The Roadrunner

Ben Franklin Elementary School


November is always a time to be thankful! We would like to say how thankful we are for your attendance at conferences in October. The teachers enjoyed discussing the progress of our students and creating academic goals that will be monitored throughout the year. We appreciate our families being involved in the goal-setting process. We are thankful for the work our PTO members have done to organize our Turkey Bingo event! We have also had many families donate items or their time to help make the event a success~ THANK YOU!! We hope to see all of you on Thursday!

The cold weather has arrived! Please make sure your child(ren) arrive to school with proper winter gear (hats, gloves, winter jacket~ soon snowpants and boots). We have cloth bags for every student to use for their winter gear. Using a separate bag for their winter gear will protect their school folders and books from being ruined. Please label all of your child's winter clothing. If your child still needs a bag, please let your classroom teacher know.

Safety Procedures

Since the beginning of the school year, teachers and students have engaged in conversations during class meetings regarding safety procedures. Throughout the district, there are expectations for schools to practice fire drills, tornado drills and lockdowns. Our School Resource Officer, Cpl. Beth Skari recently completed additional training with our staff on following safety protocols. The teachers will continue to hold class meetings to reinforce safety procedures, ways to report concerning issues and focus on social/emotional goals. We have included the presentation Officer Skari shared with us to use during a class meeting.

Please Mark your Calendars!

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PTO News

Please consider volunteering for our annual Turkey Bingo Event! Turkey Bingo Volunteer Link It takes quite a few volunteers to make this event run smoothly! Thank you in advance for your support!

Heggies Pizza fundraiser was a success. Thanks to Kelly Schempp, Jamie Sebby, Jenny Foster, Amber Pearson, Erica Hoverson, Jenny Foster, Andrea Lonski, Tyler Palmer and Katy Bye for helping sort, pack and distribute pizzas. Please know your time was greatly appreciated!

Dine to Donate Opportunities:

Popolino's and Pizza Ranch are the places you can order from this month. Please check out the important dates listed above for the dates. We are looking for volunteers still to help at Pizza Ranch, please let us know if you are able to help.

Turn Lane Guidelines~ Please make sure everyone who picks up your child(ren) understands these rules.


Kindergarten classes at UND for the Teddy Bear Clinic


1st Grade Red Event
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Recess and Pogo Stick fun!


Students sharing ELBA books in 4th grade.
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5th Graders learned about "Friendships That Work" from CVIC presenters, Ryan and Nicole.
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Information from the School Nurse

District Information

See Something, Say Something

Statistics consistently show that schools are among the safest places to be due to the strong commitment of educators, families, and our community to our students and schools. We strive to be proactive rather than reactive.

Despite these proactive measures, there may be times when your student struggles socially, academically, or otherwise at school. There may be a time you/your student sees, hears, or is made aware of something that causes concern. In these circumstances, we would like you to remember the phrase, “See Something, Say Something.”

  • Please directly contact your student’s teacher, counselor, or administrator when a school-related concern arises that requires intervention or assistance. The phone number to our school office is 701-746-2250.

  • If there is a safety concern after school hours, on the weekend, or when school is not in session (ex: holiday break, summer break), contact the Grand Forks Police Department (GFPD) at 701-787-8000. To text an anonymous tip to the GFPD, text GFPD to 847-411.

  • If it is an immediate concern, call 911.

  • Please do not use social media (ex: Facebook, Instagram, etc.) as a forum to share these concerns. Individual privacy settings may inhibit emergency responders and school administrators from seeing these messages, making them unable to assist.

We care about each of our students and work hard each day to support their needs. Thank you for your efforts in keeping our students, employees, and community safe.


Leslie Bjelde

Information from our Social Worker

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