The Franklin Academy

All School Franklin Academy Update for May 4 - May 8

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!

"Partes del Cuerpo" Spanish Class Project! Do you know the body parts in Spanish?

María H. Lugo, our Spanish Specialist shared this:

"Grades 3 and 4 spent two weeks 5 and 6 learning/reviewing the "Partes del Cuerpo" (Parts of the Body) in Spanish. To end our unit, the students drew anything they wanted as long as it had ten parts of the body, and they labeled these with their Spanish names.

We called this project "El Dude". As you can see, their imagination created wonderful works of art. They truly reflect their dedication, originality and creativity. Great job team!"

7th Grade Life Science!

This from Mrs. Hedahl:

"We have a Kahoot! Quiz every week in the 7th grade Life Science class. I create a Kahoot! quiz each week on the chapter we are studying and then we meet via Zoom. The students are very competitive with each other because there are prizes involved -- the top four students opted for bags of Haggen cookies this week which we will leave at their front porches on Saturday, along with our Kahoot! Star card.

I find that it is a great way to ensure that the students are reading the textbook, learning the vocabulary and become informed about these important topics. Today we also watched a video together on Pollution Solutions. We are on track to complete the Life Science textbook, even though we are not meeting in the traditional classroom setting.

These 7th graders are a great group of students and I am enjoying thinking outside of the box so that learning keeps happening."

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The Ferlin House Had a Get Together on Zoom!

Hey Kaiser, Hess & Ershig Houses we would love to see you guys getting together too!
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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! Enjoy a few more 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

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!

I hope you had a great week. This week in "Deep Thoughts with Chaplain Aaron" we will begin a new unit on Love. You are loved! It's true! In this week's video (about 11 minutes) we will explore loving yourself, and read a book called "Red: A Crayons Story." The Discussion Questions are: What makes you, you? And, what do you love about yourself? Our weekly service challenge is to write/draw a card for someone and tell/show them what you love about them. 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!
Preschool Teacher, Mrs. Ho, shares "How to Milk a Cow!"
Sing along with Mrs. Snyder our Music Specialist! Chapel Songs-Part 2
Markell Hall librarian, Mrs. Samuel, reads Edward Tulane - Part 5
Mrs. Snyder, our Music Teacher and Librarian, reads “Froggy Plays in the Band."
Mrs. Owens, our Pre-Kindergarten teacher, reads "All Aboard the Dinotrain!"
Sing along songs with Mrs. Snyder our Music Specialist!
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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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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,