9:00 AM C.A.R.E. Walk at MCC
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM BF Academy (pm)
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Market Day p/u
8:00 AM BF Academy (a.m.)
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM BF Academy (p.m.) end of session
8:00 AM BF Academy (a.m.) end of session
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM OMER Club (session 2)
The Second Grade classes of Ben Franklin School participated in a Biography Research report to honor special Americans in history To accompany their report, students created a poster or came dressed as their famous American. We presented the reports to parent guests on April 2, 2015 as an American History Museum..
Family Game Night was on March 26th. We had 44 students and their families come together for a Family Game Night. Many of the games incorporated using critical thinking math and reading skills while having fun! At the end of the evening, all of the games were raffled off to students to enjoy at home with their families! The families had a great time and can't wait for the next event.
Samantha Bozzone won the poster contest for the Little Doctor’s program that was presented by the New Jersey Blood Services. The posters were created to help promote the Blood Drive that took place on March 23rd at Ben Franklin where 30 units of blood were donated to help two children at Ben Franklin and others who need it. Thanks to all contestants!
On April 10th, Ben Franklin’s Tower of Books Challenge kicked off a 4 week long school-wide independent reading competition between the grades. Students in kindergarten through second grade are reading to see their towers grow with books outside their classrooms. There is a buzz throughout the school of excitement. Students in third through fifth grade were introduced to Biblionasium, an online community of school-aged readers. They were asked to create a challenge for themselves to see how many books they thought they could read. Readers are busy logging books, writing summaries and making recommendations. Biblionasium allows students to gain instant access to peer recommendations from their grade level. Kids can quickly find suggestions for new books to read. Ben Franklin’s students have read a total of 1,181 books after just the first week!
“It is not what you say or do but how you make people feel” is a motto that Benjamin Franklin students are encouraged to live by everyday. Developing 21st century citizens is as important as being persons of good character. Our rigorous curriculum is aligned to the Common Core Standards while providing real-life problem solving strategies.
There are numerous initiatives apparent this year. The most prominent is that every student in grades three to five is in possession of their own Chromebook at school and in the near future, it will travel home in their backpack instead of a textbook. Teachers are making assignments through Engrade and creating Wikis instead of worksheets. Writing pieces are receiving immediate feedback as their teachers make comments through Google docs. Grades one and two are also integrating technology in their classes with iPads and laptops.
Kindergarten, first and second graders are experiencing Math through the hands-on approach of Math in Focus. Concepts are mastered by stages: concrete (hands-on), pictorial, and then abstract. Students are developing a greater understanding of number sense through this learning experience.
Our students have many opportunities beyond the academic curriculum to become well-rounded individuals. They may participate in Art Club, Chorus, Band, and Orchestra as well as Student Council and Safety Patrols during the school day. Beyond the scheduled hours there are clubs such as Ben and Us (the school newspaper) Dance Fitness, Technology, Theater Arts, Environmental and Cooking Club. Odyssey of the Mind also provides students with the opportunity to shine.
Benjamin Franklin School enjoys a solid base of community support through our PTA. This organization provides many additional resources and activities to our students and families. Our Parent University provides the necessary information for our parents to support their children at home. We value the importance that families play in our success in educating their children.
We hope that we live up to our motto, “It is not what you say or do but how you make people feel” .
Steven Preville 732-650-5300