2019-2020 School Year Calendar:

For the 2019-2020 school year, we will be starting after Labor Day, with a first day of school for students in grades 1-8 on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. 

We had originally planned an open house on September 4th starting at 9:30. However, in order to alleviate parking lot congestion we are changing the schedule for Wednesday, September 4th. As a reminder, a parent must attend the September 4th open house with the student, this is not a drop off event. Please find revised times for the open house on September 4th.

  • 9:30 – 11 am: Students assigned to Mrs. Jumes and Mrs. Burns classes 
  • 12:00 – 1:30: Students assigned to Mrs. Tagen and Mrs. DiNapoli’s classes 

The first day of school for Kindergarten will be Thursday, September 5th with an early release at noon. Students will also attend on Friday, September 6th with an early release at noon.  On both of these Kindergarten early release days students must be picked up by a parent/guardian at the school at noon; mid-day bus service is not available and BFCCPS’s after school program will not be available. General arrival and dismissal procedures will be shared with the entire school community very soon.  Please note that during early Kindergarten dismissal on September 5 and 6 we will ask parents to park along the front “loop” of the driveway, park and walk up to pick up your child. We will have BFCCPS staff on hand to direct traffic. This is an atypical dismissal method that will only be used for this event. 

The first full day of school for students in Kindergarten will be Monday, September 9th. Bus service and after school care will be available if you have registered for those services.

We apologize for the change to the timing for September 4th and look forward to seeing you soon! 

Tuesday, September 3- Friday, September 6 are full days for our students in grades 1-8. 

Approved Calendar 2019-2020.  Please take note of all school closures and early release days.  Tentative days for the last day of school are marked for both Kindergarten and the rest of the school; these dates are subject to change based on any unforeseen school closures.


Meet the Teacher Sessions:

Students and Parents are invited to the upcoming Meet the Teacher sessions. This includes a :30 minute visit to the classroom and a :30 minute building tour. No RSVP is needed. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Monday August 26th
4:00 pm-5:00 pm Kindergarten and Grade 8
6:00 pm-7:00 pm Grades 2 and 6

 

Tuesday August 27th
4:00 pm-5:00 pm Grades 1 and 7
6:00 pm-7:00 pm Grade 5

 

Wednesday August 28th
3:30 pm-4:30 pm Grade 4
5:30 pm-6:30 pm Grade 3

School Start Times:

The school day begins at 8:15 for students in Grades 6-8. Parents who drop their children at school may do so beginning at 8:00 am unless their child is participating in before school Chorus, Band or Morning Care in which case they may arrive as early as 7:30 am. Please note that students in Grades 6-8 who are not in their classroom by 8:20 am will be marked tardy. Any students who are tardy must sign into the office to obtain a tardy pass.

 

The school day begins at 9:00 for students in Grades K-5. Parents who drop their children off at school may do so beginning at 8:45 am. Please note that students who are not in their classroom by 9:00 am will be marked tardy. If you need childcare coverage before 8:45 am, morning care is available for a fee beginning at 7:30 am.

Arrival Dismissal:

Please visit this page for driving directions as well as arrival/dismissal information.


Summer Reading:

The summer months provide an opportune time to read, enjoy stories and learn new information from books. When parents and children read together, they are building language and new knowledge. They also create wonderful memories and experiences, which stay with children for many years. Our staff have put together summer reading lists and projects designed to foster enjoyment of reading, to expose students to a variety of genres, and to encourage independent reading. It is intended to help students maintain reading proficiencies acquired during the school year.
Summer reading assignments for the 2019-2020 school year are tied to the BFCCPS Four Virtues; you can learn more about Fortitude, Justice, Prudence and Temperance here on our website.
Kindergarten through Grade Five:  All students in Kindergarten through Grade Five have reading lists and assignments posted. Please visit this google folder to download your child’s summer reading list and assignment.
Grades 6-8: This year we will be using a new model of summer reading assignments for students in grades 6-8 that we’re calling Summer Book Clubs. Students will be assigned one of their five choices before leaving for summer vacation and receive a general list of questions for reflection as they read. Note that there is no written assignment associated with Book Clubs. At the start of next school year students will meet will their Book Clubs, other students and a faculty member that read the same book, to discuss their books, including character connections. Please email Kelsey Kolic at kkolic@bfccps.org with any questions about Summer Book Clubs.

 

Summer Math Enrichment:

Kids and adults alike enjoy playing games that are fun and motivating. Games give students opportunities to explore fundamental number concepts, such as the counting sequence, one-to-one correspondence, and computation strategies. Engaging mathematical games can also encourage students to explore number combinations, place value, patterns, and other important mathematical concepts. Further, they afford opportunities for students to deepen their mathematical understanding and reasoning. Providing repeated opportunities for students to play games, allows mathematical ideas to emerge as students notice new patterns, relationships, and strategies.

This summer, try playing some of the games below with your child for a chance to build some valuable math skills and some family fun. Game on!

Card/Dice Games:

Math War

https://lifestyle.howstuffworks.com/crafts/seasonal/card-games-for-kids4.htm

Pig

https://www.youcubed.org/tasks/pig/

Two-Fisted Pennies

http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/about/understanding-em/games/two-fisted-pennies-game.html

Nim-7

https://nrich.maths.org/1204

Nim

https://nrich.maths.org/402

Acing Math Card Games

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ynv-nj0U3xjnbFopdtc4ALEyubMDyIUn/view?usp=sharing

Online Games:

Deep Sea Duel https://www.nctm.org/Classroom-Resources/Illuminations/Interactives/Deep-Sea-Duel/

Turtle Pond

https://www.nctm.org/Classroom-Resources/Illuminations/Interactives/Turtle-Pond/

Factor Game https://www.nctm.org/Classroom-Resources/Illuminations/Interactives/Factor-Game/

Factorize

https://www.nctm.org/Classroom-Resources/Illuminations/Interactives/Factorize/

Product Game

https://www.nctm.org/Classroom-Resources/Illuminations/Interactives/Product-Game/

Board Games:

Tiny Polka Dot

https://tinypolkadot.com/

Prime Climb

https://primeclimbgame.com/

Set

https://www.setgame.com/set

Mancala


Dress Code:

The BFCCPS dress code is central to maintain a, safe and respectful school environment that is conducive to learning.  Please read all the details in the full policy approved by the Board of Trustees.


School Supply Lists:

We have gathered supply lists for each grade to eliminate the guess work of what will be needed for the school year.  As you begin to purchase supplies, make sure to keep this checklist handy to make your back-to-school shopping as easy as 1, 2, 3!  School supply lists for all grades can be found in this Google Drive Folder.


Bus Transportation:

Franklin Transportation: Residents of Franklin should have been contacted by the Franklin Transportation Department by email. These notices were sent on May 3. It is important to note that they will not send additional reminders regarding this service. You will need the ID number provided in the email to register your child for the bus via the Franklin Transportation Department. Registration will be completed online via UniBank.
If you have any questions, please contact Denise Johnson, Coordinator of Transportation at 508-553-4815.
Bus routes have been posted on the FPS Transportation Website. Bus passes may be picked late August at BFCCPS. Please stay tuned for further details.
Regional Transportation:
Over the last week, we have worked with our transportation provider to revise the Regional Bus Routes. An additional bus route has been added to due to increased ridership this year; we have also adjusted several routes and stops. Please be sure to review the updated routes and stops as there have been a number of changes.
All Regional Bus Registrants should login to FamilyID and update their active bus registration.
Non-regional students can contact Mrs. Schwab to see if space is available on their desired route.
If you have any questions about BFCCPS regional transportation offerings, please contact our Transportation Coordinator, Mrs. Schwab (dschwab@bfccps.org).

 

Bus passes will be required for all students and will be available for pickup in late August.
If you have any questions about the BFCCPS Regional Transportation Offering, please contact Mrs. Schwab.

Morning Care:

BFCCPS will offer morning care for students starting at 7:30 am.

Registration will be for particular days of the week for the duration of the school year, i.e., every Monday or every Wednesday. Payment is for recurring days of the year. For example, $180 for all the Mondays, $180 for all the Tuesdays etc; yearly total for students needing care all five days is $900.

Please scroll for specific discounts for families with multiple students enrolled and a staff discount if applicable.

Before school tuition is paid monthly, over the ten (10) month period from August through May, and has been divided into ten equal payments. (Payment in full is also welcome.) 

Registration for the program is now closed. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please complete this google form or contact Mrs. Cifizzari at lcifizzari@bfccps.org.

 


After-School Care:

We are thrilled to announce that registration for the 2019-2020 After-School Care program is now available. 300 spaces will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Students must be picked up by no later than 6pm. Registration will be for particular days of the week for the duration of the school year, i.e., every Monday or every Wednesday.  

Students must be pre-registered, no drop in services are available. After-School Care tuition is paid monthly, over the ten (10) month period from August through May, and has been divided into ten equal payments. (Payment in full is also welcome.)

PLEASE NOTE: Our teachers and after school providers will participate in professional development on early release days. With this in mind, we will not be able to offer After-School Care on our early release and full-day professional development days. If you need care on vacation and professional development days, we encourage you to contact local providers that offer drop in services or local camps.

Click here to Register for After-School Care


FamilyID:

We are excited to announce that we are now offering the convenience of online registration through FamilyID
FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to sign school policies, such as handbook agreements, media releases, and responsible use policies, and helps us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When you register through Family ID, the system keeps track of your information in your Family ID profile. You enter your information only once for each family member for multiple uses and multiple programs.
A number of online forms and registrations will take place using FamilyID over the next few months so you might want to register for FamilyID at this time to streamline future registrations and online forms that are shared.
To register for programs with our FamilyID software you will need your student’s “StudentID”; we will be using their Locally Assigned Student Identification/LASID. All parents should have received their child(ren)’s LASID by email just now; please be sure to sure to save this code for future reference.  Please note that forms that are filled out with a missing or incorrect LASID will be marked as incomplete, you can find your student’s LASID on the SchoolBrains Parent Portal.  


School Dismissal Manager:

This year we will continue to use School Dismissal Manager to automate dismissal changes and absence notification. We launched School Dismissal Manager last year and were very pleased with the results.

Parents who used the system last year will use their credentials from last year or use Forgot Password to establish a new password. New parents will be emailed a 5-digit temporary password.
Please check for an email from School Dismissal Manger with details on your login and password for the system.
With the information provided, please use these to login to SDM at www.schooldismissalmanager.com. We ask all families to update their dismissal instructions using School Dismissal Manager by 9 am on August 29th so we can ensure we have accurate information on how your child(ren) should be sent home.
Using School Dismissal Manager with your desktop or smartphone browser, you can quickly and easily update instructions when your child’s dismissal needs to be changed.This service will take place of the practice of making dismissal changes through the main office. The easy-to-use mobile and desktop interface will allow you to make these changes in advance or for the current day. You can also report absences, early dismissals, and even schedule recurring dismissal instructions for after-school activities such as Art Club, Drama Kids, Science Club or Lego League on the desktop version. Free apps are also available for Android and iPhone users.
We have assigned your child a ”default” dismissal which is just a placeholder to monitor which accounts have been updated and which have not. Once you login, you will see ”Parent Preferences and Student Default” in the top Menu, you can click on this and change your child’s default dismissal instruction within the settings. If you only see ”Parent Preferences”, call the school office and we will make the change for you.
When creating an exception for the current day, please note that the cut-off time is 1:59 on regular days and 10:59 on early release days.In order to ensure an accurate and safe dismissal, it is our expectation that all changes are made on the system before the daily deadline. In the event of an extreme emergency you can contact the school office after the deadline to make any changes for the current day.
Thank you for using this tool to help us keep the dismissal process safe and orderly for all our students. Please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns.

SchoolBrains Parent Portal:

BFCCPS Parents will have access to a Parent Portal offered through our Student Information System, SchoolBrains.  SchoolBrains is a dynamic Information System that allows all BFCCPS faculty and staff to access student information in one location. Not only is it used for contact information, but also for grading and report cards.  The Parent Portal is your access to this information for your student(s).  All parents have access to update their contact information, as well as to see attendance data for each student.  For our students in grades 5-8, all assignments, tests, and quizzes are also listed in the Parent Portal, so parents can keep track of how their students are doing between report cards.

New families will be issued a login and password over the summer for each student they have enrolled at BFCCPS.


Volunteering:

BFCCPS Parents have many opportunities to volunteer in the school including Kindergarten lunch volunteers, field trip chaperones, art and library volunteers and “mystery reading” in the K-4 classrooms.  All volunteers must complete a CORI check at least two days in advance of their volunteer day.  Once approved, a CORI is valid for three years.

Please note that an appointment is required in advance and that CORI processing can not be accommodated during arrival, dismissal or lunch-time. Office hours will be posted in mid-August. 


Breakfast and Lunch Ordering:

We are incredibly excited to launch our new breakfast and lunch program! BFCCPS is partnering with Revolution Foods to provide fresh, healthy offerings to our students and staff every day. This new program will offer an increased variety as well as increased flexibility with ordering deadlines.

Breakfast is priced at $2.25 and will be available for students attending our Morning Care program.  Lunch is priced at $3.25. Students who bring lunch from home may purchase milk on an a la carte basis from week to week.  Visit this page for details.


Classical Enrichment Block Classes – Grades Six through Eight Only:

We are pleased to announce the Classical Enrichment Block classes for the 2019-2020 school year.  Classical Enrichment Block classes are offered by trimester and cover a multitude of topics across all content areas.  These unique classes touch on many aspects of our school’s Classical Education pillar and will be a great way to start off the week; this year’s schedule moves Classical Enrichment to the first class of the day each Monday.

Please visit this page on our website for course listings and registration information.  The signup form will be sent to Grade 6-8 parents on Friday, August 16.  Sign-ups must be completed by Monday, September 2.