The Franklin Academy

All School Franklin Academy Update for April 27 - May 1

Congratulations to our Alumni!

Class of 2020! Our 8th grade graduates who are now graduating from high school. We are so Proud of You!

Intentional Learning Continues!

Museum Art @ Home!

Miss Rachel Simpson, our Middle School Art Teacher, gave her students a fantastic challenge

"It's been another successful week of sharing, use of expression, keeping connected, and being creative.

All of us, the students, the parents who helped, and myself had so much fun recreating famous classical paintings. We used items found in the home like props, outfits, fabric, backgrounds, use of light, shadows, texture, color, and photography to capture the students' artwork. I put each of them together in collage format, with text for reference to each student, famous artist, and the name of the famous art that they recreated."

Very well done!

Taking Spelling to the Next Level!

Barbara Misday one of our wonderful Fourth Grade Teachers shared this:

"Some of my kids study their spelling words by creating slide shows showing the meaning of the words. Fourth grade spelling words, or "Word Work," centers around the meaning of Greek and Latin Roots."

This is a terrific idea! What creative students we have!

Grade 7 & 8 Mind Mapping Work

Ms. Tanya Miller assigned this challenge. Here is what she had to say:

"In order to get 7th and 8th grade Design Thinking students out of their chair and OUTSIDE, they were assigned the challenge to assess the materials used in the construction of their homes. Students categorized materials into themes such as "used for aesthetics" or "used for strength" in order to analyze the design decisions made by architects and engineers in the building of their home.

The culmination of this project will the goal of making the strongest adobe brick by working with natural and found materials, and using the scientific process to identify sources of strength in this ancient and still-important building material."

A rare sighting of children doing chores! Be one of the cool kids, help your family with jobs around the house.

Guess Who! Can you match the teacher or staff member with their picture from childhood?

Were you able to guess who was who? Great Job! See if you can guess the new photos this week.

Mother's Day is May 10th! Treat your Mother to a Hanging Basket!

Van Wingerden Greenhouses is excited to offer high quality 12" premium hanging baskets for The Franklin Academy. These locally-famous baskets will bring a smile to Mom's face!

Order Online -

Pre-Order your basket online and pick up Thursday, May 7th 2 PM - 4 PM at Markell Hall, just in time for Mother's Day! Each basket is $40.00 and a portion of the sale will go to support The Franklin Academy's Annual Fund. The Auction and the Annual Fund raise money for the general budget of the school. Please consider giving a donation above the price of the basket.

Tuition at The Franklin Academy covers approximately 62% of the total cost of educating a student: the balance is made up through contributions from donors like you. Your gift, large or small, matters.

Order your basket today as quantities are limited. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Warm Regards,

Heather Black

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Amazon Smile - Mother's Day Shopping?

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.
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Yearbook - We Need Your Help!

Hello Franklin Academy!

The yearbook students are going to put together a yearbook for this year.

Since we don’t have a lot of photos after Christmas break, we would like to ask for parents/students/staff to send photos from home. We are featuring all grades –PS through 8th, as well as teachers and staff. Photos can be studying at home, playing outside, playing with pets, etc. If you have any ideas of what makes a good photo, feel free to suggest it.

Please email photos to, along with name and grade.

Thank you!

Yearbook Staff

Elsa G., Editor

Do you own a business? How can we support you?

The Franklin Academy wants to help support businesses owned by the parents and grandparents of students here. If you own or work for a business that we can frequent or support, please email, Development Director, Heather Black at

Welcome to "Deep Thoughts with Chaplain Aaron!"

Hello staff, students, and parents of Franklin Academy!

Welcome to a new week! I hope your week will be filled with great connection with those around you and with your teachers and classmates. Below is a link to this week's "Deep Thoughts with Chaplain Aaron." This week we look at the final Core Commitment of the Franklin Academy, to Care.

Our discussion question to ask those around us is, "What is something you do to care for yourself?" And, our Weekly Service Challenge is to take a picture or video of you performing a good deed for someone else. Pass your results onto me, and if you want to (and have permission) feel free to post it on social media with the tag #allgooddeeds2020 . Have a great week!


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A Sample of Fun Learning Videos!

Our wonderful teachers are sending out classwork to their individual classes and many are sharing their talents over YouTube! Enjoy a story, work on a science experiment with Mrs. Ho, art with Mrs. Richcreek, math lessons from Mr. Hedahl, or hone your recorder skills with Mrs. Snyder!
"Leak Proof Bag" Experiment with Mr Gooey
Mrs. Owen, our wonderful Pre-Kindergarten teacher, reads "Groovy Joe Ice Cream & Dinosaurs"
Mrs. Snyder, our Music Teacher and Librarian, reads “Froggy Plays in the Band."
Markell Hall librarian Treasure Samuel reads "If You Plant a Seed!"
Markell Hall Librarian, Mrs. Samuel, reads Edward Tulane - Part 3
Markell Hall librarian, Mrs. Samuel, reads "Edward Tulane" Part 4

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The Franklin Academy Calendar

Daily Details and Yearly Calendars for This School Year and the 2020-21 School Year

The Franklin Academy

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The Franklin Academy Points of Contact

Gretchen Bucsko, Head of School:

Katie den Hartog, Associate Head of School,

Dawn Regier, Administrative Assistant,

Rachel Lee, Administrative Assistant,

Sue Ann Crockett, Administrative Assistant,

Theresa Wines, Registrar,

Natalie Bennett, Admissions Director,