Vol. 8, Iss. 13
April 12, 2018

THREE BFA DI TEAMS QUALIFY FOR GLOBAL FINALS 2018 


Dear Parents,
 
I am amazed by the talent our BFA students display both here at school and while competing in events outside of school hours. One of those activities is Destination Imagination (DI). While I know DI is an important component of our elective STEM offerings, I was never very clear about what they're actually asked to do at the competitions. Since I'm probably not the only one, I reached out to some of our DI leaders to get more information and am very impressed with what I've learned.
 
DI is an international, educational program that gives kids an amazing outlet for their creativity, while teaching them leadership, teamwork, positive thinking, project management and more. Teams of two to seven kids from kindergarten through high school solve one of six open-ended challenges (scientific, engineering, fine arts, service learning, improvisation or technical) in their own unique ways, and present their solutions at regional tournaments. Teams also solve an on-the-spot Instant Challenge at the tournaments, where they must think quickly on their feet and work together to solve a problem in around five minutes.
 
DI focuses on three main skills:
  1. Teamwork: Learn to recognize one's own personal talents, skills and interests, as well as one's teammates talents, while developing a plan for maximizing team assets.
  2. Creativity: Learn and use the "creative process" every day--how and when to take risks and how to overcome failure in a safe environment while developing humor.
  3. Problem Solving: Develop a toolbox of skills and processes that work in a variety of situations, use current knowledge and skills to investigate new solutions, develop creative use of resources and skills that are available and accessible, recognize and explore unique opportunities and/or alternatives, and understand/learn about time management.
Last weekend, FIVE BFA Destination Imagination (DI) teams competed at the State DI competition! That's incredible and I know the entire BFA community is proud of their accomplishments. Each team spent countless hours creating solutions to their challenges and preparing scripts, props, costumes and structures. And, we can't forget the Team Managers who volunteered numerous hours facilitating and coaching their teams--without you, we could not offer this incredible program.
 
For the third year in a row, BFA will be represented at the DI Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., in May with a  record THREE teams representing our school. It's important to note, BFA has the largest representation of DI teams from one school in the state! More than 8,000 participants (approximately 1,500 teams) from 20 different countries will compete at DI Global Finals.
DI Beasts

The BFA teams that qualified for DI Global Finals 2018 are as follows:
  • First Place, BFA BEASTs (sixth graders), Unlikely Attraction (challenge), Middle Level
    • Evan McDermott, Tyler Sunahara, Siva Sundaresh, Anson Washeck and Brynna West; Team Managers: Amy Sunahara and Missy Washeck
DI MANGOS
  • First Place, Magnificent Mangoes (fifth graders), Drop Zone (challenge), Elementary Level
    • Tristan Bettis, Rohan Mansingh, Aidan Murphy and Matthew Thiessen; Team Managers: Jessica and John Thiessen
  • Third Place, Colorful Creative Kangaroos (fourth graders), Unlikely Attraction (challenge), Elementary Level
    • Evan Heitman, Bryn McDermott, Caleb Olson, Téa Sunahara and Makenna Washeck; Team Managers: Amy and Jason Sunahara
The BFA teams progressing to Global Finals presented solutions to two challenges that they have been working on since last fall. To give you an idea of what's involved, listed below are a couple of this year's challenges:
  • For Unlikely Attraction, who participated in this year's scientific challenge, DI teams had to explore scientific concepts used in amusement park attractions; design and build an attraction that uses three scientific concepts during its operation; create and present a story that features the attraction operating in an unlikely location; portray the unlikely location using sights and sounds; and create and present two team choice elements that show off the team's interests, skills, areas of strength and talents - all in under eight minutes and within a budget of $150.
  • For Drop Zone who took on this year's engineering challenge, DI teams had to design, build and test a freestanding structure that can withstand impacts from dropped weights; tell a story about a sudden event with dramatic impact; design and create a visible or audible depiction of the story's sudden event; create and present two team choice elements that show off the team's interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents - again in under eight minutes and within a budget of $150.
With fourteen students headed to Globals, at a cost of about $1,500 EACH, the DI teams will need some help from our community. Be on the look out for information on how to help these students with their fundraising efforts.

Congratulations to all our state participants and good luck to our teams headed to the Global Competition.
 
Sincerely,

 
Diana Simpson

DCSD SUPERINTENDENT FINALIST ANNOUNCED 
 
Late last week, the Douglas County School District Board of Education unanimously voted to name Dr. Thomas S. Tucker as the sole finalist for permanent superintendent. To read more about Dr. Tucker, go to the DCSD website

BFA Summer Camp
SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULES AVAILABLE NOW
 
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!

LET THE BOLTING BEGIN!
 
The THREE Destination Imagination (DI) teams headed to Global Finals are starting their fun Ben Franklin Bolting Fundraiser this weekend!
 
It is the DI take on the traditional flocking flamingo fundraiser.  For a suggested minimum tax-deductible donation of $25 to the BFA PTO, you can cover the lawn of your fellow BFA families with a dozen (12) Ben Franklin Lightning Bolts!
 
The family "bolted" can choose to have the Bolts moved to another lawn for a suggested minimum tax-deductible donation of $25. You can do this by placing an order on the BFA Store. The Bolts will be removed the following day regardless of giving a donation.
 
Imagine the smiles a lawn full of Ben Franklin Lightning Bolts will bring. It is a "gift" that will not soon be forgotten. And, we can be sure that the Bolting of Bens is going to be the main topic of discussion at the lunchroom and recess!

The "bolting" begins THIS Saturday, April 14, and ends on Friday, May 18, - but don't delay! If you are ready to get involved, head to the BFA Store today to be one of the first to "bolt" another family. 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." In addition, you can remain anonymous or let the family know you "bolted" them!

Note: 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.

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SEVENTH GRADE FAMILIES - LEARN ABOUT WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP
 
Seventh grade parents interested in learning more about the eighth grade Washington, D.C. trip should plan on attending an informational meeting from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, in the Middle School Commons. Both students and parents are invited to attend. Please note, we have switched companies--we'll be traveling with Global Travel Alliance rather than World Strides next year.

Crave
CRAVING SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR DINNER?
 
Looking for something crave-able for dinner? Then make plans to enjoy some delicious burgers at our April Spirit Night at Crave Real Burgers in Town Center (9344 Dorchester St.). Stop by between 4 - 9 p.m. on April 17 AND April 18, to enjoy some great food and support BFA. Be sure to mention BFA when ordering so we receive credit for your purchase; to-go orders do not count toward the fundraiser. Hope to see you there!

SAVE THE DATE:  ADDITIONAL DI FUNDRAISERS
 
In addition to the Bolting Bens, the DI teams will be raising funds through an EXTRA Dress of Choice Day and Frozen Treat Sale. Mark your calendars for the  extra Dress of Choice Day on Friday, April 27, and Frozen Treat Sale on Friday, May 4. Students can participate in the Dress of Choice Day by bringing a $1 to their homeroom teacher on April 27 and buying frozen treats for $1 each on May 4 during second recess. Additional details about each fundraiser will be posted in upcoming Principal Newsletters.

DUST OFF YOUR BOWLING SHOES AND GET YOUR TICKETS TO THE MOTHER SON BOWLING EVENT
 
The BFA PTO is proud to present a Mother Son night of bowling fun from 4:30 - 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at AMF Littleton Lanes (2530 E. County Line Road, 80126). Tickets are $25 ($10 for each additional son) and are on sale now through the BFA Store. Your ticket includes bowling, shoe rental, pizza, soda, cupcakes and a souvenir! Boys in kindergarten through eighth grade can bring their mom, or any other special female guest. Get your tickets before sales end on Friday, April 20.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL SPANISH FESTIVAL APRIL 13
 
Come enjoy a night filled with Spanish culture at BFA's annual Spanish Festival! Middle school students and their parents should plan on attending this fun night filled with great food sold by Casa Caliente, as well as singing and dancing from our middle school Spanish students.
 
The festival will be held from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, April 13, in the Lightning and Thunder Gyms. Attendance is free--just bring cash/credit card to purchase dinner from Casa Caliente restaurant.

5:30-7:30 p.m.
Lightning Gym
Casa Caliente offering Mexican food for sale
6 - 6:30 p.m.
Thunder Gym
Sixth Grade Performance
6:30 - 7 p.m. 
Lightning Gym
Sixth Grade Pinata Party
6:30 - 7 p.m.
Thunder Gym
Zumba Dancing Party (open to everyone)
7 - 7:30 p.m. 
Thunder Gym
Seventh and Eighth Grade Performance

We hope to see you there! And, if you still need volunteer hours, Sra. Connell needs help with set up and take down. Please email her if you can be of assistance or if you have any questions.

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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!

LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR SPIRIT WEAR!
Last call for spirit wear! Get yours now before the PTO's online store closes for the school year. The last day for orders is Sunday, April 15. Don't miss out on your chance to get that coveted t-shirt, hoodie, or other spirit wear item before the school year ends. Please visit the store to check out all the terrific items for sale. If you have any questions, please email  Rachel Molieri, PTO spirit wear coordinator.

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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

DCEF
WE HAVE A DEAL FOR YOU!
     
DCSD Community Day with the Colorado Rapids
Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m.
Tickets only $20
Alternate game:  Sun. Apr 29th at 2 pm vs. Orlando City SC
 
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

DENVER YOUNG ARTISTS ORCHESTRA VOUCHER
     
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.

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DCSD APRIL SEMINAR
   
Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age
April 17, 7 p.m., Chaparral High School
 
Are you watching kids scroll through life with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time-friction she knew all too well. SCREENAGERS explores the struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.
 
This film is appropriate for students grades 6 and up.
Tickets are $5. Click here to purchase.  

Grocery
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.
Thursday, April 12

Science Fair
ELEMENTARY SCIENCE FAIR STUDENT/PARENT VIEWING
 
The elementary science fair projects will be on display Thursday, April 12. Each classroom has been assigned a time to view the projects. Parents are welcome to join their student's class and check out all the terrific demonstrations of the scientific method.   
 
North and McGinty - 8:20-8:40 a.m.
Triplett and DePasse - 8:40-9:00 a.m.
Klee and Murray (a.m.) - 9:05-9:25 a.m.
Wilson and Erbaugh - 9:25-9:45 a.m.
Lindgren and Marchisio - 9:45-10:05 a.m.
Parsons, Kessler, and Pitrone -10:15-10:35 a.m.
Rooney and Knudsen - 10:35-10:55 a.m.
Walter and Dunn - 10:55-11:15 a.m.
Hinz and Harms - 1:20-1:40 p.m.
Whelan and Hildebrand - 1:40-2:00 p.m.
Klee and Murray (p.m.) - 2:00-2:20 p.m.
Lewicki, and Wall - 2:20-2:40 p.m.
Van Wyk and Boyd - 2:40-3:00 p.m.

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FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
 
The Finance Committee is meeting from  5 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 , in the Dana Library.
Friday, April 13

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MIDDLE SCHOOL SPANISH FESTIVAL APRIL 13
 
Come enjoy a night filled with Spanish culture at BFA's annual Spanish Festival  from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13, in the Lightning and Thunder Gyms

5:30-7:30 p.m.
Lightning Gym
Casa Caliente offering Mexican food for sale
6 - 6:30 p.m.
Thunder Gym
Sixth Grade Performance
6:30 - 7 p.m. 
Lightning Gym
Sixth Grade Pinata Party
6:30 - 7 p.m.
Thunder Gym
Zumba Dancing Party (open to everyone)
7 - 7:30 p.m. 
Thunder Gym
Seventh and Eighth Grade Performance

Tuesday, April 17

Crave
CRAVE SPIRIT NIGHT
 
Make plans to enjoy some delicious burgers at the PTO April Spirit Night at Crave Real Burgers in Town Center (9344 Dorchester St.). Stop by between 4 - 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, to enjoy some great food and support BFA. Be sure to mention BFA when ordering so we receive credit for your purchase; to-go orders do not count toward the fundraiser. 

BFA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
 
The BFA Board of Directors is meeting from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.  on Tuesday, April 17 , in the Dana Library. All are welcome to attend, or you can use the phone number on the top of the agenda to dial into the meeting.  
Wednesday, April 18

Crave
CRAVE SPIRIT NIGHT, TAKE TWO
 
Make plans to enjoy some delicious burgers at the PTO's April Spirit Night at Crave Real Burgers in Town Center (9344 Dorchester St.). Stop by between 4 - 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, to enjoy some great food and support BFA. Be sure to mention BFA when ordering so we receive credit for your purchase; to-go orders do not count toward the fundraiser. 

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PRESCHOOL PARENT APPRECIATION
 
We love our preschool families so much that we set aside two days to celebrate them! Wednesday, April 18, and Thursday, April 19, are BFA Preschool Appreciation Days.

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2018-19 WASHINGTON, D.C. MEETING
 
Seventh grade parents interested in learning more about the eighth grade Washington, D.C. trip should plan on attending an informational meeting from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, in the Middle School Commons. Both students and parents are invited to attend. Please note, we have switched companies--we'll be traveling with Global Travel Alliance rather than World Strides next year.
Thursday, April 19

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PRESCHOOL PARENT APPRECIATION
 
We love our preschool families so much that we set aside two days to celebrate them! Wednesday, April 18, and Thursday, April 19, are BFA Preschool Appreciation Days.

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DRESS OF CHOICE
 
Thursday, April 19, is a regular Dress of Choice day for students who have not received two uniform violations since the last Dress of Choice day.

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PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION MEETING
 
BFA's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will meet from 6:30 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, in the Sanders Science Lab.
Friday, April 20

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NO SCHOOL
 
There will be no school for students on Friday, April 20, as it is a teacher planning day.
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.