Happy New Year
Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. We're looking forward to a great year ahead.

Are you prepared for an emergency?
Mark your calendars for January 11, 2018. We have a Kirkland CERT Coordinator coming to Ben Franklin the evening of Jan 11 to teach us how to prepare our homes and families for an emergency. This presentation is open to our community, so please invite your neighbors and anyone you feel would benefit from this information. We will also be inviting other schools in the area.

Winter 2018 after-school enrichment programs
A new eight-week after-school program will include basketball, karate, drama, robotics, coding and Spanish. The eight-week session runs fromJanuary 29 (the week after conferences) to March 30 (right before Spring Break). Check the Afterschool Enrichment section on the PTA website for an updated listing of classes being offered as well as updated class and chaperone policies. Registration is open on 6crickets.com under "Enrichment for your School". Monday's classes (Drama and Robotics) will be 1.5 hours long (5.15pm dismissal on Mondays).

K-2 Choir
Calling all Kindergarteners, 1st and 2nd graders - it’s your turn to sing!Come join us for weekly fun and hard work as we prepare for our spring concert. Members will get a t-shirt and loads of memories.
When: Tuesdays 8am, 1/30 - 4/17 (It’s early, but totally worth it!) 
Where: Franklin choir room 
Who: Kinder, 1st & 2nd graders who love to sing 
Cost: $40 (Covers the cost of t-shirt and choir music)
Evening Concert at Franklin - 6.30pm Thursday April 19. Registration is open. Registration has moved entirely online at 6crickets.com and payment must be made by credit card. Find the choir listed under the menu <For Parents>, <Enrichment at my school>, <Ben Franklin Elementary>. 

Raise money for Franklin each time you shop at Amazon.com
Ben Franklin's PTA has an arrangement with Amazon.com whereby we receive a percentage of sales when you access the site using this link: https://www.amazon.com/?encoding=utf8&tag=wwwmybenfrank-20When you shop at Amazon.com we're asking that you please bookmark this link so that each time you shop, proceeds will come to Franklin's PTA and we can put it to good use: buying materials for teachers, paying for school trips and equipment, and enriching your child's experience at school. NOTE: this link doesn't work on the Amazon app, so we’re asking that you please browse and check out on your desktop starting via our Fundraising link

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Opaque plastic shopping bags needed for the health room
Please send in opaque plastic shopping bags to the main office so we can keep our health room stocked appropriately. Thank you.