Vol. 9, Iss. 10
March 14, 2019
 
Dear Parents,

I hope everyone has enjoyed the snow days and has stayed safe. I've lived here my entire life, and this was one I'll remember for awhile. The wind is still whistling at my house as I write this.
 
Thank you for your support of Student Council's Charity week. I know it was cut a bit short because of the snow days, so let's really make tomorrow count!  
 
The staff is doing our best to support charity week as well. At the beginning of the year, staff could elect to pay a dollar each Monday and wear jeans to school. This year we collected close to $2,200! We are excited to help make a senior's dream come true by donating to Wish of a Lifetime!
 
Many people have been asking about our 'snow day limit.' We haven't had a year recently where we've had three snow days. So far, we are still within our allotment of days and the last day of school has not changed. 
 
I can't believe next week is already spring break. I'm headed to Arizona to catch some baseball and I'm looking forward to the sunshine. I hope you all have a fun and safe week!

Sincerely,

Diana Simpson

THREE DI TEAMS ADVANCE TO STATE 
 
Congratulations to all of the BFA teams that competed in the  Destination Imagination (DI) South Metro Regional Tournament last Saturday (pictured here). The teams and their team managers literally put in HUNDREDS of hours to prepare for the Regional Tournament. They did their best and performed excellently at the competition. THREE BFA teams are moving forward to the State Competition on April 6!  
 
The teams advancing - all in the Engineering Challenge, Monster Effects - are as follows:
  • First Place: Elementary Level, Kolorful Koalas (Team Name): Sam Egolf, Caleb Olson, Téa Sunahara and Makenna Washeck. Team Managers: Amy and Jason Sunahara
  • Second Place: Elementary Level, Served with a Side of Fries (Team Name): Cooper Akin, Madeline Blum, Deagan Clendening, Megan Heckwolf, Benjamin LaSelle, Matthew LaSelle and Caleb Wilcox. Team Managers: Darick and Lynda LaSelle
  • Second Place: Middle Level, BFA STARs (Team Name): Aidan Murphy, Reed Richardson, Sreehitha Sajja and Tyler Sunahara. Team Managers: Amy and Jason Sunahara
Save the date to watch our teams participate in the state competition on Saturday, April 6 , at Metropolitan State University of Denver. We'll share competition times as soon as they are available.

Sunshine
DRESS OF CHOICE 
 
Friday, March 15, is a Dress of Choice Day for students who have not received two uniform violations since the last Dress of Choice Day.  

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NO SCHOOL FOR SPRING BREAK 
 
There will be no school March 18 - 22, as students will be on Spring Break.  

BENefit Bash
WANT TO HELP WITH THE 2019 BENEFIT BASH?  
 
We'd love your help connecting with local businesses and donors to gather great items for the BENefit Bash auctions. Do you know of businesses that we should connect with? Or, do you have contacts willing to make donations? Would you like to donate an auction item for the BENefit Bash? Join the procurement team! We are a fun group and have many roles, both small and large, for all who would like to help!  
Interested?  Join us at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, March 15, at the Starbucks inside SuperTarget, or at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 25, (location to be determined), as we begin planning for the 2019 Bash auction item procurement. Please email Rachelle Calahan, Benefit Bash procurement committee manager, for meeting locations, to get on our email distribution list, and with your questions or suggestions.

DIRECTORY ON TAP UPDATE 
 
There's a new version of Directory On Tap (DOT), our School Directory and Info App. Upon installing the new update from The App Store (for iPhone/iPad) and Google Play (for Android), you will have the ability to set your own password. Here is a summary of the new features:
  • Set your own password - click on RESET PASSWORD. A one-time security code will be sent to your email. Check your SPAM folder if you don't receive this code immediately. Password must be at least six characters in length and are case sensitive. No special symbols or numbers are required.
  • There is a larger Alphabetical Index.
  • School Resources are now under 'Community Directory and School Info' tab.
More detailed instruction are listed on DOT Install Tips. As always, please send an email
to Directory on Tap if you need any support.  

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TOMORROW FINAL DAY OF CHARITY WEEK
 
This year, the BFA Student Council has selected " Wish of a Lifetime
as the charity for which to raise funds. The charity's mission is, "to shift the way society views and values our oldest generations by fulfilling seniors' dreams and sharing their stories to inspire those of all ages." Our goal this year is to raise more than $7,000 to grant a senior's lifelong wish. We have ONE MORE DAY so let's make it count!

Penny Wars:
Friday - Bring in dollar bills (or any denomination) to support our seniors. If you still have change to donate--that's fine too!
 
Skate City Social (all school):  
We've rescheduled our Skate City Social to May 15. We'll still pan to skate from 6-8 p.m. for a $5 admission fee and $2.50 skate rental. Food will be available for purchase.
 
Middle School Dodgeball for Dollars and Pizza Lunch: Friday, March 15  
$5 per player, per dodgeball team (students may play on more than one team)
Pizza lunch - see options on myschoolbucks 
Donations appreciated from spectators, $5 suggested donation
Payments can be made on  myschoolbucks.  
 
Let's dig deep and make a wish of a lifetime come true for a deserving senior citizen!  

Teacher
APPRECIATE YOUR TEACHER WITH SCRIP 
 
This Spring, the BFA community will have the opportunity to participate in staff gifting with SCRIP. The donations to each teacher/staff member are consolidated, which allows us to provide them with meaningful gifts.
 
Families will be able to place SCRIP orders via the BFA store and pay by credit card. Collections will take place Apr. 13-19. Participation in the SCRIP program is completely voluntary.
 
The gifts will be given to the staff during Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week, the week of May 6, and will be in lieu of any other class gift/collection. Look for more information in future newsletters regarding details on how to contribute to your favorite staff members' gifts! 
 
Questions? Visit the PTO webpage or contact Rachael Hamburger, SCRIP coordinator.

PLEASE READ ABOUT OUR BOARD NOMINEES     
 
If you missed the Board Forum earlier this week, there's still time to learn more about our three Board nominees, Bryan Molen, Sarah Nisbet and Jason Page. 

Please read more about each nominee, and
be ready to vote for the Seat 3, Class B, director. Voting will take place April 5-12, via electronic ballot.  

We hope all BFA families will actively participate in the Board election process this year!

BFA Summer Camp
SUMMER CAMP IS BACK!   
 
It's hard to believe, but it's time to start thinking about summer camp!
 
If you need full-time day care for the summer, want to schedule your own summer break, or are looking for a safe, fun way for your student to connect with other Ben Franklin Academy kids, then please sign up for Summer Camp! We'll keep your kids busy, safe and entertained. And, there's the added benefit that our summer camp is staffed by people you know, trust, and who genuinely care about your kids.
 
Program Details
Dates: May 29 - August 9; Closed July 1-5
Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Days: Monday through Friday
Summer Camp is open to any currently enrolled BFA student 5-years old and above. Your child must be 5 on or before May 29 to participate.
 
Costs:
Registration - $35/per child, one-time Registration Fee (All registered campers will receive a camp t-shirt and day pack)
Daily Tuition - $35/day/child for non-field trip days and $50/day/child for field trip days
Watch for the summer camp calendar which will be available beginning April 2019.
 
If you have any questions please email Leigh Savoy or Janet Harlow. Initial registration begins March 7. Go to MySchoolBucks or click here to register.
 

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR MORNING WITH MOMS! 
 
It's time for one of our favorite BFA traditions--Morning with Moms! BFA's Community Events Committee (CEC) is honored to host students and their moms from 7-8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, in the Lightning Gym for coffee, juice and sweet treats.

This event is popular, so please arrive early and park in the overflow lot as not to disrupt carpool. Moms must remain with their children in the gym until 7:45 a.m.; after that time, they can send their student(s) to their classroom(s). Please note, class will begin at the usual time so kids should be in class at 8:10 a.m. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you there! 

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THE BFA PTO NEEDS YOU! YES, YOU! 
 
Are you interested in helping BFA while connecting with others who are passionate about our school? If so, we hope you'll consider becoming a member of the PTO team! When you volunteer with the PTO, you make a real, meaningful difference at BFA and build lasting relationships with other BFA parents. We have big roles and small roles and roles where you can volunteer from home or at school. We've got something for everyone. All we're missing is YOU!
 
Nominations for PTO positions are now open! If you or someone you know would be a great fit, please visit the  PTO website and submit your nomination using the "PTO Elections" link.
 
PTO elections are April 22-26. For more information on the PTO and what we do, including open positions, please visit the PTO website or email Mollie Anderson, PTO president.

PTO STORE OPEN FOR SPIRIT WEAR
 
The PTO is excited to announce that the online BFA Store is
now open! From now until April 15, you'll be able to purchase new short-sleeved tees and stainless steel BFA water bottles along with all your other favorite BFA spirit wear items. All items purchased will be delivered to the classroom and sent home with your student.

BENefit Bash
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2019 BENEFIT BASH 
   
The BENefit Bash will be the PTO's primary fundraiser next school year. This biennial event has been a BFA tradition since before the school opened in 2011. Parents look forward to a night out with friends as well as an opportunity to support the school through a silent and live auction.  We hope you'll save the date for the next Bash, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26. 
 
f you have additional questions, would like more information, or want to start volunteering today, please contact Julia Porterfield, PTO fundraising coordinator. 

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THIRD GRADE FAMILIES - PLEASE VOLUNTEER IN MARCH
 
THIRD GRADE FAMILIES--please volunteer in carpool this March! To help fill crucial carpool volunteer roles, we're asking  parents in each grade level to make a special effort to volunteer one month of the school year. 

In March, we'd like our third grade families to sign up for open volunteer spots in carpool. If you don't have a third grade student, but enjoy volunteering in carpool--WE STILL NEED YOU so please consider signing up today. Just log into  HelpCounter and click on ' Check for Upcoming Opportunities.' 

LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR AFTER SCHOOL ZUMBA!  
 
A new, FUN after school activity is being offered by our very own Ms. Whelan! Our fourth and fifth grade, as well as our middle school students are invited to sign up for Zumba!

Zumba takes the "work" out of "workout" by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval style dance fitness party. It is a total workout combining elements of cardio, muscle conditioning, as well as balance and flexibility, boosting your overall energy.
Sessions run from now until May 16 and are $25.
  • Grades 4 and 5: Tuesdays 3:30-4:15 p.m. in the Middle School Commons
  • Middle School: Thursdays 3:30-4:15 p.m. in the Middle School Commons
Register today via MySchoolBucks!

PUT YOUR SCHOOL PRIDE ON DISPLAY! 
 
GO BOLTS! Show your school pride by placing a BFA Bolts sign in your yard. There is a limited quantity of yard signs left, and they are being sold for only $10 each. 
 
After you place your order on the BFA Store, the sign will be delivered to your student at school. Now that the snow is starting to melt and spring is in the air, it's a great time to display your school spirit in your yard!

Lost and Found
LOST AND FOUND WILL BE DONATED NEXT WEEK     
 
The Lost and Found pile is growing again! Please stop by next time you are at the school and look to see if your family has a sweater, sweatshirt, coat, etc. sitting in the Lost and Found. Items will be donated in March during Spring Break.
Yearbook
 
TIME TO PURCHASE YOUR 2018-19 YEARBOOK
 
There's only one month left to purchase your yearbook! This year, the only way to purchase a yearbook is through our vendor, Walsworth. We will not be offering yearbook sales at any other events throughout the year. Sales end March 31, and the cost is $36 per book.
 
You may also order a dedication (or ad) for your student through Walsworth's website. What a fun way to help commemorate a great school year!
 
Order and pay for your 2018-19 yearbook and/or dedication today.

Camera
NEED PARENT PHOTOGRAPHERS
 
We need your help with pictures for the yearbook! We  need more candid pictures --including past events such as Harvest Festival, after school activities, middle school sports, field trips etc.  Earn some volunteer time and click here to upload photos.  The code is 'YEARBOOK2019.'

School
ATTENTION EIGHTH GRADE FAMILIES
 
As you prepare for your eighth grader's high school enrollment, you may need to request transcripts and/or other records. If that's the case, please email our registrar, Colleen Bobbin, and let her know exactly what the high school requires. (They should specify which records are needed, and understanding their exact requirements will eliminate delays in processing.)
 
It takes some time to gather all the necessary documents, so please allow three business days (72 hours) to complete the request. Once the student's packet has been completed, the registrar will email the requesting parent and leave the packet at the front desk for pick up. 

Spanish
BEFORE SCHOOL ELEMENTARY SPANISH
 
Is your elementary student interested in learning Spanish? If so, our middle school Spanish teacher,  Señora Connell, is offering a Spanish class for elementary students . You can sign up for classes by the month; the cost for this activity is $50 per student (less on shorter months).
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  • Kindergarten, first and second grade will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8 a.m.
  • Third, fourth and fifth grade will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 8 a.m.
Y ou can sign up for one month at a time; classes continue through the end of May and follow the regular BFA school calendar for breaks/days off. Sign up today through My School Bucks! Please  contact  Señora Connell with any questions. 

ROCK
GOT SOMEONE OR SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE?
RENT THE ROCK! 
 
Have a birthday to celebrate or a team to cheer on? Then rent the Spirit Rock! You've probably already seen the fun messages painted on the rock, and it's just $15 per day for you to display your message.
 
For more information on how to rent and paint the rock, visit the PTO webpage. If you have questions, email  Sara Hope , spirit rock committee manager. 

MAKE YOUR STUDENT'S BIG DAY SPECIAL--SEND A BIRTHDAY BAG 
 
Order your birthday bags today and help our eighth graders who are going to Washington, D.C. next spring. For just $10, our eighth graders will deliver a bag of goodies (no food included) to your child's classroom and surprise him or her with a special Happy Birthday song. We're happy to celebrate half birthdays too! Bags are available for purchase on the BFA online store. Please order early to ensure delivery on your child's special day.   
 
NEW SPRING EVENTS! GET YOUR DISCOUNT TICKETS TODAY  
 
The Foundation for Douglas County Schools  Community Events Program  is out with their latest fundraisers; check out their spring flier! The Foundation works with our community event partners to provide substantially discounted tickets to cultural venues and sporting events; and, best of all, your ticket purchases benefit DCSD. Go to their website for the latest information on discount tickets. 
Friday, March 15
 

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DRESS OF CHOICE 
 
Friday, March 15, is a Dress of Choice Day for students who have not received two uniform violations since the last Dress of Choice Day.  

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CHARITY WEEK    
 
Let's raise money for deserving senior citizens!

Penny Wars: Bring dollars and/or change on Friday
Skate City Social (all school): Reschedule for May 15.  
Middle School Dodgeball for Dollars and Pizza Lunch: Friday, March 15  
$5 per player, per dodgeball team (students may play on more than one team)
$5 for pizza lunch
Donations appreciated from spectators, $5 suggested donation
Payments can be made on  myschoolbucks.   

March 18-22
 

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NO SCHOOL FOR SPRING BREAK 
 
There will be no school March 18 - 22, as students will be on Spring Break.  
Additional Upcoming Events: BFA Calendar
Middle School:  Athletics 
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.