BEN Bolt News

April 2022

Principal's Corner

Dear Ben Bolt Families:

We have moved the clocks forward and Spring has arrived. It is hard to believe we will soon be starting the fourth marking period, April 7. Hopefully, everyone had an opportunity to meet with staff at parent teacher conferences and were informed of all the social achievements and academic progress your children are making.

April Celebrations - During the month of April, we will be celebrating Autism Awareness with School spirit day activities during the first week of April. Spring Picture day has been scheduled for April 8. Third marking period report cards will be posted to the portal April 27. Schools will be closed from April 15-April 22 and will re-open on April 25.

I would also like to take this opportunity to share how proud I am of our Students, Staff and Ben Franklin Bolt Community for demonstrating how our school and community are Caring, Kind and Humanistic. The response from our community was overwhelming as we collected an abundance of food/supplies and five hundred dollars for the people of Ukraine. Congratulations to all involved.

We were also treated with a visit from the Albora Dance Theater who provided a cultural experience with The Flamenco Spanish Dancers . Through dance, drama, music and their passionate artistry, they revealed the diverse and historical threads that make up the multicultural fabric of the Spanish Culture. The students were active participants as they showed off their dancing skills.

I also want to thank all of you for participating in our Pajama Jam. A special thanks to Mrs. Pickton and to all the staff who made the evening a night to remember as we were finally able to come together in person as one community. These events and activities continue to demonstrate that working together, providing communication and sharing ideas, will allow us to do anything. I am very proud of our entire community as we are, and will always forever be, “BEN FRANKLIN BOLTS” who continue to “LET OUR LIGHTNING SHINE”!

Please always remember to: Make time to Smile,Laugh and Breathe!

Have a wonderful Spring Break and letś make the rest of this year, one to remember.

Mr. Preville


Assistant Principal's Corner

Dear BEN Bolt Community,

The month of March was a busy and eventful month for us and it has been wonderful to plan and host annual traditions such as Read Across America week, and Pajama Jam.

We look forward to upcoming fun events in April with our Title 1 Family Math night on April 5, a spirit week in honor of Autism Awareness week, and so much more!

Also, as NJSLA is quickly approaching, third-fifth grade students will be participating in our Infrastructure test on April 12. More information will be shared as NJSLA approaches and we want to ensure that all of our students feel confident and ready.

Thank you and please feel free to reach out with any attendance/academic concerns,

Dr. Nieves


Autism Awareness Spirit Week

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School Counselor Newsletter : March 2022

Bolts Virtual Talent Show

The Benjamin Franklin talent show THE BOLT FACTOR was another huge success! Thirty-two Kindergarten - 5th Grade students submitted talents ranging from singing and art to magic and dancing. This annual talent show is an excellent way to showcase our diverse community and their many talents. We hope you enjoy watching THE BOLT FACTOR and all of our Ben Franklin talent below!

Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month

April is World Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month. Saturday, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. There are thousands of ways you can help support students with and without Autism raise acceptance and awareness.
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Autism Is...? By: Ymkje Wideman-van der Laan

In this book for autistic children, Logan overhears his grandma tell her friend he has autism, and he asks her, ”Autism is...?” She explains what autism is to him in this beautifully illustrated story. Children with autism face many challenges and they are often aware of and question their autism. Of course, each child is unique.

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Autism Is...?

Earth Day Every Day by : Lisa Bullard

On Earth Day, we find ways to help the Earth. Trina plants trees with her class. She forms an Earth Day club with her friends. What can you do to make every day Earth Day? Do your part to be a planet protector! Discover how to reduce, reuse, recycle, and more with Tyler and Trina in the Planet Protectors series.

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EARTH DAY EVERY DAY by Lisa Bullard and Xiao Xin-Earth Day Books for kids

Fun Family Activity

Earth Day Project Ideas for kids / Happy Earth Day / Earth Day craft Ideas

April Fool’s Day April Fool! Watch Out at School! (Gilbert) By: Diane deGroat

It's April Fools' Day, and Gilbert is looking forward to playing tricks on his friends. Unfortunately he's the one getting tricked by everyone else, including Mrs. Byrd! But the worst prankster is Lewis the bully.
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Fun Family Activity

April Fool's Day Family Craft

Kids Heart Challenge

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Rutgers Beta Alpha Psi and KPMG Speak to Ben Franklin students about life goals!

A generous donation of books were provided to Benjamin Franklin School by Rutgers Beta Alpha Psi. These books will be added to our school library and we will also be able to distribute a few books for each classroom library as well.

In addition to their generous donation of books, representatives from Rutgers Beta Alpha Psi and KPMG spoke to our students and shared a little bit with them about their career choice, and the importance of reading. Lastly, the Rutgers students also read a book to each 4th and 5th grade homeroom at Benjamin Franklin School.

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Congratulations: School Breakfast Super Student

Maddon Goncalves was selected by the American Dairy Association as the School Breakfast Super Student for his work in promoting the importance of starting your day off with a highly nutritious meal. Maddon, helps support breakfast by delivering school breakfast to all of the classes at Benjamin Franklin School.
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March 7th : Who is Benny?

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March 21st: Who is Benny?

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March 7th Mystery Reader : Mrs. Tornambe

Grade level winners:

K Mrs. Tornambe

1 Mrs. Buckley

2 Miss Thompson

3 Mrs. Nuzzo

4 Mrs. Bonsenor and Mrs. Martinelli

5 Mrs. Plodzien and Mr. Capaccio

Student winners:

Nimrah in Miss Maimone and Mrs. Zambrano's class

Sophia in Miss Thompson's class

Aashraya in Mrs. Ryan and Miss Cumello's class

March 21st Mystery Reader : Mr. Preville

Grade level classroom winners:







Student Winners

Lily from Mrs. Tornambe

Riley Ms. Lyna

Jasmin from Ms. Lewkowitz

Liam from Mrs. Facendo and Ms. Koncius

Zaria from Ms. Gerena

Hamzah from Miss Thompson

Emily from Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Callas

Showcase : Come Fly With Us ... Read Across America

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Read Across America Week!

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Replenish Food Drive: Hosted by Ben Student Council

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The student council partnered with REPLENISH-Feeding Middlesex County for a Spring Food Drive. Ben Franklin's food drive ran from March 21-April 1.

The student council made posters to hang throughout the school. They also sorted donated food into food bins before pick-up. Our food drive was very successful in helping those in need here in Middlesex County.

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Monthly Spotlight: Interventionist / S.C. / Speech

RTI with Mrs. Appaiah

Students thriving in school as they continue to work with Mrs. Appaiah
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Letters and Sounds

1st grade students work on their letters and sounds with Mrs. Steinhart!
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St. Patrick's Day Fun

St. Patrick's Day was celebrated by the students of Mrs. Masnica's Class
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Pajama Day and Story Time!

Students from Ms. Cherukara's class picked their favorite books and read for 10 minutes.
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Puff Painting

Ms. Cherukara's class had a Community Helper Unit. They followed a visual recipe for Puffy Paint and used puffy paint on a tooth when we were about the occupation of a dentist.
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Spring is here!

Spring is here! Studying the change of seasons in Mrs. Scotto's class.

Finding & Labeling

Mrs. Antab is working with students to help them express items that belong to a certain category

Auditory Memory

Mrs. Antab has students recalling the ingredients of a sandwich and then ask the students to put the sandwich together correctly.
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Diverse Readers Bulletin Board

This year's Read Across America theme, A Nation of Diverse Readers, sparked an interest in Mrs. Tornambe's kindergarten classes to read books about different cultures! Some of our favorites were Malala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai and Always Anjali by Sheetal Sheth. We learned that the world is full of so many interesting people with many different cultures and traditions. That's what makes our country so special! We may dress differently, speak differently, and celebrate differently, but no matter what our background may be, we are a nation of little readers ready to take on the world!
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Ben Bolts Send Love To Ukraine!

A Special Day Made Possible By Special, Kind Hearted People.

The Staff and Students of Benjamin Franklin School, lead by Senora Alexiou, teamed up with the Saint Joseph's Senior Center of Woodbridge to bring some urgently needed supplies to the families that have been devastated by the tragic events going on in Ukraine.

Something that started with a simple idea full of love, ended up being such an amazing contribution to the families in Ukraine. Here are some pictures from the Saint Joseph Senior Home Assisted Living and Nursing Center in Woodbridge NJ. The Sisters' from the Church were so happy and touched by our school's contribution that some had tears in their eyes. In addition to the supplies that were donated, our amazing school was also able to bring them a check for $500 for them to buy whatever specific items they felt were needed the most.

Thank you very much to all of you, this could not happened if it wasn't for all your support and love.

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Pajama Jam 2022

On March 3rd we hosted our annual Pajama Jam. This year we were lucky enough to be in person again which made it a wonderful evening for all of families and students. We want to give a special thank you to Ms. Pickton and all of our wonderful teachers who read stories and led fun activities for our students. Here are a few pictures from our incredible evening together.
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5th Grade Ben Franklin Minute

Congratulations to Esteban Betances maldonado from Mrs. Pickton's class for becoming the 2022 Overall Ben Franklin Minute Champion.

Congratulations to Callie Tyrrell, Yash Barot, and Jayden Montanez for all making the final round and competeing as respectfully as they did.

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Kindness "Lucky Cart"

We are so LUCKY to have amazing teachers and staff at Ben Franklin Elementary School! That being said, why not sprinkle them with a little kindness to show our appreciation. The Kindness Club at BF held their first fundraiser selling kindness bracelets and stickers. The sale was such a huge success that we decided to take our earnings and gave it back to our wonderful staff here at Ben! The Kindness Club, led by Melissa Tornambe and Stacie Afonso, decided to make a "Lucky" breakfast cart to show their appreciation. Adorned with "WE are LUCKY to have you at Ben Franklin," this cart included muffins, cookies, trail mix, croissants, fruit, granola, juice, and water....served with smiles and happiness... What a way to start the day!! The gratitude and delight received by the staff, made our day and proved that KINDNESS really does MATTER!
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St. Patrick's Day!

Students enjoy St. Patrick's Day lessons with Mrs. Wallitsch.

Rutgers Health and Fitness Pilot

Students in 1st grade work on fine motor skills with Rutgers students.

Garden Tower Harvest

Students and staff of the Garden Club harvest the produce they have been growing in the three tower gardens. They supplied enough for the office staff to enjoy a huge salad as well as for many to enjoy fresh herbs such as cilantro, parsley, and dill.

Alborada Dance Theater

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On March 16th, dancers from the Alborada Dance Theater came to Benjamin Franklin School to share in the cultural experience of Flamenco Spanish Dancing.
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Paper Clip Chain Reward

Exciting news!! Mrs. Bonsenor and Mrs. Martinelli's class earned their 4th Paper Clip Chain Reward of the year! They continue to work really hard on earning rewards for good behavior, hard work, and good choices. For this reward, they chose to play on the playground with their kindergarten buddies from Mrs. Tornambe's class. We are very proud of their accomplishments!

Staff Popcorn Pick Me Up

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Year Book Cover Contest Winners!

Congrats to 5th graders Sanya Sheth (Pedersen/Ryan) and Tara Parekh (Wallitsch) for winning the Yearbook Design contest. Their designs will be featured on the front and back cover of this year's 5th Grade Yearbook!

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Autism Awareness Month and Earth Month

National Assistant Principal Week- April 4- 8

Autism Awareness Spirit Week

April 4- School Librarian Appreciation Day and Autism Acceptance Monday, Who is Benny?, ESL Club after school

April 5- Neurodiversity Tuesday and Title 1 Family Night, 6:00-7:00 pm, in person

April 6-Paraprofessional Appreciation Day, MP 3 ends, Single-Session day for students, 1:30 pm dismissal, Wear your Passion Wednesday

April 7- Gr. 5 Community Police Assembly and Pokemon Thursday

April 8- PM Studios Spring Pictures, School Spirit Day, Sensory Friendly Friday

April 12- Infrastructure Session for 3rd-5th grade 2:00-3:00 pm, Jersey Mike's Drama Club Fundraiser

April 13- PTA meeting virtual, 7:00 pm

April 14- Spring Party celebrations in classrooms, Kids Heart Challenge, ESL club after school

April 15-22 Spring Break, school is closed

April 22- Earth Day

April 25- Classes resume, 8:55 am, Who is Benny?, ESL club after school

April 26- Spring Concert assembly during the school day, Spring Concert at Hoover Middle School 6:30 pm

April 27- Administrative Professional Day, Author Visit (K, 1, 2nd, SC), Report Cards to Portal

April 29- Arbor Day


April 4- Student Council, lunchtime

April 6- STEM Gr. 4, 8:00 am, Garden Club, 8:00 am, Safety Patrol, 8:15 am

April 7-Team Franklin, 8:00 am, Drama Club Practice 3:45-4:30 pm

April 8- Kindness Club, 8:00 am

April 11- Peer Leadership, lunchtime

April 13- STEM Gr. 5, 8:00 am, Board Game Club, 3:45 pm

April 26- Newspaper Club, 8:15 am

April 27- Garden Club, 8:00 am, Board Game Club, 3:45 pm

April 28- Drama Club, 3:45-4:30 pm

April 29- Kindness Club, 8:00 am