The Franklin Academy

All School Franklin Academy Update for June 22 - June 26

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Order Uniforms for Next Year - Fulfillment of Orders - Anticipate Longer Processing Times Due to COVID-19

DELIVERY TIMES: Please note we are anticipating longer than normal delivery times for the back to school season, due to COVID-19. We are taking extreme precautions at our distribution center, and orders will take approximately 7-9 days to process compared to our normal 3-5 days. Please advise your families of this important update as they plan their purchases for back to school.

Virtual Art Camp by our Art Specialist Rachel Simpson!

Miss Rachel Simpson teaches Summer Art Camps every year, and this time it will be in a safe online environment. These two exciting magical art classes await your kids, with an online Enchanted Castles & Mermaids Painting Party and/or the Fairy Elf Doors Party! All you'll need is to register & purchase your Art Kit, and then you'll be sent the Zoom Art Painting Party link, to join the online Painting Party with other young artists, and with instructions from renowned Art Teacher & Artist Miss Rachel Simpson for kids aged 6-13 years. After you register, you'll need to check your email for confirmation & arrange your Art Kit pick-up/drop-off ,or delivery with shipping fees. Purchase & Register: https://www.rachelswhimsicalart.com/store

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June Birthdays!

Staff Birthdays:


Janice Hedahl - Lesley Smith - Linnea McDonnell


Student Birthdays:


Damian H - Daphne H - Camryn H - Matthew G - Stuart W - Owen C - Warren W - Charlie Z - Grey E - Finnegan B - Henry J - Braden L - Hiram O - Ryder C - Parker P - River K - Neesha R - Brayden K - Gianna M - Chanelle F - Serena F - Jeremiah W - Nathaniel W - Kaelden K - Lincoln H - Emily B - Kaveer D - Anabelle B

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The Franklin Academy Sidewalks are Open For Decoration During the Chalk Festival!

Flip Breskin is organizing this event and has reached out to our school community to join in this fun event!

The Annual 4th of July event at Elizabeth Park has been cancelled this year, so Flip came up with a fun, creative way to celebrate, and still be safely distanced.

If you live in the neighborhood, please decorate your sidewalk, or play your instrument during the tour. If not, you can sign up to decorate at either of the TFA buildings. Just use the school address, 1509 E. Victor St. when you sign up with this link: https://columbianeighborhood.org/chalk/ I have sets of chalk for you to use as well.


Here is a little more information from Flip directed to everyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Columbia is our neighbor!


Columbia Neighbors, please join us on July 4th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM to play with chalk on the sidewalk in front of your own home. This is for all ages, from pre-schoolers to adults, beginners to professionals. And then we can all tour the neighborhood from 2:00 to 5:00 PM to see our fun creations! Musicians can sign up to play from their front porches. You will also be able to upload chalk photos to this website so that anyone who wants to, can take a virtual tour. You can invite all your friends and distant family to view online without concern about crowds.


How it works: Use the button below to fill out the sign-up form. This will collect some personal information (which we will only use to coordinate with you and will never share or exploit in any way), and the location where you plan to chalk/play music, etc. We will add your location onto the map, and a description if you’d like to add one.

There’s a place on the sign-up page to request chalk if you need it. Please try to provide your own chalk, and find it as soon as possible, because chalk seems to be in short supply this year. If you are unable to find your own, there is a place on the registration form to request chalk. We have a limited supply, so request early. We will try our best to fill all requests.

There is also a place to request space if you don’t have a sidewalk out front. And a place to donate the sidewalk in front of your own house if no one is planning to use it. If you sign up right away, we have a good chance of being able to get enough chalk for everyone who requests it. And I’ll have some clue about how many volunteers we may need. There are sign-ups on the form for volunteers as well.


This is a community project If you have ideas of how to make this better, would like to get involved, or have other suggestions email Flip Breskin: flip@columbianeighborhood.org

Science at Home! Check out Nehchal & CeCe's Shake Table Experiments!

Ms. Miller Shared:


"To end the school year, 6th graders were assigned the engineering challenge to build a shake table, much like the large machines used to test new earthquake-safe building technologies. Students researched and built their shake table, determining what type of seismic wave the table simulated. Some students added buildings of simple materials to demonstrate the effects of seismic wave movement on large structures."
Nehchal's Earthquake Shake Table
CeCe Earthquake Shake Table

4th Grade Finishes out the Year with Impressive Energy Projects!

4th grade created some creative and entertaining energy projects inspired by Rube Goldberg. They discovered that Kinetic energy can be transferred from one object to another by a collision, like when one domino tips over into another domino. Even without a collision objects can gain kinetic energy if they fall down or roll down a ramp.


I enjoyed watching these elaborate set ups! Great Job 4th Grade!

Derek's Rube Goldberg Machine
4th Grade Rube Goldberg Energy Transfer at Home Experiment!
4th Grade at Home Rube Goldberg Energy Transfer Experiment
4th Grade Rube Goldberg Inspired at Home Science Experiments
4th Grade Chain Reaction Experiment
"Contraption Fail" 4th Grade Energy Experiment
4th Grade Rube Goldberg Inspired Science Experiement
4th Grade Rube Goldberg Inspired Science Experiments

Best of the NW Voting Begins July 1st! Let's Get the GOLD!

Best of the NW voting starts July 1st to August 5th. Please vote for The Franklin Academy as your favorite private school. Last year we received the Silver Award! This year let's surpass Assumption and get the GOLD! We need your vote!


Please note that you must vote for a minimum of 10 categories in order for your vote to count.


Voting Information will be at: https://northsoundlife.com/

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Amazon Smile

If you shop at Amazon.com, 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 Amazon.com we won’t receive the donation.

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The Franklin Academy Points of Contact

Gretchen Bucsko, Head of School: gbucsko@thefranklin.academy

Katie den Hartog, Associate Head of School, kdenhartog@thefranklin.academy


Dawn Regier, Administrative Assistant, dregier@thefranklin.academy

Rachel Lee, Administrative Assistant, rlee@thefranklin.academy

Sue Ann Crockett, Administrative Assistant, scrockett@thefranklin.academy


Theresa Wines, Registrar, twines@thefranklin.academy

Natalie Bennett, Admissions Director, nbennett@thefranklin.academy