Benson Bulletin

January 2022

Welcome to 2022 - We are grateful for our school community - Have a great January!

VIP Dates

  • First Day back from Winter Break - January 6
  • 5Essentials Survey Opens To Families - January 11
  • Early Release @ 1:35 pm - January 12
  • No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) - January 17
  • Quarter 3 Begins - January 18
  • Report Cards Sent Home - January 21

Building Resilience in Children Parent Webinar

From the DuPage Regional Office Of Education please see the attached flyer for a parent webinar on building resilience in childhood. January 25th is the date and information on how to sign up is included here.



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.

Linda Schaschwary, Kindergarten Teacher: Ms Schaschwary pays very close attention to her students and immediately recognized an abnormal symptom and sent my daughter to the nurse. The issue was immediately escalated and evaluated. Ms Schaschwary's expertise and thoroughness is remarkable. She connected with my kids immediately in Kindergarten and they felt safe. I feel as if she provides them firm, loving instruction throughout the day and is an outstanding educator.

Your Turn: Recognize A Benson Primary Employee

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

Local COVID-19 Testing Location

The information below highlights a local testing facility--in the same shopping center as Big Lots, behind Dunkin Donuts and Bentley's Restaurant. Testing is saliva-based and most of our families we have referred there have been pleased with quick results. Save for your records. I've linked the location and website below.

Neelyx Labs

330 Georgetown Square Unit 104, Wood Dale, IL 60191

(630) 422-3904

Hours are:

Monday-Friday 9am-6pm

Saturday and Sunday by appt only

5Essentials Survey Opens January 11th.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey for students and teachers will be conducted January 11, 2022 through March 11, 2022. The Parent Survey Supplement will be conducted during that same timeframe. To take the survey please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin.

What are the 5Essentials and 5Essentials Survey?

5Essentials is an evidence-based system designed to drive improvement in schools nationwide—it reliably measures changes in a school organization through the 5Essentials Survey and provides individualized, actionable Reports for each school. The 5Essentials system is based on more than 20 years of research by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research on five components found to be critical for school success:

  • Effective Leaders: The principal works with teachers to implement a clear and strategic vision for school success.
  • Collaborative Teachers: Teachers collaborate to promote professional growth..
  • Involved Families: The entire school staff builds strong relationships with families and communities to support learning.
  • Supportive Environment: The school is safe and orderly. Teachers have high expectations for students and support students to realize their goals. Classmates also support one another.
  • Ambitious Instruction: Classes are academically demanding and engage students by emphasizing the application of knowledge.

IPTO Hot Lunch Coming Soon...

Below is a link for information regarding a new lunch program.

New Lunch Program

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.

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.

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

Kindergarten Girl Scout Troop Information Night

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

IPTO newsletter for December

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



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