The Franklin Academy

Weekly Update Newsletter January 10 - 17

Monday, January 10th

  • Port of Subs Lunch for those who pre-ordered
  • MS Boys C Team Basketball Game @ Lynden Christian 4:00
  • MS Boys 8th Grade Team Basketball Game @ Lynden Christian 5:15

Tuesday, January 11th

  • Used Uniform Sales - Markell Hall 8:00am
  • PALS Meeting - Markell Hall 8:00am
  • Pizza Lunch for those who pre-ordered
  • Boy's Basketball Practice 3:15 Markell Hall

Wednesday, January 12th

  • Middle School Electives Schedule
  • Auction Volunteer Meeting - Markell Hall Chapel 8:15-9:15
  • Port of Subs Lunch for those who pre-ordered
  • MS Boys C Team Basketball Game @ Home 4:00
  • MS Boys 8th Grade Team Basketball Game @ Home 5:15

Thursday, January 13th

  • Pizza Lunch for those who pre-ordered
  • Chess Club - 3:15 Markell Hall Science Rooms
  • MS Boys C Team Basketball Game @ Home 4:00
  • MS Boys 8th Grade Team Basketball Game @ Home 5:15

Friday, January 14th

  • No Classes - Faculty In-Service

Monday, January 17th

  • School Closed - MLK Day

Upcoming Events

  • PALS Event - Family Ice Skating @ Bellingham Sportsplex Monday, January 17th 12:45 – 2:45pm

  • Free Dress - January 28th

  • Annual Auction - In Person January 29th 5:00 Bellwether Hotel
  • Girl's Volleyball Season Begins - January 31st
  • Board Meeting -Tuesday, February 15th4:00 – 6:00pm

  • School Closed - Mid Winter Break/President's Day - February 18th - 21st

  • STEM Fair - Wednesday, March 30th

PALS Update

1) Due to increasing Covid numbers, we felt it best to cancel the Sing movie event on Saturday, Jan 8th. PALS is working to find another date that works for our school and the movie theater. We will honor those tickets already purchased at the later event.

2) PALS meeting next Tuesday (Jan 11th) at 8:10 am and Uniforms sale 8:30 am

3) Ice skating event Jan 17th at the Sportsplex Ice rink 12:45 -2:45 pm

4) PALS will be honoring the missed pizza lunches due to today's snow day at a later date. We will inform the affected families

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House Color Day

The first Wednesday of the month is House Color Day! Students wear the colors from the House they belong to:

Kaiser - Green

Hess - Yellow

Ferlin - Purple

Ershig - Red

Chaplain Aaron shared, "Students in 2nd Grade enjoyed their reading buddies on Wednesday." The House system is a great way to create friendships across all grades!
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The Reading Corner with Mrs. Samuel and Mrs. Snyder

Welcome back! We hope you all had a restful and merry break and got the chance to read a book when it was snowing out.

Thanks to those of you who have cleaned out your home bookshelves and donated books to the school libraries! What an abundance of wonderful donations, thank you! If you are still in the process of recovering from the holidays, know that we are always happy to take your donations.

With the arrival of the new COVID variant Omicron, we are preparing for a variety of scenarios. Please know that if your student is at home for quarantine, we are happy to add library books to the schoolwork you pick up on Fridays. Just reach out to Mrs. Snyder (K-1) or Mrs. Samuel (2-8) with book requests by Thursday morning, and we’ll do our best to track down some interesting books or fulfill specific title requests for your student. Reading is a great way to keep up with learning and keeping brains engaged.

With the holiday break over, we will begin to hunt down overdue and missing library books, so please keep an eye for any school library books at home or in your car. Notices should hopefully go out this week (snow willing!). As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Mrs. Snyder is and Mrs. Samuel is .

Happy Reading,

Mrs. Samuel

Mrs. Samuel's Joke of the Week!

Did you hear about the race between the lettuce and tomato?

The lettuce was a head and the tomato had to ketchup.

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Ms. McDonnell's 3rd Grade Class Update

We are in full swing into the new year already at school, with a lot of new learnings and projects. Here are a few snapshots of what we are up to!

Math - We have begun a new unit entitled "Use Multiplication to Divide: Division" - in this unit, students learn to relate their multiplication learning to their understanding of division and how the two operations are intertwined. They realize that division is quite doable when you already know multiplication! ** If you are able, providing at home practice time for your student with basic multiplication facts will prove beneficial. :)

Science - In science, we are doing a short study on the "Classification of Animals" - specifically honing in on mammals. This study relates to the project that our class is doing for this year's Franklin Academy Gala Auction!

Social Studies - Students are discovering interesting facts about the 50 states of our United States of America. They are learning how to use a website to find information. This study relates to our 3rd grade study of geography, as well as relates to our auction project!

Reading - This week, we are using books to find "strong and excellent vocabulary" used by authors. We are writing down these "unique and non-tired words" to use in our own writing. There's nothing better than using words that will excite our writing audience!

Writing - In writing, we are planning for our next paragraph, which is about "Favorites." Students are choosing categories of their own "favorite things" (e.g. - books, food, animals, games, etc.). After creating several categories of favorites, students will choose the one that they are most confident with to write our next paragraph.

Spelling - We continue with individualized spelling words. This week, each student chose 10 of the 50 states for their words - our test will be this Friday.

As always, thank you for the privilege of teaching your students! Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or needs.

Stay warm everyone!

Linnea McDonnell

Snow Covered School Buildings!

Here are some magical glimpses of our snowy campus last week (pictures of Markell and Robin Hall)! December sure was DecemBRRR. Photo credit: Director of Finance and Operations Casey Brocato.
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A fun family activity! Click the link to Haggen Below

Reserve a quarterly kit online. Each season is a NEW kit!

Each culinary themed kit will feature recipes, materials to build a personal cookbook and a Haggen Kids Club kitchen tool. Add new items to your kit each time!

Develop your child’s culinary skills and create fun family memories.

4th Grade Artwork!

These amazing artists created beautiful Goldfish in Mixed Media Art! We drew the fish, the fish-bowl, then painted with watercolors, used oil pastels, and collage methods, to make this art project. Art inspired by artist Henry Matisse, Goldfish painting, 1912
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How important is to teach our kids to appreciate our community workers job. In Mrs. Mellos class we are learning about the Winter and how Police officers, firefighters and doctors help us to keep us safe and healthy specially these snowy days.

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Volunteer for the STEM Fair!

Dear Franklin Families and Scientists,

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be hosting the Whatcom County Science and Engineering Fair, but we will be hosting a STEM Fair day on Wednesday, March 30th, with an in-school, competitive exhibition science fair. All students in grades 5-8 are required to participate in the fair. 5th grade students will present their team engineering design project they have been working on in class, and 6-8 grade students will present their individual projects they have been working on at home. All Middle School projects will be evaluated by volunteer judges on this day. Students in 3rd grade will complete a project in class. If K-2, and 4th grade students wish to complete their own projects, they will need to be done outside of school. All K-4 students will also have the opportunity to present their projects on this day.

More details about this event will be sent out soon. Right now, we are in search of vaccinated volunteer judges and guest speakers to help make this day a success! Volunteering to judge is a rewarding and uplifting experience that is best seen when a participant is presenting his/her science project and realizing someone understands and cares about their efforts. Anyone who has a desire to promote the advancement of the sciences and science education can be a judge. Judges will be expected to evaluate projects in an impartial manner while applying the judging guidelines and providing positive feedback to the student.

We are also looking for guest speakers! If you are working in science, technology, engineering, or math, and are interested in sharing what you do with Middle School students, you would make a great guest speaker! Click here for more details.

The time commitment for volunteering as a judge or guest speaker is approximately 5 hours. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the sign-up form by March 1st. If you have questions about volunteering, contact Bre Harris at We look forward to involving you in this day!


Ms. Harris

Middle School Science Teacher

The Franklin Academy

(360) 733-1750

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Donation Deadline Extended to January 20th!

We are extending the donation deadline. Please contribute what you can to help make this the BEST Gala and Auction yet!

Here are some ideas of what to donate:

· Wine & Spirts

· Craft Beer - we even had neon beer signs one year

· A Rainy Day Activity Basket

· Pamper Your Cat Basket

· Collection of Puzzles

· Bring the Theater Home Package - With Projector, treats and Popcorn

· A two night stay at a cabin or get a way condo

· Dessert Every Month For a Year

· Gift Cards for Restaurants

· Gift Cards for Sporting Goods

· Gift Cards for Home Goods or the Greenhouse to help spruce up the home

· A Day of Yardwork

· Handyman For a Day

· Kids Science Basket

· Kids Art & Crafts Basket

· All Things Teen Girl Basket

· All Things Teen Boy Basket

· Pampering Basket with Soaps and Massage

· Gift Card for a Massage

Questions Email Us By Clicking the Link Below:

Thank you to a few of our Bronze Level Sponsors of this year’s Gala & Auction

- Jeremy Beck with Caliber Home Loans, Everett Branch Manager. Visit for more information.

- SKB Events. Visit for more information.

- RESET. Visit for more information.

- Northwest Woodslayer. Visit for more information.

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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.

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,

PALS (Parents Actively Lending Support)

After School Care Supervisor Violet Lord