Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Back to School 2020

Our New School Theme for 2020-2021

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Greetings Amazing Bennett Families,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at the "Best School in McKinney!" On behalf of our Bennett staff, we are looking forward to kicking off the 2020-2021 school year with YOU! While this will be a unique way to start the year, we are ready, willing, and able to do what is necessary to serve our BEARS in a safe and engaging learning environment. All of our BEARS will be learning virtually the first three weeks of school and then either in-person or virtually starting Thursday, September 3, 2020.

Below are some exciting upcoming events for our BEARS. As always, please reach out and let us know if there is anything our Bennett staff can do to assist and serve your family as we start the new school year.

Proud to be a BEAR,

Amy Holderman


McKinney ISD Grab & Go Meals - Update

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Temporary Changes for Finch and Webb Grab & Go Pickup Locations

The Finch Elementary Grab and Go Meal pickup location will temporarily close Aug. 3–7 while the district installs a new walk-in cooler/freezer unit. Families that typically pick up at Finch should pick up their meals at Webb Elementary for that week.

During the week beginning Aug. 10, Webb Elementary will receive a cooler/freezer installation, and Webb meal pickups will shift to Finch Elementary for that week.

Other pickup locations and pickup times remain the same.

Grab and Go Meals are free to any child 18 years old or younger.

For complete information on the MISD Grab and Go Meal program, visit

Upcoming Events for our BEARS

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Welcome Videos from Our Staff - Friday, August 7th

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This year, we are starting a new tradition for our BEARS! Instead of receiving a personal phone call from your homeroom teacher, each BEAR will receive a welcome video from their teacher. Included in this special video will be a welcome from the Art teacher, PE teachers, Music teacher, Counselor, Media Resource Specialist, Library Aide, and Principals. We can't wait for you to receive your video!!!

Our staff is working hard this week to create these special videos for you. Teachers will be sending out their videos to students and families on Friday, August 7, at 2:00PM. Thank you for being patient as we work to send out videos to 600 students. If for some reason you don't receive your video by 2:30, please email our assistant principal and me. We will send you your child's welcome video.

Kassie Halpin -

Amy Holderman -

Bennett's 3rd-5th Laptop Distribution, School Supply Pick-Up & More - Monday, August 10th

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MISD's Pre-K-2nd Grade Laptop Distribution - Tuesday, August 11th - More Details to Come from District

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Bennett's Virtual Blast Off & Meet the Teacher - Tuesday, August 11th

Join us for our 1st ever virtual Bennett Blast Off & Meet the Teacher via Zoom on Tuesday, August 11th. Each grade level will host their Meet the Teacher at different times to allow families to meet their child's teachers if they have children in multiple grades.

Each teacher will send the Zoom invite to their class families. We look forward to seeing YOU virtually on Tuesday, August 11th.

Zoom Meet the Teacher Times:

3:00 - Specials Team

3:30 - Structure Teach Classrooms

4:00 - Kindergarten

4:30 - 1st Grade

5:00 - 2nd Grade

5:30 - 3rd Grade

6:00 - 4th Grade

6:30 - 5th Grade

1st Day of School - Thursday, August 13th - Virtually

Information from Our Counselor, Christie Thompson

Sometimes life gets tough, and we can get overwhelmed with big emotions. At Bennett, we have a Virtual Calming Room to help students and staff explore strategies to deal with those challenges.

Bookmark it for easy access!

Warm regards,


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MISD Safely Opening Schools

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MISD's Elementary Virtual Plan - 1st Three Weeks of School

MISD's Instructional Plan for Fall 2020

MISD's Building Visitor Guidelines

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In accordance with state and TEA guidelines, before entering a McKinney ISD school or MISD office buildings, visitors will be required to answer “yes” or “no” to the questions below, which will be posted at the building entrance. Please note that only one adult per student may enter the building at a time.

Visitors that answer “yes” to any of these questions will not be granted entrance to the building.

COVID-19 Symptoms for Screening State Requirements

Have you traveled outside of the country in the last 14 days? (CDC Travel Notices)

Have you or anyone in your household experienced an onset or increase in:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or Runny Nose (new symptom added by CDC in June 2020)
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19

Visitors that answer “yes” to any of these questions will not be granted entrance to the building.

BEARS Celebrating a Birthday in August

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August Birthdays:

1 - Jiah, Durham, Paulina

2 - Benjamin, Ana Belle

3 - Gavin

4 - Oliver, Elinor

5 - Ethan, Ayden, Gerard

6 - Tyler

8 - Nicolas

9 - Nolan, Julian, Kara Lane - Secretary

10 - Olivia

11- Z'narriehh

12- Mac, Bond, Matteo

13 - Zoha, Kacey, Roman, Nathan

16 - Jules, Caleb

17 - Lela, Kingston

18 - Ella, Kaylee

20 - Misty Fahsholtz - 5th Grade Teacher

21 - Hailey Gore - 4th Grade Teacher, Nolan

22 - Charity, Alexander

23 - Kevin, Madison, Juliette, Jonas

24 - Jennifer Blazek - Kindergarten Teacher, Lovella, Brooklyn

25 - Haley

26 - Hensley

27 - Anthony, Kaden

28 - Rachel Androlowicz - STC Paraprofessional, Kevin, Gabriella

30 - Ahiyan, Hailey

31 - Elijah, Timothy, Oluchi

Upcoming Events

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August Events:

Friday, August 7th:

Welcome Videos sent to families, at 2:00PM

Monday, August 10th:

Laptop Distribution for 3rd-5th Grade BEARS

Collect laptops and charging cords for any device checked out in spring that is no longer needed

Distribute carpool signs for 2020-2021 school year

Distribute school supplies for students that preordered PTO school supply packs

Collect library books, book bag books, etc.

Tuesday, August 11th:

Virtual Bennett Blast Off & Meet the Teacher via Grade Level Zoom Times

3:00 - Specials Team

3:30 - Structure Teach Classrooms

4:00 - Kindergarten

4:30 - 1st Grade

5:00 - 2nd Grade

5:30 - 3rd Grade

6:00 - 4th Grade

6:30 - 5th Grade

Thursday, August 13th:

1st Day of School - Virtually

Instructional Day - 8:00AM-3:07PM

Bennett's PTO President Welcome Letter

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