Heritage Elementary Badger Tracks
November 20, 2020
Nov. 20 Remote Learning packets go home
Nov. 23-24 No in person school for students - remote learning through packets
Nov. 23-24 Grab and Go Breakfast, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Bennington Elementary and/or Heritage Elementary
Nov. 25-29 Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 30 School Resumes, 100% in person learning
Dec. 9 Early Dismissal, 11:40
Dec. 18 Winter parties
Dec. 18 Early Dismissal, 11:40
Dec. 21 Jan. 4 Winter Break
Jan. 5 Class resume for students
Some Good News - SGN at Heritage Elementary!
Thankful for Our Teachers and Staff!
UPDATED Student Health/COVID19 Information
We will continue to follow the Directed Health Measures guidance with sending home any staff or students that experience one or more of the following symptoms: loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, or onset of new cough.
The newest DHM also added back the language that you need to stay home if you experience two or more of the following symptoms: fever of 100.4 or higher, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or fatigue. Your continued support in following recommendations from our local health department while both inside and outside of the school environment is a necessity for all. For us to continue with in-person learning, we continue to emphasize to our stakeholders the importance of staying home versus going to social events, social distancing when it is not an option to stay home, wearing your face masks whenever in public or near non-household members, and continuing to make sanitization a priority.
To see the most up-to-date guidance, please click on the link provided: DCHD Requirements for Screening, Exclusion, and Re-Admittance of Ill Students and Staff in Schools.
We will continue to send students home who have diarrhea and vomiting per our previous school health policies, as well as students who show signs of influenza. Temperatures of 100 degrees or above, diarrhea, and/or vomiting are signals warranting immediate dismissal conditions. Children who have vomited, had diarrhea, or a fever of 100 degrees or above during the night or prior to school need to remain at home, fever free for 24 hours. Students who are sent home from school with these symptoms may not return to school until they are symptom/fever free without fever reducing medication for 24 hours. Most viruses are highly contagious for 24 hours after the vomiting/diarrhea has occurred.
As we enter Flu season, please keep your child home if they are experiencing the following symptoms: Fever of 100 degrees or more, muscle aches, congestion, headaches and /or fatigue, as we know these are common signs of the influenza virus. Following the guidelines we have had in place in the years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, students with diarrhea and vomiting should not return to school until 24 hours after last episode and are able to tolerate food. Students with fever need to be fever free for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medication.
Bennington Public Schools Early Childhood Screenings
The Bennington Early Education staff will be offering a free screening service to help answer questions or concerns about early childhood development. The screening is for children birth to age five and is intended to identify children who may benefit from early intervention services. If you have any concerns about your child’s learning, speech/language development, motor skills, or how your child interacts with others you are encouraged to schedule a screening session. During the screening, children will be observed and participate in tasks. Parents will be given the opportunity to express their concerns and have any questions answered. For more information or to schedule a screening appointment, please contact Tracie Burton, Early Childhood teacher, at 402-238-2166 or email@example.com
Bennington Public Schools Preschools Peer Models
The Bennington Early Education Preschool is taking applications for peer models for the 2021-22 school year. The district will have four preschool sessions; all sessions will be held 4 days a week, Monday – Thursday. Preschool classrooms are located at Anchor Pointe Elementary. Tuition is $175.00 a month and on a sliding scale based on income. Children who are eligible to apply to be a peer model:
Must reside in the Bennington School District
Be three or four years old by July 31, 2021
Attend a screening on December 9th, 10th, or 11th
Turn in required paperwork by January 22nd
Applicants who have completed the process will be entered into a lottery drawing to fill the open peer model slots. If you are interested in possibly having your child attend the Bennington Preschool as a peer model, please call Jodi McCoy at 402-238-3044 to schedule your child’s screening. Screening appointments are on a first come first serve basis. When the screening appointments are full, your child will be added to a waitlist.
Overdue Library Books - A message from Mrs. Redlinger
I have recieved some questions about the library overdue notices that are auto-generated. Please know that these are auto-generated and stop once the overdue book has been turned in and processed in the system. The notice is intended to keep parents informed of their student's library books and serves as a reminder for both the parent and student to help return library books in a timely manner.
Students are able to have books checked out for up to two weeks. They can renew or check out a book every week at library class or as needed during the school day, when staff are available. Library classes are a part of the school wide cycle day schedule. When there is a break from school, library class days may change. However, due dates do not. These stay the same until students renew or check out new books because it does take the library computer time to update.
When library books are overdue, students will need to bring them to the library directly. Unfortunately, I will not be able to check books in regularly throughout the day due to classes and instruction. This means you may get a late return notice on a day your child turned in their book.
Here are few things you can do to help your students to turn their books in on time:
Double check the cycle day schedule for any changes or shifts in the schedule
Talk with your student about turning in their book on time
Help your student remember to put it in their backpack
Talk with your student about taking their books out of their backpack or locker and turning it into the library or classroom book basket
Thank you for your support in helping your child be responsible for their library books!
PTO News and Updates!
Dressing Appropriately for Recess
In cases of inclement weather or mechanical breakdown the decision to close school, delay starting time, or dismiss early will be announced over radio station KFAB (1110 AM), television stations KETV, KMTV, WOWT and KPTM. Reports in the morning will be around 6:30 a.m. If we have to use more than the number of days we have scheduled, time will be made up at the end of the school year.
If the decision to delay the start time of school is made, all beginning of the day procedures will be adjusted to reflect two hours. Staff supervision would begin at 10:00 a.m. and a student would be considered tardy at 10:20 a.m. All transportation services will run two hours behind schedule.
Please check your student verification information to verify that all emails and phone numbers are correct and up to date.
Title I Parent Support and Engagement Information
Bus Riders - BPS has a new app for parents to download called Ride360 for all bus riders. This is a fabulous tool to let you know bus stop location/times and it lets you know the exact time your child gets on/off the bus.
Bus Fees - The transportation department will be sending out invoices through My School Bucks in September. You will pay for transportation fees through the website.
Bus Passes - Lost bus passes cost $25 to replace. Please email or call the office to order a replacement bus pass if needed.
Click on this button to pay for snack milk and add lunch money to your student's account.
Click on the button to order a sack lunch for your student on early dismissal days. Lunch orders must be completed by 9:00 a.m. the morning of early out days.
Click on this button to access the NebSIS Family Link. This link will take you to the sign in page for student verification.