Vol. 8, Iss. 15
April 26, 2018

Dear Parents,
Thespian 2018

The Arts are an important part of BFA's curriculum. Our visual and performance art programs encourage creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving and communication. In addition, they compliment our focus on science, technology, engineering and math--creating well-rounded students.
Earlier today, we formally recognized BFA students who have demonstrated dedication to the theatre arts program at BFA by inducting them into BFA's new Junior Thespian troupe.
The International Thespian Society aims for the advancement of excellence in educational theatre and the continuing enrichment of theatre arts and their appreciation worldwide. BFA petitioned the International Thespian Society for the privilege of chartering this Junior Thespian troupe, and after determining that we met the standards required by their Board, our charter was granted.
Congratulations to the students who earned membership into our troupe as a result of their work in BFA's theatre arts that meets the International Thespian Society's guidelines. These students earned points for hours spent in rehearsal and performance, working on production crews and working in the 'box office.' In the future, they'll also earn points for doing committee work and helping with Junior Thespian projects.
We're honored to present our new Junior Thespians:
Alex Feifarek: Seussical Cast, Elf Cast, Press Start Cast
Riley Anderson: Seussical Cast, Elf Cast, Elf Crew, Press Start Cast
Abby Porterfield: Seussical Cast. Elf Cast, Elf Crew, Press Start Cast
Chandler Bay: Seussical Cast, Elf Cast, Elf Crew
Colin Thomas: Seussical Light Design, Aladdin Crew, Into the Woods Crew, Elf Stage Manager, Press Start Crew, Grunch Cast and BFA technical go to guy!
Anika Nair: Seussical Cast, Aladdin Cast, Into the Woods Cast, Elf Crew, Drama
Rachel Kraft: Seussical Cast, Elf Cast, Press Start Cast
Evan McDermott: Seussical Cast, Elf Cast, Elf Crew
Jason Richard: Seussical Cast, Aladdin Cast
Riley Hibpshman: Seussical Cast, Aladdin Cast, Into the Woods Cast, Elf Director, Drama
Julie Jurkowski: Seussical Cast, Aladdin Cast, Into the Woods Cast, Elf Director, Drama, Grunch Cast
Brynna West: Seussical Cast, Elf Cast, Elf Crew, Press Start Cast
Emma Thiessen: Seussical Crew, Aladdin Crew, Elf Crew
Katherine Shuler: Seussical Cast, Drama
Josephine Shuler: Seussical Cast, Aladdin Cast
Megan Akin: Seussical Cast, Aladdin Cast, Drama
Mikey Webb: Seussical Cast, Aladdin Cast, Aristocats Casts
Cora Brown: Elf Crew, Elf Cast, Press Start Cast
Emma Johnson: Seussical Cast, Drama, Grunch Cast
Lily Tenney: Seussical Crew, Aladdin Crew, Elf Crew
Emma McMullen: Seussical Cast, Aladdin Cast, Grunch Cast
Kayla Stolte: Seussical Crew, Elf Crew
Sara Dunn: Seussical Cast, Aladdin Cast, Elf Crew, Drama
Marin Disbrow: Seussical Cast, Aladdin Cast
Sarah Rosenbaum: Seussical Cast, Aladdin Cast, Into the Woods Cast, Drama
Zoe Bobbin: Seussical Crew, Aladdin Crew
Alex Polo: Seussical Cast, Drama
Elyse Schmit: Seussical Cast, Elf Cast, Elf Crew, Drama

Diana Simpson

A BIG shout out once again to BFA's Apple Award nominees, Janet Harlow and Emily Ward. We appreciate all you do for our students, and we were proud to have you represent us at the Apple Award Ceremony this past weekend.  And, we're thrilled to announce that Ms. Harlow was named a District Finalist for the award!  I

In addition to Mrs. Ward  and Ms. Harlow , following are the other members of our wonderful staff who received nominations from the community this year: 

Linda Wilson
Angie Van Wyk
Katie Stolk
Cynthia Sieradski
Judy Shapiro
Katelyn Rooney
Theresa North
Candace McGinty
Beth Marchisio
Craig Macias
Jackie Losasso
Jaime Johnson
Erica Hildebrand
Kate Crespo
Kelli Boyd

CONGRATULATIONS to all the nominees!

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.

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week will be here before we know it. 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 next week, outlining the fun activities for teachers and staff. We'll be looking for donations, and the Baking Committee will be sending out a sign-up. It's going to be a fun week!

This was the LAST WEEK for Mrs. Hinkle's after school Art Club and Painting and Drawing classes. There will be no classes for the remainder of this school year.


ALL library books will need to be returned by Friday, May 11. Please remind your child to bring their books on/by May 11. 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!

Did you know BFA--with its  THREE Destination Imagination (DI) teams--has the most teams from  ONE school in Colorado going to DI Global Finals? Help the teams get to Global Finals by participating in the following fundraisers:
EXTRA Dress of Choice Day: TOMORROW, Friday, April 27
Who doesn't love an EXTRA Dress of Choice Day?! All students (with the exception of those going on field trips) can participate in an EXTRA Dress of Choice Day TOMORROW, April 27. To participate, send your child with a dollar ($1) tomorrow (please have exact change) to turn into his/her homeroom teacher, and s/he can join in the fun!
Frozen Treat Sale: Friday, May 4, Second Recess
DI team members and parents will be at school on Friday, May 4, selling Otter Pops for a dollar ($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: Now through Friday, May 18
Bring the lightning (and the thunder) to BFA lawns via this Ben Franklin Bolting Fundraiser! "Bolt" a fellow BFA family 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 can 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, the grade with the highest percentage of participants in bolting will win a Crazy Hat Day later in May. Congratulations to FOURTH GRADE, who continues to hold onto their lead from last week!
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.
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!

PTO Logo
The PTO is an integral part of the BFA community. The mission of the PTO is to seek resources to strengthen, enhance, and encourage the educational and social experience at Ben Franklin Academy. Each year, the parent community is asked to vote for open executive officer and committee chair positions. To view the candidate bios, please go to the PTO page of the BFA website.  Your vote is important. Voting is open through TOMORROW, April 27, at 11:59 p.m. MST. Don't wait--   today!  Each family unit is permitted to cast one vote per position, and election results will be announced at the PTO meeting on Thursday, May 17.


Have you seen the new Spirit Rock next to the carpool lanes? Starting in August, you'll have the opportunity to rent the rock! Paint it to wish your child a happy birthday, encourage a team, or thank a staff member. The PTO looks forward to seeing your creativity this fall!
Special thanks to Santa Fe Sand & Gravel for offering the rock at wholesale pricing, and to MTN Inc. and the Steel family, for donating the delivery.


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. Look for a flyer in your child's Thursday folder or visit their website for more information.

BFA Summer Camp
Ben Franklin Academy is happy to announce that we will offer an exciting Summer Camp program again this year. In fact, 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!

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!

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

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

The Denver Young Artists Orchestra is pleased to offer free tickets to our families for their next concert, "Transformations," which will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at the Boettcher Concert Hall. Click here for a flier with more information.
They also are offering a ticket voucher for Spring Prelude, held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, at Central Presbyterian Church.
Click here for the voucher form and instructions on how to get your free tickets.

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.) 
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.
Thursday, April 26

Join the School Accountability Committee (SAC) as they meet from 4:10 - 5:10 p.m. today, April 26, in the BFA Conference Room.

The Ben's Brigade welcomes all BFA dads to attend their monthly meeting from 8 - 9 p.m. today, April 26, at the Starbucks inside Super Target.  
Friday, April 27

All students (with the exception of those going on field trips) can participate in an EXTRA Dress of Choice Day Tomorrow, April 27. To participate, send your child with $1 on April 27 (please have exact change) to turn into his/her homeroom teacher.
Saturday, April 28

The Mother Son night of bowling is from 4:30 - 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at AMF  Littleton Lanes (2530 E. County Line Road, 80126).  Your ticket includes bowling, shoe rental, pizza, soda, cupcakes and a souvenir! 
Sunday, April 29


Eighth Grade students who elected to attend the Washington, D.C. trip will leave for our nation's capital on Sunday, April 29. Students will visit many historic and important national sites in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. We hope you have a great time!

Tuesday, May 1


The CEC is meeting from 6 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, in the Dana Library. Parents are welcome to attend the meeting and learn more about this committee's activities.

Wednesday, May 2


Wednesday, May 2, is a Formal Uniform Day. Students should wear their navy polo with the BFA logo and tan pants, shorts, skirt or a skort.


BFA's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Committee is meeting from 5:30 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, in the Sanders Science Lab. All are welcome to attend!  

Friday, May 4

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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.  

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. 
Additional Upcoming Events: BFA Calendar
Middle School:  Athletics 
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.