BEN Bolt News

March 2022

Principal's Corner

Dear Ben Bolt Community:

I hope you are well and are looking forward to Spring March 20, which is right around the corner. We will be springing ahead March 13 as it will be Daylight Savings Time resulting in the days being longer and warmer which hopefully means cabin fever will be over for the students and staff. It is hard to believe we have started the third marking period. Hopefully, everyone has reviewed their second marking period report cards and are satisfied with their child/childrenś progress. As always, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns or better yet, it is parent teacher conference time, so you can meet remotely or in person with your teachers on Tuesday March 22 from 2:00-3:30, and Thursday March 24 and 31 from 5:00-6:30. More information will be distributed during the second week of March.

March 7 marks the day that masks become optional as per the Governor and the Edison Board of Education. It will be a pleasure to see the smiling faces of the children once again. Whatever the personal choice is, the students will be and have been reminded to be respectful of all individual decisions when it comes to wearing masks or not. Please remember, that it is still mandated for all students who ride a bus or van to wear a mask so please send your child to school with a mask.

March Celebrations - During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women's History, Read Across America and Youth Art and Music. The Staff will be integrating this into their daily lessons to enhance their appreciation and curiosity about Women, Reading, the Arts and Music. Our Annual Pajama Jam will be held on Thursday March 3rd which is one of our highlight events of the year!

Our Co-Curricular clubs are in full swing and it has been amazing to watch our students promote kindness,publish newspapers,learn how to broadcast,play board games,create stem projects, promote wellness and fitness,gardening, preparing for a night under the stars with tryouts being conducted through the Drama Club and our Virtual Talent Show. We are so proud to provide such great experiences that are being had by all the students who participate in these clubs outside of the classroom. Congratulations to all!

Lastly, I just want to thank all of our Ben Bolt Community, including our students and staff who have been so dedicated,caring and professional during this once again challenging school year. We have shown by working together, providing communication and by sharing ideas we can 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 continue to stay Safe, Healthy and well. Make time to Smile,Laugh and Breathe!

Mr. Preville


Assistant Principal's Corner

Dear BEN Bolt Community,

We are so excited to share wonderful updates from around our building. During the month of February we celebrated Ms. Kole, our School Counselor, and the amazing job that she does in our entire school community.

We are continuing our Test Prep and many Title 1 initiatives and we look forward to an upcoming Math night, in early April. Who is Benny? will continue to be shared with everyone and we hope that you are enjoying our story reading as well as guessing, Who is Benny?.

All of our K-5th grade students are participating in a school-wide publishing project and each student will receive a copy of their homeroom's published book. We cannot wait to see each homeroom's final product/book and for our students to share them with their parents and families.

During March we will be celebrating Women's History Month and below I have included a copy of Ms. Kole's wonderful presentation which includes videos and many resources. We hope that you enjoy learning more about these INCREDIBLE WOMEN who have helped to develop wonderful advancements throughout history.

As the Spring approaches we are getting ready for our grade-level field trips and many other exciting projects, activities and endeavors.

Dr. Nieves

Women's History Month

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School Counselors Newsletter : March 2022

Nurse's Corner!

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The Bolt Bucks School Store is Now Open

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Just In Case You Missed It: February's Who is Benny

February 7th: Who is Benny


February 22nd: Who is Benny


Congratulations to our Winners of the "Who is Benny" Contest

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Classroom winners:

Mrs. Tornambe

Mrs. Buckley

Mrs. Figueroa and Mrs. Kiesel-Smith

Ms. Gerena

Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Bonsenor

Mrs. Plodzien and Mr. Capaccio

Mrs. Scotto di Carlo

Student winners:

Akshaya Suresh

Jacob Affram

Esha Jhaveri

Nala Worgs

Thaanya from Mrs. Meisner's class

Saanya Sheth

Our Annual Spring School Food Drive

The Spring food drive will be starting soon. Please drop off canned goods and non perishable items between March 21st and April 1st of this year.

We hope everyone can do their part in helping those in our community that are in need!

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Congratulations Students of the Month!

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Second Grade Showcase: They Love Their Books

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Books of the Month : March 2022

The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever By: Teddy Slather

The St. Patrick's Day parade is off to a very fine start.The Leprechaun family is marching with lots of heart!Share in their dancing, share in their fun.You'll have the luck of the Irish when this day is done!Top o' the morning! It's March 17th, and the Leprechauns are gathered for their favorite day of the year. Join them as they celebrate St. Patrick's Day with music, dancing, and a parade!

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The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever! - By Teddy Slater | Children's Books Read Aloud

Fun Family Activity

5 St Patrick's Day Crafts to make - fun ideas to make Leprechauns and Shamrocks

Book of the Month : In Honor of Women's History Month

The Story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg By: Susan B. Katz

Learn the story of how Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the second woman ever to serve as a judge on the Supreme Court of the United States. Before she fought for equal rights and made history, Ruth was a curious kid who loved to read stories about strong women. In school, Ruth wished girls could have as many opportunities as boys. She soon learned that by studying and working hard, she could change her life―and the world.

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THE STORY OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG by Susan B. Katz, illustrated by Micah Player

Fun Family Activity

Women's History Month & Paper Flower Craft

Monthly Spotlight : Second Grade

Fluency and Comprehension!

Mrs. Figueroa & Ms. Kiesel-Smith's class is practicing fluency and comprehension by reading "just right" books. The students are wondering about what they are reading and stopping to discuss what they wonder with their partners.
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Coin Counting!

Students in Mrs. Panitch's class are learning to count coins and or trade coins in order to get a $1.00.
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Tallest Towers

2nd graders in Mrs. Aravena’s class compete to make the tallest standing tower using 100 cubes in honor of the 100th day of school!
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Valentines Day with Crimmin's Crew

Crimmins Crew celebrated Valentine’s Day in style! We dressed to impress. Then, we read D.W.’s Guide to Perfect Manners by Marc Brown. We made a placemat that shared tips on manners, proper table etiquette, and place settings. Students had to “set the table” before enjoying their snacks. We even took a quiz to see how “perfect” our manners are! Finally, we enjoyed opening our valentines from all of our friends. We really felt the LOVE.

Math Games on Two's-Day (2-22-22)

Second graders in Miss Thompson's class working together on different math games and activities to celebrate "Twosday" on 2/22/22.

Club Spotlight of the Month!

The Board Game Club

The Board Game Club is a way to get kids off of electronic devices and play hands-on board games with their friends. It teaches kids valuable skills such as sportsmanship, taking turns, and teamwork. It will give them the social time that they have been lacking over the past year and a half. Games connect people and can teach us important skills. So this club gives kids the opportunity to be kids again and play games with other students.

Kindness Club

The Kindness Club is a club exclusively for 5th graders this year! Our mission is to promote kindness to our school, community, and nationwide. We have been hard at work promoting kindness around our school building. You may have noticed some of our inspirational posters around the school! We also made kindness cards that we handed out randomly to kids entering the building in the morning because we know…one word can totally change someone’s day! During the month of December, our club members worked on craft bags to support Caitlin’s Smiles. Caitlin’s Smiles is an organization that encourages children with serious health challenges to explore their uniquely creative talents by taking part in arts and crafts activities. Our club worked diligently to put together over 50 bags of crafts in an effort to make the less fortunate children in hospitals in the tri-state area smile this holiday season! Moving forward, we strive to continue to make Ben Franklin a kind, caring, and accepting place to learn, play, and work!
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Newspaper Club: "Extra Extra Read All About It"

The Bolt Times is proud to showcase school events, world news, movie and book reviews, and so much more! Students fall into three categories: Reporter, Reviewer, or Photographer/Interviewer. Students spend time working collaboratively to shed light on the fun events at Ben, take photos of our daily happenings, and interview our famous staff. Check out the new edition coming soon!
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Broadcasting Club!

The Broadcasters are working on their Character Move intros and narrating the End of the Review video!

S.T.E.M. Club

In S.T.E.M. Club students use their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math to work together and solve problems. Here, the 4th grade students are using what they know about chemical reactions to make elephant toothpaste! This club is open to 4th and 5th graders.

Safety Patrols

The Benjamin Franklin Safety Patrol monitors the safety of all our students during dismissal and arrival. They promote and encourage these rules in our hallways, at our doorways, and on all our buses as well. Being apart of the Benjamin Franklin Safety Patrol promotes leadership skills and good citizenship qualities, making them role models in and outside the classroom.
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Student Council

The Benjamin Franklin Student Council raised awareness for heart disease by sponsoring our annual Go Red for Heart Day on February 11, 2022. Students and staff wore red and made donations to this great cause. The Student Council also encouraged our students at Benjamin Franklin to spread some love to our Veterans through the Valentines for Veterans project. Many students, grades K through 5 decorated, created, and wrote out valentines that were sent to the Menlo Park Veterans home.

Drama Club!

Drama Club is designed for students interested in learning more about the aspects of theater. The Drama Club shares the joy of theater and a live performance in a fun environment. We do this by encouraging all students, we hope, to inspire a love and respect for the performing arts. Drama Club also gives students a chance to experience the excitement and rewards of theatre arts while developing poise, social skills, confidence and the ability to work with others. This includes learning stage terminology, working on acting skills, set building, and costumes/makeup design.

Auditions Have Begun!

The Rutgers Culture of Health Program comes to Ben Franklin

A great program designed to teach students about nutrition and fun ways to be active during the school day has begun at Benjamin Franklin School. Utilizing video content, digital games, and other resources, 1st and 2nd grade classes are receiving nutrition and physical literacy lessons twice a week, led by instructors from Rutgers University. The materials being used were developed as part of a larger project called the Rutgers Culture of Health Program and has been funded by Horizon. This program was developed at Rutgers by New Jersey Health Kids Initiative, a grant funded organization whose mission is to improve child health by conducting evidenced-based research, education, and practice in nutrition and physical activity.
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Virtual Author Visit with Kevin Kurtz!

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Students from all 3rd through 5th grade classes at Benjamin Franklin received a virtual Author's Visit from Kevin Kurtz! Mr. Kurtz was nice enough to spend two days with the Benjamin Franklin Students as he read several of his books to the classes!
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Mrs. Facendo and Miss Koncius’ class had a blast meeting with children’s book author, Kevin Kurtz!
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Go Red For Heart Month

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Students in Mrs. Buckley's class show their support for National Heart Month by all wearing Red!

Lunar New Year Sing and Dance Along

Students at Ben Franklin learn about the Chinese Lunar New Year as they practice cultural Songs and Dances with Mrs. Clarke
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IDR Time with Crimmin's Crew

Our class loves IDR time! We get a chance to practice all of the reading strategies that we learn about using our class read-alouds.
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Engineering Design Process

Students learned how engineers use the Engineering Design Process to solve problems. They used their knowledge of this process to complete a design challenge in which they were required to build a tower 10 inches high using only index cards and 1 foot of tape to hold a stuffed animal for 20 seconds.

Pp is for Pizza

Mrs Tornambe’s Am & Pm Kindergarten class' learn about the letter “p”. What better way than to celebrate with a (P)izza. Our wonderful Ms. Liz from Maschio's baked their Pizza for them to enjoy.
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Valentines Day

Students enjoy creating Valentines for their friends and families
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Tu - Tu Tuesday (2-22-22)

Teachers and students share in the fun of Tu-Tu Tuesday on 2-22-22
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100th Day of School

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Touch Math Comes To Ben Franklin

In February 2022, a group of teachers from Ben Franklin School participated in a virtual training for the multi-sensory TouchMath program. Our TouchMath trainer provided Mini Math Lessons designed to provide instructional learning strategies in order to improve students math comprehension and mastery. This program will provide teachers with a resource to use to meet the needs of students who struggle with number sense and understanding of the four number operations.

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Important Upcoming Dates:

March 2: 1:30 Dismissal / Comfy Cozy Day

March 3: Read Across America / Access Testing / Pajama Jam

March 4: School Spirit Day / Maintenance Worker Appreciation Day

March 7: Who is Benny? / Mask become optional

March 9: Comfy Cozy Day / PTA Meeting

March 11: School Spirit Day

March 16: Comfy Cozy Day / Flamenco Dancer Assembly / National School Social Worker Day

March 18: National Speech Pathologist Day / School Spirit Day

March 21: Who is Benny? / Food Drive Begins

March 22: 1:30 Dismissal / Parent Teacher Conferences from 2 - 3:30pm

March 23: Comfy Cozy Day

March 24: 1:30 Dismissal / Parent Teacher Conferences from 5 - 6:30pm

March 25: School Spirit Day

March 30: Comfy Cozy Day

March 31: 1:30 Dismissal / Parent Teacher Conferences from 5 - 6:30pm / Food Drive Ends

Club Meetings:

March 3: Team Franklin @ 8am

March 4: Broadcasting Club @ 8:15am

March 9: Garden Club @ 8am

Safety Patrols @ 8:15am

Board Games Club @ 3:45pm

March 10: Drama Club Grades 3, 4, 5 @ 3:45 - 4:30

March 11: Kindness Club @ 8am

March 15: Safety Patrol Meeting @ 8:15am

March 16: STEM grade 5 @ 8am

March 17: Team Franklin @ 8am

Drama Club Grades 3, 4, 5 @ 3:45 - 4:30

March 18: Kindness Club @ 8am

Broadcasting Club @ 8:15am

March 21: Newspaper Club @ 8:15am

March 23: Garden Club @ 8am

Board Games Club @ 3:45pm