pto-logo_0Ben Franklin’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is an integral part of Ben Franklin Academy. Since it began serving BFA, the PTO has raised funds to provide all sorts of items needed by the school, including playground equipment, library books, a climbing wall, an outdoor classroom, and the MakerSpace as well as tools and resources needed by the teachers, staff and administration.

The objectives of the PTO are to serve as a volunteer resource for the school, build strong school spirit, provide our school with great social events and seek resources (materials, funds, and services) that help foster our school community. We are planning some fun events and fundraisers to benefit our school and bring together the entire BFA Community. For the 2019-2020 school year, these events include:

  • BENefit Bash – 10/26/2019
  • Ben Franklin’s birthday celebration
  • Ben’s Brigade facility work days
  • Box top collections
  • Elementary holiday parties (Halloween, Winter holiday, and Valentine’s)
  • Field day
  • Harvest Festival
  • Mom’s and Dad’s Nights Out
  • Rent the rock – BFA Rocks!
  • Restaurant and spirit nights
  • SCRIP gift card program for staff holiday and end of year gifting
  • Spirit wear sales at registration, Fall parent-teacher conferences, and through our online store
  • Sweetheart Ball (formerly known as the Father-Daughter Event)
  • Spring Social (formerly known as the Mother-Son Event)
  • Teacher and staff appreciation
  • Uniform buyback sale
  • Virtues awareness
  • Volunteer recognition

PTO Volunteer Opportunities

The PTO consists of a board of seven voting officers as well as approximately thirty named committee managers and chairs. However, to successfully run all our programs, we cannot do it without your help. We welcome your input, time, and/or talents to help make Ben Franklin Academy incredible and the best place for our children to grow and learn. If you have questions about the PTO’s programs or would like to get involved, please contact a PTO Officer or Committee Chair for more information. Click here to view our current contact list: 2019-2020 Contact List.

Whether you’re looking to get a little or a lot involved, we’ve got a role for you!

Meetings

PTO Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  The next PTO meeting is on Wednesday, October 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanders Science Lab. Attendance at meetings is eligible to count toward your family’s volunteer hours. Parents and Teachers are welcome to attend! All open comments must be submitted to the PTO Secretary prior to the meeting.

Please click HERE to view our current vote list.

FUNdraising at BFA

BFA participates in a variety of programs that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars crucial to the growth and support of programs that enrich the lives of students and parents alike. To get an overall idea of the various fundraising efforts at BFA, please view our summary of our PTO Fundraising Programs PDF.

PTO Fundraising Programs

    Shop With Scrip

    Beginning in December 2017, BFA began using SCRIP for holiday and end of year staff gifting. In December 2018, our SCRIP program went online and has been successful in collecting for staff gifts. The SCRIP program allows families to make one payment for all staff gifts. Staff are then notified of their total gift from the BFA community and can select and order gift cards of their choice up to the amount of the total gift. Because the gift cards are  purchased in bulk, BFA receives money back in the form of a rebate.

        AmazonSmile

        AmazonSmile is an easy way to support BFA while shopping online using your Amazon account. Every item available for purchase on www.amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) at the same price. The difference is the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of eligible purchases to BFA.

        You can find out more information about the AmazonSmile program including how to link your Amazon account to BFA at http://smile.amazon.com/about.

            Don’t Forget the Tyson Labels

            BFA participates in the Tyson Project A+™ program, a fund-raising program sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc. Through this program, we can raise up to 12,000 dollars for our school every year! The money can go towards supplies, building improvements, school programs, or anything else we choose. It’s an easy way to raise much needed funds by sending Tyson Project A+ labels from products you probably already buy.

            Here’s how it works: Just clip and collect Tyson Project A+ labels from participating Tyson® product packages and send them to school with your Box Tops. We’ll collect the labels and send them to Tyson Foods and Tyson Foods will send our school a check. Each label is worth 24¢! It’s such an easy way to raise funds for our school!

                Box Tops

                Every Box Top Makes a Difference!
                Thanks to everyone for continuing to send in Box Tops! Because of your diligence, we earned over 21,000 dollars from Box Tops for Education since the inception of our Box Tops program. Remember each one is worth 10 cents to BFA.

                    Safeway and King Soopers Cards

                    Keep Loading up Your Cards!

                    The BFA Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) would like to remind you how our grocery card programs offer a simple yet effective – and such an effortless – way to earn money for BFA. We are not kidding when we say shopping at these places earns money for BFA that is as easy as 1-2- 3. Plus, using the cards over the summer gives BFA a head start for the next school year! King Soopers and Safeway: The King Soopers and Safeway fundraising programs donate 5%of your purchases back to the school. All you have to do is load your King Soopers and/or Safeway gift card at customer service or the register before you scan your first item. You can use the gift cards for groceries and at King Soopers/Safeway Fuel Centers.
                     
                    To purchase a BFA King Soopers and/or Safeway card(s), please go to the BFA Store or click here. Purchases continue to accumulate even while school is out over the summer, so you can financially support BFA all year long. For questions or more information, email Allie Warner, our Spirit Wear Coordinator.

                        Brick Program

                        More information to come soon on the re-opening of our Pathways to Learning commemorative brick purchase program.

                          Got an idea for a fundraiser to benefit Ben Franklin?

                          We’d love to hear it! Please contact the PTO’s Fundraising Coordinator via email with your idea. All school fundraisers must be approved first by the PTO Board and then by BFA’s Fundraising Committee which is made up of PTO Officers, Board of Directors, and Administration representatives.  The Fundraising Committee meets once a month to discuss new and existing programs.  Click here to fill out a Fundraising Request Form.

                          PTO News & Events

                          Important Forms

                          Agendas & Minutes

                          Ben’s Brigade is a PTO group available to any father (or male figure) of a BFA student. This service and networking group provides Dads a place to get to know each other and unique opportunities for ways to give back to the school and volunteer. Ben’s Brigade handles work projects around the school, provides volunteers for school functions and hosts a number of events throughout the year such as a Dad’s Night Out Bowling Event and a Dads & Kids Firehouse Tour.

                          Ben’s Brigade Mission Statement: “It is the mission of Ben’s Brigade to be Extraordinary Men committed to the growth, development, success and safety of Ben Franklin Academy’s students, families and staff members. Our supportive and collaborative engagement with before, during and after school activities contributes to a strong school family of continuous relationships and lasting community connections.”

                          Our next meeting is at 8:00P on Thursday, October 24.

                          Find Out More About Ben’s Brigade:

                          You can subscribe to the Ben’s Brigade Google Calendar here.

                          For more information, please contact Josh Pierce, Ben’s Brigade Committee Chair.

                          Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions

                          What is the BENefit Bash?

                          The BENefit Bash is our school’s main fundraising event for the year. It includes an online auction, mobile auction, and live auction as well as an after party. There is something for everyone!

                          When is the BENefit Bash?

                          October 20-26 with the main event beginning at 5:00P on Saturday, October 26.

                          Where is the BENefit Bash?

                          The main BENefit Bash event is at Palazzo Verdi (6363 S Fiddler’s Green Cir / Greenwood Village). Palazzo Verdi is adjacent to the Arapahoe Light Rail Station. The after party is at Max Taps Co (2680 E County Line Rd Suite A / Highlands Ranch).

                          Do I bring my kids?

                          No, the BENefit Bash is for adults only.

                          Can I bring someone from outside of BFA to the main event or after party?

                          Yes, as long as you or they purchase an event ticket.

                          I haven’t attended before. What do I wear?

                          Really, come as you are. The event’s theme is “Lights, Camera, Auction! A Night At The Academy Awards”. We encourage you to come dressed ready to walk the red carpet, as your favorite Hollywood star (past or present), as a your favorite movie character or as yourself. As an added bonus, since the event is so close to Halloween, we’re holding a costume contest for groups of 4 or more.

                          Does the main event include dinner?

                          Yes! Upon purchasing your ticket, you will be prompted to select a standard or vegetarian meal. All meals will be gluten-free.

                          Is there a cash bar?

                          Yes. There are several bars serving non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages set up at the main event. You can pay with cash or set up a tab with your credit card. Prices are listed at the event.

                          What is the timeline of the main event?
                          • 4:30pm – Event doors opens to VIP Guests
                          • 5:00pm – Event doors open, party sign-up and mobile auction begins
                          • 6:30pm – Dinner is served
                          • 7:00pm – Mobile auction ends
                          • 7:30pm – Live Auction begins
                          • 9:00pm – Main event is over but After Party begins at Max Taps
                          Tell me about the online auction. This sounds different.

                          In past auctions, the majority of baskets and auction items were available only at the main event’s silent auction. This year, we want to encourage auction participation even if a person is unable to attend the main event.

                          SO…the online auction will happen during the week before the main event. It will include the majority of the baskets and donated auction items including monthly reserved parking spaces, front row seats to the musical performances, and one of the annual reserved parking spaces.

                          Why do you need my credit card when I register at PTA Pal?

                          Credit card serves as your means of paying for any items you win as a bidder. Your card will automatically be charged at the conclusion of the event and an email receipt sent to you.

                          When is the last day to register for the online auction?

                          You can register up until the online auction closes on October 24.

                          What additional perks do I get from registering?

                          Each grade or class with over 75% of families registered at bfacademy.PTAPal.comwill receive an extra dress of choice day during the 2nd trimester. Grades K-5 will be tracked by class and grades 6-8 will be tracked by grade.

                          How much are event tickets?

                          Ticket prices for the main event and after party are listed below –

                            Main event After party Main event + after party
                          Sept 6 – Sept 28 $45 $20 $60
                          Sept 29 – Oct 12 $50 $25 $70
                          Oct 13 – Oct 26   $30  

                          We also have overnight packages available that include a hotel stay at the Embassy Suites DTC on October 26 and transportation between Palazzo Verdi, Max Taps, and the Embassy Suites DTC.

                          How do I buy an event ticket?

                          Purchase your event ticket online with a credit card at bfacademy.PTAPal.com. While we use the word ticket, you will not receive a physical ticket nor do you need to bring your confirmation with you. Just show up at the main event and/or after party, give the auction staff your name and have fun!

                          To purchase an event ticket or participate in online bidding, you need to register at bfacademy.PTAPal.com. The only way to generate a bidder number (necessary for live items, spectacular socials, and the paddle raise) is to purchase an event ticket.

                          Why do ticket prices increase as we get closer to the BENefit Bash?
                          In order to aide in properly plan food and beverage for the main event, we need an accurate headcount. Raising the price encourages parents to buy their tickets early.
                          When is the last day I can purchase a ticket?
                          Tickets for the main event will available until midnight on October 12. No tickets to the main event will available at the door. After party tickets are available up until and including October 26. However, there is a limited quantity of after party tickets available.
                          Why are there so many types of tickets this year?
                          We wanted to provide choices this year as what is important to one guest may not be as important to another.  For example, one person may want to be able to have access to the Spectacular Socials first and quicker bar service – the A-List Celebrity Ticket is for you.  Another person may want to make it an overnight activity for two – the Top Gun or American Idol Couples Package is for you.  Others may want to put on their jeans and hang out after their friend’s Halloween party – the Life of the After Party Ticket is for you.  Whatever the experience is that you want, we have a ticket for you.
                          What is the Watching Gilmore Girls Absentee Ticket?
                          An Absentee ticket is for anyone that is unable to attend the event but would like access to the mobile auction that will be for guest at the main event.  Anyone with internet access to the mobile auction website can bid on these items.
                          What is a VIP Line mentioned in the A-List Celebrity Ticket?
                          At the Palazzo Verdi, their is a 2nd floor overhang that looks down upon the main event space.  This is reserved for A-List Celebrity ticket holders only and will have it’s own bar.  Additionally, at Max Taps there will be a red carpet line for A-List Celebrity ticket holders to have direct access to the bartenders.
                          What is a “reserved table” and how much does one cost?
                          A “reserved table” is a table for 10 people that is set aside under your name at the BENefit Bash. The cost for a “reserved table” is $60.
                          What are Spectacular Socials?
                          Spectacular Socials are party-like events hosted by an individual or group. The host determines the time, location, cost, and number of attendees at their event as well as covers the full cost of hosting the Spectacular Social. Each attendee signs up and pays the fee to attend. 100% of the fees collected come back to BFA.  Spectacular Socials will only be available to attendees at the main event.
                          What are Teacher Experiences?
                          Teacher Experiences are experiences hosted and donated by teachers or staff for you to bid on. Experiences range from a pizza and movie after school in the classroom to ice cream sundaes during lunch to golf on the weekend. It is up to the teacher or staff to determine time, location, and number of attendees at their event. Teacher Experiences will only be available during the mobile auction on October 26. As we all love and adore our incredible staff, you can imagine the bidding on Teacher Experiences can get quite competitive. So, come ready with your best bid!
                          What are my transportation options?

                          Carpooling with friends is an option, please choose a designated driver. We also suggest using Uber, Lyft or a taxi service. If you drive to the event and realize you should not drive home, your vehicle may be left in the attached parking garage at Palazzo Verdi overnight free of charge.

                          If you’d like to ride in style between Palazzo Verdi and Max Taps, you may purchase shuttle add-ons for $6 per person per way. This add-on can be made at bfacademy.PTAPal.com.

                          Tell me about the After Party.

                          New this year, we’ve got an after party! You may not want to come to the main event but still want to participate. Or, you may not be ready to call it a night after the main event. In either case, the after party is for you.

                          From 9P-12A, we will be hosting an after party at Max Taps Co on County Line and University. The after party will include additional auction items, light snacks, live music, a drink ticket, and a 500 bill in play money to use at the casino night. A taco food truck will be available with items for purchase and a percentage of food sales from the food truck will be donated back to BFA.

                          Will I have fun at the BENefit Bash?
                          Yes! Best of all, the money is supporting an incredible cause near and dear to all of us – Ben Franklin Academy.

                           

                          How the Auction Works

                          Online Auction
                          Online bidding begins on Sunday, October 20, and ends on Thursday, October 24. You will need to register at bfacademy.PTAPal.com to bid online. Items range from gift certificates, vacations, toys, spa treatments and much more. The online auction will include the majority of all baskets and auction items previously only available during the silent auction at the main event.
                          Mobile Auction
                          Bidding in the mobile auctions will take place on Saturday, October 26 and will be limited to main event and Absentee ticketholders from 5-7pm. After Party ticketholders will have their own mobile auction from 9pm-11pm.  Participants will be able to bid using their personal mobile device or tablets available at the event.  You must have correlated tickets to obtain access into the individual mobile auctions.
                          Live Auction
                          We save our best auction items for the live auction. Use your bidder card to outbid others and win that coveted item.
                          Paddle Raise

                          The auctioneer will start at a predetermined donation level (For example, $1,000) and work down to a lower level. When the amount you’d like to donate is called lift your bidder card high until you hear your bidder number read aloud by the auctioneer. This is a straight cash donation to the school. If the amount you’d like to donate is not mentioned by the auctioneer, please talk to the PTA Pal staff in the lobby and they can record your donation.

                          100% of proceeds from the paddle raise goes back to the teachers and is placed in a PTO grants to school account for all staff to have access to for classroom and curriculum enhancements.

                          How do I pay for my items?
                          Check out will be automatic and done by PTA Pal upon conclusion of the BENefit Bash. The credit card you used when registering or purchasing your event ticket will be charged. An email receipt will be sent to the email on file.
                          Item Pick Up

                          Wine & Spirits Wall bottles as well as a few additional items will need to be picked up upon conclusion of the main event. However, the majority of auction items will not be picked up after the main event.

                          Item pick-up will be from 4:30-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29. So no more waiting in a long line at the end of the night…hooray! Only physical items need to be picked up. Spectacular Social and Teacher Experiences do not have a physical certificate. You will receive email confirmation should you win one of those items.

                          Ben Franklin Academy 2018 Fun Run

                          Final numbers from the 2018 Fun Run –

                          Students Registered: PreK-5th — 95% (667 out of 700) ; 6th-8th — 75% (226 out of 301)
                          Students Pledged: PreK-5th — 86% (604 out of 700); 6th-8th — 56% (174 out of 301)

                          Pledges from 42 States and 6 Countries

                          NET PROFIT $68,000

                          Of our profit, approximately $9,700 was given back to classroom teachers to enhance their classroom materials or curriculum. Additionally, the PTO has committed to spend up to $40,000 on the MakerSpace with the rest of the proceeds going toward PTO reserves.

                          Thank you to everyone who participated in the Fun Run. We truly appreciate your generosity!

                           

                          Pictures from Past BENefit Bash Events

                          2017

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                          2013

                           

                          If you are interested in sponsoring our school – either for a particular event or being one of our school sponsors, please contact our Sponsorship Coordinator via email.  For more information about sponsorship levels, please see our sponsorship brochure below. We value your support of our school!

                          Sponsorship Brochure and Pricing

                          2019-2020 Sponsor Listing

                          Annual Sponsors

                          Platinum Plus

                          Jimmy Kinley – Cherry Creek Mortgage

                          Platinum

                          Gold

                          Silver

                          BENefit Bash Sponsors

                          Field Day Sponsors

                          Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2019 PTO Elections. We’re happy to introduce our 2019-2020 Ben Franklin Academy Parent Teacher Organization team.