Benton Weekly Update

Week 20: January 18-22, 2021

Tuesday is an A Day this week!

Welcome back from the first 3-day weekend of the new semester.

WIth the many Monday holidays coming up, A days are disproportionately affected. With that in mind, Tuesday this week will be an A Day. This will happen again on Tuesday, February 16th.


Clubs! Clubs! Clubs! We may be in distance learning, but there are many ways for students to connect with school and each other:

Dance Club ~ Mon.-Thurs. 2:30-3:30

Diversity Club ~ Tuesdays 3:00

Coming Soon:

Chess Club contact Mr. Easton

Debate Club contact Ms. Singh

Bible Club contact Mr. Chartier


January is National Mental Wellness Month. At the bottom of this newsletter is the January Self-Care Calendar with tips and suggestions to reduce stress. As always, our School Counselors, Dr. Sweney-Black and Mr. Arenzana, as well as our Wellness Social Worker, Ms. Allie are available to support students. If you seek outside counseling referrals for your child, please contact Ms. Ridgeway.


Tutoring Continues: The updated Tutoring schedule is linked here. Remember, teacher office hours are 2-3pm Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri. Students can contact their teachers for questions, clarification, and additional support during this time.


Wednesdays: after class, students should be working on completing their iReady Diagnostic Tests for Reading and Math. All students should have completed both tests by the end of January.


Have a 6th Grader? Keep in mind that all 7th graders must have a TDap vaccine to enroll. It's not too early to get your 6th grader immunized and email the vaccination card to our school secretary, Mrs. Schroyer, at rschroyer@nlmusd.org.


Cameras On: Students should have their cameras on during class time. This helps us check for understanding and monitor progress. Our "cameras on" policy will ultimately lead to higher engagement. We greatly appreciate your support. (Contact us if circumstances prevent your child from complying, we will work with you!)


Profile Pictures: Please ask your child to show you their Schoology Profile picture. It should be a current picture that looks like them; this helps us get to "know" your child in this Distance Learning environment.


Open Enrollment for NLMUSD schools has begun and will continue through the end of January. If you have friends or neighbors who have children starting middle school, be sure to let them know that in addition to a strong academic program with honors courses, Benton is the destination for the Arts!


We know that with the closure of Los Coyotes, many parents are considering which school is the best fit to meet their child's needs. For anyone who would like to learn more about Benton, we are offering Virtual Tours and are eager to share about our wonderful programs and staff! Check out our Choose Benton video here.

Tour Benton's Bitmoji School

Want to learn more about Benton? Click here for a Bitmoji tour of Benton and its programs!

What's up this week?

MLK Holiday ~ No School Monday 1/18/21

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18, 2021, is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

Tuesday 1/19/21 is an A Day!

Change in the schedule to compensate for the several Monday holidays; Tuesday this week will be an A Day.

Wednesday is Period3A 9am-10am.

Log into your period 3A Zoom 9-10, then work on the iReady Diagnostics for Math & Reading.


These diagnostic tests are critical for measuring growth, assessing student needs, and developing instruction. Please make sure your child completes these diagnostic tests by the end of January, and that they do their best work.

Weekly Wellness with Ms. Allie

Hey guys,

Just wanted to check in and see how you are doing this third week of school.

Here are some questions to answer at this link.


Ms. Allie

Need to speak with the School Counselor? The Doctor is In!

Dr. Sweney-Black is our School Counselor and she has created a virtual office. Click on the links below to see how she can help you.
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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.

Join The Diversity Club!

It's not too late to join! We welcome all and it's a fun way for students to connect and learn about diverse others. The Diversity Club meets on Tuesdays at 3pm.


The Schoology GROUP code (not a course) to join is 9R3C-297K-7Q89Q.

Updated Learning/Zoom Expectations

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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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