Benton Weekly Update
Week 27: March 8-12, 2021
Quarter Ending Friday, Digital Citizenship, Looking Forward
Throughout the month of March, students will participate in Digital Citizenship lessons on Wednesdays. With so much of our lives being conducted online, it is important for students to understand how to navigate safely in a digital world. Ask your child about what they are learning and take this opportunity as a family to decide how you will help them safely interact online.
8th Graders who will be attending La Mirada HS have the opportunity to register to try out for various teams: Cheer, Dance, Color Guard, and Tennis. See the links below.
Mark your calendars for Spring Pictures and 8th Grade Promotion Pictures on 3/17!
Bridging both Women's History Month and Art Education Month, I've chosen to highlight Lilly Pulitzer. If you've ever wondered where I (Ms. R) get my wildly colorful clothes and accessories, look no further. The colors and prints inspire me and make me happy, and as Lilly said, "Anything is possible with sunshine and a little bit of pink." We could all use a little sunshine and pink these days.
The Board of Education met last Monday and decided the following regarding schools reopening:
- State Preschool, Special Education Self-Contained Classes (Preschool, K - 2nd), and Transition Kindergarten - 2nd grades (including 2-3 combos) will return on Monday, March 29, 2021.
- Head Start Programs, Special Education Self-Contained Classes (3rd - 5th), and 3rd - 5th grades will return after Spring Break on Monday, April 12, 2021
- At this time, our middle school and high school students are not eligible to return to in-person instruction due to Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidelines. You can read a copy of Superintendent John Lopez's letter to families posted here.
Women's History Month: Lilly Pulitzer Entrepreneur/Artist/Designer
In 1959 Lilly Pulitzer wasn't satisfied being just a housewife, and needed a project of her own. Her husband owned several Florida citrus groves, so she opened a juice stand in Palm Beach. Lilly Pulitzer’s juice business was a hit, but squeezing oranges, lemons, limes, and pink grapefruit made a mess of her clothes. Realizing that she needed a juice stand uniform, Lilly asked her dressmaker to design a dress that would camouflage the stains. The result? A comfortable sleeveless shift dress made of bright, colorful printed cotton in pink, green, yellow and orange. Although her customers liked Lilly’s juice, they loved her shift dresses.
Soon Lilly was selling more shift dresses than juice, so she decided to stop squeezing and focus on designing distinctive colorful print fabric and selling her “Lillys.” Lilly Pulitzer became a fashion sensation and a creator of authentic American resort wear as we know it. The brand just celebrated its 60th anniversary and continues to create authentic printed styles straight from the in-house print design studio.
What's up this week?
Sees Candies Fundraiser
After School Tutoring
Spring Pictures ~ Wed. 3/17
Spring Pictures and 8th Grade Promotion Pictures will be taken on Wednesday, March 17. You will be receiving some additional emails from Mr. Webster (or LifeTouch) about ordering pictures. For the picture day, here are some details:
1. Pictures will be taken from 10:15-3:00 (so students can attend synchronous classes)
2. Cars should enter the East driveway entrance on Olive Branch (as if you were using the circular driveway)
3. Cars will wait in line until it is time to let your student out at the door to the MPR. A staff member will be there to direct you.
4. After students have entered the MPR for their picture, parents will pull their cars forward to the main parking lot to wait for their student.
8th Grade students should come dressed to have a formal picture on March 17. Because of Covid Guidelines, we cannot provide a promotion gown for students to wear in the picture. These are the pictures we will use with the Promotion Certificates (and hopefully, the yearbook) and this is our only day for pictures. If you miss the picture day, you will need to contact LifeTouch about a personal sitting.
Spotlight on Learning ~ Stagecraft
Stagecraft students have been learning about Foley Sound, a method of using objects to create sound effects for a movie or stage production. Students were given a choice of Pixar shorts without any sound and had to recreate sound effects like a Foley artist would do. Here is Sasha’s:
Spotlight on Learning ~ 6th Grade Social Science
Opportunities for 8th Graders attending La Mirada High School
Register for La Mirada HS Cheer Try Outs
La Mirada HS Color Guard
Find out more about Benton!
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Weekly Wellness with Ms. Allie
I hope you are still off to a strong start with completing your work and getting everything in on time. Here are a few questions for this week! Click on this link here. Have a great week everyone (: