CBE September Newsletter

September 6, 2023

Great Relationships Produce Great Students


A big Bruin welcome to everyone new and returning to Carl Ben Eielson Middle School this year! We are off to a great start having completed the first week of school. It was exciting to see so many families at our Back to School Night. We had an excellent turnout, and we would like to thank you for coming to meet our staff.

CBE staff look forward to partnering with you to best support your child this year. Our newsletter is an important communication tool sharing information from school to your home. Please take time to read it and note the activities taking place in our school. The newsletter and school calendar will also be posted on the CBE webpage. In addition to the newsletter and CBE webpage, you can follow us on Instragram @carlbeneielsonms or X (formerly Twitter) @FPSCarlBen. You can also keep current on District news! Sign up to receive the Fargo Public School’s District newsletter – School Talk. Go to www.fargo.k12.nd.us/newsletter and click Subscribe at the top of the page.

Communication is important to a successful school year. If at any time you have a question or concern about your child’s classroom, please feel free to contact their teacher. In addition, please feel free to contact the office if you have concerns about your child’s education and school day. Together we will have a great school year!

This Newsletter Features the Following:

  • Welcome
  • Picture Days / Order forms
  • Parent Teacher Association - Clothing Store
  • Parent Teacher Association News
  • Messages & Deliveries for Students
  • FPS Steering Committee Opportunity
  • FPS Back to School Bash
  • Early out Dismissal Dates & Schedule
  • Dispute Resolution Policy
  • Activity Schedules
  • Upcoming Events
  • Liz's Closet
  • Recurring CBE News

Student Picture Days

Thursday, September 7th

Friday, September 8th

need to be photographed for their Student ID Card, even if they are not ordering a picture packet. There is NO CHARGE for your initial Student ID Card. Pictures will be taken on the above dates during their Physical Education class. Picture order forms are included in this mailing. Picture retake day is scheduled for the morning of Thursday, October 12th. If you would like your student pictures retaken, please send the original pictures with your student on October 12th to turn in to the photographer. Additional order forms are available in the main office.

To use a credit card to order school pictures go to: www.scherling.preorderphotos.com . Original picture day access code: J93MH4 (code expires at 11:59 pm on Sunday Sept. 10)

Retake day access code: E97DR3 (code is open from October 5th to the 15th at 11:59 pm)

CBE PTA Online Clothing Store

The CBE PTA clothing store closes on Sunday, September 10th.

Welcome to the Carl Ben Fall 2023 store!

Things to keep in mind:

  • We CANNOT accept orders after the closing date of your online store.
  • Apparel will be ready 2-3 weeks after the store closes.
  • Stock is subject to change while the store is open. If stock is an issue, we will contact you after your order is placed and let you know your options.
  • Please feel free to contact us for any questions or concerns you may have (contact info is at bottom of page)

Thank you for supporting a small business and happy shopping!



The school year has just begun and Carl Ben PTA has already been busy with our first school event of the year, serving Dip-n-Dots ice cream on Back to School night! It was so nice to see so many returning faces and to meet many new CBE families as well.

We have our first volunteer opportunity posted for school picture days Sept. 7, 8 and retakes on the 12. You can sign-up to volunteer here [signupgenius.com].

We would like to thank the following CBE PTA officers who have volunteered for this school year. The PTA board is looking forward to continuing to support our teachers, students and families with engaging program offerings.

Julie Peterson Klein President

Katy Barnum Vice President

Jeff Bakko Treasurer

Darla Bakko Secretary

We need to fill two more board positions for this school year as our Membership Chair and Reflections Chair positions are both open. Both openings include training and access to an experienced mentor, so they are terrific ways to get started in volunteering at CBE. If you are interested in meeting other CBE families or in supporting students with a passion for the arts, these positions are perfect for you! Please reach out to carlbenpta@gmail.com or contact one of the current officers if you are interested in these or any future positions.

What does your PTA membership do at Carl Ben?

Have you ever wondered what your membership means at our school? Your membership helps our school community by providing grants to teachers, bringing in speakers for the student body and community involvement with the end-of-the-year picnic, just to name a few things PTA supports. This year the PTA would like to have record-setting membership to bring in more programs for the students. You can help support expanded family, classroom and student programs by signing up here [app.memberhub.com].

We look forward to seeing you at our first meeting of the year on Monday, September 11, at 7 p.m. in the Carl Ben Eielson Library.


Phone messages for students will be delivered only in case of emergencies. Interrupting a class to deliver a message or to call a student out of class takes instruction time away from the rest of the students. Please remind your student of appointments, rides, etc. before they leave for school. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

ALSO, we do not accept deliveries of flowers, balloons or other non-educational items for students.

Join the FPS Steering Committee

Fargo Public Schools is creating an updated Long-Range Facility Plan to guide major capital investments such as new construction and major renovations. As a part of this work, FPS invites approximately 50 community members to join a Steering Committee charged with representing community voices at key steps in the planning process. The Steering Committee is seeking students; parents; teachers; principals; and community, college and business leaders who will provide the District and consultant team feedback on the facility and demographic assessment data that will be used to create facility options. FPS will also host two sets of public Community Meetings to provide community members the opportunity to provide feedback through surveys and small group conversation that will inform facility options.

Click here to apply to join the Steering Committee. The application deadline is Friday, September 22 at 5 p.m. Steering Committee Members will be selected and contacted the last week of September. The committee will meet from 6-8 p.m. on October 11, November 1, December 5, February 6, and March 5.

Fargo Public Schools Back to School Bash 23-24

Back to School Bash

Fargo Public Schools is celebrating the start of the 2023-24 school year! Students, parents, and staff are invited to the Back to School Bash from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 7 at Dill Hill Park, located at 652 6th Ave. S., just north of the FPS District Office.

The Bash will feature free burgers and hot dogs until supplies run out, along with a DJ, dunk tank, bouncy houses, booths sponsored by community partners, and prize giveaways. Feel free to bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic at the Bash!


Thursday, October 18th

Friday, December 22nd

Friday, February 16th

Friday, April 19th

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Dispute Resolution Policy AP 5052/6052

Federal and state regulations require districts to adopt procedures for receiving and resolving disputes. A complaint may include an investigation by district staff that will result in a determination of findings of facts, conclusions, and reasons for the final decision.

Any individual who believes the Fargo School District has violated the regulations or law governing the federal Title program should submit a detailed, written statement of facts supporting the allegation to:

(Manager of Specific Title program)

Fargo Public Schools

700 7th Street South

Fargo, ND 58103

Fargo Public Schools Title Managers

Title I Part A (Economically Disadvantaged Students)

Tristan Love lovet@fargo.k12.nd.us

Title II Part A (Teacher Training/Recruitment)

Robert Grosz groszr@fargo.k12.nd.us

Missy Eidsness eidsnem@fargo.k12.nd.us

Title III (English Language Acquisition)

Liann Hanson hansonl3@fargo.k12.nd.us

Title IX (Discrimination/Sexual Harassment)

Patricia Cummings cumminp1@fargo.k12.nd.us

Section 504 (Students with Disabilities)

Patricia Cummings cumminp1@fargo.k12.nd.us

Any complaint must include:

• The date;

• The name of the district, unit, or individual the complaint is against;

• The name, address, and telephone number of the person making the complaint;

• A detailed description of the complaint, including specific facts; and

• The signature of the person making the complaint.

When a complaint is filed, the appropriate Fargo Public Schools Title Manager will investigate and issue a written response within sixty (60) calendar days from the date the complaint is received.


The complainant may submit a reconsideration request in writing to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, the North Dakota Division of Juvenile Services, and the U.S. Department of Education.

State Superintendent

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept 201

Bismarck, ND 58505-0440

The Secretary of Education

U.S. Department of Education

555 New Jersey Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20208

North Dakota Division of Juvenile Services

100 Railroad Avenue

Bismarck, ND 58501


Revised 7/2017

Revised 7/2018

Revised 10/2021

Revised 2/2022

Revised 7/2022

Revised 7/2023

Activity Link's

Please click the link below to view our activity schedules. This information is also available by clicking "Carl Ben Eielson Online Calendar" under "Calendars" on the CBE website.

Upcoming Events by date

September 7

  • Student Picture Day - During Phy Ed Class

September 8

  • Student Picture Day - During Phy Ed Class

September 11

  • PTA Meeting - 7:00 @ CBE Library All are welcome!

September 14

  • New Student Meeting w/Counselors @1:10 (Wrestling room)

Liz’s Closet

A Discreet, Free Resource for Carl Ben Eielson Students in Need

What: Carl Ben Eielson strives as a team to meet the needs of all students as part of our mission to build a foundation for success. Liz’s Closet, a free resource at Carl Ben Eielson, aligns with this mission by providing students in need with items such as clothing, hygiene products, non-perishable food items, etc.

At Carl Ben Eielson, we hope to provide developmentally appropriate support to students in need by offering a means to obtain basic food and hygiene products in a discreet manner. Students utilizing Liz’s Closet will have access to reusable bags, so items are less visible as students are leaving the building.

Where: Liz’s Closet will be located in Student Services. The room being used as “Liz’s Closet” will be accessible through a trusted adult in the building (teachers, counselors, administrators, paraprofessionals, designated staff).

Who: Any student in need of these items is welcome to take what he/she needs with the help of a trusted adult.

How: Although students are welcome to directly ask a trusted adult at Carl Ben Eielson to use Liz’s Closet, to maintain privacy as best as possible, a student can simply draw a star on a sheet of paper and bring it to a trusted adult. The adult will then instruct the student as to when he/she can go to Student Services to collect what is needed. If this adult does not have a time that works for him/her, the adult will notify the appropriate counselor or Student Services staff member to be expecting this student sometime within the school day. Once in Student Services, the student will be escorted to the closet and can take what is needed.

If you know of anyone who may need to utilize this resource, please do not hesitate to contact a Carl Ben Eielson counselor. Additionally, if you would like to donate shelf-stable food, school supplies, or hygiene products to Liz’s Closet, please contact Rachel Johnson (school counselor) at 446-1715.

Recurring CBE News Information

Arrival and Dismissal Times

Our front doors open daily at 8:00 a.m.

All Students should enter through the main entrance, door number 8, and will proceed to the Hangar/lunchroom. Students will be dismissed from the Hangar at 8:33 am.

Teachers are available in their classroom each day for make-up work or extra assistance. Appointments must be made with your individual teacher in advance and you must obtain a pass from the teacher to allow you to their classroom on that morning.

8:45 a.m. Period 1 class begins.

3:30 p.m. End of last Class/Period 8 (Students may remain in the building if they are in a supervised activity.)

Counseling Office

Our counselors are:

Ms. Rachel Johnson who serves 7th and 8th grade students with last names beginning with letters A-G and 6th grade students with last names beginning with letters A- KI.


Ms. Krista Ronnevik who serves 7th and 8th grade students with last names beginning with letters H-N.


Mrs. Kylie Wallman who serves 7th and 8th grade students with last names beginning with letters O-Z and 6th grade students with last names beginning with letters KJ-Z.



Your bus route information can be found online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/transportation . There is no cost for busing.

Parental/Family Communication

Communicating with parents and families is always our goal at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School.

You may subscribe to CBE News and Daily Announcements on our website by going to “Content E-Alerts” on Carl Ben Eielson’s website. Parents/guardians can sign up to receive alerts about new Daily Announcements, Newsletters, etc., for each school your students attend. E-Alerts are sent to users who have subscribed to a homepage or website section of interest. You will receive an email notification that content has been modified.

You may also want to add our school calendar to your personal calendar. This will help you stay informed about all the activities that are happening at Carl Ben Eielson.

Our school supply list, our student handbook, a link to PowerSchool, PTA information, and several other useful links are also available on our website.


Entrance to the Building During School Hours

Fargo Public Schools is pleased to announce that we will begin using a new Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and staff. Part of keeping students and staff safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do so. This system will allow us to better screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools to provide us with a safe environment for our students and staff.

Upon entering the school building, visitors will be asked to present an ID, such as a Driver’s License or state issued ID, which can either be scanned into the system. Once entry into the building is approved, it will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of their visit. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.

The Fargo Public School District is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment free from discrimination and harassment in all employment and educational programs, activities, and facilities. The District prohibits discrimination and harassment based on an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, or other status protected by law.