Message from our Superintendent

Dear families,

This Friday, September 25, is an asynchronous learning day for students. (Asynchronous learning means class will not be held live. Instead, the learning can happen on the student’s own time and at the student’s own pace.) Teachers will provide asynchronous lessons for students on this day, just as they do on Wednesdays during our regular week of remote instruction. Students will have at least four (4) hours of asynchronous learning planned by their teacher(s). Elementary teachers should provide four hours of learning for students. Middle school and high school teachers should provide approximately one hour per class period, based on the number of periods per day.

On July 21, 2020, the Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD) Board of Education voted to postpone the first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year from August 25, 2020, to September 8, 2020. We used the time between August 25 and September 8 to meet with students and families, administer assessments, check out student devices, and to allow teachers more time for professional development and lesson preparation.

Changing the first day of school to September 8 meant that nine (9) days originally scheduled for instruction were removed from the instructional calendar. In order to maintain eligibility for State educational funds and to comply with State Board rules, we are required to make up those nine (9) instructional days.

On August 6, 2020, the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) met and approved a waiver for “up to 6 days total of the 180-day requirement.” This left a remainder of three (3) instructional days for the District to consider.

The three (3) remaining instructional days will be made up through asynchronous instruction for students on the following days:

  • Friday, September 25, 2020
  • Wednesday, November 25, 2020
  • Friday, March 5, 2021

For students, these three days were previously scheduled as non-student days.

The additional days from September 8-11 during which school was canceled because of the severe windstorm earlier this month will be considered separately. More information will be forthcoming.


Larry Madden
Interim Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District

Extended Learning Program Q & A

Join us for an Extended Learning Program Q & A Zoom meeting

❖ Is your child a rapid learner who puts thoughts together quickly?

❖ Does your child have an excellent memory or an unusually large vocabulary and complex sentence structure for his/her age?

❖ Does your child have an advanced comprehension of word nuances, metaphors, and abstract ideas?

If so, the district’s Extended Learning Program may be a good fit for your child. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are available on the Extended Learning Program website.

Check the ELP website for application deadlines, and assessment timelines.


Extended Learning Program (ELP) Information

Principal's Message August 26, 2020



Hello Everyone,

I hope this letter finds you all healthy, well rested and ready for an exciting year of learning at M. Lynn Bennion Elementary School. Although we will be starting the year in a distance learning environment, I anticipate that with all of us working together this will be a successful year for everyone.

Remote (online classes will begin on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The regular school schedule will be as follows:

Start Time: 8:15 a.m.

End Time: 1:45 p.m.

Teachers have been reaching out to our families to schedule a time for students to come to school to meet them, get materials, pick up a device or hotspot if needed and to do some initial testing with students. Keep in mind that if you haven’t registered yet, you need to indicate if you will need a device for at home instruction. Hot spots are limited therefore they will be distributed to those in most need.

Our school partners, Capital Church have made it possible for every student attending M. Lynn Bennion this year to receive a backpack full of school supplies to use at home while we are in this distance learning environment.

We appreciate the patrons of Capital Church for their on-going support. Even when we went to a soft closure in the spring, they were there as volunteers to distribute food to families. They also provided funds to purchase school supplies to fill the goody bags we distributed to every student. The patrons of Capital Church have always been there to support our school and families in ways that make our school a great place for learning.

Students will be able to get the backpacks donated by Capital Church beginning on August 31st. Teachers will be distributing them during their individual meeting with students or at a time that is most convenient for parents to pick them up if individual meetings have already taken place.

Back to School Night is scheduled for September 10, starting at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom. Teachers will post the link on their schedules and on Class DOJO. I will be posting a Back to School Night message from the principal on the school website that evening before individual class meetings begin. We look forward to you tuning in to get important information from your child’s teacher and what you can expect from our school start in a distance learning environment.

We will continue to provide school information on a weekly basis from our teachers and on our website. Teachers will post information regarding schedules on the Canvas platform. Communication from individual teachers will also come from Class DOJO. It is important that you sign up on Class DOJO with your child’s teacher so you have direct and consistent communication as it pertains to important events coming up in the school or classroom. Lastly, information will be posted on the school website at or the district website at

In closing, I want you to know that even though school is starting out in a distance learning environment, we are only a phone call or click away. Please reach out to me or any of my staff if you have a question, concern or need support of any kind. Remember we are all in this together and this is going to be an amazing year of growth and learning for all of us.


With much gratitude and appreciation;


Dahlia Cordova, Principal

Online School Registration

Dear Parents/Guardians of M. Lynn Bennion Elementary Students,

Online school registration will be available starting on August 01, 2020. This year the process will be completely online. To register, go to Your student’s ID and registration pin needed to login are being emailed by the district soon. If you do not receive the email by the beginning of registration, please call.

The following documents are required to complete your student’s online registration:

     • proof of address (all students)

     • student’s birth certificate (Kindergarten & new students only)

     • student’s immunizations (Kindergarten & new students only)

There will be a place provided in the online registration to download copies (PDF or jpg) of those documents. If you are unable to provide these documents online, please call our secretary Sharlon Harding at 801-578-8108 ext. 1001 to arrange an appointment to bring them into the school office to complete your student’s registration.

If you have any questions regarding registration for the upcoming school year, please give me or our secretary a call.

Thank you,

Dahlia Cordova, Principal

Phone: 801-578-8108 ext. 1210


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