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E -Newsletter| September 2021-Benzie County Central Schools

2021 | September | School & Community Connection

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Join us tonight at the game as we honor First Responders | 7:00 PM

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Superintendent Erfourth Update

What an exciting time to be a Husky! We are so glad to have our students settling into their school routines- whether they are face to face or virtually attending school. We want to ensure you are able to stay connected this year. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Oct 13th and 14th from 12:30-4 pm and 5-8:30 pm each day. Please plan to connect with your child's teacher so we can build the best partnership to help students have a successful year!

Amiee Erfourth


Benzie County Central Schools

Return to Benzie Plan

The Benzie Leelanau Health Department issued a mask mandate on August 27, 2021, which carries the weight of law, for all schools in the Benzie-Leelanau jurisdiction. The Return to Benzie Plan for all BUILDINGS in Benzie County can be found below.

Betsie Valley Elementary is in Manistee County, District 10 Health Department. This county does not have a mask mandate. Per Thrun Law Firm, every school building must follow the laws of the county that the building resides in. Therefore, Betsie Valley will follow the Board adopted Betsie Valley Return to Benzie Plan found here. Students at Betsie Valley will have a choice to mask or not to mask. All adults will be required to mask. Visitors must also be masked and can enter the building by appointment. This plan will be reviewed each month at the Board meeting and is subject to change based on local data and District 10 Health Department guidance. Class sizes at Betsie Valley will be capped at 25 students per class. Some classes are already full. If you are interested in having your child attend Betsie Valley, please contact your current school's office for assistance in confirming there is a spot available.

Each plan can may be accessed via the links below.

Counseling Corner

Benzie County Central Schools is pleased to announce their new elementary counselor, Carrie Gray. Carrie may be reached at She is a wonderful addition to our team, and will be an excellent resource for our elementary students and staff.

Secondary Counselors

Barb Powell (6-9)

Emily Burrus (10-12)

Webber Coat Drive

I am very sad to share this news. Wayne Webber, philanthropist and former Thompsonville native, passed away on August 28, 2021. Mr. Webber has generously provided new coats, hats, gloves, boots, and socks for all of our elementary students each year. Thanks to Cindy Helisek, Wayne's niece, our students will continue to have new, warm winter gear this year. If your child attends one of our elementary buildings, please make sure your child returns their form by next Wednesday, September 22. If you did not get a form, please contact your school office. The winter gear will arrive at the end of October.

2020 Bond Project Update

Kingscott presented an update on our bond projects on Monday, September 13th. Our first phase of projects (transportation department, new elementary, Lake Ann addition/roof, HS locker room remodel/weight fitness classroom addition/concession/flooring, Betsie Valley roof/electrical/HVAC, MS/HS Phase 2 science labs, flooring, HVAC, electrical) will go out for bids in November/December. These projects are slated to begin in the spring of 2022.

The MS/HS roof is more than halfway done. They are expected to finish in mid-October.

The Community has spoken! We asked you in a community survey for input on the bond projects and you answered! The new elementary will have the color pallet Sunnyside and exterior option 1. We are narrowing down the name choices and will put that out for another vote. Thanks to all that participated!

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Community Resources

If you or someone you know is in need of supplies for babies or toddlers, Advent Lutheran Church has a free baby pantry on the second Saturday each month from 9 am-noon. All are welcome! If you have an immediate need, Advent Lutheran sponsors a closet at Betsie Valley Elementary 231-378-4164.

Click below for more information.

If your community organization would like to be added to the Husky Hub, please contact Catina.

Calling all single moms....

Single MOMM will be hosting a FREE event at Jacob's Corn Maze. Join them for donuts, cider, and free maze tickets for you and your children.

To register visit:

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NMCAA Preschool Enrollment | 800-632-7334 - Register by Phone

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Executive Assistant to the Superintendent | Board of Education Administrative Assistant | Director of Communications, Catina Crossman

The Husky Hub is from the desk of Mrs. Catina Crossman.

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