Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Week of April 13, 2020

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NEW to McKinney ISD Student Registration Opens -- Monday, April 13th

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Hello, Parents of Future Bennett Bears!

Have you visited McKinney ISD’s School Locator to see if your home address is zoned for Bennett Elementary? If so, you are ready to enroll your new student(s) for the 2020-2021 school year through our McKinney ISD online registration process!

Registration forms for new students entering kindergarten through 5th grade will become available on Monday, April 13, 2020. To access these registration forms:

  • Go to the McKinney ISD website at
  • Click the "Enrollment" tab
  • Click the “2020-2021 New Student Enrollment”

While completing your online enrollment, you will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • Current Proof of Residency – Must be a utility bill, gas, water or electric, house contract with closing date and/or lease with signatures.
  • Student’s Social Security Card (optional - if you choose to not provide your child's Social Security Card, the state will assign your child a unique ID #)
  • Student’s Birth Certificate
  • Updated Shot Records

If you do not have scanning capability, you may take a photo of your documents and upload the photos in the online enrollment site.

If the above documents are not received in the online enrollment site, the registration will be incomplete. Questions about the registration process or uploading your documents? Email Bennett Elementary Registrar, Susan Jakobsen, at

We can’t wait to meet our new BEARS when we return to campus! Take care and stay safe!

Bennett's Spirit Week - April 13-17

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April's Gratitude Calendar

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Bennett Learning Commons - Welcome to Starbooks Cafe

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The Bennett Learning Commons Virtual Reading Hall of Fame

NEW!!! The Bennett Learning Commons Starbooks Café: Sip, Taste, Read!

    • Goal: To introduce students to a wide variety of books, to encourage self-selected text, and to help develop a love of reading
    • A collection of eBooks will be curated from online resources, such as Sora, Follett, and Audible Stories
    • Most eBook resources will require students to log in. More information about these resources and logging in may be found on the Bennett Learning Commons Google Site under the tabs “MISD Distance Learning” and “How to.”
    • Only check out/borrow books you intend to read immediately
    • If a book is checked out, you may add it to Sora wish list, or on Follett, you may place a hold.

    Important Learning Commons Information from Last Week:

    K-2 Texas 2X2 eLearning Challenge: Participation information and a collection of these books read online may found at

    Six Flags Read to Succeed: The deadline to enter reading log minutes is April 17. More information may be found at

    K-5 Major League Reading Challenge: Participation information may be found at

    Student Book Recommendation Google Site

    Pack Assorted Colors for Kids - PACK Week 1 - April 13-17

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    April Student & Staff Birthdays

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    Bennett BEARS Celebrating an Upcoming Birthday in April:

    13th - Liam

    14th - Shiloh

    15th - JayAna, Ella, Mr. Khreish - SPED Teacher

    17th - Maili

    18th - Kambria, Anna

    19th - Kinley, Hailey

    20th - Carter

    21st - Yazmeen, Drake

    23rd - Ithiel

    24th - Camden

    25th - Kaleb, Graeson

    26th - Helene, Sarah

    27th - Jaxton, McCall, William, Carly, Mrs. Scheidhauer - Speech Teacher

    28th - Mrs. Woods - Dyslexia Teacher

    29th - Jase, Rylee, Adalynn, Kendrick

    30th - Georgia, Connor, Jack, Rhyan

    Bennett Elementary Virtual College & Career Fair

    Our social distancing won’t keep our Bennett Bears from learning about some of the many career options available to them, so here’s the link to sign up for our VIRTUAL College and Career Fair!

    Warm regards,

    Christie N. Thompson
    School Counselor

    504 Campus Coordinator


    From Nurse Martin - Be Sun Safe

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    McKinney ISD Grab & Go Meals - FREE to ALL McKinney ISD Students

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    Connect with Bennett Counselor, Christie Thompson - Virtual Counseling Sessions

    Dear Bennett Parents,

    I am happy to share that I will be available to consult with parents and communicate with students during the COVID-19 school closure, and I’ll be providing daily tips on announcements and weekly guidance lessons.

    Here is more information about my virtual school counseling services:

    REMIND alerts (See attached pdf for more detailed instructions.)

    1. I will use Remind to alert parents when I’ve added a new guidance lesson, video, or resource to my site.
    2. This is a one-way communication tool, so email me if you need to reach me.

    ZOOM or WebEx video meetings – I can consult with parents (and visit with students for up to 20 minutes beginning March 30th).

    1. Complete and submit this form for videoconferences:
    2. Confidentiality: to mitigate the confidentiality limits we’ll face, I will not record or save any of our meetings, but remember that it is occurring over the Internet where 100% security is not guaranteed. Also, I will still be required by law to report any instances of suspected abuse/neglect, or if I believe a student is a danger to themselves or to others.

    a. If you, your student, or anyone in your family needs additional support, there is a nationwide

    Crisis Text Line that you can access 24-7 by texting home to the number 741-741. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds from a secure online platform.

    b. Please call 911 in the case of mental health emergencies.

    Videos & Resources – I’ll be reading and sharing some books about topics like worrying, accepting ‘no’ for an answer, technology usage, flexible thinking, gratitude, etc.

    1. When a new video or resource is ready, I’ll upload it to my site and send an alert through REMIND. I’ll also provide these to teachers to upload to See Saw.
    2. Here’s the first one! It’s about worrying and anxiousness >
    3. Please see the attached COVID-19 Resources for students.

    504 Meetings –I will contact parents and teachers who had/have meetings already scheduled for after spring break to reschedule them. You’ll hear from me soon!

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I will be maintaining virtual office hours Mondays-Fridays from 9-11 and 1-3.

    Warm regards,

    Christie N. Thompson
    School Counselor

    504 Campus Coordinator




    Update From McKinney ISD Health Services Department

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    Dear McKinney ISD Parents,

    We wanted to remind you of the websites available for COVID 19 information:

    The following information is not an all-inclusive list of telemedicine sites and resources, but rather resources that have reached out to the MISD nurses with information to assist families.

    • McKinney Texas COVID19 hotline 972-547-9000

    • Family Health Center at Virginia Parkway telemedicine 214-618-5600

    • 211 may also be called for help with food, rent, utilities and community services

    Here are also some asthma specific resources:

    Stay Healthy!

    MISD Health Services

    Virtual Office Hours for Bennett Staff

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    McKinney ISD Enrichment at Home Website

    Students Earn Virtual Tickets at Home - For the April Stuffed Animal Giveaway

    Here’s the April Stuffed Animal for our next Virtual Friday Live on April 24th, Facebook Live style. We are excited to see what BEAR wins this awesome stuffed animal. Don't forget, our BEARS can earn virtual tickets at home to be placed in the drawing for this stuffed animal at the end of April. Check out the link below to submit tickets for our BEARS while they are do great things for their parents at home!
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    Bennett's April Friday Live - April 24th - Facebook Live Style

    Submit a Joke for Upcoming Virtual Announcements

    Istation At Home Parent Guide

    Technology Support

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    During McKinney ISD at-home digital learning, the MISD technology department continues to offer support for students who experience technical difficulties.

    The following support options are available beginning Monday, April 6.

    Support for Students Who Have a Laptop:
    If a student needs technology assistance during at-home digital learning, they should email This support option is available for high school students with a district-issued (1:1) laptop and any K-8 students who received a district-issued laptop during one of the laptop deployments that took place on Wednesday, March 25; Friday, March 27; or Wednesday, April 1.

    Please note: Students should include their name, student ID number, school name, a contact number and a detailed description of the problem/request.

    Support for Students Who Need a Laptop:
    If a student needs a laptop to use during digital at-home learning, they should email their request to

    Please note: Students should include their name, student ID number, school name and a contact number with their request.

    When an Appointment is Required:
    —Technology Staff will make every effort to resolve student technology issues over the phone or by remote control.

    —If a student must be physically present to take care of a technology issue—whether that is for repair, replacement or to receive a district-issued laptop—they are required to make an appointment with the technology department by emailing

    —Appointments are available during the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The technology department will assign each student an appointment time.

    —To maintain social distancing and reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure, students should come to the Ron Poe Stadium Ticket Booth window to consult with a technician during their appointment time. If a parent brings the student to the appointment, we ask that they wait in the car when possible and maintain six foot social distancing if it’s necessary to accompany the student at the window.

    Support for Parents Who Need Assistance with Home Access Center (HAC) Accounts:
    Parents who do not know their username and/or password should email Please include your student’s home campus.

    Parent Feedback Form