A message from Principal Simpson…
I can hardly believe it’s already May and there is only one month of school remaining! May is always an extremely busy month, so I wanted to highlight some key dates for planning purposes:
Field Day
Similar to past years, the PTO is supplying Field Day t-shirts for all students. This year the theme is ‘BFA Field Day Disney Style.’ The shirts, designed by our own Ellie Pierce and Sydney Campagna, are terrific and I can’t wait for the kids to see them! Students will receive the shirts prior to their Field Day and should plan to wear them with athletic shorts or leggings/sweatpants on Field Day. Please be sure you apply sunscreen at home before your student’s field day activities and you send them to school with a water bottle.
The weather did not cooperate with our Field Day schedule, so we made some changes:
  • Field Day for kindergarten and first grade will still be from 8:20 – 11:20 a.m. this Friday, May 10.
  • Field Day for second and third grade is now from 8:45 – 11:45 a.m. on Monday, May 13.
  • Field Day for fourth and fifth grade is now scheduled from 9 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14. 
If you had planned to volunteer for Field Day events but no longer can, please let your classroom teacher know. If you volunteered for the bouncy house, you should receive an email with the new dates and you can delete your spot if needed.
Middle School Field Day at Redstone Park
Monday, May 22, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The students will leave Ben Franklin around 8:30 a.m. and walk to the park with their advisory teacher. Your student must be registered and the TrainOC waiver must be completed to attend! To register, please go to MySchoolBucks and look for middle school field day. Registration is open now and closes May 21.  
Eighth Grade Graduation Activities
One of our favorite BFA traditions is the eighth grade ‘clap out/red carpet’ when all the kids come out of their classrooms and ‘clap out’ the graduating eighth graders, who then walk the red carpet out of school on their last day. Bring your tissues, and be ready to line the halls at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 23. (Remember to bring your Driver’s License if you don’t have a volunteer badge!)
Eighth Grade Graduation is at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 23. Students should arrive at 5:45 p.m. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
Last Day of School
The last day of school is on Friday, May 24, and is a half-day. School will end at noon, and carpool will run from noon until 12:30 p.m. If you need BASE for your student that day, you MUST register in advance. See the article below or go to this link to get registered. 
It’s certainly an exciting time, so please help your students stay focused and on track for these last few weeks of school!

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