Ben Franklin Elementary School PTO

Ben Franklin Elementary School PTO Parent Teacher Organization for Ben Franklin Elementary School in Lawrenceville, NJ.

The Holidays in Harmony Poster Showcase is BACK!! BF students are welcome to make a poster at home illustrating how thei...
12/09/2023

The Holidays in Harmony Poster Showcase is BACK!! BF students are welcome to make a poster at home illustrating how their family celebrates their favorite holiday. Students are welcome to showcase ANY holiday. Submissions are due by Jan. 16th and should be brought to the Main Office.

All posters will decorate the main hall of the school for everyone to see and enjoy! Families are encouraged to view the showcase during our Multicultural Night on Jan. 17th. Details to follow.

12/08/2023

The next Board of Education (BOE) meeting is Wednesday, December 13, at Lawrence High School (2525 Princeton Pike). The public portion begins at 7PM and will be livestreamed here: https://www.ltps.org/rewind.

FYI: Tomorrow is the last day that students can shop at the BF Holiday Shop.  Send in cash in an envelope marked with yo...
12/08/2023

FYI: Tomorrow is the last day that students can shop at the BF Holiday Shop. Send in cash in an envelope marked with your child's name and "holiday shop" if your child is looking to shop.

12/07/2023
REMINDER: The BF Holiday Shop opens up tomorrow evening from 6pm to 7:30pm in the gym.  Students are welcome to shop wit...
12/06/2023

REMINDER: The BF Holiday Shop opens up tomorrow evening from 6pm to 7:30pm in the gym. Students are welcome to shop with their families in the evening or with their classmates during school on Friday.

Winter Teacher Clubs Sign Up is now LIVE!
12/06/2023

Winter Teacher Clubs Sign Up is now LIVE!

It's time for Teacher Clubs! Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and the deadline to enroll is December 18th. Some clubs are restricted by grade-level due to the nature of the club and preschoolers are NOT eligible for any club. Please review the club descriptions, grade-level restrict...

Save the Date! This month’s Dine to Donate is at Meatheadz on Dec. 12th & 13th. Show this flyer when placing your dine-i...
12/05/2023

Save the Date! This month’s Dine to Donate is at Meatheadz on Dec. 12th & 13th. Show this flyer when placing your dine-in or take-out order and 15% of the proceeds will be donated to the PTO.

This month is a Shop to Donate at Five Below in the Lawrence Shopping Center (near Lidl) taking place from Dec. 16 to De...
12/02/2023

This month is a Shop to Donate at Five Below in the Lawrence Shopping Center (near Lidl) taking place from Dec. 16 to Dec. 22. Present this flyer at the time of purchase and 10% of your purchase will be donated to the PTO.

We have lots of awesome items ready for the Holiday Shop!! 🎁 See you next week.
11/30/2023

We have lots of awesome items ready for the Holiday Shop!! 🎁 See you next week.

HomeFront picked up their second batch of donations today!  Our warm clothing drive goes on until Jan. 5.  If you have g...
11/28/2023

HomeFront picked up their second batch of donations today! Our warm clothing drive goes on until Jan. 5. If you have gently used fall or winter clothes that you'd like to get rid of, consider dropping them off at the school.

There’s still time to support our school.  Shop Online (free shipping over $25) through November 28th using our link:
11/24/2023

There’s still time to support our school. Shop Online (free shipping over $25) through November 28th using our link:

Visit our school's homepage to get the latest Book Fair news, shop our Online Fair, and more!

Wow…what a great fair!  Thank you for supporting our school and our students and teachers.  We are thrilled with the tur...
11/22/2023

Wow…what a great fair! Thank you for supporting our school and our students and teachers. We are thrilled with the turnout and enthusiasm for READING! Special thanks to our parent volunteers who made the whole thing possible.

The Holiday Shop is returning to Ben Franklin on Dec. 7 & 8!  Students are welcome to shop for their friends, siblings, ...
11/22/2023

The Holiday Shop is returning to Ben Franklin on Dec. 7 & 8! Students are welcome to shop for their friends, siblings, grownups and pets. ❄️

** Please send money in an envelope marked with your child's name and "Holiday Shop."

Thank you for keeping our children safe, Officer George!
11/21/2023

Thank you for keeping our children safe, Officer George!

*****Officer Spotlight*****

This week’s “Spotlight” is Officer George Henderson (SR 5). Officer Henderson grew up in Trenton and is one of our Special Law Enforcement Officers (or SLEO’s). Officer Henderson (or Officer George as his students refer to him😊) works in our elementary schools. He has been in law enforcement for over 25 years.

He started his career in law enforcement as a youth worker and counselor for the Department of Juvenile Justice Commission. Following this, he was a Mercer County Sheriff’s Officer for 21 years until he retired. Officer Henderson also served in the US Military for 23 years! He spent 13 years in the Navy and then 10 years in the NJ Army National Guard and retired as a Staff Sergeant. Wow, two jobs for a total of 48 years of service!

Officer Henderson is married and lives in Ewing Twp. He has one son, one daughter and two grandchildren. He enjoys riding his motorcycle and attending sporting events that his grandchildren participate in. He also said he really enjoys working in the Lawrence Twp. schools and takes pride in keeping our students safe.

He also considers himself a Raiders and 76ers fan and has been since childhood. He loves seafood and watches the news often. We also asked what his most memorable experience in his career(s) has been. He said, “The most memorable thing, for me, is when the students and their families in the community see me and say, ‘thank you.’”

Well “Officer George,” we’re hoping you’re not planning on retiring (AGAIN) anytime soon! We love having you with us.

Tomorrow is the LAST day to buy in school.  We’re open during school and from 1pm to 3pm.
11/20/2023

Tomorrow is the LAST day to buy in school. We’re open during school and from 1pm to 3pm.

The Book Fair raffle basket goes to….
11/20/2023

The Book Fair raffle basket goes to….

There was a great turnout to our Special Book Fair event yesterday.  Our thankful tree got lots of love!  There are only...
11/19/2023

There was a great turnout to our Special Book Fair event yesterday. Our thankful tree got lots of love! There are only two more days of the book fair left. Come by during conferences to check out our book selection and leave a leaf on the BF thankful tree. 🍁

Homefront did their first pickup of our warm clothing drive donations.  Only after one week, we were able to fill up thi...
11/19/2023

Homefront did their first pickup of our warm clothing drive donations. Only after one week, we were able to fill up this large van! Way to go Ben Franklin families!

The Fall & Winter Clothing Drive will be taking place until January 5th. If you have any gently used warm clothing, consider donating. There are bins available in the vestibule at the front of the school and the multi-purpose room.

The Mini Turkey Trot was a success! Runners ran 10 laps around the lot equating to one whole mile.  Great job Runners!Th...
11/19/2023

The Mini Turkey Trot was a success! Runners ran 10 laps around the lot equating to one whole mile. Great job Runners!

Thank you to all the families that participated! 🦃

Mr. Hewitt pulled the Teacher Experience Raffle winners at 1pm today.  Congratulations to all the winners! Here is the l...
11/18/2023

Mr. Hewitt pulled the Teacher Experience Raffle winners at 1pm today. Congratulations to all the winners! Here is the list of winners.

**Winners will receive an email from the PTO and the teacher will reach out to winners to schedule the experience.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

The Special Book Fair event is now open! Come enjoy some free brunch and beverages.
11/18/2023

The Special Book Fair event is now open! Come enjoy some free brunch and beverages.

Today is the day!  Check-in for the Mini Turkey Trot begins at 10am with the race starting at 10:30am.  Online registrat...
11/18/2023

Today is the day! Check-in for the Mini Turkey Trot begins at 10am with the race starting at 10:30am. Online registration is now closed but don't fret, runners can register at the check-in table upon arrival.

Don't miss out on the Book Fair event taking place in the school right after the race. Come enjoy free brunch and refreshments as well as take the opportunity to enter into the Teacher Experience raffle. It will be the only chance for students to win an experience this school year!

The latest PTO Meeting Minutes have been posted to our website.  Check them out to learn more about upcoming events.
11/17/2023

The latest PTO Meeting Minutes have been posted to our website. Check them out to learn more about upcoming events.

During the school year, the Ben Franklin PTO Board holds PTO meetings to speak with the principal, teachers, and fellow parents & guardians. They discuss the happenings at the school and the upcoming PTO events. It is a great opportunity for all Ben Franklin families to come together and stay inform...

The Book Fair is in full swing!  To celebrate the fall season, we went with a "Fall for Books" theme.  Stop by when you ...
11/17/2023

The Book Fair is in full swing! To celebrate the fall season, we went with a "Fall for Books" theme. Stop by when you come in for conferences or our special event on Saturday to get an opportunity to "harvest" some books and possibly take a cute photo! 🤩

The first ever Mini Turkey Trot takes place TOMORROW at the Ben Franklin parking lot!  Check-In begins at 10am, with a w...
11/17/2023

The first ever Mini Turkey Trot takes place TOMORROW at the Ben Franklin parking lot! Check-In begins at 10am, with a warm-up starting at 10:20am. Race begins at 10:30am.

Come for the run and stay for the fun! Right after the run, come into the school to warm up!

Inside the school gymnasium you’ll find:
* FREE Special Weekend Family & Friends Book Fair Event
* FREE Light Brunch and Warm Beverages
* Teacher Experience Raffles (ONLY time available this year)
* Books available to purchase at the Book Fair!

Visit Ben Franklin this Saturday, Nov. 18 for an opportunity to enter your child in the Teacher Experience raffles.  Thi...
11/17/2023

Visit Ben Franklin this Saturday, Nov. 18 for an opportunity to enter your child in the Teacher Experience raffles. This will be their ONLY chance to win this school year!

Today was the first Teacher Appreciation Luncheon (sponsored by Pre-K & K families)of the year!  It was Fall Feast theme...
11/16/2023

Today was the first Teacher Appreciation Luncheon (sponsored by Pre-K & K families)of the year! It was Fall Feast themed. Thank you to all the Pre-K and Kindergarten families who contributed towards this meal. The teachers and staff were excited to have a plate!

The Fall and Winter Clothing Drive is happening now!  If you are coming into the school for conferences this week, use t...
11/16/2023

The Fall and Winter Clothing Drive is happening now! If you are coming into the school for conferences this week, use this as an opportunity to drop off any items you would like to donate in the bins in the vestibule or next to the multi-purpose room. Thank you!

The Mini Turkey Trot Fun Run medals have arrived!! If you want one, register for the run at http://bfpto.org/run
11/16/2023

The Mini Turkey Trot Fun Run medals have arrived!! If you want one, register for the run at http://bfpto.org/run

REMINDER: Tomorrow is the last day to drop off frozen turkeys for the Turkey Drive.
11/15/2023

REMINDER: Tomorrow is the last day to drop off frozen turkeys for the Turkey Drive.

Today was our Book Fair Launch!  Be sure to ask your child which books they LOVED.  Sales are Thursday through Tuesday i...
11/15/2023

Today was our Book Fair Launch! Be sure to ask your child which books they LOVED. Sales are Thursday through Tuesday in school and (for adults) from 1pm to 3pm on Thursday, Friday, Monday & Tuesday; 5pm to 7:30pm on Thursday PLUS our Special Person event on Saturday 11am to 1pm.

Set up your eWallet now for a cashless experience!

Don't miss out on the ONLY chance this school year to win a Teacher Experience! You can enter your child into the raffle...
11/15/2023

Don't miss out on the ONLY chance this school year to win a Teacher Experience! You can enter your child into the raffle any time between 10am and 1pm. Winners will be drawn at 1pm but do not have to be present to win. Hope to see you there (rain or shine)!

Saturday is our “Fall Into Reading” Family and Friends Event!  Family and Friends of Ben Franklin are welcome to attend ...
11/14/2023

Saturday is our “Fall Into Reading” Family and Friends Event! Family and Friends of Ben Franklin are welcome to attend anytime from 11am to 1pm. We’ll have a full stock of books (of course?), brunch and activities for the kids. You don’t want to miss it!

BONUS: Each Ben Franklin student that attends the Special Person Event gains entry for a Book Raffle Prize!

Tonight is Dine to Donate at Shake Shack in Lawrence.  Present this flyer at the register or use the code DONATE25 on th...
11/14/2023

Tonight is Dine to Donate at Shake Shack in Lawrence. Present this flyer at the register or use the code DONATE25 on the app when placing your order.

We hope to see you tonight at 7pm in the BF Library and on Zoom.
11/13/2023

We hope to see you tonight at 7pm in the BF Library and on Zoom.

We're still in need of volunteers for the Book Fair.  Please consider volunteering your time. If you are able to volunte...
11/13/2023

We're still in need of volunteers for the Book Fair. Please consider volunteering your time. If you are able to volunteer outside of pre-defined slot (split or shorter amount of time), reach out and we'll fit you in.

Please consider volunteering for a shift at our Fall Book Fair! We are setting up Tuesday evening, the Student Preview is Wednesday (the BEST DAY to volunteer!) and sales are Thursday, Friday. Monday and Tuesday, plus a Family Event on Saturday. We depend on volunteers to run the event, so any time....

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