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Week of April 20th

April 20, 2015

kid testing

Parents,                                                                                                                                               April 20, 2015

I hope you all survived the 2015 Neosho City Wide Garage/ Yard Sale.  It was a soggy weekend and the last extended weekend of the school year. We now have roughly six weeks of school left (The last day of school will be May 28th).  While it seems like a long stretch for the students, we have a lot of fun activities on the horizon to keep them focused on school and to ensure their last elementary months here at Benton are memorable and enjoyable.

Baby Pictures

I need baby pictures for our 4th grade farewell.  Each year we prepare a video to show off your child’s growth at our 4th grade farewell.  We need you to send in a picture of your children anywhere from birth to about age 3.  You can email pictures if you have them saved on a computer , or send a picture with your child and I will scan them and send them back with your children.  Please send them as quickly as possible to allow us time to prepare the video.

State MAP Testing

This week we began our state standardized test, the MAP test.  The students will take the math portion of the test this week and we will begin the communication arts portion next week. We began testing in math today and will wrap up math testing tomorrow. Next week we will test on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Please help us by making sure they are at school the days we are testing as well making sure they have a good night’s rest help them do their best.  As mentioned previously, this year the students will take the entire assessment online this year. You can take a peek to see what their assessments look like at

Reading and Social Studies

In reading and social studies the students will be reading about the Great Depression and the New Deal programs.  The students are working together to build a blog.  Groups of students have been assigned a New Deal program to research and are adding their content to a blog that can be found at .  Right now the site is a work in progress.  Visit it again at the end of the week at let your child show you what they’ve created and learned about their New Deal programs.


In math this week the students will learn about reflections, rotations, and translations of geometric figures (as well as taking their MAP test in math).

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 20th Begin MAP Testing                                    May 11th 4th Grade Farewell @ Civic @ 6:30

Thursday, April 23rd Character Carnival                                   May 12th       All School Field Day

Friday, April 24th Benton School Carnival                                May 18th       YMCA AR Reward Party

Tuesday, April 28th Honor Choir @ Civic @ 6:30                    May 9th PTO Glow Run

May 20th       4th Grade Visits Middle School

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