Monday, September 12, 2016

Bobcat Dash Reminder

A reminder that the 5th annual Bobcat Dash registration sign-ups are due this Wednesday, 9/14.  The Bobcat Dash is on Saturday, September 24 and is a fun family event put on by the Benton Community PTO.  

Link for the registration packet - 

Link for the Bobcat Dash volunteer sign-up -    

All registration packets must include a signed waiver and the registration fee.  Get your registration in on time to guarantee a t-shirt! Please email with questions! 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

2016 Bobcat Dash

The 2016 Bobcat Dash registration forms are coming home this Friday! Look for them in your child's backpack! Registration, waivers, and money are due on Wednesday, September 14!
See the video below for highlights from past years' Bobcat Dash festivities!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

August 1, 2016 BCPTO Agenda

August 1, 2016  Norway - 6:30 PM

  1. Introductions
  2. Treasurer’s Report 
  3. Administrative Report
    1. Back to School Pool Party!  Belle Plaine pool on Sunday, August 14th
    2. Apparel Update
    3. New family Welcome Baskets
  4. Open House
  5. Bobcat Dash

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pool Party!

The BCPTO Pool Party is Sunday, August 14 from 7-9PM at the Belle Plaine Pool!  The entry fee is free for all BC Elementary families. Concessions will be available.  We hope to see you there! 
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Registration Apparel Sales

Sign up for apparel sales with BCPTO at registration on August 9 at the MS/HS in Van Horne!

The times needed to cover are:

Please help us out if you can by clicking on this link!!/showSignUp/10c0d49adae2ca5fc1-selling

Friday, May 13, 2016

UPDATE: Party in the Park Moved INSIDE!

Party in the Park will be moved INSIDE Norway Elementary tonight from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (minus the Dunk Tank)! Free entry & games, and concessions available!  Join us! 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Benton Community 50th Anniversary T-Shirts

BCPTO was approached to do a celebratory t-shirt for the Benton Community 50th Anniversary.   We would like these shirts to be ordered and returned before school gets out.  Please visit HERE for the order form and directions for where to send your money!  Mail-in orders must be postmarked by 5/13!  All other orders must be returned to the school office by Monday, May 16.  Please email with questions!  Thank you for your support!  
Happy Anniversary, Benton Community! 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May BCPTO Meeting

Join us tomorrow night (May 2) at 6:30 PM at Keystone Elementary for our May BCPTO meeting.  On the agenda.... election of officers, Party in the Park, and more!  We'd love your input and suggestions.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Limo Rides

Our spring fundraiser was a success!  These students sold over 20 items each and earned a 30 minute limo ride! Congratulations to the winners and thank you for participating in our fundraiser!  We can't wait to see what the schools request so the students can benefit from their hard work!

Keystone Elementary winners

Norway Elementary winners

Atkins Elementary winners

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Spring Breakfast Buddies

Benton friends:
Just a reminder that Breakfast Buddy RSVPs for Atkins & Keystone students are due on Monday, April 18th.  We need to make sure that enough muffins, bananas, & milk are ordered in advance.

Norway parents - May 20th is the event date for your spring Breakfast the date!  Forms will be sent home soon.

BCPTO Night at the Ballpark!

Please join us for Benton Community Schools Night at the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Friday, May 20th at 6:35 pm! Gates open at 5:30 pm.

Discounted club tickets are $8.00 and are available for Benton staff, students, families and friends. Come enjoy a night out at the ballpark! It’s Angry Birds Theme Night and the first 1,000 fans get a free Angry Birds shirt!

Tickets can be purchased using the flyer distributed at school, by calling the Kernels ticket office at (319) 896-7560, or online at the link below (Please select Section 108-109 to sit with other Benton friends!)


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Chip Shoppe Fundraiser Pick-up Volunteers Needed

Please visit the following link to sign up to help pass out our fundraising products on Wednesday, March 23.  There are a total of six spots needing to be filled at each center (Atkins, Norway, and Keystone).  We need this support from 3:00 - 6:00 PM to help parents at pickup.  It is extremely organized, so the volunteers will simply have to help parents find their pile of product and help call parents as 6:00 draws near.  Please with questions.

Thanks for your help! 


Monday, March 7, 2016

BCPTO Teacher Reimbursement

The BCPTO voted tonight to allow an additional $50 reimbursement from our BCPTO for teachers to use toward classroom expenses.  If you attend the April or May meeting and bring a receipt, the BCPTO will reimburse any Benton Community elementary teacher up to $50 for classroom supplies, on top of the $50 already allotted for each teacher.  Email with questions!

Summer and Fall Apparel Order

Visit this LINK for our summer and fall 2015 apparel order.
Elementary Families & Teachers at Benton Community Schools,

The purpose of this letter is to communicate changes which are being made as the district moves ahead with elementary restructuring for the 2015-2016 school year.  We currently have three parent/teacher organizations at Benton Community: Atkins PTA, Keystone/Van Horne PTO, and Norway PTO.

This spring, the three organizations got together and brainstormed positives and challenges of joining together into one organization.  The overwhelming benefit of joining together is that together, we are stronger.  Together, we can do great things for our students.  Our initial meeting was spent weighing out our options. From there, the representatives were able to take information back to the separate PTO/PTA meetings to update and seek feedback from the rest of the members.  Discussions were had on the availability of funds to put into a new account, making sure there was still enough in each PTO/PTA account to carry out commitments we have already made to students in the separate buildings. Our second meeting was spent planning how to move forward with fundraising, committees, creating checklists of steps to close out current PTOs/PTA, and the election of new officers.  

The following offices were established -
President - Megan Oldenburger Vice President - Becky Norton 
Treasurer - Courtney Kerkman 
Secretary - Andrea Townsley 
Committee Chair - Anna Upah 
Committee Chair - Angie Von Ahsen

Meeting times were also established for future BCPTO meetings.  Each month, meetings will rotate between Atkins, Keystone, and Norway Elementary Centers.  These meetings will be on the first Monday of each month starting at 6:30 PM.  The next few months’ dates are as follows:

Monday, June 1 - Atkins Elementary; Monday, July 6 - Norway Elementary; Monday, August 3 - Keystone Elementary

All teachers and parents are invited to the meetings of the BCPTO.  Together, we will continue to provide opportunities for students at Benton Community which will be second to none!  We look forward to support and collaboration from parents and teachers all across the district.  Please contact one of the officers listed above with questions.  We look forward to working as a team and seeing what we can accomplish for students at Benton Community Elementary Centers...TOGETHER!