Benton Weekly Update

Week 23: February 8-12, 2021

Lincoln, Love, and the Lunar New Year

We have a holiday Monday 2/8 honoring Lincoln's birthday, next week on 2/15 we honor Washington and all the Presidents with another holiday. Sunday this past week was notable not just for the Super Bowl, but because another sun design (the 13th so far!) created in Media Arts was featured on the CBS Sunday Morning TV show.

Look for mid-quarter progress reports this week along with information on scheduling parent conferences. Tutoring continues, the Chess Club starts up Tuesday, Leadership/ASB is sponsoring a Valentine Card Contest, PTSA has it's first dine-out fundraiser at Applebee's on Wednesday, the Lunar New Year starts on Friday, and Sunday is Valentine's Day.

Our Black History Month Artist/Performer is the Queen of Soul, the great Aretha Franklin. Click on the links for some videos of Aretha.

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Aretha Franklin ~ Queen of Soul

To say that Aretha Franklin was one of the greatest American artists of all time is an understatement. Her multi-octave voice moved millions around the world during an unrivaled career that spanned six decades and garnered the singer-songwriter every achievement and honor imaginable. A gifted singer, pianist, songwriter, actress, and civil rights activist, Aretha began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father C. L. Franklin was a minister.

She won 18 Grammy Awards, including the first eight awards given for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (1968–1975). Franklin is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. She was awarded the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1987, she became the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She also was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine ranked her number one on its list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" and number nine on its list of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2019 awarded Franklin a posthumous special citation "for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades". In 2020, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

Respect is one of her best known songs, and Chain of Fools, Jumpin' Jack Flash, and Think are some of my favorites.

What's up this week?

Lincoln's B-Day Holiday ~ Mon. 2/8

There will be no school Monday in honor of Lincoln's birthday (which is actually Feb. 12, he would be 212 years old!) Tuesday will be a B Day.

After School Tutoring

Tutoring is available Monday-Thursday from 3-4:30. The updated Tutoring schedule is linked here. Students can also contact their teachers for questions, clarification, and additional support during office hours from 2-3pm Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri.

Wednesday is Period 6B 9am-10am.

Log into your period 6B Zoom 9-10, then work on homework, projects, reading from 10am-2pm.

Applebee's Dine Out Wed. 2/10 from 11am-10pm

APPLEBEE’S® WILL DONATE 25% OF YOUR CHECK WHEN YOU DINE AT Applebee’s 1238 West Imperial Hwy, La Habra. You must present this flyer to your Server or CARSIDE TO GO™ Specialist for Benton to receive the proceeds. You can print out the flyer below, or pick one up in the school office Mon-Fri, 8am-3:30pm

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Lunar New Year ~ February 12

2021 is the Year of the Ox. The Lunar New Year, most commonly associated with the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, typically falls sometime between January 21 and February 20. Lunar New Year 2021 is on February 12, and in terms of the Chinese zodiac animal, it's the Year of the Ox.It's called the Lunar New Year because it marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendars traditional to many east Asian countries including China, South Korea, and Vietnam, which are regulated by the cycles of the moon and sun.

Valentine's Day ~ February 14th

The day to celebrate LOVE. Take some time to show love for others, self*, our planet.

*Check out the February Wellness Calendar below for some tips and ideas for self-care.

8th Grade Baby Photos for Year Book

To include your 8th Grader's baby picture in the yearbook:

  • Must be a digital copy
  • "8th Grade Baby Picture" in the subject line
  • Student's First and Last Name in the body of the email

Email photo to Ms. Pflanzer at

Coming up...

Washington's B-Day Holiday ~ Mon. 2/15

Known as Presidents' Day, this holiday has originally been celebrated as Washington's Birthday. (His actual birthday is February 22 and George Washington would be 289 years old.) Tuesday 2/16 will be an A Day.

Parent Conferences 2/22-2/26

Parent conferences recommended for students who are receiving Ds or Fs in their classes. Teachers will post a Calendly link so you can book your conference. Benton will be on an minimum day schedule all week, classes are 20 minutes long and will meet 9:00am-10:35am.

Spotlight on Learning ~ Media Arts

Have you ever seen the CBS Sunday Morning news magazine TV show? Its logo is a sun and each segment of the show closes with a different artwork of the sun. Media Arts teacher Allison McMath reached out to the CBS Sunday Morning show and asked if they would be interested in using some of her students' designs for a sun. They responded yes, and a few years later 13 Benton Media Arts students have had their works featured on this national TV show. Here's Abby Maldonado's, featured on the 2/7/21 episode.

Find out more about Benton!

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.

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

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.

Weekly Wellness with Ms. Allie

Hi guys,

I hope you are still off to a strong start with completing your work and getting everything in on time. Here are a few questions for this week! Click on this link here. Have a great week everyone (:

Clubs, Clubs, Clubs!

Chess Club ~ Tuesdays 2:30 – 3:15

For all the information on the Chess Club, join the Benton Chess Club GROUP in Schoology, Access Code WB3D-QF5R-ZS2Z9. Links for Zoom, as well as a parent permission form, are in the “Resources” folder. See you on Tuesday at 2:30.

Join the Bible Club

The Bible Club meets Wednesdays at 11:30am. The Schoology GROUP code (not a course) to join is 2CDP-XKHR-2HF8F

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.

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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,

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