Benton Weekly Update

Week 11: October 26-30, 2020

Red Ribbon Week, Spirit Week, Tutoring, Pumpkins!

For this final week of October, we resume our regular (though not so regular) schedule. Although Parent Conferences are over, remember that you can reach out to your child's teachers any time with questions or concerns. If you need access to your child's Schoology account or the Parent Portal, contact Ms. Ridgeway rridgeway@nlmusd.org.


After-school tutoring begins this week, and is available for most subjects Mon.-Thurs. from 3:00-4:30pm. Click on this link or see flyer below.


Red Ribbon Week is an annual event when schools and students commit to being drug, tobacco, and alcohol-free by participating in spirit-building activities. This year's theme is Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free. The Benton ASB/Leadership has established the following events for each day this week, and the PTSA will be delivering treats to the classes with the most participation in Spirit Day on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.


Pumpkin Decorating Contest

The Benton PTSA wants to know, is your pumpkin Most Creative, Scariest, or Funniest? Choose a category, decorate a pumpkin, and drop it off at the Benton school office on Thursday, October 29th between 3:00pm-6:00pm. (Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.) One winner from each category will win a $25 Starbucks gift card from the PTSA. Label your pumpkin with your name, grade level, and category (creative, scariest, funniest). Winners announced Friday on Schoology.

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Costume Contest!

The entries are in, and voting begins this week.


Voting will begin Monday, October 26th and go until Friday, October 30th.

What's up this week?

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Coffee with the Principal

Tuesdays, 8:00-8:30am.



Chat with the principal, Mr. Webster, via zoom!


Click here

Wednesday this week is Period 3A 9am-10am.

Log into your period 3A Zoom 9-10, then work on other assignments, projects, homework, reading from 10:00am-3:00pm.

Join the Benton Dance Club!

Dance Instructor Miss Toni will be offering dance instruction Monday-Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 via zoom. We know many students' regular activities have been cancelled in this time of COVID-19 and the school wanted to offer some additional recreation to students in the afternoon. All students are welcome to join and it is completely free for the students. If you are interested in joining the Benton Dance Club, please use this link.

Spotlight on Learning: Beginning Drama

In Beginning Drama students are learning about the basic foundations of theatre while experiencing other cultures from around the world. They have watched a series of videos hosted by Broadway actors introducing new concepts and learned how these concepts and backgrounds are used in Broadway productions. Students explore the concept, create something, and reflect on what they learned. It has been pretty fun so far! In this assignment, students chose a scene from The Lion King Jr. to act it out, create a tableau, or a stop motion movie. Sasha’s stop motion movie really stood out.

Sasha Perez The Lion King Stop Motion Movie

Spotlight on Learning: Frida is Social/Emotional

Students in Ms. Hodge's Art class learned about artist Frida Kahlo in words, song, and images and then completed a Windows or Mirrors reflection exploring whether the song was a window into other emotions and experiences or a mirror of their own. Ms. Hodge utilized a new interactive learning tool, Nearpod, to have the students listening, viewing, thinking, reflecting, responding, and writing in a creative new way. See the lesson here.

The Counselor's Corner

Hello Students and Parents, it's Ms. Allie here!

Is there anything I can do to help you out?


If you're feeling the need for regular counseling, have your parents complete the consent form linked here, and contact Ms. Ridgeway to complete a referral form.


You can also check out the District's Mental Health and Wellness website for more resources to support students and families during this difficult time.

Contests, Contests, Contests!

Have you joined the Benton PTSA yet? The PTSA does a lot to support our students, and your support of them is vital! Can we get more parents joining this year than last? Coming up soon we will have Benton Restaurant Night fundraisers, but we're currently engaged in a Battle of the Schools for clothing donations. If you've cleaned out your closets and are looking for someplace to donate them, look no further than the green and white USAgain bin located near the big sliding gate in the school parking lot.


Speaking of contests...

There are several opportunities for students, see links below:


  • PTSA Reflections, this year's theme "I matter, because..." Ends 10/30
  • LA County Public Library Bookmark Contest Ends 11/15
  • WRD Calendar Art Contest (6th Grade Only) Ends 11/6
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Distance Learning Support

Family Support Portal


These links might be helpful.


They can be found under the new tab on our website, bentonms.org

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