Benton Weekly Update

Week 10: October 19-23, 2020

Parent Conference Week ~ Alternative Schedule Happening

Two Big Things

1). Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

If you haven't scheduled your conference yet, it's not too late! With conferencing by Zoom, you have the convenience of meeting with different teachers on different days. Conferences are 10 minutes long and available Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1pm-3pm, and Tuesday evening from 5pm-7pm. Links to schedule virtual conferences with your child's teachers are posted on Bentonms.org on each teacher's page in the Staff Directory.


2). Alternative Learning Schedule

To accommodate Parent Conferences, students will be on a minimum day schedule this week. Classes begin at 9am each day, but are only 20 minutes long and conclude each day at 10:35am. It is vital that students join each class on time since it is only 20 minutes long. See the schedule posted below.

Minimum Day Schedule for Parent Conferences

Don't be late!
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Announcing: Band & Orchestra Virtuosi ~ Quarter 1, 2020

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 aPerformance Assessment grade of B or above)

● Has submitted all Performance Assessments for the grading period

Congratulations to these students!

Contests, Contests, Contests!

Have you joined the Benton PTSA yet? The PTSA does a lot to support our students, and your support of them is vital! Can we get more parents joining this year than last? Coming up soon we will have Benton Restaurant Night fundraisers, but we're currently engaged in a Battle of the Schools for clothing donations. If you've cleaned out your closets and are looking for someplace to donate them, look no further than the green and white USAgain bin located near the big sliding gate in the school parking lot.


Speaking of contests...

There are several opportunities for students, see links below:


  • PTSA Reflections, this year's theme "I matter, because..."
  • LA County Public Library Bookmark Contest
  • WRD Calendar Art Contest (6th Grade Only)
  • ASB/Leadership's Virtual Costume Contest

Costume Contest!

Benton Leadership is sponsoring a Virtual Costume Contest. Photos must be submitted to Ms. Cramer by Friday, October 23rd (Please include Name, Grade Level, and Category you want to enter).


Voting will begin Monday, October 26th and go until Friday, October 30th.

What's up this week?

Parent Conferences

Monday - Thursday

Via Zoom.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 1pm-3pm

Tuesday evening from 5pm-7pm

Click here to schedule individual appointments with your child's teachers.

Students should attend with parents if at all possible.

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Wednesday this week is Period 2A 9am-10am.

Log into your period 2A Zoom 9-10, then work on other assignments, projects, homework, reading from 10:35am-1:35pm.

Family Webinar

This week's topic is ideal for parents of Elementary students, Seesaw for Families.

Wed. October 21st 11:30am or 6:00pm

You must register at this link

Make-Up Picture Day

Wednesday, October 21

10:30am-12:30pm

In the MPR


Wear a mask, and practice Social Distancing.

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Spotlight on Learning: 6th Grade Language Arts (ELA)

In the 6th grade ELA classes students are just finishing up their novel study on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone! The students have loved reading about the challenges and triumphs that Harry faces throughout the story such as bullying, the death of loved ones, and making good choices in difficult circumstances. A work of fiction, the Harry Potter stories explore themes of friendship, loyalty, perseverance, and good triumphing over evil. During this unit, the students been sorted into houses and are working each day to earn points towards the House Championship! As a spooky tribute to Halloween at the end of this month, the students just started a Nightmare Narrative where they describe a nightmare from their past. It's getting spooky around here!!!

Weekly Wellness

Hello Students, it's Ms. Allie here!


Let's do a check-in! How are all of you feeling this week?

Also, it is a new quarter, so how are we going to keep your grades up? Is there anything I can do to help you out?

Let me know! (:


I look forward to reading your responses. Have a great week (:

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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