Vol. 8, Iss. 18
May 17, 2018

Dear Parents,

As we are wrapping up our seventh year, I was reflecting on how many things have changed during my tenure. We've grown and accomplished so much as a school and as a community, but one stand out moment for me was four years ago when our very first class of eighth graders graduated. Those students are now graduating from high school. I reached out to those families last week to offer congratulations on their graduation, and asked them to let me know what they're doing after high school so I could share their successes with our community. I was excited to hear back from several students from the BFA class of 2013-14. Below are their responses:
 
Rebekah Coleman:
My family and I are still living in Beijing, China. I plan to take a gap year and stay here in China for another year, God willing. During the gap year I'll be doing some online college courses. In the fall of 2019 I'll enter college to study psychology.
 
Chrystal Delius
I will graduate from Highlands Ranch High School and will be attending the Colorado School of Mines in the fall with the President's Undergrad scholarship.  In high school, I was able to become involved with some amazing clubs, such as Sustainability Club, Science Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, NHS, SHH, and FCCLA. These organizations allowed me to meet new people and become a better leader. Sustainability club and FCCLA especially allowed me to see that I also loved helping others and conserving the planet. This is why I decided that I wanted to become an engineer-- to help innovate solutions to world problems and to help others. I really hope to travel abroad when I am in college. As of now, I have not decided what specific type of engineering I wish to do, but am leaning towards environmental.
 
Inge Delius
I am graduating from Highlands Ranch High School this year. In high school, I was able to meet many great people and joined many clubs such as Mu Alpha Theta, FCCLA, National Honor Society, Sustainability Club, and Spanish Honor Society. I was the vice president of community service for FCCLA my junior year and the Secretary this year (senior year). I attended the annual FCCLA state competition two years and got gold in interior design and silver as an Environmental Ambassador. Participating in all these different clubs and taking a variety of classes and electives allowed me to see that I enjoy being creative and finding solutions which is why I plan on majoring in engineering. I will be attending Colorado School of Mines this fall and received the Mines president's undergrad scholarship.
 
Marissa Kersey
Marissa Kersey is graduating from Highlands Ranch High School and will be going to a community or vocational college (which one is still up in the air) as she loves animals still and is thinking of a career in that area.
 
Jamison Pauley
Jamison is graduating from ThunderRidge High School.  He will be going to Metropolitan University of Denver in the fall.  He will be studying biology. 
 
Chase Sieradski
Chase scored a 34 on the ACT and earned the Presidential Scholarship at The University of Alabama, which will give him a full tuition ride for his academic and testing performance. He is very excited to be starting their combined five-year Computer Science and MBA program this Fall.  Roll Tide!  After he graduates, Chase would like to work for a high tech, innovative company where he will develop new technologies and products.  He is still an avid outdoor enthusiast and strong competitor who loves pushing his limits in Spartan Races and Ironman-style competitions.  Still loves a good laugh and very excited about what the future holds!  
 
Natalie Smith
Natalie will be attending the University of Southern California, pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering.
 
Abi Wolf
I loved BFA so much and had such amazing experiences/memories made from 2011-2014. I loved my teachers, the curriculum, the environment, etc... and I impress my teachers with the things I learned in middle school (especially my history teachers with my knowledge of history and Benjamin Franklin in particular). Thank you so much!
 
Here's a bit of what I'm up to:
I am a wrestler (I lettered in wrestling this year) at Hillcrest High School (Midvale, UT) and I throw shot-put and discus for the Track team. I am also an Impromptu Speaker on the Debate team. I have been in the school's big musicals the past 3 years I've attended HHS (our production of Les Miserables won best musical in the state this year) and the play, Dunsinane. 
 
My future:
I will be graduating with Honors on June 5th. I haven't decided on exactly which college I want to attend, but I have a choice between a wrestling scholarship at Midland University (Fremont, NE), Johnson & Wales (Providence, RI campus), and the University of Utah. I plan on going into the ROTC program my Sophomore year because I want to work as a criminal prosecutor, specifically as a JAG Officer. I also am working toward becoming a film actress. Being part of the first "graduating" class at BFA was amazing.
 
 
I hope you enjoy celebrating these successes as much as I do! Even after our kids leave, they're always a part of our BFA family.
 
I would like to start a regular feature in the newsletter to highlight what our alumni are achieving both in high school and beyond. If you know of a BFA graduate that is doing outstanding things, please let me know so they can be featured in a future newsletter.
 
Thank you,
 
Diana Simpson

BFA STAFF REPRESENT

Good luck to the staff members participating in the  Colfax Marathon relay race this Sunday. There are four teams representing BFA at the race. And, thanks to a donation from the PTO--they'll all be in matching BFA T-shirts! Following are the names of all the staff participants:  
 
Kerry Alder
Colleen Bobbin
Kelli Boyd
Ellen Cain
Kate Crespo
Sarah Evert
Katie Frisbie
Genevieve Gibson
Aric Gomez
Nicole Harms
Erica Hildebrand
Jen Lewicki
Amy Lindgren
Katie Murphy
Staci Reedy
Katelyn Rooney
Sarah Russell
Nadia Saleh
Leigh Savoy
 
We'll be sending positive thoughts your way on Sunday morning-- GO BOLTS!  

Nurse Health
IMPORTANT REMINDERS FROM THE HEALTH ROOM

As this school year comes to a close, we have a few important health room reminders for parents. According to state law, students entering sixth grade next school year must have received the Tdap vaccination to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Students entering sixth grade, and students new to BFA for grades 6-8 must show proof of immunization. Records can be dropped off in the school health office,  emailed to the health office, or faxed to 303-974-1738. 
 
Please plan to pick up your student's medication(s) by the end of this school year--on or before Friday, May 25. All medications that are not picked up by parents at the end of the school year will be disposed of (expired or not). If you cannot personally pick up your student's medication, please send a signed note to school stating who will be picking up the medication. If your student will be attending the summer BASE program at school, you must transfer medications to this program by contacting the summer camp coordinators.
 
Per DCSD, new medication forms are required at the beginning of each school year, as forms from the prior school year will be EXPIRED. You can find the new forms on our website, and they will be available through Express Check-In. If appropriate, please plan on taking the forms to your health care provider so he/she can complete them this summer and you can turn in the forms next school year. Forms must be dated July 1, 2018, or later to be valid for next school year.
 
At registration, we'll begin accepting signed forms for the 2018-19 school year along with any medication (stored in a properly labeled container) your student needs at school. Also, please remember, the  Provider Medication Authorization Form needs to be completed and signed before we can dispense over the counter medicine (OTC), and any OTC medicine provided to the school must be in the original container.

LAST CHANCE TO BOLT, BOLT, BOLT! 
 
Ben Franklin Bolting Fundraiser: Through NOON, TOMORROW, May 18
If you haven't participated in the Ben Franklin Bolting Fundraiser yet, NOW is your chance! "Bolt" a fellow BFA family by placing an order on the 
BFA Store  by noon, TOMORROW, May 18.
 
When you bolt, your tax-deductible donation of $25 to the BFA PTO will cover the lawn of a BFA family with a dozen (12) Ben Franklin Lightning Bolts! Be sure to enter the address of the family you want to bolt. You can remain anonymous or let 'em know who bolted them. The DI teams will place the BFA "bolts" in the family's yard for which you paid and remove them the next day.
 
FOURTH GRADE remains in the lead with the greatest percentage of bolts ordered. If they can hold on to their lead, it looks like they will be winning CRAZY HAT DAY!
 
Note: You will need the address of the family you'd like to "bolt." Helpful hint: Use the Directory On Tap app to look up an address to "bolt." DI teams can only deliver to families currently attending BFA. They cannot deliver to a public space or a townhouse, condo or apartment complex. Please  email   Missy Washeck  with any questions.
 
Donate to BFA's DI Teams
If you would like to make a donation directly to BFA's DI Global Finals-bound teams, you can. For more information, contact Amy Sunahara.
 
Next week, BFA's three DI teams will travel to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to compete among 1,500 teams (approximately 8,000 participants) from 20 different countries. The cost to attend Global Finals is about $1,500 per student. DI is a creative problem-solving program that integrates STEAM principles and teaches 21st century skills, including leadership, teamwork, positive thinking and project management.
 
Thank you for supporting the BFA DI teams!

BEN'S MIDDLE SCHOOL BBQ BONANZA

Hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers - get 'em while you can! You can do so at the last middle school social of the year from 6-9 p.m. TOMORROW, May 18, at BFA, hosted by Student Council and the Middle School Social Committee - and which will benefit all three Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals-bound teams. (The BBQ is for middle school students only.)
 
While there is no cost to attend the BBQ, you can purchase dinner for your middle school student for $5 (hamburger, veggie burger or hot dog) at the BFA Store in advance. Dinner "tickets" are available for purchase until 11:59 p.m. TONIGHT, Thursday, May 17, and will NOT be available at the door. You will not receive an actual ticket - a list of names will be available at the door (no need to bring a receipt). Student Council/Middle School Social also will be providing chips, drinks and dessert, and there will be a number of activities - including basketball, volleyball and backyard games. 

ALL proceeds from the BBQ will benefit the 14 BFA students competing at DI Global Finals next week in Knoxville, Tenn. If you would like to make a donation at the BBQ to benefit the DI teams, there will be a collection box to do so.

T here is still a need for volunteers to make this event a success,  so please consider signing up to provide food or volunteer for the event.  Donated supplies may be brought to Mrs. Gibson or Mrs. Denham's classroom.
 
Join us and celebrate the end of the school year!

BUY ONE, GET ONE BOOK FAIR
 
Join us at our Scholastic Book Fair May 21 - 25 to stock  up on some great books that will keep your kids reading all summer!  Books, posters and miscellaneous items are all buy one, get one free. Make plans to stop by during the hours and dates below, but please keep in mind that we'll be closed for carpool from 3 - 4 p.m. each day.  
  • Monday, May 21: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 22: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 23: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 24: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 25: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
We look forward to seeing you there!

STEM
STEM COMMITTEE POSITIONS AVAILABLE
 
The STEM Committee is excited to share that there is an opening on their committee for the Co-Chair position. This person will work closely with fellow Co-Chair Vince Molieri (who is great to work with!). The role involves overall coordination and communication for STEM Committee events and activities as well as helping to run the monthly meetings. If you're interested in this position, please contact STEM and they'll give your more details.

They also are in need of a STEAM Expo Coordinator. Planning for the event is well underway, and they already have a fantastic group of volunteers. They are looking for someone to be the main point of contact and keep it moving forward. Contact STEM if you are interested in this role. 


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CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS!
 
SAC would like to thank all parents that took time to take the parent survey this year. We are proud to announce the following winners of the ten $25 Amazon and Target Gift cards. These families can pick up the gift cards in the front office. Congratulations to the Agnew, Carroll, Dunn, Emig, Englhard, Hagerman, Harney, LaSelle, Sevinsky, West families.

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USED UNIFORM SALE THIS SATURDAY
 
Have your kids had a growth spurt or are you ready to get new uniforms for next year? If so, mark your calendars for the upcoming Used Uniform Sale from 9 - 11 a.m. this Saturday, May 19, in the Lightning Gym.
 
If you would like to shop at the uniform sale, please note that they only accept cash or check. They have uniforms in all sizes and genders, so be sure to check it out! 

If you would like to volunteer to help with the sale, please visit the SignUp Genius.

Milk caps
MILK CAPS FOR MOOOLA
 
A big thank you to everyone who has been bringing in their Longmont Dairy
Milk Caps for recycling. The STEM Committee gets 5 cents per cap, which they use to support some of their initiatives.

They also want to give a SHOUT OUT to Cristy McNally (pictured here) for taking on the task of collecting, sorting, and counting these caps for us! She's going to be sending in another batch soon, so please get your milk caps turned in before summer break.


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2018-19 KINDERGARTEN BOOT CAMP
 
Incoming Kindergartners--join Mrs. Brook for a Kindergarten Boot Camp this summer! This fun camp provides an introduction to kindergarten literacy and math. The Kindie Boot Camp is designed to provide an opportunity for new kindergarten students to become familiar with BFA and the kindergarten classroom. Campers will learn a new letter and number every day, gain new skills, make friends, and work on crafts. 

There will be two boot camp sessions, and space is limited to 16 kids per session. The first camp will be held June 4 - 8 and the second is June 25 - 29; both are from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. , Monday through Friday, at BFA. The cost is $60 per session (cash or check). Please bring payment on the first day of your session and make checks payable to Debbie Brook. Sign up for one or BOTH sessions today!

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LAST PTO MEETING OF THE YEAR - COME FOR DINNER AND SOCIAL

Join PTO members at 6:30 p.m. tonight , May 17, in the Sanders Science Lab for their last PTO meeting of the year! They'll have dinner along with a social. Hope to see you there!

Yearbook
EXTRA YEARBOOKS AVAILABLE
 
Yearbooks will be distributed soon! For those of you who missed the order deadline, there are a few extra books for sale while supplies last. If you're interested, contact the yearbook coordinator this week. After this week, feel free to check with the front office to see if there are any books remaining, and bring in your check for $38 (made out to BFA PTO).

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SAVE THE DATE: PIRATES COVE VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION
 
The PTO is rewarding families who have met their 30-hour requirement (15 hours for single parent households) with FREE admission to BFA's Pirates Cove night on Saturday, June 9. And, we'll have you covered if the kids come hungry, as the 2018-19 Washington, D.C. Fundraising group will be providing concessions. Hope to see you there!

lunch bag
DCSD OFFERS FREE LUNCH
 
DCSD's Nutrition Services will offer a FREE Summer Lunch Program at various locations (schools, parks, apartments, etc) throughout the District. They'll provide FREE lunch to any child 18 years of age and under. Click on this flier to find out more.

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL YEAR-END PARTIES

At the end of last school year, the PTO recommended only having three parties this school year and eliminating the end-of-year party in an attempt to make the last day simpler. This recommendation was approved by the administration last year. So, instead of a planned party with crafts, games and snacks, students will have popsicles (or the like) and enjoy time with friends signing yearbooks, watching a movie, socializing, or another activity at the teacher's discretion. 
 
If you have any questions or comments please contact  Mollie Anderson, PTO president,  or email Amanda Trenck and Emily Tenhundfeld, room parent coordinators.

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WANT TO BE A ROOM PARENT NEXT YEAR?
 
The PTO is looking for Room Parents for next school year! Being a Room Parent is a fun way to get your volunteer hours in, develop a great relationship with your child's teacher and get involved in the school. If you are interested, please send an email to  Amanda Trenck and  Emily Tenhundfeld, co-room parent coordinators, K-5.  

Volleyball
SIGN UP NOW FOR SUMMER VOLLEYBALL CAMP

Attention all 2018-19 incoming fifth through eighth grade girls and boys--summer volleyball camp registration is now open for current and incoming BFA students! Options include a week-long camp as well as evening skills clinics.  The camp and clinics are the week of July 9 in the Thunder Gym. All camp information can be found on this flier or on the middle school athletics page under girls or boys volleyball.  Please read all information before registering.  
 
Participation is encouraged for those who are interested in representing the Bolts on the court for the 2018-19 school year!    
 
Know any current high school players? We are looking for high school players to volunteer at camp and earn volunteer hours that some high schools require. Interested individuals should  email Coach Haufschild.
 
Parents of campers, if you are interested in earning some early volunteer hours towards the 2018-19 school year, please sign up here to volunteer.
 
Register your camper on the BFA Homepage, Payments, Middle School Sports.

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Haufschild.


BFA'S FINANCE COMMITTEE LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS
 
The Finance Committee is looking for volunteers with a background in finance or accounting. Volunteers will review school financials and budgets, recommend and manage the school's auditor, and make other financial policy recommendations to the board. Attending monthly meetings and working on special projects, members can expect to volunteer 1-3 hours a month. With two long-time members wishing to open the door for newer family involvement, this is a great opportunity to fill a meaningful role on this important BFA committee. Contact Roger Nagel for more information.

PUBLIC LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM

The Douglas County Libraries will be doing their summer reading program again this year! The program runs June 2-31 and registration is open now. As an added bonus,  Douglas County Libraries Foundation will give $250 each to the elementary, middle and high school that signs up the most readers for the library's Summer Reading Program.  Look for a flier in your child's Thursday folder or visit their  website  for more information.

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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!

BFA Summer Camp
SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULES AVAILABLE NOW
 
Ben Franklin Academy is offering an exciting Summer Camp program again this year.  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!

REMINDERS AND KEY DATES FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

Below are a few important reminders and key dates as we approach the end of this school year and prepare for next year.  
 
Carpool
Please keep your carpool tags, and bring them with you to registration. At that time, we'll give you the new 2018-19 validation sticker. You may order additional carpool tags through our payments system,  RevTrak. If you place your order before Aug. 1, the additional tags will be available during registration.

Uniforms
The current uniform policy can always be found on our website under the 'Parents' tab. The last significant uniform policy changes were made last year, and include a phase-out of the blue and khaki jumper, the plaid belt, the oxford button down, and the quarter zip pullover. Those items will not be permissible under the Uniform Policy next school year.

Keep in mind that Educational Outfitters, our only uniform vendor, is having a 20 percent off sale May 15 - 31, a 15 percent off sale June 1 - 15, and a 10 percent off sale June 16 - July 10. The used uniform sale is from 9 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, in the Lightning Gym. Please remember that they only accept cash or a check.
 
Summer Office Hours
Beginning May 30, the front office will only be open Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until noon, except the week of July 2. 
 
Registration for 2018-19 School Year
On July 25, you'll receive a link for Express Check-In, which is the first step in the Registration Process. To complete Express Check-In, you must have an active Parent Portal and be able to access it. If you have forgotten your username or password, please click on this  Frequently Asked Questions link. If you still have issues,  email our registrar. Please note: Families new to Douglas County School District (DCSD), will need to set up their parent portal according to the instructions DCSD will send on July 1. 
 
Express Check-In will open on Wednesday, July 25. To avoid delays in your student's registration, you must complete Express Check-In AND pay your student fees by Tuesday, Aug. 7. Following are the annual student fees for the 2018-19 school year:
  • Preschool: $125
  • Half-Day Kindergarten: $120
  • Full-Day Kindergarten through Fifth Grade: $170
  • Middle School (Grades 6-8): $185
The second step in the registration process takes place Wednesday, Aug. 8 - Friday, Aug 10. Parents should plan on coming to BFA to complete the registration process on their assigned date (see below). It is important to complete all necessary paperwork from Express Check-In and bring it, along with your carpool tag, to registration. Keep in mind, student photos will be taken during registration, so students should wear a uniform shirt to registration. Photos for volunteer badges will also be taken during this time.

If you have a new address or moved over summer, please bring proof of residency documents (warranty deed, tax notice, deed of trust, rental or lease agreement) to registration. In addition, if there are updated legal documents for your student, this is a good time to bring those to our Registrar.
 
Registration dates are as follows: 
 
Wednesday, Aug. 8
Families with last name beginning A-L
Registration hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break from noon until 1 p.m.)
 
Thursday, Aug. 9
Families with last name beginning M-Z
Registration hours: 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (with lunch break from 2 - 3 p.m.)
 
Friday, Aug. 10
New BFA Families ONLY
Registration hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 
Middle School Electives
The complete Middle School Elective Catalogue will be sent to middle school parents by late June. Parents will receive an email in July with instructions on how to select and pay for electives:
  • Eighth graders will be invited to choose their electives beginning Friday, July 13;
  • Seventh graders can choose electives beginning Monday, July 16; and
  • Sixth graders may select their electives beginning Wednesday, July 18.
All elective choices should be made by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25.

Teacher Assignments/Middle School Schedules
Elementary parents will be notified of their student's homeroom teacher via email on August 1. Middle school schedules will be available in the Parent Portal beginning Aug. 1. (We will not hand out printed schedules during registration.)
 
Other Important Dates to Note
Kindergarten Welcome and Assessments- Look for a Sign-Up Genius from your teacher by Aug. 3.

Monday, Aug. 13 - Teacher Meet and Greets - First through eighth grade students can stop by their teacher's classroom from 9 a.m. until noon, or from 1 - 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 15 - First day of school! Students should wear their Formal Uniform, which is a navy polo with the BFA logo and tan pants, shorts, skirt or a skort.

Wednesday, Aug. 29 - Back to School Night from 6 - 7:30 p.m. for kindergarten through fourth grade parents.

Thursday, Aug 30 - Back to School Night from 6 - 8 p.m. for fifth through eighth grade parents.

DCEF
WE HAVE A DEAL FOR YOU!
    
 
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

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, May 17

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LAST PTO MEETING OF THE YEAR - COME FOR DINNER AND SOCIAL

Join PTO members at  6:30 p.m. tonight, May 17, in the Sanders Science Lab for our last PTO meeting of the year! We'll have dinner at the meeting followed by a social. 

Music Notes
MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR AND GUITAR CONCERT

There will be a Middle School Choir and Guitar concert at 7 p.m. tonight, May 17, on the performance stage in the Thunder Gym. All are welcome to come listen to our talented students!

Friday, May 18

BEN'S MIDDLE SCHOOL BBQ BONANZA

Student Council and the Middle School Social Committee are throwing our last middle school social of the year from 6-9 p.m. on  Friday, May 18, at BFA. This is a FREE event for middle school students, but students who want to  eat a hot dog, hamburger or veggie burger need to buy a ticket for $5 t hrough the  BFA Store TODAY.
Saturday, May 19

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MAY USED UNIFORM SALE
 
The  Used Uniform Sale is from 9 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, in the Lightning Gym. If you would like to shop at the uniform sale, please note that they only accept cash or check
Monday, May 21 - Friday, May 25

BUY ONE, GET ONE BOOK FAIR
 
Join us at our Scholastic Book Fair May 21 - 25 to stock  up on some great books that will keep your kids reading all summer!  Books, posters and miscellaneous items are all buy one, get one free. Make plans to stop by during the hours and dates below, but please keep in mind that we'll be closed for carpool from 3 - 4 p.m. each day.  
  • Monday, May 21: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 22: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 23: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 24: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 25: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Wednesday, May 23 and Thursday May 24

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PRESCHOOL CELEBRATIONS

Our preschool kiddos are celebrating next week! The three-year-old class is having end-of-year parties at 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23 (for the M/W/F class) and Thursday, May 24 (for the T/TH class).

Our four-year-old preschool students will celebrate their graduation next week. They have a sweet ceremony planned for their parents so we hope you can attend!
  • The M/W/F morning class is graduating at 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23.
  •  The M/W/F afternoon class is graduating at 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23.
  • The T/TH morning class is graduating at 11:20 a.m. on Thursday, May 24.
  • The T/TH afternoon class is graduating at 2:20 p.m. on Thursday, May 24.
Wednesday, May 23 

Musical Theatre
KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM
 
Half-day kindergartners will perform from 10 - 10:45 a.m. and full day kindergartners will perform from 2 - 2:45 p.m.  on Wednesday, May 23,  in the Thunder Gym.

2018 Field Day
MIDDLE SCHOOL FIELD DAY
 
T he middle school field day will be held on  Wednesday, May 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Redstone Park.  The students will leave Ben Franklin around 8:30 a.m. and walk to the park with their advisory teacher; they will walk home after field day ends at 1 p.m. Please be sure to send you student to school with a water bottle and sunscreen already applied.
Thursday, May 24

Reading is Fun
AR DRESS OF CHOICE DAY
 
If you student (grades 1-5) has met his/her Accelerated Reader goal for this trimester, he/she can wear Dress of Choice on Thursday, May 24. 

Graduation
EIGHTH GRADE GRADUATION!
 
Eighth Grade Graduation will be held on at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, in the Thunder Gym.  

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SAC MEETING
 
The School Accountability Committee is meeting from 4:10 - 5:10 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, in the BFA Conference Room. 

BEN'S BRIGADE MEETING
 
Ben's Brigade is meeting from 8-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, at the Starbucks inside Super Target ( 1265 Sergeant Jon Stiles Dr ). BFA Dads are welcome to attend!
Friday, May 25

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DRESS OF CHOICE DAY
 
The last Dress of Choice day of the school year is Friday, May 25. Students can wear dress of choice if they have not had two uniform violations since the last dress of choice day. 

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LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
 
Friday, May 25, is the last day of school. We hope you all enjoy your summer break and we wish our graduating eighth graders the very best in high school! 
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.