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~ Fall Newsletter 2017 ~ 

Benjamin Franklin School received the
National PTA School of Excellence Award!
Come celebrate with us on Friday, October 13 @ 6:00 pm

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Welcome “BFES Class of 2024”
Kindergarten Family Pizza Night

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Spread the word imageSpread the word…October 18 @ 6:30-8:00 pm
Engineering Night for students and parents in grade 2 & 3


Be good to people  Our School Theme this year is “Be Good to People”
                   Encourage your children to show kindness to others!
Ben Franklin will be helping to rebuild Moore Elementary School in Houston, TX. The school was devastated by Hurricane Harvey and lost everything needed to make school a warm and effective learning environment.  To help rebuild Moore Elementary you can join in the efforts by purchasing needed items from Lakeshore Learning.  All items will be shipped directly to Moore ES. Go the following website:

Benjamin Franklin Staff raised $500 by hosting a dress down day for South Houston Elementary School in Houston, TX. With the help of, the $500 was used to purchase 5 classroom carpets for classrooms in the elementary school!

6th Annual Courtyard Harvest Fall Festival

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Benjamin Franklin Elementary School will be holding its 6th Annual Fall Festival in the courtyard during the week of October 23rd. During this week, the entire school will be utilizing the BF courtyard to observe, harvest and help promote awareness of our courtyard garden. 

  • Each grade level will celebrate the fall season with an activity and snack outside. Please send in any donations by Friday, October 20th so everyone can enjoy the decorations for the season.
  • Parents are welcome to join their grade level and donate pumpkins and/or mums for courtyard decoration. Unfortunately due to the size of the courtyard, no siblings may attend.

Information will be sent home from your child’s teacher regarding day/time/activity and hopefully you’ll be able to join us in the courtyard!

red ribbon image Celebrate Red Ribbon Week October 23 - October 27 

The last week of October became formalized as Red Ribbon Week in 1988 by a proclamation of the United States Congress. Red Ribbon Week activities are organized each October by tens of thousands of schools, government agencies and social service organizations.  The main purpose of Red Ribbon Week is to celebrate and promote positive choices and healthy, drug free lifestyles for young people and adults in the United States.
Monday, October 23: Red Ribbons will be given out to students. Begin Red Ribbon Week by wearing Red today!!!! (Wear red)

Tuesday, October 24: “It’s in our “jeans” to show a BF-ROCKS attitude!”

(Wear your jeans)

Wednesday, October 25: October is also Bully Prevention Month! Unity Day 2017 is Oct. 25th! Wear and Share Orange! Make it ORANGE and make it end! Come together in one giant message of hope and support, wear and share orange, visibly showing that our society believes that no child should be bullied. (Wear orange)

Thursday, October 26: “BF ROCKS!! Making Positive Choices is NO SWEAT!”
(Wear your favorite sweats)

Friday, October 27: “Bee” a part of the BF ROCKS Team!!
(Wear clothing from your favorite sports team)

Monday, October 30: To end Red Ribbon Week, show your best BF-ROCKS attitude by wearing a shirt with a positive message on it!
(Wear your BF Gear or positive message gear)


Come See the Halloween Parade!

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Our HALLOWEEN parade will take place on Monday, October31st during the school day. The school parade will begin at 1:35 p.m. in the front of the school. Please be sure your child’s costume is appropriate for school. Masks, swords, or any violent type accessories are not permitted. All families are welcome to watch the parade. For security reasons, only parents who are volunteering in classrooms will be allowed into the school after the parade. Classrooms teachers will submit volunteer names to Mr. McMahon, security aide.


remember the veterans image  Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by Purple Heart Homes

Benjamin Franklin School for the 5th year has pledged to make 500 Thanksgiving Day placemats to honor veterans at the 2017 Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner.

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IMPORTANT:  Note from Mrs. Malia, School Nurse

 As a reminder, please alert the health office during the school year to discuss with the school nurse these medical issues:

  • A student has or has recently recovered from a serious illness
  • A student has been seen in the ER or hospitalized
  • A student has had surgery
  • A student has sustained an injury requiring medical treatment

Documentation from your health care provider will be needed to return to school with or without restrictions for Physical Education and recess.  If your child requires crutches in school a doctor’s note is needed.

Physicals are required for all new entrants and students in grades Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th Grade.  Documentation of a physical or date of upcoming physical must be in the Health Office by 10/15/17. The School Medical Director will do health appraisals for students who do not have a physical on file or documentation of an upcoming appointment.  You will be informed of the date of the School Health appraisal. Please send completed physical forms to the Health Office. Please keep a copy for your records.

Any kind of medication cannot legally be dispensed to any child in school without a Health Care Provider’s written order and parental consent. 
Physical and Medication forms can be down loaded from the Lakeland School District’s website by clicking on departments and look for Health Office.
Students can’t carry medication at any time during the school day (inhalators, epi-pens, cough drops, etc.) 

Pink Health Emergency Forms
Thank you for returning your forms to the Health Office. Please update any changes ASAP.  It is important to have numbers where the nurses can reach you in times in need.

If your child shows any symptoms of illness: temperature over 100�š, flu-like symptoms, vomiting or GI issues, sore throat that interferes with swallowing, ear pain, colored eye drainage, suspicious or draining rash. Please keep him/her home. A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and may be contagious.
Children may not return to school unless:

  • They are fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT medication for fever
  • They have not vomited for 24 hours
  • A FULL 24 hours has passed since their first dose of antibiotic for strep throat or a skin infection.


  • Absences must be called in daily before 8:30 AM
  • Please call BFES 245-7444 ext. 39805 and leave a clear message including name of child, grade, and reason for absence. 
  • Please leave details of illness.  It is recommended that students stay home until at least 24 hours after they are fever free (100 F or greater) or signs of a fever, without the use of fever reducing medication.


 Vision and Hearing screenings are performed during the school year.  All New Entrants and students in Grade 1, 3 and 5th will have a vision and hearing screening. Students in Grade 2 will have a vision screening. Parent/Guardians will be informed of any unusual results.  If you have any concerns about your child’s vision or hearing please contact the health office.

Please see the district’s web site regarding a HEALTH NOTICE with Information about the Enterovirus EV-D68.

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