Benson Bulletin

February 2022

This week at Benson Primary we celebrated our 100th day of school--thanks for a great 100 days!!!

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Thank you, IPTO & all volunteers who have assisted with hot lunch--We appreciate your support!

Some Hot Lunch Student Quotes

"WOW, this pizza slice is as big as my head"

"My mom expects me to eat all of this?"

"Oh, I loveeeee Panera"


Seriously, thank you hot lunch volunteers...

VIP Dates

  • Valentine's Day - February 14
  • Early Release @ 1:35 pm - February 16
  • No Preschool Classes - February 18
  • No School (Presidents' Day) - February 21
  • No School (Teacher Institute Day) - March 4
  • No School (Teacher Institute Day) - March 7
  • Early Release @ 1:35 pm - March 9

Hot Lunch: Marla's Lunch

Linked here is additional information on how to order hot lunch for your child. These lunches are provided on Tuesdays & Fridays. Orders must be placed by the weekly lockout date.
Your weekly lockout is every Monday at 12 pm noon for the following week. You can order for the entire session, month to month or week to week, but orders/edits/changes must be completed before the designated weekly lockout.



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.

Stephanie Santellano, First Grade Teacher: Ms. Santellano is a wonderful and caring teacher who has shown our family so much love and support over the last six years. She always takes the time to really get to know and figure out the best way to communicate with each of her students. She sends email updates about little and big things that happen during the school day which always make us feel a little more connected to our kids, she is devoted to her job and to teaching her students. Ms. Santellano makes everyone feel so special and while we have missed seeing her electric smile this last year, we know she is smiling behind her mask and we truly appreciate all she does for the Benson community!!

Your Turn: Recognize A Benson Primary Employee


Please see attached link for upcoming all school event--we will be in need of cereal boxes in the near future.

5Essentials Survey

We are asking for your assistance to complete the Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey and help us reach our goal of 80% completion rate. The information you provide will assist us with directing our efforts and guide educational opportunities for students. While your participation is voluntary, it is crucial to access results from the survey. We are unable to access survey results unless a minimum of 20% of parents respond.

The survey is currently open and will close on March 11, 2022. Please know your identity and responses will be kept confidential and will not be connected with your child.

  • Go to: to take the survey.

  • Select “Parent Survey.”

  • You may enter your email address if you would like to receive confirmation of your submission, but it is not required.

  • Then enter “[DuPage]” into the county field and “Benson Primary” to find our school.

  • Complete Google Form below when finished

The homeroom with the most parent responses will be treated to a pizza party! Please complete the Google Form below once you complete the survey. Each individual student will also receive a Benson Bulldog sticker.

Thank you for your input. We appreciate your support!

Itasca 10 January 27th FAQ Update on IDPH Guidance

Benson Families,

This informational letter was sent out by Mr. Benes, our superintendent, last week. It is included here again for your review.

Groundhog Voting

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DuPage ROE Building Resiliency in our Children presentation

The recorded webinar presentation for parents, Building Resilience in our Childen with Dr. Melissa Sadin can be found live-streamed at the DuPage ROE YouTube channel!

Bus Reminder--application to track our District 10 buses

Parents of students who currently ride the bus:

Please read the information linked below about access to the Traversa Ride 360 App. This app will allow you to be able to access your child's secure data for the bus stop location, route and pickup time.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Traversa Ride 360

100 Days Of Fun

Information from Itasca Parent Teacher Organization


Mother-Son Golf: This event is for students grades K-6th and is scheduled for March 20th from11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Registration is due by Wednesday, Feb. 16th. More information can be found here.

Daddy Daughter Dance: This event is scheduled for June 5th from 5:00-9:00 PM at Belvedere Banquets. Registration is due by February 4th. More information can be found here.

Right At School--We're Hiring

Should anyone be looking for employment, the Itasca Right At School Program currently has an opening. Please see attached link for additional information. K-5 students whose parent is employed by Right at School receives discount off tuition.

We have flexibility if someone is looking for:

  • just AM hours (6:45-school starts at Benson)
  • just PM (after school at Franzen until 6:00p)

Great for:

  • Great for college age siblings looking for work
  • young professionals just out of college
  • retired teachers looking to keep supporting students

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

Kindergarten Olympic Torches

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Specialists Narratives

Families, linked below are narratives on what your child accomplished this past quarter in Art, Music, and Physical Education.

ART: Benson Art Report Card Narrative Q2 2021-2022

Kindergarten Physical Education: Narrative 2nd qtr K 2022

Second Grade Physical Education: Narrative 2 qtr/2nd grade 2022

First Grade Physical Education: Narrative 2 qtr/1st grade 2022

MUSIC: 2nd Quarter Learning Narratives Benson 2021-2022