The Franklin Academy

All School Franklin Academy Update for June 15 - June 19

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A ceremony like no other, the 8th grade class and their families gathered for a distanced graduation!

Head of School Mrs. Buscko said, "I am so proud of you for finishing your Franklin Academy experience strong! You have proven that if you have that desire to learn, you can make it happen, no matter the obstacle."

The class chose Stuart to speak at the ceremony and he shared, "No matter how grueling the road ahead may be, we will always figure out how to handle it, because that's how this 8th grade class rolls!"

We will miss all of you, and we are excited to see what wonderful experiences you will have in High School!

"Energy and persistence conquer all things." Benjamin Franklin

Woo Hoo! You Did It!

Wow! Many of the 8th Grade Students Already Earned High School Credits!

Smaller class sizes ensure that each student can be challenged at their own pace. The foundation the students have received at TFA has prepared them to excel in high school and beyond!

Pre-Calculus (11th/12th grade level math) – 2 students

Algebra II (10th/11th grade level math) – 6 students

Geometry (9th/10th grade level math) – 1 student

Algebra I (8th/9th grade level math) – 1 student

9th Grade Math (Pre-Algebra) – 3 students

Two students will enter Spanish I – All other students are recommended for Spanish II

It is very impressive that some students are transferring 4.5 HS credits!

(Alg I, Geometry, Alg II, Spanish I and .5 for Spanish II).

Mrs. Stokes Announces Her Retirement

We will miss you!

Dear Franklin Academy,

After much deliberation, I have decided to officially retire from The Franklin Academy at the end of the current school year.

The decision wasn't an easy one - I love this school! Over the years, I ‘ve had the good fortune to work with wonderful students, families and many talented and supportive colleagues. I have truly enjoyed my time with all of you.

I have spent the majority of my teaching career at the Franklin Academy, formally Saint Paul’s Academy. I started in the lower school and taught 3rd Grade for three years. I then moved to 5th Grade and moved across the street to the new building, Markell Hall. I taught 5th grade for five years and then 4th grade for four.

My decision to retire is bittersweet. It will be hard to leave friends and a career that I loved, however I am eager to begin the next chapter. My husband is soon to retire as well. We plan to finish our house project…landscape the property…grow a garden… raise some critters...boat in the San Juan’s …travel a bit…spend time with family and… and celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary.

Thank you for 12 great years!

Karalee Stokes

Volunteer of the Year, Liz Walker!

What will we do without you?!

Thank you Liz for all your years of volunteering at St. Paul's Academy, now The Franklin Academy!

Liz has been a President and active member of PALS for many years. She has created centerpieces for the auction as long as I can remember. Liz worked on the Branding Committee to come up with the new Franklin Academy logos.

She volunteers at the Science Fair, Ski to Sea Parade, used uniform sales, end of school picnic and most events on and off campus! Thank you Liz for all you have done to support the teachers, chapel guild, and the every aspect of the school.

Congratulations on your son Stuart graduating from 8th grade this year! I am honored to have worked with you for so many years, and I am thrilled to call you my friend.

We hope Stuart has a great time in High School next year, and we wish you all the best!

Heather and the Franklin Academy Family

Update: 2020 -2021 School Year

OSPI Directives for Fall

We have received some information about what school looks like in the fall. Our institution is stronger than ever and we are looking forward to welcoming you back for the 2020-2021 school year.

If your child is in K-8th grade we will:

Plan to be open in person on September 1st. OSPI has cautioned that Covid-19 numbers will ultimately determine if this mandate changes. We will still be adopting a new online platform that will provide us a cohesive online option in case we do have to have another closure or need to make accommodations for at-risk students. We will also be adding in extra protections using the CDC guidelines for schools and the OSPI reopening schools guidelines.

If your child is in preschool we will:

Open as planned in person on September 1st. We will use all of the CDC’s guidelines for schools and follow the recommendations from Washington State Department of Health. We are also limiting our preschool class sizes to 9 students per teacher.

Please know that we have just received this guidance and will be sharing more information about the particular safety requirements before school starts in the fall. We really appreciate your support and patience as we have had to anxiously wait to hear what our mandates are for the upcoming school year. I know I speak for all of our staff when I say.. we can’t wait to see you!

Gretchen Bucsko

Head of School

Fun Educational Videos from our Fabulous Teachers!

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! A read aloud from Mrs. Owen!
Mrs. Pickerill is back with another science experiment! "Rain Cloud in a Jar!"
A mi burro enfermo, a song with Sra. Smith, our Spanish Specialist!
How Chipmunk Got His Stripes, a read-a-long with Mrs. Snyder our Robin Hall Library specialist!
5 Enormous Dinosaurs, Story time with Mrs. Ho!
Sra. Smith reads, "The Hungry Caterpillar" in Spanish!
"FAST FRIENDS" a read aloud with Mrs. Owen!
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Amazon Smile

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.

Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Newsletters - Click Below

The Franklin Academy Calendar

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

The Franklin Academy

A supportive community with STEM focused education in a safe, small class environment for all grades.

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,