Benton Weekly Update

Week 19: January 11-15, 2021

Updates & Info for this week:

Congratulations to our Band & Orchestra Virtuoso Students listed below. Bravo, Musicians!


January is National Mental Wellness Month. At the bottom of this newsletter is the January Self-Care Calendar with tips and suggestions to reduce stress. As always, our School Counselors, Dr. Sweney-Black and Mr. Arenzana, as well as our Wellness Social Worker, Ms. Allie are available to support students. If you seek outside counseling referrals for your child, please contact Ms. Ridgeway.


Tutoring Continues: The updated Tutoring schedule is linked here. Remember, teacher office hours are 2-3pm Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri. Students can contact their teachers for questions, clarification, and additional support during this time.


Wednesdays: after class, students should be working on completing their iReady Diagnostic Tests for Reading and Math. All students should have completed both tests by the end of January.


Cameras On: Students should have their cameras on during class time. This helps us check for understanding and monitor progress. Our "cameras on" policy will ultimately lead to higher engagement. We greatly appreciate your support. (Contact us if circumstances prevent your child from complying, we will work with you!)


Profile Pictures: Please ask your child to show your their Schoology Profile picture. It should be a current picture that looks like them; this helps us get to "know" your child in this Distance Learning environment.


Open Enrollment for NLMUSD schools has begun and will continue through the end of January. If you have friends or neighbors who have children starting middle school, be sure to let them know that in addition to a strong academic program with honors courses, Benton is the destination for the Arts!


We know that with the closure of Los Coyotes, many parents are considering which school is the best fit to meet their child's needs. For anyone who would like to learn more about Benton, we are offering Virtual Tours and are eager to share about our wonderful programs and staff! Check out our Choose Benton video here.

Tour Benton's Bitmoji School

Want to learn more about Benton? Click here for a Bitmoji tour of Benton and its programs!

Band/Orchestra Virtuosi ~ Quarter 2

A Virtuoso is a student who:

● Demonstrates Benton PRIDE consistently every day (maintains a Musicianship grade of A)

● Is a master of their instrument, relative to their level of development (maintains a Performance Assessment grade of B or above)

● Has submitted all Performance Assessments for the grading period

Congratulations to these students!

Spotlight on Learning: Cartooning

Students in Ms. Hodge's Cartooning Class created Thank You cards for our front-line health care workers. Click on the presentation below:


https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/15IgQbC23y6iTL6HkMKzMg-YKp8CQFwqLKCq21a8e2HE/edit#slide=id.p

What's up this week?

Parent Information Night ~ Korean

Tuesday 1/12/21 at 6:30pm via Zoom

Virtual Tour, meet with the Principal, learn about Benton and its programs with Korean translation.

Wednesday is Period 2A 9am-10am.

Log into your period 2A Zoom 9-10, then work on the iReady Diagnostics for Math & Reading.


These diagnostic tests are critical for measuring growth, assessing student needs, and developing instruction. Please make sure your child completes these diagnostic tests by the end of January, and that they do their best work.

Coming Up Next Week...

MLK Holiday ~ No School Monday 1/18/21

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18, 2021, is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

Tuesday 1/19/21 is an A Day!

Change in the schedule to compensate for the several Monday holidays; Tuesday this week will be an A Day.

Updated Learning/Zoom Expectations

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Need to speak with the School Counselor? The Doctor is In!

Dr. Sweney-Black is our School Guidance Counselor and she has created a virtual office. Click on the links below to see how she can help you.

Weekly Wellness with Ms. Allie

Hello everyone, how are all of you doing?

I know it's a bit tough getting back to routine after winter break but remember it's a new year and a fresh start.

Have any of you made some goals for this year?

Any of them school related?

Well, hope you all have a great week, feel free to email me at: alexgutierrez@nlmusd.org. I'm looking forward to your responses

Ms. Allie

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Join The Diversity Club!

It's not too late to join! We welcome all and it's a fun way for students to connect and learn about diverse others. The Diversity Club meets on Tuesdays at 3pm.


The Schoology GROUP code (not a course) to join is 9R3C-297K-7Q89Q.

Join the Benton Dance Club!

Dance Instructor Miss Toni will be offering dance instruction Monday-Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 via zoom. We know many students' regular activities have been cancelled in this time of COVID-19 and the school wanted to offer some additional recreation to students in the afternoon. All students are welcome to join and it is completely free for the students. If you are interested in joining the Benton Dance Club, please use this link.

Distance Learning Support

Family Support Portal


These links might be helpful.


They can be found under the new tab on our website, bentonms.org

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