Ben's Buzz
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Dear BFCCPS Community,

Our Sixth Grade class headed off early this morning to their adventures at Nature's Classroom. The students, teachers and chaperones have safely arrived at camp and are exploring their new surroundings. We are excited to hear all about their adventures in Yarmouthport when they arrive Friday afternoon around 3pm!

As part of our Character Education Pillar, our entire school K-8 will be focusing on virtues of the month. During the month of September, we will be focusing on Justice with an emphasis on friendship and respect for adults and peers . During morning announcements I have challenged all students to display justice by getting to know a new student, or reaching out beyond their friend groups to say hello or have lunch to another student in their grade. As the primary educators of your children I'd like to extend this same challenge to all BFCCPS Parents. Whether at the bus stop, car line, courtyard dismissal or on the BFCCPS Parents Page , please reach out to someone you might not have met yet and introduce yourself. I also encourage you to consider volunteer opportunities as a Room Parent , member of the PCO , or our Capital Campaign Committee to become more involved in our community!

The recent launch of School Dismissal Manager has helped streamline our dismissal procedures. It has ensured fewer interruptions in the classrooms and provided an efficient flow of information to ensure the safe dismissal of all students. We thank you all for your cooperation. Now that everyone has had a chance to familiarize yourself with the process we will also ask that you also use School Dismissal Manager to record your students absence for the day. If your child will be arriving tardy to school you would select "add late arrival" to let us know the reason for your child's tardiness and what time they will arrive to school. A variety of after-school clubs and activities are now forming; please be sure to change their dismissal method to "Activity" denote which activity they will be attending in the subsequent pop up window. Please contact Mrs. Tappin at extension 100 if you need assistance.

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!

BFCCPS is in the process of compiling a 2018-2019 grade level directory. This directory will provide the names, phone numbers and emails of other students in the Grade.  Please complete this form ONLY if you would like to OPT OUT of the BFCCPS Grade Level Directory for the 2018-2019 school year. Families that have opted out of the directory will not be included in this year's directory. Please complete once for each child that you'd like to have opted out of any grade level directories. If you have any questions, please contact Deb Leonard .

Thank you for your attention to these important updates.

Mr. Perna
BFCCPS
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 closure:

No School - September 19
Upcoming Events
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

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.  
Announcements
Morning Care
We are pleased to again be able to offer Before School Care to those attending BFCCPS. Numbers have increased and we have decided to change the location for our youngest students in kindergarten and first grade. Starting on Tuesday, September 11th, the locations for Morning Care will be as follows:

  • K-1 will meet in the Kindergarten Classrooms with Mrs. Mogauro and Mrs. McGovern.
  • 2-5 will continue to meet in the Art Room with Mrs. Lariviere, Mrs. O’Brien, Ms. Byrne, and Ms. Grace.
  • 6-8 will continue to meet in Room 14 with Mrs. Giorgio.

K-5 Students will continue to have the opportunity to play together when both are outside from 8:15-8:45 a.m.

Thank you for allowing us to care for your children in Before School Care. If there are any questions please feel free to contact Dr. Levering ( jlevering@bfccps.org ).
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.
After School Art Club
If you love art then Art Club is the place for you! Come to paint, draw, sculpt and create with a variety of different materials! This club is for students in Grades 2-6 and will run for ten week starting on September 14th. View all the details here on our website .
Student Council Election Speeches
Student Council election speeches will be held on Friday, September 21st during the 5th through 8th grade assembly. 4th grade is invited to attend and see the student government process in action. All 7th and 8th grade students who are interested in running for an officer position should contact Ms. Troy or Mrs. Holmes.
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 . The cost of the program has been offset thanks to a generous contribution by the BFCPPS PCO. $40 program fee per attendee will cover the cost of bus transportation from BFCCPS to the facility.  You can learn more on this flyer . The registration packet (including medical and concussion clearance) is required of all participants please click below to download the file.
Drama Kids
The fall session of Drama Kids is starting soon. Visit DramaKids MetroWest to register for the programs which will run at the BFCCPS Red Brick School. Want to try a class?? A Free Trial will take place September 17th and 18th. Enroll for TRIAL at: www. dramakidsofmetrowest.com
Jr. Acting Academy - Grades 5-8
Mondays: 9/17 - 12/17 12 weeks
3:30 to 5 pm
$245
Drama Kids Skills Class - Grades K-4
Tuesdays: 9/18 - 12/18 - 12 weeks
3:30 to 4:30 pm
$175
BFCCPS Band and Chorus
Fourth Grade Instrument Demonstration: Fourth grade students will have the opportunity to hear and explore band musical instruments in order to help them decide if they want to join band this year and what instrument they want to play. The 7th and 8th grade band will present from 9:10 to 10 am on 9/24.
Help Wanted - Room Parents Needed
Room parents are needed for the following classes: KT & KJ, 1H & 1M, 2W, 4, 5, 6M, 7. Please contact Mrs. Schwab at: dschwab@bfccps.org , if you're able to assist.   Thank you.
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.
Welcome Back Social!
The PCO invites you to join us at our Welcome Back Social! Join friends new and old for a fun evening for the whole family. Enjoy ice cream or Italian ice, generously donated by our friends at T.C. Scoops, while spending time with other BFCCPS families. Please join us in the BFCCPS Courtyard on September 21st from 5 – 7pm. We can’t wait to see you there!
Taekwondo Introduction and PCO Fundraiser:
Students in Grades 1-4 are invited to attend an Introduction to Martial Arts trial class with Mu Han Total Martial Arts. The program has been coordinated by the PCO and USFLF and will be held from 8:15 am to 8:45 am in the BFCCPS Courtyard on Sept. 25th, 27th and Oct. 2nd and 4th. Learn more about the program on this flyer and register using the button below.
Arts Enrichment Assemblies:
The First PCO sponsored Arts Enrichment assembly for the 2018-19 school year is schedule for Friday, Sept. 28.  Speed painter and inspirational speaker Rob Surette will be performing Amazing Hero Art.   His “Be Somebody” performance will be at 9:20 for grades 5-8 and 10:30 for grades K-4.  ALL  are encouraged and welcome to attend the performances in the O’Malley Auditorium. Any questions please contact Kathleen Hogan at  kcchogan@gmail.com . For more info please see:  http://www.amazingheroart.com
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.

Yearbook Co-ordinator(s) needed! The PCO board is looking for a volunteer or two to step and take the lead on this year's yearbook. This is a wonderful tradition for our students which only happens due to parent volunteers, so no co-ordinator means no yearbook! Please consider helping out by taking on this, or one of any of our many volunteer opportunities. You can sign up here  or email  pco@bfccps.org . Thank you!
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 .
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.

Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Notification: 

The Environmental Protection Agency issued regulations in 1987 under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act that require public schools (K-12) be inspected every 3 years by a licensed inspector. 

BFCCPS was inspected by Envirotest Laboratory Inc. The inspector concluded that all areas throughout the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School were properly maintained. BFCCPS maintains an Asbestos Management Plan, which is available to the public for review in the school's Main Office during normal business hours. Please contact the Assistant Head of School, Dr. Jeffrey Levering , with any questions.
The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School
201 Main Street, Franklin

www.bfccps.org