The Franklin Academy

Weekly Update Newsletter - April 29th - May 6th

Friday, April 29th

  • THE DANCE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, MAY 20TH - at Markell Hall from 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Monday, May 2nd

  • Port of Subs Lunch for those who pre-ordered
  • Middle School Track - Practice 3:15 PM at The Franklin Academy

Tuesday, May 3rd

  • PALS Meeting - 8:00 AM Markell Hall
  • Uniform Closet - OPEN - 8:00 - 8:30 AM, or online anytime:
  • Lunch for those who pre-ordered
  • Track Meet- *Qualifiers: Blaine High School, 1055 H St., Blaine, WA 98320, students dismissed at 2:50 pm. Meet starts at 3:30 PM

Wednesday, May 4th

  • Port of Subs Lunch for those who pre-ordered
  • Robin Hall Mother's Day Tea - Fancy Dress Day - schedule below

  • Markell Hall House Color Day

  • The Franklin Academy School Day at Village Books - "May the 4th Be With You" - event details below

  • Middle School Track Practice - 5:00 - 6:30 PM at Squalicum High School

Thursday, May 5th

  • Pizza Lunch for those who pre-ordered
  • Middle School Track Practice - 6:15 - 7:45 PM at Meridian High School

Friday, May 6th



  • LAST TRACK MEET - May 10th
  • JOG-A-THON FOR K-8 - Friday, May 13th in the afternoon
  • FREE DRESS DAY - Friday, May 27th

  • NO SCHOOL - Monday, May 30th - Memorial Day
  • HOUSE COLORS DAY - Wednesday, June 1st
  • FAMILY FUN NIGHT - Friday, June 3rd! More info to come; mark your calendars!
  • USED BOOK SALE - Saturday, June 4th at Holly Hall from 9-3
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! - Thursday, June 16


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After last year's wildly successful library fundraiser, we are once again holding a Franklin Academy Day at Village Books!

It is on Wednesday, May 4th. In-person purchases with the attached form or online purchases with the school mentioned in the comments will result in 20% of the profits coming back to our school libraries.

Last year, Jennifer and I were able to get so many high-quality books for the libraries, THANK YOU.

We will be handing out the forms (see below):

  • At drop off on Wednesday morning, and
  • I will have extras with me after school at Village Books in Fairhaven (and they'll have them at the front desk).

If you have any questions, please let me know.

May the Force be with you,

Mrs. Samuel

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Children's Art walk

The Franklin Academy is going to be a part of the annual Children's Art Walk that Allied Arts of Whatcom county coordinates, which is happening again on Friday, May 6th, 2022, 5:00-8:00 PM.

You can read more about it in the Allied Arts of Whatcom county press release in the link provided and see this poster/flyer for the event:

A Big Thank you to everyone who is participating, and to ALL the teachers who are helping with their own classes' art projects. This is going to be a great event for all of us!


Ms. Simpson

LAST TRACK MEET MAY 10th - come support The "Force"

Support The Franklin Academy's Track and Field Team. The "Force" has had a great year and would enjoy your support on the track. There are only a few meets left, so come out and enjoy the spring weather and support our Track and Field Team.


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WHEN: Friday, May 13th, 2022


  • K - 4th: 1:00 - 1:45 pm
  • 5th - 8th: 2:00-2:45 pm

WHERE: Markell Hall - School Field


  • Students wear free dress and comfortable walking shoes; rain gear if needed
  • Snacks will be provided, please bring a water bottle
  • Please return all pledges collected by Friday, May 20th
  • Fundraising Goal - $50 per student or whatever works for each family
  • Volunteers will be needed on the day of the event
  • All parents are invited to walk with the students


  • Each class/House that has 100% participation in returned envelopes by May 20th earns a Donut party!
  • 90 Minute Pass to the Summit Trampoline Park (5th - 8th grades) for the student that raises the most in each grade
  • 90 Minute Pass to the LifeForce Ninja Gym (K - 4th grades ) for the student that raises the most in each grade
  • Medals will be awarded for most laps per grade too!

We look forward to a great day! If you have any questions or would like to volunteer,

please feel free to contact us. PALS activities fund new fun community activities,

teacher appreciation week, and much more!

Thank you for your help and support of PALS.

Franklin Academy PALS (

Tips: Making the High School Transition Meeting

On Monday, May 16th from 2:30 to 3:10 PM, The Franklin Academy is hosting an opportunity for previous students (alumni) to support our soon-to-be graduating 8th Graders by answering any of their burning transitional questions. Basically, it's an informal opportunity for previous students to provide some insight/tips/wisdom to our soon-to-be 9th Grade students.

This event is called Tips: Making the High School Transition (informal informative panel). This will be hosted outside the school in our grass field with panel members.


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The Franklin Academy Summer Math Program

The Franklin Academy's Summer Math Program is back!

Dates - Saturdays:

  • July 16 & 23
  • August 6 & 13

Time - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

For: 4th to 8th graders

Cost: FREE! To all Franklin Academy students registered for the following year.

As a STEM school, the Franklin Academy invites you to sharpen your math skills. Whether you need extra help in math, like math, or maybe trying to get a jump on the next grade level, this is for you!

New students to the Franklin Academy: Come and make friends!

Curriculum and treats will be provided. Students will have a 15-minute break at the end of each hour in the gym to play.

No need to preregister; attend when you can. Students are welcome to participate in all the sessions. Or, they can come when they are available.

We want to meet the parents the first time a student attends. Students can be dropped off or picked up anytime, but during the breaks is best.

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions.


Ole Hedahl, M.Ed.

Math & Coding Instructor

2022 Summer Camps!

Register for Summer Camp Now!

Download here: Summer Camp Registration Form

Have Questions? Please contact Violet Lord,

CREATIVE ART with Ms. Simpson


Our youngest little artists created some wonderful oil pastel pictures based on the book "Once Upon A Parsnip". The artists chose their own fairy tale characters shopping in a market.

Enjoy the creations here via the link below:


Middle School Art students practiced drawing fruit and a fruit basket with just a pencil and eraser in their art journals. Most of our Middle School artists took their time and slowed down to concentrate on the lines, shape, values, space, and values.

Explore the fantastic work via the link below:


During the Black History month, 5th & 6th-grade artists learned about the famous Black American artist, Jean Michel Basquiat. Students chose a story to tell in their pieces, (such as Briar Rabbit or Jack and the Beanstalk) with a focus on the main character, using text to describe/represent it, and a scene or landscape to place the story.

The unique pieces can be viewed via the link below:

THE READING CORNER with Mrs. Samuel and Mrs. Snyder

During the past month, Kindergarten and First Grade students have been reading a lot of stories about eggs!

In The Easter Egg, by Jan Brett, we learned about many different types of Easter eggs, including traditional Ukrainian pysanky eggs which are quite beautiful!

We enjoyed reading, “The Donkey Egg,” by Janet Stevens, which led to discussions about which animals lay eggs.

This week, most classes read, “An Extraordinary Egg,” by Leo Lionni, a silly and fun tale featuring frogs, alligators, and a “chicken.” We had an egg-cellent time!

Happy Reading,

Mrs. Snyder

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Joke: Why couldn’t Luke Skywalker find love? He was looking in Alderaan places.



For their Chapel Guild service project the 5th graders created some beautiful May Day bouquets and left them at the front doors of TFA neighbors. Chaplain Aaron explained how even a small act of kindness can really brighten someone’s day.
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Franklin Academy had a doubleheader this week with a meet on Monday at Lummi Nation followed by a meet on Wednesday at Meridian HS.

Both meets were very successful for our athletes as we had many PRs and top 5 place finishers.

Monday at Lummi Nation:

100 Meter:

  • Adrianna E. placed 5th out of 28 with a PR of 14.69 and she placed 3rd in the 200 meter sprint with a time of 32.37.

400 Meter:

  • Adelle O. placed 1st with a PR of 1:08
  • Audrey B. placed 4th with a PR 1:16.

800 Meter:

  • Marin L. placed 2nd with a PR of 3:01
  • Kasia K. placed 4th with a PR of 3:31.


  • Grace D. placed 1st with a PR of 6:27.

Our girls' 4x100 meter relay of Grace D., Adrianna E., Audrey B., and Adelle O. placed 1st with a PR of 1:01.

Our women's 4x200 meter relay of Kiona I., Audrey B., Maeve C., and Nora A. placed 1st with a 2:20.

Shot put:

  • Anabelle B. placed 4th with a throw of 17-06.

Long jump:

  • Adelle O. tied for 1st place with a PR jump of 12-07 and
  • Adrianna was right behind her in 3rd place with a PR jump of 12-03.

Our boys gave an admiral performance as well!

400 Meter:

  • Odin O. placed 4th with a PR of 1:06.
800 Meter:
  • Andrew M. placed 5th with a PR of 2:45.
  • Sean L. placed 3rd in the mile with a PR of 5:51.

The Men's 4x200 meter relay of Kaveer D., Andrew M., Christian L., and Odin O. placed 2nd with a time of 2:02.

Shot put:

  • Kaveer also placed 4th in the with a PR throw of 26-04.

Wednesday at Meridian:

400 Meter:

  • Adelle O. achieved another win in the and
  • Audrey B. secured 4th place again with a PR of 1:15.

800 meter:

  • Marin L. got 2nd place in the with a PR of 2:59.


  • Grace got another 1st place with a PR of 6:25.

The girls 4x100 meter relay of Tea L., Adrianna E., Audrey B., and Adelle O. defended their 1st place title again with a close fight to the finish and a new PR of 1:00.

The girls 4x200 meter relay of Tea L., Maeve C., Audrey B. and Adrianna E. got 2nd place with a PR of 2:15.

Long jump:

  • Adelle O.n finish 2nd with a PR jump of 12-08,
  • Tea L. in 4th with a PR of 12-03, and
  • Adrianna E. in 5th with 12-00.

400 meters:

  • Odin Overson was 2nd with a PR of 1:05.

The 4x100 relay team of Christian L., Sean L., Kaveer D., and Odin O. placed 3rd with 57:62.

High jump:

  • Christian placed 5th with a PR jump of 4-06.

An honorable mention goes to Kaveer who placed 7th in the shot put out of 23 with a PR throw of 27-04.

Danialle Segebart, M.Ed

Track & Field Coach

Spanish Teacher



Parents Actively Lending Support (PALS) - the parent-led organization supporting The Franklin Academy. Click below to see the current volunteer needs identified by PALS.

Our school actively encourages and welcomes volunteers. As a reminder - parents are required to complete 20 hours of school service during the school year. This is a great way to get those hours!

Track practice and meet helpers - No experience required:

May Morning Greeters:

JOG-A-THON Helpers:

Help set up for or sell books at our used book sale in June!


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Tung M. Ha, DO & Kerri Fitzgerald, MD

Daughters in 4th and 8th Grade

Both of our daughters began their education at The Franklin Academy in the preschool program. Although we live near a well-regarded public elementary school, our family chose to continue our daughters’ education at The Franklin Academy. We were impressed by the high academic expectations in a welcoming and nurturing learning environment. Teachers can focus their efforts on educating students instead of disciplining disruptive children.

At every grade level, my daughters have had a close-knit peer group that is academically strong and engaged in extracurricular activities. These friends are supportive of one another inside and outside of school. The school does a remarkable job of balancing academic rigor with holistic child education. Moral character development is an integral part of the curriculum. With a student body that is culturally and religiously diverse, we appreciate the universal humanistic values that are discussed in the chapel and intertwined in the classroom.

Know a Family Interested in Our School?

Our school grows with parents/guardians enthusiastically sharing with others about our school program and community. If you know someone interested in learning more about our program or wanting to set up a virtual tour, please encourage them to reach out to:

Admission Director, Natalie Bennett

360.733.1750 ext. 1509

The Franklin Academy 2022

Veritas Media produced the video above with the support of admissions from the "FOR YOUR EYES ONLY" Gala & Auction. It's a delightful reflection of our community.

Know a Family Interested in Our School?

Our school grows with parents/guardians enthusiastically sharing our school program and community. If you know someone interested in learning more about our program or wanting to set up a virtual tour, please encourage them to reach out to:

Natalie Bennett, Admission Director



Mrs. Dudley's & Mrs. Misday's 4th Grade Writing

Equality in Education

Equality in Education

Equality in Education

In February fourth grade students learned about outstanding African Americans whose passion, sacrifice and hard work led to important contributions to history, culture, education and our society. The fourth graders were challenged to complete a writing assignment on Equality in Education which included:

Paragraph #1 - Introduction to Mary MdLeod Bethune and Thurgood Marshall and their joint contributions to education.

Paragraph #2 - Mary McLeod Bethune's lIfe and contributions to education/society

Paragraph #3 - Thurgood Marshall's life and contributions to education/society

Paragraph #4 - Closing Paragraph - Summarizing the contributions of both leaders and what they will be remembered for.

All of the fourth graders worked on this project for weeks and did a fantastic job with their writing, editing and learning how to put together an essay.

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Women's History Month

During Women's History month the fourth graders learned about many women who made important contributions to our society and culture with their tireless efforts , hard work, and sacrifices. We read about women suffragettes, women in politics, women scientists, women in the arts and entertainment and women athletes.

As a culminating activity, students worked with a partner to create a poster on one of the famous women, highlighting their life achievements including: their occupation, their claim to fame, and their impact on the world! The fourth graders did a terrific job with this activity!

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The Oregon Trail

After studying the pioneer days and movement out west, the fourth graders were able to simulate life on the Oregon Trail by playing the 1971 version of the Oregon Trail computer game. The students used their Washington state readings and their "experiences" during the Oregon Trail game to create what a postcard might look like if it were sent while traveling on the Oregon Trail. The fourth grade artwork is beautiful and their letters are quite entertaining!
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Explore Science with Ms. Harris's 7th Grade Class

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Newton's second law of motion pertains to the behavior of objects for which all existing forces are not balanced. The second law states that the acceleration of an object is dependent upon two variables - the net force acting upon the object and the mass of the object.

Ms. Harris's students tested this law with their own creative setup using weighted toy dump trucks, student-created ramps, and water bottles.

What did you enjoy about the experiment?

"My favorite thing about an experiment is interacting with the project and my classmates." Neesha R

"I love physics." Evan K.


PE Shirts

We wanted to send a reminder that all PE shirts and uniform sales are made via the link below through PALS, with all payments being made online rather than through either front desk at Robin or Markell.

Anything purchased will be delivered to your child's classroom. As a reminder, the used uniforms can vary in size due to wear and shrinkage, so it's best to come in and try them on. We are working to add more uniform store availability for working families, hopefully in the evenings (by appointment).


If you shop at, this is a great opportunity to raise money for Franklin Academy. Sign up at Amazon Smile and 0.5% of your purchase price will go towards the FA Annual Fund. Here’s how:

1. Go to Amazon Smile

2. In the “pick your own charitable organization” box type in Franklin Preschool

3. Click on the Bellingham Franklin Academy (may still be listed under St. Paul’s Episcopal School through the summer)

4. Very Important! Please make sure whenever you shop on Amazon you go to the Amazon Smile webpage. If you shop on we won’t receive the donation.

Past newsletters

The Franklin Academy

A supportive community with STEM focused education in a safe, small class environment for all grades.

The Franklin Academy Points of Contact

Gretchen Bucsko, Head of School,

Melanie Hurley, Associate Head of School,

Dawn Regier, Administrative Assistant Markell Hall,

Rachel Lee, Administrative Assistant Robin Hall,

Natalie Bennett, Admissions Director,

Katie C. Dement, Development Director,

PALS (Parents Actively Lending Support)

After School Care Supervisor Violet Lord