BEN Bolt News

May 2021 Edition

Principal's Corner

Dear Ben Franklin Bolt Community:

Welcome to Spring and the homestretch of this very interesting and most unusual school year. We have started the Fourth Marking Period with 277 in-person students and 325 remote students. We hope you feel as we do, that no matter how our students are being educated, they are learning and are engaged in quality educational experiences that are preparing all students for the 2021-2022 school year. Reminder:Third Marking Period Report Cards will be posted on the Genesis Portal April 30.

As you know, we opened full day this past week,April 19,and I am happy to report all went well.Like any of our transitions, there are always a few bumps in the road and a few things to tweak, but the best part is to have so many students back in school as we see their smiles(even through their masks)on the bus, in class,and at lunch and recess. Our remote students continue to interact with their classmates and are receiving the same quality instruction as they have been throughout the year.

This successful transition has been accomplished by our dedicated staff,you the parents and our BOLT community, but I want to give a very big shout out to our Students, who have shown what it means to BE A BOLT as they have LET THEIR LIGHTNING SHINE as they continue to be the outstanding citizens we expect them to be. Trustworthy,Respectful,Kind,Caring and Responsible. I ask all of us to take a moment and thank the students and let them know how appreciative of them we are, as we know this has been hard for all of us as adults,so let's not lose sight of how hard it has been for our children as well.

As we begin the month of May, we look forward to celebrating our Teacherś during Teacher appreciation week,May 3-7 and our School Nurse Mrs. Julian for all they do. We look forward to our Virtual Family Book Trivia Night on May 20 at 6:00 and Celebrating our Teacher of the Year Ms. Lyna. Students in Grades 2-5 will be assessed for reading during the week of May 17-21 and for Math during the week of May 24-28 through the district Exact Path platform. If you are not aware, the State of New Jersey has waived NJSLA testing which is conducted in May. Please note school is closed May 13 in honor of EID and May 31 in honor of Memorial day.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to conduct our end of the year events as we normally do such as field trips,assemblies,field day and so on, but we will be forming a committee to brainstorm ideas on how we can incorporate modified activities that fit into the current guidelines which will provide the special experiences that our students get in late May and June. More information will be provided as these ideas evolve.

Lastly, I want to thank Mrs.Dibisceglie who has worked so diligently and tirelessly on creating a memory book for our fifth graders so they have a keepsake when leaving Ben Franklin School which they all deserve. So, please respond to her requests so our children can all benefit from this,as is our motto,itś all about the kids.

Once again, thank you to each and every one of you who continue to make OUR school the very special place it is. Be Well, Stay Safe and Healthy. Find the time to Breath,Smile and laugh and always remember BE A BOLT, and LET YOUR LIGHTNING SHINE

Mr Preville


Book of the Month

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7, 2021

The Best Teacher Ever

By Mercer Mayer

Little Critter has the best teacher around. Miss Kitty even makes math class fun! Join Little Critter as he searches for the perfect gift to show Miss Kitty just how special she is to him!

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The Best Teacher Ever by Mercer Mayer

Show your Teacher your Appreciation

Ideas to show how much you appreciate your teacher

Write a thank you letter to your teacher for all that she has done for you or draw a nice picture. If you would like to, please send a picture of your letter or card to Mrs. Nieves,

Cinco de Mayo

Marco’s Cinco de Mayo

By Lisa Bullard

Marco loves the food, parades, and fun of Cinco de Mayo. This year he's one of the dancers. As he listens to the mariachi music, Marco thinks of the brave Mexicans at the first Cinco de Mayo. Find out the different things people do to celebrate this holiday!

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Marco's Cinco De Mayo | Children's Books Read Aloud | Stories for Kids

Family Fun Activities

Make maracas together!

CINCO DE MAYO CRAFT- Easy and everything under $3! Mexican Maracas

School Nurse's Corner

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Being in a hybrid mode this year, vision, hearing and blood pressure screenings are only starting at school now for those students in person. Many students will have no screenings documented in their health charts this year because of this. If any parents have had physical exams or immunizations done in the past year for their children, please feel free to send them into school so they can be entered into their health charts. The health office records the growth patterns as well as their vision, hearing and BP screenings each year.

The children in the fifth grade are required to have a Tdap and Meningitis vaccines when they turn eleven. When they are in the sixth grade their school nurse will be requiring this after the eleventh birthday and this will become mandatory. If your child has turned eleven and the vaccines have been done, please feel free to forward them to my email.

The other requirement for the fifth grade is that the students are required to be screened for scoliosis. This can be done in school or be done by your pediatrician. If a physical exam has been done, this will be included.

Thank you for forwarding any physical exams done over the past year. The forms have been sent out via Blackboard and the forms are being sent to your email address on file. Please read the forms carefully for the directions. Any physical exams done during the summer for children going to middle school can be forwarded to the middle school as they are done.

Please feel free to email or call me with any questions.

Regards, Karen Julian, APN

Ben Franklin School Nurse

Phone 732 650 5300 ex 2

Fax 732 650 5302

Assistant Principal & School Counselor's Corner:

Our school will be participating in an initiative called Project Thank You. For many of the EMTs, nurses, and physicians handling this crisis, these are the most stressful and traumatic times of their lives. Acts of gratitude from those of us outside the healthcare world can make a difference in boosting morale of the healthcare workers. Project Thank You, is a campaign to show gratitude to the medical workers on the frontlines of the current COVID-19 pandemic by partnering with schools and hospitals throughout the country.

We are asking our students to make cards/notes/letters, but please make sure no personal information like last names are included (first name is fine). The messages are entirely up to the creativity of the student, but should generally be directed towards healthcare workers. Our goal is to spread joy, positivity, and gratitude :)

Due to the pandemic, we unfortunately won't be able to take physical cards, so students can physically make their cards and then upload a picture of it through this google form:

Students' cards will be sent to hospitals through a shared Google Drive folder, where the healthcare workers will be able to see them. Many of these hospitals display the cards on monitors in waiting rooms and lobbies, and some even print out the cards to hang up around the hospital.

Thank you so much for partnering with us,
Mrs. Nieves & Ms. Kole

Project Thank You

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Please send Ms. Nieves a picture of your "Thank you" card. Please send pictures via email to

Thank you for partnering with us,

Mrs. Nieves and Ms. Kole

Parent Survey (Title 1)

We are beginning to plan different activities, resources, and materials that we plan to purchase for our students for next school year, with our Title 1 funds. We would also like to host more parent trainings next year and host more school-wide events.

If you can please take a moment and fill out this survey, it will help us to plan accordingly. We are asking that the survey responses be completed by Friday, May 14, 3:00 pm.

Thank you,

Mrs. Nieves

April in Review: Pictures

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Upcoming Events

Meaningful May (Action for Happiness May Calendar)
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ELA Trivia Night (Virtual Event) Registration closes May 7, 2021

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Important Dates:

May 13- Eid, No School

May 31, Memorial Day, No School