Ben's Buzz
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Dear BFBFCCPS Community,

By now you should all have received an invite to the Conference Sign Up software, Teeso. All families received a new login and password through a SchoolBrains alert; we encourage you to test your login information; conference registrations will begin on October 30th. You will visit http://www.teeso.com/bfccps/  to select a conference day and time.

Each family has one username and password. Your username is the email address we have listed in SchoolBrains for Parent 1. Your password is the cell phone number we have listed in SchoolBrains for Parent 1. Please use the following format when inputting your password: (123) 456-7890. You should use a space in between the parentheses after the area code, and the next three digits. If you are having trouble with your password you can use the “Forgot Password” option. Regardless of whether or not you have used Teeso in the past, you can enter your email address and a link will be sent to you to create a new password. 
  • Conferences will be held starting on 11/16 for students in Grades Five through Eight.
  • Conferences will also be available on 11/19 and 11/20 for students in Kindergarten through Grade Eight.

Babysitting services will be available on Monday from 1pm to 7pm, and on Tuesday from 9am to 2pm in the BFCCPS Auditorium for $10 per family for children ages 5 and up. Proceeds will benefit the upcoming Grade 7 Quebec Trip.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be here on November 6th and 7th .  All classrooms will have an opportunity to visit the fair and parents are invited to attend. Extended hours have also been added on Tuesday for your convenience. The PCO is in need of parent volunteers to setup and breakdown the fair and guide the students through the selection and purchase process during the fair. Please visit this page on our website for class visit times, and the Sign-Up form to lend a hand. Many thanks to the PCO for organizing this program!

Thank you for your attention to these important updates.

Mr. Perna
BFCCPS
Head of School
Upcoming Events
School Closures
November 12: No School Veteran's Day
November 19: Noon Dismissal - Parent Conferences
November 20: No School - Parent Conferences
November 21-23: No School Thanksgiving Break
Please be sure to check the school calendar for upcoming school closures, early release days, assemblies and events.
Announcements
Operation Gratitude
Mrs Kaplan will be collecting candy again this year to send to our troops and first responders. Candy will be collected in the courtyard on the mornings of Thursday November 1st, Friday November 2nd, and Monday November 5th. Last year we collected over 200 pounds to send to Operation Gratitude to be distributed to our troops and first responders. Please help me reach that amount again.

I will also be collecting cards and notes to send as well if you would like to add a note of thanks or encouragement.
Grade 8 - Franklin Panther Night
Grade 8 Parents from Franklin save the date for Franklin Panther Night. This open house will take place at Franklin High on November 1st from 5:30-7:30.
Grade 7 Capstone Info Night for Parents
7th grade parents, are invited to a Capstone Information evening on Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00 pm in the BFCCPS Auditorium. Capstone is the culminating community service project that all BFCCPS students begin in 7th grade and complete in their 8th grade year. Please read more details in this announcement.
Movie Basket Raffle Fundraiser
Faith and Ella in Grade 6 will be raising money for a 7th month old baby named Marlow who has liver cancer. We will be holding a movie basket raffle on October 29th to November 2. The raffle tickets will be $1 for 1 ticket and $3 for 5 tickets. All the money we raise will be donated to Marlow and her family. We will be collecting money at lunch. Thank you!
French Week
Our Annual French Week celebration is coming soon! French week- Tuesday, Nov. 13- Friday, Nov.16, 2018. It is that time of the year to celebrate French language and culture, since we teach French from Kindergarten to Grade 8. We know that students, parents, faculty and teachers look forward to “La Semaine Française.” Vive Le Français! This year’s theme:  La France Au-Delà des Frontières (France Beyond Its Borders) We will look at the presence of France outside its borders and its impact on our life. The message that we want to bring is that we are all interconnected. No country can survive on its own. We need each other and that what makes our planet special. Please click here for the full French Week schedule of events.

We have common goals : Liberté! (Freedom!) Fraternité! (Solidarity!) Egalité! (Equality!)
Santa Foundation - All School Community Service
The Central Office Team is working behind the scenes to organize our Annual Whole School Community Service with the Santa Foundation . Working together we can make the holidays so much brighter for families in need in our area.  Shopping lists will be published on November 13th if you'd like to participate. Please know that your participation in this effort is entirely voluntary, but always appreciated. We thank you in advance for any support that you're able to provide.
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.
KidStuff Coupon Books:
KIDSTUFF Fundraiser - We have completed the Kidstuff Fundraiser. Thank You for all your support!!  Please return your unsold Kidstuff Book back to school ASAP or $25.00 to purchase the book sent home.
Arts Enrichment Assembly - Potato Hill Poetry
A PCO sponsored Arts Enrichment assembly is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 2 . Poet Andrew Green from Potato Hill Poetry  will be presenting to grades 6-8 @ 9 AM and grades 3-5 @ 9:40 AM. He will then be leading individual classrooms in poetry workshops.   ALL  are encouraged and welcome to attend the presentations in the O’Malley Auditorium. Any questions please contact Kathleen Hogan at  kcchogan@gmail.com . For more info please see:  https://www.potatohill.com/presentations/
Save the Date: Fall Book Fair
Mark your calendars! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming Tuesday, November 6 th – Wednesday November 7 th .  All classrooms will have the opportunity to visit and parents are invited to attend. Extended hours have been added on Tuesday, November 6 th to 5:00 P.M. for your convenience.

The PCO also needs parent volunteers to setup/breakdown the fair and help guide students through the selection and purchase process. Please visit the Sign-Up to view the class schedule and lend a hand. All proceeds go to the PCO!  http://signup.com/go/bhDCUpW
Capital Campaign Committee
Save the Date: May 4, 2019
The Benjamin Franklin Educational Foundation invites all BFCCPS Faculty and Staff, Families and Alumni to the Spring Fundraising Gala. 

If you have items or services to donate for the silent auction please send contact the Event Chair, Shonna Gaul . The Gala Committee is also looking for interested volunteers to help gather items for the auction between now and April 1st, we would love to have you on the team!
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 .

Elle Y will hold a clothing donation drive for Meals on Wheels from October 22 through November 9th.

Jeremy S. will hold a Food Drive for the Franklin Food Pantry starting on October 29th through November 2nd. No one should go hungry. Please help me support people that are in need. Donate canned food, cereal, boxes of pasta, mac n’ cheese and more. All donations will go to the Franklin Food Pantry.

Michael B will be selling Key Chains to benefit his Capstone project from November 1 through November 16.

Kiara E will hold a Food Drive for the Medway Village Food Pantry from November 5 through November 11th. Please click here for more details.

JoJo L will hold a Food Drive for the Norwood Food Pantry from November 13 through November 16th. Please click here for more information.


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

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