Welcome Back!

I hope your Thanksgiving was enjoyable and your time off was restful.

The second trimester goes VERY FAST! We are back for 3 1/2 weeks and then off for winter break. January and February have several three day weekends and suddenly it’s March.

That said, I wanted to share with you an opportunity to attend the EGUSD Family Life Curriculum Night to preview the materials we will use in 6th grade. Below is the information we were given today:


 Family Life Education

Parent Preview Nights


 Robert L. Trigg Education Center Board Room

9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove, CA 95624

Wednesday January 4, 2017

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


 Robert L. Trigg Education Center Board Room

9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove, CA 95624

Thursday, February 2, 2017

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Elk Grove Unified School District

Curriculum/Professional Learning

Your school will be offering Family Life Education to 5th and 6th grade students.  In compliance with the California Education Code, Section 51938, you are invited to attend a Parent Preview Night of the Family Life Education Growth and Development video and of the curriculum used in your child’s classroom, which has been approved by the Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Education.

If you have any questions, please contact Raymond Pietersen, Health and Family Life Program Specialist, at 686-7797, ext. 67224.




New Filming Dates Set for This Thursday & Next Monday & Tuesday

We are all set with filming this week and next week.

PLEASE text, email, or call my cell to let me know if your child can join in and assist with filming. We could use at least 8 or 9 students for each session.
Thursday, November 3 we will film at Stone Lake Farms and Todo Un Poco. 
Meet at Foulks Ranch at 1:45 to grab film gear and leave by 2:10 to go to Stone Lake Farms. Afterward we will drive to Todo Un Poco to film in their kitchen. 
Monday, November 7 we will film at the Elk Grove Food Bank.
We will meet at Foulks Ranch at 9:30 to grab film gear and then drive to Elk Grove Food Bank. 

Tuesday, November 8 we will film at the Elk Grove Food Bank.We will meet at Foulks Ranch at 9:30 to grab film gear and then drive to Elk Grove Food Bank.

Addresses for locations are below:
Todo Un Poco 9080 Laguna Main St #1a, Elk Grove, CA 95758
Stone Lake Farms Stone Lake Road, Elk Grove, CA 95757
Elk Grove Food Bank 9820 Dino Dr #140, Elk Grove, CA 95624
Jim Bentley
Teacher, Elk Grove Unified School District
National Faculty, Buck Institute for Education
jbentley@egusd.net | jbentley@bie.org

Filming Postponed Until Next Week Due to Rain

We are looking at 100% chance of rain starting tomorrow at 6:00AM. We will have to postpone filming tomorrow due to weather.

I will coordinate with Cliff Wilcox and Marie Mertz to set up a day next week we can film. As soon as I have a day, I’ll send email and post on blog. 
Here is some good news though: We now have dates to film at the Elk Grove Food Bank!
We will film Nov. 7 starting at 10:00am at the Elk Grove Food Bank and again on November 8 also starting at 10:00am. 
The plan will be to meet at Foulks Ranch at 9:30am to gather film gear and then drive to the Elk Grove Food Bank located at 
9820 Dino Dr #140, Elk Grove, CA 95624
If your child can film at the Elk Grove Food Bank, please let me know via email or text. One day we will focus on getting b-roll of the facility. The second day we will focus on interviewing staff at the food bank. 
Last location we are still working to film at is the anaerobic digester at Clean World in Sacramento. I’ll keep you posted on that. 

Filming Friday, October 28 at Stone Lake Farms & Todo Un Poco Bistro


Want to film Friday morning if it’s not raining?

We have our first location filming opportunity this school year. If you can join us, please could you email or text me (916-216-9056) by no later than Thursday night that you can bring your child to film? If texting, please tell me who’s texting and your child’s name.
Friday, October 28 we will meet at Foulks Ranch at 8:45 am to gather film gear. We will leave school by no later than 9:05  before heading to Stone Lake Farms and then to Todo Un Poco Bistro to film for our project with the City of Elk Grove.
We will film Marie Mertz owner/chef at Todo Un Poco as she brings recycled organics to farmer Cliff Wilcox to be used for chicken feed. We will then film Marie getting produce from Farmer Cliff and follow her back to her restaurant to prep the produce for customers.
If you haven’t been to Cliff Wilcox’s Stone Lake Farms, he’s open to the public and grows organic, pesticide-free produce and eggs. You can check out their Facebook page by clicking HERE. If you haven’t been to Todo Un Poco, it’s an amazing Mexican-Italian fusion bistro.
The address for Stone Lake Farm is Stone Lake Farms, 10886-10890 Stone Lake Rd, Elk Grove, California.
The address for Todo Un Poco is 9080 Laguna Main St #1a, Elk Grove, CA 95758
To get to Stone Lake Farms we will head south on Franklin Road then head west on Hood-Franklin Road. We will head south on Stone Lake Road. Cliff’s farm is on the right side and marked by a small sign.

I’m SO EXCITED to film with your kids this Friday. If you are unable to drive your child, please would you coordinate with other parents to carpool?
We will have two students per camera and will need kids to haul gear and snap photos. I imagine we’ll use three video cameras and run two still cameras. I’ll run a video and take stills as well. Parents are always encouraged to snap photos of students at work and to share images, too.
Got questions? Send me an email at jbentley@egusd.net or text.
See you Friday!

Awards Ceremony Tuesday 9:00-9:30 AM

The following students are receiving awards for non-academic categories?

Special Recognition


Collaboration: Elizabeth


Perseverance: Anhthu

Creativity: Aidan

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Lila


Grit: Nick

Reflection: Tristan

Innovation: Trevor

The Falcon Focus Traits;

Be Responsible: Ahmad

Be Respectful: Nia

Be Kind: Ella

Be Accountable: Zuri

Make Good Choices: Chris

Looking at the report card, you might notice there are some printing problems. The entire site had this issue. I anticipate report cards will be reprinted, since the symbols are not showing correctly nor are honor roll qualifications. As soon as I have more information, I’ll forward it along to you.

Mission Springs Status Update

It’s been a BUSY week!

Yesterday we learned about the rock cycle and used a design thinking process to make wilderness shelters to survive a night in the wild. Students had fun building shelters and then wrapped up the night with an old fashioned barn dance! It was amazing to watch 112 sixth graders learning old Scottish square dance moves. There were a lot of smiles and laughter and fun for all.

Today is in full-swing. Students are on the trails learning about trees and adaptions. They’ve been putting the miles on and are building those leg muscles! Be prepared to do some laundry when they get home tomorrow…especially those socks! Plenty of dust and dirt to walk in around these parts.

Tonight is skit night. Students have been rehearsing skits to perform on the stage at campfire. It should be fun.

Tomorrow morning will wrap up our stay with a trip to the beach where students will learn about mole crabs and the marine environment off the coast of Santa Cruz. We’ll have a box lunch at the beach and a bus ride home.

We should arrive between 3 and 3:30. PLEASE call school for updates on the status of the bus and traffic we may or may not encounter. Teachers riding on the buses will notify school of our location periodically on the way home.

It’s been a packed week. We’ve got some tired but happy campers.

Thank you again for letting your child attend Mission Springs. This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment and will surely generate memories that will be treasured for years to come.

Day 2 of Mission Springs is Going GREAT!

Last night we hiked up the “Pool Trail” to campfire. Naturalists performed skits for studnets and showed us how our skit night Thursday night could work. It was a fun experience hiking a trail…in the dark…with no moon or stars…using flashlights. Everyone made it up and back safely. 🙂

This morning was fun! After breakfast we hiked the Pool Trail again. It’s STEEP, and students are doing great with it. We climbed the climbing tower and challenged ourselves to try and set a climbing goal and achieve it. Many made it to the top. Many made it part way and got to their goals. Everyone tried, and THAT is something to be proud of.

This afternoon we’re off to hike more and learn about the trees, plants, and animals that inhabit Mission Springs. More to come tomorrow. Tonight will be our night hike. It will be fun and a great opportunity to enjoy nature at night without flashlights. img_4776 img_4628 img_4398 img_4747

Foulks Ranch Co-Ed Flag Football

Something new: Foulks Ranch will now host a recreational flag football team.

Heading this up are Mr. Shadbourne and Mr. Timmer. Students in grades 5-6 are invited. Must have a C average and good behavior record. Practice starts immediately after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and ends at 3:30.

Got questions? Please email Mr. Shadbourne at TShadbou@egusd.net