Benson Bulletin

December 2021

Happy Holidays From Benson Primary School - We are grateful for our school community

VIP Dates

  • Early Release @ 1:35 pm - Wednesday, December 8
  • 2nd Grade Winter Performances - Thursday, December 9 (details below)
  • Building Tour With Families - Tuesday, December 14 (information below)
  • Building Tour With Families - Tuesday, December 21 (information below)
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL in 2021 - Wednesday, December 22
  • Winter Break - December 23 - January 5
  • School Resumes - Thursday, January 6, 2022



Would you like to recognize a Benson Primary School employee for their efforts? We are so grateful for them. I'd like to recognize the efforts of our school community and encourage you to do the same. Please use this survey that will be available on all of our monthly newsletters to do so. Highlights monthly will be shared with the employee and with their permission--shared in the next month's newsletter.

Andrea Brand & Jessica Therriault, Benson secretaries: These two amazing ladies have done it all!! Their first year at Benson Primary was an interesting year, with everyone wearing masks. Yet they can still identify parents and students through that little camera outside. An email is always quickly answered and we can’t forget their amazing ability organize and deliver all those special lunches on the last day of school last year. Thank you for all you do!

Your Turn: Recognize A Benson Primary Employee

We look forward to seeing your students in 2022 (First day back is Thursday, January 6th)

IPTO newsletter for December

This month's IPTO newsletter is here, a paper copy will also be sent home.

In lieu of in-person Holiday Parties we are asking for donations to stuff treat bags for our kids to help celebrate their last day of school before Winter Break. If you would like to help with IPTO treat bags for holidays, please sign up with this Sign Up Genius.

Emergency School Closing Information

All families will be notified via a phone call if school is cancelled. It is imperative that the school always has your updated phone number.

In addition, District 10 is a member of the (ECC) Emergency Closing Center. District 10 reports school closing information to the ECC and it is then broadcast on WGN-AM (720), WBBM Radio 780 AM, CBS Ch. 2, NBC Ch. 5, ABC Ch. 7, WGN Ch. 9, WFLD FOX and CLTV cable.

Building Tours with Mr. Taylor

We are so proud of our building and would love to show you around during the holidays. If any parent is interested (no students, please) we'll be holding two building tours during the month of December.

Please RSVP if interested in a school tour.

  • Tuesday, December 14th @ 4pm
  • Tuesday, December 21st @ 4pm

Colder Weather Reminder

As a reminder, during snowy/cold weather, students will still be outside for recess. Please remind your children to dress properly for this type of weather! If students wish to play in the snow, they MUST have on: boots, snow-pants, gloves/mittens, and winter coats. As stated in the handbook, if the temperature or wind chill is at 20 degrees or lower, we will NOT go outside for recess.

Nurse & Reporting An Absence Information

School Nurse Information

Our school nurse is Ms. Michelle Ciero. Nurse Michelle can be emailed at . Nurse Michelle can be updated on any medical, dietary or other health needs. We appreciate her help in managing our school well-being.

Reporting A School Absence

Parents have two options when reporting their child’s absence from school.

Option one: Parents may call the school office (Benson Primary – 1-630-773-0554) during regular school hours and give the appropriate information to the school secretary.

Option two: This option allows parents to be connected with the District 10 Administrative Center Voice Mail System. To report an absence using the second option, simply dial 1-630-773-0554, extension 7003 for Benson. You will gain access to the Student Absence Line. Upon gaining access to the Hot Line, please state:

1. Your child’s full name

2. His/her teacher’s name

Reason for absence

Dates and/or amount of time your child will be absent from school,

Telephone number where you can be reached during the school day

2nd Grade Winter Performance

Our second graders will be performing their annual winter performance on the evening of December 9th.

Second grade winter performance information

Talent Development Parent Night RSVP

Please RSVP if you would be interested in attending. A parent information night has been scheduled for December 15th (5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., in the Peacock Library) if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us. Letter regarding talent development can be found here.

Hour of Code

Students in District 10 will be participating in an ‘Hour of Code’. Students will learn the basics of computer coding while having fun manipulating familiar characters from Minecraft and Frozen to name a few. While this is a school activity, please check into this at home as well. Please visit:

Toys For Tots Collection

Itasca Schools will again be collecting toys for Toys for Tots. Please see this link for additional information. Collections will be taken: Monday, November 15 - Monday, December 20th.

Below are pictures of our current LOST & FOUND, call the office to claim an item

Student Council Hot Chocolate Bomb Fundraiser...

This fundraiser supports Peacock Middle School Student Council. Each kit will include everything needed to make 10-12 hot cocoa bombs. Please see flyer for additional information. Order form can be found here.

Kindergarten Girl Scout Troop Information Night

Kindergarten girl scout information flyer is attached here, if interested.



The information directly below is being printed and will be handed out to families as they drop off or pick up their students daily. We want to keep all of you safe and hope you can inform any of your family members (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) who may also help you drop off/pick up your students


**Parents: stay with your car and allow your student to walk up to their entry door independently--we promise they can do it!

**Please do not leave your car unattended in front of school during morning student drop off--parents stay with vehicles

**Please have your child exit your vehicle on the curbside, not the streetside.

**If you need to cross Washington Street please cross at our crosswalks east or west of school--we have supervisors to help

Northshore Testing Information

Weekly COVID screening information for families sign up link

We look forward to seeing your students in 2022 (First day back is Thursday, January 6th)