Ben's Buzz

Starting today, August 20th the central office will be open Monday through Friday. The central office will be staffed from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM all week. Starting August 28th the Central Office will be open from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Students in Grades 1-8 will have a full day on Tuesday, August 28th. Students are invited to say hello to the therapy dogs from Pawsitive Touch in the courtyard from 7:45 to 9 am.

Kindergarten students and their parents are invited to an open house on Tuesday starting at 9:30, please note that parents must stay with students during the Open House, this is not a drop-off event.

Today's issue of Ben's Buzz has a variety of upcoming events and announcements for your review to help everyone prepare for the beginning of the school year. Thank you for your attention to these important updates.

If you haven't set up your School Dismissal Manager account and updated your child's dismissal methods be sure to do so as soon as possible. Dismissal information is required for all students by no later than 9 am on August 24th.

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 closures:

No School - August 31
No School - September 3
No School - September 10
No School - September 19
Back to School Celebration:
Join friends old and new for a back to school celebration on August 23rd from 4:30 to 6:30 PM! Pickup yearbooks (if you ordered them) get your bus pass, and find out how you can help the PCO this year.

This year, we are adding some fun activities to the Back to School Celebration. We hope that the students and teachers can kick off the new school year with a memorable experience. This also helps us raise funds to support all the PCO sponsored activities throughout the year.

Volunteers are needed to help run event stations and sell activity tickets. Please click here to select a volunteer slot. Click below for all the event details, we hope to see you there!
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.
DC Parent Meeting
8th Grade students and their parents should plan to attend a mandatory meeting for the upcoming trip to Washington DC. The event will be held in the auditorium from 7 - 8 pm on Thursday, September 27th.
Announcements
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.
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

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.
PCO Fall Family Social:
Join Friends New and Old for a fun evening for the whole family. The PCO will host a family social where you can enjoy ice cream or Italian ice while spending time with other BFCCPS families. 

Please join us in the BFCCPS Courtyard on September 14th from 5-7pm.
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 .
Scarlett T in Grade 8 will raise money for an animal shelter 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. Donation bins will be placed in the Trophy Room.
The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School
201 Main Street, Franklin

www.bfccps.org