Vol. 7, Iss. 21
June 29, 2017
Dear Parents,

I cannot believe that June is almost over! It has been a very busy month at BFA! We have some exciting changes that we would like to announce.
 
Teacher Departures:
Rhonda Walton has relocated to be closer to family, while Jean Fanning and Joyce Lewis have decided to pursue other opportunities. We appreciate all they've done for our students and wish them the best of luck in their new endeavors!
 
Staff Transitions:
-Mrs. Parsons will move to full-day kindergarten.
-Mrs. Triplett will move to first grade.
-Ms. Kinsella will move to second grade.
-Ms. Marchisio will move to third grade.
 
Staff Additions:
As we announced earlier this month, we are thrilled to have Aric Gomez and Jason Elliott join our team as the new Assistant Principals. (Click here to read the website article posted earlier this month.) In addition, we are pleased to announce that Katelyn Rooney has joined our fifth grade team and Megan Mares has joined our sixth grade team. Look for their bios to be added to the website in the near future.   

Sincerely,

Diana Simpson 
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SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS

Mr. Brook and his staff have been working around the clock this month touching up paint and waxing our floors, so that the school is fresh and clean for August. You'll also notice new stripes and arrows in the parking lot.  Thanks Mr. Brook for all your hard work!
 
You may have noticed some work being done to the field behind the playground. We are excited to announce that we will be installing a turf field during the summer! This will provide our students with a fun, safe playing surface year-round.

We will also be adding some swings to the back playground, thanks to the generosity of our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).  

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TEACHER ASSIGNMENTS

All K-5 students will receive their teacher assignments via email on Friday, July 14. All middle school students will be able to see their class schedules on the Parent Portal starting Tuesday, August 1.

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REGISTRATION REMINDERS
   
Registration will be here before we know it!  Below are some key registration reminders:
 
Carpool
Please keep your carpool tags from last year, and be sure to bring them with you to registration for the new 2017-18 validation sticker. New BFA families will receive a tag and the appropriate validation sticker during registration.  
 
Uniforms
The current uniform policy can always be found on our website under the 'Parents' tab. The last significant uniform policy changes were made this past February, and include a one school year phase-out of the blue and khaki jumper, the plaid belt, the oxford button down, and the quarter zip pullover. Those items will not be permissible under the Uniform Policy after the end of the 2017-18 school year.
 
Educational Outfitters, our uniform vendor, is having a 10 percent off sale until July 15.
 
Summer Office Hours
The front office will only be open Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until noon, except the week of July 3. 
 
Registration for 2017-18 School Year
Registration information and electives options will be emailed out to middle school families on Saturday, July 15. If you did not receive the Middle School update email sent out on June 14, please email Mrs. Simpson, as soon as possible.
 
On July 21, you'll receive a link for Express Check-In, which is the first step in the Registration Process. To complete Express Check-In, you must have an active Parent Portal and be able to access it. If you have forgotten your username or password, please click on this Frequently Asked Questions link. If you still have issues, email our registrar. Please note: families new to Douglas County School District (DCSD), will need to set up their parent portal according to the instructions sent by DCSD on July 1. 
 
Express Check-In will open on Friday, July 21, 2017. To avoid delays in your student's registration, you must complete Express Check-In and pay your student fees by Tuesday, Aug. 8 . For budgeting purposes, the fees for next school year are as follows:
  • $125, preschool
  • $120, half-day kindergarten
  • $170, grades 1-5 and full-day kindergarten students
  • $185, grades 6-8  
The second step in the registration process takes place Wednesday, Aug. 9 - Friday, Aug 11. Parents should plan on coming to BFA to complete the registration process on their assigned date (see below). It is important to complete all necessary paperwork from Express Check-In and bring it, along with your carpool tag, to registration. Keep in mind, student photos will be taken during registration, so students should wear a uniform shirt to registration. Photos for volunteer badges will also be taken during this time. Registration dates are as follows: 
 
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.
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FIFTH GRADERS NEED UPDATED IMMUNIZATIONS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR
 
According to state law, students entering sixth grade next school year must have received the Tdap vaccination to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Students entering sixth grade, and students new to BFA for grades 6-8 must show proof of immunization. Records can be dropped off in the school health office (during summer office hours), emailed to the health office, or faxed to 303-974-1738. For more information, please see this flier
 
Room Parent
ROOM PARENTS NEEDED FOR NEXT YEAR
 
T he PTO is looking for Room Parents for next school year! Being a Room Parent is a great way to get your hours in, develop a great relationship with your child's teacher and get involved in the school. If you are interested, please send an email  to 
Amanda Trenck and  Emily Tenhunfeld , co-room parent coordinators, K-5.  

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GET YOUR VOLUNTEER HOURS DONE THIS SUMMER (WITH KIDS IN TOW!)
 
The 2017 Benefit Bash, "A Night at the Speakeasy," is BFA's major fundraiser for the 2017-18 school year. Procurement for the event is in process NOW and we need YOUR HELP! There are all sorts of procurement roles available and many of the tasks can be accomplished during the summer.
 
The event will take place on Nov. 11, 2017, with preparations happening now until event night. See the attached  flier to find out how you can help.
Tuesday, July 4 

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BFA AT HIGHLANDS RANCH FOURTH OF JULY PARADE
 
Be sure to cheer LOUDLY for the BFA families representing our school in the Highlands Ranch Fourth of July Parade. If your family would like to participate in this fun event, there are a few slots left so sign up today! All you need is a smile and your favorite BFA shirt to participate (adults can wear a red/white/blue shirt.)! Thanks to the PTO and Ben's Brigade for organizing this event.
Wednesday, July 12
STEM
STEM COMMITTEE MEETING
   
The BFA Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Committee is meeting from 6:30 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, at Grist Brewing Company (9150 Commerce Center Circle, Suite 300, Highlands Ranch). All are welcome to come and learn more about BFA's STEM Committee. Grist is family and dog friendly, and there is normally a food truck onsite that serves dinner.  
Monday, August 14
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TEACHER MEET AND GREETS
   
Save the Date! Teacher meet and greets are scheduled for Monday, Aug. 14. Additional details will be sent out by your student's teacher later this summer.
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SAVE THE DATE - CEC SUMMER PICNIC
   
Be sure to mark your calendars for the  summer picnic sponsored by the Community Events Committee (CEC). It is scheduled for August 14, at Civic Green Park. More details will be shared later this summer.
Tuesday, August 15
BOARD MEETING
   
The BFA Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, in the BFA Library. All are welcome to attend.  
Wednesday, August 16
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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!
   
Wednesday, Aug. 16, is the first day of school! All students should wear their formal uniform on the first day of school. As a reminder, the formal uniform consists of a navy polo with the BFA logo and tan shorts, pants, skirt or a skort.  
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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.