It's more than free lunch....the federal funds we receive because of our free/ reduced lunch population gives us more staff members, more programs, additional computer labs, after school programs, and STEM. It can even help you with reduced Boy's and Girl's Club rates. Look for the Free lunch form that is being sent home on Thursday. Please send the completed forms back before October 1st.
FRIDAY NIGHT BHS FOOTBALL GAME INFORMATION: 1. Paid Parking 2. Enter on the East (Visitor) side of stadium. 3. Sit on the South East side of the 50 yard line. Both teams' fans will sit on visitor side. 4. Band, cheer, FB team will enter in the the South East corner (visitor) locker room side. Online Tickets Only: https://events.ticketspicket.com/agency/300b6299-0971-47c7-8f25-385f303c02a5
ICYMI: Shameka Christon hung up her jersey and is now a social worker in the Benton School District. She introduced Bright Futures, a program helping families in need. https://www.thv11.com/article/news/local/outreach/former-wnba-player-launches-program-benton/91-463a3020-edce-4e3b-ae0b-9ca195323632?fbclid=IwAR3kjtWfnCFrr3oUe6bm-cLDHQnJG5RYEsp6-wg4uMHZYgkekvKp8gLlDEQ
Officer Oliver has been with BNPD for close to 3 years. This year, she has joined the SRO Division as School Resource Officer for Ringgold Elementary. Though she never thought she would become a police officer, she loves serving her community and talking to people in general. As an SRO, she looks forward to making an even bigger impact. A native of Pine Bluff, Officer Oliver loves to travel, be outdoors and spend time with family. She's also a big animal lover and has four fur babies to prove it. Law enforcement isn't her only service to her community and country. She also served in the Army National Guard for 8 years, which included a tour to Kuwait and Iraq. She lives by the motto: "Never lose your smile" and recommends everyone give it a try, especially as we kick off a new school year with lots of changes!
In 1 week Benton Panthers will be back in the classroom for the 2021-2022 school year. The School Board approved on Monday August 9th to purchase air purifiers for all classrooms in the district. With this purchase, students and staff will begin the year under the same guidelines as we ended the 2020-2021 school year. Masks will be optional for staff and students. We will continue to follow guidelines from the Arkansas Department of Health and Arkansas Department of Education.
THE BENTON SCHOOL DISTRICT IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT BREAKFAST & LUNCH WILL BE SERVED TO ALL STUDENTS AT NO CHARGE DURING THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR. It is not necessary to complete a meal application for free or reduced priced meals as the USDA has extended free meal benefits to all students at this time. For households who wish to complete a meal application, the link is here: ezmealapp.com.
To all parents/Guardians: Please remember all normal childhood immunizations are due; especially for those entering Kindergarten, Seventh grade and all students who are eleven and sixteen. A new exemption letter is required each year per state law for non-immunized students.
Device Returns for Elementary Students is May 17/18. Please make sure your student returns their device, charger, and case to school.
Benton School District March 30, 2021 The Benton School District is committed to health and safety and has taken extensive steps to keep our staff and students healthy over the past year. Tuesday afternoon, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced he is lifting the statewide mask mandate. At this time, district leadership will take guidance from the AR Department of Education as this applies to schools. A more formal announcement regarding the position of the Benton School District will be coming soon.
**BENTON PANTHER WINDOW STICKERS** While they last! Come to the Benton Central Office for a window/car sticker to show your Panther Pride. 2 Options: 1. Sticks on outside of window 2. Sticks on inside (similar to oil change sticker)
The Benton Ringgold ABC Pre-K program is accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2021. All applications must be completed online at this link: https://forms.gle/gqLySVERvMy3KRe99 Please call the Dawson Education Cooperative at 870-246-1450 if you have any questions.
Thursday 2/18 and Friday 2/19 will be Virtual Days for all students. Campus will be closed. Please check Google Classroom for assignments. Padres de familia, el jueves 18 de febrero y el viernes 19 de febrero son días virtuales. Se les pide hagan que sus estudiantes entren a Google Classroom y completar asignaturas.
Tuesday February 16th will be a Virtual Day for all students. Please make sure to check Google Classroom for assignments.
REMINDER: Monday, February 15th is a Virtual Day for all students. Campus will be closed. Have your student check their google classroom for assignments.
Benton Panthers LOVE to READ! Register for Benton School District’s book giveaway! Complete the registration form to enter. Drawing will be held February 16, 2021 There will be a winner in each of the following grade categories: A winner per grade level K-12 Winners will be notified at school and will receive their books at school. Entry form: https://forms.gle/AWqsZK5XnDVkkMjn9
**7th Annual Chili Cook-Off Silent Auction** We need your help! Due to COVID-19, the Benton School District’s Counseling Departments are holding a Silent Auction instead of the Chili Cook-Off. All proceeds are donated to Angie Grant, Caldwell, Howard Perrin, Ringgold, BMS, BJH, and BHS Counseling Departments for student services programs. https://bit.ly/39zXbQ6
Gifted and Talented Parent Referral Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdlwSIJHLt7uIwxn7wBWSCF6lJ7L7OiF8dQp1k_3b8rqiPlUQ/viewform
The Gifted and Talented Program is now taking referrals for testing this spring. Please see the link below for more information. https://forms.gle/i3kcsPKRydyjoQRE6
Parents/Guardians: Home Access Center (HAC) will be down from Dec. 20th -Dec. 28th for an upgrade.
Benton/Bryant Saline County Shootout tonight at Benton Arena. Girls 6:00 Boys 7:30 Only selling 150 Benton tickets at the door due to Covid Capacity Guidelines.
**Ringgold Elementary Meal Sign Up** During this Offsite Virtual Instruction time, you are still eligible for school meals. Please fill out this form if you would like meals during this time. Meal pick up will be @ Ringgold, Thursday, October 8, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Drive thru the PK/Kindergarten drop off line and we will meet you at the curbside. All we need is your name and your child's name. You will receive Thursday's and Friday's meal all at once. Just a reminder, these meals are at no cost to you! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevpa3a45ZSvg7Ng3MiyIgKRu7jM-K4Dt7Ic6EE0VN59PRsgw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0
Benton Public Schools: Parents/Guardians, Benton Public Schools will be having Virtual Fridays beginning on October 16th. Please select the link below to learn more and provide us with information by Friday, October 9th. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VirtualFriday
Thanks to a USDA waiver, Benton Schools is proud to announce FREE meals for all students. Starting Tuesday, September 7, all Benton students can receive a breakfast and a lunch every day, at no cost. Virtual students may also receive this same benefit by signing up for meal pick up. This waiver is effective thru December 31, 2020. It is still very important to complete a free/reduced application. LINK TO SIGN UP FOR MEALS FOR VIRTUAL STUDENTS: https://bit.ly/32ThDYQ LINK TO APPLY FOR FREE/REDUCED LUNCH: https://bit.ly/351Tthw
**HOT SPOT APPLICATIONS OPEN** See link below----> Parents, If you do not have reliable internet for your child to do their schoolwork, you can apply for an internet device through the application below. Please note that devices are extremely limited. Because of this, we cannot guarantee that everyone who applies will receive a device. Per the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, priority is given to: • Students learning virtually due to a COVID-19 related health situation • Students who are economically disadvantaged (Free or Reduced School Lunches) • Students who are experiencing homelessness Padres de Familia Si no tiene Internet confiable para que su hijo haga sus tareas escolares, puede solicitar un modem de Internet a través de la aplicación a continuación. Tenga en cuenta que los modems de Internet son extremadamente limitados. Debido a esto, no podemos garantizar que todos los que soliciten recibirán un dispositivo. Según el Departamento de Educación Primaria y Secundaria, se da prioridad a: · Estudiantes que aprenden virtualmente debido a una situación de salud relacionada con COVID-19 · Estudiantes que se encuentran en desventaja económica (almuerzos escolares gratuitos o reducidos) · Estudiantes que se encuentran sin hogar Student Internet Application https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BPSStudentInternet2020
Hot Spot access points have been distributed to local churches and Big Red Stores. Students that need internet access can go to these locations with their school issued device, and automatically be connected to the hot spot. 620 Military Rd, 820 Edison Ave., 2908 Congo Rd., 1219 W. South St., 109 East Woodson Lateral Rd. (Hensley), 4720 US-67. First Baptist Church Benton, First Church of the Nazarene, Ten Mile Missionary Baptist Church, Holland Chapel, First Presbyterian, Trinity Baptist Church, Salem Methodist, Elect Temple, Gateway, Highland Heights.
MEAL PICKUP LINK: Don't forget - meal pick up Tuesday Night- order deadline is today (Monday August 24th) at 6pm. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfoX7KsjCOERwdnXA3iItlzxx6lexVUiRUIBpjuJMNNkND66Q/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0
**DRIVE-THRU MEAL INFORMATION FOR VIRTUAL STUDENTS** Benton School District Virtual Learners school meal order form. Please fill out the following form at the link below—-> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfoX7KsjCOERwdnXA3iItlzxx6lexVUiRUIBpjuJMNNkND66Q/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0
Don’t forget to get your child registered for Kindergarten! Use the link below. Registration for other grades coming soon! https://registration.powerschool.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=23423&culture=en
ABC Preschool Registration is OPEN! Click here! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1fDY_MhzjsjLpSYO4FhE9KKTivra7-RiHlQoHLwYkjCQ/edit?usp=sharing
STUDENTS: Want to work on coding? Click here : https://sites.google.com/bentonschools.org/bentoncoding/home
REMINDER: The Athletic Complex is CLOSED while the schools remain closed. That includes the track, please DO NOT jump the fence to access any part of the facility.
Stay Healthy Panthers, take care of yourselves!
BENTON SCHOOL DISTRICT: REMINDER-GRAB-&-GO Breakfast served from 8-10a at Angie Grant and Ringgold Elementary Schools for all students in BPS thanks to sponsors in the Benton community.
Order forms for Yearbook Ads are due next Friday. Space is limited so get yours in quick! 1/4 page $35 1/2 page $55 Full page $100 Checks payable to Ringgold PTO
Ringgold Elementary has been selected as a Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase School nominee again this year! Our students, teachers, administrators, and support staff have worked tirelessly implementing this process, and we are seeing amazing results!