Getting Ready for the 2021-22 School Year

We’re looking forward to having your student(s) at Ben Franklin Academy this fall! We will continue to communicate with you throughout the summer, but please read the email below for important information and action items.
 

What do I need to know/do today?

Note Summer Office Hours

The office will be open during the summer from 9 a.m. until noon on Wednesdays from June 2 – Aug. 4 (except on July 7).
 

Purchase Uniforms

It’s a good idea to get an early start on purchasing uniforms for the next school year. We have three uniform vendors—Educational Outfitters, French Toast and Tommy Hilfiger. Go to our uniforms webpage (select uniforms at the top of the page) to learn more and get direct links to all the vendors.
 

Returning Families Keep Carpool Tags

Please keep your carpool tags and bring them with you to BFA Annual Family Check-In. At that time, we’ll give you the annual validation sticker.
 

Make Necessary Medical Appointments

Any medication forms or health care plans need to be completed prior to the start of school, but forms should be dated after July 1. Be sure they are filled out by the doctor and signed by the parent. We also need vaccination forms for kindies and updated forms for incoming sixth graders indicating they have received the T-dap vaccine. For more information, see our health webpage.
 

Calendar Key Dates

Please click on this document for key dates you should add to your calendar as we prepare for the 2021-22 school year.
 

Important Steps to Complete for 2021-22 School Year

 

Required: Complete Two Step Check-In Process for All K-8 Students

 
Step #1:   DCSD Express Check-In will open on Monday, July 12. One parent from the primary household should complete DCSD Express Check-In for each K-8 student:
  • Approve/Update contact, address and phone number information for parents and emergency contacts for each K-8 student;
  • Select/Update media consent elections; 
  • Review, electronically sign and/or print required forms; 
  • Add/Update student health information;
  • Complete and submit required Google Forms by August 4; and
  • Pay student fees. (A late fee will be assessed for each student in your family if student fees aren’t paid by August 4.)
 
To access and complete DCSD Express Check-In, you will use your Infinite Campus (IC) Parent Portal username and password. Parents of K-8 students NEW to DCSD will receive an email from DCSD within the first 10 days of July with instructions for setting up and/or activating their parent portal. Each parent should set up their own portal account. (Parents who share an email address can only create one parent portal account.)
 
Parents who have forgotten their Infinite Campus Parent Portal username and/or password, please email our registrar. She is part-time during the summer months. Contact her before Tuesday, July 20, for account assistance.
 
Click here for important FAQs.
 
If Step #1 is not complete, you will experience delays when you try to proceed with Step #2, BFA Annual Family Check-In.
 
Step #2: BFA Annual Family Check-In Parents and K-8 students should come to BFA to complete BFA Annual Family Check-In on their assigned date (see below).
 
Wednesday, August 11
Families with last name beginning A-L
Hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (School closed for lunch break from 2-3 p.m.)
 
Thursday, August 12
Families with last name beginning M-Z
Hours: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. (School closed for lunch break from 11 a.m. – noon)  
 
 When you come to BFA to check-in, make sure to:
  • Returning families: Bring carpool tag(s) for the annual validation sticker. New families: You’ll receive two carpool tags at BFA Annual Family Check-In.
  • Be ready to SMILE! Student and parent photos will be taken. Order forms for student pictures will be available from DCSD Online Express Check-In. Students should wear a BFA uniform shirt. Parents’ pictures will be used for their annual volunteer badges.
  • Bring student medications and completed required health forms from DCSD Online Express Check-In with parent and physician’s signature.
  • Bring copies of any legal documents or updates (custody, guardianship, etc.), if applicable.
 

Required: Middle School Students Choose Electives

The complete Middle School Elective Catalogue will be sent to middle school parents by Wednesday, June 23. Registration will be through MySchoolBucks, so new families should look for instructions within the document about how to set up your MySchoolBucks account and, then, add your K-8 student(s).
 
Below are the dates when the registration window will be available by grade level. The registration process is first come, first served by grade level seniority. If the elective you wanted isn’t listed, that means it is full and you must choose another class. 
  • Eighth grade: Registration opens at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 7 
  • Seventh grade: Registration opens at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 8
  • Sixth grade: Registration opens at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 9
  • Registration will close at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14
 
Students who don’t sign up during their registration window will need to meet with Mrs. Boland to be placed into a vacant elective course. 
If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Boland.
 

Required: Middle School Students should Print Schedules

Parents should log into their Infinite Campus (IC) Parent Portal to view their student’s middle school schedule after 9 a.m. on Monday, August 2. Please print the schedule and ask your student to bring it on his/her first day. See instructions below.
 

Important: View Teacher Assignments

Teacher assignments will not be sent via email this year, instead, parents should log into Infinite Campus (IC) Parent Portal after 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 2, to view teacher assignment(s). See Instructions below.
 

Instructions for Pulling Up Teachers/Schedules in IC

Here’s how to view teacher assignments and/or middle school schedules in IC:
  • Login to your Infinite Campus (IC) Parent Portal.
  • From the left-hand menu bar, select: Documents.
  • Click the arrow for 0135 BFA 21-22.
  • Elementary students will see their homeroom teacher, and middle school students can print their schedule.
  • Note: If you have more than one student, you’ll need to click on down arrow by the student’s picture on the upper right side of site to change the student selection.

Optional: Order Extra Carpool Tags

Returning families will have their current tags, and new families will receive two tags during BFA Annual Family Check-In; but families can also order additional carpool tags through our payments system MySchoolBucks. If you place your order before August 1, the additional tags will be available during BFA Annual Family Check-In. (Families new to DCSD can order additional tags after July 1, when they are able to set up their MySchoolBucks account.)
 

Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year—What’s Next?

New BFA Parent/Guardian Orientation – Brand new BFA families are welcome to join us for an orientation from 6 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 12, at BFA.

Sixth Grade Students and New Middle School Student Orientation – Students are welcome to join us for an orientation to middle school from 8 – 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 17, at BFA.

Meet the Teacher/Family Picnic – Save the date! On the evening of Monday, August 16, you’ll have the opportunity to meet your student(s) teacher(s) as well as other BFA families. Come by BFA and meet your teacher between 4 – 5:30 p.m., then stay for an informal school picnic which will be held from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Additional details will be provided this summer.

The First Day of School for Grades 1-8 and Kindergarten Individual Assessments on Wednesday, August 18, 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Students in grades 1-8 should wear their Formal Uniform, which is a navy polo with the BFA logo and tan pants, shorts, skirt or a skort. (As a reminder, the Formal Uniform is worn on the first day of school, the first Wednesday of every month and on field trips.) Kindergarten students will have their individual assessments this day. Kindergarten students will not be at school for the entire day, rather they will only be on campus during their designated assessment time period; therefore, they can wear ‘street clothes’ to school rather than the uniform. More information about signing up for assessments will be provided by your teacher in August.

Kindergarten First Day of School and BooHoo/YaHoo, Thursday, August 19, Morning and Full-Day kindergarten begins at 8:30 a.m.; afternoon kindergarten starts at the regular time (12:30 p.m.)  – This year, kindergarten students will take individual assessments on Wednesday, August 18, so their first day of school is Thursday, August 19. Students should wear their Formal Uniform, which is a navy polo with the BFA logo and tan pants, shorts, skirt or a skort. School will start a bit later on the first morning (8:30 a.m.) so parents can park and walk their students into school. Parents should plan on walking their students into school for a story and staying for our traditional BooHoo/YaHoo social event on Thursday, August 19. Additional details to follow.

Back to School Nights – Every year, parents are invited to a Back to School Night to help them become better acquainted with the school, staff and information specific to their child’s grade level. More information will be provided later in the summer.

  • Grades K- 4 Back to School Night Tuesday, Aug. 24, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Grades 5-8 Back to School Night Wednesday, Aug. 25, 6 – 8 p.m.