Welcome Back!

Welcome to a new school year!  I welcomed a baby boy into my family in June, and I will be out on maternity leave until the beginning of December.  I am looking forward to meeting all the new students and families!

Final Week of 6th Grade

Hello Families,

It’s finally here! Our fun-filled, final week of elementary school! Here’s the last run-down of activities.

solo_fandango_posterTUESDAY: We will walk to AMC for a viewing of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Students will get snack packs at the theater. After the show, we will briefly return to campus, prior to heading to Windingwalk Park. Please pack a light, healthy lunch students can eat when we get to the park, as we will miss the cafeteria. Students may bring yearbooks, beach towels, and sports equipment to share in team games. Please note, devices will not be brought on this trip. We will return to campus around 1:30 and participate in the regular 2:45 dismissal.

Students not attending the movie will be assigned to another classroom. If that is the only event they are missing, they will join us when we head to the park. 

WEDNESDAY: Dress for an athletic day! Our students will participate in Olympic games in the morning, then compete against staff in a kickball game in the afternoon.

legolandTHURSDAY: Legoland, California! We will leave campus around 9 am. Students are highly encouraged to wear a Camarena shirt. Students will be placed in groups with a chaperone. They are allowed to bring, and are responsible for, extra money to use for food and/or souvenirs. They may bring their own sack lunch if they prefer. Cameras are allowed. NO PHONES OR BATHING SUITS. We will return at approximately 6pm.

FRIDAY: Promotion at Eastlake Church!!!! Students DO NOT come to school on Friday. The ceremony begins at 2pm; students must arrive no later than 1:30 (and not much earlier as there will be other ceremonies taking place that day). Please adhere to the dress code that was recently sent home. Students meet outside the entrance and parents may sit down inside. Our class (409) will enter and be seated on the RIGHT side of the auditorium (when facing the stage). Balloons will not be allowed in the church’s auditorium.

I would like to thank you for all of your support and for a fantastic year! Your kiddos have worked hard completing their last year of elementary and preparing for middle school. It has been such a pleasure watching them grow!  It has been hard being away these final days, but Miss Fonzi has been keeping me updated on happenings in the class!

Apex Fun Run

The Apex Fun Run will take place this Friday, April 26th.  Please consider making a pledge donation online to encourage your child on the day of the event.  Your child has a unique access code for the website.  All students will participate in the event and receive a free t-shirt regardless of pledges.  A $1/lap donation will amount to approximately $30 and caps off at $36 maximum.  You can also make flat donations in lesser amounts.

APEX Day 2

Dear 409 Families,

Today the Apex Team visited our classroom and we talked all about the 1st step in becoming a leader and being united, which is to be Unique! Everyone has different talents and abilities and our classroom needs each student to use them for us to be our very best. “There’s no one like me, but me.”

If you haven’t already, please be sure to download the Apex Fun Run app or login to http://www.apexfunrun.com with your student’s “Access Code” which can be found on the front of their pledge kit and begin watching this year’s UNITED theme videos. These videos are used as a tool to reinforce each leadership lesson outside of the classroom.

As of today our class is at $0/ lap.

Our goal is to get to $15/lap by tomorrow so we can earn 15 minutes of extra recess as a team!

Here is tonight’s challenge-

The class with the most shares will get to play Dodgeball with the Apex Team tomorrow ( The share wizard is located on http://www.apexfunrun.com with your students access code that is located on their pledge kit with the orange lanyard. You can then share the website by using friends and family’s emails and cell phone numbers.)


Coach Benson & Team 409

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