Vol. 7, Iss. 7
Feb. 16, 2017
A message from Matt Warder, at-large director, BFA Board of Directors...


Uniform Policy Simplified for 2017-18 and Beyond

Parents, your voices have been heard, and I would like to share with you a brief summary of how your Ben Franklin Academy Board of Directors voted to simplify the BFA Uniform Policy. The purpose of the Uniform Policy has always been, and continues to be, to promote learning by reducing distractions, disruptions and disciplinary problems and foster a sense of pride in the students and school. Earlier this year, we simplified the restrictions and requirements related to shoes and socks. We approved a revised policy this week wherein we have tried to make both the purchasing of and policing of uniforms easier for everyone. While I have provided a summary of the changes below, please note that both the uniform policy and the updated tables have been placed on the BFA website for your review.

As we are still in the winter season, we wanted to clarify questions raised by students and parents alike regarding boots and leggings. Snow boots are no longer required to be removed in the building. Importantly, the  MAJORITY of the boot cannot be fur or hair or anything resembling either. Boots must match the traditional shoe policy of not being flashy. Importantly, students will receive a uniform violation if they do not wear tennis shoes to P.E. regardless of whether their shoes are otherwise uniform compliant. Also, the shoe restrictions must still be adhered to on Dress of Choice days. In addition to the boot concern in winter, we had questions regarding leggings. Leggings are now approved in  red, white, navy and black. These leggings must be full length, solid in color and without any lace or designs.

For the 2017-18 school year, we have simplified the uniform purchase options by removing item numbers. We have simplified it to read as  khaki or navy Educational Outfitter (EO) purchased twill material for uniform pants, shorts, skorts and skirts. The BFA plaid jumpers and skirts will remain unchanged going forward. Additionally, the polo shirt colors and styles remain unchanged. EO remains BFA's sole uniform provider (except for spirit wear items available through BFA's PTO), and we encourage everyone to sign up for EO's email list to be notified of sales.

Lastly, I would like to share with you all the pieces of previously approved uniform that are to be  phased out after the 2017-18 school year. The following items will no longer be allowed after the 2017-18 school year:
  • White Oxford Shirts
  • Khaki and Navy Jumpers
  • Plaid belt
  • Rugby shirt
  • ΒΌ zip Navy BFA sweatshirt
I hope this information provides a quick update to how we have tried to make the Uniform Policy simpler to understand as well as improve your shopping experience. For further details, please reference the following:
 
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NO SCHOOL FEB. 17 AND 20
  
Please keep in mind that there is no school tomorrow Feb. 17, as it is a teacher comp day; and there is no school on Feb. 20, to recognize Presidents Day. 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPOINTMENTS
  
To ensure the smooth transition of governance responsibilities, your Ben Franklin Academy Board of Directors appointed its president and treasurer for the upcoming school year at its meeting this week. On February 13, your Board unanimously appointed Bill Castor to serve as the 2017-18 president and
Kent Barwind to continue to serve as the treasurer in 2017-18. The Board will appoint its 2017-18 vice president and secretary at its June retreat. Congratulations and thank you to Bill and Kent for their continued service and dedication to BFA!
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BATTLE OF THE BOOKS UPDATE
   
BFA's two Battle of the Books teams were successful again this week! Both teams competed against Arrowwood Elementary. The third/fourth grade team won with a final score of 65-15, moving them into second place. The fifth/sixth grade team answered all their questions correctly, and won with a final score of 53-45. They remain in first place. Both teams will battle Cougar Run on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The third/fourth grade team battles at 5:30 p.m. and the fifth/sixth grade team battles at 6 p.m. at the James H. LaRue Library in Highlands Ranch (9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd.). Feel free to come quietly cheer on BFA!
SPRING BOOK FAIR ENDS TODAY
   
BFA's Spring  Scholastic Book Fair is open today, Feb. 16, until 8 p.m. 
Please note, the office is closed from 3 - 4 p.m. every day so unless you are in the building already, you will need to wait until carpool ends to come in and shop.
 
Click  here for a preview of all the exciting selections offered this year. Visit the fair and enter your child's name in a drawing for books and miscellaneous items. The drawing will be held after the fair. 
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THANK YOU BFA COMMUNITY!
 
Thanks to our wonderful BFA community for your help in raising more than $1,500 so far this month for students going to Washington, D.C.! Our recent ARC Buck-A-Bag collection brought in a total of 713 bags and the extra Dress of Choice fundraiser raised an additional $791. The eighth grade parents and students sincerely appreciate your support of these efforts, as they greatly offset the cost of this trip for our students.  
A MAGICAL PERFORMANCE TO OPEN BFA'S NEW STAGE
 
BFA families, please come see 55 of our middle school students as they perform Aladdin Jr. on Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. on BFA's new stage! When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess Jasmine, he uses a genie's magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more are here in  Disney's Aladdin Jr. , a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love.

This will be the first performance on our new stage. All families and friends are invited to come and there is no charge to attend this performance! 
THANK YOU, TROY MOODY AND MOODY INSURANCE AGENCY
 
The PTO would like to thank our 2016-17 Platinum Sponsor, Troy Moody with Moody Insurance Agency. Your sponsorship provides the kids with so many opportunities!
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CALLING ALL CREATIVE KIDS!
  
Instead of calling them old or new, big or small--let's come up with a new name for the BFA gymnasiums!  Student Council is sponsoring a contest to come up with new names for each of our gyms. There is no purchase necessary, and any student or staff member can participate. They will only accept one entry, per gym, per person. Mr. Barber and the BFA Board of Directors will make the final naming decision. If a winner is selected, they will be awarded a prize. If there are duplicate entries, the first one submitted will be the official entry. The contest is open until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Click here to enter!    
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BE SURE TO COMPLETE THE PARENT SATISFACTION SURVEY  
 
The School Accountability Committee (SAC) parent satisfaction survey is available now, and will continue until the end of February. The survey is an important part of SAC's commitment to providing opportunities for parents to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school's instructional program and quality improvement processes.

Click here to take the survey now. If you'd rather take the survey this evening while at Parent  Teacher Conferences, volunteers will have iPads available during normal conference times. Only one parent, per family needs to complete the survey. Parents who take the survey and give their family number will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card. SAC is going to randomly choose 10 lucky winners--so take the survey today!
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GIRLS MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCCER REGISTRATION
 
Girls soccer is now open for registration!  Be sure to sign up today, as registration will close Wednesday, March 15. Click here to sign up, or go to the athletics page on the BFA website and choose 'girls soccer.' 
 
Please complete all the registration forms, including a health form signed by your student's physician (unless you have a current one on file), and a vehicle registration form. The vehicle registration form needs to be completed for each sport, as it is required by insurance and it helps us ensure student safety. All of the girls soccer games will be away so we hope to find five drivers for the season. If you are interested, please keep in mind that drivers receive volunteer hours.  
 
Mr. Fourman and Ms. Dychus will be the girls soccer coaches. Games will be held on Tuesday and Thursday, with one practice during the week. Please email them if you have any questions. 

Next week, look for registration details about boys volleyball with Coach Emmons.   
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NEED LUNCHROOM VOLUNTEERS THIS MONTH 
 
One of our fabulous lunch aids will be out the entire month of February, so we'll need extra help throughout the month. Please check your schedules and come in when you can. Please remember, working in the lunchroom earns you an entry in the parking space drawing for the following month.  
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BEN'S BRIGADE MEETING NEXT WEEK
 
Ben's Brigade will be meeting at  8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Starbucks inside the Highlands Ranch Target (1265 Sergeant John Stiles Dr.). All BFA Dads are welcome to join us!
 
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AUTHOR JESSICA BRODY TO VISIT BFA 
 
Our BFA librarians, in partnership with Tattered Cover Book Store, are thrilled to announce that author, Jessica Brody, will visit our school on Tuesday, Feb. 21

Students in grades 5-7 are invited to the event at BFA where Brody will share her journey to becoming a published author, and encourage kids to look for the positive in every situation. If you would like to purchase a copy of Brody's new book for your student, "Addie Bell's Shortcut to Growing Up" and have Brody sign your student's copy, complete this form and return it to the BFA Library by mid-morning on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

You also are welcome to order Brody's books
online and have the book(s) shipped to you directly. When ordering, be sure to note that you are from BFA in the notes section.

This is the second visit by an author this school year. In the fall, our librarians worked with Tattered Cover to bring Mike Curato to speak to students in grades K-2. 
GET YOUR TICKETS TO 'A NIGHT IN PARIS' 
  
Tickets on sale now for the father/daughter event, 'A Night in Paris.' Please join us  from  6-8 p.m.  Saturday, March 4at BFA for a night of dinner, dancing and more. Tickets are $10 per person and will be available until   Feb. 28; tickets will not be sold at the door. 
 
No girls? Come help set up while the boys are at home. Have daughters? Sign up to help run the event and see your little ladies having the time of their lives. We need your help to make it a success - please sign up for whatever slots work for you.  
 
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GROCERY CARDS EARN MONEY FOR BFA
  
Did you know you can earn money for BFA each time you shop at King Soopers and Safeway? Ordering your King Soopers and Safeway cards is easy! Just click  here  or go to the BFA Store , click on Grocery Cards and order yours today. The cards are pre-loaded with $5. When ordering, be sure to include your FIRST/LAST NAME and FULL MAILING ADDRESS. Your King Soopers/ Safeway card(s) will be mailed directly to the address provided. Once the order is received, please allow five business days for processing.

The King Soopers and Safeway fundraising programs donate 5 percent of your purchases back to the school. All you have to do is re-load your King Soopers or Safeway gift card at customer service or at the register before you scan your first item. Buy your groceries, gasoline at fuel centers, lottery tickets and postage stamps while helping BFA at the same time! (Safeway gift cards also can be used at Albertson's locations.) 
 
Online shoppers can use grocery cards too! Shoppers using Safeway's online service can make purchases with their Safeway grocery card, while King Soopers online shoppers can pay using their grocery card when they pick up their order. 
 
BFA raised more than $5,500 through this program last year!
 
For more information or questions, email Amy Sunahara, PTO grocery card coordinator.
 
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PTO FEBRUARY MEETING CHANGE 
 
The PTO has moved their February meeting. Please join them from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Sanders Science Lab. They will not be meeting tonight due to Parent Teacher Conferences. Hope to see you there!
MICI'S SPIRIT NIGHT - FEB. 28
  
BFA's next Spirit Night is from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Mici's Handcrafted Italian (9245 S Broadway). Proceeds go to all students. 
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CLASS PICTURES - MARCH 1
  
Class pictures will be taken on Wednesday, March 1. Please remember that this also is a Formal Uniform Day.
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BAKE SALE - MARCH 3

Eighth graders will be  selling baked goods before school from 7:30 - 8:10 a.m. on Friday, March 3, in the main and upstairs hallways . Baked goods also will be on sale during afternoon recess. All proceeds go to support students attending the Washington, D.C. trip.

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BFA MOMS - SAVE THE DATE!
 
Save the date for Morning with Moms, hosted by the Community Events Committee (CEC), from 7 - 8 a.m. on Friday, March 10. More details to come.
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PARENTS NIGHT OUT - MARCH 31 
  
Mark your calendars for the next  Parent's Night Out childcare on Friday, March 31, to benefit the eighth graders going to Washington, D.C. Let your children wear pajamas and bring a pillow, blanket or stuffed animal. Students can watch Disney's 'Moana,' we will provide popcorn and water, and there will be stations set up to entertain kiddos with coloring, drawing and games. Concessions will be available for purchase upon drop-off. We will offer Sour Patch Kids, mini M&Ms, and granola bars for $1 each, cash or check.
 
NEW FOR THIS PNO:  Childcare will run from 6 - 9 p.m. (30 extra minutes!) and is just $5 per child. Volunteers will watch your child(ren) while you grab a bite to eat or do some shopping. We can only accept BFA students (including preschool students). 
 
We must sign up at least 40 children by  Thursday, March 23, to host the event. Sign up early to help ensure the event is not cancelled. Please sign up each child individually, and please be sure to feed your child(ren) dinner before they come.
 
CHAMP CAMP FOR KIDS WITH ASTHMA 
  
Champ Camp, in conjunction with the American Lung Association, is hosting a summer camp for kids with asthma (ages 7-14). This exciting camp features archery, a rock wall, canoeing, high ropes course and asthma education. The camp is scheduled for June 25 - July 1 at Magic Sky Ranch, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. Email  Ashley Seder  for more information.
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2017-18 REGISTRATION DATES
  
Mark your calendars for these important dates for next school year:
 
Wednesday, Aug. 9
Families with last name beginning A-L
Registration hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break from noon until 1 p.m.)
 
Thursday, Aug. 10
Families with last name beginning M-Z
Registration hours: 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (with lunch break from 2 - 3 p.m.)
 
Friday, Aug. 11
New BFA Families ONLY
Registration hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 14
Teacher Meet and Greets

Wednesday, Aug. 16 
First day of school!
BE A HERO FOR THE DAY--BUY A BIRTHDAY BAG

Celebrating birthdays at BFA is fun! For $10, your child will receive the following:
  • A bag full of goodies, such as erasers, pencils, bouncy balls, etc. (no food or candy will be in the bags) delivered to their classroom by eighth graders
  • A personalized note from you (if requested)
  • Eighth graders singing happy birthday to your child in his/her classroom while delivering the bag
Did your student already celebrate his/her birthday? Is his/her birthday in the summer? We also will deliver "unbirthday bags" for students who have already celebrated their birthday or "half-birthday bags" for summer birthdays. 
 
Thank you for supporting the eighth graders' trip to Washington, D.C.!
 
To order your birthday bags, click here. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Simpson.
Thursday, Feb. 16

BOOK FAIR 
 
BFA's Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be held  until 8 p.m.tonight, in conjunction with Parent-Teacher conferences.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT  
 
Junior Achievement will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16, for grades K-7.  

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PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES  
 
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held f rom  4:15 - 8 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 16, with a break from 5:30 - 6 p.m. for dinner.  
Friday, Feb. 17, and Monday, Feb. 20

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NO SCHOOL
 
There is no school tomorrow, Feb. 17, as it is a teacher comp day, or Monday, Feb. 20, when we honor Presidents Day. Students return to school on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Tuesday, Feb. 21

AUTHOR JESSICA BRODY TO VISIT BFA
 
Author, Jessica Brody, will visit our school on Tuesday, Feb. 21.  Brody is an accomplished writer who is debuting her first middle grade book this year, "Addie Bell's Shortcut to Growing Up." 
Wednesday, Feb. 22

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BEN'S BRIGADE MEETING
 
Ben's Brigade will be meeting at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Starbucks inside the Highlands Ranch Target (1265 Sergeant John Stiles Dr.). 
Thursday, Feb. 23

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PTO MEETING
 
Whether you want to catch up on the latest happenings at BFA, find out what the PTO is purchasing for our teachers and students, or would like to become more involved--please join your PTO from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Sanders Science Lab.
Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25

ALADDIN JR. 
 
BFA families, please come see 55 of our middle school students as they perform Aladdin Jr. on Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. on BFA's new stage. Bring your family and friends to this free show!
Additional Upcoming Events: BFA Calendar
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Ben Franklin Academy
2270 Plaza Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Main Office: (720) 383-4519 info@bfacademy.org 
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Our mission is to create young adults with character like America's founding Renaissance man, Benjamin Franklin: well-read, scientifically curious, and civically engaged.
Our students will excel academically through a challenging, sequenced curriculum that emphasizes math, science, and literacy. We will be a data driven institution, focusing on individual students. Our students, teachers, parents, staff, and leaders will be held accountable for the success of our school. Finally, we recognize that an education is incomplete without fostering the arts, sports, nature, and character.
Temperance, Silence, Order, Resolution, Frugality, Industry, Sincerity, Justice, Moderation, Cleanliness, Tranquility, Purity and Humility.