November Newsletter 2023
Ben Franklin Middle School
From the Desk of the Principal
As we dive into this month, I want to take a moment to celebrate the incredible achievements and spirit of our students, teachers, and staff. Together, we have already accomplished so much this school year, and I couldn't be prouder of our community.
In the spirit of spreading positivity and joy, our focus for November will be on practicing kindness and gratitude. Let's make it a mission to brighten each other's days with acts of kindness, big or small. Whether it's a smile, a helping hand, or a kind word, let's show the world the power of our Ben Franklin community!
I want to remind families of a few important dates. There will be no school on Friday, November 10th, as we observe Veteran's Day. Additionally, please mark your calendars for Wednesday to Friday, November 22nd-24th, as there will be no school during the Thanksgiving break. We hope you are able to enjoy quality time with loved ones.
As always, I am grateful for your continued support and partnership in creating an inclusive and vibrant learning environment. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please don't hesitate to reach out. Let's make this November a month full of kindness, gratitude, and memorable experiences.
All my best,
Mrs. Kirstin Hanson
FPS 2022-2023 Annual Report
The Fargo Public Schools 2022-23 Annual Report presents the District’s effort to carry out its mission of “educating and empowering all students to succeed” and to serve its students and families. The information contained in the Annual Report highlights FPS’ students, staff, schools, programs, departments, and achievements. View the Annual Report for vital information regarding enrollment, staffing, budget numbers, demographics, and assessment data. Thank you for supporting Fargo Public Schools and allowing the District to provide its students an exceptional educational experience. Click here to access the full document.
ECSE Community Friends
Fargo Public Schools' Early Childhood Special Education program is seeking Community Friends to join its preschool classrooms for the afternoon sessions. Community Friends are typically developing peers who will join the ECSE classrooms alongside the students with developmental delays or disabilities. Students must be 4 years old by July 31 and pass a developmental screening to be eligible for the program. The program is free of charge for families, but parents must provide transportation. The ECSE afternoon sessions are held from 12:10-2:40 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday through May 30. Click here to apply for the ECSE Community Friends program.
El Zagal Shrine Center Screening Clinic
The El Zagal Shrine Center is hosting a free screening clinic for children with bone, muscle, or joint problems this Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 701.235.7521 to make an appointment, or walk-ins are welcome. This is a screening and not a diagnosis for a child.
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Message from the PTO:
Thank you to everyone that helped support the Ben Franklin teachers during conferences with meals! Teachers enjoyed Taco-in-a-bag and Pizza.
The week of Oct. 30th through Nov. 5th is our Deek's Pizza fundraising week! IF you order pizza during that time frame from Deek's and say "Ben Franklin" Deek's will donate a percentage of the sales back to our PTO! Please help support Ben Franklin by ordering pizza!
BFMS PTO now has venmo! Donations to PTO help support students, teachers and our Ben Franklin community with field trips, supplies and teacher meals and appreciation. Donate today at @BenFranklinFargoPTO. Thank you for supporting PTO!
Join us for our November meeting at 6:00 on November 6th in the library at Ben!
Find us on Facebook at Ben Franklin Middle School PTO!
Notes from the Nurse
It’s been a wonderful start to the 2023-2024 school year. I hope your student is enjoying Ben Franklin and staying well. Please review the illness guidelines with your student, and when it’s appropriate to see the nurse. Please inform your student that the nurse cannot hand out cough drops, cold medicine, or allergy medicine unless you as the parent bring in an unopened package for the nurse to administer.
Attention Parents/ Guardians, if your student is not up to date on their immunizations, you have been emailed and sent a letter in the mail. If your student is not updated with the required immunizations (completed immunizations or a signed exemption wavier) by October 31st, they will be excluded from school on November 1st. (North Dakota Administrative Code 33-06-05-01).
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