Parent Teacher Organization

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 2018-2019 school year, these events include:

  • 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
  • FUN RUN
  • 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: 2018-2019 PTO Contact list. Whether you’re looking to get a little or a lot involved, we’ve got a role for you!

PTO Elections 2019 Nomination Form Job Descriptions

Meetings

PTO Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  The next PTO meeting is on Wednesday, April 24, 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.

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.

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                          News and Events

                          Birthday Bags and Yard Signs Sale
                          Spring Social Bowlero
                          SCRIP Parent Worksheet
                          SCRIP end of year flyer
                          April or May Bookmark Contest
                          Bookmark Contest Winner
                          Mom's Night Out

                          Mom's Night Out

                          March 31st, 2019

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                          Come one, come all to spirit night at Shake Shack!

                          Come one, come all to spirit night at Shake Shack!

                          February 28th, 2019

                          Please join us from 11A-10P on Tuesday, March 5, for spirit night at Shake Shack in Highlands Ranch. Mention BFA or present your flyer at check out and 25% of your dine-in or carry out purchase will c[...]

                          The PTO wants You. Yes, You!

                          The PTO wants You. Yes, You!

                          February 28th, 2019

                          PTO nominations open up on March 1 and we hope you'll consider volunteering with the PTO. Please visit our elections webpage for more information. [...]

                          March Bookmark Contest Form