• Dear Benson Hill Families,

    It’s hard to believe it’s already December and the last month of 2016!  We are now well into the second grading period.  Thanks to all parents and guardians who participated in parent conferences in November to learn about your child’s progress and how you can help at home.  We had 97% participation. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have not yet had a conference. Your support is vital to your child’s success in school!

    We have set new academic goals for the second trimester and students are working hard on their math and reading skills.  We review student progress in reading and math regularly, and plan appropriate interventions. Students participate in small groups to provide targeted, differentiated instruction. After-school reading tutoring began November 29 for identified students.

    One of the ways we celebrate student achievement is through a program called Great Readers. Up to five students in each class who met their reading goals are recognized each trimester. All students received a free book from PTA during our first Bobcat book distribution in November, and Great Readers received a second book.

    We had grade level celebrations to recognize outstanding behavior on November 22 and 23. Students filled the big bin in the office with PAWSitive tickets for following the five Benson Hill behavior expectations.  We are now working on filling the bin with tickets again for our next celebration. Our next “Way to Go Recess” is on December 14 for all students who have not have any behavior referrals for the last six weeks.  We had 96% participation in our last WTG recess.  Pizza with the Principal is December 1. Students being honored are listed in this newsletter and will be featured on our bulletin board.

    We would like to thank our community partners for their support during this holiday season.  Trinity Baptist Church, Communities in Schools, the Kiwanis Club, the Lyons Club, Lindbergh High School DECCA and ASB have all helped to provide food, gifts and other items to needy families at Benson Hill.  We are grateful!

    Thank you for supporting our school and your children’s education.  We wish you all a wonderful winter break and a happy new year!                                                                  


    Mrs. Flemming

    Food Drive

    Benson Hill is involved in a holiday food drive for needy families in our community.  Students may bring food items to school anytime until December 16.  This is a great way for us to partner with the Benson Hill community.

    Family Liaison Program

    I am the Family Liaison and I can help connect you to resources in the community, such as food, clothing, etc. I am at Benson Hill on the following days:

    Monday afternoons
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, all day
    Feel free to contact me at any time.
    Nancy Piombo

    Be ready when schools are closed/delayed due to bad weather

    When a decision is made to close school or to delay school opening due to inclement weather, every parent in the district should receive a phone call through Renton Schools’ School Messenger system. Visit the district Web site www.rentonschools.us to read the emergency bulletin.

    When school opening is delayed due to bad weather, all schools in the Renton School District will open 2 hours late. Benson Hill will start school at 10:30am.

    When schools are closed for the day, all school, after-school, and community activities held in school buildings will also be cancelled, including all scheduled home and away athletic events.

    What phone number will the system call?

    Calls from the district’s system will begin about 5:30 a.m. to the family’s “primary” phone number listed in the district’s information system. The system will only call one phone number for each family and duplicate numbers will not be called.

    Recycling Program at Benson Hill

    Benson Hill is going green!  We are working in partnership with King County Waste Management to become a Level 1 green school by recycling in the cafeteria.  The recycling program began on November 30.  Over 50 intermediate students are participating as members of the Green Team, and the whole school community is doing their part to reduce waste and help keep the earth green and safe!

    Here is what can be recycled:


    ·        Plastic Bottles (no caps)

    ·        Milk Cartons

    ·        Paper (as long as there is no food on it)

    ·        Plastic containers that are cup shaped (no yogurt cups!!)

    ·        Juice boxes

    ·        Aluminum cans

    ·        Paper bags (as long as there is no food on it)

    We are excited about this new program at Benson Hill and hope that you can possibly do something similar at home!

    BRRRR, it's getting cold outside

    Winter and cold weather is here.  Remember to wear your warm coat, hat and scarves! We will be going out to recess to play.

    Christmas Help from the Salvation Army

    This is the final sign up at the Salvation Army if you are need of help for the Holidays.

    Tuesday, December 6, 2016 4:00-9:00pm.

    Renton Food Bank, 206 S Tobin St. Renton.

    Please bring with you –

    •             Photo ID for each adult

    •             Birth certificates for children

    •             Mail (utility bill, etc.) with your address

    Call Salvation Army for more info 425-255-5969.

    Attendance News

    Please call the Attendance Office at 425-204-3310 if your child is absent.  You will need to call in everyday of their absence.  The absence will be marked unexcused if we do not receive a call or note within 48 hours.  You must fill out a pre-arranged absence form if you will be gone for an extended period of time.  Please see Mrs. Martin in the office for this form or regarding any questions.

    Visitors and Volunteers

    Visitors and Volunteers please park in the side parking lot and come to the front office to sign in and obtain a badge.  The front parking lot is reserved for buses and staff at all times.  Thank you for helping to make our school a safe place.  

    Important Dates


    1st - Pizza with the Principal

    2-15th - ASB Food Drive

    2nd - Bobcat Assembly

    5th - PTA Meeting - 6pm

    15th - Way to Go Recess

    15th - PTA Polar Express Movie Night 6:00-8:00pm

    16th - Winter Concert

    16th - Fall Fundraiser Delivery

    19th-30th - Winter Break - No School



    3rd - School Resumes

    4th - PTA Meeting - 6pm

    5th - Pizza with the Principal

    5th - Chuck E. Cheese 3:30pm - 9:00pm

    12th - MLK Assembly

    12th - LLI Community Cafe - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

    16th - No School

    26th - ASB McTeacher Night - 5:00-7:00pm

    26th - Way to Go Recess

    27th - No School