A message from Principal Simpson…
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). And, unless you’ve been on a DI team, you may not know what makes the program so special, and the efforts of the participants worthy of such high praise.
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.
Last weekend, FIVE BFA Destination Imagination (DI) teams competed at the State DI competition! That’s incredible and 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.
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
- 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
With fourteen students headed to Globals, at a cost of about $1,500 EACH, the DI teams will need some help from our community. See the message below from our DI Coordinators about how you can help:
Help Our DI Teams Get to Globals!
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 “bolting” begins Saturday, April 14, and ends on Friday, May 18, – but don’t delay! 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.” 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.
In addition to the Bolting Bens, 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.