Ben Franklin Focus

Back to School Edition

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Upcoming Events

August

5 -6th Grade Locker Jamboree from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

9- 6th Grade & New Student Orientation from 7:50-10:15 a.m.

12 - First Day of School

15 - Back to School Night from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Welcome Back!

Welcome to Benjamin Franklin Middle School! We are so thankful to have you here and we look forward to the opportunity to get to know and work with you and your child throughout the school year. We know that with the start of school comes many questions, so we wanted to provide as much information to you as possible in this newsletter. Please know that if you ever have any questions, concerns, or ideas, we welcome you to contact us. We are here for you!

Meet Our New Ben Franklin Family Members!

We are thrilled to welcome new staff members to our Ben Franklin Middle School Family including:

Mrs. Lee- 8th grade Science/Biology

Mr. Rosario- 7th & 8th grade Orchestra

Mrs. Rusnak-German

Mrs. Wagner-Secretary/Treasurer

Ms. Flaris- 6th grade Core Plus

Mrs. Joll-Special Education

Mrs. Kuehl-Special Education

and last, but not least, Zoe!

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Meet Zoe!

We wanted to take a quick second to introduce our newest family member to you! Zoe is part of the VCS Therapy Dog Project. She is sponsored by Sarkisian Law and we are super excited for her to be a part of our BFMS Family. She will be in the office every day and will help provide support for our students. Zoe is a 12 week old English Cream Golden Retriever and full of love! Please feel free to stop by and say hello. Zoe has been around students all summer during VCS Summer School and her love for students continues to grow everyday!

School Information

We want you to stay connected! For up-to-date information throughout the school year, please visit:

Lockers & Schedules

Lockers (Student Information tab) and Schedules (Schedule tab) will be posted in Skyward Family Access on August 5th at 8:00 a.m. Students may visit the school to walk through their schedule and set up their locker on August 5th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and August 6th & 7th from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Please enter Door 2 off of Campbell Street.

6th Grade & New Student Orientation

Friday, August 9th, is our 6th grade and new student orientation day! All 6th grade and NEW 7th and 8th grade students are expected to attend school from 7:50-10:15 a.m. on this day. Students will meet their teachers, follow their class schedule, and learn how to open their lockers. All students will start their morning in the auditorium where they will be welcomed by Mrs. Sienkowski and Mr. Slater. From there, students will be dismissed by groups to go with their 1st hour teacher.


If your child rides a bus, pickup information can be found on Skyward Family Access by clicking on the “Busing" tab. This will give the time and location of both pick up and drop off approximate times. Bus riders will be picked up Friday morning and dropped off after our 10:15 a.m. dismissal.


Students are asked to bring their schedule, locker information (found on the "Student Information" tab), and ear buds. 7th and 8th grade students who have already attended BFMS should remain at home on this day.


We can't wait to see your kids!

Physical Education Uniforms

6th grade and new 7th and 8th grade students may purchase physical education uniforms from Blythe's Sport Shop. You can purchase online or pick it up at the store (located at 2810 Calumet Avenue) for a cost of $29.00 ($12.50-shorts, $16.50-shirt). Students are welcome to wear uniforms purchased for older siblings. All students are expected to wear P.E. uniforms. Purchase Online

School Day & Calendar

Middle school classes begin at 7:50 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m. on Monday - Friday.

Back to School Night

Our annual Back to School Night will be held on Thursday evening, August 15, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. You will have an opportunity to go through your child's schedule and meet each of his/her teachers. Stay tuned for further details about this exciting night. We look forward to seeing you!

Transportation

Bus

Pick up and drop off information can be found on Skyward Family Access by clicking on the “Busing” tab. Be sure your child is at the bus stop at least 5 minutes ahead of the scheduled pick up time and please understand that the afternoon drop off times are an estimate only and will most assuredly run a little later the first few weeks of school.


Pick Up and Drop Off

Students should only be picked up and dropped off at the parking lot at the corner of Park and Weston Streets. Weston is a one-way, southbound street. Campbell Street and Park Street are usually busy at dismissal when buses pick up students. We request that any parent who picks up a child after school not park across from the buses on either of these streets since it is dangerous for your child to cross the street between buses. Your cooperation in keeping our students safe is appreciated!

Handbook/Student Expectations

The student handbook is included in assignment notebooks which each student will receive on the first day of school. It is important that both students and parents read the handbook since it contains a wealth of information designed to improve communication between home and school. This assignment notebook should help students stay organized and inform parents about assignments and other information. We hope you find it helpful!

Absences

Regular school attendance is essential for a student’s success in school. If a student must be absent, the parent must call the attendance office before 8:00 a.m. the day of the absence at 219-531-3020. Additional information can be found in the student handbook.
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School Lunches

To access information regarding school lunch prices, payment options and menus, please visit the VCS School Nutrition website.

Physical Examinations

All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are encouraged to have a physical examination form filled out by a physician. We encourage you to do this as soon as possible. Physical examinations are mandatory for students participating on a school athletic team. Students must have a physical on file before they will be allowed to participate in practice. Ten practices are required before an athlete may participate in their first contest. Physicals that were completed after April 1 of the 2018-19 school year will be accepted for the 2019-20 school year. Athletic packets that contain the physical form are available in our main office.

Medical Appointments

Parents should make every effort to schedule medical appointments outside the school day. In the event this is not possible, he/she should bring a note from the parent to the office before school on the day of the appointment. A pass will be issued to excuse the student at the appropriate time. A copy of the return to school note from the doctor’s/dentist’s office should be given to the attendance office upon the student’s return to school.

Leaving During the School Day

Parents must come to the school office and provide a picture ID before picking up their child. Students will not be permitted to meet parents in the parking lot. Only adults whose names appear on the child’s emergency information in Skyward will be permitted to pick up a student from school. Please enter Door #2 off of Campbell Street.

After School Activities

Students who miss any part of the school day, other than because of a prearranged appointment, cannot participate in or attend after school contests, practices, performances, meetings, or similar activities that same day.

Messages & Deliveries

We are unable to pass along messages or deliver items to students during the school day except in the case of emergencies. Parents may bring forgotten items to the office. Your child will then be able to retrieve these items during one of their passing periods.

Skyward & Canvas

If you are new to BFMS or you would like more information about the tools available to you through Skyward Family Access (attendance, grades, and school news) or Canvas (classroom resources, teacher information, eLearning, etc.), then please contact us.

College & Career Planning

This year, Naviance, an online college and career planning tool, will be introduced to all students in grades 6-12.This tool will allow you to watch as your student participates in self-reflection about strengths and goals, future college and career interests, virtual college tours, four-year plans for high school, post-secondary goals and plans, and so much more. Look for more information about Naviance as our school year begins!

We Can't Wait to See You!

We look forward to working with you and your child this coming school year! We know that we are going to have a wonderful time together. Thanks for all you do. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if there is anything you need!

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