Benjamin Franklin BOLT News

October 2020 Edition

Mission Statement

The mission of the Public Schools of Edison Township is to ensure that all students achieve at the highest level of academic success. The district, in partnership with the community, will provide a safe, supportive learning environment which promotes self-worth and encourages productive contributions to a diverse and constantly evolving global society.

Assistant Principal's Corner

Dear BEN Bolt Family,

It has been a pleasure to get to meet some of you, and I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to those of you who I have not had the pleasure to meet.

My name is Stephanie Nieves, and I joined the Benjamin Franklin Family on July 1, 2020. I have previous experience as a Spanish teacher, Staff Developer and Middle School and High School Assistant Principal.

I wanted to let you know two, of many ways, in which I would love to connect with the parents and students in our BEN Franklin Community.

1. I can help you if you have a technology concern. I will be adding important links at the end of my post.

One reminder: Due to the Pandemic and the unusual start to the school year, we are sending home many important correspondences via BlackBoard. I ask that if you have updated your email address or phone number that you please email me, at your earliest convenience, with:

1. your student's first and last name

2. your updated email and or phone number.

I can be reached at

2. Si necesitan traduccion en Espanol, por favor mandeme un mensaje y yo les podre ayudar con una reunión con el maestro/la maestra de su estudiante o con cualquier duda o preguntas que tengas. Por favor mandeme un mensaje a

School Counselor's Corner


We know that this has been a difficult time for everyone and we wanted to provide you with a resource to help you as you and your family navigate Covid-19 and the ongoing effects of the Pandemic.

Emotional Health Guidance for Parents to help their students during this time.

Dear Ben Franklin Families,

The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (P.L.2010, c.122) requires that the week beginning with the first Monday in October of each year (October 5-9 in 2020), be designated as a “Week of Respect” in New Jersey. To celebrate this week, we have many great activities and programs planned to support the social and emotional development of our students.

Please support our Week of Respect by helping your child participate in the daily events listed on this page. Thank you for your continued support!

Ms. Kole

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Important Upcoming Dates:

October at a Glance:

October 5-9: Week of Respect (please see details in the flyer below)

October 7- Half- Day for students/Professional Development

October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month ends

Hispanic Heritage Month September 15-October 15

As BOLTS we celebrate diversity and here is a quick video for everyone to learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month.

Book of the Month: Mango, Abuela and me

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Mango, Abuela, and me

by Meg Medina

When Mia's Abuela comes to live with Mia and her family, she helps her learn English while Mia learns Spanish, both with the help of a parrot named Mango.

Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina [Read Aloud]


Ordering Breakfast and Lunch

Please order Breakfast and Lunch via our District Order Form. Orders are due by Thursday, 2:00 pm for the upcoming week of school.

Please note: If we are closed for a holiday or due to a school break, there will be no breakfast/lunch pick-up on that day or for those days.

Thank you!

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Revised 2020-2021 District Calendar

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Coming Soon: Hybrid Learning 2020

Hybrid learning begins October 19, 2020 and more information will be forthcoming from the district and also from us, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School. We ask that you please check your emails regularly as well as our website.

Thank you,

Mr. Preville and Ms. Nieves