Vol. 7, Iss. 12
March 30, 2017
BFA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION NEXT WEEK

Following is a message from Bill Castor, secretary, BFA Board of Directors...
 
The Ben Franklin Academy (BFA) community is seeking leaders, who are passionate about, and committed to, BFA's mission and vision to serve on the seven-director BFA Board of Directors (Board). In the coming weeks, our community will elect two (2) directors and the Board will appoint one (1) director in accordance with the Board of Directors  Election Policy. Each seat is for a 3-year term.
 
We are very fortunate this year to have seven very qualified BFA community stakeholders that have accepted a nomination. Information on each candidate is now available on the BFA website. Please take the time to read about each one.
 
Voting by the Parent Voting Group for the two (2) open, elected seats will take place electronically beginning on Monday, April 3, and continuing through Friday, April 7. Each family within the Parent Voting Group can vote for one candidate for each available elected seat. In other words, each family can vote for two of the candidates. Results of the election will be announced, and the appointment by the Board will made, on  Tuesday, April 11 , at the regularly scheduled Board meeting. All Board nominees are encouraged to be present at the meeting for the results of both (1) the election and (2) the appointment.
 
Your involvement in our school is the key to our continued success. Please take the time to review the qualifications of each candidate and actively participate in the selection of our Board.
BFA Summer Camp
REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMP TODAY 
 
It is hard to believe, but it's already time to start thinking about Summer Camp! Ben Franklin Academy is happy to announce that we will offer an exciting Summer Camp program again this year. 

Do you need full-time daycare for the summer? Or perhaps you want to schedule something fun for your kids once a week while you run errands. Maybe your kids would like to connect with other Ben Franklin Academy kids and enjoy fun, summer social time? Whatever your situation, our Summer Camp is sure to keep your kids safe and entertained. And, the best part is--the program is staffed by people you know and trust!
 
Program Details
Dates: May 31 - Aug. 11; Closed July 3-7
Hours: 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Days: Monday through Friday
Summer Camp is open to any currently enrolled BFA student age 5-years-old and above. Your child must be five on or before May 31 to participate.
 
Program Costs
Registration: There is a $35.00/per child one-time registration fee. All registered campers will receive a camp T-shirt and daypack.
Daily Tuition: The cost of the camp is $35.00/day/child for non-field trip days and $50.00/day/child for field trip days.
Click here to begin the initial registration process.
 
The detailed daily activity schedules are available now for planning purposes:
Registration for individual dates will be available soon, so be sure to look for more information in Principal Barber's newsletter in the weeks ahead.
Science Fair
IT'S SCIENCE FAIR TIME, AND WE NEED YOUR HELP 
  
Spring means SCIENCE FAIR, and we need you! Take advantage of this great opportunity to participate in the Elementary Science Fair. You don't need science experience or a science background to help. This fair is non-competitive, so it is really about getting kids excited about experimenting, igniting their passion for science and celebrating our students' hard work.  Sign up today to be a part of the team that talks to our elementary students about their amazing projects and shows support for their efforts to demonstrate the scientific method.  
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HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT SENATE BILL 61? 
  
Recently there has been some press about Senate Bill 61, which "requires a
school district to distribute revenue it receives from ongoing local property tax mill levies equally, on a per-student basis." If you are interested in learning more about this bill and advocating on behalf of your student(s), make plans to attend a meeting next month and get engaged in the discussion. The meetings will be held from 6 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, at Parker Core Knowledge (11661 Pine Drive) and on Wednesday, April 26, at the CR Bank Room West in the Philip S. Miller Library (100 S. Wilcox St.). Speakers include Dan Schaller, director of Governmental Affairs with the Colorado League of Charter Schools, and Ross Izard, Senior Education Policy Analyst with the Independence Institute. Click here for a flier with more information.   
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MIDDLE SCHOOL SKATE CITY NIGHT
  
The Student Council has organized a middle school (ONLY) event from 6 - 8 p.m. tonight, March 30, at Skate City (5801 S. Lowell Way). The entry fee is $4.50 and skate rentals are $2.50; the PTO will pay for a hot dog or pizza meal for each middle school student who attends. Middle school kids can wear their favorite jersey to celebrate March Madness.
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ALL BFA MOMS WELCOME TO ENJOY A NIGHT OUT TONIGHT
  
Your BFA PTO will be hosting a Mom's Night Out for ALL BFA MOMS from   5:30 - 8 p.m. TONIGHT, March 30. Join us at Hacienda Colorado (5066 S Wadsworth Blvd.) for a wonderful night of tacos, socializing, and FUN! This event is for all BFA Moms--if you are new to BFA or have not attended a Mom's Night Out in the past, we encourage you to come as this a great way to meet other BFA parents.  Please RSVP  so we know how many are coming.
MUSIC, GAMES AND ACTIVITIES FOR ALL DURING PIRATE AND PRINCESS PIZZA NIGHT
 
Sign your student up for the Pirates and Princesses Costume Pizza Night from 6:30 - 9 p.m. on Friday, April 7, at BFA! This exciting event is for BFA students in preschool through fifth grade, and tickets are only $10. There are games and activities for kids of all ages, and each student will receive one piece of pizza and one drink. Extra slices of pizza and concessions will be available for a minimal cost. Costumes are optional so kiddos can come in their jammies, or they are welcome to wear their favorite pirate or princess costume. If you can't drop off right at 6:30 p.m. due to a prior commitment, you are still welcome to attend--just let us know you'll be arriving late. Sign up for this FUN event today! The last day to sign up is Wednesday, April 5, and we need at least 40 participants to hold the event. All proceeds of this event benefit the middle school Disneyland Choir trip. Click here for more information.
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PARENTS NIGHT OUT TOMORROW
  
Mark your calendars for the next  Parent's Night Out childcare tomorrow, 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). 
 
Sign up by tonight. Please sign up each child individually, and please be sure to feed your child(ren) dinner before they come.
 
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MOTHER SON EVENT
 
The BFA PTO presents Momapalooza! This exciting mother/son event will be held from 5:30 - 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, at BFA. Please join us while we rock out with dinner, an obstacle course, dancing and more. Tickets are $20 per mother/son couple, and $10 for each additional son. Tickets will be available online at the BFA store beginning tomorrow, March 31. They will be available until Tuesday, April 25, and will not be sold at the door.  
STEM
AFTER SCHOOL STEM CLUB 
   
Does your student love science? Beginning April 10, Mrs. Lewicki will be offering a STEM club on Mondays from 4-5 p.m. for six weeks. This club is for students in grades 3-5 who are science lovers, mathematicians and/or kids who just love to build and experiment. They will be studying the science of centripetal force by making spinners, inertia by making pendulums and friction by creating marble runways. Every  Monday  is sure to be packed full of scientific exploration and fun. The cost for the club is $60, and spots are limited. Email Mrs. Lewicki if you have any questions. Check your schedule today, as registration will be open next week.  
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HELP PLAN NEXT SCHOOL YEAR'S BASH
 
The PTO is beginning to plan for next school year's major fundraiser, the BENef it Bash. The Bash is a fun event that brings our community together to raise money for our school. The last BENefit Bash was an overwhelming success with more than $86,000 (gross) raised. The PTO needs your help to ensure the continued success of this important event so please take a few moments to review this flier . There are many volunteer opportunities available with a range of responsibilities--both during the planning phases and for the night of the event. Email   the PTO to let them know if there is a committee that interests you.  
Bens Brigade
SAVE THE DATE FOR BEN'S BRIGADE PICNIC
   
Ben's Brigade will hold its First Annual Park/Picnic Outing from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at Redstone Park (3280 Redstone Park Cir, Littleton). More details to follow.
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BFA DESTINATION IMAGINATION TEAMS 
 
Congratulations again to the Destination ImagiNation (DI) teams who competed in the South Metro Tournament earlier this month. Save the date to watch two of our teams, BFA Believers and Kitty Litter, participate in the state competition on Saturday, April 22, at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Competition times are not available yet, but we'll be sure to share them when they become available. 

Check out our BFA DI teams:


Team Name: BFA Believers  
Team Members: Tyler Sunahara, Evan McDermott, Anson Washeck, Mina Poleschook, Brynna West and Siva Sundaresh
Team Manager: Amy Sunahara and Missy Washeck
 
 
Team Name: Colorful Monkeys Go Bananas with Awesome New Tigers
Team Members: Caleb Olson, Aubrie Titus, Natalia Poleschook, Makenna Washeck, Tea Sunahara and Bryn McDermott 
Team Manager: Genevieve Gibson and James McDermott 
 

Team Name:
 The Fat Hippos with a Side of Salted Caramel 
Team Members: Lane Taylor, Cassidy Curtis, Elise Foss, Kaleb Weaver and Ashlyn Hayden
Team Manager: Sara Robertson and Michelle Hayden
 
 
Team Name: Fluffy Pink Unicorns Dancing on Rainbows  
Team Members: Nate Watson, Kaia Watson, Madeline Blum, Zaiah Olson, Zachary Ligrani, Jacob Farmer and Liliana Molieri
Team Manager: Jodi Watson
 

Team Name:
 Kitty Litter 
Team Members: Tristan Bettis, Matthew Thiessen, Rosan Mansingh and Anthony Ligrani
Team Manager: Sarah Bettis 
 
 
Team Name: Super Snackers 
Team Members: Sophia Bettis, Mary Kodenkandath, Sahithi Mathukumilli, Sreehitha Sajja, Emma Thiessen and Kaitlyn Blum   
Team Manager: Sara Bettis   
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HEALTH ROOM REMINDERS 
 
TYLENOL PROTOCOL 2016-17
  Following are BFA's procedures regarding the administration of Tylenol and/or acetaminophen.
  • Tylenol cannot be administered from the Health Office without a medical order from the doctor, signed by both the doctor and a parent.
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL (6-8) can carry a ONE DAY supply of an over-the-counter pain reliever (Tylenol/Ibuprofen) in its original packaging. Please do not send in large bottles of the medication.
FEVER
If a student has had a fever of 100 degrees or more, they can only return to school after being fever free (without the use of any fever reducing medicine) for 24 hours. 
 
ESSENTIAL OIL POLICY
Per Douglas County School District, no essential oils or homeopathic remedies can be administered by our Health Room staff or be carried by students. Please use these at home only. The oils may cause allergic reactions to other students or staff.
DCEF
GET YOUR DCSD DISCOUNTED TICKETS
  
DCSD Appreciation Day with the Colorado Rockies  (vs. LA Dodgers) OPENING WEEKEND!! 
Sunday, April 9, at 1:10 p.m.
Coors Field 
2001 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205
$16 upper level, $24 lower level
Click here to order.  
 
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
April 21 - May 7
1101 13th St, Denver, CO 80204 
$35 tickets (Promo code DCSD)
Limited tickets available!
Click here to order.
 
Community Night with the Colorado Mammoth (vs. Saskatchewan Rush)
Friday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m.
Pepsi Center 
1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204
$15 Upper Level and $23 Lower Level
Click here to order.
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.
Tonight, March 30

MomsNightOut
MOM'S NIGHT OUT  
 
Your BFA PTO will be hosting a Mom's Night Out for ALL BFA MOMS from 5:30 - 8 p.m. tonight, March 30. Join us at Hacienda Colorado (5066 S Wadsworth Blvd.) for a wonderful night of tacos, socializing, and FUN!  

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MIDDLE SCHOOL SKATE CITY  
 
The Student Council has organized a middle school (ONLY) event from 6 - 8 p.m. tonight, March 30, at Skate City (5801 S. Lowell Way). 

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MIDDLE SCHOOL ORIENTATION FOR NEW BFA FAMILIES 
 
New BFA families have been invited to attend a special middle school orientation beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Large BFA Gym.   
Friday, March 31

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PARENTS NIGHT OUT
 
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. Childcare will run from 6 - 9 p.m. and is just $5 per child.
April 3 - 7

BFA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTIONS  
 
Voting by the Parent Voting Group for the two (2) open, elected seats will take place electronically beginning on  Monday, April 3, and continuing through Friday, April 7 . Each family within the Parent Voting Group can vote for one candidate for each available elected seat.  
Tuesday, April 4

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CEC MEETING 
 
The Community Events Committee (CEC) will meet from 6 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, in the BFA Library
Wednesday, April 5

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FORMAL UNIFORM DAY
 
The first Wednesday of each month is Formal Uniform Day. Students should wear a navy polo with the BFA logo and tan pants, shorts, skirt or a skort.   

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FOURTH GRADE MUSICAL - MUSIC AND ME 
 
Discover how Jacob and his friends find the music again as they explore the basic tools of melody, rhythm, harmony, tone, form and expression. Don't miss this exciting fourth grade musical at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, in the BFA gym. 

STEM
STEM COMMITTEE MEETING
 
There is a STEM Committee meeting from 5:30 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, in the Sanders Science Lab. All are welcome to attend.
Friday, April 7

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SPIRIT WEAR DAY 
 
Friday, April 7, is Spirit Wear Day. Students can wear their spirit day T-shirts, a field day T-shirt from a prior year or their Apex Fun Run T-shirt.  

PIRATE AND PRINCESS PIZZA COSTUME PARTY
 
Sign your student up for the Pirates and Princesses Costume Pizza Night from 6:30 - 9 p.m. on Friday, April 7, at BFA! This exciting event is for BFA students in preschool through fifth grade, and tickets are only $10. There are games and activities for kids of all ages, and each student will receive one piece of pizza and one drink.  
Additional Upcoming Events: BFA Calendar
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CONTACT US:
Ben Franklin Academy
2270 Plaza Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Main Office: (720) 383-4519 info@bfacademy.org 
Attendance: (720) 432-9239 attendance@bfacademy.org 
Fax: (303) 974-1738
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.