CBE News - October 8th, 2021

Weekly Covid-19 Update, Conferences, PTA clothing & more

Great Relationships Produce Great Students

This Newsletter Features the Following:

  • Weekly Covid-19 update
  • PTA - Clothing Store is now open
  • Parent Teacher Conferences - sign up
  • Canvas Support link and PowerSchool
  • CBE Book Fair - starts Monday
  • PTA - Survey request
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CBE Covid-19 Weekly update

The week of October 4th, Carl Ben Eielson Middle School had one positive student and staff COVID-19 cases. Out of that case, there were no close contacts due to school or school related activities or athletics. Carl Ben Eielson Middle School administration has reached out to all those deemed close contacts. If you have not been contacted, you or your student are not identified as a close contact in the school setting.

Close contacts include students and staff members who were within six (6) feet of the individual for at least 15 cumulative minutes in a classroom or in other school spaces. Due to guidelines from the North Dakota Department of Health, if the close contact is fully vaccinated OR the close contact and the positive individual were both wearing masks, the close contact does not need to quarantine if asymptomatic.

It is also recommended that students who are symptomatic be tested for COVID. Fargo Cass Public Health provides indoor walk-up testing on Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM at 3051 25th Street South, Fargo, Suite K. The testing site is located in the Family Fare Strip mall. Prior to testing, please register at https://testreg.nd.gov/. More information on testing can be found by clicking here.


Brad Franklin

Carl Ben Eielson Middle School Principal

CBE PTA Online Clothing Store is now open

The new CBE Online Clothing Store is now open thru October 24! Shop for a variety of CBE clothing items and accessories at https://bit.ly/cbe-online-store!

  • Youth and Adult sizes available.
  • 10% of sales go to CBE PTA.
  • Sample items will be on display during the October 12th and 14th Parent Teacher Conferences and for students to check out October 13th during lunch hour.
  • Items will be distributed to students in their advisory classrooms in mid-November. If you have more than one child attending CBE, just complete an order form for one child. All items purchased will be distributed to the child for which contact information was provided.
  • CBE teachers and staff, enter your info in the Customer/Student information section and just note you are teacher/staff in the Advisory Teacher field.
  • Store scheduled to reopen in Spring 2022.
  • Questions? Contact carlbenpta@gmail.com.

Parent Teacher Conferences - October 12th & 14th - ***Please sign up for a conference time***

Upcoming Parent/Teacher Conference Dates:
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 4:00PM-8:00PM
Thursday, October 14, 2021 4:00PM-8:00PM

Conference time is fast approaching. We look forward to seeing you and your child to discuss their learning and growth at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School.

Carl Ben Eielson Middle School will be using PTCFast again this year as our school-wide scheduling program for our Parent Teacher Conferences. The online scheduling tool will allow parents the ability to schedule a conference time for your student’s parent teacher conference. Please click on the following link for details and directions.

6th grade student conferences should be scheduled according to your student’s Language Arts Class. Please ask your child who their Language Arts teacher is before scheduling a conference time.

7th & 8th grade conferences are set up by the student’s team and not by an individual teacher. Please ask your child which team they are on before scheduling a conference time.

If you prefer to conference with your child’s teacher(s) via Zoom, please contact them directly and they will set up a time to meet with you on October 14th between 7:00 - 8:00 pm.

Traveling Teachers Conference Times at CBE

Traveling Teacher Schedule for Tuesday, Oct. 12

Bade, Drew 4:00 - 5:40

Brandenburg, Lauren 4:00 - 7:30

Hoffert, Iliya 4:00 - 6:00

Hoglund, Race Please email to schedule a conference hoglunr@fargo.k12.nd.us

Johnson, Phil 4:00 - 6:00

Kraft, Grant 4:00 - 8:00

McLagan, Tim 4:00 - 8:00

Pikarski, Jolene 4:00 - 6:00 - in the hangar to help parents sign-up for Canvas.

Ratzlaff, Krystal 4:00 - 6:30

Roth, Anthony 4:00 - 7:00

Ruef, Leah 4:00 - 5:15

Traveling Teacher Schedule for Thursday, Oct 14

Brandenburg, Lauren 4:00 - 6:30

Hoffert, Iliya 4:00 - 8:00

Hoglund, Race Please email to schedule a conference hoglunr@fargo.k12.nd.us

Kraft, Grant 4:00 - 6:45

Pikarski, Jolene 4:00 - 6:00 - in the hangar to help parents sign-up for Canvas.

Parent PowerSchool and Canvas support

Our tech coach will be available from 4:00 - 6:00 pm both nights of conferences to help parents with creating a Canvas account and downloading the Canvas App. Please stop by and see her if you need help or have any questions.

Parents and Guardians have the ability to log in and check on their child's attendance, grades, and assignments (homework). The system used depends on the type of information they are looking for and the student's grade level. Here is a quick rundown of each system and what it provides for parents/guardians:

PowerSchool Parent

PowerSchool Parent access is the best place for parents to start, by clicking the PowerSchool logo on the Fargo Schools website menu bar. In PowerSchool Parent, you can:

  • Review and submit annual school forms for your child.
  • Check attendance.
  • Review grades, report cards, and progress reports.
  • View documents associated with your child's school record.

*Parents of 6th grade students should check with their child's teachers for more information on how to access progress information.



Parents can get to Canvas from a link right inside PowerSchool parent. Parents can also download the PowerSchool Parent App from their phone's app store.

Parents/Guardians of children in grades 6-12 can log into Canvas to:

  • View your child's course schedule.
  • View assignments for each course.

Parents and Students can find help documents and instructions on using Canvas at https://sites.google.com/fargoschools.org/canvassupport .

CBE SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR - open during parent teacher conferences

Here’s what you need to know about this Fall’s Book Fair:

  • Dates: October 11-15, 2021 in the CBE Library!
  • Hours:
  • Monday Oct. 11: 8:00-4:00
  • Tuesday Oct. 12: 8:00-7:30
  • Wednesday Oct. 13: 8:00-4:00
  • Thursday Oct. 14: 8:00-7:30
  • Friday Oct. 15: 8:00-1:05* (Closed after advisory time)
  • The book fair will be open to families during conferences

(Students will need a library pass to shop during school hours, or will come with their scheduled Language Arts class)

*Please note, cleanup will begin PROMPTLY at 1:05 on Friday!

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/cbemiddleschool

Or go to www.scholastic.com/fair and search for our school!

CBE PTA - National PTA School of Excellence Survey

CBE PTA has completed the initial step to become a National PTA School of Excellence, a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between local PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.

Our next step is to conduct a baseline survey across the CBE community to gather feedback on what is working and areas of improvement. We will develop an action plan based on the results that also aligns with the CBE continuous improvement plan and conduct a follow-up survey in the Spring to measure impact of actions taken throughout the school year.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey at https://bit.ly/cbefallsurveycbenews by Monday, October 11. All responses are anonymous. We will share a summary of the results via all our normal PTA communications channels.

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.