Your Weekly Update from Bennett-Hemenway Elementary School
A Special Update from the Ben Hem School Council
Dear Ben Hem Community,
Our Bennett-Hemenway School Council has concluded its work for this school year. The Council met monthly to discuss many aspects of Ben Hem. Our focus was to review and update our Mission and Vision statements. We are happy to share that we have accomplished this work and look forward to using it to help shape our plans for next year and our focus on community engagement. For those of you who are unaware of what a school council is, it is defined as:
A representative, a school-based committee composed of the principal, parents, teachers, community members and, at the secondary level, students, are required to be established by each school pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Section 59C.
School Council responsibilities can include:
Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards
Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school
Reviewing the annual school building budget
Reviewing a school improvement plan
In addition, the law states that "nothing contained in this section shall prevent the school committee from granting a school council additional authority in the area of educational policy; provided, however, that school council shall have no authority over matters which are subject to chapter one hundred and fifty E of the General Laws." (Question 34, below, addresses Chapter 150E.)
The Council is excited to share our revised Mission and Vision statements with the community. Please take a moment to read and understand these statements. Moving forward, we will look for ways to operationalize these tenants with our students, staff, and families.
At Bennett Hemenway, we build positive relationships to learn, to take care of ourselves and others, and our community making the world a better place.
Cherish all children and support their development as caring citizens
Develop a joy of learning and master foundational academic skills that provide opportunities for learners to follow their interests in the future.
Create a welcoming community to:
Support and care for all students through an inclusive spirit.
Learn and be curious about others
Seek perspectives that are different from our own
Model and teach healthy relationship-building to support everyone's social-emotional success
We are excited to share this work with our community and partner to make it come to life for our students, staff, and families.
Bennett Hemenway School Council
Karen Ghilani, Principal
Ben Gatto, Assistant Principal
Nina LaPlante, 3rd Grade Teacher
Sarah Sullivan, Parent
Greg Kinchla, Parent
Tracy Paradise, Parent
Shelia Rogers, Community Member
Ben Hem Book Fair Information for Parents
Reminder that this will be an ALL BOOKS fair – No toys! Don’t want to send cash with your students for book fair shopping? You can set up an e-wallet that they can use to purchase books at the fair! Don’t forget that grandparents, relatives, and friends can also contribute to your student’s e-wallet! https://www.scholastic.com/bf/benhem. The book fair will be open to all families during Literacy Night on May 25, from 6:30-7:30 pm.
- Title I: Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title II
- Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title VI
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964Title IX
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
- MGL, Ch.76, Section 5: Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 76, Section 5