Benson Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and ECFE

Benson Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and ECFE


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Kylie Schmitz having fun playing in the leaves #bensonVPK
#bensonVPK Addy and her sister “helping “ rake leaves 🍁
Enjoying the fall weather!! 🍁🍂🌞 #bensonVPK
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Benson School Readiness is a kindergarten readiness program for 3-5 year olds who have never been to kindergarten. Classes are located at the Northside Elementary and Benson Elementary buildings.

Full and half day programs are offered and follow the District 777 School calendar. Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a program for children 12 months to 4 years of age. It is a special time, one evening a week, to have one on one interaction with your child, as well as adult group time to discuss questions and concerns related to parenting. ECFE offers two 12 week sessions-beginning in September and February.

Operating as usual


We still have openings in our 6:00-7:15 ECFE class! Classes start Sept. 16- grab your spot now by calling Community Ed at 320-843-4545!!



We have had a change in our 3 year-old program. Our Tues/Wed/Thurs afternoon class has been changed to Mon/Wed mornings (with fee adjustment).

If you were waiting for a morning spot, now is your chance to get it! There are still spots available.

Call community Ed to register!

**Note: the tues/thurs/fri morning class did not change, it will still run as scheduled!


Is your child registered for 4 year old VPK this year?!?

Then congratulations!!! You have the awesome opportunity to sign up for our new third day option!

This third *bonus* day will be a STEAM based day full of hands-on fun. Science experiments, engineering, art, and more (of course all age/developmentally appropriate), will fill our Friday’s for some messy end of the week fun.

**this is a tuition based class
**scholarships available for half off tuition if you qualify for free/reduced lunch

Contact Amanda Essig for more information!!
[email protected]



We still have a few openings in our afternoon class, and we would love for you to join us!!

This class will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 12:00-2:45. Our first day is September 3 and will run until early May.

Don’t wait! Grab your spot now by calling Shelly at Benson Community Ed: 320-843-4545!

**must be 3 by September 1, 2019
**must be fully potty trained


ATTENTION: Preschool Screening that was scheduled for today has been postponed until Next Thursday, February 28th.


😎ECFE Beach Party Kick Off😎 -- Tonight, Tuesday, January 22 -- 6:00-7:30 p.m. FREE FAMILY NIGHT in the ECFE room at Northside Elementary (enter SW doors.) ☀️ Leave your winter blues at home and join us for some summer-like fun! Play in the sand, go fishing and other activities that celebrate warm weather. Spring class registration will be available.


Hello everybody!!

Please help pass the word! There was a typo on the letters that went out to all of our Monday/Wednesday full day preschool families. Both Amanda Essig’s (Northside) and Jocile Nagler’s (Junior High) full day Monday/Wednesday classes begin TOMORROW- MONDAY SEPTEMBER 10th!!!

Chrysees Forbord’s (Northside) Tuesday/Thursday full day class and Jocile Nagler’s (Junior High) 3 yo preschool morning class both start Tuesday September 11th.


Oh No!!!!! Our beloved classroom refrigerator has taken its last breath...😭😭. We use our refrigerator for many important things such as keeping our water for snack time ice cold, keeping delicious snacks such as cheese sticks and yogurt for the kids cold, and of course many other things. Why is this important to you?? Well, unfortunately there is not money in the budget to buy a new one 😕. But... we don’t necessarily need a new one! We are looking for somebody who might have a spare fridge (in good working condition) that may be willing to donate a spare fridge! We would need one that is 3 cf or larger. Please, please, please let us know if you have something you may be willing to part with!

You can leave a message here, or contact Amanda Essig or Chrysees Forbord.

Please share this post and pass on the message!!


There are still openings available for our summer Ready, Set, Go! preschool program.
Don’t let the price hold you back, there are scholarships available!


!!!Spread the word!!!

There are still openings in our Wednesday night ECFE class. This is a 1 hour NON-SEPARATING class for 16-30 month old children and their parents. There will be discussion with a licensed Early Childhood teacher during class.

This class is from 5:00-6:00pm and starts Wednesday February 7th and runs through April 25th.


Spread the word!!! Winter/spring ECFE classes are starting soon!! Bring your kiddos out to the beach party kick off and register for a class!!!!!!


Hello Everybody!!


"I am so sorry to spring this on everybody extremely last minute, but we just found out after school today that picture retakes are tomorrow morning at 8:15am in the northside gym! The preschool classes did not get the email or notices that went home with the older kids last week. I know there were some of you asking about the retakes. The message that I got today said that if you didn't have pictures taken the first time around, you can stop in at the 5-12 office and pick up a packet. However, if you cannot make it over to the Sr. High office, I am sure you can still show up for pictures and they will help you out with what is available to order. If you did have pictures taken, and you want them redone- you need to bring the original packet of pictures with you. If there is something technically wrong with the pictures, retakes will be free. Otherwise there is an $8 fee for retakes. If you have any questions you will have to contact the school office first thing in the morning. However, I don't think they will be in the gym long for pictures, so if you are planning on having retakes done, I would be in the Northside Elementary Gym (the north gym, stop at the office for directions) no later than 8:15am. "

Benson Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and ECFE updated their phone number. 09/01/2017

Benson Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and ECFE updated their phone number.

Benson Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and ECFE updated their phone number.


Happy Monday everyone!! Just a reminder: for those in the Monday/Wednesday full day preschool class- your special Open House is tonight from 4:30 to 6:00 at Northside Elementary. Please use the SW doors. See you then!!


Here is your chance to come and be a part of our team!!!!!!!! Share this post and pass the word please!!


Attention Parents of kids entering Kindergarten Fall of 2017 (this year)!! We will be holding a late session Rev Up for Kindergarten next week. The class will be held July 31-Aug 3 (m-th), 9:00am - 11:00am, in the School Readiness/ECFE classroom. The cost is $40. Register with Community Ed. Stop in the office or call 320-843-4545. Must be 5 years old by September 1, 2017.

Photos from Benson Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and ECFE's post 06/22/2017

A few pictures from our summer pre-k and kindergarten readiness programs!!



There are still openings available for our summer Tot Lot program for children who will be 4 by September 1st (entering kindergarten Fall of 2018).

The class runs from 9am-11am June 19, 20, 21, 22.

Check your summer Community Ed newsletter or call Comminity Ed to register or for more details (843-4545).


Remember to register for 3 & 4 year old classes for the fall! Registration is today at 4 pm. Go to the school website and then to the Community Education tab and go down to on-line class registration, click on Community Education on the lower right and go to preschool offerings. There will be a 3 year old class on Mon, Tues, & Thurs from 8-10:45 and a whole day (2 days a week) or half day (4 days a week) choice for 4 year olds. Spread the word to friends, relatives, & neighbors!

Photos from Benson Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and ECFE's post 05/10/2017

Twice a week (once for Sara's class, once for Chrysees' class) since the beginning of school, Miss Hulterstrum's 4th grade class comes to our classroom and spends time with our preschoolers. Most weeks the big kids read to the littles, but sometimes they would bring coloring pages and color with us. We even practiced our graduation songs for them one week!! All of the kids (big and little) love this time together, and it is such an awesome thing to watch to bond they form throughout the year. For our last meeting this week, we had some extra fun! We went outside and enjoyed popsicles and then had some fun playing with the parachute. If there happens to be any parents of Miss Hulterstrum's class reading should be very proud of your 4th grader! They were all such great role models for our preschoolers! Our littles would ask every Monday/Tuesday..."Are the big kids coming today?!?" They really did look up to their big kid friends!!!! Thank you Miss Hulterstrum for sharing your amazing 4th graders with us!!


Don't forget: District wide early out today! Northside dismissed 2:15, high school dismissed at 2:20.

Photos from Benson Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and ECFE's post 05/03/2017

Trying out some new camera toys!!!!


Remember: District wide early out today! Northside will be dismissed at 2:15pm and HS at 2:20pm.

Timeline photos 04/12/2017

We worked up such a sweat in the gym....we had to take a detour to cool off!!!!

Timeline photos 04/12/2017

Hard at work writing some words!!!!

Photos from Benson Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and ECFE's post 04/05/2017

Thank you to Diane Loen for bringing in her bear rug for our 3 year old class to check out during our bears/camping unit. They loved it!

Timeline photos 04/05/2017

Me too too....🌮🌮🌮 #tacolove

Timeline photos 03/23/2017

Somebody is all ready for yoga!!!! If you ever want to see some amazing kids who LOVE doing our yoga videos, this is the place to do it!! (By the way, for anybody interested, we do Cosmic Kids Yoga-which can be found in YouTube)


**PLEASE NOTE** The Message that everybody got about conferences being tonight (Thurs March, 23) DOES NOT APPLY to the 3-4 year old School Readiness classes. Our conferences (that you signed up for at the parent meeting) are April 25. A reminder note will be sent home closer to that date.

Sorry for the confusion!!

Timeline photos 03/08/2017

Just a little "Thing" we made today!!!

Photos from Benson Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and ECFE's post 03/03/2017

Bowling and friends....what more could you want?!?

Photos from Benson Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and ECFE's post 03/03/2017

Some of our youngest kiddos having fun at ECFE!!

Timeline photos 02/27/2017

We just got this today!!! Pass the word so our Tuesday class also hears!!!

Valentine's Fun-4 year old 1/2 day class 02/19/2017

Valentine's Fun-4 year old 1/2 day class

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No gym again our Tues/Thurs class got to do some yoga!!!
Since the big kids were inside today for recess, we didn't get to go to the gym....😕. No worries though!! A little Cosmi...




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