Vol. 8, Iss. 16
May 3, 2018

Dear Parents,

I can't believe we've entered our last month of school! There are so many exciting and fun things happening this month, I know it will just fly by. As we head into our last few weeks of school, I'd like to bring a few things to your attention.
 
Carpool:  While carpool works well, we're continuously focused on implementing strategies to improve the efficiency of this process while maintaining the safety of students, volunteers and staff. To that end, we will be trying something new next week during afternoon carpool. This will only impact zone B (the lane furthest west), and will only happen during our first release of students. The rest of carpool will not change. Starting next Monday, the second load scanned in zone B, will be directed into the upper parking lot and cars will queue there while waiting for their children. There will be additional staff members available to help direct traffic. We'll begin loading this line immediately after the fist load in B is released. The rest of carpool will run normally. We're hoping that by loading an extra 20 cars when carpool begins, we will shorten the duration of carpool and decrease the line of cars waiting on Plaza. If this works well, we'll implement it permanently next school year. (And, by testing it now, we can effectively train new families on how carpool works.) Please note:  We may forego this second queue in bad weather or on days when there are too many cars parked in the overflow lot due to school activities.
 
Early pick-up:  We are seeing an increase in the amount of students being picked up between 2:30 and 3 p.m. This is very disruptive to classrooms, and students who leave early are consistently missing out on vital instruction. In fact, several of our teachers recently asked me to mention their concerns to the parent community. Your students really are learning right up until the school day is over, so if students are leaving early, then they are not getting all the information they may need for their classes.
 
Late drop off:  We also are seeing an increase in the number of students who are being dropped off after 8:15 a.m. each day. These students also are missing important classroom information and their late arrival is disruptive to teachers and other students. While working morning carpool, I have noticed there's a 'sweet spot' for dropping kids off--between 7:50 and 8 a.m. there is usually no line at all, and cars move freely through carpool. Between 8 and 8:10 a.m., we get a rush and the line usually backs up a bit. If you are just getting onto the property at 8:10, most likely your student(s) will be tardy to class. I'd suggest trying to get here by 8 a.m., and you'll miss the line all together.
 
Parking:  Please only park in designated spaces. You should not park along curbs, in a spot designated for someone else (e.g. Volunteer of the Month), or in open areas in either parking lot. During the next couple of weeks we will have a lot of extra people on campus helping out with Field Days and other events. It is important that handicapped spaces are left up open for people who need them and that cars are parked in marked spaces only.
 
Thank you for your help with all of these things. I know the next few weeks will go fast, but with your help, we are going to finish the year strong!

Sincerely,
 
Diana Simpson

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SPIRIT DAY
 

Friday, May 4, is a BFA Spirit Day. Students may wear their Spirit Wear shirts, a field day T-shirt from a prior year, or a Fun Run t-shirt.  


TEACHER AND STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK, MAY 7-11
 
Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is next week!  Everyone can participate in making the week special for our favorite BFA people. If you'd like to know more, click here, and be on the lookout for a flier coming home today, outlining the fun activities for teachers and staff.  It's going to be a fun week!

2018 Field Day
HIP, HIP, HORRAY--NEXT WEEK IS FIELD DAY!

Next week, we'll be hosting Field Day for our elementary students. Our theme for Field Day this year is Seuss! This is a more competitive field day with each group gaining points for their class at each station. At the end of the day we'll calculate which class earned the most points within each grade level.  Each Field Day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and finish at 11:30 a.m. Below are the specific dates:
  • Fourth and fifth grades: Wednesday, May 9
  • Second and third grades: Thursday, May 10
  • Kindergarten and first grade: Friday, May 11
For Field Day your student should wear this year's Field Day T-shirt, shorts or athletic pants, and tennis shoes. They'll need to bring a water bottle and apply sunscreen before they come to school. 

For the safety of our students, we need to be sure that EVERY PERSON who is on our campus volunteering or watching Field Day has had their license scanned THIS SCHOOL YEAR. All parents will need to check in at the front office to pick up their badges or have their license scanned to obtain a badge. All visitors will need to wear their badge during the events. 
 
You may come to the school before Field Day to have your license scanned and have your official volunteer badge issued; if you are planning to do so, please stop by between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. any day prior to Field Day.

Special thanks to Olivia Velasco for creating the artwork for the Field Day T-shirts!

We are super excited for a fun field day!

DI FUNDRAISERS: MAY THE FOURTH (AND OTTER POPS) BE WITH YOU
 
BFA's  THREE Destination Imagination (DI) teams still need your help in getting to  Global Finals. The best way? Participating in the following fundraisers:
   
MAY THE FOURTH Frozen Treat Sale: TOMORROW, Friday, May 4, Second Recess
So Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Yoda won't be at BFA tomorrow for May the Fourth, but the next best thing will--OTTER POPS! DI team members and parents will be at school on Friday, May 4, selling Otter Pops for $1 each  during second recess to all grades (and during middle school recess). If your child would like to participate, please make sure they hold onto their frozen treat money until second recess for purchase. Single bills are greatly appreciated! (Otter Pops are gluten free and have no artificial colors or flavors.)
 
Ben Franklin Bolting Fundraiser: Through Friday, May 18
Did you know that the BFA grade that has the greatest percentage of BOLTS ordered gets a CRAZY HAT DAY later this month? Wait. Let us say that again. Crazy Hat Day. For the grade with the highest percentage of bolts. How?
 
"Bolt" a fellow BFA family via the Ben Franklin Bolting Fundraiser for a tax-deductible donation of $25 to the BFA PTO and cover the lawn of BFA families with a dozen (12) Ben Franklin Lightning Bolts! Place an order on the BFA Store and enter the address of the family you want to bolt. When you enter the bolted family's address, you remain anonymous or let 'em know who bolted them. The DI teams will place the BFA "bolts" in the family's yard for which you paid. Then the family who is "bolted" can choose to have the "bolts" moved to another lawn for $25 by placing an order on the BFA Store to keep the fun going. The DI teams will remove the "bolts" the following evening regardless of giving a donation. Let's be Frank(lin) about it - bolting is fun!
 
Plus, did we mention that the grade with the highest percentage of participants in bolting will win a CRAZY HAT DAY? Congratulations to FOURTH GRADE, who is holding strong to their lead!
 
Note: You will need the address of the family you'd like to "bolt."  Helpful hint: Use the Directory On Tap app to look up an address to "bolt." DI teams can only deliver to families currently attending BFA. They cannot deliver to a public space or a townhouse, condo or apartment complex. Please
email   Missy Washeck  with any questions.

Donate to BFA's DI Teams
If you would like to make a donation directly to BFA's DI Global Finals-bound teams, you can. For more information, contact Amy Sunahara.
 
At the end of May, BFA's three DI teams will travel to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to compete among 1,500 teams (approximately 8,000 participants) from 20 different countries. The cost to attend Global Finals is about $1,500 per student. DI is a creative problem-solving program that integrates STEAM principles and teaches 21st century skills, including leadership, teamwork, positive thinking and project management.
 
Thank you for supporting the BFA DI teams!

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GET INVOLVED IN YOUR STUDENT'S CLASSROOM NEXT YEAR
 
The PTO is looking for Room Parents for next school year! Being a Room Parent is a fun way to get your volunteer 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 Tenhundfeld, co-room parent coordinators, K-5.  

Volleyball
SIGN UP NOW FOR SUMMER VOLLEYBALL CAMP

Attention all 2018-19 incoming fifth through eighth grade girls and boys--summer volleyball camp registration is now open for current and incoming BFA students! Options include a week-long camp as well as evening skills clinics.  The camp and clinics are the week of July 9 in the Thunder Gym. All camp information can be found on this flier or on the middle school athletics page under girls or boys volleyball.  Please read all information before registering.  
 
Participation is encouraged for those who are interested in representing the Bolts on the court for the 2018-19 school year!    
 
Know any current high school players? We are looking for high school players to volunteer at camp and earn volunteer hours that some high schools require. Interested individuals should  email Coach Haufschild.
 
Parents of campers, if you are interested in earning some early volunteer hours towards the 2018-19 school year, please sign up here to volunteer.
 
Register your camper on the BFA Homepage, Payments, Middle School Sports.

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Haufschild.


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FIRST MEETING FOR 2018-19 D.C. FUNDRAISING 

Have you been checking out all the great pictures from our eighth graders in Washington, D.C.? Our current seventh grade class is already thinking about their trip, so if you'd like to find out more about the fundraising ideas for next year, plan on attending a meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, at the Starbucks inside Target (1265 Sergeant Jon Stiles Dr.). 

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MAY USED UNIFORM SALE
 
Have your kids had a growth spurt or are you ready to get new uniforms for next year? If so, mark your calendars for the upcoming Used Uniform Sale from 9 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, in the Lightning Gym.

If you would like to sell your uniforms, please be sure your items are tagged and brought to the front office with the inventory form no later than Thursday, May 17. Please follow the tagging instructions and complete the inventory form. Please note that no items will be held after the sale. Any unsold items will need to be picked up between 12-1 p.m. after the sale.
 
If you would like to shop at the uniform sale, please note that we only accept cash or check. We have uniforms in all sizes and genders, so be sure to check it out! If you would like to volunteer to help with the sale, please visit the SignUp Genius.

LIBRARY BOOK RETURNS

ALL library books need to be returned by Friday, May 11, so please remind your child to bring their books on/by that date. Fines will be assessed beginning Wednesday, May 16, if books are not turned in. The library will be closed for borrowing the last two weeks of school. Thank you!

BFA'S FINANCE COMMITTEE LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS
 
The Finance Committee is looking for volunteers with a background in finance or accounting. Volunteers will review school financials and budgets, recommend and manage the school's auditor, and make other financial policy recommendations to the board. Attending monthly meetings and working on special projects, members can expect to volunteer 1-3 hours a month. With two long-time members wishing to open the door for newer family involvement, this is a great opportunity to fill a meaningful role on this important BFA committee. Contact Roger Nagel for more information.

PUBLIC LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM

The Douglas County Libraries will be doing their summer reading program again this year! The program runs June 2-31 and registration starts May 1. As an added bonus, Douglas County Libraries Foundation will give $250 each to the elementary, middle and high school that signs up the most readers for the library's Summer Reading Program.  Look for a flier in your child's Thursday folder or visit their  website  for more information.

BFA Summer Camp
SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULES AVAILABLE NOW
 
Ben Franklin Academy is offering an exciting Summer Camp program again this year.  The 2018 summer camp calendars are finished and ready for parents to view (see below for details).
 
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 30 - Aug. 10 (closed the week of  July 4th)
Hours:  7 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Days:  Monday through  Friday
Summer Camp is open to any BFA student age 5-years-old and above.
 
Program Costs
Registration: There is a $35.00/per child one-time registration fee. All registered campers will receive a camp T-shirt and day pack.
Daily Tuition: The cost of the camp is $35/day/child for non-field trip days and $50/day/child for field trip days.

Program Schedule
This year the schedule will not be posted on the BFA website. If you would like to view the calendars, please  email  Summer Camp or  contact  Mrs. Savoy directly and they will happily send them to you. 

Initial and daily registration is now open, so get signed up today! If you have any questions about the summer camp program, please feel free to  email us. It is going to be another fun summer at BFA!

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SUMMER CHEMISTRY CAMP 
 
What:  Chemistry Camp!
When:  9 a.m. - noon, June 25-29
Where:  Ben Franklin Academy, Sanders Science Lab
Cost:  $125 per student for camp
 
Curious about Chemistry? Come and discover some of the basic principles of chemistry through laboratory exercises and experimentation. Grow your own edible crystals, make ice cream with carbon dioxide, and explore how the substances of the world interact with each other. Join Mrs. MacDonald, and your fellow classmates as we strive to uncover the unseen mysteries of the world around us! The camp is open to middle school kids, including incoming sixth graders and outgoing eighth graders.  Register  today, or email Mrs. MacDonald  with any questions!

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REMINDERS FROM THE REGISTRAR
 
If you do not plan to re-enroll at BFA for the 2018-19 school year, it's time to notify us in writing by sending an  email to  Rachelle Patterson , registrar. It's helpful to know who may be leaving for planning purposes, and parent/guardian confirmation is required before student records are forwarded to a new school. 
 
If you have recently moved, please bring your proof of residency to change your address in the system or email it to the registrar. One of the following will be required:
  • Lease Agreement
  • Purchase Agreement
  • Tax Notice
  • Warranty Deed
  • Deed of Trust

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WE HAVE A DEAL FOR YOU!
     
DCSD Community Day with the Colorado Rapids
Tickets Still on sale for alternate game, Sunday Apr 29th at 2 pm vs. Orlando City SC
Tickets only $20
 
DCSD Community Days at Elitch Gardens
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 1 - 3
Tickets ONLY $27.99
 (Regular Admission is $54.99)
SPECIAL OFFER:  Purchase your ticket by May 31, 2018 and receive a FREE RETURN TICKET to the park.
 
DCSD Appreciation Day with the Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona  Diamondbacks
Saturday, June 9 at 5:15 pm
Tickets staring at $16
Use promo code DCSD

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EARN MONEY FOR BFA WHILE YOU SHOP
Did you know you can earn money for BFA each time you shop at King Soopers and Safeway? Buy 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.) 
 
How? 
Simply  order a dedicated BFA King Soopers and/or Safeway gift card from the BFA Store, and use it to buy your groceries. Then, re-load your King Soopers or Safeway gift card at Customer Service or at the register before you scan your first item.
 
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. 
 
Ordering your King Soopers and Safeway cards is easy!
Just 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.
 
Need a new card?
If it's been a while since you used your card, and it's been left with a zero balance, your card will expire! Please  order a new card through the store, as the zero balance card will no longer give rebates back to BFA.
 
The King Soopers and Safeway fundraising programs donate five percent of your purchases back to the school. BFA raised more than $5,500 through this program last year! 
 
For more information or questions,   email   Rachel Molieri, PTO spirit wear and grocery card coordinator.

The Parent Teacher Organization highlights a volunteer each month who has gone above and beyond in his/her contributions to the school. This volunteer receives recognition in the school newsletter and on the school website. S/he also has the privilege or parking in the reserved volunteer of the month parking space.

For the month of May, the Destination Imagination (DI) Team Managers have been selected as the Ben Franklin Academy volunteers of the month. They are being recognized for leading a successful program and having a positive impact on the children they coach. In addition, DI serves as great marketing for both our school and the STEM program. 
For all the time and effort they put into their teams' work throughout the school year, we'd like to say THANK YOU!
Since the program began in the 2012-13, approximately 200 BFA students have participated in Destination Imagination. During the past six years, 44 BFA DI teams have competed in the South Metro Regional Tournament and 15 BFA DI teams have competed at the State Tournament. This year alone, five of our teams competed at State with three continuing on to the Global Finals.
 
According to Team Manager Amy Sunahara, "For a school that has been in existence for only seven years, to have this kind of success in one program is significant. But the teams couldn't do it without the support of their Team Managers, adults who spend hundreds of hours volunteering their time - thousands of hours since DI has been at BFA - to teach kids the skills they need to learn to compete in DI (and ones they will continue to use throughout their education, careers and life in general)."
 
Following are the 2017-18 DI mangers:   Doug Blum, Kimberly Blum, Darick LaSelle, Lynda LaSelle, Amy Sunahara, Jason Sunahara, Jessica Thiessen, John Thiessen and Missy Washeck .
 
Congratulations, Team DI! Good luck at Globals and thank you again for all you do for our school!
Friday, May 4

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SPIRIT DAY
 

Friday, May 4, is a BFA Spirit Day. Students may wear their Spirit Wear shirts, a field day T-shirt from a prior year, or a Fun Run t-shirt.  


FROZEN TREAT SALE AT SECOND RECESS
 
The DI team will be at school on Friday, May 4, selling Otter Pops for $1 each during second recess to all grades (and during middle school recess). If your child would like to participate, please make sure they hold onto their frozen treat money until second recess for purchase. Single bills are greatly appreciated. 
Monday, May 7 - Friday, May 11

TEACHER AND STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK
 
Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is May 7-11!  If you'd like to know more, click here, and be on the lookout for a flier coming home today, outlining the fun activities for teachers and staff. 

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BOX TOPS DUE 

It's your final opportunity to turn in Box Tops this school year. Collect all those Box Tops sitting around the house and turn them in any day next week, May 7 - 11! 
Tuesday, May 8

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FIRST MEETING FOR 2018-19 D.C. FUNDRAISING 

If you'd like to find out more about the fundraising ideas for next year, plan on attending a meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, at the Starbucks inside Target ( 1265 Sergeant Jon Stiles Dr. ). 
Wednesday, May 9

2018 Field Day
FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE FIELD DAY

Next week, we'll be hosting Field Day for our elementary students. Fourth and fifth grades will have their Field Day from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9.

For Field Day your student should wear this year's Field Day T-shirt, shorts or athletic pants, and tennis shoes. They'll need to bring a water bottle and apply sunscreen before they come to school. 
Thursday, May 10

2018 Field Day
SECOND AND THIRD GRADE FIELD DAY

Next week, we'll be hosting Field Day for our elementary students. Second and third grades will have their Field Day from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. on  Thursday, May 10.

For Field Day your student should wear this year's Field Day T-shirt, shorts or athletic pants, and tennis shoes. They'll need to bring a water bottle and apply sunscreen before they come to school. 

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FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING

The Finance Committee is meeting from 5 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, in the Dana Library. Interested in the Finance Committee? Come to the meeting and find out more about all they do to help our school.

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AFTER SCHOOL CHOIR PERFORMANCE

The after school choir groups will perform from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, on the stage in the Thunder Gym.
Friday, May 11

2018 Field Day
KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE FIELD DAY

Next week, we'll be hosting Field Day for our elementary students. Kindergarten and first grades will have their Field Day from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. on  Friday, May 11.

For Field Day your student should wear this year's Field Day T-shirt, shorts or athletic pants, and tennis shoes. They'll need to bring a water bottle and apply sunscreen before they come to school.

BFA BOARD STRATEGIC PLAN REVIEW MEETING

The BFA Board will meet from 2 - 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11, in the BFA Conference Room to review the Strategic Plan.
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.