April 22, 2024

BSD2 News & Notifications | District & Community Flyers | BSD2 Events Calendar


Third-trimester mid-term progress reports will be available Monday, April 29

Thursday, April 18, ended the third-trimester mid-term.

Third-trimester mid-term progress reports will be shared on Monday, April 29.


Parents of kindergarten students will receive a message via Seesaw regarding students' progress for the third trimester on April 29. If they haven't already, kindergarten parents should contact their child's teacher to get connected to their Seesaw class.

Grades 1-5

Students in Grades 1-5 will be sent home with a printed mid-term progress report on April 29. The report will only include comments regarding student progress in math and language arts.

Grades 6-8

Assignment scores for students in Grades 6-8 will be viewable on April 29 through the Student Portal of the PowerSchool student information system. Parents are encouraged to sit alongside their students while on a District Chromebook to review their assignment scores.


Parent information session to address cyberbullying and unwise social media use

All BSD2 parents are encouraged to attend a special parent information session on cyberbullying and unwise social media use at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Blackhawk Middle School. (Simultaneous Spanish translation will be provided.)

The evening will feature a special presentation by Sameer Hinduja, PhD, who is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on cyberbullying and safe social media use. In this presentation, he will offer practical strategies for identifying, preventing, and responding to cyberbullying, sexting, and unwise social media use. 

Dr. Hinduja’s strategies focus on improving communication, cultivating empathy and resilience, developing a moral compass, identifying non-negotiable values and beliefs, finding stable sources of identity, growing in self-control, prioritizing maturity and responsibility, and solving problems in ways that satisfy all parties. 

Attendees will leave encouraged, empowered, and equipped with an increased ability to promote safe and responsible participation in cyberspace among the youth they care for, and with numerous resources to assist them toward those ends.


Learn how District 2 is strengthening school safety and its emergency response protocols

Student safety is the District’s top priority!

That’s why we’re encouraging all BSD2 parents to attend a special parent information session on the important school safety initiatives implemented by District 2 over the past two years.

This important presentation will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Blackhawk Middle School. (Simultaneous Spanish translation will be provided.)

During the evening’s presentation, parents will learn about: 

  • The completion of a District-wide safety audit.
  • The implementation of standard response protocols for emergency situations throughout BSD2 schools. 
  • The training of staff and students in ALICE principles that provide them the option to “run, hide or fight” when reacting to a threat.


Important information about program changes beginning this fall

Right At School (RAS) after-school programming will continue again next year. Due to COVID relief funding (ESSER) sunsetting, Right At School will be a parent-paid program moving forward. 

Right At School accepts subsidy payments under the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), and families who qualify for assistance may be able to access the RAS program at little or no cost.  


Bensenville School District 2’s Multilingual Parent Advisory Council (MPAC) will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the Lifelong Learning Center at the Educational Administration Center located at 210 S. Church Road in Bensenville.

Child care will be provided.

During the meeting, MPAC will seek parent feedback on the District’s use of federal funds, and share information about District programming for language learners.

MPAC is composed of parents/guardians of students participating in the District’s Multilingual Education Program, which consists of our English Learner and Dual Language students. 

The purpose of MPAC is:

  • To maintain communication between the District and parents/guardians of students in its Multilingual Education Program. 
  • To provide parents/guardians of students in the District’s Multilingual Education Program opportunities to learn about the language programs;
  • To inform parents/guardians about the goals and benefits of bilingualism, biliteracy education, and English as a Second Language (ESL); and
  • To identify themes of interest to parents/guardians.


Survey seeks your opinion on school meals

Sodexo - District 2’s Food Services provider - is inviting students and parents to provide their feedback about school meals. 

Please take the short, two-minute survey before it closes May 1, and help Sodexo improve the dining experience for our students. 


Nobody knows your child better than you!

Bensenville School District 2 will conduct free developmental screenings for children ages 3-5 on Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3. 

These screenings are the first step in identifying children for our Preschool for All program and/or Head Start.

Professionals will assess the development of your child’s gross and fine motor skills, pre-academic readiness, and speech, language, vision, and hearing.

Call the Tioga School office at 630-766-2602 ext. 4200 to schedule an appointment for your child’s screening.

Free Developmental Screening Flyer


BMS eighth graders introduced to individuals from 30 different career fields

BMS eighth graders were recently introduced to a wide variety of jobs, and to the people who actually do them, during Blackhawk's Second Annual Career Exploration Fair.

The students were joined by 30 different representatives from a wide variety of career fields: accounting, architecture, the arts, auto repair, beauty and cosmetology, business management and ownership, computer programming, education, engineering, finance, health and medicine, law, public safety, politics, real estate, social services, and veterinary medicine.

The event is part of an eighth-grade social studies unit in which students begin learning how to manage their personal finances and find a job.

The Career Exploration Fair prompted students to not only explore career fields outside of their immediate interests, but also engage people who work in those fields in conversations about their jobs and their lives.


Students form intergenerational friendships through monthly visits to Bridgeway

Throughout the school year, fifth graders in Erin Opielowksi's class visit their Reading Buddies at Bridgeway Senior Living every month. During these visits, the students often read to the senior residents and explain to them what they're learning in class. 

In turn, the residents often share with the students their childhood memories and their thoughts on what the students are learning. 

With each visit, the relationships between the Reading Buddies grow, with both the students and the senior residents forming intergenerational friendships that blossom as the year progresses. 

This month, though, Ms. Opielowski's students showed up with a surprise in store. Instead of reading with the residents, they staged a talent show, offering musical performances, telling jokes and riddles, and even doing gymnastics as a way to thank their Bridgeway Reading Buddies for the friendships they'd formed this school year. 


Ryan T. Higgins tells Tioga students about his life as a popular children's book author and illustrator,

Ryan T. Higgins, author and illustrator of the popular Mother Bruce and Penelope Rex books, recently visited Tioga School.

Students in Grades K-5 packed the gymnasium to hear Mr. Higgins speak about his life and career and read his latest title, Penelope Rex and the Problem with Pets.

Mr. Higgins also showed the students how he draws Penelope, and he explained to them where he gets ideas for his stories and how long it takes to turn those ideas into books.

Tioga was one of just a few lucky Chicago-area elementary schools that Mr. Higgins visited courtesy of Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.


Sixth graders explore social sciences through a day at the museum 

Blackhawk sixth graders recently loaded onto buses and traveled to Chicago for a field trip to the Field Museum of Natural History.

The museum's exhibits tie directly to the sixth-grade social science curriculum and the students' study of world history and ancient artifacts.


Cantigny field trip connects lessons learned from three American wars

Throughout the third trimester, District 2 fifth graders study the Civil War to learn how conflict leads to change.

As part of this unit of study, they also take a field trip to Cantigny, the former estate of Joseph Medill and his grandson, Colonel Robert R. McCormick, publishers of the Chicago Tribune.

While enjoying the beautiful grounds, they also explore how the conflicts from World War I and World War II led to change by touring the First Division Military Museum.


 Annual egg drop is an exciting part of the school year for Tioga fifth graders

Drop it! Drop it! Drop it!" shouted Tioga School fifth graders as Principal Jeff Kersten and Assistant Principal Amber Soike hurled one package after another off the roof of the school's gymnasium last week.

This loud, lively spectacle is one of the highlights of the fifth-grade school year at Tioga - the annual egg drop! 

Each spring, fifth grade students are given the task of packing a raw egg securely enough that it can survive being dropped from the school’s second story.

While many of the plushly packaged eggs landed with a "thud" or a "splat," many of the packages adequately protected their precious cargo. Some designs that incorporated balloons and parachutes nearly even took flight in the wind!


 If you're active on social media, please like and follow the BSD2 Facebook and X pages

If social media is your thing, we’d love it if you’d visit our Facebook and X pages, click the “like” button, and follow our postings to keep up with the latest BSD2 News.

Just login and search for “Bensenville School District 2.”

You’ll know you’re where you belong when you're on a page with the District's new "Learning & Growing Together" logo shown to the right.


Here are the current community flyers posted on the District's website

District 2 has gone "green" in its approach to distributing community flyers.

Rather than sending flyers home with each student via backpack mail, District and community flyers are posted on the BSD2 E-Flyers page for parents to view or print 24/7.

It is estimated that this saves our schools hundreds of hours per year spent sorting and handling the materials, not to mention the number of trees and other resources saved in producing them.

Bensenville School District 2
210 S. Church Street
Bensenville, IL 60106
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