Aug 28

Returning Volunteer? New Volunteer?

Did your child move to a new school this year? Do you want to try your hand at something new? Did you know? You can log into your Volunteer Connect account and edit your profile any time you want. Change where you want to volunteer, the types of activities, your address, phone number… Anything… Anytime…
RETURNING VOLUNTEERS do NOT need to register again:
If you registered and were approved in 2016-17 through Volunteer Connect, you will be emailed on your application’s 1-year anniversary notifying you that your background check has expired and needs to be renewed. At that point, if you’d like to continue volunteering, you will need to sign back in to SPS Volunteer Connect and update your profile. There will be a mandatory question asking if you would like to continue volunteering. Please update your interest areas, as well as any changes to your contact information or schools where you’d like to volunteer.
If you are no longer interested in volunteering, please sign in and indicate this on your profile so that we will discontinue our emails to you.

Aug 28

Your Choice: How & When Schools Communicate with You

Suffolk Public Schools needs to get permission to continue calling you with our School Messenger automated notification system for non-emergency school situations. New FCC requirements for automated calling has made this change necessary.
Please visit this link for more information, a short video explaining the process, and links to the School Messenger website where you will need to provide consent:


Jun 13

Summer Office Hours

Suffolk Public Schools will follow a four-day work week beginning Monday, June 20. Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary School’s office will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The school will be closed on Fridays.


May 04

2016-17 Transportation Forms Available

To help improve bus routes for next year, parents are asked to complete a 2016-17 Transportation Form by June 30, 2016. Link here for more information, including a PDF form to print and fill out and a link to an online form:


May 04

Virginia’s First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe Visits Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary

Virginia’s First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe visited Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary School on Tuesday, May 3. Students assisted the First Lady in signing a giant Thank You card for teachers in celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week.

Apr 12

SOL Resource for Students

Parents, SOLpass is a computer based program that you can use to help prepare your child for the SOL test. All you need to do is click onto SOLpass and use the password -mackbenn. Once in the program you will select science if your child is in 5th grade and U.S. History if your child is in 4th grade.

If you look to the left you will see “released items”. On this portion of the program you can have your child take tests from previous SOL tests. This way they can get a good feel for the types of questions asked.
If you have any questions, as always, please contact our office at 934-6224 for additional assistance.
Mr. LeFevre

Feb 01

Mack Benn Elementary Participates in the Great Kindness Challenge


Mack Benn participated in the Great Kindness Challenge and the Magic Wand project.  The whole MBES family got involved.  Staff members got together and surprised their colleagues with “wonderful kind acts” throughout the month!

  • GKC – national anti-bullying campaign that combats bullying by teaching students the importance of being kind. All students were given a checklist of kind acts that they could do on their own individually, at home, in their community or in school.
  • Magic Wand Project – program to encourage students to do kind acts together as a cohesive class room team
  • Kindness Celebration– Celebration with community leaders and partners in attendance.At dismissal students were treated to surprise from various community partners and leaders to celebrate and encourage our students for their kind acts during the month of January.  Members of the NSU Spartan band, Suffolk Sheriff’s department, Suffolk Police department and the Suffolk Fire Department all took part in our celebration of our students.
  • Each grade level wrote/drew a message to their same grade level at another school, encouraging them to do well for the beginning of 2015.