Vol. 7, Iss. 28
September 28, 2017

Dear Parents,
 
It is always gratifying for an educator to hear from a former student. Hearing that students are doing well and are successful, makes our jobs worthwhile. Hearing that they learned something from us, that the hard work was worth every second, is what motivates us to come to work each day. Every person at Ben Franklin Academy wants to make a difference in the lives of our students--that's why we are here! Last weekend, I received an email from a former student and I asked her permission to share it with you:
 
Dear Mrs. Simpson,
 
Thank you so much for everything. I have learned so much from going to this school for five years. At first I did not like all of the rules and dress codes. Now I see why that is so important. I also did not like all of the homework, but that actually helped, because when we have quite a bit of homework now I know what it's like and I know how to handle it. You taught us how to have time management and that does help with many things. I remember you talking to our class about social media. I thought it was not that big of a deal and it was. The thirteen virtues have taught me to be a better person. All of the work that I had to do over the years paid off. Hard Work + Dreams + Dedication = Success. High school has been great already it is so exciting what my future will look like in the next four years. Thank you! Hope you have a great year. 
 
Sincerely,
Naomi
 
I thought it was important to share her message before parent/teacher conferences next week. Everything we do at BFA is meant to help your students grow and learn, which also is why we feel it is important to teach character and life skills in addition to our already rigorous curriculum. We are proud that when our students leave BFA and head to the high school of their choice, they are well prepared to face any challenge they come across
 
Sincerely,

Diana Simpson 

Enroll
OPEN ENROLLMENT OPEN FOR CURRENT FAMILIES
 
BFA is now accepting enrollment applications for the 2018-19 school year. If you are an existing family and wish to enroll a sibling of a currently enrolled student (grades K-8), please do the following:
  • Submit an Enrollment Application form online by clicking here.
  • Email Rachelle Patterson BFA registrar, by Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Important note: Applications received AFTER this deadline may not receive priority enrollment. Additionally, there also is a chance you may lose your spot all together. 
YOU'RE INVITED TO THE 2017 BENEFIT BASH, A NIGHT AT THE SPEAKEASY 
   
The Ben Franklin Academy PTO is excited to invite you to the 2017 BENefit Bash, A Night at the Speakeasy , on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Vehicle Vault (18301 Lincoln Meadows Parkway, Parker). This event is our primary fundraiser this school year, and includes hors d'oeuvres, a plated three-course dinner, silent and live auctions (Live Auction by: Greg & Pam Johnson of Ascend Auctions, BFA Grandparents), as well as the opportunity to view a museum collection of rare and exotic automobiles. 
 
Tickets are $50 per person, and are on sale NOW! Get your tickets today before the price goes up on Oct. 14. From Oct. 14 - 20, tickets will be $55; then ticket prices increase to $60 from Oct. 21 - 27. Only ticket holders will get the password to enter the speakeasy! Roaring '20s or cocktail attire encouraged.
 
Want a guaranteed table with your friends at the Bash? Reserve a table! Table reservations are $50 (individual seats still need to be purchased, eight per table), and can be purchased on the ticket website. There are 10 tables available to reserve, and reserved tables will have your desired table name displayed.

DIRECTORY ON TAP - BFA'S ONLINE DIRECTORY
 
Now that school is underway, it is time to update and add new families to the BFA directory! 
 
The PTO will be using Directory On Tap again this school year for our online school directory. It's an incredibly handy resource, with names, addresses and phone numbers for BFA families. This year's directory will be available the week of October 5.
 
If you would like to update your family's information for the directory or opt out, you need to take action today! You have until TOMORROW, Sept. 29, to do the following:
 
1.   If your child goes by a nickname or shortened name, please email us that information.
2.   If you have recently moved or changed an email/cell number, update your information in the Douglas County School District database AND email the school registrar. 
3.  Go to the following site and complete the online form if you DO NOT want any or all of your personal information listed in the directory.  You may OPT OUT completely or partially by filling out this form. If you take no action, your information will be included in the BFA Directory.
 
Please contact the PTO with questions. 

STEM
STEAM EXPO SCHEDULE 
 
The STEAM Expo is tomorrow, Sept. 29, and we're excited to see your kids participate in many different science, technology, engineering, arts, and math activities! Please send your child with a small bag on Friday for some takeaways from the expo. 
 
Parents are welcome to drop by while their student is visiting the Expo. (Please bring your Driver's License to enter the building). Below is the schedule for the day:
 
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Full day and morning Kindergartners, First Grade
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Grades 4 and 5
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  
Expo closed for lunch
12:15-1:15 p.m.
Grades 2 and 3
1:15-2:15 p.m.
Afternoon Kindergarten and Grade 6
2:15-3:15 p.m.
Grades 7 and 8
  There are volunteer spots still available. Please consider signing up TODAY  

benefit bash
LOOKING FOR A WAY TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS AND SUPPORT BFA?
 
The BFA PTO is proud to offer many opportunities, in a range of price points, to support our school through your sponsorship. For details on the available sponsorship options, including Field Day and the upcoming BENefit Bash, click here
 
Sponsorship Opportunities Available NOW!
To purchase any type of sponsorship, please email Denise Battista, Sponsorship Coordinator, with your desired sponsorship. All sponsorship offerings are first come, first served in the order received via email.
 
To be included in the BENefit Bash catalog and/or yard signs, sponsorship payments must be received no later than Monday, Oct. 16. Please send your catalog advertisement and logos in print-ready format (high resolution JPEG, PDF, PNG, or TIF).
 
Don't Delay!
After this week, we will open sponsorship opportunities to businesses outside the BFA Community.

Playground
PLAYGROUND INSTALLATION 2.0
 
The playground equipment installation has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Sept. 29. The installation crew got stuck on a project in Glenwood Springs and could not get to us in time last Friday to complete our project. We have been assured this will not happen again. The new playground equipment should be installed and ready for use on Monday, Oct. 2. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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THINK PINK
 
Next week is Cancer Awareness Week at BFA. Although there are various months and colors associated with showing support for those fighting/surviving different types of cancers, we've chosen to show our love and solidarity with our family, friends and neighbors who have been affected by cancer by wearing pink accessories next week. Students may wear pink accessories (in their hair, bracelets, shoe laces and socks - no hair dye) with their regular uniform.

benefit bash
HOST A SPECTACULAR SOCIAL - ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT TO SIGN UP!  
 
Help make the 2017 BENefit Bash a success by donating a Spectacular Social.
 
What's a Spectacular Social? 
You sponsor a fun party/social event, invite as many people as you want, set a per-person fee to attend the event, and donate all the proceeds to BFA.
 
Why host a Spectacular Social?
  • Help raise money to benefit your kids at BFA, and
  • Have fun hanging out with friends and make new ones within the BFA community.
Need ideas? 
Host a BBQ in your back yard, cooking class in your kitchen, brewery tour, play date, movie night, dinner party or fitness class. The possibilities are endless!
 
Sign up by Thursday, Oct. 5, to host or sponsor an event.  If you have questions, please email Sabina Boeckman .
 
Not a party person, but have an item to give? 
We are still looking for all sorts of donations, including trips, condos and event tickets. If you'd like to make a donation, email Shele Steel, BENEfit Bash Procurement Committee Manager. 

BEN'S BRIGADE MEETING TONIGHT
 
Ben's Brigade will meet at  8 p.m. tonight, Sept. 28, at the Starbucks inside Super Target  (1265 Sergeant Jon Stiles Dr, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129). Stop by to network, learn more about their activities, and get involved. Also, look for the Ben's Brigade members volunteering at carpool tomorrow, Sept. 29. If you'd like to learn more, but are unable to attend the meeting, please email  Tom Devlin, Ben's Brigade Committee Manager.  

SMALL DONATION = BIG REWARD
 
Help make this year's BENefit Bash a success by contributing funds toward your child's themed classroom or middle school basket!  A suggested donation of $10+ per child is recommend to make the classroom baskets a success.
 
The classroom baskets are a huge hit at the BENefit Bash and have a lower price point that makes helping the school even easier. We have a lot of fun themes this year that are sure to sell fast--Legos, Night on the Town, Fitness, Broncos, Star Wars and many, many more!   

Grades K-5, p lease send all your donations in the envelope provided by your Room Parent no later than Monday, Oct. 2! If you have any questions about K-5 class baskets, please email Amanda Trenck and Emily Tenhundfeld, Room Parent Coordinators.

For middle school (only), donations can be made through the BFA Online Store, under "BENefit Bash Silent Auction."  Alternatively, you can send in cash or checks (made out to BFA PTO) to your student's homeroom teacher in a sealed envelope marked "Middle School Auction Basket."
 
Please send in your envelope or submit your middle school online donation by Oct. 5! 
Since the a PTO representative will be putting together the basket rather than the room parent, Middle School parents have until Oct. 5 to submit their donation. If you have questions about middle school donations, email the Serena Grissom and Rachael Hamburger, PTO Fundraising Coordinators. 

LAST CALL FOR SPIRIT WEAR--GET YOUR BFA SWEATSHIRTS AND CALENDARS NOW!
 
The PTO will be selling spirit wear, including the desktop calendars, from 4-8 p.m. on both evenings of parent teacher conferences. After Oct. 31, the online store will be closed until the spring. So...this is the last call for spirit wear! Please note we can only accept cash or check payments in person but can accept credit cards through the BFA online store 

GOODIES
THANKS FROM THE CEC 
 
The CEC would like to thank all of the students and grandparents that joined us for Goodies with Grandparents. More than 380 students and grandparents joined us for snacks and fun. Like all events, this one would not be possible without all the parent volunteers and the assistance of all the teachers and staff. THANK YOU!

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FINAL DAYS TO SIGN UP FOR FALL BASE CAMP 
 
During BFA's Fall Break, Oct. 9-13, the BFA BASE program WILL offer Fall Break Camp. It will be similar to the summer camp program, and will be open from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. There will be a field trip, activities, movies and more this week. The costs are as follows:
  • Monday, Oct. 9, will be $50 as there will be a field trip.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 10 - Friday, Oct. 13, will be $35 each day.
Registration is OPEN NOW and will close on Monday Oct. 2. All registrations are non-refundable.  Sign up TODAY as there is LESS THAN A WEEK to register!
 
To register online, please go to the BFA website and choose BASE Camp. Families that have not enrolled in BASE for the current year will be contacted to do so. If you have not done so already, you will also need to pay the 2017-18 BASE registration fee of $25. To obtain the registration paperwork and read the parent handbook please click here.
 
If you have any questions please email Mrs. Savoy.

 SADDLE UP PARTNER, AND GET READY FOR THE FALL BOOK FAIR
 
BFA's Scholastic Book Fair will be held Monday, Oct. 2, through Thursday, Oct. 5, in conjunction with Parent-Teacher conferences:
  • Monday, Oct. 2, and Wednesday, Oct. 4 - 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct 3, and Thursday, Oct. 5 - 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
Please remember the front office is closed from 3 - 4 p.m. each day to help with carpool. Please click here for a preview of all the exciting selections that will be offered this year. Visit the fair and enter your child's name in a drawing to be held on our return from Fall Break. We will be giving away books and miscellaneous items. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

COUPON BOOKS AVAILABLE AT CONFERENCES
 
Get them while you still can--the eighth grade students still have coupon books available! They are $35 each and contain coupons to many local restaurants and businesses. The paper coupons can be used once, and with the app, you get the discount AGAIN with duplicate coupons. Also, this year your purchase includes a small card good for multiple uses at five businesses.
 
To purchase, please look for students selling them in the main hallway at parent teacher conferences, or email Erin Fierro, D.C. Fundraising Committee Manager. 
 
Hurry and get these valuable coupon books today before they're all gone!

Chipotle
PUT AWAY THE CROCKPOT AND JOIN US FOR DINNER
 
Make dinner a selfless act, and join us for a fundraiser to support Ben Franklin Academy. The BFA PTO's next Spirit Night will be held from 5 - 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Chipotle (2209 W Wildcat Reserve Pkwy Unit E1A in Highlands Ranch). With your help, this will be an incredible fundraiser as Chipotle will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to BFA! 

MomsNightOut
BFA MOMS NIGHT OUT
 
All BFA Moms are cordially invited to attend the PTO-hosted  Mom's Night Out from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.18, at C.B. & Potts (43 West Centennial Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO 80126). Bring a friend and join us for an evening 'off' to relax and enjoy amazing company. Appetizers will be provided by the PTO.  Please RSVP to let us know you're coming.

BensBrigade
SPREAD THE WORD - PROSPECTIVE PARENTS TOUR BFA 
 
Parents interested in joining the BFA family are welcome to tour the school Wednesdays in October and November. Tours begin at 9 a.m. each Wednesday (except Oct. 11 and Nov. 22) and will be lead by Principal Simpson. New families--all adults should bring your driver's license and check in a few minutes before the tour is scheduled to begin.  

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TIME TO DIG OUT THOSE PIGGY BANKS!
 
The Middle School Social committee is hosting a  bake sale from 7:30 - 8:10 a.m. and at afternoon recess on Thursday, Oct. 5. The Middle School Social committee plans parties for the entire middle school student body and this is their only fundraising opportunity for the year. Please send in those quarters (goodies will be priced from 50 cents to $2) and support their efforts next Thursday, Oct. 5.

Want to lend a hand? Volunteers are needed to help run the bake sale. If you're interested, please email Lynsey Humphries, Middle School Social Committee Chair. 

Destination ImagiNation
DESTINATION IMAGINATION DEADLINE THIS WEEKEND 
 
If you were unable to attend the Destination Imagination meeting earlier this month, but are still interested in finding out more information and/or participating, please click on the following: Destination Imagination Parent Guide and BFA DI FAQ.  
 
If you are interested in participating in DI, please fill out the following form: BFA DI Interest Form and email it to  Jason Sunahara, BFA DI Coordinator, by  Sunday, Oct. 1. You also are welcome to contact Jason with any additional questions.
 
While DI is a BFA-sponsored program, it relies solely on parent volunteers to serve as team managers (and appraisers for competitions and South Metro's Instant Challenge Day). While the BFA DI coordinators are happy to create a team for interested students, teams can't come to fruition without the support of a parent volunteer(s) to serve as a Team Manager(s). There is no guarantee that your child will be placed on a team simply by filling out the interest form. In addition, once your child is officially part of a BFA DI team, there is a registration fee of $50 per participant ($25 for Rising Stars! which are our non-competitive participants). More information on the registration fee will come from your Team Manager/BFA DI Coordinators at a later date.
 
DI's vision is "to teach students the creative process and empower them with the skills needed to succeed in an ever changing world." Annually, DI offers seven new academic challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts, service learning and early learning. In solving a challenge, students learn the creative process from imagination to innovation and the skills needed to thrive in school, their careers and beyond. 

Battle of the Books
 
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS 
 
Every year Ben Franklin Academy participates in the Douglas County Library "Battle of the Books" program. There are two teams, third/fourth grades are coached by Mrs. Lewicki and fifth/sixth grades are coached by Mrs. Murphy. Each team consists of five members with two alternates. In preparation for the battles (which begin the week of Jan. 29), each age group must read 10 books selected by the district and be able to answer questions pertaining to those books. Please visit the Douglas County Library's website for book titles and authors for each age group.
 
The books are available in the BFA library for students to preview. Teams will be selected in November. If your child loves reading and likes a challenge, we hope you will encourage and support him/her in this endeavor. If you have any questions regarding the program, please email our librarians, Mrs. Lewicki or Mrs. Murphy.

Yearbook
YEARBOOKS AVAILABLE AT INTRODUCTORY PRICE  
 
If you did not purchase your yearbook during registration, you can still get yours today at  Yearbook Forever  for the introductory price of $26! Hurry before the price goes up!  
 
If you have questions, contact Alissa Motazedi, PTO Yearbook Committee Chair. 

DCEF
DOUGLAS COUNTY EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION EVENTS    
Community Night with the Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas 
Saturday, Oct. 7 , at 7 p.m.
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Tickets $24 (reg. $32 - $65); Click here for a flier with more information. 
Students eighth grade and under who purchase tickets will be given the opportunity to participate in the Halftime High 5 Squad and receive a FREE Rapids T-Shirt! 
 
Community Events with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts has several discounted opportunities available from now through December for our community.
 
The Community Night with the Denver Nuggets is Saturday, November 11.
Top selling schools will participate in special game day experiences. There will also be two alternate nights available at a discounted ticket price.
 

WANT YOUR KIDDO TO HAVE THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER? 
 
Send them a Birthday Bag!
Celebrating birthdays at BFA just got more fun! Order your child a Birthday Bag for just $10, and s/he will receive:  
  • A bag full of goodies such as erasers, pencils, bouncy balls, etc. (no food or candy will be in the bags);
  • A birthday certificate good for a free bake sale item at the next bake sale;
  • A personalized note from you, if requested; and
  • A 'Happy Birthday' serenade by the eighth graders who deliver the bag to your student's classroom.
Did your child already celebrate their birthday or do they have a summer birthday?   
We also will deliver "Un-birthday Bags" for students who have already celebrated their birthday, and "Half-birthday Bags" for summer birthdays.
 
You can purchase Birthday Bags online through the BFA Store.
Today, Sept. 28
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SAC MEETING          
 
There is a School Accountability Committee (SAC) meeting from 4:10 - 5:10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, in the BFA Conference Room.   
 
BEN'S BRIGADE MEETING        
 
There is a Ben's Brigade meeting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Starbucks inside the Super Target (1265 Sergeant Jon Stiles Dr, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129).     
Friday, Sept. 29
STEM
 
STEAM EXPO      
 
The STEAM Expo is tomorrow , Sept. 29 , in the Lightning Gym.
Students look forward to this event each year, as they get to experience exciting activities and demonstrations related to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. 
Monday, Oct. 2 - Thursday, Oct. 5
Pink socks
 
CANCER AWARENESS WEEK       
 
Students may wear pink accessories (in their hair, bracelets, shoe laces and socks - no hair dye) with their regular uniform. 
 
BOOK FAIR     
 
BFA's Scholastic Book Fair will be held Monday, Oct. 2, through Thursday, Oct. 5, in conjunction with Parent-Teacher conferences:
  • Monday, Oct. 2, and Wednesday, Oct. 4 - 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct 3, and Thursday, Oct. 5 - 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Please remember the front office is closed from 3 - 4 p.m. each day to help with carpool. 

Monday, Oct. 2
soccerball
 
BOYS SOCCER SEMI-FINALS        
 
The boys soccer team is playing in the semi-finals on Monday, Oct. 2. Check the calendar for additional details.  
Volleyball
 
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL QUARTER-FINALS        
 
The girls volleyball team is playing in the quarter-finals on Monday, Oct. 2. Check the calendar for additional details.  
Monday, Oct. 3
Parent Teacher Conferences
 
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES        
 
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Parents of kids in grades K-4 should have signed up for a time with their student's teacher; fifth grade will offer drop in conferences in Middle School Commons and middle school teachers will be in the Thunder Gym. Conferences generally run from 4:15 - 8 p.m. with a half hour break for dinner from 5:30 - 6 p.m. Please note, if your 5-8 grade teacher is not back in the Commons/Gym by 6 p.m., it may be because they were delayed in going to dinner.   
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Community Events Committee (CEC) Meeting       
 
The CEC is meeting from 6 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 3 in the Shelly Dana Library.
Wednesday, Oct. 4
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FORMAL UNIFORM DAY     
 
Students should wear their formal uniform on Wednesday, Oct. 4. As a reminder, formal uniform is a navy polo with the BFA logo and tan shorts, pants, skirt or a skort.   
soccerball
 
BOYS SOCCER FINALS        
 
The boys soccer team may play in the finals on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Check Facebook and the calendar for additional details.  
Volleyball
 
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL FINALS        
 
The girls volleyball team may play in the finals on Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Thunder Gym. Check Facebook and the calendar for additional details.  
Artwork
 
ARTS COMMITTEE MEETING       
 
The Arts Committee is meeting from 5 - 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the BFA Conference Room.  
STEM
 
STEM COMMITTEE MEETING      
 
The STEM Committee is meeting from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Sanders Science Lab.  
Thursday, Oct. 5
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DRESS OF CHOICE DAY       
 
Thursday, Oct. 5, is a Dress of Choice Day for students who have not received two uniform violations since the last Dress of Choice Day.  
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BAKE SALE       
 
The Middle School Social committee is hosting a bake sale from 7:30 - 8:10 a.m. and at afternoon recess on Thursday, Oct. 5.  
Parent Teacher Conferences
 
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES        
 
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, Oct. 5. Parents of kids in grades K-4 should have signed up for a time with their student's teacher; fifth grade will offer drop in conferences in Middle School Commons and middle school teachers will be in the Thunder Gym. Conferences generally run from 4:15 - 8 p.m. with a half hour break for dinner from 5:30 - 6 p.m. Please note, if your 5-8 grade teacher is not back in the Commons/Gym by 6 p.m., it may be because they were delayed in going to dinner.    
Friday, Oct. 6
No School
 
NO SCHOOL       
 
There is no school on Friday, Oct. 6, as it is a Comp Day for teachers.  
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.