leading organization pioneered for this cause.

Scarlett T in Grade 8 will raise money for the Providence Animal Rescue League (PARL) by holding a raffle for students in Grades K-8. Tickets will be sold at lunch for $1 each from September 11 through September 17. Please be sure to bring money at lunch!

Angie R. will hold a donation drive for NEADS September 11 through September 17th. NEADS is a nonprofit organization who trains canine assistants for people who are deaf or have a disability. They are also service dogs for children and veterans too. Donation bins will be placed in the Trophy Room. Please consider donations of the following, Blue Buffalo dog treats, Dog squeak toys,Dog chew king fetch balls, Dog/cat brushes. Thank you.
Notes 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.

Absence and Dismissal Notification:   If your child will be absent or tardy from school, please log in to your School Dismissal Manager account and update their daily attendance.

Dismissal Changes: Dismissal Changes are due to the School Dismissal Manager software 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.
The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School
201 Main Street, Franklin