Vol. 9, Iss. 6
Feb. 14, 2019
 
Dear Parents, 

Are you interested in playing an active role in developing the strategic plan for Ben Franklin Academy? Would you like to influence school policy and financial stewardship? Are you passionate about Ben Franklin Academy and our mission and vision? If you answered yes to these questions, we need you!
 
We are currently seeking nominations for our Board of Directors. The Board plays a pivotal role in the success of our school. And, I can tell you from my personal experience serving as a member of the Governing Board at my son's school years ago, being a part of our Board will be one of the more pivotal roles you'll have as a parent, as well as one of the best experiences.
 
When you chose to get involved at that level within the school system you get to see everything that goes into making a school successful. In addition, you build strong relationships with other parents and staff members. The level of commitment required is high, but the benefits for you personally, for your children, and for the school are many.
 
This spring, our community will elect one (1) director and the Board will appoint one (1) director in accordance with the Board of Directors Election Policy. To nominate someone (including yourself) for the BFA Board, click here to complete the nomination form. Nominations from the BFA Parent Voting Group must be submitted online before Friday, Feb. 22 , at  11:59 p.m.  (MST).
  
Requirements are listed on the Board's election webpage and additional information is available on the Board Election/Appointment Frequently Asked Questions.
 
And, regardless of whether you choose to run for the Board or nominate another qualified individual, I hope to see you at the Board forum on Tuesday, March 12, at 5 p.m. as this is your chance to learn more about the nominees.
 
Have a happy Valentine's Day and a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Diana Simpson

IT ONLY TAKES TEN MINUTES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! 
 
BFA's School Accountability Committee (SAC) would like every BFA family to complete the Parent Satisfaction Survey and express your thoughts and opinions regarding the current academic year. Many of you stopped by the SAC table at conferences, so we are close to our goal. But, since we're really hoping for a 100 percent response rate, we're giving parents until Feb. 27 to respond. This is one of the reasons why we've shortened the survey and made the questionnaire comprehensive for K-8 grade levels, with the ability to provide specific feedback.

Help us gauge parent satisfaction and identify opportunities for growth or enrichment. Follow this link to take the survey today!

We take your feedback very seriously and we appreciate your willingness to participate.
This year, as a token of appreciation for participating in the survey, SAC is offering any participants who share their family number entry into a drawing for one of ten (10) Amazon or Target $25 gift cards.

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NO SCHOOL    
 
There is no school on Friday, Feb. 15, as it is a comp day for teachers. In addition, we will be off school on Monday, Feb. 18, to celebrate President's Day. Enjoy your weekend!

CONGRATS TO OUR BATTLE OF THE BOOKS TEAMS! 
 
Both of our terrific Battle of the Books teams had a successful week. The third/fourth grade team and the fifth grade team competed against Saddle Ranch Elementary and won! 

Next week on Tuesday, Feb. 19, the teams will compete in a final "regular season" battle. The third/fourth grade team competes at 5:30 p.m. and the fifth grade team competes at 6 p.m. Both will compete against Coyote Creek Elementary at Southridge Recreation Center in Highlands Ranch.  Pictured is the fifth grade team, without teammate Addie Coleman. 

COME TO NEXT WEEK'S BFA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING!  
 
Interested in the BFA Board of Directors? Come to their next meeting and find out more about what they do! The BFA Board of Directors meets monthly during the school year at 5:30 p.m. in our school's library. Parents are welcome to attend the Board meetings, or use the call-in number listed on the agenda to listen to the meeting. The next Board meeting is from 5:30 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Dana Library. The agenda will be available via the BFA website 24 hours prior to the meeting.  

THE BEST THINGS HAPPEN WHILE YOU'RE DANCING!  
 
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 Feb. 26 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!

SMENCILS - MYSTERY SOLVED! 
 
Thank you to everyone who purchased Backpack Buddies and Smencils. Your support helped defray the cost for the eighth graders heading to Washington, D.C. in May! If you bought a mystery Smencil and are curious to know you if you guessed your scent right, the correct answers are listed here!

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THE BFA PTO NEEDS 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.
 
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.

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SAVE THE DATE: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, JR. 
 
Be our guest at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22 or 23, for a tale as old as time! You're sure to be enchanted by the performances of BFA's middle school students as they bring to life a classic fairy tale, in "Beauty and The Beast, Jr." There is no fee to watch this magical story unfold on BFA's performance stage, so bring the entire family to enjoy this tale about the transforming power of kindness and love.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR BFA VOLLEYBALL AND SOCCER TRYOUTS 
 
Save the date for middle school boys volleyball and girls soccer tryouts.
 
Volleyball
We're very excited to announce that Mrs. Murphy is going to be the middle school boys volleyball coach this season! Tryouts are scheduled from 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 25, 27 and 28 in the BFA Thunder Gym.
 
And, we're thrilled that Ms. Poleschook will be the girls soccer coach! Tryouts for girls soccer will be from 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 25, 27 and 28 on BFA's turf field.

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SIXTH GRADE FAMILIES - PLEASE VOLUNTEER IN FEBRUARY
 
SIXTH GRADE FAMILIES--please volunteer in carpool this February! 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 February, we'd like our sixth grade families to sign up for open volunteer spots in carpool. If you don't have a sixth 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.' 

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR UNIFORM BUYBACK SALE PARTICIPANTS  
 
If you sold items at the uniform buyback sale in December, pay-out checks will be cut this month and you should receive yours by the end of February. Thank you for your patience!
 
While the PTO is grateful for everyone's generosity and interest in donating your gently used items to the PTO, we do not have enough storage space to hold everyone's items between sale dates. We kindly ask that you please do not drop off items until we notify you of an upcoming sale. The front desk has been asked to refuse donations until the two weeks prior to the May sale. We appreciate your cooperation!

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HEART CHALLENGE STATS AND DATE CHANGE     
 
We are three weeks into our Heart Challenge and so far we have raised $3,600 for the American Heart Association. If you would still like to register, click here and then search for our school. All envelopes and donations are due by Monday, Feb. 25.
 
The kids are doing a great job meeting the Heart Challenge! After last week, our students spent 3,293 minutes in the target heart rate zone (around 140 - 180 beats per min. depending on the age) during the Heart Challenge Obstacle Course. They have a combined 14,611 calories burned. We'll tally up the statistics from this week, and be sure to give you updated totals in the next newsletter.
 
Due to a scheduling conflict, we had to move our Heart Challenge for next week. The heart challenge event will be on Thursday, Feb. 21, instead of Friday. The following classes will have their Heart Challenge on Thursday: Mashburn, Harms, Van Wyk, Lindgren, Triplett, and half-day Kindergarten. Some of our volunteers had a conflict with the new schedule, so please review the sign-up and consider helping out. It's fun to watch the kiddos go around the course. As always, thank you for your support!

PTO VIRTUES AWARENESS CONTEST WINNERS 
 
Congratulations to Maia Hurd in Mrs. Wall's fourth grade class and to Eve Lyn Tenney in Mrs. Crespo's seventh grade class! They are the winners of the February Virtues Awareness Bookmark Contest. Maia's bookmark was chosen due to its colorful design and direct message of Purity and kindness--nice job Maia. Look for your copy of Maia's winning bookmark in your Thursday folder.

Eve Lyn's poster message of Purity is a great reminder of how we should treat others--with kindness, honesty, integrity, etc. Look for Eve Lyn's poster in the middle school commons.
 
The new entry form for March will be in your elementary student's Thursday folder. It's also available here for middle school kids (or if your elementary kiddo loses it somehow!). The contest will be for March's virtue of Tranquility.
 
TRANQUILITY
~Keep yourself from reacting poorly to others. People are not perfect and the world is not fair. Learn to deal with both despite imperfections. Be patient.~

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PTO STORE REOPENING FRIDAY, MARCH 1 
 
The PTO is excited to announce that the online store will be reopening on March 1. From March 1 to April 15, you'll be able to purchase all your favorite BFA spirit wear items including hoodies and sweatshirts along with two new spirit wear items. Stay tuned for more information on these new items. All items purchased will be delivered to the classroom and sent home with your student.

BASE REMINDERS  
 
A message from the BASE director...
 
Students who attend the BASE program must be checked in/out by a parent, AND all paperwork must be completed and turned in before the student attends BASE. During the past several weeks, there have been many children not previously registered for BASE who were dropped off at the front of the school with the expectation that they would be checked into BASE.
  
A ll students must be checked into morning BASE and out of afternoon BASE by a parent.
 
If your student has morning tutoring and you need to utilize BASE for their siblings, then please ensure they are registered and follow the drop-off procedures.To register, visit our webpage to review the handbook and print the enrollment form.

If you have any questions, please contact Leigh Savoy, BASE director.
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TIME TO PURCHASE YOUR 2018-19 YEARBOOK
 
Yearbook sales have officially launched! 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. Only two more weeks until yearbook prices go up again so order yours today! 
  • Now - Feb. 28: $31 per book
  • March 1 - 31: $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.

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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.'

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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. 

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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. 

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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. Go to their website for the latest information on discount tickets. 
Friday, Feb. 15
 

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NO SCHOOL    
 
There is no school on Friday, Feb. 15, as it is a comp day for teachers. In addition, we will be off school on Monday, Feb. 18, to celebrate President's Day. Enjoy your weekend!
Tuesday, Feb. 19
 

SCHOOL TOUR FOR PROSPECTIVE PARENTS  
 
Tours for prospective K-8 families will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays through March 26 (except March 19 as it's Spring Break).  
 
During the tour, we'll 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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CHEER AND GIRLS BASKETBALL PICTURES 
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The cheer team and the girls basketball teams will have their team pictures taken at 3:45 p.m. on Feb. 19. They will need to wear their uniforms.

BFA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING    
 
The BFA Board of Directors meets monthly during the school year at 5:30 p.m. in our school's library. Parents are welcome to attend the Board meetings, or use the call-in number listed on the agenda to listen to the meeting. The next Board meeting is from 5:30 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Dana Library. The agenda will be available via the BFA website 24 hours prior to the meeting.  
Wednesday, Feb. 20
 

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PTO MEETING  
 
Come to the PTO meeting from 6:30 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Sanders Science Lab! 
Thursday, Feb. 21
 

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SOCIAL STUDIES FAIR  
 
Ms. Saleh's eighth graders will be sharing their vast knowledge with us during the Social Studies Fair on Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Middle School Commons. 
Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23
 

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, JR. 
 
Be our guest at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22 or 23, for a tale as old as time! There is no fee to watch "Beauty and The Beast, Jr." so bring the entire family to enjoy this tale about the transforming power of kindness and love.
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.