The Roadrunner

Ben Franklin Elementary School

May 2020

All of us at Ben Franklin send our thoughts and well wishes to our families directly affected by Covid-19. When the district announced Distance Learning would continue for the remainder of the year, our hearts were saddened. We understand some of you share those emotions with us. Many of us longed for closure with the students we grew to love over the course of the year. With the positive cases increasing in Grand Forks, we understand it was the correct and safest call to make. We greatly appreciate the strong efforts families are making to keep the students connected and learning. The challenges of this experience are plenty and know everyone is doing their best to make it as successful as they can. The silver lining through this experience has been watching how our partnership in education has deepened...so THANK YOU! Please continue to communicate with your child's teacher if you find your child(ren) may need some encouragement or a "pep talk" to complete assignments. We understand how motivation decreases when spring arrives and will be here to help!


*Information regarding device/material returns will be forthcoming once the plan for this is finalized.

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May 4th-8th is Teacher Appreciation Week!

Here are some activities that we are doing this week to celebrate our teachers:

*Have your child send a message to their teacher (written or video)

*Tie a Blue/White ribbon around a tree or mailbox

*"Chalk" the blacktop or sidewalks around Ben Franklin with messages for our teachers on Wednesday (weather permitting and please practice social distancing if others are there while you are).

*PTO will be delivering pizzas to teachers on Thursday~ Thank you PTO!


We hope you can participate in one or all of the activities!

Ben Franklin Singers Video

Please take a moment to view this amazing video starring our very own Ben Franklin Singers! We hope it brings a smile to your face! A special THANK YOU to Mr. McNichol's for producing the video for us and to all of the staff for participating!


Click here to be entertained :) Ben Franklin Singers

2020-2021 Registration for Grades 1-5

Reminders are currently being shared with our families who have not registered yet. Please complete registration ASAP as we have already started to create class lists for next year. Once registration is completed we can place your child(ren) in a classroom so you will receive an invite to "Meet the Teacher" later in May.


*Login to PowerSchool on a computer and use your PowerSchool user name and password to register your student for the 2020-2021 school year. Please note, this process works better from a computer. If you do not have a computer or have forgotten your user id/password please contact the office for assistance (701-746-2250) Every family is required to register their student(s) online every year for the next year.

Covid-19 Resources

Our District has compiled valuable resources to support our families. Please go to gfschools.org and click on the COVID-19 link for information. You will also find a Remote Learning link on the GFPS homepage as well.
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Library Newsletter

District Information

Watch this video by GFPS youth leaders from the Grand Forks Youth Commission focusing on the importance of social distancing.

Our Mental Health Hub now has an additional section related to Covid-19. Please visit the page by going to the Grand Forks Public School website >Mental Health Hub> Covid-19 Mental Health resources. There are many valuable resources we hope you will find helpful during this period of time.

FREE Breakfast & Lunch

Our district is providing FREE breakfast & lunch to all students under the age of 18. Please stop by so our cooks can serve you! They have greatly enjoyed seeing the smiling faces at Door #1 every day! Please remember, meals are not served on days we were scheduled to be off from school.
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