Vol. 8, Iss. 28
Oct. 18, 2018
 
Dear Parents,
Punkin Chunkin 2018
 
I love hearing stories of our students overcoming obstacles to achieve their goals, so when Matt Keillor, BFA parent, director on the BFA Board, and Franklin Flyers coach, told me how several of our sixth graders persevered through a number of obstacles and demonstrated the virtues of Temperance, Industry and Resolution in a high pressure situation--I knew it was a story that I had to share with our community. Keep reading to learn about these amazing ladies...
 
Earlier this month, the BFA Franklin Flyers competed in the annual Colorado Punkin Chunkin Competition in Aurora where they came in second place in the Youth Division! The team, consisting entirely of sixth grade girls-- Zoe and Kyra Hochhalter, Elise Foss and Natalie Keillor--entered with their team trebuchet affectionately named "Red Lightning." Parent coaches Matt Keillor, Toby Foss, Scott Hochhalter and Jason Page supported the team.
 
Red Lightning was built by the BFA after-school STEM Fruit Toss club last fall and came in third place in last year's competition with a distance of 239 feet. This year, the Flyers made some improvements to Red Lightning, hoping to increase the distance and beat their record of their pumpkin "chunks."  
 
"We added additional capacity and doubled the amount of weight to 340 pounds, hoping to break our record from last year," Toby Foss stated. "Our test firings on Friday went superbly."
However, the additional weight eventually took its toll on the structural integrity of the machine.
 
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In fact, on two occasions the team had to perform emergency repairs to get the machine in working order. Before the team's first official chunk of the competition, the wooden throwing arm split and needed to be replaced. Then, on the next-to-last chunk of the competition, the extreme weight shattered the main support beam of the trebuchet. "It was a severe blow to the team, we had one launch to go and we had not yet beat our personal record," Matt Keillor recalls. "We gave the girls two choices: call it a season, or work together and fix the machine in time for our final launch. The girls did not hesitate, they were determined to repair the machine and attempt to beat their personal record."
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It was all-hands on deck and everyone contributed to getting Red Lightning in working order. Their hard work and determination paid off. On the final chunk of the weekend, Red Lightning launched a four-pound pumpkin 256 feet, breaking the team's goal and flying far enough to secure second place in the youth division!
 
BFA student Natalie Keillor summed it up, "We were very happy with what we achieved this year. Second place was definitely a team effort. However, next year we want to get first place!" The Franklin Flyers' Punkin Chunkin mentor and frequent guest at BFA, John Heffelfinger, had a fantastic competition as well. He set a new Colorado trebuchet record with his chunk of 2,992 feet...more than a half mile!  
 
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The Punkin Chunkin trophy now sits in the trophy case in the school lobby. 

If your student is interested in participating next year, please reach out to

Congratulations Flyers!

Sincerely,

Diana Simpson
 


IMPORTANT BFA ENROLLMENT INFORMATION 

If you missed yesterday's email regarding enrollment at BFA, please be sure to read the following article as the enrollment process at Ben Franklin Academy (BFA) for the 2019-20 school year has changed. 

Parents of ALL NEW K-8 BFA students for the 2019-20 school year need to take action by completing DCSD's Open Enrollment process. 
 
Even if you have a student who currently attends kindergarten through eighth grade at BFA, you will need to complete DCSD Open Enrollment for any NEW, or incoming K-8 students. For example, if you have a third grader attending BFA, and want to send your child to Kindergarten at BFA, you MUST complete Open Enrollment for the upcoming Kindergarten student.
 
The first round of Open Enrollment begins soon!
 
FIRST ROUND: Runs Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, beginning at 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3.  All families are highly encouraged to complete Open Enrollment during the First Round.
  • Parents will use their DCSD EngagED Parent Portal to access Open Enrollment. (Hint: You used your EngagED Parent Portal to complete Express Check-In in August.) Parents without a DCSD EngagED Parent Portal account will be able to create one immediately after First Round opens on Nov. 1. If you do not know your username and password, please email BFA's registrar, Colleen Bobbin. Keep in mind, if you have any concerns about accessing your Parent Portal, try to log in early in the process and, if you encounter problems, email the registrar well in advance of the deadline on Monday, Dec. 3. 
  • If you are applying for Kindergarten, your child MUST turn five by Oct. 1 of the enrollment year. For example, if your student will be five by Oct. 1, 2019, they can apply for the 2019-20 school year.
  • Open Enrollment submissions during the FIRST ROUND ONLY will have priority based on the following:
    • Children in the household of Founding Families;
    • Siblings of current students. Siblings that share the same birth date (ie. twins or triplets) shall receive automatic enrollment; 
    • Children of full-time teachers; and
    • BFA preschool students. (See Mrs. Goldberg's Oct. 17 email for specific details.) 
IMPORTANT: Parents with students who have the above priorities who miss First Round of Open Enrollment will NOT receive priority in the Second Round of enrollment. If you want to leverage your priority status, please plan to complete Open Enrollment during First Round.
  • Parents will see offers in the EngagED Parent Portal on or after Tuesday, Dec. 11, and MUST log back in by 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, to accept an open enrollment offer. If you receive an offer, and do not accept it by the deadline, you will automatically be placed on the second round open enrollment wait-list, which runs from Jan. 22 to Aug. 1.
  • Parents who accept an offer will receive enrollment requirements and deadlines via email. You can get a head start on some of these requirements by ensuring you have the following information handy: copy of your student's birth certificate, updated immunization records, and proof of residency. One of the following will be required for proof of residency:
    • Lease Agreement
    • Purchase Agreement
    • Tax Notice
    • Warranty Deed
    • Deed of Trust 
SECOND ROUND: Runs Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 - August 1, 2019 
  • Open Enrollment during Second Round is "first come, first served." Parents requesting open enrollment for their child in the Second Round are placed on the wait-list behind those that are currently on the wait-list from first round. Priorities will NOT be considered. 
The DCSD Open Enrollment webpage provides the most up-to-date information and specific details about the process, as well as answers to commonly-asked questions. Please visit this site well before Open Enrollment begins on Thursday, Nov. 1. If you have questions about enrollment, please  email our registrar or call 720-383-4519 x3104 to reach the registrar.
 
Current BFA Students
Current K-8 students intending to return to BFA next school year DO NOT need to take any action. If your K-7 student will not return to BFA next year, please let the registrar know via email.
 
Preschool Students
Preschool Enrollment for the three-year-old and four-year-old classes will take place via the preschool webpage on the BFA website. Preschool enrollment for current BFA families will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3. Preschool enrollment for the general public will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14.
 
If you are interested in the Ben Franklin Academy Preschool program, please click here for more information.
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BFA FUN RUN - ONLY ONE WEEK UNTIL WE RUN!

The Fun Run kicked off on Tuesday and is underway. Our school is having a great time learning all about how to solve problems using character and raising money for a makerspace. Make sure to check in with your student today to see what they've been learning through the MindSpark Mystery Lab.
 
If you haven't yet registered your student on funrun.com, don't worry, there's still time to do it! Plus, once you're registered, you'll find lots of fun, easy ways to reach out to sponsors like the Easy Emailer, Facebook Share button, or even the Student Star Video.
 
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The Fun Runs and the Color Run will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25. Our FunRun is on the large turf field and the Color Run will be held in the upper parking lot. The Run is FUN for kids and parents alike, so make plans to cheer on your student(s) during their Fun Run. Run times per grade are as follows:
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. - Morning preschool, morning kindie, first and second grade
  • 9:40-10:40 a.m. - Third, fourth and fifth grades
  • 12:45-1:15 p.m. - Afternoon preschool and afternoon kindie
  • 2:15-3:00 p.m. - Sixth, seventh and eighth grades 
GO BOLTS!
 
In case you missed it, check out our FAVORITE STAR STUDENT in this video.

BFA FAMILIES BREAK ANOTHER RECORD!

The Cookie Dough Team would like to thank all the eighth grade students and families for their successful cookie dough sales, as well as our wonderful community who supported their efforts! We broke our local Eileen's Cookie sales record, selling 1,100 tubs of frozen cookie dough to benefit the eighth grade Washington, D.C. trip next May. That's 3,300 pounds of dough and almost $7,000! WOW! 

We'd like to thank all the eighth grade families for their patience and understanding with last minute changes to our distribution this week. A big thank you is also given to our volunteers who helped successfully distribute all 1,100 tubs in a two-hour period. When it was all said and done, we were only short two tubs! That's quite a success. For those families who purchased cookie dough from an eighth grader, you will be contacted by your salesperson for delivery.
 
Thanks to all, and enjoy your cookies!

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HELP BFA RECOGNIZE VETERANS AND SERVICE MEMBERS
 
Celebrating Veterans Day is one of BFA's honored traditions. We hold two assemblies, as well as receptions, each year where we invite family and community members into the school so we can show our gratitude and respect for their service to this country. 

Part of what makes our Veterans Day celebration special is the slide show containing photos of the veterans and service members in our families. If your family has a veteran you would like included in the slideshow, the deadline for submitting photos is next  Friday, October 26. Please  email photos of your relatives who are veterans along with their name, branch of service, rank, and years served. 
 
As with any school event, we need volunteers to help make this event successful. We need help the day of the event (Nov. 9), as well as some help the weekend prior and after school hours on Thursday, Nov. 8, to get ready. We also are looking for a couple of volunteers with a passion for this event who will work closely with our committee and carry on the torch for this tradition next year. Please sign up if you are able to help with this important event.
 
Principal Simpson and the Veterans Day Committee sincerely appreciate your help in making Veterans Day a success for our students and visiting veterans! 

ORIGINAL WORKS ORDERS DUE NEXT FRIDAY
 
This week your K-5 student was sent home with a bright yellow folder with their Original Works art, and all the necessary instructions so you can order beautiful, professional products featuring your student's artwork. A portion of all purchases goes back to our arts programs, so your support is greatly appreciated.
 
To order, simply follow the detailed instructions on the form, print out the receipt you were sent via email, then place the artwork along with the receipt back in the yellow folder. Your student can bring the yellow folder into the office, or give it to their teacher to turn in. It's that easy!
 
Please turn in your folder with receipt and artwork by Friday, Oct. 26. Orders should be available before our winter break. If you have questions, contact Mrs. Hinkle.

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MOMS NIGHT OUT IS TONIGHT
 
Calling ALL BFA ladies! You're invited to attend a Moms Night Out from 5:30-7:30 p.m. TONIGHT, Oct. 18, at Lodo's Highlands Ranch (8545 S Quebec Street, 80130). Appetizers will be provided so it helps to know how many moms will attend; please RSVP TODAY! Hope to see you there!

RESPECT4 RESERVED PARKING SPOTS 
 
We kindly ask that you park in designated spots only, and refrain from parking in reserved spaces. The reserved spaces are for those who have been recognized as the volunteer of the month, staff member of the week, OR for the family who won the spot at last school year's auction. We've noticed an increase in folks parking in these spots and along the curb. Parking along the curb in the lot becomes an issue for others trying to back out of a space, and the Fire Department has advised us against letting cars park in the fire lane. We're teaching our kids all about RESPECT this year, so let's demonstrate that virtue with each other. Thank you!
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BEFORE SCHOOL ELEMENTARY SPANISH CLASS

Is your elementary student interested in learning Spanish? If so, our middle school Spanish teacher, Señora Connell, will begin offering a Spanish class for elementary kids beginning next week. 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.
Classes start on Tuesday, Oct. 23 and continue through the end of May, following the regular BFA school calendar for breaks/days off. Sign up today! Please contact Señora Connell with any questions.

BFA & CHICK-FIL-A, MAKING DINNER EASY!
 
Get dinner and support BFA at the Chick-fil-A PTO Spirit Night next Tuesday, Oct. 23. Stop by the Chick-fil-A in Highlands Ranch Town Center (950 Cpl. Max Donahue Lane) between 5-8 p.m. and be sure to mention the Ben Franklin fundraiser to the cashier so the PTO gets credit for your purchase!

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D.C. DOLLAR DRESS OF CHOICE DAY
 
Mark your calendars, the D.C. Fundraising team is sponsoring a Dollar Dress of Choice day on Friday, Oct. 26. Just send your student in with a dollar bill (no change, please) and they can wear Dress of Choice that day. All the monies raised from this optional Dress of Choice day will go to the group of kids headed to Washington, D.C. in the spring. The normal Dress of Choice guidelines apply.

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EIGHTH GRADE--IT'S YOUR TURN!
 
EIGHTH GRADE FAMILIES--you know how it's done! 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 October, we'd like our eighth grade families to sign up for open volunteer spots in carpool. If you don't have an eighth 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.' 

If you are a new family and have not logged into HelpCounter yet, or want to volunteer but simply can't help with carpool, see our Volunteer Management  webpage

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MIDDLE SCHOOL MONSTER BASH COSTUME PARTY
 
Ghosts and witches and creatures of fright,
Don't miss the call of Halloween night.
 
Come one, come all in the threads of the season,
If you miss this bash, 'tis an act of treason.
 
Come if you dare...hope you're not scared at the BFA Monster Bash Costume Party!
  
What:  Food, Fun and Friends
When:  From 7 - 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27
Where: BFA Lightning/Thunder Gyms
Attire:  Choose your favorite Halloween costume OR dress for a masquerade ball-you decide. Please do not wear a full-face mask, bring any sort of weapon, and no costumes with blood/gore. Regular dress of choice guidelines apply--no clothing that contains offensive wording/images and no revealing clothes.

 
This is a FREE event for all middle school students. No dates allowed. 
 
We need volunteers to make this event a success, so please consider
signing up to volunteer for the day of the event. Thanks in advance for your help! 

BOX TOPS
It's Box Tops collection time!  Attached is a Halloween collection sheet you can use to send in your Box Tops. Just glue or tape the Box Tops onto it and send it in with your student to give to his or her homeroom teacher. If it's easier, you can also send them in a plastic baggie. Did you know that  A LOT of Box Tops expire in November due to the  submission deadline ?

It's time to get them all turned in, so while you're clipping your Box Tops, please remember check your unused boxes of cereal, granola bars, zip lock bags and paper products. 
Let's make this our biggest collection to date. Each Box Top is free money for our school so every Box Top helps. If you have questions, or would like to help out with Box Tops, please  email
Lauren Flint, Box Top committee chair.

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GET YOUR SPIRIT WEAR BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
 
Only one more week until the PTO's online spirit wear store closes until the spring.  The online store closes for Spirit Wear sales on October 31, so get your spirit wear now before it's too late. Purchases made online will be delivered to the classroom and sent home with your student.

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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. 

SPREAD THE WORD - SCHOOL TOUR TUESDAYS 
 
Do you know any families interested in sending their student(s) to BFA? If so, we'd love to show them our amazing facility! Tours for prospective K-8 families will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays through Nov. 27 (with no tour Nov. 20 due to Thanksgiving break). At that time, Principal Simpson will show prospective parents around the school so they can see firsthand why we are the STEAM School of Choice in Douglas County. Anyone going on a tour should bring a Driver's License and arrive a few minutes early so we can scan their license before the tour begins.

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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.   
 
GET YOUR DISCOUNT TICKETS TODAY!   
 
The Foundation for Douglas County Schools  Community Events Program  is out with their latest fundraisers! 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.
 
Basketball fans - Get your discount tickets for the Denver Nuggets vs.Utah Jazz at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Pepsi Center. There are two alternate game choices as well. Order tickets by Oct. 26 to ensure our school benefits. Click here to purchase. 
Thursday, Oct. 18
 

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MOMS NIGHT OUT
 
All BFA moms are invited to attend a Moms Night Out from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Lodo's Highlands Ranch (8545 S Quebec Street, 80130). Appetizers will be provided so it helps to know how many moms will attend; please RSVP TODAY
Tuesday, Oct. 23
 

SCHOOL TOUR TUESDAYS 
 
Tours for prospective K-8 families will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays through Nov. 27 (with no tours Nov. 20 due to school breaks). Anyone going on a tour should bring a Driver's License and arrive a few minutes early so we can scan their license before the tour begins.

CHICK-FIL-A SPIRIT NIGHT
 
Get dinner and support BFA at the Chick-fil-A PTO Spirit Night next Tuesday, Oct. 23. Stop by the Chick-fil-A in Highlands Ranch Town Center (950 Cpl. Max Donahue Lane) between 5-8 p.m. and be sure to mention the Ben Franklin fundraiser to the cashier so the PTO gets credit for your purchase!
Wednesday, Oct. 24
 

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FOURTH GRADE PERFORMS PIRATES
 
Shiver me timbers--"Pirates, the Musical" is coming to BFA! Our fourth grade students, A.K.A. a 'salty crew of colorful scallywags' figures out how to handle a stowaway with the help of the King of the High "C's." If you want to see how this all turns out, attend the performance at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, on the performance stage in the Thunder Gym.

Thursday, Oct. 25
 
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BFA FUN RUN 

The Fun Runs and the Color Run will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25. Our FunRun is on the large turf field and the Color Run will be held in the upper parking lot. The Run is FUN for kids and parents alike, so make plans to cheer on your student(s) during their Fun Run. Run times per grade are as follows:
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. - Morning preschool, morning kindie, first and second grade
  • 9:40-10:40 a.m. - Third, fourth and fifth grades
  • 12:45-1:15 p.m. - Afternoon preschool and afternoon kindie
  • 2:15-3:00 p.m. - Sixth, seventh and eighth grades 

SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY MEETING
 
The School Accountability Committee (SAC) is meeting at 4:10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, in the BFA Conference Room. All are welcome to attend.


BEN'S BRIGADE MEETING
 
Ben's Brigade is meeting from 8 - 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Starbucks inside the Highlands Ranch SuperTarget ( 1265 Sergeant Jon Stiles Dr ). All BFA dads are welcome to attend.

Friday, Oct. 26
 

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D.C. DOLLAR DRESS OF CHOICE DAY
 
Mark your calendars, the D.C. Fundraising team is sponsoring a Dollar Dress of Choice day on Friday, Oct. 26. Just send your student in with a dollar bill (no change, please) and they can wear Dress of Choice that day. All the monies raised from this optional Dress of Choice day will go to the group of kids headed to Washington, D.C. in the spring. The normal Dress of Choice guidelines apply.
Saturday, Oct. 27
 

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MIDDLE SCHOOL MONSTER BASH COSTUME PARTY
 
Come for food, fun and friends at the Middle School Monster Bash!
When:  From 7 - 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27
Where: BFA Lightning/Thunder Gyms
Attire:  Choose your favorite Halloween costume OR dress for a masquerade ball-you decide. Please do not wear a full-face mask, bring any sort of weapon, and no costumes with blood/gore. Regular dress of choice guidelines apply--no clothing that contains offensive wording/images and no revealing clothes.
 
This is a  FREE event for all middle school students. No dates allowed. 
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.