Vol. 9, Iss. 24
September 12, 2019
 
Dear Parents,

One of the benefits of being a charter school is that we get to determine our own academic calendar. We have to follow the same rules from the state as far as how many minutes per year our students need to be in school, but we can organize our calendar in whatever way works best for our community. This year, a committee made up of teachers and administration designed two calendars that will be presented to the Board of Directors at their next meeting on Tuesday, September 17. I am collecting feedback from staff on those two calendar options this week and would also like to get community feedback before the Board selects a calendar for the 2020-21 school year. The proposed calendars can be found by clicking these links:   Proposed Calendar A and Proposed Calendar B.
 
Both calendar options share all of our main breaks with Douglas County, including fall, winter and spring breaks. Both calendars also feature a full week off at Thanksgiving. The main differences between the two calendars are when school starts in August and when school ends in May. There are slight differences in January as well.  
 
I would like to present both staff and community feedback on the calendars next Tuesday during the Board meeting. If you'd like to weigh in, please submit your feedback via this link.

I'd like to also take just a minute to thank the STEM committee for bringing some paleontologists from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science out to the school yesterday to speak to the students about the Triceratops fossils that were found down the road last spring. The students loved hearing about what paleontologists do both at a dig site and back at the museum. I posted some pictures on our Instagram yesterday of the assembly, please check @bfamazing if you'd like to see them. If you have a passion for science, engineering, technology and/or math the STEM committee would be a great way for you to get some volunteer hours!
 
This week in our Second Step curriculum we are discussing being safe. The students are being reminded to use safe actions as well as safe words so that no one gets hurt. As adults, we also need to make sure that we are using actions and words that are not harmful. Please be extra careful in carpool to follow all safety rules (especially the NO CELL PHONE rule!) and to treat volunteers and staff with respect and grace. Your students do notice when you aren't following the rules and are not speaking kindly. We all need to set an example of how we expect our students to behave.

Another way we'd like to ask for your support in speaking kindly and being a positive example is on BFA's social media. While "Friends of Ben" is not an official communication tool for our school, many of our staff follow that page, mostly because they are also parents. That page was created by parents to build community and as a way for parents to connect with other parents. It is not an official communication channel, thus the Board has asked BFA staff to not respond on the page in an official capacity. Unfortunately, sometimes the page turns into a breeding ground for venting and misinformation.
 
We understand that parents often have questions and sometimes even a concern they'd like addressed; if that's the case, the best way to have your voice heard is to reach out to our staff through official channels instead of starting a negative stream on a Facebook page. It's very unfortunate that several very negative conversations have been posted in the past few weeks, all on different subjects. While staff are not allowed to respond, they do see your comments, some of which are hurtful. I have spoken with several teachers this morning who lost sleep last night over comments made on Facebook, and that is not acceptable. Like most of the comments posted on Friends of Ben recently, if you would have emailed the teacher or administration directly about your concern, you would have a better understanding of the reasoning/intention behind our practice. Everyone in this building comes in every day with the best of intentions and a love for your children.
 
In the past, I have given in and addressed concerns brought up through "Friends of Ben." Moving forward, I will not be addressing any concerns that are not brought directly to our staff through our official communication channels (email, phone call, open/public comment at Board meetings). I encourage you to bring any questions or concerns about classroom matters to your student's teacher(s). If you have a question or concern about a general school policy, procedure or process, please contact me, Mr. Gomez and/or Mr. Rau. We are here to help and we welcome feedback from our community when it is appropriately voiced.   
 
I'm looking forward to seeing many of you Dads at the Ben's Brigade "Pints with the Principals" event this evening.  
 
Have a great weekend!

Sincerely, 

Diana Simpson

SEPTEMBER'S VOLUNTEER DRAWING AWARD WINNER
 
Each month, a volunteer will be randomly chosen through a drawing to win a fun, surprise gift. All you have to do to be eligible, is log at least ONE hour of volunteer service in the month prior to the drawing.
 
This month, Sara Hawkins is the winner of our drawing for her volunteer time in August. Sara graciously volunteered in the art room with Mrs. Gautier's class, and she's also the assistant room parent. Sara won a $10 gift card to Subway. Congratulations, Sara! And, thank you again for your time and effort at BFA.

PINTS WITH PRINCIPALS 
 
Hey Dads! Come join Ben's Brigade from 5-7 p.m. TONIGHT, Sept. 12, at Max Taps. It's a chance to get to know our Principal and Assistant Principals as well as meet some other Dads. No cost to attend. You can still sign up here.

NO SUCH THING AS...'JUST FOR A MINUTE!'
 
We kindly ask that you  park in designated spots only , and  refrain from parking in reserved spaces . The reserved spaces are for those who have been recognized as the volunteer of the month, staff member of the week, OR for the family who won the spot at last school year's auction. In addition, parking along the curb in the lot becomes an issue for others trying to back out of a space, and the Fire Department has advised us against letting cars park in the fire lane.  Please be respectful of others and park in designated spots ONLY.

car-front-icon.gif
EIGHTH GRADE FAMILIES - DON'T FORGET TO VOLUNTEER
 
Attention eighth grade families-PLEASE HELP IN CARPOOL THIS SEPTEMBER!   We're encouraging our eighth grade families to volunteer this month, so please  log into  HelpCounter  and click on ' Check for Upcoming Opportunities .' 

Sponsor
CONSIDER BEING A BFA PTO SPONSOR

The new school year means another opportunity to promote your business while supporting BFA. Each year, sponsorships allow BFA to continue to grow and to meet the needs of our school, as well as our teachers, staff and students. Sponsorships are on sale NOW, and selling out quickly. They are offered on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to reserve yours today. Visit the PTO Sponsorship webpage for details on the various sponsorship options and pricing   (look for the 'sponsors' tab).  If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity, please contact Denise Battista, sponsor committee manager.

 HARVEST FESTIVAL THIS SATURDAY
 
Join us for a night of family fun from 4 -7 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 14, at BFA. Tickets are $10 per child at the door; adults and children under 3 are FREE! Your admission fee gets you into the: carnival games, inflatables, and of course, the CAKE WALK! Also included are: face painting, balloon twisting, popcorn, lemonade, apple juice, and assorted baked goods.
 
You can purchase dinner and a refreshing treat at the Harvest Festival this year, too. The 'Tacos Tequila Whiskey' food truck that is run by a BFA family will be selling delicious food, and Kona Ice will be on site with their irresistible shaved ice!

We still need help to make this event a success.  Please consider running a game o r supervising a station  (adults supervisors only, please).  Also, please consider  donating goodies for the event, or cakes for the cake walk. 

Thank you in advance for your help in making the Harvest Festival a wonderful experience for all our kids!

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY FOR THE 2019 BENEFIT BASH

We hope you'll join us at the 2019 BENefit Bash beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Palazzo Verdi, and at 9 p.m. for the Casino Night After Party at Max Taps! There are many ticket options to choose from between two the different events, and even an absentee option if you can't attend. 

Please remember there also is an online auction from Oct. 20-24 where you'll be able to bid on the bulk of the auction items; to access the online auction you simply need to purchase a ticket (see below) or register for FREE.  Ticket prices go up on Sunday, Sept. 29, and several tickets have limited quality, so get them before they are gone. Look through all the details listed below and purchase your tickets TODAY!  
 
EVENT TICKETS
High Profile Ticket - Admission for one person to the BENefit Bash at Palazzo Verdi only
$45.00 if purchased now-9/28
$50.00 if purchased 9/29-10/12
Closed after 10/12
 
Life of the After Party Ticket - Admission for one person to BENefit Bash After Party at Max Taps 
$20.00 if purchased now-9/28
$25.00 if purchased 9/29-10/12
$30.00 if purchased 10/13-10/26, including at the door
 
ABSENTEE TICKETS
If you can't attend this year, but want access to the main event auction (i.e. parking spots, teacher experiences, Ski chairs) we have a ticket for you too!

Watching Gilmore Girls Ticket - Absentee ticket for one person to BENefit Bash
$45.00 if purchased now-9/28
$50.00 if purchased 9/29-10/12
Closed after 10/12
 
ENHANCED TICKETS
Toast of the Town Ticket - For those who want to attend both events! Admission for one person to the 2019 BENefit Bash AND After Party at Max Taps.
$60.00 if purchased now-9/28
$70.00 if purchased 9/29-10/12
Closed after 10/12

A-List Celebrity Ticket (limited quantities) - $100 from now-9/28; $110.00 if purchased 9/29-10/12
  • High Profile Ticket for one person
  • Early access into the 2019 BENEfit Bash (VIP check in is at 4:30 p.m.)
  • Reserved seat at A-List table with premium seating
  • VIP only bar and lounge area at Palazzo Verdi
  • Life of the After Party Ticket for one person
  • 'VIP Only' line at Max Taps
ADD OPTIONS
Don't want to have to drive between events? Hitch a ride on the SUPERSTAR shuttle.  
The shuttle will offer two transportation options at specific times during the night (Max Taps parking lot to BENefit Bash at Palazzo Verdi, AND Palazzo Verdi to After Party at Max Taps)
Tickets MUST be purchased in advance by September 28.
 
Superstar Shuttle Ticket (limited quantities)
  • $6.00 per way
STAR on the Red Carpet Table  (limited quantities) - Reserve a table and sit with your friends for only $60 per reserved table; purchase now-10/12 (Table fee is in addition to ticket price; 10 seats per table)

PACKAGES
Do you want to make it a couples night out? Pick one of these two options:

Top Gun Couples Package - $275 if purchased now-9/28; $285 if you buy between 9/29-10/12
  • Hotel room for two at Doubletree DTC (Orchard & I-25) INCLUDES breakfast for two on Sunday
  • Shuttle service from Doubletree DTC to Palazzo Verdi for two people
  • High Profile Ticket for two people
  • Shuttle service from Palazzo Verdi to Max Taps for two people
  • Life of the After Party Ticket for two people
  • Shuttle service from Max Taps to Doubletree DTC
American Idol Couples Package - $230 if purchased now-9/28; $240 if bought between 9/29-10/12
  • Hotel room for two at Doubletree DTC (Orchard & I-25) INCLUDES breakfast for two on Sunday
  • Round trip RTD light rail tickets between Orchard and Arapahoe stations for two people
  • High Profile Ticket for two people
For more information, go to the PTO webpage and look under 'Fundraising/BENefit Bash.'

CASINO NIGHT
NEW WAY TO EXPERIENCE THE BASH: AFTER PARTY CASINO NIGHT

Whether you don't want to attend the main event but still want to participate OR you aren't ready to call it a night after the main event, we've got the after party for you! Join us after the main BENefit Bash event for an adults-only party from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Max Taps in Highlands Ranch. Your ticket to the after party includes: live music, light snacks, $500 in play money for casino games, and access to the after party mini auction. Additionally, we will have casino games such as Blackjack, Craps, Hold'em Poker and Roulette in the Doghouse, regular picnic tables in the front room, live music and sofas on the patio (weather permitting) and a taco food truck, with food for purchase! Tickets start at $20 per person and there are LIMITED quantities. We expect to sell out FAST so get your tickets now at  https://bfacademy.ptapal.com

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS





TIME TO BATTLE! 
 
Calling all third/fourth graders and fifth/sixth graders who love to read--please consider trying out for a Battle of the Books team!
 
Battle of the Books is a trivia based competition. Students read ten books, compete for a spot on the BFA team, and test their knowledge while competing against other elementary schools in Highlands Ranch. Check the Douglas County library website for more details.
 
If your student is interested, please plan to attend a meeting after carpool (around 4 p.m.) Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Mrs. Lewicki's classroom (Rm. 166) We will discuss the book lists, book deadlines, and practice days and times. Parent volunteers are needed to read books, create practice questions, and help lead the teams.
 
Please contact Mrs. Lewicki with any questions.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS! 
   
The annual STEAM Expo is coming up on  Friday, Sept. 27, and we need your help to make it a great event for the students of BFA. This is a fun way to share your love of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math and jump-start your volunteering hours for the year. 

Please take a look at the  SignUpGenius  and sign up for a spot that works with your schedule and interest. Feel free to let them know if you have any questions by emailing  STEM@bfacademy.org.
 

Destination ImagiNation
FIND OUT WHAT DI IS ALL ABOUT! 
 
Got DI? Want to know more about it? If so, please attend a Destination Imagination (DI) informational/kick-off meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Middle School Commons (second floor) to learn more about this great program. We encourage you to bring your student if s/he is new to DI.
 
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 so much more. 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. Teams of kids solve one of six challenges in their own unique way and present their solutions at the South Metro Regional Tournament in March. Teams also solve an on-the-spot Instant Challenge at the tournament where they must think quickly on their feet and work together to solve a problem (generally in five minutes).
 
DI can use parent volunteers as well (a variety of roles are available, but Team Managers are always needed), and these hours count toward your BFA volunteer hours.
 
Last year, BFA had four DI teams compete at the regional level, three teams progress to the state competition, and three teams advance to Global Finals with one team finishing in the top 10! We are looking forward to another great year. If you are interested in joining a team or being a Team Manager, please  email  Jason Sunahara, BFA DI coordinator.

GoodiesGrandparents
 GOODIES WITH GRANDPARENTS - A SPECIAL BFA TRADITION
 
Be sure to mark your calendar and invite the Grandparents so your students don't miss out on a very special BFA tradition, Goodies with Grandparents!  The  Community Events Committee (CEC) will be hosting this event for students and their grandparent(s) from 7-8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, at BFA. Students and grandparents can spend the morning together while enjoying coffee, juice and light morning treats!
 
Are you looking for an easy way to earn your volunteer hours? Come join us in preparing for Goodies with Grandparents. Help is needed the night before the event (a great opportunity for working parents!) or the morning of September 26. Check out  Sign Up Genius for more than 20 awesome opportunities. If you have any questions or want to learn more about the Community Events Committee (CEC), please  email us.

COME TOSS SOME PUMPKINS!

Help BFA defend our second place title in the annual Colorado Punkin Chunkin Competition! We need help several days in September (15, 21 and 22). This is a fun way to get volunteer hours, while inspiring engineers of the future. Middle school age students and/or responsible fourth and fifth graders are welcome to join in along with a parent volunteer.

Check out our  photos from last year and the  competition website to get inspired. Please visit the SignUpGenius to sign up.

For more information, please contact BFA team lead Toby Foss. Thanks in advance for your help!

BENefit Bash
BACK BY DEMAND, BUT WITH A TWIST
 
The BENefit Bash wine wall will be the 'Wine and Spirits Wall' this year! The Wine Wall has become a staple of the biennial BENefit Bash. This year we are adding a twist and plan to include bottles of liquor in the mix. Now you can pull for wine or spirits at the Wine and Spirits Wall.

Do you have a bottle of wine or liquor you want to donate? Simply drop off your donation at the front desk or bring to the Harvest Festival (outside the main entrance) this Saturday! If you would like to make a donation outside of those times/locations, please contact Anne Giusti

BOX TOPS
BOX TOPS DUE NEXT WEDNESDAY 
 
The next Box Tops collection day is Wednesday, September 18. If you have Box Tops at home, it's time to clip them and send them in to school. Please put them in a sealed plastic baggie and send them in with your kiddo. Happy clipping!
 
Don't forget to scan your receipts with the Box Tops app to collect any new Box Tops earnings. We have already earned more than $50 this year!
 
Questions? E-mail Alaina Tinney, Box Tops committee chair.

BOOK FAIR
FALL BOOK FAIR 
 
BFA's Fall Scholastic Book Fair will be held  Monday, Oct. 7 through Thursday, Oct. 10.
  • 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7 and Wednesday, Oct. 9
  • 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8 and Thursday, Oct. 10
Please remember that the front office is closed during carpool from 3 to 4.
 
This year, Scholastic is offering e-Wallet so that you don't have to worry about sending cash, check or your credit card with your child. See our Scholastic homepage for easy sign up instructions
 
Scholastic is also offering a preview of all the exciting selections that will be offered this year. 
 
If you visit the fair, please take time to enter your child's name in a drawing to be held after the fair, as we will be giving away great books and fun miscellaneous items!
 
We look forward to seeing you there! 

Need At-Home Volunteer Hours?
We're also seeking creative help for book fair decorations. To volunteer, please meet at 4:15 p.m. Monday, Sept 16, in front of the school. This will be a brief meeting with plans for projects to work on at home; all projects will be due by Friday, Sept 27

KNOW A FAMILY INTERESTED IN BFA?
 
Do you know any families interested in sending their student(s) to BFA? If so, we'd love to show them our amazing facility!  Tours for prospective K-8 families will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays  from September 3 - November 19, and again from January 21 - March 31. We'll also have a tour on April 7 and May 5. Please note, there will be no tours while students are on break--Oct. 15 and March 17.

We look forward to showing 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 ten minutes early so we can scan their license before the tour begins. There is no need to RSVP, and tours last around 45 minutes.

If you have a friend interested in our preschool program, they should contact  Kristen Goldberg, preschool director.

DOT
PTO ONLINE SCHOOL DIRECTORY: DO YOU NEED TO TAKE ACTION?
 
Now that school is underway, it is time to update and add new families to the BFA directory! BFA uses Directory on Tap for our online school directory. It's an incredibly handy resource, that contains each family's class roster(s) and contact information, as well as the entire BFA directory.   

Directory on Tap is an app-based online directory the PTO offers to BFA parents. The FREE app is available for download through the App Store and Google Play, simply search for: "Directory on Tap (DoT)." Once this year's directory is ready in late September, you will receive an email from DoT with your one-time password. 
If you would like to update your family's information for the directory or opt out, you need to act today. You have until Tuesday, Sept. 24, to do the following:

1.   If your child goes by a nickname or shortened name, contact Natalie Lucero at ptovp@bfacademy.org.
2.   If you have recently moved or changed an email address or 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 PTO vice president Natalie Lucero with questions.

PERFORMING ARTS
AFTER SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMS  
 
After school performing arts classes start SOON! Sign up now for tap dance, choir, band, orchestra or audition prep:

Register on the music website  or here .

party_dance.jpg
YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP FOR ZUMBA! 
 
Zumba is designed for EVERY BODY! We take the work out of working out by mixing high and low intensity moves for an interval style dance fitness party. Zumba combines all elements of fitness, cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility. Students in grades 4-8 are invited to come join the party! Classes will be held from 3:30 - 4:15 on Tuesdays from Sept. 10 - Oct. 29. The Sept./Oct. session is $20 per student; payments will be due via cash or check (made out to Kelly Whelan) on the first day of class. Please email Ms. Whelan to register!

Spanish
ELEMENTARY SPANISH BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL OPTIONS  
 
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 month, per student; and, payments should be made via Zelle or check (made out to Patricia Connell).

Morning classes: Kids in grades K-5 will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 8 a.m. in the Spanish classroom (#276)
Afternoon classes:  Kindergarten through second grade will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4 p.m. in the Spanish classroom (#276). Third grade through fifth grade will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 4 p.m. in the Spanish room (#276).

You can sign up for one month at a time . Classes follow the regular BFA school calendar for breaks/days off, and continue until the end of May. Sign up today as classes begin SEPT. 3! Please contact Señora Connell for registration, payment information and questions.

CHEER CLUB FOR BFA BOYS AND GIRLS  
 
Middle school students - it's time to show your school spirit! Cheer club is back this year beginning Monday, Sept. 9; and there are two sessions for interested students. During each season, the Cheer Club will have weekly practices, cheer at home games and school pep rallies!
 
Fall/Winter (Sept.-Nov.): Sports: Boys Basketball          
 
Winter/Spring (Jan.-March): Sports: Girls Basketball
                                        
Practice:  Mondays 3:30-5 p.m. (No practices on Mondays the school is closed.) The first practice will be Monday, Sept. 9.
 
Cost:  $100/season and a one time uniform fee of around $60 (Your child will keep the uniform and be able to use it for both seasons and in following years.)
 
If your child is interested in learning basic cheers, jumps, stunts and showing their school spirit, please complete this form so we have an idea of how many students are interested. Both boys and girls are encouraged to join! If we have more than 16 cheerleaders we will host try-outs. There will be a separate registration process that will need to be completed at a later date.  
 
We are excited to get the year started! Please contact Coach Goldberg or email Coach Inman with any questions.

NJHS
NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY APPLICATIONS DUE
 
Applications are now being accepted for National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). All seventh and eighth grade students interested in joining NJHS need to fill out paperwork and return it to Mrs. Murphy no later than Sept. 23. New members need to complete the application packet, and returning members need to complete the BFA NJHS policy form. Both the application packet and policy forms can be found on the NJHS website located under the middle school tab and in Mrs. Murphy's classroom. Please have your student contact Mrs. Murphy with any NJHS questions. 

School
TIME TO THINK ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL - 8TH GRADE PARENTS SEE DETAILS BELOW OR CHECK WEBSITE UNDER 'ENROLLMENT' 
 
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, Mrs.  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.) Please note: I f the high school requires a first trimester grade report, but your preference is to submit your records to the high school earlier, then you can print the report card and send it to the school when the grade report becomes available (some time after Nov. 8). 
 
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. 

PTO Trucker Hat
GOT SPIRIT WEAR? 
 
Now's the time to get your BFA spirit wear! Inventory is stocked; the PTO has great items like the navy trucker hat (pictured); and the online store is open! NEW THIS SCHOOL YEAR - You may purchase your spirit wear online at the School Store on MySchoolBucks. Purchases can be made from now through September 30. All purchases will be delivered to the classroom and sent home with your student. If you want to purchase in person, we'll be selling in October at parent teacher conferences. The online store will close Monday, Sept. 30, and remain closed until the spring. So, be sure to get your spirit wear now!

ROCK
SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE? RENT THE ROCK!
   
Have a birthday coming up? Is your child celebrating something special? Or, do you just want to cheer on the Bolts? Rent the rock and shout out your news! The spirit rock is an opportunity to share exciting events with our school community by painting your own message. The daily rate to rent the rock is $15. ALL proceeds directly benefit the PTO's grant account, that will be used to support BFA's small group fundraising.
 
Want to rent the Rock? Here's how:
Step 1: Reserve the date you want by visiting the 'Rent the Rock' SignUpGenius. Rock reservations are on a first come, first serve basis, so make your reservations NOW!

Step 2: Pay for your reservation through MySchoolBucks. Payment is due when the reservation is made.
 
Have questions? You can find answers to frequently asked questions on the PTO webpage, or contact Sara Hope, spirit rock committee manager.
Thursday, Sept. 12
 

PINTS WITH PRINCIPALS 
 
Come join Ben's Brigade from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at Max Taps. They have invited BFA principals and all BFA dads, uncles, grandpas are welcome to come and hang out!

business_finance_research.jpg
FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING 
 
BFA's Finance Committee will meet from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, in the BFA Conference Room. All welcome to attend. 
Saturday, Sept. 14
 

HARVEST FESTIVAL
 
Join us for a night of family fun at BFA's 9th Annual Harvest Festival, from 4 - 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at BFA.   Tickets at the door will be $10 per child.  Your admission fee gets you into the: carnival games, inflatables, outdoor field games, and of course, the cake walk! Also included are: face painting, balloon twisting, popcorn, lemonade, apple juice, and assorted baked goods.
 
You can purchase dinner and a refreshing treat at the Harvest Festival this year, too. The 'Tacos Tequila Whiskey' food truck, run by a BFA family, will be selling delicious food, and Kona Ice will be on site with their irresistible shaved ice!
Tuesday, Sept. 17
 

TOURS FOR PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES
 
Group tours are offered at 9 a.m. every Tuesday from September 3 - November 19, and again from January 21 - March 31. We'll also have a tour on April 7 and May 5.  Please note, there will be no tours while students are on break--Oct. 15 and March 17.
 
Anyone going on a tour should bring a Driver's License and arrive ten minutes early so we can scan their license before the tour begins. There is no need to RSVP, and tours last around 45 minutes.

BOARD MEETING 
 
The next Board meeting is from 5:30 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Dana 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 agenda will be available via the BFA website 24 hours prior to the meeting.

STEM LOGO
STEM MEETING
 
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Committee will meet from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Sanders Science Lab. All are welcome to attend.

Destination ImagiNation
DI MEETING 
 
Learn more about  Destination Imagination (DI) at their informational/kick-off meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Middle School Commons (second floor). We encourage you to bring your student if s/he is new to DI.
Wednesday, Sept. 18
 

PTO Logo
PTO MEETING 
 
Plan to attend the PTO meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept 18, in the Sanders Science Lab. The PTO members would love to see you there!
Thursday, Sept. 19
 

small_pumpkins.jpg
DRESS OF CHOICE DAY 
 
Students who have not received two uniform violations since the beginning of this school year will be able to wear Dress of Choice on Thursday, Sept 19. 

Please keep in mind what the  policy says regarding Dress of Choice (DOC) days, "  Clothes worn by all the students during the DOC days shall be modest, in good condition, and neat in appearance. Students are not allowed to wear pajama items or clothing that contains wording or images that could be interpreted as racial, vulgar, or offensive in any way. Revealing clothes are not acceptable (i.e. tank tops, midriffs, sleeveless, etc.)"
Friday, Sept. 20
 

leaves.jpg
NO SCHOOL 
 
There will be no school for students on Friday, Sept. 20, as it is a professional development day for our teachers. Enjoy the long weekend!    
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.