Welcome to Ben Franklin Academy! We’re so glad that you are a part of this wonderful community. As with any new adventure, there is a lot to learn as you embark on this journey. This page contains helpful links as well as specific information that is communicated to new parents throughout the spring and summer. It’s designed to let you refer back to helpful information, or if you enrolled at BFA later in the process, catch up on any information you may have missed. 
 

Please Read: Below are Links to Important Messages Regarding Upcoming School Year.

May 24 Communication: Get Ready for the 2021-22 School Year

June 23 Communication: Important BFA Update

June 25 Middle School Communication: Electives Course Selection Guide

July 12 Communication: Important – Complete Express Check-In by Aug. 4

July 19 Communication: Uniform Reminder – Only Purchase Approved Items from our Vendor

July 21 Communication: Principal Update

July 23 Communication: Food Truck Social

July 27 Communication: Information from Tommy Hilfiger, Uniform Partner 

July 30 Communication: Complete ECI by Aug. 4; Teacher Assignments Available Aug. 2

Aug. 3 Middle School Communication: New Student Math Placement Testing

Aug. 4 Communication: Tommy Hilfiger Try on Event

Aug. 9 Communication: BFA Annual Family Check-In Reminder

Aug 9 Kindergarten Communication: BooHoo/Yahoo

Student Health and Wellness 

New families should pay special attention to the health and wellness information and requirements. Please see our Health and Wellness webpage for information about taking medicine at school, health plans and immunization requirements.
 

School Hours 

Click here for all our school hours as well as the carpool drop-off/pick-up times. 
 

Communication at BFA

BFA uses multiple communication tools to ensure that parents keep track of all the exciting things happening at BFA. Check out the list below for more details about all the ways to stay connected:
  • Principal Simpson’s weekly newsletter is sent out via email every Thursday during the school year. You can find back issues here.
  • The BFA website is the central hub for news, calendars, policies, teacher webpages, committee webpages and essential quicklinks for absence/attendance reporting, lunch, payments and volunteer management. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the website!
  • BFA has a public Facebook page and posts various announcements and pictures throughout the day. 
  • Teacher websites, newsletters and blogs ensure you stay abreast of all the happenings inside your student’s classroom.
  • The BFA app offers quick access to all the information you need from your mobile device, and if you enable notifications, you’ll also receive helpful reminders throughout the year. The app is available on IOS and Android devices – get it now on the App Store or Google Play!
  • Be sure to follow our Instagram account, BFAmazing, to see what is happening every day. You never know who might pop up on the ‘gram!
  • Additional communications will be sent routinely to Middle School and Preschool families.
  • And, there are two Facebook pages run by BFA parents that can be helpful. They are not official BFA pages, so if you have a policy or calendar question, you should reach out to someone at BFA; however, they can help you connect with other BFA families in an informal way or even find used uniforms to purchase. There is a Buy and Sell Facebook page and Friends of Ben Facebook page. Additionally, some grade levels have their own Facebook page–contact your Room Parent or ask other parents in the classroom for more information. 

School Uniforms

School uniforms are an important aspect of BFA culture. Uniforms enhance school pride, unity and community spirit and decrease discipline issues. For more information about school uniforms, parents can refer to the Uniform Policy and the Uniform Standards for All Students.
 
BFA parents have the opportunity to purchase uniform items from three approved vendors—Educational Outfitters, French Toast and Tommy Hilfiger. Links to the vendor sites can be found on the uniforms webpage. To get to the uniform page, please click here (and select uniforms at the top of the page) or visit the BFA website, then select parents, policies/uniforms/forms, and finally uniforms at the top of this page. 
 
Important: Be sure to purchase a Formal Uniform, which is a navy polo with the BFA logo and tan pants, shorts, skirt or a skort. Formal Uniform is worn on the first day of school, the first Wednesday of every month and on field trips.
 

Absence Reporting 

Click here to view the webpage with instructions on how to report an absence.

If your student will be picked up in carpool by another person or if you need to make a change to your student’s ‘Walker’ status, email traffic@bfacademy.org by 1:30 p.m. 

Payments and Fees

Families new to the Douglas County School District (DCSD) should set up an account on MySchoolBucks to pay for lunch, field trips and spirit wear. New families will be able to set up their account after July 1. View this Payments webpage for instructions on how to set up your account, add a new student, and/or get started using MySchoolBucks.

You DO NOT have to purchase your own school supplies each August. This year, our funding from the state came in higher than we had expected. This change allowed us to look over our budget and see what changes we can make that would impact families, students, and staff in the most positive way. One of the most significant changes is that we will NOT be charging any student fees this school year. We are excited to pass these savings along to families while still providing all the necessary school supplies and materials that students and teachers need.

Lunch

Douglas County Nutrition Services (DCNS) provides lunch at our school. See our lunch webpage for more information. You also can visit the Nurtrislice website and choose Ben Franklin Academy to view the lunch menu.

Calendar

You can access the event calendar and the academic calendar from the primary navigation bar on the main BFA webpage. In addition, you can print off a PDF version of the academic calendar if you go to the forms webpage (click on ‘forms’ at the top of the page).

Volunteering

Volunteerism is a fantastic opportunity to connect with other parents, teachers and support your student; as such, it’s a requirement at BFA. See our volunteer webpage for additional information about requirements, opportunities and how to log your hours. 

BASE and Summer Camp

BFA’s Lightning Bolt Before/After School Enrichment (BASE) program serves BFA children and parents by providing a safe, enriching, convenient, and affordable school-age childcare program. Our on-site program features indoor and outdoor activities that keep your child engaged and safe while giving them plenty of time to work on their homework. A perfect fit for working parents or parents who need additional time before or after school, BFA’s Lightning Bolt BASE program provides safe alternative for school-aged childcare.

The Summer Camp program is sure to keep your kids safe and entertained; and the best part is that our Summer Camp program is staffed by people you know and trust! Summer Camp is open to any currently enrolled BFA student 5-years-old and above. Summer Camp is generally available most of the summer, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., with a week-long break around Fourth of July. 
 
For more information, see our webpage.