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February 2017 Parent Power News

February 2017 Edition
Charlotte L. Matthew, M.Ed., Principal
Nichelle Logan Jones, M.Ed., A.P.
Patrice Woods Joseph, M.Ed., A.P.
Principal’s Message
Mostof the students know that “love” is my favorite word. I believe that love and the resulting peace that comes from love can solve just about any problem. In this month of love, as we celebrate Black History, make a commitment to yourself and your family to show love to others and be more tolerant of others’ differences. If everyone in our world acted as peacemakers, our world would be a much better place. We can’t control the world, but we can control ourselves. Let’s start with each person. A person can influence their family, a family can influence the community, the community can influence the nation, and the nation can influence the world. Let us hope that the message of peace and love permeates our world so our children can grow up in a loving, peaceful world. Let’s start and end our day with tolerance and love.
February is also Heart Health Month. You can show someone how much you love them by caring for your health and taking a few preventive health measures. Remember the old adage; an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Another thing you can do to show love for your children is to get them to school on time. Tardiness is a problem for the office, the teachers, and most importantly the tardy child. Children who come to school late or leave early miss out on valuable instructional time. 
Thank you for sending your child to our wonderful school. We love our students and their families and want the very best for our school community. We are on the way to becoming an “A” school. We all have to have that as our goal- parents, staff, students, and partners.
Urban League EXPO
For the past 10 years Benjamin Franklin Elementary has participated in the Urban League of Greater New Orleans’ School EXPO. This year it is again at the Superdome. Come check out your school’s table Saturday, February 4th from 10 am until 2 pm. Parents may receive uniform vouchers, backpacks, and school supplies.
Bus Behavior
 It is very critical that parents reinforce with their children proper behavior on the school bus. All of our busses have cameras not monitors. It is unsafe for a driver to discipline students while the bus is in motion, which causes the driver to pull over to address discipline concerns. Our students are to be in their assigned seats, seated properly, and quiet. Please review the Transportation Policy, as students who do not comply with bus rules will lose the privilege of riding the bus.
Important Links
504 Grievance Procedures and Procedural Safeguards
Reminders and Information
Tornado Dress Down Day 2/17/17: We will use this dress down day to help those BFE families affected by last Tuesday’s tornados.
Immediate Needs of the Families affected by the Tornados: We have been notified of 24 students and 5 staff members that were affected by the tornadoes last Tuesday. In addition to this Friday’s Dress Down, if you would like to help, please donate the following which we are collecting at school: gift cards, nonperishable food items, and toiletries. If you can assist with any of the following items, we will put you in contact directly with the family in need: clothing, school uniforms, furniture, fencing, sheetrock, and windows. If you are able to assist with debris removal we will also put you in contact with a family in need.
Lost and Found: Please remind your child to look for and pick up all lost and found articles.
We have several coats, sweaters, lunch kits, hats, gloves and hair ribbons. Please pick up these items by February 21st or they will be donated to families affected by the tornados or charity.
BFE Paraphernalia: Many families and staff members have had a problem ordering your BFE attire online. The sale has been extended to February 28th. The link is https//
PTO Meeting: Our next P.T.O. meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Be in the know through your PTO.

Proud to be a New Orleans Public School!

Benjamin Franklin Elementary Mathematics and Science School
1116 Jefferson Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
Charlotte L. Matthew, Principal

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